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.

The Pageant of Wakefield and the West Riding 1933

John Heywood
Wakefield pageant

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.

HISTORY & HERITAGE YORKSHIRE

Withernsea pier: the history behind the landmark

John Heywood
withernsea pier

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.

HISTORY & HERITAGE YORKSHIRE

In the shadows: Albert Wainwright

John Heywood
abert wainwright

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.

HISTORY & HERITAGE YORKSHIRE

History and heritage Yorkshire: excursions to the coast

John Heywood

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.

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History and heritage Yorkshire: King’s Manor, York

John Heywood

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.