Deanhouse Workhouse- National Census 1891

I have just completed listing the details of the 1891 Census for Netherthong and Deanhouse and it seems appropriate to give a separate chapter for the census of the Deanhouse Workhouse for the same year. The  full details of the history of the Workhouse from the beginning in 1864  to the end in 1968 are covered in specific chapters in this history.

The census included  the staff responsible for the running of the Workhouse plus details on all the inmates. These inmates, regardless of sex, were all classified as paupers. Their details included full name, marital status, age, previous occupation and place of birth. Ten of the females were classified as Imbeciles and I have indicated this by putting an Imb in their marital status column. Thirteen of the men were also classified as imbeciles and, in addition, two were further classified as Idiots. Three of the inmates were blind.

John Beastie was the Master  and he was married , aged 42, and  born in Birkenhead. His wife Annie, also aged 42, was the Matron and came from West Derby. They had a son, Archie, who was 10 years old and born in Lockwood. Edith Grant, aged 17, was their step-daughter and acted as assistant matron. She was also born in Lockwood.. Elizabeth Lillie was listed as an officer and fulfilled the role of nurse. She was single, aged 32, and came from Broughton. The last listed staff member was Jane French who was single, aged 33, and came from Crook. She was the laundress.

Name Status Age Occupation Place of Birth
Emma Briggs s Imb 46 Huddersfield
Elizabeth Bates s Imb 46 servant Netherthong
Sarah Gill s Imb 25 winder Kirkburton
Elizabeth Gill s Imb 30 twister Netherthong
Sophie Hawksworth s Imb 40 Holmfirth
Amanda Jenkinson s Imb 56 housekeeper Thurstonland
Ellen Kelly s Imb 47 servant Thurstonland
Harriet Lee s Imb 43 Huddersfield
Ann Mossley s Imb 29 millhand HolmeBridge
Mary Sykes s Imb 58 Honley
Nancy Thomas s 55 Kirkheaton
Mary Heaps w 72 seamstress Ireland
Hannah Haye w 76 Oxford
Mary Bridgeworth m 57 Ireland
Sarah Scorsdill s 73 servant Lincoln
Ann Earnshaw w 82 Leeds
Mary Fielding w 64 servant Honley
Sarah Holroyd w 64 Huddersfield
Sarah Wood s 44 charwoman Holme Bridge
Sarah Wagstaff s 62 feeder Holmfirth
Jane Ferguson m 52 charwoman Wales
Annie Pooley s 50 Ireland
Isabella Anctill w 79 servant Scotland
Mary Brindle w blind 65 hawker Bradford
Sarah Brook s 62 examiner Meltham
Ann Collins s 49 housekeeper Holmfirth
Mary Charlesworth w 81 Lindley
Ruth Dawson s 39 millhand Lockwood
Martha Froget m 68 Meltham
Rhoda Gyte w 87 Lincolnshire
Mary Hinton w 69 Kidderminster
Sally Hinchliff s 37 millhand Meltham
Hannah Hoyle s 66 charwoman Slaithwaite
Jane Hall w 68 Derbyshire
Julia Hilly w 82 retired hawker Ireland
Betty Moorhouse s 69 servant Thurstonland
Harriet Milner m 78 Lockwood
Bridget Quinn w 66 Ireland
Caroline Ramsden s 46 charwoman Huddersfield
Harriet Smith s 70 Kirkburton
Ruth Taylor s 47 Huddersfield
Jane Taylor w 81 Flockton
Hannah Turner w 53 servant Shepley
Mary Wood s 64 winder Cumberworth
Martha Woodhead w 72 Lancashire
Sarah Wadsworth w 83 Lindley
Jane Gledhill m 49 Golcar
Jane Godley s 42 Paddock
Hannah Holroyd w 70 Huddersfield
Anne Leonard s 80 servant Huddersfield
Maria Marshall w 62 Halifax
Ellen Henry s 72 servant Nova Scotia
Mary Wadsworth w 57 Ireland
Hannah Bowker w 70 Huddersfield
Elizabeth Haigh s 61 weaver Shelley
Allan Barber s Imb 66 weaver Fulstone
Arthur Collins s idiot 31 Thurstonland
William Carver w 67 weaver Netherthong
John Gallaher s idiot 33 Huddersfield
Charles Garlick s Imb 45 millhand Kirkburton
John Haigh s Imb 31 labourer Lockwood
Joseph Hinchliff s Imb 60 labourer Holmfirth
Albert Hepworth s Imb 26 finisher Holmfirth
William Kaye s Imb 32 piecer Crosland
Doctor Littlewood s Imb 53 labourer Crosland
Michael McGuire m Imb 62 mason Ireland
Isaac Sanderson s Imb 50 labourer Dalton
Nathaniel Stockwell s Imb 62 spinner Honley
George Sykes s Imb 55 labourer Linthwaite
Alfred Wimpenny s Imb 50 donkey driver Netherthong
James Ambler w 67 slubber Halifax
William Armitage s 57 Sheffield
John Abrams w 82 hawker India Calcutta
Matthew Booth m 68 labourer Paddock
Adam Bell w 90 farmer Scotland
George Bennett w 67 weaver Holme Bridge
James Beevers s 67 cart driver Penistone
Joseph Beevers w 73 weaver Hepworth
John Bray s 67 coal miner Honley
Henry Bingham w 61 painter Yorkshire
George Bray s 66 labourer Holmfirth
Henry Bartlett s 44 coal miner Somerset
John Booth s 29 piecer Kirkburton
Dan Brown m 59 boatman Liverpool
Joshua Bamforth w 51 painter Slaithwaite
Herbert Brook s 32 schoolmaster Honley
George Barber s 68 weaver Kirkburton
Joseph Battye s 62 coal miner Cumberworth
Charles Battye m 61 painter Holmfirth
Joseph Bradley s 56 spinner Honley
Elihu Barden w 69 weaver Shepley
William Beaumont s 49 hawker Huddersfield
Jabez Boothroyd s 51 weaver Huddersfield
Henry Chapman w 73 cart driver Scammonden
Fred Cheetham s 70 finisher Huddersfield
Daniel Carter s 70 weaver Slaithwaite
Thomas Coulon w 79 labourer Ireland
Alan Cartwright s 71 coal miner Kirkburton
Michael Conlon w 79 labourer Ireland
Charles Duncan w 80 labourer India Madras
Patrick Drury m 75 labourer Ireland
John Dodson w 77 dyer Farnley Tyas
Martin Dunn m 67 labourer Ireland
Henry Dollive w 62 plasterer Almondbury
Richard Edwards s 82 weaver Huddersfield
Joseph Eastwood w 72 weaver Golcar
Henry Exley w 68 labourer Holmfirth
John Ellis s 75 weaver Kirkheaton
John Ellis s 65 hawker Bradley
L.Ellis s 35 hawker Kirkburton
Matthew Fretwell s 57 finisher Skelmanthorpe
Joseph Fitton w 72 fuller Almondbury
Thomas Foulkes w 57 carrier Lancashire
James Gill s 67 blacksmith Huddersfield
Joseph Gledhill m 66 spinner Netherthong
Joshua Garlick s 68 weaver Holme Bridge
John Hirst s 65 ostler Huddersfield
Nathan harrison s 62 labourer Lockwood
Abraham Mellor w 84 weaver Lepton
John Hinchliff s 72 weaver Almondbury
Edmund Hardy s 61 labourer Thurstonland
John Haigh m 79 finisher Almondbury
Allan Haigh m 60 spinner Honley
James Haigh m 73 cab driver Huddersfield
Ben.Hollingsworth m 65 barman Upperthong
Thomas Harrison w 78 farmer Crosland
Henry Hellawell w 75 shoemaker Kirkburton
Joseph Hirst m 71 weaver Kirkburton
Joseph Jagger s 66 dresser Huddersfield
Joseph Kirshaw s blind 53 weaver Shelley
Ben Kilner w 65 weaver Shelley
Michael Kenny w 74 labourer Ireland
Henry Kaye w 68 labourer Holme
Luke Lockwood s 79 Denby Dale
James Lockwood s 66 labourer Saddleworth
George Lumb w 78 labourer Marsden
Dan Marsden s 66 weaver Hepworth
Samuel Moorhouse s 57 dyer Holmfirth
John Moss w 66 miller Honley
David Mossley s 84 chandler Shelley
William Mosely w 68 weaver Shelley
David Meek s 55 coal miner Lindley
Thomas May w 70 labourer Meltham
John Meller s 79 barber Kirkburton
Ben McDermott s 29 slater Holmfirth
John Merrick w 61 Ireland
John Mellor s 22 printer Kirkheaton
Thomas Newton w blind 74 labourer Monmouthshire
Charles North m 73 weaver Almondbury
William Oldfield w 75 weaver Almondbury
John Oldfield w 80 weaver Lancashire
James Pogson w 68 weaver Lancashire
William Parkin w 67 fitter Lancashire
Joe Quarmby s 67 canal boatman Linthwaite
John Robinson w 71 finisher Lockwood
John Roland s 72 clerk Kirkburton
John Robinson w 60 labourer Shepley
Samuel Roberts s blind 40 unknown
Thomas Storry w 76 labourer Derbyshire
Joseph Sykes w 81 weaver Scammonden
William Sutcliffe w 82 Farnley Tyas
George Singleton m 71 weaver Golcar
William Sixsmith s 70 carter Lancashire
William Shaw s 49 fitter Linthwaite
Joseph Sykes s 53 hawker Almondbury
Charles Sykes m 62 blacksmith Kirkheaton
John Scholfield s 41 finisher Honley
Ben Steward m 37 fettler Honley
Jonathan Thewlis s 78 weaver Holmfirth
Alfred Taylor s 48 labourer Meltham
John Turton w 75 weaver Cumberworth
George Taylor m 49 mason Saddleworth
William Turner s 58 porter Huddersfield
William Wilson w 69 labourer Lancashire
Joseph Wood w 70 dresser Huddersfield
John Wilson w 76 gtinder Leeds
William Walker w 77 coal dealer Huddersfield
John Wainwright w 71 weaver Shepley
William Wilson w 77 blacksmith Westmorland
Charles Wood w 78 weaver Holmfirth
Benjamin Woodhead s 71 woodman Netherthong
Charles Wood s 79 labourer Kirkburton
Joseph Wood w 88 dresser Huddersfield
William Swallow s 58 labourer Kirkburton
George Quarmby s 50 fettler Linthwaite
Joseph Siswick s 71 coal miner Honley
Mary Ann McHugh m 32 Holmfirth
William Whitehead s 71 tailor Tadcaster
William Price w 50 hawker Newcastle
Bill Liley w 83 Shelley
Richard Crawshaw s 66 pitman Mirfield

Women’s Institute

  Women’s Institutes are British community – based organisations for women. They were formed in 1915 with two clear aims : to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during WW1. The aims were then broadened and it is now the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK. It celebrated its 95th. aniversary in 2010 and at that time had approximately 208,000 members in 700 Women’s Institutes. Re-reading this chapter in September 2016, I realise that it has just had its 100th. anniversary.

The WI movement originally began in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada in 1897 when Adelaide Hoodless addressed a meeting of the wives of members of the Farmer’s Institute. WIs rapidly spread throughout Canada and the first WI meeting in England & Wales took place on 11 September 1915 at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey.

In August 1962, at a meeting in the Day School, a Women’s Institute for the village was formally inaugurated by two voluntary County Organisers for the Yorkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes. It was in fact the 624th. to be formed in Yorkshire. Miss J.Grainger of Wilshaw was in the chair and 83 members were enrolled and the following officers were elected by ballot. Mrs. A.Stangroom – President. Vice-presidents – Mrs.R.Stephenson and Mrs.E.Mosley. The secretary was Mrs.W.Wood with Mrs.W.Lax as treasurer. Committee members were Mrs.D.Binstead, Miss S.Brook, Miss E.Dickenson, Mrs.A.Fallas, Mrs.A.Swallow and Mrs.R.Whittaker.

The monthly meeting for March 1963 was held in the Day School with Mrs. W. Stangroom in the chair. 65 members were present and they listened to a talk and film on different types of nursing. After light refreshments, Mrs. Hartley of Holmfirth judged a display of bulbs grown by members. At the next meeting 66 members listened to a talk on “The part played by the Secondary Modern School”. Mrs.Turner gave a report of a Tupperware party and supper held in the home of Mrs.Swallow which raised £3.

There was an excellent attendance for the June meeting when final arrangements were made for the trip to York. Mrs.Pike gave an account of her visit to Russia and the subject by the  guest speaker, Mrs.G.Houghton of Holmfirth, was “Yorkshire Humour”.

At the July meeting, Mrs.W.Stangroom said that members of other local WIs had been invited to the meeting in order to hear the  report on the Annual Conference by Mrs.Mosley, who spoke very highly of David Attenborough’s address on ” The Preservation of Wild Life “.  The final item was a talk by Mrs.Mason of Ilkley on cheese making and cheese tasting.

Members at the August meeting stood in silence in memory of Mrs.T. Wyke and Mrs.B.Rodgers who had passed away during the year. Knowing that many members were interested in forming a drama group, Mrs.Elsworth of Wilshaw gave a talk titled ” Producing a Play “. After tea and biscuits three members spoke briefly on their holiday experiences – Mrs.N.Swallow on Germany, Mrs.Allan on Scotland and Mrs.E.Turner on Southern Ireland.

At their first AGM in 1963, Mrs. Creig who had helped in the inauguration of the  branch was the guest. There were 67 members present and Mrs. Stangroom, the President, demonstrated the use of a brass bell which Mrs.A.Wood, the secretary, had presented before she left the district. In the Annual Report, membership had risen from 93 to 117 with four on the waiting list and the average monthly attendance was 70. They had formed a choir, were running a Keep Fit Class and there was an active Produce Guild. The following officers were elected : President – Mrs.Stangroom . Vice-presidents – Mrs.N.Swallow and Mrs. A.Fallas. Treasurer – Mrs.N.Lax. Secretary- Mrs.J.Mosley with assistant secretaries Mrs.A.Alan and Mrs. N.Stephenson. Committee members were Mrs.G.Bailey, Mrs. J.Falkingham, Mrs.Whittaker and Miss B.Brook.

The October meeting was held in their new headquarters at the Zion Methodist School. The November meeting focused on demonstrations of Christmas cookery. Mrs.S.Gledhill and Mrs.H.Lockwood agreed to form a social sub-committee to work in conjunction with the elected committee.

The first meeting in January 1964 saw 70 members listen to a talk by several Yorkshire Electricity personnel titled ” Winter warmth the unit way.” The second Annual party was held in February and took the form of a whist drive, a tasty supper and a fancy dress parade and, if that wasn’t enough, they rounded up the evening with party games and competitions.

The “normal” February meeting occured a few weeks later when 69 members listened to an amusing talk on visits to London by Mrs.R.Mason, the president of Brockholes WI. Prior to the talk, there had been a short business meeting at which Mrs.H.Hobson was elected to attend the County meeting in York. After tea and biscuits members voted for the best exhibit in the bulb display which was won by Mrs.B.Whittaker. Mrs.P.Bray won the competition for the oldest English coin with a half-penny dated 1700 and Miss Hirst, with a coin dated 1745, was the winner  for the oldest foreign coin. They held a very successful coffee evening in March which they combined with a “shilling parcel ” store and a cuttings store which realised a profit of £6 15s 6d. Four members, Mesdames. E.Hobson, A.Fallas, D.Horncastle and Maud Turner delighted the rest of the members with a reading of a one-act play ” A Dish of Tea “.

Not suprisingly there was a good attendance at the April meeting, when a Mr. Pickard gave a talk on wine-making with particular emphasis on Port, Sherry and Madeira.  His samples were much appreciated!

60 members attended the June meeting and stood in memory of Mrs.Agnes Smith, a member who had died since the last meeting. Details of the fete to be held in July were discussed. Mr.E.Cole, the drama teacher at Holmfirth Secondary School, spoke on the Gondoliers and brought a party of past and present pupils, who had taken principal parts in the opera when it had been staged in March, and musical numbers from the opera were given. Mrs.E.Fox read her prize winning essay ” My Society ” and the choir sang items that they had given at the Grimethorpe Rally.

They were very unlucky with the appalling weather conditions on the day of their first fete in July and had to  transfer everything to the Zion School classrooms. Mrs.Jan Mackensie of Oldfield opened the fete and various stalls were very quickly sold out. There was also a fortune teller and a “pennies in the bucket” competition. Teas were served to 160 people, after which members of the Thongsbridge Keep Fit Class gave a display. The first part of the evening was a film show of the British Isles by Mr.& Mrs. Allan. Hot dogs met with a steady sale and to round off the evening there was miming to “pop music “, and George Preece gained the prize for his miming of ” You were made for me “. The day’s efforts raised £50 towards the funds.

At the July meeting, members stood in memory of Mrs.E.Lockwood and Mrs.K.Gledhill who had died in a road accident since the last meeting. A demonstration was given by Miss Smith, a representative of a margarine company and members were able to sample various sandwiches.

A team of ambulance men from Huddersfield were the main attraction at the August meeting when they gave a lecture on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation more commonly known as the “kiss of life “. Miss Janet Lax judged the entries for the plain and fancy buns made by the members and awarded the prize for the plain buns to Mrs.Susan Turner and for fancy buns to Mrs.J.Mosley and was herself presented with a spray of roses by Mrs. Stangroom.  There was no information available for the whole of 1965 as the issues of the Express were not put on microfilm.

The first meeting in 1966 was a Whist & Beetle Drive which raised £5 for the ‘Meals on Wheels ‘ services. The MC for the whist was Mrs.E.Hobson, and the prizewinners were Miss E.Brammall, Miss M.Wimpenny, Mrs.E.Horncastle, Mrs.L.Woodcock and Mrs.M.Parker. For the beetle drive the MC was Miss E.Parker and the prizewinners were Mrs.P.Bray, Miss Sandra Day, Mrs.M.Robinson, Miss B.Trueman, Mrs.J.Hellawell and Mrs.E.Hart. Prizes were presented by the president, Mrs.N.Lax. February was the occasion of the Annual bulb and handicraft show and Mrs. N.Lax welcomed members from neighbouring WIs. Mr.Smith of Huddersfield Parks Department judged the entries in the flora and plant classes and Mr.Eastwood of Thongsbridge judged the cookery and handicrafts. At the March meeting a film show was given by Mr.Stead of a tour of Norway which was followed by the story of the making of Hovis bread and Robertson’s preserves. All the members present received a free sample of marmalade. The following were elected at the Annual meeting in October 1966. President – Mrs.N.Lax.  Vice – presidents – Mrs.Speake and Mrs. Mosley. Seretary – Mrs.A.Allan. Treasurer – Mrs.J.Hoyle. The committee members were mesdames, P.Bray,A.Fallas, S.Gledhill, E.Hobson, D.Horncastle and Miss Robinson.

At the AGM in November 1967 the following members were elected – President – Mrs.J.Mosely. Vice – Presidents – Mrs.H.Stangroom and Mrs.J.Swallow. Secretary – Mrs.M.Speak, Treasurer – Mrs.J.Hoyle. Committee members were Mrs. Bailey, Horncastle, Hobson, Helliwell, Stephenson and Fallas. Their Christmas Fayre in December gave a profit of £167.  At the March 1968 meeting , Mr.G. Grimwood gave a talk on beautiful gardens of Britain and the winners of the ‘miniature gardens on a dinner plate ‘ competition were Mrs.Zatarski, Mrs. Mosley, Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Mudd.  Mrs. Kenyon of Denby Dale was the speaker at the June meeting and her subject was ‘Playing, Speaking and Acting’ and, to demonstrate, she was accompanied by four members of her drama group. The president informed the meeting that the subscriptions for 1969 would be raised to 10/- and that during the month members had visited a nursery garden at Highburton and the Group Rally at Emley. 

The 1971 Christmas Party took the form of a whist drive and social evening. 65 members attended and the games were organised by Mrs.Helliwell and Mrs.Hardy.  Mrs.Hobson ran the whist drive and Mr.Jackson was responsible for the quiz. The evening closed with carols led by Miss Dorothy Shaw  accompanied by Mrs.Shaw. A session of crazy whist was arranged by Mrs.J.Allen at the start of their Christmas party in 1978. Winners were Mrs.Caldwell, Mrs.Hobson, Mrs.Hollis and Mrs.Mosley and after a buffet supper the Second Harmony Group for Netherthong entertained with songs and led the carol singing. Mrs.Joan Henderson presided, Mrs.Hardy won the prize for the best cracker and the yearly prize went to Mrs.Sandford.

Short reports of most of the meetings of the W.I. appeared in the Express during the 70s. They gave the topic/talk of the meetings but little more. I have only included those meetings which were a bit more informative. At the 1972 January meeting Miss Nita Valerie told a large group of members about her life in the theatre and thanks were given by Mrs. Allan. The competition for the oldest programme was won by Mrs. Sykes with an entry dated 1902. 31 members visited Hope in Debyshire in July to see the traditional well dressings- there were three dressings all depicting Biblical scenes and they were made of flowers, petals, leaves, lichen and dried material set in clay. The Group’s monthly meeting was in the form of a flower demonstration by Mrs. Thornton of Honley. A competition for an all-green arrangement was won by Mrs. Hardy. The Autumn Show in October was held in the Day School and there were 142 entries spread over 19 classes. These were Handicrafts ( 3 classes ), Knitting ( 2 classes ), Crochet ( 2 classes ), Plants ( 2 classes ), Floral Art ( 4 classes ), Cookery( 4 classes ), and Preserves ( 2 classes ). Over 60 members and friends were served with afternoon tea.  The winners included Mrs.King, Mrs.Wilkinson, Mrs. Sandford, Mrs. Lawton,  Mrs. Kaye, Mrs. Speak, Mrs. Allan, Mrs. Wilson, Miss Wimpenny, Mrs. Hobson, Mrs. Lockwood, Mrs. Sykes, Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. Hardy, Mrs. Lax, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Mosely and Mrs. Robinson. The last report for 1972 was for the AGM, when highlights of the past year were recalled. Mrs. M.Peak was elected President, Mrs. J.Mosely as Secretary and Mrs. M.Sykes as Treasurer. Entertainment was provided by Mr. & Mrs. D.Ball who played zither music.

The guest speaker at the February 1973 meeting was the chief sub-editor of the Huddersfield Examiner who said that 150 staff were employed to produce 50,000 copies of the paper six days a week. In December 1974, 50 members attended their Christmas Party and were entertained by nine young music pupils of Alfred Boothroyd, who brought their instruments and played  carols and old favourite songs. After a traditional supper, card-bingo was played. Mrs. Dearnley won a competition for a Christmas cracker.

At the AGM in October 1975, Mrs.Hardy was elected president for a further year along with the secretary, Mrs.Parker and treasurer,Mrs.Speak. The elected committee members were Mrs.McKenney, Mrs.Stangroom, Mrs.Mosely, Mrs.Sandford, Mrs.Lyle, Mrs.Hobson and Mrs. Dickinson. All the members were given a report of the autumn Council Meeting at York and afterwards Mrs. Hellawell organised games. Mrs. Parker was elected President at the 1977 AGM. Mrs. McKenna was elected secretary and Mrs.Speak the treasurer.  At the 1978 AGM, Mrs.Margaret Parker , the retiring president, was replaced by Mrs. Jean Henderson and Mrs. Audrey Allan replaced Mrs. Rita McKenna as the secretary. Mrs.Mary Speak was re-elected as treasurer. The committee members were Mesdames Farrell, Gething, McKenna, Mosley,Pitcher, Sandford and Stangroom. 

There was a well attended meeting in March 1979 when members listened to a talk by a Bailiff Bridge Chemist on Pills and Potions. No free samples !! Afterwards there was an exhibition of unusual bottles.  The following week a party of members travelled to Barnsley by coach to see the Town’s amateur operatic society’s production of The New Moon.

After the conclusion of normal business at their meeting in March 1980, Mr.Biltcliffe of Pennine Nurseries gave a long and very interesting demonstration on the making of a bottle garden. The competition for the healthiest plant was won by Mrs. R. Jones with Mrs. J.Henderson and Mrs. Pitcher 2nd. and 3rd. In July, Mrs. J.Henderson, president, reported that she had attended the funeral of Mrs. Alice Wilkinson, who had been one of the founding members and the meeting stood for one minute’s silence. Mrs. Lyth, cake, and Mrs.Speak, hanging basket, both took their items to display at the WI stand at the Yorkshire Show, In September, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the inauguration of the Yorkshire Federation of WIs, the members decided to hold a dinner party on September 18 at the Travellers Rest , Brockholes.

The Women’s Institute held their Spring Show in May 1991 in the J and I School and cooking, flower arranging, handicrafts and photography were all displayed and judged. The photograph shows from left : Audrey Allan, Netherthong WI president, Lynne Clark, secretary Marianne Wilson, Sheila Gledhill and Joyce Rothwell.

WI members at Spring Show May 1991
WI members at Spring Show May 1991

The Deanhouse Workhouse 1861 to 1916

Aerial photograph of Deanhouse Workhouse

The vast frontage of the workhouse.


Another aerial view of the Institution
Another aerial view of the Institution
Aerial view of the Institution showing Miry Lane cottages in top right hand corner
Aerial view of the Institution showing Miry Lane cottages in top right hand corner


Old map of the Workhouse and Deanhouse
Old map of the Workhouse and Deanhouse


View of Miry lane Bottom showing the Institution on the left – 1910


Deanhouse Workhouse was built in 1861 and received its first inmates in September 1862 and in 1880 an infirmary was added. In 1938 the Workhouse, now a Public Assistance Institution, was taken over by Upper Agbrigg Guardians Area and its function changed to being a hospital and it was called St.Marys.  On Tuesday, January 16th. 1968 it ceased to be a hospital and the 53 patients still resident were transferred to other hospitals in the area. It was demolished in 1970 and a housing estate, called St.Marys, after the name of the hospital, was built in its place.  

The Express and other sources of information referred to it by a variety of names which can be quite confusing. Rather than correct them, I have left them as recorded. Hence you will come across – Holmfirth District Workhouse ( Slater Directory of 1864 ) : Deanhouse Workhouse : Deanhouse Institution : Public Assistance Institution  : Deanhouse Sanitarium : Deanhouse Hospital : St. Mary’s Hospital.

Prior to the reformation , it had always been considered a Christian duty to carry out the instructions in Matthew Chapter 2, e.g. feed the hungry, visit the sick, clothe the naked but after the reformation many of these values disappeared and the poor were left without help.

In 1552, Parish registers of the poor were introduced and in 1563 Justices of the Peace were given power to raise funds to support the poor and categories were drawn up for the different types of poor beggars on the street.

Deserving Poor : This category was for those people who wanted to work but were unable to find suitable employment. These people were to be given help in the form of clothes, food or maybe money ( Outdoor relief ). Those who were too old, too young or too ill to work would be looked after in almhouses, orphanages, workhouses or hospitals. Orphans and children of the poor were to be given an apprenticeship to a tradesman ( indoor relief ).

Undeserving Poor : They were also called idle beggars or sturdy beggars.  This category was for those who could work but chose not to. They were to be whipped through the town until they learnt the error of their ways.

In 1572 it was made compulsory that all people pay a local poor tax and five years later in 1597 it was made law that every district must have an Overseer of the Poor. His role was to work out how much money was needed for the poor in that district and set the poor rate accordingly. His other responsibilities were to collect the poor rate from the property owners, relieve the poor by dispensing food or money and supervise the Parish Poor House.

The following three items  from 1826 and 1832 relate to the role of the Relief of the Poor. The first is the approved assessment for Netherthong at 2/- in the £ , signed 28 December 1832. The next two items are accounts of money paid weekly by Joseph Mallinson, Overseer of the Poor. The first is from Oct 8 1825 to 31 March 1826 and the second is dated October 7 1926.


An Assessment for Relief of the Poor 1832.
An Assessment for Relief of the Poor 1832.
Details of Poor Rates paid out. 1825-1826
Details of Poor Rates paid out. 1825-1826


Poor Rate Accounts Oct 1826
Poor Rate Accounts Oct 1826

In 1601 an Act of Parliament called the Poor Law was passed and incorporated all the measures stated above. Another New Poor Law was enacted in 1834 which was to be administered in areas larger than the old parishes. These new areas were called Unions under the national leadership of the Poor Law Commissioners and locally were to be under the control of elected Boards of Guardians. These Guardians were citizens of the parish and were normally well-to-do. Every Union had to have a workhouse.

In the Poor Law Amendment Act it stated :

a) no able –bodied person was to receive money or other help from the Poor Law authorities unless they were in the workhouse,

b) the conditions in the workhouses were to made very harsh to discourage people from wanting to receive help.

c) the workhouses would be large in size and contain separate places for the insane and elderly. Men and women were to be separated.

 The Huddersfield Poor Law Union formally came into being on 10 February 1837.

A Parliamentary report of 1777 recorded that there were local workhouses in Almondbury, Kirkheaton and Lockwood. There were also early ones in Honley and Lepton and by 1815 workhouses had been  established at Golcar and Marsden. Wooldale and Thurstonland set up their own workhouses after 1815 and by 1834 they had also been established  at Slaithwaite, Upperthong and Lindley and there was a note  that Netherthong, Scholes and Holme might  had one each round about the same time . During my research  I  came across a comment  that stated ” Netherthong’s first Workhouse in 1860 was based in an old building in Moor Lane which was known locally as the Bastille and inmates were transferred to the one in Deanhouse in 1862.” This  Bastille building  was marked  on the Ordinance Survey Maps of 1854,1888 and 1918 but by 1922 it was referred to as Lydgett farm. The building , pre 1950, was used and owned by Malcolm Hawkswell who had lived in Netherthong for more than 50 years and he used it as part of his farm . There were 3 floors, corn etc on the top floors and cows on the ground floor. He sold it in the 1990s and it was converted into terraced housing.

I spoke to Peter Higginbotham who runs an excellent web site all about the history of workhouses in the Huddersfield area complete with  diagrams and maps. He said that he had not found any reference that Netherthong had a workhouse in place in the post 1834 period and, in the absence of any hard facts, he could only offer that the word Bastille was a popular name given to workhouses after, but not before,1834 and the Netherthong Bastille may have served for a period as a Parish workhouse.

 ” The South & West Yorkshire Village book”  written by members of those Federations of Women’s Institutes had a chapter devoted to Netherthong  and one paragraph stated ” the Bastille is a 3-storey building built after the Poor Law was passed in 1834 authorising Union Workhouses to be built. The inmates were confined to the premises, married couples were kept separated with a Master and Mistress to control food and lodging “. It is now likely that when the Deanhouse Workhouse was opened the inhabitants from the Bastille were transferred across. 

Allan Place wrote a superb book on the Poor Laws and Huddersfield which was published by the Holme Valley Civic Society. It is complete with maps,sketches and ephemera and covers many of the small villages in the Holme Valley. He devoted several pages to the question of the Bastille and its possible use as a workhouse. He states ” that the building shown on the old maps as the ” Bastille ” is steadfastly reported by many of the native inhabitants to have been a workhouse before Deanhouse was built. It is difficult to prove the non-existence of anything but all evidence points to the “Bastille” never having been a workhouse.”

He listed eight points to prove his argument and I have summarised some of them. The Enclosure Map of Netherthong drawn between 1826 – 1829 seems to date the building post 1829. In the 1841 census no paupers were shown to be living in the village. The Tithe Map dated 1850 shows the Bastille as comprising eight cottages each in separate occupation and the landowner as Thomas Dyson. The only reference to a poorhouse is a cottage down Deanbrook Road owned by the Netherthong overseers of the poor. The 1851 census lists only two paupers, neither of whom was living in the Bastille. The 1861 census shows the Bastille occupied by eight families, with ages ranging from 23 to 64, and all engaged in occupations concerned with textiles.

After his very detailed research he concludes ” as no paupers ever seemed to have lived in this property and the Bastille was never owned by the township of Netherthong or by the Huddersfield Guardians, the reports of this building ever being a workhouse seem to be inaccurate folklore “.

Honley had a new workhouse erected in 1763 on land donated by the Earl of Dartmouth. It was also used by the Netherthong and South Crosland townships and stayed in operation until October 1862 when its inmates were transferred to the newly opened union workhouse at Deanhouse. The Poor Law Board assented to the Deanhouse site and the land was purchased for £1.250 and conveyed to the Huddersfield Guardians in 1860.

Work on the Deanhouse Workhouse began in 1861 and Mr.Trotter, the M.O. for the new Workhouse, certified it was ready to receive its first inmates in September 1862. It was designed by John Kirk, could accommodate over 200 inmates and had a two –storey, T-shaped main block.  The Guardians resolved later in 1862 that instructions be given to prepare a vagrant ward for 10 men and 10 women  and  in 1880 an infirmary was added. The building of the Workhouse did not take place without criticism and people made it their business to keep a close eye on the activities. The residents of Netherthong were very much distressed and called a meeting of ratepayers and a  list of their complaints was passed to Mr. Jagger, the Guardian for Netherthong, for him in turn to pass on to the Board of Guardians. The Slater Directory of 1864 called it the Holmfirth District Workhouse.

A request was made by the Guardians in 1863 by St. Mary’s Church ( does this mean the Wesley Chapel ?) for help in extending their burial ground as a result of the increased number of burials from the workhouse.

In 1881 a full census was carried out and the total number of residents was 169. It listed their age, sex, occupation, handicap and birthplace. There  were five staff, Jonathan Hinchliffe was the Head, his wife, Elizabeth, was the matron and Hannah, their daughter, was assistant matron. The remaining staff were Dinah Stamford, nurse, and Mary Stead a general servant.

The majority of the inmates were unmarried with some widows/widowers. They  came from all over Yorkshire with the exception of seven from Ireland, one from North America and one each from  Faversham,Hereford,Manchester and Lincoln. There were only four inmates from Netherthong.

Elizabeth Bates, 32 years, Idiot. Sarah Garside, 36 years, Idiot .

Abel Littlewood, 60 years, wool weaver.   Alfred Wimpenny, 41 years, donkey driver.

In the category of handicap, they were listed either as a lunatic, an idiot or blind. The workhouse had seven lunatics, 35 idiots and two blind.  The dictionary defines an idiot as .. a foolish or unwise person, a person having the lowest level of intellectual ability. The definition for a lunatic is simply ..a madman/madwoman. Occupations were generally listed as weavers, farm labourers, slubbers and stone quarrymen.

  Since writing this chapter back in 2008,  I decided to include the information from the  National census for 1871 which was the first one after after the Workhouse was opened. I have also added the Census for 1891 and both of these have been given separate Chapters.

 In April 1870 the Huddersfield Examiner & West Riding Reporter carried an article on an imbecile inmate, named John Curley, who was placed in the dock at Huddersfield Police Court charged with damaging the property of the guardians. Mr.James Wood, the master of the workhouse, showed that the prisoner possessed sufficient intelligence to discern between right and wrong and that for sometime he had manifested a great contempt for his bedclothes having frequently torn blankets and sheets. He had been before the court seven times for the same offenses and on six times had been committed to Wakefield House of Correction. Punishments seemed to have had no effect and the master had tried leniency again with no effect. Curley had nothing to say to the charge and the justices decided to inflict the most severe punishment which the law allowed, namely to commit him to prison for 42 days.

The Huddersfield Chronicle reported in July 1871 that at the County Court in Huddersfield, Christopher Inchcliffe, a pauper at the Institution, was charged with misconducting himself. He had left the house in the morning and didn’t return until the following day. He had done this several times and on each occasion had been cautioned. The Magistrates sent him to prison for 21 days. Another pauper, Charles North, was charged with a similar offence but, on promising not to offend again, he was discharged.

The paper referred to January 17 1874 as one of the red letter days , the occasion being a treat to the inmates provided at the sole expense of Mr.James Bower, one of the Guardians for the township of Upperthong. The dining hall, which was used on Sundays as a preaching hall, projected a pretty gay appearance. At 1pm the inmates, numbering 173, sat down to dinner, which included plum pudding and beef besides a variety of pies and deserts. Mr.Wrigley, the chairman of the Board of Guardians, made  very witty observations during the dinner and praised the generosity of Mr.Bower. At 3pm , 16 Guardians along with a few favoured friends sat down in the D room for a dinner. A company of Glee singers, including Miss Stead, Mr.J.Meller, Mr.Townsend and Mr.Hirst, entertained. Many toasts were proposed and seconded and Mr.Wood , the Master, gave thanks on behalf of the inmates.

For the Annual Christ treat in December 1874  roast beef and plum pudding was given to the inmates in the dining room which had been nicely decorated. The public were admitted to view the premises and a large number availed themselves of the opportunity. The following year in October, Mr.Jonathan Morehouse Lockwood of Sycamore, who was one of the Poor Law Guardians, gave a treat to the inmates. Almost 200 sat down to the fare provided for them and served up by the Matron, Miss Wood, and her assistants. After dinner they were entertained by various amusements. Mr.Lockwood also entertained the Guardians and officers of the Union to a first class dinner. The cloth having been removed the usual loyal and other toasts were given and a Glee Party of Miss Stead, Miss Renshaw, Mr.B.Hirst, Mr.M.Stead and others with Mr.Sandford the pianist provided the entertainment. The Annual Christmas treat in 1876 was given to the inmates. For the previous few years the public had been invited to inspect the place and view the proceedings but much mischief had been created by this privilege being granted and it was decided not to throw the place open on the day. As a consequence many people who were not aware of the fact had a wasted journey. The 1877 Christmas treat followed the normal pattern and, in addition to the customary  beef and plum pudding, the inmates were given a pint of beer. Several Guardians were in attendance and acted as servers and waiters. At the close of dinner, Mr.Henry  Butterworth , an old Guardian, addressed a few suitable words which were loudly cheered. On the following day the matron provided a good tea and to round of the festive season the master on New Year’s day invited the services of a brass band ( not specified ) which performed during  a selection of music during the evening. On October 6 1881 the inmates were given a treat and the tables in the dining room were laden with beef, ham and a variety of confectionery which were a gift of Miss Brooks and Miss Siddon  of Honley. After the meal, the master, Mr. Hinchliffe, addressed them on the generosity of the ladies and called for three cheers. In the evening there was another distribution of confectionery and the smokers received one ounce of tobacco.

In June 1882, at the meeting of the Huddersfield Board of Guardians, the Deanhouse visiting committee recommended that the salary of Miss Hinchliffe be increased from £3 to £20 a year on condition that she performed the duties of cook and assistant matron. Also that the joint salaries of Mr.& Mrs. Hinchliffe, the master and matron, be increased from £100 to £120 a year.  Both proposals were passed . A letter from the Local Government Board, dated 10 June, approved a proposal from the Guardians to allow the children at the Workhouse to have their bread and dripping at 8.45 instead of 12.30. The Board of Guardians received a letter at their September 1883 meeting from Miss Hannah Hinchliffe, assistant matron of the Workhouse, whose father and mother had been called upon to resign their appointments. It read -” If the office I hold requires a notice to quit, take this for one. Hannah Hinchliffe.” The newspaper reported that when the letter was read out to the members it caused a lot of laughter ! In March the following year Elizabeth Whitehead was appointed as general assistant matron at a salary of £26 pa.

The Holmfirth Express regularly reported news and events to do with the Workhouse as well as recording the minutes of the Board of Guardians. The style of newspaper reporting in the late 1800s and early 1900s was to give details of virtually everything and everyone associated with an event. This can be seen in the details of the food supplied to the inmates at the Christmas and New Year  festivities.

Christmas and Royal events such as Jubilees & Coronations were always  celebrated at the Workhouse. Another important  feature was the  large number and diversity of groups, bands, choirs  who voluntarily came to entertain the inmates and they are detailed in this chapter. Christmas Day and New Year parties were always highly anticipated. On New Year’s Day in 1885 a beautiful treat was provided for 236 inmates through the liberality of Miss Seddon and Miss Brooks. The inmates sat down to an ample supply of food and the sick patients were provided for in their own wards. As usual tobacco and snuff were given by Captain Jessop. Mr. & Mrs. Heastie, master and matron, gave thanks on behalf of the inmates. For the Christmas festivities at the end of the year the workhouse had been decorated by Mrs.Heastie (matron ), nurse Miss Grimshaw and laundress Miss Whitehead. At 7 am the strains of the Philharmonic Band reverberated through the building. Dinner was at 12.30 and served by the Guardians and each inmate had roast beef, parsnips, potatoes, pickled cabbage and a pint of beer. Miss Bidden and Miss Octavia Brooks presented Christmas cards to each of the 235 inmates. The evening meal was at 5.30. 

December 1886.  The inmates had an ample treat on Christmas Day. At 7am the Netherthong Brass Band and the Philharmonic Band played in front of the house and in the hospital. At 10am, 1 oz. of tobacco, a packet of snuff and an apple and orange were distributed and 213 cards, individually addressed, were handed to each inmate. At 12.30 they all sat down to a dinner of roast beef, potatoes, mashed turnips, pickled cabbage and plum pudding plus a pint of beer. They all joined in singing “ Christians Awake “ accompanied by Miss Edith Grant on the harmonium and at 6pm. they all sat down for tea which consisted of  tea, bread and butter, plum loaf and cheese and  finished off the evening by singing hymns accompanied on the harmonium and also the violin by Allan Rowsbottom, one of the inmates.

On January 4 1887, the inmates were entertained in the evening. It started at 4pm with a knife and fork tea ( beef and ham with tea cake, bread and butter, spice cake and sweet loaf). After the tea, 170 were entertained by songs by Miss Brooke, Mr.Whittell, Herbert Hinchliffe & Mr. Beastie, there were recitations by Mr.Jubb and piano solos by Edith Grant and the Honley Hand Bell Ringers finished the evening off. Thanks to Captain Jessop they all received apples, oranges and cake plus an ounce of tobacco or a packet of snuff.

At the Christmas dinner at the end of the 1887 they all received a gift of 2d. The Guardians who helped at the party were : Mr. Kilburn ; Mr.Brook;Mr.Scissett; Mr.Mellor; J.Kilner ; Firth Hobson ; Eli Whitwarm ; W. Haigh ; Mr. Wilshaw and Miss Siddon plus the chairman, Mr.H.Butterworth.         

1888 – The Annual Christmas party was held with 213 inmates having a full treat. In February they were entertained by Mr.Piggott of Huddersfield who exhibited his magic lantern show using various selections of slides illuminated by limelight . This was followed by the Netherthong Juvenile Carbonised Minstrels under the conductorship of J.J.Jackson

1889 – 204 inmates enjoyed their Christmas party and listened to a poem ( anon ) entitled “ Christmas treat at the Deanhouse Workhouse “. A few weeks later they had their 1890 New Year entertainment.

1892 – a children’s concert was given at the Workhouse by members of the various Bands of Hope.

At a meeting of the Board of Guardians it was reported that at a meeting of the Imbecile Location Committee, it was resolved that it be a recommendation that all the inmates of the Workhouses of the Union classified as imbeciles be accommodated at Deanhouse. A male and female imbecile attendant should be appointed.

The annual Christmas dinner was held with 174 inmates.

1893 – mindful of safety regulations  the Local Government Board sanctioned an expenditure of £341 for provision of fire-escapes. It wasn’t until August 1921, 28 years later, that the Board of Guardians discussed precautions against fire and  were informed that for a subscription of £2 2s per annum, they would enjoy the privileges of subscribers to the Holmfirth Fire Brigade. They agreed and also requested that the master would institute a periodic fire drill.

In July the inmates were allowed to honour the Royal marriage of the Duke of York with a dinner, concert and gifts. And in June 1897 they also celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen.

Later that year the contract for coffins was let to John Batley of Netherthong.

1898 – the inmates were entertained by the St.George Troupe of Minstrels with plantation songs and sketches.

1902 . In July , Deanhouse Workhouse had planned to celebrate the Coronation but when this was postponed the management  decided not to disappoint the inmates and instead to make it a “Peace rejoicing on the end of the Boer War “. So at the end of the month the Workhouse inmates were invited to a picnic at Harden Moss with the remit  “ To join with the old folks in celebrating the conclusion of the war in South Africa . The “old folks” were to be the poor, maimed and blind sojourners in the workhouses of Deanhouse and Crossland Moor and  31 men and 21 women were conveyed in waggonettes and chara-a-banc. They had a substantial meat tea and prior to going home the men had a glass of beer and a bun and the women a cup of tea with “something in it “and a bun. Those old folks, who through feebleness or other causes could not go to Harden Moss, had a special high tea.

Mr. J.Heastie, master at the workhouse, had written to Netherthong District Council asking for a temporary supply of water as he said they were completely without water. The surveyor said that as water was flowing into its own reservoir  they could spare some. The workhouse received 80,000 galls at 1/3 per 1000 galls.

At the beginning of  August the ladies of the Huddersfield Parish Church gave a treat to the children by taking them to the Hope Bank Pleasure Grounds. In addition to the entertainment they were provided with a substantial tea and each child was given a present when they left to return  back to the Workhouse.

Later in the month the Workhouse celebrated the Coronation of King Edward VII. The buildings had been decorated inside and outside and in the afternoon the inhabitants of Netherthong , including the children from the 3 Sunday schools, who were also celebrating the Coronation, marched down in procession with banners flying. They were headed by a brass band and along with the Netherthong Philharmonic Band they played national airs. The procession moved from the main gates to the quadrangle and cheered the sick people with hymns. The inmates had a breakfast of ham and bread and butter and for dinner they had lamb and mint sauce, kidney potatoes, beer served in a coronation mug followed by gooseberry, raspberry and rhubarb tarts,

In September the Netherthong District Council received a letter from Mr.J.Heastie. He said that the Board of Guardians had placed 4 additional lamps on the frontage which cast some light on the road but there was one part they could not reach and that was under the Council’s control. There was a distance of 227 yards without a light from the workhouse entrance to the junction near Dockhill. The Council agreed to fix a gas lamp and have the lamp lit and extinguished by their lamplighters on condition that the Guardians pay for the gas consumed as the road is mainly for use by the workhouse. The Guardians replied that as the lamp would be for the benefit of the general public, they were not prepared to pay for the gas.

At the Board of Guardians meeting in October they discussed a report from  the Commissioners in Lunacy that they had received  of the visit of one of their visiting commissioners. It stated that there were 35 men and 25 women classed as persons of unsound mind. The report was generally favourable , portions of both sexes went out for walks in the country weekly. 5 men and 1 woman had to be restrained by means of a straightjacket.

1903 – the Workhouse approached the local Council to see if they were prepared to let them have a permanent supply of water for domestic use. The Council were unanimous that they could not undertake to offer a permanent supply.

On Shrove Tuesday 1904 the residents were entertained to a musical evening by the choir of the Parish Church. A few months later in July , 100 inmates were conveyed in 9 vehicles ( waggonettes and char-a-banc ) to Skelmanthorpe. They went to the assembly room in the WMC and were entertained with lots of food , games and music. The Skelmanthorpe people paid for the event by public subscription.  The Board of Guardians approved that the salary of Mrs. Emma Ramsden, a wardwoman at the infirmary be increased by £2 to £22 pa.  At the end of the year they enjoyed their customary Christmas party – as usual they received tobacco and snuff from Col.Jessop and Miss Seddon gave all the over 65s a shiny 6d coin each.

In February the Guardians resolved to accept from the Council a private supply of water at the rate of 1s per 1000 gallons at a minimum annual charge of £25. The cost of easement and the lengths of pipes was £180 and the Council gave permission to lay them.

1905. In February, Mrs.Scott a female imbecile attendant resigned and was replaced by Mrs. Pavor of Leeds. Miss M. Haigh , the cook and assistant matron, resigned and Miss Turner was appointed to the position.

In June at the Huddersfield West Riding Court, Charles Bentley, a pauper,  was charged with absconding from the Workhouse with clothing belonging to the Union ( his clothes were stamped “ Deanhouse Workhouse “ ). The prisoner made the excuse that he had only left for a few days and was coming back. He had been committed to prison the previous month for a similar offence and this time was committed to jail for 31 days with hard labour.

In December the Board of Guardians approved by 28 votes to 17 that beer could be supplied for the annual Christmas treat. The pre-Christmas concert party was given by the girls of the Brockholes Embroidery Class with lots of songs and dances.

For the Annual Christmas party the whole place was decorated with holly, plants, ivy, lanterns, banners and a big tree. Captain Jessop made his normal presentation of tobacco and snuff and the evening concert was given by the Netherthong Church choir.

On Shrove Tuesday in 1906 the Parish Church choir paid a visit and gave the inmates the usual Shrovetide entertainment.  The following month, Dr. Marriott Cook visited the Workhouse to make an inspection on behalf of the Commissioners on Lunacy. He reported that at the time of his visit there were 34 men and 25 women classed and detained as imbeciles. 3 of the women were in bed and looked comfortable. The remainder were in good health and in the wards specially set apart for them. Their clothing was suitable, bed and bedding well kept and they seemed to be on good terms with the attendants. A number were usefully employed and most were taken for weekly walks beyond the grounds. He noted that a fire main had been laid, there were 8 hydrants around the building, a shelter had been placed in the women’s court and that telephonic communication had been installed in the house.

The Board of Guardians received a letter from the engineer at Deanhouse asking for an increase in salary, a ½ day holiday a week and a Sunday off once a month. He said his present hours were 72/week.

In April 1907, the Board of Guardians received a letter from Mr. Heastie resigning because of bad health. His wife also resigned, 15 applications were received for the post of master / matron and in June Mr. and Mrs. Hoyle were appointed. Miss M.Barton, the assistant matron, resigned. Miss Hughes of the Leeds Union Workhouse infirmary was appointed assistant nurse.

In June a retirement party was held for Mr.& Mrs. Heastie in recognition of their 23 years service. They were presented with a porcelain dinner service in gold and blue pattern plus some art pottery by Mr. Robinson, the senior officer on the staff. In August they had their official presentation by the Guardians and received a silver tea and coffee service and a massive salver in the Queen Anne pattern.

Also in June it was reported that William Swallow, 73 years, was found on removal from Deanhouse gate lodge to the hospital that he had £1 2s 2d in his possession. As the amount consisted chiefly of gifts it was decided that the sum should be retained for him ( should he recover from his ailment ) and given to him in installments.

In September one of the Commissioners for Lunacy paid his regular visit  and reported that there were 32 men and 25 women classed as certified imbeciles and all were suitable for workhouse treatment. He added that 4 men and 6 women imbeciles were in special wards.

In November the Board of Guardians committee had declined an application from the master for his son to be able to spend week-ends with him. The Local Government Board had sanctioned his daughter living with him but not the son who  was only permitted to go as a visitor. Some of the members said that although the decision might be legally right  it was morally wrong. At a previous committee meeting it was proposed that a piano be purchased for Deanhouse this was approved provided that the cost did not exceed £30.

To round off the year , the inmates had two treats. The first was a concert organized by Frances Littlewood, a Guardian. The artistes were the misses Littlewood and Mr. Robinson one of the house officers. Mr. Platt gave some recitations.

The second was the Christmas day treat. Besides the traditional breakfast and dinner, the matron distributed cards to the inmates and gave 6d. to 40 old women. The usual 1oz. tobacco and ½ oz. snuff plus apples and oranges were issued and Miss Seddon presented every inmate over 60 with 1/-.

In January 1908, Mrs.Mary Caine from Cheshire was appointed laundress. Later that month a concert was given by a party of children from Honley Wesleyan Sunday School.

Miss King was appointed in August as the attendant to the female imbeciles at a salary of £25p.a.  Milnsbridge Socialist Choir entertained the residents in September.

Dr.J.Dyson resigned as the medical officer to the Workhouse after 14 years. The Board of Guardians confirmed that all inhabitants of the Workhouse who were in receipt of out-door relief during Christmas would be given an extra allowance of 1/- for the adults and 6d per child.

The Milnsbridge Pierrot Troupe visited for the first time but not knowing the way they were rather late in arriving. The annual Boxing Day entertainment was organized by Mr.J.Sykes and his party which consisted largely of his own family.

At the start of 1909 Miss Charlotte Lord, the charge nurse, resigned.

The inmates were treated to three concerts in February.The first one was by Mr.France Littlewood  and the misses Littlewoods and the brass quartet from Honley Brass band. A few weeks later it was the turn of the Queen Street Mission Choir to entertain. The last one was by the Netherthong Parish Church Choir.

The same month the Board of Guardians visiting committee recommended that two additional nurses be appointed, certain rooms at the old hospital to be provided for the use of nurses on night duty and  finally that the old washhouse in the women’s yard be prepared for the accommodation of female tramps.

At the Board of Guardian’s meeting in May, the report was read from the Lunacy Commissioner on his annual visit made in March. He saw 27 men and 30 women under detention orders as persons of unsound mind. 21 of the men and 23 women were in special wards. The rest were in the hospital and confined to bed. He said the wards and dormitories were in a good order. All the inmates who are able are employed in some form of work and are taken for walks beyond the grounds once or twice a week. Mechanical constraint had been used on one occasion since his last visit.

July saw the Buxton Road Wesleyan Choir give a concert and several months later it was the turn of the Crosland Moor Wesleyan Prize Choir to entertain the inmates.

Miss S.Ramsden, general assistant, was appointed as laundress at £25 pa. and at the end of the year Miss Edith Race of Barnsley was appointed assistant nurse.

More entertainment followed in October when the Slaithwaite Socialist Choir visited and additional fun was added by Mr. Rowcroft, a conjurer. The year ended with the normal Christmas festivities and as usual the Express detailed the food that was supplied – roast beef, roast pork, boiled leg of mutton, chicken , carrots, turnips, potatoes followed by rich plum pudding, beer,tea,coffee, tobacco, snuff and sweets.

The first concert of 1910 was given by the Crosland Moor United Handbell Ringers accompanied by Misses Margaret and Gertrude Littlewood and Professor Spencer. The report said that the dining hall was packed.  The next occasion was when the Young Women’s bible class connected with the Milnsbridge Baptist Chapel paid a visit and entertained them. The following month, June, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Tinker of Upperthong brought along one of the latest gramophones and lots of records by great singers.  Honley Brass Band spent an afternoon in August entrtaining the inmates. The same month the Board of Guardians received the annual report on the visit by Mr.Trevor the Lunancy Commissioner to the Workhouse. He said that the conditions were good and that 23 men and 27 women were permanently detained as persons of unsound mind.

In April the Workhouse was thrown open for 2 days to adult visitors and they were given the following details.  It provides accommodation for 275 inmates and is reserved for the better class of aged, chronic sick, imbeciles and harmless lunatics. The staff consists of master and matron, cook, matron’s assistant, laundress, male and female attendants upon imbeciles, baker, engineer, farm man, superintendent nurse and nurses. There was a vegetable garden and piggery. The present attendance is 180 inmates. The total cost of Deanhouse had been £14, 220 and it stands on 11 ½ acres.

At the beginning of February 1911, the Clifton Glee Party along with Mr.G.W.Gledhill, Miss Whitwam and Miss Jennie Lodge  gave a concert. The Party was under the care of Joseph Gledhill , a member of the Board of Guardians. The following month it was the turn of the Carlton Comedy Company to entertain the inmates.

The Coronation festivities at the Workhouse were a great success with lots of food with music provided by by the Hepworth Brass Band.

The last concert of the year in November was given by members of the “ Jumped up “ Pierrots from Linthwaite.

1912. Honley Brass band played a concert to the inmates in June. Later that year the Board of Guardians agreed to increase the salary of the Medical officer, Dr.Smalles, to £70pa on the understanding that he also acted as the MO for the staff and that his salary included all fees for certifying lunatics etc. In October the staff presented a silver flower stand to Mr.& Mrs. Hoyle, master and mistress, who had been promoted to take charge of Crosland Moor Workhouse. The Hoyles had been there for 5 years and had succeeded the Heasties.

Mr.T.Robinson, an attendant at the Workhouse, had made an application to the Board of Guardians for an increase in salary as he worked 100 hours a week and his duties were very trying. The outcome was not reported.

In November the Board of Guardians had received a letter from the National Amalgamated Society of House and Ship Painters and Decorators drawing the committee’s attention to the fact that the house painter at the Workhouse was not a member of the Union. They wanted him to join the union and they thought the time had come when the Board of Guardians should not employ people who were not members of a trade union. A sub-committee was set up to look into the matter. If I now fast forward to the Boards meeting in March 1913, they had received 3 applicants for the job of painter at Deanhouse and prior to the interviews they discussed whether the successful applicant should be a member of a trade union. The chairman ruled that the applicants should not be asked the question. Mr. Cheetham was appointed.

At the annual Christmas party the music was played by the Holme Brass Band.

1913. 21 applications had been received for the posts of porter/bookkeeper and portress/launderess. Mr. & Mrs. Durrant were appointed.

In March the inmates were entertained by the Honley Rag Time Coons, a troup of 20 members and the programme consisted of songs and selections by Coon Johnson, Coon Jones and Coon Tambo.  At a meeting of the Board of Guardians later that year in September the following items were passed : that suitable accommodation be provided so that phthisis cases can be transferred to Deanhouse and also that, as soon as the drainage on the estate is completed the Workhouse should be known as Deanhouse Sanitarium.

In May Mrs. Jane Brown was appointed assistant nurse and Miss Riddle needle mistress and general relief attendant. The salary of Miss Richmond, imbecile assistant, was increased from £28 to £32 and Mr.Froggatt, the farm assistant, was granted an increase of 2/- a week.

At the Board of Guardians meeting in July, Mr.Dirk referred to the new dietary table for the officers at Deanhouse and said that it seemed that the meat allowance of 5lb./week was extravagant. The Clerk said the table was legal and each officer was entitled to the allowance.

In August the Honley Band entertained the inmates. The Annual  Christmas  party with Miss Siddon, now the chairman of the Guardians Board, assisting was its normal success.

In January  1914 a concert was given by Mr. Scholfield Haigh, a famous Yorkshire County Cricketer, and his party. They were Lillie Miller ( soprano ), Miss M.Dawn ( contralto ), Mr. N. Sanderson ( bass ) , Leslie Lynch ( humorist ) and Jas. Brooks ( accompanist ).

The following month the Board of Guardians approved that Mr. E.Quigley ( matron’s assistant ) should have his salary increased from £15 to £18 per annum.They also increased the salaries of Mr. and Mrs. C. Durant, the porter and porteress, by £3 and £2 10s a year respectively. During the month the Honley Wesleyan Choir gave a concert for the inmates.

In August there was a presentation at the Workhouse. Mr. & Mrs. Crockett, who for the past 20 months had been joint master and matron were appointed to Derby Workhouse and were presented with an inscribed silver combination flower vase.

A reporter from the Express made a detailed visit and they published a very flowery effusive report.

The Guardians agreed in August that Mrs. Kate Weekes, cook attendant for the nurses, should be re-appointed for a further 12 months at £30 pa plus rations.

In September Mr. and Mrs. S.F.Rowbottom were appointed as the new master/matron at a salary of £120 pa for the master and £100 for the matron. They had both been at Southwall Workhouse.

In October the Board of Guardians agreed that  Jepson Brook, the painter at Deanhouse, should be paid his full salary, less the separation allowance paid to his wife by the War Office, whilst on active duty.

1915. The salary of Miss A.Richardson, imbecile attendant, was increased from £28 to £32 pa. At the July 1914 meeting of the Board of Guardians, the minutes of the Deanhouse Committee including the Medical Officer’s half-yearly report were read out.  They recommended that the repairs in regards to the drainage should be put in hand without delay, the dining hall needed ceiling ventilation,the meat cellar was badly ventilated, separation of disagreeable and noisy cases from other inmates and double attendance in the lunatic wards were necessary . Better accomodation was required for the nurses and epileptics should be separated  from other cases. The Master’s report showed that there were 244 patients compared to 191 in July 1914.

In August there was a garden party at Deanhouse. The inmates listened in the afternoon to the Honley Brass Band which  played first in the garden and then on the front drive. The band members proceeded to a neighbouring inn  and were treated by Miss Sidon, chairman of the Board of Guardians, to a high tea. All the patients were supplied with tobacco and sweets.

In September it was decided that that temporary arrangements should be made to the inmates diet. Cheese, bread and a coffee dinner would replace roast on every Wednesday. In October, Mr.J.E.Boothroyd, baker at the Institute made an application requesting permission to join HM Forces and the request was referred to the Committee.

In December the Master reported to the Board of Guardians that an Inspector to the Board of Agriculture had come to inspect the land and the potato crop and that no cure for the wart disease was known. He said that the gas had been unsatisfactorily for the last two weeks but added that the electric light mains were likely to be brought within a reasonable distance of the Institution. The Board would submit a scheme to install electricity .

The photograph below was taken some time in 1915 and shows members of staff. I’m assuming that the Master & Matron, Mr. & Mrs. S.F. Rowbottom are among them.

Staff present during 1915

For the history from 1916 to the closure in 1968 see separate chapter.