From the Stour and the Wharfe

Samuel Cooke

Samuel Cooke

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Not all of the Spen Valley’s early entrepreneurs were natives of Cleckheaton, Gomersal, Heckmondwike or Liversedge - many outsiders were attracted to “Spenlandia” by the location, natural resources and skilled workforce of the four townships.

The two companies which we discuss this week were founded by migrants from Kidderminster on the River Stour in Worcestershire and Otley on the banks of Yorkshire’s mighty River Wharfe.

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The section of Cooke's Mill which stood at the Swan crossroads in Liversedge before it was demolished in Novembr 2004
pic cooke's mill The section of Cooke's Mill which stood at the Swan crossroads in Liversedge before it was demolished in Novembr 2004

On Tuesday March 18 at Cleckheaton Library, Spen Valley Civic Society will present brief histories of two local organisations which helped to create the fame, wealth and employment of The Spen Valley. Please note that, in response to previous weeks’ attendance patterns, the viewing time has been amended to 10.30am-6pm.

 

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