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Our Guides

We are an eclectic group who are all enthusiasts about our local heritage and enjoy helping others to appreciate it. Between us we cover all Calderdale (and a few enclaves just outside the District).


Each year we offer several new walks and each will have involved 50+ hours of research. Even then, new details come to light, buildings are altered, or other things happen, so updating is an ongoing process. Many of the team are also involved with local history societies, writing about history, research projects, giving talks or running educational courses. We're busy people !


In alphabetical order, we are :


The dovecote at Kirklees Home Farm, Clifton

Mike Beecham
Author of the recently published Brynescoles Valley book and editor to two Northowram Historical Society books, Mike has an ongoing interest in researching earlier histories of the extensive area of the old Northowram township.


John Billingsley
John is a librarian specialising in folklore, curiosities and prehistory. He edits the antiquarian magazine 'Northern Earth' and has written several books on local topics. He is Programme Secretary for Hebden Bridge Local History Society and specialises mainly in walks around there.


John Brooke
John is a retired Headteacher with a longstanding interest in local history. WEA lecturer and co-author of a school history. Devoted to cricket and is secretary of the History Society in his home area. His walks tend to be east or north of Brighouse.


David Cant

David's particular interests are buildings and industrial archaeology. Currently involved in transcribing probate documents for the old parish of Halifax and working to make archive documents on Yorkshire buildings, craftsmen and their patrons more widely available through digitisation. 


Steve Crabtree

Steve is a guide at Shibden Hall and works in the West Yorkshire Archives in Halifax.


David Glover

David is a well known local historian and walk leader with a wide-ranging knowledge of our local history


Anne Kirker
Anne is an enthusiastic local historian, lecturer, former nurse and motor cyclist. Her walks tend to be mainly in and around the Ryburn Valley area where she lived for many years, or in Halifax.


Jill Liddington
Jill is a historian, writer and academic with a particular interest in women's suffrage and the wider issues relating to women's history. She has lived in the mid-Calderdale area for some years and has also led longer countryside walks for two local organisations.


Anne Mealia
Anne Mealia is a professional genealogist and family historian specialising in Yorkshire and Lancashire research.  She teaches family history courses and is on the committee of Hebden Bridge Local History Society. She leads Heritage Walks in the western end of the Calder Valley.


Margaret Nortcliffe
Margaret is another former teacher, she takes a major role in the Kirklees Estate walks but is also involved in Halifax and Brighouse sites from time to time. Has a wide range of historical interests from medieval to early 20th century.


Ian Philp

Ian is another retired headteacher but don’t let that put you off. His areas of interest include Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Brighouse, Rastrick and Elland where he grew up. He has been heavily involved recently in the restoration of a local churchyard and the development of its comprehensive website. He’s also involved in Lightcliffe & District Historical Society.


Ben Stables
Ben is a local historian with an enthusiasm for all things about the history of Shelf and its area.


Mary Twentyman
Mary concentrates on the far north-east of Calderdale (and just beyond). A family historian whose interests have spread to population studies and the area in general. Currently working on a detailed study of certain woodland areas and former iron works locally.