Carving out a career

Between the wars ox roasting was a popular means of fund raising at villages fates. In Wrenthorpe it was organised by the Hospital Committee who, in 1931, engaged the professional services of Fred Tyler, the so-called official ox-roaster of England, who carved out a career out of roasting oxen at fates.

The first carving of the Wrenthorpe oxen was by local Labour MP William Lunn, as from 1918-45 Stanley UDC was part of the Rothwell constituency.

Leeds Mercury
Monday 4 August 1930


Mr William Lunn, MP for Rothwell, carving the first slice of roast ox at a Carnival held at Wrenthorpe, near Wakefield, in aid of the Clayton Hospital. The slice was sold by auction, and realised good price for the funds.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
Monday 3 August 1931

William Lunn, MP, Under-Secretary of State for the Dominions, carved the first slice off a roasted ox at the Wrenthorpe (near Wakefield) charity fete on Saturday, before it was cut by local butchers and sold in sandwiches to the villagers. The ox was roasted Mr Fred Tyler, of Stratford-on-Avon, in the middle of the field which had been set aside for the fete. Houses and shops in the village were decorated with bunting, and during the afternoon a procession toured the streets.