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Click on the link below to read the local pages from the Rothwell Times in 1904. Each paper had 8 pages. On the front page it usually carried advertisements, mainly for Leeds based shops, along with a railway timetable. Pages 2 and 3 and 6 and 7 were taken up with syndicated national and international news reprinted from other newspapers. Reproduced here are pages 4 , 5 and sometimes page 8. They carried Rothwell area advertisements, news from the district, sporting fixtures and reports.
 
1904 was a significant year as the East and West Yorkshire Union Railways company started running passenger trains from Robin Hood and Rothwell to Leeds Wellington station via Stourton and Hunslet.
 
Unfortunately due to cheaper fares on the electric trams, which ran from a terminus at the Black Bull hotel, the railway was unable to compete and the train service was discontinued after only a few months.
 
The line survived into the 1960s for coal and freight and for excursion trains to the seaside during the summer.
 
Another regular news item featured the scheme by Leeds council to expand the city's boundaries. It was the first of several attempts over the next 20 or so years, all of which were fended off by Rothwell politicians. The battle was finally lost when much of the Rothwell area was absorbed into Leeds in 1974. 
 
(The pdf file may take a few minutes to download. Depending on the size of your screen you may need to zoom in on the image and scroll down to read from week to week.)