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  • John Brearcliffe 1618-1682 by Mick Blaylock

    August 13, 2019 by

    I went to Heath Grammar School in Halifax and have had an interest in Old Boys of the school and what they went on to achieve.  They include Captains of England rugby union sides and distinguished lawyers and then I came across this chap, John Brearcliffe with a connection with Heptonstall. John was the son… Read more


    November 9, 2019 by

    John Brearcliffe, who was the garrison surgeon for the Roundhead soldiers based in Heptonstall, left with the soldiers when they retreated to Blackstone Edge to join up with the main Roundhead army.  In 1650 John returned to his birth place of Halifax and became the Constable of Halifax.  While in this job he wrote about… Read more

  • Lily Hall and its Role in my Family Tree by Heather Morris

    September 16, 2019 by

    I had come upon a puzzling fact: my great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Whitham, born in 1840 at Lily Hall, Heptonstall, had been married twice, and had named a different man as being her father on her two marriage certificates. Elizabeth Ann’s first marriage was to Ishmael Nutton at St John the Baptist church in… Read more

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