Silsden Local History Group

A look into times past in Cobbydale

Meetings Calendar of the Silsden Local History Group

Meetings are held at Silsden Methodist Church, located on Kirkgate in the centre of the town. Parking is available in Wesley Place car park nearby. Doors open at 7:00 pm for a 7:20 start. There is a small charge of £2 at the door.

2021 meetings

We are resuming meetings this month.

Monday 27th September

David Mason will give an illustrated talk entitled "The story of Silsden's terraced housing". Silsden is a town of terraces of all kinds, both historic and modern.

Monday 25th October

Richard Smith will talk about his experiences in the local textile trade. He will be bringing along archive examples of technical point papers once used to create the perforated cards that the many jacquard weavers once used in Silsden's textile mills.

Monday 22nd November

Bob Schofield will give an illustrated talk entitled "The history of the early Primitive Methodists in Silsden".

There are no plans at present to hold a December Meeting.

Monday 24th January 2022

Short AGM followed by a light-heated, illustrated look back through the picture puzzle places published in the News Sheets over the last two years.

PLEASE NOTE: These meetings are subject to any future rule changes by the government, because of Covid 19. 


Town Hall research sessions

On the Tuesdays following the Monday meetings research facilities are available in Silsden Town Hall located directly across the road from the Methodist Church. We meet in the ground floor front meeting room. You will have access to the Town's archive materials, which are kept there. These are drop-in sessions and someone will be on hand to help with inquiries concerning local and family history matters. If you have a specific request, than an email (via 'contact us') stating how we might help before you come would give us time to locate any appropriate resources. You are, of course, welcome to just turn up for a chat. There is a pay and display car park close by in the centre of town.

Town Hall research sessions in 2021:

Forthcoming meetings:

Tuesday 28th September         2.00 to 4.00pm

Tuesday 26th October              2.00 to 4.00pm

Tuesday 23rd November          2.00 to 4.00pm

No meeting in December

Tuesday 25th January 2022     2.00 to 4.00pm