South Pennines History Group Day School

Saturday, 20 May 2017
9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill, OL3 6AP

The late Alan Petford made a singular contribution to the history of the South Pennines. His
own research broke new ground whilst as a teacher his inimitable style inspired countless
students to become expert in this country of deep-cut valleys and stone-built farmsteads.
This day school will feature six lectures ranging from enclosure to architecture and poetry to
population, all of which are given by Alan’s friends and students. Each is based on essays
included in a new book, History in the South Pennines: the Legacy of Alan Petford. The
publication is one of the first to take the history of the South Pennines as its subject. A
thousand years of South Pennines society, culture, landscape and economy are examined in
fourteen chapters, all of which are lavishly illustrated in full colour.

The day school will end with a drinks reception to launch the book when subscribers can pick
up their books and copies will be available to purchase. Those who are unable to attend the
day school are welcome to the launch.


09:15 – arrive for registration.
10.00 – opening remarks
The people of the parish of Halifax, 1539 to 1670: parish registers and the reconstruction of the population Ian Bailey

The origins and evolution of a Pennine township: medieval and early modern settlement in Saddleworth Mike Buckley


Folklore and industrial archaeology:
the rise and demise of the Nodale dam Dave Smalley

Township boundaries and commons disputes in the South Pennines Nigel Smith


Landscape, history and folklore in Samuel Bottomley’s Greenfield: a Poem Victor Khadem

‘In all things well sufficient and workmanlike’: Dr Threapland and the rebuilding of Little Brackenbed David Cant

At 3:45 there will be a drinks reception to launch History in the South Pennines: the Legacy of Alan Petford

The price of the Day School is £15, which includes lunch and refreshments. Please send a cheque payable to ‘Saddleworth Historical Society’ along with the form below to Mr David Harrison, 15 The Grove, Dobcross, Saddleworth, OL3 5RR or email david@djwharrison.co.uk

PDF downloadSPHG Day School 2017 Flyer .pdf