Leeds Times (07/Sep/1844) - Huddersfield

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Huddersfield Waterwork.

The commissioners of the Water Works have further limited the supply of water to the inhabitants, from two to only one day per week, from an alleged scarcity in the main reservoir at Longwood. This seems strange, and requires explanation, since the frequent and heavy rains of July and August, have abundantly replenished all the rivers and other reservoirs in the district. The reservoir must either leak, or there is some foul play to punish the recusant inhabitants for refusing to sanction their (the commissioners') application to parliament for an amended act to enlarge the works.

The 2nd. West York Cavalry.

The Huddersfield troop of this gallant corps of noodles have formed a new band of no inconsiderable merit, which, on parade days, causes a great attraction, to see and hear their performances. We understand that they will take their departure for their annual campaign at Harrogate, on the 25th instant.

Irish State Prisoners.

The decision of the House of Lords, upon the writ of error, in the case of Mr. O'Connell and the other Irish State prisoners, reached Huddersfield by means of the Sun and other evening papers, on Thursday morning, and the news was received almost with an universal shout of joy.

Public Rejoicing at Newsome, near Huddersfield.

On Friday last, the 30th ult., the village of Newsome exhibited one general scene of joy and hilarity, occasioned by the completion of the water works in that village. Newsome, for more than a century, during the summer months, has suffered an extreme want of water, and the inhabitants have had to fetch their water during these months, the extraordinary distance of from half a mile to a mile. After many futile attempts to obtain water, they have at length by their own exertions and subscriptions, aided by the liberality of Joseph Brooke, Esq., discovered a plentiful supply of water at Hall Bower, at the foot of Castle Hill, and have laid pipes from thence, to a cistern in the centre of Newsome, where the water now flows, to the great delight and satisfaction of the villagers. The completion of the works was. celebrated by a tea party and procession, and the doxology and God save the Queen were sung by the assembly, round the cistern, after which, a song composed for the occasion, by Dr. Swift, was sung by Messrs. Dews and Kaye, in excellent style. The whole day was one of general amusement and gratification to the whole village.

The Schoolmaster Abroad.

On Tuesday last, a respectable tradesman in Huddersfield, who had just returned from London by way of Hull, and who had never been at sea before, said, "I have crossed the Atlantic for the first time in my life!"

Improvement of Huddersfield.

The new steward of the Huddersfield estate, Mr. Lock, has recently been surveying the town, with the view of applying the £20,000 left by the late Sir J. Ramsden, to effect public improvements. We understand he has decided on the erection of a new slaughter house, forthwith, in the vacant ground behind the Fleece Inn, in Kirkgate, with a new approach to it from the Queen's Head Yard, in King Street. Various other improvements are rumoured strongly, by various parties, such as pulling the George Hotel down, and all the buildings between it and the parish church, and setting them back so as to form a large square, to be called St. Peter's Square, with an approach northward, to the proposed railway terminus; the George Hotel to be re-erected at the top of the square with its front towards the church. This, however, and the many other improvements talked about by interested parties, have not yet been decided upon, though it is certain that extensive alterations will be made, and that, in a few years, Huddersfield will present a very different appearance to what it now does. The £20,000 is an addition to the £8,000 left by the deceased baronet to build four new churches.