Harry Beaumont 1897 – 1996

Harry Beaumont was born in 1897 in Upper Hagg and died in 1996. At that time Upper Hagg was part of the Parish of Netherthong ( see chapter of Maps )  and he lived there until his wedding in 1928 before spending the rest of his life in Brockholes, His father died in 1912 and his mother brought the family up on her own. The rest of the family moved to Brockholes in 1919/30. He  and his family could claim to have connections to the whole of the Holme Valley.  His older brother, Lewis, fought and died in WW1 and is commemorated on the memorial in the centre of Netherthong.  Harry also fought in the war and survived.

I have been fortunate to receive  photographs and letters about Harry from his niece  and have included details of his war record in my chapter on the WW1 survivors. I have decided that the rest of the information about this man and his life justifies  giving him a chapter of his own as he was such a well-known person in the area.

Harry was born in Upper Hagg and his parents were Annie and Tom Battye Beaumont. The family photograph, taken circa 1905 at Upper Hagg, shows Annie his mother, eldest daughter Emma b. 1890 and Tom his father. Lower left is Nellie b.1899, Amy b.1903, Ethel b.1901, Harry b.1897 and Lewis.The next photograph is of Adam Sykes Beaumont b.1833 to John and ? of Helm. He married Emma Battye, the daughter of Thomas and Betty of Nab Close, Cartworth  He was the father of Tom Battye Beaumont which meant he was Harry’s Grandfather. He died in 1882.

Beaumont family group, 1905
Harry’s grandfather

Harry attended Brockholes School and was a member of St.George’s Church choir in the village. He started work at the age of 13 as a reacher-in  at Rock Mills, Thongsbridge, for half-a-crown a week and, until he enlisted in 1916 at the age of 19, he had a wide range of interests. These included repairing clocks and watches, cycling, gardening and billiards and  he still found time to be a member of Brockholes Bowling Club.

He joined the Yorks. and Lancs. Regiment as Private No.82910 and trained as a Machine Gunner. In the photograph below of him in uniform he looks so young and innocent and much younger than his 19 years. The second photograph, posing with some of his comrades, shows him , front row 2nd. from the right, still retaining that early youth.

Harry Beaumont in uniform

 

Harry and his comrades

Whilst serving in France, because he had experience with farm horses, he was selected to deliver ammunition by horse and cart to the front lines at night. Unfortunately he became ill with rheumatic fever and returned to England, where he was placed at Holly Park Auxiliary Hospital, Hornsey, North London. ( the hospital was demolished in the 1950s and later became a housing estate ).His mother must have written to the Matron thanking her for the care shown to her son, because the Matron replied on October 3, 1918.

Letter from Matron to harry’s mother.

As you might have trouble reading the handwriting, I’ve copied the details below.

“Thank you for your very kind letter. I’m so glad your son was happy at my little hospital. He was a very good patient. I was only too pleased to be able to help him in any way as I am to help any of the splendid men that are doing so much for us. I should like to hear how your son gets on , we all wish him the best of luck. It will be a happy day when I know that I am getting my boys better to go home ( underlined ) not back to France.” 

M.Bassett-Popkin , Matron Commandant.

After the war, Harry worked in the textile industry for 45 years. He moved from  weaver to pattern weaver and was in charge of  a textile warehouse when he retired. In 1928 he married Mena Nicholson and they settled in Brockholes living at 32, Rock Terrace in the centre of the village. He gave much of his spare time to supporting village organisations and was elected to Holmfirth Council in 1941 and served for many years, acting as Chairman in 1950-51.  The photograph shows him wearing the mayoral chain of office.He had been chairman of all the committees on the Council and a governor of both the old and new C of E Schools.

Harry as mayor of Holmfirth 1950 -51

An article in the Huddersfield Examiner of Friday 16 May, 1977 was titled ” The village historian.” The first sentence started- ask anyone in Brockholes for the name of the local historian and they will be likely to refer you to Harry Beaumont.  His earliest recollection is of attending Brockholes Church School at the age of three ( more likely to have been four ). I have queried with his niece  why he would have attended school in Brockholes rather than in Netherthong or Thongsbridge. The most likely reason is that his mother was brought up in Smithy Place , Brockholes and attended the village school there and his father worked at Rock Mills which meant he could take his son to school and collect him later in the day.

In winter – and they were real winters then- we used to go to school on sledges, from the top of the hill down on to the main road. Of course there was no danger then because it was all horse traffic. One of his  anecdotes was about a visit by the Duke of Kent to Rock Mills many years ago. The Duke asked about the processes, and, to demonstrate this, he was given a suit length which had been made specially for him from fleece to finished object within four days.  When asked about the main changes in the village during his lifetime, he spoke of the change from horse traffic to motor vehicles, housing development on the hills where people once went skiing, the closing of mills and the transfer of labour from textiles to the engineering industry. The final photograph shows Harry and Mena in May 1993 on the occasion of their 65th. Wedding Anniversary when Harry was 96. The two items of ephemera are his election pamphlets for May 1955 and April 1964.

 

65th. Wedding Anniversary
of Harry and Mena, May 1993

 

1955 Election Pamphlet

 

Election Pamphlet 1964

All Saints Church – register of all the graves in the graveyard

This  chapter, September 2017, lists all the graves in the churchyard of All Saints Church with the surname, christian name, age, burial date, section location and where applicable the letters WH or EV for each one.

WH refers to an inmate of the Deanhouse Workhouse.
EV refers to evacuee.

My thanks to Yvonne Hutson and the Church Council for supplying the information.

There are 2466 graves in the churchyard and I have listed the numbers occurring for each letter of the alphabet along with the most common names where appropriate.
A : 40
B : 343 – Beaumont 31 : Bray 23 : Brook 26.
C : 150 – Charlesworth 20
D : 120  -Dyson 39
E : 43 – Eastwood 16
F : 67
G :  114 – Greenwood 15
H : 322 – Haigh 34 : Hinchliffe 21 : Hirst 48 : Hobson 57
I : 7
J : 43
K : 67 – Kaye 21
L : 82
M : 171 – Mallinson 37 : Mellor 26 : Moorhouse 19
N : 33
O : 11
P : 76 – Platt 17
Q : 3
R : 128 – Roebuck 24
S : 264  -Sykes 52 : Shaw 19 : Scholfield 20 : Sanderson 23
T : 83  -Taylor 25
U : 1
V : 2
W : 276 – Wilson 17 : Wimpenny 37 : Wood 40 : Woodhead 41

I have attached the Graveyard section plan below, It is upside down but it makes more sense if you are standing in front of the church with New Road on your left.

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1901 National Census for Netherthong : Part 1

The  1901 National Census  is the last one that was transcribed to micro-film and retained  in the Archives Section of Kirklees Public Library in Huddersfield. Under the 100 year rule, the information for the 1911 Census  is available on the Ancestry web-site.

This Census followed the standard pattern with the individual household information  being transcribed,  in cursive handwriting , onto the master forms. This meant that some of the capital letters were difficult to work out and I have had to resort to using ?? . The enumerator was also very liberal in his use of a black crayon which also on occasions obliterated key information. I have copied faithfully Christian names even though they didn’t seem right to me.

In previous censuses, the word ‘scholar ‘ was used to describe those children at school but it has not been used in this census.

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Netherthong Wesleyan Church Part 2 -1921 to closure

The first report in the Examiner for 1921 was in February, when a concert was given in the school on behalf of the Young Leaguers’ Union of the National Childrens Home and Orphanage. It was very well attended and £10 10s was raised. They organised a similar social for the same charity  two years later in February 1923, and called it a ‘hospital social’ with songs, music and recitations which raised £10.

Sadly,during the month, the death occurred of Joseph Armitage, aged 77 years. He had been closely associated with the Wesleyan Methodists and had been one of the first Sunday School teachers. He was interested in the Working Men’s Club and was formerly its caretaker. For over 50 years he was a member of the Gardener’s Friendly Society and in 1897 was one of the founders of the juvenile branch. His trade was as an oat-bread baker

At the end of the month, a concert was held in the school by the Hinchliffe Mill Wesleyan Prize Choir under the leadership of Joe Bottomley with Miss F. Green as accompanist.

A social gathering was held in the Chapel in March 1923 to raise funds for the renovation of the chapel and improvements to the organ. There was a supper and games were played and £3 was raised.

After having been closed for some time for renovation, the Chapel, which had been re-decorated at a total cost of £120,  was re-opened in July when a devotional service was conducted by the circuit ministers, Rev. E. Harland and Rev .J. Crawford, with music on the organ by Mr. Cousens. The organ had been overhauled and two new stops added. A large number of people partook of tea. The following month was time for the annual outing for the choir ; they went to Wharfedale and Airedale and travelled in Mr.Middleton’s well-known charabanc ” Holme Valley “. For their outing in 1924 they once again travelled in the ” Holme Valley ” and visited the Dukeries.

The Chapel members had all agreed to the adoption of the electric lighting scheme and, in January 1925, held a tea and concert which realised £8 6s 6d  for the fund.

April of that year was the occasion when the men associated with the Chapel promoted a tea and concert in the schoolroom. A goodly number sat down to a capital tea which was provided by the men who not only presided and served at tables but also did the washing-up. An excellent concert concluded with the burlesque ” Ventriloquism or how not to do it ” which was given by J.Green, N.Haigh and T.Littlewood. £7 10s was raised for the electric lighting fund.

In September the Chapel extended a hearty welcome to the Rev. Wm. Salisbury and the Rev.Joseph Birbeck, newly appointed ministers of the Holmfirth circuit of Wesleyan Methodism. The financial statements of the Sunday School were submitted and approved and members were told that electric lighting was shortly to be installed with the supplier being Honley Council. December saw the much awaited Electric Light Installation Ceremony, when the switching on , performed  by one of the oldest scholars, Mr.J.Woodhead, JP., was greeted with hearty applause. A public tea followed by a concert was provided.

In January 1926 the death occurred of Mr. John Albert Armitage of Chapel House , Deanhouse. He was well known and highly respected and a close adherent to the Wesleyan Cause. For 20 years he had been chapel-keeper, a trustee, a steward and an active worker for the chapel renovation and for several years he generously provided an annual treat for the primary department children. He had his 59th. birthday on Christmas Day . He worked as a dyer’s labourer for J.Davies & Co. Ribbleden Dyeworks at Holmfirth and had died immediately on reaching the dye-house on his return to work after the holiday. Another workman said the deceased had reached the dye-house about 6.45 and had just put his dinner on a bench, when he fell to the ground. The post-mortem showed evidence of chronic bronchitis and Bright’s disease and the coroner ruled the death was due to natural causes.

The same month Mr. Edward Finch, the well-known Huddersfield elocutionist, paid a visit to the chapel and delivered recitals to the well – attended afternoon and evening services.

In June through the kindness of Mr.& Mrs.Walter Wagstaff and friends, the young children of the primary and other junior departments of the school spent an enjoyable time at Rob Roy. The Foreign Missionary anniversary, in conjunction with the Chapel , was held in November with  morning and afternoon services on the Sunday. A public tea was given on the Tuesday and Mrs.Death of Meltham presided over a meeting which was addressed by Mrs.W.Rhodes on British Guiana.

The first event in 1927 was in January when a concert , promoted by the organist J.W.Green, was held in aid of funds for painting the exterior of the Chapel. The same month the Young Leaguers organised the annual effort by the Sunday School on behalf of the National Children’s Home and Orphanage. It was presided over by J.Green.

 The New Year’s gathering and price distribution took place in the Sunday school. W.Wagstaff presided and Mrs. Salisbury presented the prizes as well as giving a bible to Arthur Shaw in honour of his connection to the Sunday school up to 20 years of age.

Thomas Dyson gave one of his popular lantern lectures in the schoolroom. This one was all about Yorkshire seaside resorts and the1 lanternists1 were C.Dutton and W. Boothroyd.

In February the Rev. Joseph West, a former missionary, who had laboured in India, gave a lecture  on missionary life and experiences in Ceylon which he illuminated with slides. One of the last visits of the year was a visit by Friends from Hall Sunday School to the Wesleyan school and they gave a concert. The chair was occupied by Mr.Thomas Littlewood.

The annual choir outing, for the Sunday School for 1928, visited Cawthorne and 60 scholars, teachers and friends travelled in three conveyances. The members of the Choir had their annual outing in September when they visited York. In January 1929 the Young Leaguers Union gave a concert in the school room and presented two children’s operettas.

In the late twenties, gramophone recitals were becoming very popular and attracted good attendances and Mr.Harold Hirst of Holmfirth presented a number of excellent records in the school in February 1929. Later that year in September the quarterly meeting in connection with the Holmfirth Circuit of Wesleyan Methodism was held in the Chapel. Rev. J. Hisbrown, the circuit minister, presided and a unique feature was the presence of representatives from the United Methodist and Primitive Methodist Circuits. The final event of the year was a visit in December by a number of married ladies associated with the Wesleyans at Underbank. They gave a concert full of miscellaneous items in aid of Chapel funds. The young people from the Honley Wesleyan Sunday school paid a visit in January 1930 to the Wesleyan school in connection with the Netherthong branch of the Young Leaguers Union and presented a pleasing programme of glees, songs , dances and sketches. The next event was an Orange Grove Fair at the school in April which was opened by Arthur Fieldhouse , well known in Wesleyan circles. After all the thanks had been made, the fair opened with many stalls. The ladies provided the tea and the entertainment in the evening. £140 was raised before expenses.

A party from Leeds South Circuit United Methodist Church visited at the end of November 1930 to give a concert. There was a good attendance, presided over by T.Dyson, and W.Wagstaff gave the vote of thanks.

A lantern service was held in the schoolroom on a Sunday afternoon in January 1931. “Timothy Crab ” was the subject of a temperance ballad illustrated by views which had been made from life models by Bamforths of Holmfirth and the slides were presented by T.Dyson assisted by’ lanternists’, T.Dufton and B.Coldwell. Mr.W.Wagstaff presided with Miss Ruth Dufton on piano. The Rev. Harry Buckley was the speaker at the special services in the evening. The choir’s annual outing that year was in July when members and friends visited Grassington and Burnsall. The Rev. Walter T.Rose, the newly-appointed circuit minister, was the preacher at the Chapel anniversary in September 1931. The same month J .Hadfield of Huddersfield gave a lantern lecture at the school titled ‘Pictures of North Wales’. There were two events in November, the first was the Annual missionary meeting when the Rev. C.Chapman of Halifax, who had served 15 years in Burma, delivered a powerful appeal. He said that the Chapel had raised £13 during the year. The second event later in the month was a successful tea and concert promoted by the men of the congregation. It was presided over by H.Wagstaff. The first reported event in 1932 was in January when the Rev.J.Bisbrown, the superintendent minister of the Holmfirth Circuit of Wesleyan Methodism, visited the chapel and gave a lantern lecture on ‘Glimpses of the Continent’. In March the Ladies of the Chapel gave their ‘first’ effort consisting of a tea and entertainment. It was a big success and raised £13 1s. At the annual missionary meeting at the Chapel in November 1933, the Rev. H. Bishop, principal of the Training College, Porto Novo, Dahomey who had 30 years missionary experience in South Africa, Portuguese East Africa, Portugal and French West Africa gave the main address. A presentation was made in November 1935  to Mr.& Mrs. Thomas Dyson of Croft House on the occasion of their wedding. Mr. Walter Wagstaff presented them with a barometer from their friends at the Chapel and an alarm clock from the Sunday School children and teachers. At the Sunday school anniversary meeting in May 1936 presentations were made for long and faithful service. Miss Brigg and Miss Cousen were each presented with a cake district ( no idea ) and Mr. J. Green , who had been the voluntary organist for 25 years, was presented with a grandmother clock. Mrs. W. Wagstaff presided. The following August, 60 teachers, scholars and friends of the Sunday school went on their annual outing, on this occasion to Knaresborough. The same month the Chapel hosted the quarterly meeting of Methodists from all parts of the Holmfirth circuit and all newly appointed ministers were given a very warm welcome.

In March  1938, the Chapel held its re-opening services as it had been closed for the purpose of decorating both the chapel and the school and installing a new heating apparatus. Special services were held. A few months later in May the bi-centenary of John Wesley’s conversion was celebrated throughout Methodism and the Netherthong chapel played an honoured part for it was twice visited by John Wesley and was the 6th. Methodist Chapel to be built in the whole of England. The first chapel was at Bristol followed by Birstall, Newcastle, Hipperholme and Haworth. On his first visit on July 6 1772, he wrote in his diary for that day … ” I went to Halifax. Preached in the Cow Market to a huge multitude. Our house was filled at 5 in the morning. At 10, I preached in the New House at Thong and at 2 in the afternoon in the Market Place in Huddersfield. Such another we had at Dewsbury in the evening and my strength was my duty.” He preached in the village again in 1788 and records in his diary that he visited Honley at 11am on April 30 1788.

The following letter from Mr. J. H. Hoyle was received by the Chapel in February 1939 and dealt with some of his memories of the chapel and school as a lad from three years of age to twenty years. He said he had the two-fold privilege of attending service in the chapel as it stood when Wesley preached in it, and was also one of the ten scholars present at the opening of the Sunday School. As a young lad I was taken to chapel regularly to the services. How many thousands of Methodist worshippers have descended the almost precipitous slope of the hill from the village, down the gentler slope beneath the trees, across the large stone flags that spanned the brook, and then by an arduous climb up the long flight of “catsteps” to reach the body of the chapel ( now the Sunday School ) and up yet another flight of stone steps to the former gallery ( now the chapel ). What fun and valuable exercise for lung and limb those steps gave to us boys! The older people did not seem to regard them with half our friendliness ; but what could they expect ? They never ran races down them, or even up!

New Year’s Day was the annual meeting , which began with a tea, beautifully served in true West Riding style. This was followed by a meeting, enlivened by speeches from teachers and others, of whom some at least were not born orators, but the breakdown of a speaker did not damp, but rather intensified the enjoyment of the audience. Whit Monday was the day of the schoolfeast. Led by a brass band, teachers and scholars walked in procession round the neighbourhood, stopping at various points to sing their special hymns, and occasionally they received an orange or some sweets. Tea and buns were served in the schoolroom, and each scholar was presented  with a specially large and rich bun – the ” School Feast cake ” – to take home. Then , when the room was being cleared and re-arranged, there was a short interval for games, but little room to play. After this a meeting was held with speeches and selections by the brass band that easily filled the comparatively small room chock full of music. Later in the summer, the anniversary was almost like a second Whit Sunday. The music was carefully rehearsed for weeks beforehand and often included new tunes by local musicians.  Some of Methodism’s finest men visited at times. Thomas Champness was no stranger and to hear him at his best speaking from the text ” The people had a mind to work ” was a privilege. A service of a kind rarely witnessed in a Methodist chapel was held one Sunday morning. The announcement was made, ” The Sacrament of Baptism will now be administered “. Everyone was expecting to see a baby but instead one of the leaders, closely followed by his wife, came down the aisle. He had searched the records  but no record of his baptism could be found and he wanted to remedy the omission. Although it is more than seventy years since the writer witnessed it, he has never seen a similar ceremony. It was his own father he saw baptised.

The scholars, teachers and friends all enjoyed an outing in June to Buxton and Matlock.

The 1939 annual outing in May for the Chapel consisted of 60 teachers and scholars who travelled in two of Messrs. Castle’s motors. They visited Brimham Rocks and Knaresborough.. May was also the occasion of the Sunday School Anniversary when all involved partook in songs, recitations and hymns.

In February 1940, the annual ladies tea and entertainment took place in the Chapel.  March 16th. was observed as ladies’ day and Miss Mabel Wagstaff of Gateshead was the preacher. The annual outing for the Sunday School saw 60  teachers, scholars and friends go to Knaresborough again as they had done the previous year.

The next newspaper report was  February 1941  when Mr. Norman Powell’s party of the Boy Scouts of Honley and District visited the Sunday School and gave a mixed entertainment which included lessons on first-aid. Mr. T. Dyson visited the Chapel in  November  to give one of his illustrated lantern lectures and  presented views of Yorkshire scenery , there was a good attendance and a collection was taken for overseas mission. The same month it was the turn of the ladies to give their annual entertainment of songs and sketches and the Chapel was crowded with an appreciative audience.

The  Sunbeams Concert Party gave a very successful variety show in the Sunday School in February 1942. To start off the show, all the  girls sang ” Save a little Sunshine ” which was followed by an amusing duet by  Maurice Froggatt and Colin Gledhill. Mary Bowden sang ” Land of Hope and Glory”, Colin Gledhill entertained with his song, ” Nobody loves a fairy when she’s forty”. Eileen Roebuck sang ” Danny Boy “, Relton Bradley performed a monologue. Susie McLean, Mary Bowden and Eileen Roebuck starred in ‘Mr.Brown of London Town’ and Edith Walker gave a dance.  Philip Roebuck and Relton Bradley appeared in many of the sketches and the pianists were Marion Bowden and Maurice Froggatt. The sketches were written by Mr.N.Powell who also acted as compere and ran the show. The proceeds came to £5 15s.

An important name change occurred at the start of the 1949s when it stopped being called Deanhouse Wesleyan Methodist Church and became Netherthong Wesley’s Methodist Church.

In December, the overseas missionary anniversary services were held in the Chapel. Rev. Thorpe spoke about missionary work in Ceylon and the Rev. Roberts gave an illustrated lecture on his work in West Africa. Also in December, the combined choirs of the Parish Church, Zion Methodist and Wesley Methodist gave carol services in the Parish Church.

 At the end of 1942 there was a Christmas wedding at the Church on Boxing Day between Bombardier Albert Cartwright of Denegarth, Deanhouse and Miss Phyllis Wagstaff of Rob Roy, Netherthong. The bride was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir at the Chapel and a lieutenant in the Netherthong Girl Guide Company.

February 1943 was the occasion of ladies’ Day at the Chapel and Miss H. Battye was the preacher at the services. In December, the combined choirs of the Parish Church, Zion Methodist and Wesley Methodist gave carol services in the Parish Church.

The Rev. J.Almond, newly appointed minister in the Holmfirth Methodist circuit, gave the sermon at the anniversary services in September 1944.

The 1947 annual outing of the scholars and friends involved a group of 70 travelling to Knotts End and Fleetwood. A presentation was made in September to Herbert Fisher who had resigned his post of choirmaster after 40 years. He was a well known vocalist, had been conductor of the Netherthong Music Festival and was a member of the Holme Valley Male Voice Choir. In January 1948, the Chapel had a distinguished visitor, Rev. J.H.Garland the Methodist minister at Mallon, Cumberland. He was the secretary and organiser of the International Centenary Commemoration of the Rev. Henry Francis Lyte, author of Abide with Me, and he lectured on the famous hymn and its author.

Memorial Services were held in the Chapel in May 1949 for Walter Wagstaff, a former worker for the chapel, who died in Rhyl on April 26th. He had been president of The Male Voice Choir. On the 22nd. of the same month, Mr.& Mrs. John Edward Smith, who had been caretakers for over 23 years, attained their golden anniversary. Mr.Smith ,who was 78 years, came to Netherthong in 1917 and worked in the local mills before being appointed chapel – keeper. He was an Hon. member of The Male Voice Choir. Before her marriage, Mrs.Smith was Miss Edna Roebuck, one of a family of eight sons and four daughters. She was 71 years.

September was the occasion of the Annual Services and the preacher was Rev.A. Vincent Woodhill who was one of the newly appointed ministers on the circuit. Mrs. R.Singleton was the organist. The Holme Valley Guides, Scouts and Cubs paid their 20th. Annual visit to the Chapel in October when Rover leader, W.Allen, presided. The address was given by Scoutmaster, Pat Hellawell and the children’s address by Cubmistress, D.Whitehead. The lesson was read by Scout Lawrence Liles and Cub Mark Lancaster contributed a poem.

The annual outing in May 1950 was to Bridlington when 58 adults and children left in two coaches. The same month, the Sunday School Anniversary services were held with the Rev.Woodhall of Meltham as preacher. He was also the preacher in November when Temperance Film strips were shown at the chapel.  The Rev. J. Christian of Holmfirth was the preacher at the Church anniversary services in August.

1951 started off with the Annual distribution of prizes in January for the Sunday School scholars. Miss S.J.Brigg presided  and Mrs.R.Singleton was the organist.The scholars plus friends of the Sunday School held their annual outing in June. They were conveyed in two of Messr. Bradley Bros. coaches to Southport.

The Rev. James Sollitt, newly appointed superintendent minister of the Holmfirth Methodist circuit, was the preacher at the anniversary services in September 1951. They celebrated the Harvest Festival in October with a parade by the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Scoutmaster Stuart Bedford presided and the lessons were read by cub Geoffrey Burley and scout Pat Beardsell.

There was a full chapel to celebrate the Harvest Festival in 1954. The local scouts and guides paraded for the festival and Mr.T.Brooks, scoutmaster, stated that it was the 25th. annual visit by the Guides and Scouts. The Sunday School Anniversary services took place in May 1956 and the organist at both services was Mrs.R.Singleton. The Rev.J.Crawford of Honley was the preacher.

The Rev. F.Garnett of Meltham , one of the newly appointed ministers of the Holmfirth Methodist Circuit, was the preacher at the chapel anniversary services in September 1956. The following month they celebrated the Harvest Festival with the annual parade of the boy scouts and girl guides and the Scout leader, Mr.Sanderson of Meltham, presided. Lessons were read by Scouts Derek Marsh and Gerald Buck and the young peoples address was given by Cub leader Maureen Sykes of Honley. The speaker was Scoutmaster L. Farrar of Halifax.

Owing to the damage sustained  at Wesley’ Chapel in June all their services were held in the Zion Church. A united campaign  for both the  churches was organised by a band of local preachers in the Holmfirth Circuit who had previously held campaigns in Wooldale, Scholes and Crowedge. The opening phase had been an intensive visiting of the whole area, house by house, armed with leaflets. In July the Trustees discussed the question of the condition of the roof and the cost of repairs and decided to make a decision at the quarterly meeting. The main ceiling collapsed in September and the  congregation formally joined the Zion Methodist Church. The following year the Chapel was officially closed and later was converted into a house. The following information has been supplied ( July 2018 ) by a ‘family member’.

The Wesleyan Chapel was bought by my Grandfather George England with a view to converting it into living accommodation but the project was never begun. We were visiting the family soon after he had acquired it and he took us to see it. I can tell you, that  inside the chapel, there was a mahogany chair with arms and a plaque fixed to the back, which said something to the effect that ” John Wesley used this chair when he preached in this chapel in 1772? My grandfather’s intention was to give the chair to a local  Chapel and, so far as I know, that is what he did. It could possibly have been Gatehead. 

With the closing of the Chapel, the Express in July gave a detailed account of the early history of the Chapel. Much of it is similar to the information I have given in this chapter but the paper had access to the original minute book of the records of the Sunday School. They make for very interesting reading and I have  listed them below. 

The very first meeting was held on April 29 1861 and it was resolved to purchase two dozen Bibles, two dozen Testaments and spelling books. On May 14 arrangements were made for the school feast and it was resolved that two stones of flour would be used for plain bread and one and a half stones for currant bread. At a committee meeting on December 16, Messrs. J.Woodhead and J.Rogers were appointed to attend on Saturday evenings in the school to give instructions on writing etc.

On July 15 1862  eight rules for the teachers were adopted and they were as follows. 1. The school shall be opened with singing and prayer and this rule also gave the various attendance times.  2. They shall take such a position in their class as will enable them to observe every child. They shall restrain the children from improper conduct.  3. In case of unavoidable absence they shall provide a proper substitute.  4. They shall be persons of good moral character, approved by the teacher’s meeting.  5. No teacher shall mention the faults of a brother teacher.  6. Every teacher leaving the school is requested to give a month’s notice.   7. A committee shall be chosen annually to manage the affairs of the school.  8. A meeting shall be held quarterly.

There were also eight rules to be enforced by the scholars. 1. They shall be present at the opening of the school and shall be clean in person and dress.  2. If any scholar be absent from school for four successive Sundays without a sufficient excuse he shall be dismissed.  3. No scholar shall attend when affected by any infectious disease.  4. The scholars at the time of singing or prayer shall not gaze about, read or play.  5. No scholar may leave his class without the consent of the teacher. 6 No scholar shall bring anything to play with or eat during school hours.  7 They shall abstain from lying, swearing, sabbath breaking and every other manifest immorality and be submissive, obedient and respectful to their teachers.  8 Scholars not attending to the above rules shall be punished.

At a meeting on October 4 1864, it was decided to join the Sunday School Union, about to be formed in the Holmfirth Circuit, and on December 5 of the same year it was resolved ” that one dozen of Wesleyan Scripture Lessons be purchased monthly at the expense of the School Funds.” It was resolved on August 13 1869 that the teachers and scholars have a trip to Harden Moss ( it unfortunately didn’t record how this would be achieved ).

And finally a minute of April 1893 regarding the school feast states ” that we walk with the Reformers as usual if they are willing “. The following year ” it was decide not to walk with the Reformers“.

The following pamphlet was published for the Dedication of the Organ, Pulpit and Choir Stalls on May 30th. and 31st. 1959.

 

May 1959 Dedication programme.
May 1959 Dedication programme.

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,

Dockhill.

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.

Outlane.

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.

Dockhill.

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.

Crodingley.

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.

Woodville.

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..

Somerfield.

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.

Roseleigh.

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.

Oaklands.

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.

Wellhome.

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.

Towngate.

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.

Holmleigh.

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.

Lydgate.

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.

Wolfstone.

James Hirst – widow – 60 – labourer.

Carr.

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.

Greave.

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.

Deanhouse.

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

 

 

 

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

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

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDAD

ROGER ROEBUCK            married                           ?

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

 GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDAD

JOHN ROEBUCK Snr.                      married                MARIA ( not known )

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

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

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

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

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

 GREAT, GREAT GRANDAD

WILLIAM ROEBUCK                          married                      ANN OLDHAM HIRST

  born 21.4.1808,                                                                born

                                            Ann was born Upperthong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GREAT GRANDAD

JOSEPH HIRST ROEBUCK                    married to               RACHEL SPENCER                                                                                                              BATTY                                  

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

Age 47                                                                                 Aged 80

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 GRANDAD

HIRST ROEBUCK                          married                    HANNAH ANN SENIOR

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

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

Born at Wood Nook/Honley                                          ANN born Deanhouse           

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 DAD

JOHN  ROEBUCK                      married                     CONSTANCE  DUNSTAN

29.12.1910 – Sept 1978               1940                      21.9.1917 – 13.11.2004

Age 67                                                                Age 87

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 BRENDA                married                         ALAN  QUARMBY

20.1.1943             5.10.1963                           24. 9.1945

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Combined School feasts/festivals ,Village feasts, carnivals.

 

In this chapter I have decided to include reports and photographs of all the various feasts, jubilee celebrations and carnivals held in the village.  I have listed them below in the order they appear in this chapter.

1. Combined Schools Feast/ Village Feast / Netherthong Feast/ Netherthong Sing. The titles can be a bit confusing but they are as reported.

2. Annual Hospital Day.

3. Carnival

4.   1919 Peace Celebrations ( also included in WW chapter ) and the 1945 WW2 Victory celebrations.

5. Silver Jubilee celebrations for George V in May 1935.

Combined School’s Feast/ Village Feast

The annual combined school feasts were one of the most important dates in the village calendar. The scholars of the Sunday Schools of the Wesleyan Church, the Zion Methodist Church and All Saints Parish Church would gather together in Towngate and led by a local brass or silver band would form a procession which would wend its way round the village followed by parents, teachers and residents. They would return to Towngate where the scholars  would go back to their respective churches for a meal after which they would all meet up again in a field to play games and sports and listen to music.  In the beginning the Wesleyan and United Methodists Sunday Schools combined to hold their annual festivals with the Parish Church running its own annual festival. The first one according to the Holmfirth Express was in June 1907, but the Huddersfield Examiner for May 1861 carried a report that the Sunday School scholars of the Parish Church and the Wesleyan Chapel met at All Saints and, led by the parochial constables and the Holmfirth Rifle Corps Band, visited several houses before returning back to Townsgate and separating to their own classrooms for tea. Just to add to the confusion , the June 1862 issue reported that Whit Monday was a great day in the village. The Sabbath school scholars of the Church, Old Wesleyans and Reformers assembled and headed by bands of music marched in procession through the district and the teachers and scholars of the various schools partook of tea with the evening being spent in an agreeable manner. The report in the paper for 1863 used , to all intents and purposes, exactly the same words as for the previous year.  There was no record for 1908 and 1909 but in 1910 the procession was led by Hepworth Silver Prize Band. At the 1911 festival the Wesleyan and  Methodist schools, preceded by Honley Brass Band and headed by Revs. J.Keddie and S.Brown plus J.D.Hosin and Sister Maud, went to Deanhouse Workhouse and also visited Upper and Lower Oldfield where stops were made to sing hymns. Tea was provided in the respective schools and each scholar received a cake. A gala was held in the evening and several of the ‘boys’ who had returned from their military duties took place. A comment was made that it was hoped that all three schools would join together. This would not happen for a further ten years. There was no report for a festival in 1912 but in May 1913 it took place with the Honley Brass Band leading the procession. No reports for 1916,1917 and 1918  but in 1919 several of the soldiers who had returned from the war took part. The last of the festivals was in 1920 , the procession followed its usual route but the gala in the evening had to be cancelled due to the weather. 

 This now led to the first joint feast being  held in 1921 and it continued annually until 1958 when initially , with the closure of the Wesley Chapel,  the Zion Church and All Saints kept the tradition going. When the Zion Church closed its doors, the annual event changed its name to the Village Feast but was also referred to as  the School Feast , the Sing and School Feast and the Netherthong Feast and Walk. This in turn was replaced by the Netherthong Carnival with children from the school and Sunday school taking part. In addition the Netherthong Village Feast Committee laid on entertainments for the senior citizens’ teas which were normally held in December. Their very first ever feast was held in November 1973.

The 1974 Village Feast was held on June 22. Hinchliffe Mill Band led the procession via St.Mary’s Estate and Deanhouse down to Netherfield and The Oval before returning to sing hymns outside the Parish Church. After tea everyone joined in the sports and for the very first time a disco was held in the Day School. Another new event was a film show for the U-11s in the Zion Chapel. The 1978 School Feast consisted of a procession round the village followed by hymn singing outside the Parish church. Tea was provided for the children but the sports had to be cancelled due to weather. Hinchliffe Mill Band played in the church after tea and a cartoon show and disco finished off the event.

    The Express referred a ‘Netherthong Sing’. Led by the Hinchliffe Mill Band under their conductor, Mr.J.Wood, a procession of children and adults set out from the school for the annual Sing and School Feast. Stops were made at Dean Avenue, Wesley Avenue, St.Mary’s Estate and Deanhouse to sing popular hymns. At Netherfield they sang at the pensioners’ bungalows and then made their way up to the Church. Between 150-160 children sat down for tea in the school but the customary sports had to be postponed to Monday due to the rain.

The first United/Combined School feast was held in July 1921 and marked a new era in the religious and social life of the village. Hinchliffe Mill Prize Band led the procession of scholars of the three Sunday Schools from Towngate  to Deanhouse and Deanhouse Institution, Hagg, Thongs Bridge and Fearnought with lots of hymns being sung at the Institution. They visited Holme Valley Hospital before returning to the village through the fields. Teas were provided in the respective schools and then a gala was held in a field near the National School. The Superintendents of the schools were, Rev.H.Hind, H.Mellor and S.Butterworth for the Parish Church, G.Ricketts, A.Buckley and J.Charlesworth for the United Methodist and Wm.Froggatt, W.Wagstaff, Miss Brigg and Miss Leach for the Wesley Church. There were 295 teachers and scholars associated with the schools.

The format for successive feasts followed a similar pattern so what I have done is to record the years they were held and make any additional comments as applicable.

1922 – bad weather so the evening was spent in National School.  1923 – the field was lent by John Moorhouse.  1924 – no report in Express.  1925 – no report in Express. 1926 – for the first time it was reported that the scholars of Oldfield Mission took part .   1927 – activities curtailed due to bad weather. 1928- Large crowds. Hinchliffe Brass band.  1929 – for the first time the Holme Silver Band replaced the Hinchliffe Mill Band and the Girl Guides joined the procession.  1930 – Holme Silver Band.   1931.   1932 – the field was lent by Mr.A.Russell. 1933 –  the Express referred to it as the 13th. festival which would indicate that feasts had been  held in 1924 and 1925 but not reported. The  Hinchliife Mill Prize Band were back to lead the procession but bad weather curtailed the outdoor activities so the social evening was spent in the National School.   1934.  1935.  1936, the 16th. festival was headed by Holme Valley Silver Band. 1937.  1938.  1939. 1940. 1941 was the 21st. festival and every student received a gift of 3d.  1942. 1943 – no report.  1944 – no report.  1945 – no report but there was a combined village Field day effort in August in support of the local Comforts Fund which proved to be the most successful held in the area and takings were more than £180. 1946 .  1947 – called the 27th. by the Express  which again indicated that festivals had been held, but not reported in 1943, 1944 and 1945.  1948 and 1949 saw another band , Hepworth Silver Prize band, lead the procession which had started to include a stop at Oaklands, Home for the Blind.                  When they arrived back at Towngate they sang ‘ The Lord’s my Shepherd ‘ in memory of those villagers who had died during the past year. The field was lent by Mrs. E. Hobson.  1950 – the evening gala was held in a field at Deanhouse. 1951 was the 31st.anniversary and the procession stopped and sung hymns for Mrs.Clegg of Somerfield Cottage and Mrs. Batley of the Meadows, both of whom were confined to their homes by sickness. Mrs.E.Mortimer conducted the singing.  1952 – no records. 1953 – Hinchliffe Mill Band. 1954. 1955 – 35th. 1956.1957. 1958- due to the closure of the Wesleyan Chapel and their Sunday School the procession was led by the Parish Church and Zion Methodist but because of  the bad weather the evening was spent in the Day school – it then became known as the Village Feast. 1959 – the gala and sports were held in a field at Deanhouse lent by Mr.K.Sykes. 1960. 1961- after having been secretary of the feast for the previous 40 years, Thomas Dyson resigned due to ill health and his place was taken by J.Preece.1962 – the feast attracted the largest attendances for many years and the event proved a great success. Tea was supplied to 160 children under 16 at the Zion School. The report added that the bandsmen were provided with tea at the Clothiers and the Cricketers. 1963 – attracted a record attendance in ideal weather. 1964 – Rev. Turner spoke to the large assembly and also gave the benediction. There were no reports for 1965.  1966 – teas provided for 140 children. 1967 – the sports were postponed due to the bad weather but Hinchliffe Band under Mr.Haigh played in the Sunday School. The sports were held on the Monday in the Day School playing fields.

 

United Free Church & Wesleyan Joint Sunday schools procession 1907 in Town Square.
United Free Church & Wesleyan Joint Sunday schools procession 1907 in Town Square.

 

mm23. Combined school feast in Towngate 1934
mm23. Combined school feast in Towngate 1934
mm25. Combined school feast in Towngate
mm25. Combined school feast in Towngate
Combined School Feast 1949
Combined School Feast 1949
Combined school feast 1952
Combined school feast 1952

 

Village Feast 1976
Village Feast 1976

 The 1976 Village Feast was also reported as  the Netherthong Feast and the Hinchliffe Band led the procession via Giles Street, Dean Avenue, St.Marys, Deanhouse, New Road and Netherfield back to All Saints where there was a united sing conducted by Mr.J.Wood. Devotional duties were given by Rev. John Capstick, vicar, and Rev. John Beech the Methodist minister. The marshalls , under the direction of the police, were Mr. Wallace Gale and Mr. Barry Lee and tea was provided for the band and the children.  The entertainment included races, a film show in the school and a disco.

 Children in period costumes and fancy dress took part in a procession with Queen Beverley Livesey, scouts, clubs and guides to open the 1977 Village Carnival. Beverley was attended by the deputy-queens, Deborah Peebles and Helen Dickinson, Heidi Lockwood and a page boy named Mark Bull. A large crowd enjoyed games in the school field and there were races, tombola, rolling pennies, goal kicking and smashing crockery. The judges for the fancy dress were Mrs.V.Sanderson, Mrs. E.B.Kaye and Mr.C.V.Sykes. Other events included a cartoon show, a picnic tea and a whist drive and dancing in the evening.

Jubilee Celebrations 1977
Jubilee Celebrations 1977

The Jubilee year was given a rousing send-off in December when uniformed organisations in the village arranged a jubilee carol sing in the Zion chapel with poetry, songs and the story of Christmas. During the evening a chief scout award was presented to Jonathan Whitaker of the Netherthong Group. Among the special guests was Beverley Livesey, the village jubilee queen, who was attending her last official engagement. The guest artistes were members of the Good News Choir from Brockholes.

The School Feast procession in 1979 was unfortunately  cut short due to the bad weather. Led by the Hinchliffe Mill Band ( see photo below ), it left the Clothiers Arms and proceeded round the village until it reached the site of the former St.Mary’s Hospital,  when the walkers had to make a hasty rush back to the Parish church. Tea was served to over 100 children in the village school. The following day, Flower Sunday, the flower queen , Susan Mullinger and her attendants, Holly Earnshaw and Sally Horne, were guests of honour at the morning service.

School Feast procession 1979

Annual Hospital Day

 The Express carried the following  large advertisement in July 1920 for the very first  Netherthong and District Hospital Field Day. See the three photographs of sections of the procession.

 ‘A procession headed by Hade Edge Prize Band will be formed at the National School at 2pm. and march around the district and visit Deanhouse Instution. Fancy Dress Parade during the afternoon. 1st. and 2nd. prizes for Adult’s fancy costume , Adult comic costumes and Day School children. Public Tea in the National School at 4.30, Adults 1/1  and Day School children 8d ( sugar provided ). Grand Gala in field kindly lent by Mr.John Moorhouse. Hade Edge Prize Band will play selections and dance music. Various attractions including Bowling at Wickets, Football, Kicking, Quoits, Novelty Sports etc. No hawkers allowed on the field. Sweet stall etc. managed by Committee. Admission to field by Collection’.

Hospital Field Day
July 24, 1920
Hospital Field Day ( 2)
July 24,1920
Hospital Field Day (3)
July 24, 1920

The report in the paper said that it had been a great success and mentioned the two judges of the fancy dress, Miss Bertha Sykes and Miss Helen Floyd. It went on to add that Netherthong had always been noted for the way it gave itself up to festival rejoicings. Two Royal Jubilees in 1883 and 1887. two Royal Coronations in 1901 and 1910 and the two peace rejoicings in 1857 and 1919.

The next reported Hospital Day was for July 29 1922. The procession was headed by the Hade Edge Brass Band and marched all round the district, including a visit to the Deanhouse Institution , and the singing of  hymns at various places on route. There was a Fancy Dress parade in the afternoon with prizes given for Adults Fancy Costumes, Adults Comic Costumes and Day School children. The first prize was 10/- and the second prize 5/-.  A public tea was held in the National School and the prices had been reduced since the 1920 event to Adults 1/- and Day school scholars 6d. The Grand Gala followed a similar pattern to 1920.

 The next Annual Hospital Day was held on August 1924 and began with a procession, led by Hepworth Silver Prize Band, which formed at the National School and marched round the village and visited Deanhouse Institution. There was a Fancy Dress parade with lots of prizes and the ” special local police force ” were on duty.  A public tea was held at 4.30 with adults paying 1/- and Day School scholars 6d. The Grand Gala had music and stalls, Miss Wimpenny was in charge of the Sweet Stall and C.Hart sold ice-creams.  At the meeting of the Hospital Day Committee, Mr.J.Jackson detailed the receipts and payments for the day which gave a balance of £21 , £20 of which was given to the Memorial Hospital and £1 put to reserve. A Party and Gala was held in the village at Lydgate Farm on behalf of the Holme Valley Memorial Hospital’s £500 building extension fund. A fancy -dress procession , headed by Marsden Boy’s Band, marched round the village which had been decorated for the event. There were side-shows and character readings by Madam Ethelred plus singing by the Netherthong MVC. £45 was raised.

Carnival

The special celebrity guest at the 1990 Carnival was Jean Fergusson better known as Marina from the last of the Summer Wine television series.She was joined on one of the floats by the church flower queen, Emma Midwood, her successor Charlotte Smith and their attendants. Children from the choir and the Sunday school took part and floats made their way round the village leaving the school and finishing at Deanhouse. The top photograph shows Ted Marston receiving a short back and sides from Miss Holme Valley Express, Heather Styring. Also pictured was Jean Fergusson and carnival organiser Barry Lee. The lower photograph shows many of the children in fancy dress.

 

Carnival June 1990
Carnival June 1990

The next set of 4 photographs show some of the floats from the above carnival.

 

Floats at the carnival 1990.
Floats at the carnival 1990.

1919 Peace Rejoicings

The news of the armistice reached Netherthong about 11am on the Monday morning but it was not fully confirmed until the flag was raised at Deanhouse Institution  by order of the master, Mr.F.E.Rowbothan. This was followed by flags being hoisted at Deanhouse Mills, the Church,the Schools, Holmleigh, the Manor House and many cottages in Netherthong and Deanhouse. Merry peals were rung on the church bell by Oswald Sykes, Arthur Wimpenny and Robert Gill.

Peace rejoicings were not held on the official day, July 19, but were postponed for a week. The official day however did not pass unrecognized with flags floating gaily on public buildings, mills, workshops and cottages and, at three hours intervals, the Parish Church  bell was rung. In the evening a bonfire and flares were lighted at Wolfstones Height by kind permission of Mr.Hampshire followed by a display of rockets and fireworks under the superintendence of Mr. Harry Mellor and assistants.

The following report on the celebrations on the Saturday is taken from the Express and I have put it in parenthesis so as to maintain the tense and the style of the reporting used. … ” Saturday was the children’s and old folks’ day and one which will be long remembered by the youth in the Parish in years to come as was the peace rejoicing day in 1852 by the old folks. The village was en fete for the occasion for, in addition to the flags that were still flying from the previous Saturday. the village was ablaze with brightly coloured bunting, Union Jacks, bannerettes and Chinese lanterns strung across the streets thanks to Mrs. Floyd of Roseleigh and Joseph Woodhead, Green Cottage, for their generous gifts of much of the material used. Town Gate was simply stunning. The only mark of sadness in all the decorations was the laurel leaf mounted on a Union Jack and surmounted by a gilded crown at the entrance to the Churchyard in honour of the brave and loyal lads who have made the great sacrifice. Deanhouse was not far behind in its spirit and among its beautiful decorations was an effigy of the fallen exile ” The All Highest ” hanging from the arm of  a lampost on Deanhouse Hill and which, in the course of the evening fittingly paid its due penalty in the ascending smoke and burning ashes falling to the ground to be contemptuously  trodden underfoot.

The day’s proceedings commenced with merry peals ringing from the church bell at 12 am and 1.30pm. The children from the Day school, the Parish Church, Free Church, Wesleyan Church and Oldfield Mission Church Sunday schools assembled in the Day school yard and were marshalled into marching-order by Harry Mellor, Edward Dyson, Ben Gill, Albert Wimpenny, James Hy Mallinson, Harry Mallinson, Corporal J.Marsden and Private Albert Hobson and marched up to Town Gate where they met the demobilised and discharged soldiers under the command of Captain C.S.Floyd, members of the WMC and Free Gardeners plus a large gathering of the general public. A short service of thanksgiving was conducted by Rev.H.Hind and hymns were sung accompanied by the Holme Valley band conducted by Sergeant Tom Wood. A large  procession was formed and, headed by P.C.Denton, Mr.B.Eastwood and A.F.Sykes, marched to the Deanhouse Institute  and then back to the village.The sing in  Town Gate , listened to by a large concourse of people , would long be remembered.

On returning to the Day school, about 350 children were regaled with a sumptuous tea of bread and butter, sweet cakes, crackers etc. the trays  presided over by Misses E.Wilson, E.Cousen, A.Woodhead, A.Hart, A.Whitehead, L.Boothroyd, S.Briggs, M.Eastwood, Marion Woodhead and Elsie Woodhead. The old people, along with the soldiers and their wives ,were treated to a knife and fork tea consisting of roast ham and ox-tongue, bread and butter, almond tea-cakes and 18 other varieties of confectionery supplied by Miss Mitchell. The trays were presided over by Mrs.Floyd ( Roseleigh ), Mrs.Hinchliffe ( Oaklands ), Mrs.Mellor ( Holmleigh ), Mrs.Jackson ( Manor House ) , Mrs.Brookes ( The Hagg ) and Mrs.Craig ( Thongs Bridge House ).  Among those sitting down were five octogenarians, Mrs.Bower, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Eastwood and Mr.& Mrs. J. Armitage all of whom had taken part in in three peace rejoicings, two Royal Jubilees and two Coronations. 

The evening from 6 to 10.30 was spent in a field, kindly lent by Mr.J.Moorhouse of the Clothiers, and a large crowd enjoyed watching the parade of the fancy dress competitors and  the judging , the sports and the music by the Holme Band.

There was a large range of sporting activities and the  winners of the various sports were. Flat races, Boys 5-7 – Lloyd Swallow & Reggie Mallinson.  Girls 5-7 – Blanche Hall and Hilda Hallas.  Boys 7-9 – Ronald Ricketts and George Davidson.  Girls 7-9 – Edna Smith & Elsie Chambers.  Boys 9-11 – Bernard Daniel & Ronald Knutton.  Boys 11-13 – Robert Buckley & Frank Day.  Boys over  14 – Eric Rusby & Harry Charlesworth.  3-legged race – Boys 9-11 – Bernard Daniel & Ronald Knutton. Egg & Spoon – girls 9-11 – Phyllis Brook & Cora Charlesworth. Egg & Spoon – girls over 11 – Gertrude Marsden & Sarah Brook.Thread & Needle race – girls 9-11 – Cora Charlesworth & Marjorie Hall. Obstacle race – boys 11-13 – Frank Day & Raymond Hall.  Boot race – boys under 14 – Cyril Dufton & Ryder Dyson. Skipping competition – under 10 – Elsie Chamber & Edna Smith. Under 14 – Phyllis Brook & Marjorie Hall.  Senior skipping – Elsie Batley. Fancy skipping – Edna Smith.  Tandem race – girls over 14 – Gertrude Marsden, Dora Woodhead & Aurelia Batley. The fancy dress winners were : Ronald Settle, Reggie Hirstle , Cora Charlesworth,Alice Turner, Marjorie Hart,Eileen Knutson,Marion Woodhead and nellie Wilkinson.

A large bonfire had been built at Wolfstone Heights , by kind permission of Mr. Hampshire who owned the highest point. Messrs. A.Dixon, H.Mellor, J.Mallinson,W.Wagstaff, A.Wimpenny, H.Wimpenny and F.Harper built an enormous beacon. Seen from the village it looked like a tower.  In the evening  there was a beautiful, never –to-be-forgotten, sunset. As the hour for lighting approached one could see  beacons on Holme Moss, Nabscliffe ( Shepley ) with  lots more visible in the distance. At the start a rocket was sent up and then one of the giant Admiralty flares which made the whole hill as day. As the flare burnt, the rain came down in torrents. The National Anthem was sung and Corporal Charlie Ricketts, who had served in the South African war and the present war, lit the bonfire and the huge pile became a mass of flame. It reminded the old stagers of the bonfire in 1887 in the village which burned for a week. The cost of all the festivities were defrayed by public subscription. The three photographs show the large number of residents celebrating the peace.  Number 1 shows the crowd in Town Square with the Co-op in the background. Number 2 is also taken in the Town Square with Outlane .

In the midst of all the celebrations  Deanhouse Poor Law Institution  was not forgotten and the Guardians granted extra fare for “ Peace Day “. Mr. and Mrs. Beavis prepared a most sumptious menu for the patients, breakfast, dinner and tea with entertainment to finish.

Peace Celebrations (1)
26 July 1919 in Town Square
Peace Celebrations (2)
26 July 1919.
Peace Celebrations (3)
26 July 1919
Peace Celebration July 26 1919
Peace Celebration
July 26 1919

 1945 Victory Celebrations.

The celebrations were an unqualified success. In the afternoon the Rev. Black conducted a short service of thanksgiving in the Zion Chapel and the children were entertained by Professor Lawson and his Punch & Judy show. After the concert everyone moved to the County School which had been gaily decorated and the tables laid for tea. After tea each child received a 2/6 savings stamp and a special greetings card. At 6pm Hepworth Silver Prize Band assembled at the war memorial and, to the lights of burning torches, led a procession to the bonfire. The official act of lighting the fire was carried out by 79 year old John Brook of Deanhouse, who was the oldest inhabitant in the village. The firework display was organised by Mr. W .V. Gledhill and the community singing was led by A.Buckley. Roasted potatoes, sandwiches and parkin were passed around and a set of lancers danced in the road brought the celebrations to an end.

And now for a procession with a lot of difference. In October 1976, Karen Appleyard’s glockenspiel roused many sleepy Netherthong residents and created a stir among the grazing cattle and horses when the Holme Valley Majorettes Pipe and Drum Band led the ‘Fantasia Parade ( 4th. Annual Holmfirth Youth Fantasia  ) between Netherfields Estate and All Saint’s Parish Church.  Brownies, Guides, Cub Scouts and Scouts from all the local groups formed part of the parade. A youth service was conducted in the Church by the Rev.J.Capstick. Everyone returned to Holmfirth and members of the Netherthong Scouts put on a comedy show in the Holmfirth Civic Hall.

And now for an event that doesn’t fall into any of the above happenings. In February 1877, a public tea was provided in the National School when about 300 persons sat down and the trays were presided over by ladies of the district, The concert that followed was well attended and the artistes included Huddersfield Orpheus Prize Quartet Party whose members were Messrs. Halstead, Lunn, Bridgewood and Marshall. Messrs. J.Eastwood, D.Coldwell and R.Eastwood sang songs and Miss Dickenson was the accompanist. No reason was given why the event was held.

6. George V Silver Jubilee 1935.

Preparation for the Jubilee celebrations started in April with a well attended meeting, presided over by Cllr. F .Lockwood,  to make plans for the day in May. In the morning the children would travel by bus to the Holme Valley Theatre for a cinema entertainment. There  would be a procession led by the Hade Edge Prize Band. Each of the three places of worship in the village would select a hymn. There would be free tea for the children in the National School and a tea for the public at the usual prices, A gala and sports would be held in the field at the top of the village and all the children in the parish, up to the age of 14 years,   would be presented with a souvenir mug. All the villages organised their own celebrations and programmes for each village were printed in the May 4 issue of the Express. The finalised details for Netherthong were: 9.30am – special buses would be at Towngate to convey the children to and fro from Holme Valley Picturedrome.  1.30pm – procession from the day school and headed by Hade Edge Band to visit St. Mary’s Hospital, Deanhouse and back to Towngate.  3.00pm – service at All Saints Church conducted by Rev.H.Hind. 4.00pm – tea in the Day School. All children free, adults 9d each. 5.30pm. Gala and sports in the field at the top of Netherthong lane. 9.30pm.- Fireworks display at Wolfstone Heights.  10.00pm – Bonfire lit at Wolfstone Heights by the oldest residents of Netherthong and Upperthong.

The day was a great success with over 800 people sitting down to tea when they had an appetising meal of ham and tongue with bread, butter and cakes. The bonfire gave an enormous blaze and spectators could also see the bonfire at Cliffe.

Coronation 1953  Celebrations

The following photograph shows the procession coming up from the Clothiers towards Towngate  with many of the children in fancy dress.

Coronation Celebrations
1953