Aireborough Historical Society

1846 Jury Selection Otley

Jury Selection
Date 4th July 1846
Location Otley
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"Otley - The Midsummer Quarter Sessions for the Liberty of Cawood, Wistow and Otley, were held at Otley, on Monday, before Francis Billam, F H Fawkes and B Thompson Esqrs.

The following persons were sworn on the Grand Jury :-

Mr William Forster, grocer, Otley, Foreman;  Mr Wm. Atkinson, farmer, Otley;    Mr W H Deighton, spirit merchant, Otley; Mr William Rhodes, cloth manufacturer, Guiseley;    Mr j W Scriven, farmer Newall;  Mr S Sladen, cloth manufacturer, Guiseley;    Mr James Dale, innkeeper, Otley;   Mr B Holmes, butcher, Otley;    Mr Peter Thompson, tallow chandler, Otley;

Mr H Hodgson, tailor, Otley;    Mr John Hardacre Sen. Baildon;   Mr Thomas Young, tanner, Otley;   Mr John Robinson, Low Hall, Baildon; Mr Michael Walker, Baildon and Mr John Smith, shopkeeper, Guiseley.

     After the usual proclamation against vice, profaneness and immorality, had been read, the chairman congratulated the jury on there being no prisoners for trial, thanked them for their attendance and discharged them."

Reproduced by kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive, research by Edwy Harling

Additional text by Christine Lovedale :

   Francis Billam was a landowner who resided at Newall Hall and was a Magistrate for the West Riding. Billams Hill in Otley is named after him.

   F H Fawkes owned the Farnley estate and also the Hawksworth Manor with Hawksworth Hall. He donated the land on which the Wharfedale Union Workhouse was built in Otley, it was constructed of stone quarried on the Farnley estate.

These old workhouse buildings became Wharfedale Hospital, a new hospital was built on an adjacent site and the original buildings have been converted into homes.

    William Rhodes owned Springhead Mill, Guiseley and for a time lived at Micklefield House, Rawdon.

     Samuel Sladen built Greenbottom Mill in 1827.


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