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Haworth History - Haworth Local Board of Health 1851 - 1860

Haworth Local Board of Health
1851 - 1860
1861 - 1870
1871 - 1880

Haworth Local Board of Health 1851 - 1860


1st December 1851
First recorded meeting of The Haworth Local Board of Health. Present William Binns, William Holmes, Thomas Parker, John Brown, William Roper, Abraham Roper, John Hudson, William Turner and Thomas Pickles

15th December 1851
The Clerk make application to the respective parties, in the best possible way, viz the parties who have the right of the water or springs near Sowdens, as also the parties who have the right of the water springs on the moor - lands in Haworth Hamlet, westward from the village, and ascertain if they will give the necessary consent, and upon what terms.

Unanimously agreed to, that the Clerk be authorised to procure a proper seal for this Board, proposed by William Turner, seconded by Thomas Pickles and passed unanimously. That a sample draft of By-laws be procured in order that we may derive assistance there from making these By-laws necessary for the government of this board proposed by William Turner seconded by William Roper and carried unanimously.

Proposed by John Hudson seconded by Thomas Parker and agreed to unanimously that the surveyor, and inspector of nuisances be appointed on the 6th day of January next, the amount of his salary be undecided till March following.


15th March, 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.

26th March 1852
Proposed by Richard Butterfield and seconded by James Thomas, and agree to unanimously that Edwin Merrall be chairman of the Haworth local Board of Health in the ensuing year.

That the clerk's salary for the present be £17 but that the salary be augmented at any time as the board sees more of its business developing upon the Clerk.

30th March 1852
Unanimously agreed to, that Thomas Parker's salary as surveyor of the Highways and Inspector of nuisance s, be £8 per annum.

Proposed by William Turner, seconded by John Hudson that the house in West Lane up steps near the White Lion Inn, be rented for the office of the Haworth Local Board of Health.

Proposed by James Thomas and seconded by William Roper and carried unanimously that the Clerk be ordered to make out a General District Rate of one shilling in the pound upon buildings and other property and according to the Public Health Act of 1848, only three pence in the pound upon land, and that it be proceeded with as early as possible.

11th May 1852
It was unanimously agreed, that notice be given in the Leeds Mercury of this Board's intention to apply to one of her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, for confirmation of certain By-laws in reference to, common lodgings, houses, slaughter houses, street cleansing.

30th June, 1852
That there Clerk be requested to write to the General Board of Health, and asked if this Board has power to compel parties, who are owners of spring's of water, or of lands for reservoirs etc, to make proposals as to prices or arbitration within any limited time.

It was also proposed and unanimously agreed to, that printed notices be posted, requiring those rate payers within this hamlet, who have not paid their General District Rate, to do so within 14 days, otherwise legal means will be instituted for the recovery thereof, without further notice or delay.

13th July 1852
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, viz.

21st September, 1852
It was finally settled and agreed upon, with Mr Rawson, that not less than half an acre of land be purchased from the Emmotts' Estates, for the site of the proposed Reservoir and a strip 12 feet wide from thence to the moor, for a cart road thereto and the fence on one side.
The price of the land to be a two shillings per square yard and that to include every other privilege connected therewith, viz a perfect right to divert the two springs of water rising near Sowdens from their original course (as far as Mr Emmott's property is concerned) and convey the same to the proposed Reservoir, and from thence to Haworth, but at the same time those places, viz the Black Bull Inn, the C? Inn, and the farm called near Hall, which now have a supply of water from the said Springs, to be henceforth supplied therewith without being subject to the payment of water rates.

22nd October 1852
The reports and the maps with the addition of part of Near Oxenhope, were submitted to the meeting in order to mark out the proposed boundary. When it was agreed that the chairman, the clerk, J Thomas, John Brown And William Turner should go over the ground on the following day and mark such boundary line in the best way they can suggest.


12th January, 1853
The deputation appointed to see Mr Joseph Hartley, reported that the bargain in reference to the water was now closed on the following terms, one-hundred and seventy five pounds to be the price of the water, the two springs rising in Sowdens land, after giving him a supply in troughs at four different places as specified; and also one shilling per square yard for any land that may be required to enclose the spring's at their head construct tanks etc.

1st February, 1853
Mr Ranger made his appearance at the vestry of the Church to hold an inquiry in reference to adding a portion of Near Oxenhope to the district. After opening his inquiry it was found inexpedient to conduct it properly there and Mr Ranger adjourned the meeting to the large room at the Black Ball Inn at which place the above members of the board were present.
At the close of his inquiry, Mr Ranger accompanied by the board and a large number of the inhabitants of Near Oxenhope and others, perambulated the proposed addition to the district adding to, and cutting off as he deemed proper by marking up with his pencil on a large plant of the whole hamlet.

1st April 1853
Mr Ranger, Civil Engineer be applied to, and requested to visit Haworth as early as possible, in order that the board may secure his services as consulting engineer in reference to carrying out the water supply, drainage, and other measures within the district.

22nd April 1853
The moor land adjoining Haworth, as a place called Springs or Enfield side at which spot he was shown a considerable run of water. On returning from thence, he stated that he could not give an opinion at present as to what ought to be done.

21st June 1853
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.

22nd July, 1853
Ordered that the highway rate be only 10 pence in the pound.

Proposed that the water supply be had from the moors near to, and on the opposite side to South Dean but a little further up.


24th March 1854
The surveyor of highways brought in a bill for expenses incurred on and 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.

21st April 1854
An attorney's letter had been received by the surveyor, ordered by Messrs Heaton's of Ponden to stop the stone loading from that neighbourhood. Proposed by Mr Thomas, seconded by W W Greenwood and unanimously agreed to, that the surveyor be instructed to proceed with the above Pont stone loading from Ponden without any delay whatever.

14th July 1854
Proposed by Mr Butterfield seconded by Mr Ingham, unanimously agreed to, that the re-setting of the portion of the street at the bottom of the town where the main sewer was made, be proceeded with immediately.

6th October 1854
A paper from the jury at the inquest of William Hardaker, recommending the closing up of the throughway, in which he was killed, was read, after a short discussion, it was proposed by Mr Merrall, seconded by Mr Gregson unanimously agreed to, that the throughway re Newell Hill be closed up immediately, and paid out of the General District Rate.


6th March, 1855
The tenders for the different contracts belonging to a water works were opened and examined. Tender for number one contract earthenware pipe's accepted. For number two contract for laying earthenware pipe's be accepted. For number three contract including all work in that field and the road in field be accepted.

13th April 1855
It appears that it is becoming almost a general thing or practice where water works are being constructed to have the pipe's dipped in a certain liquid which it is believed will prevent rust in the pipes, the cost is said to be 10/- per tonne. Proposed by Mr Sugden, seconded by Mr Turner and agreed to unanimously that the cast iron pipes be dipped as aforesaid.

Proposed by Mr Merrall, seconded by Mr Sugden and agreed to unanimously, that the trenches for the earthen ware pipes from the springs to the reservoir be puddled before and after laying the pipes as specified.

4th May, 1855
Moved by Mr Sugden seconded by Merrell and unanimously agreed to, that the steps at Butt Lane Top, be let to be done as early as possible.

25th May 1855
Proposed by Mr Turner seconded by Mr Wright Greenwood, and agreed to unanimously, that the Clerk draw up a notice and have 50 copies printed, and posted from time to time at or about the water works, to caution the public against trespassing there on the Sabbath day.

15th June, 1855
Reverend A. B.Nicholls, treasurer of the Haworth, Oxenhope, and Stanbury Church Sunday School Sick Society, with a loan of £100. The document was signed and sealed and the money paid - ordered to be deposited in the bank.

6th July, 1855
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.

13th July, 1855
Mr Edward Craven was here, and gave his opinion as regards the thickness of the puddle proposed for the reservoir, he was asked on what terms he would come and inspect the puddling as it proceeded. He stated that he could not engage such a thing, unless he could have his own way, and that was to have a puddle two feet thick throughout, instead of one foot six inches.

27th July 1855
The clerk had received £150 from Mr Robert Sugden of Vale Mill, who is trustee for the time been along with Mr William Sugden of Belle Isle for the Lane ends Friendly Society.

5th October 1855
Mr Anthony Ward, was in attendance at the meeting this evening, proposing to advance three or four hundred pounds at five per cent per annum, one hundred of which he had brought with him, the board agreed to take it, and gave a receipt for that amount, Mr Ward promising to bring a further sum on the 24th instant.

16th November, 1855
It was known that a suit had been entered in the County Court against the Local Board of Health by James Pickles and Joshua Ackroyd for payment of their account delivered some time ago, which was refused by the board, some of the items having been considered unreasonable. Proposed by Mr Sugden, seconded by Mr Merrall and unanimously agreed to, that the action be defended in the best way possible and that Mr Terry be employed as a pleader.

23rd November, 1855
The Clerk Reported, that 12: 9: 6 had been paid into the County Court in the matter of James Pickles and Co. A friend of his came this morning, and offered to settle the affair for £2: 5: 0 after a short discussion, it was proposed by Mr Turner seconded by Mr Greenwood and unanimously agreed to, that £2 be offered to settle all off - this proposal was agreed.

30th November, 1855
It was reported that Mr George Gregson was going to build house and barn on the New Road side (Brow) without having given notice thereof and deposited plans.


8th February, 1856
Proposed by Mr Turner, seconded by Mr Merrall and unanimously agreed to, that the leaden pipe, up to Mr Bronte's be three-quarter inch as far as the pump-and half-inch forwards.

proposed by Mr Turner seconded by Mr Sugden, and agreed to unanimously, that Messrs Merrals note making a charge of sixpence per yard, for 500 square yards of land taken in widening the road up Lees Lane, be acknowledged as right and entered here accordingly.

15th February, 1856
The surveyor reported that the channel in Bridgehouse Lane was very much out of order and that he thought it would be advisable to have a drain instead, after some discussion, it was proposed by Mr Merrall seconded by Mr Turner and unanimously agreed to, that the present channel be pulled up, and a proper drain made in its place.

18th April 1856
Proposed by Mr Holmes, and seconded by Mr Wright, that 100 yards thereof in length, be sett, beginning at or near Mr John Murgatroyds, and proceeding towards Duckingstool, that there be a causeway on the east side, three-foot feet in breadth including the kerb stones or edging, and that every stone be well squared up previous to setting.

16th May, 1856
The Clerk reported that Greenwood refused to allow a stand tap to be fixed on his premises in front of his house. Proposed by Mr Thomas, seconded by a Mr Pighills and unanimously agreed to, that the stand tap be placed in the line of edging as near the point marked as possible.

25th July, 1856
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.

22nd August, 1856
After some discussion in reference to the parties who refuse to pay water rates, it was proposed by Mr Thomas seconded by Mr Merrall and agreed to unanimously, that the Clerk be ordered to write to the General Board of Health, and ask if those parties who say they have a sufficient supply can be compelled to pay water rates.

23rd September, 1856
Parker the surveyor had brought his report respecting nearly all the parties refusing to pay water rates, about 46 in number. Proposed by Mr Lambert seconded by Mr Sugden and agreed to unanimously, that the proper notice requiring them to take the water supply into their houses, be duly served upon the parties above alluded to. Ordered that the Clerk write to the General Board of Health, and ask, if the Local Board has power to enter the premises or houses belonging to those parties, and do such works as are necessary in order to give them a compulsory supply of water.

October 17th, 1856
Thomas Parker the surveyor had received orders from the committee at the meeting on Tuesday the 7th day of October instant to put into the houses occupied by the following parties a compulsory supply of water, viz
Mr John Redman Bridgehouse
Mr Abel Toothill Bridgehouse
Mr Thomas Raw Belleisle
Mr James Townend Mill Hey
Mr Thomas Murgatroyd Duckingstool
Mr Joshua Reddihough Stubbing Lane
Mr John Moore Hall
Mr Greenwood Mitchell Low Street

Parker had been assaulted, and also obstructed on entering the premises occupied by Thomas Murgatroyd by William Hartley the son of the owner, the Constable was fetched who arrested Hartley, took him down to Keighley, and also before a Magistrate who dismissed Hartley, understanding the case to be one of disputed right, in which they had no jurisdiction. Mr Hartley has now given a month's notice to the Local Board, that he will cause a summons to be issued out of the County Court of Yorkshire at Keighley for trespass and false imprisonment committed by the said Thomas Parker and George Hopkins the Constable. After a lengthy discussion it was moved by William Greenwood and seconded by Mr Thomas that Parker be authorised to summons Hartley before the magistrates, both for the assault and for obstructing him in the performance of his duty. No one voted against the motion, so it was unanimous.

24th October 1856
That a stand-tap be fixed in the Ginnel opposite Robert Browns.
That another stand tap be fixed at Mill Hey, near to the Primitive Methodist Chapel.

14th November, 1856
Proposed by Mr Sugden, seconded by Mr W. W. Greenwood and agreed to unanimously, that in accordance with a notice which had been duly given, a Special District Rate, at ten pence in the pound, be levied upon the owners of the property on both sides of Stubbing Lane, from the Ducking stool to Folly Field Top, including both as inserted therein, to defray the expenses incurred in the construction of the main sewer in that part of the district.

18th November, 1856
A letter had been received from the General Board of Health, having enclosed therein a copy of the memorial to that Board, from Mr Joseph Hartley for any observations the Haworth Local Board of Health might desire to make thereon, this memorial is in reference to the water pipes which have been put into a house belonging to him, by order of the local Board.
After some discussion, it was proposed by Mr Merrall, seconded by Mr W. W. Greenwood and unanimously agreed to the following be sent to the General Board of Health- viz.

"That Mr Joseph Hartley has land in which there may be springs of water that rise in other person's land above and that run through his, and also through other people's land below before coming near the house occupied by Thomas Murgatroyd. but they are in common stone, and open drains-and subject to be fouled by the manure from the surface of those lands by nearly every heavy shower of rain, and when there is a whole day of continued rain, the dyke channel or watercourse is filled with a mixture of mud, manure, and water, and therefore considered by the local Board and their surveyor not fit for any purpose whatever except for irrigation in the lands below.
The well alluded to, as been only 12 yards from Murgatroyds House door, is a stone trough placed in the waste land, and in the course of the water above described, within a period of 18 months, and long since the establishment of the Local Board.
The water belonging to the local Board, was spoken of by Mr Babbage in his report, as being extremely pure and soft, and as to its being spoiled by passing through the iron pipes, is certainly a false statement, and will evidently appear so, when it is stated (which is a fact,) that the pipes were all dipped previous to being laid, and that the distance from the reservoir to Murgatroyd's House, is only about 1100 yards. That the Board are unanimous in their opinion, that the surveyors report, in reference to the premises occupied by Murgatroyd is correct".


20th March 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, at the end of three months after the reservoir has been so long complete

16th June, 1857
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.

15th September, 1857
The main object of meeting to consider what it is to be done to the reservoir in order if possible to stop the leak.
After viewing the south end thereof and discussing the matter at some length, it was unanimously agreed to, that a portion of the puddle be taken out to the very bottom, to the broken stones, and replaced with blue clay from the west end of Pennistone and wrought together in the best possible way.

22nd September 1857
The men had done to the reservoir what was ordered, but without an effectual cure, it being still leaky. It was now ordered and agreed to unanimously that further trial be made, by minutely examining the bottom, taking up portions of the flags, and if deemed proper, by taking out another portion of the out side puddle

20th October 1857
Some statements were here brought forward in reference to the reservoir. The general opinion was, that the only safe way to proceed, was to have the whole taken up and the reservoir reconstructed, it was moved by Mr Turner seconded by Mr Lambert and unanimously agreed to, that advertisements for the letting by ticket of the above work be printed. That estimates be received on or before next meeting, 3rd November and that two inch cast-iron pipes be ordered immediately, to connect the inlet and outlet pipes at the reservoir.

3rd November, 1857
Estimates or tenders for the reconstruction of the reservoir was now open, from three different parties as follows, viz.
Bailey's and Co £158:0:0
John Gregson £140:0:0
William Turner £115:0:0
It was seen, that Mr Turner's estimate was considerably the lowest, he had previously tended his resignation as member of the Board and retired from the room, consequently he was called in to be told, that it was unanimously agreed that he should be the contractor at the net sum of £115:0:0 according to his estimates. He forthwith signed the specification or contract, which was also signed by every member present and the seal of the board was attached.


18th May, 1858
Mr William Turner the contractor for the reconstruction of the reservoir has so far completed work, and the reservoir being full of water, that he now solicits the board to allow the 12 months or one year to commence from the present date, viz. Interest on the amount at five per cent per annum and the payment of the principal sum at the expiration of such a term if no deficiency is found in that period as mentioned in the contract.

27th July, 1858
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.

22nd October 1850
There was now some discussion in reference to the removal of the toll-gates or toll-bars as there is a proviso in the Local Government Act, which gives the Local Board the power to remove certain toll-bars by agreement with the trustees of any Turnpike road within the district.

2nd November, 1858
There was now some further discussion in reference to the removal of the toll-bars, after which it was unanimously agreed upon, that the Clerk should write to the principle Secretary of State for the Home Department and state certain facts, viz. The roads being free from debt, 10 bars in 11 miles with Haworth near the centre of them. One at each end of the town. Six miles in Keighley Parish without a bar. More than one half of the tolls taken at Haworth. Nothing received from the trustees during the last 20 years.


11th January, 1859
The deputation would make another effort to remove the whole of the Bars or Toll-gates on the line of road at the end of the present letting. If not able to succeed in the above,, they were unanimous in saying that something ought to be done for Haworth. It was now suggested, that as the commissioners had money in hand, and had made a grant for Ponden Bridge, if their attention was drawn to the Bridgehouse Bridge, by submitting a plan an estimate for widening and improving the same they might probably make a grant for that purpose.

12th April, 1859
The meeting is convened in consequence of the Clerk having been served with a County Court summons from Mr Robert Murgatroyd, the late surveyor and Inspector of nuisances for the sum of £6.10.0 alleging to be for miscellaneous work and labour done by him for the Local Board. The Local Board is astonished at such a proceeding, and cannot entertain any claim whatever, in as much as they did, on the 22nd day of February last, vote him £15 as his salary in full, and that amount had been received by him. Therefore it was unanimously agreed to, that the case be defended. It is moved by Mr Merrall, seconded by Mr Barraclough and unanimously agreed to, that Mr Lambert, Mr Wright and Mr Greenwood requested to attend at the County Court on the date of trial.

17th May 1859
Mr Turner, who had been the contractor for the reconstruction of the reservoir, came to see if the Board would go and view the premises, as the day following would be the expiration of the 12 months upholding. The Board did go view that work, and believing it all to be right, ordered him to bring in his Bill for his contract and interest thereon.

Mr William Turner West Lane, Haworth be appointed the Office of surveyor and Inspector of nuisances including, looking after the reservoir, water works and water supply, at a salary of £10 per annum.

5th July, 1859
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 Told 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.

23rd August, 1859
The surveyor produced a letter received by him from the clerk to the trustees of The Toller Lane and Blue Bell Turnpike road, of which the following is a copy,
"Bingley 20th August 1859 Toller Lane and Haworth Turnpike road
Sir, I have to inform you, that the trustees on the 17th Inst made an order to authorise you to expend the sum of £41.l.9 3/4 before the first day of January next in repairs upon the surface above Turnpike Road within your district, which amount will be paid to you in the above month in case their surveyor shall certify to their satisfaction that you have complied with their order. I am your obedient servant Fr. Butterfield Clerk to the said Trustees

29th November, 1859
It was now generally known though with much concern, that the reservoir was again deficient and the water escaping. It was reported, that it had gone down about 14 courses, and seemingly standing at about seven from the bottom, and the general opinion of the board was, that something ought to be done immediately, in order to ascertain if possible, where and what was the nature and cause of such escape, when it was proposed by Mr Greenwood of Oxenhope, seconded by Mr Lambert and unanimously agreed to, that Mr Turner be ordered to open the manhole near the south end, over the Bye wash, and to do what he may deem necessary in trying to find out the leakage and if practical, to take steps to remedy the defect by opening the ground elsewhere, or by removing the puddle, but may report to the board at any time.


19th June, 1860
Certain movements had been made by Mr Francis Butterfield Clerk to the commissioner of the Turnpike roads from the Toller Lane to the Blue Bell, and some other parties, in opposition to the anticipated removal of the Toll bars, that a memorial has been sent to the Secretary of State praying for their countenance and that a meeting of the commissionaires was going to be held tomorrow at the Devonshire Arms Hotel, Keighley in reference thereto.
After discussing the matter with some alarm, it was proposed by Mr Holmes seconded by Mr Sutcliffe and unanimously agreed to, that a deputation be appointed to wait upon the commissionaires at their meeting to express the Board's strong denunciation of such proceedings, and also their great disappointment, if any opposition was likely to be effectual in causing any further countenance of the said bars,.
Incase the Toll Bars are not removed this year, that the Board exercise their powers by agreement with the commissionaires as given by the local government Act 1858 to remove the Toll bars from the village of Haworth to any locality within the limits specified in the act.

7th August, 1860
Mr Merrall proposed, seconded by Mr Garnett, and unanimously agreed to, that a vote of thanks be given by this Board to Richard Butterfield Esquire the chairman, and William Greenwood Esquire one of its members, for their unabating excursions, loss of time, and expenses by repeatedly attending meetings at Keighley, and waiting upon the Home Secretary in London for the purpose of accomplishing the removal of the Toll Bars on the Toller Lane and Blue Bell Turnpike Road, and opposing a continuation of the said Turnpike Act.

2nd October 1860
A certain party came to the board to ask for the privilege to get stones at the Dimples Top for the enlargement of the Wesleyan schools West Lane by paying for such privilege.

9th October 1860
This special meeting of the Board is convened to consider the proprietary of purchasing the Haworth Toll Bar House and the Gates at both places, as they are advertised to be sold together with certain portions of the sites, the building to be removed. It was deemed very desirable that the board should purchase the same, in order that the road might be widened and improved as much as possible at that place.

19th October 1860
Proposed by Mr Garnett seconded by Mr Sutcliffe and agreed to unanimously, that the Toll Bar House or all the materials thereof, be advertised to be sold by tender at the office, on Friday the 26th instant at 7 o'clock in the evening.

There was much complaining in reference to the surveyor as not obeying the directions of the board, that he appeared to them to be so fully engaged with the business of other parties that he does not attend properly to the duties of surveyor and Inspector of nuisances as he ought to do. Therefore it was proposed by Mr Holmes seconded by Mr Wright and agreed to unanimously (with the exception of Mr Merrall) John Murgatroyd the surveyor be required to resign and give up his office as surveyor and Inspector of nuisances.

26th October 1860
In compliance with the resolution passed at the meeting aforesaid, it had been advertised that the Toll Bar House, would be sold by tender at the office receiving. The sum of £10.5.0 was offered for the house aforesaid, by Mr Geo. Hartley or his agent.

11th December 1860
A note had been sent to the Local Board by Mr Nicholls, calling their attention to, and complaining of the state of the footpath between Parsonage Lane and Moor End and stating, that if the surveyor does not immediately effect the necessary repairs, he shall cause legal proceedings to be taken against him.

It was stated, that Mr Thomas Philip, Inn keeper and Butcher residing at the Fleece Inn, within the district of the Haworth Local Board of Health, was anxious and wishful to be allowed to use a certain building (near to and adjoining the barn and premises occupied by him) as a slaughter house, and to slaughter cattle therein, subject to the By-laws and regulations of the said Local Board of Health in preference thereto. It was proposed seconded and unanimously agreed to, that the said Thomas Philip be allowed to use the premises referred to, as a slaughter house, and that a licence be granted accordingly.

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