While showing a party of visitors around Wrose, Mr William Claridge of Thackley, explained just how the place had got its name.“The word Wrose and especially the pronunciation of it, tells more about the ancient history of the district than any books that have yet been published,” he said.“A stranger coming into the district would pronounce the word as if the spelling were Roze. A native never pronounces the ‘S’ as if it were a ‘Z’ however but always makes it sharp.Sharp ‘S’“This traditional pronunciation has a great bearing on the meaning and derivation of the word. A sharp ‘S’ shows that it is connected with many other places in England and indeed in other parts of the world where the word ‘rhos,’ ‘ross’ or ‘wros’ signifies a prominent rock or headland.”He gave other examples of the word appearing in place names such as Wroxeter, Roshin, Kinros, Roxburgh,
Ardrossan and in Rossberg in Switzerland.He told his audience: “When the Anglo-Saxon invaders came to this district they adopted from the natives the name of Wrose for the headland, just as they adopted in other places the word ‘Pen,’ the old Celtic word for mountain or head – in the Pennines, and the word ‘cefn,’ the old Celtic word for a cliff in the Chevin at Otley and Cheviots in Northumberland.“Wrose, therefore, existed as a name before the names of Shipley or its powerful neighbour were invented.“From its bleak and exposed position Wrose did not readily lend itself to agriculture and while the valleys below in fertile Thackley became cultivated and prosperous, the village
of Wrose remained much as it had done for centuries and still presents the appearance of an old-world village, with its ancient green and commodious village inn.“The word ‘idle’ originally meant barren and unoccupied and not lazy and it is possible that the high land above Thackley was so called from its unproductive character.Idle“If this be so, the rocky headland known as Wrose, the fertile valley and slopes as Thackley and the barren land between was designated as idle. Hence, possibly, its name today.”He concluded: “On the edge of the cliffs, the Shipley district council some time ago opened a pretty little place known as Wrose Park and in regard to its situation probably no park in the neighbourhood can be compared with it. At sunset, especially, the view from the park is wonderful.”
Clue to place name is in traditional pronunciation
The photo of Mr J A Burton (right), the military representative on Shipley Tribunals, appeared in the newspaper this week in one of his other roles as President of Shipley Unionists Club.Once again it was he who led the interrogation when the Tribunal considered the appeal of a conscientious objector, John William Hartley.I.LP.Mr Hartley, of 11 Manor Lane, Shipley, was an electro-plater employed by John Coates and told the Tribunal he had been in the Independent Labour Party for about ten years and associated with the peace movement even before that.Mr Burton argued that as the war had happened, the peace movement had
proved to be ineffective: “After the obvious futility of your peace meetings and your tea parties with the Germans and all that sort of thing, do you still persist in telling the Tribunal that, as a man of honour, you should not take a hand in defending your country and home?” he asked.Mr Hartley replied: “Yes, if the principles I advocate had been universally accepted there would have been no war.”Mr Burton: “I cannot conceive of a man having any principles who, after seeing the absolute futility of his peace views, continues to talk about peace. “You see your country in danger and
you have seen Belgium wiped out of existence and you still tell me that you object as much as ever to do your part in preventing the enemy from doing the same over here as they have done on the Continent?”Military movementMr Hartley: “But that is not the outcome of the peace movement that is the outcome of the military movement.”The Tribunal granted a certificate of non-combatant service against which the applicant said he would appeal.Meanwhile, two other local conscientious objectors, Edgar Oversby, a grocer of 2 Taunton Street, Shipley and Wilfred Hutton, a woolsorter of 29, St Paul’s Road, Shipley, were charged at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, with being absentees under the Military Service Act.Each was fined 40s and was handed over to military escort.
Does war make talk of peace movement futile?
Among those appealing for exemption from conscription at Shipley Tribunal was a young man who described himself as ‘the only clogger in Windhill.’The tribunal had been under the impression that he was in fact a boot maker and repairer and that his father took care of the clogs but he said that he was definitely a clogger.“I was born in it. I have been working at it ever since I was I was fifteen years of age.When challenged that he ought to be helping the men ‘who are standing between us and defeat’ he claimed he was already doing important work including repairing boots for the Carr Lane Home where 10 to 14 children lived.The applicant was given a postponement until 1 November and told that he shouldn’t even consider appealing again if the country was in the same straits for men for the army as it was at present.Making sacrificesA lady carrying on business as a cabinet maker appealed on behalf of two of her employees who, she said, were the only two men she now employed out of an original staff of eight. When it was pointed out that everyone had to make sacrifices, she replied, “yes and I think I have made a great many.” Both men were put back to December.A businessman who employed four men who were ineligible for military service, was challenged that it was not a significant business to which he responded: “The business has taken 13 of the best years of my life to build up.”For the tribunal, Mr Burton replied: “All your building and everybody else’s building will be of no use if somebody does not go and help the men who are trying to save your business and the country from ruin.”The applicant then said he had a health problem similar to his brother, who had been before a medical board and had his conscription delayed. Mr Burton therefore suggested the businessman too should appear before the medical board and the case was adjourned until after the doctor’s examination.
The ‘only clogger in Windhill’ seeks exemption from military service
Dr Moorman, professor of English at the University of Leeds, wrote to Shipley Education Committee about two students from the district.“A Shipley boy and Salt Scholar, F C Perry by name, has just written as his B.A. hons dissertation an admirable piece of work on a North Somerset dialect, while another Shipley boy, Frank Ives, has produced a dissertation on Lincolnshire place names.Most scholarly“These are the most scholarly works I have had sent in for the degree since I came to Leeds. I hope the Salt School recognises this distinction.”The committee chairman said they would all agree that they could congratulate themselves and the headmaster and staff of the Salt School as well as the two ‘old boys’ themselves on the splendid testimony they had received.“Dr Moorman is not a gentleman to talk lightly of scholastic achievements and it is encouraging to the staff of the school and a great honour to the boys to receive such testimony.”
Committee basks in the glory of Salt Old Boys
Recruit’s dates mix-up
Frank Sutcliffe, engine driver of Aire Street, Windhill, was charged at Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday with being an absentee under the Military Service Act.The prisoner said he was willing to go and enlist that day. He had b een under the impression that he had to report on 24th July.He was handed over to a military escort.
At a special meeting of the proprietors, editors and managers of weekly newspapers published in the county, convened by the Yorkshire Newspaper Society and held in Leeds on Monday, it was unanimously resolved that all weekly penny papers should be raised to three-halfpence for the duration of the war.With one or two reservations as to arrangements those present agreed to give effect to the resolution.This increase in the price of newspapers was considered unavoidable and it has been brought about by the difficulty of obtaining paper, its extraordinarily advanced price and the greatly increased cost of all other materials used in newspaper production.
Paper costs push up news price to 1½d
The report of the Windhill Co-op Society for the half year ended June 26th, shows that the sales amounted to £139,365, an increase of £13,000 on the previous half year.The total membership is 8,710, 7,508 of whom made purchases.It has been necessary since their last report to close two shops – Briggate grocery and Hall Lane butchery – owing to so many of the staff being called up for military service and to the difficulty of filling their places, temporarily.
Co-op sales soar
A few produce a lot for Belgian refugees
Though the Eccleshill batch of workers for the Belgian Tag Day had dwindled down to nine collectors they worked with commendable energy and the results exceeded all expectations.While all did well, it will perhaps not be amiss to mention that Mr George Auty collected £5 3s 6d and Mrs Willie Hustler handed in £3 17s 6d.The Eccleshill Old Mill Company, which is now owned by a Belgian firm, contributed £2 12s whilst £2 was sent from Messrs Charles Xhoffer and Co and £1 from the County Hotel staff,The total collection amounted to the handsome sum of £17 7s 3d.
Frederick Wilford, a motor driver from Guiseley was summoned for driving in Baildon with no light on the offside.When stopped, he said he thought that as long as he had a light, it didn’t matter which side it was on.He also blamed the state of the road at Baildon Woodbottom and thought that his tail light must have ‘jumped off.’ He was ordered to pay costs.