Honley Feast (1905)

The 1905 Honley Feast began on the weekend of 23/24 September.

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Leeds Mercury (25/Sep/1905):

Honley feast, which is being held this week, was responsible for a large holiday-making exodus on Saturday. The feast extends to Wednesday next in the mills. The shopkeepers do not observe the holiday.

The feast was marred by the disappearance of 19 year old Kathleen Durrans, who lived with her parents (journeyman plumber James Brook Durrans and his wife Emily) at Yews Mount, Lockwood. Like many workers, she used the break from work to travel to the coast where she planned to stay with a friend, Miss Annie Hepworth, at New Holland, Lincolnshire. She arrived at the Hepworth house and later set off to the pier to meet Annie who was returning home from Hull by boat, but Kathleen was not seen again alive after leaving the house. Her body was found drowned in a pond in a disused brick pit on 5 October. An inquest at the Yarborough Hotel returned an open verdict of "found drowned". Her body was returned to Lockwood where she was buried on 9 October.