Meltham Association for Improving the Breeds of Pigs

The Meltham Association for Improving the Breeds of Pigs was established by 1850, with John Mallinson named as the president.[1] The reported aim was to "encourage the labouring-classes to keep and feed good bred pigs".

The association's first show took place on Saturday 12 October 1850 at Bray's Croft behind the Rose and Crown Inn, Meltham. The judges were John Dougill of Thorpe House, Almondbury, and T.J. Wigney of Huddersfield.[2]

The second annual show took place on Saturday 4 October 1851 with judges John Dougill and John Mallinson.[3]

The third annual show was held on Saturday 16 October 1852 at Bray's Croft and was judged by Matthew Sykes of Milnsbridge and Charles Hallas of Ludhill. By that time, the president of the association was William Leigh Brook.[4]

The fourth, and apparently last, annual show was held on Saturday 24 September 1853 with Matthew Sykes and Charles Hallas again judging the entrants. The president of the association by then was Joseph Hirst.[5]

Notes and References

  1. "Meltham Association for Improving the Breeds of Pigs" in Huddersfield Chronicle (05/Oct/1850).
  2. "The Meltham Association for Improving the Breeds of Pigs" in Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Oct/1850).
  3. "Meltham Pig Show" in Huddersfield Chronicle (27/Sep/1851) and "Meltham Society for Improving the Breeds of Pigs" in Huddersfield Chronicle (11/Oct/1851).
  4. "Meltham: The Annual Pig Show" in Huddersfield Chronicle (23/Oct/1852).
  5. "Meltham Pig Show" in Huddersfield & Holmfirth Examiner (01/Oct/1853).