Category Archives: Talks

Talk: “The History of Methodism in Pontefract” by Mollie Garbett

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 11th June at 7pm in Pontefract Town Hall (Nelson Room). The talk, entitled “The History of Methodism in Pontefract: From John Wesley to the Present Day”, will be given by Mollie Garbett. John Wesley first arrived in Pontefract on March 18th 1746; this fascinating local history talk describes the history of Methodism in […]

Paul Cartwright in Conversation with Allan R Blaza – 50 Years of Civic Pride in Pontefract

Our next event will he held on Tuesday 14th May at 7pm in the Nelson Room at Pontefract Town Hall. As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, and in converstaion with Paul Cartwright, Allan Blaza recalls the formation of Pontefract Civic Society in 1969. As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, and in converstaion with Paul Cartwright, […]

Talk: “The Kingdom of Alms: A History of the Almshouses of Pontefract” by Eric Jackson

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 9th April at 7pm in Pontefract Town Hall(Nelson Room). The talk, entitled “The Kingdom of Alms: A History of the Almshouses of Pontefract”, will be given by Eric Jackson. This facinating talk covers the establishment of Almshouses post-conquest; first as religious institutions and then post reformation as an expression of  philanthropy, both locally […]

Talk: “What’s in a Name?” by Anthony Poulton-Smith

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 12th March at 7pm in Pontefract Town Hall (Nelson Room). The talk, entitled “What’s in a Name?”, will be given by Anthony Poulton-Smith and will explain the origin of place names in the United Kingdom. Admission is £2 for members and £4 for non-members, payable on the door, and […]

Talk: “Hidden Pontefract” by David Wilcox

Our first talk of 2019 will be held on Tuesday 8th January at 7pm in Pontefract Town Hall (Nelson Room). The talk, entitled “Hidden Pontefract”, will be given by David Wilcox and will shed light on some of the lesser seen parts of Pontefract. Admission is £2 for members and £4 for non-members, payable on the […]

Talk: “Recording Disappearing Pontefract”

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 13th November, 7:00pm in the Small Ballroom at The Grange, Carleton Community Centre. Entitled “Recording Disappearing Pontefract”, this illustrated local history talk is presented by Eric Houlder. Admission: £2 for members, £4 for non members – payable on the door. Refreshments included.  

Talk: “Transports of Delight – the Orient Express and other stories about trains”

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 11th September, 7:00pm in the Small Ballroom at The Grange, Carleton Community Centre. Entitled “Transports of Delight – the Orient Express and other stories about trains”, this illustrated talk is presented by Kevin Trickett. I have been fascinated by trains since I was a child and I know I’m not […]

Talk: “Jesse Hartley of Pontefract”

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 12th June, 7:00pm in the Nelson Room at Pontefract Town Hall. Entitled “Jesse Hartley of Pontefract”, this illustrated talk is presented by David Jones. Despite having no experience of dock building, Hartley was the first full-time professional dock engineer in the world. He had previously worked for his […]

Talk: Kings, Lords & Hermits

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 10th april, 7:00pm at Central Methodist Church, Newgate, Pontefract . Entitled “Kings, Lords and Hermits”, this illustrated talk is presented by David Wilcox and will appeal to anyone with an interest in Pontefract’s local history. Admission: £2 for members, £4 for non members – payable on the […]