REFERENCES TO CARR LANE FROM OTHER SOURCES.
CARR LANE REFERENCES IN JAMES PARKERS (1904) BOOK.
28. Names of Court Jurors for the Lords and Ladies of the Manor of Royds Hall.
John Hemmingway of Carlane.
43. Carr Pit. Better Bed Pit. Carr Pit. Black Bed Pit. Both 13th July 1850.
45. Miss Seed and Walter Smith of Carr Lane Schools, invited to Centenary of
Low Moor Company (1891).
102. Short ref. to coal pits in Carr Lane in deeds dated 28th October 1609.
(James Walton. Poss. Holly Hall).
104. James Walton of North Bierley (Holly Hall).A deed dated 28th June 1616.
153. Royal Hotel. Remarkable price paid for this hotel. This house , situated near to Carr Lane , was formerly two beerhouses: the Foundry Arms, kept by Will Garside, and The Butchers Arms, kept by William Sucksmith. Mr Charles Wooller, gentleman, bought these two houses and made them into the present Royal Hotel and kept it for some years. and then sold it to Messrs. Waller & Co. Brewers. Bradford, for the remarkable sum of £5000 and a valuation, a most fortunate bargain for Mr Wooller.Mr.Wooller retired from business and is now living the life of a country gentleman. The day of high prices for public houses has gone for ever, and justly so.
154. The Granting of Beer Licenses in North Bierley in 1836.Amongst 13 granted was one William Sucksmith of Carr Lane, Low Moor. And one taken away, Richard Holdsworth of Stor Hill Bottom. (license granted in 1830 and taken away in 1836.).
211 Re . Corn Society. August 14th 1847. From all the information we can make out about this society, it was the original intention to build a corn mill, utilising the stream of water somewhere about the bottom of Carr Lane, which passes there on its way to the New Works. From some cause which we have been unable to ascertain, the project fell through and was thus abandoned.
213. Holly Hall, North Bierley. This old homestead is situated just below the Bradford and Huddersfield Road, and near to the ancient bridle-stile that leads from Carr Lane to Carr House Farm. It derived it's name from the fact that this house was situated in a park called " Holly Park " which was filled with holly trees and was at one period part of the Royds Hall Park. The house has been rebuilt, at one end of the house is the following date :- J-E-R ( John and Elizabeth Rookes) 1691.
214. Carr House Farm is situated on the right hand side of Carr Lane, leading from Royds Hall past Carr House Lane , leading to Storr Hill Road. The house and barn were re-erected about 62 years ago by the Lords of the Manor of Royds Hall. The old dated stone belonging to the original house is affixed over one of the windows of the lathe at the back of it and is dated as follows :- R. J.-E. 1693 (john and Elizabeth Rookes. It has been in the occupation of the Seed family for four generations, Mr Jonas Seed and his son , Mr Benjamin Seed having resided there nearly 50 years. Carr Lane Fold. North Bierley. In the centre of this fold are some old cottages dated as follows :- C. B. - S. 1759.
218. Election of North Bierley Board 1866. John Whittern (Whitteron).
220. School attendance in 1893. Carr Lane Mixed 318. Carr Lane Infants 144.
Appointment of special constables 1835. John Sucksmith. Carr Lane.
226. Carr Lane School, built in 1863 by The Low Moor Company.
242. Public Health Act 1875. John Whittorn of Low Moor. (John Whitteron).
245. Bradford to Brighouse Road. 1822. The road from Bradford to Brighouse, prior to the adoption of the new act of Parliament in 1823, as by way of Wibsey Bank Foot, up White Lane, through Odsal, down past Odsal House, continuing across the common in front of the Low Moor Works, down Carr Lane, up Storr Hill, forward through to Wike etc. The construction of the road continued on page 246 to 251
248. A Joseph Garside. Grocer of Low Moor., sold 3314 yards of land at 3.5 d per yard. ( A John Garside . Grocer lived in Carr Lane.) Also a J Harpin sold land to build Wike school in 1901 (A J.Harpin also lived in Carr Lane. ) page 233.
From . Cudworth Round about Bradford.
36 Re- Royds Hall Court. An old man in Carr Lane, named Pearson, had lost his mule and having got wind of the missing animal and also of the thief, went up to Royds Hall to consult the Squire as to whether he should "fetch law" to get the animal back. "Law ! law !" said the Squire, "there's no law for a donkey !". " Isn't there ?" said old Pearson. "Well then I'll help mysen to t'best I can find on't common on my way hoam "and was making his way out. "Stop, stop Robert. I'll give thee a warrant", called the Squire - a step no doubt that saved him some trouble afterwards.
48. On August 16, 1791, the first casting was made at Low Moor Works, a date that is still celebrated in forgeman's fashion by a distribution of " blowing in " ale".Carr Lane Tide, a famous event in it's way, is also fixed about this time, but this "tide" seems to have originated with Nan Parish, who has the credit, we believe , of starting more than this one. Bull and bear baiting were among the early amusements indulged in at Carr Lane Tide, and the "roughs" of Low Moor were rough customers indeed. ( Followed on page 49 by info. on working lives in mines.)See also Donald Barker page 159.
51. Dr Whitteron re-death rates in North Bierley.
From . Donald Barker's book Storr Hill Side.
ix Equally exciting might be the history of The Patent Hammer Inn, where Sarannah is supposed to have played polo with a long brush on a pig's snout. It was built by the Low Moor Company, named after one of their great steam hammers and well into the 20th Century it's licence allowed it to open from 6.a.m. to cater for men coming off the night shift in the Forge yard.
2. 500 ft. contour runs through what was Carr Lane Tide field. The word Carr means low lands liable to be flooded, lands below hills.
16. On Page 22 of Low Moor In Times Past, there is photograph of a group men and women looking down a hole in the ground. The accompanying text reads. It was during a football match in the field on January 31st 1948 that the ground opened up to reveal one of the Low Moor Company's former coal pits, which was later measured to be 190 feet deep. This account does not mention that a young man had just crossed the ball before he fell down the hole which had opened up under him, but he was saved by a balk of timber that had stuck some 20 feet down the shaft. On the map of 1842 there is the word shaft at just about the same place.
18 In 1860 there were 51 pits working in the area.
30. Morton's mill started trading in 1903. and continued to weave worsteds in the same mill down to well after the second world war. John Morton had acquired the land to the south of the mill, nearer to the nucleus of Carr Lane and decided to extend his mill onto this land during the thirties. Seth worked alone on this mill extension, laying bricks when it suited him, for quite a few years their was no urgency. Trade was slack and John Morton was banking either on a revival of the wool trade or on an advantageous sale of his premises. When the war came , the extension was finished in a hurry and occupied by English Electric, working at high pressure on war work. Also page 80 refers to John Morton's son Edgar as a pigeon fancier.
60. Seth married Sarah Lightowler, born in Barraclough Fold on July 11th 1891 at Oakenshaw Church ( Barraclough Fold/Farm may have been classed as Carr Lane then).
63/69. Patent Hammer . Edwin Lightowler . Sarannah. Stories.
84. As the "tuck shop" for Carr Lane School, Mrs. Benn, whose one large living room in a pre 1850 house had been converted into a little shop by the introduction of an interior porch about 4 feet square and provided with a flap across the inner doorway to act as a counter.
116 Frank Wilkinson's drawing.
152 Knurr and spell matches, like bowls were sometimes played as a team competition and sometimes between individuals. Frank can remember matches in Carr Lane Tide field behind the Fleece Inn, which lasted for about 8 hours.
159. Writing over 100 years later, Grace Carter (Whych is Wyke) has more information about it's foundation, the bear baiting and what the tide had become in our young days. Our local name for a fair, tide, simply means time, period, as in Whitsuntide etc. There were certainly noteworthy goings on towards the end of August in Carr Lane from the late 18th century up to W.W 2. The glamour and excitement started when the huge steam traction engines came down Carr Lane, sometimes pulling three separate loads each, and had to manoeuvre across the narrow road from a point by Mrs. Benn's little spice shop into the narrow gate. The erection of tents, stalls and roundabouts was a thrill to us lads, before the full performance with the music, the movement of the excited crowd, young and old, and the tempting odours of hot pies ( Pie Tom was never far from the gate), fried chats, brandy snap and other delicacies that we only ever saw at a tide. Curiously enough it is the odours of a tide that have remained with me most clearly, although I cannot describe them now.
The spectacular and gaudy roundabouts remain in the memory of us all. We can all remember Goldthorpe and Marshall's Proud Peacocks and some of us can go back to Church's Cockerells. There was Chapman's hoop-la-stall and the unusual name Kester Brook ( I never saw it written, the spelling is mine) sticks in my mind although I cannot remember what he offered. What was there varied from year to year and the thrill of anticipation when one watched the arrival of the fair was almost unbearable. Frank can remember lions and tigers in a menagerie and a bazaar with toys and trinkets in a long tent up against the back wall of the Fleece Inn. It was an institution which, by it's very nature, could not keep up with the times. Financially it became unviable, and sometimes one of the bigger owners of the attractions would take a lease on the whole event and then let space to his friends and associates. I have heard from 2 independent sources that the owner of Proud Peacocks, unable to keep them on the road any longer, burned them to ashes rather than sell them to another owner.
160. Also in similar, older buildings was housed a club called T'Mule, opposite the end of Kellett Buildings in Carr Lane. ( Conservative Club).
From cuttings book.
1. Fleece Inn, Carr Lane, closed in 1934.
2. Last Carr Lane Tide was in 1931.
3. The land on which Dr.Whitteron built his house was purchased from Sir Matthew Wilson (bart) in 1878.
4. George Booth, undertaker at the top of Carr Lane, bought Dale House at Low Moor
January 15th 1921.
5. Carr Lane Infants School was sold , vacant possession, for £1850 on May 11th 1963
6. Full licence granted to Patent Hammer Inn in March 1963.
7. British Road Services depot in Carr Lane opened February 4th 1967.
8. Mr. J. Walton , retired as weaving manager at J.Morton's mill in June 1955
He was aged 80 in 1957.
9. Dr. Abraham Hepworth Robinson, lived in Whitteron House Carr Lane prior to 1925 when his new house, opposite St Mark's Church was built. He is buried in St.Mark's Churchyard.
The inscription reads thus:-
Mary Ellen. January 1920 aged 70 wife of Dr Abraham Hepworth Robinson.
Also Dr. Abraham Hepworth Robinson. December 25th 1937 Aged 77.
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