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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: -

SALTAIRE WIDOW’S DEATH

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

 

4 Amelia Street

No. 4 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to William Siddle, a cordwainer aged 36 from Wakefield, his wife Hannah, a weaver aged 35, and three children.

In 1871 the house was occupied by John Baldwin, a weaver aged 42 from Colne, Lancashire, his wife Elizabeth (nee Harker) aged 39, and their two young children. Also living with them was Mary Ann Harker, Elizabeth’s daughter, who was a weaver aged 21, John Harker, a weaver aged 34, and Joseph Dawson, a yarn weigher aged 19. John Baldwin died 10 May 1877 at 54 George Street, Saltaire.

In 1881 the occupants were four siblings named Glendow. William aged 26, was a labourer, John aged 22, was a groom, Charles aged 21, a spinning overlooker, and Annie aged 19, a reeler.

In 1891 the house was home to George W. Wilson, a dyer aged 30, his wife Martha Hannah, aged 32, and their seven-month-old daughter Bertha.

Clifford Peel, born 20 July 1892, died in the house 14 March 1894. He was the son of John Thomas Peel.

From 1895 to around 1948 the house was home to the Ogden family. In 1901 head of the house was Rachel Ogden a widow aged 60. Living with her were four of her children – William Henry, a yarn skip weighter aged 34, Edmund, a brass founder aged 22, Annie a spinner aged 20, and Walter a spinner aged 18. (it is unclear as to when Rachel died. She is not in the 1911 Census.) William Henry Ogden, a yarn stockkeeper, married Catherine Davies, of Manningham, 12 July 1903 at St Paul’s, Shipley. She was six years younger than William. In 1911 they were living in the house with sons Edward Ogden (born 10 November 1903), and Henry Ogden (born 16 December 1905). William & Catherine Ogden lived in the house until around 1927.

From then it was to home to their sons, Edward and Henry, until around 1948. Henry married Evelyn Smith in 1930. In the 1939 Register Henry was a wool warehouseman and an A.R.P. warden, and Edward was a weaving overlooker.

Car For Sale Advert in the Bradford Observer 27 June 1949: -

AUSTIN 8, late 1939, taxed to December; any trial; bargain; nearest £225;
4 Amelia Street, Saltaire.

In July 1955 planning permission was granted for a W.C.

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

1914 to 1948 – the Ogden family
1949 to 1956 – Rene & Wilfred Harry Haigh
1957 – George H Bagnall
1958 to 1960 – Florence Hardaker.

Florence Hardaker (nee Ingram) died in the house 3 June 1976 aged 76. In her will she left £5,974.

 

5 Amelia Street

No. 5 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to Thomas Williams, an overlooker aged 25 from Skipton, his wife Phoebe aged 26, and their children – Emma aged three and John James aged one.

In 1871 the head of the house was widower Isaac Ellis. He was a wool washer aged 52 born in Bradford. Living with him was his daughter. Mary, a spinner., aged 14.

Death Notice in the Shipley Times 28 December 1878: -

Stirk – On 24 December, aged 13 months, Walter, son of William Stirk, 5 Amelia Street, Saltaire.

In 1881 & 1891 the house was occupied by was widow Mary Ann Page (nee Bostock), born c1836 in Horsforth. In 1881 three children were living with her – Louisa, a spinner aged 13, Alfred a spinner aged 11, and John aged 10. In 1891 she just had the two boys – Alfred a wool sorter and John a weaver.

In 1901 the house was home to Thomas Sadler Storey, a nursery gardener aged 44 from Northallerton, his wife Sarah aged 41, and five children aged from 3 to 20.

In 1911 Edward Milner was head of the house. He was a house painter aged 32. Living with him was his wife, Kezia aged 30, and four boys aged from two to nine. Edward served in WW1. In June 1915 Kezia Milner won a competition run by Butland’s jewellers of Shipley. She had to solve a riddle that was published in the Shipley Times. She beat 334 entrants to win the prize which was a gift to the value of four shillings.

In the 1939 Register, Jack Ramsden was living in the house with his wife Lily. Jack served in WW2. They remained in the house until after 1960.

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

1914 to 1915 – Kezia & Edward Milner
1918 to 1925 – Maria & Samuel Sidebottom
1926 to 1935 – Vera Annie & Harvey Bullock
1936 to 1938 – Elizabeth & James Patrick Morris
1939 to 1960 – Lily & Jack Ramsden

 

6 Amelia Street

No. 6 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to John Jackson, a shoemaker aged 35 from Silsden, his wife Agnes aged 43, and two daughters, Margaret Ann aged 8, and Christiana aged 7. They had living with them John’s widowed mother, Mary Jackson aged 82.

In 1871 & 1881 the house was occupied by the Bower family. Jonas Bower was born in 1843 in Bradford. He worked as a cotton dyer. He married Paulina Sharp, 21 February 1863, at St. Wilfrid’s, Calverley. She was born in 1844 in Keighley. They had three children – John born 1868, Moses born 1872, and Amelia born 1876. In May 1880, John Bower was one of two boys found guilty of stealing articles from a premises in Westgate, Shipley. As it was his first offence and he was of “good character,” he was “discharged with a caution.”

In 1891 the house was lived in by William Stirk, a weaver aged 43 from Baildon, his wife, Sarah aged 44, and their daughter Martha Elizabeth aged 3.

In June 1897 Hilda Mortimer, of 6 Amelia Street, gave evidence at an inquest into the suicide of Harry Newton. They had been together for seven years until they broke up at Easter 1897. After visiting Hilda at 6 Amelia Street, Harry threw himself in front of a train at Saltaire Railway Station.

In 1901 the house was home to three sisters – widow Emma Tennant aged 68 from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, widow Theresa Thornton aged 63 from Kidderminster, and spinster Martha Noble aged 61 from Bowling. Theresa and Martha worked as labourers in a mill. In 1911 Emma and Theresa remained in the house. They had living with them Emma’s married daughter, Ellen Bower (nee Tennant). She performed household duties for the sisters. Her husband was not living with her. Emma Tennant died in the house 17 June 1912 aged 79. She was buried in St Paul’s Lower Churchyard, Shipley.

Jack Tottle, a mill worker aged 27, married Sarah Nixon Hodgson, aged 21, 15 April 1933 at St. Peter’s, Shipley. They were both living at 6 Amelia Street.

Spinster Florrie Tottle died in the house in August 1936 aged 45. She was buried 10 August at St. Paul’s, Shipley. Her mother, Sarah Ann Tottle died in the house in 1937. She was buried 6 February at St. Paul’s, Shipley.

In the 1939 Register the house was occupied by George Hull, a spinning overlooker aged 28 and his wife, Matilda aged 26. George served in the R.A.F. in WW2. He was killed in action 22 June 1943. His widow, Matilda married Arturo Stefanuti in 1946. He was born c1919 in Sheffield. Matilda died in the house in 1985. Arturo was living in the house until after 2003.

From the Electoral Register 1915 to 1960 the occupants were: -

1915 – Hiram Lamb
1918 to 1936 – the Tottle family
1938 to 1943 – George & Matilda Hull
1944 to 1945 – Matilda Hull
1946 to 1960 – Matilda & Arturo Stefanuti

 

7 Amelia Street

No. 7 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to Jonathan Holdsworth, a warp dresser aged 31 from Clayton, his wife, Sarah aged 32, and three sons aged from seven months to eleven years. Also living with them was Jonathon’s sister Zillah, who was a weaver aged 25.

In 1871 the occupants were George W. Thornton, a labourer aged 25 from Idle, his wife Ann, aged 24, and their son William aged 1. Also living with them Ann’s sister, Sarah Wood aged 33, and her brother, Edward Wood, a weaver aged 18.

From before 1881 to after 1901 the house was home to the Jowett family. Herbert Jowett was a wool sorter born in 1839 in Wilsden. He married Caroline Corley in 1874. She was born c1846 in Norfolk. They had two sons – Albert born in 1876 and Arthur in 1877. Arthur died 21 December 1890 aged just 13.

In 1911 the occupants were John William Halliday, a mechanic’s labourer aged 34, his wife Jessie, aged 32, and their son Jack Halliday aged one. They also had living with them two sons from Jessie’s first marriage – George Albert Ingham aged 11 and Harry Ingham aged 9.

Report in the Shipley Times 12 September 1924: -

MOTOR CAR MISHAP

While Flora Owen (12), of 7 Amelia Street, Saltaire, was going along Commercial Street, Shipley, on Saturday (6 September) morning, she stepped off the footpath on to the road and ran in front of a motor car driven by William Grantham, motor driver, Bradford Road, Idle, and owned by the Windhill Cooperative Society, Ltd.

The girl was caught by the near side front mudguard and was knocked down. The driver pulled up immediately and conveyed the girl to her home, where it was found she had sustained slight bruises on the left hand, and her upper lip was slightly cut.

In the 1939 Register the occupants were James Patrick Morris, an overlooker aged 31 and his wife, Elizabeth (nee Brown) aged 29.

Report in the Shipley Times 18 November 1942: -

J. Morris, husband Mrs. E. Morris, of 7 Amelia Street. Saltaire, is serving with the R.A.F. Before volunteering he was employed as a drawing overlooker at Messrs. C. F. Taylor Co.. Ltd., Shipley.

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

1914 to 1924 – William Emsley
1924 to 1938 – the Owen family
1939 to 1948 – Elizabeth & James Patrick Morris
1949 – Mary & George Kirton
1950 – Raynor & Vera Parker
1951 to 1960 – James & Eva Leach

James & Eva Leach had five children. They moved out the house in 1960 as it was too small for the seven of them.

 

8 Amelia Street

No. 8 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to James Wood, an overlooker aged 29, from Horton, Bradford, his wife, Elizabeth aged 25, and three children.

In 1871 the occupants were James Ramsden, a warp dresser aged 43 from Manningham, his wife, Mary, aged 42, and three children aged from 6 to 17. Sarah, the eldest child, worked as a cotton winder.

In 1881 the house was occupied by Seth Shuttleworth, a house painter aged 25 from Bradford, his wife, Margaret, aged 25, and three children, aged one, three & five.

In 1891 John Driver, a seal batter aged 22 from Windhill, and his wife, Rose Ann, a weaver aged 22 from Baildon.

Jane Elizabeth Whittington, aged 21, of 8 Amelia Street, married Herbert Shepherd, a mechanic aged 21 from Windhill, 24 September 1898, at St. Paul’s, Shipley.

In 1901 the house was home to Keziah Barker, a widow aged 60, her spinster daughter, Emily, a worsted spinner aged 35, and her son, Joseph, a “passer of cloth,” aged 22.

From before 1911 to 1947 the house was the home of the Gott family. John Thomas Gott was born in 1879 in Baildon. He married Martha Elizabeth Halliday, 2 February 1901, at St. Pauls Shipley. They had four children: - Harold born 1903, Clarence born 1906, Winifred born 1910, and Jack, born 1913. John was a cloth finisher. He served in WW1 and died 16 October 1919 in Bradford Royal Infirmary. John and Martha's son, Harold Gott, a cloth finisher, married Martha Wilkinson, a weaver of 8 Carlton Avenue 25 June 1927 at St. Peter’s, Shipley. Harold served in WW2. John’s widow, Martha, died in the house in 11 December 1931. In the 1939 Register, their son, Jack, a comb jobber was living in the house with his wife Alice, a comb minder. Jack served in WW2. Jack survived the war he remained in the house until 1947.

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

1914 to 1947 – The Gott Family
1948 to 1952 – Ernest & Winifred Parker
1953 to 1960 – Samuel & Gertrude Chandler

 

9 Amelia Street

No. 9 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to John Unwin, a stone mason aged 49 from Shipley, his wife Catherine aged 48, son David Unwin, an overlooker aged 19, daughter Elizabeth, a drawer aged 16, and daughter Sarah, a spinner aged 14.

In 1871 the occupants were David Holdsworth, a tin & iron plate worker aged 30 from Bradford, his wife Elizabeth aged 29, and children John aged four, and Sarah aged two.

In 1881 head of the house was Jesse Wallbank, a wool sorter aged 28 from Bingley. Living with him was his wife, Elizabeth aged 26, and children, John aged seven, Fanny aged four, and William aged one. They also had living with them, Thomas Wallbank, Jesse’s widowed father.

Report in the Shipley Times 29 September 1883: -

Fire at Saltaire

An outbreak of fire occurred at Saltaire on Monday last but owing to the prompt measures which were taken it was extinguished before very much damage was done. It appears that about half-past two on Monday afternoon, a woman named Jane Hall, living in Amelia Street, observed some smoke issuing from the bedroom of the house No. 9 Amelia Street—which is occupied by Mr. Jessie Wallbank, woolsorter—and she immediately raised an alarm fire. A labouring man who was working close by at the time carried the alarm to the Fire Brigade Station at the Saltaire Mills, and the fire engine was quickly on the scene. The flames were confined to one room, everything in which was burnt, the floor being completely destroyed. The fire is believed to have originated through some children in the house playing with matches, which means it is supposed the bed must have caught fire.

By 1884 head of the house was spinster Sarah Ellen Leach, a weaver born 1 September 1858 in Baildon. She had a daughter, Hannah, in 1882, father unknown. Sadly Hannah died at 9 Amelia Street, 1 November 1884. In 1891 Sarah Ellen was living in the house with her sister, Elizabeth Ann Leach, a weaver aged 20, and her brother, Arthur, an errand boy aged 14. Elizabeth Ann died in the house 4 May 1895 aged 24. In 1901 Sarah Ellen was living in the house with her brother, Arthur, who worked as a wood turner. Living at 9 Amelia Street, Arthur married Hannah Jane Carradice 18 March 1905 at Bradford Cathedral. Arthur died in 1929. In 1911 Sarah Ellen was living alone. She remained in the house until her death in March 1930. Arthur’s widow, Hannah Jane Leach, lived in the house from around 1929 to around 1934.

From 1935 to after 1960 the house was home to the Stephenson family. George Stephenson was born 19 July 1900 in Scarborough. He married May Brook, 23 December 1922, at Providence Chapel, Shipley. She was born 20 May 1899 in Shipley. At the time of their marriage George was a wool carbonizer living at 14 Amelia Street, Saltaire, and May a cheese winder living at 4 Elliot Street, Shipley. They had a daughter, Winifred, born 29 May 1925. In the 1939 Register George was an engineer’s electric crane driver and Winifred was a reacher in (cloth weaving).

Report in the Bradford Observer 8 March 1954: -

SALTAIRE WEAVER HURT

Winifred Stephenson (23), weaver, 9 Amelia Street, Saltaire, was allowed to go home after treatment at Salts Hospital on Saturday (6 May) for concussion and lacerations to the head sustained when she was in collision with a car driven by William Henry Lax, 3 Park Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds.

George Stephenson died 16 January 1957 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bradford. In his will he left £395 to his widow, May. Winifred Stephenson married Czeslaw Koza 4 th qtr. 1960.

 

10 Amelia Street

No. 10 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to Henry Stolworthy, a joiner, at Salt Mills, aged 21 from Fretwell in Norfolk, and his wife Fanny (nee Briggs) aged 20.

In 1871 the house was occupied by Ernest Greaves, a spinning overlooker aged 21, his wife, Lydia aged 20, and children, Albert aged two, and Martha aged three months.

In 1881 head of the house was Isaac Turner, a wool sorter aged 29 from Manningham. Living with him was his wife Mary, aged 28 from Pontefract, and children Elizabeth aged three, and Frederick aged six months.

In 1891 Bessy Womersley was living alone in the house. She was a widow aged 70, born in Skelton, near the city of York.

In 1901, recently married John Thomas Gott, a wool cloth finisher aged 21 from Baildon was living in the house with his wife Martha Elizabeth (nee Halliday) aged 25.

In 1911 the house was home to Willie Dunn, aged 25 and his wife Lottie. Willie was a baker's van man working for E.R. Halford Ltd. Both John Thomas Gott and Willie Dunn lost their lives serving their country in WW1. Willie is buried at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery in Tanzania.

George Dunhill served in WW1 and survived. He lived with his family in the house from 1915 to 1937.

In the 1939 Register the house was home to Albert Carrington, a wool warehouseman aged 37, his wife, Ivy, a wool comb minder aged 31 and their son Brian aged two.

From the Electoral Register 1915 to 1960 the occupants were: -

1915 to 1937 – George Dunhill
1937 to 1939 – Albert & Ivy Carrington
1946 to 1949 – Robert & Lily Paisley
1950 to 1958 – George Harry & Dorothy Burton
1960 – Harry & Gladys Mayes

 

11 Amelia Street

No. 11 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to Jabez Copley, a warehouseman at Salt Mills, aged 39 from Manningham, his wife, Mary, aged 39. They had seven children living with them, aged from 1 to 19.

In the 1871 census the house was occupied by Samuel Sugden, a wool sorter aged 48 from Bradford, his wife Priscilla aged 44, and four children – John, a spinner, aged 9, Joseph aged 8, William aged 6, and Sarah aged nine months. They had lost a son, in the month before the census, when Edward Sugden drowned in the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, 20 March 1871, aged just four years and ten months. The Sugden family remained in the house until after 1891. In the 1881 census, Samuel was out of work, whilst three of his children were mill workers and the other was an apprentice printer. By 1891 Samuel had retired.

In 1901 the occupants were Thomas Dinsdale, a mechanic’s labourer aged 65 and his daughter, Eliza, aged 26.

Mary Craven (nee Baxter), aged 34, of 11 Amelia Street, married Alfred Bishop, labourer aged 35, of 9 Mary Street, Saltaire, 28 October 1905 at St. Paul’s, Shipley.

In 1911 head of the house was Harry Hodgson, a cloth dyer’s labourer aged 40. Living with him was his wife, Mary, aged 35, and three children aged between three and nine.

In the 1939 Register the occupants were Alma Riley, a wool warehouseman aged 50, his wife Florence Annie (nee Swift) aged 49, and their daughter Ethel, a drawer aged 26. They also had living with them Margerie Gathing, a drawer aged 22.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 8 April 1942: -

At the Shipley Bethel Baptist Church, on Easter Monday (6 April), the wedding took place between Mr. David Close, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Close, 22 Ferncliffe Road, Bramley, and Mrs. Annie Wyatt, 11 Amelia Street, Saltaire. The bride, was given away by her uncle (Mr. A. Riley).

Alma Riley died in the house 19 July 1964. In his will he left £1,080 to his widow.

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

1914 to 1915 – Harry Hodgson
1918 to 1919 – Samuel & Mary Askham
1919 – Florence Wilson
1921 – Smith Senior
1922 to 1932 – Albert & Minnie Taylor
1933 to 1935 – John & Ivy Batton Murphy
1936 to 1960 – Alma & Florence Riley

 

12 Amelia Street

No. 12 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to William Laycock, a machine tenter aged 34 from Addingham, his wife Isabella (nee White), aged 34 from Darlington, County Durham, and four children – William, a machine tenter aged 15, Nathan, a doffer aged 12, Mary Jane aged 8, and Thomas Laycock, aged 2.

In 1871 William Earnshaw, a labourer aged 45 from Halifax, was living in the house with his wife, Alice, a weaver aged 45 from Skipton.

In the 1881, 1891 & 1901 Censuses the house was occupied by the Smith spinster sisters from Bingley, who all worked as weavers. Elizabeth was born c1836, Sarah c1837, and Mary c1838. In 1881 all three were living in the house. In 1891 there was just Elizabeth & Sarah. In 1901 there was just Elizabeth, as Sarah died in the house, 3 October 1894. Boarding with Elizabeth was Ann Lightfoot a widow aged 54 from Bingley. Ann died in the house in May 1907.

In 1911 head of the house was Annie Halliday, a widowed weaver aged 48 from Shropshire. Living with her were four of her children, all born in Baildon. Joseph was a mill jobber aged 16, Lettia was a spinner aged 14, Willie was 12, and Ivy was 10.

In the 1939 Register the house was home to Herbert William Frank, a motor lorry driver aged 32, his wife, Eva, aged 35, and their son, Thomas, aged four.

Report in the Shipley Times 23 February 1955: -

SHIPLEY BOY HURT

David Moss, aged 11, of 6 Trenance Drive, Shipley, was injured by a coal lorry driven by Jack Maudsley, 12 Amelia Street, Saltaire, on Wednesday (16 February). He was taken to Salts Hospital, where he was treated for abrasions to the face and knees and was then allowed to go home. The accident occurred at the junction of Bingley Road and Victoria Road.

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

1914 to 1915 – Arthur Wardman
1918 – Clara Ann Wildman
1919 to 1931 – Willie Thorpe
1932 to 1935 – John Edward Free
1936 to 1950 – Herbert William & Eva Frank
1951 – Elizabeth Atkinson & Fred William Court
1952 to 1953 – Elizabeth Atkinson
1954 to 1960 – Jack & Alice Maudsley

 

13 Amelia Street

No. 13 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 & 1871 censuses the house was home to Samuel Field and his wife, Sarah. Samuel, who worked as a machine tenter and a machine comber, was born c1802 in Devon, and Sarah was born c1807 in Warwickshire. In 1861 they had three daughters living with them, all born in Bradford. Jane was a spinner born 1837; Eliza a comber born c1841; Emma a spinner born c1848. In 1871 Jane & Emma remained with them.

In 1881 the house was occupied by James Gillings, a card grinder aged 33 from Whitehaven in Cumberland, and his wife, Martha, aged 35 from Cottingley. They had boarding with them, spinster Martha Excell, a rover aged 22 from Idle.

In 1891 census (5 April) the occupants were John Monaghan, a dyer, aged 50, from Ireland, his Yorkshire born wife, Isabella, aged, 45, daughter Mary Ann, a weaver aged 25, born in Horsforth, and son William Harry, aged two, born in Saltaire. Sadly, William Harry died in the house, 21 May 1891, aged two years five months.

Thomas Robert Lane died in the house in 1894 aged 40. He was buried 3 April at St John the Evangelist, Baildon.

In 1901 & 1911 the house was home to unmarried John Greenbury and his spinster sister, Annie Greenbury. They were both born in Suffolk; John in 1868, Annie in 1862. John was a weftman, Annie was a weaver. In 1906 John was a member of the new Gospel Hall in Bolton Woods.

In 1921, head of the house was Sarah Hogan, a widow aged 63 from Bingley. Living with her were: -
Annie Hogan – spinster daughter aged 31, a weaver at Saltaire Mills.
Mary Railton (nee Hogan) - married daughter aged 23, also a weaver at Saltaire Mills.
Harry Railton – husband of Mary – he was a cloth finisher aged 30, working at Stockbridge Finishing Co. in Keighley.
Dorothy Railton – daughter of Mary & harry, aged ten months.

In the 1939 Register the occupants were George Morrell, a retired stone mason born 8 September 1865 and his wife, Alice, born 19 February 1877. George died in the house 19 May 1940.

In April 1946, Margaret Elizabeth Lightfoot, of 13 Amelia Street, was a passenger in a fatal car crash in Shipley. She only suffered minor injuries.

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

1914 to 1919 – John Greenbury
1920 – Elizabeth Firth
1921 to 1926 – Sarah Hogan & Harry Railton
1927 to 1928 – Sarah Hogan
1929 to 1934 – Sarah Hogan & Annie Hogan (with Harry Lane 1932-34)
1935 to 1939 – George & Mary Alice Morrell
1946 – Margaret Elizabeth Lightfoot
1947 to 1952 – Mary Eastwood & James Edward Lightfoot
1953 to 1954 – James Edward Lightfoot
1955 to 1960 – George Vernon & Joan Orvis

 

14 Amelia Street

No. 14 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to Susannah Butterfield, a widow aged 56 from Shipley, her spinster daughter, Margaret, who was a weaver aged 25, and her granddaughter, Susannah, aged nine. Also living with them was 90 year old widower, John Butterfield, who was Susannah’s father-in-law.

In 1871 the occupants were John Johnson, a wool sorter aged 36 from Bradford, his wife, Martha, aged 36, and four children aged from nine months to ten years.

From before 1881 to after 1911 the house was home to John Rhodes and his family. John was born in 1837 in Burley-in-Wharfedale. He worked as a warehouseman, a labourer and a carter. He married Hannah Pitts 24 May 1868 at Bradford Cathedral. They had a son, Thom, born in 1869, and a daughter, Florence, born in 1874. Hannah died in the house in 1907.

Report in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph 30 November 1917: -

Fred Stephenson (43), a labourer of 14 Amelia Street, Saltaire, died at the Saltaire Hospital on Wednesday (28 November).

He was employed by Messrs. F. Wigglesworth and Co, when in handling a piece of wood a splinter pierced the forefinger of the right hand, blood poisoning supervening.

In the 1921 Census the occupants were: -

Ruth Stephenson – aged 42, (widow of Fred Stephenson) born in Suffield near Scarborough.
Reuben Watson (Stephenson) – bookkeeper at Saltaire Mills, born in Suffield aged 23.
George Stephenson – hopper feeder at Shipley Carbonising Co., born in Scarborough aged 20.
Elsie Stephenson – weaver at Saltaire Mills, born in Scarborough aged 19.
Frederick Stephenson – working in Saltaire Mills, born in Scarborough aged 12.

In the 1939 Register, Annie Hogan, a weaver, born 31 May 1890, was living in the house with Harry Lane, a painter born 13 July 1888. They were married in 1942. Harry died in the house, 8 August 1947. He was cremated/buried four days later in Scholemoor Cemetery.

Ellen Elizabeth Duncalf died in the house between 9 January & 11 January 1970. In her will she left £1,063.

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

1914 to 1917 – Fred Stephenson
1918 to 1922 – Ruth Stephenson & Reuben Watson
1923 to 1929 – Ruth Stephenson (with Elsie Roe in 1929)
1930 to 1934 – Ruth & Frederick Stephenson
1935 to 1942 – Annie Hogan & Harry Lane
1942 to 1947 – Annie & Harry Lane
1948 to 1949 – Annie Lane
1949 to 1960 – Ellen Elizabeth Duncalf

 

15 Amelia Street

No. 15 Amelia Street was built around 1854.

In the 1861 census the house was home to spinster sisters, Ann & Mary Dean, from Haworth. Ann was a housekeeper aged 50, and Mary a weaver aged 42.

In 1871 the occupants were Joseph Metcalfe, a wool washer aged 44 from Bainbridge in North Yorkshire, his wife, Clara, aged 37, and six children aged from 2 months to 15 years.

John Bartle died in the house, 23 December 1876, aged 58.

In 1881 the house was lived in by George Myers, a wool sorter aged 28 from Burley, his wife, Mary, a factory hand aged 24, and their son, Ernest aged 1. They had a son, Arthur, born in 1882. He died in 1884 and he was buried, 24 November, at St. Paul’s, Shipley. Mary died before 1891. In 1891 widower George was living in the house with his 11-year-old-son Ernest, who was a spinner. (Ernest emigrated to America in 1905.)

In 1901 head of the house was Mary Slingsby, a widow aged 66 from Horsforth. Living with her were her daughters, Annie aged 28, and Mary aged 24. They both worked as mohair reelers.

In 1911 it was home to Henry Firth, a cloth finisher aged 24, his wife, Harriet, aged 25, and their son William aged 3.

From before 1918 to her death 13 May 1943 the house was home to spinster Emma Yates, born 13 October 1866. In 1921 she was a weaver working at Saltaire Mills. In the 1939 Register she had living with her Sydney Brook, a machine iron moulder born 19 May 1894. Sydney remained in the house until after 1960.

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

1914 to 1915 – Henry Firth
1918 to 1937 – Emma Yates
1938 to 1943 – Emma Yates & Sydney Brook
1943 to 1960 – Sydney Brook

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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