Life in Spen Valley ... in 1854

Life in Spen Valley ... in 1854

AN exhibition showing what Spen Valley was like in 1854 goes on show for one day only next week.

It features an 18 sq ft Ordnance Survey map only made possible by the advent of digital technology.

Cleckheaton, Gomersal, Liversedge and Heckmondwike were mapped in a series of publications from 1847 to 1851.

These have been scanned and then weaved together digitally to create a single merged map.

It has been done by the Spen Valley Civic Society as part of a wider project about the area’s industrial heritage.

The exhibition is at the premises of RJ Donnan Hearing Care Ltd on Dewsbury Road in Cleckheaton from 10am to 4.30pm on Thursday.

Visitors can, for example, see the time when Northgate in Cleckheaton was called Back Lane.

It is hoped the map can be displayed in other parts of the area over coming months. The Civic Society is charting the history of famous firms in Spen Valley, including 70 mills.

Erica Amende, Civic Society secretary, said: “People can delve into the past and see what stood on the site of their homes in 1854.

“They can also see where fields have been swallowed up by roads or houses and look at the mills where our great, great, grandparents worked.”

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