Joseph Horsfall Turner

Joseph Horsfall Turner was a local polymath, antiquarian, writer, musician, educationalist, politician, and much more.

He was born at Granny Hall, Brighouse [10th April 1845], the son of Benjamin Turner.

He was educated at Borough Road College, London.

He worked in several parts of the country.

In 1870, he returned to Brighouse. He opened the Albert Place Academy, Brighouse. An advertisement for the Academy mentioned that he was a certificated teacher in Sciences and Art and Vocal Music.

He performed the opening ceremony at the Brighouse YMCA. He was founder and Secretary of the Association.

In 1873, he moved to Idle, Bradford. He lived at Cockshott Lane, Idle [1901] and Westfield, Idle, where he died on 2nd May 1915.

In December 1901, he was declared bankrupt. His creditors were paid in full by January 1902.

In 1869, he married Mary Bentley in Halifax.

Mary was born in Dewsbury, the daughter of George Bentley


  1. Ernest Richmond
  2. Annie [b 1872]
  3. Mary [1874-1880]
  4. Robert [b 1876]
  5. Stanley [b 1878]
  6. Edith Bertha [b 1880]
  7. Ethel [b 1882] who married [21st May 1907] Joseph  Arnold Briggs at Upper Chapel, Idle, eldest son of Cowell Briggs
  8. Lilian [b 1884]
  9. Hubert [b 1889]
  10. Hilda Gladys [b 1891]

He was a prolific writer and edited, wrote and reprinted a great many articles, books and pamphlets on local history, including

The Horsfall Turner Collection of local history publications at Halifax Central Reference Library is based upon a part of his collection which was acquired by Halifax Corporation for the sum of £50

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