Historian Frances on trail of church funds.
THE first of two heritage trail booklets were launched at last week's Mirfield Show.
The Friends of St Mary's Community Heritage Site in Mirfield are to publish two A5 booklets each containing two walks.
Three of the walks start and finish at St Mary's Parish Church, while the fourth, which is wheelchair friendly, starts from Mirfield Library.
The first walk of 1.5 miles, covers the St Mary's and Towngate area which can be linked to the second Wellhouse and Northorpe Trail of two miles for form a longer walk.
A map together with information and photographs is included.
The second booklet, due out September 12 to celebrate National Heritage Week, contains a 3.5 mile walk.
This highlights Mirfield's canals and railways as well as the woollen, cotton and malting industries. The second trail of 0.8 miles is wheelchair friendly and looks at the history of Mirfield town centre.
The booklets are written by local historian Frances Stott using information from her book 'Mirfield' published in 2012.
The booklets are supported by Heritage Lottery funding and proceeds go towards the rebuilding of the wall adjacent to the medieval Castle Hall Hill in Dunbottle Lane.
The booklets cost PS1 and will be on sale at the church.
Frances said: "I was delighted when the friends group asked me to write this series of guidebooks.
"They had recently read one of my Royton Trails booklets which I produced for the Royton Lives archaeological excavation project in Oldham.
"With my knowledge of Mirfield they thought I was the ideal person to produce the booklets to help them raise funds for the collapsed wall."
Author Frances Stott is pictured presenting proceeds from her book about Mirfield to Mo Thwaites (British Heart Foundation), Dawn Walker |(Kirkwood Hospice), Margaret Leach (Diabetes UK) and Heather Fielden (Yorkshire Cancer Research) 281114DFRANCES_01 JULIAN HUGHES