Following in the footsteps of the ‘infamous’ Coiners

Ramblers will be following in the footsteps of the “infamous” Cragg Vale Coiners later this month.

The walk by Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action (MWA) will be a longer version of a recent “Coiners” walk and will be led by experienced countryside expert Mick Chatham on Saturday, September 10.

More than two dozen people joined MWA to wind their way around Cragg Vale, on the track of local Coiners and their houses in the previous summer walk.

The walk was led by Julian Harber, MWA footpaths officer and walkers took in six of the Coiners’ homes to learn more about the history of daring local coining from 1765 to 1775.

“People sometimes wonder why coin-clipping took place up Cragg Vale,” said Julian. “In the late 18th Century, the large Halifax Parish was one of the most dynamic industrial regions of Britain and indeed the world. The prosperity of the local textile trade meant that there was a huge influx of gold coin in the area. If local industry had not been so lucrative, coining and clipping here would have been impossible.”

The walk skirted Bell House, home of the most notorious of the coiners: David Hartley. It ended by descending down Hall Bank Lane, pausing at the house Thomas Spencer, brother-in-law of ‘King David’, an organiser of the murder in 1769 of William Deighton, Halifax supervisor of excise. For this crime of coining, David Hartley was hanged in 1770 in York.

For more information about the latest walk go to www.mytholmroydwalkers.org or look out for details on South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival publicity.