In February our WW1 project was given a great start when Joan Tindale entertained and informed us all about her years of researching the men who died serving their country in 1914-18 and who appear on the various war memorials past and present in the parish. One of the very interesting facts that Joan informed us of was that originally there were memorials at workplaces, sports clubs and places of faith. Families’ chose which ones they were on and so it lead, many years later to surprising omissions on some memorials and other memorials have disappeared along with the building they were in. At the March meeting we will begin to build on Joan’s invaluable work.
A week later the group had a very successful visit to West Yorkshire Archive Service Bradford. In a two hour stay we were told about the work of the service and then allowed access to some of the archives relating to Cowling. These included Wainman estate records, an accounts book from the first Ickornshaw Chapel, an apprenticeship indenture from Gill Bottom Rope Makers and an old document in Latin about Cowling’s three manors. Several members intend a follow up visit.