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Sowerby Bridge Chronicle

The Sowerby Bridge Chronicle was a local newspaper that was published from 1883 to 1914 in Sowerby Bridge. Sowerby Bridge is a town near Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.

I've got scans of the newspaper (from the British Library) for the years 1896 to 1907 and am in the process of extracting the names of people from the Calderdale area (around Halifax and west to the border with Lancashire) who are mentioned in it.

The Sowerby Bridge Chronicle was published by William Ackroyd each Friday and had four pages. Generally, the front page had local and national adverts plus local announcements, page two had the national and international news, page three was a women's page (household hints and a serialised story) while the back page had the local news (at least for the years 1896 to 1904).

Although the local news concentrates on Sowerby Bridge, people from other parts of the Calderdale area are mentioned, particularly Ripponden, Mill Bank, Triangle, Sowerby, Warley, Friendly, Luddenden Foot and Norland.

Good hunting

Roger Beasley



Back page local stories for 1905

Back page local stories for 1906

Back page local stories for 1907 *NEW*




Back page local stories for 1902

Back page local stories for 1903

Back page local stories for 1904

Local people on the front pages 1902 to 1904

Local people on pages two and three, 1902 to 1904

Browse the whole paper 1902 to 1904



Back page local stories for 1899

Back page local stories for 1900

Back page local stories for 1901

Local people on the front pages 1899 to 1901

Local people on pages two and three, 1899 to 1901

Browse the whole paper 1899 to 1901



Back page local stories for 1896

Back page local stories for 1897

Back page local stories for 1898

Local people on the front pages 1896 to 1898

No local people on pages two and three, 1896 to 1898

Browse the whole paper 1896 to 1898




Useful links for the Halifax area

The Calderdale Family History Society
Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion
Weaver to Web
Tram ride into Halifax 1902 (YouTube video)
Search page for records held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service


Let me know if you find anything of interest or if you find any errors: Please email me at sowerbybridgenews@btinternet.com


Last updated 6th October 2013





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