The Watson Family History

I have recently( 2019 ) been talking to Anne and Pamela Watson about their memories of their early life in Netherthong, their mother Louie, and other members of their family tree. On their mother’s side they are connected to both the Charlesworth and Roebuck names, which feature prominently throughout the history of the village. Anne was born in Dalton on 23 May 1939, and lived in a new house her parents bought there. On September 3 1939, the Second World War was declared and her father, Ernest Watson ( Rex) was called up . He was worried about his wife and first daughter, as they lived near the ICI works in Huddersfield which might become a target for the German bombers. So, when he joined the Royal Engineers as a driver, Louie took baby Anne and moved back home to live with her mother Emma and her Auntie Polly at Cliffe View, 90 Thong Lane,a semi-detached stone house in Netherthong, until his return. Pamela Fay was born in the house on 1st. January 1943 and baptised in the Parish Church. Another sister, Netta was born in 1944 and twins, Peter and Janet, were born in 1948. Their grandmother was Rachel Roebuck b. 23.8.1851, died 17.12.1931.

Watson family tree

Both Anne and Pamela attended the National School and can be seen in several of the photographs of school events ( see chapter on schooling). Anne’s school report, both sides, for 1948 is shown below. They also attended Sunday School at the Parish Church and Pamela can remember singing in the choir. Talking to the sisters helped to bring up some interesting memories, Anne said that there was a small stone house on the left hand side of Miry Lane, just past the Vicarage but before the lane to Holmroyd, and a ” character” called Mary lived there with lots of cats. At Christmas she would come out wearing a long white dress and walked to the Clothiers where she used to sing. Anne remembers that her mother played the viola and was part of a music ensemble that played classical music in the school once a week – the leader was a Sally Brook, who lived in St.Annes Square. In my chapter on Music , there are some references to a Netherthong Evening Institute and in, April 1947, it had 76 students and Miss Sally Brook taught instrumental music. This is obviously the group that Louie belonged to.

In the Town Square was Mallinson’s shop, which you can see facing you in the photograph below. When you opened the door a little bell rang to notify the Mallinsons, who lived at the back of the shop. There was only a small space to stand with a high counter on the right hand side. A chocolate dispenser was on the wall and the shop sold many varieties of cheap sweets directed at the children – maybe that’s why the counter was high !!. Among the sweets to tempt would have been sherbert fountains, sweet cigarettes, black jacks, dolly mixture, fizzers, liquorice wood, aniseed balls, gobstoppers, parma violets, love hearts etc- if you are of a certain age , these names will surely bring back memories and you would have had your own favourites. In addition the shop also sold comics and newspapers. One unusual memory from Anne concerned the Earth Toilets of Outlane !. They belonged to the Mallinsons and were in a stone building ,which was on the right hand corner of St.Annes Square as you turned into Outlane.. They consisted of a whitewood chest ( always kept in pristine condition ) with two holes and newpaper pieces hung on a hook on the door. There was no flush and Anne could only assume that the Council would have needed to come round regularly to empty. As Anne was good friends with Barbara the Mallinsons daughter, she was allowed to use it if the situation arose.

Their mother, Louie, who can be seen in many of the photographs in this chapter, compiled a very special gift for her family. It combined notes from the Family Bible and long-ago memories and vivid recollections from a childhood spent listening to tales around the fire.When Louie and Rex, living in New Mill, celebrated their golden wedding, Louie , now a great-grandmother, wanted to present her children with something of their history which they could keep and treasure. Each of her five children received a copy and she said this was due to the help of her daughter,Anne, who had them all compiled and copied.
The book brought to life all the women in her family, from the time of her own great-grandmother in the early 1800s to the present day .It was divided into four parts. Book One – William and Ann 1808-1871. Book Two – Rachel 1870-1905. Book Three – Emma 1895-1935 and Book Four – Louie 1916 . In the January 13, 1989, edition of the Huddersfield District Newspaper, a full page was devoted to snippets from the various books, along with a family tree and a photograph of Louie and her husband Rex. I’ve taken interesting abstracts from the various books and listed them below..

Book One – William and Ann. 1808 – 1871. . William married Ann, Louie’s great – grandmother and they had three sons and six daughters , all baptised at Netherthong Parish Church. One of his sons was Joseph.

Book Two Rachel 1870-1905.. Joseph became a vet and in 1872 he married Rachel Spenser( Battye) and their first son was born in 1873. Rachel went on to have eight more children, one of them, Arthur, died at six months old. The rest all attended Wilshaw school. Three of them contracted scarlet fever and were admitted to Moorview Hospital, Meltham. Emma suffered the worst and the doctor had to put leeches in a small glass on her neck to draw the poison out. As she was so brave she was given the glass to keep, and this leech glass remains in the family . When Rachel’s husband, Joseph, died in November, 1891 of a massive heart attack at the age of 47, she was advised to sell their farm and move closer to the village. This she did and took over an inn – The Queens Arms in Netherthong,

Book Three- Emma 1895-1935. Emma married Fred Charlesworth who was a master painter and decorator by trade and had started his own business, They lived in the pub with Rachel but when Rachel sold the inn and moved to Cliffe View, Emma and Fred found a cottage near by,They had four children but tragedy struck. Emma’s sister, Lily, died at the age of 27 from a heart attack. Life continued and Emma’s other sister, Alice, developed an interest in bicycles. She was cycling along one day and had an accident, crashing into a wall not far from home. Two workmen on a job nearby saw it happen and ran to help her. They carried her home, as they knew who she was and Rachel sent for the doctor. Alice was unconscious but there was no sign of blood on her anywhere. The doctor came and examined her and tried to remove her hat and found that the hat pin had stuck in her head. He removed it gently but when Alice came round her eyes were absolutely vacant.She didn’t recognise anyone. The doctor said the pin had pierced into her brain. Alice had surgical tests and examinations, but Rachel was forced to have her admitted to Storthes Hall Hospital, Kirkburton, on January 8, 1913. She remained there until her death on 18 March, 1950 – see copy of her Notice of Death. In 1916 her 14-year -old daughter, Helen, was sent home from work at Deanhouse Mills, where she had only worked for one month, suffering from a high temperature, extreme pains in her head and violent vomiting fits, The doctor diagnosed meningitis – the pain the child suffered was terrible and within a few days went quite mad and it was a great relief when she died on May 3, 1916. Five days later Emma gave birth to her eighth child and christened the baby Louie.

Book Four – Louie, 1915 – 2009, Her mother had been widowed at 44, lost a son of four and a daughter of 14 and was left with five children to bring up. She began working at Deanhouse Hospital and the children were looked after by a neighbour. Louie left school at 14,eager to help her mother. Her first job was at Bottoms Mill, at the end of New Road, and she would start work at 7am until 5.30 pm. She hated working at the mill and looked forward to attending the local dances and going to the pictures. It was at the Conservative Blue Ball in Holmfirth that she met her husband, Rex Watson. Rex lived with his sister at the Duke of Leeds Hotel, New Mill and he was a keen sportsman and played golf,tennis,football and bowls. They married on October 29, 1938. She said that she still treasures the heirlooms passed down to her – each of her five children have one each of the five decanters and she has the leech glass which belonged to her mother.

Anne married Albert Tinker in 1960 and bought a little cottage in Scholes. She had two sons, Neil and Ian. Pamela was married in 1962 to Randall Hinchliffe but had no children. Netta who died in 2014, was married twice. The first time was in 1961 to Trevor Moore with whom she had three children, Sharon, Sean and Susan. In 1975 she married John Wright and had a son Patrick. Janet was married twice but had no children. It was left to Peter to continue the Watson name, He had two children, Adele and Daniel. Daniel, who married Marie, had two sons , Alfie and Stanley.

Rex was born in Stairfoot, Barnsley and was very keen on football and, as a schoolboy, received an international cap playing for England. He retained his enthusiasm for the sport as can be seen in the a photo of him in full kit for his team, the 101 Convalescent Depot , Bedford, 1943. He is in the back, second from the right. (It is interesting to note that the player seated at the right in the front row was Kinnear, a Glasgow Rangers Scottish International) .He and Louie were married at All Saints Parish Church in the village – see photos of their wedding certificate and the happy couple outside the Church.After the war was over he lived with his family in Cliffe View – see the family photograph taken in the back garden of their house in Coronation Year 1953. In 1957 they moved to the Duke of Leeds public house in New Mill to run it. They stayed there until 1963 when they moved again to take over the stewardship of Scholes Working Mens Club. Their next move was to buy a house in Cinderhills( Holmfirth ) when Rex went back to wagon driving. Their final move was to retire to Lydgate, near New Mill. There are two great photos showing Rex and Louie celebrating their Golden Anniversary in 1988 – just the two of them together and the with all their children. Rex died on 10 June, 1993 and Louie died, 16 years later, on December 1st. 2009 at the grand age of 93 years.

School Report for Anne Watson, Junior M, for February 1948
Side two of Anne Watson’s School Report.
Baptism/ Confirmation Certificate from All Saints for Anne Watson.
Girl Guides at Scarborough – Louie is 2nd. left in front row.
Old photograph of Girl Guides at Scarborough with Louie on the far right.
Notice of Death from Storthes Hall Hospital for Alice Roebuck.
Charabanc mid 1930s. Lady in the front section with the curly hair was Louie and her brother was next to her.
Charabanc. Mid 1920s. Louie and her sister Mary are at the back of the bus with their mother, Emma.
Emma Charlesworth 1875 -1945, who was our grandmother.
Mary Ann – 1880-1954, who was our great aunt Polly
Cliffe View, 90, Thong Lane . It was built in 1905 by Rachel Roebuck, Pamela standing outside in 2016.
Rex and Louie outside the Parish Church after their marriage.
Marriage Certificate for Ernest and Louie-1938
Army football team – Rex is in the back row 2nd. from the righr.
Family group 1953 in their back garden
Rex and Louie in 1988 celebrating their Golden Anniversary
The whole family celebrating the Golden Anniversary in 1988
A great studio portrait taken in 1916 of Rex and his mother Priscilla,
The flyleaf in a Holy Bible presented to Louie Charlesworth on 19 January 1930 by HN Hind, the vicar

The National census for Netherthong for 1861.

The census for 1861 complied to the standard national format. The details were compiled for each house/residence by the head of the household whose name appeared first. His/her name was followed by the rest of the inhabitants in the property at the time.  The marital status ( married, unmarried, widow/widower), age , occupation (if any ) and place of birth was recorded for each person. The location of the property was also given.

These  details as supplied to the Census Office were transcribed by hand in copperplate writing onto  pre-printed forms. If any of you have seen examples of this style of  writing you will be aware that it is very ornate with lots of flourishes particularly on  capital letters as well as most of the  letters with ascenders and decenders such as h, l, k, b, f, g, j and y. On occasions this made it very difficult for me to establish names accurately and you will find I have resorted to using ?? marks.

Some of the place names make interesting reading as a number of them are no longer thought of as part of modern-day Netherthong.  Among these are   Sand bed, Hole Bottom, Lower Hagg, Thongs Bridge – North Side  and Thongs Bridge – South Side, Crodingley, Bastile, Upper Greave, Lower Greave, Wolfstone, Bridge Mill, Upper Fearnought and Lower Fearnought.

Name Position Status Age Occupation Place of birth Location
Samuel Leyden HEAD married 43 farmer meltham Moor Gate
Ellen wife married 47 Farnley tyas
Timothy son unmarried 20 printer Honley
Thomas son unmarried 17 bookkeeper meltham
Benjamin son unmarried 10 meltham
John Fot HEAD married 56 farmer Lancashire Moor Lane
Ann wife married 55 farmers wife Honley
Ellen daughter unmarried 25 house maid Honley
Fanny daughter unmarried 19 house maid Honley
John son unmarried 16 farmer Netherthong
Thomas Hartley servany unmarried 19 carter Upperthong
Hannah Platt HEAD widow 65 farmer Upperthong Sand bed
Arnimon son unmarried 37 weaver Honley
Charles g/son unmarried 15 weaver Honley
Ann g/daught unmarried 12 scholar Honley Sand bed
William Platt HEAD married 41 weaver Netherthong
Martha wife married 41 Thurstonland
Charles son unmarried 14 weaver Netherthong
Henry son unmarried 11 winder Netherthong
Hannah daughter unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Mary Ann daughter unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
Eliza Ann daughter unmarried 2 scholar Netherthong
John Hinchliffe HEAD married 25 spinner Netherthong Miry lane Bottom
Grace wife married 22 Cartworth
Hannah mother widow 62 Netherthong
Rev. Thomas James HEAD unmarried 40 Curator pembroke Parsonage
Lydia Moss unmarried 33 house servant Shepley
Joseph Gill HEAD married 51 stone mason Netherthong School House
Ann wife married 49 Honley
Eliza Ann daughter unmarried 17 cotton reeler Netherthong
Sarah Elizabeth daughter unmarried 25 dress maker Netherthong
Isabella daughter unmarried 23 school mistress Netherthong
Alice g/daught unmarried 3 scholar Netherthong
? Boothroyd HEAD married 36 woolen designer Honley Dock Hill
Mary Ann wife married 27 Thurstonland
Emma daughter unmarried 2 Netherthong
Charles son unmarried 5m Netherthong
Ann Woodcock HEAD widow 60 Honley Dock Hill
Hiram son unmarried 38 slubber Honley
George son unmarried 35 slubber Honley
Mary Beasdale g/daught unmarried 6 scholar Honley
Benjamin Woodhead HEAD unmarried 41 woodman Netherthong Dock Hill
David Hobson HEAD married 42 cordwainer Netherthong Dock Hill
Ann wife married 32 weaver Bradley
George Humpenny HEAD married 59 cordwainer Wooldale Dock Hill
Ann wife married 50 Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 23 cordwainer Netherthong
William son unmarried 21 cordwainer Netherthong
Ramsden Mallinson stepson unmarried 17 cordwainer Linthwaite
Benjamin Gill boarder unmarried 50 cordwainer Netherthong
John Dearnally HEAD widow 75 weaver Wooldale Dock Hill
Sarah daughter unmarried 49 housemaid Netherthong
George son unmarried 44 weaver Netherthong
John g/son unmarried 17 piecer Netherthong
N.Gill HEAD married 33 stone mason Netherthong Dock Hill
Ann wife married 24 weaver Netherthong
John Woodhead HEAD married 52 woodman Netherthong Dock Hill
Ann wife married 50 Netherthong
Hannah daughter unmarried 23 burler Netherthong
Walter son unmarried 23 woodman Netherthong
Frank Platt HEAD married 33 weaver Honley Hole Bottom
Elizabeth wife married 35 Hepworth
Alfred Mills stepson unmarried 12 bobbin minder Austonley
Dora daughter unmarried 8 scholar Austonley
William Scholfield HEAD married 63 weaver Penistone Hole Bottom
Harriet wife married 63 Silkstone
Robert son unmarried 24 spinner Netherthong
Mary Woodhead servant unmarried 13 house maid Netherthong
Robert Fawcett HEAD widow 83 Wooldale Hole Bottom
Elliot Turner HEAD married 29 weaver Honley Hole Bottom
Mary wife married 29 Wooldale
Josiah son unmarried 6 scholar Wooldale
Betty daughter unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Christopher son unmarried 2 Netherthong
George Shore HEAD married 63 blacksmith Austonley Hole Bottom
Ann wife married 63 Austonley
John son unmarried 40 scribbler Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 38 Netherthong
Benjamin son unmarried 18 spinner Honley
Elizabeth g/daught unmarried 16 scholar Honley
Jane g/daught unmarried 11 scholar Honley
William Schofield g/son unmarried 17 warper Netherthong
Jane g/daught unmarried 3 scholar Netherthong
George son unmarried 26 scribbler Netherthong
Fanny Shore HEAD widow 39 burler Thurstonland End of Hole Bottom
Emma daughter unmarried 24 umbrella worker Netherthong
Caroline daughter unmarried 12 nurse Netherthong
Harriet daughter unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
? Shore son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Sophia daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
B.Eastwood HEAD widow 55 farmer meltham Dean Brook
Mary daughter unmarried 31 meltham
Sarah daughter unmarried 24 Honley
S. son unmarried 21 spinner Honley
Martha daughter unmarried 17 Netherthong
Joe g/son unmarried 6 scholar Honley
Robert Henworthy g/son unmarried 4 scholar Honley
James Eastwood brother unmarried 53 farmer Honley
Jonathan Bower HEAD married 67 fell manager Netherthong Dean Brook
Elizabeth wife married 63 Wooldale
John Dyson HEAD married 62 shopkeeper/farmer meltham Har Royd
Rachel wife married 58 Bingley
Harriet daughter unmarried 29 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 27 Netherthong
William son unmarried 25 weaver Netherthong
James son unmarried 24 farmer Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 21 Netherthong
? daughter unmarried 18 Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 15 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 12 scholar Netherthong
John Boothroyd HEAD married 75 burler Netherthong Lower Hagg
Mary wife married 60 burler Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 22 burler Almondbury
Arthur g/son unmarried 3 scholar Netherthong
Benjamin Woodhead HEAD widow 70 woodman Netherthong Lower Hagg
Henry son unmarried 39 woodman Netherthong
Thomas Boothroyd HEAD married 29 weaver Crosland Lower Hagg
Sarah wife married 27 Farnley tyas
Shaw son unmarried 5 Netherthong
Hugh son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Betty Wood mother 53 burler Farnley tyas
David Woodhead HEAD married 39 weaver Honley Lower Hagg
Ann wife married 39 weaver Netherthong
Harriet daughter unmarried 17 piecer Crosland
Albert son unmarried 13 piecer Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
John Preston HEAD married 26 warper Netherthong Lower Hagg
Hannah wife married 26 Honley
Amos Woodhouse HEAD married 32 overlooker Farnley tyas Lower Hagg
Martha wife married 27 Farnley tyas
Ruth daughter unmarried 10m Netherthong
John Haig HEAD married 45 weaver Sheffield Lower Hagg
Elizabeth wife married 48 weaver Sheffield
Phyllis daughter unmarried 25 weaver Sheffield
Emma daughter unmarried 14 weaver Fulstone
Sarah daughter unmarried 11 bobbin minder Fulstone
John son unmarried 7 scholar ?
Fred son unmarried 2 Netherthong
John Bocock HEAD married 53 groom gardener Farnley tyas Lower Hagg
Mary wife married 52 Wooldale
Emma daughter unmarried 19 burler Farnley tyas
John son unmarried 17 spinner Farnley tyas
Catherine daughter unmarried 13 piecer Farnley tyas
Albert son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Joshua g/son unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
James Hallas HEAD married 54 gardener Farnley tyas Lower Hagg
Ruth wife married 49 Farnley tyas
Edward son unmarried 20 finisher Honley
Charles son unmarried 17 fulling miller Honley
Emma daughter unmarried 14 rag sorter Honley
Charlotte g/daught unmarried 8 scholar Honley
Joshua Robinson g/son unmarried 7 dchol Leeds
Edward Eastwood HEAD married 42 whisk maker Almondbury Lower Hagg
Mary wife married 43 Netherthong
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 28 whisk maker Netherthong
William son unmarried 17 weaver Netherthong
Ben son unmarried 15 whisk maker Netherthong
James son unmarried 13 whisk maker Netherthong
Adad? daughter unmarried ? scholar Netherthong
John Woodhouse HEAD married 27 weaver Honley Lower Hagg
Betty wife married 36 weaver Honley
Joe son unmarried 14 piecer Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 12 servant Netherthong
Hannah daughter unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
? son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
David son unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
John Booth HEAD married 66 weaver Wooldale Lower Hagg
Sarah wife married 64 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 37 drawer of cloth Netherthong plus 2 empty houses
William Greenwood HEAD married 68 cloth drifser Huddersfield Spring Cottage
Martha wife married 66 Farnley tyas
Walter son unmarried 25 pulper Honley
Martha daughter unmarried 22 burler Honley
Joseph Gill g/son unmarried 2 Honley
James Hallas HEAD married 28 dyer Dalton Spring Cottage
Mary wife married 28 Lockwood
Emma daughter unmarried 2 Almondbury
Joseph Booth HEAD married 52 carter Glossop Spring Cottage
Harriet wife married 36 Huddersfield
John Greenwood HEAD married 33 carter Honley Spring Cottage
Alice wife married 34 burler Linthwaite
Grace Roebuck HEAD widow 59 grocer Almondbury Thongs Bridge n.side
Martha daughter unmarried 22 grocer Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 17 Netherthong
George Greenwood HEAD married 41 cloth finisher Honley Thongs Bridge n.side
Elizabeth wife married 46 Crosland
Godfrey Mellor HEAD married 55 woolen mnftr Almondbury Thongs Bridge n.side
Elizabeth wife married 57 Almondbury
James son unmarried 23 overlooker Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 21 Netherthong
Josiah son unmarried 18 overlooker Netherthong
John son unmarried 15 scholar Netherthong
Harriet Mitchell servant unmarried 24 Penistone
James Law HEAD married 28 joiner Gomersal Thongs Bridge n.side
Ann wife married 32 Wakefield
Jane daughter unmarried 5 scholar Leeds
William son unmarried 6m Netherthong
William Wakefield HEAD married 35 weaver Stroud Thongs Bridge n.side
Mary wife married 31 burler Holmfirth
Eliza daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Walter son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 1m Netherthong
Zebulen Ridgewick HEAD married 36 slubber Upperthong Thongs Bridge n.side
Hannah wife married 31 Wooldale
Robert son unmarried 7 scholar Wooldale
Joseph son unmarried 3 Saddleworth
Sarah daughter unmarried 1 Saddleworth
Allen Hey HEAD married 33 scribbler Kirkburton Thongs Bridge n.side
Sarah wife married 34 scribbler Saddleworth
Martha daughter unmarried 10 scholar Saddleworth
Aber son unmarried 8 scholar Saddleworth
Annie daughter unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
Violette daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
David Haigh HEAD married 23 weaver Fulstone Thongs Bridge n.side
Mary wife married 22 burler Skelmanthorpe
Herbert son unmarried 1 Fulstone
Walter Woodhead HEAD married 33 weaver Honley Thongs Bridge n.side
Betty wife married 28 burler Honley
Mary daughter unmarried 1 Honley
Andrew Sanderson HEAD married 47 cart driver Upperthong Thongs Bridge n.side
Charlotte wife married 39 Upperthong last one
Harriet daughter unmarried 17 piecer Netherthong
George son unmarried 16 piecer Netherthong
Ellen daughter unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
William Mellor HEAD married 29 overlooker Honley Crodingley
Mary wife married 28 Netherthong
Godfrey son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Kate daughter unmarried 6m Netherthong
Emma Earnshaw visitor unmarried 17 house maid Netherthong
Elizabeth Harrison servant unmarried 14 Dodworth
George Henshaw HEAD married 34 dyer Honley Crodingley
Alice wife married 29 Honley
Emily daughter unmarried 9 scholar Honley
Betty Mallinson HEAD widow 52 burler Scotland Crodingley
John Illingworth HEAD married 37 carter Pontefract Crodingley
Harriet wife married 35 Barnsley
George son unmarried 12 piecer Barnsley
James son unmarried 9 farmers boy Almondbury
Emilia daughter unmarried 7 scholar Almondbury
Christiana daughter unmarried 5 scholar Almondbury
John son unmarried 1 Lockwood
Christopher Turner HEAD married 31 sizer Honley Crodingley
Sarah wife married 24 Honley
John son unmarried 8m Netherthong
Uriah Hobson HEAD married 57 Inn keeper Netherthong Village north side
Elizabeth wife married 58 Netherthong
Jonas Littlewood son in law unmarried 32 sizer Netherthong
Ellen daughter unmarried 19 Netherthong
Ruth Gill visitor unmarried 27 house helper Netherthong
Joseph Gartside HEAD married 68 weaver Wooldale Village north side
Sarah wife married 67 Shelley Clothiers Church St.
William son unmarried 39 weaver Wooldale
James son unmarried 32 weaver Wooldale
Anne daughter unmarried 27 weaver Wooldale
Ellen daughter unmarried 23 weaver Wooldale
Sarah g/daught unmarried 16 Wooldale
George g/son unmarried 16 weaver Wooldale
Joseph g/son unmarried 13 piecer Wooldale
Jenas Hobson HEAD married 62 farmer Honley Village north side
Rebecca wife married 50 burler Hepworth
James son unmarried 12 piecer Netherthong
Hugh son unmarried 10 piecer Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Charles son unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
John Mallinson HEAD married 51 butcher and farmer Netherthong Village north side
Elizabeth wife married 48 ?
Ruth daughter unmarried 31 Netherthong
Jonas Mallinson HEAD married 24 butcher Netherthong church St.
Mary wife married 24 Honley
Charlotte daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
Joseph Mallinson HEAD widow 82 weaver Netherthong Church St.
? son married 53 weaver Netherthong
Caroline d in law married 58 weaver Elland
Mary Gartside g/daught widow 28 weaver Netherthong
Mallinson Gartside g/son unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
William Gill HEAD widow 60 stone mason Netherthong Church St.
William son unmarried 23 stone mason Netherthong
James son unmarried 16 stone mason Netherthong
Joe son unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Jonas Woodhead HEAD married 45 Inn keeper/farmer Netherthong Queens Arms
Mary wife married 44 Austonley
William son unmarried 20 farmers son Netherthong
Herbert son unmarried 18 farmers son Netherthong
Catharine daughter unmarried 17 Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 14 Netherthong
John son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
Thomas Woodhead HEAD married 48 inn keeper Netherthong Church St.
Ann wife married 40 inn keeper Austonley
Jonas son unmarried 19 spinner Honley
Grace daughter unmarried 9 scholar Hayfield
Martha Harpin servant unmarried 20 servant Farnley tyas
John Mallinson HEAD married 30 spinner Netherthong Church St.
Hannah wife married 25 Farnley tyas
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Hugh son unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Grace Woodhead HEAD unmarried 60 retired shopkeeper Netherthong Church St.
Ann Whitehead sister unmarried 61 retired shopkeeper Netherthong
Elizabeth Marsden visitor married 28 Netherthong
Tom Marsden visitor unmarried 4 Netherthong
Jabez Lancaster HEAD married 39 butcher Honley Church St.
Mary wife married 32 meltham
Joe son unmarried 12 scholar meltham
Ellen daughter unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
James son unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
Richard Wilson HEAD unmarried 41 landed proprietor Netherthong Church St.
Hannah Witon servant widow 63 servant Leeds
John Mallinson Sykes HEAD married 40 spinner Netherthong Church St.
Mary wife married 36 Almondbury
Fred son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Tom son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Benjamin son unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
Edward Heap HEAD widow 46 retired farmer Honley Church St.
John son unmarried 24 warper Honley
Benjamin son unmarried 17 piecer Honley
Anne daughter unmarried 9 scholar Honley
Sarah daughter unmarried 6 scholar Honley
Henry Dearnally HEAD married 37 spinner preacher Netherthong Church St.
Sarah wife married 38 Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 16 piecer Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 13 piecer Netherthong
Josiah son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Martha daughter unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Benjamin son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Charles son unmarried 2 Netherthong
John Wimpenny HEAD married 37 cordwainer Wooldale Church Street
Emma wife married 36 Honley
Lydia Moss daughter unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Joe son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Jane Sykes m in law widow 74 charwoman Netherthong
John Beaumont HEAD married 35 spinner Netherthong Church St.
Martha wife married 36 Thurstonland
Frances daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 6 Netherthong
Frederick son unmarried 3 Netherthong
William son unmarried 1 Netherthong
Richard Downing HEAD married 35 carder Netherthong Church St.
Ellen wife married 30 burler ?
Mary Rusby HEAD unmarried 44 servant Penistone Church St.
Joseph son unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
Lydia Perkins HEAD unmarried 53 burler Honley Church St.
N.Woodhouse HEAD widow 88 Sheffield Church St.
Ann daughter unmarried 48 burler Netherthong
Thomas g/son unmarried 25 clothier Netherthong
Dan Sykes HEAD married 66 spinner Netherthong Church St.
Elizabeth wife married 44 Kirkburton
John son unmarried 18 piecer Netherthong
Joab son unmarried 17 piecer Netherthong
Fanny daughter unmarried 13 scholar Netherthong
? daughter unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
James son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Amos Hoyle HEAD married 37 warper Huddersfield Church St.
Mary wife married 34 Thurstonland
James son unmarried 5 scholar Thurstonland
Hannah daughter unmarried 4 Thurstonland
Emma daughter unmarried 5m Netherthong
Ann Chambers s in law unmarried 25 warper Thurstonland
Sophie Chambers s in law unmarried 20 Thurstonland
Lucy Allen HEAD married 52 Farnley tyas Church St.
Sarah Chappel daughter unmarried 29 cloth drawer Farnley tyas
Mary Ann Chappel daughter unmarried 23 cloth drawer Farnley tyas
Thomas Chappel son unmarried 20 spinner Farnley tyas
Jonas Allen HEAD married 42 weaver Netherthong Church St.
Mary wife married 39 Rastrick
Hannah daughter unmarried 20 tenter Netherthong
Emily daughter unmarried 17 winder Netherthong
Nelson son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
John Preston HEAD married 63 house painter Honley Outlane
Maria wife married 60 Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 40 Netherthong
Ann g/daught unmarried 3 scholar Netherthong
? Hobson HEAD married 63 grocer farmer Netherthong Outlane
Harriet wife married 51 Shepley
Peter Gyle servant married 50 labourer Derby
Emma Senior servant unmarried 15 house servant Hepworth
William Gledhill HEAD married 22 cordwainer Crosland Outlane
Elizabeth wife married 22 meltham
Sarah daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 3m Netherthong
Abel Hobson HEAD married 61 farmer Netherthong Outlane
Mary wife married 61 Almondbury
Joseph Shore servant unmarried 18 labourer Burton
Caroline Worstly servant unmarried 15 servant Shelby
John Kenyon HEAD married 33 weaver Netherthong Outlane
Catharine wife married 29 weaver Honley
Joe son unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Fred son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Hugh son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Joshua cousin unmarried 40 weaver Netherthong
Nancy Littlewood HEAD widow 65 house keeper Netherthong Outlane
George son unmarried 40 weaver Netherthong
Abel son unmarried 39 weaver Netherthong
John son unmarried 35 weaver Netherthong
Henry Gill HEAD married 26 stone mason Netherthong Outlane
Hannah wife married 27 Netherthong
Elisa daughter unmarried 3 scholar Liverpool
William Bretton HEAD married 38 weaver Netherthong Outlane
Martha wife married 37 Wooldale
Ellen daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Reuben son unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Ann Gill HEAD widow 62 burler Upperthong Outlane
Hiram son unmarried 22 stone mason Netherthong
John Scholfield HEAD married 40 clothier Netherthong Outlane
Sarah wife married 35 clothier Honley
Silvester Lancaster nephew unmarried 10 Honley
John Bretton HEAD widow 65 weaver Churwell Outlane
James son unmarried 37 weaver Netherthong
Richard son unmarried 32 weaver Netherthong
? Woodhead g/son unmarried 20 spinner Netherthong
Jonas Sykes HEAD married 61 weaver Netherthong Outlane
James wife married 64 Netherthong
Amy Kenyon g/daught unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
William Girl HEAD widow 62 stone mason Netherthong Outlane
Sarah daughter unmarried 30 burler Netherthong
Benjamin son unmarried 22 stone mason Netherthong
? daughter unmarried 20 winder Netherthong
William Gill g/son unmarried 6 scholar Liverpool
Martha Wimpenny HEAD widow 33 boot builder Netherthong Outlane
Mary daughter unmarried 12 boot builder Netherthong
Jane daughter unmarried 10 servant Netherthong
Ellen daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
George son unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Moses Sykes HEAD married 70 farmer Netherthong Outlane
Elizabeth wife married 62 Netherthong
Alfred son married 24 spinner Netherthong
Eliza daughter married 23 milliner Netherthong
George Moorhouse g/son unmarried 18 spinner Netherthong
Hannah ? g/daught unmarried 1 America
Elizabeth Dickenson ? HEAD widow 45 landed proprietor Netherthong Outlane
Ellen s in law unmarried 27 landed proprietor Upperthong
William son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
Anne daughter unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Samuel Marsden HEAD married 80 labourer Penistone Outlane
Martha wife married 76 Netherthong
William son unmarried 29 engine cleaner Netherthong
Walker son unmarried 25 slubber Huddersfield
Joseph Armitage HEAD married 49 warehouseman Huddersfield Outlane
Sarah wife married 57 Netherthong
Benjamin Littlewood s in law unmarried 32 manufacturer Netherthong
Matha daughter unmarried 24 waste worker Netherthong
John son unmarried 22 spinner Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 17 scholar Netherthong
Joseph Pogson HEAD married 33 tuner Lingaard Outlane
Charlotte wife married 36 Lingaard
Leah Holroyd s in law unmarried 18 servant meltham
Joseph Turner HEAD married 59 weaver Farnley tyas Outlane
Mary wife married 58 Honley
Benjamin son unmarried 15 piecer Netherthong
Hannah daughter unmarried 17 burler Netherthong
Joseph Wimpenny g/son unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Jonas Eastwood HEAD widow 62 joiner Burton Outlane
Helen daughter unmarried 38 dress maker Netherthong
Henry g/son unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Martha g/daught unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Ann g/daught unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
John Chappel HEAD married 32 spinner Farnley tyas Outlane
Eliza wife married 26 dress maker Saddleworth
Hannah daughter unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
Lydia daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
Fred son unmarried 1 Netherthong
Ann Moorhouse HEAD widow 40 mangle woman Netherthong Outlane
Ellen daughter unmarried 15 piecer Netherthong
Martha daughter unmarried 13 rag sorter Netherthong
Hannah daughter unmarried 10 Netherthong
John son unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
John Hudson HEAD married 37 designer Netherthong Outlane
Mary wife married 38 Wooldale
Ellen daughter unmarried 12 scholar Netherthong
Emily? daughter unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Annie daughter unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
John son unmarried 11m Netherthong
Joseph Chappel HEAD married 26 spinner Farnley tyas Outlane
Martha wife married 29 Netherthong
George son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Lucy daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
Nathan Hobson HEAD married 44 spinner Netherthong Outlane
Ann wife married 40 burler Lockwood
Jane daughter unmarried 15 piecer Crosland
Sarah daughter unmarried 11 piecer Wooldale
John son unmarried 7 scholar Wooldale
William son unmarried 4 scholar Wooldale
Jonas son unmarried 1 Netherthong
Ann Haigh HEAD widow 56 burler Honley Outlane
Mary daughter unmarried 33 burler Honley
Absolam daughter unmarried 21 spinner Netherthong
Ann son unmarried 21 scribbler Netherthong
Francis Goddard HEAD married 38 slubber Wooldale Outlane
Clementina wife married 34 Netherthong
Jane daughter unmarried 16 scribbler Cartworth
George son unmarried 12 piecer Cartworth
Millicent daughter unmarried 7 scholar Cartworth
Ann daughter unmarried 5 scholar Cartworth
Joe son unmarried 3 scholar Cartworth
Esther daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
George Haigh HEAD married 25 slubber Netherthong Outlane
Ellen wife married 24 Wooldale
Allen Castle HEAD married 34 weaver Scholes Outlane
Ann wife married 26 Scholes
Abraham son unmarried 12 scholar Scholes
Hannah daughter unmarried 11 scholar Scholes
Walter son unmarried 5 scholar Scholes
John son unmarried 4 scholar Wooldale
Albert son unmarried 1 Netherthong
William Hinchliffe HEAD married 30 weaver Upperthong Outlane
Sarah wife married 29 Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 3 Honley
Jane daughter unmarried 2 Netherthong
George Dyson HEAD married 61 weaver Kirkburton Outlane
Sarah wife married 60 Kirkburton
Alice daughter unmarried 27 weaver Kirkburton
Abel son unmarried 20 weaver Kirkburton
Emma daughter unmarried 17 weaver Kirkburton
John g/son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Emma g/daught unmarried 6 scholar Kirkburton
Daniel Hancock HEAD widow 76 chelsea pensioner Gloucester Giles Street
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 40 weaver Gloucester
Sydney g/son unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
Lydia Charlesworth HEAD widow 76 school mistress Almondbury Giles Street
Emma Sykes g/daught unmarried 17 piecer Honley
Tom Bower HEAD married 32 spinner Wooldale Giles Street
Elizabeth wife married 33 Wooldale
Esther daughter unmarried 9 scholar Wooldale
Mary daughter unmarried 5 Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 2 Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
John Cheetham HEAD married 60 weaver Honley Giles Street
Martha wife married 60 Thurstonland
Emma daughter unmarried 25 weaver Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 22 weaver Netherthong
Hiram son unmarried 20 weaver Netherthong
Lydia g/daught unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Samuel Marsden g/son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Henry Kenyon HEAD widow 35 weaver Netherthong Giles Street
John son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Ann Woodcock HEAD unmarried 62 burler Netherthong Giles Street
John Fillon? HEAD married 32 spinner Honley Giles Street
Ann wife married 26 Honley
Mary daughter unmarried 9 scholar Honley
Alice daughter unmarried 3 Honley
Eliza daughter unmarried 1 Honley
William Downs HEAD married 40 weaver Honley Giles Street
Mary wife married 32 Honley
Martha daughter unmarried 17 piecer Honley
Mary daughter unmarried 16 burler Honley
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 11 rag sorter Almondbury
Thomas son unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Harriet Dearnally HEAD widow 64 retired farmer Netherthong Giles Street
David Hinchliffe HEAD married 67 weaver Netherthong Giles Street
Hannah wife married 66 Honley
Martha daughter unmarried 38 washer woman Netherthong
Thomas son unmarried 22 Netherthong
Mary Ann g/daught unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Joseph Platt HEAD married 30 tailor Netherthong Giles Street
Harriet wife married 30 Netherthong
Joe Parker nephew unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Walter ? boarder unmarried 23 tailor Cartworth
James Thewlis unmarried 18 apprentice tailor Upperthong
Charles Quarmby HEAD married 37 sorter Linthwaite
Mary wife married 43 Almondbury
Emma daughter unmarried 14 piecer Netherthong
Jonas Cook HEAD married 48 weaver Netherthong Giles Street
Hannah wife married 49 Farnley tyas
Sam son unmarried 21 spinner Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 18 spinner Netherthong
David son unmarried 12 factory worker Netherthong
Henry son unmarried 12 factory worker Netherthong
Jonathan Buckley HEAD widow 66 weaver Cartworth Giles Street
Jonathan son married 33 spinner Cartworth
Betty d in law married 40 Almondbury
Ellen g/daught unmarried 15 factory worker Almondbury
Joe g/son unmarried 12 shop boy Wooldale
Emma g/daught unmarried 5 scholar Wooldale
John Lodge HEAD married 66 clothier Almondbury Giles Street
Phebe wife married 65 Almondbury
Batley son unmarried 27 grocer Almondbury
Ann g/daught unmarried 19 servant Almondbury
George Woodhead HEAD married 39 grocer Netherthong Giles Street
Sarah wife married 37 Shelley
Mary daughter unmarried 14 Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Thomas son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Sarah Brook HEAD unmarried 63 winder Netherthong Giles Street
Jonathan son unmarried 32 teazer Netherthong
Matthew Armitage HEAD married 33 weaver Saddleworth Giles Street
Esther wife married 27 burler Netherthong
Hannah daughter unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
George son unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 2 Netherthong
William Russell HEAD married 64 labourer Honley Bastile
Betty wife married 58 Almondbury
Thomas son unmarried 21 spinner Netherthong
Betty daughter unmarried 10 piecer Netherthong
Ellen g/daught unmarried 9 scholar Hepworth
Joe Smith HEAD married 32 weaver Scholes Bastile
Sarah wife married 30 Wooldale
Lydia daughter unmarried 9 scholar Wooldale
?? daughter unmarried 7 scholar Wooldale
William Moton HEAD married 26 slubber Netherthong Bastile
Martha wife married 23 Honley
Ann daughter unmarried 3 scholar Netherthong
Elizabeth d unmarried 9m Netherthong
James Sykes HEAD married 30 spinner Netherthong Bastile
David father married 65 weaver Netherthong
Amelia mother married 62 Kirkburton
Harriet s-i-law unmarried 17 piecer Kirkburton
George Fitton HEAD married 35 engine tender Honley Bastile
Sarah wife married 37 Netherthong
Nelson son unmarried 10 scholar Honley
Benjamin son unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
John Haigh HEAD married 48 weaver Golcar Bastile
Ann wife married 46 Honley
Joseph son unmarried 25 slubber Austonley
Emma daughter unmarried 19 cotton minder Austonley
William Preston HEAD married 29 spinner Netherthong Bastile
Eliza wife married 26 Honley
Abel Bower HEAD married 23 slubber Wooldale Bastile
Frances wife married 20 Wooldale
William Hobson HEAD married 50 weaver Netherthong Moor Lane s. side
Emma daughter unmarried 22 house maid Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 20 minder Netherthong
John son unmarried 18 weaver Netherthong
Frederick son unmarried 16 weaver Netherthong
Joseph Hobson HEAD married 48 weaver Netherthong Moor Lane s. side
Eliza wife married 44 Netherthong
Jonas son unmarried 24 power looms Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 20 weaver Netherthong
Joe son unmarried 18 weaver Netherthong
Hugh son unmarried 16 minder Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 12 scholar Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 10 nurse Netherthong
Ralph son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Albert son unmarried 1 Netherthong
George Platt sis-i-law married 23 weaver Honley
Hannah Platt d in law married 22 Netherthong
Ellen Platt g/daught unmarried 1 Netherthong
Joseph Woodhouse HEAD widow 56 weaver Honley Ox lane
Emmaline daughter unmarried 17 house servant Netherthong
Walter Woodhouse HEAD widow 34 weaver Netherthong Ox lane
Helen daughter unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
David Dyson HEAD married 60 farmer Honley Ox lane
Sarah wife married 61 Lincoln
Ann daughter unmarried 36 house servant Honley
Benjamin Martin servant unmarried 15 farmer's boy Denby
Matthew Taylor HEAD married 60 weaver meltham Upper Greave
Sarah wife married 44 Netherthong
Edward son unmarried 14 piecer Netherthong
William Taylor HEAD married 42 weaver meltham Upper Greave
Martha wife married 39 marsden
Joseph son unmarried 16 minder Netherthong
Henry son unmarried 10 cotton differ Netherthong
Wilson son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Martha daughter unmarried 4 Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 2 Netherthong
Ann Taylor HEAD widow 66 house helper Upperthong Upper Greave
Emma daughter unmarried 22 thread dresser Netherthong
George Booth HEAD married 30 weaver Holmfirth Upper Greave
Ruth wife married 33 meltham
Eliza daughter unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
James son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Jeb Lyties HEAD unmarried 61 weaver Netherthong Upper Greave
George brother unmarried 57 labourer Netherthong
Emmanuel brother unmarried 63 weaver Netherthong
Jaber Taylor HEAD married 34 weaver meltham Upper Greave
Mary wife married 31 Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 3 Netherthong
John Hobson HEAD married 32 farmer Honley Upper Greave
Mary wife married 31 Honley
Sarah daughter unmarried 2 Honley
Anne Sunderland servant unmarried 10 servant Honley
John Taylor HEAD unmarried 50 farmer Netherthong Upper Greave
Sarah sister unmarried 58 house servant Netherthong
Ann sister unmarried 42 factory worker Netherthong
Rebecca sister unmarried 40 factory worker Netherthong
Alfred Dyson nephew unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Mary Woodhouse HEAD widow 66 house keeper Netherthong Upper Greave
Henry son unmarried 37 weaver Netherthong
Martha Mellor daughter married 30 weaver Netherthong
Elliot son unmarried 29 weaver Netherthong
James son unmarried 21 labourer Netherthong
Joe Mellor son unmarried 7 scholar Austonley
Joseph Bradberry HEAD married 57 farmer Austonley Upper Greave
Ann wife married 50 Austonley
Joe son unmarried 19 labourer Austonley
Mary daughter unmarried 18 winder Austonley
Lot son unmarried 16 winder Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 12 winder Netherthong
Mary Crosland HEAD widow 39 burler Fulstone Upper Greave
Tom son unmarried 12 piecer Austonley
Ralph son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Alice Taylor lodger unmarried 34 factory hand meltham
John Hirst HEAD married 40 joiner Netherthong Upper Greave
Hannah wife married 41 meltham
Edward son unmarried 18 sorter Netherthong
Martha daughter unmarried 14 factory hand Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 13 piecer Netherthong
Ellen daughter unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Albert son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Clara daughter unmarried 2 Netherthong
Frank Hirst HEAD widow 43 weaver Netherthong Lower greave
Thomas son unmarried 22 piecer Netherthong
Robert son unmarried 9 piecer Netherthong
Frank Elles HEAD married 21 slubber meltham Lower greave
Ann wife married 26 burler Netherthong
Jane daughter unmarried 1 meltham
David son unmarried 3m Netherthong
John Crampton HEAD married 45 farmer Barwick Lower greave
Lydia daughter unmarried 12 Bradford
Joshua son unmarried 8 Bradford
Mary daughter unmarried 6 Manchester
Abraham son unmarried 1 Netherthong
Sarah Taylor servant unmarried 16 servant meltham
Elizabeth Hinchcliff HEAD widow 68 landed proprietor Netherthong Lower greave
Hannah daughter unmarried 27 Netherthong
Richard son widow 42 agent Netherthong
Ellen daughter unmarried 36 Netherthong
Richard g/son unmarried 9 scholar Lockwood
James g/son unmarried 7 scholar Huddersfield
George Taylor HEAD widow 37 weaver meltham Lower greave
Isabella daughter unmarried 16 scholar Honley
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 12 scholar Netherthong
William son unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
James Hirst HEAD married 64 farmer Netherthong Lower greave
Grace wife married 63 Honley
James son unmarried 28 farmer Netherthong
Charles g/daught unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Charles Smith servant unmarried 21 servant Honley
Elizabeth ?? servant unmarried 17 servant Birchworth
David Coldwell HEAD married 39 weaver Honley Lower greave
Mary wife married 30 Honley
Martha daughter unmarried 10 scholar Honley
Jane daughter unmarried 9 scholar Honley
Hannah daughter unmarried 7 scholar Honley
Lydia daughter unmarried 3 Honley
William son unmarried 9m Netherthong
Jonathan Heap boarder unmarried 47 weaver Honley
Joshua Charlesworth HEAD married 54 weaver Netherthong Lower greave
Mary wife married 54 sorter Silkstone
David son unmarried 19 piece passer Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 17 cotton reeler Netherthong
Job son unmarried 16 piecer Netherthong
?? son unmarried 14 piecer Netherthong
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 11 cotton doffer Netherthong
Noah son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Nancy Stears HEAD widow 76 Netherthong Lower greave
Joseph Booth HEAD married 42 weaver Honley Lower greave
Eliza wife married 42 burler Austonley
Barton son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 4 Cartworth
Hector son unmarried 3 Cartworth
Mary daughter unmarried 11m Netherthong
Ann Kinder HEAD widow 70 Cartworth Lower greave
Hannah daughter unmarried 44 burler Upperthong
David g/son unmarried 20 harness maker Netherthong
Abraham son unmarried 31 saddler Netherthong
John Bradberry boarder married 34 weaver Austonley
Rachel Bradberry boarder married 38 creeler Upperthong
Jonas Coldwell HEAD married 35 farmer Upperthong Carr
Sarah wife married 35 Thornhill
Lydia daughter unmarried 12 Upperthong
Wilson son unmarried 1 Austonley
Charles son unmarried one week Netherthong
Jane Overend step d. unmarried 15 Darton
Eliza Overend step d. unmarried 7 Darton
Ruth Overend step d. unmarried 4 Upperthong
Samuel Platt HEAD married 39 weaver Netherthong Wolfstones
Alice wife married 26 Upperthong
Alfred son unmarried 9 Netherthong
Reuben son unmarried 6 Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 4 Netherthong
Joseph Taylor HEAD married 56 weaver Holm Wolfstones
Ann wife married 54 Upperthong
Marie daughter unmarried 32 weaver Upperthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 19 cotton hand Netherthong
Hinchliff Taylor HEAD married 24 weaver Netherthong Wolfstones
Mary wife married 28 Netherthong
Betty daughter unmarried 4 Netherthong
John son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Anne Sunderland daughter unmarried 7m Netherthong
John Bottomley HEAD married 65 farmer Upperthong Wolfstones
Mary wife married 63 Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 21 winder Netherthong
Ellen Bootroyd HEAD unmarried 29 dress maker Netherthong Wolfstones
Jonas Marsden HEAD married 74 farmer Netherthong Wolfstones
Jonas son unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
John Armstrong servant unmarried 43 weaver Upperthong
Ann Armstrong servant unmarried 29 servant Carr
John Boothroyd HEAD married 67 farmer Netherthong Rosewood Cottage
Mary wife married 70 Upperthong
Martha Langley servant unmarried 30 servant Upperthong
John Langley son unmarried 11m Upperthong
John Haigh HEAD married 52 farmer Honley Brown Hill
Agnes wife married 62 Honley
Mary daughter unmarried 37 Netherthong
Sarah Jepson servant unmarried 14 servant Upperthong
Henry Brooke servant unmarried 19 carter Ecclesfield
Benjamin Gill HEAD married 55 farmer Netherthong Wells Green
Martha wife married 54 Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 27 stone mason Netherthong
Jonathan son unmarried 25 Netherthong
Henry Wimpenny HEAD married 40 weaver Honley Wells Green
Mary wife married 37 Honley
Martha daughter unmarried 13 rug sorter Honley
George son unmarried 11 piecer Honley
Elliot son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 3 Honley
Ruth daughter unmarried 6m Honley
David Downing HEAD married 65 labourer Darfield Wells Green
Mary wife married 66 Honley
James Beardsell lodger 69 labourer Australia
Thomas Beaumont HEAD married 39 engineer Huddersfield Bridge Mill
Alice wife married 29 Cartworth
George son unmarried 9 scholar Wooldale
Mary daughter unmarried 7 scholar Upperthong
Emily daughter unmarried 1
Thomas Hudson HEAD married 24 farmer servant Ledbury Sands House
Mary wife married 24 Cumberworth
Arthur son unmarried 1 Thurstonland
Mary Floyd HEAD widow 48 landed proprietor Netherthong Sands House
Charlotte daughter unmarried 19 Huddersfield
Jane daughter unmarried 21 Huddersfield
John son unmarried 14 scholar Netherthong
Ellen Hirst servant unmarried 15 servant Dunford
Thomas Dyson HEAD married 54 woolen man'facturer Netherthong Sands House
Ellen wife married 45 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 18 Upperthong
Thomas son unmarried 17 Netherthong
Ellen niece unmarried 16 Hartley
Maria Fearley servant unmarried 25 housemaid ??
Sarah Linder servant unmarried 24 cook Thurstonland
Martin Kidd HEAD married 57 solicitor Tadcaster Sands House
Eliza wife married 50 Wooldale
Eliza daughter unmarried 26 Wooldale
Jane Cartright servant unmarried 18 servant Hepworth
Hannah Charlesworth servant unmarried 14 Hepworth
Elliot Hirst HEAD married 38 spinner Austonley Upper Fearnought
Harriet wife married 33 Upperthong
John son unmarried 11 scholar Upperthong
Mary daughter unmarried 9 scholar Austonley
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 5 scholar Austonley
William son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 1 Netherthong
Elizabeth Hirst visitor unmarried 21 weaver Austonley
Sarah Hirst lodger unmarried 12 piecer Austonley
Mary Waterfield ? HEAD widow 58 Stroud Upper Fearnought
Emma daughter unmarried 16 feeder Netherthong
Joseph Woodhouse HEAD married 31 slubber Netherthong Upper Fearnought
Caroline wife married 32 Stroud
Eliza daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Martha daughter unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Frederick son unmarried 4 Lockwood
Luke son unmarried 10m Netherthong
George Lockwood HEAD married 46 labourer Linthwaite Upper Fearnought
Hannah wife married 40 Austonley
George son unmarried 10 scholar Austonley
Mary daughter unmarried 7 scholar Austonley
Ruth daughter unmarried 5 scholar Austonley
Robert son unmarried 2 Austonley
Hannah Ellis lodger unmarried 32 burler Austonley
Arthur Boothroyd HEAD married 46 labourer Netherthong Upper Fearnought
Elizabeth wife married 45 Elland
Hannah daughter unmarried 21 weaver meltham
Tom son unmarried 16 weaver meltham
Firth son unmarried 14 weaver meltham
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 9 bobbin minder meltham
Alice daughter unmarried 7 scholar meltham
John Alfred son unmarried 5 meltham
Matilde daughter unmarried 2 meltham
Matthew Dawson HEAD married 35 engineer Emley Upper Fearnought
Sarah wife married 34 Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Joseph Haigh HEAD married 46 weaver Golcar Upper Fearnought
Lydia wife married 43 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 16 weaver Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 12 scholar Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
Sarah Coldwell HEAD widow 70 ?? Upper Fearnought
Martha daughter unmarried 45 weaver Upperthong
Charles g/son unmarried 20 weaver Netherthong
William Hood HEAD married 27 gardener Netherthong Upper Fearnought
Martha wife married 24 Netherthong
Joe son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 5m Netherthong
Richard Hood HEAD widow 53 gardener Netherthong Upper Fearnought
Benjamin son unmarried 20 Netherthong
William Law HEAD married 58 letter carrier Gormorsal Lower Fearnought
Jane wife married 60 ??
Thomas Hinchliff HEAD widow 81 Cartworth Lower Fearnought
Joseph son unmarried 59 labourer Netherthong
John son unmarried 51 labourer Netherthong
Joseph Moulding HEAD married 36 vetinary surgeon Bingley Lower Fearnought
Hannah wife married 34 Stairsburn
William son unmarried 11 scholar Wilsden
Elizabeth daughter unmarried 8 Bingley
Mary daughter unmarried 6 Stairsburn
Deborah daughter unmarried 2 marsden
Ann daughter unmarried 6m Thurstonland
John Morehouse HEAD married 43 surveyor Netherthong Spring Bottom
Jane wife married 37 Wooldale
Herman son unmarried 5 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 2 Netherthong
Sarah Gothards servant unmarried 19 servant Upperthong
Joseph Mellor HEAD married 48 manufacturer Almondbury Field House
Mary wife married 46 Netherthong
Judith daughter unmarried 24 Netherthong
George son unmarried 21 Netherthong
Albert son unmarried 19 Netherthong
Ellen Bray sister/law unmarried 40 land owner Netherthong
Emma Haigh servant unmarried 12 servant Penistone
Joseph Lodge HEAD married 41 toll collector Middletown Thongs Bridge s side
Hannah wife married 40 Wooldale
Edward son unmarried 16 solicitors clerk Netherthong
Benjamin son unmarried 8 scholar Upperthong
Thomas Broadhead HEAD married 54 farmer Penistone Thongs Bridge s side
Harriet wife married 57 Penistone
Sarah daughter unmarried 21 Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 16 Netherthong
Thompson son unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Booth Woodhead HEAD married 31 spinner Netherthong Thongs Bridge s side
Ann wife married 32 Netherthong
John Earnshaw HEAD married 29 cloth miller Netherthong Thongs Bridge s side
Harriet wife married 27 Cartworth
Harriet Hartley niece unmarried 9 scholar Silkstone
Fenton Walker HEAD married 30 butcher/inn keeper Honley Thongs Bridge s side
Easter wife married 26 Honley
Margaret daughter unmarried 7 scholar Lockwood
Mary daughter unmarried 2 Lockwood
Thomas son unmarried 5m Netherthong
Hannah Cartwright servant unmarried 17 servant Hepworth
Betty Rollinson HEAD married 48 burler Netherthong Thongs Bridge s side
Ruth daughter unmarried 22 burler Wooldale
John son unmarried 20 slubber Wooldale
Ben son unmarried 19 wool layer on Wooldale
William son unmarried 17 wool teast? Wooldale
Marti son unmarried 15 wool layer on Netherthong
Joe son unmarried 11 cloth dry beater Netherthong
Tom son unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
Benjamin Booth HEAD married 52 farm labourer Penistone Thongs Bridge s side
Ann wife married 43 Austonley
Sarah daughter unmarried 21 domestic servant Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 16 domestic servant Netherthong
George son unmarried 15 finisher Netherthong
Ellen daughter unmarried 13 domestic servant Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 19 ?? Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
John son unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Joseph Bray HEAD married 32 farm labourer Wooldale Thongs Bridge s side
Ellen wife married 33 Fulstone
George son unmarried 14 finisher Fulstone
James son unmarried 10 scholar Fulstone
Elliza daughter unmarried 6 scholar Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried ten days Netherthong
William Ricketts HEAD married 56 weaver Stroud Netherthong s side
Elizabeth wife married 51 Harsley
Ann daughter unmarried 26 weaver Rodborough
Joseph son unmarried 20 weaver Netherthong
Godfrey son unmarried 15 weaver Netherthong
George Cox br in law unmarried 34 weaver Hampton
John Buckley HEAD married 26 weaver Wooldale Netherthong s side
Hannah wife married 25 Netherthong
George Taylor HEAD married 68 weaver Upperthong Netherthong s side
Mary wife married 54 burler Wooldale
Daniel Woodhead stepson unmarried 30 weaver Netherthong
Benjamin Garside visitor widow 42 weaver Wooldale
Noah Whitehead HEAD married 40 shoe maker Netherthong Netherthong s side
Sarah wife married 40 Netherthong
Marti son unmarried 18 spinner Netherthong
Julia daughter unmarried 12 scholar Netherthong
Alice daughter unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Graham son unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 4 scholar Netherthong
Armitage son unmarried 2 Netherthong
William Littlewood HEAD married 34 dyer Netherthong Netherthong s side
Grace wife married 32 Netherthong
David son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Martha daughter unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Henry son unmarried 4 Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 1 Netherthong
Joseph Rogers HEAD married 48 joiner Bolsover Netherthong s side
Elizabeth wife married 65 Wooldale
Eliza Hobson HEAD widow 56 grocer Huddersfield Netherthong s side
Charles son unmarried 14 pupil teacher Netherthong
Henry Hudson HEAD married 39 farmer/weaver Netherthong Netherthong s side
Sarah wife married 38 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 17 weaver Netherthong
George son unmarried 12 Netherthong
Fred Woodhouse visitor unmarried 5 scholar Liverpool
Benjamin Gill HEAD unmarried 65 labourer Netherthong Netherthong s side
Mary Hill HEAD widow 42 weaver Netherthong Netherthong s side
Eliza daughter unmarried 15 thread winder Netherthong
Jane daughter unmarried 8 scholar Netherthong
Fred son unmarried 2 Netherthong
Emma niece unmarried 18 Cotton frame leanter Netherthong
Sarah niece unmarried 16 Cotton frame leanter Netherthong
Abraham Woodhead HEAD married 25 book keeper Netherthong Netherthong s side
Ann wife married 29 Honley
Caroline daughter unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
Tom son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Sarah daughter unmarried 8m Netherthong
Ellen Crooks servant unmarried 20 servant Netherthong
Joseph Woodhead HEAD married 31 farmer Honley Netherthong s side
Jane wife married 37 Netherthong
John son unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
Caroline daughter unmarried 5 scholar Netherthong
Martha Bales m in law widow 77 Upperthong
Mary Crooks servant unmarried 17 servant Honley
James Bates HEAD unmarried 55 labourer Netherthong Netherthong s side
Martha sister unmarried 47 housekeeper Netherthong
Mary niece unmarried 18 dress maker Netherthong
Elizabeth niece unmarried 13 scholar Netherthong
Hannah Platt HEAD widow 58 Netherthong Netherthong s side
William son unmarried 26 tailor Netherthong
Alfred son unmarried 23 tailor Netherthong
Hammond son unmarried 17 piecer Netherthong
Benjamin Wilson HEAD married 49 farmer Netherthong Netherthong s side
Jane wife married 44 Holmfirth
Sarah daughter unmarried 23 Netherthong
Ann daughter unmarried 21 Netherthong
Jane daughter unmarried 17 Netherthong
Eliza daughter unmarried 12 scholar Netherthong
Emma daughter unmarried 9 scholar Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
Clara daughter unmarried 3 Netherthong
George Mallinson HEAD unmarried 70 farmer Netherthong Netherthong s side
Joseph brother unmarried 68 overseer/collector Netherthong
Joseph Wilson HEAD married 47 landed proprietor Netherthong Netherthong s side
Mary wife married 44 Honley
John son unmarried 17 Netherthong
Joseph son unmarried 13 scholar Netherthong
Martha daughter unmarried 10 scholar Netherthong
Benjamin son unmarried 7 scholar Netherthong
James Jagger HEAD married 46 farmer/ w preacher Netherthong Netherthong s side
Hannah wife married 45 Saddleworth
Martha daughter unmarried 20 Netherthong
Mary daughter unmarried 18 Netherthong
John son unmarried 11 scholar Netherthong
Eli Hobson servant unmarried 19 carter Honley
Benjamin Dyson HEAD married 45 sorter Netherthong Netherthong s side
Frances wife married 32 Scotland
James son unmarried 11m Netherthong
Benjamin Woodhead HEAD married 42 tailor Netherthong Netherthong s side
Elizabeth wife married 31 Honley
Fred son unmarried 3 Netherthong
Arthur son unmarried 11m Netherthong
John Goddard lodger unmarried 21 tailor Kirkburton
John Haigh unmarried 16 tailor apprentice Honley

The National Census for Netherthong for 1891


The specific  details  of each of  the National Census are only released after 100 years but statistical  information was normally given a few years after the census was completed. The Express gave the following figures in August 1923 for the 1921 census . The population was 1347 made up of 569 males and 778 females. As a comparison the population of Meltham was 5067, New Mill 4456, Honley 4701 and Thurstonland 2488.

I have covered the first two National Census for Netherthong for 1841 and 1861 in  separate chapters.The details for the census for the years 1861,1871,1881,1891, 1901 are available in the Archive Library at Huddersfield and I  decided initially  to extract relevant information for 1891. Each census lists the road/street, the names of all the occupants, their relationship to the head person, condition ( married, single, widowed ) age, profession and where born. I have simplified the information for ease of reading.The results of the census were all hand written and some names were difficult to decipher. I arrived at a total population for Netherthong of 958.

 The census results for Deanhouse/Dean Brook were listed under Honley but because Deanhouse plays an integral part in my interpretation of the history of the village, I have included those results in this chapter.

Moor Gate.

Benjamin Dyson – head -M- 40- Farmer.   Mary – wife – 43. Four children – John- 6 – scholar. Joe – 4 . Herbert -2. Thomas – 3 months. Susan Bury – lodger – 59 – general servant.

Moor Lane.

Elizabeth Hirst – mother – 43- farmer’s wife. Seven children. Crissey Janet – 11- Knotter. Frances Mary – 14 – Knotter.  Arthur – 9 – scholar.  Ernest -11 – scholar.  Ida Elizabeth – 6 – scholar.  Lucy – 3.  John – 3.

Sand Beds Farm.

Walter Middleton – head – M- 29- farmer & general Carrier. Hannah- wife – 32. Three children. Catherine – 10 – scholar. Herbert – 8 – scholar. Mary Gertrude – 6 – scholar. Also present – William Cartwright – father in law – 60 – retired blacksmith. Martha Cartwright – mother in law -69.

Moor Lane.

Jonathan Booth – head – M- 26 – cloth finisher. Annie Elizabeth – wife – 26. One daughter Florence – 3.

West End.

Fred Wimpenny – head – M-24- labourer. Mary Jane – wife – 21. One son Arthur – 1

Bevy Littlewood – head -M – 61 – labourer.  Sarah Ann – wife – 62.

Hannah Dyson – head – single – 56 – living on own money. Alice Dyson – sister – 45 – grocer.

Tom Ellis – head – M- 28 – process Assistant.  Bertha – wife-24.

Joseph Wilson – head – M- 42 – farmer. Mary Elizabeth – wife – 39. Five children. Edith Mary – 14 – school monitor. Henry Harold – 12 – scholar. Florence – 9 – scholar. Fanny – 6 – scholar.  Thomas – 6 months.

Ben Hoyle – head – M – 45 – woolen Yarn Spinner. Ellen Ann – wife – 40. Nine children. Jabor – 21 – manager of Co-Op. Albert – 19 – mule handler.  Ruishworth – 17 – apprentice tailor. Miriam – 16 – worsted cloth repairer. Alice – 14. John Henry – 11 – scholar. Helena – 7 – scholar. Annie – 5 – scholar. Ethel – 4 – scholar.

Arthur Sykes – head – M- 29 – Designer of woolen cloths.  Martha Ellen – wife – 25. Four children. Evelyn – 7 – scholar. Alice – 5 – scholar.  Beatrice – 3.  Herbert oswald – 10 months.

Fred Mallison Sykes – head – M – 42 – Woolen Cloth manufacturer. Selina – wife – 40. Six children. Gertrude – 14 – cloth mender. Mary – 11 – scholar. Edith – 9 – scholar. Emma – 6 – scholar. Tom – 3. Louis – 1.

Jonas Hobson – head – M – 56 – weaver. Sarah Elizabeth – wife – 54. Two children. Clara – 23 – mender.  Mary – 20 – mender.

Town Gate.

Owen Parkin – head – M- 29 – overlooker in mill.  Ellen – wife – 26.

James Lodge – head – M – 60 – grocer. Elizabeth – wife – 59.

Wilson Square.

Richard Wilson – head – single – 70 – farmer.  Ann – daughter – 57.

James Hinchliffe – head – M – 31 – Foreman.   Annie – wife – 26.

John Jackson – head – M – 76 – retired schoolmaster.  Margaret – wife – 74.  James – 37 – certified schoolmaster.  Margaret – 30.

Jonathan Hirst – head – M – 34 – Foreman.  Emily – wife – 35. Four children. Mary – 6. Ada – 4. Florence – 2. Blanche – 10 months. Also present – Ada Ripon – niece – 21 – fine drawer of cloth.

Town gate.

William Beaumont – head – M – 56 – yarn spinner.  Sarah H – wife – 54. Three children . Sarah J – 31 – feeder of woolen machine. Tom – 25 – firer at Mill. Herbert – 20 – scourer of cloth.

Ellen Wood – head – widow – 42. Five children. Charles – 21 – feaver.  Harry – 20 – weaver. Mary – 18 – piecer. John – 16 – piecer. Evelyn – 6- scholar.

William Wimpenny – head -M – 51 – shoe maker.  Isabella – wife – 52. Five children. Lydia – 24.  Albert – 22 – weaver.  Arthur – 19 – finisher.  Mary – 17 – mender.  Alice – 9 – scholar.

Queen’s Arms.  Mary Senior – head – Widow – 50 – publican.  Joshua – 21 – grocer’s assistant.  Ann – 19 – domestic servant.  Ellen – 15 – scholar.

 Joseph Armitage – head – M- 47 – oat bread baker.  Betty – wife – 44.  Joe Sykes – nephew – 24 – dyer of clothes.

Joe Garner – head – M – 26 – general mechanic.  Matha – wife – 28  – mender.

Town Gate .

Alfred Gill – head – M- 57 – stone mason. Ruth – wife – 57.  Three children. Sarah – 24 – inker of cloths.  Benjamin -19- stone mason apprentice.  Harry – 17 – sculptor apprentice.

James Charlesworth – head – M – 38 – finisher. Millicent – wife – 37. Three children.  Herbert -11 – scholar. Esther – 7 – scholar. Carrie – 4 – scholar.

John Frith – head – M – 26 – warper.  Ruth – wife – 23.

John Kipling – head – M – 68 – farm labourer. One son.  Benjamin – 25 – teamer for corn miller.  Also present. Jane – daughter in law – 26 – mender.

Butchers Shop/ Farm House.

Jonas Mallinson – head – M – 54 – butcher and farmer. Mary – wife – 54. Six children. Mary – 25 – dress maker.  John – 23 – butcher.  George – 20 – butcher apprentice. Lily – 18 – pupil teacher. Hary – 15 – solicitors clerk. James – 13 – scholar.

John Batley – head – M- 40 – joiner foreman.  Mary – wife – 38. Eight children. Sarah – 16 – tailoress Apprentice.  William – 13 – scholar.  Martha – 11 – scholar.  Mary – 10 – scholar.  Eileen – 8 – scholar. Brook – 5 – scholar. John – 3 . Thomas Leo – 1.

Thongsbridge Road. Clothier’s Arms.

Thomas Walker – head – M- 30 – Inn keeper. Ruth – wife – 29. One child. Fenton – 4 – scholar. Also present . Harriet Clayton – 17 – general servant.

Giles Street.

George Moorhead – head – M – 60 – retired grocer.  Elizabeth – wife – 65.  One son . Joseph – 40 – grocer, corn miller.  Also present. Sarah Graham – niece – 45.

Martha Shore – head – widow – 51. Three children . Ned – 20 – corn miller. Jane – 20 – mender. Ellen – 25. Also present. Alfred Mallinson – son in law – 26- tenterer.  Gertrude – grand daughter – 5 months.

Albert Brook – head – M – 50 – labourer.  Annie – wife – 37. Two children. Mary – 15 – Inker.  Emily -5 – scholar.

James Dyson – head – M – 54 – farmer.  Emma – wife – 50.

Tom Booth – head – M – 26 – teamer.  Mary – wife – 24 – mender.

Sarah Hinchliffe – head – widow – 59. One daughter –  Sarah E – 27 – mender. Also present – Emma Procter – grand daughter – 4.

Mary Quarmby- head – widow – 73 – knotter. One daughter – Emma Heap – 44 – washer. Also present. Ernest – adopted son – 12 – scholar. Jane – adopted daughter – 10 – scholar.

James Moorhead – head – M- Labourer- stone mason.

Thomas Hinchliffe – head – M- 40 – weaver.  Emma – wife – 38. Six children Joe – 17 – piecer. Fred – 13 – piecer. Mary – 11 – scholar.  Edith – 8 – scholar. John – 6 – scholar.  George – 10 days. Also present . Harry Hellawell – brother in law – 21 – finisher.

Mary Beaumont – head – widow – 67 – living on own means

John Hudson – head – M – 30 – cloth finisher.  Ann – wife – 30. One child. Harry – 2.

Joe Boothroyd head – M – 28 – dyer.  Sarah – wife – 31.  One child. Laura – 4.

Outlane .

Fred Wimpenny – head – M – 26 – Boot maker.  Mary – wife – 22.  Two children . Edith – 4. Harold – 3.

William Marsden – head – M – 62 – retired weaver.  Ann – wife – 59. Three children. Joe – 22 – weaver. George – 19 – finisher.  Helena – 14 – mender.

Sarah Dickinson – head – single – 30 – living on own means. Also present. Frank – nephew – 8 – scholar.

Eliza Sykes – head – widow – 53. Colin – 18- woolen harps. Harry – 12 – piecer.

Martha Castle – head – widow – 6 – living on own means.  Also present. John Morton – nephew – 16 – pupil teacher. Sarah Castle – visitor – 64 – living on own means.

Joseph Bray – head – M – 82 – general labourer.  Ellen – wife – 63.  Four children. Alice – 32 – worsted cloth mender.  Mary – 26 – feeder. Sarah – 21 – sorter.  Annie – 18 – winder.  Also present. John – grandson – 14 – grocer’s assistant.  Albert – grandson –  10 – scholar. Ann- grand-daughter – 7 – scholar. Walter – grandson – 5 – scholar. lily – grand-daughter – 5 scholar. Tom – grandson – . Alice – visitor – 18.

Eliza Preston – head – widower -56.  Two children. Marsha – 20 – knotter. Whitfield  – 25 – weaver. Also present. Clara – daughter-in-law – 25. Hubert – grandson – 8 months.

Walter Child – head – M- 29 – woolen cloth finisher.  Hannah – wife – 31. Two children. Harry – 7- scholar. Tom – 5 – scholar.

William Bretton – head – M – 69 – retired weaver.  Martha – wife – 67.  Two children. Rueben – 36 – weaver.  Charles – 27 – painter. Also present. Walter – grandson – 16 – grocer’s assistant. Mary – god daughter – 13.

Richard Russell – head -M – 29 – pattern weaver.  Lydia – wife – 30.  Two children. Ben – 2. Lewis – 1.

Martha Platt – head – widow – 54. One child.  Charles – 23 – grocer’s assistant. Also present. Lydia – daughter – in-law – 23 – mender.

Jonas Hobson – head – M – 31 – weaver, local preacher.  Alice – wife – 30. Two children. Ethel – 2. Hubert – 2 months.

Albert Alwary – head – M – 38 – brush maker.  Emma – wife – 36. Three children. Fred – 10. James – 9. Kate -7.

John Crowther – head – M – 54 – cloth finisher.  Grace – wife – 48. Two children. Arthur – 17 – cloth finisher. Eliza ( Shore ) – 23.  Also present. Ben Shore – son-in-law – 23 – weaver. Mary – grand daughter – 9 months.  Sarah Dyson – adopted daughter – 9 – scholar.

Ann Lee – head – single – 66 – living on own means.

Elihu Hobson – head – widower – 59 – farmer. Two children.  Joseph – 35 – blacksmith. Enos – 22 – blacksmith.  Also present. Alexandria – 19 – house keeper.

John Wilson – head – M- 47 – farmer. Mary – wife – 51. Also present – Lucy Chappell – widowed mother – in-law – 83. Thomas Chappell – brother – in-law -49 – yarn spinner.

Miry Lane.

George Cocking – head – M – 50 – yarn spinner.  Jane – wife – 49. Four children. Ada – 22 – warper. Fred – 14 – piecer. Emily – 12 – scholar.  Florence – 10 – scholar.

Miry Lane Vicarage.

Sam Beaumont – head – widower – 58 – scrabbling engineer. Six children. Mary – 31 – teacher private school. Annetta – 29 – teacher elementary school. Ada – 28 – teacher elementary school.  Robert – 27 – bank cashier. Phoebe – 25 – teacher elementary school.  Samuel – 10 – scholar. Also present. hannah hayes – 15 – general servant.

Miry Lane .

Jedbor Hobson – head – widower – 64 – joiner,


Joe Swallow – head – widower – 56 – power loom tuner. Four children. Alice – 29 – housekeeper. James – 23 – tuner power looms. Hugh – 19 – weaver. Ada – 13 – scholar.

Hannah Mallinson – head – widower – 57 – household duties. Two children. Emma – 21 – burler.  John – 18 – piecer.

William Barton – head – widower – 57 – retired police constable. Two children . Edith – 20 – weaver. Mary – 11 – scholar.

Walker Woodhead – head – M – 53 – wood cutter.  Philis – wife – 44. Eight children. John – 23 -labourer. Albert – 20 – blacksmith apprentice. Jonas – 16 – grocer assistant. William – 13 – piecer.  Alice – 12 – scholar.  Emily – 10 – scholar. Annetta – 8 – scholar.  Mary – 5 – scholar.


Jonas Woodhouse – head – widower – 40 – spinner. Six children. Edith – 20 – general servant.  Margaret – 17 – mender.  Mary – 15 – mender. John – 13 – piecer.  Louise – 11 – scholar. William – 5 – scholar.

Mary Wimpenny – head – widow – 68. Also present. Tom – 28 – healder. Charlotte – grand daughter – 19 – mender. harry Hobson – grandson – 18 – scourer.

John Dalby – head – M – 29 – police constable.  Annie – wife – 31.

Hurst Beaumont – head – M – 24 – woolen weaver. Harriet – wife – 21, One child . harry – 7 months.

Frank Goddard – head – M – 67 – tender of machinery.  Clementine – wife – 64.  Three children .  Jesse – 27 – painter.  Fred – 24 – joiner.  Emma – 20 – mender.

Alexander Shore – head – M -28 – weaver.  Elizabeth – wife – 23 – knotter.

Hannah Gill. – head – widow – 57. Four children.  Sarah – 29 – feeder.  George – 24 – finisher.  Archie – 22 – weaver. Fred – 20 weaver.

Fred Hobson – head – M – 46 – weaver.  Martha – wife – 43. Three children. Mary – 6 – scholar. Irvine – 4 – scholar.  Florence – 1.

Nancy Scott – head – widow – 61. Also present. Sam – 19 – feeder.  Harrison Beaumont – son-in-law – 22 – spinner.. Grace – 22 – inker.

Mary Woodhead – head – widow – 60.  Also present . Ellen – 19 – mender.

Law Buckley. – head – M- 56 – weaver.  Mary – wife – 57. Three children.  Louisa – 22 – inker.  George – 18 – weaver.  Walker – 16 – piecer.

John Scholfield – head – M – 58 – weaver. Jane – wife – 55. Also present.  Mary – 13 – reacher.  Ann – 10 – scholar.  Edith – 8 – scholar.  Abel – 3.

Jesse Howell – head – M – 55 – tuner power looms. Mary – wife – 49. Three children. Alice – 19 – knotter.  Lizzie – 16 – inker.  Edgar – 12 – scholar.

Dockhill Chapel House.

Rockley Buckley – head – M – 27 – weaver and chapel keeper. sarah – wife – 26.  One son. leonard – 5 months.


John Fisher – head – M – 35 – weaver.  Alice – wife – 32. Four children. Herbert – 9 – scholar. Edith – 7 – scholar. Emma – 4 – scholar. Norman – 1.

Ramsden Mallinson – head – M – 47 – boot maker. Hannah – wife – 44 – mender. Two children.  James – 22 – dyer.  Esther – 19 – mender.


Ann Renshaw – head – widow – 59.  Three children. Emily – 39 – mender.  Sarah – 29 – dress maker . Elizabeth Woodhead – married – 37 – mender. Also present. Tom Woodhead – 37 – son-in-law – 33 – finisher.

Thomas Woodhead – head – M – 32 – corn miller.  Sarah – wife – 28. One son . Arthur – 2. Also present. Ada Beighton – servant – 21.

John Illingworth – head – M – 31 – finisher.  Mary – wife – 33.  Three children. Harriet – 7. Bertha – 3. Ellen – 6 months.

Frank Mann – head – single – 34 – railway porter. Also present. Albert – nephew – 15 – booking clerk.

Thongs Bridge Post Office.

George Whiteley – head – M – 47 – grocer and sub- postmaster.. Ann – wife – grocer;s assustant. One daughter – Harriet – 19 – grocer’s assistant. Also present. Elizabeth Broadbent – sister in law – 46 – grocer’s assistant.

Smithy Street.

Benjamin Hirst – head – M – 65 – sizer.  Martha – wife – 55. One son ? – George – 15 – packer.

George Sanderson – head – M – 46 – teamer. Ann – wife – 37. Two children. Ellen – 16 – mender. Charlotte – 8 – scholar.

Sarah Bailey – head – widow – 51. Three children. Hannah – 23 – weaver. Arthur – 14 – gardener. John – 8 – scholar.

Thongs Bridge.

Sam Mitchell – head – M – 50 – mill mechanic.  Betty – wife – 50. One daughter – Sarah – 21 – mender.

Arthur Sanderson – head – M – 34 – weaver.  Jane – wife – 34. Six children.  Hrebert – 12 – scholar. Sarah – 11 – scholar. Brook – 9 – scholar. Harriet – 6 – scholar. Harold – 3.  Emily – 1. Also present. James Brook – father in law – widow – 77.

Mount Pleasant.

Arthur Alsop – head – M – 28 – fuller. Annie – wife – 26. Two children . Hilda – 2. Clara – 11 months.

Herman Beaumont – head – M – 41 – spinner.  Elizabeth – wife – 40. Seven children.  Emma – 20 – dressmaker. Tom – 14 – telegraph messenger. Arthur – 12 – scholar.  Rachel – 9 – scholar. Dawson – 7 – scholar. Norman – 5 – scholar. Gertrude – 2.

William Westbrook – head – M – 47 – painter.  Annie – wife – 47. Four children. Mary – 21 – mender. Ellen – 17 – knotter.  Matthew  – 12 – scholar.  Ada  – 8 – scholar.

Sam Brook – head – M – 28 – teamer.  Martha – wife – 24. One son – Frank – 3.

Clara Robinson – head – widow – 23 – mender. Also present . Sam Hollingsworth – brother – 19 – healder.

John Charleworth – head – M – 28 – fuller.  Emily – wife – 28. Three children.  Irvine – 3. Annie – 2. Wilfred – 4 months.

Joshua Adams – head – M – 36 – corn miller.  Jenny – wife – 40. Three children. Jessie – 14 – burler.  Harry – 12. Edith – 4.

Spring Lodge .

Mary Mellor – head – single – 50 – living on own means. Also present.  Mary Carr – single – 40 – domestic servant – cook.  Jane Howett – 32 – domestic house maid.


Alfred Sykes – head – M – 45 – manufacturer of worsted cloth.  Sarah – wife – 38. Four children. Oswald – 12. Bernal – 9.  Kath – 2. Ronald – 1. Also present. Alexander Pendle – visitor – M – 35. Lucy Bisby – 22 – domestic servant nurse.  Sarah Bisby – 20 – domestic servant housemaid.  Fanny Stevenson – 23 – domestic servant cook.

Lower Hagg.

Jonathan Radley – head – 25 – weaver.  Elizabeth – wife – 26. two children . Allen – 5. Triend – 1.

Joseph Adamson – head – M – 26 – labourer.  Hannah – wife – 28.  One daughter . Amy – 5 – scholar.

Joshua Whiteley – head – M – 34 – weaver.  Elly – wife – 35. Four children.  Edgar – 6. Arthur – 4. Harold – 2.  Willie – 4 months.

Emma Beaumont – head – widow – 47.  Seven children.  Joe – 23 – finisher.  Arthur – 21 – finisher.  John – 19 – dyer.  William – 16 – finisher.  Hannah – 14 – scholar.  Elizabeth – 11 – scholar.  Clara – 9 – scholar.

Sam Hollins – head – M – 31 – weaver..  Annie – wife – 34. Four children.  Florence – 6 – scholar.  John – 5.  Edith – 3.  Clara – 1.

John Gill – head – M – 48 – weaver.  jane – wife – 46.  Five children.  Alice – 22 – winder.  Arthur – 21 – teamer. Joe – 18 – warper.  Sarah – 13 – scholar. Florence – 7 – scholar.

Elizabeth Eastwood – head – single – 50 – whisk maker.  Also present. Walton Beaver – boarder – 23 – whisk maker. George Beaver – boarder – 26 – whisk maker.

Squire Beaumont – head – M – 44 – stone quaryman.  Mary – wife – 43.  One son. Walter – 17 – piecer.

John Wood – head – M – 24 – feeder. Mary – wife – 21. One son. James – 7 months.

Joseph Brown – head – M – 26 – groom.  Louisa – wife – 28. One daughter. Emma – 4 months.

Sarah Rollinson – head – widow – 44. Six children.  George – 20 – finisher.  Harry – 19 – finisher.  Joseph – 12 – piecer.  Walter – 10 – scholar. Anneline – 6 – scholar.  Edith – 2.  Also present.  Frederick Brye – boarder – 19 – shoe maker.

John Armitage – head – M – 24 – dyer.  Lillah – wife . One son . Norman – 2 months.

Henry Brackenbury  – head – M – 55 – gardener.  Josephine – wife – 50. Four children.  Emma – 23.  William – 20 – finisher.  Sarah – 15 – minder. Josephine – 13 – scholar.

Allen Lodge – head – M – 40 – weaver. Mary – wife – 37.  Three children.  Alice – 14.  Mallinson – 9 – scholar.  George – 7 – scholar.

Dean Brook.

Joe Buckley – head – M – 47 – farmer. Mary – wife – 41. Two children.  James – 18 – iron moulder.  Alfred – 15 – finisher.

Harroyd – farm house.

Reba Hirstle – head – M – 39 – farmer. Sarah – wife – 37.  Eight children. Ezra – 16 – finisher.  Ruth – 14 – winder.  James – 13 – scholar.  William – 8 – scholar.  Annie – 6 – scholar. John – 4 – scholar. Alma – 2. Ada – 8 months.

Smithy Bottom.

F. Shore – head – widow – 70. One son . James – 36 – blacksmith.

Ben Shore – head – single – 48 – blacksmith.

Hole Bottom.

John Woodhouse – head – M – 54 – weaver.  Emma – wife – 43 – minder. One son. Edwin – 15 – bllacksmith apprentice..


Thomas Turner – head – M – 53 – retired woolen manufacturer. Annie – wife – 48. Three children.  Thomas – 27 – machine maker.  John – 26 – solicitor.  Emily – 21. Also present. Elizabeth Stamp – 23 – domestic servant cook. Rhoda Barnett – 21 – domestic servant housemaid.  Clare Bottomley – 18 – domestic servant housemaid.


John Peel Floyd – head – M – 44 – woolen manufacturer.  Ellen – wife – 40.  Four children. Cecil – 10. Mary – 7. Charles – 5. Eric – 4.  Also present. Harriet Crosland – 21 – domestic servant cook.  Annie Crosland – 20 – domestic servant housemaid.

Sands House.

Cookson Stephenson – head – M – 58 – living on own means. Emma – wife – 59. One daughter . Emily – 21. Also present. Alice Hinchliffe – sister in law – 60.  Jane Homer – 33 – domestic servant cook. Agnes Garston – 22 – domestic servant housemaid.

Alfred Terry – head – M – 40 – farmer. Jane – wife – 39. Five children. Ada – 17 – winder. Charles – 15 – railway weighing clerk. Edward – 13 – labourer. Arthur – 7 – scholar. Ethel – 4.


John Taylor – head – M – 63 – retired woolen manufacturer.  Eleanor – wife – 59. Also present. Emily preston – niece – single – 25. Ann Hirstle – 42 – domestic servant cook.  Ann Dyson – 39 – domestic servant housemaid.

Oaklands Lodge.

Joseph Taylor – head – M – 31 – coachman. Sarah – wife – 35.  Three children.  Charlie – 6 – scholar.  Edith – 3.  John – 1.

Elmwood .

Hannah Hopson – head – single – 33 – nursemaid.


Martin Kidd – head – M – 89 – solicitor.  Elizabeth – wife – 80.  Also present. Priscilla Senior – 28 – domestic servant cook. Hannah Heale – 23 – domestic servant housemaid. Alice Hodgshon – 14 – domestic servant housemaid.

Upper Fearnought.

John Hopkin – head – M – 76 – gardener.  Hannah – wife – 76.  Fred Knopton – grandson – 17 – cart driver.

William Taylor – head – M – 43 – assistant overseer. Jane – wife – 42.  Five children. John – 19 – gardener.  Harry – 16 – finisher. Herbert – 13 – scholar.  Annie – 10 – scholar. Walter – 2.

Ann Fallas – head – widow – 63.  Four children. Sarah – 40 – knotter.  Emma – 32 – warper.  Annie – 22 – knotter.  Mary – 20 – mender.

Hannah Shore – head – M – 49. Three children. Ellen – 18 – knotter. Emily – 16 – weaver.  George – 14 – millhand.

Elizabeth Boothroyd – head – widow – 75.  One son. Firth – 44 – unemployed weaver. Also present . Sarah – grand daughter – 26 – sorter. Joe – grandson – 24 – unemployed.

Joseph Sanderson – head – M – 39 – weaver. Elizabeth – wife – 31. Six children.  Mary – 7. Lizzie – 5. Ellie – 4. Norman – 2.  Twins Albert & Norman – 1 month.

John Beaumont – head – M – 49 – gardener. Elizabeth – wife – 47 – weaver. Four children.  Edith – 22 – weaver.  Thomas – 20 – warper. Harry – 17 – gardener. Edgar – 13 – parcel carrier.

Robin Royd.

Dan Hollingworth – head – M – 60 – gardener.  Also present. Arthur Littlewood – grandson – 9 – scholar.

Hanna Cartwright – head – M – 38 – Two children. Harry – 6 – scholar. Mabel – 3.

Lower Fearnought

Sarah Boothroyd – head – widow – 49. Two children.  John – 20 – dyer.  Charles – 14 – grocers assistant.  Also present. William Kippow  – boarder – 25 – cart driver.

Abraham Barraclough – head – widower – 63 – mill watchman.  Also present. John Hudson – grandson – 20 – twister. Amy Hudson – grand daughter – 15 – machine feeder.  John – 36 – weaver.  Christiana – daughter in law – 34. Their four children.  Ethyl – 10 – scholar.  Herbert – 8 – scholar.  Harold – 5 – scholar.  Florence – 9 months.

James Harrison – head – M – 29 – cart driver.  Emilia – wife – 35 – knotter.  Also present. Harriet – mother in law – widow – 62.

John Bray – head – M – 58 – greengrocer.  Jane – wife – 53.  Four children. George – 21 – spinner.  Arthur – 16 – mechanical apprentice.  Mary – 27 – knotter. Emily – 19 – knotter.

Spring Grove.

Robert Mellor – head – M – 56 – solicitor.  Alice – wife – 43. One child. Hilda – 12 – scholar.  Also present.  Hannah Bowman – 27 – domestic servant cook.  Sarah Barker – 20 – domestic servant housemaid.

Newlands House.

John Woodhead – head – M – 57 – yarn spinner.  Joseph – 23 – manager.  Also present. Emma Horncastle – sister in law – 39. Grace Haigh – 22 – general servant.

Thongs Bridge House.

Wright Mellor – head – M – 56 – mill manager. Emma – wife – 54. Three children.  Ada – 30 – school teacher.  Richard – 16 – office clerk at mill.  Harold – 12 – scholar.

Thongs Bridge.

Joseph Bottomley – head – M – 60 – farmer.  Lydia – wife – 54.  Harris – 24 – warehouseman.  Albert – 13 – finisher.

Thongs Bridge Royal Oak.

Esther Walker – head – widow – 56 – publican. Three children. mary – 32. Wilie – 26 – schoolmaster.  Harry – 24 – butcher.  Also present. Elizabeth Rhodes – 23 – domestic servant,

Thongs Bridge.

Alfred Roberts – head – M – 47 – weaver.  Edith – wife – 50.  Three children.  Elizabeth – 21 – mender.  Emma – 20 – weaver.  Alice – 13 – winder.

John Hudson – head – M – 67 – cloth designer.  Mary – wife – 68.  Also presnt . John Chantree – lodger – 24 – coachman/servant.

John Lindley – head – M – 36 – weaver.  Annie – wife – 34.  Two children.  Emma – 6- scholar.  Mary – 4.


John Wilkinson – head – M – 39 – finisher.  Mary – wife – 39.  Four children . Lily – 15 – burler.  John – 12 – millhand.  Harry – 8 – scholar.  David – 4.

Charles Roberts – head – M – 50 – miller.  Mary – wife – 49.  Herbert – 6 – scholar.

George Mallinson – head – M – 27 – weaver.  Louisa – wife – 27.  Two children.  John – 6 – scholar.  Elizabeth – 2 months.

Joe Hellawell – head – M – 27 – weaver.  Annie – wife – 29.  Two children. Sykes – 2. Charles – 6 months.

William Woodhead – head – m – 27 – weaver.  Mary – wife – 25 – mill worker.

Harry Roberts – head – M – 36 – local board surveyor.. Ann – wife – 38.

Charles Holton – head – M – 35 – licenced hawker.  Elizabeth – wife – 45. Five children.  Harry – 8 – scholar.  Jane – 8  – scholar. Annie – 6 – scholar. Gertrude – 5 – scholar. Lure – 3.

H.Mallinson – head – M – 35 – weaver.  Mary – wife – 30. Five children.  Harry – 8 – scholar.  Ellen – 7 – scholar.  Annie – 5 – scholar.  Rosa – 3. Herbert – 3 months.  Also present. Mary Hannah – sister – 30 – knotter.  Florence – sister’s daughter – 2.

John Hobson – head – M – 48 – weaver. Anne – wife – 45. Five children.  sarah – 21 – knotter.  Edith – 19 – mender.  Mary – 14 – winder. William – 12 – carder.  Thomas – 8 – scholar.

Joseph Whitehead – head – M – 37 – mason’s labourer.  Hannah – wife – 40. Two children.  Alice – 7 – scholar.  Mary – 3.


Harry Mellor – head – M – 26 – living on own means. Annie – wife – 28. One son. Cecil – 1.  Also present. Annie Bishop – 24 – domestic servant.  Sarah Wood – 13 – nurse.

West End.

James Horncastle – head – M – 32 – joiner, Ann – wife – 38. Two children.  William – 5 – scholar.  Harry – 2.  Also present – Mary – sister – 27 – school helper.

Jane Wilson – head – widow – 74 – living on own means. Two daughters. Elizabeth – 42.  Clara – 32 both living on own means,  Also present.  Mary Bradshaw – sister – widow – 72

William Dickinson – head – M – 41 – traveller.  Mary – wife – 35. Three children.  Henry – 5 – scholar. Mary – 3 . Elsie – 1. Also present.  Mary Walker – 15 – domestic servant.

Ben Eastwood – head – M – 45 – brush manufacturer.  Ellen – wife – 42. Thirteen children.  Ada – 20 – brush maker. Ethel – 18. George – 16 – brush maker.  Martha – 15. Frank – 13 – errand boy,  Gertrude – 11 – scholar.  Charles – 9 – scholar. John – 7 – scholar. Lucy – 6- scholar. Mabel – 5 – scholar. Winifred – 2. James – 2. Dorothy – 1.

West End.

Martha Wilson – head – single – 39 – living on own means.  Also present. John Proude – single – lodger – 49 – Vicar and clerk in Holy Orders.


Hannah Hinchliffe – head – widow – 65 – living on own means. Two children.  Emma -26. John – 23 – farmer.  Also present.  Mary Sanderson – servant – 52.

Wells Green.

Benjamin Woodhead – head – widower – 72 – retired tailor. Also present. Fred Hinchliffe – boarder – M – 27 – painter. Alice – wife – 27.

Ellen Bower – head – M – 58 – living on own means. Also present. John Heals – boarder – M – 56 – warper.  Ann Heals – wife – 56.

William Hinchliffe – head – M – 30 – farmer. Mary – wife – 28. Four children. John – 6 – scholar.  Hubert – 5 – scholar.  Edith – 3. Amy – 1.  Also present.  Jane Whitaker – 15 – servant.

West End .

John Ibbotson – head – single – 65 – labourer.

Moor Lane.

Ammon Platt – head – M – 66 – labourer.  Mary – wife – 65.

William Hobson – head – M – 34 – weaver.  Ellen – wife – 32. Three children.  John – 5 – scholar.  harold – 3. Albert – 1.  Also present. Elizabeth Wimpenny – sister in law – single – 37 – tailoress.

Timothy Scholfield – head – M – 58 – retired police constable.  Martha – wife – 53.

Ox Lane .

Nathan Charlesworth – head – widower – 65 – unemployed.  Three children. Joe – 34 – weaver.  Nathan – 29 – dyer.  James – 37 – widower – dyer.  Also present.  James – grandson – 16 – leather strap maker. Fred – grandson – 13 – printer.

Martha Ann Roebuck – head – widow – 50 – living on own means. Four children.  William – 28 – joiner. Edith – 17 – dress maker assistant.  Annie – 17 – dress maker. John – 6 – scholar.


James Hirst – widow – 60 – labourer.


John Bentley – head – M – 45 – weaver and farmer.  Ann – wife – 45. Five children . Joe – 22 – weaver.  Alice – 21 – millhand. Ellen – general servant.  Mary – 12 – scholar.  Ada – 10 – scholar.

Rosewood Cottage.

John Taylor – head – M – 36 – market gardener & farmer. Betty – wife – 40. Also present. Eval – niece – 13 – scholar. Elizabeth Strictison – 18 – domestic servant. William Strictison – 15 – agricultural labourer.

Brown Hill.

Albert Seddon – head – M – 35 – farmer.  Alice – wife – 38.  Three children.  Mary – 11 – scholar. Arthur – 8 – scholar.  Lucy – 4.

St.Mary’s Court.

Wilson Taylor – head – M – 38 – weaver.  Alice – wife – 35. Four children.  William – 11 – millhand. Harry – 7. Edith – 3. Fred – 1 month.

William Garner – head – M – 53 – painter. Elizabeth – wife – 50 – winder. Three children. Sarah – 22 – thread packer. John – 19 – apprentice joiner. Mary ( Hobson ) – married – 25 – winder.  Also present. Edward Hobson – son in law – 26 – warp beamer.

John Redfearn – head – M – 56 – waller.  Elizabeth – wife – 52. Five children. Mary – 26 – winder. Fred – 19 – winder.  John – 17 – millhand.  Sarah – 14 – millhand. Jane – 11 – millhand.

Joseph Taylor – head – M – 46 – weaver. Mary – wife – 48. One daughter. Melinda – 16 – winder.

Edward Beaumont – head – M – 27 – spinner.  Ann – wife – 26. One daughter .Ethel – 2.

Edward Taylor – head – M – 44 – weaver.  Syrena – wife – 44 – weaver. Three children.  Matthew – 20 – weaver. John – 19 – willower.  Thomas – 18 – weaver.

St.Mary’s Court.

Mary Taylor – head – M – 31. Two children.  Martha – 3. James – 10 months.

Jabez Taylor – head – widower – 64 – unemployed. Three children. Ellen – 20 – millhand.  Mary – 18 – winder. Jane ( Lockwood ) – M – 34 – winder. Also present. George Lockwood – son in law – 24 – finisher. Henry Woodhouse – brother in law – widower – 64 – living on own means.

Alfred Benyon – head – M – 24 – weaver.

Isaac Bassingdale – head – widower – 74 – labourer. On son . Harry – 26 – weaver. Also present. Elizabeth – daughter in law – 26 – winder. John – grandson – 6 – scholar.

Herbert Cadwell – head – M – 25 – shipping clerk.  Mary – wife – 26. Two children. Hilda – 2. Marjorie – 2 months.

Eliza Bottomley – head – widow – 47 – millhand. Five children. Annie – 22 – winder.  Harriet – 16 – millhand.  Hannah – 15 – winder. Jane – 12 – scholar. Charles – 9 – scholar.

St.Mary’s School.

George Hall – head – M – 50 – schoolmaster.  Mary – wife – 40. Six children. Ada – 14 – scholar. Minnie – 12 – scholar. Harry – 8 – scholar. William – 4 – scholar. Frank – 2 . Thomas – 9 months.  Also present. Sarah Peace – visitor- 24 – wife of railway porter.

Wilshouse Villa.

George Philipps – head – M – 34 – gardener.  Lydia – wife – 33. Three children. Arthur – 8 – scholar. Mary – 6 – scholar. Gertrude – 5 – scholar.

Manor House.

Henry Hirst – head – M – 48 – living on own means.  Harriet – wife – 38.  Also present. Alice Hidditch – 28 – domestic servant cook. Annie Exley – 20 – domestic servant housemaid.


John Berry – head – M – 48 – farmer.  Susan – wife – 50. One son. Tom – 24 – farmer. Also present.  Emma – daughter in law – 21 – spinner.  John Dixon – 19 – farming servant.

Joseph Taylor – head – M 60 – weaver.  Hannah – wife – 60. One daughter. Emma – 30 – winder.

John Watson – head – M – 39 – groom and gardener.  Anne – wife – 38. Five children.  William – 14 – millhand. Sarah – 14 – millhand.  Alice – 11 – millhand.  Mabel – 8 – scholar.  Agnes – 8 – scholar.

John Bradbury – head – M – 66 – weaver.  Rebecca – wife – 56.

Alfred Kinder – head – M – 57 – living on own means.  Mary – wife – 51.

M.Scholfield – head – M – 57 – weaver.  Sarah – wife – 47.

Jacon Hinchliffe Booth – head – M – 59 – labourer. Isabella – wife – 47.  Five children.  Mary – 19 – millhand. Ruth – 17 – millhand.  Annie – 16 – millhand.  jacob – 12 – scholar. Alice – 6 – scholar.

Fred Hobson – head M – 28 – weaver.  Ellen – wife – 27. One daughter – Leonora – 6.

Mary Sykes – head – widow – 56. Two daughters . Ellen – 23 – millhand. Alice – 17 – millhand.

William Hobson – head – M – 33 – weaver. Ruth – wife – 35 – millhand.

Ann Ferrand – head – widow – 59. Three children. Mary – 25 – winder. Frances – 23 – packer. Noah – 16 – gardener. Also present. Emma Lockwood – lodger – 22 – winder.

Listed under Honley.

Dean Brook.

Joe Kenyon – head – M – 40 – weaver. Elizabeth – wife – 39. Eight children. Seth – 18 – winder.  Edgar – 15 – brush maker assistant.  John – 12 – scholar. Joshua – 10 – scholar.  Alice – 8 – scholar.  Herbert – 5. Florence – 3.  Ethel – 9 months.

Joseph Strong – head – M – 42 – railway labourer.  Jane – wife – 40. Six children.  Charles – 17 – millhand.  Sarah – 15 – condenser feeder.  Joseph – 13 – finisher.  Maria  – 11 – scholar. Frances – 8 – scholar.  Ethel – 5.

Joseph Castle – head – M – 60 – weaver. Harriet – wife – 50.  Also present.  Mary Dytch – sister in law – 42 – weaver. Emma Dytch – sister in law – 40 – weaver.

William Higginson – head – M – 29 – manager.  Emily – wife – 27.Four children.  Robert – 10 – scholar.  Kate – 8 – scholar.  Harry – 6 scholar. Anne – 1.

William Broadbent – head – M – 47 – weaver.  Hannah – wife – 47 – mender.

Joseph Platt – head – M – 74 – living on own means. Sarah – wife – 73.  Alice – widow – 44 – knotter.

Charles Lancaster- head – M – 29 – joiner and cabinet maker.  Hannah – wife – 30. Seven children. Mary – 8 – scholar. Annie – 7 – scholar. Jabez – 5. Lilly – 3. Nelly – 18 months. John & Ethel – twins – 3 months.

George Hobson – head – M – 42 – weaver.  Amelia – wife – 40.  Alice – 21 – weaver.  Fred – 18 – cutter.  Martha – 13 – scholar.

Fred Kenyon – head – M – 37 – weaver.  Emma – wife – 36. Three children. Tom – 10 – scholar.  mary – 5 – scholar.  Catherine – 3.

Mary Cartwright – head – single – 36.

Emma Dyson – head – single – 47 – weaver.


Joe Thornton – head – M – 27 – overlooker.  Ruth – wife – 30. One child. Alice – 3 months.

Sarah Woodhead – head – widow – 72 – grocer. Two children. Mary – 39. Alice – 35.

John Smith – head – M – 44 – fuller.  Elizabeth – wife – 45. Thre children. Annie – 19 – warper. Emma – 13 – weaver. Clara – 9 – scholar. Also present. Sarah Heaton – mother in law – widow – 68.

Tom Russell – head – M – 51 – spinner.  Martha – wife – 54. Three children. Arthur – 14 – piecer. Tom – 12 – scholar. Joe – 10 – scholar.

Benjamin Lindley – head – M – widow – 56 – weaver.  Two daughters . Sarah – 18 – weaver. Jane ( Senior ) – 33. George Senior – son in law – 34 – dyer. Four grandchildren.  Joe – 5 – scholar. Emma – 3. Harry – 1 . Edith – 9 months.

Elizabeth Shore – head – widow – 56 – farmer. One son . Edwin – 32   – engineer tenter. Also present . Sarah – daughter in law – 26. Lizzie – grand daughter – 11 months.  Jonas Gill – 21 – mill hand.  Charles Gill – 15 – winder.  Harry Dyson – adopted son – 15 – farmer’s boy.

John Moorhouse – head – M – 37 – weaver.  Mary – wife – 35.  Three children.  Ellen – 4. Fred – 3. Elsie – 11 months.

Elizabeth Barber – head – widow – 69. One son . George – 38 – weaver.

Joseph Rusby – head – m – 39 – labourer. Anne – wife – 35 – inker. Two children.  Doreen – 12 – piecer.  Thomas – 8 – scholar.  Also present. Mary – mother – 74.

Edward Brierley – head – M – 44 – weaver.  Sabrina – wife – 39. Three children.  Joseph – 12 – scholar.  Herbert – 10 – scholar. Charles – 8 – scholar.

Willie Hobson – head – M – 31 – general domestic servant.  Sarah – wife – 26 – warper.  One son. Harry – 5 – scholar.

Robert Eastwood – head – m – 34 – weaver.  Sarah – wife – 25. One daughter . Mary – 2 months.

John Moorhouse – head – M – 23 – scissors bearers.  Clare – wife – 21. One daughter. Lilly – 1.

Benjamin Dyson – head – M – 75 – retired farmer.  Frances – wife – 61. One son. James – joiner. Also present. Lilley – daughter in law – 31.

James Eastwood – head – M – 59 – farmer.  Elizabeth – wife – 54. One son. Joe -36 – commission agent.  Also present. Benjamin – nephew – 28 – finisher.

David Dytcg – hea – M – 45 – mill foreman.  Hannah – wife -45. Three children. Sarah – 12 – scholar. Arthur – 7 – scholar. Joe – 4.

John Armitage – head – M – 52.  Sarepta – wife – 55. Two children.  sarah – 27. Thomas – 18 – winder. Also present . Helen – granddaughter – 9 – scholar.

Godfrey Ricketts – head – M – 45 – weaver.  Jane – wife – 43. Six children. Albert – 24 – weaver. Charles – 20 – dyer. Elizabeth – 18 – piece knotter. George – 15 – winder. Annie – 10 – scholar.  Fred – 8 – scholar.

Ann Hoyle – head – window – 54. Three children. Charles – 19 – piecer.  Martin – 17 – piecer. Emily ( Hoyle ) – 27 – warper.  Also present. Eveline Hoyle – grand daughter – 5 – scholar.

Deanhouse – Cricketers Arms.

Edward Stansfield – head – M – 55 – innkeeper and farmer. Caroline – wife – 52 – employed in inn. Two children. Sarah – 26 – dressmaker. Mary ( Goddard ) – married – 29.  Also present. John – grandson – 4 – scholar.

Hannah Hinchliffe – head – widow – 77. Also present. Harriet Metterce – 54 – feeder.

Thomas Eastwood – head – M – 57 – weaver, Anne – wife – 40.

George Fitton – head – M – 65 – spinner.  Sarah – wife – 66.Two children. Ada – 29 – mender.  Florence – 26 – inker. 

Philip Stansfield – head – M – 30 – weaver.  Elizabeth – wife – 30.  Three children.  Mary – 6 – scholar. Ethel – 2.  Gertrude – 1.

Sarah Sykes – head – widow – 61 – living on own means. One daughter. Mary – 20 – day school teacher.

Ralph Hobson – head – M – 38 – loom tuner.  Caroline – wife – 36. Seven children. Jane – 13 – mill girl.  Joseph – 11 – scholar. Samuel – 10 scholar. Tom – 8 – scholar. Helen – 6 – scholar. Arthur – 4. Percy – 6 months.

John Bottomley – head – M – 56 – farmer. Hannah – wife – 49.  One child. Robert – 14 – healder.  Also present.  Thomas Gray – 15 – farm assistant. Ben Wesley – 25 – farm assistant.

Allen Turner – head – M – 35 – labourer and dry waller. Ann – wife – 55 weaver.

William Hobson -head – M – 42 – weaver.   Sarah – wife – 50.  Four children.  Harry – 15 – servant.  George – 11 – scholar.  John – 10 – scholar. Wimpenny – 4.

Joseph Bottomley – head – single – 59 – labourer. Also present – Martha – 49 – sister.

Wesleyan Chapel.

Robert Cousen – head – M – 61 – weaver. Martah – wife – 52. Five children. Sarah ( Taylor ) – 30. Jane – 18 – minder.  Enily – 15 – winder.  Herbert –  11 – scholar. Miriam – 9 – scholar.

Miry Lane Bottom.

Ezra Harper – head – M – 41 – teamer. Mary – wife – 43. Eleven children.  Joannah – 19 – weaver. Emily – 18 – weaver. Alma – 15 – spinner. Ada – 13 – spinner, Susan – 12 – scholar. Daniel – 10 – scholar.  Harry – 9 – scholar. Annie – 8 – scholar.  William- 6 – scholar.  Jane – 2.  Rosa – 1.

John Calvert – head – M – 48 – brush maker.  Ann- wife – 46.  Four children.  James – 11 – scholar.  Samuel – 9 – scholar. Clara – 7 – scholar. John – 4 months.

Holmroyd Nook.

Samuel Brigg – head – M – 44 – farmer.  Ann – wife – 40. Five children. Sarah – 12 – farmers daughter.  Whitaker – 8 – scholar.  Charles – 6 – scholar. Albert – 3. Agnes – 1.

Henry Bradley – head – M – 56 – farmer. Jane – wife – 50.  One son. William – 29 – farmer’s son




Deanhouse – a hamlet that shows the changes of time

In April 1973 the Holmfirth Express printed two articles titled ‘A brief history of Deanhouse – a hamlet that shows the changes of time.’ It  was written by Eileen Williams, who was the secretary of Holmfirth Civic Society. It is superbly researched and, as Deanhouse features throughout the history of Netherthong, it is a valuable addition to this web site. With acknowledgements to Eileen.

” Few hamlets in the West Riding can show the changes of time as clearly as Deanhouse. It now comprises two separate entities, on the one hand are the neat rows of modern dwellings, while barely a stone’s throw away, via a ginnel passing the 18th.C. Wesleyan Chapel, a cluster of 17th. and 18th. cottages still survive – one bearing a date-stone marked 1698 above the door. Deanhouse Mills standing just below give their evidence of the Industrial Revolution.

  Earliest traced record of Deanhouse is given in the Poll-Tax of 1379 in the Haneley ( Honley ) section which included a Johanne Dean whose homestead sited in the modernised section was to become Deanhouse. Little is known about him but he grew his own corn, taking it to Honley Mill to grind. 200 years later in 1569, John Beaumont, a husbandman of Deynhouse, bought land from the Stapletons of Honley and appeared to be thriving. Beaumonts remained at Deanhouse until 1675 when Abraham Beaumont sold to Joseph Armitage. From Armitage the property passed to a Woodhead, a Wilkinson and then Sir John Lister Kaye  spanning the years to 1763 when Godfrey Berry bought ‘ Deanhouse and other lands at Honley for £400.

  In the latter half of the 18th.C , Deanhouse was a very small community of farmers, clothiers and handloom weavers. They were among the first of the followers of John Wesley and Methodism and they built their own chapel in1769. In 1772, John Wesley visited the chapel but had to walk from Hagg. A Mrs. Dinah Bates accompanied him back to Hagg and she was a noted Leech-woman, held in deep respect for the curing of ailments. The panorama of the Deanhouse Valley was then unbroken by the Deanhouse Mill which was built some years later. The brook into which three streams converged flowed unsullied through woods and pasture land. Above it the bridle path, now known as Haigh Lane, led directly to the Chapel skirting a two-storied double fronted dwelling with a substantial barn, presumably a farmhouse, now the Cricketer’s Arms.The four weavers’ cottages stood at the brow of the bridle path while below them was a drinking trough for the horses. Behind these weavers’ cottages was a fold with smaller cottages, one of which still carries the date stone of 1698 above the door.

  It is recorded that in 1798, Nathaniel Berry of Deanhouse was a Constable and a church warden of Honley. In 1838 the Deanhouse passed to Joseph, Ben and John Eastwood the family then connected with the mill. Joseph Eastwood and Sons being recorded as fulling millers. By 1838 a John Jordan had taken over the scribbling and fulling while Joseph Eastwood and his brothers were then known as woolen merchants.

  At that time there was no record of an inn in Deanhouse but an unnamed beerhouse was listed in 1853. As farmhouses in those days often brewed and sold beer as a sideline, the conversion of farmhouse to inn, first known as ‘The Blazing Rag’ seems to have been a gradual one. While officially the Cricketers today, it is still known locally as ‘The Rag’. May 1860 brought about the most significant change to the old Deanhouse community when the house and grounds carrying the name of the hamlet was conveyed from the Eastwood family to the Guardians of the Huddersfield Union as a site for a new Workhouse.’

The second article dealt with the rise and decline of the dreaded workhouse of Deanhouse. I have a chapter covering the  the Workhouse in detail so I have just pulled a few interesting items from her report.

‘ The first inmates were admitted at the beginning of September 1862. Before the end of the month a boy named Thomas Clough absconded and was found drowned near Huddersfield the same day. No regrets or mention of an inquiry was made in the minutes. The following year, in September 1863, the list of absconders over the boundary wall was proving a worry and included a Sarah Jane Hobson who had escaped taking her three children with her to Honley, one man took his workhouse clothing with him and a young female got over the wall for an immoral purpose. As a result a higher boundary wall was built at a cost of £150.’


The Roebucks of Moor Lane – detailed Family Tree 1775 to date

A great deal of research and effort has been  put into the following excellent family tree of the Roebuck family from 1775 up to the present.  Because it is very specialised, I have given it a chapter of its own and it is basically word-for-word, including the researcher’s comments, as it was supplied to me by Brenda Quarmby ( nee Roebuck ).


ROGER ROEBUCK            married                           ?

born about 1755? , he lived at Woodnook and was listed as a Clothier. Possible children:- Hannah (christened 21.6.1778) – John  (christened 27.2.1779) – Eli (christened 25.12.1782) – Lydia b.1786 ? Christened in Honley, West Yorkshire.( I am not sure about this person ).


JOHN ROEBUCK Snr.                      married                MARIA ( not known )

 b. 1779. died 2.7.1835 aged 55.                            b.1778. died 14.9.35 aged 57 

 Children:-  John – William b.1809 – Benjamin – Lydia b.1786 ? – Possibly Maria b.1793 – Others not known

 Netherthong Parish Church was completed in 13 March 1829. The children were possibly christened in Honley as they all lived at Wood Nook.

Moorgate, Netherthong was an area on the edge of the moors (hence the name) which included Great Ox Close, Oxley Lane ,Middle Brown Hill, Upper Brown Hill, Lower Ox Close, Moorgate Farm and  probably Sands Farm. John Roebuck and family were shown as living at Wood Nook (near Honley) in 1813. In 1831, he built dwellings at Great Ox Close and these dwellings were tenanted. (I believe this is Ox Lane Farm & the tenants were weavers) He was, we were told, a very wealthy man. John and Maria were buried in Netherthong churchyard. (This grave has a very prominent position at the head of the Church …Large stone box type by vestry door area). William his son married Ann the daughter of Joseph Hirst… (Ann has also been named Oldham ? see belowThis could be where the name of Joseph Hirst was first originated into the Roebuck family. There could also be a connection with a George Hirst (Holmfirth area) who owned Digley Mill in the 1830’s. Bank End Mill next door was tenanted by John and William Roebuck also at this time? The Mill was badly damaged by the great flood in 1852. It is  believed that  John Roebuck handed down his assets to his son William circa 1836?

Moorgate Farm was never owned or tenanted by Roebucks. It was the property of Dyson’s and  still was in 2012


WILLIAM ROEBUCK                          married                      ANN OLDHAM HIRST

  born 21.4.1808,                                                                born

                                            Ann was born Upperthong

 Children:- John  – Emma – Ellen Ann – Maria – Mary – Sarah – Lydia – Joseph H – William E

 William was born at Wood Nook, near. Netherthong, which was later handed down to him from his father John. The Census taken 30.3.1851 shows the family living at Woodnook, 64 acres plus houses and servants. They mainly reared sheep in addition to the usual farm animals.

In 1881, Ann was 73 years old. She was a widow, still lived at Wood Nook, Honley,  farmed  60 acres and employed 4 men.  A marriage certificate was required to ascertain if Ann was HIRST or OLDHAM and who was her father… Joseph Hirst of Wilshaw or William Hirst (b.1785).There was also a George Hirst, Mill owner of Digley Mill. Details of her mother are unknown to date.  All the children were christened at Netherthong Church and William and  Ann were buried in Netherthong churchyard together with John and Maria Roebuck.

When William died he left Woodnook to Joseph and William E and their mother Ann was to live in the cottage. There is evidence that the farm was left to the eldest son John, which was the usual thing to do in those days. He in turn later rented it out to his brothers, Joseph and William Edward (there is an original document showing a rental agreement between these three Roebucks dated  February 1st 1887)  at £69 a year with rent days being May 1st and November 1st.

 John born 21.4.1831 and died Jan 1889?   Farmer’s son born in Netherthong. John was married to Martha Ann born 2.4.1841 and died 11.7.1923 (She was baptized on September 2 1877) and  in 1871 they were shown as Grocers in Thongsbridge. In 1881 they lived at Ox Lane as farmers with children, Annie born c.1874 (Dressmaker) – Edith born c. 1874 (Dressmaker’s assistant) – William born c.1868 (Joiner) – John Herbert born 9.10.1884 (In 1911 he was listed as being a farm manager at Moor Lane, Netherthong) – Fred born 7.8.1878 and died 1.8.1880 – Mary Emma born April 1871 died 31.3.1874, aged 2 yr 11 months – John Charles died at the age of 6 ½ months. All the children were born in Netherthong and in1891 they lived at Ox Lane but by 1901 they had moved to Wood Nook. The 1861 Census shows that Martha Ann was the daughter of Grace and David Roebuck. Grace was born c.1802 and came from Almondbury. David Roebuck was a Manufacturer. Martha had a sister Mary Mellor born c.1844. John possibly died in 1901. Mary Mellor was possibly married in September 1867. As mentioned earlier,  this John, being the eldest son, inherited Wood Nook on the death of his father and on the 1st February 1887 he rented the farm out to his brothers Joseph Hirst and William Edward for £69 yearly rent.

 William Roebuck born 1868 – died 1938 (Son of John Roebuck & Martha Ann above), emigrated to New Zealand and he married Lucy Holmes born1873 – died1938. (They had no children which we know of).  William lived at Wood Nook in 1908 and married Lucy on 1.9.1908 at the United Methodist Church, Moldgreen,Huddersfield. Lucy lived at Brook Street, Moldgreen and her father,  Charles Holmes,  was a corn miller. She worked as a confectioners assistant. Lucy arrived in New Zealand 19.2.1910 and they were farmers there alongside his cousin William Ramsden Roberts.  William and Lucy died within four months of each other in 1938 and were buried  in the Old Hamilton East Cemetery.

Ellen Ann  born 12.8.1834 – died 1903    Farmer’s daughter  born in Netherthong. Possible marriage September 1865 or June 1866 . We think she was christened on 31.8.1834 and she married Richard Roberts born 1829 – died1908 of  Farnley Tyas. They had children Richard Henry,  Sarah, John Richard born 1901 – died1979,  Stanley born1905 – died 1972   and  William Ramsden born 1869 – died 1938 , who married Eleanor Lister born1871 – died1940 and  they had children Vera 1899-1967, Frank 1902-1980 and Norman 1911-1999. Frank married Winifred Hodge born 1916 – died 2006 and they had a child, John Roberts born 1943 in Tauranga New Zealand where he still lives with his wife and family.

 William Ramsden’s  family originally  moved to New Zealand in 1910 on the recommendation of their friends, the Roebucks, who were already there. They made this move after the death of their father Richard Roberts in 1908.

Their sister Sarah had already settled in the USA.( My cousin reckons they knew Roebucks in England who had members already settled in New Zealand and may have provided the incentive).

William Ramsden, Richard Henry (and his wife and 3 children) arrived in NZ on the ‘Arawa’ in June 1910.

William’s wife and their 5 children emigrated 6 months later on the ‘Tainui’ arriving in November 1910. Her daughter, two year old Gertrude, died  when the ship docked at Hobart, Tasmania. William’s wife, Eleanor, was 7 months pregnant at the time so it must have been some trip.

My cousin who lives near Hamilton, New Zealand, found many Roebuck names in her local phone book.

  Mary born 5.1.1838 – died10.9.1875 .  She was a  farmer’s daughter  born in Moorgate, Honley. She married Henry Senior 22.8.1870 in Netherthong and they had three children. Albert Edward  born 5.7.1872 – died 2.10.1923 , he was a butcher/farmer and he married Ellen Horn on 21.5.1894. Reuben born 1874 – died 6.8.1931 in Huddersfield. He was a butcher

Mary Ann  born Nov 1875 – died  ? she married Harold Thomas Raper on 4.6.1903 and her mother, Mary, most probably died at the time of her birth in 1875.

 Henry Senior re-married Betty Hampshire from Upperthong  on 20.11.1877.

 Sarah, born 6 Apr 1840 – died June 1880 , was a farmers daughter and born at Moorgate (Honley). She died in the Huddersfield area. She married Henry Stace Ward born 11.3.1832 – died .March 1908 and  he was a Draper/Manager of a Co-op store. The marriage took place on  8.1.1863 in Netherthong Parish Church and  they had three children. Agnes Ward September 1864,  William Rootsey Ward born Oct 1865- died Aug 1944 (he was an accomplished water colour artist) ,Ada Maria Ward born 1869 – died June 1881 (age 12). Lydia born 1842                      born in Honley. Possible marriage March 1865 .

 William Edward born 6th March 1847 – died 10th February 1895 at the age 49 of a heart attack. Census says he was born in Honley. After his brother Joseph (the Vet) died, he continued with Rachel taking care of the farm at Wood Nook – he had an affair with Rachel and  fathered a son called Harry in 1893 (the mother being Rachel Roebuck (nee Spencer Batty)). Harry married Emma (nee) Beaumont from Hepworth. They lived in Netherthong opposite the Clothiers Arms .William Edward was a farmer and  he did not marry but always lived with Joseph H and  Rachel. William was  buried with his brother Joseph Hirst/Rachel/Arthur in Netherthong graveyard (front of Church-left).

 Joseph H. born 29.4.1844 – died 5.11.1891. He was a Veterinary Surgeon, born in Honley.  There was also another Joseph Hirst Roebuck who died at Deanhouse Workhouse (hospital) 13th October 1895 and  was buried 17th October 1895. Maria was born  July 1836 and  died aged ten months 3rd April 1837 and was buried in Netherthong graveyard. Emma born about  1832/3, died aged 15  on the 2nd April 1848.and was also  buried in the Netherthong graveyard.


JOSEPH HIRST ROEBUCK                    married to               RACHEL SPENCER                                                                                                              BATTY                                  

29 April 1844 – 5th Nov 1891             18.6.1873             b.23.8.1851 – died 17th Dec 1931

Age 47                                                                                 Aged 80

Born in Honley (I think Moorgate Farm)                          Born Hunshelf/Penistone 

Children:- Hirst,  Emma, Arthur,  Benjamin , Mary Ann (Polly) ,Lily, Ada, Lydia, Alice,  Harry ( Harry was born in 1893 with Joseph’s brother, William, being the father ).

Joseph Hirst was baptized at All Saints Church, Netherthong June 18th 1844 (could be May)

The marriage certificate shows that Rachel was a Batty.(but Charlesworth memoirs show her name as Spencer ??). Rachel’s father was Benjamin Batty, a farmer, and the family were from Hunshelf near Penistone . She was born with a squint and died from a stroke . She was married to Joseph Hirst on 18th June 1873 at the Parish Church, Penistone and they lived at Wood Nook farm and  Rachel had ten children. (See note for last one Harry’s father who was William Ed.)

Joseph was a Veterinary Surgeon and lived at Woodnook. When Joseph H died of a heart attack he left Woodnook to his brother William Edward in 1891. Sometime after William Edward died,  Rachel and  her children Mary A,  Lily,  Ada, Alice ,  Harry lived at 78 Alder Street. Huddersfield .St.Andrews ? ( I estimate around 18961901. See 31.3.1901 Census.). Rachel probably moved into the Queens Head Inn around 1901 – 1905 and  then to Cliffe View her newly built house on Thong Lane, Netherthong. Charlesworth memoirs state that BOTH farms were sold (but we only know of Wood Nook) and the spoils were divided between the children. Joseph lived a very busy life as a vet and  seemed happy with the outdoor life.

 ARTHUR was born in Honley on 10th Dec 1876  and died 12th July 1895  He lived at Wood Nook and was buried with his mother and father in Netherthong church yard  at the age of 19. (Louie’s diaries show the death at six weeks old of another Arthur (cot death) -who is the other Arthur ?)

 BENJAMIN    Born 18.11.1878 , died 12.08.1916. Although Benjamin’s name is on the gravestone with his sisters Lily and  Alice in Netherthong Churchyard, he is also listed on the memorial at Villers – Bretonneux Memorial at the Somme in  France where he was allegedly buried with other soldiers.

:Another death was that of Benjamin Roebuck, who was a Private (5178), 16th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Born at Netherthong, the son of Joseph Hirst Roebuck and Rachel Roebuck, of Cliff View, Netherthong, Holmfirth, he was educated at Saint Mary’s Church School, Wilshaw. While living at Netherthong he became a teamer, driving a horse drawn wagon for Mr. John Batley; he was a member of the Working Men’s Club and attended All Saint’s Church. He emigrated to Australia around 1910, and soon acquired a farm and an orchard at Harvey, in a farming area in the South Western part of Western Australia. He volunteered at Blackboy Hill, near Harvey, on January 19th 1916, listing his mother, Rachel, as his next of kin, and sailed from Freemantle with reinforcements for the 16th Battalion on March 31st 1916, onboard HMAT A9 Shropshire, stopping at Egypt on the way to the Western Front. He was killed in action on Saturday August 12th 1916, shortly after he had arrived in France. His family received the news of his death on September 2nd; he was thirty-seven years old. There is no known  grave. The 16th Battalion spent the week before his death in attacks in the area around Circular Trench, north of Pozieres, France, also beating off a German counterattack from Mouquet Farm. On the 12th the German artillery bombarded the left of the line, and at 1:30 p.m. the Battalion was relieved, though the Germans shelled them as they moved to the rear. Benjamin Roebuck was either one of the thirty-nine men who were known to have been killed, or one of the nineteen reported missing believed killed in action with the 16th Battalion that day. Many more men were wounded. A letter written shortly before his death arrived in Holmfirth saying he was glad to get away from Egypt, which was a miserable place to live, and that he hoped to visit them at Netherthong before he returned to Australia.

 ALICE  was born on 4.8.1889 and died 18.3.1950 aged 60. She lived at Wood Nook and after an accident, whilst riding her bicycle in Netherthong, her hat pin pierced her brain leaving her brain damaged. Alice was admitted to Storthes Hall Hospital  on 8th January 1913 aged 24 where she remained there until she died aged 60. She was buried in Netherthong church yard with sister Lily and brother Benjamin.

 EMMA   Born 17.1.1875 – died 11th Nov 1945. She was born in Honley and lived at Wood Nook and she had a leg amputated when she was 60 years old.. She married Fred Charlesworth in 1895 . He was born in 1874 and died of pneumonia on 18.11.1918. They had eight children:- Walter 1896, Ben 1898  who died of diptheria in1902, – Harry (Dick) born 1900 (Harry married Nellie Stott),  Helen 1902- died 3.May 1916  of meningitis,  Alice 1906( Alice married Norman ?),  Cora 1908 (Cora married George Dickenson of Farnley Tyas), Mary born 30 Jan 1915 and she was diagnosed with Osteomyilitis at the age of nine,  Louie born 8th May 1916 – died1 December 2009 , she married Ernest Rex Watson on 29 Oct 1938). (This is the family line where the original Roebuck money/land ended up. Great Grandma Rachel being Emma’s mother.)

 HIRST   Born 8,11,1873  Born in Honley at Wood Nook.         

MARY ANN (known as Polly ).   Born in Honley 29.10.1880 – died 13th Nov . She lived at Woodnook  and married Arthur Chambers in 1907. He died fighting in France on 5.4.19 They had a daughter Elsie 23.6.1911 – 21.3.1934 who died from Diptheria. She was a Worsted and Woollen weaver.


LILY   Born 27th January 1883 – died 30th January 1913.  Lived at Wood Nook and she was a tailores and died of a heart attack aged 30. (The Charlesworth bible shows 1887 – 1910). She was buried in Netherthong church yard with her sister Alice and brother Benjamin.

 ADA   Born 10.7.1885. (This lady was quite well heeled ) .She owned properties in and  around Huddersfield and also owned the two front fields at Ox Lane Farm for which a yearly rent was paid. These fields were purchased by Mother and Derek after Dad’s death (JOHN Roebuck) in 1978. She had nieces Lilian and Eveline.

 LYDIA    Born  23.5.1887 and she had children:- Hilda,  Evelyn, Annie and Lilian. Their surname was Woods. She became a nurse at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

 HARRY     Born  22.10.1893. Fathered by William E ( brother of Joseph who had died in 1891.) Harry married Emma Beaumont from Hepworth and they had a son Phillip born18.1.1927 and  they lived in Netherthong. He served in the RAF in 1914 and was buried in Netherthong church yard.

 They all lived at Wood Nook Farm, Honley in 1881 and Woodnook was sold around 1896/7?  Rachel, now a widow and on her own since William died in 1895, was shown as living at 74 Alder Street, Huddersfield as at 31.3.1901. Wood Nook was now shown to be occupied by Martha Ann Roebuck (widow of John ) plus children, she being completely self-sufficient. Somewhere between 1895 – 1905,  Rachel lived in Alder Street, Huddersfield and later bought the Queens Head Pub in Netherthong. (Her life at this point seemed to revolve around her children, Mary Ann (Polly) & Emma). She later had a house built at the top of Thong Lane in Netherthong and named it “Cliffe View”. She moved there in 1905 where she lived until her death. The Queens Head Pub was closed in 1938 See chapter on pubs and inns.  Grandma Rachel was buried with her family at the front area of Netherthong churchyard.

 (19th December 1896: A Mortgage of £500 was taken out from Lloyds Bank, Holmfirth, The document was amongst Dad’s papers.  Too early for him….must have been his Dad HIRST Roebuck. I think this is the purchase of Ox Lane Farm by Hirst Roebuck. Here he worked and  raised his family. We are told that he died owing lots of money).


HIRST ROEBUCK                          married                    HANNAH ANN SENIOR

Born 8.11.1873 –  Died 15 Nov 1946       1895                     Born 1871 Died Dec 1934

Age 73 Census RG11/4369                                           Age 63 Census RG/11/4369

Born at Wood Nook/Honley                                          ANN born Deanhouse           

 Children: Herbert,  John, Arthur,  Emily,  Amy,  Joe,  Lydia , Mary Emma  and Marion

 They were married at Netherthong Parish Church on the 16th October 1895 in the presence of Joseph Hirst Roebuck (yeoman) and Ben Senior (Dyer). (No known photos.) Grandad Hirst was well known for his long red beard which later turned white and although he was a hard worker, I am told he was also a heavy drinker.  His mother, Rachel Roebuck ,owned and ran the Queens Head Pub in Netherthong where he was to be found frequently. He was always borrowing money from his mother, which was lent on IOU’s but never paid back. They lived at Wood Nook Farm and he later bought Ox Lane Farm,  Moor Lane, Netherthong, Holmfirth.and had nine children. Hirst Roebuck died in Deanhouse Hospital aged 73 and was buried December 18th 1946.  Grandma Hannah Ann was buried on  December 26th 1934 aged 63.They were buried in Netherthong Parish Church graveyard (bottom end right side No: M74, which is approximately half way down and  five rows in from the path .(Behind Mam/Dad’s plot). Hannah Ann was taken ill at the funeral of baby Jean Howells (her granddaughter, with a stroke and later died from heart related symptoms. (This appears to be the only Roebuck grave NOT marked with a headstone !!!!)

Hirst was apparently the black sheep of the family. He bought Ox Lane Farm with his legacy money and  help from his mother and Uncle William. He had at one time 12 men working for him on the farm and, come Friday evening, they would all go to the pub (probably the Queens Head) for a drink and  he wouldn’t pay out their wages until going home time from the pub. This was so they took their wages home to the family and didn’t spend it on drink. Although he was a great drinker himself he always provided for his family first. There would be a gathering of the family on Saturday nights in Victoria Street, Holmfirth, where HIRST would always buy a large joint of meat from the butchers there ( we know it now as Howarths green grocers) to take home for Sunday dinner. He was also involved greatly in carting ganister from the quarry to build stables in Meltham (this is where the White Swan pub is). (Always borrowing money from his Mother as we know BUT it seems to me that he also had many good qualities and was very much a family man at heart).

Hirst and Hannah Ann used to make their own butter, a tradition which had been handed down many generations. ( I remember helping my Dad, John, to make butter and little pats were made for the children). When Hannah Ann died, her daughter Marion took over the care of the family and granddaughter Hannah would scrub the kitchen floor every Friday with a reward of 6d. (sixpence). Uncle Arthur said that Grandad Hirst spent all his money (after feeding his family) in one of the pubs in Meltham, either The Swan or the Waggon & Horses. He would buy everyone in the pub drinks until there was no money left, returning the next week to do the same thing.

 (As a child, I remember the Roebuck family used to gather at Ox Lane for Christmas Day tea, a tradition which continued well into my later childhood. All the Aunties and Uncles would sit round the large round oak table which usually needed two sittings, and we children got what was left over.)

 HIRST Roebuck bought Ox Lane Farm about1895/6 (I am not sure of this date/year ), after his father Joseph H died. He used his own money plus some from his Uncle William E and help from his Mother, Rachel. He left Ox Lane Farm and all his debts to his son JOHN Roebuck.

 HERBERT born in Wilshaw on 30.12.1900 and died 29.3.1985. He  married  Aggie Aspinall from Totties on 12.7.1924 . She was born in Scholes in1901 and died on 3.10.1979 . They had 3 children, Kenneth ,Eileen and Rita. Uncle Herbert lost an arm at his workplace and wore a  prosthesis. He worked on the Railways at Brockholes

Kenneth Roebuck, born 27 June 1925 was a Fireman at Holmfirth Fire Station.  Eileen  was born1.5.1929  at Larchouse,Scholes and died on 30.8.2006 from cancer and was cremated 6.9.2006.She had been a hairdresser and married Eric Pearson ,born 26.1.1924, in Wooldale at Holmfirth Parish Church on 4.6.1949. They had one son, Michael born 21.11.1949 ,who was married twice and  he had two daughters,  Zoe and  ? . Rita, born 11.5.1936 at Larchhouse, was  married on the 14.6.1958 to Keith Pearson born19.3.1933 at the Parish Church,Holmfirth. Keith died about May 2009 and  they had two children, Gillian born 15.6.1959 and  Richard born 8.12.1961.(Richard married Elaine born11.3.63)

Kenneth married Audrey Hill who was born on 1 July 1926 and  died July 21st 2006 (she was buried in Upperthong 28.7.06) .They lived behind the Civic Hall,Holmfirth and  had three children: Susan Gail 25.3.1950,  Ian Phillip 18.3.1953 and John Leslie 8.7.1959.

Susan Gail married Patrick Thorpe and  they had four children. Victoria Edwina born 3.10.73 married  Daniel Hargreaves on 7.7.2001 and they have a son Thomas Patrick b.11.9.2005.  Elizabeth Rowena born 6.11.74 married John Miles on 11.7.2004.  Katherine Lucy born 16.10.76 married Paul Skelton on 1.8.2003 and they have a son Finlay James born 9.12.2005.  Alexandra Mary born 11.2.79 married Paul Kennedy in Gretna Green (now divorced).

 Ian Phillip died in Lanzarote by a freak wave which took him out to sea and  drowned him on 18.1.1999. He was married to Sandra Wyke born 5.5.1955 at St.Johns, Holmfirth on the 21.6.1975. They have two children. Melanie Dawn born 10.9.1976 and Christopher James born 17.6.1982.  Melanie married Simon Wilkinson born 6.10.1976 at St.Johns, Holmfirth on the 15.7.2000 and they have two children. Dylan Luke born 5.7.2002 and  Emily Grace born 15.4.2005. Christopher married ? in September 2009.

 John Leslie  married Kathryn Ann Booth born 16.10.1957 at Holmfirth Parish Church on 20.9.1980.They had a child, Matthew James born 27.11.1995.

 ARTHUR  was born 24th June 1905 and he died on 13th April 1985  from prostate cancer. He married  Edith Rothery (aka  Eadie?), born 8th August 1904 and died 29th August 1972 . They had three children – Evelyn  born 14th August 1928 (who married an Alfred Oldham on 30th August 1952 and he died 13th January 2010 from a pancreatic tumour. A daughter born about 1938, who only lived three days and was buried in Netherthong church yard. David was born on 14th August 1942 and  he married Brenda Senior, born 1.5.1943,  on the 29th October 1966. Evelyn was a hairdresser at a shop next door to Uncle Alf’s Barbers on Mill Moor Road, Meltham. She  lived with and took care of  Auntie Lydia in Mill Moor Road, Meltham until Aunty Lydia  died aged 99.5 yrs. In 1928 the family lived at Sands Farm, Moor Lane, Netherthong, later moving to Upperthong, Arden in Bingley, Gloucester and later Hoyland Swaine. Uncle Arthur was a farm manager.

 Evelyn’s children: Melvyn Edward, born31.3.1960,  was married to ??? and lived for some time in France. Anthony Arthur born18.5.1964 (He was adopted 21.1.1969) . Christopher David born 28.3.1969 who works in the Entertainment Industry. He was married to Mandy ? (divorced) and they had a daughter Gemma.

 David’s children: Diane was born 24.11.1967 and married  Yogesh Shah, born 1960, in Nairobi. They have two children, Rianna born 1997and Kiran born 2002,  Gary born 30.3.1971 married Julie Fish,born 1974 & had children.  Vicky born 1991  married Simone Magowan, born 1978 & had three children. Alex born1978, Adam born 2005 and Glyn born 4.10.1974 who married  Rebecca Marsden, born1978. They have three children, Tyler born1997,  Charlie born1998 and Hayden born2004. David lives in the Hoyland Swaine area.

JOSEPH E  was born in Wishaw about 1898 and christened in Netherthong Parish Church. Originally a farmhand he later moved to York (possibly Spicklegate)  and  married Laura ? Two children, Mary and Louie. No further info.

 LYDIA ANN   born 28th July 1908 and died 26th July 2007. She was married in 1929 at Netherthong Parish Church to Alf Howells (barber on Mill Moor Road,  Meltham, where they also lived at No 22).Lydia died peacefully in her sleep on 26th November 2007 and her ashes are buried with her family in Meltham Parish Church. They had a daughter, Jean who died 22 December 1934 of leukaemia aged 18 months. Jean, Alf and  Lydia are buried in the churchyard of the Parish Church, Meltham.

 AMY, born 6.8.1903 and  died 20.10.1980 , married  Arthur Dawson  and had two children. Phillip, born1933 , married Nina Glover born 1934. Phillip was in the British Army from 1951-1953. Sheilla born 22.6.1927 and  died in 2010? She  married Selwyn Ibbottson of Selwyn’s Taxis in Honley but divorced him and  later married Willie Thompson. Amy re-married Arthur Jones. Auntie Amy was a Medium and was last known to live in Lockwood Huddersfield/Netherton Road in(a big corner house. Sheilla had tqo  step sons, Michael and Richard Thompson.

 Phillip’s seven children were : Janice born 1954,  Kevin born 1957,  Carol born 1958, – Andrew born 1960,  Sharon born 1962,  Mark born 1964  and Valerie born 1952. Janice married Peter Wills and they had a daughter, Rebecca, born 1989. Kevin married Jane Boyes. Carol married Roger Clegg and they had a daughter Laura Clegg, born 1983.  Carol divorced and  later married Andrew Lyman and they had a son Tomas Lyman born in 1990. Andrew married Joanne Weedon and they had two children Antony, born 1985, and  Bethany, born 1988. Mark married Margaret Carrol and they have a son Charlie born 2005. Sharon was born a spastic and  has always lived at home but does manage to work Valerie died when she was about one year old.

 EMILY was  born on 5.4.1899 in Wilshaw ( Wood Nook ) and died in 1984. She was married to William Pollard, born 1891 and died1957, and together they first lived in the middle cottage at Ox Lane Farm circa 1923 – 1940. From there they lived in and  ran Honley Labour Club and later still moved to Leamington Spa, They had two children, Hannah born 6.9.1923 (Hannah was in the British Army 1941-1945 ) and she married Frederick Watkins, (born18.5.1919  died 17.11.1985), in Huddersfield on 2.12.1946.  Hannah was last known to be living in Leamington Spa. Joan, born 29 July1921 and who died 5 September 1989,  married Robert J. Russell, (born 16 March 1922) , in Romford about 1945 and her ashes are buried in a top field at Ox Lane Farm. Emily was cremated in Leamington Spa and  William was cremated in Leeds.

Hannah’s four children were :  Jacqueline,  Edward,  Christine  and Josephine.

Jacqueline Beatrice born 30.5.1947 married David Evetts on 7.10.1967. Their  children were :Theresa ,born 8.9.1968,  married Christopher Mark Pemble on 5.8.1989 and their two  children were:  Liam Christopher David born 11.7.1992 and Callum Christopher Eric born 11.7.1995.  Ian David born 29.7.1972  and married Sheron Peta Towe on 4.8.2001 . Their  children were,  Joel Ian born 22.4.2001 and Stevie Lee Christina born 25.7.2004. Edward Alan born 12.5 1950. Christine Anne born 21.7.1953 married Peter Harrop (30.11.1985): Their  children were : Arron,  Jason (partner Patricia Sisk,child Kian Sisk Harrop),  Michelle born 4.9.1985 and Luke Edward born 25.11.1988. Josephine Mary born 22.1.1957 married Peter Burden born1957 on 7.10.1985.Two children ,Adam born 30.4.1986 and Daniel born 6.7. 1988.

 Joan and Robert James Russell’s children: Jean Priscilla born 23.7.1946, Christopher Peter born 6.8.1947 and Anthony Leonard born17.8.1948. Jean Priscilla married ? and had four children: Jonathan,  Robin,  Martin and  Stephanie. Christopher Peter married ? and had two  children Bruno and Danielle.

 MARY EMMA  was born in Netherthong about 1896 and died1919.  In 1911 she boarded with Coldwell (Butchers of Wilshaw) and worked as an errand girl at a Cotton Mill. She died of Cancer and  had a daughter named Hilda born 22.6.1920 and died 29 Sept 1995.  (Mary Emma is probably  buried in the churchyard at Wilshaw). Hilda’s father was called Bill Saunders and  she was born out of wedlock whilst he was in the Army. Although Mary Emma and  Bill were later married, Hilda was brought up as one of the Roebuck sisters and lived in the cottage at Ox Lane Farm before moving to Honley about 1947. She married Douglas Baker, born3.12.1916, from Meltham who died in Helme Nursing Home in 1999/2000 and  she died peacefully at her home in Roundhay, Honley of a heart attack. She was cremated at Huddersfield Crematorium on 29.9.1995. They had a daughter Patricia, born 5.5.1943, who married Geoff Haigh, born19.12.1939, from Holmfirth. . Pat and Jeff had a son Jonathan Haigh born 2.6.1971. (Last known address of Patricia is Scarcroft/Wetherby).

 MARION , born circa 1917 and died ??,   married  John Lumb and  they lived in the Barnsley District. They had two children Barry and Keith. Barry died at the age of 12 years of tuberculosis. Keith Lumb married a Sandra ?. He left home  after his brother died and was cared for by a Mr & Mrs Carr. They all lived in Wombwell near Barnsley. The friendship between Marion and Mam (Connie) introduced her to my dad John. She was a gentle lady always with a smile. Keith maybe lives in Harley, Rotherham or Barnsley area (2007) and  has two children.


JOHN  ROEBUCK                      married                     CONSTANCE  DUNSTAN

29.12.1910 – Sept 1978               1940                      21.9.1917 – 13.11.2004

Age 67                                                                Age 87


JOHN  – Born on 29th December 1910 and married Constance Dunstan of Alma Cottage,Meltham on February 17th 1940 at Helme Parish Church in the presence of James William, Arthur Dunstan and Elsie Heywood (Mam’s best friend). Constance was born on 21.9.1917 at 105 Burnaby Street, Sheffield. Her mother was Mabel Dunstan but she was brought up by her grandparents, Arthur J.Dunstan and Helen Dunstan (nee Ward) in Meltham.

 Children: Derek,Brenda,Keith,Edward,Stephenand Michael.They all attended Netherthong Primary School.

 They all lived at Ox Lane Farm, Moor Lane, Netherthong.  John died aged 67 yrs in 1978 and was buried with his son Edward in Netherthong Parish graveyard .(Grave No 451 or H51). He inherited Ox Lane Farm from his father HIRST Roebuck and later handed it down to his sons Derek and Keith Roebuck.

Dad – John Roebuck purchased the adjacent land and  buildings known as Brownhill Farm in 1958.Keith Roebuck owns and lives there. (The Deeds for Ox Lane Farm were transferred to Dad in 1971 and should be held at the Solicitors).

All the usual traditions were carried on at Ox Lane Farm, the making of butter and Dad would also make a little pat for me ,the delivery of milk with the horse and cart where people would bring out their jugs,  the Christmas Day tea when all the Roebuck family would gather. Dad worked hard, as did Mam, but Dad, like his father before him, was quite a heavy drinker at weekends. Sometimes we didn’t see him from Friday night until Sunday night and we had to get Jim Horncastle to come to milk the cows. On the surface Dad was a very hard man, but I believe he was quite soft inside somewhere. His favourite song was “Danny Boy” and his favourite flowers were carnations.

 CONSTANCE  born 21.9. 1917 and died13.11.2004.She had a stroke in May  2003 and ended up in a Nursing Home at Helme Parish (not far from where she lived with her Grandparents until getting married to John Roebuck on February 17th 1940.) She died aged 87 years and was buried in Netherthong Parish graveyard (grave no: 451 or H51). Her mother was Mabel Dunstan but her father was never known. She had a younger sister, May, who died in 1977? of an overdose. (May had a brain tumour which she knew about because she had been a SRN). She was a very hard working lady ever true to her duty as a mother and wife and always on the side of the under dog  Her raport with animals (especially dogs) was amazing.

 DEREK was  born 27.7.1941  at Elm Wood Hospital,Holmfirth due to slight complications at birth (stuck).  Lives at Ox Lane Farm, Netherthong. He  never married and was left 50% of Ox Lane Farm/Brownhill Farm in his father’s (John) will.

 JOHN KEITH was born on 13.3.1944 at Ox Lane Farm.  He married Kathleen Gash on May 22 1970 and was later divorced. His children were : Anna Marie born 24.1.1972 at Princess Royal, Huddersfield and  Brian Keith. Brian was born 13th August 1974 at Holme Valley Memorial Hospital but he died two years later of a brain tumor  and was buried in Netherthong graveyard in Grave 451/H51. Marie married Peter Marcus Lloyd (born 27 Oct 1965) on 6th March 1999 at Huddersfield Registry Office and  they have a son Richard John born 15.11.1999 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. They are currently living in Linthwaite Nr Huddersfield. Keith was willed 50% of Ox Lane Farm/Brownhill Farm by father (John).

 STEPHEN 5.8.49  was born at Ox Lane Farm on 5.8.49. He ran away to Gretna Green with his girlfriend, Cathy Barkham, but they were caught and  brought back home where they lived together and had three children, Stevie ( Stephen John ),  Sharon and Shaun.  Stevie born 23 March1970 married Lisa O’Brien from Ireland but later divorced. They had three children, Stephen Christopher born 6th March 1991 in Ireland,  John Michael born 14th August 1992 in UK and Gypsy Lee born 7th February 2000 in UK. In 2006 Stevie  lives in thecottage at Ox Lane Farm. Shaun Dylon born ?   is married and lives in Blackpool? There are 2 children, Conner born 12th October 1998 and a baby girl born ??. Sharon Michelle  born12th August 1971 has 2 children but is not married.  Lewis Raymond born 27th December 2003 and Katie Michelle born 26th November 2005. Stephen now lives with his partner Shirley (nee Barkham) in Rastrick Brighouse.

 JAMES EDWARD was born at Ox Lane Farm on 21.9.1945 . He was  drowned in the Old Mill dam at Moor Lane aged six years  on September 13th 1952. and was buried in Netherthong graveyard on September 17th 1952 in Grave No 451 (or H51) with Brian Roebuck (Age two years) and Mam & Dad. ( details of the accident are in the Roebuck chapter ).

 MICHAEL –   Michael was born at Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Huddersfield on 17.8.57. In 2006 he lives with Lynne Cooper, born 1966, in Marsden and  they have four  beautiful blonde daughters named: Zoe born1992,  Amy born1993,  Jodie born1995 and Chloe born1999 (Chloe was severely brain damaged at birth). Michael also has a son called Shane Cooper born 1987. Shane is married to Charlene Dixon born1989 and  they have two children, Cody born 2010 and  Casey born 2006.

 BRENDA                married                         ALAN  QUARMBY

20.1.1943             5.10.1963                           24. 9.1945

 BRENDA was born at Ox Lane Farm on 20.1.43 and married Alan Quarmby of Armitage Bridge,Huddersfield on 5th October 1963 at Wilshaw Parish Church. She was divorced on  29.12.1978 and had one son, Simon Hirst Quarmby born 27.11.1965.  She later lived with one Stephen Angell until 1994 (son of Hilda and George Angell of Rawmarsh, Rotherham) and  they were co-founders of the Entertainment Agency, Angle Entertainments in about 1977 They had one son, Shaun S.Angell born15.5.1973. Brenda lived firstly at 37, Golcar Brow Road.Meltham, followed by a short spell at RAF Finningley and then for 27 years at Rose Cottage,High Street,Braithwell,near Rotherham. She aas an Entertainment Agent and retired in 2002 and now lives at 10, Broom Close,Tickhill,Doncaster. ( She never re-married !!!).

 SIMON HIRST was born 27.11.65 in St.Lukes Hospital, Huddersfield and was the son of Brenda and  Alan Quarmby, who later divorced in 29.12.78. He is married to Claire Goodgrove with three daughters, Hayley born 16.10.92 and Mya born 15.6.99. Shannon was lost at birth on 26.11.1997.  They live in Braithwell near Rotherham. Simon and  Claire were married at Maltby Parish Church on 14th September 1991,  divorced and  later re-married each other on 15th July 2000 at Braithwell Parish Church. Simon is an Entertainment Agent/Promoter and became President of the Agents’ Association of Great Britain in 2011..

 HAYLEY DANIELLE born 16.10.1992  Academically clever and went to Maltby Academy and Wickersley College.He started at Leeds University in 2011 studying Mathematics.

 SHANNON born 26.11.1997 and died the same day.26.11.1997  He is buried in Braithwell churchyard, South Yorkshire.

 MYA PAIGE born 15.6.1999  She is a very good Gymnast ,is good at School ( Malrby Hill Top Jnr./ Maltby Academy)  and  has the makings of being a model !!!

 SHAUN STVAN   born 15.5.73 Son of Brenda Quarmby and  Stephen Angell. He married Victoria Butcher, born 10.4.1972, in the Dominican Republic on 21 September .1998 and they have a son, Samuel, born 16th April 2002 in Rotherham District Hospital. They live in Maltby, near.Rotherham. Shaun is a brilliant golfer and wins many national competitions. He was in the British Army (Sphinx Troop 59 (Asten) Bty 1st Royal Artillery 1993 – 1997). He now works as an Entertainment Agent for Angle Entertainments (an Agency set up by his Mother Brenda & Father Stephen  c.1977)

 SAMUEL born16.4.2002   He is a good scholar, practising golfer and footballer and is   to his X-Box. Also a practising footballer. He moved to Maltby Academy 2012 from Maltby Hilltop Junior School.

A Netherthong Story – A Bit of a Do – by James R. Gregson

  In June 1921, the Express published a “Netherthong Story” in serial form which was spread over a number of weekly issues. It was titled “A Bit of a Do” and written by a James R.Gregson. Christine Verguson contacted me – January 2015- to give me more information about him.  “James R. (Dick) Gregson later became a pioneer of radio drama – not only writing and producing plays and other radio features on a freelance basis in the Leeds studio in the inter-war years but, with the resumption of regional broadcasting after WW2, he became the North Region’s first ever Senior Drama Producer. He also served for a time as a councillor in Huddersfield.”

The story is quite entertaining and written in the style of the time and, as it refers to Netherthong, it clearly warrants a chapter of its own. Because of the concern these days about Health and Safety and Political Correctness, I have been  advised to inform  you that the story does contain a lot of Yorkshire dialect words.

1. We get going.

  This story is going to be a teaser to write. You see, it isn’t mine – it’s Simon’s mostly – and what isn’t Simon’s is Drucilla’s and I want to give it to you in such a fashion that you’ll feel you’re in the house with me, listening to them and seeing their homely faces and getting all the flavour of their homely humour. And yet I won’t give it to you exactly as I heard it, for it would become to tedious to read, just like any conversation that was reported verbatim. So I’ve to cut it all over the place and piece the best bits together neatly.

  Simon  and Druscilla live at Nether Thong (or is it Netherthong?). They were  born there and have lived there all their lives, getting schooled, falling in love,courting and getting married there. They’re natives in short – although the ” short ” really applies to Druscilla, who’s 5′, owing as Simon says when he gets cross with her, to ‘them’ at made ‘er  tekkin’ moost  of ‘er length for ‘er tongue. Druscilla is small – all ways. She reminds me of a rather shabby little sparrow, for she has the sharp movements and glances and not a little of its “nowtiness “.

 They say that when Simon courted her he used to seat her on a wall, or stand her on a millstone to kiss her and one can easily understand the necessity for some such means for he is a mountainous man. Of course when he was younger he may have bent down to kiss her – but he can’t do it to-day, perhaps because he got out of practice. Be that as it may, a great contrast in a married couple would be hard to find, she is small and sharp and all a -twitter and a-flutter, he so large and slow and all placidity, and quiet good humour. But they jog along quite comfortably together and although they have no children of their own, the house is never silent for they are “uncle and aunt ” to all the neighbours’ children as well as to their ” blood relations”.

   Netherthong stands on a hill – at least it always does when I go there – it’s a very inconvenient habit for a village to acquire although I must admit that the view when one gets there is ” good enough to be getting on with”. I have heard that there is an ‘Upperthong’ farther on and I am content to take this statement on trust. I have never seen it but I have a shrewd suspicion that it is the lower of the two, their names with our oblique Yorkshire humour have been mis-applied. Simon and Druscilla live, according to Druscilla, in the most uncomfortable house in the village – to me it is the cosiest little house in the world. I do not intend to tell you which it is, you’d be up there before Druscilla knew where she was and she’d spoil the muffins in her ‘frustration’. I was there only the other week-end and the hill seemed stonier than ever. I arrived in the dark, chilled and rather wet by a sharp shower and more than a little anxious about Simon who had been laid low by a dose of rheumatic fever. But on lifting the latch and dropping down the one step into the kitchen I was doubly cheered. The kindliness of the house rushed to greet me, steaming my glasses so that I should not be blinded by the brilliance of the polish ( or elbow grease as Druscilla says ) that makes the furniture and brass shine like mirrors.

   There was something good for supper too or my nose deceived me. And there was Simon, as I perceived when the mist cleared, who smiled broadly and held out a large white paw for me to shake and said ” Ah’m reight fain to see thee lad”. Ah and here is Druscilla – ” ” Ah niver yerd thee cum in. Ah were thrang gettin’ t’bed ready. Weel, hah does to think ahr Simon’s lookin ? Just like a big babby gettin’ his teeth. Big babby. Tha should ha’ seen ‘im a month sin cryin’ becoss t’clock were spittin’ at ‘im. That‘s what he fancied, tha knows. Eh, dear , it’s been a reight do, an’. Ah’m fain ‘e’s on t’ mend for Ah could dee fifty times ovver wi’ less bother than ‘e’s been”.  And all the time she is talking, she hops about from the gas-ring on the sink to the tea- caddy ( with pictures of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Spring denoted by a farmer sowing. Summer by a girl swinging . Autumn by a boy stealing apples and Winter by the girl skating and a robin on a twig), from the tea -caddy to the oven and from the oven to the table and presently supper is ready.

” Nah then square rahnd lad, doan’t bother aakin’ for nowt, reich it for thysen.’Ave a bit o’ this chicken – ahr Simon’ll leave awf on it. It’s last o’ t’ cockerels bar one, Ahm savin’ for ahr Maggie”. Suddenly she rises and goes upstairs, returning immediately with one serviette, which she placed by my side and which I don’t use because I’m busy picking that chicken – as busy picking as ever the chicken was.  “So tha thinks ‘e’s looking better? Eh, but ‘e’s a prince to what ‘e wer’. It’s browt ‘im to a shadder.An ‘is een stood aht on ‘is ‘ead like them dresser knobs”. I murmur my sympathy, inarticulate with chicken. ” Ah’ve had some dos wi’ ’em but nowt so bad as this. Nowt”. ” Ah, it’s been a funny affair lad “, confirms Simon slowly, ” Queer things ‘as been appearing to me”. ” ‘E means ‘is ramblin’ ” explained Druscilla, ” ‘E ‘as carried on”. ” Tha can call ’em ramblin’, if tha like lass, but to me – well, they’re moor not that. A lot moor “. ” Well, niver mind ’em nah! Get thi supper. I can’t bide to see thee lookin’ like a rail although tha’s been more like a lath, when tha wer at t’ worst”. ” An’ Ah’m nooan so crack, so lass. Ah wer lookin’ at misen this morning when Ah had a bit of a bath, an’ believe me lad, mi belly’s that slack Ah could wipe mi nooase wi’ it “. ” But these ramblings of yours…..”, I prompted. ” Tha’s what she calls ’em but Ah believe Ah’ve had a glimpse o’ me o’ mi past lives —– moor nor one, to tell t’truth. When tha’s finished eightin’, Ah’ll tell thee abaht ‘e”. ” Tha’ll do nowt o’ th’ sort “, said Druscilla sharply, ” Tha’s stopped up behind the time as it is.”  ” Nah, lass —- “, began Simon pacifically.” Ah’m nooan goin’ to let thi’ throw thisen back into bed—–“. ” But Ah’st be better if Ah get it off me chest  —- “. ” Tha’ll be better if tha gets a bit moor o’ that chicken on to thi chest. Just look what a saucy plate tha’s left “.

Simon , with a twinkling eye, picked a bit more while I started on a huge helping of apple – pie. After a gustatory pause, he resumed as Druscilla left the room.  “They say that no man’s a ‘ero to his valet but Moses’ll allus be an ‘ero to me”.  “Moses which ? “, I queried. ” Ah’m in t’bible. Ah were his valet, tha knows”.   “Sethee! “, it was Druscilla with her ‘ paddy ‘ out. ” Sethee, off t’bed this minute. If tha’ goes on to that tale o’ thine, tha’ll talk all t’neet. Pike off”.  And so he ‘piked’. And so did I  — to a bedroom where windows were tapped and swept all night by trees restless in the wind.

2. We start again.

   Sunday morning in Netherthong is composed one- half of church bells and one- half bacon and tomatoes.I don’t know whether the noise or the smell wakened me, but I opened my eyes on a low beamed ceiling that was a riot of changing green and golden sunshine. And so downstairs to the sink and Druscilla, who negotiated the tomatoes and bacon, whilst I performed feats with a safety-razor that made her shudder. Breakfast was ready by the time I was dressed and Druscilla said,  “Simon’s down t’garden, if tha’ll fetch ‘im in”.  The garden was long and Simon was at the far end. Everything looked ‘ like t’ back end ‘ — raspberry canes in need of pruning, cabbages bursting, the trees rusting and the poultry looking queer in their partly – cast plumage — there was one old bird strutting about with a solitary feather where its tail should be. But everything was clean, sparkling and the view over the valley was rain-washed and clear. And Simon said, as I opened my lungs appreciatively , ” Ay, it’s a rare morning “. Last night’s chicken must have been a hungry bird and must have passed its hungry qualities on for I felt I could ‘ eat a hunter off his horse’. That particular fare not being available I did quite well with the bacon and tomatoes. ” What are yer goin’ to do this morning ? “, asked Druscilla, as we slowed up. ” Simon can’t walk far yet”. I trotted out an old gag ” I’m going to peel the potatoes for you, and see that you don’t burn the beef “. ” Oh, arta? Tha’rt nooan stoppin’ in this kitchen — nawther on yer — Ah’m bahn to tidy up a bit – it looks fair offald”.

    So presently I filled my pipe and Simon commenced a long and involved process with a jack-knife and a plug of twist and we sat in the sunshining garden and browsed. Simon’s first pipe after breakfast is no light matter and I know better than to spoil it with talk but presently it came onto rain and we were forced back into the kitchen with Druscilla and the smell of roasting meat. And there at the first opportunity, I broached the matter of Simon’s ‘ramblin’s’. Simon began between puffs ” It’s noa joke bein’ poorly “. ” Not to them ‘at’s been nursin’ thee “, piped in Druscilla. ” Nor to me, nawther, lass. Ah used to get fair tied up wi’ it. Ah were allus wishin’ Ah were somewheer else fro wheer Ah wer. Ah, but it made me sweeat, Ah can tell thi Ah thowt Ah should nivver get mi limbs straight ageean. Ah fair roared wi’ it “. ” Tha did that! Mrs . Mossop across t’ passage, had to change bedrooms becoss tha wakkened t’ babby wi thi’ racket “.

   ” Ah can weel believe it, lass. Ah couldn’t sleep misen for t’noise Ah used to mak. Ah used to wish scores o’ time Ah wer aht on it. An’ one time Ah were ——-“. A tentative suck on the unlit pipe brought a gurgle from the stem.  ” Ay ……. reight aht on it  …… but Ah didn’t tumble to it all at once, than knows …. There were one pain that went across mi’ shoulder blades — nobbut, it wer’ underneath ’em, if tha’ follows me  — an’ Ah used to think it wer’ like someone floggin’ me ……Well suddenly when it gate very bad, I thowt dang it’s somedy is floggin’ me. An’ thet wer’. Two on ’em “. ” Two? What ?”, be sure I was quick with the required prompting. ” Infidels “. ” Fiddlesticks ” from Druscilla,  ” No, lass, but thet wer’ nearly as thin “. ” Do you mean Egyptian ? “, I asked.  ” Ay. But we allus thowt on ’em as infidels “.  “We? “. ” Ay, us “.  ” Who were you ?”. ” Hebrews. Ah wer a Hebrew, and ahr Druscilla wer’ a Shebrew or a Hebrewess “. ” Nah, dooan’t try to drag mi into thi’ daft tale”. ” Theer’s no need, lass, tha wer theer but tha dooant really come into it until later on “. Druscilla banged the oven door with such emphasis that the damper fell down.

Undisturbed by this little display, Simon resumed. ” It wer very funny passin’ ovver like that. Although to tell t’truth Ah didn’t pass ovver for Ah nevver forgate  Ah wer’ poorly at whooan — tha might say that Ah’d a fooit i’ another shop – mind thee, Ah wer’ in booath places at once an’ altogether an’ Ah missed nowt o’ what was goin’ on in booath at whooam an’ abroad … Ah’ve nevver struck nowt so funny i’ all mi life. fancy seein’ two Druscillas at once! Not a double Druscilla like a druffen chap but two different ‘uns an’ yet boath th’same”. ” For heaven’s sake, shut up “, cried Druscilla, ” tha’ll drive me potty wi’ thi gassin'”. “Another queer thing “,  went on Simon imperturbedly, ” wer’ t’ question i’ mi mind as to which wer hurtin’  me t’mooast – t’ rheumatic fever at whooam ot them cruel devils ovver yonder. They laid it onto me to some thickness. Ah can tell thi, an’ at first Ah wer fair bothered thinkin’ that they’d surely cut ahr Druscilla’s red flannel bran bags to ribbons on mi back.Ah wer fair terrified when she came to change ’em, forfear she’d get a swipe wi’ t’whips an’ Ah yelled aht like a stuck pig to ‘er to get aht o’ t’rooad.”  ” Ay “, chimed in Druscilla, “Ah remember that verry well but there wer nowt theer though. Ah must say that t’way tha screamed fair crilled me. Anyway, it wer nobbut thi fancy.” ” That’s what tha thinks lass, an’ we’ll let thee ha’ thi own way… Queer, weren’t it ?”, he asked, turning to me. I agreed. ” But it gate queerer still. Tha’ soes, Ah could understand their tak an’ all, an’ it weren’t even English, let alone our own language. An’ Ah knew all abaht misen, an’ everybody ovver theer, an’ what it wer all abaht together. But at first, what wi’ bein’ i’ two sheps at once, Ah could nawther mek ‘ase nor cowk on it …. Ah DID get used to  an’ it didn’t cap me a bit when Ah saw that Ah wer nobbut a nipper. Ay, a Hebrew nipper, just turnin’ into mi teens. An’ two big infidels lashin’ into me like fiends. Ah don’t remember hah monny swipes Ah gate, but mi’ back wer in ribbins when they finished. Ah went fan sick wi’ it but Ah just managed to keep conscious long enough to gasp aht – when it was ovver  – ‘let my Lord Pharoah live for ever’, and then under mi’ breath, ‘ in Hell’. “But what had you done to bring the punishment upon you ?”.  ” Ah’d been larkin’ wi’ one o’ Pharoah’s dowter’s children — Moses “.  ” Well of all the daft …..” began Druscilla, but an amazing sniff from me towards the oven, cut her off short and saved the story. ” Eh, ‘t WERE a rip, wer Moses. An although he wer one o’ Pharoahs household — an we, all on us hated Pharoah an’ all ‘is belongin’s, like slaves allus hate their miserable maisters  — Ah worshipped t’verry grahnd Moses walked on. Eh ‘e wer a bonny striplin’, an’ we’d some rare pranks together, for ‘e took to me same as Ah took to ‘im. But us Hebrews weren’t supposed to do onny laikin’ tha knows. We wer slaves — an’ Ah confess it to mi sorrer — we deserved to be for we wer a spineless lot. We did nowt else all our lives but build an’ dig, an’ pull us guts aht, an’ get lashed wi’ whips — whips like bit cats an’ nine tails — we hated us maisters an’ we hated misens. T’ mooast o’ mi’ short life we wer building monuments — what does tha call ’em — them things like four triangles all leanin’ together an’ proppin’ one another up … ?”  ” Pyramids “.  ” Ay, pyramids. It wer t’fashion just then among t’Egyptians to be buried in ’em. An’ we built scores o’ ’em in mi time. Big ugly things they wer, an’ all. Ah’m buried in one o’ ’em , nah Ah come to think on it”.   ” Simon! Simon !. Wheer evver doesta expect to go to when tha does? ”  Druscilla’s voice was almost a wail. ” Ah’m waitin’ for thee to mek THY mind up lass an’ Ah’m bahn wi’ thee”. Druscilla’s only reply was to crack an egg- viciously – into the pudding basin. I took this opportunity of asking, ” But isn’t there a story?”. ” There is an’ Ah’m bahn to tell it thee lad. Ah’m bahn to show thee hah Moses an’ mi, in us young silly fashion, made history. But to tell it reight, Ah’ll begin at t’ beginnin’ — wi’ Joseph”. ” Joseph , eh “.  ” ay, Ah nevver met ‘im but Ah know all abaht ‘im, an’ ‘e began all t’bother. So we’ll start off wi’ i’m”. 

3. The Story of Joseph.

Simon cleared his throat and began to clear and refill his pipe as he resumed —–  “Ay, Joseph began t’bother — ‘E wer too eager to pleese t’ Pharoah o’ ‘is time — not that ‘e weren’t brainy — far from it! — but like t’mooast on us, ‘e didn’t look far enuff i’ t’ front ….”. A pause whilst he rubbed up a dose of twist, then———.”Ah don’t know whether tha remembers owt abaht Joseph, but if tha does tha’ll remember that ‘is father made a bit o’ a favourite on ‘im and that led to rows i’ t’house, an’ finished up wi’ Joseph bein’ selled as a slave to Potiphar. Tha sees over then , Hebrews weren’t liked by th’Egyptians. They’d cause for it to my thinkin’, for even in mi time we wer an ignorant lot, an’ Ah reckon Joseph knew nowt much when Potiphar bowt ‘im. Whereas the Egyptians wer far more civilised —  they lived i’ buildings — not skin tents  — they could weave after a fashion an’ make glass an’ they ‘ad a written language, an’ worst of all they ‘ad a church and clergy. Ah’ll bet Potiphar looked on Joseph as we used to look at niggers. Anyway t’lad had good brains an’ good looks an’ t’latter gate ‘im into trouble an’ landed ‘im i’ jail, wheer ‘e stopped for a bit …. ‘E gate aht o’ jail by explainin’ some dream ‘at Pharoah ‘ad ‘ad —- seven fat bulls met seven thin uns —–“. ” Ay, Ah thowt tha’d trip thisen up, ” exclaimed Druscilla, with what would have been glee had it not been so much temper”. ” Hah does ta meean?”. ” They weren’t bulls at all.” ” Who says they wer ?”. ” T’Bible doesn’t say they were bulls”. ” What does it say then ?”. ” It says they wer kine “. ” Well, what’s kine ?”. ” Cows”. ” Well , aren’t cows bulls ?”. Druscilla laughed heartily at this and Simon enjoyed such a huge grin at his own expense, that good humour restored instantly. ” Anyway “, resumed Simon earnestly, ” these kine wer bulls — Ah’ve seen scoores o’ picters on ’em – the Egyptians wer determined nivver to forget what they reminded ’em on an’ they drew ’em on their plates an’ house-sides an’ all ovver. Well t’Pharoah dream t’ seven thin bulls ate t’seven fat uns and didn’t shoe for their feedin’ – like thee lass – and Pharoah wanted to know as we all should what it wer abaht. An’ Joseph telled ’em that there wer goin’ to be seven good harvests an’ then seven bad ‘uns – an’ he also gave ‘im an idea as to how to deal wi’ it —– So, promptly Joseph became Prime Minister, an’ wi’ Pharoah’s name to back ‘im, ‘e made a corner i’ wheat. ”  ” Made a what ?”, I gasped. ” Collared all t’corn an’ t’wheat.” ” Yes, but it was the only thing to do to save the country from starvation and famine.”  ” Happen so lad — but what a way to do it.”  ” What do you mean, he bought the corn when it was plentiful and sold it again when it was scarce and by doing so saved the life of Egypt.” ” Oh, ay, Egypt saved its life but it lost its soul — liberty!. Nay lad, listen — let me tell thee — tha doesn’t know owt abaht it. An’ Ah do, for Ah’ve suffered through it .”  ” Eh dear, eh dear,” wailed Druscilla. ” ‘E thinks it’s true!” 

” Think woman – ah KNOW! Ah’ve been stung bi’ t’whips, an’ toiled an’ moiled like a nigger. Ah’ve been driven an’ driven till Ah couldn’t be driven onny farther bi’ t’ fowk that remembered hah their forerunners wer treated by Joseph, an’ that used insults wi’ every stroke — insults that their father’s fathers ‘ad nobbut dared t’think: that theer fathers ‘ad whispered an’ that they, livin’ under a Pharoah, they knew not Joseph could bawl aht an’ spit after — to clear ther mouths.” Simon’s warmth and sincerity was amazing and silenced us all. After a somewhat shamefaced pause he resumed doggedly. ” There wer seven years when t’harvest wer better no anybody remembered — an’ in them seven years Pharoah, or Joseph actin’ for ‘im, bowt  every grain that fowk would sell. An’ ‘e bowt it chep  — there wer moor sellers nor buyers.”  ” But why did they sell when they knew what was to follow the seven good years. ”  “Dosta think they would have selled if they’d know or believed what ‘ud foller.” ” Were they told what was expected?”.  ” They allus said they weren’t. But whether they wer telled or not, they selled chep. An’ when they ‘ad to buy back, they bowt dear —- DEAR —-. There came a time when t’brass wer done – Ah mean t’ ready brass tha knows. An’ there wer plenty o’ corn in Egypt an’ plenty of empty bellies wantin’ it. An’ fowk began to try an’ sell whatever they could to keep theirsens alive. But t’trouble wer that what they wanted to sell, other fowk wanted to sell an’ all and there wer nobbut one place wheer they could buy corn — Ay Joseph — So they came to ‘im to put their case, and their case, puttin’ aside all the ‘ Let my Lord Joseph live fro evvers ‘ and ‘ May my Lord’s seed be as the sand o’ t’desert for number ‘,  wer they wanted summat to eit. An’ they ast ‘im to buy their cattle, an’ after thinkin’ it over , ‘e did…. An’ in a bit they wer as bad off as evver, an’ they selled their land and their bits o’ property for corn — an’ finally they selled their own worthless selves to keep theirsens alive. They became slaves o’ purpose to live. But they did worse not that — they selled their unborn children into slavery — Eh lad, Eh lad. Man liveth not by bread alone.”

Simon fell into a brooding silence. ” Well,” I prompted. ” Even in mi’ time , one-fifth o’ t’harvest belonged to Pharoah becoss o’ what their forfathers ‘ad done. They do say though that towards t’end o’ t’famine, it gate so bad that it looked like bloodshed an’ revolution, but Joseph gate to know — ‘is spies wer everywheer — an’ so ‘e made ’em move abaht, shiftin’ them into districts wheer they wer strangers an’ didn’t know t’others. Families wer split up an’ t’husband separated from ‘is wife and t’children from booath — i’ my time, they’d onny amount o’ songs abaht it – an’ wailin’ things that make yer cringe – they’d sing ’em at neet, wi’ t’darkness listenin’ an’ tryin’ to sing back …. Anyway Joseph smashed up onny attempt at combination by ‘is craftiness. Ah dooant know owt that ‘ud beat his trick o’ makin’ ’em exiles ‘n their own land. If tha can imagine t’time ‘n Yorkshire when t’ hill fowk used to be at feud wi’ t’dalesmen — or when a North – country chap couldn’t speak civil to a Norfolk ‘ yaller – belly’, tha’ll have some idea o’ ‘is craftiness. But craftiness isn’t statecraft.” ” what else could he have done?”  “The country had to be saved.” I began. ” Well, ‘e could have lent it to ’em for one thing, an’ let ’em pay him back when t’harvests gate better  … ‘E drove a hard bargain and t’result wer that everybody wer a lot worse off, booath them that starved an’ ’em that didn’t. Joseph didn’t starve, nor Pharoah, nor t’priests that ‘ad their portion fro’ Pharoah. T’priests hadn’t to sell their land — becos they’d selled their sowls t’first happen ….”. I confess, frankly, I was nonplussed. I think it was Simon’s intensely belief in his story that made it difficult for me to reason. Druscilla, however, had no compunction.  ” Just a pack o’ nonsensical notions, ” she declared, ” gooin’ agooan t’Bible an’ all. Ah’m capt tha’s cheek to say it, if tha’s so little sense as to think it.”  “Ah dooant know whether Ah’m gooin’ ageeant t’Bible or not,” Simon began, but I interupted him. ” Let us see if you are, ” I suggested. So Druscilla brought the Bible from under the plant pot and fancy cover on the sewing machine and we hunted and found the story of Joseph. I read aloud : … and there was no bread in all the land – and Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the corn which they bought. And Joseph said, give me your cattle — and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for the horses and for the flocks and for the herds — they came unto him the second year and they said unto him – our money is all spent: and the herds of cattle are my lords , there is nought left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands … buy us and our lands for bread, and we and our land will be servants to Pharoah … and the land became Pharoah’s. And as for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of the border of Egypt, even to the other end thereof. Only the land of the priests bought he not…..”

” Only the land of the priests bought he not “, repeated Simon. ” Tha sees Joseph not only bowt th’Egyptians, but ‘e selled ‘is own kindred. Th’Egyptians weren’t th’ only ones who paid for that corner i’ wheat for they remembered fro’ one generation to another, an’ when they gate t’chance they made us pay an’ all, wi’ interest on t’top.”

4. Pharoah’s House.

  It is unnecessary to detail the long and weary argument that followed Simon’s recital of the facts concerning Joseph. Simon was voluble, good humoured but stubborn. Druscilla was equally voluble, exceedingly angry and no less obstinate. I was voluble I fear; polite I hope ; reasonable I am certain. Simon brought it to a sudden termination with the ultimatum, ” Nah , look ‘ere, if yo two’s bahn to argy abaht it , Ah’m gooin’ to leave it to yer. Awther Ah tell this tale or else Ah leave it alone.”  I apologised and Druscilla commenced washing pots making a rare clatter at the sink. Had it been any other day but Sunday I’m sure she would have polished all the brass in the house – she was so mad.  ” Nah, let’s leeave Joseph alone,” began Simon. ” Ah’ll go back to what Ah wer sayin’ abaht me own life amang t’Egyptians, Ah’ve tried to gie thee one or two ideas abaht t’life we lived. Ah’ll get right on to mi tale nah. T’first thing Ah knew, as Ah telled thee, wer that Ah wer bein’ leathered an’ to some tune. When t’leathering wer ovver, Ah fainted. Ahr Druscilla browt mi to wi’ givin’ me summat to sup – i’ this life Ah meean — but at t’same time as Ah saw her leanin’ ovver t’pillar, Ah saw another Druscilla, younger but no prattier for ‘er age, leanin’ ovver me i’ t’other life as Ah lay on t’sand wi’ a bleedin’ back, raw an’ tingley, wi’ flies botherin’ me an’ all. When they booath left me, Ah lay quiet a long time an’ t’Simon i’ t’haase ‘ere disappeared, an’ Ah forgate all abaht ‘im, an’ wer just that lad tryin’ not to whimper moor nor Ah could ‘elp…. “

   As Ah lay theer mi mind went back to the very first thing Ah could remember. Ah wer nobbut a little toddler, full o’ nowt nor innocent mischief, when Ah happened to get i’ t’road o’ some Egyptian big-pot, an’ gate kicked aht o’ the road ageean, sharp …. We wer muck – just muck. Another thing I remember is mi father deein’. Ah dooan’t know what ‘e’d done. Nowt, mooast likely. But ‘e wer bein’ punished. An’ when ‘e’d been flogged silly, they jammed ‘is face in an ants’ nest – an’ they ‘eld ‘im theer. Nowt happened for a minute, but as soon as t’fresh torture browt ‘im rahnd ‘e screamed…. God! .. That scream!… ‘is face wer covered … wi’ little squirmin’ ants — thousands on ’em.  It didn’t seem to me that we wer buryin’ mi father .. it’s ‘ard to think o’ a thing without a face as thi father, lad ….”  ” Simon,” begged Druscilla earnestly, with real concern, ” let be. Ah’msure it isn’t good for thee to recap it all up like this.”  He turned to me, quickly for him, with , ” If Ah’d telled thee that bein’ a slave then ‘as made me a soft-hearted chap to-day — does tha understand? Ay, Ah thowt tha would. Eh, well we buried mi father. Ah shouldn’t be aboon ten year owd then. An’ after that mi life seeme to ha’ been filled with mi playmate, for we hadn’t much chance to do much taikin’. ”  ” Ah, dooant remember when Ah first come across ‘im  — Moses, Ah meean. ‘E seems to have been i’ mi life all t’time. ‘E certainly filled it. Nowt else, nobody else, mattered to me but ‘im. An’ scarcely a day passed but we managed some road or another to get a minute or two together. T’neets wer t’best time, for then we could rooam moor freely an’ talk, ay, an’ laik … As Ah gate to know ‘im better, an’ saw t’differences there wer between us, Ah badly wanted to see what Moses haase wer like, an’ one neet some time after that floggin’, instead o’ gettin’ aht into t’open, we sneaked an’ dodged like a couple o’ shadders reight up t’gates … Pharoah’s haase wer like a village – a lot o’haases, big uns an’ little uns, scattered up an’ dahn a big yard, an’ a wall all rahnd, an’ gates ‘ere an’ theer for t’bairns to peep through as  Ah thowt when Ah first saw ’em. There wer a soldier at this gate an’ Ah had to press missen into a corner o’ t’wall that t’moon filled with shadder, while Moses crept on’is belly to see if ‘e wer asleep.’E wer. An’ it weern’t two ticks afoor wi wer inside that yard, an’ snakin’ up t’wall side. It seemed to me that we crept rahnd three sides of it afoor wi come to t’place we wanted … It wer a grand place. Tha went in through a little door an’ into a room that oppened aht on on a bit o’garden, an’ t’haase wer sort o’ built rahnd it. Well we roamed all ovver that place, an’ Ah fingered fine cloths an’ rare glasswork an’ rolled on rugs of all sorts o’ wild beasts. Tha couldn’t help feelin’ that Moses ‘ad ‘ad a gooid bringin’ up becos everythin’ wer so fine-off. We didn’t seem to have been in that place monny minutes afoor it wer time for me to be off. So we started – after arrangin’ to go on wi’ t’same programme the followin’ neet. Ah started to get away back to mi own bit of a ‘oil but that wer easier thowt abaht nor done. There seemed to be sowjers everywheer an’ to mek matters worse, it wer nearly dayleet. Ah can tell thee, we looked fair flummoxed at one another – but suddenly Moses face lit up wi’ an’ idea, an’ ‘e pulled me back into t’haase, hurried to ‘is own chamber an’ pullin’ some rags to one side showed me a square stone or flag.”

” Thou shall ‘ide i’ theer, ” he said ” until tha night, ” “An’ i’ less nor no timr, that stone wer up an’ Ah wer squeezin’ misen through t’ ‘oil  — it wer a tight fit but Ah gate in, an’ fun misenin a varry shaller place under  t’floor that stank shockin’. T’flag was put back for the time bein’, while Moses could come to see hah Ah wer gettin’ on, an’ theer Ah wer left.”

4. Pharoah’s House.

” Ah dooan’t know hah long Ah stopped i’ that ‘oil, but Ah know this, that Ah weren’t theer varry long afore Ah fun aht Ah weren’t by misen. For one thing , theer wer a rare collection o’stinks, noisy enough for a political meeting. Ah could have sworn they wer ‘avin’ a conference. Still, Ah felt ther wer nobbut one thing to do an’ that wer to bide ’em an’ Ah think Ah should ha’ managed that, if it ‘adn’t been for abaht a hundred different sooarts o’vermin that started tekkin’ notice on me. Ah gate so excited killin’ ’em that Ah sweat like a bull.”  ” Ah’d wish tha’d remember, lad ,” interrupted Druscilla, addressing herself to me in a most pointed manner, ” that nearly all ‘e’s tellin’ thee wer only ‘is ‘ramblin’s’. Them insects for instance. All one neet – me an’ ahr Sar’ Emma saw ‘im – ‘e kept standin’ up ‘n bed an’ crackin’ insects on t’wall – Ah wer fair worried at first, for it looked as if Ah din’t keep t’haase clean – but it wer nobbut ‘is fancy. Ay, an’ Ahm’t t’only one that knows what Ah’m talkin’ abaht. Dooesto remember hah monny tha fancied tha killed? ”  ” No.”  ” Well, Ah do.Tha gate up to eight hundred an’ three, an’ fell fast asleep grinnin’ an’ sayin’ ‘ Eight hundred and three, not aht!’  ” It’s funny.”  ” Nowt o’t’ sooart. Th’art nooan t’only one that’s ‘ad t’rheumatic fever. ”  ” No, but Ah’m th’ only one that’s been back an’ looked at ‘issen as ‘e wer thahsands o’ year sin.” ” Ah, tha art ‘opeless.” And Druscilla gave up in despair. Quite unmoved, except for a twinkle in the eye nearest me, Simon resumed.

Eh, but it did get ‘ot  i’ that ‘oil. An’ Ah began to wonder whether Ah should be smothered afoor Moses came back. Thinkin’ on ‘im made me think o’ t’flag i’ t’floor. Ah put up mi hand to touch it, but it weren’t theer. Nowt wer theer. Nowt Ah could feel. Ah gate up to mi feet an’ reached aht ageean but couldn’t touch nowt. Ah can tell thee Ah forgate all abaht beein’ ‘ot. Ah wer still in a sweat but it wer a cowd un. Well Ah groped abaht for years, as it seemed to me, but Ah couldn’t tell whether Ah wer goin’ or comin’. An’ then all on a sudden Ah copped missen a bank on t’nooas that made me hie watter. Ah come up ageean a soort of wall, an’ Ah began to foller it never lettin’ loose on it, tha can bet, till Ah walked on to summat that weren’t theer  an’ Ah dropped down till Ah come to it. Tha talks abaht havin’ thi bones rattled, Ah felt as if Ah’d abaht seventeen funny-bones and they’d all been banged at once. Of course bi this time, Ah’d no moor idea as to wheer we wer nor that puddin’ tin. But while Ah wer tryin’ to study t’thing aht an’ wonderin’ whatever wer comin’ to me next, Ah yerd someone talkin’ verry quiet and cautious like. In that darkness Ah couldn’t tell wheer they wer – t’noise seemed to come from all rahnd at once but Ah listened an’ said nowt. It’s a queer thing tumblin’ into a conversation like that an’ it teks a gooid while to pick up what’s been said afoor. An’ Ah couldn’t get everything nawther but Ah soon recognised one voice – hate made it certain – one voice wer Akhet’s , one o’ their top-nobs, an’ a priest into t’bargain. T’other voice wer a woman’s, an’ a freetened woman’s an all “.

  ” My Lord Pharoah knoweth all,” she ses, all tremblin’ as Ah could yer. ” More than all, having heard it from your enemies, ” he rasped aht. ” She gave a bit o’ a scream but awther ‘e or ‘er ‘ersen smothered it. An’ then ‘e began talkin’ i’ a sharp low way, an’ all Ah could catch wer ‘fool’ and things like that an’ ‘e kept sayin’ ovver an’ ovver ageean , No! No! No! ” ” Then ”  ” Have done with fear ”  ‘e ses. ” Is not this thing sure?” ” Too sure ,” she whimpers. ” What meeanst thou?”. ” Is he not my fathet? How can I do this thing, Akhet.” “An’ she trailed off into sobs ageean. Ah can tell thee but Akhet did some mutterin’ after that. Ah’d nobbut mi ears to help me but Ah could see ‘im bendin’ ovver ‘er, like ‘e bent ovver us helpless ‘Ebrews – ‘is een jus’ blazin’ wi’ crulety, an’ ‘is thin lips stretched tight an’ ‘is quick tongue lickin’ ’em. Ah can’t say Ah wer reight concerned abaht what Ah could yer. Ah guessed of course that sum ‘arm wer intended to t’Pharoah, an’ that Akhet wanted it – whatever it wer – to ‘appen. An’ Ah guessed an’ all that yon villian wer lyin’ to that woman for ‘is own end. But when all wer said an’ done, Pharoah wer nowt t’ me to be sure, Ah hated Akhet moor nor Pharoah only becos Ah’d seen moor o’ ‘im, an’ if Ah could Ah might have upset ‘is ideas jus’ for t’pleasure on it but Ah think tha’ll agree wi’ me that mi own affairs wer enough for a nipper like me to ‘ave to digest.”

   ” Hahiver, Ah stretched mi ears till they twitched to catch what wer bein’ said, but beyond a word or two heer an’ theer, Ah gate nowt worth while from ’em. But all at once it struck me that ther wer summat else in that ‘oil – if it wer a ‘oil – beside me. An’ whatever that summat wer, it wer comin’ towards me. Every drop o’ sweat that had dried on me melted in a twinkling, but, although Ah wer freetened, Ah couldn’t move a limb. Ah tried ‘ard to stand up but Ah couldn’t manage it except mi hair, an’ that stood up so sharp, it’s a wonder it stayed on mi’ yead … That thing came steadily nearer an’ nearer an’ just when Ah wer fit t’drop supposin’ Ah hadn’t been on t’floor to begin wi’, a voice Ah knew whispered mi name … Ah wer that relievedthat Ah simply yelled wi’ delight but Moses clapped ‘is ‘and ovver mi mouth.It wer too late hahivver, there wer a bonny scuffle up ahoon an’ Moses just ‘ad time to whisper, ” ‘Fight … struggle… fight’ afoor that ‘oil were flooded wi’ daylight, an’ then lookin’ in wonderment an’ suspicion from aboon on us two feightin’ loike cats, wer Akhet an’ one of the bonniest women Ah’ve seen. T’woman spoke first, ‘ Moses’ she called. Moses kept a grip on me , an’ ‘e answered, ‘ Yes, Mother.’ Ah wer that takken aback at this that it wer a bit afoor Ah took much notice what Moses wer sayin’. What ‘ad Moses’ mother to do wi’ that villain Akhet? What ‘ad she been cryin’ for? What was intended for Pharoah? A thahsand questions an’ ideas that gate wilder an’ wilder flashed through mi’ mind. Ah wer fair mazed. But ah wer pulled up sharp by ‘earin’ Moses speak about this dirty ‘Ebrew. Does ‘e mean me ? Ah thowt, an’ wer bahn to give all t’game away by smackin’ ‘im across t’maath for it , when a warnin’ squeeze on mi arm shut mi up, an’ Ah ‘ad to listen to t’smartest an’ untruthfullest tale Ah ever yerd .”

  ” Moses talked like a lord …. ‘ This mean slave ‘ad actually dared to let ‘is degraded shadder fall across my Lord Moses’ path, an’ so mi Lord Moses ‘ad chased ‘im wi’ a view of teachin’ ‘im ‘ow to behave to one of us masters, an’ t’rascally slave ‘ad taken refuge among the foundations of the haase.’ ‘E went on at a rare pace like this for a bit, an’ Ah did all Ah could ‘elp it on , wi’ whimperin’ an’ callin’ ‘im mi Lord an’ misen ‘is miserable slave. It wer plain to both Moses an’ me that Akhet didn’t believe us , an’ we both cringed when ‘e said, ‘ Let t’Hebrew be beaten to death. Call t’guard.’ ” 

   Simon sat back and chuckled, ” Eh, lad , it wer a terrible minnit – but it nobbut wer a minnit. Although for all t’thowts an’ ideas that flashed through mi mind, it might ha’ been an ahr or two. Ah doesn’t know hah it is but Ah seemed to think a lot sharper ‘n yon long-past life nor Ah do ‘n this, an’ that awful minnit wer long enough for mi to come to t’conclusion that it wer all ovver wi’ me, an’ to remember a lot o’ things that Ah wished Ah ‘adn’t done an’ see picters o’ a lot o’ bonny things Ah might nivver see ageean. An’ all t’time Ah wer seein’ an’ rememberin’ , Ah wer wishin’ like mad that Ah could kill that wolfish villain wi’ ‘is tight lips an’ grinnin’ teeth. Eh, it did seem a long time an’ yet it wer no time at all, becos nobody livin’ could ‘ave counted to ten between Akhet sayin’ ‘ Call t’guard ‘ an’ me turnin’ and boltin’ into t’dark – like a rabbit, mi tail last, but nobbut just behind mi nose. Moses, Ah could ‘ear, wer close behind me – so close that when Ah stumbled ovver summat ‘ard, ‘e stumbled ovver me, an’ as Ah gate to know when Ah came rahnd – ‘e gave me such a knock on the head that Ah lost mi senses for awhile. Ah came rahnd all at once, as tha might say, wi’ a jump an’ a shiver but a warnin’ squeeze rahnd mi neck kept mi quiet. When Ah could get mi breath, Ah whispered, ; Moses.’ ‘Simon’, he whispered back, an’ we gave one another a good hug. ‘Wheer are we? ‘, Ah asked next, and ‘e said, ‘Safe’. ‘For how long?’ ‘ Until the neet comes.’ ‘ What , is it not neet – Night – yet?’, Ah asked, fair flummoxed for ages, an’ Ah could scarcely believe ‘im when ‘e telled me it wer nobbut but abaht nooin then. When Ah’d got used to t’idea, Ah gate another shock for all of a sudden Ah felt shockingly ‘ungry. Ah’d had nowt to eit, tha knows, sin’ t’neet afore, but as Moses said there wer no help for it – we should ‘ave to bide it while neet – an to distract mi thowts, ‘e asked me what Ah’d been roaming abaht for. Ah couldn’t tell ‘im much abaht that but t’question browt back to mi mind what Ah’d yerd between ‘is mother an’ Akhet, an’ then it wer ‘is turn to sweat …. “

”  E didn’t say much, hahevver, just a few sharp questions after Ah’d told ‘im mi tale an’ then he sat varry still a long time an’ said nowt. ‘E sat so long like that, that at t’finish Ah nudged ‘im an’ asked ‘im what ‘e wer bahn to do. ‘We can do nothing until Ah have seen mi mother ‘, he muttered ‘an’ Ah can’t risk seein’ ‘er until t’household is in bed.’ An’ so we sat an’ waited through t’longest an’ t’darkest day i’ mi life, nobbut movin’ to straighten an’ rest our limbs. It wer verry wearisome Ah can tell thee lad, so much so that i’ spite of an empty belly Ah must ‘ave dropped off to sleep. Ah remember bein’ awakened bi Moses some time after. ‘E verry  quietly shook me an’ whispered,’ Foller me.’ So Ah gate up an’ guided by ‘is ‘and crept off i’ t’darkness. ‘Wheer are we gooin’? ‘ Ah whispered. ‘To prison ‘ ‘e answered, an’ as Ah stopped short at that, ‘e added, ‘ There’s food and safety theer.’ Well, Ah reckoned it couldn’t be war nor wheer we wer, so Ah let ‘im pull me forward till presently Ah could see summat o’ t’tunnel we wer in becos o’ that leet that came from a lantern carried by one of t’ugliest chaps Ah’ve evver seen. ‘E wer long an’ lanky an’ ‘is nose ‘ad a big nick across it that ‘ad been made by a spear in ‘is young days when ‘e ‘ad been a sowjer. ‘E wer waitin’ at t’bottom o’ some steps, an’ we went up those an’ through a hoile in t’floor and so gate into t’prison.”

  ” Ah can tell thee lad, it felt fair grand to ha’ some solid earth beneath mi feet instead o’ on t’top o’ me. An’ t’air wer a few coats sweeter an’ all. An’ to cap it all, there wer summat to eit. Ah made no bones abaht it but set into it straight away. Ah could ha’ eaten owt that ‘adn’t eaten me t’first. But Moses made to go off. ‘ Will not my Lord refresh himself?’, asked t’jailer. But my Lord wouldn’t. ‘E nobbut stopped long enough to tell t’jailer to look after me, an’ to tell me to be quiet till ‘e came back, an’ then ‘e wer off. Hah long he wer away, Ah’ve no way o’ tellin’ for Ah fell asleep ageean after eitin’ mi fill, an’ dreamed Ah wer bein’  chased through sludge up to mi waist bi a pack o’ wild dogs, an’ on ’em wer faces like that villain Akhet. But Ah wer sooin wide awake for Moses ‘ad a tale that oppened mi een, an’ a plot to foller it that made mi ‘air stand on end. Tha sees a lot on t’pictures especially American pictures abaht what they call ‘frame – ups’. Well , Moses’s plan against Akhet wer a frame – up. Of course , not altogether, for there’s no doubt ‘e ‘ad some games on fooit – what Ah’d yerd proved that – but not knowin’ enough o’ t’truth to go on wi’, Moses invented t’details to suit ‘issen. An’ o’ coorse, it suited ‘im to shield ‘is mother for one thing, so ‘is mother gate off scot free, innocent or guilty. Ah nawther know nor care. She gate off an’ some chap or another – one of Pharoah’s men servants wer accused in her place.” ” Do you mean he was falsely accused and convicted ?”, I broke in amazed. ” Ay an’ moor nor that ‘e wer executed for it. ‘E was convicted on mi evidence an’ Ah’d do t’same ageean if it came to the push. It wer t’only way we ‘ad a’ getting at Akhet, an’ after all, what wer one Egyptian moor or less to me. Of course t’whole plan wer Moses’s. Ah lacked t’brains for that sort o’ thing. An’ Ah varry near lacked t’courage to carry it through – but Ah knew it wer awther Akhet or me, so Ah decided i’ favour o’ missen. We spent all that neet inventin’ mi part, an’ gettin’ it word perfect an’, as Ah learnt later, Moses’s mother spent very near all t’neet gettin’ bits o’rumours gooin’ abaht t’whole ‘ousehold o’Pharoah.

  Nah there’s no place i’ t’world like kings’ palaces for gossip an’ tittle-tattle. It beats a barber’s shop, a sewin’- meetin’ an’ a newspaper office all put together. An’ i’ t’mornin’, between wakkenin’ an’ gettin’ ‘is breakfast, Pharoah heard o’ a dozen plots ageean ‘is life. T’only thing ‘e weren’t telled wer news of ‘is own death, although ‘e wer in a funk big enough to make ‘im believe that. The funk ‘e wer in wer nowt to t’funk Ah wer in when a guard o’ big hefty chaps fetched me out o’prison and yanked me afoor Pharoah. When Ah gate into t’big ‘all , mi knees let me down o’ theer own accord, an’ Ah fair dithered ….. anyway t’frame-up came off all reight. Easier nor onny o’ us expected as a matter o’fact. Ah stuck to t’tale Ah got off bi heart. Hah Ah’d ‘idden under t’floor becos Ah darsent be seen leavin’ t’Palace i’ dayleet an’ hah Ah’d yerd two voices plannin’ mi Lord Pharoah’s death, an’ hah mi Lord Moses ‘ad collared me an’ hah mi Lord Akhet ‘ad copt us beneath. Eh, Ah went through it like a play-actor stoppin’ to whimper an’ snivel, when Ah stuck for mi next words. An’ they believed me – all but ’em ‘at really know t’truth o’ coorse – but t’others swallowed it – theer’s nowt harder to believe nor t’truth. What made it more believable wer that Ah wouldn’t tell who it wer that Ah’d yerd plottin’ Pharoah’s death. Ah let on to be too freetened – an’ Akhet, at a word from Pharoah, stepped up to me an’ said ‘Slave’. ‘ Have mercy mi Lord’ Ah screamed, ‘ thy slave ‘ad no thowt o’ betrayin’ thee’.

  Nowt could ‘ave saved ‘im  after that. Theer wer a deadly silence for a second, then Pharoah nodded an’ a dozen sowjers leapt at Akhet, but ‘e wer too sharp for ’em. ‘E drew ‘is own sword an’ with a scornful grin that stretched ‘is tight lips till they should ha’ cracked, ‘e sheathed it in ‘is own miserable carcuss. Moses allus let on to mi that Pharoah felt varry grateful to me but Ah nivver believed him. But theer wer one result to this affair that made things more bearable. Ah gate promoted from a common or garden slave, toilin’ an’ starvin’ i’ t’oppen air, to a court – flunkey slave, waiting on Moses, an’ wearin’ fine linen, an’ livin’ delicately – ay, an’ treadin’ very delicately an’ all. Ah think on the whole, it wer an improvement – anyway. Ah stuck it for at least ten years, happen more, before a silly bit o’ fun caused mi deeath”.

  ” Eh ,” I queried, scarce believing my ears. ” Ah said Ah lived i’ Pharoah’s haase as a sort o’ super-slave till Ah gate killed in a silly bit o’ bother over a lass”. ” You were killed?” ” Ay, stone dead, an’ buried t’boot”. I must confess that at this point I exchanged glances with Druscilla. I began to feel a little sorry for her. Simon saw something of this and burst out, “Aah, it’s no use lookin’ at mi i’ that pityin’ way.Ah didn’t ask thee to listen to me ——–“. ” I’m sorry Simon but you will agree with me — your tale is a bit thick”, ” Thick or thin, it’s true. An’ Ah’m nooan so particular abaht finishin’ it, if tha aren’t”.  I hastened to smooth him and before long he resumed his story. ” There’s good points abaht bein’ a slave tha knows. That is, if tha gets t’reight master. It’s a poor look-out for those if tha doesn’t, but if tha does – there’s monny a worse life. Ah’m sure that Ah wer happier as Moses’s slave nor Pharoah wer mi master. We both gate our meals regular, we both ‘ad soft beds to lie on, we both could ‘ave a bit o’ fun on t’quiet but — an’ here’s t’difference — ‘e’d more to be fleyed on nor me. It wer nobody’s interest to kill me, becos nobody wanted mi job – but it wer everyone’s interest to kill Pharoah. Ah talked it ovver wi’ Moses monny a time. Ah need to try an’ point t’moral on it to ‘im. Ah felt it wer necessary for as ‘e grew up towards manhood ‘e gate verry ambitious. Tha sees, there wer so monny princes – all o’them wi as gooid – or as bad – a reight to t’throne as t’other – an’ they wer all as touchy as six-month old cockerels. Moses wer no exception. ‘Ed do owt, varry near, to keep ‘is end up. Ah’d rare times gettin’ ‘im donned up to go aht to some big feast or other. An’ Ah’d some rare jobs carryin’ letters to this lass or t’other. An’ all this wer carried on underneath like. Ah doan’t say ‘at Pharoah didn’t know abaht it, but nobody let on to know abaht it. Well this sort o’ thing went on for years. Moses an’ me livin’ an idle extravagant, useless life at court — like everybody theer, thinkin’ o’ nowt nobbut number one. An’ while Ah wer gusslin’, mi own fowk wer bein’ lashed an’ ill – treated, an’ lettin’ fowk ill-treat ’em – an’ they an’ all, thowt o’nowt nobbut number one. It wer a sad condition for things to be in, nearly as bad as to-day”. ” Worse, I should say “, I commented. ” Nay, a bit better if only becos it wer moor naked an’ plainer to be seen. We saw it but didn’t care. We weren’t sufferin’ and didn’t feel inclined to trouble abaht other fowks … Mind thee, Ah allus felt that there wer big things i’ Moses. An’ Ah reckon that mi devotion to ‘im wer a credit both to ‘im an’ me. Ah’d ha’ deed for ‘im becos Ah felt ‘e’d ha’ done t’same for me.

    One day we wer comin’ back from a funeral – Ah think it wer Pharoah’s wife’s father’s cousin they wer buryin’ – we left t’procession to have a look at t’tomb ‘at Moses wer ‘avin’ built for ‘issen. We went all rahnd it, inside an’ out, an’ Moses expressed ‘issen as quite satisfied wi’ t’way things were gooin’. As ‘e wer givin’ a few instructions to t’chap in charge, Ah felt a big tug at mi dress an’ ‘eard a voice, varry low, whisperin’ to me ‘ My Lord’. Ah turned rahnd rather sharp – it wer summat fresh for me t’be called My Lord – an’ felt a bit mad when Ah saw it wer nobbut but an old ‘Ebrew slave. Ah wer just gooin’ to shake ‘im off, ay an’ order ‘im a whippin’ Ah fear, when ‘e whispers ageean ‘ Brother’. Brother. That name fair stuffened me. If Ah could nobbut tell thee one half o’ what Ah felt. For we really wer brothers – Egyptian whips ‘ad made us blood – brothers, an’ Pharoah’s haase all of a sudden became a very vile thing, an’ made me ashamed o’ missen. Ah hadn’t a word to say – Ah dooan’t know what Ah could ha’ said just then. But t’old man knew Ah wer listenin’, an’ ‘e made a pretence o’ gooin’ on wi’ ‘is work for a bit. Ah ‘ung abaht till ‘e passed me ageean an’ this time ‘e whispered, ‘ Here to-night’. Ah whispered ‘Ay’ an’ then followed mi Lord Moses. Of course Ah telled ‘im, an’ nowt else would ‘e do but came wi’ me when it gate dark”.

  “T’old man wer a bit tekken aback when ‘e saw who wer wi’ me an’ didn’t seem at all anxious to speik at first, but after a while he said, ‘It concerns my Lord Moses’, ‘Me , laughs Moses.’Ay , my Lord. I would have spoken first wi’ thy servant here, but truth may go astray in the passing from mouth to mouth. Maybe it is better that I tell you with my own lips’. ‘ Indeed it were better, therefore speak ‘ says Moses.  ‘My Lord believeth himself an Egyptian of the family of Pharoah?’ ‘ That is my mother’s belief’ answers Moses, varry ‘aughty. ‘ Thou hast never known thy mother’ says t’old man, varry quiet. Moses ‘ad a varry ‘ot temper, an’ a hasty movement towards ‘is dagger made me jump but t’old man without a wink went on. ‘ Thy mother is not of the accursed house of Pharoah. Nor art thou. Thou art Hebrew’. It took a bit o’ gettin’ used to, but there wer no disbelievin’ t’old man. ‘E ‘ad all t’tale off chapter an’ verse – an’ Moses wer too thunderstruck to talk a lot. ‘E listened to all ‘at t’old chap ‘ad to say, thowt a bit an’ then said. ‘I will be here at this hour to-morrow. Bring thou the elders of thy people’. — ‘OUR people ‘ , murmurs t’old man. ‘OUR people’ says Moses. ‘ Bring some one or two of whose integrity thou art sure that we may talk of this thing’.

  An’ t’old man went an’ we went back to Pharoah’s haase. Bur never a word fell from Moses’s lips until we gate within t’shadder o’ t’wall an’ then ‘e nobbut openned ‘is mouth to tell me to keep mine shut. We went to that tomb o’Moses next neet an’ t’ next neet, an’ for many a neet after that. As Ah said afoor, Moses wer ambitious, ‘is trainin’ an’ education made ‘im absolutely t’best man the ‘Ebrews could ha’ picked. Neet after neet they met an’ discussed things, slowly perfectin’ plans for a general uprising. Spears an’ swords wer slowly collected. Everybody wer numbered an’ to put it in a nutshell, a good beginnin’ wer made at what everybody knew would be a terribly long job. It turned out to be a varry tedious one an’ Ah soon gate sick o’ t’slow progress we seemed to be makin’. Ah wanted to get on wi’ t’feightin’.

   An’ it wer just at that awkward moment when Ah wer ripe for mischief that Pharoah put a lass reight in mi road”. ” All your plans came to nothing then?”, I enquired. ” All to nowt”, Simon acquiesced. ” An’ all through my folly. Of course, it isn’t certain that ahr schemes would ha’ come off even if Ah ‘adn’t wrecked ’em. Ah’m inclined to think that they wer not only a bit too ambitious but they wer a bit too selfish. Tha sees, Moses wer aht for personal glory, an’ so wer all on us i’ different ways ; mine, for instance, wer mixed up wi’ a likin’ for excitement an’ a bit o’ fun. An Ah’ve noticed this monny a time, that if a thing is done for personal ends, that thing doesn’t last long even if it comes off at all. Anyway, ahr’s didn’t come off – my silliness put an end to it, an’ sent Moses off into another country to escape punishment, an’ as Ah believe, to learn hah to do t’job of freein’ t’Ebrews in a better way nor the first.  There’s a bit of poetry somewheer – Ah yerd a Local preacher spaht it at t’Chapel once abaht hah God works through men – usin’ their passions as His tool. My passions at that time ran pretty strong on lasses an’ there wer one lass – t’splittin’ image of ahr Druscilla when we wer courtin’, nobbut darker in colour, tha knows – eh!. She wer a grand lass, a bit saucy happen, both wi ‘er een an’ ‘er tongue, but varry fetchin’. Ah’d been runnin’ after ‘er for a fair while without gettin’ a bit nearer, for she wer as cute as she wer bonny, an’ she knew what ‘er price wer – an’ Ah couldn’t spring it. She wer nobbut a slave like me, but wi’ a face an’ figure she aimed varry high – she’d all her cheeks at whooum, an’ mi only ‘ope wer that she’d gie me, for pleasure, what she’d sell to others aboon me …. That may call me a fooil if tha wants, but Ah really thowt she liked me, an’ Ah weren’t a bit capped when she began to be kinder to me. Mi vanity led me straight into t’trap. Eh, lad, wheer’s a man when it comes to t’women. She ‘ad me on a string reight fro’ t’beginnin’, an’ Ah danced ‘ere an’ theer like a doll, just as she wished. Of course, Ah let ‘er into things a bit – tha sees Ah ‘inted that Ah shouldn’t allus be a slave – that Ah should sooin be as gooid as some that reckoned to be ahr betters – not that she gate to know a lot , but just enough to make ‘er a varry awk’ard customer. As is allus t’case, t’crash coom just when things looked absolutely easy. Everthin’ wer gooin’ on swimmingly both as regards love an’ war, as tha might say, when suddenly everythin’ came to a sudden end. It wer one dark neet after moonrise when it ‘appened. Moses an’ ‘is ‘Ebrew leaders wer ‘avin’ a long confab i’ that tomb that ‘e wer ‘avin’ built for ‘issen, an’ Ah wer on guard at t’only way in. All wer varry still an’ dark – there weren’t even a glimmer on the skyline, an tryin’ to see owt wer like tryin’ to find a blackcock in a coil-hoil baht leet. An’ listenin’ wer just as bad for t’neet wer full o’ t’still noises that we call quietness.

   A dooan’t just know what Ah wer thinkin’ on – an’ it doesn’t matter – but Ah suddenly began to wonder if Ah could ‘ear summat different – an’ Ah listened that ‘ard that Ah could ‘ear nowt at all nobbut mi own breath. Ah seemed to be makin’ enough noise for two fowk’s breathing, an’ so Ah stopped mi lungs for a second. Ther wer somebody else there beside me. But wheer? An’ who? Mi mind went rahnd an’ rahnd as fast as a rat in a cage, till it sooart o’ tripped an’ fell ovver an idea. Ah cowered quiet a minute, an’ then let owt a howl similar to t’call of a wild animal that sometime strayed in fro’ t’desert. T’Egyptians, Ah believe, ‘ad bred their cats fro’ it. Ah let out this ‘owl an’ listened an’ Ah yerd a gasp, smothered in a minute. It came fro’ mi right ‘and. Quick as a shot mi ‘and went out an’ collared a woman’s arms. Afoor Ah could see who it wer, a man’s arm wer rahnd mi throat fro’ behind, squeezin’ t’wind aht o’ me. Ah doubled an’ twisted, an’ wriggled an’ kicked till Ah sweated – but Ah couldn’t shift that grip. Ah knew it wer nobbut a question of a minute or two afoor Ah wer deead, but believe me lad, them toathri minutes wer like ages for me. Leets danced afoor mi een, mi ‘ead felt like bustin’, an’ that arm wer like a vice rahnd mi throat. Ah tried to scream but couldn’t. An’ then , sharper not it teks to tale, all mi strength left me, that arm jerked mi ‘ead back an’ brake me neck wi’ a shock that ran through mi body like electricity an’ exploded at t’back o’ mi een an’ blinded me. When Ah came to, Ah wer deead.”

 ” How could you come to if you were dead?” I began. ” Ah dooan’t know hah , but Ah did. Ah know that Ah wer dead. Ah could see mi own corpse i’ that tomb of Moses. An’ a queer feelin’ it is. Ah can tell thee, seein’ thissen fro’ t’ahtside for t’first time i’ thi life. An’ laid aht beside me wer a strappin’ Egyptian wi’ a gapin’ cut through ‘is ribs, an’ all rahnd us wer t’Ebrews busy gettin’ me ready for burial. An’ in a corner – ‘eartbroken – wer Moses cryin’ for me, ‘is slave, ‘is brother, ‘is comrade. Eh, all of us wer in a reight upset. T’ Ebrews freetened to death an’ lookin’ as sharp as they could ovver buryin’ us. Moses cryin’ ovver me, an’ me tryin’ to talk to ‘im what a sorry fooil Ah wer, an’ nobody seein’ or ‘earin’ me.’ Fly my Lord’, says one ‘Ebrew to Moses. ‘ For Pharoah’s wrath will be hot at t’death o’ ‘is kinsman.’ ‘ I will go when my brother is buried ‘ says Moses. An’ ‘e wouldn’t budge till ‘e saw me laid away decent. An’ Ah wer theer an’ all watchin’ mi own funeral. An’ Ah suppose some day somebody will be explorin’ , an’ they’ll find mi home, an’ they’ll  nivver guess that t’same chap is livin’ i’ Netherthong to-day. T’same chap that is mentioned in t’Scriptures.” What! “, I exclaimed aghast, thanking heaven that Druscilla was out of the room. Without a word Simon opened the bible again and pointing to a passage, bade me to read it.  Here it is. ‘ And it came to pass  in those days when Moses was grown up that he went out unto his brethren and looked on their burdens, an he saw an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren and he looked this way and that way and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian and hid him in the dust…’ ” Tha haven’t gotten it altogether reight”, said Simon, ” but it’s near enough. Tha knows hah tales get altered i’ tellin’. Ah know Ah’m reight abaht it for Ah went ovver mi ‘Ebrew  while Ah wer what ahr Druscilla calls ramblin’. Ah dooan’t know what ‘appened after Ah wer buried but Ah’ll swear to what Ah’ve telled thee. It’s no dream. An’ it’s nooan ramblin’ becos Ah’d other experiences o’ other lives. An’ Ah’ll tell thee abaht ’em after dinner.” ” This is quite enough for the present”, I said with a grin.


 If you have reached the end of this story, may I offer you my congratulations and possibly my commiserations. It is 10,801 words long and if I’d known that when I started I probably wouldn’t have continued. Anyway it’s up there in the ether for all time.

Listed Buildings in Netherthong

Listed Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest.


Issued by Kirklees Culural Services


Classifications :

Grade 1 – these are buildings of exceptional interest

Grade 11* – these are buildings of particular importance and of more than special interest.

Grade 11 – these are buildings of special interest which warrant every effort being made to preserve them.

There are no Grade 1 or Grade 11* buildings listed in Netherthong. 

The following is a list of the Grade 11 buildings with dates.

Cricketers Pub – early C18

Dean Brook Road – numbers 13,14,18,19,20,21 and 22 – all early C19

Deanhouse Lane – numbers 26,27,28,29 and 31 – all early C19.

Dock Hill – numbers 1,2 and 3 – all early C19

Giles Street– number 8 – early C19

Haigh lane – Wesleyan Chapel – 1769

Holmroyd Nook ( dwellings to east & west ) – mid or late C18

Knoll Bridge Farmhouse – late C18/early C19

Moor Lane –  the following properties are counted as being on the lane.

Brownhill farmhouse – early C18  

 Cartref, Beyond the Sea and adjoining property – early to mid C19  : Fox House – mid to late C18. 

 Moorgate ( centre cottage ) – early to mid C18 

 Ox Lane Farmhouse – late C18 to early C19   

Sands Farmhouse and barn – early to mid C19 but barn dated 1826.

 Outlane : numbers 5 & 7 – early C19. numbers 11,15,27 and the building at the rear of number 33 – all late C18.

Ox Lane ( off Moor Lane ) – The Cottage – mid C19.

St.Anne’s Square – number 1 ( formerly listed as Netherthong Manor House ) late C18 but could be earlier.

Thong Lane – numbers 115,117,119,121,123,125,131,133,135 – all C19. number 141A – early to mid C18.

Town Gate : numbers 126 & 128 – early to mid C18. Number 147 – late C18 to early C19 ; number 149 ( Croft House ) – early or mid C18.

number 155 ( Westfield House ) – early or mid C18.

All Saints Church – 1830

 Wolfstones Road – Carr Farmhouse – early C19

Wolfstones Heights – house and barn – 1758