Employment Exchange, 1918

‘It was announced that the Employment Exchange at Elland was to be accommodated in the premises formerly occupied at Bridge End by the West Yorkshire Bank. The building, as is well known locally, is ornate in character, having large granite pillars and a fine ashlar stone front, with an exquisitely carved emblem of Britannia resting on the top. It is now suggested that this suite of premises will be the most handsome Employment Exchange in the British Isles. There was a suggestion, at one period, that the Banking Company should be approached with a view to removing the front of the building to another part of Elland and being utilised in a suggested scheme for a war memorial. Nothing came of that suggestion. Visitors to Elland have often marvelled at such an expensive building being erected at such a place, for it is sandwiched between a couple of public houses. Nevertheless the building adds grandeur to the area and presents an attractive view to one entering Elland by the Bridge. Perhaps few of the present generation are aware that on the site of the present bank once stood a public house, which in the later days was known as the Royal Tap or the Royal Hotel Tap.’



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.