‘They were an influential family’

Roger Ellis from Pontefract. Written a book about Victorian Pontefract, which includes using dozens of victorian photographs to help with the illustration.'p308a341
Roger Ellis from Pontefract. Written a book about Victorian Pontefract, which includes using dozens of victorian photographs to help with the illustration.'p308a341
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The story of one of Pontefract’s most influential families has been told in a new book published this week by a local author.

Roger Ellis, 67, of Mayor’s Walk, Pontefract, has written The Robsons, Maltsters of Pontefract, inspired by a collection of photographs of the town taken by Susannah Robson.

The pictures came to light about three years ago, and were bought by Wakefield Council, going on exhibition at Pontefract Museum.

Mr Ellis said: “The Robson family lived in Northumberland House, which is now Home Bargains, and all the land running down to Morrisons car park was its gardens.

“They built the almshouses on Knottingley Road and Baghill, they also provided the surgery facility for the hospital, which was the old dispensary.

“They were probably the most influential family in Pontefract of their day.”

Mr Ellis’s book costs £10 and has gone on sale at Pontefract Museum and Pontefract Library.