Honley Feast (1896)

The 1896 Honley Feast began on the weekend of 19/20 September.

In the week before the feast, at a meeting of the Beaumont Park Museum it was decided to "hold a show of wild fruits and autumn leaves" during Honley Feast.[1]

The Chronicle reported that a large number of locals had taken the opportunity of the cheap rail excursions. On the Friday before the start of the feast, nearly 750 had already departed to Blackpool for breaks of 4 to 10 days.[2]

Attendance at the annual shooting competition on the Crosland Moor rifle range was down on previous years, due to competitors being away enjoying the feast holiday.[3]

Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Sep/1896)

The first annual Lockwood Music Festival was held on the Sunday of the feast, in aid of the Huddersfield Infirmary. Organised by the Lockwood Musical Committee under their president Joseph Berry, it was held at the Crosland Moor cricket pitch, where a "crowd of some thousands" enjoyed selections from "Messiah".[4]

On the Monday of the feast, Robert Taylor, of the Wood Cottage Hotel, held a trotting race at his racecourse at Harden Moss Racecourse. Taylor had tried to obtain a temporary licence to sell alcohol, but it was refused by the local magistrates.[5]

One noteworthy event of the feast occured at Mr. J. W. Rowley's Empire Theatre in Huddersfield where "the latest triumph of the photographic art" was wowing audiences:[6]

On a long vellum of Kodak gelatine, very transparent, a print is taken of from 600 to 800 photographs, each about the size of a penny stamp. They are executed at an average rate of 15 per second, and the succession of pictures (as they are thrown on to the screen at the same rate) is rapid that the retina of the eye is scarcely able to distinguish between them, with the result that the scene depicted passes before the spectator with all the realism of life. The departure of the steamship from the pier, with the crowd on the jetty waving their farewells, and the gulls circling round the stern of the boat, is a successful test of the wonderful mechanism of this marvellous invention. Then follows the arrival of a train at Calais Railway Station. The hurry and bustle of a railway platform crowd, the opening and shutting of doors and all the excitement attendant upon such a scene come out with great vividness and reality. One of the most interesting features of this "show" will probably be the reproduction of the finish of the Prince of Wales's "Derby".

Joseph Garside, landlord of the Brunswick Inn at Lockwood, was summoned in front of the magistrates for having sold beer outside of the prohibited hours on the Sunday afternoon of the feast.[7]

Notes and References

  1. "Lockwood: Beaumont Park Museum" in Huddersfield Chronicle (12/Sep/1896).
  2. "Honley Feast Treats" in Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Sep/1896).
  3. "Our Local Volunteers" in Huddersfield Chronicle (26/Sep/1896).
  4. "Honley Feast" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (23/Sep/1896).
  5. "Harden Moss Racecourse" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (09/Sep/1896).
  6. "Public Amusements in Huddersfield" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (22/Sep/1896). The "arrival of a train" may be the Lumières' famous "L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat" (Wikipedia). "The Derby" was a short British documentary, made by Brit Acres (Wikipedia/BFI Screenonline).
  7. "A Slight Offence Against the Licensing Laws" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (06/Oct/1896).