Wilfred Howson

My mother was Ellen Hazel Howson born in the Foxholes Cottages in Methley Parish in 1910. Her brother Wilfred Howson is commemorated on the war memorial in Methley churchyard (however … Continue Reading →

Briggs’ Early Days

Adventures in Coal The booklet by Wakefield historian the late John Goodchild concentrates on the collieries owned and managed by Henry Briggs and his successors in the Whitwood and its … Continue Reading →

Bringing Home the Bacon

Pre-war public health legislation was framed to improve hygiene by preventing the local slaughter of animals from allotments and ordering that such action should take place in approved slaughter houses. … Continue Reading →

Methley CC 1873/74

  Saturday September 20th 1873  Extracted from Pontefract & Castleford Advertiser HB Wards Eleven v’s Methley & District This match played in the park (Castleford) resulted in victory for the … Continue Reading →

Foxholes Colliery

Foxholes Pit Explosion The following appeared in the Wakefield Express dated August 26th 1877. ‘Great excitement prevailed in the Methley district on Wednesday morning when it became known that about … Continue Reading →