An interesting discovery has been made by a number of workmen engaged by the Elland Council. A discovery which, it is thought, points to a former existence of a well beneath what is now known as Jepson Lane. A crack between the setts in the roadway of Jepson Lane, about three yards from the back wall of the Westgate Working Men’s Club, was first noticed. This crack was probed to a depth of four feet but no bottom could be found.
The setts near to the crack were then removed and a circular hole 3ft. 3in. in diameter and 6ft. deep was discovered. The hole, which was about four feet from the footpath, is as well defined and true as if it had been lined. It is thought that at one time there was a well, perhaps 20 to 25 feet deep, and that it was subsequently filled in and the road was built over it. Perhaps the action of the water has caused the earth with which the well was filled in to consolidate and sink. When the setts were removed it was discovered that they had been held together merely by the pitch between them. Had any heavy weight passed over the setts they would probably have sunk. The fact that the hole was near the causeway and that there is not a great deal of traffic in Jepson Lane probably accounted for the hole not being discovered previously.
During the 1920s when changes were being made to the premises, formerly Rose and Crown Hotel, Northgate, an Australian sovereign and a small copper coin, probably a halfpenny, were found by the workmen. The former coin bore a date of 1804 and the latter 1690. According to an inscribed date on the stone affixed in the building the house was erected in 1683.
From January 1870
During the week a man has been exhibiting feats of sharpness which have astonished the credulity of young Elland. One evening he announced that he would fly from the top of the Savile Arms to the building on the opposite side of the street. The whole of the space about The Cross was crowded with people who went to see the performance which…did not take place!
The week before David Wilson had fired at and killed 42 sparrows and linnets at one shot besides wounding several which were afterwards picked up dead.
Visitors to Elland in the spring and summer time are often charmed by the beauties of the landscape, but the district has a special charm for the naturalist. Who but a naturalist could have written these lines which appear on the Elland Naturalist Society’s recently issued card of rambles:-
Take your rambles which way o’er you will,
Down Calder side, or up by Outram’s mill;
On Longwall rocks, or in Elland fields –
A bounteous feast kind nature yields.
The birds they sing, the flowers expand,
And beauty is spread on every hand;
Explore, admire, and you’ll discern
That yet mankind has much to learn.
Two grainy photographs…you can just make out Jepson Lane and the fields in Victoria Road. The crowd is waiting for the declaration of the election result for the Elland constituency. The votes were counted at the Bethesda Sunday School and the result was declared from a wooden platform erected outside the building. Quite a few younger women can be seen. The voting age for women had just been reduced to 21.
From Yellander’s 1892 Jottings.
At Broad Carr, as most people know in this neighbourhood, there is a mill that many years ago found employment for large numbers of people at Elland, Stainland, Jagger Green etc. The grim ogre-like aspect of the structure, with its broken panes and rusty iron-work tells the sad memorial that industry, once active here, now lies dormant. This untenanted structure reposes upon the hill in unpleasant contrast to the not distant thriving industries and is in unpicturesque contrast to the green meadows and snug homestead in front of it. It seems a pity overtures cannot be made for the resuscitation of the mill. Since the looms ceased to move, the wheels roll, and the voice to chatter within the large building, years have rolled on and the toilers who once tenanted it still live and look on in hope that the day may yet come when vigour here will again reign triumphant.