Trade - A complete
stagnation of trade exists in the neighbourhood, nine tenths of the
weavers being without employment, while the mills are entirely stopped or
working but a few hours daily.
House Breaking - Early on
Thursday morning the premises of Mr William Yeadon were broken into and robbed
of nine pounds in gold and silver, two new blankets, three damask tablecloths
and several new linen shirts.
A few trifling things and two tablecloths were
found in Mr W North's garden but no other traces of the robbers have as yet
Yeadon Mutual Improvement
Society - A lecture was delivered on Thursday last in the above institution by
Montagu Herbert Graham Esq. of Horsforth on Life Assurance with particular
reference to the Professional Life Assurance Company.
The lecturer dwelt
considerably on the great and peculiar advantages offered by this company,
which seemed to excite considerable attention and interest in the numerous and
respectable audience present on the occasion.
Clothing Club - On
Saturday last the annual distribution of winter clothing was made in the
National School Rooms.
The Misses Metcalfe superintended the distribution of
tickets in the upper room, the lower being well stocked with articles suitable
for the present season, supplied by Messrs Gill, Sowden and Shires, drapers of
We understand that upwards of £120 worth of goods was distributed.
Mrs Stansfield of Esholt Hall,
Mrs Fison, Mrs Forster, Miss Womersley and the Misses Barwick were present
during the day to watch the proceedings.
Mischief and Cruelty- On
Tuesday night a cab containing two gentlemen arrived at this place from Leeds
and after depositing them at their residence the driver went to the Commercial
Inn (demolished and Tarn PH built on site), leaving his vehicle outside while
he went in for the purpose of taking a glass before his return to Leeds.
his absence some mischievous wretches mounted the box and drove through
the streets at a terrific pace finishing their journey on the moor, where they
completely smashed the cab to pieces and cut the harness in shreds, leaving the
poor horse exposed to the frost all night.
In the morning the animal was
found nearly dead with cold and quite unable to move through the shameful
treatment it had experienced.
Not the slightest clue can be obtained to the
perpetrators of this diabolical act.
It is a lamentable fact, but unfortunately
true, that the fear of retaliation in this neighbourhood keeps those silent who
could, but dare not, expose the truth of many of the delinquencies nightly
Fatal Accident - On Wednesday
an inquest was held at the Wool Pack Inn on the body of a man named Powell.
deceased and his sons were employed by Mr Matthews of Eccleshill for the
purpose of recovering some iron work and tools which were left in a shaft on
the estate of Mr R Barwick Esq. when, some four years ago, an attempt was made
to obtain coal.
On Monday last he was employed at the bottom of the shaft
loading the bucket with the earth which covered the things he was in search of
and in the descent of an empty one, a stone fell from the side, striking him on
the head and rendering him insensible.
The men at the top of the pit
not receiving any notice to draw up the usual load became alarmed and on
descending discovered the lifeless body of their father with the bucket on him.
The Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death".
The same man, on
his first entrance to this pit some years since broke his collarbone and
strange to say he was the first man to enter again on Monday when this
melancholy affair happened, the work having been stopped since the previous
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling.