Created by class 6 Year 5 This banner depicts the first migrant workers to settle in Batley. The potato famine in Ireland in the middle 1800's caused many desperate families to leave the Emerald Isle and settle in Batley where there was opportunity for work in the mills and on the railway. Many settled around Taylor Street and lived in overcrowded houses. Disease was rife and Batley saw many seasonal outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever where hundreds perished. The work was hard and survival even harder. The slum areas around Taylor street were eventually cleared in 1955. Batley still has a strong Irish community many of who are descendants of those first migrant Irish families.
Created by Class 7 Year 5 This banner celebrates Batley’s Victorian prosperity. The town was now firmly established as a manufacturing success. Many splendid stone buildings were erected to show to all who visited how prosperous the town was. 1853 saw Batley become a Borough Council and it was given its own coat of arms. It was one of the first towns in the area to have gas street lighting and a piped water supply. In 1873 Batley constructed a new market place. The old market hall was demolished and the clock from the hall was repositioned on top of the new library and art gallery and is still keeping good time for the market shoppers today.
Created by Class 7 Year 5 This banner depicts Wilton Park, locally known as Batley Park. The park was given to the people of Batley by a wealthy Victorian land owner. Life in Victorian times did not leave much room for leisure and pleasure as the working days were long and hard. Families would meet at weekends in the park and enjoy each others company. Some would have tea in the Boathouse Lodge which has now sadly been demolished. The park has a lake where rowing boats used to be hired. There are still extensive rhododendron covered hillside paths to roam along which meander their way up to the house called Bagshaw, now a museum. It houses an extensive range of Egyptian artefacts and a rainforest jungle trail. The park also has a butterfly house and an observatory.