The purpose of this chapter is to include photographs of the inhabitants of the village and of events where many of them were involved. Only a few have been identified so if you are viewing this chapter and recognise anybody or anything in any of the photographs or can supply a more accurate date, I would be grateful if you would contact me so that I can update the details. To make it easier to identify a particular photograph I have numbered them from mm1 onwards in the captions. Many of them were contributed by Sheila Gledhill, a resident of the village.
All I know about this next photograph is that it is supposed to show a large group of children outside a Deanhouse public house. The date looks to be about the 1920s. The public house is probably the Cricketers although it was not called that officially until many years later. Perhaps it was a Sunday School group ( Wesleyan? ) having a party?
Sheila Whittam ( nee Roebuck ) sent me a number of old family photographs. She’s not sure that the people in the first two were residents of Netherthong. The third photograph of the Roebuck/ Hellawell family could have been taken in the garden of Ludgate House. Her uncle Frank Roebuck is on the far left in the back row, and the other younger man also on the back row was his elder brother, Stanley, Sheila’s father. Alice Roebuck( nee Hellawell ) , her grandmother is 2nd. left in the middle row,
The villagers loved celebrations whether they were for Jubilees, Coronations, War victories or their own annual field days when all the Sunday school children combined to have a good time. Many of these events are reported in various chapters. I have managed to obtain a number of photographs of some of them but as yet am unable to put accurate dates to many of them.
The Annual Hospital Day in Holmfirth was always very well supported by organisations and individuals from the various villages. The photograph below , date unknown, shows a decorated horse and wagon, which won 1st.prize . Mr.Moorhouse is standing by the wagon with Beatrice sitting on the swing. Holmfirth Gasometer can be seen in the background.
The photograph below, courtesy of Haydn Boothroyd, was taken in the late 1940s/early 1950s and is of an annual Co-op outing, with most of them from the village. The venue could have been at either Blackpool/Morecambe/Bridlington, which were the places popular for day-outings or annual holidays. Many of the people are identified on the back of the photo and I have included it.. The man in front with the colourful tie and crossed hands was Philip Dixon who lived in the house that was the Methodist Chapel at the bottom of Outlane. Haydn’s mother , wearing glasses, is directly behind him and on her left in the white cardigan is Aunt Kathleen, who until her death lived in the big house at the top of New Road with the gable onto the War Memorial. Haydn’s father, in the dark suit, is second in from the right on the back row.
In March 1977, a group of mothers in the Dean House estate got together and decided it was time for action. The result was that the village had its first Mothers and Toddlers Club which would meet at Zion Chapel. Mrs. Irene Aspinall of St.Mary’s Way said that initially they would meet fortnightly and then move to weekly. About 20 children were expected at the first meeting.
The photograph below is of Mrs.Edith Hart who lived in Leas Road. She reached ninety in September 1984 and was treated to a big party by all her friends. She moved to Netherthong 23 years previously, when her husband died. During her time in the village she said she had seen some radical changes with many of the shops closing down.
Every village needs “characters ” and in Netherthong one of them was Mr.Leonard Leak of Outlane. He spent all his working day making sure the streets of Netherthong and surrounding areas were kept clean and he admitted it was a job that he took pride in . He had lived in the village since 1950 and used to work at Deanhouse Mill when it was still a busy cloth producer. He joined Kirklees Council just a month after the council was formed and worked for a while as a refuse collector before transferring to his street cleaning duty. He said there was still a marvellous community spirit in Netherthong although the village had been spoilt by the large amount of building and the heavy traffic. When he retired he was still seen around the village. The photo was taken in 1983.
The Examiner wrote an article on Mr.Jim Ellis ( 68 ) of East End. For over 30 years he had been indulging his hobby of making walking sticks and shepherds’ crooks. Each stick he made had its own distinctive handle, crafted out of elm, sheep’s horns or antlers. He said that the sticks he used were collected whenever he went out walking, but it took two years before they could be turned into walking sticks as they first had to be straightened and treated, A more elaborate stick took a week’s work. Some of his sticks were donated to charity and others proved to be popular 70th. birthday presents. A few of his sticks were in the collection of about 160 different walking sticks at the Clothier’s Arms. He was well known in the village and used to be a farmer at Hagg Royd Farm and delivered milk round the village in his early days.