Details of songbooks, CDs, walking books and general info appertaining to Jim Jarratt.
Jim's alternative web presence!. Pics, songs and general stuff. (periodically changed.)
GOVERNMENT SURPLUS was published in 1989 in the Guardian. It was a bitter account of the realities of being unemployed in
Thatcher's Britain. It caused a stir, and also gots its author back into proper work, where the system could not. A second article in the Guardian followed a year later, completing
The rest of the site is in archive of various (often funny) letters submitted to the 'Mailbag' of the Halifax Courier between 1989 and the present day.
A series of humorous essays on the day to day realities of sweeping the streets of West Yorkshire. They were originally published in the Yorkshire Post - also general 'inside' comment and photographs of members of Calderdale MBC's Street Cleansing Department. Sing along to the Street Sweepers Song (words & music provided).
A collection of creepy and unusual tales from northern england. By Jim Jarratt. Visit if you DARE!
Most of us would like a pleasant country home - a rural Shangri La. So when freelance editor John Tovey comes upon
a lonely ruined farmhouse in the Lancashire Moors going at a knockdown price it just seems too good to be true.
Of course it is too good to be true, for
the old stones hold a strange secret, and a hostile prescence,
both of which seem to be somehow connected with an odd bricked up
building at the back of the house....... But the main problem is, theres something wrong with the water!
The story of a journey, by Jim Jarratt & Mal Laws. The story of the folk rock epic that never was. In 1975 seven musicians set out to record The Pathfinder, a folk/rock oddysey along an imaginary mystical 'ley line' across Northern England, loosely based on a real life journey on A. Wainwrights now famous 'Coast-to-Coast Walk'. No-one at the time would have thought the 'journey' was to involve numerous setbacks, and would be 25 years in the making! This site is best appreciated with a full screen and your speakers switched ON!
The story of a journey, by Jim Jarratt & Mal Laws. This broadband version of 'The Pathfinder' was designed by Jaimie Jarratt (Jim's daughter) and offers a slightly different take on the epic project! Unlike the other midi based version, this site offers mp3s of the original 1970'srecordings.
Songs, Dances and Romances of the the Yorkshire Dales. Lile Vixen. This site is intended to promote and support the Jannock! CD. It contains song lyrics, background information, and a complete version of the MIDI sequence. 'Song of The Dale'
A Transpennine Challenge Walk by Jim Jarratt. Everything you need to do this Lancashire-Yorkshire hike you will find on the website. If you complete the walk and enter your details in the guestbook you will be sent a certificate of merit!
Exploring the Follies, Prospect Towers, Curiosities and Architectural Oddities of Northern England.
Judy Woods is a large area of woodland to the south of Bradford, West Yorkshire. This site, based on a booklet produced by Jim Jarratt for the local Youth Centre in 1983, explores the nature and the local history of the area.
'Brilliantly descriptive narrative makes this book a litttle gem' - Yorkshire Post.
The Fielden Trail was originally published by Smith Settle in 1988 and has been long out of print. It is at once a walkers guide, a local history book and a genealogical resource of particular value to anyone bearing the name of Fielden. It has been long overdue for a re-appearance.
This high level perambulation of the watersheds of the Worth Valley, starting and finishing in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was originally published by Smith Settle in 1988. Now it is available on the net.
A long distance perambulation from Whalley Lancashire, to Otley W.Yorkshire via Pendle, Pinhaw and Beamsley Beacons, exploring witchcraft, folklore and earth magic en route. Complete text and maps on the site. Originally written 1988.
Autobiography of A.E. Jarratt. Annie E. Jarratt grew up at Featherstone in the Yorkshire Coalfield in the 1920s. Poverty and hardship forced her and her family to seek work in the booming textile mills of Bradford, where she was, after a brief sojourn in the Land Army, to meet her future husband. This is her story...
NOTE. This book is once again in print and may be purchased at