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1852 Old Yeadon News

Old Yeadon News
Date April 1852
Location Yeadon
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 "Fatal Affray At Yeadon

      On Saturday 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 afternoon.

     He was unmarried and lived with his parents.

His mother is not expected to survive the shock of his sudden death".


"The Wesleyan Methodists At Yeadon

      On Sunday 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.

     Mr Joseph 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.

Bradford Observer"

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 peacefully"

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.

The 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


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