"Fatal Affray At Yeadon
night last, a number of persons were at the home of Mr Jeremiah Holmes,
Clothiers Inn, Yeadon, when a quarrel arose and two of the party named Samuel
Booth and John Loftus turned out of doors to fight.
The first mentioned, a fine
looking Stout man, standing near six foot high, about 40 years of age, was
knocked down and received such injuries as caused his death on Monday
unmarried and lived with his parents.
His mother is not expected to survive the
shock of his sudden death".
"The Wesleyan Methodists At Yeadon
morning last the village of Yeadon was again in a state of the greatest
excitement in consequence of the latest disturbances.
At ten o'clock, the hour
appointed for services at the Wesleyan Chapel, a great concourse of people
assembled (more than one half being strangers from the neighbouring towns and
villages) to prevent a preacher appointed obtaining admission to the chapel and
when he made his appearance he was obliged to retire amidst the most discordant
noises and no service could be held during the day.
Dawson, one of the trustees of the chapel made several ineffectual attempts to
get into the chapel but the crowd repulsed him and he was obliged to retire
without accomplishing his object.
During the day thousands paraded the streets
of the village and quietness was not restored till evening.
Further text by Christine Lovedale
This was part
of the unrest caused by a schism in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Yeadon. A proportion
of the congregation wanted reforms which were resisted, the reformers went on
to found the New Reform Methodist Church and build their own chapel.
"Knor & Spell Match
On Monday a match of this game was played on Yeadon Moor
by Savile of Kirkstall and Waterhouse of Idle: 30 rises each for £50, it is
calculated that near 3,000 persons assembled on the occasion.
At the 29th rise
the numbers were equal, each having scored 30ft when a dispute arose and the
game was broken up.
It was afterwards agreed that each party should draw their
own money, which was done on the ground and the vast concourse dispersed
Additional text by Christine Lovedale
The game of knurr or knor & spell was played on the
Yorkshire Moors and gradually became popular across the north of England.
origins of the game can be traced back as early as the 14th century, in the
18th and 19th centuries it was immensely popular.
It was a
simple game, played with a trap to release the knurr (a small wooden or hard
pottery ball) and each man had a spell or stick with which to whack the knurr
as far as possible.
Taking turns, the knurr which had travelled the greatest
distance was the winner.
Images courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling