New Society publication: ‘Addingham Houses 1750 – 1850’ by Arnold Pacey

addingham houses book image 155_230Those of you who were at our last Speaker meeting will be aware that we ‘launched’ Arnold’s new book. Don Barrett who worked with Arnold on the book tells us that: ‘Before 1750 Addingham was a small farming community but during the next 100 years (the period covered by this book) the village was transformed by the coming of the textile industry and the construction of substantial textile mills and related enterprises. This expansion produced wealthy mill owners who needed suitable housing for themselves and their families but also needed lesser properties for their workers.
It is very fortunate that so many old houses still exist in Addingham (which has over 100 listed buildings) and, indeed, much of Main Street is lined by original buildings from this period, even though some of the workers’ cottage have been demolished.

In the first part of this book, local historian Arnold Pacey has written chapters about the main property owners, particularly the Cunliffes and the Cockshotts. He describes the houses that they owned, with detailed pen and ink drawings (mainly by the author) of architectural features, and photographs of some of the houses.

The second part of the book is devoted to the builders, stone masons and other craftsmen who built the houses, their design sources, and their distinctive working methods which left their mark and show who built which house. Particularly featured here are generations of the Breare family.

This book is a valuable addition to the range of books published by the Civic Society about Addingham. These include previous books by Arnold: ‘Manor Garth’ and ‘A View from the Moorside’ (written with Alison Armstrong and Malcolm Birdsall), and Kate Mason’s history of the village  ‘From Brigantes to Bypass’.

‘Addingham Houses 1750-1850’ will be available at meetings, to order at Addingham Newsagents, by emailing the Society at: and also from Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. Paperback: £3.50, Kindle: £1.99. All proceeds kindly donated to the Civic Society.

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