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New information board reveals Silsden's history
12:00am Friday 20th December 2013 in News
The story of Silsden is outlined on a new colour information board in the town’s Wesley Place Gardens.
The oak-framed interpretation board portrays the town’s history, geography and nature through text and pictures.
It was unveiled at a ceremony attended by civic representatives, children from Hothfield Junior School and members of Silsden Local History Group.
The board was partly funded through the group’s fundraising efforts, including coffee mornings and entrance fees to its monthly meetings.
The fundraising was boosted by a £1,000 grant from Coun Andrew Mallinson, who represents Craven Ward on Bradford Council.
The Local History Group organised the board after receiving requests from both newcomers and people who were “Silsden born and bred” for more information about Silsden’s history.
The board reveals that Silsden owes its name to an Anglo-Saxon farmer called Sighle, who lived around 500 AD. In the Doomsday book in 1086, Sighlesden was recorded as the most important village in Craven, ruled by five knights.
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