Ken weaves historic tale of handloom pioneers

THE LIVES of handloom weavers who helped Batley and Dewsbury grow into busy manufacturing towns will be described by author Ken Fedzin at Batley History Group next Monday. Ken has already traced various family roots back as far as the 1500s. It enabled him to publish a book last year about handloom weavers and the challenges, trials and triumphs they shared. The investigative work fired Ken’s passion for family and local history and he has developed that in many ways, most recently by photographing and recording the inscriptions on decaying headstones laid down as pathways in Dewsbury Parish Churchyard. He wanted to make sure that there was a permanent record before they were lost forever. He is also a member of both the Dewsbury Matters local history group and the Batley History Group. Monday’s meeting starts at 7.30pm in Batley Town Hall. Admission is £2 for members and £5 for visitors. Refreshments, served from 7pm, are free.

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