Aireborough Historical Society

1774 Breach Of Yeadon Moor Dam




Title
Breach Of Yeadon Moor Dam
Date 1774
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
U447
Comment

 "Yeadon Moor Dam Whereas some wicked and evil designing Person or Persons, did, on the 24th instant at night, make a Breach in the Dam on Yeadon Moor, designing thereby to distress the lower part of the Town of Yeadon by such an uncommon quantity of water issuing from the said Dam :

    This is therefore to give NOTICE that FIVE GUINEAS Reward will be given on Conviction of the Offender or Offenders, to any Person informing of the same and will be paid by John Cooper, agent to William Rookes Esq." 

Image by kind permission of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling

 

Further text by Christine Lovedale

In 1774 Esholt Hall was occupied by by William Rookes and his wife Anne nee Stansfield, it is possible that water from the breached Dam flooded part of the Esholt estate, prompting the reward offered.

    Joseph Cawthra of Yeadon Manor and owner of the Old Dog Mill also caused a problem to the townsfolk of Yeadon when he diverted the course of the beck which flows down from the Dam towards the Green.

The Old Dog Mill was built over the foot of the beck, a good flow of water was essential for his steam engine, said to be one of the first in the area. He was sued by the townspeople and compelled to restore the beck to it's natural course. A few years later around 1802 Cawthra emigrated to Canada.

 

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