WELCOME to this website, where you will find articles on different aspects of our local history, mainly about Thackley and Idle, but also some about Bradford.

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Most of the writing is on subjects we find particularly interesting, such as medical history, industrial archaeology, and of course the people who lived in this part of Bradford where we now live.  Some material has been published before, but mostly the research we’ve done is because that’s what we, like many retired academics (or history geeks), enjoy doing. And we’ll continue to explore the past – so watch out for new items appearing!

We hope you find what we have written enjoyable and useful.  If you want to quote from it, or copy any pictures or text, please follow the rules on copyright, and acknowledge the source of the material, And you can contact us at if you have any enquiries or comments.