Prints, References and Copyright for Old Garforth Photos


Occasionally people contact me asking about prints of these photographs for decorating local businesses etc. Please note that I do not provide a service selling prints nor do I claim copyright over any of the old photos. Copyright of the photos is a complex matter and is discussed below.

You can buy prints of lots of old Leeds Photos from which is run by Leeds City Council and there are a handful available at Francis Frith. You will also find people selling prints of old photos on eBay though again it's questionable whether or not they should be.

Contemporary Photos Copyright

All contemporary photographs are copyright to myself unless otherwise noted and may not be copied or used elsewhere without my permission. Please contact me if you wish to license any of my photographs.

Old Photos Copyright

Certain people and groups may claim they hold copyright to some of the old photos when it's clearly not the case.

When a photograph is taken by an individual, the individual automatically owns the copyright for that photograph. Exceptions to this are instances where the individual is acting on behalf of their employer, in which case the employer will own the copyright, or where a copyright has been legally transferred to another party.

The duration of this copyright lasts for the life of the photographer and extends 70 years from the date of their death. After such time the image falls into the ‘public domain’ and may be used freely without restriction.

e.g. an image of Garforth Bridge is taken in 1850 by a man aged 30 years old. The man dies aged 60 in 1880 and therefore the image falls into the public domain in 1950.

e.g. an image was taken of Garforth Main Street in 1960 by a man aged 30, he may die aged 90 in the year 2020. This image will therefore not fall into the public domain until the year 2090.

Clearly some of the photographs that I have presented here will be in the public domain, but others may not. It is impossible to ascertain the copyright holders for all of the photographs which I why I have added a general reference for these photographs.

In the case of many of the postcards the companies who created them no longer exist so whilst the copyright would lie with that company there simply isn't anyone around who would hold any objection to the use of the images.

The images are presented here for educational and non-profit reasons only so I hope that it is unlikely that anyone would have a copyright based objection to this work. However, if you do have such a valid objection then please contact me immediately so that I may remove material due to any, implied or otherwise, copyright infringement.


As you can see most of the exposition and background information for the images has come from books written by Garforth Historical Society; really because they are the only people who have written extensively about Garforth! Sadly most of these books are rare or out of print so I hope that by presenting some of the information that has been discovered here more people may learn about some of the extensive history that our village has to offer.

[1] Photograph of unknown origin, image is public domain or else copyright remains with original photographer (see above)

[2] Garforth Historical Society. This Was Garforth. Countryside, 1984.

[3] Garforth Historical Society. Around Garforth. Tempus, 2002.

[4] Garforth Historical Society. A Short History of Garforth. Self Published, 1980.

[5] Adams, Gibson and Lomas. Transcripts of Tape Recorded Interviews With Garforth Residents.

[6] Rootsweb. Extract from 1834 Commercial Directory for Aberford.

[7] Tarpey, Martin N and Robson, Pauline M The Spirit of Lotherton Self Published, 2010.