The Bill's o' Jack's Mystery (1961) by Holmfirth Amateur Dramatic Society

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HISTORY OF THE MURDER

Originally built as “Cragg -House,” the lonely moorland dwelling about a mile from Greenfield, just off the Holmfirth Road, later became an inn called “ The Shooter’s Arms,” and was kept by Jack Bradbury. It was familiarly known as “ Jack’s,” and when his son William took over the licence it was known as “ Bill’s o’ Jacks.” For some unknown reason, William Bradbury changed the name from ‘“ The Here s Arms’ to “ The Moorcock Inn.”

On the night of April 2nd, 1832, both William Bradbury and Thomas Bradbury were foully done to death, and the identity of the person or persons responsible has never been discovered.

The grave of the victims, in Saddleworth Churchyard, is covered by a massive table tombstone with the following inscription:

‘‘Here lie interred the dreadfully bruised and lacerated bodies of William Bradbury and Thomas, his son, who were together savagely murdered in an inhumanly horrid manner, on Monday night, April 2nd, 1832; William being 84 and Thomas 46 years I

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

For research the author is indebted to the ‘Holmfirth Express,” Kenneth Hirst, of the ‘‘ Oldham Chronicle,” and the works of A. Chadwick, D.. Fa EB. Sykes, Ammon Wrigley and Vera Winterbottom.

Acknowledgments are also made to Mr. and Mrs. Clive Cotterille for the loan of the actual axe reputed to have been used in the crime, also for other “ Bill’s o’ Jack’s” relics, photographs and pictures, etc., Mrs. Homer for old photographs; the “ Holmfirth Express” and Bray & Son for permis- sion to reproduce photographs and material in the programme; Staniforth, Photographer, Victoria Square, for display photographs; Hinchliffe Mill Co-operative Tailoring Department, Victoria Street, and Kemp’s Hair- dressers, for displays; Messrs. Charlesworths, Newsagents, Victoria Street, for poster display; The Shirt Co., Victoria Square, for booking seats; locai publicans for pewter tankards; the Ashton Under Lyne Water Board for permission to view the site of ‘the inn; Capt. H. R. H. Wilson, Broomhead Hall, nr. Sheffield, for supply of grouse; and the many friends and patrons who have helped in any way to make this production possible.

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BILL’S © JACK’S

Production by Wylbert Kemp Decor by Mary Green, Caroline Wood, Harold Newsome

Music and Effects by Leonard Sandford and William Kemp Stage Manager: Horace Day , $

Assistant Stage Manager: John Battye Electrician: Anthony Haigh © Wardrobe: Nellie Brook, Harold Newsome Dances arranged by C. V. Sykes

AUTHOR’S NOTE

On the late evening of April 2nd, 1832 the “ Bill’s 0’ Jack’s” Inn, just off the newly-constructed turnpike road between Holmfirth and Greenfield, was the scene of a particularly brutal double murder. William Bradbury, the landlord, and Thomas, his son, were the victims, and to this day the mystery of their death remains unsolved. In expounding a solution I have endeavoured to make it both feasible and dramatically sound; also as “‘ The Stage ” reported of the professional production by the Oldham Repertory Theatre Club—to present it acceptably in terms of contemporary theatre.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy what we have to offer you. The play is “strong meat,” the dialogue earthy but true to the period, and I make no excuse for its inclusion. I personally do not like bad language, but in a play, when it is an essential part of a character- isation, then I feel we should accept it. “ Theatre” represents “Life,” and it is not much good trying to pretend people don’t swear in real life. To be theatrically sound a character must speak as he naturally would or he becomes a travesty and the play looses all its authenticity. —

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BILL’S ©’ JACK’S by Wylbert Kemp

The play is based freely on the unsolved murder at the “ Bill’s 0’ Jack’s”’ Inn on the 2nd of April, 1832. —

CHARACTERS (in order of speaking):

Rev. JOHN SUTCLIFFE (Rector) ... J. RANDALL SYKES

MOURNERS ... NELLIE BROOK, ELAINE COLDWELL, MARY GREEN

MICHAEL STOKES (Attorney) ... JOSEPH H. G. BARBER CONSTABLE SMITH (Court Official) ... CARLTON MBELLOR SAMUEL HEGINBOTTOM (Surgeon) ... HARRY NOBLE

HANNA BRADBURY (A Young Girl), SHIRLEY CRAMPTON

REUBEN PLATT (A Villager) .... .... ALBERT HAIGH ZILLA BOOTH (A Burnplatter) ... .... SHIRLEY JESSOP FLETCHER DYSON (Her Betrothed) ... PHILIP HEAVENS MOTHER HEMLOCK (A Pedlar) ... ELSIE HOUGHTON TOM BRADBURY (A Gamekeeper) ... .... JOHN KEMP

BILL pe (His Father, landlord of “ Bill’s o’ Jack’s’’), GEORGE A. WOOD

SALLY BROADBENT (Landlady of the “ Church Inn ”’’) KATHLEEN BATTYE F IDDLING BILLY (An Irish Labourer),

GEOFFREY H. BROOK GEORGE LAYCOCK (Attorney) ... GEOFFREY K. DOBSON

AQUILLA KAYE, J.P. (Magistrate) .... WINSTON R. WOOD Also taking part:

P, H. Robertson, I. Williamson, B. Sanderson, E. Graham, E. Bates, D. Pearce.

It is very important to note the dates of each Act ACT I AFTER THE MURDER Scene 1—The Churchyard, Saddleworth, April 7th, 1832. Scene 2—The Enquiry at Greenfield, later the same day. ACT If BEFORE THE MURDER Scene 1—Pots and Pans Moor, early morning. Scene 2—Saddleworth Wakes, later the same day. COFFEE INTERVAL ————_— I ACT Ii . Scene 1—The Magistrates’ Court, Huddersfield, March 20th, 1832.

Scene 2—The “ Bill’s 0’ Jack’s” Inn, evening, April 2nd, 1832.

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