Date of Addition
|8th January 2010||Added new picture of Eli Marsden Wilson at his home in Acton London with his companion Mary Cockburn circa 1958 and another Wilson etching, probably of Bank Street, Ossett in Edwardian or Victorian times. Added extra text information (Mortuary House) to Flushdyke Workhouse sketch page. Thanks to Margaret Wilby.|
|31st January 2010||Added details of NAA dig at Mitchell Laithes to "Oslaset and Vikings" page. Corrected text and added acknowledgements to "Ossett Wilsons 1700-1900" page and updated the "Acknowledgements" page.|
|21st February 2010||Added further details to "Industrial Ossett" picture in Picture Gallery. New information added about death of Benjamin Ingham of Sicily and further details about the life of Benjamin Ingham of the Inghamites in "Ossett People".|
|20th April 2010||Added details of the death of ex-OGS pupil Arthur Worth during WW2 to the "Ossett School" page. Thanks to Joan Smith, Arthur Worth's sister for the information.|
|5th May 2010||Added some updated information about William Gartside (1814-1876) Ossett industrialist and landowner in the "Ossett Houses" section. Thanks Neville Ashby and Alan Howe.|
|18th June 2010||New information added in "Ossett Collieries" in respect of suspicious death at Field Lane Colliery, Gawthorpe and the early ownership of Wrenthorpe Colliery.|
|24th June 2010||
Major Update - New section named "Healey" with details of Ossett's first steps into the Industrial Revolution in 1786 at Healey Old Mill, followed by Healey Low Mill and Healey New Mill. The short-lived Healey New Canal. How Ossett's stubborn mill owners held up the building of the Manchester & Leeds Railway with a High Court injunction, which they ultimately lost. Ossett's little-known "Figure of Three" locks on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. How, in 1901, the Ossett Gas Company was sold for £9.2 Million (in today's prices) to Ossett Borough Corporation after a bitter High Court action, and which resulted in the price of Ossett's gas doubling overnight.
Press snippets from the 19th century including the Healey shooting incident at the Brewer's Pride (then the Miller's Arms), suicides, death on the railway, devastating mill fires and how Healey New Mill was involved in a child exploitation scandal back in the 1830s when the Factories Acts were beginning to be enforced in the West Riding.
Some original research is included in the Healey article, but, as ever, my thanks to Alan Howe, Neville Ashby and Richard Glover for their guidance and for our Healey and Ossett history walking trips, which are always informative and most of all, a lot of fun.
|25th June 2010||
Added new information to "Ossett Collieries" page about Messrs. Haigh's Gawthorpe Pit and their prosecution at Dewsbury Petty Sessions in 1874 after the death of 16 year-old hurrier, Burman Lister in an underground explosion. Added details of the January 1875 fire in the same pit, which resulted in the death of 39 year-old Richard Oldroyd.
Also added additional details about the number of staff at Northfield Colliery in Church Street, Ossett, Low Laithes (Gawthorpe) and Wrenthorpe Colliery in 1908.
|26th June 2010||
Added new information to "Ossett History - 19th Century" page detailing the crude Cow Pox vaccinations given to 1,000 children in the town in 1807 and the follow-up by Mr. Greenwood, Ossett surgeon who had to deal with the disastrous aftermath (in R.H. sidebar). Also, same chapter, under the heading "Industry", details of Henry Dobson, a French Spy during the Napoleonic War who was arrested in Ossett in 1802 with valuable machinery plans and was subsequently imprisoned. Also, same chapter, under heading of "Ossett Clothing and Rag Trade", details of one of Ossett's earliest recorded strikes by hand loom weavers in 1831.
Updated "Ossett Collieries" page with yet more information about Low Laithes (Gawthorpe) colliery with two additional pictures.
Added an advertisement from 1813 for a "Man and Wife" to live in and manage Ossett's Workhouse to the "Ossett History - 18th Century" page; the same info is duplicated on the "Flushdyke Sketches" Old Workhouse Yard page.
|29th June 2010||Corrections and additions to the "Healey" page in respect of the Healey New Canal and the two railway bridges. Added further details of Court of Chancery action between November 1839 and November 1840 by Illingworth and others (the plaintiffs) v. The Manchester and Leeds Railway Company. Thanks Alan Howe.|
|7th July 2010||Added further information to the "Ossett Spa" page about the sale of the New Cheltenham Baths by Ezekial Goldsmith; the bankruptcy hearing of Mathew Wharton and the business activities then subsequent suicide of John Tennant at Goring House, Ossett Spa in April 1888.|
|9th July 2010||Added additional information to the "Ossett Water" page about the first recorded use and chemical analysis of the water from Pildacre Colliery during the great drought of 1887. Added further notes on Calder Vale Mills to the "Ossett Healey" page and details of the Parrot Inn, Call Lane, Leeds, to "Ossett History - 18th Century" which was used by Ossett clothiers visiting the White Cloth hall in Leeds during the 18th and 19th centuries.|
|17th July 2010||Added two recent pictures of miners cottage and Ossett Spa bath plus additional text taken from the "Ossett Observer" to the "Ossett Spa" page.|
|21st July 2010||Added picture and 1912 "Ossett Observer" obituary of Mark Wilby who built Manor House and operated Manor Mills in the 19th century to the "Ossett Houses" page. Also added rare picture of Manor Mills from the late 1960s or early 1970s when under the ownership of Windsor & Firth Ltd.|
|9th August 2010||Updated "Ossett Wilsons to Leeds" page with new pictures and biographies of some of the people featured. Thanks to Gary Crossman, a picture restorer based in Hull for very kindly getting touch and emailing digital photographs of some of the Wilson family directors of Joshua Wilson and Sons, in Leeds and to my cousin Sharon Scott for information about the Sam Wilson Collection at Leeds Art Gallery.|
|23rd August 2010||Major update in progress to "Ossett Spa" page. This is still work in progress because of the scope of the work involved, but some additional information now included about the competing 19th century "Cheltenham Sulphurous Baths" and the "New Cheltenham Baths". New maps, photographs and some information added about Emmerson's Spring End Mill.|
|12th September 2010||Added information about the 18th Century "Engine" at South Ossett shown on the early Ossett maps to the "Ossett Spa" page. Also added more information about the early years of Spring End Mill and its owners.|
|14th September 2010||
Added further information to the "Ossett Spa" page about Manor Colliery, Middle Common on the site of the "Engine" referenced above. Also added new picture of the last remaining Ossett Spa bath house dated September 2010, courtesy of Alan Howe. "Ossett Collieries" page updated with new information about Manor Colliery, Healey Lane Colliery and Chidswell Colliery courtesy of the Leeds Mercury and other 19th century newspaper archives. Added a couple of short anecdotes (source unknown) about Mark Wilby and David Pickard to the "Ossett Houses" page.
|27th September 2010||Added new section to "Ossett People" page detailing the life of Ossett industrialist and philanthropist Eli Townend (1846 - 1910). Also some tidying up of the references on other pages.|
|25th October 2010||Updated "Ossett Spa" page with more information on Spring End or Spring Field Mill, Spa Street, Ossett and new section on Ginn's Mill or Hope Mill also on Spa Street, Ossett. Added section on same page (RH sidebar) about John Emmerson, Ossett yeoman and Henry Giggle, one-time owner of Hope Mill and his emigration to the USA in 1874.|
8th November 2010
|Major update - added new "Haggs Hill" page, written by Ossett historian Alan Howe. Added a new "Downloads" section to give access to some original articles in PDF format about areas of Ossett by Neville Ashby, Richard Glover and Alan Howe. "Ossett Spa" page now completed with the history of Ossett Spa Mill and other parts of the Spa. Added to "Ossett People" page an article by Neville Ashby about Ossett Chemists, Messrs. Cousins, Pickard and Marsh. Added details of possible Roman road at Kirkhamgate and Chidswell Lane Gawthorpe in the "Oslaset" page. Updated Ossett Workhouse write-up in "Ossett - 18th Century" page with details of Joseph Crowther, a workhouse absconder. Fixed broken links and did general tidy-up.|
|15th November 2010||Added the story of Edmund Robinson, a Lancashire cotton mill overlooker who came to Ossett circa 1860 to work for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company Ltd at Spa Mill. See "Ossett Spa" page, R.H. sidebar.|
|2nd January 2011||Added the history of Highfield House and Highfield Cottage, Horbury Road, Ossett in the "Ossett Houses" page. This is based on an article by Joan P. Smith, Ossett historian for which I'm most grateful. I have edited Joan's much more detailed article for the www. ossett.net site, but will add the full article to the "Downloads" section soon.|
|8th January 2011||Added rare Low Laithes Colliery pictures and additional text to "Ossett Collieries", pictures courtesy of Noel Brettoner, NSW, Australia, whose grandfather Joel Brettoner worked at Low Laithes colliery before emigrating to Australia in 1925 with wife Susannah, nee Burdekin and their son Barrie (b. 1912)|
|11th January 2011||Added list of Ossett Grammar School teachers to the "Ossett School" page courtesy of ex-OGS pupil, Telford Moore, now living in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland. Additions and any corrections would be most appreciated.|
|28th January 2011||
Added three new pictures of pupils and teachers at Ossett Grammar School in 1963 to the "Ossett School" page courtesy of Dr. Janet Graydon (nee Kirby). Any help with filling in the unknown people in the pictures much appreciated!
Added the original text of "Highfield House" in PDF format by Ossett historian Joan P. Smith to the "Downloads" section of the web site.
Added three PDF files by Ossett historian Neville Ashby in the "Downloads" section describing some of the informal Ossett walks we've done recently looking at the area's local history.
Added three PDF files by Ossett historian Alan Howe in the "Downloads" section: "A History of Hagg's Hill, Ossett; A History of Ossett Spa and the History of Owlers Farm, Flushdyke."
|9th February 2011||
Added new page "Ossett Grammar School Class Photographs" linked from the "Ossett School" page, which shows various OGS class photographs from various years. Sources of pictures and information listed on the new page.
Added "History of Sowood House, Sowood Lane", "Joseph Cox" and "Vicars of South Ossett Church" to the "Ossett Houses" page. Thanks to Joan P. Smith for the original articles, which have been edited slightly to fit the www.ossett.net web site.
|13th February 2011||
Added two additional class photographs to "Ossett Grammar School Class Photographs" linked from the "Ossett School" page. Thanks Colin Thorpe.
Added some information about the WW1 exploits of pilot Flight Lt. H.L. Taylor who crashed his biplane in heavy fog in Ossett on the 19th November 1918 described in the "Picture Gallery" section. Taylor and his observer Lt. W.I.E Lane shot down German flying ace Walter Göttsche in his distinctive Fokker DR.1 triplane near to Amiens, France in April 1918. Göttsche was the leader of Jasta 19 squadron, and had attacked the RE8 reconnaissance biplane (BE6641) piloted by Taylor.
Taylor clearly was a very lucky man to walk away on both occasions.
|26th May 2011||Added "Walkabout in South Ossett" a write-up in PDF format by Neville Ashby in the "Downloads" area describing our recent walk (18th May 2011) around South Ossett.|
|21st June 2011||Added picture of Ossett Grammar School staff as per 1961 to the "Ossett Grammar School Class Photos" sub-page linked from the "Ossett School" page. Thanks Stephen Gardener.|
|14th July 2011||Added picture of Ossett Grammar School staff as per 1958 to the "Ossett Grammar School Class Photos" sub-page linked from the "Ossett School" page. Thanks Stephen Gardener. Added names of additional teachers during period 1956 to 1960 in "Ossett School" page thanks to Maureen Taylor. Updated Mitchell Laithes hospital details in "Picture Gallery" thanks to David Lawton. Made correction to an error in "Another Walkabout at Ossett Common" ref St. Aiden's Mission instead of St. Oswald's Mission in the "Downloads" section, thanks Margaret Wilby.|
|11th September 2011||Added eight more picture pages to the "Picture Gallery": South Ossett War Memorial, "Hollywood", Storr's Hill; Barge at Millbank Lock; Ossett Trinity Rugby League Club in 1961; South Ossett Baptist Church pre-demolition in 1981; J.F. Burrows wagons at Victoria Mills in the 1950s; Female workers at Victoria Mills in the 1950s and Flying Horse public house in 1957.|
|1st October 2011||Added sixteen more Ossett picture pages to the "Picture Gallery" total now is 152. Made various corrections and additions to existing Ossett picture pages, mainly minor grammatical errors and a few additional comments.|
|13th November 2011||Thanks to David Scriven, Ossett historian for some detailed notes on Ossett Town Hall, which have now been added with a new picture of Ossett Town Hall in the "Picture Gallery." Also in the "Picture Gallery" a new photograph of early transport at Mitchell Laithes hospital courtesy of Neville Ashby. Thanks also to John T. Longbottom for some additional notes, which I've added to the Roundwood Pit description in the "Flushdyke Sketches" area of the site. Added a poem to the "Gawthorpe" page called "A Gawthorpe Lament" by David Hirst, who was born and brought up in Gawthorpe, but now lives in Australia. He recalls much of life in the village of Gawthorpe back in the 1950s and early 1960s.|
|24th January 2012||Major Update - Added new page "Ossett Mills" detailing the history of Ossett's many textile mills dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. My sincere thanks to David Scriven, Ossett historian for the detailed notes and references without which this account really would not have been possible. I must also acknowledge the work done by the late Neil Abbott of Ossett who wrote an "A to Z of Ossett's Mills." I am grateful to Neil's widow who allowed me to use Neil's notes for the "Ossett Mills" history on this website. There are still a few Ossett mills that I know existed, but so far I have been able to find out very little about them, therefore the chapter is not yet complete and is still work in progress.|
|13th March 2012||Added four more pictures to the "Ossett Schools Picture Page" and additional names courtesy of Stephen Gardener and Neville Ashby.|
|17th May 2012||Added two more pictures to the "Ossett Schools Picture Page" and additional names courtesy of Vivienne Stow. Added latest Ossett Walk "A Walkabout on the High Road" by Neville Ashby to the Downloads page.|
|7th June 2012||Added one more picture from 1966 to the "Ossett Schools Picture Page" with additional names courtesy of Vivienne Stow. Added additonal pictures of Shaw Cross pit and Roundwood pit to the "Ossett Collieries"page. Added detailed Stan Barstow biography to "Ossett People" and a picture of Ossett chemist S.N. Pickard also in "Ossett People". Added additional picture and information in the "Picture Gallery" about WW1 Belgian refugees in Ossett and in particular the story of Armand A. Krahe, one of the Belgians who stayed in Ossett after a marrying a local girl. Thanks Carol Krahe for the picture and the information about her great-grandfather. Added new picture from a postcard of Park House circa 1907 just after it was converted to Ossett Grammar School in the "Ossett School" page. Added information about the Firth family pictured in Belgrave Street, Ossett in the "Picture Gallery" courtesy of Helen Bickerdike who now lives in the house pictured in the photograph.|
|28th June 2012||
Added a shortened web version of the "History of the formation of Christ Church, South Ossett 1851-1964." by Ossett historian Joan P. Smith. It is well worth downloading this detailed account of how the new South Ossett parish and church were founded in the 1850s and the amazing work of the Reverend Denis Creighton Neary who from 1851, by the sheer force of his character and willpower breathed life into the new parish and church. There are also some truly fascinating extracts from the vicar's log book begun by the Reverend John H. Ward and then continued by other incumbents that give us a real insight into life in Ossett in the 19th and early 20th century. (3.5MB PDF file, 27 pages with many illustrations)
This work is part of a much larger publication entitled “The South Ossett Triangle”: copies of which have been deposited in the West Yorks Archives, Newstead Rd., Wakefield; Christ Church South Ossett Parish Centre; Ossett Library and Wakefield & District Family History Society. A separate publication, containing more detailed information entitled “Christ Church South Ossett, Extracts from the Vicars Log Book", is available from the Society.
|18th August 2012||
Added four more picture pages to the "Picture Gallery" page. These include: Gawthorpe primary school, class of 1960/61; Celebrations outside Ossett Town Hall to mark the end of WW1; Hepworth Brothers, Owl Lane Mill in 1952 and Gawthorpe Bethesda Cricket Team in 1915.
|5th January 2013||
Added section about artist Christopher Cavania Sanders, RA (1905-1991), an ex-pupil of Ossett Grammar School who went on to become an eminent artist and was responsible for the iconic Birds Custard logo circa 1938. The new information is in the RH sidebar with pictures on the "Ossett School" page. Thanks to Roger Sanders for the information and pictures.
|27th January 2013||
Major Update - New section named "Sowood" featuring four parts: Sowood Manor, Sowood Farm, Matty Marsden Lane and Rock Cottages. The new Sowood section is based entirely on new research carried out in 2012 by Ossett historian Alan Howe. The website version is an annotated summary of Alan's work, which is reproduced in full in the "Downloads" section of the website as four separate PDF files. The full version is recommended if you want to study the Sowood area of Ossett in more detail. My thanks to Alan Howe for giving me permission to put his research work on this website.
|7th April 2013||
Corrections to the "Ossett Spa" page in respect of the Montpelier Pleasure Grounds, Ossett Spa and the performance at Easter 1884 of the "African Blondin" as opposed to Charles Blondin, which was originally assumed. My thanks to Kylie Robinson for her work on this.