Historic Sowerby


Image taken from www.fromweavertoweb.org
by kind permission of Calderdale MBC


The contents of these pages has mainly been written by Jean Illingworth, John Kerridge and Malcolm Street. If anyone has anything to add, whether it is a full article, some photographs, or just a few memories, we will be happy to include them here, then please contact
or Jean/John.

The photograph on the right is an old postcard of Sowerby, date unknown, but was obviously taken before the right hand side of the road was demolished in the 1960’s to make way for the Newlands Estate. Newlands Avenue is where the King’s Head Inn is.

Move your mouse over the photograph to see a description of different parts of the image.

Brief History of Sowerby from the earliest times.

The major landholding families here included:

Sowerby 100 Years ago
based on Thomas Heap’s 1913 photograph taken from the top of St Peter’s Church tower – a guide around the village building by building.

Buildings around Sowerby
59 Towngate – Ghostly Happenings
Bairstow’s Endowed School – Later known as Prospect House & Place
Castle Hill
Churches & Chapels
Field House
King Street
Laneside School
Providence Place
Queen Street
Sowerby Hall
Sowerby Workhouse at Lower Bentley Royd
Star Inn & John Almighty Whiteley
The Town House
Wood Lane Hall

The schedule of the 1911 census of Sowerby – starting from Bentley Royd towards the bottom of Sowerby New Road. Listed in three different ways:
In the order that the enumerator walked around the area
Address order
Surname order

Growing up in Sowerby… and more – a book written by Jean Illingworth

Some little known facts about Sowerby

The Ancient Order of Henpecked Husbands – a now defunct local society

The day we were bombed!

Thomas Longbottom’s Salt Pie Auctions

Dummy Aerodrome – Operation Starfish