Keighley at that time boasted three common lodging houses, essentially catering for the homeless. They had a combined total of 288 beds. The Borough Sanitary Inspector singled this one out for special praise as “a model of cleanliness, and fitted with electric light throughout. Emergency exits, fire extinguishers, baths, hot water in the wash-house and kitchen, in fact everything possible is done to ensure the safety and comfort of the lodgers."
|Borough Lodging House circa 1920|
By the early 20th century, Temperance Societies although now very much in decline, were still preaching their warnings about the evils of drink......Perhaps John Bancroft should have heeded their warning!