A New Book for an Old Church

A new book has been written about the long and fascinating history of Holy Trinity Church, one of the oldest buildings in the small West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth.  

Local historian, Pam Cooksey (pictured left), spent two years researching and writing Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth - A Brief History, which is the most thorough investigation of the church’s story ever undertaken. Pam begins her account in the fifteenth century and details information not previously documented about the community Holy Trinity has served, as well as the building.

A book launch took place in the church, where Pam talked about her visits to the archives at Lambeth Palace, as well as the West Yorkshire Archive Service in Wakefield.

Upper Holme Valley team vicar Reverend Keith Griffin said, “We are so glad to have this important, new book. Pam has dug deep into the history of the church, and valley, and anyone interested in our local history will want to read this.”

The book is on sale from the church and Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre, for £6. A second printing is already underway. 

The book will also be featured at a special Discover Your History weekend on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September, to be held at Holy Trinity Church as part of the national Heritage Open Days. Displays by Holmfirth Civic Society, Meltham Family History Society, along with historical church records, gifted items and photographs will also be on view. On the Friday evening, at 7.30pm, a talk on the church’s history called 'Stones and Stories - Holmfirth Church and Some of Its Secrets' will be given by Ian Woodward, whose own research assisted Pam Cooksey in the writing of her book. Admission is £5. 

For further information about the national heritage open days taking place at Holmfirth please follow this link.

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