Bradford Observer (14/Nov/1844) - Huddersfield

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Mortality of Huddersfield.

It appears from the last Quarterly Table of the Registrar General, just issued, that the mortality in Huddersfield, during the three official months lately expired, has been less than usual. The registrars of the different districts report as follows. Kirkheaton : Rather below the average. Newmill : The return exhibits the lowest number of deaths that has occurred in this district since the Registration Act has been in operation. Honley : Fifteen deaths are considerably less than the smallest number I remember to have registered in any previous quarter for this district; during the corresponding quarter of last year 45, and during the quarter ending June 30, 1844, 38, and for the last quarter, ending 30th September, 1844, 15. Lockwood : Not quite an average. On looking over the registry, I find that one half of the deaths which have occurred during this quarter are infants under 20 weeks old. I find that the average age does not exceed 13½ years. Diarrhoea and other affections of the bowels are prevailing to a considerable extent in this district at the present time, owing in a great measure, perhaps, to the very limited supply of good and wholesome water, occasioned by the dryness of the season. Slaithwaite : The number of deaths is much below the average.


On the afternoon of Thursday last, a young man named George Lassey, went into a den of infamy in Castle Gate, where he got inebriated. He then went to a beer shop in the same vicinity, kept by a person named Winnpenny, with whose wife he began a conversation. The husband, who was also drunk, ordered him about his business, upon which angry words ensued, which at length ended in Lassey challenging the other to fight, who, ta get rid of his troublesome guest, took up the poker, and dealt him a tremendous blow, which felled him to the ground. Not content with this, he kicked him twice on the abdomen, and then jumped upon his stomach. When taken up, Lassey was quite insensible. He was immediately conveyed to a house on the same street, where he was put to bed, and he has since lain in such a dangerous state, that to remove him would probably be instant death; he now lies without the slightest hopes of recovery. The person who committed this barbarous outrage has absconded.

Sanatory Improvements.

The adjourned public meeting of the inhabitants of this town for the purpose of receiving the report of the Committee on Local Improvements, appointed three months since, was held in Mr. Kaye’s 'Guildhall,' on Monday evening last, Mr. Samuel Glendenning, local preacher, in the chair. Mr. Joseph Shaw, linen draper, opened the business of the meeting, by stating that part of the Committee had had an interview with George Loch, Esq., the new Steward of the Ramsden estates, and that in consequence of what had fallen from that gentleman, the Committee did not wish to apply to Parliament in the ensuing session, for the contemplated General Local Act, but were inclined to wait until they saw what improvements he purposed making, as, having only been a few months appointed, Mr. Loch had not had time to become sufficiently acquainted with the wishes and wants of the inhabitants. The meeting was addressed by J. Hobson and F. Schwann, Esqrs., Mr. Moore, postmaster, Mr. L. Pitkethley, and others, during whose remarks the following improvements were stated to have been fully determined upon by the new agent — viz. a new slaughter-house, to be erected on the vacant ground at Long-bridge end, between the canal basin and the river, the present disgraceful shambles to be forthwith pulled down, and others rebuilt in their stead ; a wide street to be formed from Ramsden Street into King Street, at the top part of the shambles; also another street, from St. Paul’s church to cross the canal, and to come out at Long Bridge end, whereby carts, &c. coming from Mold Green would thus avoid the present right angle which they have to make in getting into that part of the town. The new prison, with Court House over it, is to be erected on that vacant plot of ground above Messrs. Brook’s warehouse, with a frontage to Ramsden Street. The beast market is to be removed from its present locality to where the old pinfold stood, between the Bradford and Leeds roads. It is also in contemplation by the Steward to erect a handsome building as a Town Hall, but the site has not yet been fixed upon. Resolutions were passed, adjourning the application to Parliament, and for the Commissioners’ reappointment, and for them to confer with G. Loch, Esq. to endeavour to have a clause inserted in the new bill to be applied for by the Commissioners of the Water Works, whereby that body are to become directly responsible to the ratepayers, by having them chosen by the ratepayers ; and also, that their accounts should be laid before a town’s meeting : should they (the Commissioners) fail in obtaining this, then to oppose the passing of the bill in the House of Commons. Also, for the Commissioners to erect a suite of public baths, to be under their control. A resolution was also passed, authorising the Board of Surveyors (if consent can be obtained) to bring the surplus supply of water from Bradley spout into the tank sunk in the Market Place for that purpose, some 15 years since. Before doing this, a meeting of the ratepayers will he called to ascertain whether the money so expended will be allowed in their accounts. After votes of thanks to Mr. J. Hobson and the Chairman, the meeting separated.

Child Killed, and Inquest.

On Saturday noon last, Eliza, the daughter of Mr. Joseph Cocking, joiner, of Paddock, was killed under the following melancholy circumstances. She with some other children was playing in front of the house in which her parents resided, when to escape being caught by the others, she ran into the coal-place, a small place in the front, when by some unforeseen means, a large slate or flag stone which covered part of this place, fell with great violence on the poor child’s head. She was immediately removed into the house but the vital spark had fled, the violence of the blow having instantly caused concussion of the brain ; she had attained her third year that very day. An inquest was held at the Nag’s Head Inn, on Monday noon, before George Dyson, Esq., and; a respectable jury, when after a minute inquiry into the above facts, they returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."

Man Drowned, and Inquest.

On the morning of Friday last, the inhabitants of Almondbury were thrown into a state of considerable excitement, occasioned by the finding of the body of Benjamin Brook, a hawker of milk, in the reservoir belonging to the dye-house of Mr. Joseph Kaye, of that village ; the poor fellow had been in a low state of mind for the two or three previous weeks, and the last that was seen or heard of him was about twelve o’clock on the previous Wednesday night, when he was heard to get out of bed, but no notice was taken of it at the time : he was never seen afterwards until found as above described. An inquest was held on Saturday before George Dyson, Esq., and a respectable jury, when a verdict of "Found Drowned" was returned. The deceased has left a wife and family to mourn his loss.