Batley's historic borough charter unveiled

Batley's historic borough charter unveiled

THE document marking the creation of the Borough of Batley has been unveiled following its restoration. 

The Charter of Incorporation was issued by Queen Victoria in December 1868 and as part of the Batley 150 celebrations, Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Archive Service combined to restore the document.

Kirklees Mayor Coun Gwen Lowe said: “It’s a great honour as the Mayor of Kirklees to be sharing this for Batley, and as a Batley lass. It’s a very proud moment.” 

She also unveiled a facsimile of the charter now on display in the town hall. The original charter is in Archive Service possession where the public can go see it at any time.

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