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                                                                                                  Type               Ref. No.    

ACTION GROUPS - See Societies

BUSES: See Transport

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

Bolton Road Allotment Association records                                      original          19/119/2

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

Silsden Agricultural Show & Sports - notice                                     original            21/137/6

Silsden Charity Sports Society - 2 leaflets (1921)                            original            21/137/5

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

Silsden Footpath Association  archived records                               original           15/55

Silsden Horticultural Society archicved records (1971-83)               original           19/119/1

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

Masonic booklets (Local Lodge - Alan Duxbury)                              original            19/117/1

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

Odfellows Lodge leaflets                                                                   original            21/132/2

CHURCHES - See separate churches

DIARIES - see Journals

DIRECTORIES

'History, Direct. & Gazetteer of the County of York' - Baines (1822) original           19/120 

EDUCATION

Aire View School: Log book (1899-1925)                                          original           21/141/1

Aire View School: Log Book (1965-1970)                                          original           21/141/3

Aire View School: managers' and visitors' book (1904-1948)           original           21/141/2

Aire View School: Pupil registrations and withdrawals                      original           21/141/4

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

Aire View School: Five Class photographs                                        original           21/141/5

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

Silsden Modern School (Hothfield) re-opening brochure 1940         original            21/137/2

Hothfield - album of school camps, sports (1953-1960) K. Whalley original            21/131

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

Hothfield swimming certificates (Denis Cooper - 1937 & 38)            original           18/104

Hothfield School - Class photographs (1982-3 to 2010/11)               original           21/141/6

Silsden Secondary Modern School "Visit to Whitby" (1951)              original          19/121/1

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, FAMILY HISTORY RECORDS Etc.

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

Green, Arthur (history of family timber sawmill business)                  transcript        21/134

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

Driving Licence - Thomas Duxbury                                                    original           19/117/4 

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

Labour certificate: Rishworth (1898)                                                  original            21/137/4

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

National Insurance Certificate (W.T. Town: 1953) re benefit claim    original            18/112

Passport (1998-2008)                                                                        original            18/107/2

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

Will of John Gill of Schoolmaster Place                                             original            21/137/3

LETTERS

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

MAPS & PLANS

Central Silsden streets (hand drawn)                                                original           16/68

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

Neighbourhood Plan - Steeton, Eastburn & SIlsden (2021)              original           21/135

METHODISM

Address presented to Mrs. Birkbeck (USA: 1905)                             original          18/106/1

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

Methodist Church hall programme of music (1983)                           original          19/121/3

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 Yugoslavian air crash                                               original          13/7/2

Kirkgate Methodist Church programme "Iolanthe"  (1951)                 original           19/121/2

Ministers (list)                                                                                       transcript       14/39/5

Preachers' plan (Bethesda: 1914)                                                       original           18/106/2

Primitive Methodists' Centenary Celebrations (1921)                         original           18/115/2

Primitive Methodists' order of services in the Silsden Circuit (1928)  original           18/115/4

Primitive Methodists' Synod (1926)                                                     original           14/39/3

Programme for Messiah (1966)                                                           original           18/102/1

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

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

Wesleyan service sheet: unveiling of war tablet (1922)                      original           18/115/1

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

Wesleyan papers (various inc. 3 circuit 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

Burial memorial cards (various)                                                        original             21/132/3

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

SCHOOLS - See Education

SILSDEN TOWN COUNCIL

Records of Arthur Watson, mayor (1952-55)                                     original           21/133

Steeton, Eastburn & SIlsden neighbourhood Devel. Plan (2021)     original           21/135

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

SOCIETIES & ACTION GROUPS

Spencer Avenue 'Road Repairs Action Group' papers                      original           18/110

SHOPS & SERVICES

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

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

Co-operative Penny Savings Bank Book (1924-36)                           original          18/107/1

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

SIlsden business - invoices and receipts                                            original          21/132/2      

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

TANNERY

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

TRADE DIRECTORIES - See Directories

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

TRANSPORT

Set of photographs of Silsden buses                                                 original            21/138

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

War Memorial: Service programme of the unveiling (1921)             original            19/123/1

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

National Registration Identity Cards: Clifford & Anne Barrett (1943) original           19/118/1

Pilot's Flying Log Book belonging to Denis Cooper (other items)     original            18/103

Ration book: Wabiszczewicz - Howden Hostel                                 original            14/15/1

Ration books: Clifford & Anne Barrett - clothing & food                    original            19/118/2

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