Discover the Heritage of Shipley

SAM_0742This short course is being offered by the Workers’ Educational Association and is tutored by archaeologist, Dave Weldrake. It runs from 10.00 until 12.00 on three successive Fridays at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley and will start on the 6th of June 2014. The course is being led by archaeologist Dave Weldrake and will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the history of Shipley and that part of the Aire Valley.

Although the content of the course will to some extent be determined by the experience and interests of the participants, each of the three sessions will focus on a different subject area. These are:

The pre-industrial landscape: Shipley as it is seen now is a product of the Industrial Revolution but prior to that it was a small agrarian community. This session will trace the history of the valley back the first farmers of the Neolithic.

Communications: What has given Shipley its current prominence is the fact that it lies at the junction of two valleys through which turnpike, canal and road must go. This has affected the development of the modern town and is still a live issue today.


There was a time when much of what is now West Yorkshire was known as the heavy Woollen District so. Shipley had a part to play in this but it also had quarries, engineering works and small manufacturers. Everything, in fact a small town could want.

The course is free of charge but pre-booking is essential.

This can be done through the WEA Website ( or by contacting Jane Bilton (Organiser Bradford and Craven) 07766 781481.


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