Ilkley History Scrapbook of the Month

Each month we will be adding a different scrapbook of Ilkley from the Archiving group

The Archiving Group was formed in late 2018 at the request of the Ilkley Local History Hub (a joint enterprise between the Civic Society and the Friends of the Manor House) to assist them in future projects with the first being the cataloguing of the rump of the library and documents of the Olicana Historical Society. Originally formed in 1890 as the Ilkley Antiquarian Society, the Society was closely associated with the first museum in Ilkley which opened in 1892 and has evolved through many name changes over the years, adopting its present one in 1972.

Through the kind assistance of Mary Hamilton and the Community Action Bradford & District team at Christchurch on The Grove, some of these items were scanned and a sample of these archive examples can be viewed here.

One of the most fascinating records of the Society was a series of scrapbooks collated from local newspapers on aspects of Ilkley life and local history and these were maintained religiously for a period of 50 years between 1948 and 2000.

The Addingham historian Kate Mason is thought to have been involved in the enterprise but unfortunately the names of the compilers are lost to history. However, they have left a fascinating view into half a century of Ilkley life. 

The run of half a century is not quite complete; there are a couple of missing scrapbooks which we hope, given this publicity, may reappear from some forgotten corner of Ilkley to allow us to scan them also.

Our aim now is to share a new scrapbook once a month, starting in 1948 and working chronologically through the years to the last edition.  We hope you find them of interest.

Click on a picture below to open the corresponding pdf file in a new tab.


G12 1979

New shopping precinct in Ilkley’s central car park / selection of photos from 1978 / the forgotten spas of West Yorkshire

G11 1978 - 1979
1943 Ilkley Home Guard photo / worst winter weather since 1947 / nineteenth century photo of Ben Rhydding from Cow and Calf looking north east / Ilkley car park extension / houses for sale 1879 and 1979 / Imperial Café recollections from 1920s / derelict buildings on Castle Road behind Manor House / Roman activity week at Manor House.

G10 Jan - Nov 1978

Addingham Fleece Inn listed / photo of Wheatsheaf Inn in Ilkley showing side and rear in 1947 / report on the lecture “the place of the Manor House in the history of Ilkley” / old Otley / 50 year old workshops in Castle Road behind Manor House demolished.


G9 1974-1978

White Wells improvements / management of Ilkley Moor in 1974 / series of articles on Robert Collyer / the Great Freeze of 1825/1826 and subsequent flood / Primitive Methodist Chapel / rail complaints in 1877 / 1902 fears for new Panorama Reservoir and its 8 ½ million gallons of water / opposition to Mr Wilde in Local Board elections 1877 / westward extension of railway from Ilkley / last occupant of Mill Gill corn mill dies 1877 – Thomas Lister / Ilkley sewage scheme / demolition of buildings on Castle Road behind Manor House in 1978.


G8 1976-1977

1838 survey / 200 year anniversary of Denton Church / medieval pottery found at Manor House / Wheatley in the 1838 survey / 1879 petition for Wheatley to leave Ilkley Local Board / 1976 Wheatley Old Hall auction / 1977 £50,000 James Clarke and Sarah Foley legacy / 1874 quarrel over Craig Tarn and Dobson family / Askwith Quaker meeting house / 1934 bridge over Wharfe at Ben Rhydding / sale of Wheatley Lawn, former children’s home / 1977 Silver Jubilee celebrations /  Tony Emmott of Ilkley “Mr World” bodybuilder / biggest Jubilee parade in Yorkshire / 1935 Silver Jubilee celebrations in Ilkley / various articles on railway extension schemes from 1874/1881 / Donkey Jackson articles / Ilkley during WW2 / early years of Robert Collyer.

G7 1973-1976

Swastika stone, Bronze Age calendar / rear of Manor House improvement / Canker Well gardens / Ilkley cabmen’s shelter / Ilkley Pool / History of Newall Old Hall (demolished 1920s) / demolition of Nell Bank 1973 / Methodism in Wharfedale / Scow Hall history / Newsome family of Shaws Hall, Askwith / Denton stone ball / family names around Ilkley from the 1838 survey. 


G6 1974-1976

History of Ilkley bridges / Ilkley town hall scheme / dispute over quarry behind Cow and Calf Rocks in 1884 / enclosure threat and purchase of Ilkley Moor 1893 / description of Ilkley flood 12 July 1900 / history of Middleton family / removal of railway bridges and embankments / proposal by Oswald Lister to build seven cottages in Paradise (next to Ilkley Old Bridge) 1892 / Ilkley museum proposals in 1890s / Ilkley charities, a series of articles including chantry of St. Nicholas / article on the streams and springs of Ilkley / 1928/1929 rejection to build new reservoir / municipal golf course / Ilkley in the nineteenth century and the old village / 1876 Bradford trade slump halts Ilkley’s rapid development / Menston Hall elm tree felled / obituary of Miss E M Fletcher.

G5 1971-1972

Sale of Denton Park estate 1971/ Robert Collyer, series of articles


G4 1967-1971

Saxon crosses / West End mills / new West end church / Ilkley’s oldest shop / Wharfedale railway history / Leeds Road Congregational Hall 1902 / Girton’s painting of Manor House / Twelve Apostles uprighted / Burley Pudding Tree / North  Sea Gas comes to Ilkley / Seventeenth century cottage in Longcroft Road, Ben Rhydding

G3 1962-1966

John Prior, eighteenth century Nesfield clockmaker / two fine clocks presented to Manor House Museum / Roman fort excavations 1962 / The Hebers of Hollin Hall / railway centenary celebrations / recollections of Middleton in the early twentieth century and the building of Marsh Ghyll Reservoir / dismantling Brook Street railway bridge / last thatched cottage on the Grove / history of Burley Church / White Wells development row / Thruscross Reservoir opens.

G2 1958-1962

Tatefield Hall and Hazlewood Castle visits / old coaching days around Ilkley / Roman road through Ilkley, Manchester to Aldborough / first Ilkley Museum in 1892 / history of parish church and organ / Donkey Jackson / conversion of Manor House / official opening 1961 / Old Burley inns / Roman fort excavation 1962

G1 1948-1958

1949 re-opening of Ilkley Museum after 10 years / Roman occupation / weathering of churchyard Saxon crosses / Ben Rhydding Hydro demolition / Manor House scheduled for slum clearance in 1955 / proposals to convert Manor House to museum & art gallery in 1956 / Swastika Stone / Job Senior, Hermit of Burley Woodhead / tracing roman roads

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