Baildon Local Board of Guardians

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From 1852 to the end of 1894 various aspects of Baildon were administered by what started as the Baildon Local Board of Guardians.

Local Boards of Guardians were formed as a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 and replaced the parish Overseers of the Poor. The Boards administered the workhouses within a defined group of parishes. Baildon Local Board of Guardians seems to have been formed in 1852.

The notes from the minutes start 16 Sept 1852 with mention of the elections. This could be an indication of it being the time for the elections to the Board of Guardians or it could indicate that this is when the Board of Guardians started. More information is required.

The Baildon Board of Guardians also concerned themselves with nuisance, water supply, planning applications, street lighting, sanitation and sewerage. This would suggest that the legislation involved was that of the Local Board of Health - these being formed as a result of the Public Health Act 1848.

Elections for the Local Board of Guardians were held on 16 Sept. 1852 and their first quorate meeting was on 9 Oct 1852. The last meeting took place 18 Dec. 1894. As a result of the Local Government Act 1894 Baildon became an Urban District on 1 Jan 1895 and was then administered by Baildon Urban District Council.

There is a transcript of a letter from the Clerk of the Shipley Board of Health (Mr Thompson) to the Clerk of the Baildon Local Board of Health (Mr Brooke) dated 14 Jan 1862. As a result of the Public Health Act 1875 the boards of guardians became rural sanitary authorities for areas outside a municipal borough or town with a local board.

The Local Government Act 1894 resulted in the formation of rural district councils who became guardians for their areas. The rules for the election of the Board of Guardians members were different to those for the rural district council but as can be seen at the end of the notes the members of the Board became Councillors.

See here for the powers of a Local Board of Health

Notes taken from the minutes of the Board of Guardians' meetings

Below are links to notes taken from the minutes of the Baildon Local Board of Guardians. The notes were made by Arthur Edwick, Baildon and signed 27 October 1977. They were transcribed so that they were available electronically by Paul Marfell, Baildon in February 2009. Some footnotes have been added by Paul Marfell. Any use of this document must acknowledge the source and mention the name Arthur Edwick.

Notes from the minutes of meetings - 1852-1859, 1860-1869, 1870-1879, 1880-1889, 1890-1894

Board of Guardian Clerks

Clerks for the Baildon Local Board of Guardians
Dates Name
1852 – 1860 Thomas Holmes
1860 – 1878 Jeremiah Brook
1878 – 1879 Lewis Foulds
1879 – 1880 Mr Grayson
1880 Mr Grayson. Joint post – Inspector of Nuisance
1881 – 1886 Mr Hines
1886 – 1894 Mr Ward

1893 Local Board Members

Meetings held at their offices, Westgate, the 1st and 3rd Tuesday in each month at 7:30pm.[1]

  • Thomas Michael Holmes (chair)
  • Jesse Crabtree
  • George Beck Metcalfe
  • Oliver Firth
  • William Nutt
  • William Gill
  • William Holmes
  • John Walker
  • William Samule Hardacre
  • Clerk and Collector: Joseph Henry Ward, Westgate
  • Medical Officer of Helath: Adam Macvie, MD. Temple Rhydding
  • Engineer & Surveyor: Benjamin Walker, Bradford
  • Inspector of Nuisances: Benjamin Batley

Letter Transcript 1862

Transcript of a letter. Paper embossed with “Shipley Local Board of Health”. Original document fastened to the inside back cover of Arthur Edwick notes.

Shipley. 1862. January 14th

Dear Sir,

I have been directed by the Shipley Local Board of Health to communicate with you respecting Mr. Steads being supplied with water from the Shipley Works, and, for the satisfaction of your Board, we state that the taking of such supply will not at all affect the present position of the two Boards nor give the Shipley Board any claims upon, or advantage over the Baildon Board, directly on indirectly; nor will it prevent the Baildon Board from supplying Mr. Stead themselves, whenever they may be in a position to do so. I do not exactly see the necessity of this apurance but have been directed to give it for the supposed requirement of your Board.

To Mr Brooke, Clerk of the Baildon Local Board of Health, Baildon

I remain, Dear Sir, Yours very truly, Mr Thompson, Clerk of the Shipley Local Board of Health

apurance = assurance

Transcript of payment notes. Date unknown.

Original document fastened to the inside front cover of Arhtur Edwick notes.

Rent for Reservoirs.

Paid to W.W. Maude Esq. 1st Wednesday

in February and 1st Wednesday in August

at Angel Inn

Half year £8-0-0

-:-

Rent for Rushcroft Staith

£5-0-0 per annum

Paid to Joseph Greenwood for W.W. Maude Esq. half yearly.

-:-

Dr. H. J. Walker's term ends in August

Salary £10-0-0 per annum

-:-

Rent for Store House Westgate

£6-10-0 per annum. Commencing 1st May

Paid to F.W. Oddy'

Paid Half Yearly

-:-

Rent for Shipley Stone Staith

£18 per annum

To Shipley Gas Company

Transcript of tender acknowledgement

Original document fastened to the inside front cover of Arhtur Edwick notes.

August 16 1851

Tender for Clearance

(??) Board Offices

in Westgate, Baildon s d
for the sum of 2 6
per week

Ruth haliday

  1. 1893 Kelly's Directory for Leeds. Accessed via ancestry.co.uk website