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[Note 148.1] "In seventy-three we did prepare":- The Halifax Thornton & Keighley Railway act was passed on 5th August 1873. [ref :]

[Note 148.2] Denholm was the highest station on the entire Great Northern system this photograph from the John Alsop collection gives a clear idea of its situation.

[Note 148.3] "To get the Denholme railway":- Although the song is entitled the Halifax, Thornton and Keighley Railway it consistently refers to the line as the "Denholme railway". Given that the song is looking forward to the arrival of the line, it may be that the song comes from the area between Denholme and Keighley, the last section of the line to be built. A single track goods line opened as far as Denholme in 1882. The first passengers were carried in January 1884. [ibid]

[Note 148.3] "Great opposition did arise":- Probably a reference to the petitions of the Midland Railway Co., the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co., and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Co against the Bill. The opposition of pre-existing railways is typical of the period. By the time that the Halifax Thornton & Keighley was approved, the most profitable lines had already been built and railway companies were competing aggressively for the remaining business.

[Note 148.4] "E. Foster and J. Knowles did go":- E Foster and J Knowles could be the Eli Foster and Jonathan Knowles who, together with Benjamin Foster, funded the building of the church opened in 1846 [Ref:]

[Note 148.5] "Our large hotels of course will be, Houses of call for the gentry, Who come our moorlands for to see":- The author's confidence may have been boosted by the use of the nearby Keighley and Worth Valley railway (opened in 1867) by literary tourists visiting the home of the Bronte sisters. [ref]



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