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William Grimshaw died aged 55. He was curate of Haworth.

The first edition of the Keighley News was published on Saturday, April 5, 1862. It was sold at one penny, it had four pages, the opening news was the latest report on the Civil War in America.

"The plans of the Mill Hey Primitive Methodists for the enlargement of the chapel were presented and examined and passed."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

"The Clerk read a letter from Mrs Weatherhead and W G Binns respecting the Aire and Calder Conservancy Bill, and inquiring whether this Board were willing to affix its seal to a petition to the House of Commons praying that the Bill may not be allowed to pass into law. On the motion of Mr W Greenwood seconded by Mr J R Redman, it was resolved that the chairman affix the seal of the Board to, and signed the petition."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

It was resolved that the Clerk write the Salvation Army stating that a nuisance is complained of, caused by the stopping of large numbers of people on the highway by them and that the Board have no wish to act harshly or rigorously in the matter, but they cannot allow their highways to be obstructed in such manner.
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute book

That the Board Scavenger be requested to cease tipping towards West Lane at the Board's tip in West Lane and that such tip be smoothed over and sloped down and sown with hay seed.

That the Law Clerk write to Mr Thomas Mitchell stone merchant Cross Roads requesting him to cease the use of shod slippers to his waggons when passing through the Board's district in default that legal proceedings be instituted against him.
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

Haworth was unable to keep up with the growing demand for supplying water to the district from its two local reservoirs. It was necessary to take a supply from Keighley Corporation.

"The deputation appointed by the Board met the water Committee of the Keighley Corporation on the 24th April. The deputation thereupon formally demanded the water which was turned on the following day 25th April."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

That notices be put out in the Council's Sanitary District warning persons against placing solids of any description in the River Worth and offering a reward for information leading to a conviction of any person so offending.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

That the Clerk be instructed to write to the Lord of the Manor drawing his attention to the many complaints which the council receive from its inhabitants and strangers visiting the town respecting the unsightliness caused by the promiscuous tipping of rubbish etc on the moor and ask him to take such steps as will overcome the matter complained of.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council

It was resolved that the Highways Committee be requested to consider the best means of dealing with the dust nuisance on the main roads within the Council's district also to consider fixing speed of motor cars.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Clerk reported having received from the local Government Board copy of a general order issued by them in connection with the celebration of the Coronation of his Majesty the King, giving sanction to reasonable expenses being incurred by the Council in connection with any loyal address to his Majesty, or otherwise in connection with any public local celebration of the Coronation.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"Children are now being employed, half-time & full-time at 12 & 13 years of age, on old conditions of age & attendance in spite of Bye - Laws recently adopted."
Extract from Haworth Board School log book

That an allowance of 5/- per week be allowed to the Gasworks Manager for duties entailed in the carrying into effect the Police and Military requirements in respect to telephone attendance and taking air raid action, such allowance to continue whilst the order is in force.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from Lord Rhondda and Mr Neville Chamberlain with reference to National Service and the formation of local committee for obtaining Substitution Volunteers dated 25th of April 1917. It was resolved that Mr Duerden, Dr Maggs and Mr R M Bailey be appointed provisional committee to act as they may decide.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Chairman reported that Mr Joseph Gott, a member of the Council, had lost a son on the battlefield in France. It was unanimously resolved that a resolution of sympathy be passed with him in the great loss which he had sustained.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

On the motion of the Chairman, Mr Thomas Duerden, seconded by Dr Maggs it was unanimously resolved that a vote of congratulations be sent to Sir Arthur Newsholme K.C.B on the recent honour conferred upon him by the King. The Chairman remarked that some of the older members of the Council would remember Sir Arthur as a boy and the young man in Haworth. He had done great credit to his native place, and they were happy to find that one of their own young men had risen to such heights in various fields of activity in the country. Dr Maggs in seconding said it was a well merited honour and reflected credit upon the place of Sir Arthur Newsholme’s birth. He was to be congratulated on the splendid work throughout the country and especially at Brighton.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book: Sir Arthur Newsholme, K.C.B., M.D.(Lond.), F.R.C.P. (10 February 1857- 17 May 1943) was a leading British public health expert during the Victorian era.

"The sub-Committee sends instructions this morning, "that it is advisable that children should be kept under cover & remain in school should an air-raid warning be received during school hours".
Extract from Stanbury school log book

That a letter be written to the Superintendent of Police drawing his attention to the nuisance caused from time to time on the Council's District, especially in the Lees & Cross Roads portion, by reason of tradesman from surrounding districts, especially Bradford, dropping refuse from their carts as they pass through the district, leaving fish and vegetable garbage, sometimes on the road, and sometimes by throwing the same into adjoining fields, and say that the Council would be glad if the Superintendent would assist them in putting a stop to the nuisance.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

The Clerk laid before the Council communication received from the Keighley Corporation with reference to housing, enclosing a copy of resolution passed by the Keighley Corporation relative to the shortage of houses throughout the country. It was resolved that in the opinion of this Council the shortage of houses is largely due to their high cost of building material arising from the monopoly and that this Council urge the Government at once to take action to prevent such monopolies being carried on to the detriment of building trades; that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Prime Minister, Minister of Health, and the local member of Parliament.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"Schools closed all day, owing to the King's wish that all schools should have holiday in honour of the Duke of York's wedding."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

“Our Lady of Lourdes” Roman Catholic church, Ebor lane was solemnly opened by Bishop Cowgill. It cost £2,700 to build.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from Messers R B Broster & Sons dated April 10, 1925, stating that the Trustees of the Haworth estate were prepared to sell to the Council land bounded by Belle Isle, Bridgehouse Lane and Butt Lane, for the purpose of a Public Park, Recreation Ground etc. in the sum of £1452-10-0. Resolved that the offer be accepted subject to the approval of the Ministry of Health.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"The water in the Lower Laithe Reservoir Stanbury at the Valve Tower registers a depth of 15ft 3ins - as much as can be held at present. The valves were closed on the 27th January 1925."

Electricity was first switched on in Haworth:

"Electricity supply was inaugurated on April 10th, 1926, by Mrs. Durden, wife of the Chairman of the Council closing a switch, thus causing the current to flow through the mains in the district."

It was resolved that the Clerk write to the Yorkshire (Woollen District) Electric Tramways Ltd drawing attention to the fact that their buses are running on to the Causeway at Bridgehouse and asking the company to meet a deputation of the Council to consider a better position for turning round of their buses.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

"The chairman reported on interview held this morning with respect to proposed agreement for the taking over of Providence Lane."

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes

"The clerk laid before the Council letter from the West Riding County Council with respect to the review of County Districts suggesting that the Haworth, Oakworth and Oxenhope Councils should meet, and suggest the division of the proposed amalgamated Districts into wards."

"The Clerk laid before the council letter from the Keighley, Bingley and Shipley joint Hospital Board drawing attention to the prevalence of diphtheria in the district. It was resolved that a handbill be prepared and distributed."

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes

The first Triangulation Pillar was constructed in a field in Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire. It was the start of a network of 6,500 Trig Pillars used to precisely map the country. The nearest Trig Point to Haworth is the one at Penistone Hill. 360 panorama of Triangulation pillar at Penistone Hill Haworth here...

"School closed for one day - a general holiday having been granted by their Majesties the King and Queen to mark the celebration of their silver wedding."
Extract from Haworth school log book

The disused Hough reservoir which was built in 1881 (near co-op fields back of Sun St) burst its banks and caused flooding down Sun St and as far as Ivy Bank.

Bradford Metropolitan Council took over running the borough.

To celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, the Haworth Guild of Bell-ringers rang a full peal of 5040 changes of Plain Bob Minor, which took two hours and 46 minutes.
About the Haworth Guild of Bell-ringers here...

Kate Bush received a CBE for services to music from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Kate Bush's single Wuthering Heights (based on Emily Bronte's novel) topped the charts in 1978.

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