YEARS IN FOCUS
KNOTTINGLEY IN 1947
REPRODUCED COURTESY OF THE
A party of singers from the Ropewalk Methodist Church, Knottingley, have
devoted the proceeds of a carolling tour of the town to the National
Children's Home and Orphanage.
On Christmas Eve gifts of money were distributed among the incapacitated
members of the British Legion at Knottingley and Ferrybridge. The
distribution was made by Messr's D. Ingham, H. Higgins and J.W. Coward
in Knottingley and by Mr. J. Dobson at Ferrybridge.
Miss Pamela Kellet of Morley House, Weeland Road, Knottingley, was
again successful in the British Ballet Organisation examination at
The recent snow whose departure was expedited by still more rain, has seen
numbers of people rendered temporarily homeless. In many places the
floods rose as more rain sent up the flood levels of the River Aire once
more at Bank Dole Lock, Knottingley, on the Aire and Calder Canal. The
highest point reached during the past week was 6ft 6inch above normal,
but on Wednesday the water was subsiding again.
Glengarry, Hornby Road, Blackpool. 2 minutes sea and station. Board
residence 12/6p per day.
Mr. Ike Cox will open his shop at 11 Wilson Street, Castleford, on
Thursday next, March 6th, with horsemeat for human consumption. Only the
best quality killed.
Value Your Sunday by going to the polls on Saturday March 15th and voting
against Sunday opening of Cinema's. Christian council of Clergy
and Ministers of the Castleford Churches.
Pontefract and Knottingley N.F.S. men used their axes to break through a
foot of ice on the pond in Cridling Park, Knottingley, on Monday to
obtain water to fight a barn fire. After water tenders had been emptied
a water pump was towed by a farm tractor across a field covered by over
a foot of snow. The firemen were out for over three hours and their
greatcoats were frozen stiff when they returned.
On Tuesday ice was reported on stretches of the Aire and Calder Canal
between Castleford and Knottingley and between Knottingley and Whitley
Bridge, but there was no serious freeze up because of the movement of
traffic. However, ice breaking operations were in progress and also on
new sections of the new Junction Canal. A huge stretch of water was
frozen over at Fairburn Ing's and there has been some skating although
the ice was rough.
The fuel situation continues to be difficult and domestic consumers
are having a hard time in many parts of the district. Many churches have
insufficient fuel to heat their buildings for services. Although the
electricity structures have had no general effect on local industries,
the coal situation, still at the mercy of the weather, continues to take
it's toll. Dunhill's Ltd, confectioners, of Pontefract, had been closed
a week on Wednesday, when there was little prospect of a resumption
before next week. Four more furnaces have been closed at Messr' Bagley
and Co, Knottingley, due mainly to the shortages of alkali, and it is
stated that although the weekly output has been further reduced. an
attempt is being made to share out the work as fairly as possible.
Passers by on Aire Street, Knottingley, on Tuesday, noted with misgivings
that during the night the river had reached a much higher level,
drowning the 'Island' again and bringing down an assorted collection of
flotsam, as it swirled silently almost level with the Flatts.
Knottingley is expecting to see water on the Marsh very soon but also
hoping it ''does not come the other way''
The calamity of the agricultural area between Knottingley and Snaith is
only now being fully realised. Thousands of acres of pasture and
farmland lie beneath the waters which have stretched out on both sides
of the River Aire, for greater distances than within living memory. Tons
of vital foodstuffs, potatoes and cattle fodder, are covered. Road and
rail connections are cut, telephone communications endangered, villages
isolated, and large numbers of people rendered temporarily homeless. In
many places the floods rose with unprecedented rapidity.
Snaith, on Tuesday, was a town of Wellington boots, boats and
improvisations - a town that had been without gas since early Monday,
without electric light since Sunday, and was now without trains.
The last comparable flood was in 1892, but even then the water never
reached the railway station, whose buildings on Tuesday contained
several feet of water. Mr. C. Tasker, a coal merchant of Snaith, who
gave the alarm said:
''I heard the water coming at a quarter to seven on Sunday morning. It
sounded like thunder in the distance; then I saw it pouring over the
fields and went immediately to warn the police and rouse Gowdall."
Mr. Tasker, with a small rowing boat and a fog lamp, was out all
Sunday night rescuing residents from Gowdall and visiting isolated
farms. The invasion continued throughout Sunday, while police and
the local authorities did their utmost to afford relief. Sandbags were
used by residents to block doorways and fill gaps. Early in the
morning cattle were being driven back willy-nilly across pastures to
higher ground, some being collected by lorries and some by boat. Much
livestock was crammed into wagons on the railway embankments which stood
high out of the water.
The Vicar of Ferrybridge, The Reverend J.L. Turney, was once more cut
off from his church last week and barges 'locked out' in the river by
the closing of the Ferrybridge flood-lock, were straining at their
moorings. The canal between Anvil Bridge and Cow Lane, Knottingley, was
choc-a-block with vessels awaiting the resumption of traffic. From
Mill Fields, Knottingley, could be seen an inland sea stretching to the
slopes of Byram-Cum-Sutton, and agitated by strong cross currents. At
one time the water threatened the Knottingley Gas Works, which could
only be approached by planks, but later the water receded. Ducks were
swimming in the fields behind St. Botolph's church. Floodwater from
Selby, creeping towards Hillam and Monk Fryston, created alarm in those
Mr. A.W. Lightowler (36) a master engineer of 'Arch Haven', Ferrybridge
Road, Knottingley, has won £1,200 in a football competition. He has
filled his coupon in for about 8 years and has had 3/4 'Good Wins'
though none so big as his latest one. He has no method and relies
entirely on 'pure luck'.
A Knottingley man who has decided to try his luck abroad is Mr. Thomas
Bugg, the only son of Mrs. and the late Mr. R. Bugg. He was recently
married at the Catholic Presbytery, Portland, Australia, to Miss Imelda
Hutchinson, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs W. Hutchinson, of
Portland. Before he joined the navy in 1943, he worked at Bagley's
Glassworks and he met his bride in Sydney when he was serving on
H.M.S,Glory, which was engaged on ferrying prisoners of war between
Australia and Japan. Mr. and Mrs Bugg now have their new home in Sydney
and Mr. bugg is working at a Government small arms factory.
Married at St. Botolph's by the Rev. Musgrave were Fred Richardson of
Pontefract, and Miss Doris Balham of Knottingley, the youngest daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Balham of 'Auckland', Womersley Road, Knottingley.
County Hospital, Wakefield. To Primrose, wife of Richard, Knottingley, a
brother for Christine, David.
Mrs. W. Doubtfire, of Lock House, Bank Dole, Knottingley, has won £250 on
a newspaper crossword competition.
At St. Botolph's Church, Robert Smith of Pontefract was married to Audrey
Bains, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bains, 'Bonville', Womersley Road,
A tank containing molton metal, at the Glass Bottle Manufacturing Co, of
Bagley and Co., burst in the early hours of the Monday and started a
fire. The metal flowed away safely and the fire was brought under
control by the works firemen before the arrival of the N.F.S. from
Pontefract and Knottingley.
105 Members of the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors Club, Knottingley,
spent an enjoyable day at Skegness on Sunday. The party left Knottingley
at 7.30 am. and after a day of good weather arrived back at 11pm.
According to enquiries made by The Express
this week, the farmers problem of obtaining pickers in the big pea-growing
area east of Knottingley - an acute one last year - has largely solved
itself because of reduced sowings.
On the whole it appears that crops have emerged much cleaner and
healthier than last year and the pickers price of 2/6p a bag at the
beginning of the season has fallen to about 2/-. Knottingley women
pickers are in demand however. ''They know the job'' a local farmer told
The Express and added "some of them can pull 2 bags an hour, and when
the price was 2/6p one women in a field of mine earned 25/- in a seven
Labour is also available from the holiday camp at Whitley and has
proved a useful contribution. Unfortunately by the time these helpers
have become proficient in some farm jobs their holiday is at an end.
''I believe that one further great task remains to be done by Mr.
Churchill in his long public career, and that is to rally this country
in the economic Battle of Britain as he did in 1940.''
Mr. L.D. Gammons, M.P
Marriage. Peter Richard, younger son of Wing Commander and Mrs J.W.
Buckland, of Hayes, Middlesex, to Mary, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs H.
Billbrough, of Knottingley at St. Botolph's Church.
George Kemp, 14, of Nants Cottages, Marsh End, Knottingley, found part of
a human skull in a quarry at Canal Bank, near the Town Hall on
Wednesday. The skull is without its lower jaw and the top part is cut
away and fitted with pins as though it had been an exhibition piece. The
discovery has been reported to the police.
One new case of Infantile Paralysis has been reported in the district
during the week at Knottingley. Isolation is being continued at home,
while there have been no cases in Pontefract or Castleford for a month.
Hull Fair was the destination of an outing for members of Knottingley
British Legion Branch and friends which was arranged by the social
committee. A party of 30 spent an enjoyable day.
The dream of a fairy princess and her wonderful coach came true for two
Knottingley sisters, Yvonne and Gwen Faiers, age 12 and 10 respectively,
whose mother, Mrs E. Faiers, of Waterfield Gatehouse, took them to see
the royal wedding yesterday week. Luck followed them all the way.
At Sheffield a newspaper photographer who asked them to pose said they
were the two youngest people he had seen travelling to the wedding. They
arrived in London early and secured an excellent 'stand' in the Mall,
where they had a long wait among people who had been spending the night
in sleeping bags, but the reward was an uninterrupted view of the
procession going to the Abbey and returning. Many people fainted
in the crowd around them but Yvonne and Gwen were far too excited to let
that worry them, and in the afternoon they stood in a queue to see the
altar in Westminster Abbey. Later they joined the huge crowd which saw
the King and Queen and Princess Margaret Rose on the balcony, in the
floodlit grounds. It was eight o'clock next morning when they reached
An Informal social evening was arranged by workers and staff of Bagley &
Co, of Knottingley, which drew a large company to the works canteen on
Tuesday. Members of the works Rugby team added their 'weight' and a
lively concert followed, in which the various items of entertainment,
which included tap dancing, singing, and instrumental solos, were given
by employees. A band, in which the instrumentalists were Messr's J.
Kelly, H. Cooper, H. Barrat and P. Turpin, gave excellent service.
The tenant of a shop and house in Aire Street, Knottingley, Mr. F.D.
Carver, bought the property for £450 when it was offered for sale by
auction, by Messr's Bently and Son, at the L. and Y. Hotel yesterday
week. Property comprising another shop and house in Aire Street, lately
occupied by Mr. V. Morrel, together with an adoining lock-up shop was
withdrawn at £775. Vacant possession of the house was offered.
A gift of china, which Mrs. E. Arnold of 'Northfield', Womersley Road,
sent to Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her wedding, has been
accepted and acknowledged. Painted on the crockery, which includes cups
an saucers over 50 years old, is a photograph of Queen Victoria at the
time of her Diamond Jubilee.
As reported in the Pontefract and Castleford Express
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