9th March 1967
28 YEARS AS A FIREMEN
To mark his retirement after 28
years with Knottingley Fire Brigade, retained Sub-Officer T. Garner, of
The Grove, Knottingley, on Thursday received gifts from his colleagues,
Pontefract Divisional Staff and the West Riding County Fire Service. The
presentations were made by the Chief County Fire Officer, Mr. K.L.
Holland, and the Assistant County Fire Officer, Mr. A.S. Martin, at the
Knottingley Fire Brigade’s dinner dance at Kellingley Social Centre.
Knottingley colleagues gave him a clock, the Divisional Staff a silver
tankard and the West Riding Service a plaque.
Mr. Garner, who is 55, joined the
Brigade in 1938, and apart from a short service in the Army he has
served with it ever since. For the past year he has been a sub-officer.
He is employed in Knottingley for Yorkshire Tar Distillers, and may
continue as an auxiliary fireman.
16th March 1967
ADVENTURER VISITS LOCAL SCHOOLS
Sergeant Chas Blyth, one of the two
paratroopers who crossed the Atlantic in a 20ft rowing boat in 92 days,
visited England Lane Secondary Modern School, Knottingley, yesterday and
gave a talk to pupils about his astonishing adventure. The visit
is part of a goodwill programme of visits to 18 schools throughout
Yorkshire. The other paratroop, Captain J. Ridsway, is also taking part.
20th April 1967
EXTENSION TO KNOTTINGLEY'S ONLY MALE CLUB
The new £5,500 extension to
Foundry Lane Working Men’s Club, Knottingley, the only remaining
all-male club in the town, was opened by the chairman of K.U.D.C.,
Councillor W. Sarvent, on Thursday. At the opening were representatives
of John Smith’s Brewery, and the architect Mr. E.B. Croft, with his
assistant, Mr. B.J. Lee. Councillor Sarvent presented Mr. Tom Cowling,
aged 86, who is the oldest member of the club, with £1.
The extensions include a
new television room, formerly part of the stewards cottage. The interior
walls of the cottage have been removed making one extra long room, at
the end of which there is a new cloakroom. In the tap room, a new stone
effect bar with roller type shutters, has been erected. The new bar in
the best room is made of leather. What was formerly the snug has been
turned into a storeroom. Central heating has been installed throughout
the building and all the floors have been retiled. Every room has been
re-decorated, and new curtains have been hung at the windows. New
toilets have been built on at the back of the building and the car park
re-surfaced. The steward is Mr. E.B. Richards who now lives in another
cottage across the road from the club. The club secretary Mr. N. Bryan
says he knows the club is the only all-male club in Knottingley, and
thinks it may be the only one within 20 miles of the town.
29th June 1967
REGRET AT DEMOLITION OF WINDMILL
A Pontefract reader writes to ‘The
Express’ saying he notes with regret that K.U.D.C. is seeking to have
the old windmill at Wentcliffe Hill, Ferrybridge, demolished.
"I agree," he acknowledges, "that
the old millhouse is an eyesore and a danger to children, and that it
should be removed, but the old mill is a prominent landmark for many
miles around. It also provides a fascinating contrast when seen against
the huge cooling towers of the Power Station - both in their time used
as sources of power - and that is the last remaining windmill in K.U
He agrees that restoration would be
too expensive, but suggests that by bricking in the window openings and
doorways, with a brick that contrasts with the fine white limestone, the
tower could be made "child-proof" at very little cost. This method, he
points out, has been used at Broomhill, (Batley) and Conisborough, where
windmills have been retained as interesting features in the landscape;
"and neither of these two is as fine a landmark as that at Wentcliffe
Hill." The writer ends: "So please Knottingley councillors, reconsider
this decision and for the small price of a few bricks ensure that
children won’t injure themselves and at the same time retain a fine
As was reported in ‘The Express’ on
June 15th, the Clerk to the Council, Mr. H.B. Probert, told the members
that the property did not belong to the Council.The Express learns,
however, that it is owned by Norman C. Ashton, Ltd., the building firm,
who have a housing scheme at Wentcliffe Hill. A spokesman says it is
intended to demolish the mill in about a year from now to enable them to
carry out their plans.
6th April 1967
OLD GREEN GLASS BOTTLE FOUND IN LAKE
An old bottle found by corporation
workmen clearing out Pontefract Park Lake set the ‘Express’ on a trail
of detection. The bottle bears the name Brown and Knight, Ferrybridge,
but no one seemed to have heard of such a firm. From a photograph, Mr.
J. York, a director of Jackson Bros Ltd, was able to say the bottle had
At Hey Bros Ltd., the Pontefract
mineral water manufacturers, Mr. H. Birdsall, manager, said it had
contained dandelion and burdock, stopped with a cork or glass stopper
sealed with tallow. It was one of the original directors of Hey’s, Mr.
Law Armitage Hey, a sprightly 84 year old, who unhesitatingly identified
Brown and Knight, he recalled, did
have works at Ferrybridge, in The Square, near the present Golden Lion
Hotel. They closed more than 30 years ago. The bottle of green glass
would definitely have had a cork in it.
Is this the only remaining relic of
the former Ferrybridge works, I wonder? And how many years had it lain
on the bed of the lake?
20th April 1967
MEMORIES POUR FROM GLASS BOTTLE
That green bottle found at
the bottom of Pontefract Park Lake, featured in these columns a
fortnight ago, has certainly drawn the cork on reader’s memories. The
bottle, it may be recalled, bore the name "Brown and Knight." From
Friarwood Lane, Pontefract, M. Crossland tells me: "Mr. Brown was my
The family, the letter
continues, lived in the Square at Ferrybridge and the works were down
the yard behind the house, which is now a butcher’s shop. After Mr.
Brown died, Mrs Brown retired during the First World War and went to
live in Bridlington, so, as M. Crossland observes, the bottle must be
nearly 50 years old.
Miss Joan Fletcher, of
Chelsea House, Aire Street, Knottingley, tells me she has a bottle of
the same type but made when the firm went under the name of W’m Brown.
Hers was found under the floorboards at her home - deposited by some
bygone thirsty workman, perhaps? The item started a whole chain of
recollections for Mr. and Mrs Willie Thompson, now living at Abbey Road,
Blackpool, and still getting their ‘Express’ every week.
Mr. Thompson writes that
his wife was born at the Lock House just behind Brown and Knight’s works
- he himself started work at Poulson Bros. Ltd., "one of the three
potteries," in 1912. He recalls that one of Mr. Brown’s two sons married
Miss Daisy Sefton of Sefton and Brown, now T. Brown and Sons.
Ferrybridge Foundry in those days belonged "to a Mr. Ashley and from
that firm workers left and started Shaw Bros., Tranmer and Jagger,
Lightowler and Sons, and I think. probably Hunters. Mr. Thompson ends
"your mention of Brown and Knight has given us an interesting half-hour
20th April 1967
KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY QUERY
Efforts to identify another glass
object are being made by the Kings Own Light Infantry. This is far more
valuable than the Park Lake bottle. It is a beautifully made glass
goblet, said to be "a very fine piece," with a silver Victorian
threepenny bit set inside its fluted stem. Major Aubrey Sharp came upon
it in his home during a check after a burglary. He has no idea how it
came into his family’s possession, but undoubtedly it has K.O.Y.L.I.
connections. It bears the number 105 and the motto of the regiment,
Nulti Secundas (second to none).
At the regimental museum at
Pontefract Barracks, where the goblet now is, Captain Frank Young told
me the number refers to the 105th Madras Light Infantry, which became
the 2nd Battalion K.O.Y.L.I., in 1882. "We are anxious to trace the
goblet’s history," he added. Any K.O.Y.L.I. veterans got any ideas?
20th July 1967
DEATH OF MR. K. BAGLEY
A member of the well-known
Knottingley family of glass manufacturers, Mr. Kenneth Addingley Bagley,
of Doncaster Road, Ferrybridge, died in Pontefract Infirmary on Monday
after a long illness, aged 65. Son of the late Dr. S.B. Bagley, a former
Chairman and Joint Governing Director of Bagley and Company Ltd., he was
Joint Managing Director of the company until his retirement. He was a
founder member and president of Bagley’s Recreation Club and Veteran
Mr. Bagley served in the Observer
Corps during the Second World War and was a Special Constable for many
years. He was a member of Pontefract and Knottingley Conservative Clubs;
the Goole Conservative and Liberal Divisional Association; and a
vice-president of Knottingley Town Cricket Club. He was a member of St.
Botolph’s - with Christ Church, Knottingley, where the funeral service
and burial has been arranged for today. He leaves a wife and daughter.
3rd August 1967
BLACK AND WHITE STRAY DOG
The reason why a stray black and
white mongrel puppy dog, living at the home of the Curate of
Knottingley, Reverend S. Doubtfire, has been given the name "Tramp" is
quite simple. He was playing in the garden with Mr. Doubtfire’s two
children, Stephen aged 6, and Christopher, aged 7, and everyone thought
he would go home, but the following morning he was found asleep in a
chair in the garden shed. He wore a collar, but no identification tab,
so Mr. Doubtfire took him to the police station. The police told him to
keep the dog for a month, and that if it was not claimed, it would be
his if he wished to have it. This happened a month ago, but the dog is
still there. Since then people have recognised the dog, and told Mr.
Doubtfire that they have had it in their gardens. "It seemed he has been
wondering about for some time and that is why we call him "Tramp" says
Mr. Doubtfire. Tramp gets on well with the children, and with "Toby" the
Doubtfire’s Sealyham. "To tell the truth, we would have hated anyone to
take him away now," Mr. Doubtfire says.
So it appears now that "Tramp" has a
permanent home and will no longer be leading an itinerant's life.
17th August 1967
FLATS OFFICIALLY OPENED
The chairman of the K.U.D.C. Housing
Committee, Councillor Mary Nunns, handed the keys for Flat 30 to the
first resident, 65 year old Mrs F. Pollard, when the Council’s nine
storey block of flats were officially opened on Friday. Named "Low Cross
Green" the flats are part of the Aire Street re-development scheme. The
keys to the main doors of the building were handed by Mr. T.G. Greaney,
of J.F. Finnigan and Co (Sheffield Ltd)., the general contractors, to
the chairman of the Development Committee Councillor E. Tree. The block
comprises 34 four-person flats, each flat independently heated by a
gas-heated ducted warm air system.
Mrs Pollard lived at Marsh End
before moving to the new flat, She told ‘The Express’: "It will be
rather strange at first, but I shall have people all around me and I’m
looking forward to living here very much." Mrs Nunns told Mrs Pollard "I
hope you will be very happy in your new home."
The Housing Manager, Mr. M. Lobley,
told ‘The Express’: "We have tenants for 12 of the flats so far, and
these people will start moving in this week."
5th October 1967
PLAYING FIELDS CONTROVERSY
While not wishing to enter into any
controversy about Knottingley playing fields, may I, as one who has
lived in the vicinity of the field since 1908, give the following facts,
which may be of interest to some of your readers?
The fields were originally known as
the ‘Green House Fields’ and belonged to Mr. William Jackson, who lived
at The Hall in Marine Villa Road. He also owned ‘Green House’ now the
Green Bottle Inn, as well as Jacksonville, now demolished. When he died
in 1918 the Hall, another of his properties, was sold except for the
Green House Fields and Green House. Mr. Jackson, who was a barrister and
lived, I think, in London, later decided to sell his remaining property.
In the meantime a committee was
formed by local residents, who decided to raise the money to obtain
playing fields for the children; residents were asked for contributions
– 10 shillings buying a plot of land. Eventually the Committee obtained
the fields for a nominal sum on two conditions: that no building was
ever to be erected on the land and that the path from Glebe Lane to
Green House was never to be obstructed.
The playing field committee then
handed the land over to the Council on condition that it provided
amusements and its general upkeep. A fountain was placed in the centre
of the path, but Mr. Jackson came over at the time he sold Green House
and also saw the fountain.
He contacted the Council, and the
fountain was immediately removed to the side of the path. I should
imagine proof of my remarks will be found in the archives of the Town
Hall with other legal documents. LH
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