Huddersfield Lighting, Watching and Cleansing Act of 1820

Huddersfield Lighting, Watching and Cleansing Act of 1820 was summarised as:

An Act for lighting, watching, and cleansing the Town of Huddersfield, in the West Riding of the County of York.

The Act gave powers to the Commissioners of Lighting, Watching and Cleansing.


The following is a transcription of a historic article and may contain occasional errors.

An Act for lighting, watching, and cleansing the Town of Huddersfield, in the West Riding of the County of York.

Whereas the Town of Huddersfield, in the West Riding of the County of York, is large and populous, and a Place of considerable Trade, and is also a great Thoroughfare for Travellers, and some of the Streets, Lanes, and other public Passages within the said Town are not lighted or watched, and the whole of them are not properly cleansed, but are subject to various Nuisances; and it would tend to the Safety, Convenience, and Advantage of the Inhabitants of the said Town and of the Public, if the same were properly lighted, watched, cleansed, and regulated, and the Nuisances abated and prevented for the future: And whereas the Purposes aforesaid cannot be effected without the Aid and Authority of Parliament: May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That Sir John Ramsden Baronet, John Charles Ramsden Esquire, Henry James Ramsden Esquire, William Ramsden Esquire, Charles Ramsden Esquire, Joseph Haigh, Esquire, Benjamin Haigh Allen Esquire, Thomas Allen Esquire, William Walker Battye, James Brook, Joseph Brook, John Booth, (Market Place,) John Booth, Godfrey Berry, William Brook, John Bower, Rickard Clay, Bradley Clay, Joseph Clegg, John Dobson, William Beevers Dobson, John Dyson, Robert Firth, Thomas Firth., John Horsfall Esquire, John Horsfall of Huddersfield, Thomas Hastings, Edward Hauxby, Joseph Kaye, Thomas Kilner junior, John Lees, Thomas Lockwood, Abraham Lockwood, Joshua Lockwood, Thomas Marshall, Jeremiah Marshall, Henry Nelson, William North, Joseph Scholefield, Walter Williams Stables, William Stocks, John Sutcliffe, William Shaw, Thomas Swift, William Wilks, Richard Atkinson junior, William Booth, .James Booth, Joseph Stoney, Benjamin Bradshaw, John Eastwood, John Graham, Thomas England, James Pilling, John Priest, William Rhodes, John Riley, George Starkey, and William Wigney, shall be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners for lighting, watching, and cleansing the Town of Huddersfield, in the West Riding of the County of York, and for carrying this Act into Execution.

II. And be it further enacted, That the Limits of this Act shall extend Twelve hundred Yards each way from the Spot where the old Cross stood in the Centre of the Market Place in Huddersfield.

III. And be it further enacted, That when any of the Commissioners herein named or hereafter to be elected shall die, or shall for the Space of One Year refuse or neglect to act, such Death, Refusal, or Neglect being declared at a Meeting of the said Commissioners, then and in every such Case the surviving or remaining Commissioners, or any Five or more of them, assembled at any Meeting to be held or called under or by virtue of this Act, shall nominate, elect, and appoint fit Persons, qualified as herein-after mentioned (and to be approved by the Lord of the Manor of Huddersfield for the Time being), to be Commissioners in the room or stead of the Commissioners so dying or refusing or neglecting to act as aforesaid; and every Person so to be elected and appointed a Commissioner is hereby vested with the same Powers for putting this Act in Execution, as if he had been expressly named and appointed a Commissioner in and by this Act.

Huddersfield Lighting, Watching and Cleansing Act of 1820

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