Batley History Group

On May 13th 2019, Batley Town Hall unveiled both the originally restored and a replicated copy of the original town charter to the public.

It had, over the years, gotten in a state of disrepair and as part of the ongoing Batley 150 celebrations the original was sent to the West Yorkshire Archive Service where it has been lovingly restored.

A talk was held by the WYAS as well as the current mayor of Kirklees, Batley’s very own Gwen Lowe. The charter is now in the council chamber and anyone that would like to see it can go along and have a look for themselves.

NEW CONTACT EMAIL FOR YOU TO GET IN TOUCH….We have set up a new email address which will make it even easier for you to contact us in the hope that any queries you may have or anything else you want to share on here can be answered or seen. To get in touch with the whole committee simply send your emails to :

bhgcommittee01@hotmail.com



Our very own Jane Roberts and her husband Chris have had their book ‘The Greatest Sacrifice’ published to great acclaim and with the endorsement of the Rugby Football League itself. The book accounts for the casualties from WWI who had, prior to conflict starting, made their names in what was then known as the Northern Union. Other major sports have had books on the subject written but never had Rugby League been paid such an honour.

Copies of the book can be ordered via Jane, the cost, including postage is £14.50. Payment can be made either by Bank transfer or by cheque. If you are local you can collect direct at a cost of £13.50 per copy. Go to Jane’s link on the CONTACTS page to order your copy (pasttopresentgenealogy). The book is also available to order from Scratching Shed Publishing and through all the usual book sellers. It is stocked by Philip Howard Books at Roundhay.

On 10th June the Batley History Group went to visit the historic Pontefract Castle where members got to see the dungeons close up. Go to the photo gallery to see more pictures from the visit and thanks to our committee member Godfrey Sutcliffe for making the visit a great success.

NEXT MEETING @ BATLEY TOWN HALL - MONDAY 24th JUNE 7.30pm START (FREE REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FROM 7PM)


ADMISSION: £2 members, £4 non-members

PETER WEBSTER - South Leeds Railways

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