|Gravestone of William Murgatroyd
|William Murgatroyd known as “Billy Murg”. An enterprising man who put Yeadon as a town on the map. Owner of Moorfield Mill, which was on the site of the present fish restaurant Murgatroyd’s. The gravestone of William (Billy) Murgatroyd which is in Yeadon Cemetery. The inscription reads: “In Loving Memory of William Murgatroyd, Yeadon, who Died April 23rd 1921 Aged 79 years Whatsoever thy hand findeth To do, do it with thy might”
FBA124 – William Murgatroyd’s House, 1968.
William Murgatroyd’s House – 1968
A rare image of the home of William Murgatroyd, owner of Moorfield Mill. The house, also called ‘Moorfield’ was situated behind the mill.
His wife Ann Elizabeth (nee Petty) and 5 daughters lived there with him.
Drawn & donated by Sam Kilburn.
Visited this grave recently whilst searching for my grandparents family grave. It is quite impressive wish there was more inscribed about his accomplishments locally. Both my grandparents Long/Towers were born and lived in Yeadon, grew up next door to each other on Football Yeadon, married at the Methodist Chapel they both worked as weavers at Billy Murgatroyd’s Mill (referred to locally as “Murgs”), when I finally located their resting place which is unmarked, I feel they would have been happy to know they were resting almost in the shadow of their former employers monument!
17 September 2019.
I used to play in the field this is painted from in the late 60’s and early 70’s as a young boy. The house is as I remember and the brick building on the near left was a small shed which had a rack filled with oil drums inside. It was about 12 feet square, with a corrugated roof. Does anybody know what it’s purpose was?
I remember that at one time the shed had loads of ‘Otley and Ilkley Times’ newspapers in it, dumped by paperboys avoiding having to deliver the free paper.
07 March 2014.
Consolidated by Elaine Ellwood. 14 September 2021.
Last updated: 10 December 2022 – Images reviewed.