****This group is currently meeting online, until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.****
Contact:Hazel Best 01200 426756
Meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2pm, and are currently being held online on the Zoom App. Members will be sent a link in the week before the meeting, and if anyone else wishes to join please contact the group convenor Hazel Best.
In normal times meetings are at West Bradford Village Hall plus half day and full day visits. Members pay £1 towards the cost of the venue, invited speakers, and refreshments.
For those interested in learning and appreciating history, in an informal way, through visits, speakers and discussions.
Click on this link to see a HISTORY GROUP 2020 Programme of meetings and outings arranged for 2020.
July visit to Ashton and Fairfield Moravian Settlement
Members of the Architecture and History groups spent the morning at Ashton Old Baths and the Portland Canal Basin. Both, in their own way show that demolition is not the only answer to redundant buildings. The Old Baths has been converted into a stunning hub for small businesses working in IT. The old building has been preserved, but inside is a modern Pod containing offices and meeting rooms and an open terrace on the top. The Victorian brickwork, cast iron columns and hammer beam trusses are seen in all their glory. The Portland canal basin is a thriving museum of both social and industrial history, contained in the repurposed Georgian warehouse at the junction of the Huddersfield, Ashton and Peak forest canals.
After lunch we made the short journey to the Fairfield Moravian Settlement in Droylsden. Here we were given an introduction to the origin and spread of the Moravian church and then a conducted tour of this fascinating settlement which was founded in 1785. Both groups were indebted to Maureen Pilkington for the thoroughness of her preparation for this fascinating day.
(Photos of this visit can be seen on the Architecture Group Page)