A History of Rawdon

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David Charles Willcock Born 5th October 1924 Died 22nd June 2014 aged 89 The content of the website comes from the book "A History of Rawdon" author D. C. Willcock published 2000. 400 copies were printed and sold out immediately.

Born in Horsforth 1924 David Willcock lived most of his life in Horsforth & Rawdon. The only son of Clarence Henry Willcock. (aka Harry Willcock and Harry Clary).

After a short illness David Willcock passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday 22nd June in Leeds St. James's Hospital, aged 89.

With a keen interest in history the content traces the development of this quintessential English village. Whilst every care was taken in the writing if you feel that there are factual errors please do suggest corrections via david_c_willcock@btinternet.com

For more general enquiries Aireborough Historical Society provides a fantastic resource. D C Willcock was proud to be its Chairman in 2000.

After many years of research the manuscript for "A History of Rawdon" went to the printers in 2000. Four hundred copies were printed and these were sold out within a few months. Whilst there still remains interest in the book, there is probably insufficient interest to warrant a production run of hundreds of copies (which you need to end up with a realistic selling price). The original manuscript has remained on my various computers for the last 10 years and it occurred to me as a website developer rather than deny the many people interested in their ancestry the chance to learn more about Rawdon, Leeds, Yorkshire that it would be an interesting project to turn the text into a website.

Charles Willcock
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