Aireborough Historical Society

Whit Monday 1908 Hopeville House




Title
Whit Monday, Hopeville House
Date 8th June 1908
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
A721 & A722
Comment

Members of Queen Street Methodist Chapel attending an open -air service in the garden of Hopeville House on Whit Monday, home of Ernest Ethelbert Slater.

Mr James Dawson leads the way on what is now Rufford Avenue into the garden which was considerably larger then, bungalows now occupy the site.

Following Mr Dawson came the mothers, young women and girls, all wearing their fashionable finery.

South View School is on the left.

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On Whit Monday, boys, the Chairman and Secretary of Queen Street Methodist Chapel made their way into the garden of Hopeville House to take part in an open-air service.

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An open -air service in the garden of Hopeville House for the congregation of Queen Street Methodist Chapel.

Proceedings began with a hymn, everyone looking their best for Whitsuntide when it was traditional to have new clothes.

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Musicians from Queen Street Methodist Chapel who provided the music for an outdoor service in the grounds of Hopeville House.

Service over, the guests made their way to the glasshouse to admire the fish pond in there.

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Members of Queen Street Methodist Chapel pose for the photographer, it was probably their host Ernest E Slater owner of Hopeville House.

In their smart outfits with their flamboyantly fashionable hats the ladies are the epitome of Edwardian style.

Queen Street Chapel was nicknamed "the gas & watta chapel" as many of the congregation were the affluent middle-class, with shares in local concerns such as the gas and water companies.

This is reflected in the clothing seen here.

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Whit Monday gathering of the Queen Street Methodists for a service in the garden of Hopeville House, the congregation take their leave.

 


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On the left is South View School, back view of the last of the Queen Street Methodists to leave the garden of Hopeville House after a service held there on Whit Monday.

 

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