Shed is the  local history group for the Blackshaw area and was  formed in 2003. It is very informal and relies on  research and convivial conversation between members, rather  than formal meetings with  speakers.

Each year we focus on a different topic of historical interest, with the aim of producing a display of   research, photographs and artefacts illustrating that topic for the annual Blackshaw Head Fete.  Occasionally we hold other events of local interest in the Chapel.

Topics covered so far include: Mills, Farming and Settlement, World War 1, 1851 and 1871 Censuses, History of  Blackshaw Chapel, the Life and Times of Gordon Sutcliffe and,  in 2009,  Sport, Holidays, Entertainment and Days Out up to the early 1950’s.

You are very welcome to join the group, no prior knowledge is necessary, only enthusiasm and a sense of humour! Meetings are held throughout the year  on the second Monday of each month at Hippins  Farm at 7.30 pm. This may vary occasionally, please contact a group member to verify individual dates.

Upcoming Events:

Blackshaw Head Chapel is two hundred years old this year!
To mark this anniversary Blackshaw Local History Group (Shed) is planning an exhibition about the history of the Chapel, to be staged at the Blackshaw Head Fete on the 5th September.  We’re gathering information about the Chapel and it’s place in our community over the years.  If you have reminiscences, mementos or photos of life at the Chapel which you would like to include in the archive please come to the Chapel on Saturday 14th of March between 11 am and 2 pm so that we can scan or record them, and you can have a cuppa and see what we’re doing
Contact us – or 01422 847 254
Pennine Horizons, based at The Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, is compiling an Upper Calderdale Local History Digital Archive, and will be holding a
‘Scan – 2 – Save’ event at Blackshaw Head Chapel, in conjunction with Shed, on Saturday 25th April between 11 am and 3 pm.  If you have photos or any other items to share they will be on hand to scan and record them.  Refreshments provided.
Find out more  from their web site –
Tel. 07764583397

Ged Haley’s History of Blackshaw

Dr Steve North’s short piece on ‘Great Rock’

Email:            shed [at] (edited to prevent SPAM, please replace ‘at’ with @)