Chris Helme - Brighouse Heritage
The Origins of Street Names - What is the background to your street name?

Over the years I have been invited to a number of junior schools to show photographic presentations of Victorian Britain, with particular reference to our own community in and around Brighouse. These presentations always proved to be a big success.

Just imagine you were given the final say in naming a new street, a task I am sure whilst many will think is easy, many others including myself would not find it that easy. To choose a name that will last, a name that will not be out date or even sound silly in a few years time. On our featured image we have a small part of the Mark Blackburn auction sale of land on Friday September 30, 1870. The vacant land extended from Huddersfield Road both left and right of the Martin's Nest (now the Thaal Indian Restaurant) all the way up to Halifax Road. Try to imagine in 1870 there were few few buildings of any kind at that time. I have chosen to show you this small section where all the land is split up into building plots and are numbered..    

Have you got a burning  local history question about the Brighouse area that you have always want to know the answer to ??

If during this period of self isolation and you are a local history enthusiast of all that is in and around Brighouse including its surrounding communities and you have question. Why not drop me an email I might just be able to get you the answer.  Here are three questions to start with: 

1 Where was Union Street in Brighouse town centre? 

A: Union Street - was the cobbled road which in front of the town hall and what was Holroyd Builodings

Mayor Robert Thornton outside the town hall between 1909 1912

2. What was the original name for the section of Bradford Road between the Yorkshire Building Society and Lloyd Bank corner?

A: This was called Ball Flash (I don't know where that name came from - it might have had some historical connection to an old field name - Maybe)

Bradford Road

3. What were the shop premises called on Bethel Street at what is now called the Meze Restaurant?

A. This was the Domestic Appliance shop and years later it was George Simpson and his family who had it a a large screen TV and Hi Fi shop. Then they retired and not long after the owner of the Mexe Restaurant bought it and then extended into what was Wendy's fishshop on Hudderfield Road.I have a photograph when it was owned by the Simpson family but cannot just find it. When I do I will post it on the website as the third image.   

See if you can answer those but if you can't I will post the answers on Friday. Have you got a question?



St Matthew's Church Fete at Crow Nest - 1932

The golfers who stride out across the greens at Crow Nest golf club would find it fascinating if for just a few hours we could turn the clock back to September 1873. They would find it extremely difficult to get to any of the greens let alone play a round of golf on them.

Happy Days at Woolworth's

Today’s featured photograph goes back to June 9, 1995, the day Jessica Stevens was the lucky recipient of some Pinocchio presents from Woolworth's on Commercial Street.

It was a sad day when Brighouse lost its branch of F.W.Woolworth from its familiar location at 33 Commercial Street at the end of 2008. Times were changing on the high street quicker than this famous store could keep up with.

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