The History of Saxokakaurhs:
A Long Forgotten Settlement
By Steve Murty, with help from Ann Kilbey and Frank Woolrych
'Steve Murty has done what many of us with an interest in local and family history would like time to do, sit down and write a book,’ declares Frank Woolrych, president of Hebden Bridge Local History Society in the foreword to the author’s thoroughly engrossing account of 1,000 years of Calder Valley history, focusing in particular on a tiny upper Calder Valley hamlet between Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, whose origins go back to Norman times.
But the quirkily-titled “Summat A’ Nowt” is far more than a purely personal memoir: few people will have heard of Saxokakaurhs, the ancient name for Stubb, where Steve was born and brought up and where he still lives today. The author shares his love for and fascination with a place which he describes as being in something of a time warp for the past 50 years or so, by a curious trick of fate preserved pretty much as it had been for centuries.