Author Archives: James Rhodes - historian

About James Rhodes - historian

History and genealogy buff. Follow me on Twitter @rh0desy

The Hunger Hills Mining Disaster of 1806

When tragedy struck the mining community of Horsforth Continue reading

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The Dripping Riots of Leeds, 1865

When the dismissal of a cook led to riots on the streets of Leeds Continue reading

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Prehistoric Horsforth

Millstone grit and monster insects: Horsforth as it might have been millions of years ago. Continue reading

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Is Tinshill BT Tower the highest point until Moscow?

My dad once told me that, if you travelled in a straight line from the top of Tinshill BT Tower to Moscow, you wouldn’t reach a higher point until you got there. But is it true? Let’s release an imaginary … Continue reading

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Scottish raids on Calverley and Horsforth, May 1318

Commemorating 700 years since the raids of Robert the Bruce Continue reading

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When the Civil War came to Rawdon and Horsforth

The Roundhead army in Rawdon & Horsforth Continue reading

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What place names tell us about the past

Unlocking the secrets of a long-forgotten past Continue reading

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