Beaumont Park Bandstand

The first wooden bandstand in Beaumont Park was constructed in 1882/3 but was later demolished around 50 years later.

A new bandstand was erected in 2011

History

The Beaumont Park Committee meeting of 29 September 1882 reported that they had accepted the tender of Messrs. R. Whiteley and Nephew to construct the bandstand at a cost of £139. This was Robert Whiteley (1814-1885) of West Hill, Huddersfield, named as a master builder and joiner employing 37 men and 29 boys in the 1881 Census.

The other tenders accepted were W. Goodwin and Sons, for the slate roof, and T. Longbottom and Sons, for concreting the bandstand's base.

At the next Town Council meeting, the following exchange took place during the reading of the Park Committee minutes:[1]

Councillor W. Schofield: What is the grandstand for? It says that the tender be accepted for a grandstand. What is it for?
Alderman H. Brooke: To watch the harriers across the valley. (laughter)[2]
Schofield: I am ignorant myself of what it is for.
Councillor Chrispin: (somewhat late with the observation) What? (renewed laughter)
Alderman R. Hirst: To watch the carriers across the valley.
Brooke: The harriers, harriers! (more laughter)
Hirst: Harriers.
The Mayor: (to Schofield) Are you satisfied? If not, the chairman of the Beaumont Park Committee will reply.
Town Clerk Mr. Batley: The minutes say "bandstand", not "grandstand". (great laughter)
Schofield: Oh, I beg your pardon!

The bandstand was completed in time for it to be inspected by the Committee on 3 September 1883, in advance of of the official opening ceremony the following month.

The Borough accounts for the year ending 31 August 1883 reported the following costs for the building of the bandstand:

  • £135 0s. 0d. — R. Whiteley (joiner)
  • £28 0s. 0d. — W. Goodwin & Sons (roofer)
  • £7 19s. 0d. — T. Longbottom & Sons (concreting)

In July 1884, the Committee authorised the purchase of music stands for the bandstand.

Complaints about the acoustics of the bandstand — the original simple pitched roof tended to bounce music back into the bandstand — soon led to the roof being adapted with the addition of a raised upper section.

Performances

Huddersfield Chronicle (27/May/1893)

Bands were regularly booked for the summer months, typically with a weekly evening performance between 7pm and 9pm. The bands were allowed to raise money by selling programmes and by taking a collection.

In August 1885, the Chronicle reported that the "concerts in Beaumont Park have been discontinued [for 1885] in consequence of the lack of interest taken in them by the public, as shown by the smallness of the subscriptions received by the several bands who have played there."[3]

The following is a partial list of performances, as reported in the local newspapers:

date band details
30/May/1882 Wyke Temperance Band Band of Hope Demonstation in Huddersfield.
19/Jul/1883 Lindley Brass Band Concerts in aid of the Huddersfield Infirmary.
07/Aug/1884 Messrs. Wood and Marshall's Brass Band
14/Aug/1884 Linthwaite Brass Band Cancelled due to leader of the band (George Reine) being ill. Attempts to get a replacement band failed.
13/Sep/1884 Huddersfield Temperance Brass Band Christian Church Temperance Band of Hop meeting.
08/Jun/1885 Linthwaite Brass Band
25/Jun/1885 Honley Brass Band
02/Jul/1885 Moldgreen United Brass Band
04/Jul/1885 Wakefield Military Band
09/Jul/1885 Fire Brigade Brass Band
16/Jul/1885 Huddersfield Temperance Brass Band
14/Jul/1886 Linthwaite Brass Band Cancelled.
03/Aug/1891 Linthwaite Brass Band August Bank Holiday.
29/May/1893 Huddersfield Military Band
26/Jun/1893 Berry Brow Band
06/Jul/1893 Huddersfield Military Band Celebrations for the wedding of Prince George, Duke of York, to Princess Mary of Teck.
24/Jul/1893 Honley Brass Band
06/Aug/1894 Honley Brass Band August Bank Holiday.
05/Aug/1895 Honley Brass Band August Bank Holiday.
24/May/1899 Post Office Military Band Queen Victoria's 80th birthday celebrations.
29/Jul/1899 Linthwaite Brass Band
07/Aug/1899 Post Office Military Band August Bank Holiday.
04/Sep/1900 Linthwaite Brass Band
06/May/1935 unnamed band King George V's Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Restoration

It is believed that the bandstand structure was demolished in the 1930s, leaving only the base. This was later covered with earth and turned into a raised flower bed.

In May 2000, the Friends of Beaumont Park cleared the soil to expose the base. To celebrate the rediscovery of the long-lost bandstand, a Gala Day was held on 3 September 2000 with Pennine Brass performing a new composition by Sandy Smith titled "Albany Fanfare".[4]

The base was then used for a number of musical events, which led the Friends of Beaumont Park to seek funding to erect a new bandstand.[5] Lost Art of Wigan[6] were commissioned a design a new bandstand with the brief to incorporation elements of the original design. [4]

The formal opening ceremony took place on 5 June 2011 with performances by the Lindley Brass Band, who were possibly the first band to have performed in the original bandstand[7], and St. Barnabus Choir. Councillor Eric Firth, the Mayor of Kirklees, cut the ribbon to declare the new bandstand open.[8]

Further Reading

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Notes and References

  1. As reported in the Leeds Mercury (19/Oct/1882). The Huddersfield Chronicle (21/Oct/1882) reported a shorter version of the exchange.
  2. This is presumably a reference to the Huddersfield Harriers, a hunts club.
  3. "Music in the Parks" in Huddersfield Chronicle (08/Aug/1885).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Information boards in Beaumont Park.
  5. Planning permission was granted on 9 February 2010.
  6. See http://www.lost-art.co.uk/ and http://demo.32bytes.com/lostart/beta/beaumont.html
  7. The Lindley Brass Band performed in the park on 19 July 1883, by which point the bandstand would have been near to, if not fully, completed.
  8. Friends of Beaumont Park: The Restored Bandstand

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This page was last modified on 5 January 2017 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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