Hawksworth History 

Hawksworth Church of England Primary School was founded on the 2nd January 1874, eleven months before Winston Churchill was born. Presently, the school has a capacity for 110 pupils but when it opened in 1874 the school roll was eleven pupils and one teacher.

The village of Hawksworth is situated about 4 miles south of Otley and 12 miles from Leeds. The history of the Hawksworth family dates back to the eleventh century when Walter de Hawksworth resided here. His father, John, came over with William the Conqueror from Normandy and was subsequently killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Hawksworth Hall was eventually built, the oldest part has a datestone of 1611, and was the seat of the Hawksworth family. Later, it passed into the Fawkes family (Guy Fawkes was a relative). Hawksworth village was also the model for the fictional village of "Windyridge" in the best-selling 1912 novel of that name by Willie Riley. The central character is a London artist and photographer, Grace Holden. She finds the village by chance and decides to rent a cottage there for a year. Until the 1940s the village was often visited by readers looking for "Windyridge".

2nd January 1874, first entry in the school's log book  - eleven months before Winston Churchill was born.
2nd January 1874, first entry in the school's log book - eleven months before Winston Churchill was born.