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Timmy Feather was born. He became known as the last Hand-loom Weaver and lived all his life at Stanbury.

James Mitchell, the "Old Gentleman" Nr. Stanbury died aged 72. Shortly before he died he had a stone rolled down a hill, when it stopped he said: "There I will be buried".

A new National School was officially opened in Haworth.

A little child died tragically on the moors in the snow. His father went walking to Hebden Bridge, setting off he was unaware his son was following him. The boy was found dead in the snow three days later.

"A list of parties who are in arrears of their Rates was looked over and some five or six who were considered unable to pay, it was agreed upon, that they should be forgiven."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"That the Clerk make as much inquiry as possible about the cost and practical working of fire engines and order one as soon as possible."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"Committee to meet the Commissioners at Hob Lane on 8th to watch the proceedings in reference to the separation of Stanbury from Oxenhope Local Board."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"That this board request the commissioner that if Stanbury be separated from Oxenhope Local Board that it should be annexed to Haworth as being in the same Township, her interests being identical, so much nearer, forming together an ecclesiastical division and most of the traffic passing of the roads of Haworth.

Moved by Mr John Readman and seconded by James Lambert and carried that Mr Holmes, James Lambert and W Garnett be a deputation to meet the Commissioner at the Oakworth inquiry on the 9th to make the request of the Board."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

“We had the gas lit both morning & afternoon it was so dark”..
Extract from Haworth school log book

A Supposed Mad Dog Shot At Haworth.- On Tuesday, a large bull and mastiff bitch, about 40lbs weight, all black, and in poor condition, entered the village of Haworth by way of Bridgehouse, and soon after entered the house of Mr James Hopkinson, the Sun Inn, where it attacked a retriever dog, tearing out its eyes. Mr Hopkinson, alarmed with the appearance and conduct of the dog, at once left the house, and locked the dog up. He procured the assistance of Sergeant Clapham, and both proceeded to the place with a loaded gun, and succeeded in shooting the brute, which was afterwards buried upon Haworth Moor. Previous to its making its appearance in Haworth, it was seen at Holmehouse, where it flew at a boy, and tore his clothes. It afterwards bit a dog at Slack Lane, belonging to the Rev Job Lee, Baptist minister, which was destroyed. The supposed mad dog was then lost until it made its appearance in Haworth.
Extract from The Bradford Observer Thursday, January 13, 1870

"The Clerk read a letter from the Captain of Haworth Fire Brigade of which the following is a copy;
I wish to bring before you the following for your consideration. We are in want of 200 yards of canvas piping, a new set of suction pipes, one new stand pipe, and the old one repairing that was broken by the surveyor so that he can use it any time without fetching ours. If we get the new piping the surveyor can have one or two lengths of the old for his own use as we wish to have ours to ourselves. Also we wish you to grant us £10 a year instead of the five you have granted us so that we shall not have to go round at Christmas. Waiting for your reply I am gentlemen your humble servant.
W Greenwood
Captain of Haworth Fire Brigade"
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

That the list of street names as already passed be altered in the following manner; in place of South Street, Sun Street; in place of Lillycroft, Belle Isle; in place of Ivy Street, Ivy Bank Lane, and that the persons at whose request these alterations have been made defray any necessary cost the Board may be put to on account of such alterations.
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute book

That the Gasworks Committee be requested to erect a sufficient number of two light lamps to thoroughly light from the top of Bridgehouse Lane to the Wesleyan Chapel at West Lane. On the motion being put the whole of the members present voted for the motion except the Reverend F Harper who voted against. The motion was therefore carried.

"Before the regular business of the meeting Mr Harry Redman moved a vote of condolence with their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales and with the Princess May in the great bereavement caused by the death of Duke of Clarence and Avondale. The motion was unanimously carried by all the members rising."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

Haworth Urban District Council was formed out of the Haworth Local Board of Health.
"The first meeting of the above Council was held this day at the Council Chamber Haworth."
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

Oxenhope Urban District Council was formed. The last council meeting was held on March 31st 1938, merging with Keighley on 1st April.

That the lamplighters be informed that if they neglect to light the lamps for more than four nights before the Moon is at full and two nights after (being seven in all) without the special permission of the gas manager (which permission the lamplighters shall seek themselves) a corresponding amount shall be deducted from their wages. This rule to apply to the morning lighting of the lamps.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the resolution in favour of the fullest possible development of the Telephone Service in the country be passed in such form as suggested by the new mutual Telephone Syndicate Law and by the Corporation of Glasgow.

That a reward of two guineas be offered to any person who will give information leading to the conviction of those who have done damage to Long Bridge.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

“On account of the alarming reports of her Majesty, opened school by singing the National Anthem”.
Extract from Haworth school log book – Death of Queen Victoria.

"I now wish you "A HAPPY NEW YEAR." Perhaps this year will be the most important of your lives. As you know it is the first year in the 20th Century. Now, clever men and women all over the world, are thinking and writing about the last hundred years, which we have called the 19th Century. They are considering the great changes and improvements that have been wrought during that period:- how that we now have much more comfortable homes, better food and clothing, more means of enjoyment, more opportunities of getting to know what is going on in all parts of the world, and, what is the most important of all to you, as children, the privilege of having to attend school until you are thirteen years of age, in place of having to go to work, say, at six. For these great privileges we should be grateful to our Queen and Country."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

"Two boys who left school recently have been tampering with the rain-gauge - pouring in dirty water throwing stones at it etc. Mr Redman chairman of the Board suggests that the matter be put in the hands of the village policeman."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the county surveyor calling the attention of the council to the state of Main Street, caused by the paving having subsided, leaving depression of the surface of the Road way.

The Clerk produced a communication from the West Riding County Council with respect to the new bye-law prohibiting spitting in public places. Mr Ackroyd moved and Mr James Greenwood seconded that the bye-law be exhibited on the council's notice board.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council

"There have been many removals, and few admissions owing to the unsatisfactory state of employment in Haworth."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

"A boy had a nasty fall in the playground during play this morning. I'm afraid his arm is badly broken. He now lies at my house waiting for the doctor. The Rough playground is responsible for this, as it has been for scores of other accidents of a more or less serious nature during the past few months."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

it was resolved that the Clerk communicate with Colonel Crompton CB, of the Road Board stating that the Council have a stretch of level main road in their district which quickly gets out of repair owing to the heavy Motor and Omnibus traffic which passes over it, and that the Council would feel under obligation to him for any suggestions he may make as to the most effective and economic method of keeping such a piece of road in as good a state of repair as possible under the circumstances.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the Police be asked to issue a public notice drawing attention to damage done to public lamps and stating that legal proceedings will be instituted against persons doing damage to public lamps or fittings.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"a child between 12 and 14 years of age shall not be required to attend school if such child has received a certificate from one of his Majesty's Inspectors of schools that he has reached the 7th standard prescribed by the code for the time being."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

It was unanimously resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with the General Manager of the Keighley tramways stating the question had been raised of the unseemly rushes which are made for the Lees and Cross Roads Omnibus, especially those leaving Ingrow late on Saturday nights, that serious complaints have been made by residents in the Council's District of women being ruthlessly pushed on one side in the rush to gain seats, and that on a recent Saturday night it was feared some of the women would be injured, and respectfully suggest that the Corporation erect a suitable queue gangway at Ingrow terminus similar to the one erected by the Corporation close to the Devonshire hotel for the Oakworth Omnibus.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Council ought to apply for an Electric Lighting Order covering the whole of their gas supply district. That the Council make application forthwith to the Board of Trade for a provisional order under the Electric Lighting Acts 1882/1889 authorising the Council to supply electrical energy for public and private purposes, either for lighting or motive power within the District of Haworth Urban Council
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That Messrs Joseph Gott, CP Ross and Joseph Mitchell and the Council Surveyor be deputed to a few other districts where the Trackless Trolley System is in operation and obtain as much information as possible with regard to the working of such systems before the Keighley Corporation begin to install their Trackless Trolley System in the Lees and Cross Roads District.

That a hand rail be fixed on the side of the new wall at the top of Butt Lane, and another along the side of the wall belonging to the Gasworks Committee in Apsley St.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"Since last April I have admitted 46 new children. A number of these are children of navvies, who have come to the new Keighley waterworks. Invariably they are of low attainment, & most difficult to classify. In fact, I rarely admit new children, who are average in attainment. This is having quite an appreciable effect in some classes."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

That the Council support the Public Rights of Way Bill and forward copies of resolution as suggested in letter from the Commons and Footpaths Preservation Society dated December 22, 1913.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"This week the numbers are smaller than they have ever been during the 25 years I have been Head Master of this school. Totals for whole school =59/66. The cause of this great falling of numbers is the security of employment. The bad weather has caused a great reduction of men at the water works in the Sladen Valley & the closing down of Lumbfoot Mill has led to many removals."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

Mr James Ackroyd moved and Mr James Riley seconded that application be made to the Board of Trade for a provisional order to empower the Urban District Council of Haworth to supply electricity for lighting and other purposes within the area of the Urban District of Haworth, and that the Clerk to the Council and the solicitor to the Council take the necessary steps in connection therewith.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That a letter of sympathy be sent to the family relations of Garnett Walton, a member of the Council's Fire Brigade who has been killed in battle in France.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from the Superintendent of Police with reference to Air Raid Warning, Day Time, giving notice to all householders and others. It was resolved that the same be adopted as from today as follows.
1. The Council has been requested by the authorities to notify residents what steps to take in the case of Air Raid over the District by Hostile Aircraft during the Day Time.
2. If a raid is anticipated public notification will be made by sounding the buzzer at the Haworth Gasworks.
3. The warning will consist of blasts of 15 seconds duration with 10 seconds intervals for a period of three minutes.
4. On hearing such warning, you are requested to take the best available cover as experience shows that the risk of serious casualties is greatly diminished thereby. Gas should be turned off at the meter, and outside doors and windows closed to prevent the admission of noxious gases.
5. The "All Clear" will be notified by the buzzer sounding a blast of one minutes duration.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Council considered the question of the provision of some suitable War Memorial to the men who have fallen in the war, and also to those who have participated in the war. It was resolved that the whole of the members of the Council form a committee to deal with the question of initiating a scheme of a suitable memorial, and that they have power to act in their number.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the request of the County Council for the Haworth Council to do the snow ploughing (where necessary) on the Toller Lane, Haworth and Blue Bell Main Road be agreed to, the County Council agreeing to pay the cost of the work.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Clerk laid before the Council plans of proposed semi-detached houses, five pairs, at Cross Roads for Messers A Midgley and Co along with an application for grants under the Housing Act 1923.

The Council consider that the need of houses in the Council's District cannot be met without financial assistance, as during the last 10 years there has been an acute house shortage in the district, and there has only been built four houses and these are not considered to be of the type to meet the needs of the working class community.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That a letter be sent to the Keighley Corporation asking them to consider the question of running Motor Buses into the Haworth Urban District and stating that the Council are prepared to have the timetable with them, but suggest a suitable service between the hours of 1-30 p.m. and the remainder of the day, and that the Council suggest that the Corporation consider the question of running early-morning buses for workmen.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

Lower Laithe reservoir was completed. The Mayor of Keighley (Councillor Robert Calverley J.P.) closed the valves to permit filling of the dam.

The Clerk reported having received a letter from the Clerk to the County Council making arrangements for deputation to visit Haworth on Friday the 9th inst. at three o'clock with respect to Main Street and alternative road through Haworth.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the action of Mr Greenwood Waddington in selling horse "Captain" to Mr Ratcliffe Feather in the sum of £6 be confirmed and that cart and set of gears be also sold to Mr Feather for £6.

It was resolved that the agreement between the Council and Major Cowper for purchase of plot of land for recreation ground purposes be sealed with the Council's seal.

The Chairman in accordance with notice of motion given at the last ordinary meeting of the Council moved that the Council takes steps to build at least 18 houses with power to add thereto as occasion and necessity arises in the future in the Council's District under the Housing Act in the year 1926.

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

Haworth park was completed; "Site an excellent one but laying out has proved difficult due to steepness. Cost £11,000 so bowling green deferred until later".

"Death of HM King George V"
Extract from Stanbury school log book

"Extremely severe weather has prevailed during the weekend. Many householders have had to be dug out owing to the great depth of snow, (including the head teacher)."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

Wellington bomber BK387 crashed at Tewitt Hall Wood Oakworth. All the crew were killed.

"The severe weather continues and only six scholars arrived this morning, the others being cut off by snow. The water which has been thawed out before is frozen up again. Emergency rations were used for dinner. No milk was delivered."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

The road through Stanbury to Oldfield is now open. Minor roads are still blocked.
Extract from Stanbury school log book

Kate Bush's single Wuthering Heights was released.

Private Martin BellPrivate Martin Bell was killed in Afghanistan.

Private Bell was deployed to Afghanistan with C (Bruneval) Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment. He was fatally wounded by an improvised explosive device as he moved to assist a comrade injured by a separate device. He was awarded a posthumous George Medal for his actions.

Martin joined West Yorkshire Police in 2006 and had served as a Police Community Support Officer in Haworth and the Worth Valley.

"Private Martin Bell died going to the assistance of a critically injured friend in the most dangerous combat circumstances imaginable; 'greater love has no man than this'. He knew the risks all too well; twice in the minutes before his death he had witnessed at first-hand the devastating human impact of IEDs.

"The term 'hero' is overused in contemporary commentary; take a moment to reflect on the image of Martin Bell, a twenty-four-year-old paratrooper who disobeyed a direct order in order to render life-saving first aid to his colleague. For that exceptional valour he paid the ultimate price.

"Private Martin Bell's name will be carved into the chronicles of history; he will never be forgotten. Utrinque Paratus." Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harrison, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.
Ministry of Defence eulogy here...

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