What's New?
Date of Addition
27th January 2013

Major Update - New section named "Sowood" featuring four parts: Sowood Manor, Sowood Farm, Matty Marsden Lane and Rock Cottages. The new Sowood section is based entirely on new research carried out in 2012 by Ossett historian Alan Howe. The website version is an annotated summary of Alan's work, which is reproduced in full in the "Downloads" section of the website as four separate PDF files. The full version is recommended if you want to study the Sowood area of Ossett in more detail. My thanks to Alan Howe for giving me permission to put his research work on this website.

7th April 2013

Corrections to the "Ossett Spa" page in respect of the Montpelier Pleasure Grounds, Ossett Spa and the performance at Easter 1884 of the "African Blondin" as opposed to Charles Blondin, which was originally assumed. My thanks to Kylie Robinson for her work on this.

25th August 2013

Added Richard Glover's detailed history of Gedham Mill to the "Downloads" section of the web site as a PDF file.

23rd October 2013

Major Update - Added sixteen new picture pages to the "Picture Gallery" area showing various view of Ossett from yesteryear and in some cases the same view from this year. Added information about "Rock Cottage" by Alan Howe to the "Sowood" page.

6th July 2014

Major Update - Added completely new section "WW1 Remembrance" with over 250 individual biographies of soldiers and sailors from Ossett who lost their lives during or as a result of WW1. There is also a section written by Ossett historian David Scriven recording what life was like in Ossett during the years of WW1 through to the post-war year of 1919. In addition, the stories of men who won medals for bravery during WW1, the four Ossett Conscientious Objectors and the stories of those men who survived the Great War are also featured.

In many cases, the biographies have pictures of the men concerned and obituaries taken from the archives of the "Ossett Observer" newspaper. Where possible, the specific WW1 action where these men lost their lives has been included.

A downloadable EXCEL spreadsheet has also been provided, which brings together a lot of the individual biography information for these men, such as age, address, regiment, date of death, occupation, next-of-kin, etc. and this provides a comprehensive Ossett WW1 Memorial Roll, which we believe is the most comprehensive currently available and includes men who were not listed on the Ossett War Memorial or the various church memorials in the borough.

My thanks to Alan Howe for his hard work and help with the research on this project and also thanks to Neville Ashby who has provided pictures from his extensive Ossett collection.

10th November 2014

In progress, the addition of 48 biographies of Ossett soldiers who were never honoured on any of the Ossett WW1 memorials, despite having strong links with the town through birth or residence at one time. These new biographies have been added to the "WW1 Remembrance" section with over 300 individual biographies of soldiers and sailors from Ossett or with links to Ossett, who lost their lives during or as a result of WW1.

Added to the Downloads section, a comprehensive 58 page history in PDF format of Longlands House and the Haigh family of Ossett, written by Ossett historian Alan Howe. There is much new material in Alan's research and some pictures previously unseen elsewhere.

Added to the Downloads section a history of Lindale Farm at Kirkhamgate written by Ossett historian Alan Howe. Lindale Farm is right on the Ossett boundary and shares much local history.

12th November 2014

Added new section, Longlands in the Ossett Heritage list - an annotated version of the history of Longlands House and the Haigh family of Ossett, written by Ossett historian Alan Howe.

3rd May 2015

Added eight new pictures to the Picture Gallery section from photographs sent to me by Chris Robinson (from his father Albert Robinson's collection); from Pat Brothwell (nee Milner) and from Joyce Broughton (nee Webb). There are now over 180 Ossett pictures in the Picture Gallery, many which have not been published elsewhere.

Added to the Downloads section, Powerpoint presentation "Ossett Men at War" which was produced for the Ossett Historical Society meeting on the 27th April 2015 and presented then by Alan Howe and Steve Wilson.

1st July 2015

Added the story of Ossett's last blacksmith, Don Cawthra in the Ossett People page. With thanks to Steve Armitage of Gildersome for his recollections of Don and also the use of his photographs. Also, to Alan and Pat Howe for their anecdotes about Don Cawthra.

26th July 2015

New section added written by Neville Ashby in the Healey section, specifically about Millbank, which adjoins Healey and Ossett at the Figure of Three Lock on the Calder and Hebble canal. This section is now renamed "Healey and Millbank" to reflect the new material added by Neville, which covers some original research about the industrial heritage of the area.