John A. Hargreaves is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Vice-President of the Halifax Antiquarian Society and has been Editor of the new series of `Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society' since 1992. He also served as Honorary Secretary of the Halifax Antiquarian Society for fifteen years and as President from 2001 to 2003. A native of Burnley, he was educated at Burnley Grammar School and the University of Southampton, where he obtained an honours degree in history and a postgraduate certificate of education. He subdequently obtained the degrees of MA with distinction and PhD, both following part-time study at the University of Huddersfield. He has taught history for over thirty years and is currently Head of Humanities at Howden Clough Girls' High School and Sixth Form Centre, Batley. He has lectured extensively on aspects of local history and has received three Yorkshire History Prize awards. Married with four children, he lives in Halifax, where he is a Methodist Local Preacher and a member of the Halifax urban renaissance town team. For recreation he enjoys music, swimming, tennis and fell walking.