Huddersfield Chronicle (02/Feb/1867) - Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association

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Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association.

The annual meeting of this association was held on Wednesday evening, in the rooms of the association, Wellington Buildings, Queen Street. Lieut.-Colonel Brooke, the president, occupied the chair. The report, which was read by Fairless Barber, Esq., the hon. secretary, disclosed a very satisfactory progress during the past year. Dr. Turnbull had been succeeded as president by Lieut.-Colonel Brooke, and the Rev. G. Lloyd, as hon. secretary, by Mr. Barber. The result of the explorations at Slack were referred to, and the museum established there by the association was shown to have been successful. The committee recommended that the Editor of the History of Meltham should be asked to become an hon. member of the association. The indefatigable efforts of Mr. Barber to extend the usefulness of the association had been very successful, and a large number of new members had been added to their list, and twelve life members had also been obtained. W.C.C. Thornhill; Esq., of Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire, and Henry Seville, Esq., of Rufford Abbey, were added to the list of vice-patrons. After the reading of the report, the following officers were appointed for the ensuing year :— Lieut. -Colonel Brooke, president; Rev. Canon Hulbert, Rev. C. Alderson, Rev. W.B. Calvert, J.K. Walker,, and John Nowell, Esqs., vice-presidents; the Revs. Henry Garnett, Jas. Hope, Thomas James, and Messrs. Gi F. Beaumont, Thomas Bradbury, John Burgess, Alfred Mellor, H.G. Morehouse, G.D. Tomlinson, Alfred Beaumont, Edward Brooke, jun., George Tindall, C.P. Hobkirk, and Major Bradbury, council; J.G. Berry, Esq,, treasurer; and F. Barber, Esq., hon. secretary. At the special meeting immediately following, some slight alterations were made in the rules, and a proposed alteration in the name of the association was withdrawn. After the business of the association had been gone through the meeting became public, and was well attended. Amongst the interesting antiquities exhibited was a plan of the lordship, of Thornhill, of the year 1634 ; a copy of the survey of Holmfirth made in the reign of Henry V. ; a survey of the excavations at Slack ; and a plan of the Hypocaust; a small charter of the 12th century ; the coins found at Golcar and at Slack ; the court rolls of the rectory manor of Dewsbury, commencing with Queen Elizabeth, who was lady of the manor ; a court roll of the manor of Meltham, now the property of the association ; a very valuable collection of letters addressed to Dr. Thoresby, the eminent historian, of Leeds ; an ancient deed between the millowners of the surrounding parishes agreeing not to run their mills on Sundays ; an ancient Roman amphora sent from Italy to the Rev. J. Hope, M.A. ; and many other objects which excited the admiration of the large company present. The President, in the course of his opening address, touched upon the various objects and aims of the association, and papers were subsequently read by Joseph Savile Stott, Esq., of Halifax, on "The Roman road ;" by the Rev. Thomas James, F.S.A., on "The antiquities of the neighbourhood ;" and by Fairless Barber, Esq., on "The coins found at Slack." A paper prepared by Dr. Walker, on "Etomology applied to topography," was, owing to the late period of the evening, omitted, but will appear along with the others in the transactions of the association. The whole of the papers were of a most interesting description, and were listened to with unabated attention by all present. At the close of the meeting votes of thanks were passed to the president and to the gentlemen who had read papers.

Mr. Barber, in responding to the vote of thanks, drew the attention of those present to the proposed archaeological exhibition, and impressed upon those present how desirable it would be for all to combine to make the exhibition a perfect success ; for it would be no small thing for Huddersfield to have exhibited in its midst objects of antiquity, pictures, furniture, armour, and documents, which should illustrate for the benefit of the present generation the habits, mode of life, and customs of our forefathers.