Yorkshire CD books

Old and rare Yorkshire books as pdf file downloads

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The Story of Old Halifax
by T.W. Hanson
The History of the Halifax Industrial Society
by M. Blatchford
Olde Elland
by Lucy Hamerton & J.W. Clay
The Story of Illingworth Church
by G.R. Oakley

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"The Story of Old Halifax"(over 300 pages) was written for older school boys and girls "with the hope that older people will find it of interest" and describes the parish, its location, woods, farms etc. It then goes into detail on the church, houses, halls, the gibbet law, feuds etc. A very well written book and informative book.

"Halifax Industrial Society" (over 200 pages) . Despite its "boring" title, it contains lots of people's names and photographs of people and stores. It gives an insight into how things were done over 100 years ago.

"Old Elland" (over 200 pages) describes exactly that, but also includes a description of the author's home and school etc. It includes information on the church, the clergy and some of the Elland families.

"Illingworth Church" covers the church from its foundation and has one chapter per incumbent with more detail for the later ones. There are also lists of Churchwardens, Lay workers, councillors etc. etc.

In order to give you an idea of the information in the books the following items are available here on line:

The Story of Old Halifax:

History of the Halifax Industrial Society:

Olde Elland:

The Story of St. Mary's Illingworth:

The above Acrobat files were extracted from the main pdf file and shows the quality of the images. You will need at least version 5 of Acrobat to open this file. If you do not have an up to date version please go to the Adobe web-site to obtain a free version of Acrobat Reader.

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