Category: Local History

A Tale of Two Halls, part 2

A Tale of Two Halls, part 2 – read part 1 here The structure known since the early nineteenth century as Brearley Hall is in fact the younger of the two, having absorbed both the title and legend of the elder via custom and practice.  This may be a chance legacy of its most recent… Read more »

A Tale of Two Halls, part 1

PATRICK BRANWELL BRONTË d. 24 Sept. 1848 Despite the notoriety surrounding Patrick Branwell Brontë’s year in Luddenden Foot, which culminated in – and resulted from – his summary dismissal by the Manchester and Leeds Railway Company, surprisingly little is known of the time he spent there.  Speculation has crystallized into fact, with distorted anecdote, rather… Read more »