Nab End Fire, 1892

About one o’clock on Monday morning a fire was discovered on the farm premises at Nab End, belonging to Mr John Briggs, farmer and cotton-band maker. There was a wooden barn or cowshed, in which were three carts and a shaking machine and some wool, a number of sheep having been recently clipped. There were also several haystacks close by in the field. The carts were destroyed, as were the machine and the wool, most of the hay was rendered worthless. The premises are near to the entrance to the Recreation Ground (the house still stands atop of the catsteps) on an elevated position, and the fire could be distinctly seen from some parts of Halifax. As to the origin of the outbreak nothing seems to be known. Conjecture has it that some ‘casual’ is responsible. The police report states that PC Bradley first observed the fire and communicated with Elland Fire Brigade, who were in attendance in about 25 minutes. Hose mains were attached to the town’s mains but little or no good could be done. The fire practically burnt itself out. The damage is estimated at £900 and the property is insured for £650.