The following postcard was one of a series of hand-drawn semi-comic postcards depicting local villages, produced by Smith Carter [1864-1933]. [Other village examples can be viewed on the Huddersfield Exposed website]. Carter was also a gifted amateur photographer producing many of the local photographs displayed in the Kirklees Images site.

“Yetton Pleasure Grounds” noted in the top right-hand corner were Spring Grove Pleasure Gardens on Paul Lane which operated between 1870 and 1930. They were widely advertised in Yorkshire alongside Hope Bank at Honley and Sunny Vale at Hipperholme. They had attractions for all the family including swing boats, donkey rides, hoop la, a dance hall, teas, shooting range and other attractions. In late Victorian times parties of children arrived from Huddersfield or Brighouse by canal boat, alighting at Colnebridge to make their way up to the ‘Pleasure Grounds.’

The gardens were originally owned by William Armitage, a market gardener. Then William Whitfield took over in 1911, followed Thomas Glover in 1922 and finally Basil Moore. It was known locally as “Snotty Billy’s” after one of the Williams – but which one?

Can you spot any other hidden stories in the postcard?


John Taylor Kirkheaton History Group