"YEADON - THE WATERWORKS
On Tuesday the committee of the above
waterworks, with a large number of inhabitants of Yeadon and Yeadon brass band,
went in procession to take possession of the site purchased for that purpose by
the company situate on Yeadon Moor.
On reaching the field, the chairman, Mr
Rawlinson, after a few appropriate remarks, introduced Mr Joseph Hodgson
Sen.who, with a new spade presented to him for that purpose, cut the first sod,
assisted by Mr Richard Whitehead.
On the conclusion of the ceremony the
procession reformed and paraded the principal streets of the village".
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Further text by Christine Lovedale
The site of the waterworks was in the area where the
present Balmoral View is today, below the row of cottages named Moor Grange.
The triumphant parade described did not immediately provide the folk of Yeadon
with the supply of clean water they were anticipating.
The Waterworks Co. was
founded in 1861, before this and for some years after water was drawn from
wells or the beck.
The principal wells were situated on the Green
(opposite the Robin Hood), the Old Mill (Dog?), old Engine Field, Warm Lane,
Swincar, top of Henshaw, Albert Square and Moor Grange.
contaminated and a health hazard as rubbish was frequently dumped around them,
in 1884 the coroner drew the Local Board's attention to a young boy drowning in
the well at Swincar.
The Local Board was often in contention with
the waterworks, in 1888 they demanded that a minimum supply of 20 gallons be
provided to each house, the Board were fobbed off with excuses until they lost
patience and tried to buy the waterworks.
A Parliamentary Bill instructed the
Waterworks Co. to construct new works to adequately supply the town at a cost
Complaints were still received, frogs in the mains being one of them.
The lead pipes initially installed were found to be the source of lead
poisoning and had to be replaced by iron pipes.
After a long uphill struggle
Yeadon and Rawdon finally had a clean, safe supply of water.