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 -
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.