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Loading beer barrels. The date of this photo is unknown but it was probably taken shortly after the end of the First World War.



Rothwell and Methley Free Press. 11 July 1896.


Last Saturday, being the date set apart for the annual outing, it was decided by the vote of the employees that Bridlington should be the place visited. It was the 16th annual trip to the seaside and as usual it was well patronised by the workpeople and friends.


The train, which was supplied by the North Eastern Railway Company, started from Normanton at 5:20, and called at Altofts, Methley, Woodlesford, Hunslet, and Leeds.


The train was a long one, and included two saloons which were set apart for the officials of the company. The first was occupied by Mr. Hampshire, secretary to the company, Mr. Scarr, cashier to the Brunswick Brewery, Leeds Store, Mr. Cleaver, cashier to the brewery, Mr. Hudson, Mr. Barnes, and press representatives.


The second saloon was occupied by the clerks of the brewery. The train was timed from Woodlesford at 5:50 but was delayed to allow the London express to pass. A few minutes after 6 o' clock it steamed into the station, and the various compartments were at once besieged by people eager to secure the best seats.


A start was soon made, and when at Leeds the employees residing there also found accommodation. When the city was left the train was heavy laden with people bent on an enjoyable day's outing.


The morning was rather dull, but rain kept off, and after a very pleasant journey via Selby and Driffield, the company's new route, Bridlington was reached a little turned 9 o' clock.


(The Rothwell Times reported complaints that some of the carriages were not up to date. The first annual excursion was to Southport in 1881.)



Rothwell and Methley Free Press. 15 December 1900.


C. F. Hoyle, of Messrs Bentley and Co., has been appointed one of a sub-committee of the Yorkshire Brewers Association to deal with the question of poison in beer.


At a special meeting of the Association on Tuesday it was stated that all the breweries represented were now perfectly free from suspicion, and that in one case where it was thought possible that the beer brewed might not be right the whole had been emptied, and even in this case there was no real ground for suspicion.


There was not the slightest reason for any spread of the scare so far as Yorkshire breweries was concerned. Though no formal declaration was made on the subject, it was said to have been pretty generally remarked by the representatives of the various breweries who were present that after having had their beers subjected to analyses, the results had been thoroughly satisfactory.



Rothwell and Methley Free Press. 13 December 1901.


On Monday morning Robert Hayton, a labourer at Bentleys Breweries, was struck by lightning during the storm which passed over this district.


Hayton, who is 74 years of age, says it seemed as if the ball of fire came across his face, rendering him insensible for sometime.


Joe Poppleton was the first man who noticed Hayton, and with assistance conveyed him to the saddle room. By the kindness of Captain Hoyle, restoratives were at once produced, but Hayton would have none of them, wishing only to rest a while, after which he was able to resume his work. Save for the nervous shock he is apparently none the worse. The old man is a widower, and resides with Mr. John Barratt, Claremont Terrace, Woodlesford.


(Robert Hayton was born at Lockington near Beverley in 1827. For many years, before he worked for Bentley's, he was an agricultural labourer and shepherd living with his wife Rebecca and their family at Foxholes near Methley. He was living at Back Nevin Street in Hunslet, probably with a relative, when he died in January 1903 and is buried at Methley. John Barratt was born at Hull and was a colliery horse keeper and also lived at Foxholes before he too moved to work at the brewery as a labourer. His son, William, was a clerk at the brewery, and a daughter was a milliner. John and his wife Ellen appear to have had a succession of boarders including in 1911 one of the village bobbies, Joseph Hutchinson, who came from Wath.)