Tong Park Hall and Lodge

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Tong Park Hall
Tong Park Lodge

Tong Park Hall and Lodge were built by the Denbys of Wm Denby & Sons, Tong Park in the late 1800s.

From the Register of Electors for Baildon East Ward for several years we can see that Denbys were living there. The house at 2 Tong Park was given the name Woodlands.

1926 Electoral Register
Entry Parliamentry Local Name Juror House
681 O O Denby, Alice Tong Park Hall
682 O O Denby, Sarah Christiana Tong Park Hall
683 R - Denby, Harry Tong Park Hall
684 R - Denby, Richard Tong Park Hall
687 R O Denby, Joseph SJ 2 Tong Park
688 HO HO Denby, Hannah Amelia 2 Tong Park
1933 Electoral Register
Entry Parliamentry Local Name Juror House
1012 R O Denby, Richard SJ Tong Park Hall
1013 R O Denby, Henry Tong Park Hall
1014 Rw Ow Denby, Alice Tong Park Hall
1015 Rw - Long, Jeanie Tong Park Hall
1016 Rw - Long, Mary Bridget Tong Park Hall
1017 Rw - Thornton, Jessie Marie Tong Park Hall
1020 R O Denby, Joseph SJ 2 Woodlands
1021 Rw - Hodgson, Margaret 2 Woodlands
1022 Rw - Willis, Sarah 2 Woodlands

West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist records 1883 Baptisms solemnised in the Wesleyan-Methodist Chapel Tong Park, Baildon page 24 entry 78 - 9 December 1883. Richard son of John and Sarah Christiana Denby. Born July 7 1883. Performed by Theo Gregory.

In 1930 Tong Park Hall had Sarah Christiana, Alice, Henry and Richard Denby with Lily Dunning, Annie Long and Janie Long.

In 1931 Tong Park Hall had Richard, Alice and Henry Denby with Annie Long, Janie Long and Louisa Ward.

In 1932 the 3 non Denbys were Kate Henri, Delia Long and Jeanie Long.

In 1934 Mary Bridget Thorton had gone and Magaret Laver was there.

In 1937 Tong Park Hall had Richard, Alice and Henry Denby with Jeanie Long, Florence Marsh and Evelyn Taylor.

In 1939 Tong Park Hall had Richard, Alice and Henry Denby with Jeanie Long, Winnie Burrows and Christine Matthews.

In 1940 Tong Park Hall had Richard, Alice and Henry Denby with Jeanie Long and Kathleen Coning. And at 2 Woodlands Joseph Denby, Saraj Willis and Annie Cobb.

The letters in column 2 and 3 indicate Parliamentry and Local qualification of the elector. The letters used changed over the years. In this case it is probably due to the Equal Franchise Act 1928 and more women becoming eligible to vote in their own right. The w indicates Women. The HO of earlier years was replaced with D and Dw

R - Resdence qualification

O - Occupation qualification

HO - Qualification through husband's occupation

D - Qualification through wife's occupatio

Dw - Qualification through husband's occupation

BP and NM are also used

BP - Business premises qualification

NM - Naval or Military voter

J - Juror

SJ - Special Juror

1881 Census for 1 Tong Park
Name Relationship Age Status Born Occupation
John Denby Esq Head 35 Married Shipley, Yorkshire Worsted Spinner & Manufacturer
Sarah C Denby Wife 31 Married North Kelsy, Lincolnshire
Joseph Denby Son 7 Baildon, Yorkshire
Marion Denby Daughter 4 Baildon, Yorkshire
Alice Denby Daughter 1 Baildon, Yorkshire
Florence Denby Daughter 7mo Baildon, Yorkshire
Ellen Ringrade (?) Servant 21 Single Barnby Dun, Yorkshire General Serv
Sarah Hill Servant 20 Single Birmingham, Warwickshire General Serv
1881 Census for 2 Tong Park
Name Relationship Age Status Born Occupation
William H Denby Head 56 Unmarried Shipley, Yorkshire Master Worsted Spinner & Manufacturer. Employing 523 workspeople also Master Farmer 17 acres employing 5 men
Maria Whalley Serv 28 ? Unmarried Yeadon, Yorkshire General Serv
Mary A Whalley Serv 17 ? Unmarried Yeadon, Yorkshire General Serv
1911 Census for 1 Tong Park (Hall?)
Name Relationship Age Status Born Occupation
John Denby Head 65 Married Shipley, Yorkshire Worsted Spinner & Manufacturer
Sarah Christiana Denby Wife 62 Married North Kelsey, Lincolnshire
Joseph Denby Son 37 Single Baildon, Yorkshire Assisting in the business
Alice Denby Daughter 31 Single Baildon, Yorkshire
Richard Denby Son 27 Single Baildon, Yorkshire Assiating in the business
William Denby Son 24 Single Baildon, Yorkshire Assisting in the business
Henry Denby Son 23 Single Baildon, Yorkshire Assisting in the business
Jane Brignell Servant 56 Single Hull, Yorkshire Dook. Domestic
Edith Coles Servant 20 Single Harborough, Warwickshire House Maid. Domestic
Emma Crowcroft Servant 19 Single Doncaster, Yorkshire House Maid. Domestic
1911 Census for 2 Tong Park
Name Relationship Age Status Born Occupation
Charles Long Head 66 Married Esholt, Yorkshire Manager. Worsted Manufacturer
Louise Long Wife 54 Married Baildon, Yorkshire
Hannah Long Daughter 22 Single Esholt, Yorkshire
Charlotte Long Daughter 17 Single Esholt, Yorkshire
Charles Long Son 14 Single Esholt Scool

In the 1950s the building was acquired by Bradford Council and it became a children's institution. There are some horrendous stories about what went on at the place during this time. It would be great to get some good stories about the place.

This map shows the location of the Hall. To help with identifying the location note that Ladderbanks Middle School became Baildon Church of England Primary School following the re-organisation in 2000.

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