historian, Kate Taylor, gave a fascinating talk on 'Crimes in
Crofton and close by' on Monday March 21st.
examples from several centuries she described how, through the ages,
most murders have been caused by excessive drink and family
arguments - which still seems to be the case today. And
despite our impression of the Victorian Age as being 'tough on
crime' Kate's research showed that sentences were much
more lenient then.
had some copies of her recent book "Foul Deeds and
Suspicious Deaths" which were snapped up by members of the
audience. At Kate's request a donation was made to the
Friends of Chantry Chapel. We were delighted to learn that
Kate would be among those receiving the Maundy money from Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Wakefield Cathedral on Thursday 24th
March. Not only is she a well-known local historian but she is
also a prominent member of the Unitarian Chapel. She admitted that
she was practising her curtsey and had splashed out on a hat!
turnout on April 18th was very
disappointing but Claire Sharp, from the
Twixt Aire & Calder digitisation project, didn’t
seem to mind.
told us that the project started back in 1998 when
libraries decided to put their collection of photographs, with some
text, on-line. These words and images could then be used by
anyone with access to the internet. A website was
created with a name to describe the geographical area – Twixt Aire
and Calder. People researching family history, schools
doing local history projects and members of the public simply
interested in how
used to be, have all found this facility useful and illuminating.
some areas had literally thousands of old photographs to offer
others had very few.
If you look at Crofton we think you will
rather disappointed. Just check out the website and see.
we all know there are hundreds of photos of old Crofton – people
and places – you only need to look at the Photographic History
published in 2000 for confirmation!
had a display of some of the pictures we have been collecting and
Claire would love to add them, with accompanying words, to the site.
If you supplied photos for the first book, or have loaned any for a
future publication, and you would like to have them included on the
website, just ring Balne Lane Library on 01924 – 304270 and ask
for Claire, or e-mail:-
the photographs are ones you have taken yourself then all you need
to do is send them along with permission (on a specially prepared
form) for them to be used. If they are postcards, studio or
newspaper photographs then Claire may need to get permission from
the original owners; you can contact her at
library for more information.
just to show how world-wide the web is, we had an e-mail from
Janette Bower in
who had been evacuated to Crofton during the war. She looked
for the History of Crofton and found the village website
Williams, House and Collections Manager at Nostell Priory,
gave a most enjoyable talk and slide-show presentation at our May
meeting. While telling us about the history of the
House and its occupants he showed pictures of various rooms,
including close-ups of several paintings and pieces of furniture.
went on to detail some of the plans for the estate, particularly the
renovation of the Obelisk Lodge house and the eventual restoration
of the grounds to 1850s parkland.
then invited Crofton residents to help with the creation of an
exhibition in 2007 …. “Meet the Neighbours!”. He hopes
people will contact him with memories, anecdotes or pictures of
times when they (or their ancestors) were involved with the Winn
family of Nostell. Gareth is particularly interested in
reminiscences from people who lived in New Crofton (The Lump) and
worked in Nostell Colliery.