Sadly all meets are postponed until further notice





Ryburn Valley History Society represents a group of mainly local people interested in the history of the area.

The Ryburn Valley has a rich history from prehistoric man, Viking activity, evidence of the Romans passing by, trade routes linking cottage industries then the impact of industrialization. 

Meetings are held on The Second Tuesday of the Month, 7.30 pm at

Ripponden Conservative Club, 212 Halifax Road, Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, HX6 4BG.

We have a talk at every meeting. See the Syllabus page for details.

Our latest publication is the 'Mills of the Ryburn Valley' by Julian Carr. 

The book paid for by the society is now printed and ready and is 152 pages with full colour £9 each.

Available from Parish Council Office, Stanley's Kitchen in Ripponden and at Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge libraries and now also at the Book Corner book shop in the Piece Hall.

This month’s meeting takes place next Tuesday, March 10th.

Anne Kirker will be the speaker, the title being: ‘From Quays to Pier: the Manchester Ship Canal.’ 

Anne is a founder member of our society and we welcome her back. Anne is an excellent speaker and the topic will be a popular one I think. Get there early!


Other matters:

You may have seen in the Go Local the item about VE Day 75th Anniversary events on Friday May 8th being organised by St Bart’s and the Parish Council.

RVHS are also involved with our committee members, Michael, Carolyn and Chris, contributing to the organisation.

Firstly, the RVHS are being asked for any memories or artefacts of this day or life during WW2 generally. Written memories and documents will go into a Booklet is being compiled by the organisers. If you have anything please pass them to one of us or straight to Margaret Fisher or anyone else at St Bart’s. Chris and Carolyn are visiting various local groups asking for contributions.

In particular, the RVHS will be contributing by mounting a display in the Parish Council window for approx 10 days around VE Day – which would also be taken to the church for the day.

So, can you help create this small display? Eg collect, arrange, write some short story boards about the main events and effects of the war and VE Day itself – national and local.

Nb. It is only a small window and ‘simple’ is the key! 

We are also setting up a table / stall on the day to promote the RVHS. Again, can you help?


See articles by Jean Akroyd and David Cliff about Rishworth pubs and Sowerby Bridge cinemas respectively - in the Ryburn Link and Go Local.



New members and visitors (charged £3 per visit) are always welcome.

Annual membership is £12

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