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52.  NEW This is from The Yorkshire Evening Post 22nd June 1907

News - This morning Dr Stranger, Bond Street, Wakefield, was being driven by a coachman in his trap on his usual round of visits, when the horse stumbled just as they were turning from Kirkgate into Southgate.

Both occupants were thrown out and sustained a severe shock.

Police Constable Owen, at once seized the horses head, and it was found that one of the shafts was broken
But the horse was not injured.


51.  NEW This is from The Leeds Mercury 2nd January 1902

News - The adjourned inquest on David Walker age 14 a hauler gearing attendant at Park Hill Colliery who was killed on the 18th, was held by Mr P. P. Maitland at Outwood yesterday

How the deceased met his death is a mystery. It was his duty to attend to the lever of the haulage machinery an occupation that was considered quite safe.

On the day of the accident he was found dead, having been terribly mangled by the wheels. The jury considered that the place was not properly fenced.

The Coroner said it had been suggested that the lad had been reaching over something and he had fallen into the wheels.


50.  NEW This is from The Yorkshire Post 16th September 1936

News - Seven passengers had a narrow escape when a bus travelling along Denby Dale Road, Wakefield ran through a hedge and dropped into an allotment garden 6 feet below.

The bus belonged to the West Riding Automobile Co Ltd and was on its way from Hall Green to Bottomboat

Tha drivers cabin though almost buried in the ground was undamaged, and the driver was able to crawl out through the back of his compartment.

One woman passenger was thrown against the window and cut by the glass.


49.  NEW This is from The Yorkshire Post 24th November 1943

News - Petty Officer Edward Arnold Budd, of Wakefield has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for gallant and distinguished services in successful attacks on German U-Boats.


48.  NEW This is from The Leeds Mercury 6th October 1933

News - A Prize Station Near Wakefield

Lofthouse Station, Outwood near Wakefield, has been awarded a first class prize for the fourth year in succession in the L.N.E.R Best Station’s Competition.


47. This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 5th September 1868

News - Special Train to The St Leger at Doncaster departing from 

Ardsley at                      9.40am. 
Lofthouse at                  9.45am.
Wakefield Westgate at 10,00am.
Sandal at                      10.05am
Nostell at                      10.12am
Arrive Doncaster at       10.50am

Return Train from Doncaster at  6.40pm  Return Fare 3 Shillings.


46. This is from The Stage 13th June 1957

News - Maureen Melvin of Lofthouse, Nr Wakefield has been made one of the principle sopranos of the D’oyly Carte Opera Company, London.


45. This is from The Derby Daily Telegraph 26th May 1885

News - Roasted to Death.
On Saturday night a man named Wright was burned to death in a barn at Lofthouse near Wakefield.
He and others adjourned, taking with them two bottles of whiskey, after drinking at various public houses in Lofthouse until closing hour.

Shortly afterwards the barn was observed in flames, and the deceased was found burnt to a cinder. 

At the inquest, the jury found that there was no evidence to show how the fire had started, and were able to acquit the deceased’s companions of all blame.


44. This is from The Aberdeen Press and Journal 24th January 1935

News - Margaret Barlow aged 3 of Mayfield Terrace Lofthouse, near Wakefield, swallowed an orange pip at her home last night and was rushed to Leeds infirmary by ambulance, where she died shortly after admission.


43. This is from The Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated the 2nd June 1908

News - In view of the formal opening tomorrow of the Lofthouse Park, midway between Wakefield and Leeds, a representative gathering of Pressmen from all parts of the country took place yesterday afternoon.

The estate, which has some historic interest and for many years belonged to the late Mr Joseph Charlesworth.

The park comprises 60 acres of beautiful woodland. About £32.000 has been spent, including purchase of land,  by the present company in laying out the grounds as an up-to-date pleasure and winter gardens.

The most prominent architectural feature is the Grand Pavilion, which will seat about 1.000 people and this will be used as a ballroom and concert room with proscenium and orchestra.

There will be extensive buffets, which will be under the management of Spiers and Pond of London.

Outside there are innumerable side shows and an open-air bandstand, which will be occupied by the company’s military band conducted by Signor La Camera of Brighton.

Other attractions will include open-air skating rinks, lawn tenniss courts, bowling greens, a maze, and a romantic dell, later on an extensive lake will be formed.

Access to the park can easily be gained from all quarters, it has been arranged that admission will be free to all train passengers alighting at Lofthouse Station on producing their tickets.


42. This is from The Gloucester Citizen dated the 14th October 1932

News - Dying doctors death signal.
Dr Duncan Mackay MacLeod of Outwood, died at the wheel of his car while driving to see a patient at Wrenthorpe.
Dr Collinson of Leeds who was following him in another car, saw him put out his right hand and then 
deliberately turn his car into the hedge at the side of the road. Dr Collinson ran to Dr MacLeods aid but found him dead from a heart attack.

Dr MacLeod who was 56, was a bachelor. He went to Outwood more than 30 years ago to assist his uncle Dr McArthur, whose practice he eventually took over.

It is understood that Dr MacLeod had two half crown shares in the Outwood Syndicate of 96 shares which won £30.000 in the Irish Sweepstake with a ticket in the pan name “Lucky Kate” which drew Nitsichin the winner of the Cesarewitch.


41. This is from The Sheffield Telegraph dated the 9th August 1913

News - Outrage in Wrenthorpe. The West Riding Police are still making enquiries into the cowardly attack on an old farmer named Calvert of Wrenthorpe, who on Wednesday was assaulted by two strange men, who fractured his nose and inflicted other injuries on him before breaking into his house.

Two labourers, Thomas Hall and John Wilson of no fixed abode, were arrested on suspicion. They were brought before the courts yesterday, but as they could not be identified as the culprits, they were discharged.


40. This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 24th June 1876

News - Situation vacant for a good cook, must not be under 28 years of age. apply to Mrs Langhorne at
Outwood Hall, Nr Wakefield.


39. This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 23rd June 1952

News - Wakefield Corporation are promoting the building of four three bedroom People’s Houses at Eastmoor.
Mr Ernest Marples Parliamentary Secretary to the 
Ministry of Housing, is to visit Wakefield to open the houses.
The price would be about £1200 and have a prefabricated interior with a brick wall and tiled roof to give the apperance of a traditional house. Inside the houses are fuel stores and wash houses.


38. This is from The Leeds Mercury  dated the 23rd September 1916

News - A woman of Stanley Road Wakefield who died last Saturday, under somewhat mysterious circumstances. The evidence showed that the woman suffering stomach cramps, purchased some pills from a herbalist. Afterwards she became ill and was attended by Dr Hein, who said the cause of death was Peritonitis due to acute Gastritis, probably caused by some irritant which the woman had taken.

Dr Hein said he did not know the contents of the pills and the inquest was adjourned, the Coroner remarking that it was a case of grave suspicion.


37. This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 6th October 1928

News - For sale 65 Large White Pigs, from the herds of Mr James H Hallas, The Dairy Farm, Outwood and Messrs R Auty Lingwellgate Lane, Outwood. The sale comprises 37 sows, 20 maiden gilts and 8 boars.


36.   This is from The Ossett Observer dated the 11th January 1879

News - Theft of £7 at West Ardsley. At the Wakefield West Riding Court, yesterday, (Mr Kendal in the chair), Robert Small a married man residing at Topcliffe West Ardsley, was committed for trial at the sessions on the charge of stealing a bag containing £7, the money of Jane Thwaites a shopkeeper at Tingley. The case was very clear and Small after getting the money went out on a spree.


35.   This is from The Sheffield Telegraph dated the 30th July 1926

News - A Board of Trade Commissioners report on the explosion of a steam cylinder at a Wakefield fat and bone works, whereby a building was wrecked and a man severely scalded had been issued.

The commissioners state that the cylinder which was installed in 1911 for a pressure of 25-30lbs had no reducing valves to control the steam boiler which generated 120lbs, and that the safety valve had been removed. The commissionaires considered that the Co-oprative Wholesale Society were to blame and ordered it to pay £25 towards the investigation.


34.   This is from The York Herald dated the 30th March 1900

News - Early on Thursday, Seth Butcher (60) miner was killed in the Stanley main seam at New Sharlston Colliery. He was working with his son Thomas Butcher, cutting away “blackburns" from the roof of the main gate, when a portion of the roof fell on him, killing him instantly. The deceased was well known and respected in the district, and resided in Old Sharlston.


33.   This is from The Sheffield Telegraph dated the 20th December 1899

News - Yesterday a shocking accident took place at Wakefield, two men being killed. A chimney stack at Wakefield Prison needed repairs, two men named Herbert Stead Normington and William Carter were engaged to do the work. A scaffold had been fixed and whilst standing on it at a hight of 200 feet, it gave way, both men fell to the ground and were killed. 

Both men were steeplejacks from Great Horton Nr Bradford. It is said that the men were in the act of removing the last stone from the top of the chimney. when it fell and smashed the scaffolding.


32.   This is from The Yorkshire Evening Post dated  7th January 1919

News - An alarming motor accident occurred at Wakefield about nine o’clock this morning. A car was being brought out of W. Judges Garage in Market Street, when something went wrong and the car swerved out of control and collided with the Post Office door on the opposite side of the street. Three pedestrians were injured and taken to Clayton Hospital.


31. This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 15th January 1944

News - At The West Riding Juvenile Court on Wednesday, Before Mrs E Thorpe and Mr D Macoulay. Two boys, one aged 16 and the other 13, were summoned for having stolen two bottles of concentrated orange juice, value 10d the property of WVS Centre for The Minister of Food. Mrs Thorpe said there would be 8 shillings cost to be paid in each case.


30.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 8th January 1944

News - Newton House WMC. Once again provided an excellent treat for the members children. On Saturday about eighty youngsters enjoyed a tasty tea, provided by the ladies committee . An entertainment followed  which provided an opportunity for full throated singing by the guests. As parting gifts each child received 2 shillings, and a packet of crisps.


29   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 8th January 1944

News - Plea for bus conductors. In the course of a letter to us,”An Occasional Bus Traveller” states that for the past few weeks he has been obliged to travel on West Riding buses, and has been surprised by the number of people travelling comparatively short distances, tendering a silver coin for a 1d or 2d fare. This he points out added considerably to the duties of the conductress, and he appeals to the public to endeavour to tender the exact fare.


28.  This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 8th January 1944

News - Eight cottages for sale. At the Great Bull Hotel, Wakefield yesterday afternoon. Mr H W Laidlaw offered for sale by auction, eight freehold cottages at Newton Lane, Outwood. Bidding started at £300 and at £400 the property was withdrawn. Mrs John Dickinson & Son were the solicitors.


27.  This is from The Leeds Times dated the 5th December 1896

News - On Saturday the horses attached to an omnibus which was proceeding from Wakefield to Lofthouse Gate, bolted between Newton and Outwood. The passengers became alarmed, and several jumped off, and by this means sustain injuries. An elderly woman who remained in her seat, escaped without the slightest injury, as the driver pulled up his horses near the entrance to Outwood Hall. Mrs Horner of Sharp Street Heckmondwyke, who had left her husband ill at home, to attend a funeral, jumped off with her 16 months’ old child in her arms, and in trying to save the infant from injury she sustained injuries to her head and other parts of her body.


26.  This is from Usk Observer dated the 19th January 1856

News - A young man named John Johnson aged 20 appeared to have wandered about on the Wakefield Road towards Lofthouse, his parents reside in Wakefield. At Lofthouse he committed suicide by swallowing Prussic Acid. His body was discovered in a field by a labourer named Loather, Johnson was lying on his back  and had a little bottle in his left hand, which was tightly clenched. The body was conveyed to The Victoria Hotel,Outwood. It was later found that he was suffering depression brought upon him by “An untruthful and disgraceful accusation” which had been preferred againt him by a female.


25.  This is from The Middlesbrough Gazette dated the 2nd July 1914

News - An inquest held by the Leeds City Coroner Mr J.C Malcolm upon Joseph Roddy 39 of 54 Leihton Lane Leeds a lineman in the employ of the Post Office, who while at work on a telegraph pole in Wakefield Road Lofthouse on Monday, met with a fatal accident.

Edith Gould, The Cottage, Wakefield Road, Lofthouse stated that she was watching Roddy at work on the pole, when she saw a flash of light and the man fall to the ground.

The medical evidence showed that when he arrived at Leeds Infirmary the unfortunate man was suffering from burns to the hands and face, a fractured pelvis and ruptured liver. His hair was also singed. He died an hour after admission.


24.  This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 14th August 1937

News - For disposal, in running order or scrap. 18 horse power Crossley electric type gas engine. 70 volt 175 ampere DC Dynamo. Apply Outwood Empire Tel Lofthouse Gate 7169.


23.  This is from The Leeds Mercury dated the 18th June 1910

News - The strike at Lofthouse Colliery, near Wakefield, due to a disagreement between the boys and the management still continues, and matters are becoming very serious. Many cases of privation and distress are being reported in the district. Amongst the religious bodies none have been more active than the Salvation Army in trying to aleviate the suffering.


22.   This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 13th October 1932

News - Outwood sisters and their £30.000, The winning ticket for Nitaichin was held in the names of Mrs Hannah Steeples and Mrs Amelia Teesdale, who are next door neighbours in Ledger Lane Outwood Near Wakefield, who it is understood organised a syndicate, so that a large number of people in Outwood share in the ticket. The none-de-plume on the ticket was “Lucky Kate” and many Lucky Kate’s gathered at the sisters house in celebration. Mrs Teesdale is apparently a believer in the reading of the cards. On Friday she said that on the previous night she foresaw that two messengers would arrive at her house with good news, and actually a pressman and a newsagent arrived on Friday with the news her ticket had won £30.000.


21.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 16th October 1943

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20.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 16th October 1943

News - Kirkhamgate Methodist Chapel. The Christian Endeavour meeting on Tuesday evening was conducted by the Rev W. H. Potts, and Mr J. Naylor accompanied the singing. The Women’s Bright Hour meeting on Wednesday afternoon, was presided over by Mrs B. Colley, Mrs Crossland read the lesson, Mrs T. Farrer was the speaker, and Mrs H. Lindley the soloist, also accompanied the singing.


19.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 9th October 1943

News Presumed killed. Sergeant H.N. Balmforth, eldest son of Mrs and the late Mr T.H. Balmforth, 120 Lake Lock Road Stanley has been presumed killed after air operations on the night of February 8th. Sergeant Balmforth was 22 years old, he was educated at St Peter’s School Stanley and had served in the R.A.F since July 1941


18.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 9th October 1943

News - OUTWOOD EMPIRE

Tonight (Saturday) at 2.30pm, 5.15pm and 8pm. "Happy Go Lucky” U  Mary Martin, Dick Powell, Betty Hutton.

Mon/Tue/Wed at 7pm. “Little Tokyo Usa”  A    Preston Foster, Brenda Joyce, Harold Huber.

Thu/Fri at 7pm and Sat at 2.30pm, 5.15pm and 8pm. “Underground Agent” U Bruce Bennett, Leslie Brooks.


17.   This is from Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated the 6th March 1875

News - John Flutters (19), railway porter, was indicted for feloniously assaulting Richard Cole at Stanley-Cum-Wrenthorpe near Wakefield, on the 18th December and stealing from his person a silver lever watch valued at 9s.6d and a scarf.
Mr Tindal prosecuted and Mr Buzzard defended Flutters who was sentenced to serve ten tears penal servitude.


16.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 2nd October 1943

News - The gate receipts at Belle Vue for the match between Wakefield Trinity 15 and Halifax 6 was £109 the previous home game with Batley being £72


15.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 30th September 1893

News - The Outwood Burial Board Have appointed Mr J. G. Brown head gardener of Hatfield Hall as curator of the Cemetery at Outwood, he replaces Mr L. Slater who resigned. There were 21 applicants.


14.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 2nd October 1943

News - City Court. Nellie Walsh of Snapethorpe Road, Wakefield was fined £1 in respect to a light in a house in Horbury Road, Wakefield  where she had been working, the light having been visible outside during  blackout time.


13.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 2nd October 1943

News - PICTURE HOUSE STANLEY

Tonight (Saturday) at 6pm and 8pm  “Secret Mission” U  Hugh Williams, James Mason, Carla Lehmann. 

Monday October 4th for 2 days at 7.30pm “Pierre of the Plains” U John Carroll, Ruth Hussey, Bruce Cabot.

Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30pm  “ Thunder Rock” U  Michael Redgrave, James Mason, Barbara Mullen.

Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 6pm and 8pm “Nightmare” No information on this film can be found.


12.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 18th March 1852 price 4d.

News Wainwright’s Hotel Wakefield, "To Be Let", the above well established Commercial Hotel and Posting House. Part of the valuation may if required, remain upon security and possession  obtained immediately, or in a few months time to suit the incoming tennant.

This advertisement will not be repeated. 


11.   This is from The Wakefield Express dated the 18th May 1968 price 7d.

News - Gordon Allen, of 188 Doncaster Road, Wakefield, a 24 year old English Lightweight lifting champion was foiled when he tried to lift 10 packets of Woodbines.
He was seen by police officers outside a tobacconist shop at 138 Doncaster Road, they saw him break the glass of a vending machine and remove the cigarettes.

Pleading guilty to stealing Woodbines to the value of £1.1s.8d Allen was fined £10. 


10.   This is from The Yorkshire Evening Post dated the 12th March 1923.

News - For permitting a horse to be worked in an unfit condition, Fred Leather, coal merchant of Newton Hill Wakefield was today fined £5.

Inspector Steele, R.S.P.C.A. had interviewed the defendant on Friday, March 2nd with regard to a horse which was suffering from a contracted tendon.
On the following morning the horse had picked up a 3 inch nail in another foot, but it was still being worked.

The nail had penetrated the quick to a depth of about 1 inch, and the animal was working practically on 3 legs. It had to be destroyed the same day.



9.   This is from The Yorkshire Evening Post dated the 12th September 1940.

News - The founder and leader of the Wrenthorpe Mission of the Four Square Gospel, Wilfred Dearnley (33), draper and postmaster at Wrenthorpe told the Yorkshire Conscientious Objectors Tribunal in Leeds today that such things as the menace of Hitler were judgments on the world.

He admitted that none of the young men from the mission at Wrenthorpe had joined the forces, but denied that it was due to his teachings.

For the tribunal Mr Tait said, I think you have taken on your shoulders a very terrible responsibility with regard to the young men of your mission, a responsibility you may regret in future years.

Dearly was registered on condition of land work.

8.    This is from The Sheffield Telegraph dated the 26th April 1899.

News - At Wakefield County Court yesterday, Benjamin Cooper of 64 Ledger Lane Outwood, sued the Lofthouse Colliery Company under the compensation act. 
Mr Felix Palmer appeared for the applicant and Mr J. F. Kershaw for the company. Mr Palmer stated that the applicants son George was killed at Lofthouse Colliery in September last whilst following his employment as a hurrier.

The lad was the sole support of his father, who was too infirm to work. The defendants admitted some liability and had paid into the court £58.10s which was half the lad’s wages for 2 years. It was contended that the applicant was able to do light work.

His Honour awarded the applicant George Cooper £85.16s which worked out at 11s a week for 3 years.


7.  This is from The Yorkshire Evening Post dated the15th September 1941.

News - Albert Kilburn (30) coppersmith and Charles Ward  a miner both of Lofthouse Gate, were each sent to prison for a month at Wakefield today for stealing onion plants valued at 8s.9d

Alfred George Osborne of Ledger Lane Outwood, said that the onion bed on his allotment had been stripped and 150 plants had been taken. Police constable King said Kilburn admitted he had stolen the onions, but Ward had shown him where they were. He had given some of the onions to Ward.

Both defendants having pleaded guilty and expressed regret,  were told by the chairman Mr W. J. Beard, that they had admitted one of the most despicable crimes anyone could commit. He was told they had not the courage to cultivate an allotment themselves, Had they done so they would not have committed this theft and a fine would not meet the seriousness of the case.

6.    This is from The Leeds Mercury dated the 3rd July 1907.

News - Mr P.P. Maitland held an inquest at Wrenthorpe near Wakefield, yesterday on the body of George Amos Minter, aged 10, son of James Minter, Bragg Lane End.
On Monday noon the lad was flying his kite, and he ran backwards into a horse, which kicked him on the head and broke his neck.
The mother alleged that the owner of the horse allowed the animal to roam about, and he had been warned that if he did not get rid of it, it would kill somebody.
The owner however denied this and said the horse was very quiet.

The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.


5.    This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 25th June 1936.

News - Police constable James Milford Newman (29) of Aberford Road, Stanley, was charged at Wakefield
yesterday with stealing from a garden, a box of plants, valued at  2s.6d. the case was dismissed.
On hearing the decision Newman collapsed and was attended by officers in the court.
His defence was that the plants were given to him while on duty by a man he did not know.

4.    This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the19th September 1924.

West Riding Automobile Company

News - Commencing on Saturday 20th September 1924 a daily service of luxurious Omnibuses will be
run on the following routes.
Wakefield, Stanley, Oulton Leeds  -  Wakefield Ardsley, Tingley, Leeds.
The Omnibus stand in Leeds will be near the Queen’s  Hotel, City Square. Passengers must join at that
place for conveyance outside the Leeds City boundary.

By order H. England Director.


3.    This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 25th April 1933.

News - Fines totalling £13 and costs were imposed at Wakefield yesterday on William A Hesp (32) motor driver of Bradford, on a charge of having driven a motor lorry without due care, and also having used obscene language.

It was stated that on March 28th in Bradford Road, Wrenthorpe where the road was under repair, and only one way traffic operating, Hesp came along with a heavy motor lorry and trailer and ignored the stop signals.He was pulled up by a police constable, and when asked why he did not obey the signal, he said in a strong American accent. “Say kid i was trying to get up the hill, the lorry was only hitting on three”.

It was alleged that Hesp then used bad language and challenged the constable to a fight.


2.    This is from The Yorkshire Evening Post dated the 21st December 1891.

Hatfield Row/Long Row was situated near the bottom off Coach Road, Outwood. on left looking towards Rook’s Nest Road.

NewsYesterday afternoon some boys were playing near a pond in the brickyard at Outwood and as the water was frozen, ventured on the ice. it proved however to be thin, and a boy of 11 named  Albert Moorhouse, son of a labourer at Hatfield Row, Outwood, was drowned.


        1.    This is from The Yorkshire Post dated the 14th November 1929.

           Hatfield Row/Long Row was situated near the bottom off Coach Road, Outwood. on left looking towards Rook’s Nest Road.

News - A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned at the inquest at Blackpool yesterday on Elizabeth Barraclough (53) of Hatfield Row, Coach Road, Outwood who died in Blackpool Hospital a week ago following an accident on the water chute at the Pleasure Beach.

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