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1 Amelia Street

No. 1 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was occupied by David Oliver, a weaving overlooker aged 30 from Mytholmroyd, his wife Ellen, and their nine year old son James who was a factory boy.

In 1871 the house was home to Edwin Haley, a wool sorter aged 28 from Bowling, his wife Eliza and four children aged from 1 to 8. Also living with them was Edwin’s widow mother, Elizabeth Haley, aged 61.

In 1881 head of the house was Joseph Whitehead, a cotton twiner, aged 44 from Wakefield. Living with him was his wife, Alice aged 44, and three children aged from 4 to 17.

In 1891 the house was home to Lily Sophia Overend a reeler aged 29 from Leeds, her uncle, William, Tolson, aged 60, his wife Anne aged 58 and their children Mary Ann, a silk twister aged 21, and Arthur aged 9.

In October 1899 Arthur Simpson of 47 Thompson Street, Shipley, and his younger brother Joseph, of 67 George Street, Saltaire, where found guilty of assaulting Henry Jude, a youth living at 1 Amelia Street.

In 1901 the occupants were John Monaghan, a mill labourer aged 63 from Ireland, his wife Isabella aged 55 and their daughter Mary Ann, who was a weaver aged 30.

In 1911 the house was lived in by Herbert Bray, a stonemason’s labourer, aged 27 from Tanfield, his wife Emily aged 29, and their daughter Irene aged 2.

In the 1939 Register 75 year old widow Mary Hodgson was living alone in the house.

From the Electoral Register 1914 to 1960 the occupants were: -

1914 – Herbert Bray
1915 – Joseph Bell
1918 to 1939 – Mary Hodgson
1946 to 1960 – Albert Swift & Joyce Swift


2 Amelia Street

No. 2 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was occupied by Joshua Thomas, a reed maker aged 40 from Huddersfield, his wife Elizabeth, aged 37, and six children aged from 3 to 15. Three of the children were mill workers.

In 1871 the house was home to Hannah Robinson, a widow aged 74 from Swaledale, and her spinster daughter, Mary, a twister aged 27. Boarding with them was Hannah’s widowed daughter, Hannah Graham aged 42, and her children, William a spinner aged 16 and James, a spinner, aged 9.

The Graham family remained in the house until after 1911.

In 1881 head of the house was Hannah Graham. Living with her was her two sons, William and James, and her spinster sister Mary Robinson.

Hannah Graham died 21 August 1890 in the house.

In 1891 her two sons, William, a mechanic, and James, a mill hand, lived in the house with their aunt, Mary Robinson.

In 1901 William Graham was living in the house with his wife Mary Ann (nee Brown), and his niece, Ann B. Graham, aged 12.

Mary Ann was from Seacroft, Leeds, she married William 16 May 1891 at St. Wilfrid’s, Calverley. She died 21 July 1907 aged 50. She was buried in Windhill Cemetery.

In 1911 widower William, a machine fitter was living in the house with his brother, James, a wool comber, and his wife Martha Ann.

Wallace Lancaster, an iron moulder aged 23 of 2 Amelia Street, married Ann Wherley, aged 20, of 2 Beechwood Grove, Shipley, 15 March 1913 at St. Peter’s, Shipley.

Jane Lancaster died in the house 24 February 1929.

Report in the Shipley Times 2 March: -


A verdict of “Death from natural causes,” was recorded at an inquest held by the District Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris), Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday (26 February) of Mrs. Jane Lancaster (64), 2 Amelia Street, Saltaire.

Evidence was given by Ida Lancaster (daughter) that her mother had been in failing health for four or five years but had not been attended by a doctor.

She had been in bed for the past few months, and early on Sunday (24 February) morning, Mrs. Lancaster consented to see a doctor.

When Dr. Sharpe arrived about 1 a.m., her mother had been dead for some minutes.

Dr. Sharpe said that death was due to acute bronchitis, following chronic bronchitis.

Later in 1929 Ida Lancaster married Joseph Sharp. Ida died in the house in 1935.

In the 1939 Register the house was home to Herbert Simpson, and his wife Agnes.

From the Electoral Register 1914 to 1960 the occupants were: -

1914 to 1929 – the Lancaster family
1930 to 1935 – Joseph & Ida Sharp
1936 – Joseph Sharp
1938 to 1939 – George Edward & Kathleen Marion Crossley
1945 to 1960 – Herbert & Agnes Simpson


3 Amelia Street

No. 3 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census heads of the house was widow Elizabeth Haley (nee Shacklock) aged 51 from Birstall. She had married Timothy Haley 18 November 1833 in Birstall. Timothy died in 1853. Elizabeth had three sons living with her – John a wool sorter aged 20, Edwin a weaver aged 18, and Milard a spinner aged 10. Also living with them was John’s wife, Sarah (nee France) aged 24, and their daughter, Jesse, aged one.

In 1871 the house was home to Mary Whitaker, aged 47 from Guiseley, and her three children – Annie, a weaver aged 19, Joseph, a weaver aged 17, and Louisa, a spinner aged 13.

In 1881 the occupants were Joseph Keighley, a wool weaver aged 27 from Idle, his wife Maria, and children Arthur Willie, aged three, and Edith, aged one. Sadly Arthur Willie Keighley died in 1916 serving his country in WW1. Maria died in the house in 1885. She was buried 12 March at St. Paul’s, Shipley.

In 1891 the house was home to Ramsbottom Rhodes, a carter aged 24, his wife Emily (nee Beaver) aged 24, and their daughter Lilley aged five.

Report in the Shipley Times 24 September 1898: -

Disgraceful Conduct of a Married Man

Edmund Kipling, a married man, hawker, of Ingleby Road, Bradford, was summoned by Florence Brook, a girl now only 15 years of age, to show cause why he should not contribute to her illegitimate child, born on 15 July 1898 at the house of Mrs. Dayton, 3 Amelia Street, Saltaire. The circumstances of the case were of the most disgraceful character

The Bench made an order for defendant to contribute 3s. a week until the child is 16 years of age.

From before 1901 to after 1959 the house was home to the Donnett family. George Donnett was born c1847 in Scotland. He worked as a joiner & carpenter in a mill. He married Ann Hellewell in 1882 in Bradford district. They had two children – Richard, a wool sorter, born 1 July 1885 and Isabella, a warper, born 12 March 1887. Ann died in 1907. George died in 1927. Isabella married George Dunhill, aged 24 a warehouseman from Bingley, 21 December 1912 at St. Peter’s, Shipley. Richard Donnett married Mary Hannah Padgett in 1913. They lived in the house for the rest of their lives. Richard died in 1950, Mary in 1959. Florence Padgett, spinster sister of Mary Hannah, died in the house 24 March 1965.

From the Electoral Register 1914 to 1960 the occupants were: -

1914 to 1959 – the Donnett family
1959 – Alan, Annie & Ivy Armitage
1960 – Florence Padgett






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