© 2016 Ryburn Valley History Society

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.

Last month Dr David Shepherd talked about ‘What the Prehistorians did next’.

After listening to David and seeing his evidence from our local moors and the area around Grassington, those present will be looking at any rocks lying around in  an apparently random pattern with a fresh and questioning eye.


This month’s meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th January – at the usual time. 

The syllabus for 2020 has been updated.



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

Annual membership is £12

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