"The obscure village of Haworth, and the connecting chapelry from which you are attempting, by the terrors and fulminations of the Ecclesiastical Court, to extort the heavy sum of 76/12s 10d. for the support of your church, is situated 10 miles from Bradford. The district of country forming the chapelry is mountainous and unproductive, consisting of rocky moorlands and a few cultivated valleys which have been won from the wilds of nature by long and painful labour. The people are a poor hardy race, exposed to many privations, but have a warm love of liberty, both civil and religious, and detest the very name of intolerance and tyranny, having had amongst them, for more than a century, ministers whose hearts have glowed with the high principles of freedom and rectitude. They receive no benefit from your ministry in anyways; and four fifths of them are dissenters from the established church. Can you think it right, then, to tax them with an enormous rate of nearly 80/ to support the worship of God at your church in a rich and populous town, at a distance of 10 miles, where opulence and grandeur abound?
In the chapelry of Haworth there have been built, by voluntary generosity for the religious good of the people, seven chapels and 10 sabbath schools, all raised and supported by dissenters. The Church of England has built one sabbath school, assisted by a grant from the national treasury. No new church has been erected for more than twelve hundred years past; as the only one we have, according to sculptured record, seems to have been built by the Anglo-Britons before the Roman missionaries, under Austin, introduced into this part the supremacy and heresies of the Pope. I am, Rev, Sir, your humble servant for Christ's sake J Winterbotham. Haworth, June 6, 1834" Extract from The Bradford Observer which was published on, Thursday, June 10, 1841
"The village of Haworth has, within the last few weeks, exhibited one of those disgraceful scenes so often presented in this country. The half-starved poor of this neighbourhood have been subjected to an Ecclesiastical exaction, called Easter Dues, for the support of the Parliamentary Church, or the State Priesthood. The short time since the representative of the Vicar of Bradford, went round to the poor hunger-bitten inhabitants of this place, demanding of them various sums of money; but the poor simple people could not conceive how they could owe anything to a clergymen whom they never saw or heard, and who lives ten miles off; they therefore refused to pay. The consequence was that a number of them were summoned. These poor fellows were dragged away from their famishing families to appear before a bench of the "unpaid" at Bingley, on Tuesday. The result was what might have been expected-the poor men were robbed in the name of the law, of both the original demand and costs. But let us do justice to the Vicar of Bradford. These proceedings would probably never have taken place had the matter been in his own hands. It seems, however, that three blues, of no very enviable notoriety in Haworth went to the Vicar a few weeks ago, and bought the dues of him; so it was not the Vicar but these men who have been grinding the poor inhabitants. Well, this is only part and parcel of the accursed system, how long will the people bear it?" Extract from The Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser, Saturday, June 2, 1838
"Proposed that a large drain or main sewer be made at the bottom end of Haworth, from near the Fleece Inn to the Tollgate, to be paid for by a Special District Rate levied upon the property on one side of the street." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
Timmy Feather's father died.
"A deputation from the Haworth Gas Company waited upon the Board, to obtain leave from that body, to open up the roads and streets the necessary trenches in order to lay down the iron mains, cross pipes or service pipes and other apparatus for their gas works. Agreed unanimously that the privilege now asked for be granted on these conditions, viz. That no trench on the highways or in streets be allowed to remain open an unreasonable time, that the road metal, setts, flags or whatever else is removed, shall be replaced in a proper manner, and everything restored to its former state, to the entire satisfaction of the local Board or their surveyor." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
According to Bill o’ th’ Hoylus End: Freedom of the City of Haworth given to Bill o’th Hoylus End
"Ordered that Hiram Hartley should avail himself by taking water out of the system out of which the Black Bull is supplied for the purpose of watering his cattle in the summer season in the field which adjoins, for a reasonable remuneration to be agreed upon afterwards." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"That the Clerk be authorised to engage Mr John Judson the architect to assist him in carrying out the wishes of the Board in reference to the Royal Oak Bridge."
"That the surveyor be authorised to put up a wall at top of Dimples to ensure greater safety for cattle and passengers." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"That the Clerk cease to pay the 5/- compensation usually paid to Robert Lambert for water pipe crossing his premises to Mr Garnetts, and cut off his pipe if he objects." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"That the Clerk find that the Board have power to prohibit unmuzzled dogs being at large. He ensure notices at once for prohibiting it." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"The Nuisance Inspector reported as follows. That five cottages in Stubbing Lane belonging to George Hopkinson have no Privy Accommodation. That the sink water from a cottage in Stubbing Lane belonging to the trustees under The will of the late Richard Shackleton Butterfield and Mr Bland runs under the window of the said cottage into an open drain and then percolates through wall and under foundation of cottage occupied by Charles Robinson, and that the open drain is filled with bad and strong smelling slime. That a Privy and cesspool in Stubbing Lane belonging to the said Trustees are in a very bad state. That the sink water from five cottages at Stubbing belonging to John Readman, Girlington, and Edward Moore, Oxenhope, runs into an open drain, and then percolates through wall and that the drain smells very bad. That Privy in Stubbing belonging to John Readman, Girlington requires emptying, and that the drain from the Privy into Stubbing Lane is open. That the sink water from a cottage belonging to G E Pawson runs through an open drain across the road leading from the Police Sergeant's house. That a pig stye and Privy adjoining house in Worth Street belonging to William Holmes smell very bad and that they have no ventilation nor apparent drainage from pig stye. That a Privy and cesspool close behind cottages in Stubbing Lane belonging to James Holmes is nearly full of foul stagnant liquid. That the cesspool near the New Inn belonging to the Trustees under The will of the late Richard Shackleton Butterfield is open and nearly covered with foul stagnant green liquid. That a cesspool at Stubbing belonging to William and John Binns requires cleaning and disinfecting. That two cesspools belonging to privies at the back of Main Street, are open and almost devoid of ashes. That a Privy at the top of Haworth belonging to G E Pawson smells very bad, that the liquid percolates through the wall, and that numerous complaints have been made from occupiers of cottages in the vicinity. That the Slaughter Houses are not regulated in accordance with the By-laws of the Board. It was resolved that the Nuisance Inspector cause all nuisances arising on his report to be abated forthwith."
"The Nuisance Inspector also reported that a public urinal was very much required off Main Street, and that one could very economically be constructed under steps adjoining Mr Thomas's property. It was resolved that the urinal be constructed at the place mentioned, providing Mr Thomas's sanction can be obtained."
"Plans for the construction of the new reservoir were produced by the Clerk and examined and on the motion of Mr W E G Hattersley seconded by Mr William Sugden passed."
"The surveyor and Mr Jones reported that Mr Craven and Mr Ferrand proposed giving the land for widening Lord Lane to eight yards and that Mr Craven would make his proportion of the road and fences at his own expense, provided Mr Ferrand would make his proportion and the Board would afterwards adopt the road."
"That 100 yards in length of new setting be done in Main Street." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"That the rate to be paid for the use of a Cart and Horse including driver be increased to 7/- per day." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"The Clerk read a letter from Mr Frank Ives Sundamore stating that the Postmaster General was about to erect a line of Telegraph from Denholme to Haworth and asking the Board's consent to place poles, and wires upon so much of the road as might be within their jurisdiction on the understanding that the Postmaster General should make good any damage which might be done in the execution of the works."
"The surveyor reported that a lamp pillar in Station Road had been broken by a Cart and Horse, driven by Squire Jowett. It was resolved that Squire Jowett be charged 30/- for the damage." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"The Nuisance Inspector reported a nuisance at Butt Lane Top caused by a place been used as a urinal" Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"That the Gas manager give three days' notice to Mr F W Turner and the Church wardens of Upper Town Church that unless their gas account be paid at the expiration of that time, proceedings will be taken for their recovery, and that if default be made proceedings be taken accordingly." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
Application was made to take down and rebuild Haworth Church at the Consistory Court, Ripon. “No parishioner appearing to oppose the faculty, it was granted”.
"We have a great number of children under four years of age and they are troublesome. Some come long distances and seem weary before they begin work." Extract from Haworth School Log Book
"The Clerk write W Pattersall requesting him to use his influence to supply Haworth with a Sunday postal delivery and dispatch." Extract from Local Board of Health minute book
"Mr Hinchcliffe attended the meeting and produced the contract between W Ferrand and the Board for the purchase of the manorial rights in the land sought to be acquired for the purpose of a cemetery. It was unanimously resolved that the contract be sealed with the Board's seal." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health minute book
That Mr Thomas Walker, steward to General Rawdon be given seven days' notice to effectively drain the property known as the "Black Bull Hotel".
That the Haworth Co-operative Society be given notice to abate nuisance caused by their throwing rubbish into public well in Main Street.
That the Keighley Corporation be requested to make certain connections between the water main from Denby Hill (about to be laid to Churchills Reservoir) and the Board's water mains in West Lane, Cookgate and North Street and put in Valves and Hydrants as shown on tracing submitted to this meeting at the estimated cost of £20.
That the Several boys charged with damaging a notice board belonging to the Board be asked to attend before the committee at their next meeting and that legal proceedings be commenced against such as fail to do so.
To attend the conference at Leeds re-the purification of the River Aire on the 23rd .
That no plans of back to back houses be passed in future unless they strictly conform to the bye-laws and that the District be placarded to that effect Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book
"The Lord Bishop of Ripon this day dedicated the new cemetery of the Board." Extract from Haworth Local Board of Health Minute Book - Haworth Cemetery near Penistone Hill Country Park
First burial was performed at Haworth Cemetery, Cemetery Rd Penistone.
That the houses in the Lees and Cross Roads Ward be numbered and the streets named where necessary and that the Inspector of Buildings be empowered to purchase the plates required.
That all persons in the Council's District who have removed or allowed to be removed house numbers from houses be given notice that unless the same be replaced forthwith legal proceedings will be instituted against them for so offending and that the notice further warns persons against removing house numbers in the future as legal proceedings will be instituted against offenders.
Posters be put up at the scavenging tip in West Lane warning people against tipping rubbish on the ground except where provided for. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.
"That all the Council's servants be granted a day's holiday on Jubilee Day or some other day to be arranged.
That in commemoration of her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee the sum of £150 be granted by the council to the Keighley and District Hospital of which £100 should go to the Building font and £50 to the endowment fund.
That the generous offer of the chairman to provide a meat tea for all persons in the Council's District over the age of 60 years be accepted and that the best thanks of the Council be given to the chairman and that the Haworth members form a committee for their portion of the District and the Lees and Cross Roads members form a Committee for their portion of the District.
That in commemoration of her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee a grant of sixpence per head be allowed by the council for all teachers and scholars on the books of the Sunday schools for tea or other enjoyment." Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
It was unanimously resolved that a free supply of gas be given to the Tradesman's Gala Committee for the purpose of filling the balloon on the third day of June next. And that permission be granted to the Haworth Brass Band to erect their Bandstand on the piece of land at the back of the gasworks on condition that they appoint men to keep the public outside. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
The Clerk produced a letter dated 26th June 1900 informing the council of an intended application for power to supply electrical energy within the council's District. On the motion of Mr Redman and seconded by Mr Harper it was resolved that the Clerk write informing the company that the council was opposed to such powers being granted. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
That the surveyor be directed to give attention to all cases of excessive weights carried along the highways in the District, with special reference to waggons carrying more than one block of stone and if he thinks necessary so to do, to have waggon and contents weighed and report to this committee.
That the following applications for gas be granted viz:- Brigg Lambert, two houses, Greenfield for J H Pickles, T Lambert and son, two houses, Mytholmes Lane for Mrs Shackleton, S Binns four houses Greenfield for Mr James Bottomley. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council
"I am instructed by the board to state that the permission to close the school on Thursday and Friday next is withdrawn, and the schools will open as usual on these days (26th June and 27)" this is in consequence of the Coronation festivities having been postponed indefinitely - the King having undergone operation for "appendicitis" Extract from Stanbury school log book
"The school assembled this morning. I gave a short address on the conclusion of peace in South Africa. The children sang the National Anthem, and gave three cheers." Extract from Haworth School Log Book
Lily Cove was buried at Haworth Cemetery, Cemetery Rd. She had died on 11th June in a tragic accident at Haworth Gala. She was strapped to a harness and was to ascend in a gas filled balloon to a height above the crowd, jump from the balloon and land using a parachute. She ascended, but then got into trouble and somehow became separated from her parachute hitting the ground, dying shortly after. About Lily Cove here...
Lily Cove tragically died. She was the main attraction at the 1906 Haworth Gala, strapped to a harness she was to ascend in a gas filled balloon to a height above the crowd, jump from the balloon and land using a parachute. She ascended, but then got into trouble and somehow became separated from her parachute hitting the ground, dying shortly after. Her grave is at Haworth Cemetery, Cemetery Rd next to Penistone Hill Country Park. About Lily Cove here...
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Town Clerk of Keighley stating that the Tramways Committee of the Corporation are considering the question of running Motor Omnibuses in the Borough and surrounding districts including the council's district or some portion of it and asking the council to receive a deputation on the matter. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council
That as the Council having received continued complaint of the quality of the gas supplied to the Lees and Cross Roads District, the Clerk write asking the Keighley Corporation to provide a better supply. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
The Sub committee appointed to look into question of Old Stocks reported thereon. On the motion of Mr George Rushworth seconded by Mr James Smith it was resolved that the Council accept the Stocks so far as they have been found. That the surveyor be instructed to fix them under the instruction of a small committee to consist of Messrs George Rushworth, Harry Binns, James Hartley and John Ratcliffe. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
The Chairman stated that since the last Ordinary meeting of the Council our late noble King Edward had departed this life (6 May 1910) and although it was rather late it was nevertheless his painful duty to ask the Council to pass a note of condolence and sympathy with Queen Alexandra, King George, Queen Mary and other members of the Royal family in the irreparable loss which they and the nation have sustained by the death of our late King. And that after the eulogies which have been showered upon the character of his late Majesty by the highest qualified men in the realm, it would ill become him to add any words to what has already been said. He asked the members of the Council to support his motion by rising in their places. This was done by all the members standing. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
that the old tool house behind the Council's offices be altered and made suitable for central fire station and that the Fire Brigade Sub Committee be empowered to carry out the work necessary at an estimated cost of £12. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
The finance and general purpose committee recommended and on the motion of Mr Joseph Mitchell seconded by Mr J H Holdsworth it was resolved that this Council having in view the cheaper transit facilities due to Canal development in Germany, France and Belgium, the countries chiefly competing with our manufacturers in our own and foreign markets, the congested conditions of transit of heavy and bulky goods in this country and the consequent hindrance so made, urges the Government to take immediate action upon the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission on Canals, appointed upon their advice, by introducing a bill to give immediate effect to paragraph 973 subsections 1 and 2 of the report which recommends the appointment of the Waterways Board and the acquisition by the state of the four main canal routes Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
Contract was agreed to build Lower Laithe reservoir near Stanbury. Work started soon after.
"Mr and Mrs Halliwell Sutcliffe spent three days with us for the purpose of attending the Bronte Centenary Celebrations at Haworth." Extract from Stanbury School Log Book
"About 60 wounded soldiers from the Keighley Military Hospitals were entertained in the school this afternoon. 15 motor cars in the village caused quite a sensation." Extract from Stanbury school log book
The first Mass since the Reformation was said in the village of Haworth at the Shepherd's Lodge Belle Isle.
“It was resolved that the price of gas supplied in the Haworth Urban District be 3/9d per 1000 cubic feet and the other parts of the supply limits 4/3d per 1000 cubic feet, and that consumers be charged 1d per 20 cubic feet consumed in the Haworth Urban District; and 1d per 17 cubic feet in other parts of the supply limit.” Extract from Haworth Urban District minutes
That application be made to the Ministry of Health for permission to purchase land from Captain Emmott as per plan prepared by Messers R B Broster & Sons comprising 4 acres 1 rood 34 perches bounded by Butt Lane, Bridgehouse Lane and Belle Isle for the erection of working class houses by private enterprise, for recreation ground, public buildings and baths and wash houses and for power to borrow £1400 to enable the purchase to be completed. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
That the following plans be approved viz:- Refreshment room, Middle Intake Farm for Mr John Metcalfe subject to agreement as to wooden erections being entered into and the payment of 1/0 per year acknowledgement. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
The foundation stone of “Our Lady of Lourdes” Roman Catholic church, Ebor lane was laid. The church was opened on April 19th 1925 at a cost of £2,700.
That the Council agree to give their official support to proposed publication by Messers Vickery Kyle & Co Ltd of hardback on guide to the town of Haworth, the handbook to be produced and circulated free, the Council not to be responsible financially or otherwise, the sole authority to produce the handbook to be given for a period of two years.
That Mr Albert Ellison be granted permission to apply to the Keighley Corporation to take and use electricity for lighting purposes to his house No 11 Ruth St, Lees, also his paint shop No 2 Albion Street, Lees, subject to conditions being agreed upon between the Corporation and the Council. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
It was resolved that the Council agree to amended motor bus and trackless fares for the Haworth Urban District as arranged with the Keighley Corporation, and which the Council consider reasonable and satisfactory viz weekly ticket 2/6; ordinary fare Bridgehouse to Keighley and return 8d, single fare 5d Trackless, Hebden road, Ingrow and return 4d Workmen ordinary trackless fare, Hebden road to Ingrow and return 5d. Single fares as at present 3 1/2d. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
It was resolved that the Clerk write to the Local Member of Parliament with respect to coal purchased by the Council from Messers James Wilby Ltd for which the Mines Department refuse permit, and ask him to use his influence to obtain the necessary permission for the coal to be released.
That a letter of thanks be forwarded to Messers Merrall & Son Ltd and the Bridgehouse Mill Co Ltd for the generous manner in which the two firms have released coal for an equal quantity of coke, for use within the Council's District.
That the Clerk write to the Superintendent of Police asking for a Constable to be put on point duty at Cross Roads Hill on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Extract from Haworth Urban District Council Minute Book
A party of the Haworth Ramblers set off by train on the evening of the 28th and travelled to Grassington. From there they walked overnight to Buckden Pike to watch the sunrise on the 29th followed a couple of hours later (at 6.24am) by a total eclipse of the sun. Those who chose to walk back to Grassington will have walked about 30 miles. They travelled to Grassington as it was in the path of totality which ran across the UK from Cardigan Bay in Wales to Hartlepool in the North East. Many people travelled to see the eclipse as it was the first to be seen for 203 years in Britain. About Haworth Ramblers more...
"The Sanitary Inspector reported pursuant to section 36 of the Public Health Act 1895 that the undermentioned house is without sufficient water closet, earth closet and an ash pit furnished with proper doors and coverings viz:- 3 Ruth St Lees Haworth"
"On the recommendations of the parks committee it was unanimously resolved that the tender of Messrs. Sutcliffe Bros Bradford for alterations to the Park Gates in Haworth Park, be accepted in the sum of £13-10-0."
"That the surveyor prepares a scheme for provision of children’s Playing Field equipment in the Cross Roads Park." Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes
"That twopence per tail for rats killed on the council tip at Brow Moor Haworth by Mr Bob Francis be paid to him." Extract from Haworth Urban District Council minutes
"At 15.15 hrs an Air Raid Alarm was sounded on the siren. School was immediately evacuated and children dispersed to their homes. One group of children proceeded to the Hall Green Baptist Sunday school another to the school cellar. The "All-Clear" was received at 3.35 pm but most of the children did not return to school." Extract from Haworth school log book
"Influx of evacuees from Hull & London." Extract from Haworth School Log Book
A memorial service for Jonas Bradley was held at the United Methodist Church, Cowling. He was born 12th November 1858 and died 18th June 1943. Jonas Bradley was Headmaster at Stanbury school, a keen photographer and local historian.
"Miss Enid R Roper completed her duties in this department this afternoon. She is leaving the profession to take up the post of 3rd horn player in the Halle Orchestra under the baton of John Barbirolli." Extract from Haworth School Log Book
Jonas Bradley died. He was Headmaster at Stanbury school, a keen photographer and local historian.
"Invasion of Europe by allied forces began this morning." Extract from Haworth school log book
"Coronation Mugs - gift by the W.R.C.C. - were presented to the children by Councillor Harry Hammond, Haworth. The Tableau - " Capt. Cook at Botany Bay" - proceeded from school at 2:15p.m. arriving at Lund Park at 2:45 p.m. in time for the Pageant." Extract from Haworth School Log book
The Bandstand in Haworth Central Park was officially opened by The Lord Mayor of Bradford. The opening act was Haworth Band. The previous Bandstand had been removed from the park over 40 years ago.