Friends of Red House Photo Albums
Friends carry out all kinds of activities, the images show Patrick in period costume, Mandy at Sense and Sensibility
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There are more photos showing the grounds of the House on the 'gardens' page.
Album: The Taylor photos - can you help us identify these images?
The original photos are on loan from the owner, Andrew Taylor, to Friends of Red House. Andrew Taylor is a descendant of the Taylors who used to live at Red House. Here is what Andy told me about the photos: "I'm afraid I know very little about the photo album, except that it was sent to my mother & father from Canada and was sent by my Aunty Joan, (Dr Richard Waring Taylor's daughter) and if my memory serves me correctly the notes are written by her. She moved to Canada from Islip, so some photos could have been taken after the family left the Red House and moved to Islip."
The 'notes' referred to state that the sender doesn't recognise the furniture inside Red House, so was probably of a time before Dr Richard Waring Taylor lived there, which would be before 1905 (He moved to Islip in 1920, after the war). The last gravestone pictured in the photos is of Edward Taylor, who died 1899. As the headstone looks new and there are fresh flowers, that suggests to me the photos were taken sometime shortly after his death. Maybe the photos were taken as part of a pilgrimage following his death, as Edward Taylor was the nephew of Charlotte Bronte's friend, Mary Taylor.
Although some of the photos may have been taken elsewhere, I believe they are all of Taylor connected properties in the Gomersal/Spen Valley area, given the ones we can identify and the nature of the album. Here's what we do know:
|01-06: Red House exterior||07-11: Red House interior||12-20: Red House exterior|
|21-23: Unidentified, possibly Red House?||24-28: Unidentified||29: Sign on wall says 'Henry M??hell (Machell?), West Lane Soap Works, Gomersal|
|30: Former Taylor Chapel (Briar Chapel?). Converted to shop & dwelling.||31: Unidentified||32: St Mary's Church, Gomersal Hill Top. (Mary Taylor buried here)|
|33: Gomersal Moravian Church (Taylors were Moravians)||34-36a: Taylor private burial ground. Scotland/Fusden Wood.|
Album: Living History, Ride of the Lancashire Hussars, Sunday 5 July 2015
Living history group the Lancashire Hussars rode their horses, in full World War 1 costume, from Oakwell Hall to Red House. The occasion was a joint event with Friends of Oakwell, when Birstall and Gomersal had a taste of what the area was like during the First World War in 1915, the year before conscription was introduced. The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees, who had a go with the training rifle.
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