Northallerton in old picture postcards volume 3

Northallerton in old picture postcards volume 3

Auteur
:   Michael Riordan
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Provincie
:   Yorkshire, North
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-5940-1
Pagina's
:   96
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:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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7. A theatre bill of 1810recalls the days whenNorthallerton hadits own 'Theatre Royal' in the building at the bottom of 'Tickle Toby' yard adjoining the Applegarth. It was built by Samuel Butler in 1800 bcing one of the five theatres erected by hirn including the 'Georgian Theatre', Richmond which were used alternately by 'The Samuel Butler Company' touring the theatre circuit. Northallerton's turn came in September and October coinciding with St. Bartholomew's Fair and the annual Northallerton Race Meeting. Edmund Kean, the most vaunted actor of his day, began his acting career here in 1806, borne out by his generosity in returning his salary to the 'Theatre Royal' in 1821 in gratitude to Samuel Butler for giving hirn a start to his acting career. By 1832 the theatre had fallen on hard times and it was sold to the Primitive Methodists who used it as their church until the 1890s. Since then the building has had a chequered career including a sanguinary period as a slaughterhouse! It is now licensed premises housing the 'Sportsman's Club'.

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8. Large pewter medallions were struck in 1832 by Captain George Boss R.N. to celebrate his return to Parliament as Northallerton 's MP in the first election after the passage of the Great Reform Act, conducted amidst election frenzy and fervour never before experienced. For over a century the Peirse and Lascelles candidates of the largest most powerful families had been autornatically elected (Northallerton then had two MPs). The gallant na val Captain came forward at the request of many 'to open up the Borough' and free it from the yoke of the landed classes. He was opposed by William Battie Wrightson who though actually a Liberal was tainted at the time as representing the ruling families. There were tremenclous scenes which included a climactic day at Brompton to celebrate the passage of the Great Reform Act which saw the roasting of a whole fat ox, salvoes of cannons all day and an impassioned greeting for Captain Boss who reciprocated with an equally passionate speech. Eventually Boss was returned by 108 to 97 which was followed by riorous celebration. But every dog has his day and in 1835 Wrightson becarne M.P. for Northallerton until1865 - thirty years! The picture shows bath sides of the medaillon.

9. William Battie Wrightson became M.P. for Northallerton seven times (1835-1865). The contested elections he fought against the Conservatives in the Liberal cause were boisterous, highly charged affairs with bribery openly common and feelings for the 'blues' (Tories) or 'yellows' (Liberals) almost a matter of life and death. The Conservatives headquarters were the 'Golden Lion' and the 'Black Bull'; the Liberals and Northallerton elections gained a reputation for their ebullience and fervour. An election eustom was the 'chairing' of the elected member round the town and the chair pictured here was then placed in the victor's carriage with Wrightson sitting on the chair. The horses we re unyoked and jubilant Liberals dragged the carriage around Northallerton, Romanby and Brompton. The 'chairing eh air' was in the possession of Northallerton Town Council until quite recently wh en it was loaned to Doncaster City COU11Cil to stand in Cusworth Hall which was WiJliam Battie Wrightson's home and is now part of the Doncaster Museum Service.

10. This postcard is entitled 'The Drovers Departure' reproduced from a painting by Sir Edwin Landseer and was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1835. The scene is set in the Grarnpian Highlands as the drovers prepare to depart with their cattle for the English markets. On the eastern route the main thoroughfare was the Drovers Road just above Osmotherley via Slapestones and the 'Chequers Inri'. Northallerton was a Scottish market itself especially at the time of the Candlemas (February) and St. Bartholomew (September) Fairs when beasts from north of the Border teemed in te the town. Many of the public houses were used by the drovers but the rnain ones appear to be the 'Durharn Ox' and 'Nags Head'.

11. This grave standing in the south side of Northallerton's old cemetery (laid out in 1856) is that of Thomas Layfield aged 81 and his wife Catherine, 79 when she died. Thomas who died in 1881 was a native of the town who became renowned when he drove the last stage coach on the Darlington to York raad in 1842 after the railway's 'Iron Horse' had started to work this route on 30th March 1841 and by 1842 was functioning in full flow. It was stated that Layfield's he ad stooped lower and lower as he drove the 'Wellington' from stage to stage including Northallerton without any passengers coming forward at the respective stops - with the growing certainty that the stage-coach operation which he had driven for years with skill, precision and a high reputation was over. He did go on to drive the northern stages (Darlington to Edinburgh) but by 1844 the railway had arrived there and Layfield came back ruefully to Northallerton.

12. This Northallerton vicarage was built in 1828 by the th en Vicar Dr. George Townsend who later had a weil publicised private audienee with the Pope. With its turreted appearance and distinguishing fire mark, it was a building of much familiarity to Northallerton people. After a newvicarage had been built adjacently, the Northallerton ROe occupied the old building until itwas razed to the ground in 1988 to make way for a new housing development which has incorporated the firemark and Dr. Townsend's latin message over the door. The first vicarage dated to about 1200, which the Scots probably burned in 1314 and Rev. John Fisher. the Northallerton Vicar later beheaded as Bishop of Roehester by Henry VIII built another vicarage in 1491 which stood until the 1828 replacement was erected.

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13. A very descriptive postcard views the High Street from south to north sometime before 1872 - one of the older postcards of the Northallerton colleerion. Significant are the cobblc-stones which were the High Street surface then and the view of the Tol! Booth with the shops below and the 'loek up' above. A pleasing sight is the trees shading the Registry House main street entry but perhaps the most intcresting detail is at the southern extremity on the east side where the 'George and Dragon' public house which stood on Zetland Street corner befare Lloyds Bank is seen. At its nineteenth century zenith this pub was very popular, run by Mr. Best and the headquarters of several sporting clubs including the Northal!erton Pigeon Shooting Club.

14. The 1st Volunteer Battalion of the North Yorks Militia was formed in 1860, Northallerton having a muster of 60 men. It finally disbanded in 1908 being incorporated into the newly tormed Territorial Army with the North Yorks Militia becoming the 4th (Territorial) Battalion Queen Alexandra's own Yorkshire Regiment (the Green Howards), with the Northallerton contingent as 'H' Company. The latter had always had the best shooting record ofthe Battalion. such competitions always being held at Greenhowsike Range (the 'Targets'). By the dating ofthe cap badges this picture is of the 1877-1882 vintage North Yorks Militia who are on summer camp at Blackpool. On the extreme right on the back TOW is Lance Corporal Fred Kingston. the maternal grandfather of the late Fred Cowell and his sister Dorothy Garreu, who kindly supplied this photograph.

"GOOD OLD NORTHALLERTON."

IS. An intriguing postcard features the 'Odd Fellows Arms' in the 1880s with its customers be-ûaggcd and ready to go! It would seem from the posters that it is election time and they are urging people to vote for Elliott (Conservative) which they will certainly do themselves. It is also believed that because of the banner 'United We Stand: Divided We Fall' sealed with clasped hands, this is a friendly Society and an Ancient Order of Oddfellows. The date is the late 1880s and 1. Lazenby is the 'Odd Fellows Arms' publican - this 'house' being still a very popular hostelry in N orthallerton.

16. The date above the door of 1741 indicates the age of the property behind Dresser's shop and proves that not al! the 'yards' were ful! of ramshackle buildings, some possessing quality houses. It is likely that in the nineteenth century a wellknown Northal!erton solicitor, MI. Atkinson, lived here and the adjacent building contained J, Vasey's printing operations which produced many well-known loc al publications including J, Saywell's "The History and Armals of Northallerton'. J. Walker later took over the front shop and printing process and this in turn gave way to Dressers who discontinued the printing but greatly extended the shopping floor space to set up a high quality modern shop with a very wide range of goods. Finally the cobbles visible wel! illustrate Northallerton underfoot conditions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - when 'corns' on the feet we re a major complaint!

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