Loyal "Yorkshireman" Lodge No. 204 of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity)

The Loyal "Yorkshireman" Lodge (No. 204) was a lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity) formed at Holmfirth in 1825.

History

Following the Holmfirth Flood of 1852, the lodge paid £5 towards the burial costs of Richard Shackleton and his family.

The lodge's 1853 anniversary dinner was held on 11 July at White Hart Inn, New Mill, with 150 people attending and was chaired by J. Balmforth. The Cliff Harmonic Society provided entertainment, with nine-year-old Master Peace of Huddersfield at the pianoforte.[1] The subsequent annual meeting was held on 10 December 1853 at the White Hart Inn.[2]

The 1854 anniversary dinner was held on 10 July at the White Hart Inn with 142 members in attendance. The financial report stated that the lodge was worth £721 1s. 7½d.[3]

Around 140 attended the 1856 dinner held on 14 July at the White Hart Inn. The financial report, read by Grand Master (G.M.) G.H. Crosland, noted that the lodge was worth £873 17s. 7d. The Chronicle gave a description of the lodge's banner:[4]

...a white silk banner, on which was painted the arms of the order, and the words "Manchester Unity of Oddfellows." On the reverse is portrayed a widow and fatherless child at the tomb of a departed brother, — the words "we succour the widow and orphan" being inscribed.

On Easter Tuesday 1858, the lodge held a tea meeting for "wives and female friends" of the members.[5] The anniversary dinner was held on 12 July 1858 at the White Hart Inn, with around 150 members attendance and John Ramsden as chairman.[6]

Notes and References

  1. "Holmfirth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (16/Jul/1853).
  2. "Holmfirth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (17/Dec/1853).
  3. "Holmfirth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (15/Jul/1854).
  4. "Holmfirth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Jul/1856).
  5. "Local Intelligence" in Huddersfield Chronicle (10/Apr/1858).
  6. "Holmfirth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (17/Jul/1858).