1st January, 1901
That the following grants of right of burial be duly signed
and sealed namely. Edward Bartholomew number 174 section B Edward
Wm Hodgson number 154 section D
A letter was read from the local Government Board with respect
to arsenic in beer. Mr Clapham moved a Mr Rushworth seconded
that the sanitary inspector make inquiries.
23rd January, 1901
Owing to the lamented death of Her Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria
the chairman immediately upon the assemblage of the meeting,
moved that a message of condolence be sent to the Royal Family
and as a mark of respect the meeting be adjourned until 8-15
on the 28th instant. The motion was seconded by Mr John Hartley
and unanimously passed in silence.
27th January 1901
On Saturday the second day of February 1901, at the request
of the chairman of the council the members herein after named
of the Council accompanied by the Volunteer Rifle Brigade, the
Haworth Brass Band and other public bodies attended a Service
at the Parish Church of Haworth in memory of our late lamented
Queen Victoria. After the service in the Church the chairman
read the proclamation proclaiming the new sovereign in the following
Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to his mercy our
late sovereign lady Queen Victoria of blessed and glorious memory
by whose decease the imperial crown of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Ireland is solely and rightfully come to the
High and Mighty Prince Albert Edward. We therefore, the Lords
spiritual and temporal of this realm being here assisted with
those of her late Majesty's Privy Council with numbers of other
principal j gentlemen of quality with the Lord Mayor, Alderman
and citizens of London do now, hereby, with one voice and consent
of tongue and heart, publish and proclaim that the high and
mighty Prince Albert Edward is now by the death of our late
sovereign of happy memory, become our only lawful and rightful
Liege Lord, Edward the Seventh, by the grace of God, King, of
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of
the Faith, Emperor of India, to whom we do acknowledge all faith
and constant obedience, with all hearty and humble affection,
beseeching God, by whom Kings and Queens do reign, to bless
the Royal Prince, Edward the Seventh, with long and happy years
to reign over us.
Given at the Court of St James's, this 23rd day of January
in the year of our Lord one thousand and nine hundred and one.
God Save the King.
5th February 1901
That the following plans be approved namely:- Two houses proposed
to be built in Mytholmes Lane for Mrs E Shackleton, and amended
plan of two wash kitchens at Greenfields for Mr J H Pickles.
For the permission be granted to the National Telephone company
to erect 15 telephone poles on the council's highway from West
Lane to Sladen Bridge.
A representative from this Council to meet along with representatives
of other local authorities certain directors of the Yorkshire
Electric Power company at Bradford on Wednesday next to hear
their explanations of the bill about to be promoted by them.
That the following grants of right of burial be duly signed
and sealed namely. David Kay section D number 61 Sarah Jane
Binns section D number 355 William Schofield section B No. 217.
5th March, 1901
That the following grants of right of burial be duly signed
and sealed namely. Abraham Mitchell section D number 63 Nicholas
Smith section B number 239 Aliza Crossley section B No. 43.
2nd April, 1901
That the plan of proposed cooler for Messrs Ogden and company,
Fallwood Brewery be approved.
That the following grants of right of burial be duly signed
and sealed namely. J Wm Bradley section D number 152 George
Orange section B No. 53 Sarah Terry section B number 170.
That the council accept the invitation of the Gala Committee
to join in the procession to take place on the 8th June next.
7th May, 1901
That the following applications for water for domestic purposes
be granted on the usual conditions viz:- For Mrs Shackleton
two houses Mytholmes Lane S Binns, for Mr James Bottomley four
houses at Greenfield.
That the following grants of right of burial be duly signed
and sealed viz:-
John Nutter grave number 54 section D. Edward Wills grave number
248 section B. Hartley Wallbank grave number 113 section B Hiram
Craven grave number 272 section B. Mary Jane Webster grave number
141 section D. Alfred E Hall grave number 65 section D.
4th June, 1901
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.
2nd July, 1901
That the following plans be approved viz:- building land, Haworth
Road, Lees, for Haworth School Board.
That the following grant of right of burial be duly signed
and sealed namely:-Edwin Mann number 55 section B and Wm Edmondson
number of 159 section D.
3rd September, 1901
That the plan of urinal proposed to be built in Victoria Road
at an estimated cost of £24 be approved.
That legal proceedings be instituted against five boys for
trespassing on the sewage farm viz:-Hector Watts, 137 Bocking,
Arthur Feather, 10 Oakworth View, Crossroads. Luther McKechnie,
4 Garden Street, Albert Binns, 14 Cross Roads, and William Greenbank
That the grant of right for grave numbered 190 section B in
favour of Frederick Greenroyd be signed and sealed.
5th November 1901
That the law Clerk write the West Riding County Council with
respect to the enclosure by Mr Tempest of the piece of waste
land adjoining the Toller Lane and Blue Bell Main Road at Rough
Nook Haworth and asking whether the County Council will take
proceedings so that the right of the public to the use and enjoyment
of the road side waste may be asserted.
7th January, 1902
That this Council write to the Midland Railway company, asking
that the train due from Haworth to Keighley at 8 - 8 am arrive
at Keighley before 8 am.
7th April, 1902
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.
22nd April, 1902
It was unanimously resolved that the members of this council
take part in the Gala to be held on the 14th June, 1902.
It was unanimously resolved that a circular be sent to the
School Board, Sunday Schools, Friendly Societies, Co-operative
Societies, Clubs and other bodies in the District, requiring
them to appoint representatives to attend a meeting to be held
in the co-operative Hall, Main Street, Haworth on Saturday afternoon
May 3rd at 9 o'clock for the purpose of the consideration of
the celebration of the Coronation of his Majesty King Edward
VII to decide what steps shall be taken in connection therewith.
3rd June, 1902
That this council desires to express its approval and support
of the petition presented to the Board of Trade in favour of
the reduction of the price of workmen's tickets between Haworth
The chairman said that no doubt the members of the council
would have heard with great pleasure that peace had at last
been proclaimed in his Majesty's Dominions and he hoped the
council would be pleased to express their general approval and
acclamation of the fact. Thereupon Mr Hirst moved and Mr Wood
seconded that this council desires to express its great satisfaction
and thankfulness that peace has been proclaimed in South Africa
and we trust that the whole of South Africa will now begin to
enjoy prosperity and liberty and that all his Majesty's subjects
in that country will share therein.
5th August 1902
The Clerk produced a letter from Mr Carnegie saying he would
provide £1,500 to erect a free public library building
for Haworth on conditions (a) that a sum is collected sufficient
to endow the library to the extent of £27 a year, making
the assured revenue £100 a year, and (b) that a site is
furnished which shall not be a burden on the library rate.
A deputation waited upon this meeting asking that the council
would agree to the amount at present standing to the credit
of the Free Library account being invested for the purpose of
providing an endowment for the maintenance of a Free Library.
It was resolved that the council express themselves as being
favourable to the request but before passing a definite resolution
on the question they desire to receive the recommendation of
the Free Library Committee as to where the site for the proposed
Library Shall be.
2nd September, 1902
That the plot of land immediately below the house of the caretaker
of the Board schools in Butt Lane be the site selected for the
proposed Library. The motion was voted for and lost.
Mr Mitchell moved and Mr Gott seconded that the matter be referred
back to the Free Libraries Committee with a recommendation that
Messrs Merralls' site be accepted as the majority of the council
are in favour of it.
That the sub-Committee appointed to purchase the land required
for sewage disposal works, from the Duke of Devonshire, be empowered
to sign the cheque for the amount of the purchase money on completion.
10th September, 1902
That Messrs W B Woodhead and sons and the clerk to the council
be instructed to take all necessary steps for having prepared,
working drawings, and specifications, bills and quantities and
obtain tenders required in carrying out the work of sewering
the district as per the scheme prepared by the council's engineers
and sanctioned by the Local Government Board.
7th October, 1902
Mr Ogden moved a Mr Hirst seconded that the council be recommended
to accept the offer of Captain Emmott of a plot of land in Butt
Lane for a Free Library site. As an amendment Mr Midgley moved
and Mr Doughty seconded that the offer of Messrs Merrall of
a plot of land at Ebor Lane Top for a Free Library site be accepted.
For the motion there voted Messrs Ogden, Hirst, Wood and Holdsworth.
Against the motion there voted Messrs Midgley, Gott, Mitchell,
Doughty, Bancroft and Heaton. the motion was therefore lost.
For the amendment there voted Messrs Gott, Mitchell, Midgley,
Bancroft, Doughty, Greenwood and Heaton. Against the amendment
there voted Messrs Ogden, Hirst, Ward, Holdsworth and Hartley.
The amendment was therefore carried.
Mr Holdsworth moved and Mr Hirst seconded that a plot of land
in Belle Isle Road be purchased from Captain Emmott for the
Free Library site provided the terms are satisfactory and sufficient
funds could be obtained. For the motion their voted Messrs Holdsworth,
Hirst, Ward, Ogden and Hartley. Against there voted Messrs Midgley,
Heaton, Greenwood, Doughty, Bancroft, Mitchell and Gott. The
motion was therefore lost.
4th November, 1902
That the Clerk write to the Midland Railway company asking them
to put on the following additional trains on weekdays namely:-
one to arrive at 10.30 in the morning, one to arrive at 3.30
in the afternoon and one to leave at 9.15 in the evening.
22nd November, 1902
That the Clerk be instructed to write to the secretary of the
Haworth Conservative Club asking if they are willing to sell
their club premises in Mill Hey for Free Library purposes.
That a plot of land on the East side of Belle Isle Road be
purchased from Captain Emmott for a depot at 3/- per yard on
condition that the owner includes in the sale the plot adjoining
the property owned by Mr William Brown at the south end of the
2nd December, 1902
It was resolved that letters of condolence be sent to Mrs Sladden
on the death of her husband and to Mr Barwick Midgley on the
death of his wife.
It was unanimously resolved that the gas lamps
in the Council's district be lit all night on Christmas Eve.
6th January, 1903
That the following plans be approved, 11 houses in Prince Street
and Ouse St for Mr Samuel Ogden.
17th January, 1903
It was unanimously resolved that tenders be invited for the
tenancy of the land purchased from the Duke of Devonshire about
eight acres and Messrs J & H Wright about four acres, separately
or jointly. If let together that a bridge be put across the
river giving access to land on the north side of the stream.
3rd February, 1903
That the resolution adopting the Ebor Lane site for the erection
of Free Library building be rescinded. The motion was voted
3rd March, 1903
Messrs C Lambert and Sons for gas to New Sunday-school Haworth
That the law Clerk be instructed to take all necessary proceedings
for the removal of a carcass of a cow belonging to Edwin Lightfoot
of Lees Farm and that if proceedings are necessary the same
be commenced at once.
7th April, 1903
That this council protest against the passing of the Local Government
(Transfer of powers) Bill 1903 as unnecessary and undesirable
and as tending to place further control in the hands of the
County Council's and urges that an opportunity should be given
the Urban District Councils to state their objections to the
5th May 1903
The Clerk read a letter inviting the members of the council
to attend the Friendly Society and Tradesmens Gala Procession
on the 13th June next.
5th June, 1903
Mr Ackroyd moved and Mr Holdsworth seconded that the resolution
of the council passed on the 7th October, 1902 to the effect
"that the offer of Messrs Merrall of a plot of land at
Ebor Lane Top for a Free Library site be accepted" be rescinded.
Voted on, the motion was therefore carried.
7th July 1903
That during the time the Main Street is closed for laying new
sewer that the council pay the tolls of traffic diverted by
way of Mytholmes Lane.
1st September, 1903
That instructions be given to the engineers to prepare plans
and specifications and submit a tender or tenders for a new
line of sewer from the manhole in the river bed near the bridge
at Vale Mill along the river bed, across Messrs Hattersley's
land to Mytholmes Mill. That the engineers be instructed to
alter the line of sewer from Mytholmes Lane to the present sewer
near Blenkinson's farm buildings at Vale Mill instead of the
intended deep drain at Mytholmes bar to Mytholmes Mill. That
the steel pipes be carried over the river on pillars behind
Ebor Mills, instead of under the river bed as previously planned,
in consequence of the line of pipes coming in contact with Messrs
6th October, 1903
That seven days notice be given to Wm Edmondson, 165 Well Street,
to cleanse his house and bedding.
That the plans submitted of the proposed Free Library buildings
in Belle Isle Road be approved with the exception of a portion
of the basement plan.
That the propose petitioned be forwarded to Mr Carnegie by
the Free Library Committee in any way they may deem advisable
to achieve such objects are as they may think proper.
3rd November, 1903
That the draft by-laws for preventing of nuisances arising from
snow, filth, dust, ashes and rubbish and for the prevention
of keeping of animals on any premises so as to be injurious
to health be adopted.
That the Clerk be instructed to fill up forms received from
the County Council respecting motor cars on Highways in Haworth
district as follows viz:- all roads to be restricted to 10 miles
an hour with the exception of Lees and Hebden Road main Road
where the speed shall not be more than 12 miles an hour. That
Danger Posts be fixed at Cragg Bottom (near Soap works) Cross
Roads; Lees and Hebden Bridge main Road (near Bankfield House);
Hall Green; Top of North Street; Rough Nook; Brow Top and Side
That the Public lamps in the Council's district be kept lit
all night from the 12th November, 1903 to 11th February, 1904
except Saturday nights when they shall be put out at 12 o'clock
and that the putting out of lights be commenced at 6.30 in the
The chairman of the Free Libraries Committee reported that
Captain Emmott had generously offered the land in Belle Isle
Road for a Free Library site for the sum of £100.
The committee had had an interview with Captain Emmott with
respect to the widening of Mytholmes Lane and informed the council
that Captain Emmott had generously offered to give certain lands
for such widening.
That the surveyor to the council be instructed to obtain plans
and set out land for the widening of West Lane from the Sun
Inn until it runs out 12 yards wide and obtaining tenders for
the building of the wall.
1st December, 1903
That this committee be empowered to purchase 2000 yards of setts
and 1000 yards of pavers and to let the getting of a similar
quantity of each from Lees Moor and 500 yards of kerbing.
That the sewer be laid along Mill Hey from the bridge near
the station to the Primitive Methodist Chapel.
That the ground necessary for the erection of Free Library
Building and caretaker's house be set apart for Free Libraries
purposes from land belonging to the council in Belle Isle Road.
That proceedings be taken against George Herbert Stony for
having wilfully and fraudulently prevented a certain meter from
duly registering the quantity of gas supplied by this council.
5th January, 1904
The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the county surveyor
calling the attention of the council to the state of Main Street,
caused by the paving having subsided, leaving depression of
the surface of the Road way.
The Clerk produced a communication from the West Riding County
Council with respect to the new bye-law prohibiting spitting
in public places. Mr Ackroyd moved and Mr James Greenwood seconded
that the bye-law be exhibited on the council's notice board.
2nd February 1904
That the sewer be continued in Mytholmes Lane at an even gradient
from the Bar House to Greenfield but pending further negotiations
re Mytholmes Lane improvement, pursuer to be laid only to the
extent of Messrs Merrall's land near to Cravenroyd. That the
Mytholmes Lane improvement Committee be empowered to make the
best terms for continuing the sewer across Captain Emmotts land
from Messrs Merrall's land adjoining Cravenroyd to Greenfield
That the plan presented by the engineers showing the proposed
straightening of the river and three new filtration beds at
the Damems sewage farm be approved.
1st March, 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.
A petition was presented from certain owners and occupiers
in Mytholmes Lane asking that such Lane be put into a satisfactory
state of repair as soon as possible.
That the clerk of works together with the sanitary inspector
be instructed to get out particulars with respect to the sewering
of South view.
29th March, 1904
It was resolved that the Mytholmes Lane sub-Committee be empowered
to settle with Captain Emmott for the widening of Mytholmes
Lane from Mytholmes Bar to Greenfield Lane End as per plan prepared
by Messrs B Hopkinson and company.
7th June 1904
The committee looking into careful consideration under the advice
of the law Clerk, the question of connecting private properties
with a new main sewer, when it was recommended that the connection
of each property be considered on its merits, and that the sub-committee
consisting of four members be appointed for that purpose and
in addition for house connections and branch sewers.
5th July, 1904
The Clerk read a letter from the Hermit Hole Association Football
Club asking if the council would let the field behind Damems
mill as a football field. It was resolved that the Clerk write
in reply that the council are not open to let the field at present.
6th September, 1904
That the following plans be approved. 23 cottages in Regent
Street Haworth for Mr James Bottomley. New road 12 yards wide
to be called Rawdon Road for Mr W E J Green-Emmott.
That the plans submitted by Messrs B Hopkinson and company
for buildings propose to be erected in connection with extensions
of gasworks be approved and that tenders be invited for carrying
out the said work.
The Clerk reported having received from the Clerk to the West
Riding Rivers Board a copy of draft of Bill to make further
provisions for preventing pollution of rivers and streams in
the West Riding of Yorkshire and for other purposes.
That the application of Mr W Wright for water for four houses
in Stone Street be granted on the usual terms.
4th October, 1904
That the draft declaration of trust between the trustees of
the Haworth Mechanics Institute and the Haworth Urban District
Council of surplus monies of the Mechanics Institute for the
maintenance of a library under the Public Libraries Act subject
to conditions mentioned therein be approved subject to time
mentioned for directing and opening the said Library be not
stated to be earlier than Marsh 31st 1907.
1st November, 1904
The Clerk reported having received a letter from Messrs Wright
& Wright stating that the Haworth Mechanics Institute Trustees
had passed a resolution, stating that they cannot see their
way to grant an extension of the time limit for the building
of the Free Library from March 31st, 1906 to March 31st, 1907,
but if on March 31st 1906 the erection of the Free Library should
be in a forward state, a reasonable extension of time would
probably be granted as decided by a majority of Trustees in
6th December, 1904
The Clerk reported having received a communication from the
County Council drawing the attention of the council to the fact
that the time of year has now arrived when it is necessary that
all trees and hedges overhanging the main roads, should be lopped
and otherwise dressed. It was resolved that the surveyor be
instructed to supply the Clerk with the names of all parties
having trees overhanging the Highways in the council's district
3rd January, 1905
That connections from main sewer to the council's property in
Mill Hey be carried out forthwith by the surveyor, and that
the Inspector of buildings be instructed to proceed with the
connection of all other properties in Mill Hey.
The Clerk read a communications which he had received enclosing
a copy of resolution passed by the trustees of the mechanics
Institute as follows "that if the foundation stone be laid
and the ground floor is on and the contracts for building let
and signed on the 31st March, 1906 that we agree to 31st March
1907 for completion and that this resolution be embodied in
the trust deed."
That the plan submitted by the Shepherds on the Mount Lodge
of two houses and club room proposed to be built at Belle Isle
Road be disapproved on the ground that the gradient of the streets
and abutting on Belle Isle Road is too steep.
A letter dated 13th December, 1904 was read from the Rector
and Church wardens of Haworth drawing the attention of the council
to the erection of a ventilating pillar at the top of Haworth,
requesting its removal during the present week. It was resolved
that the Clerk reply stating that the matter would receive the
consideration of the council.
7th February, 1905
That the application of the Bridgehouse Wesleyan Chapel Trustees
for a supply of water for motor for blowing new organ, be granted
on the usual terms.
The Clerk reported to the council that Samuel Ogden had upon
information laid by the council's building inspector been convicted
by the Keighley Justices on 27th January last of the offence
of continuing his building in Ouse Street in breach of the council's
regulations and fined a penalty of 10/-per day for three days
namely the 19th 20th and 21st July last and costs, and that
the building was still continued in the same state. The building
inspector or Clerk are hereby authorised on behalf of the council
to take such action or proceedings either for continuing penalties
or for pulling down the building and recovering the expenses
thereof or any other step, action or legal proceedings which
the sub-Committee may from time to time determined upon.
7th March, 1905
That the solicitor to the council be instructed to respectfully
ask Mr Ogden to pull down and remove so much of the building
in Ouse Street as is erected beyond the building line, and that
he be given 10 days in which to do work, otherwise the council
will be compelled to pull the same down themselves.
2nd May, 1905
That an advertisement be inserted in the local newspapers this
week end stating that the council are prepared to let the land
between the Worth Valley Railway and the River course on the
Haworth Sewage farm and lately purchased from his Grace the
Duke of Devonshire.
6th June, 1905
It was very heartily and unanimously agreed that a vote of thanks
be given to the chairman for his invitation to join him to tea
and entertainment on the occasion of the Gala Procession last
Saturday when at his invitation about 110 old people over 70
years of age were conveyed round the district and provided with
tea followed by an entertainment.
4th July 1905
That 14 days' notice be given to John Kilby, 31 Main Street,
Haworth under section 91 of the Public Health Act, 1875 to abate
nuisance caused by overcrowding.
It was unanimously resolved that a letter be written to the
Postmaster at Keighley pointing out that the inhabitants of
Lord Lane have only one delivery of letters per day and suggest
the desirability of that district having granted to it facilities
equal to other parts of the council's district.
5th September, 1905
Mr William Edmondson to abate nuisance at number 165 Well Street
arising from the living room floor, walls and ceiling and bed
and bedding being in such a filthy condition as to be injurious
Mr Alfred Pickles to abate nuisance at number 20 Oakworth View
arising from a gully abutting on the footpath behind the house
requiring cleansing of all solid matter so as to prevent solid
matter and liquid sewage percolating on the footpath.
The Clerk reported that he had received a communication from
the general manager of the Midland Railway company in reply
to resolution passed by the council at their last meeting with
reference to train service stating that the manager is hopeful
that when the train service for the winter is definitely decided
upon the company will be able to give effect to the wishes of
the council for the 9:20pm train from Oxenhope to Keighley on
Saturdays be run daily.
3rd October, 1905
That the council as the library authority for the Haworth Urban
District apply to the Local Government Board for their sanction
to appropriate for Free Library purposes a certain plot of land
which is rested in the council.
The chairman drew attention to the fact that the Midland Railway
company had in their timetable of trains for the winter service
put on a train from Oxenhope at 9:15pm but had ceased to run
the 10:27pm. It was unanimously resolved that the Clerk communicate
with the manager of the company expressing satisfaction that
the 9:15pm had been arranged but that great dissatisfaction
was expressed on all hands that the 10:27pm had not been continued.
That the council consider that very great inconvenience will
be caused to the district as the arrangement practically results
in the complete isolation of the Worth Valley from Keighley
after 9:20pm so far as down trains are concerned. That the officials
of the various Local Authorities in the Valley including the
education authority, teachers attending evening classes, representatives
attending co-operative societies, social functions, concerts
and meetings of various descriptions will be materially interfered
with. That when the council receive the manager's letter of
2nd September he did not suggest in any way that it was probable
that the late train would be dispensed with, otherwise the council
would most certainly have asked for it to remain as before.
Convenient as the new arrangement is, the old 10:27pm train
was very much more convenient and it was desired that the 9:15
should be in addition to and not in substitution of that train
and that the council most earnestly desire that the company
will consider the matter with a view to an early alteration
7th November, 1905
That the council consider it desirable that arrangements be
made for a Police Station at Haworth.
The Clerk laid before the meeting a circular letter which he
had received from the Board of Agriculture with reference to
Anthrax, enclosing circulars for distribution to persons holding
licences for slaughter houses.
The Clerk lay before the meeting a communication which he had
received from the trustees of the Haworth Mechanics Institute
acknowledging receipt of the clerks letter of the 4th stating
that they learn with very deep regret that the council has not
accepted the offer they made on the 30th September in reference
to the investments of the money now standing to the credit of
the trustees in the Yorkshire Penny Bank. That in the interests
of the Free Library movement they would repeat their offer to
hand over the money according to their communication of 30th
September, 1905. On the motion of Mr Joseph Gott seconded by
Mr Joseph Doughty it was unanimously resolved (with the exception
of Mr James Smith who did not vote) that the council are prepared
to borrow the money from the trustees on the same conditions
as they borrow from others.
The Clerk reported that he had communicated with the Midland
Railway company with reference to the 10:27pm passenger train
in accordance with a resolution passed at the last meeting and
that the local authorities of Oakworth, Oxenhope and Keighley
had supported the council's application with the result that
on the 28th the district superintendent of the company wrote
stating that he had pleasure in informing the council that commencing
1st November the 10:27pm passenger train Oxenhope to Keighley
(Saturdays excepted) would be restored.
2nd January, 1906
It was unanimously resolved that the chairman of the council
(Mr James Ackroyd) and chairman of the gasworks Committee (Mr
S F Holdsworth) be heartily thanked for the dinner provided
by them for other members and officers of the council and friends,
at the Kings Arms Hotel on Friday the 22nd December, 1905 in
commemoration of extensions of the council's gasworks.
6th February 1906
That the Clerk communicate with the Clerk to the West Riding
Justices at Keighley stating that the council consider it desirable
for new Justices of the Peace for the West Riding been appointed
from the council's district. The population of the district
is 7800 and the annual value £32435 and is the largest
district in the Keighley Union which is not represented on the
Bench, otherwise than by an ex officio member.
3rd April, 1906
The Clerk laid before the meeting a letter received from the
Reverend David Arthur stating that a meeting had been held on
Friday evening last which was attended by about 100 ratepayers
with reference to Free Library matters when a resolution was
passed asking that a deputation from the council meet a deputation
of the Mechanics Trustees with the addition of two gentlemen
from outside for the purpose of conference and if possible come
to an agreement between the council and the trustees. It was
resolved that the matter stand over for consideration until
the monthly meeting of the council in May.
It was resolved that the question of reported stoppage of footpath
between Withins and Blake Dean be referred to the Highways Committee
The Clerk laid before the council communication which he had
received from the Urban District Councils Association with reference
to the Lancashire Electric Power Bill, drawing the attention
of the council to the serious injury which is likely to be caused
to local authorities in Lancashire by the said Bill. It was
resolved that the members of Parliament for the district be
asked to use their influence in obtaining the rejection of the
Bill on its second reading.
1st June, 1906
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. On the motion of Mr Barwick Midgley seconded
by Mr William Mitchell it was resolved that the letter be referred
to the Highways Committee for consideration and report and that
the Clerk reply stating that the Highways Committee of the council
will be prepared to meet the deputation on Wednesday morning
13th June at 9:30 at the council's offices.
3rd July, 1906
A letter dated 16th June, 1906 from the Medical Officer of Health
enclosing "Closing Order" to be signed by two members
of the council one copy to be sent to the Educational Divisional
Clerk and the other to the head teacher of the school requiring
the closing of the Haworth Central Infants School for a period
of three weeks in consequence of the prevalence of measles among
17th July, 1906
That the balance of the amount set aside for Free Library purposes
by the council be transferred to the credit of General District
That the Local Government Board be approached for their sanction
to appropriate a plot of land for Free Library purposes. Voted
for, the chairman declared the motion to be lost.
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. There voted for the amendment eight against three
the chairman declared the amendment to be carried and the original
On the motion of Mr James Ackroyd seconded by Mr James Smith
it was resolved that the question of reply (if any) to the auditor's
report in connection with Free Library Fund be deferred to the
next Ordinary meeting of the council. For eight, against five.
The chairman declared a resolution to be carried.
Mr James Greenwood asked permission to move a resolution that
a letter be sent to the Auditor with a copy of resolution passed
this evening with reference to transfer of the amount standing
to credit of Free Library account and enclosing a copy of the
returning officers report on the result of the vote taken by
ballot of the ratepayers with reference to provision of the
Free Library in the council's district. On a vote being taken
the chairman declared it to be lost, five voting for and six
7th August, 1906
Notice of motion was given by Mr James Ackroyd that the resolution
passed at the last meeting of the council resolving to transfer
the balance of amount set aside for Free Library purposes to
the credit of the General District Fund be rescinded, also that
the council approach the Local Government Board for their sanction
to appropriate a plot of land for Free Library purposes.
4th September, 1906
The Clerk lay before the Council a circular which he had received
from the Local Government Board with respect to the subject
of the addition of preservatives to milk. On the motion of Mr
Joseph Doughty seconded by Mr John Hartley it was unanimously
resolved that the Inspector of nuisances be requested to look
carefully into the circular along with the committee.
Mr James Ackroyd moved and Mr John Hartley seconded that the
resolution passed at the last meeting of the council to transfer
the balance of account set aside for Free Library purposes to
the credit of General District Fund be rescinded. The voting
was as follows:- For:- Messrs Ackroyd, Hartley, Dugdale and
Holdsworth against:- Messrs Greenwood, Fletcher, Pickles, Doughty,
William, Smithy, Maggs, Mitchell, Midgley, Binns and Gott. Neutral
James Smith. Mr Ackroyd withdrew his notice of motion for the
present and that the council approach the Local Government Board
for sanction to appropriate a plot of land for Free Library
On the motion of Mr James Smith seconded by Dr Maggs it was
resolved that the conveyance of strips of land abutting upon
Mytholmes Lane in the council's district (the document also
having reference to Butt Lane) be sealed with the council's
18th September, 1906
To consider the question of application being made for powers
to run Motor Buses and Tram from Ingrow into and through the
2nd October, 1906
That the two enamelled notice boards received from the West
Riding Rivers Board giving notice that any person who throws,
puts or places so as to be carried, into any stream any mud,
soil, ashes or rubbish will be liable, on conviction, to a penalty
not exceeding £20, be erected one in River Street and
the other in Belle Isle.
The Clerk laid before the council a communication which he
had secured from the West Riding District Councils Association
with reference to higher education and the question of adjoining
councils entering into arrangements for the establishment of
6th November, 1906
That the surveyor communicate with Mr Emmott asking if it is
his wish that the council should remove the wood shops at present
on land granted to the council for widening Mytholmes Lane,
on to adjoining land belonging to Mr Emmott
4th December 1906
The following are particulars of charities to which the powers
of section 14 would apply viz:-
Haworth Exhibition Endowment, being of an educational nature,
regulated by scheme of Charity Commissioners dated 26th June,
1888 and amendments thereof.
Haworth and Stanbury Charity, being of an educational nature
related by scheme of charity commissionaires dated 1st September,
There are also the following charities viz:-
Free Grammar School, of which the income to the township of
Haworth is distributed amongst poor persons.
Pollards Charity, income distributed to the port of Haworth
and Stanbury Hamlets.
Midgley's Charity, income used in clothing 10 poor children
in the township of Haworth.
12th April, 1907
That the Clerk communicate with the engineer of the Midland
Railway drawing his attention to the council's letter of the
6th February last and pointing out again that the highway over
the railway bridge at Bridgehouse is in a very bad state of
7th May 1907
That a new four-inch water main be laid from Craven Royd to
Greenfield Terrace a distance of 225 yards.
That the water Superintendent instructed to prepare a plan
of existing water main from bottom of North Street to Cravenroyd.
2nd July, 1907
That the following plans be approved. Amended plan of Masonic
Hall, Mill Hey, Haworth.
That the application of the Salvation Army for a supply of
gas to marquee in showfield be granted, that the charge be made
for the labour of laying and taking up the mains in addition
to the charge for gas consumed.
That the Gas Committee be authorised to hire the Drill Hall
for the purpose of the Gas Exhibition, on the 17th 18th and
19th July next.
6th August, 1907
That owners of property in North Street as follows be given
28 days' notice to connect with sewer viz:-
Seth Pickles 17 & 19 North Street, Miss Booth 25 & 27
West Lane, W Hartley 31 & 33 North Street, Mr Pardoe (Green-Emmott)
26 & 28 Rawdon Street,, Mrs Petty 37 Providence, Mr T Robinson
42, 44 & 46 North Street. Mr John Pickles, 48 North Street,
Margaret Sutcliffe 50 North Street, John Roper, 43 & 45
Main Street, Isaac Ackroyd 6 Gibb Street.
That notices to abate smoke nuisance caused by Messrs E Parker
and company and Mr Samuel Ogden, from chimneys to their breweries
and if they fail to abate the nuisance that the Inspector take
legal proceedings forthwith.
2nd October, 1907
The Clerk reported that the general Superintendent of the Great
Northern Railway had called upon him with respect to the memorial
forwarded to the company by the council asking for railway facilities
for the Lees and Cross Roads District. It was resolved that
the Clerk communicate with the Secretary of the local committee
having the matter in hand suggesting that a meeting of that
committee should be called,.
5th November, 1907
That the Committee of the Lees and Cross Roads Institute (Science
& Art Department) be informed that the finance committee
of the council have considered their letter requesting that
the council take into consideration the making of a grant to
them for the purpose of assisting in carrying on the teaching
of a secondary education at the Institute and that the council
be asked to appoint a deputation to make a deputation of the
council to further consider the matter and that the Institute
Committee be asked to supply a syllabus of the subjects taught.
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the general manager
of the Great Northern Railway with respect to the memorial presented
by the council with reference to a suggested railway facilities
between Cullingworth and Lees and Cross Roads. The company state
that they do not at the present time see their way to incur
any such heavy capital expenditure as would be required for
the construction of the line in question. On the motion of W
S H Holdsworth seconded by Dr Maggs it was unanimously resolved
that the Clerk reply stating that the council are very much
dissatisfied and think that they ought to have been given a
an opportunity of meeting either the board of directors or some
responsible officer to further explain their views.
A letter was laid before the Council from the Lees and Cross
Roads Ratepayers Association stating that they had unanimously
agreed to ask the council to petition the Keighley Corporation
to extend their tramways to the borough boundary and that the
council be asked to press forward this scheme and if possible
the further extension of the tramways to Hebden Road End. It
was unanimously resolved that the Clerk reply stating that the
council are about to draft an Omnibus Bill to deal with various
questions affecting their district and that one of these questions
has special reference to application being made to run the motor
buses and trams from Ingrow into and through the council's district.
The Clerk laid before the Council the medical officers report
on the health of the district for the quarter ended September
28th, 1907 showing deaths 14 equivalent to an annual mortality
of 7 per 1000 living and births 15 being 7.5 per 1000 of population.
3rd December, 1907
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the West Riding
Standing Joint Committee agreeing to sell 15 yards of land or
thereabouts at the price of 5/6 pair yard for the purpose of
widening the road opposite the police station in Mill Hey.
The chairman reported that the Sub-Committee appointed at the
last meeting of the council with reference to the proposal of
the West Riding County Council to establish a college for the
training of women had been in close touch with the matter during
the past month. That they had waited upon W Alderman Dunn, chairman
of the Education Committee who had been to Haworth to view Longlands
Estate at the suggestion of the committee. Members of the Education
Committee had viewed the site and that they all considered it
to be suitable for the purpose.
7th January, 1908
That the plan of coach house and stables for W Gordon Merrall
in Belle Isle Road, Haworth be approved.
That 300 tons of Threlkeld Granite be obtained for the repair
of Keighley and Halifax main road and 80 tons for Lees and Hebden
Bridge main road.
The Clerk lay before the Council a letter which he had received
from the Tottenham Urban District Council with reference to
the question of unemployed workmen. On the motion of Dr Maggs
seconded by James Smith it was resolved (8 voting for and 1
against) that having regard to the great distress now prevailing,
due to the lack of employment, and considering the limited powers
and financial resources of Urban District and other councils,
and recognising the need of further legislation upon the matter,
this council is of opinion that the unemployed problem is of
great national concern and can only be satisfactorily dealt
with on a national basis, and therefore calls upon the Imperial
Government to take any necessary steps to deal with the problem
on a national and systematic manner by themselves undertaking
works of national necessity, and that a copy of this resolution
be forwarded to the President of the Local Government Board
and the local members of Parliament for this division.
22nd January, 1908
That the council to take all necessary steps for opposing in
the next session of Parliament a Bill promoted by the Corporation
of Keighley entitled:-
"A Bill to empower the Mayor Alderman and Burgesses of
the Borough of Keighley to purchase further lands in connection
with their water undertaking to extend the time for the construction
of certain water works, to empower the Corporation to provide
and work motor omnibuses and to extend the powers of the corporation
with regard to their gas and electricity undertakings and with
regard to the health local government and improvement of the
Board for other purposes."
4th February, 1908
The chairman drew the attention of the council to the fact that
Dr Arthur Newsholme, Medical Officer of Health for Brighton
and a native of Haworth had been honoured by the President of
the Local Government Board by being appointed to the position
of Chief Medical Officer of Health to that honourable Board.
It was resolved that the council tender to him the warmest congratulations
of the council upon his elevation to the most important place
attainable in his profession.
The chairman reported that he had waited upon the manager of
the Great Northern Railway at King's Cross station on the 20th
with reference to the proposed construction of a light railway
from Cullingworth to Lees. That the manager had promised to
look into the matter, have the proposed line of rails surveyed
and an estimate of the cost got, after which he would communicate
with the council again.
The Clerk laid before the Council a communication from the
West Riding County Council with reference to the Small Holdings
and Allotments Act 1907. It was resolved that the Clerk acknowledge
receipt of same and state that there is no demand for smallholdings
in the area of the council's district.
18th February, 1908
It was unanimously resolved that the Longlands Sub-Committee
be instructed to take such steps as they may determine to bring
before the county council the merits of the Longlands estate
for the purpose of a training college for women.
3rd March, 1908
The Clerk reported that a School Closing Order had been made
authorising the closing of the Haworth Infants School for a
period of three weeks in consequence of the prevalence of measles.
24th March 1908
The Clerk reported that he had received a letter from the general
manager of the Great Northern Railway with reference to suggested
light railway from Cullingworth to Lees in which he states that
with reference to the meeting he had with the deputation from
the Haworth Urban District Council on the 20th January last,
he had again looked into the question of the cost of suggested
Light Railway and found that a considerable portion of the amount
quoted was for goods station and warehouse. That with regard
to the railway his figures work out more or less with the council's
estimate. He regretted however that at the present time the
company were not in a position to entertain the proposal for
railway as is suggested owing to the difficulties in raising
capital for that purpose.
16th April, 1908
The Clerk reported that under orders of the West Riding County
Council dated 28 February and 25th April, 1907 an election of
Urban District Councillors for the six new wards into which
the council's district had been divided was taken on the 4th
April last and that the result was as follows:-
Binns Harry 118 votes - elected
Smith James 97 votes - elected
Rushworth George 85 votes - elected
Hey Ishmael 69 votes
Turner Frederick Wm 52 votes
Ratcliffe John 115 votes - elected
Pickles Sunderland 88 votes - elected
Binns Thomas 56 votes - elected
Ogden Smith 48 votes
Smith Thomas Wm 39 votes
Wagstaff George 24 votes
Greenwood Stephen 149 votes - elected
Maggs OHA 137 votes - elected
Ford George 93 votes - elected
Best Albert 50 votes
Rushworth Edmund 46 votes
Spencer Joseph Henry 21 votes
Ackroyd James 146 votes - elected
Hartley Janes 130 votes - elected
Holdsworth S N 96 votes - elected
Wood Alfred 78 votes
Quarmby Fred 75 votes
Fletcher Amos 44 votes
North East Ward
Gott Joseph 151 votes - elected
Midgley Barwick 106 votes - elected
Mitchell Joseph 93 votes - elected
Greenwood James 86 votes
South East ward
Timson Robert 141 votes - elected
Taylor Ineson 109 votes - elected
Murgatroyd John 108 votes - elected
Doughty Joseph 86 votes
Edmondson Joseph 77 votes
The Clerk reported that all new members had made their declaration
of acceptance of office.
May 5th 1908
It was unanimously resolved that 21 days' notice be given to
persons named below to abate nuisance viz:-Mr Greenwood, houses
three and five Lime Street, requiring defective drainage and
privy midden to be attended to. Mrs Kay houses seven and nine
Lime Street and eight Wood Street requiring defective drainage
to be attended to. Miss Pickles, houses 11 and 13 Lime Street
and 10 and 12 wood Street, defective drainage. W Joseph Green,
houses 15 and 17 Lime Street and 14 Wood Street, defective drainage.
that the Inspector of nuisances be instructed to communicate
with Messrs Holmes Laxton and Co, Vale Mills, Messrs J Sugden
and Bros, Vale Mills, Messrs Merrall and Son, Ebor Mills, Messrs
Hattersley Sons and Co Ltd, Springhead Mills and Messrs J Bland
and son, Ivy Bank Mills, calling their attention to report from
HM Inspector of factories under section 1 of the factory and
workshops act 1901 with regard to Sanitary conveniences for
That the draft agreement between the council and the County
Council for the dedication of 15 square yards of land to the
Highway opposite the police station be approved. That the Highways
sub-Committee be empowered to secure the land and up to the
prescribed building line on the west side of Belle Isle Road,
also the land near to the police station from Messrs Merrell.
It was unanimously resolved that a slaughterhouse licence be
granted to Mr Stephen Hey Holdsworth for slaughter house situated
in Princes Street.
2nd June, 1908
That the following plans be approved viz:-addition to Farm,
Moor End for W Joseph Townend.
That three months notice be given under section 91 of the public
Health Act to Mr Samuel Ogden to abate nuisance caused by emitting
dense smoke by brewery chimney.
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.
That the Gas Committee be asked to consider the advisability
of the lamps on the main roads being fitted with incandescent
It was resolved that the plan of infants School proposed to
be erected in connection with the Baptist chapel, West Lane,
be referred back to the committee for further consideration.
The Clerk reported having received from the County Council
of the West Riding of Yorkshire, deed of dedication of land
for widening of highway opposite the new police station in Mill
The Clerk reported having received a communication from the
Corporation of Keighley on the question of unemployed work men,
inviting delegates from this Council to attend a meeting in
the Mayor's Parlour on the 29th.
17th June, 1908
The Parliamentary Committee fully reported on the council's
opposition to the Bill promoted by the Keighley Corporation
and on the concessions which had been obtained before the committee
of the House of Lords. On the motion of Mr G A Murgatroyd, seconded
by Mr W R Timpson and supported by several members of the council
it was unanimously resolved that the Parliamentary Committee
instructed to continue the council's opposition to the Bill
as they may think necessary, up-to- and before the committee
of the House of Commons.
6th July, 1908
that plans as follows be approved viz:-
Wooden lodge room, Belle Isle Road for Shepherds on the Mount
Lodge, subject to usual agreement.
That urinal erected in Bridge House Lane be removed to a and
re-erected in Belle Isle road.
that the council approved draft dedication of land for widening
of the Lees and Hebden Bridge Main Road as submitted by the
county council of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
That the Council approves agreement for the sale of a strip
of land for the widening of Sun Street as submitted by Mr James
6th July, 19 08
That the plan submitted by the West Lane Baptist Chapel Trustees
of Infants School and W C's be approved so far as relates to
the school buildings, but rejected so far as the WC's are concerned,
on the ground that the council require WC's for the school and
not Pail privies as shown on the plan.
4th August 1908
That Mr Samuel Ogden be given 28 days to alter two Privy middens
in White Lion Yard to W C's.
That notice be given to Mr Edward Ferris to abate nuisance
caused by overcrowding in house occupied by him, 8 Oakworth
That the Council support the Road Union in memorialising the
Prime Minister on the subject of motor traffic, in the terms
suggested by them in their letter of 9th July, 19 08.
The Clerk reported receipt of the communication from the County
Council with reference to Motor Car Acts 1896-19 03. That the
council reaffirm their report sent to the County Council in
1903 with the exception of highway at junction of Keighley and
Halifax Road and Lees and Hebden Bridge Road, where special
restrictions should be imposed owing to the dangerous curves
in the highway at that point.
The surveyor reported the receipt of a letter from the Worth
Valley Education Committee offering to allow the council to
cart free soil from the Mytholmes Lane into the playground at
Haworth School and receive in exchange the stone which has accumulated
in the playground. That the council cannot see their way to
accept the offer, but are willing to allow the Sub-Committee
to cart the soil themselves and tip the stone in Belle Isle
Road, which is near at hand.
The Clerk reported receipt of the communication from the West
Riding County Council enclosing a copy of an order made by them
under section 4 of the lights on vehicles Act 1907, that during
the months of July, August and September in each year all vehicles
carrying in the course of harvesting operations, any farm produce
to stack or barn be exempt from the operation of the above act
and any bylaw made thereunder.
The Clerk reported a receipt of a letter from Reverend T W
Storey respecting old parish stocks. It was resolved that the
matter be referred to the Highways, Buildings, Sanitary and
Cemetery Committee for consideration.
1st September, 1908
The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the owners of property
in Shirley Street, had signed an agreement authorising the council
to alter five Privy middens to W C's in accordance with notice
served upon them dated July 5th, 1908. That the council's inspector
of nuisances be authorised to carry out the necessary work and
charge the owners with the cost thereof.
That committee appointed at the last meeting of this committee
to consider question of providing gentleman's convenience in
Butt Lane be authorised to obtain tenders for the work required.
On the motion of Mr G A Murgatroyd seconded by Dr Maggs it
was unanimously resolved that tender for convenience in Butt
Lane as follows be accepted viz:-
George Bottomley Mason's work 45-0-0
B Whitaker and Son Cement work 12-0-0
Oats & Green Ltd Stands 23-7-3
And that glazed bricks be substituted in place of tiles and
a prismatic Top Light put in.
6th October 1908
That kerb and causeway about 2 ft wide be laid on west side
of Main Street from co-operative stores to Fleece Inn.
That 100 each of seven kinds of saplings be purchased for planting
hillsides of sewage farm at a cost of £4-.10-0.
it was unanimously resolved that the sale of the sewage farm
produce be left in the hands of the sewage Committee to deal
with as they may think best.
That the question of fixing Motor Danger Signals on the highways
in the council's district be left in the hands of the Highways
sub-Committee and the surveyor.
That the Highways Committee be empowered to complete the purchase
of a strip of land in Belle Isle Road from the Shepherds on
the Mount Lodge and settle terms and best price.
That the finance committee be requested to devise a scheme
for finding employment for the unemployed ratepayers in the
council's district, who have been ratepayers during the past
six months and prepare a list of deserving cases, and further
that the finance committee recommend to the various committees
of the council what they think should be done in the direction
of carrying out works as will find employment for such deserving
cases as the council think worthy. Carried unanimously.
3rd November, 1908
That the council enter into the agreement submitted between
Walter Egeston and John Green-Emmott Esquire and the council
with reference to surface water drained at Town End and liquid
manure from farm premises into the council's sewer in Changegate.
That the Clerk reply to the letter received from the Road Union
with reference to the evils caused by the mis use of motor vehicles
stating that the council are unable to attend the meeting of
local authorities on the question to be held at the Mansion
House on the 27th October, but that the movement has the sympathy
and support of this council..
That Messrs James Ackroyd and Joseph Gott be appointed provisional
representatives of the council on the charity for which the
Charity Commissioners are preparing a scheme in a matter of
the charity called or known as the Allotment for the Labouring
Poor in the Ancient Hamlet of Harden and that it be recommended
to the urban district of Bingly and the Corporation of Keighley
that it is desirable that representatives from the three districts
concerned should hold a preliminary meeting to consider the
draft scheme with a view to making suggestions (if any) to the
1st December, 1908
That the plan of new W C's, lavatory and small scullery to premises
adjoining Main Street for Bank of Liverpool Ltd approved.
That the urinal, top of Changete be lighted with gas.
The finance and general purposes committee reported that they
had received 27 applications for work from unemployed in reply
to posters issued in the Council district. That they had selected
10 cases and decided that they be further considered and work
found if possible and suitable.
It was resolved that at the next meeting of the council a report
be given re the application made to the Great Northern Railway
company for railway facilities at Cross Roads.
that the insinuations and statements made by a W James Smith
against the council with the respect to finding work for certain
unemployed rate payers are untrue. That the explanations of
the surveyor over points raised are satisfactory to the council.
Dr Maggs drew the attention of the council to the new Act of
Parliament under which goods sold under patents registered from
abroad should be manufactured in this country.
5th January, 1909
The chairman stated that it was with deep sorrow that he had
to report that on the 24th December last Mr Barwick Midgley,
a member of the council had died. He was a highly respected
member and probably the oldest. He brought to bear very useful
knowledge over the many items of business which the council
had to deal with. His death they all deeply lamented. He moved
a note of condolence and sympathy with the members of the bereaved
family. This was unanimously carried by all members and officers
rising to their feet.
It was unanimously resolved that the Clerk issue a hand-bill
in the council's district giving notice that the Council intend
to enforce the provisions of the public Health acts with reference
to depositing filthy, dust, ashes, rubbish all liquids upon
any footway, pavements or carriageway or making improper use
of sewer or drain grates which are only intended for surface
water. Making improper use of ash pits by placing water and
vegetable refuse therein; throwing broken crockeryware, tins,
old bricks, or other similar articles into ash pits, and pointing
out that persons offending are liable for every such offence
to a penalty of £5 and in the case of continuing offence
to a penalty of 40/- for every day after written notice of the
offence from the council.
2nd February, 1909
The Clerk reported that he had received a letter from the local
Government Board relative to the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust, the
object of which is to benefit persons who have been injured
in heroic effort to save human life or in the case of the death
of such persons to assist any dependants they may have left
in needy circumstances.
It was unanimously resolved that Messrs Harry Binns and George
Rushworth be requested to make search for the remaining portions
of the Old Stocks originally erected near to the Church gates
and bring a recommendation as to where they think it best to
erect such portions of the Stocks as may be found. It
that a letter be given to Mr George Moore and Mrs Clara Moore
stating that in consideration of their agreeing to the setting
back of the boundary wall of their land in Mytholmes Lane in
a line with the adjoining property on both sides thereof for
the purpose of highway improvement and in consideration of the
council diverting a sum of water in land belonging to them situated
in Mytholmes Lane the Council undertake to supply the remaining
portion of the land belonging to them with the necessary water
without charge for that purpose of a poultry run or for any
animal which may graze upon the land. All the members of the
council voted in favour except Messrs James Ackroyd, Robert
Timson and Joseph Gott who were neutral .
it was unanimously resolved that the council prescribe a building
line on the west side of Belle Isle Road as per plan passed
by the Council on 7th November, 1905 and shown by a red line
drawn theiron from Bridge House Lane to Mill Hill.
23rd March, 1909
That the suggested agreement between Merrall and Sons Ltd and
property owners in Prince Street for selling a part of a footpath
leading from Mill Hey to Fairfax Street and Prince Street, Haworth
3rd May, 1909
That the fire brigade be allowed £1 towards expenses of
five men attending Annual Demonstration at Saltburn on Saturday
That the captain of the fire brigade be requested to meet the
Committee at their next meeting with reference to an account
sent in for wages in connection with the fire at Messrs Gallons
The Clerk reported that he had received notice from Mr Joseph
Tempest of his intention to give up possession of ground occupied
by him in Victoria Road on 30th September next. It was resolved
that the same be accepted and that the application of W Greenwood
to become tenants of the said ground be accepted on his entering
into an agreement on similar conditions to those on which the
land let to Mr Tempus.
Keighley Corporation to run motor buses or trams from Ingrow
into the council's area. After the matter had been discussed
it was unanimously resolved that it be referred to the finance
and general purposes committee for consideration.
3rd June, 1909
With respect to the notice given to cease working of Lees moor,
asking for an extension of time. Resolved that a committee consisting
of Messrs James Ackroyd, Joseph Gott, John R Murgatroyd and
Stephen Greenwood appointed to view the quarry.
Mr Sunderland Pickles moved and Mr James Hartley seconded that
the plan of sanitary conveniences for the Old Hall for Mr W
E J G Emmott be approved. Mr James Ackroyd moved a Mr John A
Murgatroyd seconded that they be disapproved on the ground that
the building is not properly described. 10 voted for the amendment,
and none against. The chairman declared the amendment to be
The attention of the council was drawn to the threatening danger
to highway at Dimples Road by reason that Mr Benjamin Shackleton
tipping refuse from quarry occupied by him on Haworth moor and
adjoining highway. It was resolved that the Clerk write to the
Keighley Corporation drawing their attention to the matter and
asked them to take steps to avoid chance of a quarry refuse
being allowed to interfere with the highway and watercourse
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.
6th July, 1909
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.
The Clerk laid before the committee correspondence with Mr
James Bottomley respecting subscriptions received for Public
Library purposes. It was decided that the question of dealing
with the subscriptions does not come within the provenance of
the council and it is recommended that the Free Library Committee
per Mr Smith Ogden be asked to deal with the matter.
That Messrs Harry Binns, Ineson Taylor and Joseph Mitchell
be appointed a committee to draw up memorials to the Midland
Railway and Great Northern Railway, pointing out the inconvenience
of their present main service to visitors to Haworth and the
Bronte Museum and Country.
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 second and that the council pass on to the next business.
An amendment was move by W Harry Binns seconded by Mr Ineson
Taylor that the chairman of the Council give to General Booth
an official reception in the name of the council. On the amendment
being put to the meeting seven voted for, four against. The
chairman them put the amendment as the substantive motion and
declared the same to be carried.
5th August 1909
The question of ancient Parish award was considered. It was
stated that the adjoining parish of Oxenhope had an award dated
1777 and that in all probability there existed one for Haworth.
It was resolved that the chairman of the finance and general
purposes committee, the Clerk to the Council and the council
solicitor be authorised to take such action as they may decide
to ascertain the whereabouts of the Haworth Enclosure Award
(if any) and that they're out pocket expenses be paid and that
the sub-Committee draw up a case re the Public quarry on Haworth
moor and submit the same to W C E Baker for his opinion.
7th September, 1909
It was resolved that the committee having investigated the complaint
of Mr Luther Magson respecting the water flow in the Goit at
Belle Isle and having come to the opinion that the council are
in no way to blame. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to
write to Mr Magson disclaiming any liability whatever.
That the attention of the education authority be drawn to the
practice of children being allowed to leave clothing in the
schools for an unreasonable length of time. That some of the
garments are in a unsanitary condition and the council believe
that this may be the means of spreading disease in the District
and request that the Education Authority will take steps to
have the practice complained of discontinued.
5th October 1909
That the surveyor be authorised to use discretion in allowing
one half penny more pet hour to various labourers working in
North Street only.
2nd November, 1909
Dr Maggs reported the attendance of himself and Mr James Smith
at the last meeting of the Keighley and Bingley joint Hospital
Board and explained the proposals made with respect to proposed
use of the present smallpox hospital for a sanatorium for consumptives.
On the motion of W Joseph Mitchell seconded by W Joseph Edmondson
it was unanimously resolved that a special meeting of the council
be held for the purpose of discussing all matters in connection
with the said proposal.
7th December, 1909
It was resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate
with the executors of Mr H Bland drawing their attention to
the state of that part of the footpath leading from Coldshaw
to Oxenhope Mill and ask them to put the same into a satisfactory
state of repair. Also a letter to the Bridgehouse Mills Co Ltd
with a similar request regarding the footpath along Goit leading
4th January, 1910
That the number of firemen be increased to 10 and two of them
live at Cross Roads and be responsible for keeping the equipment
there in good order, and two to be responsible at North Street
and the remainder of the men be responsible for the apparatus
at Belle Isle.
The Clerk reported having received from the Commons and Footpath
Preservation Society a copy of the Public Rights of Way Bill
with a letter explaining the general purpose of the bill. It
was resolved that in the opinion of the council it is highly
desirable that the Public Rights of Way Bill should pass into
law in order to afford greater facilities to Highway Authorities
in the protection of Public Rights of Way and to enable them
more efficiently to discharge the important duties placed upon
them by Parliament in that behalf and this Council urges his
Majesty's government to secure the passing of this Bill. That
copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister,
the President of the Local Government Board, the Leader of the
Opposition, the Parliamentary representatives for this constituency
and the Commons and Footpaths Preservation Society .
1st March, 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.
22nd March, 1910
That the Highways Sub-Committee be empowered to plant with shrubs
the tip in West Lane at an estimated cost of £5 and carry
out the work forthwith.
On the motion of Mr James Ackroyd seconded by Mr Ineson Taylor
it was unanimously resolved to rescind the resolution passed
at the meeting of the council held on 4th January, 1910 with
reference to Public Rights of Way Bill.
5th April, 1910
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 and the watering of Hector Road on
to side bar.
Mr James Smith reported some particulars in regard to the saving
of the lives of two children from drowning by Mrs Esther Greenwood,
and considered it a case for further investigation and if so
decided to report the facts to the Royal Humane Society and
the Carnegie Hero Trust
3rd May, 1910
The Inspector of nuisances reported having received two plans
for Mr James Ackroyd, one for eight houses in Rawdon Road and
for Bank premises with dwelling houses over etc, Main Street.
Mr Ackroyd made written request to withdraw the plans which
was granted, and the documents returned to him.
16th May 1910
A special meeting of the Council was held this date at the Council
The Chairman made special reference to the death of his Majesty,
King Edward VII and stated that the burial of the King would
take place on the 20th inst. It was unanimously resolved that
the Chairmen and members of the Council and Officers attend
Divine Worship at the Parish Church on Friday the 20th inst
at 2pm. And that the following be invited to take part, and
meet at the Council's Offices and march in procession to the
Haworth Brass Band
Third Battalion West Riding Regiment (Haworth Detachment)
Church lads Brigade and Boy Scouts
Clergy and Ministers
Chairman and Clerk of the Council and Councillors
Worth Valley Local Education Sub Committee
West Riding Justices and County Councillor for the Haworth District
The Council's Officers
Head Masters of Schools
Post Office Officials and Registrar of the District
Free Masons Lodge
Representatives of Friendly Societies
Representatives of Fire Brigade
That posters be issued requesting that all places of business
in the Council's District be closed from 12 noon to 4pm and
that all Blinds be drawn from 1:00pm to 3pm and that the Police
marshal the procession.
7th June 1910
The Chairman stated that since the last Ordinary meeting of
the Council our late noble King Edward had departed this life
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
He then moved and it was seconded by Mr Robert Timson that
this Council do most respectfully offer to King George and Queen
Mary their sincere congratulations on their accession to the
throne and take this opportunity of assuring their Majesties
of their humble devotion and loyalty to their persons and throne.
The resolution was unanimously carried.
5th July 1910
That the Council make application to the local government Board
for their sanction to the council providing a supply of Anti
Toxin free of charge to the poorer inhabitants of the district
in case of Diphtheria.
That 260 tons of granite be purchased for the repair of the
Keighley and Halifax main road.
That application be made to the county council for permission
to treat the main roads in their district with calcium chloride.
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.
The Clerk lay before the Council communication received from
the County Council with respect to an application made by W
Fred Blake for permission to erect a Portable Theatre in the
fairground the County Council ask if the Council desire to express
any views upon or make any observations with regard to the application.
It was resolved that the Clerk reply stating that the council
require to know that the sanitary arrangements will be satisfactory
and what protection there will be in case of fire .
the Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Tramways Committee
of the Borough of Keighley stating that they understand that
there is a strong desire amongst the inhabitants of the Cross
Roads and Lees portion of the council's district that the Keighley
Corporation services of Motor Omnibuses should be extended from
the Borough boundary from Whins Wood, and that as such is the
case and it is the wish of the Haworth Council that the service
should be extended the tramways Committee are prepared to do
7th July, 1910
The members of the council appointed by the finance and general
purposes committee to prepare a statement of fact to be placed
before the ratepayers with reference to Brow moor and a portion
of Haworth moor now presented their statement which after being
fully considered were approved as follows:-
Facts relating to the proposed purchase
1. The moors in question naturally form part of the council's
urban district. The rights of the Lord of the manor have passed
out of the hands of a private owner into the hands of a local
authority whose interests are detrimental to the interests of
2. The moors are at the present time used for the general benefit
of the public, who walk at their will over the various parts
thereof, they are useful for open air exercises, for open air
services, sacred concerts, and performances, cricket and football
clubs, and to the thousands of visitors who annually visit the
district by reason of their interest in the writings of the
3. A census has been taken on six separate dates, which shows
that over 5000 people used the moors and approaches thereto
on those dates.
4. The fact that the moors are now in the possession of an
outside owner, lends to material interference with the scenery
of the district, giving to quarry hills being thrown up, some
of which almost extend to the walls of the Cemetery, and to
such a height have some of these accumulations risen, that houses
in West Lane, in the evening portion of the day, are entirely
thrown into the shade, and consequently the sunshine of a part
of the day is not enjoyed by the tenants of the houses referred
5. There is considerable danger of the public being prohibited
from using Brow moor by reason of the probability of it being
used for other purposes than an open moor. It is well known
that the Keighley Corporation have already put up board's warning
people to keep strictly to the recognised footpaths on the moors.
The Council have already been threatened with an action for
using a portion of the brow moor for tipping road scrapings.
6. Seeing that the council's water gathering ground is on Haworth
moor, it is desirable that that portion of the moor which the
council have power to purchase should belong to the council.
7. It is not desirable that Keighley should be allowed to increase
their holding in the District, for if the Keighley Corporation
thinks to apply for extension of its boundaries to include Haworth,
it would be a good argument that they owned two-thirds of the
land of the council's district, supply the whole of the district
with water and one third with gas. Keighley Corporation should
be restricted to such ownership of moorlands as are necessary
for the securing of the purity of their water supply.
8. Places like Queensberry, Clayton, Thornton and Bingley have
all had to acquire spaces for recreation purposes, and if these
moors are taken, Haworth would at no distant date have to do
the same. The danger of having their right's restricted is a
9. The reasons for Keighley objecting to sell these moors cannot
be for the water on them, as they say they do not want them
for this, it cannot be for the shooting rights, because there
are none on the portions of the moors which the council have
the right to purchase; it cannot be that they require to get
the stone for making reservoirs, because the council offered
to buy the moors subject to their getting such stone as they
require, which offer they declined. The only object can be to
strengthen their hands with a view to the incorporation of this
District with Keighley.
10. The council at some future time will require part of the
Haworth moor for extension of the cemetery, and the two moors
generally for obtaining pave stones, flags for street repairs,
and also for tipping purposes.
11. The council have now legal opportunity of securing these
rights, which will never occur again, and if not taken advantage
of now, future generations will have to suffer, as the district
is having to suffer now, by negligence in their past in allowing
Keighley to get the whole of the natural water supply of the
district, also by depriving a district of its gas and water
supply to the Lees and Cross Roads District. The council has
been put to the enormous expense of nearly £2,000 in opposing
of the Keighley Corporation Bills in Parliament. Once the opportunity
has gone, the inhabitants will have to pay dearly for any benefits
which have occurred to Keighley, and which may be desired by
this district in the future.
12. The council when opposing the Keighley Bill in 1908, asked
as an alternative to purchasing that the following clause should
be inserted in the Bill, viz:-so long as the said moor land
or any part thereof is vested in or under the control of the
Corporation, the Corporation shall not interfere, or permit
any interference with the exercise of any existing rights of
common thereover, or any customary use thereof for purposes
of public recreation, or any public rights of way thereover,
or any rights which the said Council may have of quarrying therein,
nor shall the Corporation carry on or permit the carrying on
or quarrying operations thereon, in such a manner as to be likely
to interfere with or injuriously affect the underground waters
which feed the existing water works of the said Council at "Hough
Spring's". This the Corporation absolutely refused.
1.. That the conditions under which the council may compulsory
purchase part of the Haworth moor and Brow moor are as follows:-
(a) To give notice before 1st August, 1910, of the council's
intentions to purchase the moor land as per Keighley Act of
Parliament. Note-Haworth may not withdraw from such negotiations
after giving notice.
(b) failing agreement as to price, the question must be decided
by arbitration under the arbitration Act 1889.
(c) The taxed arbitration costs of Keighley Corporation may
have to be paid by the council in addition to the purchase price.
2. That any reduction of rights and privileges in the way of
the use of the moors for recreation purposes would react upon
the inhabitants of Keighley, inasmuch as the Moors are a favourite
place of visitation by its inhabitants.
3. That the Freeholders right's to the surface of the moor,
have to be considered, and Keighley cannot act independently
4. And that the suggestion of enclosing the moors which could
not be done without an Enclosure Act or further, of employing
a keeper to patrol them for the purpose of keeping the people
upon recognised paths, would by reason of the great expense
be a most unlikely procedure.
5. The acquisition of the Moors would not enable the council
to seek any further fresh source of water supply.
6. It respect to the alleged menace to the Haworth independency
due to the Corporation holding some 1300 acres in the district,
Keighley would still possess over 1000 of the District acreage,
if the 285 acres were purchased by Haworth.
7. The whole of the 1300 acres owned by Keighley is of such
a nature as to bring in less than £50 per annum for General
District Rate purposes, which some includes for quarries, plant,
buildings, shooting, land re. This is only 1% of the total income
for rate purposes.
It was resolved that a ballot of the ratepayers be taken on
the question on Saturday, 16th July, 1910 and that the Clerk
be appointed Returning Officer. That the question on the ballot
paper be as follows:-"A/re you in favour of the Council
purchasing Brow Moor and a portion of Haworth Moor as set out
in section 14 of the Keighley Corporation Act 1908".
29th July, 1910
The Clerk reported result of ballot taken in accordance with
a resolution passed at the meeting of the council held on the
7th inst. The ballot was taken on the 16th inst there being
three polling stations as follows:-
North and South Wards, East and West Wards, (the ballot being
taken at the Central schools, Haworth) and North East and South
East Wards (the ballot been taken at the Lees Provided Mixed
School and that the result of the vote also as follows:-
The Chairman informed the meeting that a deputation consisting
of Messrs P H J Redman, Arthur Hirst, and Thomas Duerden wished
to interview the council. On the deputation being introduced
they lay before the Council a petition said to be signed by
322 ratepayers of the Haworth Urban District respectfully urging
upon the Council importance of the Council exercising the option
conferred upon the Council by Parliament, of purchasing from
the Keighley Corporation, Brow moor and such a portion of the
Haworth moor as is situated to the eastward of the highway across
Haworth moor leading from Oxenhope to Stanbury by way of Waterhead
Lane and praying that such steps may be taken forthwith as will
insure the council becoming possessed of such rights as are
now vested in the Keighley Corporation. Each member of the deputation
addressed the meeting in support of the petition.
Mr James Ackroyd moved and Mr J H Holdsworth seconded that
notice be given to the Keighley Corporation of the council's
intention to purchase Moors in accordance with section 14 of
the Keighley Corporation Act 1908. On the motion having put
to the meeting there voted for Messrs James Ackroyd, P.H. Holdsworth,
Thomas Binns, John Ratcliffe and Alfred Wood. Against Messrs
Joseph Mitchell, Robert Timson, Ineson Taylor, John A Murgatroyd,
Harry Binns, O H A Maggs, Joseph Edmondson, James Hartley, Smith
Ogden, J H Spencer and Stephen Greenwood, Newall W Joseph Gott.
The chairman declared the motion not carried.
2nd August 1910
The Clerk read correspondence with West Riding County Council
with reference to Tar Spraying Roads. It was resolved that the
whole question be left in the hands of the Highways Committee
to deal with as they may decide.
Mr Joseph Gott reported having attended a meeting of the trustees
under scheme for Allotments for labouring poor, Harden and that
the Clerk stated that there was capital to the credit of the
trustees which might by the consent of the Charity Commissioners
be divided and spent on providing Allotments in the District's
of the several authorities interested under the scheme. It was
resolved on the motion of Mr Robert Timson seconded by Mr Joseph
Gott that the Clerk communicate with the secretary of the trustees
asking him to communicate with the council in writing the suggested
scheme for dividing the money.
6th September, 1910
That Lamplighters as follows be appointed for the ensuing lighting
season at 10/6 each per week viz:-
Area 1. J R Toothill
3. J W Spencer
4.. Albert Holmes
5. William Wright
That the Public lighting of lamps commence on the 27th August,
Dr Maggs moved and Mr Joseph Gott seconded that the consent
of the council be given to the Keighley Corporation providing
a service of Motor Omnibuses between Keighley and Haworth, the
corporation agreeing to discontinue such service when required
by the council and that this consent shall not prejudice the
rights of the council as the Highway Authority of the roads
in their district. On the motion being put to the meeting Messrs
J H Holdsworth and Alfred Wood were neutral, Mr James Ackroyd
voted against; the rest of the members voted in favour. The
chairman declared the resolution to be carried.
4th October, 1910
The Highways, Buildings, Sanitary and Cemetery Committee reported
having received a deputation from the Keighley Corporation consisting
of Alderman John Smith, and councillors John Mitchell, Albert
Smith and Herbert Sellers waited upon the Committee and stated
that the Corporation contemplated applying for Parliamentary
power to provide and run a service of vehicles on the trackless
trolley system and that it was suggested that one of the routes
should be within the area of the council and explained what
it was proposed and asked for the consent of the corporation
being granted power to provide and run such a service of vehicles
on the route proposed viz:- From the council's boundary at Whins
Wood, along the Keighley and Halifax main road, and Lees and
Hebden Bridge Main Road to the council's boundary at Oxenhope..
It was resolved that the Clerk reply stating that there are
several matters of importance which the Council desire to discuss
with the corporation with a view to amicable arrangements being
come to and asked if the corporation will receive a deputation
on the matter.
The Committee appointed at the last meeting of the council
with reference to applications to Road Board reported that they
made application for grants in aid of the following suggested
works viz:-widening of road to entrance of Haworth leading from
Colne on the Toller Lane Blue Bell and Haworth main road; estimated
cost £1,500 with the council to bear one third of cost;
widening of road leading from Keighley and Bradford to Haworth
and Hebden Bridge on the Lees and Hebden Bridge Main Road, estimated
cost £400 the council to bear one-third of cost. Widening
of Road at dangerous curve leading from Keighley and Bradford
to Hebden Bridge on the Lees and Hebden Bridge Main Road, estimated
cost £100, the council to bear nothing towards cost.
1st November, 1910
The committee further recommended that proceedings be taken
against Robert Beck, Percy Ogden, Harry Liddimore and Willie
Pickles for trespass and damage at the council's sewage works
on the 8th October last. The boy's named with their parents
attended before the Council and begged that legal proceedings
should not be instituted and after the matter had been fully
considered it was moved by Dr Maggs and seconded by Mr Joseph
Gott that legal proceedings be not instituted but that the lads
be reprimanded and cautioned. The resolution was declared by
the chairman to be unanimously carried.
On the motion of Dr Maggs seconded by Mr Stephen Greenwood
it was resolved that the duplicate set of plans submitted by
Mr James Ackroyd for Banking premises, Main Street, Haworth
be sealed with the council seal and that this duplicate sealed
copy be returned to Mr Ackroyd.
6th December, 1910
Joseph Mitchell be appointed as sub-Committee to take into consideration
the question of sewers and sewering of the Brow side of the
district and the remaining part of the Coldshaw District and
report to this committee.
That the chairman of the council and the chairman of the Highways
Committee endeavour to arrange to meet a representative of the
Midland Railway Company with a view to improving the approach
to the railway bridge on the west side thereof.