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23/03/1834
The organ at Haworth church was unveiled with a performance of Handel's Messiah.

15/03/1852
"The chairman stated to the Board, that the Reverend Patrick Bronte as chairman of the meeting of rate payers and owners of property nominated the following gentlemen as new members of the Board viz. Richard Butterfield, Edwin Merrall, James Thomas and John Wright, John Wright sent in his refusal, in consequence of which James Driver nominated William Greenwood of Oxenhope."

Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

24/03/1854
"The surveyor brought in a bill of expenses incurred for burning a quantity of meat which had been deemed unfit for human food, and for prosecuting the offender, who instead of paying the fine and expenses, served three months in Wakefield House of Correction."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

20/03/1857
"It had been deemed absolutely necessary, that something should now be done to the reservoir in order, if possible to make the same complete.
Thomas Bailey of Cross Roads had been applied to, he had viewed the premises, and his proposal was, to work himself at 4/0 per day, and be assisted by two or three other hands, and would take out the puddle together with all loose earth and stones, to any depth that might be considered advisable and repuddle the whole and render the same complete, the other men to be paid by the day, and such sum as is usually paid to those men. Bailey further proposed to be entitled to £5 in addition to his day's wages."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book - the newly built Churchills reservoir at Haworth was leaking

20/03/1868
"Carried that the offer made by Mr James Hartley of a piece of ground in Hollow Field Sowdens to the local Board of Health be accepted viz -/8 per a yard for as much as the Board may require for the purpose of making a new reservoir and of increasing the water supply to the village."

"That the Clerk get a petition drawn to present to the Home Secretary to ask for borrowing powers for the Local Board of Health for the purpose of making a new reservoir to increase the water supply of the village."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

04/03/1869
"That Hiram Hartley be supplied with water for the field called Bank for watering his cattle and that James Smith be allowed to take water out of the mains for the purpose of supplying his hot house with water. The price for the above to be fixed afterwards."

"That the ground bought by the Board for a new reservoir be fenced off with the good stone fence."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

02/03/1870
"That the surveyor write to the surveyor of Stanbury Roads respecting the bridge at Sladen Bridge the sides which are considered dangerously low and ask whether the local Board of Keighley parish would join in at the expense of raising the sides."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

05/03/1872
"That Privy near Main Street belonging to the Co-operative Society, Pickles Wright and Greenwood would require emptying."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

10/03/1877
According to Bill o’ th’ Hoylus: Keighley struck out of Map of England.

About Bill o’ th’ Hoylus here...


13/03/1877
35 plots of building land were auctioned at the Black Bull leading to the development of Haworth Brow.

05/03/1878
"That the Clerk write to Mrs Liddy requesting her to discontinue obstructing Low Street by holding a stall and to cease using her ashpit as a receptacle for oyster shells otherwise proceedings will be taken against her."
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

04/03/1881
"On Friday morning there was a great snow storm; some of the roads were impassable, owing to the drifting of the snow. Only a few children had managed to get to school, and some of those were quite exhausted with battling in the storm."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

04/03/1890
That notices to abate nuisances be served upon James Hey of Duke Street nuisance caused by ash pit being uncovered, Edward Sutcliffe of Gaugers Croft nuisance caused by dilapidated privy in West Lane, Willis Howker, caused by uncovered Privy tank in Violet street and Ward Peacock nuisance caused by his emptying excreta down grate in Main Street.

10/03/1891
The Clerk read a letter received by him from the town clerk of Keighley requesting the attendance of representatives from this Board at a conference of local authorities to be held at the municipal offices, Keighley on the 11th inst with respect to the question of the pollution of the River Aire.
Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book

01/03/1897
Haworth Board School Butt Lane was opened, - 400 children being present. The Chairman of the Board - Mr James Ogden, & Vice Chairman - Mr James Pedley - addressed the children.
Extract from Haworth School log book

06/03/1900
That a boundary stone be erected at Stump Cross.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

24/03/1903
"My attention was drawn this morning to an article in the Royal Magazine for April 1903 by W. Wilfred Mark Webb entitled "School under the sky" he devotes a few paragraphs to a description of the work done at this school and speaks in glowing terms of the efforts we have made to protect the nests and eggs of wild birds."
Extract from Stanbury school log book

01/03/1904
That notice be sent to Mr Samuel Ogden, under section 75 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act to pull down the house numbered 96 Main Street Haworth.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council

01/03/1910
That a contract be entered into with the National Telephone Company Ltd and for telephones and alarm bells for fire brigade purposes as per their specifications A & B. in the sum of £28, and that three firemen live at Cross Roads and three at North Street within 300 yards of the respective fire stations instead of two in each case as set out in minute of Council, 4th January, 1910.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

07/03/1911
It was resolved that the Inspector of nuisances take every means in his power under The Council By-laws to have abated the nuisance caused by Bone Boiling and fat melting carried on by Messrs Smith and Robertshaw at Barcroft.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

25/03/1912
That the Clerk write to the secretary of the Keighley Co-operative Society drawing their attention to the very fast driving of their motor van when in the Council's District, and point out that on Wednesday morning last about 10-30 a.m. an accident which might have had serious results was only narrowly averted.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

20/03/1913
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the charity commission enclosing official copy of the scheme established by order of that board dated 4 March 1913 for administration of allotments under the enclosure awards, number of scheme B 87089.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

21/03/1913
A group from Todmorden organised by the Rev. John Naylor were led on a Bronte Country Ramble by Jonas Bradley. Their route took them through Hardcastle Crags, Heptonstall, Walshaw Dean and Withens to Haworth. They walked back to Hebden Bridge over Cock Hill. About Haworth Ramblers more...

24/03/1914
That a committee be appointed to meet Keighley Corporation with respect to their proposal to apply for an order under section 11 of the Electric Lighting Act 1882, empowering the Corporation to supply electricity for all purposes in certain surrounding districts including the District of the Haworth Council, and report to the Council, the Clerk and Solicitor to be added to the committee.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

08/03/1916
"A funeral party on the way from Haworth to Heptonstall had a trying experience yesterday (8th March 1916). They left the Worth Valley in the early morning. On reaching the upper part of the rise on to Cock hill moor, leading over to Hebden Bridge, the cortège encountered a snow storm, with the vehicle stuck fast in the huge drifts. It was necessary for the men in charge to return to Oxenhope for a supply of spades and then to cut a way through the snow. Gangs of men started from both sides of Cock hill moor, and after hours of hard labour the cortege was got through. The destination, however, was not reached until late in the evening, and the mourners deemed it advisable not to make the return journey back over the hills."

04/03/1919
That 2000 copies of the leaflet on Prevention of Influenza be printed and distributed from house to house in the Council's District.

It was resolved that in the event of the war hospital at Morton Banks being set apart for the purpose of treatment of influenza patients, the Council consider that the facilities provided should apply to the whole of the Keighley and Bingley hospital district.

That in the event of elementary schools in the Council's District being closed because of influenza the Council request the proprietors of the Picture House to exclude from attendance children under 14 years of age.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

02/03/1920
That plans and estimates for sewering Prince Street from Apsley Street to Carlton Street, also Lord Street, Duke Street, Dean Street and Carlton Street, be prepared and submitted to the sewage disposal committee for consideration and report.
That the application of Messers Merrall and Son Ltd for supply of water for drinking purposes for their Ebor Mills and cottages at Ebor Lane, be granted.
That the application of Mr James Rushworth for supply of gas to gas engine at Ashmount Place be granted on condition that he pays the cost of laying on the service and that he pays the cost of the meter.
That Messers George Rushworth, William Bannister and Thomas Duerden be appointed to consider a suitable place in the district for the 3” field gun and carriage allocated to the Council by his Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the W. R of Yorkshire.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

24/03/1922
That 28 days notice under section 94 of the Public Health Act 1875 on the occupier of house No 19 at Back Mill Hey, Haworth, to abate nuisance caused by overcrowding at the said house.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

07/03/1922
That the offer of Mr G H Hall for removing excreta by barrel from the whole of the Council's Urban District for the year ending March 31, 1923 in the sum of £108, no excrement to be deposited in the Council's District, unless with the consent in writing of the Council, be accepted.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

06/03/1923
The Sub Committee appointed to consider the question of proposed Circulating Library in the Council's area, under the Education Department of the County Council of the West Riding, gave their report, when it was resolved that application be made for two supplies of books, one to be kept at the Council's Offices, Mill Hey, and the other lot at Mytholmes Mission Room. That Mr Rupert Sunderland be appointed honorary Librarian, who will be responsible for the issue and safe custody of the books. That the day on which the library will be open for the distribution of books in the Council's Offices be, Mondays from 7:30pm to 8 pm and Mytholmes Mission Room, Fridays from 7 to 8:00 o'clock pm.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

23/03/1923
An application for supply of electricity from the Keighley Corporation by Messers Rushworth, Hall & Lund for light and power to weaving shed proposed to be built at Town End, was received. It was resolved that in the case the Keighley Corporation apply to the Council for permission to give such supply the application will be granted on condition that the usual Order of the Board of Trade be obtained.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

04/03/1924
That the attention of the Police Authority be called to the damage caused to lamp situate in Lord Lane, and that they be asked to give special watch over the lamp, and that proceedings be instituted against offender, if discovered.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

25/03/1924
The Clerk reported receipt of an order dated 25th of March 1924, authorising the Mayor, Alderman and Burgesses of the Borough of Keighley, to supply electricity to the premises known as Townend Mills, and the Central Store and No1 Branch Store of the Lees & Cross Roads Cooperative society Ltd as from 25 March 1924.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

24/03/1924
That the following plans be approved viz:-
Catholic Church, Ebor Lane, Haworth, for Rev J Tivomey.

That 28 days notice under section 36 of the Public Health Act 1875, be served upon Mr Herbert Petty, secretary of the Wesleyan Chapel, West Lane, to provide Dust Bin to house number 56 West. Lane.

That 28 days notice under section 36 of the Public Health Act 1875 be served upon Mr Greenwood Waddington to provide separate waste flushing cisterns for WC's at numbers 10, 11, 12 and 14 Surgery Street.

That it be an instruction to the Water Works Superintendent to cut off the water to automatic flushing cistern supplying property at 10, 11, 12 and 14 Surgery Street, Haworth.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

23/03/1925
The Clerk laid before the Council a letter from the County Council dated the 20th inst. with respect to proposed alternative road through Haworth, stating that the County Committee consider the proposal to construct alternative road as submitted by the District Council, might be improved, and that they have directed the Riding Surveyor to consider the matter with a view to submitting a scheme for their consideration.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

23/03/1926
The Clerk laid before the Council, circular from the Ministry of Transport dated 22nd of March, with respect to locomotives on highways, drawing attention to studs on wheels of traction engines hauling threshing tackle.

That the plan of proposed temporary garage No 10 Mytholmes Lane for Mr Jubal Scarborough be approved.

That the offer of Mr GH Hall for removing excreta by barrel from the whole of the Council's Urban District for the year ending 31 March 1927 in the sum of £140 no excrement to be deposited in the Council's District unless with the consent in writing of the Council, be accepted.

That the sanitary committee allow the use of motor wagon for the Fire Brigade in case of fire and that the inspector convey this resolution to the Scavenger Motor Driver, also that permission be given to use Motor for Fire Brigade practice twice a year.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the team Labour committee that the Council takes steps to sell one horse and one cart forthwith, and that Dr Holland be asked to examine horses belonging to the Council, and his opinion taken as to which horse the Council should dispose of.

That the application of Mr Herbert Bailey of 57 Cross Roads and Mr Albert Mitchell, 59 Cross Roads, for permission to apply to the Keighley Corporation for supply of electricity to their premises subject to terms of supply being agreeable to the Haworth Council, be granted.

That a letter be sent to the Keighley Corporation Tramways Department asking the Manager to meet a deputation from the Council with respect to alteration and change of turning place for buses at Bridgehouse.
Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

02/03/1926
It was resolved on the motion of Mr Thomas Duerden seconded by Mr J A Murgatroyd that a subscription be opened for the purpose of receiving funds to inscribe on the War Memorial the names of the men who fell in the war from the Haworth Urban District, that Mr Robertshaw act as treasurer to the fund. That the relatives or parents of the men who fell in the war be circularised with the view of giving them an opportunity to subscribe a name or names to be placed on the War Memorial. The estimated cost of an average name will be about 10/0.

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book

18/03/1927
Foxes in Bronte Land.
As mentioned some time ago in the “Telegraph and Argus,” considerable damage had been done by foxes in Airedale, several attempts at laying them low having hitherto failed, so far as the Brontë country was concerned. Now, as poultry keeping is one of the important industries of these moor edges, the farmers are very sore about it. So, too, are the gamekeepers. But it caused something like a sensation recently to see forty-five men, armed with forty-five guns, diligently searching the quarries, and any other places likely to be the hiding place, as well as the breeding place, of Reynard. When the party swooped down from "Wuthering Heights" after a long and fruitless search, raids of another kind were made on the larders and bars of the two village inns. What tremendous appetites these gamekeepers and moor folk have!
Telegraph and Argus article by Jonas Bradley 18th March 1927

22/03/1928
"While trying to open a window with a map pole this afternoon the Head Teacher cracked and slightly broke a pane of glass in one of the windows in Room 5."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

22/03/1934
"That the land on Hebden Road belonging to the County Council be accepted as a gift from the County Council and that the built up base on the land be removed."

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes

06/03/1934
"That the estimate of the cost of repairing and maintaining the District Roads for the year ending March 31st 1935 is the sum of £890 be approved."

"Suggested that if the County Council would erect two special danger signals on either side of Hebden Bridge Road (Brow Top Road junction) to slow the traffic up a little."

Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes


31/03/1938
Oxenhope Urban District Council finished duties, they merged with Keighley on 1st April 1938.

18/03/1942
"A heavy thunderstorm of last night damaged the gas main near the Stanbury Cemetery. No gas to warm the children's lunches. Cocoa and tea were made by a neighbour."
Extract from Stanbury School Log Book

09/03/1948
"At dinner today the peas were so obnoxious in smell and taste that the Head teacher forbade their distribution to the children. The stew was also far from satisfactory - being full of small bones."
Extract from Haworth School Log Book

27/03/1997
Queen Elizabeth II visited Bradford. The Queen distributed Maundy Money at Bradford Cathedral, officially opened Centenary Square and Bradford City’s new Midland Road stand.



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