Yorkshire CD books

Old and rare Yorkshire books as pdf file downloads

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"Haworth: past and present"
by J. Horsfall Turner
"Keighley: past & present"
by Robert Holmes
"The history of Stanbury"
by Joseph Craven

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For sample pages, please see the links to the Acrobat (pdf) files given below.

The data in this downloadable pdf is computer searchable.

"Keighley - Past and Present, or a History of Keighley" was written originally by William Keighley who died before the book could be published. The book was completed and published by Robert Holmes of Sunk Island (East Riding) in 1858. The book contains over 210 pages:

"Haworth - Past and Present: a history of Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope" was written by the renowed local historian J. Horsfall Turner, and published in 1879. The book contains over 180 pages, along with 20 illustrations (mainly line drawings). Haworth was the home of the Bronte sisters.

"A Bronte Moorland Village and its People: The History of Stanbury" written by Joseph Craven. Unusually for a history book, this starts in the 18th/19th centuries and continues on up to the early 1900s and contains lots of information about the people of the village.

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.

A transcription of the contents pages of Keighley: past and present:

A transcription of the contents pages of Haworth: past and present:


The contents and list of illustrations for "History of Stanbury:



A review of the CD by Jan Perkins: The new CD Rom by Colin Hinson is a fantastic achievement. You can now read three of our more famous book on one CD. The volumes are "Keighley: past and present" (1858) by WIlliam Keighley, "Haworth: past and present" (1879) (J Horsfall Turner)"The History of Stanbury"

To have all three local volumes on one CD has to be perfection, Colin's images are as usual perfect despite the ages of these books. The books themselves are not easily obtainable due to their age.

As Archivist & Web Designer for Keighley & District Local History Society, this has to be a must for all our members, and a perfect gift for anyone who is researching in the area. I hope that Colin will scan further books of the area, which is keenly researched by many. I am given many of these books for our archive, but dare not read them for fear of further deterioration. Now you can flick from page to page without the worry of your book being damaged.

As all the books are machine searchable, and with the Active Links it is easy to go to the image or name you are looking for. Thanks once again Colin......."Perfect"

A review of Haworth, Past and Present, by Jan Perkins:

As usual this CD book by Colin Hison is outstanding, all the links are clear, the pictures and text are a joy to look at. Even when the text magnified 600% which is rarely going to be needed, the text remains clear and easy to read.

I love the fact that the two contents pages have links to the rest of the book. Find a name in the contents click, and it takes you to the details and history surrounding that person. You can spend hours, enjoying this book on CD, whereas, in the original form, this book is rather hard on the eyes, or at least, I found it to be so.

I have a copy of the original book, BUT again prefer to read it on my computer screen, I enjoy reading the books in this way. I have my hard copy, BUT never will I have to flatten the pages back to read what is just in the middle of the pages, this just has to be the best way to view this book and others like it.

The illustrations are stunning just as they are in the original book. This is an absolute must for Bronte Lovers, family and local historians alike.

Another winner from Colin. Thank you.

Thanks for letting me preview your book.

Jan Perkins, Feb. 2005

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