Brighouse: Portrait of a Town (1953) by R. Mitchell

Brighouse: Portrait of a Town was written by Reginald Mitchell (1909-1985) and published in 1953 by Brighouse Corporation.

The author also published Brighouse: Birth and Death of a Borough in 1976.

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The text of this book remains the copyright of the Estate of Reginald Mitchell and has been made available with the express permission of his surviving children Rosalind Pownell and Robert Mitchell, and in memory of his eldest son, the late John Mitchell. The illustrations remain the copyright of the Estate of Albert Thomas Pile.

This book was digitised in partnership with Huddersfield Local History Society.

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Prepace
  • PART I: THE FORMATIVE YEARS 15000 B.C. to 1750 A.D.
    • Chapter 1 — Lake Calderdale to the Walton Cross (page 5)
    • Chapter 2 — The Norman Conquest and The Rastrick-Brighouse Court (page 12)
    • Chapter 3 — Tudor and Stuart: Trade and Nonconformity (page 20)
    • Chapter 4 — Brighouse in 1750 (page 29)
  • PART II: THE CANAL AGE 1750 to 1840
    • Chapter 1 — Revolution in Transport: Canal and Turnpikes (page 39)
    • Chapter 2 — The Industrial Revolution (page 45)
    • Chapter 3 — Churches, Chapels and Schools (page 54)
    • Chapter 4 — Industrial Unrest: Luddites and Chartists (page 64)
  • PART III: THE AGE OF THE IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS 1840 to 1865
    • Chapter 1 — The Coming of the Railway and The End of the Turnpikes (page 77)
    • Chapter 2 — Industrial Expansion (page 82)
    • Chapter 3 — The Development of Local Government (page 89)
    • Chapter 4 — Religion and Education (page 103)
    • Chapter 5 — Social Life (page 117)
  • PART IV: THE AGE OF LOCAL BOARDS 1865 - 1893
    • Chapter 1 — Religious Consolidation 1865-1893 (page 135)
    • Chapter 2 — The Irish Riots 1882 (page 144)
    • Chapter 3 — Work and Leisure in the later 19th Century (page 152)
    • Chapter 4 — Educational Changes 1865-1893 (page 165)
    • Chapter 5 — The Communal Services and The Political Parties (page 180)
    • Chapter 6 — Democracy enters Local Government (page 190)
    • Chapter 7 — The Birth of the Borough (page 208)
  • Epilogue (page 217)

Copyright Status

Under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the copyright of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works in the United Kingdom expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

Reginald Mitchell died in 1985 and copyright on his literary works will expire at the end of 2055.