David Hoyle -
David Hoyle - Sketches
Born in Hessle in the East Riding David Hoyle
studied at Keighley, and Leeds College of Art.Now retired and living on the edge of the Yorkshire
his graphic capturing of youthful memories,
domestic and industrial activities, are proving both
educational and amusing in their detail.
Shops of Cowling
The well established section on Cowling
Shops has been dramatically updated with a watercolour painting of all the
Cowling shops in existence from the 1930's.
Our thanks to Mr. David Hoyle for the painting and time.
Recreation Ground & Memorial Bazaar Brochure
Copy of a 1924 Brochure from a Cowling
Recreation Ground and Memorial Bazaar event held at the United Methodist
School Room, Cowling in April 1924.
David Hoyle Video
St Andrews, 12th May 2005
in support of Christian Aid,
A history talk to young and old on the village of Cowling
his memories and stories.
The video is in 10 parts with Credits to Joan Tindale for the recording
and Cowlingweb for
the video conversion and access of YouTube facilities.
Copy of a lecture given by
the late P. Fisher in 1944.
Mr. Phillip Fisher was agent for Carr Head estates prior to
the estate being finally broken up in the year 1923. Thomas Fisher, son of
John Fisher and Mr Phillip Fisher's father was born in 1832, so he was
eleven years old when he came to Wood House with his father. He attended
the old National school, when old enough he was put under the tutorship of
first vicar of Cowling Rev. Edward Worledge who had rooms at
Wood House (J Fisher have a copy of the agreement that was
drawn up between John Fisher and the Vicar in which the former
was bound in the sum of £25, that his son Thomas Fisher would faithfully
carry out his studies as set out in the agreement and continue such for the
period set down.
A Worth Cowling Octogenarian
HARD TIMES RECALLED
INSTRUMENTALIST, VOCALIST, & HYMN WRITER
Taken from Craven Herald
1st July 1932.(Marian Swales's scrapbook).
Mr. John Smith of no. 9 Middleton, Cowling, on Saturday
attained his 84th birthday,
which was celebrated by a gathering at his home by
members of his family and
Mr. Smith, who is hale and hearty, has led an active
life, and has a retentive memory. He is known by most as "JACK AT 'MOOR
Village Hall Centenary
1885 was the year when land was purchased in order to build
Liberal Club and Institute, and eighteen
were appointed to carry on the work of the Club.
The objects of the Club were to afford its members all the
advantages, conveniences and accommodation
club; to promote the cause of Liberalism, to consider
all questions affecting the interests of the
maintain a library of political, historical
literature. One rule that no intoxicating
be supplied, or consumed on the
Poachers at Broughton
One classic rogue of the English
rural scene keeps
immortality by dint of that old song,
"The Lincolnshire Poacher:
As me and my comrade
Were setting of a snare,
Twas then we spied the gamekeeper,
For him we did not care,
For we can wrestle and tight, my boys,
And jump o'er anywhere.
Oh! 'tis my delight on a shining night,
In the season of the year.
Snowden's Parliamentary Address
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have been unanimously readopted as Labour candidate by the
Blackburn Labour Party.
This invitation has been unanimously endorsed by the
National Labour Party and by crowded an
enthusiastic meetings of electors in
DISFRANCHISING THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS.
The Government have decided to rush the General Election
before the soldiers and sailor
return. It is
a scandal that our soldiers and sailors who have endured so much, and whose
and courage and steadfastness have won the admiration and
gratitude of the nation, should be deprived of the opportunity to vote
for the new Parliament in their full strength.
At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 17th
March 1919 the subject of providing a
War Memorial was on the agenda. The members wanted it to
be a worthy tribute to those who had lost their lives in the
recent Great War of 1914-18. The sacrifice they had made
must be honoured and
The proposal was
to build a Memorial Shelter and make a recreation ground to provide
facilities for healthy outdoor activities, games, sports and a
A collection of songs from the past relating
or linked in some way to the village of Cowling
Snippet's of History
A collection of interesting history points
not large enough for their own section but nevertheless of interest to
you have a 'Snippet of History' relevant to the village, then please contact
Industry of Cowling
Old Chick Industries in Cowling developing from pre 1914 to 1960's:
entrepreneurs sent men and boys buying 'clockers' or broody hens round the
countryside of Craven. My Father as a youth worked part time from School for
Frank Snowden - 'Towatt'.
Snowden's finest hour
I come now
to the story of what was
perhaps the most
sensational episode in my career; an episode
my great surprise brought me for a time into world-wide
notoriety. This was the Reparations Conference which
was held at The Hague in the
month of August 1929.
Perhaps I had better begin with a brief statement of
the events which led to the calling of this
Carr Head Estates - 1923 Auctions
perfectly private and secluded position, standing well up on an elevated
plateau at the Eastern portion of the Estate, whence the land forming
slopes downwards towards the point where two streams converge. The
streams are bordered by beautiful hanging woodlands. The Park is richly
old Forest Trees and......
As the village of Cowling
grew many of the family names became common throughout the village. As such
over a period of time bye-names (nicknames), became a popular way of
referring to people.
This section contains some of the many bye-names given to the people of Cowling in
the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Chapel - October Festivals
1921 Cowling Bar Chapel came up with the idea of inviting BBC, and
internationally acclaimed singers to perform recitals annually during a
weekend in October, and so the October festivals were born. World famous
singers from London and the BBC, such singers as Norman Allin (Bass,
London of the British National Opera Co.), Isobel Baillie (Soprano, of
Manchester and of Albert Hall and Queen's Hall Concerts.), Walter Widdop
(Tenor), Muriel Brunskill (Contralto, London), and Frank Titterton
Synopsis of Parish Council Meetings
that it may be interesting for the present generation to hear how many
of the amenities in the village now available to them, came to be
provided. The following abstracts from records of the work of Parish
Councils of the past provide much of this information.
Credits to Ernest & Alice Smith for this work.
Binns - 'Weaving a Century'
Text copied from the Centenary Book
published to commemorate 100 years of Binn's weaving
factory in Cowling.
Cowling Naturalists - Programme of events
in the 1920's.
Dear son I right to say that I received your letter and
was glad to hear that you was going to the night school which I think in the
coarse of 3 years it will be worth more to you than if I could give you
twenty pounds and that you are going to the Sunday School and that you was
given goin to the Chapel now. Depend upon it that youth is the best time to
improve the mind. Now about your funds I suppose they are getting rather
low, my funds has been low. Many a time and I have had to hop of one twig on
to another. Now 'bout your sute I think you had better gettet it at
Clekheaton and if you can not do for the money untill you come up I have
like to meet you at Bradford sum Saturday in the after noon.
Shops of Cowling
Over many years the village has seen a
steady decline of retail shops as times and lifestyles change. Our list
of 'shops of the past' (and present) as well as trades practiced in the
village all from various sources welcomes further input.
Daniel Binns - Artist
1896 - 1965
was born in Cowling. Following a formal art education he trained as a
teacher and taught all his working life in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Most of
his own creative time was spent walking, sketching and painting in his
beloved Yorkshire Dales.
This section contains some of his most treasured works of art.
It was with a feeling of regret (that I
read last week in the columns of your
paper that the old water-wheel at Ickornshaw
Mill was dismantled.
As my forefathers and myself had an-exceedingly
long and interesting connection
with Ickornshaw Mill, I thought it
might be of interest, especially to Cowling
people, to give more of the history and
the people and purposes that the old
wheel has served since 1791.
Council Minutes, 1894
Original minutes hand written by: Philip Snowden
Copied from original by: Dorothy Kitson -
Minutes of the First Cowling Parish
The following is a copy of the
Minutes taken from the first Cowling Parish Council Meeting held in
Alfred Teal Scriptures & Plays
rolled down his pale thin
aloud and cried;
It is his
brother that he seeks,
alas ! has died;
He lays by many a mouldering heap,
Where the shadows of the tall
There Tommy sleeps his lasting sleep,
Beneath the green turf's hide.
In memory of Robinson Bracewell, farmer
and local preacher and head of a large well-known local family, of Upper
Stonehead, Cowling, who died 1.12.1939 age 70, buried at Cowling Hill
along with his wife Alice (formerly of Kettlewell) who died 11.6.1930
age 62 years.
Ickornshaw - The last
few stalwarts who remained at
Ickornshaw had the sad task of closing
down their old familiar place of worship.
They did it without fuss, holding an
ordinary service and a Sacrament.
Then the door was closed on over
a century of fervent witness.
SATURDAY, 30th MAY
TEA AND CONCERT
For all Cowling Residents 65 years and over in the Methodist Schoolroom
Guests received from 4 p.m. Tea served at 4-30 p.m.
Concert will commence at 6-30 p.m. by the
CROWNING OF MISS CORONATION
Bar Chapel - Centenary &
About fifty years after its erection the " Bar Chapel"
considered too small for the needs of the community which
it. It had seating' accommodation for 400, and at
there were over 300 scholars and 68 teachers. The
congregation must often have exceeded the capacity of the building. A
site was purchased from Boocock's Charity for
and measures were taken for raising the sum of money
to carry out the design of the architect, Mr. John
Ickornshaw Choir Conductress
daughter of George Whittaker & Mary Wilson. Two older sisters Mamy &
Alice since being a small child has always been associated with the many
Cowling religious choirs. At the age of 13 she joined Ickornshaw Methodist
Choir. In 1942 she trained as a conductress and began conducting the
Women's Institute Choir shortly thereafter, followed with many other local
History of Ickornshaw Methodist
Hargreaves M.B.E., Dip.T.P., M.R.T.P.I.
Published in May 1976 to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the
opening of the present Chapel.
Past Landlords of Cowling Public
THE BLACK BULL, COWLING
1838 James Nelson - son Peter Nelson
1848 Richard Robinson
1857 Richard Hill - Old Black Bull Grinning Rat at bottom of NanScar
before new road was constructed.
1870 - Black Bull moved to present location......
This is probably one of the
most frequently asked questions in the village of Cowling....'when & why was
the pinnacle built?'
Opinions are varied, but we
have tried to research a little into this area and the following excerpts
from local papers in the late 1950's may help to throw some light on this
Methodist Church -
July 10th, 1886, memorial stones were laid for a new
School. Sixty years ago !
What changes sixty years
brought. This was not the beginning of the school, but its
transfer from the old "Bar Chapel", so called because it
near a toll-bar.
As far back as 1832 the building of the "Bar Chapel" had begun, and
50 years it served
as both chapel and school.......
Memories & WWII Evacuees of Cowling
I thought I would put some of my memories on paper for you.
I arrived in Cowling on September 3rd 1939, yes I was an evacuee. I came
with my two younger brothers and with other children from St.Augustines
School. I remember we had a stop on the way, I think it was Keighley........
Philip Snowden Press
Snowden was nearly as much
of an. adept as Abraham Lincoln at
punctuating his speeches with apt
story and anecdotal illustrations. Many
are the stories which he told, and
many, too, are the stories told about
WWII Log Books - Cowling Primary
7th December 1937
The ceremony of acceptance of the portrait of the late Viscount Snowden was
held from 3pm to 4pm Mr. Tom Snowden spoke to the children on 'Philip
Snowden'. The portrait was presented by Miss E. Wrathall and Viscountess
Snowden, who had given the portrait to the school, and also spoke. Mr J.
Bailey accepted the portrait on behalf of the school and the managers.
Several children took small parts in the ceremony.
This section of our website is
about some of the many local people of Cowling who have a wealth of
historical information to share with us. These people have kindly
contributed to this website in many ways with recorded memories of their
lives in the village both in voice and picture.
The development of Cowling
A chronological survey of important dates -
Population increases through history - Industry that established the
The Danes invaded the area in 560 AD, and a
family named COLL settled the area. This family, which would be
predominantly male, adopted a feudal regime based on military might with
the fees and duties payable to the dominant chief........
The Emmott's of Revel
A Key figure in this history of the Emmotts of Revel Knoll
is James Emmott
who was born at Wilsden 21 .6.1798, the eldest son of James and Sarah and
the first of his line in 200 years to be born outside Cowling. His diary
and accounts which have been handed down reveal the hardships of life in
the 19th Century and the fervour of Non Conformist religion.
Town End Farms, 1787
William Sewell was a local lad who went away
to college and became a well qualified teacher. After a successful career he
returned to Cowling for his retirement.
He was a respected forager of local history and when he died in 1960s he
bequeathed his notes to Cowling Parish Council. We begin with his thoughts and
gleanings on Town End Farm and its, environment......
1880 Cowling Child Census
(large file allow time for
The following is a copy of a
text book from 1880 entitled 'West Riding County Council, Education
The information was all recorded by hand in child age order. Although no
information is present as to the exact purpose of the list.
One theory suggests the recording of Cowling children's location and age for
the purpose of providing schooling, another suggest it may have been part of
the compilation of the infamous 1881 census.
Cowling Amateur Dramatic Plays
A selection of copies from program's of
the many plays.
Tom's well is located around 250 yards on
the right of the Hitching Stone when approached from the Pinnacle Car
Park. It is situated in an obscure banked clearing. The well is a
purpose built trough which most believe was not for the use of sheep but
to quench the thirst of people either working on the moor or attending
the fairs that were held there in summer many years ago.
- A Brief History of a Pennine Village - June M. Hargreaves MBE.
This thesis was produced as a sixth form Geography project at
Keighley Girls' Grammar
School in 1954. It has no claims to being a polished piece of
work but. hopefully, it
contains information which might inform the readers and
contain facts which otherwise could be lost with the passage of time.
Cowlings Historic Mansion
Farmers and other residents of the Cowling
and Glusburn districts gathered in large force at the Queen's
Hotel, Keighley, yesterday
afternoon, for the sale of the Carr Head estate.
The estate, which formerly belonged for many
generations to the Wainman family....
Were looking for past brochures from Cowling
Our presentation begins with the brochure of 1990 where Norman R Binns
celebrated 30 years of working in the Cowling Gala procession and in his
honour he was privileged to open the day's festivities.
A collection of programmes from the days of
Dance in Cowling.
of work in Abram Binns Factory
The evidence relating to Ickornshaw Mill given
on June 2nd 1832 before the committee of the House of Commons on the Bill to
regulate the labour of children in mills and factories.