14.2.20. Author John Cross presents the rogue curate – Edmund Robinson – to Holmfirth U3A

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Holmfirth methodist church was full last Friday morning for a talk on the rogue Thongsbridge clergyman, Edmund Robinson. John Cross, author and historian, illustrated his presentation with images where significant events took place, such as Smithy Place, Thick Hollins and New Mill Club. There were also slides from further afield: House of Commons, Cambridge, Lancaster and Whitehall. The curate’s antics were noted in some very high places. He was executed for counterfeiting coins at Knavesmire, York.

John mentioned his book and his sources, and how he became involved through his passion for archaeology. He thought there might have been something to dig up.

The Holmfirth U3A have nearly 500 members who have lots of interests and activities. They are always open to new members.

The book is available from the author (01484666528), the publisher (01484683196) and Amazon. £9.99.

A plea for help – does anyone know the whereabouts of a New Mill family called Haigh who might have the rogue curate’s tools of counterfeiting in their possession?

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