Life in Rothwell 1909

Life in Rothwell 108 years ago was certainly a different existence to the one we are all used to today. Imagine a life without your iPhone, no wifi, no television and the only access to the outside would be the radio or local newspaper.

The Rothwell Times from May 21st 1909 gives us a journey back in time….

Local news stories included the inquest of the death of William Butler after what seemed a minor injury sustained whilst working in the Bentleys Brewery yard where he worked as a dray man.

Other news included notes from a recent Oulton and Woodlesford Parish Council meeting, Pigeon Racing news and results from Leeds and Wakefield as well as match reports from local cricket matches.

The paper also provides the reader with snippets of local and international news. One being a summary of the National Statistics for Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales.

There is also a remarkable story about a railway porter saving the life of an elderly widow who had slipped down some stairs and was gasping for breathe, by removing her false teeth that had lodged in her throat!

The newspapers have been acquired by LS26 Local from the auction site Ebay and will be featured periodically on the site. They are a fascinating read!

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