David Billington’s excellent book on the history of Shepley has certainly got people talking. And if you are interested in obtaining your own copy some are still available to purchase
Just drop David an email firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll respond.
— Shepley Village (@ShepleyVillage) September 21, 2013
SHEPLEY – Believe it …… or Not!
Shepley [or Scipelei as recorded in the Domesday Book] is a small West Yorkshire village straddling the A629 Skipton to Rotherham major road.
The quality stone-built houses and properties, range of shops and attractive surrounding countryside appeals to visitors as a desirable village. There are also a surprising number of active businesses in the area but hidden below the surface there is a good community spirit, many village organisations and activities, excellent first school and medical facilities and Shepley soon becomes a good place to live. The cricket team are successful in both the Huddersfield League and local Cup Competitions;.with the football team recently reaching one Cup Final and one semi-final, while the croquet ladies enjoy fierce competition! The Rev,d Ben Chambers, who was one of the founders of Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs, spent his early years in Shepley and is buried in the Trinity Churchyard. His grave is regularly visited by grateful Everton and Liverpool supporters.
Shepley, population c 2500, is now more of a commuter base but its fascinating history goes back to Anglo Saxon days and fossils some 300 million years old have been found in the local stone quarry.
Agriculture has featured as a major activity and source of income since the 12th Century. Local resources were used to develop the quarrying and stone industries;
Shepley stone having been used at Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the 2012 Olympic Games site. Quality Pennine water was used in the famous Seth Senior brewery and now in Shepley Spring bottled water. Entrepreneurs seized opportunities and Shepley became famous for its tailors and ‘higglers’ [travelling cloth/suit salesmen].
Still famous for its musical talent and brass band, Shepley was once described as ‘the richest village in England’. Huddersfield was then the most prosperous town.
Connections with the monks of Roche Abbey; a probable visit from Oliver Cromwell; an important Quaker Meeting place; visits from the Luddites; details of the development of the local quarrying, textile and brewing industries are all contained in a fascinating new book, written by Shepley Village Magazine joint Editor David Billington. Containing more than 52000 words, in excess of 400 photographs and over 250 pages, ‘SHEPLEY – Believe it…..or Not!’ is a fascinating account of the development and survival of a Yorkshire village.
Copies cost £18.50 [+£ 5 P&P] available from Shepley Library, Shepley Newsagents, or the Author.David Billington, Dyke Bottom, Shepley, Huddersfield. HD8 8EW.
Contact Telephone: 01484 603451.