Welcome to Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion
In my Calderdale Companion, you'll find a collection of Trivia, Miscellaneous Facts, and some interesting information about Halifax and the Calderdale district of West Yorkshire, England
The website began as a medium for me to record notes which I made whilst reading local history and family history sources, notes which I thought that others may find interesting. It is not intended to be a serious research tool; indeed, I do not do any specific research for the website, and any one person or entity is no more important to me than any other.
Please, please, note that there really is no point in emailing to ask me for further information or photographs relating to any topic ... what you see here is all that I know! Indeed, if I did know any more, why would I not include it here? And, if I did know any more but do not include it here, why would I tell you?
Because of the extra work involved, and the constant assumption that all photos are available in a larger format and in a higher resolution, I can no longer supplies copies of any photos which are used on the Calderdale Companion, whether for private use or for publication.
I now receive so many emails from people asking for more information – usually without offering any information in return – that I cannot afford to spend valuable time in acknowledging them. In future, any such emails will be ignored without response.
I do not record sources for the information – because this was taking up too much disk space – and the website is not intended to be a serious research tool, nor a short-cut for the lazy researcher. Indeed, it would be foolish to take information from this or any other website without doing your own research to verify all your information.
Please note also that I cannot respond to specific genealogical enquiries – I am not a free research tool!
I may sound harsh, but remember the saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth!
The Calderdale Companion is aimed at:
Anyone with an interest in the local history of the Halifax and Calderdale district of West Yorkshire, no matter whether as an active pursuit or as an armchair enthusiasm
Tourists who are visiting or intend to visit the beautiful Calderdale district – you might be interested in our entries on Calderdale for Motorists, and Things to see in Calderdale
Anyone with recent or distant roots and links with this part of the world – for this group of readers, I have included a number of historical entries and information which might otherwise be inaccessible to overseas visitors
Anyone who already lives in Halifax and Calderdale and wants to know just that bit more about what's all around them
Anyone who is tracing their family tree and needs some explanation of the terms and the terminology which they encounter in old documents
Anyone who is fascinated by local and historical trivia
Anyone who wants an explanation of the terms which are likely to be encountered when reading the works of the Brontës, Anne Lister's journals, or other pre-20th century works
Anyone who knows anything – about Halifax, Calderdale, the people or the places – which seems interesting to them and which is hard to find. I am particularly aware that many older people have memories and stories which should be recorded ... before it's too late
Anyone who just wants to settle – or start – an argument in the pub
I welcome any contributions and/or corrections to any of the material in Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion - especially where I've used ? to indicate an omission
Please Click here to see some of the specific points on which I should welcome your help
The following miscellaneous pages may be of general interest
My Newsletter Page with details of any recent or planned changes to the Calderdale Companion
The List of Recently-changed Pages on the Calderdale Companion
The Site Statistics for the Calderdale Companion
The Recent Hit Rate History for the Calderdale Companion
The Guidance Page for use when contributing information to the Calderdale Companion
The Index of SideTracks guides you through the subsections of the Calderdale Companion
The list of Unattached Material which is yet to be incorporated into the Calderdale Companion
The Brighouse Art Circle Calendar of Events
The Brighouse & District Historical Society Calendar of Events
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