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Meltham maps

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Meltham area books

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Memories of Meltham

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1944 Stationed in Osset

On behalf of my father Charlie Comitti. He was courting and young girl called Doreen Morris. She had three sisters and one brother. They lived in Netherton Village. Tragically she was killed whilst walking out, a chap ran into her riding a push bike. He has very fond memories of her and her family.

Netherthong in The First World War Part 4

Armistice. There are more details on my History of Netherthong on the web. The news of the armistice reached Netherthong about 11am on the Monday morning but it was not fully confirmed until the flag was raised at Deanhouse Institution by order of the master, Mr. F. E. Rowbothan. This was followed by flags being hoisted at Deanhouse Mills, the Church, the Schools, Holmleigh, the Manor House and many cottages in Netherthong and Deanhouse. Merry peals were rung on the church bell by Oswald Sykes, Arthur Wimpenny and Robert Gill. Peace rejoicings were not held on the official day, July 19, but were postponed for a week. The official day did not pass unrecognized with flags and bunting and church bell ringing by various villagers. A large bonfire was built at Wolfstone Heights, by kind permission of Mr. Hampshire who owned the highest point. Messrs. A. Dixon, H. Mellor, J. Mallinson,W. Wagstaff, A. Wimpenny, H. Wimpenny and F. Harper built an enormous beacon. Seen from the village it looked like a tower. During the... Read more

The Changes Over The Years.

My memories of the village are so precious that I wished it to be preserved intact with no alterations whatsoever, which of course was ridiculous. The main change is the size. When I was a child, in the '40's and 50's, the village was triangular, with the church at one end and the chapel at the other. A ten minute walk beyond the chapel led to the old workhouse, by then converted into a Geriatric hospital. Eventually that closed and the site was demolished by a developer who built a housing estate on the land, which of course already had water, gas and electricity. The next change was the building of Netherfields in fields owned by Kenyon Lockwood, who promptly escaped to Harrogate with the proceeds! Another development was the housing built from the start of Moorlane across the sloping field right down to the hospital road. Many of the incomers drove to their work so we suddenly had many cars rushing up and down Outlane. Obviously, with all... Read more

History of Netherthong

I am currently researching and writing a history of Netherthong and I have well over 200 photos and other ephemera. I have started numerous chapters relating to such subjects as schools, parish council, churches, sport, entertainment, clubs and activities, role of Netherthong lads in the war and as further information becomes available I add, revise and update. Because NT in the early days was a very small village, there is little information available. One of my ongoing chapters is titled Odds and Bods and I list it below. Whilst writing and researching this history I kept coming across items of information that were either entertaining, informative or relevant to the times that NT was growing up in but they didn't seem to fit comfortably into any of the main chapters. This chapter seems as good a place as any for them. One feature of the Holmfirth Express was how it combined news both local, national and international along with sport and detailed reports of social activities. In the early days it was... Read more

Netherthong Public Houses - Part 1

This chapter is a work in progress and as it is more than the 1000 words allowed in this memory, I have split it into 2 sections. The current title is : Public House, inn, alehouse, tavern, pothouse, beer house, boozer, local, gin palace, saloon, honky-tonk, shebeen, snug, taproom. No township or hamlet could hold its head up high unless it had a number of the above establishments and Netherthong was no exception. From the early times Netherthong has boasted a total of 5 named public houses plus a further two in Thongsbridge, which for a long period was part of the parish of Netherthong. There was also a number of un-named beerhouses located at Deanhouse, a beer-house being licensed to sell beer but not spirits. The earliest reference to inns is in the 1848 Directory which listed the Clothiers, Queen's Arms, and the Rose & Crown but there can be no doubt that one or more of the three had to have been in... Read more

Netherthong Public Houses Part 2

This is the second part of my ongoing research into the public houses in Netherthong. There is reference to two inns in Thongsbridge in 1853 - the Rose & Crown publican Hiram Earnshaw, and the Royal Oak with publican Ellen Bray. By 1857, the Rose & Crown had closed and Hiram Earnshaw had moved and taken over the Royal Oak. In 1870 the publican had changed to Walker Fenton and in 1901 it was being run by Maria Esther Walker. That was the last recorded reference. We do know that the Royal Oak was closed in 2004 and was converted into flats. The final mystery relates to the Cricketers. There are no references to it by name in any of the Directories other than that there was a beer house in Deanhouse . However there was an unnamed public house shown in the 1932 Ordnance Survey map in the building where the current Cricketer's Arms is located. The building is dated as being early C18. In 1853... Read more

Netherthong Co-Operative Society Part 1

Netherthong Industrial & Equitable Co-operative Society Some of the first co-operatives were set up in the Holmfirth area well before the Rochdale Pioneers. In 1827 spinners, twisters, weavers, bleachers and farmers at Meltham Mills sold goods at the same prices as other shops and shared the profits out proportionately. Others were set up at Underbank,1832, New Mill, 1833, Holmfirth, 1833, Honley,1839, and Hepworth, 1840. The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, founded in 1844, was an early consumer co-operative and the first to pay a patronage dividend forming the basis for the modern co-operative movement. Although other co-operatives preceded them, the Rochdale Pioneers became the prototype and are most famous for designing the Rochdale principles. On January 14th. 1881 the first meeting to discuss setting up a Co-op in NT was held in the Free Church school. It was proposed and carried that Barry Sykes be the chairman of the meeting. It was proposed that a co-op store be established in Netherthong and that it should be called the Netherthong Industrial & Provident... Read more

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