The following list is a selection of the most relevant books on the history of the CHA and HF:

  • Barton, S. (2005) Working-class organisations and popular tourism, 1840-1970, Manchester: Manchester University Press
  • Breul, E. D. (1910) ‘The Co-operative Holidays Association’, Modern Language Teaching, Vol. VI, pp. 107-109.
  • Brown, S. (comp.) (1965) A History of the London CHA Club, London: London CHA Club.
  • Cousins, J. (2009) Friends of the Lake District: the early years, CNWRS, University of Lancaster.
  • Darby, W.J. (2000) Landscape and Identity: Geographies of Nation and Class in England, Oxford: Berg.
  • Hanley, K. & Walton, J. (2010) Constructing Cultural Tourism: John Ruskin and the Tourist Gaze, Clevedon: Channel View Publications Ltd.
  • Hardman, D. (1981) The History of the Holiday Fellowship: Part One, 1913-1940, The Holiday Fellowship Ltd.
  • Holt, A. (ed.) (1985) Making Tracks, Ramblers’ Association.
  • Hudson, I. (comp.) (2005) Ramble Down Memory Lane: 100 years of Bradford C.H.A., Jeremy Mills Publishing.
  • Johnson, C. (1981) The History of the Holiday Fellowship: Part Two, 1941-1980, The Holiday Fellowship Ltd.
  • Leonard, T.A. (1934) Adventures in Holiday Making, London: The Holiday Fellowship.
  • Liddington, J. (1984) The Life and Times of a Respectable Rebel: Selina Cooper, 1864-1946, London: Virago.
  • Lidgett, P. (comp.) (2008) One Hundred Years of Rambling 1908-2008, York CHA & HF Rambling Club.
  • Maurice-Jones, H. & Porter, L. (2010) Eighty Years of Youth Hostelling, Youth Hostels Association.
  • Paton, J.L. (1914) John Brown Paton: A biography, London: Hodder and Stoughton.
  • Prynn, D. (1976) ‘The Clarion Clubs, rambling and the Holiday Associations in Great Britain in the 1890s’, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 11(2), pp.65-77.
  • Ridley, R. (2010) Dear Friends, Liebe Freunde: International Friendship and the First World War, Rosamund Ridley.
  • Snape, R. (2002) ‘The National Home Reading Union 1889-1930’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 7(1) pp. 86-110.
  • Snape, R. (2004) ‘The Co-operative Holidays Association and the cultural formation of countryside leisure practice’, Leisure Studies, Volume 23 Issue 2, April 2004 pp.143-158.
  • Speake, R. (1993) A Hundred years of Holidays: the CHA 1893-1993, Countrywide Holidays Association.
  • Taylor, H. (1997) A Claim on the Countryside: A History of the British Outdoor Movement, Edinburgh: Keele University Press.
  • Wroe, H. (2007) The story of HF Holidays, H F Holidays.

Thomas Arthur Leonard, founder of the Co-operative Holidays Association and Holiday Fellowship was born at 50 Tabernacle Walk, Finsbury, London on 12th March 1864. He died at his home ‘Wayside’ in Conwy, North Wales on 19th July 1948.

By common consent, the CHA originated in 1891 when T A Leonard, Minister of the Dockray Square Congregational Church in Colne, Lancashire, took 32 members of the church’s social guild on a four day’s holiday to Ambleside in the English Lake District.

T A Leonard resigned from the CHA in 1913 to form the Holiday Fellowship in a renewed effort to establish holidays that would be genuinely working-class in appeal and composition. The split with the CHA was amicable and there was no thought of competition between the two organisations.

There is a wide-ranging bibliography of books, Government reports, journal articles, theses and dissertations relevant to the study of ‘Rational’ holidays and the history of the Co-operative Holidays Association and Holiday Fellowship.