Honley Feast (1890)

The 1890 Honley Feast began on Sunday 21 September.t

Huddersfield Chronicle (20/Sep/1890)

A "Grand Bazaar" was held during the feast in the Honley National School Rooms, opened by William Brooke J.P., which promised "attractive entertainments every night". The proceeds of the bazaar went towards paying off the outstanding debt of £476 on the parish church. Another attraction was ventriloquist T.W. Newton, who could sing "a song in 12 different voices."[1]

Over in Fartown, the regular Honley Feast Monday rugby football match took place between Huddersfield and a team from Lancashire and Cheshire organised by Mr. Tom R. Sutton.[2]

In their brief summary, the Chronicle reported that "trade seemed pretty brisk" in Lockwood, Berry Brow and Honley. However, the number of people taking advantage of the cheap rail excursions was lower than in previous years.[3]

The Manchester Courier (24/Sep/1890) reported that the weekly market at Huddersfield had been "very quiet" due to "to-day being very much regarded as a holiday."

On the Monday of the feast, the boiler of No. 9 engine from Lockwood nearly ran dry and the tram was unable to get up Chapel Hill. Driver John Dunford had to wait for the next tram to help push his tram up the hill. On 3 June the following year, No. 9 engine's boiler exploded at Longroyd Bridge, killing John Thomas Hirst and injuring the driver.[4]

Notes and References

  1. "Public Notices: Honley Feast" in Huddersfield Chronicle (20/Sep/1890).
  2. "Football" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (23/Sep/1890) and "Local Athletic Notes" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (23/Sep/1890).
  3. "Honley Feast" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (26/Sep/1890).
  4. "The Terrible Tram Explosion" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (03/Jul/1891).