In the Middle Ages this estate, together with Woodhall, was the property of the Midgeley family and later the Ghaloners. The Saviles took possession towards the end of the sixteenth century, followed by a court ruling when the hall was granted to George Savile and Grace Hatfield. The hall was then sold to Thomas Pilkington of Snapethorpe in 1693.
There was a fire in 1759 but the hall remained in that family until 1802. The estate was then bought by Benjamin Heywood and was auctioned in 1853. Nine years later it was let to tenants, then eventually sold to the West Riding County Council. It is now a hostel for the nurses at Pinderfields Hospital.
Stanley had its own Workhouse situated at the botton of Lake Lock Road on the entrance to Rooks Nest Rosad. The land on which it was built was known as Workhouse Fold and in 1822 Robert Batty was Governor. As the name suggests it was used as a temporary home for the poor who had no income.
The Colliery owners, Hudsons, who owned Stanley Victoria Company along with other collieries, purchased the Stanley Workhouse in 1847 and converted it into houses for their workmen. I well remember the dwelling houses. They were stone built and back-to-back. From memory there would be a block of nine dwellings plus a single one-story dwelling of which part of the wall on the west side still exists as a boundary wall.
A register of pauper apprentices in the Stanley Workhouse shows the following extracts:-
8th May 1803 - Mary Chadwick, female, age 9 years from Stanley. Parents dead. Trade: Glapgrinder.
27th May 1804 - James Sykes, male, age 11 years from Stanley. Parents dead. Trade: Glapgrinder.
28th September 1804 - James Spurr, male, age 11 years. Parents dead. Trade: Gardener.
2nd August 1805 - David Netherwood, male, age 13 from Stanley. Parents dead. Trade: Farming.
2nd August 1805 - James Wilby, male, age 9 years from Stanley. Parents dead. Trade: Ropeman.
All were apprenticed to the age of 21 years to their employers.
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