Band of Hope – 1894

Band of Hope 1894
Title Band of Hope
Date 1894
Location Yeadon
Photo ID SL012
Comment A Band of Hope rally on Albert Square. The Band of Hope was founded in Leeds in 1847, it was a temperance organisation which hoped to make people aware of the misery and poverty which working class children suffered when adults drank too much. Children joined at the age of 6, by the early 1900s 3.5 million adults and children had joined, Queen Victoria became their Patron. Yeadon had strong Methodist chapels and the Temperance Hall which opened in 1905, in contrast there were also many public houses in the area. Allegedly many men who were asked to sign the pledge of abstinence opted to compromise and promised to refrain from alcohol on one or two days of the week! In this photo carriages are coming into Albert Square from Cemetery Road, there is a visible police presence. These photographs was originally taken onto glass slides by E. E. Slater of Hopeville, Yeadon. They have been digitally transferred for us by John Hobson.
Band of Hope 1894

SL019 – Band of Hope, 1894.

Band of Hope – 1894

The Band of Hope was well supported in the area, this procession has brought out a large number of people in the Upper High Street.

Band of Hope 1894

SL095 – Band of Hope, 1894.

Band of Hope – 1894

A march by the Temperance Movement, note the Police uniforms.

Band of Hope 1894

SL013 – Band of Hope, 1894.

Band of Hope – 1894

A Band of Hope parade down the High Street, boys carrying banners walk in front of a decorated cart with a crowd following behind.
The block of property which included Rawnsley’s shop and Poll Marsden’s lodging house were demolished to form part of Town Hall Square, the Town Hall is set back on the right.

Band of Hope 1894

C287 – Band of Hope, 1894.

Band of Hope – 1894

An article published in the Wharfedale Observer by AHS.

Band of Hope 1894

SL036 – Band of Hope, 1894.

Band of Hope – 1894

A Band of Hope rally on the High Street, seen just before the junction with Ivegate and Silver Lane.
Rawnsley’s shop and Poll Marsden’s lodging house which lay behind it would be demolished to clear the area in front of the Town Hall and form Town Hall Square.

Band of Hope Concert Programme 1883

HL140 – Band of Hope, 1883.

Band of Hope – 1883

Grand Concert Programme – 10th February 1883.

The Concert was staged by the Yeadon Band of Hope and the programme (in poor condition) lists the items with words and music.

Words and music for “Pity Ye”, “Sleighing Song” and “Busy Little Mother”, the latter also has a list of actions to accompany the song.

Words and Music for “Joy Bells”, “The Boatman’s Song” and “You’ll Never Be Sorry”, the latter is a call to sign the pledge of abstinence from alcohol which was the purpose of the Band of Hope.
Words and music for the “Vesper Hymn” and “The Water Party”, an exhortation to forgo alcohol. The Band of Hope was a temperance movement.

Words and music for “The Temperance Banner”, “Sad is a Drunkard’s Life” and “Needle and Thread”.

Further images of this programme showing music and lyrics are available through the archive room, AHS.

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 29 September 2021.
Last updated: 29 September 2021.

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