Friday 13 September 1918
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A party of the Bradford and Shipley branches of the Workers Educational Association visited Baildon on Saturday under the leadership of Mr W Claridge, president of the Bradford branch. Assembling at Baildon Bridge, they took the old road to Baildon. The first stopping place was Temple Ridding, which in the 13th century was the property of the Knights Templars. After the seizure of their land in 1308, it was transferred to the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem but was again confiscated to the Crown by Henry VIII. Slaughter Lane The party then proceeded up the hill towards Beck House and interesting references were made to some of the old houses en route. Slaughter Lane, now Kirklands Road, was pointed out as being probably the scene of Scottish raids in 1318 after the battle of Bannockburn. The next place of interest visited was Elmfield, now occupied by Mr J Bancroft. In the front of the house there is a stone with the inscription ‘W.B.A.D.1593’ referring to William Baildon and his wife and another inscription ‘I.A.L.1715’ referring to John Lambert and Anne his wife. The house is oak-panelled and contains two fine oak
cupboards of the date 1715. The original house with its out buildings probably formed three sides of a square. Walking up Holden Lane the party visited the church, which was built in 1846 to replace the old chapel originally built in 1175. Baildon is in the ancient parish of Otley. Chantries In the account of the suppression of the Chantries in the reign of Henry VIII, the following note occurs: ‘The Chantry of St John the Evangalist in the Chapel of Baildon is distant from the Otley Parish Church 4 miles. The necessity is that there be divers and sundry waters between the Parish Church and the town so that the inhabitants cannot go to the said Parish Church.’ This refers to the marshy land between Otley and Baildon which practically isolated Baildon for a great part of the year. The only permanent communication with the outer world was over Baildon Bridge. Later on, bridges were built at Saltaire and at Buck Mill in 1887. On the moor Mr Claridge talked interestingly of the inscribed rocks, including the famous ‘cups and rings’ and the remains of the so-called British villages which, he said, were undoubtedly ancient coal pits but quite possibly had been also used as pit dwellings  by the ancient Britons.
“This refers to the marshy land between Otley and Baildon which practically isolated Baildon for a great part of the year. The only permanent communication with the outer world was over Baildon Bridge. Later on, bridges were built at Saltaire and at Buck Mill in 1887.”
Group take a walk through Baildon’s history
Support for dead soldiers’ children
A concert was given on Saturday night by the Undercliffe Ladies’ Choir to raise funds to assist the children of the district who have lost their fathers during the war. The school was well filled and Cllr John Guy, who presided, said that when the programmes were printed there were 37 children in the Eccleshill district who had been deprived of their fathers and 32 of these were non-workers. 110 dead Since the printing two more parents had made the great sacrifice and five more children had to be added to the list, four of them being too young to work. It was the intention of the committee to give assistance to the non-working children. He regretted to say that Eccleshill and Undercliffe had now lost 110 brave lads. The gallantry shown by the soldiers of the district has been rewarded by seven Military Medals, two Distinguished Conduct Medals, two Military Crosses and one life-saving medal.
Silver wedding
Cllr and Mrs Willie Jowett of Virginia Cottage, Charlestown, Baildon, were married at St Phillip’s Church, Girlington, on 31st August 1893 and recently they celebrated their silver wedding. Mr Jowett is a prominent public man.
The allowance of three pints of milk a day to sanatoria patients is to be increased at the discretion of the doctors. The Shipley Insurance Committee decided at their meeting at the Institute, Saltaire, to ask the medical men to substitute milk for eggs and such like, owing to the cost of the latter. During the discussion, County Alderman Dunn said that an expert had stated to him in regard to milk, eggs and meat that milk was the most economical food value that could be purchased. In reply to a question Mr Dobbs said he thought the patients would not have difficulty drinking three pints of milk a day and Alderman Dunn raised laughter when he interjected: “More folks would rather have three pints of ale.” The congestion of sanatoria alleged to be caused by cases of tubercular soldiers was reintroduced by Mr J Alderson who thought the War Office ought to put up special places for the cases of the soldiers.
An eminent doctor had expressed an opinion in favour of the erection of wooden places every five years, such buildings to be swept away at the end of that time. He thought there was something in such a view as it would be better than putting up big stone buildings. Mr Hobley said it was useless asking the government to build fresh places when they were already taking over the institutions that had been erected for the use of the civilian population. T.N.T. “Do you think it is possible to provide not only the buildings but the working staff as well?” he asked, adding: “The reason they take over these (existing) buildings is because the working staff is there. “If we have to wait until these places are  built, some of the soldiers will be dead.”
The question of whether T.N.T. aggravates a tendency to consumption was also discussed again and Alderman Dunn said that Dr Campbell had said that T.N.T. was nothing to do with it. Mr Hobley said that opinion did not go far enough as it was really a question of whether T.N.T. aggravated cases where there was a tendency to consumption. The Clerk read a letter on the point  from the County Insurance Committee to the effect that the opinion had been expressed that T.N.T. “was not a primary cause of tuberculosis.” Mr Hobley held that this opinion showed that T.N.T. did have something to do with it in the case of those who had a tendency to tuberculosis. Alderman Dunn maintained that it was not always possible for a doctor to detect a tendency to the complaint when they examined the workers in T.N.T, factories.
“An eminent doctor had expressed an opinion in favour of the erection of wooden places every five years, such buildings to be swept away at the end of that time.”
Health Committee face many challenges
The fire brigade at Shipley had a singular experience on Saturday night. About seven o’clock they were called to 22 Commercial Street, a confectionary shop owned by Edith Rawlings, whose sister had seen some coal smoking in the cellar. Several hundred people were attracted to the scene and the brigade were at work fully half an hour. The police afterwards reported that no damage had been caused by the outbreak.
Fire at confectioner’s
The increased cost of production of electricity has caused the Shipley Urban Council to make application to the Bradford Corporation for an increase in the rate of payment for electricity supplied by the Shipley authority for use on the tramways. Reasonableness The Bradford Tramways Committee has recognised the reasonableness of the request and the City Council on Tuesday increased the present rate of payment by 20 per cent which is the same advance as has been made by the Bradford Corporation Electricity Department in the charge for current supplied by them for tramway purposes.
Tramways agree to 20% increase for electricity
As a result of beating Bankfoot by three wickets on Saturday, Saltaire have now won the double event. They defeated Bankfoot three weeks ago in the replayed final of the Priestley Charity Cup and they have finished up in the Bradford League three points ahead of the next team, Keighley. Eight wickets for Barnes On Saturday Bankfoot, who batted first, could do nothing against the bowling of Barnes and Slack, the former taking eight wickets for 12 runs and the latter two for 4. Payton was the only visitor who reached double figures. Nutter and Pell afterwards bowled well, Sedgwick and Barnes being the only two homesters to make a decent score. Saltaire were also at the top of the league last season.
Saltaire’s double triumph
SALES BY AUCTION 9 WELLCROFT, SHIPLEY MR FRANCIS LISTER has received instructions from Mrs Ibbetson to Sell by Public Auction on SATURDAY 21st September, 1918 at 2 o’clock prompt about 70 HEAD OF POULTRY including 1918 Pullets and  Cockerels. Also Hen House, 6ft 6in by 4ft 6in; Scratching Sheds, Wood Huts, Wire Netting and  Wood Fencing, and other sundry items. On view morning of the sale from 10 o’clock. Auctioneer’s Office: 3 Atkinson Street, Shipley
At Bradford West Riding Court, Sidney H Cook, piano dealer of Manningham, was fined £15 for assaulting Sarah Walker, 3 Wrose Hill Side, Shipley. Mr H A Demaine, who appeared for the complainant, said that she purchased in 1916 a cheap piano from the defendant and being dissatisfied, exchanged it for another dearer piano as the defendant had suggested. Both were on the hire system. Later the second was exchanged for a 42 guinea instrument brought under a hire-purchase agreement, giving the defendant authority to claim the piano at the first default. Already £29 had been paid on account. On the afternoon of 16th August the defendant called at the house of the complainant, who supposed he had come for an instalment. She asked him to wait for her husband. He said he could not wait and he had called to take away the piano. Remove vases He started to remove vases from the top of it and when the complainant attempted to put them back he pushed her about. The defendant and another man then attempted to move the piano through the sitting room into the kitchen and the complainant, who was behind the door, was crushed. The complainant said she went to his office on two occasions but he was out and she had also sent him a postcard. The defendant said he had received no postcard and on calling at the house found the complainant had removed to Wrose Hill. He had not been informed, however. He did not assault her in any way. Notice of appeal was given.
Piano dealer fined for assaulting customer as he reclaimed instrument
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