are proud to present photos of Todmorden & Walsden taken from
the Alice Longstaff and the
Bridge Local History Society Collections...
TO PHOTO GALLERY INDEX
Speak was born in 1907. She took an early interest in photography
and in 1921 was taken on as assistant to Mrs. Ada Redman, daughter
of Crossley Westerman, in the family's photographic studio. In 1935,
Alice married John Longstaff and the following year took over the
Crossley Westerman business at a shop in Hebden Bridge. She began
a collection of photographs and postcards, many of the photographs
being taken by herself, recording the life and times of the people
of the area from as early as the 1890's. By the time she died in
1992, Alice had over 10,000 photographs in her collection.
are grateful to Frank Woolrych and the Hebden Bridge Historical
the use of photos from their collection and also for their kind
permission to use some of the images from the Alice Longstaff Collection.
Bridge Local History Society
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