Clayton and the Coronation
The arrangements for the Clayton Coronation Celebrations have been carried out by a Committee comprised of representatives from local organisations.
Chairman Mr A. V. Sanders
Secretary Miss C. M. Arnott
Treasurer Mr R. Baguley
Church of England. Roman Catholic Church.
Baptist Church. Methodist Church.
Gospel Hall. Secondary School.
Junior School. Infants' School.
Parents' and Teachers' Association.
British Legion Women's Section.
Women's Voluntary Services.
Conservative and National Liberal Conservative and National Liberal
Association. Women's Association.
Women's Liberal Association.
Conservative Club. Liberal Club.
Working Men's Club. Young Conservatives and National
Scout Troop and Cub Pack. Liberal Association.
Horticultural Society. Girl Guide Company.
Church Lads' Brigade.
Male Voice Choir.
Tenants' Association. Girls' Friendly Society.
Bowling Club. Veterans' Association.
The Committee wishes to express its thanks to all who have helped in any way to make the Celebrations a success.
History of Clayton
CLAYTON IN HISTORY
By Ivy Holgate.
The people of Clayton share in the nation's rejoicings on the crowning of our Queen Elizabeth.
In the glorious, kaleidoscopic history of our land, our village has played no mean part for its tap root lies deep in the past; of this fact we are proud.
Almost a thousand years ago, with primitive ploughs, men worked the land on which now stands our village. The earliest evidence of this occupation is to be found in Domesday Book, for Claitone, as it is there spelt, was surveyed under the Manor of Bolton, to which it belonged as a berewick.
From certain place-names which exist today one may locate the site of the early township: Town Gate, Town End, and Town Bottom. Doubtless, those men of ancient days who founded the township were first attracted here by a copious spring of crystal-clear water springing from the hillside-a bounteous flow-promising a never failing supply for their homes, their fields and their cattle. This spring no doubt is the same we see today, pouring its waters into the stone troughs which were placed there centuries later for the needs of the long strings of packhorses taking the woven pieces of the inhabitants of the townships to the piece halls of Bradford and Halifax.
So the centuries passed and Clayton became a manor in its own right. From the Lacies, who held it at the time of the Domesday Survey, it passed into the family of Bolling and later, by marriage, to the Tempests. During the period that Clayton was held by the Tempests, parcels of land out of the commons were granted to certain families in exchange for small annual rents and for suite and service at the lord's mill and manor court.
In the course of time the people of Clayton became skilled in the making of cloth. During the 18th century many cottages were built and in each of them was a handloom. There were then several yeomen clothiers who employed all available local labour-the menfolk weaving and the women spinning at their wheels. Evidence of this lively craft remains today in the place-name "Tenter's Hill." On this piece of land the pieces and warps would be stretched over the tenterhooks to bleach in the sun.
The Clayton yeomen of old worshipped at the Old Bell Chapel at Thornton; there one may see their graves. Much of the history of Clayton is the history of the religious life of its people; when the Act of Uniformity was passed many worshipped God in a barn at Lidget or in the homes of friends.
In the early years of the Industrial Revolution the people of Clayton suffered terrible privations and hardships before they arrived at brighter days. There remains much evidence that the people who lived here before us were honest, industrious and God-fearing folk-loving the village as we do today.
GENERAL PROGRAMME' and DIARY
Friday, 29th May
Grand United Variety Concert in the Baptist School.
Saturday, 30th May
Coronation Old Time Ball and Whist Drive in the Secondary School.
Modern Style Coronation Ball in the Church House.
Monday, 1st June
Tennis and Bowls Tournaments.
Tuesday, 2nd June
Community Singing and Firework Display on the Delph Recreation Ground.
Wednesday, 3rd June
Old Folk's Treat.
Tea in Church School followed by Entertainment in the Baptist School.
Thursday, 4th June
Finals, Tennis and Bowls Tournaments and Presentation of Prizes.
Saturday, 6th June
Garden Fete and Sports.
Sunday, 7th June
Parade and United Service of Dedication in
Clayton Parish Church.
It is intended to commemorate the birth of children in Clayton on Coronation Day. Names should be submitted to Miss C. M. Arnott, 58 The Avenue, as soon as possible after 2nd June.
Description of Events
FRIDAY 29TH MAY at 7-30PM.
GRAND UNITED VARIETY CONCERT
IN THE BAPTIST SCHOOL.
BY LOCAL ARTISTES AND GROUPS
ADULTS 1/-. CHILDREN 9d.
Admission by Programme, available from:-
Mr. Baguley, 2 Wolseley Street.
Mrs. Luty, 7 Station Road.
Mr. J. Mitchell, Church House.
Mr. Woodburn, 2 Tanton Crescent.
Or members of the Committee.
SATURDAY, 31st MAY, 7-45 to 11-45 p.m.
CORONATION OLD TIME BALL AND WHIST DRIVE
IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL.
DANCING TO W. TILLING AND HIS OLD TIME PLAYERS.
Whist 1/-. Dancing 2/6.
MODERN STYLE CORONATION BALL
IN THE CHURCH HOUSE.
DANCING TO THE DIXIELANDERS.
Admission 2/6. Light Refreshments.
Tickets available from
Mr. Baguley, Mrs. Luty, Mr. J. Mitchell, Mr. Woodburn, (see above)
Or members of the Committee
Ladies' and Men's Singles. Entrance Fee 1/-.
Finals-Thursday, 4th June, at 7-30 p.m., Clayton Park.
Rules-Winner of one set to decide preliminary rounds. Best of three sets for semi-finals and finals. Ordinary rounds may be played elsewhere than Clayton Park by mutual arrangement. Entrants to pay own court fees and provide equipment. The organisers' decision shall be final.
Adults-entrance fee 1/-. Juniors (under 18 years of age)entrance fee 6d.
Finals Thursday, 4th June, at 7-30 p.m., Clayton Park.
Entries to be made on the form provided in the Park Bowling Pavilion not later than 11th May.
Eliminating rounds to be commenced not later than 18th May. Players to pay own green fees.
Handicaps to be fixed by the Clayton Victoria Park Amateur Bowling Club.
Best Decorated House. Best Illuminated House.
Most Attractive Garden.
Entry fee 6d. per competition. Judging to take place 1st to 5th June. Entry forms available in local shops, Church House, or from 58 The Avenue. Entries to be sent to Miss C. M. Arnott, 58 The Avenue, not later than Friday, 22nd May.
Best Shop Window Display incorporating the Coronation Spirit.
Entrance fee 2/6 per window. Judging to take place on Thursday, 4th June. Entry forms available from Church House, or 58 The Avenue. Entries to be sent to
Miss C. M. Arnott, 58 The Avenue, not later than Friday, 22nd May.
Prizes in connection with the above Competitions will be presented at the Garden Fete.
Description of Events
It is felt that most people will wish to celebrate this day in their own way, but as a finale you are invited to
ON THE DELPH RECREATION GROUND at 9-30 p.m.
together with A FIREWORK DISPLAY
THE OLD FOLKS OF THE VILLAGE will be entertained to TEA at 4-30 p.m. IN THE CHURCH SCHOOL
A CONCERT IN THE BAPTIST SCHOOL at 7 p.m.
BY THE MALE VOICE CHOIR.
Those of 70 years or over are invited to apply for Tickets to
MRS. STANDEVEN, 62 CLAYTON LANE.
SATURDAY 6TH JUNE at 2-30PM.
GARDEN FETE and SPORTS
IN THE DELPH RECREATION GROUND
COMPETITIONS AND SIDE SHOWS.
Prizes to be presented by the Lord Mayor (Coun. Angus Crowther) at 6 p.m.
Programme of Events (2d. each) and Entry Forms available from
Mr. Baguley, Mrs. Luty, Mr. Mitchell, or Mr. Woodburn (see page 6) or from members of the Committee.
Tea will be provided free for all children from three years of age and who are still attending school. Children who reside in Clayton or attend the Clayton Schools are eligible. Those who attend the Clayton schools will be given tickets-others are invited to apply for tickets at the Baptist Sunday School any day from 11th to 15th May, between 4-30 and 5-30 p.m.
If wet the event will be cancelled in which case the children are asked to collect their tea from the Baptist or Methodist Sunday School between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tea will be available on the field for adults at a charge of 1/- each. Tea to drink will be provided free. Please supply crockery for your- self and your children.
Children taking part in the Fancy Dress events are requested to meet at the Church House at 2 p.m. to form a procession to the field.
FOR RACES AND EVENTS SEE DETAILED SPORTS PROGRAMME
SUNDAY 7th JUNE
PARADE OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FROM GREENWELL ROW AT 2-30 P.M;
FOR A UNITED SERVICE OF DEDICATION IN THE PARISH CHURCH AT 3-0 PM
REV. A. SIMMONS, M.A. REV. J. TINKER REV. J. WALLACE
After the Service a March Past and Salute will be taken by the Lord Mayor
(Coun. Angus Crowther) in Park Lane