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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past

  • Waterloo Mills, c1870, Silsden, alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
  • Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, home of Crossley’s world-famous carpets, 1802-1982
  • Cupola Smelt Mill, Grassington Moor. Produced lead 1792-1882.
  • Stokes Paints Ltd, Little London Road, Sheffield. Founded 1899, production moved to Huthwaite c2005.
  • Hunslet Engine Co Ltd, Leeds. Between 1864 and 1995 they built c7000 locomotives many exported world-wide
  • Jowett Kestrel, 1934. Jowett cars and vans were built in Bradford 1906-1954.

Yorkshire’s industrial development

In broad terms, industry is concerned with the transformation of natural raw materials to meet our need for food, shelter and warmth - and nowadays much else besides. Industrial archaeology and history are concerned with the study and understanding of these processes and their impact on rural and urban landscapes.

Here are some examples of the industries which have made Yorkshire what it is today.