This site uses cookies. Some of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the site to operate and have already been set. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site will not work.


Never Had A Better

by Andrew Heaton

The lineage of Allan G Heaton, respected sheepdog trial enthusiast and Yorkshire farmer can be traced back 1000 years. This story uncovers the people, places and historical events that made him who he was. From the early Viking origins to settling down in Bronte country, the story explores how the family fortunes fluctuated from the heights of influence as medieval knights to the depths of life in the Workhouse. A family whose loyalty cannot be questioned, prepared to forfeit their lives for King and country, and give their unselfish support to any causes that they believed in.

Allan and Mary

In 2009, both Allan and Mary were awarded the ISDS's most prestigious award, the Wilkinson Sword, in recognition of their unique contribution to all three aspects of the award's criteria; to "the Society, to Sheep Dogs, and to Sheep dog trialling".

Wilkinson Sword

 The chapel in Haworth church, although now filled with Bronte memorials, records on the stained glass windows within the Bronte chapel, the Heaton family's association with the place from 1560 to 1897, from the first Andrew of Oldsnap to the last Robert of Ponden.

Stained Glass
Never Had A Better

Never Had A Better by Andrew Heaton

Price: £12.95 (p&p £2.50)

Paperback 156 pages



Kirkheaton Church

An ancient stone pillar about six feet tall remains in the church, originally the last pillar of the arcade nearest to the chancel, and now preserved in a prominent place at the back of the church. It has a shield with the arms of the de Heton family along with a medieval sword.

Click here for Andrew Heaton 2nd book Hannah's American Dream