Brighouse Old Photos
Excellent Presentations to view
I know many people enjoy looking at yesteryear pictures of their town and the following presentations are superbly presented accounts of a bygone era all of which are credited to Chris Helme. (view his profile)
You can also catch Chris presenting Sunday Bandstand 2pm / 3pm every Sunday on Phoenix FM 96.7 (Beyond Calderdale it is only accessible via the internet www.phoenixfm.co.uk )
The 1940s & 50s remembered (link)
Brighouse and christmas past (link)
Thanks again to Chris Helme for his permission to use the above presentations.
Below are a few more yesteryear pictures of the town.
Bradford Road opposite Wellholme Park.
Looking up Huddersfield Road
Blakeboroughs main entrance
George Hotel Commercial Street
Ring-o-Bells on Commercial Street
Brighouse Town Hall
Rydal Mount again
Duke of York Inn
Thornhill Arms, Rastrick
Brighouse War Memorial in Rydings Park
Albion Inn at Lane Head
This was the Joiners Arms, Hove Edge. The building still exists in the same block as the Dusty Miller,,but the pub closed in 1932. It was also the Post Office until recently.
Norwood Green to Anchor Pitt rail line across River Calder
Brighouse Train Station
Anyone interested in early Brighouse history should take a look at this excellent book https://archive.org/details/historyofbrighou00turn
In the 1880's a young Doctor by the name of Bodgan Edward Jastrzebski (later shortened to Bodgan Edwards) established a practice here in these cottages (number 138 Elland Road). He had studied at Edinburgh University alongside Arthur Conan Doyle and later went on to become famous as both a Doctor of some renown and philanthropist, receiving the MBE in 1920, shortly before his death. Edwards was highly intelligent man and in addition to his medical degree, he was a noted authority on ancient Egyptian civilization and an accomplished linguist. Heavily involved in organisations such as the Boys Brigade, St Johns Ambulance and the Scouts, he was also a founding member of a sudo Occult Masonic Order called 'The Golden Dawn', the membership was small and select, including notable scholars and writers of the time,it also had in their ranks a certain Alistair Crowley(the occultist,poet,novelist, spy etc
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