From Weaver to Web: Online visual archive of Calderdale History
Welcome to the online visual archive of Calderdale history, giving access to over 23,000 images, accompanied by supporting historical information.
The Calderdale area includes the towns of Halifax, Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.
From Weaver to Web provides access to a wide range of material which may be particularly useful to local and family historians interested in this area.
You will find photographs and postcards, maps, trade directories and handbills, among many other types of historical sources.
J. S. Fletcher (1863-1935) has been described as one of the finest writers produced by Yorkshire in the late 19th century. He was born in Halifax on 7th February 1863 and entered London journalism at the age of 20 years. His first long story 'When Charles I was King', a historical novel, appeared in 1892 after he had joined the staff of the Leeds Mercury. His literary work included biography, political writings, Yorkshire history and archaeology, topography, regional novels and dialect verse.
Beginning in 1914, he wrote more than 100 detective stories in 20 years, some of which became best sellers in the United States. His autobiography 'Memoirs of a Spectator' (1912) recalls his early life in Halifax. He died at his home in Dorking, Surrey, in February 1935, aged 72.