Silsden Local History Group

A look into times past in Cobbydale

DOCUMENTARY INVENTORY

This is an alphabetically indexed inventory of documents deposited in Silsden Town Archive, managed by the Silsden Local History Group. Deposited items are for reference only, but can be viewed on the Group’s research sessions, which are held on the fourth Tuesdays of each month following a Monday meeting. The inventory includes various papers, account books, invoices, minute books, membership registers, printed cards, postcards, leaflets, letters, journals, hand-written notes, and certain historic books and pamphlets.

Item              Document                                               type                 Reference No.     Description

CARDS

Birthday (Twentieth Century): One sent in 1943                               original            15/49

Cigarette cards (Wartime series): Air raid precautions                     original            14/15/2

Christmas card: Silsden Old Age Pensioners' Association               original            15/43/10

Christmas Card: Sent from the Rhineland Forces (1945)                 original            17/79/2

Methodist Church Card (2010)                                                          original            18/99/1

CINEMA                                                      

Booklet: ‘Picture Palace – cinema and community’                          original             15/42/4

Cinema Admission tickets on rolls (various prices)                          original             13/8

CLOG-IRON MAKERS - see Nail & Clog-iron makers

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Cricket, Football & Bowling Cliubs minute book (1930-2008)           original            17/81/4

Silsden Cricket Club - membership cards (over many years)           original            17/89/1

Silsden Footpath Association  archived records                               original            15/55

Gala committee minutes (1908-1914)                                               original            13/13/3

Oddfellows membership records (1832-1976)                                  original            13/13/4-6

DIARIES - see Journals

EDUCATION

Aire View Primary School  albums of class photos                            original            16/66/4

Bolton Road School & Hothfield School Log Books (1863-1947)      original           17/92/1-2

Hothfield School Diary (2009-10)                                                       original            17/80

FAMILY TREE DETAILS

Roberts family: Census details                                                          notes               17/89/2 

FARMS & FARMING

Shuttleworth Farm account book (Ghyll Grange)                               original           13/1/1

Farm invoices (Ghyll Grange)                                                            original            13/1/2

Land tax book (Survey: Mid-Nineteenth century)                               original            13/1/3

Silsden Estates sales catalogue (1947) - with maps                          original            14/16

GALA – see: Clubs

JOURNALS, Etc.

Berry, Mary - personal journal  (1846-1869)                                      transcript         14/31/5

Harland, Elizabeth (ne Town) - personal journal(1875-1963)            transcript         16/77/1

Kitchen, Harold - scrapbook, including Silsden concerts                   original            15/58

Pickard, James - personal journal (life story to 1862)                        photocopy      13/14/26

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

Abstract of Title (T. Booth) - land sale in 1864                                   original            13/13/27 

Inventory of Punch Bowl (1905)                                                         copy                13/13/29

Land purchase indenture (1910)                                                        copy                17/81/6

Probate of will of Thomas Green, Brunthwaite yeoman (1804)         original            13/13/24

LETTERS

 Hildred Harpin - Catholic clergyman (Swartha)                                copies              15/43/1

MAPS & PLANS

Central Silsden streets (handdrawn)                                                 original            16/68

Howden Road Allotments  - scale 1:500 (1947)                                original            16/69

METHODISM

Centenary Celebrations (250th - 1871-1971)                                    original            14/39/4

Church papers - various leaflets (Primitive Chapel)                           original            13/6/2

Church history- Book: by Rev. Robson (1910                                    original            14/19

Methodist Conference handbook (1937)                                            original            14/39/2

Early history of the Wesleyan circuit (1734-1784) - book 1909          original            14/39/1

Ebenezer Chapel- Centenary celebrations 1955 (Cross Hills)           original            14/39/8

Funeral order of service - Pamphlet Silsden (1966):                             

girls who died in Yogoslavian air crash                                              original            13/7/2

Ministers (list)                                                                                     transcript         14/39/5

Primitive Methodist Synod (1926)                                                      original            14/39/3

Wesleyan bazaar pamphlet - recipe booklet handwritten (1927)       original            14/39/6

Wesleyan class tickets (1796-1809) John Dickinson & Mary Berry   original            14/31/1

WesleyanSunday School teachers’ plan (1833)                                original            14/31/2

Wesleyan papers (various inc. 3 curcuit plans 1927-28))                  original            14/31/3

NAIL & CLOG-IRON MAKERS

Thomas Green's (clog-irons) - inc. business papers                         original            16/66/1

ODDFELLOWS – see: Clubs

POSTCARDS

Wiffum Waffum Wuffum Band                                                          original             15/43

ST. JAMES CHURCH, SILSDEN

Church history: 250th Anniversary book (1712-1962) W. Cowling   original             14/17/1

Church history: 300th Anniversary book (1712-2012) B. Turner      original             15/42/7

Hand-written notes: Historical notes written c. 1950                        original             13/13/25

Parish magazines: (Volumes 1908-1910)                                         original            14/33/1

Parish magazines: (Volumes 189222-1915)                                     original            13/13/1

Parish magazines: (May 1937 & May 1938)                                     original            16/71/1

Pew indenture (1817)                                                                       original             14/31/4

Service sheet: Hallowing service (7th December 1967)                   original            16/71/2

SILSDEN URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

Court Leet: Booklet on hIstory of the Court Leet (1953)                    original            16/72

Grant of Arms: Booklet (1955)                                                           copy                16/78/2   

SHOPS & SERVICES

Cobbler’s accounts: (1906-1915)                                                       original           13/14/28 

Co-operative Penny Bank Book (first entry 1937)                              original           13/7/1

Ladies Outfitters: M.H. & N. Fishburn; (envelope)                              original           18/101

Martin's Bank Deposit Book, Silsden (1956-1970)                             original           18/98/1

Price, Henry – tailors newspaper (11th October 2000                        article             14/22/1

Yorkshire Penny Bank Savings Book, Silsden (1942-1959)               original           18/98/2

TANNERY

Recipe sheets; Handwritten  (industrial tanning processes)              original            15/43/6

TEXTILE INDUSTRY

Airedale Shed: Sale plan (1912)                                                        original           13/13/26

Loom book: "Loom tuning" (1915)                                                     original            14/20

Overlookers' Rules Book: Keighley Loom Weavers (1922)               original            16/64

People's March for Jobs: A personal account (1981)                        original            16/74/1

Retired Benefit Scheme: Booklet                                                       original            17/79/1

Student notes: Handwritten by John Clarkson (1950s)                     original             15/4

Student notes: Handwritten by Harry Town at Keighley Tech.           original             15/47

Student notes: Handwritten by Annie Breare                                     original             15/52

Wilson, A. & Son Ltd. textile manufacturers company notes             original             14/36

TOWN HALL

Mechanics Institute design sketch of building (1884)                        photocopy        15/44

TOWN GUIDES

Almanack: Crosshills & Silsden (1905)                                             original             17/82/1

Silsden, ‘A way of Life’ - published by Chamber of Trade (1982)     original             14/18/2

Silsden, Official Guide 1st Edition: (dated c.1953)                            original             14/18/1

Silsden, Official Guide 2nd Edition                                                    original             14/17/2

WORLD WAR (First)

Craven service men: Book "Craven's Part in the Great War"           original             14/34

Silsden Peace Celebrations: Booklet 1919)                                     original             13/9/1

WORLD WAR (Second)

A.R.P. papers: Inc. a map of air raid shelters at New Close Works  original             14/36

Instructions for British Servicemen in France (1944)                        original             17/82/3

National Registration Identity Card: Audrey Tillotson (1940)            original             18/98/3

Ration book: Wabiszczewicz (Howden Hostel)                                 original             14/15/1

War Savings Committee Minutes (1940-46)                                     original             13/13/2

Names inscribed on war memorial: Pamphlet of order of

proceedings at the unveiling of names on memorial 1950               original              16/71/3