Queensbury History Society- 150 Years Exhibition Success

The Queensbury History Society next meeting is Friday 5th July at 2pm in the community room of The Victoria Hall, Queensbury. Speaker Donald Metcalfe on The Eden Project. £1 charge for non members, selection of Archives displayed.

The following has been submitted to the Telegraph & Argus.

On behalf of Queensbury History Society I would like to thank the people of Queensbury and everyone else who supported our recent exhibition at The Victoria Hall. A special thanks to those who brought photos and articles for us to copy, we are all grateful you took the time as we got some special photos to share and if we didn’t have time to display them all rest assured they are valued. To those who promised photos, please don’t forget as they are truly appreciated.

The feedback on the content was marvellous but the criticism was that we didn’t run it on the Sunday and publicity was poor, lots of people disappointed.

However we hope to exhibit again with more advance notice and taking in the weekend.

Contact numbers:-Mrs Sheila Thornton (Archivist) 01274882479 sheila.thornton987@btinternet.com or Mrs Hazel Pearson (secretary) 01274882726 hazelcp@talktalk.net. You can send photos to either email, or phone us and we will copy them.

Another request was that we put them on the internet and we will in the next couple of weeks start putting photos and articles on the Queensbury Village Website www.queensbury-village.co.uk.

Kind Regards

Hazel Pearson (secretary)

Queensbury Mill Chimney – What a View – Submitted by Gary Brown

Watch an unedited video taken by Gary using his drone, similar to a small helicopter.


Gary charges £50 for images and £250 for videos, they would be edited unlike the chimney. His mobile is 07738276411.


Theft of lead from Victoria Hall Queensbury – Now with Photos – Submitted by Cllr Paul Cromie

The photos have been provided by Gary Brown, 07738276411 skyviewyorkshire@gmail.com these were taken using a drone on the evening of Tuesday 25 June 2013


From Cllr Paul Cromie:

At approx. 11 40 pm on the 20th of June I reported thieves stealing lead from the Victoria Hall roof via a 999 call.

I saw three men then load the lead into a white car and speed off.

I went to the scene and a person told me he saw a police car speed off towards Bradford, was it chasing the white car.

Sue, it might be wise to check the Church roof.


Hi Everyone,

I have just received a call from the Police.

Good news they were chasing the white car they stopped it and arrested the 4 occupants and recovered the stolen lead.

Alan, et al, well done, you were on the ball.

We might be able to use this to promote by asking residents to report crime as it happens, even if residents are only suspicious it always pays to ring the police.

Kind regards Paul




Web Site Imbalance in Content – Do You Want to Submit an Article?

The following was received by email:

I am concerned at the lack of balance in articles on this site, Cllr Cromies seem to be endored by the editor, and no other views are expressed.



I replied as follows:


Thank you for your valuable comment, this is my site and no one else has any control. I input any suitable articles I receive and those that I research. It is true that Cllr Cromie has taken time to send me a few articles. Others have not actually submitted any articles, hence the imbalance. I can only input what I receive.

Feel free to submit articles, all gratefully received.

I will place your comments on the site, taking out your contact details.



Reply from John:

Hi Stuart,

Thanks for your reply, I did not want to cause you any offence, I think this website is a credit to you and provides an invaluable source of information to Queensbury people, and I think it gives a more local aspect, something the T&A rarely does.




Memories of the Navvy Houses

I was taken to live in the Navvy Houses with my mum and dad when I was about 7 years old. There were several terraced streets comprising of Great Street, Northern street, Railway Street and Oakley Street, they were built to accommodate the construction workers of the Great Northern Railway in the 1870s.

My first memories of the house were the small kitchen, the living room, two bedrooms and what I thought was an enormous attic with a window giving a good view over the quarry towards Mountain. I then saw the very scary cellar, little did I know that later it was to become a friend. This was in fact a small back to back terrace house with no piped hot water.

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Memories of a Mountain Village Near Queensbury

My very early memories of life in the small hill village of Mountain are indeed very limited. We lived at Pickering Hall farm and my grandma lived in the house next door. We seemed to have glorious long hot summers with a lot of time spent playing on the bowling green next to the farm.

Oh! The dark nights lit by our gas mantles glowing brightly from the ceiling, there was something very satisfying about the noise they made.

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Old Pubs and Inns of Queensbury

Looking at many documents on the history of Queensbury made me wonder at the number of pub names there were but no longer exist.

Can anyone provide information on these pubs? I would like to produce an article to input to this web site. Full credit will be given for your material.

A list of the pubs is below, this may not contain all of the pubs and some may have been renamed.

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