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Calderdale Collection

This week I look at the history of Calderdale in Yorkshire, and the long-standing contrast between the stunning countryside and difficult social conditions that continue to exist and which inspired the recent award-winning BBC television series, Happy Valley. Rooftops of Hebden Bridge (Wikimedia Commons) Deceased Online has today launched a new collection from Calderdale Council . Covering the old mill towns i n Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Brighouse in the South Pennines, Calderdale is one of the five metropolit an districts o f West Yorkshire. The area lies almost midway betwee n the northern powerhouses of Leeds a nd Manchester, on the opposite side of the Pennines from the Lancashire textile towns of Blackburn and Darwen .  When complete the new collection includes register scans , grave details and maps for burials and cre m ations at the following ·           Brighouse Cemetery, Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse, HD6 2HH (1874 to 1996) ·          Elland Cemetery, Exley L

International Women's Day 2016

In this week's blog post, I mark International Women's Day 2016 by highlighting some of the most transformational and celebrated women in the Deceased Online database. Today, Tuesday 8th March, is International Women's Day 2016 . This year's theme is gender parity in the spheres of society, the economy, culture and politics. While work is still needed to help today's women advance equal to their numbers in these areas, there remains much to celebrate in the achievements of women in the past. Society Mary (Morris) Knowles (1733-1807) is buried in Bunhill Fields , London. Although she was a significant social reformer and radical thinker of the late 18th century, she has been overlooked in recent times.  Self-portrait done in needlwork of Mary Morris Knowles, c.1776 ( Royal Collection ) Born into a prosperous Quaker family in Staffordshire in 1733, the young Mary Morris grew up a strong-minded girl and was well-educated in the Classics, po