Aireborough Historical Society

Band of Hope 1894

Band of Hope 1894
Band of Hope 1894
Band of Hope
Date 1894
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
Sl012 & SL013

These photographs was originally taken onto glass slides by E.E.Slater of Hopeville, Yeadon. They have been digitally transferred for us by John Hobson

C287     6th February 2014

Top: A Band of Hope rally on Albert Square.
The Band of Hope was founded in Leeds in 1847, it was a temperance organisation which hoped to make people aware of the misery and poverty which working class children suffered when adults drank too much.
Children joined at the age of 6, by the early 1900s 3.5 million adults and children had joined, Queen Victoria became their Patron.
Yeadon had strong Methodist chapels and the Temperance Hall which opened in 1905, in contrast there were also many public houses in the area.
Allegedly many men who were asked to sign the pledge of abstinence opted to compromise and promised to refrain from alcohol on one or two days of the week!     In this photo carriages  are coming into Albert Square from Cemetery Road, there is a visible police presence.

Middle: A Band of Hope parade down the High Street, boys carrying banners walk in front of a decorated cart with a crowd following behind.
The block of property which included Rawnsley's shop and Poll Marsden's lodging house were demolished to form part of Town Hall Square, the Town Hall is set back on the right.

Bottom: An article published in the Wharfedale Observer.

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