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1849 Conservative Dinner Guiseley




Title
Conservative Dinner
Date 3rd March 1849
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
S183
Comment

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

"On Wednesday last, about sixty of the Conservatives of Guiseley sat down to a most excellent and substantial dinner provided by Mr Mark Clayton of the Fleece Inn, in honour of the return of Mr Denison for the Riding. The room was tastefully decorated with evergreens, banners, blue rosettes &c. In the course of the evening a number of constitutional toasts were drunk with the enthusiasm which always characterises Conservative meetings. Mr George Kenyon occupied the chair and Mr Smith-Dawson the vice - chair.

   Amongst the company were Mr William Rhodes, Mr Samuel Robinson, Mr James Walsh, Mr John Gill, Mr Peter Grimshaw, Mr John Denison, Mr James Padgett, Mr John Tempest, Holbeck &c &c. On the occasion of Mr Fawkes health being proposed as an old neighbour, thanks were given to him for the noble stand which he made at the late election, in resisting the dictation of the far famed Normanton ? and thereby upholding the independence of the Riding. The meeting was kept up to a late hour and all the company separated pleased with the entertainment. There was a ball at the same house the following evening."

 

Further text by Christine Lovedale

There is no Fleece Inn listed in Guiseley, perhaps this revelry took place in Otley?

The Fleece on Westgate existed then and would have been large enough to accommodate this group.

The Mr Fawkes referred to would have resided at Farnley Hall.

 

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