Huddersfield Chronicle (17/Mar/1888) - Huddersfield Board of Guardians

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The usual fortnightly meeting of the Huddersfield Board of Guardians took place in the Boardroom, Ramsden Street, at noon yesterday, Mr. Henry Butterworth (chairman) presiding.


The following returns were submitted by Mr. Wade, in the absence of Mr. Hall, the clerk :—

This Week Last Year Inc. Dec.
Number of Inmates 579 631 0 52
Vagrants Relieved 180 62 118 0
Imbeciles or Idiots in the Workhouses 68 76 0 9
Lunatics in the Asylum 239 221 28 0
No. of Children attending School outside the "House" 82 91 0 9
Receiving Institutional Training 14 12 2 0
Cost Last Year
District Total No. Relieved £ s. d. No. £ s. d.
Huddersfield (1) 767 59 11 0 1131 84 13 4
Huddersfield (2) 584 49 9 3 646 48 13 11
Kirkburton 346 30 10 0 397 31 16 3
Holmfirth 338 27 8 3 368 33 19 3
Slaithwaite 310 27 17 2 316 30 8 2
Non-Resident 102 8 10 6 70 7 9 0
Totals 2447 204 6 2 2928 238 19 11
Decrease 481 34 13 9

Entertainment at the Workhouse.

On the recommendation of the Crosland Moor Visiting Committee, the thanks of the Guardians were tendered to the Sunday school scholars of Lockwood Parish Church, and Mr John William Jepson, of Lockwood, for an entertainment to the children In the Workhouse.

A Repayment.

A communication was read from the Local Government Board stating that the sum of £45, the amount repayable to them from the grant made by Parliament In respect of the additional fees to the Registrar of Births and Deaths, for the period ending 29th September, 1887, had been placed to the credit of the Board.


The contracts for the ensuing 12 months were read over as follows :— Groceries. Mr A.V. Hoskin. Imperial Arcade ; flour and oatmeal, Messrs G. Woodhead and Sons, Netherthong ; boots and shoes, Messrs Grayson Brothers, King Street ; coffins, for Crosland Moor, Mr Fred Moorhouse, Colne Road ; for Deanhouse, Mr Tedbar Hobson, of Netherthong ; coals, for Crosland Moor, Messrs North and Whitehead, of Lockwood ; for Deanhouse, Mr Benjamin Hardy, of Holmfirth ; draperies, Mr Owen Shaw, of Lockwood ; clothing, Mr John Watts Bairstow, of Huddersfield.

An Answer to a Complaint.

A letter was read from Mr J.G. Richards, of Bradford Road, with respect to the complaints as to the sending in of his medical returns. It contained the following :—

Referring to the non-punctual delivery of medical returns for the Woodhouse district, I regret that such has been the case. I can assure you that it has not been due to any intentional and wilful neglect on my pare. The difficulty is in always remembering the right Thursday on which to forward the return. When one is busily engaged with urgent professional work, it is often impossible to get the return off by a certain fixed time, and if the Thursday evening’s post is missed it is then too late to be placed before the Guardians on the following Friday. However, in the future I will do my utmost to forward the return early, but should it be late at any time you may be assured that it will not be through any intentional neglect on my part.

The Chairman said the return had come all right that morning.

Mr J. Burnley did not think the letter a satisfactory explanation, but the Chairman hoped Mr Richards would send his returns in promptly in the future.

A Sale of Consols.

The authority of the Guardians was given to the sale of Consols to the amount of £47 13s 4d. by the Linthwaite township.

The Board and Good Friday.

On the motion of Mr Kenworthy, seconded by Mr. T. Armitage, it was decided that as the next meeting of the Board fell on Good Friday the members should meet on the day previously, and the Crosland Moor Visiting Committee on the Wednesday,

Small Pox at the Workhouse.

Mr. Kenworthy said that as many of the members were aware, they had had three cases of small-pox in the Crosland Moor Work-house. He was sorry to say that one of the patients had died, so that they had only two at the present time. All these canes were from the neighbourhood of Meltham, and he should like to know whether they were all paupers, and if not he thought they ought to have been attended to by the sanitary authorities of Meltham? Crosland Moor Workhouse was situated in a populous district.

The Chairman stated that this was a case of pauperism. The medical order was given nearly a month since, and a fortnight ago he (the speaker) initialled that order, in which it was stated as sickness, and nothing more. The doctor thought, however, that it might perhaps be chicken-pox, but it had developed into small-pox. Relief had been that day granted to the family. The patients all belonged to one family. There was a mother and three or four children, two of whom were workers. A son had been working in Sheffield, and from there he had brought the disease and communicated it to his family. He, however, had recovered, and was not in the Workhouse. It was a sister of the mother who had died. Every precaution to prevent the spread of the disease had been taken by the authorities at Meltham. Mr Haigh said that with the exception of some parts of the furniture, everything in the house had been burnt, disinfectants had been liberally used and everything done, as had been said to stop the disease from spreading.

The business then concluded.