Welcome to this site about the local history of Cononley and the surrounding area.

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Why Cononley? Surely it is just a small non-descript place most people only fleetingly glimpse as they drive past on their way to the visual delights of the Dales!

As with any place one has grown up in, the deeper you delve into it's history the more you discover how complex and fascinating the people and place are entwined.

I have included a number of scripts in the download area about the local history of the area in order to give a flavour of what makes the area and people special. Please feel free to download anything of interest or use to you.

 

 Cononley Local History Association

The Cononley Local History Association was established in April 2001 to hold the stock and proceeds of ‘The History of Cononley’ (published in 2000), to collect photographs and documents of all kinds about the immediate area and to publish further material about Cononley. It is our intention that any archives or significant books which we acquire will be deposited, in due course, with an appropriate organisation which can ensure their preservation. A constitution has been adopted and a small committee has been formed to act to ensure that these objectives are maintained. Although we do not have a formal membership we are always interested in hearing from those who are seriously interested in studying an aspect of the history of Cononley.  Many of our contacts actually live outside Cononley. In 2002 we published an illustrated book ‘Cononley: photographs of an Airedale Village’.

Enquiries to: - David Gulliver, 3, Tillotson’s Court, Meadow Lane, Cononley, Keighley. BD20 8NG.

 gulliver990@btinternet.com

View the latest news letter from the association - click here

**NEW** David Gulliver has produced a revision of the material held by the Cononley LHA that examines the content of the documents etc, and also gives very informative and helpful context.

***View the list of documents and materials held by the LHA - click here   ***

1630 Ickornshaw Enclosure, 1684 Kildwick Assessment, 1707 Cowling Tithes, 1711 Bradley Will, 1712 Bradley Farms, 1712 Pighels Will, 1728 - 51 John Bradley's Pocketbook, 1740[s] Bradley Farms, 1745 Glusburn Assessment, 1749 Glusburn Land Tax, 1777-81 Wainman Estate Works, 1780 - 90 (approx) Weasel green Cononley Wainman Estate Works, 1782 Wainman Ancestory, 1786 & later Cowling plans, 1788 - 1813 Horrocks Executors' Papers, 1792 Kildwick Tithes for Wainman Estate, 1813 Cononley & Farnhill plans (photos), 1816 Wike Plan by S. Swire, 1821 Wainman Estate Land Tax, 1848-50 Cononley Beck Wall, 1849 Kildwick Churches and Chapels, Tillotson Family Deeds 1557 - 1730, Wainman Estate 1818 & 1851

Please click on the link at the top of the page (Images Postcards and Documents)  to view some of the documents and double click on a document to view full screen if required.

         

***NEW BOOK ******NEW BOOK ******NEW BOOK *****

The opening lines of the 1606 Cononley Court Roll (The Devonshire Collection), a full translation of which is to be found in this new book.

 

Cononley Manorial Courts

A selection of transcriptions of 32 previously unpublished manor court rolls of Cononley, Cowling, Farnhill and Carleton covering the period 1518 to 1852.

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Edited with an introduction by David Gulliver.

To be published shortly by Kiln Hill (Cononley Local History Association).

 

These Manor Courts offer glimpses of the mundane relationships, concerns and disputes in past centuries of ordinary people whose actions would otherwise be unknown to us.

The meetings dealt with agricultural disputes between tenants, changes of tenancy and some minor criminal offences. These records also provide many listings of people who lived not only in Cononley but also in Cowling, Farnhill, Newsholme and Oakworth in the 16th & 17th centuries. Also included is a selection of Carleton Court rolls commencing in the later part of the 18th century chosen specifically for their Cononley juries and business. The book will also include four distinct Farnhill Court rolls which record events in the lives of people who lived in the early 17th century at properties associated with the former Knights Hospitallers and situated throughout the historic parish of Kildwick. The translations from Latin of the earlier rolls were commissioned from Brooke Westcott and financed by the Association.

 

A substantial A4 booklet containing approximately 70 pages which will include illustrations of a number of the documents, saddle stitched, with an attractive card cover. The final specification will depend on the number of pre-publication orders received along with a payment of £12 {which includes postage & packing} by the end of April 2007. Publication is planned for May/June.  To be sure of receiving a copy use this pre-publication order form. Only a limited number of copies may be available later.

 

Please supply….. copy/ies of Cononley Manorial Rolls.

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Book recommendation

A superb book on the history of Cononley has been written by Trevor Hodgson and David Gulliver and published as part of the Millennium project and I would recommend it both as a research source and a 'good read'. ISBN number is 095389701x (paperback) and 0953897001 (hardback). Available from Kiln Hill, 3, Tillotson's Court, Meadow Lane, Cononley, West Yorks BD20 8NG. Also available through any good book retailer - sold out!

 

Please note that the authors have kindly allowed the text of both books to be viewed through the Downloads page on this site (see link above).

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The authors of the above book have published (Sept 2002) a book of old photographs of Cononley to compliment their first book. The title is Cononley Photographs of an Airedale Village and the ISBN is0 9538970 36. A must for anyone who wishes to gain a flavour of the village through the generations.

 

 

 

West Riding Registry of Deeds

There are many deeds relating to Cononley held in Wakefield and a list of the references plus details of a number of them can be viewed by clicking on the link - view references.

To visit the West Riding Registry of Deeds web site please click on this link: - visit site

The information was kindly researched and supplied by Mr. Alan Longbottom - many thanks.

Constables in the area

On the 19th of April 1851 the Constables for the Staincliffe area were sworn in:-

View the list

Morecambe illuminations for 9/-

1958 railway handbill advertising cheap weekend trips to the illuminations.

view the handbill

Lady Anne Clifford connection

The Coates family helped enforce Lady Anne's will after she died.

View the document

Cowgill's coaches

One of the earliest memories I have is of walking to the top of the 'Brow' ( or Crosshills) to catch one of the old coaches of Cowgill's to Lothersdale. I have examples of the tickets they issued, and seek any information about the company or a photograph of the coach (charabanc?)

view the tickets

List and photographs of men from Cononley who lost their lives in World War 1

Taken from the book 'Craven's Part In The Great War' these photographs bring to life the list of men who left the village to fight in the war and did not come back - very poignant!

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1881 Kelly's Directory

In 1881 a directory for the whole of the West Riding was printed that listed details of the key residents in each community - please click below to view the Cononley listing or visit www.historicaldirectories.org to view all the directories for the country.

Cononley listing

Old postcards of the area

A large number of postcards of the area have been produced over the years and occasionally they turn up in collectors fairs and on auction sites.

Please click on the link at the top of the page (Images Postcards and Documents) to see some of the ones I have come across. They give a great sense of the time they were taken, as well as showing the changes that have taken place over the years.

Please see the 'Downloads' section for further histories and files