21st February 1880
SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT SKEW BRIDGE
On Friday last a serious accident
occurred at Skew Bridge where the Aire and Calder Co. are to erect a new
iron structure in place of the old bridge over the canal. A number of
workmen were engaged in driving a pile when Joe Bradley, happened to be
passing near to the apparatus. A huge heavy weight called a ''Tup'' in
falling upon the pile, struck him severely. He was at once taken home by
conveyance and attended to by Dr. Stone, and although the unfortunate
man is gradually recovering he is still in a precarious condition.
28th February 1880
Musical entertainment in town hall
On Tuesday evening last, a musical
entertainment was given in the Town Hall by Mr. J.W. Harman. A very
interesting programme was given consisting of Sea Songs of Old England,
incidents in nautical life, and sailors yarns.
Of the entertainment we cannot
speak too highly. Mr. Harman is a host in himself for an evening's
amusement and on this occasion proved himself to be a man of
extraordinary ability, As a vocalist he sings with ease, pleasure and in
good style. He has a fine baritone voice of great range and knows well
how to compass it. His rendering of the songs, especially the ‘Death of
Nelson’, ’The Bay of Biscay’, and ‘Rule Britannia’, secured for him the
well-merited applause of the audience. His recitals of the sailors yarns
and incidents in connection with the jolly tars was at times approaching
The audience was unusually large,
and the interest was sustained for nearly two hours, while the applause
was enthusiastic. Mr. John Addy, of Knottingley, presided at the
pianoforte, This was pronounced by all to be the best entertainment of
10th April 1880
REJOICING AFTER ELECTION
Yesterday morning week, the day
after the Pontefract election, the people of Ferrybridge and Knottingley
gave expressions to their feelings by a monster procession. It was
ascertained by the workpeople in the employ of Mr. Woolfe (one of the
victorious candidates) that he would arrive at Ferrybridge House at
about 11.30. The London Road to the toll-bar was literally lined with
spectators who assembled at this junction by many hundreds.
About 12 o' clock, the Mayor of
Pontefract, with Mr. Arundal, solicitor, and Mr. Woolfe, M.P., were seen
in the distance. As they approached the four lane ends, a large motto
was placed across the highway, printed in large letters, ‘Welcome Home’,
and the Knottingley Brass Band struck up ‘See the Conquering Hero
At Ferrybridge the crowd had grown
into thousands of men, women, and children. The Mayor took away the
horses from the carriage and proceeded through Ferrybridge to Hilltop,
passed on to Knottingley, and passed down the lower part of the town and
called at Messrs. Bagley and Wild's Glassworks. Messrs. Chilsers and
Woolfe addressed a few words of congratulation and the procession moved
on, led by the band, to the residence of Mr. Woolfe, Ferrybridge House.
Mr. Childers here again on behalf
of Mr. Woolfe and himself, expressed to the crowd their gratitude for
the noble way they had worked for the victory they had gained, and the
reception they had that morning given them. Three cheers were then given
for Mr. Childers, Mrs Childers, Mr. Woolfe, Mrs Woolfe, and the Queen,
and the procession dispersed.
5th June 1880
VISIT OF SAILORS ORPHANS
On Tuesday about 60 orphans, with
their brass band, from the Port of Hull sailors Orphan Home, visited
Knottingley. After parading the town in the afternoon, followed by a
great crowd, they were entertained to an excellent tea in the Town Hall.
In the evening they gave a concert, when the large hall was densely
packed with an enthusiastic audience, who were evidently delighted and
astonished with the performance of the juvenile band. A report and a
list of local subscribers was read by Mr. Worfolk.
There are 220 boys and girls,
including 62 orphans of fishermen and 4 from Knottingley, at present
enjoying the benefits of this noble institution. Mr. Poole gave a
graphic account of his mission work among the sailors of Goole, and the
Reverend J. Crawford ably spoke of the claims the sailors orphans has
upon the sympathy and support of all classes of society, incidentally
stating that 32% of watermen annually meet with a watery grave. The
Reverend T. Greenbury, previous to singing the ‘Death of Nelson’,
proposed best thanks to the meeting be given to the North East Railway
Company for their kindness in providing special accommodation for the
orphans, and allowing them to travel at a greatly reduced fare in their
recent tour of the West Riding.
The contributions, together with
five guineas collected in boxes by the boys in the streets, amounted to
£16.18s, which sum was further increased to £20 by the liberality of a
gentleman present. After proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman for
presiding, this interesting meeting was brought to a close by the band
playing with much precision and heartiness the National Anthem. The boys
were taken to the houses of friends for the night and proceeded next
morning in conveyance to Goole.
12th June 1880
DUEL ON BELGIUM BORDER
A duel has taken place on the
Belgium border between two Noblemen ; The Marquis da Gil de Olivares and
Comte de Lardi. Swords were the chosen weapon and the encounter, which
arose out of a political discussion, resulted in the Comte being killed.
His adversary, a Spanish Duellist of renown, killed a man in a duel last
19th June 1880
QUEEN VICTORIA'S ACCESSION
Tomorrow being the accession of
Queen Victoria to the Throne, there will be a service in the Parish
Church at which at the morning devotions, the accession service will be
used. There will be only an ordinary service in the morning, as the 3rd
West Light Militia will have left the town. The recruits of the 1st West
Light Militia, however, will attend, and it is also expected that the
Mayor and Corporation will form part of the congregation.
26th June 1880
SUNDAY CLOSING OF PUBLIC HOUSES
On Sunday last, a petition to the
House of Commons in support of Sunday Closing of Public Houses, was
placed in front of the Wesleyan Chapel and was signed by some 200
members of the congregation.
31st July 1880
NEWS OF KNOTTINGLEY FEAST
This event is usually looked forward
to with a lively interest by the inhabitants of the village, and this
year is no exception to the rule. If anything, the doings at this
holiday are likely to be on a greater scale than ever. The Flatts will
again be covered with Shows, Bazaars, Shooting Galleries, Stalls,
Swinging Boats, a menagerie, and last but not least, Vickers ‘Temple of
Drama’ which at this time of year is always here. There will also be
three Cricket Matches. There is therefore a fair prospect of a lively
time at Knottingley during the next few days.
7th August 1880
NEWS OF KNOTTINGLEY FEAST
Festivities of Various kinds have
been held this week to commemorate what is popularly known has ‘The
Feast’. At this time of year the reunion of families takes place. Sons
and daughters visit their parents, and friends long parted meet again to
"enjoy the hospitalities of each others table".
The Feast is to the people living in
this neighbourhood the greatest event of the year. It attracts crowds
from the outlying villages, for whose enjoyment all kinds of amusements
are provided. The large piece of waste land opposite the old river, and
known as the Flatts, presents a very busy and animated appearance. Here
during the feast the theatre has been close to the shooting galleries,
the swing boats, to the wild beast show. There has been no lack of
bustle and noise, Hurdy -Gurdies mingled with the blatant trombone and
the ear-piercing gongs have presented the noisiest and most discordant
sounds. Mr. Vickers theatre, at which spicey, sensational melodramas
have been played, has been crowded every night. There was a trip to
Manchester on Monday, another to Scarborough on Tuesday, three cricket
matches, two galas in the cricket field, and a ball held at the Town
Hall three nights this week. Altogether during the last few days the
people living here have had a lively time of it.
7th August 1880
CHURCH SCHOOL TRIP
The teachers and scholars of the
schools connected with the Christ Church, Knottingley, and many of their
parents and friends, numbering altogether about 300, had a very
enjoyable outing on Wednesday. They were conveyed by two of Mr.
Brandford's keels, decked out for the occasion, to Whitley Lock, and the
weather being beautifully fine, the trip on the water afforded very
great pleasure to the excursionists.
On landing, the party wended their
way to some fields, prettily situated, lent by Mr. Eadon of Whitley
Bridge, and there they spent the rest of the day in healthy recreation
and innocent amusement. A capital tea was provided by Mr Dewar,
confectioner, Knottingley, and it was thoroughly enjoyed. Shortly after
7 o'clock the party returned to the boats and came home, singing hymns
on the way, and listening to a short address delivered by the Rev. John
Crawford, Vicar of the parish of Knottingley East. The young people
enjoyed themselves to their hearts content.
14th August 1880
TREAT FOR ELDERLY WOMEN
In accordance with a custom which
has been established for several years, Mr. Vickers, the proprietor of
the theatre, gave a tea at the Buck Inn, Knottingley, on Thursday, to
all the old women in the village above 60 who chose to accept the
invitation to it. He also gave them entertainment at the theatre.
No one does better at Knottingley
Feast than Mr. Vickers whose theatre during his stay has been crowded
21st August 1880
NAVIGATION COMPANY - NEW BRIDGE
The Aire and Calder Navigation
Company are making rapid progress towards completing the scheme for
vessels of large dimensions to proceed up the canal.
The Skew Bridge at Knottingley,
which was the first of it's kind to be erected in Yorkshire, has been
taken down and the span widened to an extent of 40ft on the water.
Across this is being thrown immense wrought iron girders weighing 17
tons each. The second of these has been placed in position and the
bridge, which will contain 100 tons of iron, will form an imposing
object on the canal.
It is the third bridge being
erected and is an evidence of the enterprising spirit of the company.
Vessels of 180 feet in length can now pass up the canal but when the
bridge and locks are widened, ships of very large size will be able to
pass the bridges, two at one time, and much easier than before. Vessels
from London and the continent will be able to proceed to Leeds and
Wakefield direct without having to tranship the cargo either at Hull or
Goole, which will expedite delivery and be of great advantage to the
18th September 1880
SUNDAY SCHOOL CENTENARY
Mr. Sydney Woolfe, M.P., has, with
his usual liberality, forwarded a donation of £4 towards defraying the
expenses of the late Sunday School Centenary celebrations.
16th October 1880
The Knottingley Mechanics Institute,
not like many institutions of a similar kind, has continued through many
discouragements to exist and flourish since it's establishment more than
25 years ago to the present time - some years since Mr. Sydney Woolfe
kindly consented to be President and devoted much time and energy to the
success of the society. More pressing duties however devolving on him in
his public life as a Member of Parliament, he was succeeded by Mr. M.
Stainsby, who has ably supplied his place.
We are glad to say the Institution
is flourishing, having a large number of members who are accommodated at
the Town Hall with a reading room in which are supplied the daily and
other papers, with a capital library. In the winter season lectures and
concerts are given.
The opening entertainment was given
on Tuesday evening in the Town Hall, in the shape of a concert, which
was largely attended by a respectable audience. The chair was taken by
Mr. Stainsby, who, after a few remarks, introduced the Glee Class, which
has attained great proficiency under the leadership of Mr. Plowman. The
part song ‘Mark the Merry Elves’ was first rendered, and was executed
with great precision. Miss Earnshaw, of Pontefract, gave ‘Juanita’ in
her usual capital style and was loudly applauded. The Glee class gave
‘Sweet and Low’ which was followed by a song entitled ‘The Day When
You'll Forget Me’ by Miss Witton, which was loudly cheered. Mr. R Hurst
gave the recitation ‘Dream of Eugene Aram’ in a style which showed he
possessed histrionic talent of no mean order. It was evidently an
imitation of Henry Irving of the Lyceum Theatre, and had the effect of
bringing down a rapturous encore to which he responded by giving the
pathetic piece entitled ‘Little Jim’ which was also fully appreciated.
The first part of the entertainment finished with ‘Queen of the Night’
by the Glee class, which was warmly received. We should say here that
Miss Ingle of Cridling Stubbs, presided at the pianoforte with her usual
30th October 1880
MARRIAGE OF MISS WITTON
The pretty little church in the
Croft, East Knottingley, was quite filled with spectators on Monday
morning, who had assembled to witness the marriage of Miss Fanny Witton
to Mr. Frank Wild, eldest son of Mr. John Wild, of the firm Messrs.
Bagley Wild and Company. The church was beautifully decorated for the
The bride wore a cream-coloured
cashmere dress, trimmed with satin and orange blossom, and the
brides-maids, (Miss H. Witton, sister of the bride, and Miss Sybil Wild,
sister of the bridegroom) wore dresses of pale blue cashmere, trimmed
with swans down. Mr. Walter Eccles of Leeds, was the best man and the
Rev. Crawford, the vicar, officiated.
After the ceremony a large party sat down to breakfast at the residence of
the brides father, after which the happy pair departed on their wedding
tour. In honour of the event the workpeople of the company were
entertained on Monday evening in the large warehouse at the works.
During the day flags were flying in various parts of the town.
13th November 1880
NEW FOOTBALL CLUB
A new football club has been started
here in Knottingley. The same practice in the cricket field, better
known as Howard’s Field. Already there are a good number of members.
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