Keighley in old picture postcards

Keighley in old picture postcards

Auteur
:   Ian Dewhirst
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Provincie
:   Yorkshire, West
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-4594-7
Pagina's
:   80
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69. A striking example of mill-owning philanthropy: Mr. J ames Ickringill's Brass Band outside his residence, Balcony House up Oakworth Road. Mr. lckringill, of Eastwood Mills, Keighley, and Legrams Mills, Bradford, benefactor of the Oakworth Road Primitive Methodist Mission, founded his Good Lads' Brigade in 1911. lts members pledged to attend Sunday School, say their prayers and refrain from smoking. This code of conduct bore fruit during the Great War, when former Good Lads, successfuJly resisting various temptations, wrote appreciative letters to Mr. Ickringill. The Brass Band grew out of the Good Lads' Brigade. Mr. Ickringin provided their instruments and a room to practice in. They performed at church and school festivals and galas.

70. In 1876 a smal! cottage hospital was opened on the Highfield side of Keighley, in a house rented for f.75 a year. It had eight beds and a matron with one young girl to help her. Patients could be expel!ed if 'using profane or abusive language, or guilty of improper conduct, or using spirituous Iiquors': whilst operations were performed on a former kitchen table. In fact, this represented the start of a prestigious hospital. Following decades witnessed a series of extensions and improvements, the name Victoria Hospital being adopted in honour of the Queen's 1897 Jubilee. By 1922, more than 15,000 patients were being treated in a single year. During the Great War, as an Auxiliary, Victoria Hospital dealt with nearly 2,000 military cases. it was demolished in 1972.

71. Situated in extensive grounds 'on the sunny slope of Rumbalds Moor', Morton Banks Fever Hospital opened in 1897. During the Great Warit was placed at the disposal ofthe military, the accommodation ofits stone-built wards being greatly increased by extra structures of asbestos and creosoted wood. Between wards were 'ashphalted winding paths, flanked by evergreens, flowery bowers and shady seats' , as seen in this postcard. The adjoining Leeds and Liverpool Canal provided a bonus in the shape of rowing boats from Whitby for convalescent soldiers, and a motor launch from Windermere for the more gravely wounded. Between 1915 and 1919, Keighley War Hospital and its Auxiliaries dealt with a total of 13,214 military cases. Twenty years later, during the Spanish Civil War, Morton Banks Hospital accommodated Basque refugee children. This also was demolished in 1972.

72. These new recruits, on their way to Keighley railway station in November of 1915, are going down Cavendish Street, passing the Palace Cinema. Like other towns, Keighley had raised many volunteers for the services in the early months ofthe Great War, but by 1915 numbers were dwindling. These men enlisted during a recruiting boom late that year, severally encouraged by a morale-boosting visit of the London Caledonian Pipe Band and the approaehing implementation of Lord Derby's scheme and eventual conscription. 'Men of a high physical standard and excellent character have come forward,' stated the local paper; but significantly the Royal Arrny Medical Corps and the Arrny Ordnance Corps had recently extended their upper enlistment age limit to 45 years.

73. A variety of working-class fashion is demonstrated in this margarine queue outside the Co-operative Society's Central Stores in Brunswick Street in 1917. Clogs substantially outnumber boots. In 1917, Keighley's food economy attracted the attention of the national press. Flower-beds in the parks were replaced with potatoes, cauliflowers and cabbages, part of the golf links went under oats, the Trade School boys dug up their football field, and school classes were taken outdoors for lessons on wild edible green-stuffs. 'Keighley,' declared the 'Daily Dispatch', 'is believed to hold the record for economy in this country.' The introduetion of food rationing was to improve the lot of shoppers like these.

74. Providing a poignant survey of residents in a not untypical cul-de-sac, George Street celebrates the close of the Great War. Noticeably they consist of women, children and oid men. Their slogans include 'God Bless Our Heroes', 'Wel! Done, Boys', 'Welcome Home', 'Peace at Last', and 'England for Ever', whilst flags of the Allies alternate with the Union Jack. At least one hanging betrays the tewn's strong lrish element. KeighIey's 1914-1918 Rol! of Honour lists more than nine hundred names, out of a population of 43,490 at the 1911 Census; and the maimed were to be a prominent sight for years to come.

75. The Town Hall Square soon became a focal point, alocation for patriotic and fund-raising events during the Great War. Here, Mayor F.W.L. Butterfield and members ofthe War Bonds and War Savings Committee pose before a scouting biplane, one ofthe attractions of Submarine Week in March, 1918. The plane had been brought by road from a Yorkshire airfield. It proved enormously popular. Schoolchildren who bought War Savings Certificates during the week were given tickets allowing them to inspeet it 'at close quarters'. The Town Hall Square was decorated with bunting and iIluminated each evening by 'a multitude of electric lamps' . Punctually at nine o'clock, bugles sounded 'Lights Out!' and the Borough Band played the National Anthem and all the lights were switchedoff. The biplane was then guarded all night by men ofthe Volunteer Force. Keighley Submarine Week raised a grand total of 1:556,089.

76. These children, enjoying the visit of a pony-drawn carousel about 1920, look healthy enough, but records of the Keighley Medical Officer of Health suggest a different story. Examinations of sample school entrants in 1919 showed22.6% suffering from defective nutrition, 43.6% with enlarged tonsiIs, and 28.5% with disorders of the lungs. 33.1 % of schoolleavers had vermin or nits on their heads, and 48.8% had more than four teeth decayed. Height and weight of half-timers - 'a state of affairs which puts an extra strain upon their physique at a time when it is little able to meet the demand' - was found to be below the national standard.

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