Huddersfield Chronicle (25/Jan/1868) - page 8

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Archaeological and Topographical Association: Public Meeting and Conversazione


PUBLIC MEETING AND CONVERSAZIONE. An exhibition took place, on Thursday evening, in the Assembly Room of the Wesleyan Schools, Queen Street, in connection with the Huddersfield Archiological and Topographical Association, and it was visited by a goodly number of ladies and gentlemen. The conversazione was attended by the following gentlemen, many of whom were accompanied by ladies: — Rev. Canon Hulbert, Rev. G. G. Lawrence, incumbent, St. Paul's; Rev. H. E. Garnett, Delph ; Rev. Ingham Brooke, rector of Thornhill; Rev. W. B. Calvert, vicar of Huddersfield; Rev. R. Collins, vicar of Kirkburton ; Rev. W. S. Turnbull, vicar of Peinstone ; Rev. G. B, Mellor, Bradford; Rev. T. T. Short; Lieutenant-colonel Bradbury ; Lieutenant Harpin, Holmfirth ; Dr. Turnbull; Dr. T. B. Oldfield, Heckmonewike ; Messrs. Bentley Shaw, J.P., William Brooke, Northgate House; T. H. Battye, J. W. Carlile, T. Robinson, W. E. Hirst, N. Wrigley, W. Eddison, Edmund Dent, Heckmondwike; T. Chrispin, A. Smith, — Leyland, Halifax ; — Stott, Halifax; Thomas Bradbury, Rastrick ; E. Tindall, Bridlington ; John Holdsworth, Delph ; G. F. Beaumont, Honley; R. Heslop, John Hirst, Dobcross ; F, F. Abbey, J. G. Berry, R. P. Shaw, E. Mills, R. Meller, solicitor, Holmfirth ; E. Hailstone, F.S.A., Bradford ; J. P. Dowse, H. J. Barber, Brighouse; J. B. Pritchett, C. C. P. Hobkirk ; Thomas Bradbury, Mirfield ; G. W. Tomlinson, John Fox, John Kirk, Adam Gldroyd, Wm. Hastings, Richard Armitage, and many others. The Earl of Dartmouth was prevented being present through bereavement, and, in his absence, the chair was occupied by the President, Lieutenant-colonel Brooke, who, in commencing the meeting, called upon Mr. Fairless Barber, hon. sec., to read the report, from which we abstract the following : —

The members of the Council have to report that during the past year they have directed their attention to the work of consolidating the basis on which the association rests, rather than to any special object of research ; but, at the same time, they trust that no opportunity of applying all the means at their command has been omitted in promoting the general interests of the assoeiation. They are happy to state that not less than 40 members have been added to the roll, which now comprises 22 life members. The subscriptions of the latter, amounting to £115 10s., are ready for such investment as may be found most desirable. Before giving details of work done, the members of the Council desire to state what, in their judgment, is the right policy to be pursued, not only with reference to explorations at Slack — which excited so much interest as to give a strong impetus to the extension of the association, — but also as regards any future werk (and there may be mauy) of the same description. They believe that it will be found advisable not to commence any work until a definite sum can be set apart for the specific object contemplated ; and they think that no temporary success should be allowed to induce the association to attempt more than the ameunt so appropriated would suffice, not only to carry on effectually but fully to complete. An opposite policy with regard to the excavations undertaken at Slack, has to some extent crippled the action of the Council in that work; for, though determiued to maintain and improve the position which the associedon has acquired there, they are equally resolved not to vommmence any new excavations until all the contingencies and liabilities of what has already been effected shall be fv'y provided for. Under these circumstances the fencing-in Of the principal foundations laid bare has been complete, and the museum at Outlane has been maintained, but n< iresh work has been undertaken.

The members of +c Council met eight times during the past year, and at erty meeting something new and of importance was submitt-« for their consideration. In the spring, a meeting was held at Outlane, which led to 2 closer observation of remains within « short distance of Slack, which were visited under the saunce of Mr. J. S. Stott. The wider area of operations laid Shen to the Council by the alteration of Rule IT. has already been the means of adding to the collection of MSS. some valuable notes by Thomas Mckenna Hughes, Esq., B.A., F.G.S., of the Geological Survey, on remains of antiquity met with in the course of his work in North-west Yorkshire.

The honorary secretary, in the spring, had the pleasure of being present again at Canon Greenwell's important Barrow diggings on the Yorkshire Wolds. He has also made a search for two urns containing calcined bones, which were found about forty years ago at Castle Hill, in Rastrick, and subsequently re-interred. Evidence was obtained as to the place of re-interment, but search was unsuccessful. From the statement of Stephen Rushforth, who, as a boy, was the actual discoverer, it has been found impossible to determine what was the precise character of the urns; but this much is now clear, that the occupation of the castle or earthwork seen by Dr. Johnson in the 17th century, and described by Mr. Watson in his " History of Halifax," dates from a period when, and is referrable to 2 race by whom cremation of the body was customary before interment. The urns, if preserved, might have decided approximately the true period of deposit: but the remembrance of the surviving persons acquainted with the facts is not sufficiently explicit to afford further information of scientific value. The president and the honorary secretary, with some of the members of the Couxcil, availed themselyes ef the opportunity afforded for joining the Royal Archxological Institute, at its meeting held in Kingston-upon-hull last summer. To the temporary museum formed there on the occasion the Council gladly contributed for exhibition the survey and plans of Slack made for the association, as well as a selected number of tiles and other antique objects, from the collection deposited in the museum at Outlane.

The members of the Council at several of their meeti have had the pleasure to acknowledge gifts of MSS., and other valuable documents presented to the association. These came chiefly from one source, namely, from the collection made by the late Mr. William Turner, of Hopton. The last of such presents, consisting of some manor rolls of Marsden, which was received from the hand of Miss Mary Elizabeth Turner, his niece, was acknowledged so recently as the 2nd of December last. The Council cannot but feel that the members generally will justify the grateful appreciation with which each successive gift from Miss Turner was received; and will fully approve of the expression of sympathy which was ealled forth by the melancholy intelligence of her decease. Miss Turner had died before the thanks conveyed by the Council for her last present reached her; and the firet announcement of her death was coupled with that of the munificent bequest which thus so closely connects her name with this association. It has been felt also by the Council that the report would be incomplete without some tribute paid to the memory of Miss Turner's uncle, Mr. William Turner, by whom the collection of the volumes comprised in the bequest was chiefly made. For this, application has been addressed to that eminent archeologist -and esteemed vice-president, Dr. Walker, who has forwarded a record of the undoubted worth of his departed friend. In determining what books formed the subject of Miss Turner's bequest, as afore-stated, Mr. Benjamin Chadwick and Mr. S. J. Chadwick, the executors, not less than Mr. Charles Turner, a surviving brother of Mr. William Turner, have shown the utmost liberality; and in transmitting them to the honorary secretary for the association, they announend that the bequest, as provided by Miss Turner, should be free of duty. Mr. Bradbury, of Longroyd, Rastrick, a member of the Council, had selected from his own library fifteen volumes which he has presented to the association.

It is felt by the Council that the association has now arrived at a critical point of its existence, when the basis of more extended usefulness must be earefully laid, and an attempt be made at once to secure premises of their own. The president, treasurer, and hon. secretary, with five members of the Council, namely, G. F. Beaumont, Colonel Bradbury, Thomas Bradbury, John Burgess, and the Rev. H. E. Garnett, M.A,, retire by rotation, but are eligible for re-election. The Rev. James Hope and E. Brooke, jun., have also expressed a wish to retire from the Council. An auditor has also to be appeinted, and Mr. William Hastings is recommended by the Council for that office. The council, in closing this report, wish to remind the members that the future success of the association is entirely in their own hands, and that if everyone will do as much as he is able to promote its extension, there are no limits to its usefulness, short of the complete attainment of its objects through the whole county of York. The thanks of the association are again due to the Literary and Scientific Society of Huddersfield, for the gratuitous use of ene of their rooms for the last annual meeting, and for the periodical meetings of the Council which have been held there.

The accounts were then laid before the meeting.

The PRESIDENT proposed the adoption of the report, and it was seconded by the Rev. Canon HULBERT, and carried unanimously.

The retiring Council were re-elected, on the motion of Dr. MOREHOUSE, and seconded by Mr. J. W. CARLILE, The Hon. SECRETARY moved that, in place of the Rev. James Hope and Mr. Edward Brooke, who had retired, Mr. S. J. Chadwick and the Rev. Ingham Brooke, rector of Thornhill, be added to the Council. The latter gentleman would prove an able representative of the association in the district of Thornhill. The Council were anxious to extend the district of the association as much as possible, so as to give as much interest to their work as they could get.

The motion was seconded by Mr. G. F. BEAUMONT, and carried unanimously, Mr. Wm. Hastings was re-appointed auditor.

The PRESIDENT said, having got through the business portion of the meeting, he had now a very painful duty to discharge. It was to announce the great disappointment which had been unexpectedly experienced in the unavoidable absence of the Earl of Dartmouth, who had been announced to preside. Ina letter, dated January 18th, his lordship stated that, owing to the death of a near relative, he should be unable to take the chair at the meeting. There were letters of apology from other gentlemen, and he would presently request the hon. sec. to read them. With reference to Lord Dartmouth's absence, he thought he might say the Council felt that they would, on some future occasion, have a fair claim on his lordship to come amongst them; and he thought his lordship would undoubtedly be most ready to recognise that claim. Still his lordship's absence Was a very great disappointment; but they would endeavour to make up for that absence by pointing to the beautiful collection of objects of antiquarian interest which they had been enabled to bring together on that occasion. The programme must not only be acceptable to their friends, but might, in some measure, stimulate them to increase the interest which they knew so many felt in the special objects they were endeavouring to promote. In the report which had been read some allusion had been made to the nature of those studies, and to the special objects of the association. He wished to use the present opportunity for impressing upon those present the importance and interest of those studies, in fact, he might say, the fascination of them. They styled themselves an Archzxeclogical and Topographical Association. What did that mean? Did it not mean an association whose aim was to investigate and illustrate the monuments of antiquity which our own old locality afforded? At the same time they did not forget nor neglect other matters which might throw light upon the more general history of the past. (Applause.} He thought the research which they had been enabled, in some measure, to institute in this neighbourhood had revealed to us that there were in our very midst numerous relics of bygone ages which they, as an association, were anxious to save from destruction, and which when so saved, they might utilise in some manner or other. He was sure many now present could callto mind the ruthless destruction of many such objects. One of the aims of the association was to place on record, before it was irretrievably lost, the collection of such objects, and also to preserve and use those which are still extant. All these matters, it might be, would be landmarks for them in investigating the history of the district. They must remember that the character and progress of a neigh-

bourhood like ours was rapidly altering almost every feature of the surrounding places. This, he thought, would show that it was especially necessary that they should lose no time in carrying on the work which they were undertaking, for it must be manifest that each year would render their task more difficult. He thought he might call attention and appeal to the <aanuscript collection which they had been enabled to bying together, as a proof that very much could be done in the direction which he had indicated ; 21:3, he thought he might further add, that each successive enquiry which could have been brought together by a local association. It wastrue they had to bethankful forthe liberality of many of their friends from a distance, and amongstthem he would especially mention their much-respected brother, Mr. Mellor, to whom they were indebted for a magnificent collection of "rubbings;" but some of those present would hardly have entertained the idea that such a collection of objects of archelogical interest could be brought together by an association like their own. But, to go further, he thought few of the members knew that they had such monuments of the past as they had visited during the past year. What more pleasing objects of interest could exist than the churches of Kirkburton and Almondbury? He might mention, agaim, the earthworks of Castle Hill, and that magnificent specimen of domestic architecture of the period — the hall at Woodsome, which they were proud to say was the Yorkshire residence of their noble patron, Lord Dartmouth. (Applause.) He had not mentioned the unexplored mine of objects of autiquarian interest which lay buried at Slack, which they had done something towards bringing before the public. He could point on the left hand to many illustrations of what they had there discovered. They had plans of the work which had been now opened, and also some of the tiles, coins, and other matters which had been disinterred there. Possibly some persons 'night be disposed to ask — what good there was in looking up, and taking up, the remains of those past ages? If so, he might venture to reply that much that was noblest in act was based on those monuments of antiquity and similar ones ; and the history of the past, which they were thus trying, in their small way, to evolve, was the best schoolmaster for the future ; and, by careful study of the history of what was past, they might all learn to avoid the mistakes which our ancestors made, and imitate those noble examples which so many had set before us. And was it not true that, by accurate comparison of those differet remains of bye-gone ages, they could best trace out the process of that civilisation which had made us moderns what we are, or, at any rate, what we thought we were. We must consider that we had advanced, step by step, towards the position which we now occupy. it was one of the many objects of the association to trace out, and lay clearly before their friends and associates the various steps by which they had arrived at that result. The report which they had already adopted had, he thought, given them some idea of the work of the association during the past year; and he need not, therefore, dwell on the operations of the association. (Applause.)

The Hon. Secretary then read letters of apology from Sir John Ramsden, Bart. ; Vicar of al Halif aX E. A. Leatham -; Sir George Armytage, » Spencer hope, at Canon Hall; — Monckman, Esq., Malton; James Stansfield, County Court Judge, and other influential antiquarians and gentlemen.

The Rev. Canon Ratne, M.A.. of York, read a paperon "Topographical materials for Aghiigg Wapentake." The rev. gentleman said he looked upon the association as the guardians of theantiquities of thisWapentake,documentary and otherwise. They could not fail to see how the materials of the past were disappearing daily, and he hoped something might be done to resuscitate them. It was impossible, he continued, to estimate the loss sustained by the wholesale destruction of old deeds. Canon Raines offered some suggestions to be adopted by members of the association in the collection of documentary evidence ; and said that, when the proper time arrived for the publication of the materials they had gathered, whatever the expense of giving them to the world might be, in so free-handed and patriotic a county as Yorkshire, the necessary funds would immediately be provided. (Applause.)

The Hon. SECRETARY read a paper, by Mr. Monckman, Malton, on " Ancient flints, stones, implements, and weapons."

The PRESIDENT read a paper, by Mr. A. Wade, on certain objects found at Slack.

The Rev. G. B. Metior, Bradford, briefly described some of the rubbings from monumental and other brasses in old churches, with which the walls of the gailery were covered, and stated that there were four classes of nionnumental brasses, namely ecclesiastical, military, civillian, and miscellaneous.

The PRESIDENT announced that there were other papers, but they would duly appear in the transactions of the association, of which he hoped every one present would become a member. It now only remained for him to perform the very pleasing duty of proposing a vote of thanks, not only to the gentlemen who had con-. tributed the papers, and especially the Rev. Canon Raine and Mr. Monckman, but also to the gentlemen who had sent such a magnificent display of objects of archzological interest to adorn the room that evening. The special thanks of the association were due to Sir George Armytage, Bart., who had contributed so large a collection of interesting objects, amongst them being two banners of the old local militia, and also to Lord Wharncliffe, Mr. Ecroyd Smith, Mr. E. Tindall, Bridlington, for contributing so wonderful a collection of flint implements.

The Hon. SECRETARY seconded the motion; and it was passed with acclamation.

BENTLEY Shaw, Esq., proposed a vote of thanks to the president, and said it was one of the most agreeable evenings they had passed for many a day.

The motion, having been seconded by T. H. Batrye, Esq., was carried unanimously.

Wa. Brook, Esq., moved that the best thanks of the meeting be given to the indefatigable hon. secretary, Mr.


The Rev. G. B. MELLOR seconded the motion ; and it was passed in a most cordial manner.

In the course of the evening refreshments, provided by Mr. Cardno, New Street, were partaken of, and the visitors beguiled the timeaway, some by lending an attentive ear to the several papers, and others in examining and conversing upon the interesting collection of antiquities, which embraced bronze celts, a bronze vessel, and weapons; flint and stone implements ; tiles, &c. from Slack ; coins, proof pieces of money ; rubbings from monumental brasses, impressions of seals; ancient MSS., books, engravings, photographs, and plans ; and also a portion of the Turner library, which consists of 700 volumes, recently bequeathed to the association, and other remains and records of ancient times. The exhibition of ancient weapons and implements of stone and flint, found by Mr. E. Tindall, of Bridlington, was held in one of the large vestries ; and much attention was paid by the visitors to this department. The stone and flint implements, from the rudest to the most polished, it was explained, overturned in different parts of France so nearly resemble those found in Yorkshire as to render their identity almost impossible. A photograph of the notorious "Flint Jack," who, it is well known, made flints and palmed them off as priceless memorials of the past, was exhibited. Amongst the collection sent by Sir George Armytage, were a variety of objects disclosed in excavating at Kirklees in 1863; a magnificent cup presented by the Royal Huddersfield Fusilers .o Sir George Armytage, Bart. ; several ancient weapons of warfare; manuscripts relating to Kirklees Priory and estate of Sir George ; and the arms and names of the lords of Kirklees. The cases, which were surmounted by a series of photographic views, contained episcopal, conventical, royal, military, municipal, and other seals, lent by the Rev. G. B. Mellor; engravings contributed by the Rev. J. M. Pilter ; bronze dagger, found at Woodnook, near Wakefield, Mr. W. H. Bartholomew, C.E. ; Romancoinsand clay moulds found at Lingwell Gate ; massive gold ring found at Marsden, Mr. J. P. Dowse; English silver coms from Henry VIII. to Victoria, lent by Mr. G. D. Tomlinson. Copies of the armorial bearings of families mentioned in Watson's " Histery of ifax," were also on view; and amongst the other exhibitors were the president (Lieut.-Colonel Brooke) the Rev. Canon Hulbert ; Mr. Wm. Schofield, Mr. R. Armytage, Mr. Alfred Hoyle, Mr. __Ecroyd Smith, Miss Crawshall, Lieut. Harpin, Mr. F. Barber, &c.


The second annual soiree in aid of the Widow and Orphans' Fund of the Ancient Order of Oddfellows (Bolton Unity) was held in the Assembly Room of the Wesleyan Schools, Queen Street, on Monday evening. About 330 persons partook of tea in the schoolroom, and afterwards the soiree took place, N. Learoyd, Esq., presiding. A party of vocalists, consisting of Miss Smythe, Miss Womersley, Mr. Joel Mellor, Mr. Joe Varley, and Mr. H. B. Lodge, were in attendance, and, by their excellent performances, contributed largely to a very agreeable evening's entertainment. Mr. Joe Wood efficiently presided at the pianoforte. The room was well filled by the contributors to the fund, other friends of oddfellowship, and more than the usual proportion of the fair sex.

Mr. Joseph Haigch read the report, which stated that in the Huddersfield district there were 840 members connected with the order, but the committee were sorry to have to say that only 650 of that number belonged to the Widow and Orphans' Fund. The proceeds during the past year had been £293 9s, 4d., and the committee during that period had given to Widows and Orphans, in sums varying from 5s. to £1, as circumstances required, £193 2s. 7}d., leaving a balance in hand of £100 6s. 8d. There were 24 widows and 14 orphans connected with the society, but the committee were very happy to say that there were only eleven of those who required relief, and to whom there had been paid during the past year the sum of £23. The committee hoped that a just care for their own families, and a generous care for others, would move those who had not at present joined the society to support that desirable fund. (Applause.)

The CHAIRMAN said it afforded him very great pleasure to meet them on that occasion to witness so large and interesting a gathering, and to take some part in the proceedings of that important meeting. He had come to the meeting, not for the purpose of making a speech, but to spend with them a pleasant social evening. He came in the hope of meeting his brethren in the Order, and to testify, as far as he was able, his sympathy with the cause the interests of which they were especially met to promote. (Applause.) He was exceedingly glad to know that the Order was so numerous and so influential. They appeared, by the report, to have 842 members, men dependent upon their own hard earned wages, and who were united together for the purpose of self-protection, and for the purpose of providing for themselves and their families, and their widows and children after them. Out of those 842 members, it appeared 650 were members of, or identified with, the Widow and Orphans' Society. Therefore, there were about 200 members of the Order who had not yet thought it necessary to provide for their wives and children. The report had well urged upon the meeting this consideration that, though at present, they might not feel the need of sucha provision as this pressing upon them, though at present they might be well in health, vigorous, and strong, and well able te provide for their families — their health and strength were not in their own keeping, and, when they were least prepared, they might be deprived of the means of gaining a livelihood, and those who were dependent upon them might be deprived of their principal support. Then 30 patients, the eley ; thie was not a cause merely of benevolence, nor did cubic feet of air to each inmate. they bad been enabled to make had only convinesd them it only appeal to their sympathies, but it was one which Inspected and explained by Mr. till e and greater fields open for appealed to themselves, The very instincts of self-prefist {here wore veacareh. He very much doubted servation suggested to them the importance of such a whether many of the members had had the least idea that society as the Widow and Orphaus' Fund. The wife and such a collection as they had in the room that evening family who clung around a man's knees, it should be remembered, might soon become a widow, and the chil-

dren fatherless. They should remember, too, that this was an event against which they could not provide, and which must be left to the inscrutable wisdom of a Higher Power; yet they could do something to prevent the pangs of hunger and of destitution being added to those of bereavement and desolation. This was not the cause, then, of a lodge, nor of an Order only: it was the cause of humanity and of religion ; for what was religion? It was not a morbid sentimentality ; but true religion and undefiled was to visit the fatherless and widow in their affliction. (Applause.) That night he had to ask that not only the 650 who were identified with the Widow and Orphans' Society would appreciate more highly the advantages which such a society as that afforded, but he had to ask that the 200 who had not yet joined would very speedily join it, and that they would make provision, while yet they were able, for those whom they loved, and would not have to reproach themselves with having neglected to make such provision as they were able for the relief and succour of those whom they loved. He had further to ask that a great number who were present that evening, rot perhaps identified with any such soeiety, or Order, would learn the desirableness of making such provision ; and he hoped the result of the meeting would be not only to bring the members of the Order into closer contact and sympathy with each other, but largely to diffuse the principles of the society, and make every member feel that he had not only a duty to perform to himself, but to his household, and, further, to those who were beyond him, and a duty especially to the widow and fatherless; and he trusted that, if ever the time should come, when they were brought themselves into circumstances of trouble, and into positions of comparative destitution or bereavement, they might have the satisfaction which one had in days of old who, in the depth of his destitution and poverty, regarded it as his highest joy and rejoicing to remember that, when he was able to do it, he had made the widows around him sing for joy. (Applause.)

Mr. WM. Sykes moved the adoption of the report. He urged upon young men to join no order which had not a society for the benefit of the widow and orphan; and concluded by referring to the encouraging character of the report.

Mr. REUBEN Roebuck seconded the resolution ; and it was carried unanimously.

Mr. WOMERSLEY moved a resolution to the effect that the Ancient Order of Oddfellows (Bolton Unity) was ansisiod, because of ae leona toeredt rele th, ho, Gets sympathy and suppo e 8B 2

Bolten Unity, as an order, numbered 16,607 members, scattered throughout the length and breadth of the land, and formed 326 lodges. It was their great object and desire to carry the principles of the order to the ends of the earth; and t prluctgles were built upon the foundation of the Bible, which they took as their standard for peace, love, and unity. (Hear, hear.) He trusted that, at the next annual meeting, they would have to report an addition in the number of members of the society, and greater success to the Order generally. (Applause. )

Mr. Isaac BROADBENT, in seconding the resolution, expressed a hope that the seciety might never want the sympathy and support of the public. .

The resolution was carried with applause.

Mr. John Hoye moved that the Widows and Orphans" Society was a society which demanded the support of every member of the Order, and the public gen yHe regretted that there were yet 200 members of the Order who had not joined the society in this district; but it was not the fault of the committee, who had visited the different lodges with the view of inducing those who were not members of the fund to join. He could not help referring to those through whose instrumentality the society had been formed. @ Holmes, Charles Schofield, and Wm. Smith, he belived, started the society some 17 years ago; and, had it not been for the perseverance of those men, they would not have been met in such large numbers on that occasion. In conclusien, he said by means of this society they could harmonise every dwelling place, and poverty remove. (Applause.)

Mr. JAMES HOYLE, in seconding the resolution, said the society was one of the best institutions ever formed by man. The object to-night was honestly and sincerely to sympathise with the widow and orphan. Unity, friendship, and Icve, formed a chain which bound them together, and he hoped the link would not be broken asunder. They could not, it was true, fill a father's place; but they could share a widow's sorrow, and wipe the tears from the eyes of the orphan. (Applause.)

The resolution was carried amid acclamation.

Mr. THORNTON moved a vote of thanks to the ladies., and it was seconded by Mr. F. JACKSON, and carried in an enthusiastic manner.

Hearty thanks, on the motion of Mr. Jones, and seconded by Mr. Hirst, were accorded to the chairman, who, in responding, stated that, of the 24 widows connected with the sociey, 20 were present, and concluded by wishing the society every success.

The singing of the National Anthem brought the meeting to a close, a

Board of Guardians


Yesterday forenoon, at the fortnightly meeting of the Huddersfield Union Board of Guardians, the Chairman (Mr. James Wrigley) stated that a committee had that morning had an interview with Mr. Clifford, who was boring for water on the site at Crosland Moor proposed for the erection of the new workhouse. He had got to the extent of 70 yards, and, during the last week, had touched a spring which had caused the water to rise two yards higher than it hitherto had done. The committee recommended, in the first place, before they proceeded any further, that Clifford should get two gallons of water from the lowest point, and place it in the hands of Mr. Marriott in order to test the quality of the water. The committee thought that, unless the water was really good, it was not worth while going to any other expense, but supposing the water was found to be good and satisfactory, then it would be for the Board that day fortnight to say what further progress should be made, and what further action taken. — Mr. Hirst moved that a quantity of the water be tested for the purpose named; and the motion was carried unanimously. — In reply to a guardian, the Chairman said it simply rested with the Board to say whether the quality of the water should be tested. The quantity could not be ascertained until a shaft had been sunk, or a larger bore made, so that the water could be pumped up by meansof an engine, and the quantity ascertained. — The Chairman said, at the last fortnightly meeting, Mr. Jessop, the teacher of the children who are inmates of the Kirkheaton workhouse, stated that he would not take charge of the children of the workhouse for less than £16 per quarter. The Visiting Committee along with other Guardians, ten in number, went to Kirkheaton, and a letter was received from Mr. John Heywood, the cetificated master of the Church schools, stating that, if the Guardians desired the removal of the children, he should be glad to receive them, and would undertake their instruction for the sum of £46 per annum, be the number of children more or less ; and there would be no extras. — Mr. Robson thought, inasmuch as it was aschool to which the Government grant was allowed, the children could be educated for less than £46. — Chairman: It is only a temporary arrangement. — Mr. Robson: I am quite aware of that. — Mr. Holmes considered Mr. Heywood had made a liberal offer — The Chairman informed the Board that a letter had been received from another Mr. Jessop, who stated that he was willing to teach the Union children for £46, inclusive of pens, books, and slates. He could provide a very comfortable room, and had promised the services of a lady accustomed to tuition who would take charge of the girls. — Mr. Henry Walker moved that the children be sent to Mr. Heywood's school. — Mr. Holmes seconded the motion. — Mr. Butterworth said, in addition to the £46; Mr. Heywood would makesomething like £12 to £15 by the grant which he would receive from Government. Under these circumstances, he thought Mr. Heywood would have been able to terch the children for a little less ; but the great objection was the distance of the school from the workhouse, being nearly a mile. — Mr. Robson said 40 children at 3d. per head amounted to 10s. per week, or £26 per annum. — The motion that Mr. Heywood instruct the children at the rate of £46 per year was then carried. — The Chairman said the Committee had been very much dissatisfied of late with the appearance of the Kirkheaton Workhouse. The matron was far advanced in life, and physically incapacitated from undertaking the full and active duties of the house. She had something like 43 children under her care ; and she had no assistance except from imbeciles. The Visiting Committee came to an unanimous opinion that the matron should have some assistance, in order that she might not merely have the house in constant order and equal to the requirements of the Poor-law Commissioners ; but also to assist in mending. The Committee strongly recommended the Board to pass a resolution to the effect that there should be appointed a person to assist the matron in her duties ; but for the matron still to retain her present position. If she retired the Guardians, according to the recent Act of Parliament, would have to allow her — at least it would be at their discretion — -about two-thirds of her salary. She was perfectly competent to give orders; but from what Mr. Cane, the inspector said, something must be done to make the house more efficient and more in accordance with the requirements of the Poor-law Board. On the motion of Mr. Hirst, and seconded by Mr. Vickerman, it was resolved that an assistant be advertised for at a sala of £16 per annum. — The Chairman stated that Clifford had made application for a cheque for £29 5s. Od., the balance to which he was entitled for boring at Crosland Moor. The whole amount which Clifford could claim, according to measurement, which Mr. Cocking said was perfectly correct, was £98 15s. 6d. of which there remained to be paid the sum now applied for, £29 5s, The Board gave authority for the cheque to be signed. — The Chairman said the committee a pointed a fortnight ago, attended at the Birkby Workhouse last Friday afternoon, in order te ascertain if something could not be done to increase the present hospital accommodation. The whole of the committee, with the exception of two guardians, were present. Two sites presented themselves to their notice; but the one on the southern side was at length considered the most suitable. It was suggested that the hospital should be 90 feet long and 20 feet wide, the width of a wooden hospital now being erected in the Salford Union. By adopting this site on the south side a wall was already erected for the building, with the exception of about 18 inches, which would be required to be raised. At the north end a wall is also erected ; and therefore they had only one side, and the east end of the building to erect. The nurse's room would be in the centre of the building, so that she could have a window on either side of her room, and look right and left into the male and temale portions of the building. Instructions had been given to Messrs. John Kirk and Sons, architects; and Mr. J. Kirk wasnow present with the plans. The accommodation provided would be for between 25 and ation gave something like 900 or 950 — The plans were then Kirk, and it was stated the expiration of three years the materials of that, the building were to be constructed, would be worth half their original value. — Tenders for the erection of the temporary hospital were opened. They were from Messrs. Robert Whiteley, Bedford and Parker, J. E.

Moseley, W. Fawcett and Sons, J. Christie, R. Cockroft, and Abraham Graham and Sons. The tender of Mr. Cockroft, whose estimate amounted to £339, was accepted.

The Chairman said although the expense was greater than the Guardians anticipated, temporary accommodation was positively and essentially required, as bad been shown by two or three cases which had come before the notice of the Sectional Board that morning. Mr. Butterworth moved that the consent of the Poor-law Board, to the erection of the hospital, be obtained, and that the estimate of Mr. Cockroft be accepted. Mr. Holmes seconded the motion, and it was carried with applause. — A vote of thanks was accorded, on the motion of Mr. Lidster, and seconded by Mr. Turner, to J. Freeman, Esq., for the customary treat which was provided, at his expense, for the inmates of the Birkby Workhouse. — The fellowing are the relief returns for the last week: Total number relieved in the workhouse, 401; corresponding week last year, 372. — Out-door — huddersfield district — Number cf paupers, 2,070, relieved at a cost of £148 10s. 8d. ; Kirkburton, 841, cost £63 7s. Od. ; Holmfirth, 492, cost £38 17s. 8d. : Slaithwaite, 672, cost £52 7s. 9d. — N on-resident, 93, Total number relieved, 4,268, at a cost of £303 5s. Id. ; corresponding week last year, 3,873, ata cost of £283

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On the 20th inst., at Rawthorpe, the wife of Mr. Walter Haigh, of a daughter.


On the 23rd inst., at the Parish Church, Leamington, by the Rev. Hamilton Davis, Mr. George Newton (late of Marsden), to Miss Louisa Bonner, of Leamington.

On the 23rd inst., at Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth, by the Rev. Edward Powell, Mr. William Crawshaw, of Holmfirth, to Hannah, second daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Balmforth, of Elland.

On the 23rd inst., at the Register Office, John Street, Mr. Charles Hirst, of Milnsbridge, to Mrs. Victoria Rebecca Sykes, of Lockwood.

On the 22nd inst., at the Parish Church, Golcar, by the Rev. W. Barker, incumbent, Mr. Eli fielding to Miss Sarah Taylor, both of Golcar.

On the 22nd inst., at the Parish Church, Golcar, by the Rev. W. Barker, Mr. Saville Crowther, Golcar, to Miss Grace Crosland, of Lockwood.

On the 20th inst., at St. John's Church, Bay Hall, by the Rev. A. J. Swainson, Mr. Henry Donbavand to Miss Mary Ann Allenby, both of that parish.

On the 19th inst.. at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Queen Street, by the Rev. T. T. Short, Mr. Samuel Harrison, of Golcar, to Miss Emma Bottomley, of Scammonden.

On the 18th inst., at the Register Office, John Street. Mr. John Day, of Berry Brow, to Miss Mary Jane Bennett, of Almondbury.

On the 18th inst., at the Register Office, John Street, Mr. Nathan Greenoff, of Cartworth, to Mrs. Jane Smith, of Holmfirth.

On the 18th inst., at St. Stephen's Church, Rashcliffe, by the Rev. D. J. MacKimm, Mr. Frederick Hirst to Miss Frances Firth, both of Rashcliffe.


On the 22nd inst., aged 45, Mary, relict of Mr. Patrick Carney, Quay Street.

On the 22nd inst., aged 75, Mr. Benjamin Chapel, cartman, Union Workhouse.

On the 21st inst., aged 59, Mary, relict of Mr. James Alston, Paddock.

On the 21st inst., aged 28, Mr. Joseph Hawkyard, New Street, Lockwood.

On the 20th inst., aged 37, Mr. Joseph Green, Bentley Street, Lockwood.

On the 20th inst., aged 36, Mr. Joe Wilson, house painter, Castlegate.

On the 20th inst., aged 97, Elizabeth, relict of Mr. Jonas Beaumont, Manchester Road.

On the 19th inst., at her residence, New Street, aged 44, Ann, youngest daughter of the late Joshua Boothroyd, manufacturer, Almondbury.

On the 19th inst., at Seymour Grove, Old Trafford, Manchester, aged 2 years, Charles Edward, son of Charles Henry Coates.

On the 19th inst., aged 8 months, Robert Whiteley, son of Mr. Thomas Lofthouse, Linthwaite.

On the 19th inst., aged 58, Elizabeth, relict of Mr. Robert Brammer, Brewery Yard, Lockwood.

On the 19th inst., aged 81, Mr. Joseph Whitehead, of Sandbed, near Delph, Saddleworth.

On the 19th inst., in the 35th year of his age, Mr. William Roberts, Woodhouse Knowl, Delph, Saddleworth.

On the 18th inst., aged 30, Mr. James Brown, Manchester Road.

On the 17th inst., aged 61, Mr. Thomas Crowther, labourer, Union Workhouse.

On the 17th inst., aged 74, Mr. John Rootsey Ward, Romford, Essex.

On the 16th inst., aged 55, Mr. Joseph Beaumont, woollen manufacturer, Clough, Golcar.

On the 11th inst., aged 44, Susannah, wife of Mr. George Dryden, millsmith, Stables Street.

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