Brighouse Heritage
From Brooklands to The Ritz - 1930s

March 1937 was a special time for cinema fans in Brighouse this was the year when the new Ritz Cinema was formally opened by the Mayor Councillor John Cheetham JP and the Mayoress. The Mayor and Mayoress and the audience on that special occasion sat and enjoyed 'Secret Agent' a film that featured Madeleine Carrol and Peter Lorre followed by Jack Holt in 'Crash Donovan'. Admission charges for the new cinema had been set at 6d, 9d, 1/- and 1/3d for adults with children's prices varying between 4d and up to 9d on Saturday's.

Have you got a burning  local history question about the Brighouse area that you have always want to know the answer to ??

If during this period of self isolation and you are a local history enthusiast of all that is in and around Brighouse including its surrounding communities and you have question. Why not drop me an email I might just be able to get you the answer.  Here are three questions to start with: 

1 Where was Union Street in Brighouse town centre? 

2. What was the original name for the section of Bradford Road between the Yorkshire Building Society and Lloyd Bank corner?

3. What were the shop premises called on Bethel Street at what is now called the Meze Restaurant?


See if you can answer those but if you can't I will post the answers on Friday. Have you got a question?



The Green Thing!

Checking out at a local supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologised and explained, ‘We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days’.

Good Companions Club Hipperholme 1992

The post-war years of the 1950s community spirit in the neighbourhoods around the town were encouraged to start up social clubs.

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