Events in the 1900s
This Foldout presents
some events which took occurred in the 1900s
There was a national influenza epidemic.
In London, people were dying at the rate of 50 per day
Monday, 1st January 1900
Robert Stansfield (aged 78), a well known farmer residing at
Everill Shaw Farm, died after falling from a hay loft.
Ann Uttley, his daughter and house keeper, saw him at 4
o'clock when he was going into the mistal to see to his cattle.
Shortly afterwards, she heard a noise of something falling and found
him lying unconscious.
After placing a support under his head, she got assistance
from John Speak, a neighbouring farmer, and they carried him
into the house and laid him on the sofa.
He died later.
Verdict Accidental Death
Thursday, 4th January 1900
There was a fever epidemic at Todmorden.
It was reported that
there were 15 patients at the Drill Hall, all doing well, and 19 at
Lee Bottom, one dangerously ill
Thursday, 25th January 1900
Firth House Mills, Scammonden of George Wheelwright was
destroyed by fire which broke at 12:30 pm
Saturday, 27th January 1900
Upper Mill, Cragg Vale – owned and occupied by Hinchliffe
Hinchliffe – was completely destroyed by fire.
Damage was estimated at around £4,500 and was not covered by
Friday, 2nd February 1900
Smith & Blackburn's mill burned down
Thursday, 8th February 1900
Sam Brook of Elland  was killed and Alfred Stott of
Fixby was injured in an explosion at Sharratt's Brick Works, Elland
Saturday, 10th February 1900
Blizzards caused chaos in the district for 4 days.
Telephone, telegraph, and railway services were badly disrupted.
18 inches of snow were recorded in Brighouse on 11th February
Wednesday, 14th February 1900
Hartley Boothroyd, 39, and William Foster, his stepson,
were killed in a roof-fall at Three Nuns Pit, Hartshead
Wednesday, 21st February 1900
A fire at the Woodvale Mills, Brighouse of W. Smith & Sons
Limited caused £6,000 damage and put around 250 people out of
No-one was injured
Thursday, 22nd February 1900
John Morris , of Rose Place, Cornholme, a pipe fitter at
Wilson's Bobbin Mill, Cornholme, suffocated by being overcome with
the fumes of benzoline whilst repairing a tank at the mill
Monday, 5th March 1900
A fire – said to be have been caused by spontaneous
combustion – broke out at the Danny Lane Mill of
James Clay caused damage estimated at around £7,000.
A large order of wool and khaki cloth was destroyed
Wednesday, 25th April 1900
Services from Halifax to Luddendenfoot, Halifax to Stump Cross and
Northowram, and Halifax to Queensbury began on 25th April 1900
Friday, 11th May 1900
Early this morning, Miss Elizabeth A. Fawcett of Cliviger, was
knocked down by a train as she crossed the line at Portsmouth
She was taken to hospital in Burnley where her leg was amputated
Tuesday, 5th June 1900
Route Number 12 tram service extended from North Bridge via New
Bank, to Staups Lane, Stump Cross
Thursday, 14th June 1900
A disastrous fire caused damage of around £9,000 at the Glen
Dye Works, Todmorden of Lishman & Company Limited
The driver a Lancashire-Yorkshire train was attacked by the fireman
as the train neared the end of Sowerby Bridge tunnel.
The fireman beat him about the head until his face was covered with
The driver was pulling on the brake and could not defend himself.
The driver had recently reported the fireman for
a breach of duty
The fireman was fined 40/- and costs at Halifax.
Thursday, 12th July 1900
Severe storms and torrential rain caused flooding across the West
Tuesday, 17th July 1900
The part of Union Mills, Halifax used by Briggs & Stott was
destroyed by fire causing damage estimated at £20,000.
The end wall collapsed on to the public road
Tuesday, 24th July 1900
The tramways Committee decided against extending the services to
Hipperholme and Brighouse
Friday, 24th August 1900
Mechanic's apprentice, Arthur Sutcliffe [aged 15], son of
Councillor Thomas Sutcliffe, a Hebden Bridge grocer, was
repairing a broken strap in machinery at John Pickles & Son, when
he became entangled in the belt and drawn round the shaft.
He died from his injuries a short time afterwards
Sunday, 26th August 1900
Services from Halifax to Cote Hill, and to Ogden began
Tuesday, 28th August 1900
William Barker , of Gauxholme Fold, Todmorden, a horse
keeper with the Rochdale Canal Company, committed suicide by
drinking carbolic acid
Opening of tram routes to Cote Hill and Ogden
Thursday, 30th August 1900
Route Number 10 tram service extended from Illingworth to Ratten
Route Number 7 tram service began from King Cross to Cote Hill
There was an outbreak of bubonic plague in Glasgow
Friday, 14th September 1900
Fire at Charnock's wood yard, Pellon Lane caused damage estimated at £10,000
Wednesday, 19th September 1900
Services from Halifax to Southowram began
Friday, 21st September 1900
Route Number 10 tram service extended from Ratten Clough to
Monday, 12th November 1900
Slight earthquake recorded in the district
Saturday, 24th November 1900
John Smith [aged 33] of Well Close Street, Brighouse, a teamer
with Brighouse Corporation Sanitary Department, fell, or was knocked,
down the tip as he was emptying his cart at Birds Royd.
He managed to crawl out and back into the cart, but was thrown into
the street when the horse moved off.
He was picked up unconscious and taken home and then to Huddersfield
Infirmary, where he died on the following Tuesday morning of injuries
to his spine
Wednesday, 28th November 1900
Shortly before 4:00 am, the mail train from Normanton to Halifax ran
into a goods train standing near Anchor Pit at Brighouse, half a mile
from Brighouse Station.
The lines were strewn with wreckage and the lines were blocked for 4
The guard of the goods train leapt to safety and the driver and the
stoker of the mail train also escaped the impact.
A single passenger on the mail train escaped injury
Tuesday, 18th December 1900
Route Number 7 tram service extended from along Burnley Road from
Cote Hill to Causeway Head / top of Tuel Lane
Saturday, 22nd December 1900
Route Number 8 tram service extended from Boothtown to Stocks Gate
The Salterhebble Lift was proposed as a means of linking the trams
from Halifax to Dudwell Lane – taking the passengers down in the
lift – and thence on to West Vale
Saturday, 12th January 1901
Tram service extended from King Cross to Highroad Well
Friday, 25th January 1901
Route Number 8 tram service extended from Stocks Gate to the
Cavendish Inn, Ambler Thorn
Monday, 28th January 1901
Route Number 12 tram service extended from Staups Lane to the Stump
Parts of the district recorded the coldest March since
Thursday, 11th April 1901
3 men badly injured in a gas explosion at Brighouse
Friday, 12th April 1901
Skircoat ratepayers protested against the building of a tramways
lift at Salterhebble
Thursday, 25th April 1901
Route Number 12 tram service extended from the Stump Cross Inn to
the Stocks Arms, Northowram
Route Number 8 tram service extended from the Cavendish Inn to
Route Number 7 tram service extended from Causeway Head / Tuel Lane
Monday, 1st July 1901
Route Number 12 tram service extended from the Stocks Arms,
Northowram to Shelf
Tuesday, 2nd July 1901
Opening of the tramways to Mytholmroyd
Route Number 7 tram service extended from Luddendenfoot to Brearley
Saturday, 20th July 1901
The hottest day in 3 weeks of intense heat when temperatures reached
Friday, 2nd August 1901
Opening of the Bradford tramways to Queensbury
Sunday, 25th August 1901
Soyland Paper Mill was destroyed by fire
There was a smallpox outbreak in England in September 1901.
By January 1902, the death toll had risen to 2273 in London.
Locally, the epidemic ran from November 1902 to August 1903.
Several people died – many were infants and children
Saturday, 7th September 1901
Route Number 7 tram service extended from Brearley to Mytholmroyd
Fire caused £500 damage at Levi Harwood's Stoney Springs
Tuesday, 10th September 1901
Fire broke out in the lower room of Levi Harwood's Stoney
Springs Mills, Midgley
Wednesday, 11th September 1901
In the early hours of the morning, Levi Harwood's Stoney
Springs Mills, Midgley were destroyed by fire.
The mill was doomed, by the time the Halifax Fire Brigade arrived at
12:30, and their efforts were directed towards saving the
engine-house and the boilers.
Two members of the brigare – Charles Redhead
& A. Allison – were injured when they were covered by debris
as a wall fell outwards.
The owner – John Riley of Herefordshire – was fully insured.
Harwood's losses were about £1,000 and they were only
Thursday, 12th September 1901
Severe drought in the Upper Calder Valley closed the Summit section
of the Rochdale Canal between Todmorden and Littleborough until the
rain had replenished the reservoirs.
The water supply was turned off in many parts of the district and
only available for a few house each day.
Several mills were closed for lack of water.
Halifax trams were also stopped [??]
Thursday, 19th September 1901
Tram service extended Route Number 7 from North Bridge, along
Beacon Hill Road, to the terminus at Bank Top, Southowram.
The service ended on
22nd July 1931
when it was replaced by motor-buses
Monday, 21st October 1901
Mrs Jane Kay was gored to death by a bull at Highfield Farm,
The Derbyshire Courier [29th October 1901] & other newspapers
At Southowram Mrs Jane Kay (age 62) wife of a farmer of
Highfield Farm, Southowram, was attacked by a bull and fatally
Mrs Kay left the house to fetch the young bull, and her son,
not knowing she had gone went to fetch it himself.
He was surprised to find he gate open but got the animals into the
farm buildings for the night.
The young man told his father he had seen something white in the
field so his father went to have a look.
It was dark at the time and Mr Kay was horror-struck on
discovering that the white object was his wife lying dead on the
It was evident from her injuries and torn clothing that she had been
attacked by the bull.
The animal was about one year and nine months old and had not
previously shown any bad signs
Friday, 25th October 1901
Fire at the Bridge Royd Mill & Dye Works, Stansfield of Dan
Crabtree & Sons caused damage estimated at £3,000
Monday, 4th November 1901
Dense fog caused several accidents between Stansfield Hall station
and Todmorden station
Tuesday, 12th November 1901
Hundreds of houses were inundated and mills and schools were closed
following tumultuous flooding at Todmorden and other parts
of the Calder Valley.
The Summit Tunnel flooded and water overflowed the trains.
The Calder overflowed its banks along a 10-mile stretch.
Brighouse and Elland were under water.
Stubbin Bridge, Hebden Bridge was washed away.
The reservoirs were full again after the long summer drought
200 people were killed in gales in Britain
Monday, 18th November 1901
St James's School, Brighouse was destroyed by fire.
Damage was estimated at £2,000
Monday, 2nd December 1901
Route Number 7 tram service extended from Mytholmroyd to
Thursday, 12th December 1901
Severe snowstorms and blizzards in the district
An outbreak of typhus was blamed on the residents at Dawson City
Heavy local snowfalls
Serious flooding at Bailiff Bridge
Friday, 28th February 1902
24 trucks on a goods train separated and then collided in the Mill
Wood tunnel between Todmorden and Eastwood, blocking the line for
No-one was injured
Friday, 21st March 1902
Route Number 7 tram service extended from Mytholmroyd to Hebden
The service had been delayed by a dispute over the positioning of the
The Halifax-Hebden Bridge service ended in 1936
An accident occurred at Scotland Quarry, Midgley, owned by Messrs
J. & J. Schofield.
A steam derrick crane was being used to remove a large block of stone
when a pin at the top of the upright broke and the crane, with the
engine & boiler, was thrown down.
Mr Welcome Farrar who had charge of it fell with it and his
feet were wedged in the ironwork, but his injuries were only slight
Tuesday, 29th April 1902
The church and organ at Zion Congregational Church, Ripponden were
damaged by fire.
Damage was estimated at £750.
The repairs too a year to complete
Temperatures in the first three weeks of May were the coldest for May
Tuesday, 13th May 1902
George Jones  of Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge, was
injured when he fell a distance of 18 ft through a trapdoor whilst
moving boards at the Tofferies of C. W. Mattock Limited in
alighted on his head and shoulder
and received concussion of the brain, and was unconscious for some
Thursday, 24th July 1902
Tramways committee decided not to embark on extensions to Hipperholme
Sunday, 24th August 1902
Fire at Northern Engineering Company, Parkinson Lane caused damage estimated at £10,000
Tuesday, 26th August 1902
Charles Baxter , a blacksmith, was found unconscious on the floor
of a barn adjoining The Ridge, Widdop.
He was suffering from fractured ribs, concussion, and other injuries.
It was never discovered how he sustained the injuries.
He died on the following night in Todmorden Workhouse hospital
without regaining consciousness
Sunday, 7th September 1902
Halifax Town Council received a deputation from the Trades and Labour
Council regarding the grievances of tramway employees
Wednesday, 24th September 1902
Fire at the Parkinson Lane works of the Northern Engineering Company
Limited caused £10,000 worth of damage
Wednesday, 1st October 1902
Halifax Council approved laying of tracks to Hipperholme and to West
Friday, 17th October 1902
Tram service extended from King Cross to Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge.
The round trip [?] cost 3d.
The service ended in
There was a smallpox outbreak in Halifax & Brighouse,
Tuesday, 11th November 1902
Tram service Route Number 3 extended from Stump Cross to Hipperholme
The Halifax Guardian [Saturday 15th November 1902] reported
The new section of the Halifax Corporation Tramways system from Stump
Cross to Hipperholme was opened for passage of traffic on Tuesday.
One car is placed on the route giving an hour's service to Halifax.
The receipts were £5 2/10d on Tuesday,
£7 12/2d on Wednesday,
and £5 17/- on Thursday.
Included in these sums, however, are fares taken between Union Street
and Stump Cross
Wednesday, 12th November 1902
Fire at the Cinderhills Fireclay Works, Siddal of Joseph Morton
Limited caused damage estimated at £2,000.
The engine house was burned out and the engine completely destroyed.
A new engine – to be known as Louise – was delivered by
Pollit & Wigzell Limited, and was up and running by January 1903
Friday, 28th November 1902
Lawrence Oates of Southowram was killed at Hollings Mill
Quarry, Sowerby Bridge.
His back and leg were broken and his head crushed when the jib of a
crane knocked over a stone weighing an estimated 2 tons
Wednesday, 3rd December 1902
A man was knocked down by the Manchester Express as it passed between
Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot.
The driver reported the incident when he pulled up at Luddendenfoot
and a search found an unknown man lying helpless and insensible.
He died a few minutes later.
He was about 35 years of age and was dressed as a navvy.
It was suggested that he was in search of work widening the line
which was in progress nearby.
There were no reports of the man being identified.
He was said to be known as Little Jim.
In his pockets, he had 1/9d, a handkerchief, a brass ring, and a
Coronation medal presented by C. W. Bartholomew, Blakesley Hall,
Wednesday, 17th December 1902
Arthur Daw  died when he was hit by an express train and
killed immediately as he crossed the line at Hipperholme
Willie Brooke was killed in a railway accident in Lightcliffe
There was a serious fire in the Dene Mill at Kebroyd Mills,
The mill was rebuilt
Thursday, 1st January 1903
A case of smallpox was reported in Finkle Street, Sowerby Bridge.
The victim had been staying with friends in Burnley where there had
recently been several cases of the disease
Wednesday, 21st January 1903
Dust from the Sahara made the rain red in southern England
Sunday, 1st February 1903
Lloyd George visited Halifax
Monday, 20th April 1903
Fire at the Asquith Bottom mills of Siddall & Hilton
Limited, Sowerby Bridge caused damage estimated at £6,000.
The fire broke out at 10:18 am in the japanning department, and was
thought to be the result of the vat boiling over.
The fire brigade successfully prevented the fire spreading to the
adjacent Asquith Bottom Dye Works of W. H. Hellewell &
Thursday, 21st May 1903
Sowerby Bridge tram service extended from Wharf Street to Jerry Lane
Monday, 29th June 1903
Tram service Route Number 3 extended from Hipperholme to Hove Edge
Monday, 13th July 1903
Fire was discovered shortly before 7:00 am in the old brick mill at
Whitworth's Cooper House Mills, Luddendenfoot.
The roof collapsed and damage was estimated at £10,000.
Around 80 people were thrown out of work by the fire.
The cause was not known.
In March 1903, it was decided to rebuild the mill
Thursday, 10th September 1903
A great storm caused widespread damage in southern England
Thursday, 22nd October 1903
George E. Croysdale a commercial traveller was killed and 24
other passengers were injured in an accident in Sowerby
Monday, 26th October 1903
About lunchtime, the five-storey Alexandra Mill, Brighouse of
Ormerod Brothers Limited was destroyed by fire, with damage
estimated at £50,000
Fireman Alexander Carmichael was killed on his way to blaze.
The fire was still smouldering 24 hours later
Monday, 21st December 1903
Winston Churchill visited Halifax, and, with E. W. Beckett
MP for Whitby, addressed a Free Trade Demonstration
Wednesday, 13th January 1904
There was a fire at Messrs Shepherd & Blackburn's new
mill in Sowerby Bridge.
The fire brigade and work people were hampered by dense smoke which
filled the room on the top storey where the fire started.
The damage of £350 was covered by insurance
Friday, 26th February 1904
Tram service Route Number 3 extended from Hove Edge to Brighouse.
The new terminus was outside the George Hotel, Brighouse.
Alexander Oldfield Stocks
Calder Bridge Cotton Spinning Mill, Brighouse was destroyed by fire
45 cases of smallpox reported at Hebden Bridge.
35 of the victims had not been vaccinated
Fire at the Clifton Mill of Firth's Carpets caused damage estimated at £5,000
Outbreak of smallpox at Causeway Head, Burnley Road.
4 members of one family were admitted to hospital
Friday, 15th July 1904
Mytholm Mill, Hipperholme was damaged by fire.
The Halifax Evening Courier [Friday 15th July 1904] reported
Fire at Hipperholme
Last night a fire occurred at Mytholm Mills, Hipperholme, the
property of Mr John Lister of Shibden Hall.
The premises were four storeys high, six windows long and four in
Until lately, they were tenanted by the Yorkshire Motor Car Company
and later by Messrs Ingham, clog sole manufacturers.
The 12 workmen had left work at about six o'clock at night and soon
afterwards smoke was observed coming from the place.
A message was sent to Mr Rhodes, the station master at
Hipperholme, and the station fire appliances were quickly on the
The flames got complete hold of the building so a message was sent
for the Halifax Fire Brigade, and Superintendent Collins and
fourteen men set out with the steamer and tender, but all that could
be done at this stage was to save the adjoining property.
The dam close at hand held no water, but there was good pressure on
The fire attracted a large number of villagers and also afforded a
fine sight for travellers on the railway.
Damage was said to be covered by insurance
Sunday, 24th July 1904
A severe thunderstorm passed across Brighouse, putting an electric
tram out of action at Broad Oak, Hove Edge.
A nearby house was also struck by lightning
Wednesday, 3rd August 1904
The hottest day in Halifax for 4 years.
The temperature was 107.6° in the sun and 79.1° in the shade
Wednesday, 7th September 1904
Halifax Town Council agrees to extend the tramway from Sowerby Bridge
to Triangle at an estimated cost of £4,200
Thursday, 13th October 1904
Route number 3 tram service opened for traffic from Brighouse to
Tram Number 40 and Tram Number 86 were used on the service.
The service closed in 1929.
A photograph of the first tram can be seen on the page of
Photographs of Trams & buses
Friday, 14th October 1904
Five people were injured in a tram accident at Halifax.
Power failure made the brakes inoperable, and caused Tram Number
95 – driven by John Rhodes and descending Horton
Street – to leave the line and collide head-on with Tram Number
96 – driven by James Broadbent – coming up Horton Street
The runaway tram had no passengers, the 3 passengers on the other
tram were Fred Laycock, Paul Standeven, and Mrs
The two trams were single-deck one-man vehicles and had only been in
service for 10 days when the accident occurred; it was later found
that the trams did not conform to Board of Trade regulations.
There was an alternative mechanical brake, but the driver did not
know about it
Monday, 31st October 1904
Fire broke out at 7:00 pm at Elland Mill causing damage estimated
Sunday, 6th November 1904
A fire completely destroyed the larger of the 2 Kebroyd Mills,
Triangle of John Hadwen & Sons Limited.
It is thought that the fire broke out in the doubling room on the top
storey but one.
The damage to stock was estimated at between £15,000 and
£20,000, to machinery about £10,000, amounting to a total
Nothing was salvaged – except a Bible which had remained intact
although nearby stonework was severely blackened.
The Bible was displayed in the new mill.
The mill was rebuilt
Tuesday, 29th November 1904
Fire caused an estimated £1,500 damage and partially destroyed
Lee Mount Infants' School
Monday, 5th December 1904
A goods train with 50 wagons drawn by 2 large engines broke in two as
it approached Todmorden on the Burnley branch line.
One engine and 10 wagons continued for some time before the drivers
realised what had happened.
They put on top speed to get clear of the but only reached
Stansfield Hall Station when the loose wagons collided into the
Many of the wagons were crushed and strewn across the station.
Others crashed into the bridge.
The guards and other workers escaped uninjured
Tuesday, 6th December 1904
Winston Churchill addressed a Liberal meeting at Brighouse Town
Wednesday, 7th December 1904
Railway disaster near Brighouse.
Isaiah Dewis  of Low Moor, a guard in charge of a goods
train, was killed
Thursday, 15th December 1904
Thomas Savile Bowman , of West Mount, Halifax, suffered a
fracture and dislocation of the spine after being accidentally caught
in a hoist at Lee Bank Mills.
He died from his injuries on 5th January 1906
Friday, 23rd December 1904
Very dense fog in the Sowerby Bridge district caused inconvenience to
the tramways, the railways, postmen and other outdoor workers
Bad winter caused economic depression.
Halifax Citizens Guild
Saturday, 21st January 1905
Fire at Old Lane Dye Works caused damage estimated at £8,000
Tuesday, 7th February 1905
Service from Sowerby Bridge to Stile, Triangle began.
It was withdrawn on 25th July 1934
Friday, 10th February 1905
Tram service extended from Jerry Lane, Sowerby Bridge to Triangle
Monday, 24th April 1905
An earthquake was recorded at 1:04 am in many parts of Yorkshire,
Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Local reports came from Elland and Brighouse
There was a period of hot weather, with reports of several people
across the country dying on account of the heat, including William
Pengilly as he worked at Inchfield Picker Works, Walsden [27th
On 28th June, there were terrific thunderstorms across Lincolnshire
and the East Riding.
Cattle were killed by lightning in Knaresborough
Wednesday, 19th July 1905
Fire at the Rishworth factory of cotton-spinners J. W. Wheelwright & Sons Limited caused damage estimated at £3,500
Thursday, 20th July 1905
Fire at Grove Mills, Ovenden caused damage estimated at £7,500
Thursday, 27th July 1905
Fire at Victoria Mills, Brighouse caused damage estimated at £25,000
and the loss of 150 jobs.
Henry Barber fire engine and
Neptune fire engine
Wednesday, 2nd August 1905
Halifax Town Council agreed to trial ½d tram fares for
children as an experiment.
The fares were introduced on
1st October 1905
Tram service Route Number 1 was extended from Dudwell Lane,
Salterhebble to West Vale.
The service terminated at The Shears Inn
Thursday, 3rd August 1905
Route Number 1 tram service extended from Dudwell Lane,
Salterhebble to West Vale
Sunday, 1st October 1905
Introduction of ½d fares for children which had been tried out
2nd August 1905
Monday, 2nd October 1905
£50 was stolen in a robbery at the Crown, Brighouse.
The thief [name unknown] was apprehended and convicted
Thursday, 21st December 1905
The Halifax-Highroad Well tram service extended to Thrum Hall Lane
Monday, 19th March 1906
7-year-old Fred Hirst of Wood Terrace, Ripponden was seriously
injured when he was run over by a lorry at Ripponden.
He was taken to the Halifax Infirmary where he died the
Saturday, 7th April 1906
There was a fatal accident near the Derby Bar,
Monday, 9th April 1906
On Monday 11th April, 1906, a newspaper reported
Terrible Accident at Halifax Paper Mill
On Saturday, at Barkisland, Halifax, an inquest was held on the body
of Thomas Wadsworth (aged 48), an operative at Firth House
Paper Mill, who, whilst repairing the belt on a shafting, became
entangled and was whirled round the shafting at a fearful velocity.
Before the engine could be stopped, the man was whirled round over
200 times, and was dead and fearfully mangled when released.
A verdict of accidental death was returned
Tuesday, 10th April 1906
Fire destroyed the carding room at the Delph Mills of
James Clay & Company Limited at Luddendenfoot
Thursday, 12th April 1906
A fire destroyed the Boy Mill, Luddendenfoot of James Clay &
The Leeds Mercury [13th April 1906] reported
Damage amounting to between £12,000 and £15,0000 was
yesterday done by a fire at
Boys Mill, Luddendenfoot
belonging to James Clay & Company Limited.
The mill consisted of two blocks, and the outbreak was in the older
one which was about 100 feet long and partly two and partly three
The fire was discovered at 5:30 am.
Residents hastened out of bed, half dressed, and stacked their
belongings in heaps at the road side.
The Luddenden and Halifax Fire Brigades attended but the latter was
late owing to a mishap on the journey.
On reaching Friendly, about a mile from the scene, the pole shaft
broke with the result that the horses had to be dispensed with and
the men had to drag the engine by hand for the remainder of the
The mill employs 100 hands.
Only on Tuesday, another mill of Messrs Clay sustained fire
damage costing about £1,000
Thursday, 19th April 1906
Joshua Smith was struck by an engine and killed as he crossed the
line at Cornholme Station
The fustian workers' strike began
Sunday, 1st July 1906
2 men were killed and 12 others injured in the North Bridge Tram
Friday, 31st August 1906
Halifax tram strike.
No cars running
Saturday, 1st September 1906
The men's notices expire during the Halifax tram strike
Wednesday, 5th September 1906
There was a presentation to Halifax Town Council of a 13,000
signature petition disapproving of the action of the Tramways
Tuesday, 20th November 1906
The engine house at the Pellon Lane works of Mitchell
Brothers was wrecked when a pinion wheel burst
Friday, 28th December 1906
W. L. Carter & Company's Dredger Soap Works, Upper George
Yard, Halifax gutted by fire
Tuesday, 1st January 1907
Todmorden Corporation became only the second borough in the country
to operate a motor bus service when they opened the Todmorden to
Shortly after 2:00 pm, the first motor bus started from Todmorden
Town Hall to Walsden.
Although the roads were in a shocking condition, owing to a recent
thaw, an excellent run was made
The service to Walsden was
postponed until further notice owing to the inclement weather
18th March 1907,
there was the first bus crash.
Todmorden Omnibus Company
Thursday, 3rd January 1907
There were disturbances in Todmorden – and again on 10th January
1907 – when around 50 passive resisters were summoned for
non-payment of the educational part of their Poor Rate
Saturday, 26th January 1907
George Henry Greenwood , a porter at Hebden Bridge
Railway Station, was knocked down by an engine and killed
Thursday, 21st February 1907
Albert Nellis , a railway engine fireman of Low Moor,
Bradford, was killed on the railway at Brighouse
Monday, 18th March 1907
Only 11 weeks after the start of the Todmorden bus service on
1st January 1907,
a bus crashed into Roomfield Chapel.
William Nothard, the bus driver, was trapped but not seriously
The accident was caused by the failure of the steering mechanism
Friday, 19th April 1907
at Portsmouth Mill, Todmorden caused £1,000 damage
Fire damaged the works of Harrison & Singleton in Halifax
Monday, 22nd April 1907
Fire at Woodside Flour Mill, Elland caused damage estimated at £2,000-3,000
Tuesday, 30th April 1907
Two outbreaks of fire on the same day – one at 1:00 am and the other
around 9:00 pm – damaged the Brearley works of Levi Sykes &
Company, causing £10,000 damage
Wednesday, 22nd May 1907
Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll – daughter of Queen
Victoria – came to open the Brighouse Art Gallery.
She stayed at Kirklees Hall during her visit.
She was the first member of the royal family to visit Brighouse.
Large crowds turned out to see the Princess, but she drove in a
closed carriage and spoke very few words at the Gallery.
William Smith – who had given the Art Gallery to the
town – was so disappointed that the Town Clerk, James
Parkinson, accompanied the Princess back to the railway station at
Thursday, 20th June 1907
Halifax Tramways Committee abandoned any proposals to extend their
services to Cragg Vale, Elland, Rishworth, Stainland, Wainstalls and
Thursday, 18th July 1907
A wagonette carrying members of a Todmorden pleasure party overturned
at Towneley, killing James Schofield , a weaver of Albert
Tuesday, 23rd July 1907
Fire caused £1,000 damage at Sandholme Iron Works, Todmorden
Monday, 29th July 1907
Fire at the mill of A. & D. Norcliffe at Stainland
Friday, 27th September 1907
Accident at Holme Station, Todmorden caused by
the breaking of a draw-bar of a long luggage train
The station wrecked and the assistant station master – William John
Pim – was killed when a goods train ran off the rails.
The station was not rebuilt
James Blackburn of Hope Street, Stone Chair was run over by an
electric tram of the Shelf Steam Tramways Company
Tuesday, 15th October 1907
5 people – including the conductor – were killed and 42 people were
injured in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster
Friday, 18th October 1907
William Christopher Donahue died from injuries sustained whilst
using a grinding wheel at the Helvetia Works of Altenbach Limited
Wednesday, 30th October 1907
Only 15 days after the Pye Nest disaster, another tram ran away on
the outward journey, but the three-man crew was able to stop the
vehicle after 150 yards.
Confidence in the service was such that, although this car was almost
full, only about 10 passengers stayed on board to complete their
Friday, 1st November 1907
An axle broke on a Halifax tramcar as it was coming down West Street,
The disabled vehicle was left in the street until it was removed to
Halifax after 11:00 pm
Wednesday, 13th November 1907
A partial settlement was announced of the Hebden Bridge Strike
which had dragged on for 68 weeks
Sunday, 1st December 1907
A sensational affair at Charlestown, Hebden Bridge;
waggon load of furniture in the river and terrible experience of a
Halifax driver named William Helm
Thursday, 19th December 1907
3 men were injured in an explosion at Brooke's Limited coal mine at
Bankhouse Mills, Stainland were gutted by fire with £7,000
Bad winter caused economic depression.
Halifax Citizens Guild
Wednesday, 26th February 1908
James Widdop  of Southowram and James Hobbs  of
Elland, were fatally injured as a result of falling down a hoist at
Valley Mills, Elland
Wednesday, 27th May 1908
Travelling tinplate worker, Barney Crosby , was fatally
injured when he was knocked down by a motor cab in Broad Street,
Tuesday, 23rd June 1908
The body of Mrs Annie Richardson of Briggate, Brighouse, was
found shockingly mutilated in Morley Tunnel.
An open verdict returned at the inquest
Friday, 18th September 1908
John W. Fitter , a carter employed by Amos Mitchell
run over by his own lurry at Copperas House, Walsden
He was taken to Halifax Infirmary where he died from his injuries 4
Monday, 21st September 1908
A plate-layer was killed and other people were injured on the line
near Greetland Station.
Another man, John Biddulph died later
Saturday, 24th October 1908
Sad accident at Lineholme when James Baldwin, a scutcher of
Meadow Bottom, Todmorden, had the misfortune to have his arm torn off
Friday, 4th December 1908
Fire at motor works and underclothing factory in Square Road, Halifax
Sunday, 27th December 1908
There was an incident in which a train jumped the rails just outside
Halifax Railway Station, blocking Beacon Hill Tunnel and
dislodging masonry which fell into the yard of J. & J. Baldwin
There was structural damage and the parapet was smashed at Clarke
The Brighouse News [Wednesday 30th December 1908] reported
Mill Property Damaged in Halifax
A goods train consisting of 104 waggons travelling from Fleetwood to
Low Moor was partly wrecked just outside Halifax station.
It was being drawn by an engine of the Lancashire & Yorkshire
Company, assisted at the rear by another engine of the heavy type.
Having passed Halifax Station, the train pulled up so it could be
shunted into the goods yard when one of the waggons in the centre
jumped the points and left the metals.
This caused the front waggons to swerve and many overturned, blocking
both the up and down lines just in front of Beacon Hill tunnel.
The result was that a large section of masonry fell into the mill
yard of Messrs. J. & J. Baldwin Limited, Clark Bridge Mills.
Fortunately there was no personal injury
Friday, 1st January 1909
A weavers' strike at Hebden Bridge ended after 42 weeks.
The strike cost the Weavers' Amalgamated Association a total of
Friday, 29th January 1909
The Calder Bank Mills of silk spinners J. Cheetham &
Sons Limited were destroyed by fire which caused £25,000
The fire was believed to have been caused by overheating in a drying
The mill was insured unlike many other buildings in those days.
The irony of this incident was that Cheetham's had only the
week before established a water system in the mill and had started
asking amongst the work force for anyone who was willing to join and
form a volunteer fire department specifically for this mill.
It was fortunate for the owner and the employees that a few weeks
earlier Barker & Butterworth, the owners of Belle Vue Mills
had closed down and was waiting for the sale day of their mill's
To ensure Cheetham's could resume production quickly, the
family bought the vacant mill and was soon able to return to a degree
Wednesday, 17th March 1909
A fire at cotton manufacturers Lister Booth & Company Limited
badly damaged Grove Mills, Brighouse
The first fully enclosed buses ran in Widnes, Lancashire.
Earlier buses had open top-decks and open stairs at the back
Thursday, 15th April 1909
West Riding Flour Mills, Cooper Bridge destroyed by fire
Tuesday, 15th June 1909
A fire in the joiners' shop at the Baltimore works of Lord Brothers
Limited caused damage estimated at £3,000
Wednesday, 23rd June 1909
Fire at the brushworks of Yates & Company, Boothtown
Sunday, 4th July 1909
Several passengers were injured in an alarming motor-bus accident at
Thursday, 29th July 1909
Fire at J. Crowther & Company Limited, cotton spinners, Brighouse
Monday, 16th August 1909
Houses wrecked by lightning at Cragg Vale and cattle killed at a
Monday, 30th August 1909
Serious fire at Stone Slack Farm, Heptonstall
Saturday, 4th September 1909
Clara Phillips  of Meadow Bottom, Todmorden, committed
suicide by jumping from a boat carrying day trippers from Dublin
Monday, 11th October 1909
John Greenhalgh [1859-1909] from Burnley was knocked down by a
train and killed in Millwood Tunnel
Friday, 29th October 1909
Mackintosh's Kingston Confectionery Works, Halifax was destroyed
The damage was estimated at £20,000
Wednesday, 24th November 1909
Todmorden Town Council purchased 2 second-hand motor buses for
There were record freezing temperatures in the district.
The snow delayed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton getting to a
meeting at the Victoria Hall
Friday, 31st December 1909
Several people has a narrow escape when a landslip occurred at
The heyday of rail transport, there were 163 trains every day at
Sunday, 20th February 1910
Hurricane-force winds caused extensive damage
Friday, 20th May 1910
Britain's last broad-gauge train ran from Paddington to Penzance.
Henceforth, all railway lines are standard gauge
Bad weather in August and September led to the cancellation of
several outdoor events, including the Brighouse Musical Festival
Wednesday, 7th September 1910
There was a serious fire at Branxholme Mills, Bailiff Bridge
occupied by A. Hardman & Son Limited.
The fire broke out in the late morning in the spinning department,
and caused £200 damage
Tuesday, 6th December 1910
Halifax Artillery Barracks in Arden Road, Halifax,
gutted by fire
Sunday, 22nd January 1911
Jim Nuttall , a weaver of Hollins Street, Walsden, was
killed whilst trespassing on the railway
Thursday, 23rd February 1911
A Bradford schoolgirl was killed in a fall after being swept 20 ft
from the ground by a freak gust of wind
Sunday, 26th March 1911
A fire at the rubber works of T. Hallas & Company at Cinderhill
Mills, Todmorden caused more than £2,000 damage
Friday, 31st March 1911
Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst appeared at the Halifax Mechanics'
Monday, 15th May 1911
Riley Brothers & Hartley began paving the main road from Shade
to Gandy Bridge.
Their tender was £4,786 13/6d
Friday, 26th May 1911
An alarming fire at Pavement, Todmorden, destroyed
the leather works of Dean & Howarth,
the printing office of F. Lee & Company,
the bakery of Mrs Abraham Crossley
Tuesday, 27th June 1911
Alfred Stott  was fatally injured whilst unloading
machinery at Hare Mill, Todmorden
There was a strike of railway workers
Friday, 11th August 1911
2 cows belonging to William Butterworth of Watty, died from
Monday, 28th August 1911
The death-rate increased during a heat-wave
Saturday, 9th September 1911
Water famine at Heptonstall
Saturday, 16th September 1911
A youth, Rowland Isherwood of Mount Pleasant, had his right
arm cut off whilst crossing the goods yard to catch a train at Hebden
Sunday, 26th November 1911
John William Blacka , a master plasterer of Harehill
Street, Todmorden, died from injuries received when he fell at
Luddendenfoot Railway Station
Tuesday, 28th November 1911
James Pickup, a hardware dealer from Burnley, died whilst
travelling in a train between Holme and Portsmouth
Wellington Mills, Elland burned down
Wednesday, 3rd January 1912
Halifax Town Council voted against allowing postmen in uniform to
travel on tramcars at half fares
Monday, 5th February 1912
The Calder froze between Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd
Friday, 21st June 1912
4 dead, 5 seriously injured, and over 20 slightly injured when an
engine of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, pulling 7 carriages,
took the Charlestown Curve – between Hebden Bridge and
Todmorden – bend too quickly and left the rails, crashing into the
See the Foldout
Saturday, 22nd June 1912
A passenger train crashed into a goods train at Todmorden station
One lady fainted!
Sunday, 23rd June 1912
A fire at Winterbutlee Mill, Walsden caused £120 damage
Wednesday, 10th July 1912
During their tour of the West Riding, George V and Queen
Mary visited Brighouse on the 10th July, the first visit by a
The day was declared a holiday.
The couple travelled from Cleckheaton by car, passing down Clifton
Common, along King Street, and on to Brighouse Railway Station
where they boarded the Royal Train
Thursday, 11th July 1912
During their tour of the West Riding, George V and Queen
Mary were in Halifax where they visited Savile Park and touring
Crossley's Carpets works at Dean Clough.
During the visit, the Royal Cars were garaged with Edgar Smith
Fire at Turner & Wainwright's confectionery factory at Brookfoot
Saturday, 20th July 1912
9 women Salvation Army officers were travelling from Haworth in a
wagonette which ran off the road in dense fog near Hebden Bridge.
All the occupants were thrown out of the vehicle.
Over an hour passed before help arrived.
6 people were injured and Miss Grace Greenwood  of Hebden
Bridge died at the scene
Friday, 26th July 1912
A disastrous fire at the Number 2 mill of Wellington Mills
of George Lumb Limited in Elland.
The workers had narrow escapes and adjoining cottages were destroyed.
Many families were evacuated from the their homes and a makeshift
camp was set up nearby
Thursday, 17th October 1912
The first Halifax Corporation motor buses went into service running
between Queens Road and Mount Tabor.
Some months later, a second service ran from Ward's End and Siddal
Tuesday, 29th October 1912
Agreement reached to extend Halifax tramways to Rastrick
Monday, 11th November 1912
An elaborate tramways extension scheme was agreed by Halifax Town
Tuesday, 24th December 1912
George W. Rohrer  of Wellington Road, Todmorden,
accidentally shot his sister, Margaret Caroline Louisa 
with a revolver
Wednesday, 25th December 1912
Maggie Robden, daughter of a Todmorden jeweller, kissed her
brother under the mistletoe and ran away.
Her brother, pointed a pistol at her, believing it not to be loaded,
and the bullet penetrated her head, killing her
Friday, 3rd January 1913
Bus service started to Siddal
Tram service began from Odsal Top to Bailiff Bridge.
Different track widths prohibited the service linking with the
earlier service from Brighouse
Wednesday, 5th March 1913
Frank Pickles  died after being knocked down and run over
in Halifax Road, Todmorden
Monday, 17th March 1913
Extension of Bradford trams from Wyke to Bailiff Bridge
Tuesday, 8th April 1913
A fire at the Fox & Hounds, Todmorden caused damage of
£400 to £500
Thursday, 1st May 1913
A carters' strike [1st & 2nd May] in Halifax
Saturday, 28th June 1913
Richard Booth  died after falling from the hayloft at
Hollinroyd Farm, Todmorden
Wednesday, 2nd July 1913
Joseph Exelby, a weaver of Todmorden, was sentenced to 18
months' hard labour for assaulting May Barlow  of
Merrybent Street, Todmorden
Tuesday, 22nd July 1913
His Eminence Cardinal Logue visited St Joseph's Catholic
The occasion was marked by a poem in the collection Poems in Peace &
Saturday, 13th September 1913
A plague of flies throughout the Calder Valley
Tuesday, 30th September 1913
A fire at Knowl Top Farm, Walsden caused about £200 damage
Sunday, 7th December 1913
Fire at John Crossley's Hebble Mills caused damage estimated at £20,000
The tram service from Huddersfield was extended to West Vale.
The terminus was in Saddleworth Road.
The gauge of the Huddersfield trams was different from that of
Passengers travelling onwards to Halifax had to get off and walk into
Stainland Road to make their connection
A married lady from Southowram tried to commit suicide by stuffing
handkerchiefs down her throat
Wednesday, 14th January 1914
Huddersfield to Elland tram service opened
Floods damaged the Clark Bridge Mills of Paton & Baldwin.
On 19th May 1916, Mr Justice Atkin, sitting at London,
ordered Halifax Corporation to pay £600 damages to
Paton & Baldwin for the damage
Wednesday, 1st July 1914
A very valuable car was wrecked in an accident at Highmoor
The 2 occupants were taken to the Royal Halifax Infirmary
Around 5:00 pm, a rainstorm – the heaviest in the memory of elderly
residents – struck Halifax.
Rain fell in sheets for a quarter of an hour.
Conditions in the lower parts of the town – Clark Bridge &
Charlestown Road – were indescribable.
Drains and gullies were unable to cope with the deluge and the debris
Whiteley Turner wrote a booklet on a blizzard which occurred in 1915
Friday, 29th January 1915
There was serious fire at Smith Bulmer & Company, Keighley Mills
Saturday, 22nd May 1915
20 people were injured when Tram Number 89 began to oscillate and
ran out of control, left the rails and overturned at Lee Bridge on
its journey between Causeway Foot and Savile Park.
It was Whit Saturday and the tram was full.
No reason was found for the accident, although the short wheelbase
may have been a contributory factor
Friday, 24th September 1915
6 people – all from Burnley – were injured in a railway accident near
Saturday, 16th October 1915
There was an accident at Clifton Common when a solid-tyred
Daimler motor bus – the 9:40 pm from Cleckheaton – careered down the
hill and overturned – see Clifton Common Tram Accident
Thursday, 28th October 1915
Vernon Asquith [aged 10] of 3 Providence Buildings,
Southowram, was run over by a motor car in Pinnar Lane, the wheels
passing over his chest and abdomen.
He was taken to Halifax Infirmary where he died 2 hours
Saturday, 13th November 1915
A chimney fell in Horton Street, Halifax
Conductresses were introduced on Halifax trams
Sunday, 21st November 1915
Around 9:00 am, fire broke out in the warping and tentering rooms at
the Longbottom Fulling Mills, Luddendenfoot of Joseph W. Whitworth
Limited, causing damage of at least £2,000, and affecting
around 130 workers
Saturday, 15th April 1916
About 10:00 pm, a goods train with 85 wagons broke in half as it
approached Hebden Bridge on the Charlestown Curve.
The front portion pulled up at Luddendenfoot, and the rear portion at
Tuesday, 9th May 1916
Nellie, the 8-year-old daughter of John Albert
Barker, was killed in a traffic accident.
The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter [12th May 1916] reported
the Inquest into the event
Nellie was on her way to Todmorden National School and was
crossing Adelaide Street when she was caught by a heavy motor lorry
and instantaneously killed as the wheel passed over her head.
The driver was Charles Prattley, and an eye-witness agreed
that it was impossible for him to avoid the accident.
The Jury agreed that the death was accidental and that the driver was
exonerated from blame.
The Jury expressed their sympathy with the family, and recommended
that warning signs for the school be put in a conspicuous position,
and that the Police take some measures for safe-guarding the children
at the opening and closing of the school
Monday, 21st August 1916
There was fire which caused a serious explosion at the Low Moor
Munitions Company which manufactured picric acid.
The explosion spread to the neighbouring gasworks, and destroyed a
nearby railway signalling box.
40 people were killed, and over 100 injured.
The noise was heard in many parts of district.
Wyke National School was damaged.
Because of wartime security, the press made little mention of the
Guy Langton Tillotson was killed in the explosion
A 30-ton boiler crashed into the entrance to Breck Mill, Hebden
Bridge when the traction engine which was moving it skidded in
Bridge Lanes, Hebden Bridge
St John the Divine, Thorpe was badly damaged by fire
Monday, 8th January 1917
21 people were injured when an electric tram ran down the hill from
Wyke to Bailiff Bridge.
The driver had left the tram in order to deliver newspapers to a shop
when a strong wind set the tram off down the hill, where it ran into
The woman conductor of the second vehicle was among the injured
Saturday, 13th January 1917
A passenger and the lady conductor were killed in a tram smash at Wyke
Monday, 23rd April 1917
A runaway wagon in Huddersfield Road, Brighouse killed 3 people.
The driver was Frederick Wilford, of Wilford
& Smith, of Guiseley.
The victims were
- Mary Fanny Firth (aged 30) of 11 Clifton Road, Brighouse,
wife of Sgt Firth of the Scotch Fusiliers
- John Marley, infant son of Annie Elizabeth Marley
of Stoney Hill, Brighouse
- Winifred Barwick (aged 2), baby daughter of Mary Agnes
Barwick of 4 Marion Street, Brighouse
The Inquest heard that pieces of the mechanism of the wagon were
found on the steepest section of the hill, between the Friends'
Meeting House and Daisy Road and that these parts
would make the foot brake on the wagon ineffective
Sunday, 15th July 1917
Mrs Caleb Easton of Luddendenfoot was killed and 37 others injured
in the Ambler Thorn Tram Accident
Tuesday, 17th July 1917
Fire broke out in the third storey of Salterhebble Mill of cotton
spinners John Crabtree & Sons, destroying the entire room and
Wednesday, 17th October 1917
The Prince and Princess Alexis of Serbia visited Halifax during an
appeal for the Serbian Red Cross Fund
Saturday, 22nd December 1917
There was an explosion at the Sharp & Mallen munitions factory at
Wakefield Road, Copley.
Annis Pearson  was killed by falling masonry, and two
other people were injured.
Wartime censorship meant that details of the event could not be
reported in the media
5 people died in an explosion of Brooke's chemical factory at Hove
James Begg ,
John Cockburn ,
Herbert Moore ,
Thomas Smith-Shannon ,
the foreman, Thomas Walker Wilson .
2 were killed by the explosion and 3 died later of their injuries.
The explosion caused some damage to St Ann's in the Grove,
Many local residents suffered when their skin was turned yellow by
chemicals in the atmosphere – see Crow Nest Mansion
Friday, 28th December 1917
The driver of a coal cart and his horse were killed when they
collided with a tram at Lee Bridge, Halifax
In the 2 years 1918-1919, there was the worst pandemic of
influenza – known as Spanish flu because the first outbreak was
reported in San Sebastian, Spain – with 3000 people dying each week
It affected about 40% of the world's population and killed 250,000 in
Britain and a total of 30-40 million people worldwide.
These were mainly healthy, young adults 20-50 years old.
Many of those who survived may have acquired immunity after surviving
the 1891 epidemic.
This was 4 times the number of people who died in World War I.
There are various suggestions as to the source of the epidemic
The outbreak have started in French army camps and was carried from
there by those returning from the war
The infection began in America and was spread by US soldiers
Many soldiers who had survived the war died of the flu – see Spanish
The first outbreak in Halifax was on 1st July 1918.
This was influenza type A, H1N1 strain
Wednesday, 2nd January 1918
Fire at Kingston Toffee Works, Halifax caused damage estimated at £5,000
Friday, 1st February 1918
Hole Bottom Mill, Todmorden as destroyed by fire
Monday, 11th February 1918
There was an outbreak of smallpox at Halifax Barracks, with 3
cases being reported in 6 days
Friday, 12th July 1918
Joe Boothroyd (aged 52), a mule spinner of Serpentine Road,
Cleckheaton, was working at Broadholme Mill, Brighouse when he was
caught in a machine, and sustained fatal injuries
Friday, 23rd August 1918
The body of 52-year-old Mrs Clara Wild Smith was found with
her throat cut in the lavatory at Billingshay Mills.
She had been depressed since her husband, who worked at Campbell's,
had been in Halifax Infirmary with a broken ankle
Thursday, 19th September 1918
12 year-old Herbert Heywood was killed in an accident
at Mons Mill, Todmorden
The Todmorden & District News [Friday 20th September 1918] reported
Boy's Awful Death
Yesterday, a shocking fatality occurred at Mons Mill, Todmorden,
the victim being twelve year old boy named Herbert Heywood who
was employed at the mill.
He was the son of Alfred Heywood, a spinner of 11 Leigh Road.
The deceased and four other boys began to play with the hoist.
They rode up to the fourth floor, where three of them got out.
The hoist was then restarted and deceased and Thomas Wademan,
age 14, of 21 Leigh Road went still higher.
When the hoist had got about five feet past the fifth floor, somebody
lower down stopped it.
Deceased tried to jump out but missed his footing and fell to the
bottom of the well, a distance of 60 feet.
He was picked up by the mill manager and Dr Thorp was summoned, but
he was beyond hope of recovery having received frightful injuries
Wednesday, 6th November 1918
One man was killed and 8 injured in a boiler explosion at the
Brookfoot Dye Works of Thornton, Hannam & Marshall.
The explosion took place at the back of half-a-dozen boilers.
The roof of the boiler house was blown off and debris was scattered
over a wide area.
Fire broke out but was overcome by the firm's hosepipes.
The body of Levi Holroyd was found amongst the debris.
The list of injured included
Wednesday, 27th November 1918
Two women died and many were seriously injured in a fire at Union
Mills, Holmfield works of Nahum's cotton doublers.
Many of the women tried to slide down the chain of the mill's crane.
- Walter Bottomley (aged 17) fireman of Northowram
- Frank Cheetham (aged 47) fireman of The Lodge, Brighouse
- Edgar Clegg (aged 36) fireman of Brookfoot
- Edward Ellis (aged 40) labourer of Northowram
- William Flaherty (aged 45) fireman of Mellor Square,
- Herbert Hanley (aged 37) of Hill Top, Southowram
- Edward Holmes (aged 45) labourer of Bradford
- Albert Whitworth (aged 45) fireman of Back Bonegate,
On 9th September 1925, George Hoyle received the
Carnegie award for gallantry at the fire
The Yorkshire Evening Post [Thursday 28th November 1918] reported
Two Killed and Six Injured near Halifax
A serious fire occurred yesterday at Union Mills, Holmfield,
near Halifax, occupied by Nahum's Limited, cotton
doublers, and a warehouse adjoining in the occupation of
Smith, Bulmer & Company,
and M. and M. Calvert, worsted spinners.
The two women who lost their lives were
Ellen Watson [b 1878] of Boothtown
Elizabeth Hack [b 1858] of 15, Tennyson Street, Lee Mount.
Both were fatally injured trying to make their escape.
Many of the workers got out, but others working on the upper storeys
did not make use of the staircase or fire escape emergency ladders,
but began to slide down the crane chain.
They said they did so as the fire was spreading into the staircase,
filling it with smoke. Ellen Watson was killed sliding down
the chain and Elizabeth A. Hack died in the Infirmary.
The other persons admitted to the Infirmary were
Alma Baker of 18 New Bank,
Sarah A. Spedding (aged 64) of 16 Palm Street, Boothtown,
Annie Brook (aged 19) of 4 Stoney Lane, Ovenden,
Annie Broadbent (aged 47) of 27 Holdsworth Road, Holmfield,
Annie Whitehead (aged 19) of 27 Ploughcroft Lane, Boothtown
and Agnes ?? (age 40) of 46 Nursery Lane, Ovenden
The Halifax Evening Courier [Friday 18th July 1919] reported
For Courage – King Decorates Holmfield Youth
The King held an open air investiture in the Quadrangle of Buckingham
Palace yesterday morning.
The Edward Medal was awarded to seven recipients for gallantry.
Among those was George Hoyle of Lower Schole Farm, Bradshaw,
the hero of the Holmfield fire.
His Majesty received him very kindly and asked Hoyle his age,
being apparently struck by the fact that one so young should have won
such an honour,
Hoyle told him he was 16, and when asked how long he had been
The King said
I am proud to decorate you with this medal
Hoyle was accompanied by Mr L. Burke, manager of
Messrs Nahum's, Holmfield.
A report published in the Gazette said that the fire spread
with great rapidity.
Hoyle, who was in the basement, took a fire extinguisher and
ran up to the third floor and then warned all the women employed on
the upper floor.
By this time both staircases were burning so he opened the crane
door, and, after seeing the chain was run out to its full length,
drew it in and assisted 25 women to descend it.
He remained until last and descended without injury.
He had saved the lives of upwards of 20 women at the risk of his own
The Halifax Courier [Wednesday 18th February 1920] reported
Applicant Faints in Court
Before His Honour Judge A. W. Bairstow, a claim under the
Workman's Compensation Scheme was heard, applicant being Alma
Baker (who claimed through her father) of 18, New Bank, the
defendants were Messrs Nahum's Ltd, Salterhebble, cotton
She was one of the workpeople who came down the chain.
She sustained a badly sprained ankle, injuries to the right arm and
Respondents admitted liability and paid compensation of 19/8d. per
week up to May 3rd.
Applicant resumed work on September 22nd with Messrs J. &
J. Baldwin, but that was different to the work at Nahum's
as she was able to sit down at certain intervals.
The claim was for compensation at the rate of 19/8d. per week between
May 3rd and September 22nd,
a period of 19 weeks amounting to £18 13/8d.
Between May and September, she had tried to get light work.
Compensation was stopped on May 3rd but she could not remember the
date when she complained to Mr Bates or her solicitor. Mr
Burrows, for the respondents, said that after the accident she
was taken to the Infirmary but she was sent home the same night.
At this stage the applicant fainted and the hearing was adjourned
Friday, 3rd January 1919
Heavy snowstorms caused considerable damage in Todmorden.
Telephone and telegraph services were disrupted by damage to overhead
The town was cut off
Saturday, 4th January 1919
Hundreds of telephones in Halifax were out of action because of heavy
Wires were broken everywhere
Thursday, 16th January 1919
A meeting was held at the Victoria Hall, Halifax appealing for
information about soldiers and POWs whose fate was unknown
Saturday, 14th June 1919
The cotton mills in Sowerby Bridge resumed work after the strike
Monday, 23rd June 1919
Cotton strike closed many mills in Sowerby Bridge
Thursday, 31st July 1919
Fire gutted Constantine's timber yard at Hipperholme
Robert Rushby sustained fatal injuries in an accident at
T. H. Longbottom & Sons, worsted coating manufacturers, Carlton
Mills, Sowerby Bridge.
The Inquest is reported in the
Friday, 28th November 1919
The Halifax-Leeds express was derailed near Hipperholme
Saturday, 6th December 1919
½d fares abolished on Halifax trams
Wednesday, 24th December 1919
Tram services through Godley Cutting were stopped when a landslide
caused the wall to collapse
Saturday, 3rd January 1920
The papers reported
Serious explosion of gas meters at Queensbury: meters exploded,
windows were shattered, cupboards were forced out and crockery
John Foster & Son Limited produced gas for Queensbury, and there
had recently been complaints about the poor illumination provided by
the gas, so Foster's increased the gas pressure
Monday, 5th January 1920
Ratepayers meeting turned down proposal for trams to run on
Tuesday, 10th February 1920
Serious floods in the Upper Calder Valley after torrential rain
Roads were closed and furniture was washed out of houses by the force
of the water
Thursday, 19th February 1920
Part of William Edleston's mills in Sowerby Bridge were
gutted by fire
Monday, 1st March 1920
An explosion at the Brighouse & Lightcliffe Steam Laundry, killing
the proprietor, Johnnie Kendall
Tuesday, 18th May 1920
Princess Helena Victoria opened the Boys' Red Triangle Hut
on Commercial Street, Halifax
Thursday, 3rd June 1920
A strike ended by the employees of the Halifax Industrial Society
over union recognition
Sunday, 13th June 1920
A strike, by the employees of the Sowerby Bridge Industrial Society
over union recognition, was settled
Thursday, 7th October 1920
There was a serious fire at Booth Wood Paper Mills in the Ryburn
Wednesday, 20th October 1920
As a result of the coal strike, it was decided to suspend the Sunday
Saturday, 30th October 1920
5 people from Wadsworth were killed in a charabanc accident at
Friday, 3rd December 1920
At Stocks Gate, Catherine Slack, 2 trams were blown over in high
Several people were injured
Because of falling profits, the company gave up its carrying business
on the Rochdale Canal
For greater efficiency, the Railways Act amalgamated over 100
railway lines into the 4 companies: GWR, LMS, LNER, and SR.
This came into effect on 1st January 1923
Thursday, 10th February 1921
The mummified body of a baby was found in a Halifax railway carriage
Thursday, 24th March 1921
Route Number 1 tram service extended from West Vale to Holywell
Green and Stainland
Thursday, 5th May 1921
The Owler Ings Mill of Thomas T. Ormerod was damaged by fire
Saturday, 14th May 1921
Route Number 1 tram service extended from Holywell Green to
The trams ran as far as the Café by the vicarage
in Stainland Road.
The service was withdrawn in
The trolley-bus service opened between Pellon and Wainstalls
Wednesday, 27th July 1921
Fire at Woodvale Mills, Brighouse
Sunday, 18th September 1921
The mutilated body of a girl aged about 20 was found on the railway
line at Lightcliffe.
Her skull was fractured and she had several other wounds.
Some distance from the body were found a walking-stick, a pair of
gold-rimmed spectacles, and a velour hat containing the
A railway ticket was found on the body.
One of the carriage doors of the 10:54 pm train to Bradford was badly
It was suggested that she had been attacked on the train
Wednesday, 5th October 1921
One child was killed and another injured in motor accident at New
Friday, 7th October 1921
A child was killed by car at Ovenden
Sunday, 13th November 1921
A crack motor cyclist was killed at Barkisland
A waggonette carrying members of the Hebden Bridge Salvation Army
overturned at Cockhill Moor, Oxenhope, killing 1 woman and injuring 5
The vehicle was carrying 10 people – although only equipped to carry
7 – but the driver and the company were cleared of blame
There were many local deaths from influenza
Tuesday, 3rd January 1922
The mutilated body of a baby was found in Trinity Road, Halifax
Monday, 9th January 1922
Fire at Callis Mill, Charlestown
Saturday, 14th January 1922
Heavy snowfalls throughout the district
Tuesday, 17th January 1922
A mother and daughter were fatally gassed at Back Crib Lane, Halifax
Tuesday, 31st January 1922
A West Vale couple were fatally gassed
Tuesday, 7th February 1922
Croft Mill, Hebden Bridge was gutted in £20,000 blaze
Wednesday, 8th February 1922
There was a collision in the Summit Tunnel when a goods train
travelling from Rochdale to Todmorden broke into 3 parts as it
entered the tunnel.
The signalman diverted one part on to the Burnley branch line, but
the third part – 30 wagons – stood in the tunnel when the 4:30 am
passenger train from Manchester to Leeds ran into it.
The guard of the goods train – William Elliott of Miles
Platting, Manchester – was injured.
The inquiry showed that the signals were not working properly owing
to the frosty weather, and the accident was due to the signalman's
failure to observe the rules regarding the signals
Sunday, 12th February 1922
A baby was drowned by its mother at Sowerby Bridge
Monday, 27th February 1922
The Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer [Tuesday 28th February 1922] reported
Wednesday, 8th March 1922
There were winds of 100 mph along the south coats of England
Wednesday, 19th April 1922
11 people were admitted to hospital at Todmorden suffering from
4 others were under observation.
The outbreak started in a family of 5 Belgians
Tuesday, 20th June 1922
2 children were killed in a motor smash in Range Bank, Halifax
Saturday, 1st July 1922
One was man killed and two others were injured in a sewer collapse at
Friday, 11th August 1922
There was a printers' strike at the Courier & Guardian.
The dispute lasted a week but the newspaper continued publication
Tuesday, 5th September 1922
A baby was killed by a taxi at Ripponden
Wednesday, 6th September 1922
A boy was killed in a traffic accident at King Cross, Halifax
Tuesday, 26th September 1922
A Northowram boy was killed by lorry
Monday, 16th October 1922
A passenger train crashed into a stationary goods train near Sowerby
Some passengers complained of shock
The tram service from Huddersfield to Brighouse began
There was unemployment in the local silk industry
Wednesday, 31st January 1923
Fire at Rosemount Dye works, Rastrick caused damage of
Tuesday, 13th February 1923
Heavy snowfalls throughout the district
Monday, 12th March 1923
Huddersfield to Brighouse tramway opened
Friday, 30th March 1923
Outbreak of smallpox reported at Hebden Bridge
Wednesday, 30th May 1923
The Prince of Wales – later Edward VIII – visited Queensbury
during a tour of the West Riding
Monday, 24th December 1923
The bodies of two women who died at St Luke's Hospital, Halifax
were interred in the wrong graves
Tuesday, 8th January 1924
Just after 7:00 pm, a fire broke out
amongst the hay
at Swat Farm, Cragg Vale which was then owned by Mr W.
His wife went to Cragg Vale Post Office and the fire buzzer at
Mytholmroyd sounded at 7:45 pm.
This was the first occasion on which the Mytholmroyd Fire Brigade
used their new motor fire engine.
The frosty & snow bound roads and the blizzard slowed the engine on
the 5-mile journey to the farm, and it was 8:25 pm before the engine
poured water on to the fire.
The farm well was pumped dry and a local stream, 800 yards away, was
called into action.
Damage was estimated at about £200
Saturday, 9th February 1924
Rail smash at Charlestown Curve
Tuesday, 12th February 1924
There was opposition to Prayer Book revision at Elland
Sunday, 30th March 1924
There was a fatal motor accident at Illingworth
Thursday, 8th May 1924
There were 2 fatal cases of sleepy sickness in Halifax.
Since 1918, there have been epidemics in Britain and in Italy.
Another case was reported at Holywell Green on 29th May 1924
Saturday, 5th July 1924
A fire destroyed Atlas Soap Works, Elland
Thursday, 1st January 1925
Floods at Mytholmroyd
Monday, 12th January 1925
The opening of a new mustard-manufacturing factory at Oxford Street
Mill, Brighouse was delayed when 3 tons of mustard burst into flames
Wednesday, 4th February 1925
Fire at Paton & Baldwin's mill at Clark Bridge, Halifax
Wednesday, 11th February 1925
Floods at Mytholmroyd
Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, visited Halifax with her
husband, Viscount Lascelles later Earl of Harewood, to open a
new maternity unit at the Royal Halifax Infirmary
Thursday, 26th March 1925
The driver – Clifford Lumb  of Sowerby Bridge – and the
fireman – Ronald Bailey  of Halifax – of a goods train
with 100 trucks were killed when it collided with buffers at
Wednesday, 1st April 1925
Lower tram fares were introduced
Severe drought in many parts of Britain
Friday, 12th June 1925
Route Number 10 extended from Godfrey Road, Skircoat Green to
Dudwell Lane, Skircoat Green
Heavy snowstorms and blizzards made it a white Christmas lasting well
into the New Year
Friday, 11th December 1925
Smallpox case reported at Lightcliffe
Tuesday, 22nd December 1925
A second smallpox case was reported in at Lightcliffe
A bus service to Stainland began, run by a private company in
competition with Halifax Corporation
On Wakes Tuesday, one man was killed and 10 others injured when a
motor-bus crashed at Brearley, as it travelled from Siddal to
Sunday, 21st March 1926
Dean Head Church School, Barkisland was destroyed by fire
Saturday, 3rd April 1926
A boy was killed by a motor bus at Hebden Bridge
Sunday, 18th April 1926
A child was killed by a car at Lightcliffe
Friday, 14th May 1926
Three Halifax tram men were sentenced to one month's imprisonment for
an assault on a bus driver.
On appeal, one of them was acquitted and the other two had their
Thursday, 24th June 1926
A driver burned to death in a blazing motor lorry at Brighouse
Saturday, 3rd July 1926
There was a small fire at Booth Wood Paper Mill, Rishworth
Tuesday, 6th July 1926
Booth Wood Paper Mill, Rishworth was completely destroyed by fire.
Damage was estimated at £10,000.
The site was cleared
Tuesday, 10th August 1926
An improvised motor bus was wrecked at Brearley after colliding with
Eleven passengers on their way to Blackpool were injured, one of
them, Mrs Anne Newland  of Halifax was injured, and died
on Friday 13th August
An improvised motor bus was wrecked at Brearley after it collided
with a tram.
Eleven passengers on their way to Blackpool were injured, one of them
died three days later
Monday, 16th August 1926
A train of empty carriages on the Ryburn Branch Line started moving
from Ripponden and ran away until it was derailed at Watson
Crossing, Triangle, just before the tunnel – by then 112 carriages
There were no injuries
The trolley-bus service ended between Pellon and Wainstalls
Friday, 15th October 1926
The Prince of Wales – the future Edward VIII – visited
The Prince came to open Shibden Park, and toured Dean Clough
Mills and Ladyship Mills, where he was greeted by
J. W. Standeven and his son, Jack Standeven.
The Souvenir commemorating the Royal visit to Ladyship Mills
The highlight of the tour was when Mr Jack Standeven asked the Prince
to accept two or three suit lengths as a memento of the visit.
His Royal Highness eventually decided on two grey Glen checks and a
brown bird's eye pattern and suit lengths were duly forwarded
Rain fell heavily throughout the afternoon and the Prince had to ride
in a covered car.
John Marsh & Sons
Saturday, 23rd October 1926
George Thomas Proberts was killed in a shooting accident
Lumby's Limited boiler makers
A White Christmas for the second year running
Wednesday, 1st December 1926
Shaw Mill, Mixenden was gutted by fire
Friday, 28th January 1927
200 empty runaway passenger coaches of the LMS Railway which had been
standing on a dead end between Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden, reached
speeds of 40 miles per hour and crashed into an embankment at Watson
Crossing after an engine had accidentally knocked them.
12 coaches were derailed and smashed.
There were no injuries
Saturday, 5th February 1927
The stage, scenery and dressing rooms of the Theatre Royal, Halifax
were seriously damaged by fire
The Sheffield Daily Telegraph [Monday 7th February 1927] reported
Stage Properties Ruined
A serious fire at Theatre Royal in Halifax on Saturday morning
did damage computed at £10,000 and only the safety curtain
saving the main body of the hall from destruction.
The whole of the stage, with eleven dressing rooms, and properties
of The Ringer which has been playing during the week were
The fire was discovered by Herbert Marshall, a Corporation
tram driver, when he was leaving home at 4, Westgate.
Northern Theatres Limited, owner of the house, have made
arrangements for the companies booked for the Royal to be transferred
to the Grand from Monday
Thursday, 10th March 1927
A particularly severe snowstorm
Sunday, 24th April 1927
Four cases of smallpox were reported in Halifax
Sunday, 15th May 1927
The Halifax electric mains superintendent was killed in motor smash
at Mount Tabor, Halifax
Saturday, 4th June 1927
A boy was killed by motor bus at Mill Bank
Monday, 8th August 1927
One man was killed and 11 others injured when a 26-seater charabanc
collided with a Halifax tram car at Spring Royd, Luddenden/Brearley.
There had been another accident in the same spot a few weeks earlier
when a car collided with a Halifax tram car
Tuesday, 20th September 1927
A Lightcliffe lady was killed by a motor cycle
A loss of £23,434 on Halifax tramways reported
Tuesday, 11th October 1927
A fly wheel burst at Valley Mills, Elland and caused causing much
Wednesday, 2nd November 1927
Numbered routes were introduced on Halifax trams
Saturday, 24th December 1927
A white Christmas with heavy snowstorms
Fire at Gosport Old Mills, Stainland owned by Thomas G. Armstrong
& Company Limited
There were smallpox outbreaks and epidemics in several parts of the
district in 1928/1931
Floods caused serious damage at Mytholmroyd in February and March,
and flash floods at Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge in June
Saturday, 7th January 1928
The wife of the stationmaster at Hebden Bridge was killed by a motor
Saturday, 28th January 1928
A fire at Backhold Royd Farm, Southowram – owned by John
Alderson – destroyed 6 tons of hay
Thursday, 16th February 1928
A police sergeant was killed at Brighouse by a wheel which had become
detached from a motor vehicle
While quarrying stone at Scotland Quarry, Midgley, two men –
G. Davies (aged 63) of Luddenden
T. Maloney (aged 24) of Ellen Holme, Luddendenfoot –
were crushed to death by falling rocks
Saturday, 10th March 1928
Severe snowstorms in the district
Wednesday, 14th March 1928
Smallpox cases were discovered at St Luke's Hospital
Wednesday, 21st March 1928
There was a fire at Fairlea Mills, Luddendenfoot
Saturday, 24th March 1928
The verger at Copley was killed by a motor vehicle.
Later, the driver was fined £10.
Tuesday, 3rd April 1928
A Halifax man was prosecuted at Borough Court for marrying his
Saturday, 14th April 1928
A number of workmen were killed at Gorpley reservoir construction
Wharf Mill, Sowerby Bridge was badly damaged when a cloudburst sent
a flood of water running down Bolton Brow and into the mill.
The side of the mill was demolished.
Women working in the winding and warping departments lost their
belongings but were themselves unharmed
Wharf Mill, Sowerby Bridge was badly damaged when a cloudburst sent
a flood of water running down Bolton Brow and into the mill.
The side of the mill was demolished.
Women working in the winding and warping departments lost their
belongings but were themselves unharmed
Saturday, 16th June 1928
Lily Artingstall  of Conway Street, Halifax was killed
when she fell between the coaches and the platform as she was
boarding a train at Sowerby Bridge Station
A serious fire broke out as workmen were cleaning out the furnaces
which heated Thornber's Square Works factory at Mytholmroyd,
causing £10,000 worth of damage
Friday, 13th July 1928
Disastrous fire broke out at Thornber Brothers Mytholmroyd as
workmen were cleaning out the furnaces which heated the property.
Damages was estimated at £10,000
Friday, 27th July 1928
Shortly after 3:00 am, fire caused an estimated £700 damage to
the mechanics' shop at the works of W. T. Knowles & Sons
Monday, 30th July 1928
A motor lorry belonging to Arthur Ainley, haulage contractor
and coal merchant, Southowram, crashed into a fence wall on Beacon
The driver, Lazenby Lorimer, succeeded in steering the vehicle
away from the perilous side of the road, after the right wheel
The incapacitated lorry blocked the tram line for some time
Monday, 10th December 1928
The London, Midland & Scottish Railway started a bus service
between Rochdale station and Halifax station
Wednesday, 12th December 1928
Fire at Central Street Council School, Hebden Bridge
Wednesday, 2nd January 1929
A heavily-laden goods train en route between Liverpool and Bradford
broke in 2 on the Charlestown Curve.
The drivers were unaware and the front section travelled more than 2
miles towards Mytholroyd before it was discovered and the train
The second part then crashed into the stationary section.
Thomas Poole, the guard, was slightly injured
Monday, 21st January 1929
Bus crash in fog at Mount Tabor
25·7 degrees of frost were recorded at Belle Vue
meteorological station – the lowest temperature in 30 years.
The Rochdale Canal froze from Brearley to Sowerby Bridge.
The Calder froze.
A gasometer collapsed at Redacre, Mytholmroyd when the low
temperatures buckled metal plates.
No-one was injured in the consequent gas blast.
At Hebden Bridge Post Office, mail had to be sorted by candle-light
when the gas pipes froze
Friday, 8th February 1929
A gasometer collapsed at Mytholmroyd
Tram service to Brighouse and Bailiff Bridge was the first line to
Tuesday, 19th March 1929
A fire completely destroyed Chapel Field Mill, Ripponden.
The children from Ripponden Infants' School were allowed to watch
Saturday, 30th March 1929
Bailiff Bridge tramway was sold to Bradford for £7,500
Thursday, 25th April 1929
Bailiff Bridge Railway Station was badly damaged by fire – see The
Fire at Bailiff Bridge Station
Thursday, 16th May 1929
A textile dispute started in the Calder Valley
Thursday, 5th December 1929
26 people were killed as 94 mph winds swept across Britain
Wednesday, 8th January 1930
Halifax Town Council discussed the policy of suspending the tram
service on Christmas Day
Thursday, 20th February 1930
Fire at Brick Mill and Cooper House Mill, Luddendenfoot,
caused an estimated £40,000 worth of damage
Brick Mill was destroyed.
The 6-storey Cooper House Mill was part occupied by Robert
Whitworth & Company and part by Lewis Whiteley & Sons Limited.
The fire broke out at noon in Whiteley's section.
All employees escaped without mishap, although 150 were thrown out of
Monday, 9th June 1930
Mrs Margaret Buick [aged 30] of 2 Coal Pit Farm, Southowram
pleaded guilty to stealing 3 cauliflowers from William Henry Kitson
at Highfield Farm, Southowram.
Constable Heald had been watching her and arrested her in
She was fined 10/-
Thursday, 7th August 1930
A boy drowned in the River Ryburn at Triangle.
His body was recovered 8 days later at Brighouse
Monday, 24th November 1930
Fire at Salterhebble cotton mill
Tuesday, 25th November 1930
A verdict of
Murder verdict against person or persons unknown
was given following the discovery of the body of a new-born baby at
Fire at Lower Willow Hall Mills, Sowerby Bridge
Thursday, 15th January 1931
Fire at Lilywhite's Lumb Mill caused damage estimated at £100,000
and completely destroyed the building, films, negatives, and prints
Wednesday, 4th February 1931
Smallpox epidemic at Queensbury
Halifax to Brighouse (via Hipperholme) tram service ceased and
converted to buses
Wednesday, 6th May 1931
The last tram left Brighouse
Sunday, 7th June 1931
Violent earth tremors were felt throughout Britain
Wednesday, 22nd July 1931
A motor bus service to Southowram run by Halifax Corporation replaced
the tram service from Halifax to Bank Top, Southowram which began on
19th September 1901
Wednesday, 2nd September 1931
An Elland woman died of anthrax
Monday, 21st September 1931
A double-decker bus overturned at Bailiff Bridge, injuring 12 people
Princess Mary visited Halifax to open the Princess Mary High
Wednesday, 4th November 1931
Heavy rains caused serious flooding in Todmorden.
The flood disrupted the construction of the New Olympia Cinema
Tenders were put out for flood prevention work at Mytholmroyd
Broadholme Mill, Brighouse had been disused for 6 or 7 years when
it was destroyed by a disastrous fire.
Men were dismantling machinery on the 3rd floor when sparks ignited
the dry, oil-soaked floor timbers.
The flames spread rapidly.
The Corporation Fire Brigade arrived but made little progress in
extinguishing the flames.
About 2:00 pm, the roof collapsed, carrying the 2 upper floors with
Then the north wall collapsed inwards
Friday, 4th March 1932
Fire caused minor damage to Mayroyd Mill, Hebden Bridge
Thursday, 31st March 1932
Two men were killed in a train accident in the Summit Tunnel
Tuesday, 26th April 1932
There was a bus smash at the corner of Parkinson Lane and King Cross
1 woman was killed and five other people injured
Michael Holroyd Smith pioneer of the electric tram died
Saturday, 16th July 1932
Start of local cotton workers' strike against a reduction in wages.
Some Ripponden mills were closed.
The dispute was settled on 24th August 1932
Tuesday, 22nd November 1932
Silver coins found in an Elland garden were declared treasure trove
Serious local flooding.
It is said that in Brighouse, many cellars – including all the
pubs – were filled with water.
The area around Clifton bridge was under 3 ft of water
Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, visited Halifax to open a
new Eliza & Jane Simpson Isolation ward and the Princess
Royal ward at the Royal Halifax Infirmary
Friday, 24th February 1933
Many roads were blocked in the heaviest snowfalls for 40 years.
Bus and tram services were disrupted
Monday, 13th March 1933
Counterfeiting charges were brought at Todmorden against a Sowerby
man and a Luddendenfoot man
Tuesday, 25th April 1933
An offer of £600,000 was reported for the purchase of the
Halifax tram and bus undertaking by a national electricity company
Friday, 2nd June 1933
There was a heatwave in Halifax and the warmest Whitsuntide for 33
Thursday, 22nd June 1933
One boy died during an outbreak of infantile
paralysis discovered at Rishworth School.
One girl died in a further outbreak at Sowerby Bridge
Saturday, 29th July 1933
Three men were killed in collision between a bus and furniture lorry
at North Bridge, Halifax
Britain had a long drought.
Forest fires broke out
Wednesday, 16th August 1933
Halifax-Stump Cross-Northowram route closed
Tuesday, 29th August 1933
2 men were killed and others injured when a lorry carrying furniture
went out of control and ran into a bus at the junction of Haley Hill
and North Bridge.
The bus-conductor, Harold Frankland of Stone Chair, Shelf,
died on the way to Royal Halifax Infirmary.
The bus-driver, Dowman Robinson of Pellon New Road, was
admitted to the Infirmary.
The driver of the lorry, John E. Brown of Leeds, was admitted
to the Infirmary, but died later
Thursday, 31st August 1933
A Brighouse foreman platelayer was knocked down and killed at Elland
Monday, 11th September 1933
There was a severe drought in the district.
Water was turned off between 8 pm and 6:30 am
Saturday, 23rd September 1933
Water restrictions were extended.
The supply was cut off between 6 pm and 6 am
Saturday, 30th September 1933
Tram route from Stump Cross to Hove Edge abandoned
Tram service from Brighouse to Hove Edge was discontinued
Saturday, 7th October 1933
Water restrictions were extended.
The supply was cut off between 5 pm and 7 am
Wednesday, 20th December 1933
A Halifax double decker bus overturned and rolled down a hillside on
the Northowram route above Stump Cross.
The driver and passenger were injured
Tram service to Boothtown withdrawn
Tram service to Stainland withdrawn
Tram service to Queensbury withdrawn
Tram service to Catherine Slack withdrawn
Tram service to Sowerby Bridge withdrawn
Tram service to West Vale withdrawn
Tram service to Stump Cross withdrawn
Wednesday, 3rd January 1934
There was a disastrous fire at Clifton Bridge Mills, Brighouse,
One hundred operatives were put out of work
Thursday, 8th February 1934
Two Brighouse women were killed when a chimney stack collapsed during
a gale and fell through the roof on to the bed in which they were
Thursday, 22nd March 1934
A package containing jewellery, the proceeds of a Manchester robbery,
was thrown from a train into the street at Mytholmroyd.
The thieves escaped
Thursday, 14th June 1934
An RAF plane made a forced landing at Heptonstall
Monday, 25th June 1934
Halifax buses made profit of £17,332 and trams a loss of
Wednesday, 18th July 1934
A plague of crickets was reported at Bailiff Bridge
Wednesday, 25th July 1934
Tram service from Sowerby Bridge to Stile, Triangle was withdrawn
Thursday, 14th March 1935
Marjorie, the 12-year-old daughter of Albert Sutcliffe, died
after she was run over by a trailer attached to a lorry at Bolton
Brow at 7:50 pm.
She had been playing hide-and-seek with 9-year-old Barbara Ann
Washington, Donald Sharp and Willie Smith, and had run
across the road when the accident occurred.
She was taken to Halifax Infirmary but was dead on arrival.
It is thought that the driver of the vehicle was unaware of the
Marjorie was buried in the same grave as her
grandparents, Ann and Herbert Ambler Sutcliffe.
At the inquest, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental death
The first automatic traffic lights were installed to control the busy
junction with Charlestown Road, New Bank, and Boothtown Road, at the
northern end of North Bridge
Sunday, 7th April 1935
Fire broke out at Albion Mill, Elland, belonging to Robert Kaye &
It was believed spontaneous combustion was the cause of the fire.
The fire caused damage estimated at £1,500
Wednesday, 24th July 1935
First profit on Halifax trams and buses for 10 years
Thursday, 14th November 1935
There was a disastrous fire at Holme Royd Mills, Luddendenfoot.
Machinery was damaged by the water used to tackle the fire.
Windows in nearby Railway Terrace were damaged by the heat
of the blaze
The tram service to Stainland which began on
14th May 1921
The last tram ran to New Road, Hebden Bridge
Monday, 27th January 1936
6 sticks of gelignite and 50 brass detonators were reported missing
from an explosive store at Illingworth.
A radio warning was broadcast lest they should fall into the hands of
children or other unaware of its nature
Mayroyd Mill, Hebden Bridge – occupied by William Barker &
Company – was badly damaged by fire.
6 fire brigades attended the incident.
Fred Greenwood  collapsed and died, due to over-excitement
at the event
Tuesday, 31st March 1936
The tram service between Halifax and Hebden Bridge ended after 34
Tuesday, 14th April 1936
Coldest Easter of the century
Saturday, 30th May 1936
Bottoms Mill, Salterhebble was almost destroyed by fire
Friday, 17th July 1936
The Spanish Civil War [1936-1939] began
Friday, 31st July 1936
There was a fire at Badger Hill Mills, Rastrick
Friday, 18th September 1936
Sterne Mills, Copley were destroyed by fire
Saturday, 12th December 1936
An RAF bomber crashed on Wadsworth Moor in thick cloud, and burst
into flames, killing three of the crew – Sergeant D. G. Church
of London Leading Aircraftman P. G. Clements of Bournemouth
and Aircraftman C. V. Bodenham of Ludlow – and injuring the
fourth, Sergeant V. C. Otter.
Fog hampered rescue attempts by locals who heard the crash.
The plane was one of a formation of 7 heavy bombers which left
Northern Ireland for Finningley.
The squadron flew into dense fog and only one plane arrived safely
Monday, 14th December 1936
Mytholmroyd was under 3 ft of water when the Calder overflowed
The Asquith Bottom Mills, Sowerby Bridge of William Edleston &
Company Limited were badly damaged by fire
The last narrow boat Alice carried 20 tons of wire from
Sowerby Bridge to Manchester on the Rochdale Canal
Herbert Lister was killed when a scaffold in the clay mine
of Allen & Son, collapsed on him
The last commercial craft was Thomas made the through journey
across the Pennines on the Rochdale Canal
Wednesday, 20th October 1937
George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the district during a
visit to Yorkshire, and called at Shelf, Shibden Hall, Halifax,
Elland and Brighouse.
A 21-gun salute was fired from Beacon Hill.
John Marsh & Sons
Tram service to Hebden Bridge cut back to Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge
Tram service to Triangle cut back to Station Road, Sowerby Bridge
Tram service to Highroad Well withdrawn
Tuesday, 18th January 1938
Tram service to Illingworth and Causeway Foot withdrawn.
It was replaced by the bus service on the following day
Tuesday, 14th February 1939
The Halifax tramway system closed when the last tram – Number
109 – ran on the Ovenden route leaving from the Queen's Head,
Illingworth at Mason Green at 11:32 pm.
Whiteley Lumb was the driver
Monday, 29th May 1939
Tram service from Huddersfield to West Vale was replaced by a
The last vessel made the whole journey along the Rochdale Canal
George Barker, the Mayor of Halifax, was travelling in the official
car when it was involved in an accident at Cheapside, Halifax.
The Halifax Courier [Saturday 25th November 1939] reported
While returning in his official car to the Town Hall after the annual
civic service at Siddal, the Mayor of Halifax Alderman George
Barker JP together with the Town Clerk, Mr Percy Saunders
and Mrs Saunders were involved in a serious car crash at the
junction of Southgate and Cheapside.
The car was being driven by the Mayor's chauffeur, Mr Hugh
Sutcliffe, with the mace-bearer, Mr Ernest Hardy riding in
front with the driver.
At the bottom of Cheapside a collision occurred with a car which came
up Russell Street.
Both drivers swerved and the Mayor's car struck a lamp standard and
the other car crashed into the grille protected front of Messrs
Lister Horsfall, Jewellers.
The Mayor and Mrs Saunders were thrown into a heap in the
bottom of the car.
They were helped from the car and taken to the Town Hall, where after
treatment they were allowed to go home.
The mace bearer was treated for cuts at Halifax Infirmary and the
chauffeur was suffering from shock and allowed to go home.
The driver of the other car, Mr Gerald Pullen of 64, Victoria
Street, Manchester and his passenger Edward O'Hara were taken
to the Infirmary but not detained
The Brighouse tram service was replaced by a trolley-bus service
When the country was well into World War II, Britain had the coldest
January since 1838, and between January 26th / 29th, the country
suffered the heaviest snowfalls since 1927.
The south of England also had ice storms, when rain falling in
sub-zero temperatures covers objects in clear ice
Friday, 5th July 1940
George Street Mills, Brighouse was destroyed by fire
Friday, 22nd November 1940
Around 9:00 pm, a 100 kg (220 lbs) bomb and fell at
the junction of Hanson Lane and Crossley Terrace.
It killed 11 people and damaged the West Hill pub and 537 houses,
about 30 of which had to be demolished
Saturday, 22nd February 1941
Snow blanketed much of northern England
Monday, 28th April 1941
A heavily-laden 8-wheeler lorry – the largest type allowed in British
roads – driven by Thomas Clare and with colleague Charles
Frederick Drabble, both of Bolton, was involved in an accident as
it descended Brookfoot Hill.
As they turned right at the bottom, the lorry scraped the wall and
crashed into Elland Road.
Clare was pinned beneath the vehicle and died at the scene.
Drabble escaped with multiple leg and face injuries
Wednesday, 19th November 1941
Providence Mill, Elland was badly damaged by fire.
Damage was estimated at £10,000
Elland National School was badly damaged by fire
Fire broke out and destroyed the top floor of Wainstalls Mill.
Men came from all parts of Wainstalls to join the forces from the
Fire Service in Halifax.
It was feared that the fire might spread to the new Shed by way of a
wooden passage which joined the 2 buildings.
It was suspected that the fire was carried by sparks from a grass
fire near New Mill Dam
Thursday, 21st January 1943
A Halifax bomber of 51 Squadron RAF, returning from an operation,
crashed on Hoar Side Moor near Hebden Bridge killing 2 of the
Record local floods
Terrible storms affected the district around Sowerby Bridge.
Mrs Effie Priestley  of Norland died when she fell into a
stream, and Arthur Ritchie  of Norland died when he fell
into a culvert
The last tram ran on the service from Bradford to Bailiff Bridge
Sunday, 24th December 1944
At 6:00 am, a German V1 doodlebug landed in a field 30 yards
from Little Toothill Farm, Sowerby, killing several geese, damaging
buildings at the farm, and breaking windows at Cottonstones.
The crater was about 26 ft in diameter and 4 ft deep.
An old lady living at the farm died of delayed shock some months
After the war, St Mary's Church, Cottonstones claimed reparations
for the bomb damage, and used these to repoint the church tower
Saturday, 13th January 1945
2 German prisoners, members of the Luftwaffe, escaped from a camp in
Lancashire and were recaptured on the following day at Ripponden
Monday, 7th May 1945
[7th/8th May 1945] was VE Day when the Allies in World War II
accepted the surrender of the armed forces in Nazi Germany
Winston Churchill visited Halifax in June 1945 in the run-up to the
July general election – see Memories of Calderdale
Thursday, 19th September 1946
Serious floods when the Hebble, the Ryburn and the Calder flooded
and burst their banks after 2 days of heavy rain.
Most parts of the district were affected.
The Summit Tunnel was flooded when a culvert burst its banks near
The goit from Leadbeater Dam to Spring Dam burst and
Square Mill Dam burst flooding many parts of Wainstalls.
Relief funds were set up to help those affected.
Brighouse was badly affected, and the Ha'penny Bridge was
torn from its base and blocked the entrance to the lock.
Photograph of flooding at Copley and
Photograph of flooding at Mytholmroyd
Saturday, 8th February 1947
This is the one they all talk about ... still!
I describe it in a separate Foldout
Monday, 7th April 1947
37 people were injured when a Halifax Corporation bus
overturned at the Calder & Hebble Junction.
The roof was torn off.
The vehicle was scrapped
Wednesday, 3rd September 1947
The goods yard inspector at Mytholmroyd
Station, W. Whiteside, was killed in a shunting accident
Thursday, 16th October 1947
An avalanche of mud from peat bogs and disused clay workings near an
open-cast coal mine at Ratten Clough Pit covered the main
Todmorden-Burnley Road – about 1 million tons in volume, 30 ft wide
and 9 ft high – flowed down the hillside and into the valley below
and approached the railway line near Todmorden.
No lives were lost in the incident
Wednesday, 12th November 1947
Mytholmroyd was under 3 ft of water when the Calder overflowed
Thursday, 8th April 1948
Raymond Farrar, the projectionist, died following a fire at the
Picture House, Halifax
Friday, 28th May 1948
St Peter's Church, Walsden was damaged by fire
Thursday, 2nd September 1948
A Halifax Corporation bus – new in March of that
year – skidded as it travelled down Salterhebble Hill.
It hit a building, spun round and then ran backwards down Rookery
Lane, where it came to rest
Three men – including the proprietor William Edward
Ogden – were killed and several injured when defective
oxyacetylene equipment exploded at the Northgate factory of James
Ogden & Sons
Expectant mother, Mrs Joan Richards  of New Street,
Southowram, was killed when a chimney collapsed and fell through the
roof and bedroom floor of her home during strong gales which swept
through the district.
4 people in Halifax were injured when a chimney fell through the roof.
Prefabs in Illingworth were severely damaged
Wednesday, 23rd February 1949
Many people – from Warley to Todmorden – felt an earth tremor at
The epicentre was said to be in either Russia or South America
Fire crews from most parts of the district tackled a blaze
at F. & H. Sutcliffe's Victoria Mill, Hebden Bridge
7 firemen were injured.
Damage was estimated at £26,500
Monday, 27th June 1949
The Leeds/Halifax bus collided with a fire engine in Godley Lane on
its way to a grass fire.
The drivers of both vehicles were killed
Wednesday, 13th July 1949
A violent storm brought to an end a drought which began on 4th June
Tuesday, 26th July 1949
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived by train
to make their first visit to Halifax on a 3-day tour of the West
They were in Halifax for 2 hours and visited an exhibition at Arden
Road Drill Hall where there were more than 30 stands displaying
industrial products manufactured in Halifax, including John
Mackintosh & Sons and Reflecting Roadstuds.
They then signed the visitors' book at Halifax Town Hall, heard
school children sing and watched a gymnastics display at Spring
During the visit, Princess Elizabeth officially handed over
Spring Hall mansion and grounds which Paton & Baldwin's had given
to the town
Friday, 16th September 1949
Pilot Officer Richard Percy Price of Leconfield and Flying
Officer S. I. Rowe of Blackpool were killed when their trainer
aircraft crashed into the hillside at Hebden Bridge in heavy rain and
Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, visited Halifax to open new
YMCA headquarters at the Marlborough Hall
Friday, 5th May 1950
1000 people were vaccinated after a mild case of smallpox had been
identified in Sowerby Bridge.
Over the next few days, 14,000 people were vaccinated in Halifax and
10,000 in Sowerby Bridge
There was the first White Christmas for 10 years
The Rochdale Canal was closed to navigation along its entire length
The Rochdale Canal Act made the Rochdale Canal Company
no longer liable to maintain the Rochdale Canal for navigation.
The company sold much of its property, leased many of its reservoirs
to local authorities, and officially abandoned the through-route
across the Pennines.
Except for a short section in Lancashire, between Castlefield and the
Ashton Canal junction at Piccadilly, the canal closed to traffic.
This section was still owned and run by the private Rochdale Canal
The Yorkshire Evening Post [29th January 1952] reported
CENTURY OF FOXES then he puts his gun away.
Twenty years ago, when he found foxes had bitten the heads off 30 of
his pullets, Mr Frank Verity, a smallholder of Mount
Pleasant, Southowram, declared war and vowed not to rest until he had
shot 100 of them.
He has just killed his hundredth, a 14lb vixen, and has now put away
his double-barrelled 12 bore gun
Saturday, 31st January 1953
There were several cases of influenza
Saturday, 14th February 1953
The Shay had to be cleared of snow for Halifax's game
against Tottenham Hotspur.
Halifax lost 3-0
Wednesday, 18th March 1953
Mons Mill was closed when it was thought to be the centre of
a smallpox epidemic which swept through Todmorden.
4 people died and there were 19 confirmed cases in the town.
It was suggested that this outbreak and others in Lancashire were
caused by infected imported raw cotton, although it was later stated
that smallpox was present in the town before the suspected cotton was
Todmorden practitioners, Dr John de Ville Mather and Dr Stella
Brown, were placed under quarantine during the outbreak
Thursday, 5th November 1953
Fire at Hoo Hole Dye Works, Mytholmroyd caused damage estimated at £68,000
There were smallpox outbreaks in several parts of the district
Saturday, 21st August 1954
Severe flash floods at Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, and Luddenden.
The Calder rose 6 feet in less than 2 hours.
Elphin Brook was 10 feet above its usual level
2 barges – the Sowerby Bridge and the Frugality – were
the last commercial craft to use the Calder & Hebble Canal
Brighouse town centre was flooded
Monday, 21st February 1955
An express train from Leeds to Manchester collided with a brake van
and a wagon which had become detached from a freight train at
None of the 40 passengers on the express was injured
The guard of the freight train, J. H. Hart, received injuries
from which he died.
The guard and a signalman, J. L. Halliday, who had failed to
notice the detached wagons, were held responsible for the incident
Saturday, 9th July 1955
The trolley-bus service ended in Brighouse
Gales caused considerable damage in the West Riding.
The Brighouse district suffered badly
Saturday, 10th March 1956
Fire severely damaged the Royal Mills, Halifax of Jesse Robinson &
Several floors collapsed with heave machinery
The Asian flu pandemic of 1957-1958 probably affected more
people than that of 1918 – 1 million world-wide, and 33,000 in
These were mainly the very young and the very old.
The availability of antibiotics to treat the secondary infections
which are the usual cause of death, resulted in a much lower death
This was type A, H2N2 strain
Princess Margaret visited Halifax
Thursday, 15th May 1958
A double-decker bus ran out of control down New Bank and overturned
on North Bridge
Fire at Victoria Mills, Brighouse
During a printing dispute involving members of the Typographical
Association resulted in a newspaper strike.
Many local and national papers – including The Halifax Daily Courier
& Guardian, The Brighouse Echo – were published as a free
Fire caused at Ash Grove works of W. T. Knowles & Sons
The last steam trains gave way to diesel engines
5000 chickens died when fire swept through the Mytholmroyd poultry
farm of Harry Taylor
Friday, 20th May 1960
Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, visited Elland and opened
extensions to Elland Grammar School
Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, visited Halifax and opened
an extension to the Meredith & Drew works
With 2·8 inches of rain, this was the wettest since records
Saturday, 2nd September 1961
A severe thunderstorm lasting 15 hours disrupted power supplies and
communications in Brighouse
An influenza epidemic
There were smallpox outbreaks in several parts of the district
The Ashton Canal was abandoned
The most severe winter weather for several years
The Beeching Report on the railways in Britain, produced
by Richard Beeching, chair of the British Railways Board,
recommended the closure of loss-making railway lines and the
improvement of money-making routes.
This resulted in the closure of hundreds of lines and several
Fire at the mills of Thomas Sugden & Son, Brighouse.
The mills were rebuilt following the fire
Sunday, 13th January 1963
70 passengers escaped when the York to Liverpool train caught fire on
entering a tunnel after leaving Sowerby Bridge Station
Wednesday, 23rd January 1963
Starting just before Christmas 1962, the winter of 1962/63 was the
coldest in England and Wales since 1740, and the coldest in Scotland
For most of the period from Boxing Day 1962 to early March 1963, much
of England was under snow.
Temperatures of 10° F / -12·2° C – the lowest since
1947 – were recorded.
Locally, it was the worst since 1947 and there were drifts several
Streams and waterfalls in the district froze – threatening water
For 3 months in the winter of late 1962 and early 1963 there was
1½ inch thick ice at The Shay – Halifax becoming the first
football league club to open its ground for public ice-skating.
Fees were adults 2s 6d, children 1s 6d, and spectators 1s.
Customers of the Commercial Inn, Sowerby Bridge played
five-a-side soccer on the canal there
An influenza epidemic
Tuesday, 3rd November 1964
Calder Mill, Hebden Bridge was badly damaged by fire causing
£50,000 damage at Paul Bates Limited
£15,000 at Halifax Wireform Limited
Monday, 16th November 1964
Fire caused £1,000 damage at Ratcliffe Brothers Calder House
Wednesday, 9th December 1964
Overnight rain caused the heaviest flooding in 20 years in
Mytholmroyd and the Upper Calder Valley
Tuesday, 15th December 1964
Crossley Mill, Hebden Bridge was occupied by Thomas Ratcliffe &
Company when it was destroyed by fire – within the space of an hour
Cross Lane United Methodist Chapel, Hebden Bridge was destroyed by
C. W. S Union Flour Mills, Sowerby Bridge burned down
The 9 locks on the Rochdale Canal through Manchester city centre
were almost unusable and an Act of Parliament gave permission for the
section to be closed
Friday, 1st January 1965
The business of general merchant Trevor Peel Limited at Clay
House Mills, Greetland was damaged by fire
Friday, 15th January 1965
A freak hailstorm delayed traffic throughout Halifax
Monday, 25th January 1965
A guard was injured at Elland Station when a railway engine and
guards van were derailed
Tuesday, 13th July 1965
Torrential rainstorms disrupted traffic in and around Halifax
Sunday, 26th September 1965
Floods in the Wheatley Valley tore away supports at the Birks Hall
Culvert which was under construction, and water poured 200 feet into
the Hebble Brook
Thursday, 25th November 1965
Flood warnings sounded after heavy rain in Todmorden and Hebden
Monday, 29th November 1965
Heavy snowfalls stranded many buses and lorries in Halifax and
Hundreds of children sent home from school
Thursday, 9th December 1965
Mytholmroyd was impassable when the Calder flooded
Wednesday, 9th February 1966
Trains and buses were delayed when snow blocked roads in the district
Saturday, 19th February 1966
Many sports fixtures were cancelled following snowfalls
Saturday, 2nd April 1966
Heavy snowfall in Halifax damaged trees and telephone lines and
caused traffic chaos
The Victoria Copper Works of H. S. Holdsworth Limited were
damaged by fire
Storms and heavy rain ruined the Halifax Show, and caused
flooding in many parts of the district
Friday, 16th September 1966
A Todmorden man was killed when he fell 200 feet down a railway
ventilation shaft at the Summit Tunnel
The tracks at Halifax Town station were reduced to two tracks and a
Tuesday, 14th March 1967
Fire at the Carlton Buildings of the Todmorden Co-operative
Society caused an estimated £150,000 worth of damage.
The only casualty was a fireman with a broken ankle
Wednesday, 15th March 1967
Fire damaged Hebden Bridge Dye Works
Tuesday, 15th August 1967
Bernard Warren  of Padiham, the driver of a diesel engine,
was killed when his goods train – pulling 36 wagons from Burnley to
Halifax and travelling at 70 m.p.h – ran into the back of a steam
engine shortly before midnight at Cornholme, Todmorden.
One wagon crashed into a house.
The driver of the steam train was slightly injured.
The inquest revealed that Warren had drunk 5 or 6 pints of beer and
had ignored 6 stop signals before the accident
Tuesday, 17th October 1967
Worst flooding for many years at Copley and the Calder Valley
Sunday, 10th December 1967
Firth Mill, Todmorden was gutted by fire
The Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968-1969 affected between 1 and 4
million people world-wide, and 30,000 in England and Wales.
These were mainly the very old and people with other medical problems.
This was type A, H3N2 strain
Steam trains finally stopped running in Britain
Snow and hail fell in parts of the district
Tuesday, 2nd July 1968
Freak summer weather caused flooding in parts of the district.
Serious flooding by the Clifton Beck at Bailiff Bridge caused
extensive damage to Firth Carpets factory
The Divi was discontinued
Wednesday, 23rd October 1968
The Duchess of Kent visited Halifax and opened the Laura Mitchell
A freak storm hit Norland. Hollin Lane and Harper Royd Lane,
Norland were badly damaged as water rushed through houses here,
carrying the furniture and other belongings downstream to Sowerby
Some of the older buildings at Badger Hill Mills were badly damaged
Fire destroyed the Square Congregational Church, Halifax
The Queen opened the M62 and the Scammonden Reservoir
Sunday, 10th October 1971
The body of a well-dressed man was found in Bankhouse Tunnel.
He was chained to the rails and a train had decapitated the body.
It was unclear whether it was murder or suicide
Tuesday, 25th July 1972
A thunderstorm caused flash flooding in many parts of Halifax
An explosion destroyed the offices of Sagar-Richards Limited at
A group of volunteers reopened the Ashton Canal.
The Rochdale Canal in Manchester was renovated
The Rochdale Canal Society was formed and started a campaign
to restore the Rochdale Canal
Wednesday, 13th November 1974
The Queen came to Halifax to open the new Halifax Building
Society headquarters in Trinity Road.
This was her first visit as the reigning monarch.
Schoolchildren were given a half-day holiday
Monday, 2nd June 1975
Snow and hailstones fell throughout Calderdale
A swine flu epidemic amongst soldiers in New Jersey, USA
Monday, 16th February 1976
Arson was blamed for a fire which damaged the disused Odeon Cinema
Tuesday, 17th February 1976
15 fire engines and 65 firemen were called to a fire which badly
damaged Acre Mill, Old Town
From June to September, Britain had its worst drought for 150 years,
breaking records for temperatures and low rainfall.
There were 15 consecutive days with temperatures of 32 ° C [90
Forest fires broke out in many parts of the country
Sunday, 29th August 1976
In the middle of the drought, there were floods in parts of
Saturday, 25th September 1976
Saturday, 2nd October 1976
Floods and wall of mud in Todmorden
Calder Bank Mills, Rastrick were destroyed in a fire described
as Brighouse's biggest bonfire and the great Brighouse fire
A Russian flu epidemic in many parts of the world
Tuesday, 18th January 1977
27-year=old PC Michael Taylor was hit by a train as he was
investigating a suspected case of vandalism on a railway signal at
Sowerby Bridge Station
In February and March, there were the worst blizzards for several
years, closing all roads into Lancashire except that through
The situation was aggravated by an overtime ban by drivers of
Mytholm Mill, Hebden Bridge / Brown's Mill was destroyed by
Ripponden Mill burned down
Melting snow caused severe flooding
Sunday, 20th April 1980
The Canal Mills of Sowerby Worsted Manufacturing Limited
were destroyed by fire.
The damage was estimated at £750,000
Fire destroyed the Battinson Road Mills which were occupied by the
Asda Supermarket and the Yorkshire Antiques Market
The last commercial use of the Calder & Hebble Canal – the coal
traffic to Thornhill power station at Dewsbury – finally ceased
The first major restoration of the Rochdale Canal began
At Braemar, Aberdeenshire, the temperature reached a
record -27·2°C – a repeat of the winter of 1895
Sunday, 3rd January 1982
Heavy rain caused flooding throughout Calderdale
Saturday, 5th June 1982
Flash floods at Norland destroyed several houses
There was serious flooding at Mytholmroyd
The worst floods in living memory engulfed Todmorden and
The Rochdale Canal Trust was formed
Tuesday, 17th January 1984
Many homes in Abbey Park, Halifax damaged by a storm
Friday, 20th April 1984
A £500,000 fire destroyed Prince of Wales Mill, Brighouse.
Business was back to normal 3 days later
Tuesday, 3rd July 1984
Drought worse than 1976
Thursday, 20th December 1984
Summit Tunnel Fire.
There were no casualties
Trans-Pennines routes were closed by snow
Tuesday, 19th March 1985
£152,000 flood alleviation scheme started in Todmorden
Several inches of snow fell, blocking roads in the district
Sunday, 29th September 1985
Fire at the factory of Tilsa Yarns Limited, Brighouse caused damage estimated at £2,000,000
Fire destroyed part of the roof, the organ and furnishings at the
Central Methodist Chapel, Brighouse
After a cold spell, the thaw burst water-pipes and caused chaos
Revitalisation of the Rochdale Canal began with a £1,000,000
with money from the English Heritage derelict land grants, to
restore stretches of the canal by clearing blocked sections
A coal train was derailed at Underbank, closing the line for several
40 people had to be rescued from their vehicles when they became
stranded by blizzard conditions on the trans-Pennine routes
Roads were blocked by several inches of snow.
The first spring snow for 5 years
Brighouse packaging companies Copgrove Supplies,
and S. Milnes & Son Limited were destroyed by fire
Fire caused £1 million damage at Joseph Blakeborough & Sons
Factory of Wattlid Limited, Mytholmroyd, destroyed in a
suspected arson attack
Fire at Monoplas Industries, Hebden Bridge caused damage estimated at £250,000
Monday, 12th January 1987
The big freeze caused chaos in the district.
The coldest day for 30 years was recorded
Wednesday, 14th January 1987
Fire caused £1·5 million damage at Marshall's,
Friday, 6th February 1987
Prince Charles visited Calderdale as President of Business in
the community and Patron of the Civic Trust.
He visited the Piece Hall, and Sowerby Bridge, Greenup's Mill, and
Dean Clough was affected by flooding of the Hebble
Friday, 16th October 1987
The Great Storm caused considerable damage in southern England
with the wind gusting at speeds of up to 100 knots
Friday, 4th December 1987
Prince Charles visited Calderdale.
He visited the Lowfields site
Fire at the Maltings Mill, Hipperholme
Princess Anne visited the English Drilling Equipment
Company Limited at Ainley Top
A cloudburst on the moors above Luddenden caused severe flooding of
the River Ludd and Luddendenfoot
Tuesday, 14th February 1989
Prince Charles visited Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden as part
of his Business in the Community initiative
Wednesday, 22nd February 1989
Oats Royd Mill – occupied by 5 firms – was destroyed by fire
Friday, 19th May 1989
Freak storms raised the level of Hebden Water by 8 ft, washing away
or damaging all wooden bridges and stepping stones and leaving the
only remaining crossing at Gibson Mill
Saturday, 20th May 1989
Freak storms hit Calderdale.
The Luddenden valley, Dean Clough and Ovenden are worst hit
Saturday, 17th June 1989
Prince Charles played a charity polo match in aid of Bailiff Bridge
Community Association centre appeal
Thursday, 19th October 1989
Fire damaged Brown's engineering company, Hebden Bridge
Tuesday, 24th October 1989
Prince Charles visited Dean Clough, Abbey Park Estate at
Illingworth, Halifax Town Hall, and the Halifax Building Society at
Princess Margaret visited Halifax
Tuesday, 23rd January 1990
Several people were killed and much damage was caused by gales of up
to 115 mph which swept across Britain
Monday, 2nd April 1990
An earthquake centred in Shropshire was felt in many parts of Britain
in the early afternoon
Fire damaged an electrical company at Bramston Street, Rastrick
The Camping Centre at Hipperholme destroyed by fire
Walkley Clogs building badly damaged by fire
The district was gripped by a Siberian Winter
Prince Charles opened the canal-side promenade by Brighouse market
The centre of Mytholmroyd and Brearley were flooded
Thursday, 6th February 1992
Part of Robinwood Mill, Todmorden was destroyed by fire in an
attempted insurance fraud
Thursday, 9th July 1992
Prince Charles visited Halifax where he formally opened Eureka!
and visited the Square Chapel Arts Centre
Tuesday, 21st July 1992
There was a serious fire at Allied Colloids in which 28
firefighters were injured
Saturday, 5th September 1992
Fire caused £250,000 damage at Thornber's Mytholmroyd
Monday, 23rd November 1992
Arsonists caused £2 million damage at Walsden Printing
Sudden snowstorms stranded many people.
Offices in Halifax were opened to shelter people marooned by the
Parts of the Calder Valley were flooded when 4 inches of rain fell
in 24 hours
Fire swept through Lock Hill Mill, Sowerby Bridge
A hot summer broke all records in most parts of England and Wales,
leading to the worst drought in 500 years
Sunday, 31st December 1995
A temperature of -27·2° C [-17° F] was recorded at
Snow and treacherous weather conditions caused problems for motorists
Friday, 3rd May 1996
The 100 yard Tuel Lane link tunnel between the Rochdale Canal and
the Calder & Hebble Navigation was reopened with the
lock at Sowerby Bridge, with a depth of 8·1
metres, being the deepest lock in Britain
Garden Street Mill, Halifax gutted by fire
In Hong Kong, an outbreak of bird flu killed 6 people and was
stemmed by killing all the chickens in the colony.
This was type A strain H5N1
For 6 hours, 14 fire crews tackled a fire which destroyed Royal
Mills, New Bond Street, Halifax
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal visited Halifax and toured the
offices of Timeform which were celebrating their 50th anniversary
The listed building at Halifax Town Station – owned by
Eureka! – underwent redevelopment with the help of a Heritage
Lottery Fund grant
In Hong Kong and China, there was an outbreak of bird flu.
This was type A strain H9N2
The Calder flooded in Spring
Prince Charles visited Halifax and toured the St John's area
Revised 15:38 / 24th November 2021 / 201761
Page Ref: C813-1900