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That the Clerk write to Mr Joseph Hartley of Haworth and ask for his consent in writing, to take the surplus of the two springs of water rising in his Land near Sowdens, or to make proposals, or name a person as arbitrator.
Mr Ranger, a Superintending Inspector was here, having been all night in the village but there was nothing known of his visit here before hand. After spending an hour with the Board in the office inspecting certain plans, answering various questions and giving other information, he consented to go, accompanied by the Board, and view Stubbing Lane. On doing so, he declared, that a certain portion of Oxenhope as far as Stubbing Gate, ought to have been included in the district.
On returning to Haworth he was shown the two springs, the proposed site of the Reservoir, main and service pipes.
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"A letter had been received from Mr Brierley and was read, in which he recommends that the board engage some competent person who thoroughly understands puddling, the matter was discussed after which, it was moved by Mr Sugden seconded by Mr Merrall and agreed unanimously, that the Clerk be ordered to write to Mr Edward Craven And request him to come over to Haworth on Friday next, when the board might consult him in reference to the puddle, and if it should be deemed expedient, to engage him to inspect the same during its progress."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book - The newly built reservoir was leaking and it was thought it was due to the puddle which is the clay lining being weak

"There was something said by way of complaints about the wasting of the water at different places, proposed by Mr Pighills, seconded by Mr Lambert and agreed to unanimously, that notice be given to the public in reference to fines and penalties as expressed in the Public Health Act, 1848 and that 300 copies be printed immediately."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"Mr Turner was here stating that the water in the reservoir was fast going down, and partly owing to waste at various taps and fire plugs, therefore it was necessary that something should be done to prevent it as far as possible. The board deemed it advisable and Mr Turner engaged to turn the water off at the reservoir at four in the afternoon and turn it on again at six in the morning."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"This meeting especially called or convened for the purpose of taking into consideration the proprietary of giving notice to the trustees of the Toller-lane and Blue Bell Turnpike Road, signifying the intentions of the Board in reference to the removal of Toll Bars. After some discussion thereon, it was proposed by Mr Roper seconded by Mr Lambert and unanimously agreed to, that the notice be prepared and a copy thereof delivered to John Brigg Esquire stating the Board's intention wish and desire to avail themselves of the provisions of the 41st section of the Local Government Act 1858 which gives power to this Board by agreement with the said Trustees, to remove the Turnpike gates or Toll bars within their district."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"In consequence of the heavy fall of rain on Saturday evening and the damage done thereby a special meeting is held this day. The surveyor, as well as several members of the Board, reported, that a considerable amount of damage was done to the roads, channels, drains etc, and that £30 or £40 would be required (and some thought more) to put the same in a moderate state of repair, and the general impression was, that there would have to be a small additional General District Rate."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"That the Church and Wesleyan Schools be exempt from paying the new rate with which they have been charged."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"That George Sutcliffe tender be accepted for the rebuilding of the bridge at Royal Oak Inn and that he complete the works in 12 weeks or forfeit the sum of £10 per week for every week beyond that time."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

Important and valuable quarries near Haworth to be let-to by tender. All those valuable and very excellent stone quarries situate at Penistone, West End, Brow-moor, and Naylor hill, in the neighbourhood of Haworth, in the west riding of the County of York. These quarries contain most valuable beds of stone, flags, and landings, suitable for any market in the kingdom, and being within convenient distances from the Haworth station of the Worth Valley and Midland Railway Companies, present a favourable opportunity seldom to be met with for establishing and carrying on a large and profitable business.

Tenders may be given for the whole or any one or more of the quarries, and the terms of letting may be seen on and after the 13th instant at Mr Hartley's the King’s Arms Inn, Haworth; or at the office of Mr Booth, Engineering and Mining Surveyor, Bank-buildings, Halifax, to whom applications for further information may be made, and to whom also the tenders must be delivered, free of charge on or before Saturday, the 27th inst. The proprietor does not pledge himself to accept the lowest or any tender.
Extract printed in The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, July 20, 1867

"That Police Sergeant Clapham be appointed Nuisance Inspector to the Board until the end of the present year at a salary after the rate of £5 per year."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"Plan for the erection of a shooting box on Haworth Moor by Mr Ferrand was produced by the surveyor and examined and passed."

"That the fire brigade be allowed £5 a year as remuneration for keeping the engine and apparatus in efficient working condition."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

Referring to the repeated applications made for answers to queries sent you in March 1870 I am directed by her Majesty's Commissioners for inquiring into the pollution of rivers to request that you will cause answers to be furnished thereto and return the document to me (duly signed by yourself, surveyor, water works engineer and medical officer of health) on or before the 18th instant. The non receipt of this information has caused serious delay in compiling the volume of evidence now in press.
I am sir
Your obedient servant
SL Smith secretary
Rivers Commission
1 Park Prospect Westminster S.W"
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"That Joseph Pickles' tender of £1.6.4 for the present crop of grass growing on land belonging to the Board around or near the reservoirs are accepted."

"The Clerk read a letter from the Clerk to the Oxenhope District Local Board of which the following is a copy.
It appears by the Mercury of last week that the obnoxious impost of Toll on the Lees and Hebden Bridge Turnpike road is to be continued. The members of our Board have strong convictions that this is unnecessary and that steps should be taken for an investigation into the affairs of the said Trust. We shall be pleased to have your views on this matter.
By Order of the said Board
I am Sir
Your obedient servant
Joshua Heaps
Clerk to the Oxenhope District Local Board"
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"That for the ensuing month the water be turned on at the reservoir an hour less at midday and be turned on between half past six and half past seven each evening."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"The children have attended very irregularly this week, the weather has been very hot."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

That the Council's offices at Mill Hey be connected with the National Telephone Exchange.

That the law Clerk draw up a petition to the Postmaster General asking for a wall box to be placed at the bottom of Main Street Haworth and for the box to be emptied for each dispatch from Haworth.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

Queen Victoria granted Bradford the status of City.

That Mr Richard Scull of 21 Brow Road be given notice to abate nuisance caused by keeping pigeons in the bedroom of his house.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

Bill o’th Hoylus End died. Real name William Wright, he was born in 1836 at the Hoylus End houses at Hermit Hole which is where he got his pen name.

He mostly wrote in a humorous Yorkshire Dialect and some of his popular works are: History o' Haworth Railway in 1867, and his Howorth, Cowenheead, and Bogthorn Almenak in the 1870s.

“Nivver dee I’ thi shell, owd lad,
Though some may laugh an’ scorn;
There wor nivver a neet afore ta neet,
An’ if blind forten used tha bad,
Sho’s happen noan so meean;
Ta morn al come, an’ then fer some
The sun will shine ageean…”

About Bill o’ th’ Hoylus here...

That the plan submitted by the Haworth School Board for new school at Lees be approved.

That the scheme for lighting Vale Mill Lane from Lees Road top to Mytholmes with an extra lamp in the field leading to Ashmount and two lamps between Mill Hill and Greenfield be carried out.

That in accordance with the notice duly given the Public Libraries Act 1892 and 1893 be adopted so that the provisions of the same may be extended to the Council's District.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the new street laid out by Messrs Sunderland and Bottomley be called "Baden" Street .
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The foundation stone for the extension to Bradford City Hall was laid by Alderman WEB Priestley. The original building was built in 1873.

"In consequence of an epidemic of mumps & measles the school has been closed by the Medical Officer of Health, Dr Atkinson,"
Extract from Stanbury school log book

The Clerk lay before the meeting a letter received from the Reverend D Arthur dated 3rd April, 1906 which had been allowed to stand over a resolution of the Council for further consideration, Mr William Mitchell moved and Mr Joseph Gott seconded that the letter be placed in the waste paper basket. As an amendment Mr James Ackroyd moved and Dr Maggs seconded that a reply be sent pointing out that the council have discussed several proposals this evening with regard to the Free Library movements but do not see their way to fall in with the suggestions contained in the letter.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council

"In spite of this being the Haworth Feast week, the attendance, on the whole, has kept up well."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

The chairman reported that he had received a communication from the Salvation Army intimating that it was the intention of General Booth to visit Haworth on the 5th August next and it was desired that he be accorded an official welcome. It was moved and seconded that the Council pass on to the next business.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That a small committee be appointed to consider and report on the advisability of purchasing a small motor for haulage purposes to be worked by the present driver of the road engine when he is not engaged rolling the roads.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Clerk reported that one of the road officials of the Automobile Association had met the surveyor and several members of the Council on Saturday afternoon last with reference to the proposal to erect signs at dangerous points on the roads in the Council's district and that he had promised to recommend his association to supply free of cost such danger signs as were necessary.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

It was reported that some person recently had wantonly used a fire alarm box and given a false alarm. It was resolved that the Superintendent of Police be asked to issue warning notices, and that the Council offer a reward of 5/- to any person giving such information as will lead to the conviction of any person offending.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The collector reported that Mr Edgar Charles Wilson had erected a Portable Theatre on land in Butt Lane. It was resolved in accordance with the power given to the Council by section 60 of the Council's Private act of 1872, to assess the said Portable Theatre at £40, and that the collector be instructed to insert the assessment with the name of Mr Edgar Charles Wilson in the current rate.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

Colne Holiday Fellowship held a "Ramble to Haworth" walking from Laneshaw Bridge by way of Wycoller and Stanbury.

Out of 770 soldiers from the 16th and 18th Battalions West Yorkshire Regiment, known as the "Bradford Pals" who went over the top at the Battle of the Somme, 515 were reported killed in action.

The Clerk reported having received a communication from the town Clerk of Keighley that an inspection of the Trackless Trolley route from Lees to Oxenhope had been made by an inspector appointed at the Board of Trade on Thursday the 27th and that it was proposed to run on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon the 29th and 30th July further dates have not yet been decided upon.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the Peace Celebrations take place in the Haworth District on July 19, 1919.
It was decided to arrange a procession and to invite the Public Bodies, Sunday schools etc to take part. That the Choirs of the District be invited to be present and have massed singing at a suitable centre.
That the Haworth Brass Band be engaged and also the Salvation Army Band be asked to join the procession.
In order to provide greater attraction it was decided to ask each Sunday School along with the 4 day schools in the district to arrange suitable tableaux and that the sum of £2 to be granted to each school for the purpose, also that character representations be asked for.
It was resolved to hold a Gala, and it was decided that one site should serve for the whole of the district, and that a committee be appointed to recommend a place.
It was resolved to provide tea for all soldiers and sailors on? from this district, also demobilised and discharged soldiers and sailors, and old people who have attained the age of 70 on July 19, all children in the district of 14 years of age or under on July 19 that the sum of 2/-per head for the soldiers and sailors and old people be recommended, and 1/-per head for the children. The provisions of teas for children to be undertaken by the Sunday schools.
That our commemorative medal be given to each child or scholar eligible for a tea.
It was recommended to provide a bonfire in a suitable position.
That the church bells should be rung at intervals during the day.
That suitable short addresses be given during the intervals between the singing.
That nucleus committees be appointed to be completed from representatives of the public bodies to carry out the various requirements, and that the Bridgehouse Sunday school be obtained for said meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 1919 at 8:00 pm.
That the bonfire committee be the Gasworks Subcommittee.
That the people be asked to decorate the town with flags, bunting, streamers etc.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The subcommittee appointed to consider the request of Messers Hattersley and Sons and Co Ltd that the Council consider the taking over as the highway repairable by the inhabitants at large, the road from Toll Bar to the top of Ebor Lane, laid before the Council their report on the matter. On the motion of Mr Joseph Mitchell seconded by Mr James Riley it was resolved that the Council do not accede to the request of the company to take over the portion of road in question, and that the Chairman be requested to meet Mr N R Newsholme and inform him of the reasons which have led the Council to come to their decision.

That the plan of proposed Cinema Hall at Victoria road Haworth, for the Brontë Cinema Co Ltd be approved.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Clerk reported that the Superintendent of Police had promised to arrange for a Constable to be placed at the meeting of the roads from Bingley, Keighley, Halifax and Haworth at such times as he may decide. The Clerk was instructed to communicate this information to the Automobile Association and Motor Union.

It was resolved that the Clerk communicate with the Postmaster at Keighley stating that it would be a great convenience to the Haworth people to have reinstated postal dispatch on Sundays the same as before the war, and that the Council joins with the other parties in the Worth Valley to bring about this desirable arrangement.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

Molly Sugden was born in Keighley. She was best known for playing Mrs Slocombe in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served? She died on 1st July 2009 aged 86.

Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw was born in Leeds. During the Second World War she served with the Polish section of the secret Special Operations Executive.

Having seen the suffering of war, she began relief work for the millions of sick people. She died on 2nd November 2000 aged 77.

That the application of the Lees and Cross Roads Cooperative Society for permission to use electricity supplies from the Keighley Corporation to their places of business at Lees and Cross Roads, and a letter from the town Clerk of Bradford dated June 15, 1923 be referred to the Council's Electricity Committee for consideration and report.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the Highways Committee be empowered to divert a portion of Butt Lane and rebuild a portion of wall on the South side without obligation on the part of the Council to repair or maintain any fences abutting on or situated in Butt Lane.

That the following plans be approved, viz:-
Wooden cycle shed, Ashmount place, Haworth for Mr H Hollingdrake.

That the sanitary inspector be instructed to lay sewer from manhole in Cold Street to end of Stone Street, subject to owners of property in Stone Street laying a sewer on the back of Stone Street to the manhole referred to, and connecting WC's and sink waste for property in Stone Street to the sewer at their own expense.

That a charge of 5/0 per year ended May 31, 1924, be made on the Salvation Army, Belle Isle, Haworth for water for cleaning premises etc.

That Mr Alan Pedley be charged 1/0 per year acknowledgement for right of attaching wireless aerial to the Council's property he to enter into an agreement to remove the same when called upon.

That the application for supply of gas by the Haworth Public Institute be granted on the usual terms.

That permission be given to the Postmaster General to erect a "Kiosk" on land in front of the Council offices at Haworth for public telephone call office at a nominal rental of 1/0 per year.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

It was resolved that the Clerk write to the Superintendent of Police drawing his attention to the excessive speed at which motors pass through the Council's District especially in connection with organised motor trials.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"The temperature has ranged from 76 degrees to the 80 degrees in the various rooms today. Lessons were too difficult-&, three children were sick with the heat so school was dismissed at 3.45 pm."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

"Wm. Irving & I had a pot of tea, toast &c. & then went down Smith Bank Lane to Reservoir and up to the top, sitting and lying about all the afternoon in blazing sunshine till about 7.0 p.m. Beech Fern, Parsley F. Butterfly orchis, swallows, wagtails, spotted flycatchers, Blackheaded Gulls &c. Very interesting Adder’s Tongue Fern in Workshouse Field."
Extract from Jonas Bradley's notebook

"The bells in the tower were overhauled & the tower itself put into better repair during the second quarter of this year : the bells were rung again, after some weeks of silence, on the Rushbearing Sunday, July 23. The cost of the work was about £80."
J.C. Hirst, Rector.

That the recommendations of the waterworks sub committee with reference to water charges for water other than domestic purposes be adopted viz:-

1) That baths in private houses not to be charged for.
2) That Butchers who use the councils water without paying for same either by water rate or by special charge be charged at the rate of 7/6d per year.
3) That in the case of urinals that steps be taken to enforce the councils charges.
4) That Blacksmiths be not charged for water, only through water rate assessment.
5) Pig Keeper to pay councils charge of 2/6d per annum.
6) That Professional Photographers be required to pay 20/- per year.
7) Houses: That the councils charges be enforced. If the accounts not paid that supply of water be discontinued.
8) Hose pipes: Charge 10/- per year.
9) Hairdressers: Charge 10/- per year.
10) Cattle Troughs: If the council charges are not paid forthwith that the supply of water be cut off.
11) Motor Wagons: £1-11-2 water rate on garages be considered sufficient to cover any water supplied for motor wagons.

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes

"The clerk reported receipt of letter from the National Playing Fields Association, stating that the Executive Committee of the Association have decided to recommend a grant towards the Haworth Park Children’s Equipment Fund, but at the present time the Playing Fields Association is unable to consider any fresh application but immediately they are in a position to do so, the application will be forwarded."

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes

The artist David Hockney was born. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Bradford College.

Kate Bush was born.

Kate Bush's single Wuthering Heights (based on Emily Bronte's novel) was released on 6th January 1978.

Lady (Sue) Ryder came to open the tea rooms above the charity shop on Bridgehouse Lane. The charity shop had opened in September 1974.

Molly Sugden died aged 86. She was born in Keighley on 21st July 1922. She was best known for playing Mrs Slocombe in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?

Haworth got mentioned on University Challenge: Balliol College, Oxford v Queens’ College Cambridge.

Jeremy Paxman:
"The first bonuses then to you, Balliol, they’re on twinned towns.
Firstly for five points:
The fact that each has around a million tourists a year is one reason given for the twinning of which two sites - one, in Yorkshire, best known for the former inhabitants of its Parsonage and the other in Peru for its lost city?"

Michael Slater (Balliol team’s captain):
"Haworth and Machu Picchu."

Jeremy Paxman:
"Haworth and Machu Picchu is correct."

(Balliol were possibly helped by the fact that one of the team, Kieran Hodgson, was from Holmfirth.)

Haworth Parish Church closed for major restoration work, the replacement of its south-facing roofs and refurbishment of the tower. It re-opened on 4th November 2012.

Stage 2 of the Tour de France passed through Haworth

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