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Station Road from Bull Bridge in 1910. The building on the left, where the Lidl car park is now, was the original Crowther's malt house. The Post Office at the top of the road opposite the Black Bull Hotel was not constructed until 1939. Prior to this the town Post Office had been located in the building at the bottom of King Street that now houses Nancy's Flower Box and a hair salon.
The house on Bull Bridge, where this picture was taken, used to be a pub called the Jolly Sailor. Another long gone pub was the Wellington Inn built in 1815 it stood on the site next to the Natwest Bank.

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9th June 1866

MELANCHOLY DEATH OF A DEWSBURY GENTLEMAN.—

On Tuesdny morning the body of Mr. Josh. Oldroyd Gill, a gentleman in extensive practice at Dewsbury as a land surveyor and mining engineer, was found in the canal at Mirfield, below a bridge leading from the turnpike road to the new railway station. The deceased on Friday night attended a masonic celebration at Mirfield (the consecration of a new lodge), and he left for the railway station in time for the last train, but he was not afterwards seen alive, and it was evident from the position in which the body was found that in passing along the lane he had fallen down a steep decline, which is close to the bridge and quite unprotected, and pitched head foremost into the canal, sticking quite fast in the mud, without the power of extrication. He had with him a tin case containing his Masonic jewels and other emblems, and it was found close to where the body was discovered in about seven feet of water. The body was removed to the Black Bull Hotel, Mirfield, and on Tuesday an inquest was held. In consequence of there being a doubt about the ownership of the bridge, the jury resolved, upon an adjournment for a fortnight, and that the Board of Trade snould be asked to send an inspector down to view the scene of the accident and hold an inquiry. The spot where the accident occurred may be fairly described as a man-trap. The footpath from Mirfield Road leads direct to it, and as there is no lamp at the spot it is almost a matter of certainly that unless fenced off other lives will be lost, as that road has just been made the approach to Mirfield Station from the village. The deceased held the rank of a lieutenant in the Dewsbury Volunteer Rifle Corps, he was one of the foremost in all good works, and was universally esteemed.

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8th April 1891

Robbery Of 700 At Mirfield.—

William Mosley (40) who has carried on business as a fruit salesman in the Wakefield Borough Market, and alleged to be a betting man, was indicted for stealing 700 in cash, cheques, a bankers' draft, &c., and a leather bag, the property of the New Sharlston Collieries Company Limited, from Mr. James Womack, at Mirfield, on the 22ud of January last. The case, which occupied from 12.30 noon until 3.10 p.m., appeared to excite great interest, and the court was crowded. Mr. W. Curr, instructed by Mr. Watts, of Dewsbury, prosecuted; and Mr. Kershaw, instructed by Mr. Lodge, of Wakefield, defended. The evidence in support of the charge was of a circumstantial character. On the day in question Mr. James Womack, of Knowle-road, Mirfield, a collector in the service of the prosecutors, went to Bradford, and there received about 700 on behalf of his employers, which he carried in a small black leather hand bag. He appears to have imbibed somewhat freely, and he was scarcely to be called sober about 5.30 p.rn, when he went to the railway station to proceed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Company's train to Mirfield. It was alleged that whilst Womack was on the platform the prisoner was seen and heard talking with two other men in a suspicious manner, and it was insinuated that a robbery was being plotted by Mosley and his confederate, Womack travelled from Bradford to Mirfield in a first-class carriage, and Mosley rode in a third-class compartment near to Womack. When the tram arrived at Mirfield Womack was assisted down the steps by a young porter named Watson, who asserted that as he returned up the steps he saw Mosley talking to two other men. Womack decided to drive to his residence from the railway station, in a cab. and whilst he was proceeding to get into it Mosley, it was asserted, accosted him, said that he did not need a cab, and that he would walk home with him. He also told Womack that a guard on the platform wished to see him, but Womack declined to go back, and determined to drive home in a cab. The prisoner then said that he was going up Knowle-road, and Womack very foolishly offered to give him a lift on the road, and Mosley took the opposite seat to Womack inside the cab. Immediately after they had started the door on the off-aide of the cab was opened, two men ran round the back of the cab, Mosley got out of the vehicle, and the three men disappeared. Womack at once missed the bag containing 700, and the same night a schoolboy found it lying empty in the road. On the following Sunday the prisoner was apprehended at his own home at Wakefield, and in answer to the charge he said, "I know nothing about it: its a rum 'un if I have to go for that.'' Mr. Kershaw, for the prisoner,contended that it was a case of mistaken identity. The jury, after consulting for about a quarter of an hour, returned a verdict of "Guilty," Colonel Brooke read a list of thirty-two previous convictions against Mosley for various offences, and then sentenced him to five years penal servitude.

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