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RUDC & AUDC 1916/17

Title RUDC and AUDC
Date 1916/17
Location Rawdon
Photo ID X343
Comment A group photo of Rawdon Urban District Council, it ceased to exist when Aireborough was formed in 1937 and the towns of Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon were amalgamated to become the new Aireborough UDC.

Back row left to right: D O Hardaker, H Walmsley (Clerk), W H Emsley (Wharfedale & Airedale Representative), W B Cartwright (Chairman Sanitary Committee), Eli Winn, J Almgill (Treasurer).

Front row seated left to right: H Davison, T Pratt (Vice Chairman, Chairman of Finance Committee), C Harper JP (Chairman), B Jordan, H Evans (Chairman of Highways Committee).

Sitting left to right: A Holgate (Assistant overseer & Collector), E Wade.

RUDC 1919/20

D636 – RUDC, 1919/20.

Rawdon Urban District Council – 1919/20

Present were councillors Herman Walmsley H Cunliffe, clerk H Verity,
H H Tomlinson, T Pratt, ? Wood, (Press) W B Cartwright, B Jordan, E Winn, (Chairman) J Almgill, (Treasurer) W J Kay, (Surveyor) H Holgate.

AUDC 1937

M136 – AUDC (First), 1937.

Aireborough Urban District Council (First) – 1937.

A group photograph of the first Aireborough Urban District Council taken outside Micklefield House.
In 1937, Aireborough was formed by the amalgamation of Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon, it was decided to use Micklefield House as the Council Headquarters.

AUDC 1940

V57 – AUDC 1940.

AUDC Sign & Fairfield Plaque (1940)

On the left, a sign which would have been displayed at Micklefield House “Offices of the Aireborough Urban District Council”.
On the right a small wood backed plaque: “Municipality of Fairfield. The Council of the Municipality of Fairfield. Presented to Aireborough Urban District Council. By Alderman Schofield, JP. Former Manager on Behalf of Fairfield ? ? Australia”

Does anyone know why this plaque was given to Aireborough? What is the connection between Fairfield and Aireborough?

AUDC 1950s

FB431 – AUDC, 1950s.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1950s

On the back row from left to right: the 3rd man is Donald Best, then William Hudson, 7th is Rowland Hardwick, 8th Jack Richardson (father of Jean Richardson). The 10th man is Jack Prince and the 15th, Sydney Rhodes.

On the front row from left to right: 2nd lady is Elsie Hutchinson, in the centre is Chairman Reg Finch.

The photo was donated by Jean Richardson.

AUDC 1966

L276 – AUDC Ceremony, 1966.

AUDC Ceremony – 1966

This appears to be a Civic ceremony to formally open a new house or other facility. To the right is Sydney Rhodes, then Chairman of Aireborough Urban District Council.

AUDC 1968

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1968

Members of AUDC, the Chairman was John F Ambler, on his left is Councillor William Hudson.
The Vice Chairman was F G Allerton.

Photographer Bryan Waite, donated by his family.

AUDC 1969

J474 – AUDC, 1969.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1969

A group photo of the AUDC.
The Chairman in the centre of the front row is F G Allerton, on his immediate right is William Hudson then John Ambler.

Photographer Bryan Waite, donated by his family.

AUDC 1969

K245 – AUDC, 1969.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1969

The new Chairman of AUDC was Mr F G Allerton. The retiring Chairman Mr John Ambler on Mr Allerton’s right.

AUDC 1969

K246 – AUDC, 1969.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1969

Here a group of Councillors with John Ambler seated on the left, Mr Allerton in the centre and on his right is Mrs Elsie Mitchell.

AUDC 1969

K247 – AUDC, 1969.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1969

Mr Ambler handing over the chain of office to Mr Allerton.

RUDC 1971

FB200 – AUDC, 1971/72.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1971/72

Aireborough Council ceased to be when Aireborough was taken into the Leeds Metropolitan District in 1974.
Fifth from the left in the 2nd row is David Wild, the Chairman was Herbert Watling Freeman.

AUDC 1973

FBA168 – AUDC, 1973.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1973

Councillors and workmen from the buildings and repairs section of the AUDC on their annual outing.

Donated by Jean Dean.

AUDC 1974

D513 – AUDC, 1974.

Aireborough Urban District Council – 1974

Council members official photo taken after their last Council, the Chairman was Mr R Cartwright, on his left is Bill Hudson who became a Leeds Councillor and Lord Mayor of Leeds.

Local Government reorganisation took Aireborough into the wider Leeds Metropolitan area in 1974.

Previous Comments:

Re J474
Neil Hardisty
Standing between councillors Hudson and Allerton is Col. Watson who was the bursar at Woodhouse Grove School.
18 August 2017.

Graham Branston
I had the pleasure of meeting William Hudson, a Councillor I respected, when I worked in the Policy Unit of Leeds City Council. He was Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1977/8.
18 August 2017.

Met William Hudson on his visits to Airedale and Wharfedale Education Offices Barcroft Yeadon where I worked in early 60s he was a lovely man who devoted so much of his time to the local community.
18 August 2017.

Maggie Hudson
As I am married to Bill Hudson, we can actually name most of the gathering.
18 August 2017.

Mrs Edna Mitchell front row 2nd from right, Cyril Hardwick 2nd row, 2nd from right, Photo 3 Stan Southards back row 1st on left Later he was Chair of Governors at Guiseley School – following WIllie Hudson.
04 September 2017.

I worked for Aireborough UDC at Micklefield House in 1969. I got a member of staff pregnant so had to leave for a higher paying job. I joined the police which had double the pay and a free house.. I was a good plan for 6 years until I regrouped and went for my eventual career. ‘Needs must’.
04 September 2017.

Anne Verina Bishop
My late husband Raymond Norman Wear Bishop was chairman of Aireborough UDC, immediately following Frank Allerton and before Herbert Freeman. He is sitting on Cllr Allertons left in the photograph. He died in November 1973 aged 49.
01 January 2021.

Does anybody know much about the Barcroft building what was the educational offices in the 60’s?
07 January 2021.

Dear Tom,
It used to be north area HQ for Leeds Library Services. When I went back to work in libraries I had an interview there and used to go on a mobile library from there starting 1978. I think it was around 1993 when library services were reorganised and vacated the building. I think it was used as offices after that. Kind Regards, Christine Lovedale, AHS.
08 January 2021.

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 31 January 2021.
Last updated: 10 November 2022 – All images updated. 27 September 2021 – Photo ID: D513.

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