Welcome to the home page for Charlestown, Eastwood & Mytholm

What you see on these pages is the results of about ten years work - visiting archives, interviewing local residents and digging up new photos. The Charlestown History Group was set up in March 1998 with the aim of finding out the history of our 'own backyard'. None of us were experts, but we knew that we lived in a fascinating corner of West Yorkshire in the UK. The group disbanded in November 2011 and the data from the website that we created is now kindly owned and hosted by Hebden Bridge Local History Society. You can find out more about the Charlestown History Group here.

If you have any questions or want further information about anything on the site you should use the Queries section of the Hebden Bridge Local History website (there is a small charge for this service).

If you are interested in doing any research on the locality or have information or photos, please contact them using the contact form on their website.


  • Sites takes you to the home pages for Charlestown, Eastwood and Mytholm

  • Where we are tells you where Charlestown is and what it’s like

  • Walks and paths has details of an historic walk around Charlestown and images of paths and steps

  • Mills, transport and industry tells you about the industrial revolution and development of transport links in the area

  • Events explains some of the momentous events that have happened in the area

  • Archive is where we keep very detailed information that may be of interest to specific people

  • People records details of some of the more notable individuals and families in the area


Lots of people to acknowledge, but a special thanks to:

  • Local residents who have spent time talking to us, giving us documents & photos
  • The National Lottery whose grant helped us learn about websites, resourced the research and helped us make it available to the people of Charlestown
  • Chris at Pennine Pens who led us through the process of presenting information on a web site
  • Hebden Bridge Local History Society and Pennine Horizons photographic collections
  • Blackshaw and Erringden Parish Councils for helping us with funding for website copies to local residents
  • Geoffrey Dawson who has provided us with many of the photographs and much of the information on the Eastwood pages
  • Eastwood Residents Association who helped us develop the Eastwood pages
  • Dave Williams from Leeds who was a great friend to the Charlestown History Group. Dave died on December 14th 2006, his support and encouragement is greatly missed.

This page was last updated December 2011