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Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion : Foldout

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Entries beginning Brighouse ... and The Brighouse ... are gathered together in this Sidetrack.

The second largest town in Calderdale, Brighouse lies to the east of Halifax

See Population, Calder Registration District and Parish statistics

Brighouse Adult Education Centre
Established in 1972 in the former Brighouse National School

Brighouse Agricultural Show
This was held in Wellholme Park in the 1930s

Brighouse Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society
Established in 1923.

In 2005, merged with Brighouse Light Opera Society to become Brighouse Theatre Productions

Brighouse Amateur Pantomime Society

Brighouse & District General & Penny Savings Bank
On 3rd October 1868, the bank opened new premises at the new Town Hall, Brighouse [entrance in Hall Street].

It was superseded by a branch of the Yorkshire Penny Bank

Brighouse & District Cage Bird Society
Recorded in 1900. They held meetings and competitions at the Black Swan, Brighouse.

Some members suggested that the venue was attracting drinkers, rather than bird fanciers, so they moved to the Wheelers' Club.

It was still in existence in the 1930s.

See Brighouse Cage Bird & Fanciers Society

Brighouse & District Historical Society
The Society meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Brighouse Rest Centre

Brighouse & District Licensed Victuallers' Air Gun & Rifle League
Recorded in 1907, when those in the League included the Dog & Gun, Rastrick, Woodlands, Rastrick, White Swan, Brighouse, Empress of India, Brighouse, Vulcan, Brighouse, Punch Bowl, Bailiff Bridge, Commercial, Brighouse, Prince of Wales, Brighouse, Duke of York, Rastrick, Rising Sun, Rastrick, Railway, Rastrick, Bridge, Brighouse, Ship, Prince Albert, Victoria, Star, Rastrick, Black Bull, Brighouse, and Grove, Brighouse

Brighouse & District Paraffin Oil Deniers' Association
Established in April 1900

Brighouse & District Radical Association
Church Street, Brighouse.

Recorded in December 1888.

See Radicals and A. B. Wakefield

The Brighouse & Elland Echo
The name of The Brighouse Echo for a short time in the 1930s.

See Local Newspapers

The Brighouse & Elland Express
Published by A. B. Bayes from offices in Briggate, Brighouse. It appeared on Friday, 14th March 1873.

In 1874, the name was changed to The Brighouse & Rastrick Express.

In 1874, Cooper Brothers were the proprietors.

The Friday edition of 4 pages cost ½d and the Saturday edition of 8 pages cost 1d. After the first year, the name was changed to the Brighouse & Rastrick Gazette.

See Local Newspapers

The Brighouse & Elland News
Local newspaper. Published on Fridays. First published in 18??. Ceased publication 19??.

See John Edward Blackburn Howe and Local Newspapers

The Brighouse & Elland Register
19th century newspaper.

See Local Newspapers

Brighouse & Lightcliffe Steam Laundry
Laundry and carpet cleaners at Hoyle House, Lightcliffe.

Established 1886.

See Squire Appleyard and Squire Aspinall

Recorded in 1904 as the Lightcliffe Laundry.

On 1st March 1920, there was an explosion at the laundry, killing the proprietor, Johnnie Kendall.

An advertisement for the business in 1939 announced

Proprietors: Geo. Clayton & Son of 4 East Cliffe, Lightcliffe [Res]

Fine open air drying

Brighouse & Rastrick Band
The Brighouse and Rastrick Temperance Brass Band was formed in 1881. The band took its present name in 1929

See Ernest Armitage, Herbert Armitage, Fred Berry, John Vincent Floyd Bottomley, George Percy Bunce, Brian Evans, Jack Goodall, David Richard Marshall, Herbert Wood and Milnes Wood

Brighouse & Rastrick Band of Hope Union
Recorded around 1913.

See Band of Hope

Brighouse & Rastrick Bible Society
Recorded in November 1874, when they held their annual meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Brighouse

The Brighouse & Rastrick Chronicle
The first local newspaper in the district. First appeared on Saturday 1st January 1859, and was edited by Jonas Yates. It was published monthly. It ceased publication in May 1865.

See Local Newspapers

The Brighouse & Rastrick Express
In 1874, the name of The Brighouse & Elland Express was changed to The Brighouse & Rastrick Express.

See Local Newspapers

The Brighouse & Rastrick Gazette
Local newspaper. First appeared in March 1873 as the Brighouse & Elland Express. The name was changed in 1874.

Joah Pearson was owner and editor of the paper [18??].

In 1878, Charlotte Oates wrote a poem on the Russo-Turkish war which was published in the Gazette.

Jonathan Caldwell worked for the paper.

The paper ceased publication in 1???.

See Local Newspapers

Brighouse & Rastrick Liberal Club Building Company Limited
The company which funded the Brighouse Liberal Club in 1877.

See John Edward Blackburn Howe, Charles Jones Ormerod and Hanson Ormerod

Brighouse & Rastrick Naturalists' Society
Established at the Star, Rastrick in 1894.

Their collection of stuffed birds and animals was transferred to The Rydings and meetings were held there from 1898

Brighouse & Rastrick Savings Bank
Established on 20th November 1858 as a penny savings bank by members of Brighouse Mechanics' Institute. It closed on 19th November 1892

Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Brass Band
A drum and fife band was formed in the district around 1860.

The Brighouse and Rastrick Temperance Brass Band was formed in 1881.

Members had to sign the pledge of abstinence.

In 1929, the name was changed to the Brighouse & Rastrick Band.

See Samuel Henry Byrne and Arthur Oakes Pearce

Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Society
Recorded in May 1881, when they attended a meeting at the Rose & Crown Cocoa & Coffee Tavern, Brighouse.

See Brighouse Temperance Society

Brighouse & Rastrick Women's Liberal Association
Recorded in 1900

Brighouse & Spenborough
Spenborough Urban District was formed in 1915 and combined the three districts of Cleckheaton, Gomersal and Liversedge.

In 1937, it was enlarged to encompass Birkenshaw, Hunsworth, Hartshead and part of Clifton.

Brighouse and Spenborough became a parliamentary constituency with 1 member in the same year.

MPs included

See Brighouse and MPs for Elland

Brighouse Angling Association
Founded in 1928 as a coarse angling club

Brighouse Anti-Vaccination League
An Anti-Vaccination League formed in 1898.

See Vaccination

Brighouse Art Circle
Founded in June 1949

Brighouse Art Gallery

Brighouse Arts Council

Brighouse Assembly Rooms

Brighouse Baths
Mill Royd Street. The baths were designed by S. S. Heywood, the Borough Surveyor for Brighouse. The baths cost £5,700 to build.

Opened by Mayor Bob Thornton on 2nd (or 5th) July 1913.

The facilities included a swimming pool, plunge baths, slipper baths and showers.

The separate entrances for men and for women are still visible.

Paul Hartley writes of the baths in the 1950s and 1960s

A succession of children were paraded two abreast from the various schools through the borough in an attempt to teach them all to swim. The swimming teacher was a formidable lady – Mrs Oates – who delighted in hanging a long pole just out of reach insisting that they should swim towards it. This long suffering lady must have taught hundreds, if not thousands, of Brighouse children to swim.

The pool attendant was called Raymond. The children used to chant

Raymond sells fish
three ha'pence a dish
repeatedly and loudly, much to the annoyance of the adults present

The baths continued in use throughout the 20th century, although they were often likely to be demolished and superseded by newer facilities when the area and the former Sugden's Flour Mill site is redeveloped.

In 2006 – and against considerable local opposition – the baths were closed after glass from the ceiling fell into the pool and the premises were considered unsafe.

After the usual wrangling over how much, where and when, new baths were promised on a site at Wellholme Park in 2008.

The new Pool and Fitness Centre opened on Woodvale Road, Brighouse in October 2010.

The old baths were demolished [from 2014]

See Bradford Road Baths, Brighouse

Brighouse Bellman's Bawl
An event in which town-criers and bell-ringers from around Britain demonstrate their skills. The event was inaugurated on 28th October 2006

Brighouse Board of Commissioners
Formed in 1846 under an Act of Parliament which had been passed for
sewering, lighting and draining in the hamlet of Brighouse

Around 1865, the Commissioners were superseded by the Brighouse Local Board.

See Borough of Brighouse

Brighouse Borough
The Borough of Brighouse with Rastrick and Hove Edge was created – by an amalgamation of the local boards of Brighouse and Rastrick, and Hove Edge – in 1893. The Borough was incorporated on 30th September 1893. The Municipal Charter was granted in 1892.

The motto of Brighouse Borough Council was

Labore et Prudentia

By labour and prudence

Alderman William Smith was the first Mayor.

In 1937, the Borough was augmented by the addition of Bailiff Bridge, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Norwood Green and Southowram.

See Mayors of Brighouse, Brighouse Municipal Elections, Brighouse Board of Commissioners, Brighouse Local Board, Brighouse Town Hall, Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, James Dyson, Rastrick Gas Company, Orlando Sladdin and Alexander Oldfield Stock

Brighouse Borough Band
Brass band.

See Tommy Whitaker

Brighouse Borough Band Club
Recorded in 1917 at Canal / Wharf Street when Arthur Thornton was secretary

Brighouse Borough Club
An early manifestation of the club is recorded around 1700.

The newer club was established some time after 1895.

From 1906, the club was based at the Assembly Rooms, Brighouse.

In 1917, Edward P. Chambers was honorary secretary.

The club closed in 19??.

See Sam Blackburn and Brighouse Flying Club

Brighouse Borough Fire Brigade
Before mechanisation of the service, a horse-drawn appliance was used. This was drawn by 2 horses for a local fire, or 4 for a more distant fire.

It has been said that, at one time, the Fire Chief liked a drink, and his wife frequently stood in for him on a call.

The crew comprised 7 men, including the driver. In 19??, the driver fell off and was killed when the rear wheels ran over him.

See Brighouse Fire Station, Alexander Carmichael, Henry Barber fire engine and Neptune fire engine

Brighouse Borough Magistrates Court
King Street. The Courtroom was held in the former St Paul's Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School, Brighouse between 1938 and 1995. It is currently occupied by the Salvation Army when they moved from the Salvation Army Citadel, Brighouse

Brighouse Boundary Walk
A 20-mile circular walk around the boundary of Brighouse devised by Peter Davies. The official route starts and ends at Thornhill Briggs

Brighouse Bowling Club
Recorded in 1917 at Clifton Road when T. Fearnley was secretary

Brighouse Brass Band & Hymn Tune competition
An annual event organised by Brighouse Lions

Brighouse Brick, Tile & Stone Company Limited
Quarrying company at Gooder Lane, Rastrick.

In 1853, this was stone masons J. & G. Dyson.

In 1868, the business was taken over and named Brighouse Brick, Tile & Stone Company Limited.

In 1874, the St John Mission Church, Rastrick was built to serve the increasing population in Gooder Lane, many of whom worked for the company.

In 1877, they had another brickworks in Huddersfield, and by 1895 had a third in Littleborough. In that year, the three plants made almost ¼ million facing bricks per week of which perhaps 70,000 were made at Brighouse. They employed around 100 workers [1895].

In 1895, George Watkinson of Hipperholme was Chairman of the company.

They claimed to have the largest brick kilns in the district making several types of bricks and flooring tiles. The impact of their quarrying can be seen in the cliffs behind the works.

In November 1899, the company's name was listed in businesses represented at Bankruptcy Buildings, London.

Business reduced after World War I, and the company closed in 1962 due, it is said, to competition from cheap bricks by the London Brick Company.

The site was demolished for redevelopment. Miller's Oils now stands on the site.

Three rows of workers' housing – Brick Terrace, Tile Terrace and Brick & Tile Terrace - built for workers at the Company stand nearby

Brighouse Bridge Club
Royd Mill

Brighouse Bridges over the Calder
There are bridges over the canal and the river in Brighouse, including

Brighouse British Legion Drum & Bugle Band

Recorded in 1981, when

Brighouse British Legion Hall
Opened in 1956.

It was demolished around 1988.

See Brighouse British Legion Hall War Memorial

Brighouse British Restaurant
British restaurant opened on 26th June 1941 in premises on Park Row

Brighouse Bus Station
There had been various tram and bus termini around the town – notably the tram stops by the George Hotel.

  • A bus station was located on Owler Ings Road
  • In 1941, open space in Market Street was used, except on Saturday when the market was held there
  • In 1951, a new station was built in Market Street and the market was moved to Back Bonegate
  • In the 1970s, this was demolished to make way for the Wellington Arcade shopping precinct
  • In 19??, a new bus station was built alongside the new Luuml;denscheid Link bypass. This was in 2 sections: one near the Central Methodist Church and the other 100 yards away near Bradford Road
  • In 2004, there was much noise about a new bus station for Brighouse – with the usual artist's impression.

    In August 2005, the plans seemed to have been forgotten, and the estimated costs were found to have spiralled.

    In July 2008, work finally began on the new bus station, and this opened on Ganny Road, at a cost of £2.38 million, in May 2009 ... although

    there are no toilet facilities, and the bus station closes at 8:00 pm after which time passengers must wait outdoors!

Brighouse Cage Bird & Fanciers Society
Established in 18??.

See Brighouse & District Cage Bird Society

Brighouse canal basin
In 1768, the Brighouse canal basin on the Calder & Hebble Navigation opened. There is a roving bridge here.

The basin was used by barges delivering coal to Brighouse Gas Works The last delivery was around 1956.

The basin was improved in 1974 and there is now a small marina.

The canal rejoins the Calder at Brighouse Lower Lock just below the basin.

See Anchor Inn, Brighouse Gas Works, Mill Lane, Brighouse Low Lock, Brighouse Top Lock, Brighouse Wire Wharf, Clifton colliery railway, Navigation Warehouse, Brighouse and Old Lock House, Brighouse

Brighouse Cemetery

Brighouse Cemetery: Lodge
The gatehouse for Brighouse Cemetery was the residence of the Registrar of the Cemetery.

Those living here have included

It is now a private house

Brighouse Chamber of Commerce
Established in January 1904.

See Chamber of Commerce and Brigadier General Richard Edgar Sugden

Brighouse Chamber of Trade
Recorded in 1960, when they met at the Imperial Café, Brighouse and N. Shaw was President and F. A. Lapish was Secretary

Brighouse Channel Islands Society
Formed by those refugees who came to Brighouse from the Channel Islands – notably Guernsey – following the German invasion in 1940 during World War II

Brighouse Charity Gala
Originally, the Brighouse Hospital Demonstration Parade.

This is now an annual parade in late June. The procession is still in existence, and is held in June. It starts at Hove Edge and finishes at Wellholme Park – weather permitting

Brighouse Choral Society
Established in 1869. Their first performance was The Messiah on 29th December 1869 at Brighouse Town Hall.

See Arthur Boothroyd, Joe Naylor, Joah Pearson, Whiteley Singleton, Arthur Sladdin and Orlando Sladdin

Brighouse Chums
A battalion of the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), recorded in World War I.

Members included

See Pals Battalion

Brighouse Church Hockey Club
Late 19th century club

See Brighouse Hockey Club

Brighouse Church Institute
Established on 1st January 1878 in Church Lane for
anyone above the age of 15 who is not an enemy of the church

It had been discontinued by 1880. It was revived in 1909 and premises were bought in Churchfields Road. In 1926, it moved to the Parish Hall

Brighouse Church Literary Club
Recorded in 1892, when it was noted to be affiliated with the Church of England

Question: Can anyone confirm that this was connected with St Martin's Parish Church, Brighouse?


Brighouse Church Literary Club
Established in the 19th century

Brighouse: Churches & Chapels

Brighouse Churchwardens
See Churchwarden and Churchwardens & Precentors for Rastrick-cum-Brighouse at Elland Church

Brighouse Civic Hall

Brighouse Civic Trust
Established in 1970.

Brighouse Clifton Road Railway Station
Opened on 1st March 1881, on the Pickle Bridge branch line. Trains went to Bradford and to Huddersfield, and to London Marylebone.

On 11th December 1883, much of the station was blown away in gales which swept Britain.

The station closed on 14th September 1931 – the first of Brighouse's stations to close. It was demolished on 16th October 1934.

Trains continued to use the line until 1948. The line closed in August 1952.

The viaduct which carried the line stood next to the wooden shop was demolished in 1974.

Station Road, which led to the station, still exists at the bottom of Clifton Common.

Brighouse Closes
An area of open land overlooking Cromwellbottom at Rastrick

Brighouse Clothing Society
Charitable movement started by Rev Joseph Birch in 1843

Brighouse Coat of Arms
The Brighouse arms were based on the arms of the Brighouse family and the Rastrick family.

The design includes

  • The golden lion and black crescents of the Brighouse family
  • The red roses of the Rastrick family
  • The motto:
    Labore et prudentia

    By labour and by prudence

The closed steel helmet is used by all permitted corporations

Brighouse Cocoa House Company Limited
9 Church Street, Brighouse. The company was registered in February 1878.

In August 1878, the acquired a billiard licence.

In February 1886, a newspaper reported that

the Company closed more than 13 months ago, and since then, the furniture etc have been sold, realising more than £205 ... and a proposal will be made for winding up the company. The loss to shareholders by the enterprise is stated to be £933 0/5d

See Rose & Crown Cocoa & Coffee Tavern, Brighouse

Brighouse Conservative Association

See Richard Kershaw

Brighouse Conservative Club
On 5th October 1912, Cliffe House, Rastrick opened as the town's new Conservative Club. Recorded in 1917, when Fred Crowther was secretary.

See Holroyd's Buildings

Brighouse constables
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Police Officers in Brighouse

Brighouse Co-operative Society
The Brighouse Flour & Industrial Society was formed in August 1856 as a part of the Co-operative Movement

Brighouse Co-operative Stores, King Street
In September 1864, the first branch of the Brighouse Flour & Industrial Society in Commercial Street, Brighouse moved to premises on the south side of King Street. On 26th December 1864, this new Central shop opened for business

See Brighouse Co-operative Stores Stabbing [1929]

Brighouse Co-operative Stores: Stabbing [1929]
On 6th September 1929, a Manager was stabbed in Brighouse

On 10th December 1929, a Wyke boot repairer was sent to prison for 12 months at Leeds Assizes for the attack

Question: Can anyone tell me anything?


Brighouse Cotton Spinning Company Limited
They had business at Victoria Mills, Brighouse. The company was registered in June 1875.

Richard Henry Beaumont was Secretary [1880]

Brighouse Court House
Stood near [what is now] Park Street, Brighouse.

See Captain Thomas Taylor

Brighouse Court Leet
The court leet was recorded in 1871

Brighouse Cow Club
Established at the Black Swan Inn, the house of John Lancaster in May 1805 to
raise a fund for the relief of those members who may suffer losses in keeping cows

Half-yearly meetings were held at the Black Swan Inn

Brighouse Cricket Club
Founded in 1870. The grounds were at Clifton Road. In 1884, the grounds were extended and a new pavilion built. In October 1892, they built a bowling green near St James's School.

In 1917, T. Fearnley was secretary.

In 2002, the land was bought for a new Tesco supermarket. The facilities were moved to the new Brighouse Sports Club.

See Brighouse Women's Cricket Club, Stuart David Fletcher, Richard Kershaw, Mark Morrell and Alfred Stott

Brighouse Cricket, Cycling & Bowling Club
Recorded in November 1891, when Charles Jessop was President

Brighouse Crippled Children's Outing Committee
Recorded in the 1950s.

See Arthur Reeve

Brighouse Cycling Club
Aka Brighouse Wheelers' Club. Established in 1884.

In 1917, the Brighouse Wheelers' Club was recorded at 14 Huddersfield Road.

They met variously at the Rose & Crown Cocoa & Coffee Tavern, Brighouse, the George, Brighouse, and the Royal Hotel, Brighouse

The Brighouse Derby
A publication produced on 20th May 1865 to announce the candidates in the local election.

See Local Newspapers

Brighouse District Industrial Society Limited
The Brighouse District Industrial Society Limited evolved from the Brighouse Flour & Industrial Society around 1862.

In 19??, it became the Brighouse Co-operative Society

Brighouse Doubling Company Limited
Cotton spinners and doublers.

Partners included Emmanuel Mitchell, Frederick Holroyd, and John Herbert Newell.

Recorded in 1922 at Victoria & Albert Mills, Brighouse.

The partnership was dissolved [December 1927] and the business carried on by John Herbert Newell

The Brighouse Echo
Weekly newspaper founded by John Hartley and edited by Jonathan Caldwell. First published on 24th June 1887. Published on Fridays.

In 1908, it merged with The Brighouse News.

It was published from the Echo Printing Works in Post Office Buildings, Park Street, Brighouse.

From 5th October 1923, it was published from the Courier building in Halifax.

For a short time in the 1930s, the name was changed to The Brighouse & Elland Echo.

The tag line [1951] was

Circulating throughout Brighouse, Elland, Rastrick, Clifton, Hipperholme, Wyke and Hartshead

There was an Elland edition.

The only one of the remaining local newspapers for Brighouse and Elland. It is published on Thursdays [2005].

On 7th October 2010, it was reduced from broadsheet to tabloid size.

See Sir Larry Lamb, Local newspapers and Gordon Sampson

The Brighouse Echo Historical Almanack
First published in 1899 by John Hartley.

See Local Newspapers

Brighouse Education Society

Brighouse Electricity Works
Built 1909. Stood at the corner of Huddersfield Road / Mill Royd Street.

See A. B. Brook

Brighouse Elocution Society
Recorded in June 1881, when they held at meeting at the Rose & Crown Cocoa & Coffee Tavern at which Mr Cotterill of Bailiff Bridge gave a recital

Brighouse Empire
See the Empire Theatre

Brighouse Empire Limited
In 1917, the company bought the Palace Rink in Atlas Mill Road, Brighouse and opened it as the Empire Theatre

Brighouse Engineering Company Limited
Of Hipperholme

Brighouse Fields Co-Op, Rastrick
A branch of the Brighouse District Industrial Society opened at Brighouse Fields / Thornhill Road, Rastrick [4th January 1886].

This was described as

a 2-storeyed building of stone. The first floor has 2 departments: grocery, drapery and meat. The second floor is a warehouse and storeroom

Several stone cottages were built on the Society's grounds, close by. The store and cottages cost £2,000. The designs were by Roger Flather Rogerson.

See Thornhill Road Co-Op, Rastrick

Brighouse Fire Station
In 1855, Samuel Baines bought the Neptune fire engine to protect his property.

In August 1895, the machine could not cope with a fire at Sugden's flour mill, and in 1897 it was decided to buy a new horse-drawn steam-fired engine, and to form the Borough Fire Brigade. It was costly providing horses to pull the new engine, and, in 1911, a new engine was ordered at a cost of £1000.

Blakeborough's established their own fire brigade at their Woodhouse Works.

A fire station was created from the former stable block of The Rydings which had been acquired as the Library for Brighouse in 1897/8.

The present fire station is on Lister Street, Halifax Road and was opened on 12th June 1971.

In 2011, it was announced that this, Elland Fire Station, and Rastrick Fire Station would close and the resources be combined into a single unit at Rastrick.

See Henry Jocelyn Barber

Brighouse Floral Clock
Stood on the site of the Sun Dial Inn

Brighouse Flour & Industrial Society
In the 1850s, a group of residents of Fool's Penny Row, Rastrick – who were workers at Calder Dye Works – set the local co-operative movement in motion.

In August 1856, they held a meeting which proposed that the Brighouse Flour & Industrial Society be formed.

Around 1862, it became the Brighouse District Industrial Society

Brighouse Flying Club
Formed at Clifton in June 1935. 25 people attended the first meeting at Brighouse Borough Club. Mayor Arthur Reeve was a keen supporter.

See Toothill Hall

Brighouse (for Bradford) Railway Station
When Brighouse station opened on 5th October 1840, it was called Brighouse for Bradford, as there was no station in Bradford at that time.

A service with horse-drawn omnibuses carried passengers from Bradford and Huddersfield to and from the station.

Bradford got its own station in 1846

Brighouse (for Bradford) Station

Brighouse (for Rastrick) Railway Station
When a new station opened at Brighouse in 1872, it was known as Brighouse (for Rastrick)

Brighouse Free Church Federal Council

The Brighouse Free Press
Aka The Brighouse Free Press District News & Advertiser.

Appeared in 1891. It was published by The Premier Printing Company Limited [1917].

Published Thursdays.

It ceased publication around 1940.

See Local Newspapers

Brighouse Friendly Societies
In conjunction with the Trade Societies, they held demonstration parades in the district [1907]

Brighouse Games League
A social group which meets on Mondays to play dominoes and cards.

Recorded in the 1950s.

Question: Does anyone know when the League was established ... and by whom?


Popularly known as the Old Gits' League

Brighouse Gas Company
Opened in 1844. The gas was produced by Benjamin Firth at Victoria Mills.

In 1857, a new plant was built at Mill Lane.

Became a part of the North Eastern Gas Board after nationalisation of the gas industry in 1949.

Production stopped on 14th April 1954.

In 1846, an Act of Parliament was obtained for gas lighting in Brighouse.

See Brighouse canal basin, Brighouse Sewering, Drainage & Lighting Bill [1845], Clifton colliery railway and Royal Hotel, Brighouse

Brighouse Gas Works, Mill Lane
Next to Brighouse Canal Basin. Built in 1857 by the Brighouse Gas Company. These were extended in 1886. It was demolished in 19??. Office accommodation was built on the site. The offices were used by Kirkdale Industrial Training Services. It was later known as Dale House

Brighouse Glee & Madrigal Society
Musical society established in 18??.

See William Marshall Turner

Brighouse Glee Union
Musical society established in 18??

Brighouse Harriers
See Gilbert Lawson

Brighouse Hockey Club
Late 19th century club

See Brighouse Church Hockey Club

Brighouse Holiday Week
The annual holiday began on the first Saturday after the second Thursday in August each year.

See Brighouse rush

Brighouse Home Guards Band
Recorded in the 1930s

Brighouse Horticultural Society
Established in the mid-19th century. They held their annual shows in Wellholme Park. It ceased in 1858.

See Frederick Cavendish, Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse Horticultural Society and Rastrick & Brighouse Horticultural Society

Brighouse Hospital Demonstration Parade
The Demonstration Parade was the forerunner of the Brighouse Gala. It was organised by local tradesmen and began in the early 1900s. A procession of horse-drawn carts demonstrated the goods and services offered by local traders. The parade terminated at a recreation ground, such as Lane Head or Bramston Street Recreation Ground

Brighouse industrial estate

Brighouse Joint Hospital
Recorded in 1929

Brighouse Labour Club
Bradford Road. Opened in 18??. Closed in 19??.

It is now the Great Wall Chinese restaurant

Brighouse Labour Exchange
The first labour exchange opened in Holroyd's Building in 1911

Brighouse Lads' Club
Established around 1901. They used facilities at St James's School, Brighouse. From 1903, their headquarters were at Victoria Mill, Brighouse

Brighouse Lark Singing Association
A lark singing society formed in 18??. They held meetings and competitions at the New Inn, Bradford Road, Delver's Arms, Southowram, and Sun Inn, Rastrick. 18 entries are reported in the 1896 event. The association lapsed in 1???

Brighouse Laurie Command
Scout troop formed by Rev Oscar Sidney Laurie

Brighouse Lawn Tennis Club
Formed in 1886. They originally used a court in Brighouse Wood Lane. They had 2 courts behind St Martin's Church in Church Lane, and a third was built in 1887. In 1912, they moved to Lightcliffe Road

Brighouse Liberal Association
Formed on 8th July 1890.

See Brighouse Polling District Liberal Association, Thomas Butterworth, Sir Algernon Freeman Firth, Hanson Ormerod, Henry Sugden and Thomas Whiteley

Brighouse Liberal Club
Bradford Road. Aka Brighouse & Rastrick Liberal Club.

Proposals for a Liberal club were raised at a meeting attended by Lord Frederick Cavendish and A. Illingworth MP on 15th June 1872.

The new club opened on 22nd May 1877. It was funded by the Brighouse & Rastrick Liberal Club Building Company Limited.

Because of the different gauge of the tram lines in Halifax and in Huddersfield, trams could not run uninterrupted between the 2 towns, and passengers had to disembark and change to another vehicle.

There were public slipper baths here between 1877-1893.

John Edward Blackburn Howe was Secretary of the Club for several years, and President for a term. In 1917, Herbert G. Roberts and S. B. Bottomley were honorary secretaries.

In 1938, it became Blakeborough's Club.

See Bradford Road Baths, Brighouse Permanent Orchestra, Thomas Butterworth, Irish riots and Alfred Stott

Brighouse Library
Aks Smith Art Gallery & Library. The Brighouse branch library is housed in The Rydings, Halifax Road, Brighouse

Brighouse Light Opera Society
Originally St James Amateur Operatic Society.

Officers and members of the Society have included

In 2005, merged with Brighouse Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society to become Brighouse Theatre Productions

Brighouse Local Board
Replaced the Brighouse Board of Commissioners when the town broke away from Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse in 1865.

Those who served on the Board included Thomas Blackburn, John Carr Bottomley, Emerson Brooke, Richard Kershaw, James Parkinson, John William Robinson and Richard Sugden

In 1891, Brighouse Local Board and Rastrick Local Board proposed incorporation of the 2 boards.

In 1893, the Charter of Incorporation established the Borough of Brighouse

See Local Board

Brighouse Lodge of Freemasons
The lodge opened in October 1870

Brighouse Low Lock
Aka Brighouse Lower Lock

Brighouse Lower Lock
Lock #16 on the Calder & Hebble Navigation.

The Calder and the Calder & Hebble Navigation join here at Brighouse canal basin. It was built about 1768 by James Brindley

Brighouse Lüdenscheid Society
Twinning association to promote contact between the people of Brighouse and Lüdenscheid.

See John Stanley Armitage

Brighouse, Manor of
Aka Manor of Hipperholme.

The Manor was granted to John de Ealand by John, Earl of Warren. He then granted it to his father, Sir John Elland.

See Kaye Aspinall, Thomas Bradbury Chambers, Robert Eland, Langley Hall, Hipperholme, Brighouse Manor House, Alice de Radcliffe and Rastrick Mill

Brighouse Market
Brighouse Old Market was held on King Street.

On 10th June 1902, Brighouse Town Council decided to borrow £40,000 to establish a public market, construct new sewers and carry out street improvements.

Around 1910, the market was held in Market Street.

Around 1951, it was moved to Back Bonegate, and the Market Street site was occupied by the bus station.

It is now held on a purpose-built site in Ship Street

See Markets and Market Tavern, Brighouse

Brighouse, Mayors of

Brighouse Mechanics' Institute
A Mechanics' Institute formed on 22nd September 1846 and established by several local people – including Samuel Baines, Fairless Barber, Rev Joseph Birch and T. T. Ormerod.

Early meetings were held at Thomas Taylor's School in Church Lane. They later moved to various addresses in Commercial Street, Brighouse. They had rooms at the Civic Hall in Brighouse.

On 28th January 1852 Mrs Sunderland was due to sing at the Institute's Annual meeting, but she had been thrown from a gig earlier in the day and could not appear.

In May 1853, a Daily News report on Yorkshire Mechanics' Institutes wrote

Brighouse has a small but well-situated building, new this year; and, as I understand, built by the institute

For a short time in 1858, they moved to rooms owned by John Brooke at Briggate.

They occupied a part of Perseverance Mills, Brighouse [1893].

In 1858, the Brighouse & Rastrick Savings Bank opened here.

In 1875, they had 289 members.

They had an extensive library and a news room. In 1887, the library was known as the Victoria Library.

On 16th June 1898, the 61st Annual Meeting of the Yorkshire Mechanics' Institutes was held in Brighouse.

Those who held the office of President included T. T. Ormerod [1853].

See Brighouse & Rastrick Savings Bank, Charley Jessop, Richard Sugden, Joseph Terry and Thomas Whiteley

Brighouse Military Hospital
Established at Boothroyd, Rastrick during World War I

Brighouse: Mills

Brighouse Mothers' Union
A branch was formed in 1906

Brighouse Motor Agency
Aka BMA.

Started by brothers Percy and James Firth at Bailiff Bridge in 1911.

They started by selling petrol in cans.

They subsequently moved on to fitting solid tyres to motor cars, and then to commercial vehicles.

They became agents for the Leyland Commercial Vehicles Company.

In the 1920s, they provided a bus service in the district, in competition with the local authority's trams. In the early 1930s, they sold their routes to Bradford Corporation.

They took on contract work from the Government in servicing Army vehicles, and carrying out precision engineering for the Rolls Royce Company.

In 1952, the company became Calder Engineering.

In 1971, the business was bought by ?.

It was eventually owned by the Reed Paper Group who sold the property and contents at auction.

The property was bought by a man from Denholm who also bought Mile Cross Works in Halifax

Brighouse, MPs for

Brighouse Museum
Opened at the Rydings, Brighouse on 8th May 1899 A collection of geological and natural history exhibits was provided by Brighouse Naturalists' Society. William Smith gave 13 pictures to the Museum.

The Museum closed in 1957. Much of the coin collection and glass photographic plates, by George Hepworth, went to the Tolson Museum in Huddersfield

Brighouse Music Club
Established in 1???.

See Whiteley Singleton

Brighouse Musical Festival
Established 18??. Recorded on 2nd August 1891, when it was held at Clifton Road cricket ground in support of local medical charities, and 4000 people attended.

Recorded in August 1910 when it was cancelled on account of bad weather.

See Joe Naylor, Arthur Sladdin and James Sunderland Sladdin

The Brighouse News
Local newspaper. Published by J. S. Jowett. First appeared on Saturday, 17th February 1866, It cost 1d. It was originally a monthly paper, then it became a weekly.

Later, it was published on Wednesday.

It was published in Nettleton's Yard, Brighouse.

Jonathan Caldwell was owner of paper [1891]. He moved the offices to Perseverance Mill, Brighouse.

Caldwell sold The Brighouse News to John Hartley.

In 1908, it merged with The Brighouse Echo. The Wednesday edition disappeared shortly afterwards.

See Local Newspapers

The Brighouse News, Time-table & Advertiser
Newspaper owned by J. S. Jowett. First appeared in 18??.

See Local Newspapers

Brighouse [No 1301] Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge.

They were at the Masonic Rooms, Brighouse [1937]. They met on the third Wednesday of the month [1937].

Masters and members of the Lodge have included

Brighouse Nonconformist Council
19th century group.

See Thomas Whiteley

Brighouse Nurses' Endowment Fund
Some of the money raised for the erection of Brighouse War Memorial in 1922 was used to set up a trust fund to provide 2 district nurses

The Brighouse Observer
First published in 1912.

It had disappeared by the end of World War I.

See Local Newspapers

Brighouse Old Market
Stood on what is now the car park next to the Co-operative Society and the Salvation Army Hall in King Street / Dale Street.

See Brighouse Market

Brighouse or Rastrick?
There is some confusion as to whether a particular location is in Brighouse or in Rastrick. Old documents were not always clear. Strictly, Brighouse lies north of the Calder and Rastrick lies on the south.

Nevertheless, many of the places which are shown here as Brighouse should really be shown as Rastrick, and vice-versa

Brighouse Orchestral Society
See Joah Pearson

Brighouse Overseers of the Poor
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Overseer of the Poor for Brighouse

Brighouse Parish Church

Brighouse parish hall
See Rydings Hall

Brighouse, Parish of
The Parish of Brighouse was created in 1843

Brighouse Park
Once stood in the Park Street / Bethel Street area of Brighouse. The park had an ornamental lake.

The land was sold in 1792.

A Methodist chapel was built here in 1795

Brighouse Penny Bank
See John Carr Bottomley and Brighouse & District General & Penny Savings Bank

Brighouse Permanent Orchestra
Established in 18?? by the Brighouse Permanent Orchestral Society. They rehearsed at Liberal Club.

See Clement Blackburn

Brighouse Photographic Society
Founded in 1894.

Members have included George Hepworth, Martin Manley, Harry Mitchell and Henry Robinson

Brighouse Pig Fair
An annual livestock fair – for cattle, horses and pigs – and known as Briggus Pig Fair, which was held on the first Monday – Pig Fair Monday – after the 12th October each year at Swan Field from 1850.

In October 1892, it was revived and became a general cattle fair – the Brighouse Autumn Horse, Cattle & Pig Fair.

Parkin Pigs were sold at this and other fairs, and can still be bought in the district.

The fair was discontinued in 19??

Brighouse Police Court
Opened on 2nd November 1906

Brighouse Police Station
36 Brighouse Lane / Police Street.

Thomas Blackburn lived at a house in Brighouse Lane, which (possibly) later became the Police Station.

The Station opened in 1864-1865, when the old station in Ganny Road and the towser closed.

On 16th February 1928, a police sergeant at Brighouse was killed by a wheel which had become detached from a motor vehicle.

The station on Bradford Road opened in March 1964 at a cost of £40,000.

See Tom Lawrence

Brighouse Polling District Liberal Association
Formed in 1864.

See Brighouse Liberal Association and Conservative Association for the Brighouse Polling District

Brighouse Post Office
A postal service began in 1849, with John Noble as the first postmaster, and was based in a shop in Bethel Street

See Charley Binns, Edith Holland and Benjamin Noble

Brighouse Public Mortuary
Mill Royd Street.

Stood behind the Offices of the Brighouse Waterworks.

Demolished [200?]

Brighouse: Pubs & Inns

Brighouse Railway Station

The station was originally called Brighouse & Bradford, as there was no station in Bradford at that time.

On 5th October 1840, Brighouse station (from Hebden Bridge) opened. On 1st March 1841, the Manchester-Leeds railway line opened. On 31st March 1854, the Bradford-Halifax railway line opened.

See Railway Hotel, Rastrick, Royal Hotel, Brighouse and Walker's Coke

Brighouse Rangers
Rugby club.

The club was Brighouse Rangers Rugby Football Club [1878-1895]. and Brighouse Rangers Northern Union Football Club [1895-1906].

They were founder members of the Northern Union Rugby League. The League split into 2: the Yorkshire and the Lancashire Sections.

They were the first winners of the Yorkshire Senior Competition [1897].

They originally played at Finkhill.

From 1883, they held their meetings at The Albion Inn and had Waterloo Fields grounds.

They later moved their headquarters to The Royal Hotel, Brighouse.

They also met at The George Hotel, Brighouse.

In the 1894/95 season, they won the Yorkshire Challenge Cup.

In 1905, they won the Yorkshire Cup – see F. Wood.

The club disbanded in 1906.

It was revived in 1913.

It reformed in 1928.

It disbanded in 1936.

It reformed in the 1970s. The players appeared regularly as the Skelthwaite Scorpions in the ITV series Where the heart is.

Their grounds are at Brighouse Sports Club.

See Arthur Brook, Harry Falkingham, Robert Hartley, Rev Henry T. A. Kendall, Ben Naylor, Billy Nichol, Reginald Ormerod, E. Pickles, Richard Edgar Sugden, Alfred Swan and Henry Hirst Waller

Brighouse Ratepayers' Association
Formed on 30th January 1912

Brighouse Recreation Ground
Open park at Lane Head. Opened in 1895. Built on land bought from Sir Gillery Piggott's estate. Galas and Whit walks were held here. The park at the Rydings was the only public park until the Recreation Ground opened.

See John Brooke

Brighouse Regeneration Forum
An organisation established to strengthen organisations in the Brighouse area.

It replaced BRASS in 2005

Brighouse Remedial Training Centre

Brighouse Rest Centre
Park Row / HD6 1AB / Brighouse

01484 716702

Community centre.

The Brighouse & District Historical Society holds meetings here and welcomes new members of all abilities

It is a friendly society with a varied programme

The programme includes

During the summer months there are also Tuesday afternoon outdoor meetings

New members of any age or ability will be warmly welcomed at any time of the year

Brighouse river crossing
The main crossing of the Calder from Brighouse to Rastrick has always been an important feature.

See Blakeborough's Bridge, Brighouse and River Crossing Calder

Brighouse Rotary Club
Inaugurated on 24th April 1936 when Dr James Wood was President

Brighouse Rowing Club
Established after World War I.

Chris Helme says that

they held races from Mellor's boatyard to Kirklees Lock

Brighouse Rush

Brighouse rush-bearing
Rush-bearing ceremony – known as Brighouse Rush and Briggus Rush. The 4-day celebrations involved fairs and amusements, and were held in Brighouse on the first Saturday after the second Thursday in August each year, and coincided with Brighouse Holiday Week.

This was the annual holiday for Brighouse workers. The last day was Thump Sunday.

The ceremony died out around 1750 and was revived around 1820, when it was held in Swan Fields and, from 1855, on land behind the Black Bull. The ceremony was discontinued in 19??

Brighouse Sanatorium
See Clifton Isolation Hospital

Brighouse School Board
School Board set up in 18??.

Closed in March 1904.

See John William Robinson

Brighouse: Schools

Brighouse Sewage Works
Opened on 23rd June 1900 by Mayor John William Clay

Brighouse Sewering, Drainage & Lighting Bill [1846]
This was passed on 18th August, 1846 to improve conditions in the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse. In 1866, the local board of health took over responsibility

Brighouse Skating Club
Established in the 19th century for roller-skating

Brighouse Soap Company Limited
Soap makers at Brighouse Soap Works.

The original business was established in 1847 by 2 Frenchmen as Faucon, Rochette & Company.

In 1874, Faucon, Rochette & Company was taken over by J. A. Heaton.

In 1891, the company was under new management and became known as the Brighouse Soap Company Limited

In 1895, John Garside was managing director and Joe Naylor was a director of the business

Brighouse Socialist Club
Recorded in 1917 at 44 Bradford Road when Ernest Cliffe was secretary

Brighouse Sports Club
Bradford Road.

Constructed in 2004 when the earlier cricket ground was sold for the construction of the Tesco Supermarket.

The grounds for Brighouse Cricket Club and Brighouse Rangers are here

Brighouse Station

Brighouse Storthes Hall Society
Formed by Stanley Armitage to provide additional comforts for patients at Storthes Hall, Huddersfield

Brighouse Subscription Band
Recorded in July 1873, when they took part in a contest promoted by North Ward Brass Band

Brighouse Subscription Fire Escape
Recorded on 21st February 1873, when it was used to tackle a fire at Atlas Mill, Brighouse. Henry Jocelyn Barber was in charge.

This appears to have been a type of ladder which gave access to the upper floors of the burning building

Brighouse Subscription Hand Bell Ringers
19th century musical organisation

Brighouse Subscription Library
Established as a commercial venture in 1784

Brighouse Surveyor of the Highways
Those who held the post of Surveyor of the Highways for Brighouse included:

Brighouse Swimming Club
Established in 1893. They met at Ramsden's Baths

Brighouse Swimming Pool

Brighouse Table Tennis League
Established in September 1939

Brighouse Telephone Exchange
Opened on 8th January 1927

Brighouse Temperance Drum & Fife Band
Recorded in February 1882, when they gave a concert of vocal and instrumental music at Brighouse Town Hall

Brighouse Temperance Society
Temperance society founded about 1850.

See Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Society and Thomas Whiteley

Brighouse Theatre Productions
Established in 2005 when Brighouse Light Opera Society and Brighouse Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society merged

Brighouse Top Lock
Aka Brighouse Upper Lock

Brighouse town crier
See Brighouse Bellman's Bawl and Fred Perry

Brighouse Town Football Club
Association football club established in 1963

Brighouse Town Hall
Thornton Square.

The building now known as the Town Hall was built as the Municipal Offices on the site of the old Malt Kiln.

It opened on 16th March 1887.

It was built to provide further office accommodation for the original town hall of 1868 on Bradford Road – which is now known as the Civic Hall.

It stands next to the Halifax Commercial Bank.

It was the result of a competition to design a building costing no more than £2,000. The winner was John Lord Junior. It is a 2-storey building with a 5-bay symmetrical façade of ashlar stone. It has a slate roof within a balustrade.

W. S. Barber did further work on the building around 1898.

The Council Chamber – originally known as The Board Room – has a dais with the Chairman's chair, carved wooden reredos, and canopy with the Brighouse Arms above. The woodwork is by Harry Percy Jackson.

In 1912, Robert Thornton presented the town with the clock and the balustrade on the building. The clock was popularly known as Owd Bob and Bob Thornton's.

The doorway is inscribed

Public Offices

It continued to be used by Brighouse Corporation until 1974.

In 1993, the Council tried to sell the building and a campaign was started to save it. It was subsequently used by various small private companies.

In May 2008, there were suggestions that the building might be put up for sale.

In December 2010, it was put up for sale. A few days later, the dais and panelling were being dismantled.

In February 2012, there were proposals to convert the property from offices to a dental practice. It is now the Town Hall Dental Practice.

See Brighouse Civic Hall, James Dyson, Hipperholme Town Hall and Union Street, Brighouse

Brighouse Town Hall Company Limited
Company which was established in 1866 and built the Civic Hall in Brighouse in 1868.

Those who supported and subscribed – a total of £2,475 – to the formation of the company included

Officers of the Society included

Brighouse Town Pump
Recorded in 1893 at Briggate

Brighouse Trades Council

Brighouse Tradesmen's Association
They held their inaugural meeting on 13th May 1907 at Lord's Dining Rooms. Tom Barnett was acting Chairman

Brighouse Tradesmen's Cricket Club
Established in 18??. In September 1900, the name was changed to Brighouse Tuesday Cricket Club

Brighouse Tuesday Cricket Club
In 1900, Brighouse Tradesmen's Cricket Club became Brighouse Tuesday Cricket Club

Brighouse Upper Lock
Lock #17 on the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Brighouse Canal Basin

Brighouse, Vicars of

Brighouse Ward, Halifax
One of the Electoral Wards of Halifax

Brighouse Waterworks
Mill Royd Street.

dated 1909.

In 1961, the works were taken over by Halifax Corporation Waterworks.

Brighouse Public Mortuary stood to the rear of the Offices

Brighouse Wheelers' Club
Aka Brighouse cycling club.

Recorded in 1917 at 14 Huddersfield Road. It stood next to Perseverance Mill, Brighouse.

Recorded in 1936, when the Brighouse Echo reported on the Club's AGM

Mr Hirst (secretary) gave figures showing the progress of the Club since it came into its new premises in March 1911

See Brighouse & District Cage Bird Society

Brighouse Wire Wharf
A part of the Brighouse canal basin used by the many wire manufacturers in the area

Brighouse Wireless & Experimental Society
See George Albert Stillingfleet

Brighouse Women's Co-operative Guild
Recorded in 1900

Brighouse Women's Cricket Club
A women's team is recorded in Brighouse in 1898.

This was one of the few women's teams in the North of England [1930s].

A Brighouse vs Rastrick Ladies' match is recorded in July 1931.

The ladies' team were Yorkshire champions [1935].

See Miss Irene Brown and Mona Greenwood

Brighouse Wood
Woodland which stood along the banks of the Calder around Brookfoot.

See Benjamin Thwaite

Brighouse Workhouse
See Workhouse and Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse Workhouse

Brighouse Working Men's Reading Room
On 7th September 1867, the Committee held a Dog, Pig and Poultry Show behind the Black Bull Inn

Brighouse YMCA
A branch of the YMCA founded by Joseph Horsfall Turner in October 1870. He was Secretary of the Association

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