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The Bingley Byron

The Bingley Byron

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

This year marks 170 years since the death of John Nicholson, “The Airedale Poet”. Nicholson was a feted celebrity within his own lifetime, a Romantic poet from the ranks of the working classes. Yet now his lilting, melodic rhymes have been all but forgotten. By Lisa Firth.

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Ling Bob Fair

Ling Bob Fair

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Years ago October heralded one of Wilsden’s big events. In 1890, Ethelbert Binns could confidently list in his diary of local events “Ling Bob Fair; always held on the third Tuesday in October”. Astrid Hansen reveals more.

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Marian Krupa: a narrow escape

Marian Krupa: a narrow escape

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Marian Jan Krupa (1922-2009) came to live in Cottingley with his second wife, who had lived in the village most of her life, and their two-year-old son. He was born in Krakow, Poland, and his experiences after leaving there in 1939 until his arrival in England in 1943 were traumatic. We continue his story. By Margaret Krupa.

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Big Al and the redback

Big Al and the redback

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eric Firth continues his story of life as a ten-quid pom in 1970s Australia.

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Interesting discoveries at Cottingley

Interesting discoveries at Cottingley

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Family history research advice from Clive Harrison. It is now just over three years since the family history research sessions began at Cottingley Cornerstone Centre. What commenced as a six-week introductory course in how to get started has become a regular fixture on the Cornerstone programme. Indeed, it has been so successful that the sessions […]

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Musical memories of Wilsden

Musical memories of Wilsden

| September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dear Lisa, Reference the photograph of the Sylvian Players (August issue of Bingley Rural). I do remember the Mitchell family, I think they lived in Harden Lane (bottom of Wilsden). My father used to talk about Ernest Mitchell and the dance band. I am not sure whether he played in this group, but he used […]

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The Piano Street mystery solved

The Piano Street mystery solved

| September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

In our last issue, we asked if any readers knew why Royd Street in Wilsden was once known by the nickname “Piano Street” (in fact the road was known as Piano Row). Many thanks to Margaret Howgate, Julie Dyson and Astrid Hansen for solving the mystery!

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Tyke down under

Tyke down under

| September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eric Firth continues his story of life as a “ten-quid pom” in 1970s Oz.

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The Curious Case of the Cottingley Fairies

The Curious Case of the Cottingley Fairies

| September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Did Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle really believe in fairies? By Lisa Firth.

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Marian Krupa: through no-man’s land

Marian Krupa: through no-man’s land

| September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Marian Jan Krupa (1922-2009) came to live in Cottingley with his second wife, who had lived in the village most of her life, and their two-year-old son. He was born in Krakow, Poland, and his experiences after leaving there in 1939 until his arrival in England in 1943 were traumatic. We continue his story. By Margaret Krupa.

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