"Fatal Fight - On Sunday at about half past five
o'clock in the afternoon, Henry Atkinson Brown, living at Shipley and employed
as a striker in the smith's shop of the Midland Railway Company at
Bradford, accompanied by two or three other persons, went to Guiseley and
called at the Red Lion Inn there, Brown being then the worse for liquor.
named John Patrick, a cloth weaver residing at Guiseley was also there
drinking, and a quarrel soon ensued between him and Brown.
The landlord and
landlady were not at home, the parties left in charge of the house got the two
men outside and bolted the door.
They afterwards went into the backyard of the
inn and commenced fighting, during which Brown seized Patrick and threw him
The landlord's daughter was up in her
dressing room, from which there is a window opening into the backyard and
hearing a noise she looked out and saw Brown on top of Patrick holding his
throat with both hands and shaking his head about.
Upon this she ran down and
having given an alarm, seized Brown by the hair of the head and forcibly
dragged him off Patrick, who was then bleeding profusely from the back part of
the head, mouth and nose.
There was also a large quantity of hemorrhage lying on
the ground, Patrick was then lifted up and taken home.
He was very ill during
the night and in the morning, after partaking of a little food, he walked out.
Upon his return , however, he felt
himself worse and went to bed.
About four o'clock in the afternoon of the same
day he was seized with an apoplectic fit, and having remained in a state of
insensibility until Tuesday night about ten o'clock he died.
Mr Superintendent Smith had, in the
meantime, given directions for the apprehension of Brown on a charge of
assault, and he was accordingly taken by Police Sergeant Phillips of Guiseley
at Bradford and conveyed to the lock- up at Otley.
The deceased was about forty
five years of age.
He was a widower and has left a son."
Additional text by Christine Lovedale :
The Red Lion Inn is situated on the Green and is still open
for business (March 2016).
In 1853 the landlord was William Armitage, by 1870 William
Popplewell was the licensee, as this tragedy occurred in 1858 it is possible
that either of them could have been in residence.
Image reproduced by kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive, research Edwy Haling