The second issue of my new Brighouse and District Heritage quarterly magazine is now available. Copies can be purchased at the following outlets
Harrison Lord, Bradford Road; Kitson’s Newsagents, Commercial Street; Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Road; Colin’s Newsagents, Hipperholme; Bailiff Bridge Post office, Cooperative Buildings; The Old Town Hall Dentist, Thornton Square and Woodhouse Stores, Woodhouse Lane.
In 1813 a society in Yorkshire called the Royal Foresters began to open branches that together formed an affiliated friendly society for mutual financial support. Eventually, the Ancient Order of Foresters became one of the two largest affiliated societies in the United Kingdom
The Gresford disaster occurred on September 22, 1934, at Gresford Colliery, Gresford, near Wrexham, in North East Wales, when an explosion killed 266 men and boys. Its cause was never proved but an inquiry found that failures in safety procedures and poor mine management were contributory factors. Gresford is one of Britain's worst coal mining disasters. Only eleven bodies were recovered, the rest were left entombed in the colliery's permanently sealed damaged districts.
Here is a photograph taken in 1948 on the occasion of the Clifton Methodist Church Sunday School anniversary. A happy day for all concerned on this special day.