Created by Classes 1, 2 and 3 Year 3 This banner tells the story of how Batley become a manufacturing town. It shows packhorses bringing wool from the Pennines to be spun and woven. The village with thatched cottages and local blacksmith and forge was growing. Batley used its resource of flowing water to power the first mills. Batley changed from cottage weaving village to manufacturing town. It was famous for producing some of the finest wool worsted cloth in the world. Its also famous for producing Mungo and Shoddy a cheaper rougher cloth made from re-cycling woollen rags. This process was invented by Benjamin Low and made him his fortune. He became known locally as the Shoddy King
Created by Classes 1, 2 and 3 Year 3 This banner tells the story of Coal! Black Gold ! Batley continued to grow and grow as a manufacturing town. The Railways were spreading across Britain like huge arteries connecting towns and cities generating opportunity for industry and commerce. Batley needed to be connected to this network and so a station was built along with a series of viaducts carrying the mighty steam trains across the valleys. It was also a time for others to prosper from this unique opportunity . Bridges soon led to Biscuits!.
Created by Class 9 Year 6 This banner celebrates Fox's Biscuits one of Batley’s successes which started with the age of steam power and is still thriving today. The viaduct at the bottom of Mill Lane needed a huge workforce to complete the 20 or so arches that support the railway. Hundreds of navvies many of them migrant workers from Ireland worked long hours and they all needed to be fed. It was Susan Fox who saw the opportunity to make sandwiches to feed the workers. This later progressed to a confectionery business and in 1853 Foxes Biscuits was established. The biscuits are now world famous and Have even been sent south to London to spread the taste of Yorkshire hospitality beyond the reaches of Watford Gap!