A revival in historical pageants across Britain in the 20th century recreated history and involved hundreds of performers. Some 88 years ago, Wakefield staged an event on a massively grand scale. Sadly, it has been all but forgotten.
Author: John Heywood
John is a Yorkshire historian and writer who is delighted to be the centre manager at the historic Queens Mill in Castleford. He is thoroughly enjoying his role combining heritage and community in order to regenerate the town, improve educational attainment and bring the area’s long and fascinating history to a much wider audience. He is also the curator of the popular HistoryandHeritageYorkshire Twitter account @GenealogyBeech.
John Heywood delves into the history of Withernsea pier, finished being built in 1877; an awful storm was to damage vessels on the pier, and four sailors were killed. The Genesta disaster was also relentless and destroyed 300 feet of the pier.
John Heywood remembers the life of Albert Wainwright, who was born and raised in Castleford, but is often thrust into the shadows because of Henry Moore. Wainwright’s work was influential in the creation of Leeds theatres, in highlighting the struggles of being gay at the time, and for criticisng the Nazi regime.
John Heywood looks back at life at Springfield Mill, West Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s
John Heywood tells of the historic wonders of Ferrybridge. A place long associated with motorways and power stations, has a remarkable ancient history of chariot burials, Neolithic henges, and impressive architecture.
John Heywood visits the Victorian heyday of Yorkshire’s seaside resorts like Filey, Scarborough, and Redcar. The resorts boomed after the introduction of bank holidays into the calendar; although the tourists were popular with businesses, they were less so with locals.
To me, King’s Manor is the perfect example of both an historic building and a major heritage asset. It has national, regional, and local significance and its use, especially for educational purposes, over such a long period of time, has touched the lives of many, mainly young people. Now that must be worth valuing and keeping.