Historic Brighouse

Historic Brighouse

This section is Brighouse Town Centre


Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount again leading onto Commercial Street (right of picture)

Commercial Street

J Lawson - 19 Commercial Street


Ring-o-Bells at 57 Commercial Street


George Hotel Commercial Street

Eastmans - King Street


Old Malt Kiln

Holroyds Buildings 1877


Brighouse Town Hall 



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'The Female Blondin', tight-rope walker comes to Brighouse, 1861

This image is part of a playbill advertising '3 grand galas' due to take place at the Black Swan Inn Pleasure Ground, Brighouse from the 8th-10th August 1861. Other acts due to appear included the Brothers Talleen, Monsieur Oriole in his great bottle feats, Herr Osmonde- barrel and globe dancer, the Immitable Brothers and the Aerial Trapeze plus Madame Ozmonde on the Cord Elastique!

Caroline Baker performed in the 1860s as Madame Blondin, so this may well be the same lady who appeared at Brighouse. Caroline Baker married Henry Butcher and the famous Paulo circus family began.


I remember this little old house it was so dark inside we used to call for 1 sausage and a bowl of peas on the way home from the swimming baths. The chap that served us wore a big striped pinny and being only about 8 years old would frighten me to death with his big booming voice. Well worth the spending money of 1 penny then I went home and had my tea.

Well swimming was hard work. Next to ring o bells pub on Commercial St stood a green grocers and they used to also sell game hares, rabbits, partridge all hung upside down outside above the window.

Lovely memories. No cars. People on the streets every day. How I miss it.

by carole liversedge nee hopkins
(halifax born in brighouse)

Duke of York Inn

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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 fighting forties life in and around brighouse over 70 years ago (link)

The 1940s & 50s remembered (link)

Brighouse and christmas past (link)

Lightcliffe Cemetery and some of its residents (link)

Thanks again to Chris Helme for his permission to use the above presentations.

Norwood Green to Anchor Pitt rail line across River Calder

Anyone interested in early Brighouse history should take a look at this excellent book https://archive.org/details/historyofbrighou00turn

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