Aireborough Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1957 to record and preserve the history of Aireborough, which consists of:-
  • Yeadon
  • Guiseley
  • Rawdon
  • Carlton
  • Hawksworth
  • Esholt
  • High Royds - Hospital

January 2022

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Aireborough Historical Society holds monthly (usually 2nd Thursday) speaker events on a variety of topics. For details of the next event.

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Back-Chat spoken history

The Back-Chat Collection
A collection of interviews with mainly Aireborough folk on a whole host of subjects which is added to every week.


                                                                             The AHS Collection 14th January 2022

                                                                                                                    Editor's choice

                                    Less We Forget - The Cotopa Mill Explosion, Guiseley - 1941

                                 Edith Maud Bell, aged 15;  Mrs Elizabeth Dale, aged 24; Dorothy Powell, aged 19; and Mrs Rose Green, aged 21; all perished

                           in an accident at the Mill in October 1941.  Constance Mary Calvert, aged 16, survived the explosion with injuries to her legs and hands.


              The young women worked in the low building seen in the photograph preparing artificial hand grenades with gunpowder for use by the Home Guard when,

                  as a result of friction during the process a large explosion occurred blowing one side of the building out killing and injuring the above named women. 


                              The wall was subsequently rebuilt but several years later on the 31st December 1948, the Mill was destroyed by a massive fire.

                                                The site was later utilised by the Yorkshire Electricity Board and is now the Aldersyde housing estate. 


                                                          A note from our AHS researcher - 'A blue plaque for the four women would be an idea'.


Have you a favourite photograph on our website that you would like to see as photo of the week on the AHS Home Page?
If so, please let Jack Brayshaw know the photo index number via email to: 



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Whilst the AHS website contains a wealth of information it does not contain all the photos, documents and maps which we hold.

Grateful thanks to Carlo Harrison who instigated digitising the collection and created this AHS website.

For further information or for questions on specific items please contact our archive team