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Abbey, Florrie nee Halliday
4 June 1904 – 1984

Florrie Halliday was the daughter of Frederick Halliday. Frederick was an illegitimate child born, 3 May 1876, in a workhouse in Clayton. Frederick married Sarah Jane Miller, 26 June 1897, at All Saints, Bingley. At the time Frederick was a warehouseman living at 13 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

Florrie, the fourth of six children, was born, 4 June 1904, in Saltaire. She was baptised 13 July 1904 at St. Paul’s Shipley.

The family lived in several houses in Saltaire as follows: -

8 July 1899 – 24 Caroline Street (now 44 Mary Street)
24 August 1900 – 21 Herbert Street
6 November 1903 – 11 Whitlam Street
12 March 1908 – 23 Ada Street
20 April 1910 – 27 Jane Street

In the 1921 Census, Florrie was a junior clerk and assistant typist and her father a foreman warpdresser. They were both working at Saltaire Mills. She married Norman Abbey, 9 August 1924, at St Peter’s, Shipley. He was born, 23 April 1903, in Baildon. They had a son, Raymond, born 9 March 1930.

From before 1930 to around 1947, they lived at 8 Stone Fold, Baildon. In the 1939 Register, Florrie was a burler & mender, and Raymond was a builder’s labourer. In 1948 they were at 1 Denby Drive, Baildon. From around 1955 to after 1960 they were at 8 Jane Hills, Shipley.

Norman died in 1976. Florrie died in 1984.


Abbott, Alice
16 April 1890 – 27 March 1975

Alice Abbott was the daughter of Thomas Abbott. Thomas was born c1850 at Dacre Banks (near Harrogate). Working as a bricklayer Thomas married Elizabeth Thorp, 2 November 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 & 1891 they lived at 13 Dove Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a brewer.

Alice, the youngest of 5 children, was born 16 April 1890 in Saltaire. Her mother, Elizabeth, died 3 May 1898 and her father, Thomas, died 17 June 1901. They were buried together in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley.

In 1901 Alice was living with her grandparents, Joseph and Mary Ann Thorp at 36 Dove Street in Saltaire. By 1911 she was living with her spinster Aunt, Mary Thorp at 5 William Henry Street; Alice lived here for the rest of her life.

In March 1953 Alice, a weaver, attended a presentation at Saltaire Mills for having served 50 years. She was presented with National Saving Certificates. Alice, who never married, died 27 March 1975. She left £7,393 (worth c£62k) in her will.


Abbott, Jeremiah
24 September 1833 – 1910

Jeremiah Abbott was the son of George Abbott. George was born c1812 in Menston. He married Martha Boocock 23 August 1830 at All Saints in Otley.

Jeremiah, the elder of two children, was born in Menston 24 September 1833 and baptised 22 December 1833 at all Saints, Otley. In 1851 the family were living in Bradford with George working as a woolcomber.

Jeremiah married Selina Holdsworth 20 January 1866 at Bradford Cathedral. They had at least four children. In 1871 they were living at 23 Albert Terrace in Saltaire with Jeremiah working as a warehouseman.  By 1881 they had moved to 13 Herbert Street; Jeremiah was a gatekeeper at Salt’s Mill. In 1891 they were living at 63 George Street. By 1901 Jeremiah had retired and he was living with his wife in Baildon. Selina died in 1909 and Jeremiah in 1910.

Report from the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer Friday 2 December 1910 as follows: -

The funeral took place at Windhill Cemetery, of the late Mr. Jeremiah Abbott, age 77, of 3 Lowerholme, Woodbottom, Baildon. The deceased has led an interesting life, having been in the Army, and took part in the following skirmishes —Crimean war, Indian Mutiny, and the North-Western Frontier of India. Mr. Abbott received clasps for bravery in the battles of Inkerman and Sebastopol. He also fought in the battles of the Indian Mutiny, Cawnpore, Delhi, and Umballa.
The deceased was employed at Saltaire Mills for about 30 years as gatekeeper. Several wreaths were sent from local gentlemen, amongst which was a beautiful wreath from Mr. G. Waud.  


Ackroyd, John
1850 – 31 December 1914

John Ackroyd was the son of Samuel Ackroyd. Samuel was born c1895 in Cullingworth. He married Grace Wilson, 9 July 1849, at All Saints, Bingley. They had three children.

John, their eldest child, was born in 1850 in Cullingworth. In 1851 the family were living in Cullingworth, with Samuel working as a wool sorter. In 1861 they were living at 13 Helen Street, Saltaire, where 11 year old John was working at Saltaire Mills as an alpaca spinner. Samuel died in 1867. In 1871 John was a warp twister living his mother and siblings at 28 Helen Street.

John married Myra Elizabeth Murgatroyd, 14 December 1872, at Bradford Cathedral. They had at least five children. In 1881 they were living at 4 Shirley Street; in 1891 at 2 Gordon Terrace.

Myra died 24 January 1895, aged 39. She was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley.

In 1901 widower John was living with his children at 17 Gordon Terrace. He married Clara Pratt, 4 March 1905, at St Mary, Manningham. Clara was ten years younger than John. In 1911 they were living at 17 Shirley Street, with John retired from work. He died 31 December 1914 and was buried alongside his first wife.

Clara died 20 January 1922 at 16 Helen Street. She was buried alongside John.


Alderson, Albert
11 October 1918 – 23 February 1971

 Albert Alderson was born, 11 October 1918, in Barnsley. He was the youngest of eight children of Lucy Oates and Herbert Alderson. In 1911 Herbert was a coal miner living with his family in Barnsley.

Around 1920 they moved to 13 Constance Street in Saltaire.

In the 1921 Census, Herbert was a gateman for Scotts Motor Cycle Co., in Hirst Wood, Shipley. In the 1939 Register Albert was an apprentice textile overlooker, living with his parents at 13 Constance Street, Saltaire.

Albert married Mary Stead, 24 October 1942, at St Peter’s, Shipley. The Saltaire Mills Home Guard, of which Albert was a member, formed a Guard of Honour. The couple had a daughter, Janet, and a son, Graham.

From 1945 to 1948 they lived at 20 Caroline Street, Saltaire.

Albert died, 23 February 1971, and he was buried/cremated in the family grave in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley.


Alderson, Herbert
8 May 1875 – 1952

Herbert Alderson was the son of John Alderson. John was born c1853 in Barnsley. He married Margaret Bashforth, 20 October 1873, at St John the Baptist, Barnsley.

Herbert, the eldest of four children, was born, 8 May 1875, in Barnsley. The family lived in Barnsley with John working as a coal miner. Herbert married Lucy Oates, 25 December 1896, at St John the Baptist, Barnsley. They had at least eleven children, with two dying in infancy – Ethel (b1899), Eleanor (1901), Annie (1903), Florence (1905), Margaret (1907), Frank (1911), Elsie (1914), and Albert (1918), and Herbert jnr. (1922). In 1911 Herbert was a coal miner living with his family in Barnsley.

Herbert spent a month in H.M.P. Wakefield in 1911. He was committed for the “clandestine removal of furniture.”  

Around 1920 they moved to 13 Constance Street in Saltaire. In the 1921 Census, Herbert was a gateman working for Scotts Motor Cycle Co., in Hirst Wood, Shipley. In the 1939 Register he was employed as a labourer.

By 1939 they had moved to 13 Constance Street in Saltaire with Herbert employed as a labourer.

Report from Shipley Times 1 January 1947 as follows: -

Saturday was a great day for the 27 members of the family of Mr and Mrs H Alderson of 13 Constance Street, who celebrated their golden wedding on that day. It was the first time that the family had been all together for fourteen years.
Mr and Mrs Alderson entertained over 80 guests to a sumptuous tea at the New Regal Ballroom, Shipley, and later wound up the very special celebration in a room of the Trades’ Hall, Shipley. Mr. Ted Totty sang solos, and impromptu entertainment contributed to a notable event. Mr. and Mrs. Alderson have seven daughters, two sons and eight grandchildren, and Mr. Alderson is at present employed at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd. Interviewed by our reporter, Mr. Alderson stated that he had served in the Boer War (1899-1902), the 1914-18 war and had “firewatched in't last do!”

Both Herbert and Lucy died in 1952 and they were buried at Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley.


Alderson, Percy Hargreaves
15 April 1884 – 20 January 1908

Percy Hargreaves Alderson was the son of Edward Alderson. Edward was born c1856 in Shipley. He married Mary Binns 31 January 1877 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1881 they were living at 6 Queens Street in Shipley with Edward employed as commercial wool clerk.

Percy, the third of six children, was born 15 April 1884 in Shipley. He was baptised 25 May 1884 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 17 Victoria Road & 11 Titus Street in Saltaire. (These houses were next to each other; 17 Victoria Road are shop premises.) Edward was working as a tailor, a draper and a wool buyer.

Mary, wife and mother, died 31 Jan 1877. She was buried in St Paul’s Lower Churchyard. In 1901 widowed Edward and his children were at 71 Manor Lane in Shipley with Edward working as a wool commission agent and Percy as a wool sorter.

Percy died 20 January 1908 and was buried with his mother.

Report from the Shipley Times Friday 24 January 1908 as follows: -

Much sympathy has been expressed with Mr. Edward Alderson and his family, of Manor lane, in the bereavement they have suffered this week.
One of Mr. Alderson’s sons, Mr. Percy Hargreaves Alderson, who is in his 24th year, died on Monday, after week’s illness, which commenced with a severe cold. Pleurisy, followed by pneumonia, afterwards set in, with fatal results.
The death of deceased was a great shock to his fellow workmen at the wool sorting department at Saltaire Mills, and also to his many other friends, amongst whom were the members of St. Paul's Young Men Association, in which organisation he took an active interest in, he being connected with the cricket, football, and swimming clubs. The deceased was shortly to have been married to a Bradford young lady.

In his will Percy left £148 to his father.


Allen, Albert

Allen, Albert - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Ambler, Holdsworth
1842 – 25 November 1920

Holdsworth Ambler was the son of James Ambler. James was born c1798 in Yeadon. He married Jane Leach 2 February 1820 at All Saint’s Otley. They had at least seven children.

Holdsworth, their second youngest child, was born 1842 in Yeadon. In 1851 they were living in Yeadon with James working as clothier. In 1861 they were living in Idle.

Holdsworth married Hannah Unwin 31 December 1863 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. Hannah died in 1864. Widowed Holdsworth married Ellen Dawson 4 July 1865 at Bradford Cathedral. They had eight children, but four died in infancy. In 1871 they were living at 24 Princess Street in Shipley with Holdsworth employed as a mechanic. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at 3 Daisy Place in Saltaire.

In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 3 Maddocks Street in Shipley. One of their sons, Benjamin, a butcher, emigrated to Canada between 1901 and 1911. Benjamin served in WW1 as a Private with the 124th Battalion of the Canadian Oversees Expeditionary Force.

Report from Shipley Times Friday 24 June 1904: -

An Outing and a Presentation

On Saturday last the weaving overlookers of the Saltaire Mills made Ripon the venue of their annual outing. After the usual drive and tour of the beautiful grounds of Studley Royal, justice was done to a capital repast at the Black Bull Hotel.

Tea over, Mr Ellis was voted to the chair, and gave the loyal toast. “Success to the firm,” was entrusted to Mr H. Ambler, who coupled with the toast the name of Mr Harry Roberts. Mr Ambler hoped the career of Mr Roberts, jun., which had just commenced at the mill, would be eminently successful, and that trade would continue to be brisk and prosperous. Mr Harry Roberts, in reply, thanked those present for their expressions of goodwill towards himself, and joined them in their wishes for the continued success of the firm.

An interesting presentation was then made by Mr Edwin Holdsworth. This consisted of a gold mounted walking stick, a silver match box, a pipe, and a pouch, which had been subscribed for by the wearing overlookers, to express the esteem and respect in which they hold Mr Holdsworth Ambler. A second pouch had been sent by one or two of the weavers. The walking stick was suitably inscribed, and it explained that Mr Ambler had seen fifty years unbroken service at the Saltaire Mills. Mr Holdsworth, in making the presentation, made and interesting speech, and Mr Ambler’s reply brought the formalities to a close.

By 1914 Holdsworth and his wife were living with their son, Harold, at 4 Thompson Street in Shipley.

Holdsworth died 25 November 1920. In his will he left £840 17s 9d to his widow and his son Harold. [Worth c£37,000 in 2019.]


Ambler, Thomas
1842 – 26 October 1910

Thomas Ambler was born 1842 in Bradford. He married Hannah Mason 31 December 1864 at Bradford Cathedral. They had a son, Joseph, who died 18 November 1866 aged just six months. They had another son, Herbert Holgate who was born in 1867. In 1871 & 1881 they were living with Hannah’s mother at 10 Alexandra Square in Shipley. Thomas worked as a twister and Hannah as a weaver.

Report from the Leeds Times 16 July 1877 as follows: -

Thomas Ambler was brought up at the West Riding Court on Monday, charged with stealing a box of cigars, the property of Miles Halliwell, on the 6th July.
Prosecutor, a beer housekeeper of Shipley, missed the box of cigars from a cupboard in his house, and taxed prisoner with stealing it. Prisoner then admitted the offence and showed prosecutor where he had out it.
There was a second charge against the prisoner of stealing three pieces of cloth from mill of Sir Titus Salt, at Saltaire, which had been given him to clean the machinery. Prisoner said he picked it up in the yard.
The Bench, taking into consideration Ambler’s good character, sentenced him to one month’s hard labour.

In 1891 Thomas was living with his wife and son at 6a Saltaire Road in Shipley. By 1901 they had moved to 5 Cowling Street where they would spend the rest of their lives. Thomas died 26 October 1910 and was buried in St Paul’s Lower Churchyard. Hannah died 23 May 1918.


Ambler, William
19 August 1811 – 16 October 1882

William Ambler was the son of Benjamin Ambler.

William was born 19 August 1811 in Leeds. He married Mary Ann Dunwell 23 October 1835 at St Peter’s, Leeds. They had no children. From before 1861 until his death William lived at 42 George Street (re-numbered 68) in Saltaire. He was Chief Engineer at Salt’s Mill when it opened in 1853 and held that position until he died. His wife, Mary Ann died 6 August 1872 and was buried in St Paul’s churchyard in Shipley.

Widower, William married Emma Frances Walton, a lady 22 years younger than him, 26 August 1873. William died 16 October 1882.

Report in the Shipley Times 21 October 1882 as follows: -

An extremely sudden death occurred in this district on Monday evening last, in the person of Mr. William Ambler, of 68 George Street, Saltaire, who occupied the position of chief engineer at the works of Sir Titus Salt, Sons, & Co., at Saltaire.
Mr. Ambler left home about seven o’clock on the night mentioned, in his usual health and spirits, to attend a private conference of a few friends at the house of the Rev. Jessop, superintendent minister of the Shipley Wesleyan Circuit, at Hall Royd, Shipley.
After being there about two hours, Mr. Ambler was taken very ill, and Mr. Ellis was called in, but before he could arrive life was extinct. The deceased was then removed to his home in a cab, and Dr. Smyth, who had attended Mr Ambler for a lengthened period, gave a certificate for interment, attributing the cause of death to disease of the heart. The necessity for holding an inquest has thus been obviated. The deceased, who had attained his 71st year, had been under the care of Dr. Smyth for a considerable time, and had latterly shown symptoms of heart disease.
He was a most earnest worker in connection with the Wesleyan body in this district, and his name appears the Quarterly “Plan” of the Shipley Circuit to preach at Baildon Green to-morrow (Sunday). He was made a class leader at Shipley in June 1853; and was a local preacher prior to that time.
On moving to Saltaire he commenced to take a very active interest in the welfare of the Wesleyan Chapel here, and this interest he continued to show up to his death. It was mainly through his instrumentality, combined with the earnest efforts of other fellow workers, that the splendid new schools in Titus Street were erected.
As an engineer, the deceased was looked to with confidence by his employers, and his advice was esteemed and valued by largo circle of friends. He came to this district from Hunslet, and for a time took up his residence at Bradford, where he identified himself with Wesleyans worshipping at Kirkgate. He subsequently accepted an appointment at Hargreaves mill, Shipley. He left that employment to take the position of chief engineer at the Saltaire Mills on their being opened in the year 1853, and he performed the duties of this position with untiring energy and skill up to Monday last. The deceased was highly and widely respected, and it is believed that large numbers will attend, to show their respect, at the funeral which is to take place to-day (Saturday), at St. Paul’s Church graveyard.

Report in the Shipley Times 28 October 1882 as follows: -

On Saturday last the mortal remains of the late Mr. William Ambler, who came to his end so suddenly last Monday week, were interred in St. Paul’s Churchyard, Shipley, in the presence of several thousands of spectators.
The funeral cortege, besides the relatives and close friends, of the deceased, embraced the members of the class of which he had been the leader for so long, the foremen of the different departments at the Saltaire Mills, clerks, engineers, and a large number of the workpeople at the same place, in addition to representatives of the Oddfellows’ Friendly Society, and the Engineers’ Friendly Society, trustees, local preachers, class leaders, Sunday School teachers, and a great number of members of the congregation of the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.
The corpse having been conveyed from George Street to the Wesleyan Chapel by the engineers who worked under the deceased at Saltaire Mills, a short service was gone through. The “Dead March in Said was played on the organ, and a couple of suitable hymns were sung. A lesson was read by the Rev. F. R. Bell, and a short funeral oration was delivered by the Rev. Peter Mackenzie. The solemn procession, numbering between two and three hundred people, left the chapel shortly before 4 o’clock, and slowly wended its way to St. Paul’s Church. There were six mourning coaches, in the first of which were seated Mrs. Ambler, the widow; Mr. W. B. Ambler, of Sheffield, and Mr. John Ambler, of Cleckheaton, nephews of the deceased; Mrs. Isaac Ambler, sister-in-law, and Mr. Jefferson, brother-in-law to the deceased. Arrived at the Church, the funeral party was met the vicar, the Rev. W. Kelly, who read the church burial service and interred the corpse.
We understand that the widow of the deceased, bearing in mind that her late husband objected to Mr. Osborne Morgan’s Burial Act, decided not to avail herself of the provisions of that Act, but to have the burial performed according to the rites of the Established Church. The members of the Bradford Engineers’ Friendly Society bore the corpse from the hearse into the Church, and thence to the grave. The coffin was made of pitch pine, highly polished, with brass mountings, and the inscription plate bore the words, William Ambler, born August 19th, 1811; died October 16th, 1882.” Several beautiful wreaths and bunches of flowers and leaves were placed upon the coffin. One wreath was sent from Milner Field, and one was the last token of respect of the members of Mr. Ambler’s class. The esteem in which the deceased was held was abundantly evidenced by the presence of such a large number of people at the graveside, and the many expressions of regret which were indulged in. Mr. Stephenson, of Saltaire, had charge of the funeral arrangements, and carried them out successfully. A tea was provided in the Saltaire Wesleyan Schoolroom, to which all who bad attended the funeral were invited, and about 160 people accepted the invitation.

William was buried alongside his first wife, Mary Ann. His second wife, Emma Francis died in 1915 when she was living in the Workhouse Infirmary at Clayton.


Anderson, Rose (nee Appleby)
24 June 1892 – 6 April 1955

Rose Appleby was the daughter of James Appleby. James was born c1867 in Hampsthwaite. He married Mary Jane Calvert, 28 July 1889, in Bradford Cathedral.

Rose, the second of eight surviving children, was born, 24 June 1892, in Stockton, County Durham. In 1901 the family were living in Killinghall near Harrogate, with James working as a stone quarryman. By 1911 they had moved to 23 Jane Street in Saltaire with James working as a labourer and Rose as a cloth warper. The family remained there until after 1918.

Rose married Willie Anderson, 18 April 1914, at St Peters Shipley. In 1918 Willie & Rose were living at 21 Amelia Street in Saltaire. They had at least three children including Jonathan, born in 1919, and James, born in 1927. Willie served in and survived WW1.

In the 1921 Census the family remained at 21 Amelia Street. Rose worked at Saltaire Mills as a cloth warper. Willie was a heating engineer working in his father’s business, Jonathan Anderson & Sons, in Bradford. Living with living with them was Rose’s bother, John Appleby, his wife Jenny, and their son, George.

Willie died in 1928. Widow Rose lived at 2 William Henry Street, Saltaire from before 1935 to 1954. Living at 22 Birklands Road, Shipley, Rose died, 6 April 1955, at Salt’s Hospital.

In her will she left £858 17s 5d to her son Jonathan, a heating engineer.


Anderton, Arthur
27 May 1892 – 1978

Arthur Anderton was the son of John Anderton. John was born c1872 in Bingley. He married Edith Amelia Scott in 1892 in Keighley district.

Arthur, the eldest of seven children, was born 27 May 1892 in Bingley. He was baptised 6 July 1892 at Wesleyan Chapel in Bingley. The family lived in Bingley with John working as a warp dresser.

Arthur married Ethel Matilda Debsdale, 11 April 1914, at Christchurch Windhill. They had a daughter and a son, Eric, born 15 April 1925. In 1939 they were living at 11 Hirst Lane in Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 7 August 1957 as follows: -

The local Co-operative movement is losing two staunch supporters and workers by the departure for Devon, of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderton. of Hirst Lane. Mr. Anderton has served on the Board of the Windhlll Co-operative Society since 1941, and Mrs. Anderton has been member of the Cooperative Guild for over 30 years. They are leaving for retirement at Cheriton Fitzpaine.
A former employee at Salts (Saltaire). Ltd. Mr. Anderton moved to Bradford where he was a weaving overlooker at Smith's, Broad Lane Mills. He has been on the executive of the Airedale District Council of the Co-operative Society, served on the Hours and Wages Board and was a member of the committee that formed the Airedale Co-operative Bakery.
The couple have lived in Shipley all their married life - 43 years. They have both been connected with the Labour party in the town and at different times have both unsuccessfully contested the West Ward for that party. Mrs. Anderton also served on the Old Rateable Value Committee. They have recently been staying at their son’s home at 5 Oakfleld Terrace, off Carr Lane, Windhill. On Thursday evening, July 25th. Mr. Anderton entertained members of the Co-operative Board, and was presented with a Parker ‘51’ fountain pen for the work he had done. Mr. Anderton left on Saturday for his new home in Devon, where he will be living near to his daughter. Mrs Anderton will be following shortly as soon as their cottage is ready.

Arthur died in Devon in 1978.


Andrews, Fred
10 May 1877 – 1952

Fred Andrews was the son of Thomas Andrews. Thomas Andrews was born c1837 in Heaton. He married Elizabeth Todd 9 October 1859 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1861 they were living in Idle with Thomas working as a blacksmith. By 1871 they had moved to Heaton.

Fred, the youngest of four children, was born 10 May 1877. His father died later the same year. Fred lived with his widowed mother in Heaton. In 1891 he was working as a silk spinner.

Fred married Emma Hustler 7 June 1902 at St Philip’s, Girlington. In 1911 he was an order clerk living with Emma at 36 Anvil Street in Bradford.
Working at Saltaire Mills Fred did not serve in WW1.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 17 May 1918 as follows: -

Sixty-eight cases from Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire, were disposed of last Friday night by the Shipley Tribunal. Coun. T. Hill, J.P., presiding.
Postponements to various dates were given to the following (including) Fred Andrews, 40, married, Grade 1, Warehouse order clerk, D department.

Fred died in 1952.


Andrews, Lilyan (nee Armitage)
1871 – 30 July 1926

Lilyan Armitage was the daughter of Joseph Armitage. Joseph was born 13 June 1864 in Clayton. He married Eliza (date of marriage and maiden name unknown). They had at least 10 children.

Lilyan was born 1871 in Saltaire. Joseph was a bootmaker, in 1871 he lived with his family and ran a shop at 37 Titus Street in Saltaire. By 1881 they had moved to a shop at 14 Victoria Road.

Report from Shipley Times Saturday 3 December 1887 as follows: -

Lilly Armitage (16), Victoria Road, Saltaire, is in Salt’s Hospital with a lacerated arm, the result of a breakage of the machine at Saltaire Mills, where she was employed weaving on Saturday morning.

Lilyan’s father died 3 February 1902 and her mother died 11 January 1911. Lilyan married Aquila Andrews in 1909. In 1911 they were living at 33 Avondale Place in Shipley with Aquila working as a paper and canvas merchant.

Lilyan died 30 July 1926 and she was buried with her parents in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley.


Angus, Joss

Angus, Joss - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Angus, Thomas Gibson

Angus, Thomas Gibson - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Armitage, Alan

Armitage, Alan - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Armstrong, George Brooksbank

Armstrong, George Brooksbank - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Ashcroft, Rose (nee Cash)
1897 –1923

Rose Cash was born in 1897 in Keelby, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire, to Margaret Culley & Henry Cash

In 1911 Rose was living with her mother, who was a school cleaner, and her sisters in Keelby. By 1920 they had moved to 31 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. In 1921, Rose was a drawer working in Saltaire Mills.

Rose married James Thomas Ashcroft, 1 August 1921, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. James was a miner, aged 24, living in Hemsworth. They had a daughter, Irene, born in 1921.Rose died in 1923.


Atkinson, Fred
7 June 1869 – 1961

Fred Atkinson was the son of Alfred Atkinson. Alfred was born c1844 in Bradford. He married Caroline Wilkinson in 1867 in Bradford.

Fred, the second of 13 children, was born 7 June 1869 in Bowling. The family lived in Bowling with Alfred working as a warp dresser.

Fred married Emmeline Brearley 13 August 1892. They had three children; Herbert (b1893), Gladys (b1896) and a child who died as in infant. Herbert served in WW1. Fred worked as a warp dresser. They lived in the following houses: -
1901 – 18 Shirley Street, Saltaire
1911 – 14 Albert Road (re-numbered 27)
1914 – 15 Albert Road (re-numbered 29)
1932 – 71 Albert Road
1937 to 1961 – 26 Albert Avenue, Shipley

Report from Shipley Times 13 August 1952 as follows: -

A family party held at their home today (Wednesday), will mark the diamond wedding celebrations of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Atkinson, of 26 Albert Avenue, Shipley.
Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, whose ages are 83 and 79 respectively, are natives of West Bowling. and came to live in Shipley 58 years ago when Mr. Atkinson worked at Salts Mill. He worked there until 1936 when he left to work at Bradford Lane Mills, as a warp dresser. Mr. Atkinson is one of the few remaining founder members of the Bradford and District Warp Dressers’ Association which was formed in the late 80 s. and he is still a member. He has been the recipient of two presentations, the first when he left Salts Mill and on his retirement from Broad Lane Mills in 1942.
Mr. Atkinson is a keen amateur gardener and has had a long connection with the Allotment Holders' Association. He was chairman of the Northcliffe Association during the first world war, and after the war he was made chairman of the Saltaire Association. He was later made a life member in recognition of his services to the Association and this year he is serving as its president. He was the first member of the Association to represent the allotment holders on Shipley Council when the appointment first came into force in 1923. Mr. Atkinson still spends most of his time looking after his garden.
He is a member of a family of 13 brothers and sisters; four brothers and four sisters are still living. Two of the brothers live in America When six met a birthday party recently their total ages were 808.
Mrs. Atkinson still does all her own housework except the heavy washing. They have one married daughter Mrs. M Bailey, who lives at Peterborough. A married son died three years ago They have four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Fred died in 1961; Emmeline in 1968.


Atkinson, Herbert

Atkinson, Herbert - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Atkinson, William
c1842 – 24 February 1895

William Atkinson was the son of Edward Atkinson. Edward married Alice Harrison 21 February 1836 at Bradford Cathedral.

William, the second of three children, was born c1842 in Bradford. His father, Edward, died in 1845. In 1851 widowed Alice was living with her three children in Bradford. In 1861 they were living in Saltaire Road with William working as a weaver. Alice died in 1886.

William married Frances Mary Hartley 16 May 1869 at Bradford Cathedral. They had one son, Harrison, born in 1871 when they were living at 15 Edward Street (re-numbered 20) in Saltaire, with William working as a weaver. By 1881 they had moved to 2 Mary Street and William was working in Salt’s Mill as a wool sorter. William died 24 February 1895.

Report in Shipley Times 2 March 1895 as follows: -

William Atkinson (54), wool washer, of 2 Mary Street, Saltaire, has died suddenly, under conditions which indicate that his death was due to woolsorters’ disease.
Atkinson, who was employed at the Saltaire Mills in washing mohair, was at work on Friday last, but on Saturday morning he complained of being ill, and Dr Emerson was called in that night. He found the patient almost pulseless, and in a state of collapse. He administered such remedies could, but on visiting the man again at two o’clock Sunday morning, found him in a dying condition. The end came about an hour later.
Dr Emerson submitted to J. H. Bell, of Bradford, a quantity of fluid he had obtained from the chest of the deceased, and Dr Bell found the case to one of woolsorters’ disease.

His son, Harrison, died, 31 December 1906, aged just 36, Frances, his widow, died 10 April 1910.


Ayre, John
c1869 – 19 December 1925

John Ayre was the son of John Ayre. John snr. was born c1845 in York.  He married Anne Malvin in 1868 in York.

John, the eldest of seven children, was born c1869 in York. In 1881 the family were living at 8 New York in Shipley with John snr. working as blacksmith and John as a worsted spinner.

John married Sharon Pitts 3 November 1891 at Bradford Cathedral. Sharon lived at 14 Titus Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 10 Albert Terrace in Saltaire with John working as a wool scourer at Salt’s Mill. In 1903 John had an accident at work.

Report from the Shipley Times 11 September 1903 as follows:

On Wednesday morning, about 10 o’clock, John Ayre, of Albert Terrace,Saltaire, who was employed as a wool scourer at Saltaire Mills, was admitted to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital suffering from a badly lacerated wound on the right arm. Whilst following his usual occupation, Ayres turned around to speak to somebody who was behind him, and unconsciously put bis fingers upon some revolving rollers, which gripped the hand and dragged it between them to just above the elbow. The machinery was stopped, and his arm was released, and he was taken to the hospital. On examination it was found that fortunately no bones were broken, but the arm was very badly lacerated.

By 1911 John was a warehouseman living in Baildon with his wife and their four children. John died 19 December 1925.


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