Steps Mill – an early depiction

This is perhaps the earliest depiction of a woollen mill in the Huddersfield area.  Painted by Thomas Beaumont of Steps in 1829 it returned to the area in 2012. The complex of buildings is also well known as the location of Honley’s first Sunday School in the 1790s.

Painting of Steps Mill and Steps (now Madgale, Honley) 1829

Painting of Steps Mill and Steps (now Madgale, Honley) 1829

More details can be found in the Huddersfield Examiner:

http://www.examiner.co.uk/leisure-and-entertainment/nostalgia/huddersfield-nostalgia/2013/01/30/painting-is-one-of-the-earliest-depictions-of-honley-86081-32706679/

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Victor Grayson and the 1907 Colne Valley By-election

and New ZealandThis short article was written in 1997, when I stood as parliamentary candidate for the Socialist Labour Party – in the days when I still had some illusions about political parties, though NOT any illusions in parliamentary democracy, believing, like Victor Grayson, that the best thing that a Socialist can do in the House of Commons is get thrown out of it… Continue reading