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 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 and baptised in the Parish Church. There was another sister, Netta , and twins, Peter and Jane 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 might very well 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 newspaper 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 in 1769. 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 were 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.’


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

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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