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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 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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