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Morley Town Hall, Granting of Freedom of the Borough to H. H. Asquith

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David Atkinson Archive
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Morley M 877
Morley Town Hall, Granting of Freedom of the Borough to H. H. Asquith
24th July 1913. The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith, descending Morley Town Hall steps after the ceremony of receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Morley in the Alexandra Hall. Preceding Mr. Asquith are Mrs. W. L. Ingle (the Mayoress of Morley) and Violet Asquith (the prime minister's daughter who in later life becam Lady Violet Bonham-Carter). Following Mr. Asquith with a top hat in his hand is the Mayor of Morley, Alderman William Law Ingle, the owner of a large leather works at Millshaw. He lived at Morley Grange, Churwell, a large house now demolished close to the site of the new Churwell Primary School. The party were proceeding down the Town Hall steps to enter cars to take them to Mr. Ingle's residence where there was a garden party for the official guests who had been on the platform to see Mr. Asquith receive the Freedom. These included most of the Mayors and Mayoresses of the West Riding's major towns and cities. It is thought that Mr. Asquith and his daughter stayed overnight with Mr. Ingle and special police protection was given due to the recent suffragette activity. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.

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