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Chris Helme - Author

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Books by Chris Helme

Brighouse at Work

Brighouse at Work

Author: Chris Helme Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2017

From a small hamlet and a bridge, the town of Brighouse in Calderdale grew rapidly with the building of the Calder and Hebble Navigation in the late eighteenth century, which led to the development of the town's successful textiles industries. Many of the town's mills were built using local stone and quarrying continued as a major industry into the nineteenth century, when immigrants arrived from Ireland in search of work. Another important industry in Brighouse was flour milling and the giant silos, built by the family firm of Thos Sugden & Son Ltd, still dominate the town today. Brighouse at Work explores the life of this west Yorkshire town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of photographs and illustrations, it looks at the impact that the Industrial Revolution had on the population and the consequences of rapid urbanisation, the changes in the industrial landscape during the Victorian era, the impact of war, and the decline of the town's textile industries. It takes us through years of depression and decay to late twentieth-century regeneration and the town's reinvention as a lively shopping centre and popular destination for visiting narrowboats.

Brighouse at Work People and Industries Through the Years

Brighouse at Work People and Industries Through the Years

Author: Chris Helme Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2017

From a small hamlet and a bridge, the town of Brighouse in Calderdale grew rapidly with the building of the Calder and Hebble Navigation in the late eighteenth century, which led to the development of the town's successful textiles industries. Many of the town's mills were built using local stone and quarrying continued as a major industry into the nineteenth century, when immigrants arrived from Ireland in search of work. Another important industry in Brighouse was flour milling and the giant silos, built by the family firm of Thos Sugden & Son Ltd, still dominate the town today. Brighouse at Work explores the life of this west Yorkshire town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of photographs and illustrations, it looks at the impact that the Industrial Revolution had on the population and the consequences of rapid urbanisation, the changes in the industrial landscape during the Victorian era, the impact of war, and the decline of the town's textile industries. It takes us through years of depression and decay to late twentieth-century regeneration and the town's reinvention as a lively shopping centre and popular destination for visiting narrowboats.

All in a Day's Work 30 Years as a Brighouse Bobby

All in a Day's Work 30 Years as a Brighouse Bobby

Author: Chris Helme Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2015

During the 1950s, Chris Helme was often asked by relatives: 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' A policeman was always his answer. A child of the Fifties, he was brought up to respect the local police who seemed to know everyone. Suffering from colour blindness and short of a few O-Levels, Helme was finally accepted to serve in Leeds City police; however, he joined the police in Bradford a year later. By 1975, he was in the West Yorkshire Police achieving his life's ambition by serving his hometown of Brighouse and was the local policeman on the same housing estates that he grew up on. All in a Day's Work: 30 Years as Brighouse Bobby is his journey to achieving that ambition culminating with being awarded the British Empire Medal for services to his community in 1990. A local bobby had to deal with everything that happened on his 'patch'. This book takes the reader through a catalogue of sad, humorous, and almost unbelievable incidents in the life of a local policeman.

Brighouse Through Time

Brighouse Through Time

Author: Chris Helme Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2011

Brighouse Through Time provides a unique opportunity to look, not only at the present day town centre that many readers will be familiar with, but also how many parts appeared particularly during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The contrasting images of historical sepia images with those full colour images of the twentieth century is an exciting innovation from books of a similar style of the 1970s and 1980s. This book is not meant to be purely historical, but also an insight and an opportunity to see 'snapshots' in time, which for older readers will evoke many memories from their own childhood days. Whereas younger readers have the opportunity of seeing Brighouse's many changes, and how the town centre has evolved over the last century, a process that is forever ongoing.

What Brass Bands Did For Me

What Brass Bands Did For Me

Author: Chris Helme Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2009

A collection of memories and archive photographs that will delight brass-band fans everywhere

Sunny Vale Pleasure Gardens A Postcard from Sunny Bunces

Sunny Vale Pleasure Gardens A Postcard from Sunny Bunces

Author: Chris Helme Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2007

A history of Sunnyvale Pleasure Gardens