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Talks and Things in Saddleworth

SADDLEWORTH CIVIC TRUST

Thursday 31st August 2017, 7.30pm. At the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. Saddleworth Civic Trust has an Illustrated Presentation by Julian Somerville, entitled “The Royal Mail – 500 Years and Still Delivering.”

All welcome, No charge but prospective new members most welcome. Refreshments available for small charge.

SADDLEWORTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Wednesday 13th September 2017, at 7.30pm. At the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. Saddleworth Historical Society has an Illustrated Presentation by Dr. Stephen Bowd entitled “John Dee and Elizabethan Lancashire.”

All […]

Saddleworth Historical Society annual village lecture in Greenfield

Reporter: Allan Roach

On Wednesday 14 June, Saddleworth Historical Society will host its annual village lecture in Greenfield: ‘Greenfield – from the 19th Century to the 21st: the Making of a Saddleworth Village’.

The lecture was originally scheduled to take place at Greenfield Conservative Club but following its shock closure after 123 years, the lecture will now take place at Boarshurst Band Club.

The closure of the Conservative Club is just the latest chapter in over a century of change […]

New book to be published in memory of the late Alan Petford

Alan Petford

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

This spring a new book will be published in memory of the late Alan Petford.

‘History in the South Pennines: the Legacy of Alan Petford’ will examine a thousand years of life in the upland communities of Saddleworth, Marsden and the Calder Valley.

Alan, a distinguished historian and much admired local history lecturer, died in 2015.

He was a former student of Hulme Grammar and a founder member of the Saddleworth Historical Society. Having […]

Events in February for both the Saddleworth Historical Society and Saddleworth Civic Trust

Saddleworth Historical Society has an Illustrated Presentation entitled ‘Saddleworth’s Lost Servicemen of World War’ by Ivan Foster, historian.

This takes place on Wednesday 8 February at 7.30pm at the Saddleworth Museum, High Street, Uppermill. All are welcome but there is a charge of £3 for non-members on the night. Refreshments will be available.

On Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm Saddleworth Historical Society has an Illustrated Presentation by Dr Sarah Rose entitled ‘Power, Privilege & Politics: The Medieval Honour of Pontefract’ […]

Saddleworth Historical Society presentation on ‘Richard Oastler & Yorkshire Slavery’ at Dobcross Band Club

Saddleworth Historical Society has an illustrated presentation by Dr. John Hargreaves entitled ‘Richard Oastler & Yorkshire Slavery’ at Dobcross Band Club.

The presentation takes place on Wednesday 10 February 2016 at the club on Platt Lane, Dobcross.

It starts at at 7.45pm and all are welcome – especially new members.

There is a £3 charge on the night for non-members.

Tea, coffee and bar refreshments will be available.

Saddleworth Historical Society lecture in memory of the late Alan Petford

Calder Valley

On Wednesday 8 July, the Saddleworth Historical Society will host a lecture entitled ‘Patterns in the Landscape: the Evolution of Settlement in Enclosure in the Upper Calder Valley.’ It is being given in memory of the late Alan Petford by one of his former students, Dr. Nigel Smith.

Alan Petford, who died in January at the age of 61, made an unparalleled contribution to the history of Saddleworth, and that of the South Pennines more broadly. He […]

Saddleworth Historical Society and Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts host ‘Viking age gold and silver in the north west’ talk

The Viking gold ring – (Picture courtesy of Saddleworth Museum)

On Wednesday 13 May the Saddleworth Historical Society and Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts will jointly host ‘Viking Age Gold and Silver in the North West’, an illustrated talk, to be given by Professor James Graham-Campbell one of the country’s leading authorities on Viking-age treasure.

The Viking-age gold finger-ring found at the confluence of Greenfield and Chew Brooks in 1914, and now in the British Museum, provides the […]

Saddleworth Historical Society lecture on Humphrey Chetham

Humphrey Chetham – Courtesy of Chetham’s Library

On Wednesday 11 March, Dr Stephen Guscott will present an illustrated lecture at Saddleworth Museum to Saddleworth Historical Society on one of Lancashire’s most intriguing figures – Humphrey Chetham.

Best known as the founder of Chetham’s Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, Humphrey Chetham was Manchester’s most eminent merchant in the first half of the seventeenth century. By his will of 1653, not only was the library established, but […]

Saddleworth Historical Society presentation in December

Peter Fox, Curator of Saddleworth Museum, will be making an illustrated presentation on Monday 2 December at 7. 30pm entitled’ Saddleworth in Film 2′. The event takes place at Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. All are welcome and the night includes refreshments.

Saddleworth Civic Trust and Historical Society

Saddleworth Civic Trust will be holding a flea market at Uppermill Civic Hall on Sunday 3 November at 10am till 4pm. Admission is adults 50p with concessions at 30p, there will be stalls and refreshments served all day. If you wish to book a stall please call 01457 876858.

The AGM of Saddleworth Civic Trust will be held at the Saddleworth Museum Gallery in Uppermill, on Thursday 14 November at 7.15pm. There will also be an illustrated presentation by Ray […]

Saddleworth Civic Trust and Historical Society events

Saddleworth Civic Trust will be holding an illustrated presentation by Mike Buckley on Thursday 10 October, this is entitled ‘Character Appraisal of Ladhill Lane Conservation Area, Greenfield’ and starts at 7.30pm.

On Sunday 3 November from 10.00am-4.00pm at the Civic Hall, Uppermill, Saddleworth Civic Trust is holding a flea market. Admission will be Adults 50p, Concessions 30p. There will be up to 40 stalls with Refreshments all day. A few stalls are still available and to book contact Charles Baumann […]

Saddleworth Historical Society to hold presentation event

Saddleworth Historical Society has an illustrated presentation by Alan Petford, historian, on Wednesday 12th June 2013 at 7.30pm.

The presentation will be held at Saddleworth Museum Gallery, High Street, Uppermill.

Free entry and refreshments are available and all are welcome. People interested in joining the society are also encouraged to attend.

Request For Out-Of-Print Saddleworth Book

I’ve been contacted by reader Hilary Samuels, who is keen to track down a copy of a book which is now out-of-print. It is George Shaw of St Chad’s Saddleworth, written by GB Howcroft and published in 1972 by the Saddleworth Historical Society.

If anyone has an old copy and wouldn’t mind passing it on, please do get in touch with Saddleworth News by clicking Contact at the top of the page, and I’ll pass on your details.

Saddleworth Historical Society To Host Lecture

Roche Abbey (picture courtesy Saddleworth Historical Society)

An academic from York University will be speaking at the Saddleworth Museum in Uppermill this Friday night, in a lecture hosted by the Saddleworth Historical Society.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free event, which begins at 7:30pm.

With the details, it’s over to Victor Khadem from the society:

DR JUDITH FROST WILL BE giving a talk to the Saddleworth Historical Society on ‘The Religious Houses of Yorkshire’ this coming Friday.

Religious […]