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Bailey, Aaron Norman
17 June 1896 - 1966

Aaron Norman Bailey was the son of Milton Bailey. Milton was born 1877 in Cullingworth. He married Emily Wood in 1900.

Norman, the younger of two sons, was born 24 March 1904 in Saltaire. By 1911 the family were living at 35 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with Milton working as a wool sorter.

Report from the Shipley Times 8 October 1920 as follows:

Five Shipley youths, Norman Bailey, woolsorter, Frank Feather, apprentice, John Murphy, millhand, Albert Excell, jobber, and Jeffrey Blythe, clerk, were summoned at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Thursday of last week for playing football on the highway at Shipley, to the annoyance a passenger. All the defendants pleaded guilty. Superintendent Oliver stated that the case would not be pressed, as all the youths had good characters.

Norman, married Hilda Brown 10 October 1925 at Christchurch Windhill. They had a son, Arthur, born 8 April 1926. In 1926 they were living at 24 Annie Street in Shipley. Norman's father died in 1927. From 1931 Norman and his family were living at 25 Titus Street in Saltaire. In 1939 Norman was a take-off supervisor living with his family at 37 Vicarage Road in Windhill; he would remain here the rest of his life.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 10 February 1954 as follows: -
TELEVISION DAY AT SALTAIRE MILLS

For 40 minutes on Monday evening a skeleton staff took over the mill and answered the questions of BBC commentators Jean Metcalfe and Brian Johnston.
The programme took viewers through every department in the mill, and they heard local people explaining their own particular line.
They met first of all Mr Richard Batty, of la Queens Road. Shipley, who described the of art of wool sorting, and this was further developed by Mr Norman Bailey, 37 Vicarage Road Windhill, the wool sorting manager who said that the viewers saw only a small part of the tremendous wool sorting department at the mill.

Norman died 17 February 1982.

Bailey, Hamer
16 May 1838 - 16 April 1896

Hamer Bailey was the son of Christopher Bailey. Christopher was born c1795 in Bingley. He married Susannah Mitchell 23 August 1835 at All Saints, Bingley. Christopher was a farmer.

Hamer, the second of three children, was born 16 May 1838 in Harden. He was baptised 16 September 1838 at All Saints, Bingley. His mother, Susannah died in 1855. His widowed father, Christopher, married Ann Nicholson 12 December at All Saints, Bingley.

Hamer married Hannah Jowett in 1860. They had two children; Eliza, born 1862 and Walter in 1868. In 1861 & 1871 they lived at 35 Ada Street in Saltaire. In 1881 they were at 25 George Street and in 1891 at 2 Albert Road (re-numbered 3).

Hamer started work at Salt's Mill around 1859 as a spinning overlooker. When he retired, through ill health in 1894, he was the manager of the Spinning Dept.
In 1893 when Edward Salt left the mill, Hamer was one of three mill employees who travelled to London to present him with solid silver gasket.

Opening paragraphs from a report in the Shipley Times 28 July 1894 as follows:

Last night an interesting gathering took place in the Rosse Street Schoolroom, the occasion being the presentation to Mr Hamer Bailey of a timepiece and pair of tiazzi (supplied by Means Fattorini & Sons), subscribed for by the workpeople of the department at Saltaire Mills. Mr Bailey has been in the service of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, A Co., Limited, for the long period of thirty-five yean. He commenced as an overlooker, for twenty yean was a sub-manager, and latterly had been manager of the spinning department, but failing health compelled him to resign his position, and his many friends were determined that the severance his long connection with the firm should not pass unnoticed.

Hamer was living at 9 Claremont, Bingley Road, Shipley when he died 16 April 1896. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. He left 102 8s to his wife, Hannah (worth c13,000 in 2019). She died 2 March 1902 and she was buried alongside her husband.

Bailey, Stephen
23 April 1867 - 1924

Stephen Bailey was the son of Hiram Bailey. Hiram was born c1838 in Harden. He married Martha Kaye 11 September 1959 in Keighley. In 1861 they were living at 3 Herbert Street in Saltaire with Hiram working as a warehouseman and Martha as a weaver.

Stephen, the youngest of three children, was born 23 April 1867 in Bingley and he was baptised 9 June 1867 at All Saints, Bingley. In 1871 the family were living in Bingley. Martha died in 1871. Widowed Hiram married Elizabeth Sugden in 1871. Hiram died 28 November 1877 when living at 25 Albert Road (re-numbered 49) in Saltaire. His second wife, Elizabeth, died 17 November 1880 when living at 29 Whitlam Street in Saltaire.

In 1881 Stephen and his siblings were living with their Uncle, Henry Cockshut, at 7 Titus Street in Saltaire. Stephen was working as a rolling reeler. In 1883 Stephen had an accident at Salts Mill. Report in the Shipley Times 17 November 1883 as follows:

Hoist Accident at Saltaire. -On Tuesday afternoon last an accident happened to a young man named Stephen Bailey (18), who has for about a month driven the hoist in the east end mill. On the afternoon named the gearing appeared to want greasing, and Bailey proceeded to remedy this. In coming down, however, he made a false step, and got his legs entangled in the drum, which caused the hoist to move. The belt was thrown off, and the young fellow extricated from his perilous position as quickly as possible, but not before he had sustained some injuries. It was found that his left leg was shockingly mangled, and on his removal to Sir Titus Salt's Hospital it was unfortunately deemed necessary to amputate the limb. The poor fellow is doing as well as can be expected. No blame attaches to anyone.

In 1891 Stephen was living with sister, Annie, and her husband, Bob Lord, at 15 Titus Street. Stephen was working as a bookkeeper, presumably in the Mill following his accident. In April 1894 Stephen was appointed secretary of the Saltaire Women's Sick Society.

Stephen, by now a worsted clerk, married Elizabeth Jane Peill 24 November 1894 at Bradford Cathedral. They had two children; Nellie born 1897 and Edgar born 29 April 1899. Edgar served in WW1. The family had various addresses in Saltaire as follows: -
1901 - 21 Whitlam St
1911 - 45 Caroline St
1914 - 34 Titus St
1918 - 16 Rhodes St
Stephen died in 1924; Elizabeth died in 1948.

Bairstow, Arthur
c1921 –????

Arthur Bairstow - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour

 

Bairstow, Jesmond
9 August 1904 – 1978

Jesmond Bairstow was the son of Edmund Bairstow. Edmund was born c1868 in Halifax. He married Fanny Fielding in 1896 in Bradford. They had two sons. In 1901 they were living at 5 Stoney Lane, Eccleshill, with Edmund working as a worsted mill manager.

Jesmond, their younger son, was born 9 August 1904 in Eccleshill. In 1911 the family were living at 15 Norman Drive, Eccleshill.

By 1924 they were living at 69 George Street, Saltaire, moving to 24 Dove Street in 1931; Edmund died here 29 May 1933. Jesmond married Mabel Hartley in 1929. They had a son born, Peter Hartley Bairstow, born 17 December 1930.

In the 1939 Register they were living at 131 Leeds Road, Shipley. Jesmond was a worsted drawing overlooker and a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service at Saltaire Mills. Mabel was a burler & mender. Jesmond lost his mother when she died 15 October 1952. By 1956 Jesmond & Mabel were living at 225 Leeds Road.

Jesmond died in 1978. Mabel died in 1998. Their son, Peter, died in 2003.

 

Bairstow, John
24 May 1855 - 27 March 1922

John Bairstow was the son of Thomas Bairstow. Thomas was born 1 May 1822 in Wilsden. He married a widower, Margaret Robinson (nee Croft) around 1852.

John, the second child of six, was born 24 May 1855 in Wilsden. In 1861 the family were living at 36 Helen Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a gas fitter. In 1871 they were living at 33 George Street in Saltaire with John working as an apprentice wool comber.
John married Elena Storey 26 December 1874 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children: Mary Miranda (b1875), Annie (b1878), Thomas Henry (born 1884), John (b1889) and Edmund Gordon (b1890). In 1881 they were living at 24 Titus Street in Saltaire with John working as a wool comber setter. In 1891 they were living at 26 Albert Road (renumbered 51) in Saltaire.

John and his family immigrated to the USA in the autumn of 1891. Sailing from Liverpool aboard the "City of Berlin" they arrived in New York 5 September 1891. In 1900 they were living at Burlington on New Jersey with John working as a comb setter. By 1910 they had moved to Camden in New Jersey. They lost their youngest son, Edmund Gordon, when he died 15 October 1916. John lost his wife, Elena, 1 June 1918.

Report from Shipley Times 12 July 1918 as follows: -

The death has occurred at Camden, New Jersey, U.8.A., of Mrs. Elena Bairstow, aged 63, who, with her husband, Mr. John Bairstow, emigrated 25 years ago. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Storey, of Windhill, and her husband worked from boyhood at the Saltaire Mills. He is now employed at a woolcombing mill in Camden.

John died 27 March 1922 and was buried alongside his wife in Harleigh Cemetery.

Baker, James Stanley

Baker, James Stanley - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour

 

Baker, John
1852 – 22 February 1934

John Baker was the son of George Baker. George was born c1811 in Goathland in North Yorkshire. He married Jane Burnet in 1850. Jane was 19 years younger than him. They had six children.

John, the second of their children, was born 1852 in Goathland. He married Mary Ellen Galleymore, 21 June 1873, at All Saints Bingley. They had six children: -

Jane, b1873
George William, b1877
Mary Maud, b1881
Percy Gordon, b1886 (served in WW1)
James Stanley, b1889 (served in WW1)
Harold, b1891 (served in WW1)

In 1891 Mary was living with her children, but without John, at 38 Albert Road, Saltaire (renumbered now as 75).

In October 1900 John, in his position of clerk of the works at Saltaire Mills, gave evidence at a trial. In 1901 the family, with John, were living at 4&5 Albert Road, Saltaire, (renumbered now as 7& 9). John was a clerk of works in the building trade. In 1911 they were living at 5 Albert Road, Saltaire, (renumbered now as 9). They remained here until 1915. In September 1919 John was reported as being an agent for Sir James Roberts. His wife, Mary, died 26 October 1916. She was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. John joined her when he died 22 February 1934.

Nab Wood Cemetery and Crematorium: Monumental Inscriptions

In loving memory of MARY ELLEN BAKER who died Oct. 26 th, 1916, aged 63 years.
Also of JOHN, beloved husband of the above, who died Feb. 22 nd, 1934, aged 82 years.
Also of HAROLD BAKER, their dearly loved son, who died Dec. 30 th, 1920, aged 29 years.
God is Love.

 

Baker, Percy Gordon

Baker, Percy Gordon - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour

Banham, Clara (nee Thompson)
15 May 1905 – 1987

Clara Thompson was the daughter of Joseph Thompson. Joseph was born c1877 in Bradford. He married Margaret Hannah Harvey, 10 July 1897, at St Peter’s, Allerton.

Clara, the second youngest of five surviving children, was born, 15 May 1905. In 1911 they were living in Bradford with Joseph working as a labourer. By 1915 they had moved to 26 Constance Street in Saltaire where they remained throughout the war.

In 1921 Clara was a spinner working at Saltaire Mills. She was living with her family at 26 Constance Street. She married Sidney Banham in 1930. He was born, 2 June 1905, in Shipley. They had three children: Derek born in 1931, Alan 1936, and Sylvia 1941.

From before 1939 to after 1960 they lived at 108 Harden Road, Bingley. In 1939 Sidney was working as a highway paviour.

Sidney died in 1976. Clara died in 1987.

 

Barnard, Albert Edward
2 January 1906 - 1984

Albert Edward Barnard was the son of Frederick George Barnard. Fred was born 21 March 1870 in Brighton He married Sarah Jane Stace in Brighton in 1892. In 1901 they were living at Norwood in Middlesex with Fred working as a gas works labourer.

Albert, the youngest of six children, was born 2 January 1906 in Southall in Middlesex. By 1911 the family had moved north to Haworth with Fred working as a wool comber. By 1914 they were living at 24 Albert Road (re-numbered 47) in Saltaire. In 1918 they were at 12 Shirley Street and by 1925 they had moved to 2 Daisy Place.

Albert was working at Salt's Mill in 1920 as reported as follows in the Shipley Times 30 January 1920: -

Albert Barnard, boy of 14, who lives at 12 Shirley Street, met with an accident on Wednesday at Saltaire Mills. He sustained compound fracture of a leg, and he was admitted to Sir Titus Salt's Hospital. Yesterday we learnt that he was making satisfactory progress.

In the 1939 register Fred was a retired timekeeper and Albert was a cloth finisher. Albert married Marian Howarth in 1944. They lived at 2 Park Street in Shipley. Albert died in 1984 and Marian died at 11 Wycliffe Gardens, Shipley 26 November 1988.

Albert had a sister, Hilda Jane, who worked as a burler in the mill.

Barnard, Frederick George
21 March 1870 - 11 April 1941

Frederick George Barnard was the son of Edwin John Barnard. Edwin was born in Brighton, Sussex c1847. He married Sophie Gates 30 June 1872 in Brighton. They had at least five children. Edwin worked as a friendly society valuer.

Fred was born 21 March 1870 in Brighton, two years before his parents married. Fred was a house painter when he married Sarah Jane Stace in Brighton in 1892.

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Frederick George Barnard and his wife Sarah Jane (nee Stace)
Image courtesy of Lynda, great granddaughter of Frederick George Barnard.

They had seven children, including Florence Louisa. their firstborn. In 1901 they were living at Norwood in Middlesex with Fred working as a gas works labourer. By 1911 the family had moved north to Haworth in West Yorkshire with Fred working as a wool comber. By 1914 they were living at 24 Albert Road (re-numbered 47) in Saltaire. In 1918 they were at 12 Shirley Street and by 1925 they had moved to 2 Daisy Place. In the 1939 register Fred had retired as a watchman and timekeeper at Saltaire Mills.

Fred died 11 April 1941. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. His widow, Sarah Jane, joined him when she died 10 June 1948.

Monumental Inscription (Section L Row 4)
In loving memory of a dear husband & father FREDERICK GEORGE BARNARD, who died April 11th, 1941, aged 71 years.
Worthy of remembrance.
Also SARAH JANE, beloved wife of the above, who died June 10th, 1948, aged 76 years.
Re-united. {Grave L 1
48}

At least two of Fred's children worked in the mill - Albert Edward and Hilda Jane.

Barsby, Constance Annie

Barsby, Constance Annie - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour

Barstow, Doreen (nee Pollard)
23 October 1923 - 2 January 2016

Doreen Pollard was the daughter of Victor Pollard. Victor was born 7 August 1899 in Bradford. He married Doris Mary Mitchell 16 May 1921 at St Philip's Girlington.

Doreen was born 23 October 1923. From around 1932 the family lived at 43 Ada Street in Saltaire where Victor was a twisting overlooker.

Report from the Shipley Times 1 November 1944: -

21st Birthday Party
The toast, "Here's to my daughter, on attaining her majority, "was given by Mr Pollard of 43 Ada Street, Saltaire, when his daughter, Doreen, celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday.
Miss Pollard, who is employed in the warping department of Salts (Saltaire) Limited, invited many of her workmates to the party, which was held at the New Regal Ballroom, Shipley, and about fifty of her friends sat down to a most substantial meal, provided by Mr Fred Town. Among those present were Miss Pollard's mother, father, grandmother and her sister Irene.

Doreen married James Barstow (of 67 George Steet) in 1947. They lived at 5 Ada Street in Saltaire. They had a son, Allan, born in 1954. Doreen died in Bradford 2 January 2016.


Bateson, Ethel (nee Hoyle)
14 January 1902 – 1983

 Ethel Hoyle was the daughter of Joseph Brackshaw Hoyle. Joseph was born 1866 in Brighouse. He married Lucy Street, 14 June 1890, at St Luke’s, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield. In 1891 they were living in Lockwood where Joseph was a labourer. In 1901 they were living in Attercliffe where Joseph was a stoker at a colliery.

Ethel was born 14 January 1902 in Attercliffe, Sheffield In 1911 Lucy was living with her children but without her husband at Cudworth, Barnsley. By 1918 Lucy and her children were living at 23 Mary Street in Saltaire, where she remained until her death in 1937.

In the 1921 Census, Ethel was a spinner working at Saltaire Mills. Her siblings, Ernest and Lilian were also working in the mill.

Ethel married Harry Robinson Bateson. 28 July 1923, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. He was born 20 May 1902 in Wharfe, North Yorkshire. They lived at 2 Mill Yard, Baildon, until around 1934 when they moved to 15a Lower Gate, Baildon.

In the 1939 Register they were living at 2 Strathmore Drive, Baildon. Ethel had retired and she was a volunteer with the St. John Ambulance. Harry was a warp twister and a volunteer with the Baildon A.R.P. First Aid Party.

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Photo: Ethel and her husband, Harry.
Courtesy of Darren Fawcett.

By 1951 they had moved to 4 George Street, Saltaire, where they lived the rest of their lives. Ethel died in 1983, George died 12 May 1986.

 

Batty, Richard
17 June 1896 - 1966

Richard Batty was the son of Thomas Batty. Thomas was born c1864 in Hatfield near Doncaster. He married Elizabeth Nicols 2 September 1888 at Bradford Cathedral. They had eight children, two of whom died in infancy. In 1891& 1901 they were living at 5 Brighton Street in Shipley with Thomas working as a labourer.

Richard was born 17 June 1896 in Shipley. In 1911 he was a millhand living with family at 14 Park Street in Shipley.

Richard married Florence Stansfield in 1922. By 1930 they were living at 40 Ash Grove. From 1936 they were at 1a Queens Road, where they were still residing in 1962. In 1939 Richard was working as a woolsorter supervisor.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 10 February 1954 as follows: -

TELEVISION DAY AT SALTAIRE MILLS
For 40 minutes on Monday evening a skeleton staff took over the mill and answered the questions of BBC commentators Jean Metcalfe and Brian Johnston.
The programme took viewers through every department in the mill, and they heard local people explaining their own particular line.
They met first of all Mr Richard Batty, of la Queens Road. Shipley, who described the of art of wool sorting.

Richard died in 1966; Florence in 1978.

 

Baxter, Elizabeth
1879 -????

Elizabeth Baxter was the daughter of Frederick Baxter. Frederick was born c1839 in Idle. He married widower Sarah Hardaker (nee Nicholson) 3 October 1875 at Bradford Cathedral.

Elizabeth, the younger of two girls, was born 1879 in Shipley. They lived at 44 Dale Street in Shipley with Frederick working as a weaver. Frederick died in 1884 and Sarah died 20 August 1900.

Report from Shipley Times 25 August 1900 as follows:

Sudden Death at Saltaire.
On Monday last, Sarah Baxter, widow, died suddenly at her home, 25 Fanny Street, under painful circumstances.
It appears that about 5.50 a.m. on the day in question deceased complained to her daughter Elizabeth of being made up in the throat. Her daughter made her some tea and gave her it and deceased said she would soon be all right. She then went to her work at Saltaire Mill and left her mother in the house by herself.
On returning at breakfast time she found the door locked, and, thinking her mother had not got up, she had her breakfast at her neighbour's house and went back to her work.
At 10.40 am she returned home to see if her mother had got up, and finding the door still fast she had it burst open, and on entering found her mother laid dead on the kitchen floor, partly dressed. The facts of the occurrence were reported to the district coroner, but he decided that an inquest was not necessary.

Baxter, James Arthur
27 May 1869 - 1940

James Arthur Baxter was the son of Thomas Baxter. Thomas was born 1840 in Idle. He married Selina Baxter, (note they shared the same surname) 26 September 1866 at St Wilfrid's Calverley.

James, their only child, was born 27 May 1869. Sadly, Thomas lost his life when working at Salt's Mill on 24 August 1870.

In 1871 widowed Selina, working as a dressmaker, was living with James at 29 Titus Street in Saltaire. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at 16 Titus Street with Selina working as a burler and James as a clerk.

Report from Yorkshire Evening Post Thursday 9 June 1892 as follows: -

THE PLUSH THEFT AT SALTAIRE
PRISONER PLEADS GUILTY
A PAINFUL CASE
James Arthur Baxter (22), who resided with his mother, who is a widow, at Alexandra Square, was charged on remand to-day, at the West Riding Police Court, Bradford, with having stolen a quantity of plush and seal cloth, the property of his employers, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Company (Limited), Saltaire.
Great interest was taken in the case, the court being filled with people from Saltaire and neighbourhood. Mr. A. Neill prosecuted, and Mr. C. L. Atkinson defended. Mr. Neill said the information was laid under the Worsted Act, under which Mr. Greenwood was inspector.
The prisoner had been in the employ of the firm for fifteen years, the last seven of which he had occupied the responsible position of measurer in the seal department. It was his duty to take measurements of the pieces and enter them in a book, which was under his control. He had taken the opportunity to cut off pieces of material and dispose of them for his own benefit.
He was charged with stealing 5 in value, but the actual embezzlement, which could be proved, was over 30.
Mr. Atkinson said the prisoner pleaded guilty.
The Chairman said they must have some evidence.
Jas. E. Roberts, foreman maker-up in the seal department, stated that had been directed to watch the prisoner, and on the 16th of May he observed him go to piece of plush and cut some off. Witness reported the matter to the manager, and the 17th lie charged the prisoner with it. At first the prisoner denied it, but afterwards admitted it, and said he had been at the practice three or four months. The prisoner was suspended and witness subsequently made an examination the pieces in stock and found that the lengths did not agree with the prisoner's book, varying from two to four yards. Altogether 30 to 40 worth had been taken.
In reply to the Chairman, the witness said it was the duty of the prisoner to cut patterns, and that was how he got the opportunity to steal.
In answer to Mr. Atkinson, witness said the prisoner's wages would be 1 week, but had not had more than half work for two to three years.
Mr. Atkinson said about 20 of the stolen property had been recovered. This was a most painful case. The prisoner's father was killed years ago at this mill, and his mother was at present living in one of their houses and was allowed a small pension. Unfortunately, he had got into this habit taking patterns. He had earned very little in wages and had been tempted beyond his strength.
He (Mr. Atkinson) asked the Bench to bear in mind the prisoner's previous character.
The Chairman (Mr. Peel) said it was a very serious case. They bore in mind his previous good character, and that had been prison some days, and they hoped it would be a sufficient warning to fine him 5 and costs, or a month's imprisonment with hard labour.

James had been in HMP Wakefield from 2 June up to the day of his trial.
James, working as a baker, married Annie La-Page 22 September 1894 at St Paul's Manningham. In 1901 & 1911 he was a baker and grocer living with his wife and mother in Bradford.
James's mother died in 1913. James died in 1940.

Baxter, Thomas
1840 - 24 August 1870

Thomas Baxter was the son of Joseph Baxter. Joseph was born c1811 in Addingham. He married Maria Hartley 31 July 1836 at St Wilfrid's, Calverley.

Thomas, the younger of two children, was born 1840 in Idle. In 1851 & 1861 the family were living in Idle with Joseph working as a cotton warp dresser. In 1861 Thomas was a cotton warp dresser.

Thomas married Selina Baxter (note they shared the same surname) 26 September 1866 at St Wilfrid's Calverley. They had a son, James Arthur, born 27 May 1869.

Sadly, Thomas lost his life when working at Salt's Mill on 24 August 1870.

The following report appeared in the Shipley Times 26 August 1870: -

Last night, an inquest was held at the Prince of Wales Inn, Shipley, by Mr. Barstow, coroner, on the body of Thomas Baxter, the man who was killed at Saltaire Mill, on the previous day. The deceased, who was thirty years of age, was employed at the mill of Sir Titus Salt, Sons and Co., at Saltaire, as a spinning overlooker.
From the evidence of John Eccles, a lad who worked in the same room as the deceased. It appeared that at about twenty minutes past six o'clock on Wednesday morning the deceased was standing on a truss for the purpose of putting a belt on a drum in connection with some shafting driving some spinning frames. Witness gave Baxter hold of the belt, and he put it over the shafting. The belt was not joined together, and Baxter put it round the guide pulley in order to see if it was the proper length. He told witness to take hold of one end and pull it. Witness did so, and on looking up to the shaft a moment or two afterwards, he saw Baxter was entangled on the shafting, and revolving round with it. Witness then jumped off the frame where was standing, and he saw some other man run to the signal bell and pull it. Before the engine could be stopped the deceased was smashed to pieces. Witness did not know how he got entangled, but just before the accident be saw him have bold of the belt below the shafting. He was wearing a white jacket at the time. The shafting was about twelve feet from the floor. There was no other belt about where the accident took place. Witness was palling the belt, which was not laced, to see that it was the proper length to drive the frame.
Martha Smith, a girl working in the mill, said she saw Baxter stood on the truss holding the belt. He had hold of the belt with both hands underneath the shafting. Witness did not see how he was caught; she turned her head away at the time, but on looking at him again she saw the deceased's arms being wrapped round the shafting, and the body was taken round several times. Witness had often seen the deceased put belts on before.
Mr. Jagger, the foreman over the spinning overlookers, who was present at the inquiry, said the deceased should have taken hold of the top or leaving side of the shaft. He should have taken out the extra length of the belt before putting it over the shafting.
The jury, after hearing this evidence, found a verdict of Accidental death." They were opinion that one was to blame for the accident.

Bayliffe, Herbert
1890 -1966

Herbert Bayliffe was the son of Fred Bayliffe. Fred was born c1862 in Lockwood, Huddersfield. He married Clara Donkersley 13 May 1883 at the High Street Chapel in Huddersfield. They had eight children, but five of them died young.

Herbert was born 1890 in Huddersfield. He was baptised 25 January 1891 at a Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Leeds. In 1891 the family were living in Headingly, Leeds with Fred working as a weaving overlooker. By 1901 they were living at 2 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 53 Bingley Road) in Saltaire with Herbert working as a woollen weaver. From 1904 to 1910 they lived at 2 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were at 36 Marlborough Road in Shipley with Herbert working as a weaving overlooker.

Herbert married Florence E Keleher in 1913. They had a daughter, Winifred born in 1915. In 1916 they were living at 17 William Henry Street in Saltaire.

When military conscription was introduced in 1916 it proved to be very unpopular. In Shipley a protest group was formed, calling themselves "The Shipley Council Against Conscription." Herbert was their secretary. In July 1916 as an overlooker at Saltaire Mills he appeared before the Shipley Tribunal seeking exemption on conscientious grounds. His appeal was refused, and he was given a certificate for non-combatant service. (We do not know if Herbert served or not.)

Herbert was a member of the Shipley Divisional Labour Party. In April 1919 he and his family moved to Calverley. Herbert and his family spent some time abroad, returning from Karachi Pakistan 28 April 1925. Herbert died in 1966.

[Note - surname often spelt as "Bayliff"]

Beaumont, Albert

Beaumont, Albert - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour

Beck, Hilda Jane (nee Barnard)
6 December 1913 - 24 May 2010

Hilda Jane Barnard was the daughter of Frederick George Barnard. Fred was born 21 March 1870 in Brighton. He married Sarah Jane Stace in Brighton in 1892. In 1901 they were living at Norwood in Middlesex with Fred working as a gas works labourer. By 1911 the family had moved north to Haworth with Fred working as a wool comber.

Hilda, their seventh and youngest child, was born 6 December 1913. By 1914 the family were living at 24 Albert Road (re-numbered 47) in Saltaire. In 1918 they were at 12 Shirley Street and by 1925 they had moved to 2 Daisy Place. Hilda worked as a burler at Saltaire Mills.

Hilda married Harold Beck 18 July 1936 at Saltaire Congregational church.

Report from the Shipley Times 25 July 1936 as follows:

DEPUTY REGISTRAR'S BRIDE There was large gathering Saltaire Congregational Church Saturday witness the wedding of Mr. Harold Beck, only son of Mr. and Mrs. James Beck, Fanny Street, Saltaire, and Miss Hilda Jane Barnard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barnard. Daisy Place, Saltaire. The bridegroom is deputy registrar at Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. L. J. Malkinson. Pastor of Shipley Congregational Church. Given away by her father, the bride was prettily attired in a heavy white satin dress with lattice-worked sleeves and yoke. She wore a long, embroidered veil forming a train and carried bouquet of pink carnations. The bridesmaids were Miss Veda Gott. of Bradford (friend of the bride). Miss Edna Barnard (sister of the bride) and the four- year- old Barbara Heather Cooper. The elder bridesmaids wore dresses of turquoise net with brown picture hats and they each carried a bouquet deep pink" roses. Little Barbara Cooper wore a Dubarry period gown of white taffeta with tight pointed laced over black velvet, over double petticoat of pink satin and net. She wore a Watteau hat tied with matching velvet ribbon and carried a basket of pale pink roses. She also wore tiny necklace of pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. J. Malthy was the best man. After the ceremony a reception was held at Ready's Cafe, Saltaire. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beck left for the West Coast, where the honeymoon will be spent.

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Harold and Hilda on their wedding day.Image courtesy of Lynda.

They had two children. In 1939 they were living at 63 George Street in Saltaire with Harold working as a grave digger. Sometime after 1948 Harold & Hilda emigrated to Canada. Harold died in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. Hilda died 24 May 2010 in Ontario, Canada.

Hilda Beck (nee Barnard). Image courtesy of Lynda.

Hilda had a brother, Albert Edward Barnard, who worked at Saltaire Mills.

Biography compiled with the help of Lynda, granddaughter of Hilda, who also provided the photographs. Many thanks.

Bedford, Arthur

Bedford, Arthur - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour

Bell, Alice (nee Cash)
1900 –????

Alice Cash was born in 1900 in Keelby, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire, to Margaret Culley & Henry Cash

In 1911, Alice 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 Alice was a spinner working in Saltaire Mills.

Report in the Shipley Times 8 June 1923: -

The unpleasant experience of a Saltaire woman who prepared a drink of tea for three strangers and then found they had stolen from her was recounted at Bradford West Biding Police Court Thursday (31 May) of last week.
The case was one in which Matthew Fitzpatrick (36), labourer; Thomas Sexton (36), labourer; and Mary Sexton (33), all of no fixed abode, were charged with having stolen 10s. 6d. in money and a gold ring belonging to Alice Cash, a millhand, of 31 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.
Supt. Oliver stated that the prisoner called at the above address on 19 May and asked for some refreshment, which Mrs. Margaret Cash (the mother of Alice Cash) prepared for them, as Mary Sexton was, apparently, unwell.
It was alleged, however, that while Mrs. Cash’s back was turned the prisoners took the money and the ring from a purse on the mantelpiece. The prisoners were followed down the street and held up by a crowd of people until the police arrived.
In Fitzpatrick’s possession were found coins which corresponded with those that had been in the purse, namely, three florins, two shillings and three-penny piece.
Margaret Cash, a widow, said she lived at 31 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, with her two daughters. At about 3.45 p.m., 19 May, the prisoners came to the door and Fitzpatrick asked if she could give the woman, Mary Sexton, a drink of tea, as she was feeling ill.
Witness said she would and went back into the house, the prisoners following her in and sitting down. Witness’s daughter, Alice, was upstairs at the time, having left her purse downstairs on the mantelpiece. After she (witness) had been into the back kitchen preparing the tea, she had occasion to go to the purse and to her surprise found it empty.
However, she dared not say anything while they were in the house, but when they had gone, she followed them up the street and called them back. prisoners denied all knowledge of the theft and went back to the house with her, the woman Sexton “making a row.”
Alice Cash corroborated her mother's evidence.
P.C. Farell stated that he and another constable went to Whitlam Street and found a crowd of people outside No. 31. They went into the house and questioned the prisoners, who said they knew nothing about the money or the ring.
(Witness) searched the two male prisoners and found coins on Fitzpatrick corresponding to those which Alice Cash had had in her purse.
All the prisoners pleaded not guilty. Fitzpatrick declared that his sister, Mary Sexton, had a heart attack and they asked Mrs. Cash for a drink of tea. If they had taken the money or the ring, he asked, would they have gone back to the house and waited minutes for the police to arrive? The coins he (prisoner) had on him were coins which any man in the court might possess.
Supt. Oliver stated that Fitzpatrick had been convicted multiple times, mostly for stealing or attempting to steal, the last conviction being in 1911.
Thomas Sexton had 13 previous convictions, ranging from 1902 to 1918. while Mary Sexton had been convicted thrice up to 1916. Fitzpatrick was also wanted by the Manchester police. The prisoners were each sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.

Alice married Harry Bell, 22 December 1928, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. He was a farmer from Baildon aged 24. They had three children.

From before 1939 to after 1949 Harry was farm manager at Bank Top Farm, Baildon. It is unclear as to when Alice died.

 

Bell, Eric William
1908 - 6 July 1959

Eric William Bell was the son of Albert John Bell. Albert was born 1876 in Cumberland. He married Mary Jane Hewitt 6 October 1903.

Eric, their second child was born in 1908. He was baptised at St Columba's, Bradford. In 1911 the family were living in Bradford with Albert working as a railway guard. They moved to 77 Albert Road in Saltaire around 1926. Albert died 17 March 1927. Widowed Mary and Eric remained in Albert Road until 1934 when they moved to 69 Hirst Wood Road in Shipley.

Eric married Clarice Mary Hanson in 1937. They had three sons. Upto 1952/53 they lived at 20 Hirst Wood Road in Shipley, moving to 253 Bingley Road, Shipley around 1954. Clarice died in December 1956 and Eric died 6 July 1959.

Report from the Shipley Times 8 July 1959 as follows: -

Eric William Bell of Bingley Road, Shipley, collapsed and died whilst playing tennis in a Yorkshire Lawn Tennis Association match for Salts against neighbours Saltaire on Monday night. Mr. Bell was playing his third match of the evening, men's doubles event, and the score stood at six-all in the first set when he collapsed on the court and was rushed to hospital but was dead on arrival.
His late wife was the former Miss Clarice Hanson a particularly well-known sports woman who had been a member of the British gymnastic team at the Olympic Games and who died nearly three years ago.
Mr. Bell was an accountant at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd. He leaves three sons. The facts of his death have been reported to the Craven District Coroner.
Report from Shipley Times 15 July 1959 as follows: -
The large congregation at the funeral service of Mr. Eric Bell, of Bingley Road, Shipey, was an indication of the esteem and affection with which he was held throughout the district said the Rev. D. R. Nockles, Vicar of Cottlngley, at the Nab Wood Crematorium, on Friday. The Crematorium was packed with relations, business and social associates of Mr. Bell, who collapsed and died whilst playing in a Yorkshire Lawn Tennis Association match for the Salts (Saltaire) Tennis Club, of which he was club treasurer, earlier in the week.
He was a particularly well known sportsman and was connected with the cricket, football and tennis club of Salts, the firm with which he had worked for over 30 years He was in the accounts department. Mr. Bell's late wife, formerly Miss Clarice Hanson, was also prominent figure on the local sporting scene and had represented her country in the Olympic Games. She died nearly three years ago. Mr. Bell leaves three sons, the eldest, Robin, being 18.
At the service the Rev. Nockles said it was tragic that three young men should be bereaved of their mother and father in such a short time. He prayed that some proper provision might made for their education and upbringing, and that other members of the family would take the place of their parents.
Family mourners were: Mr. Robin Bell (eldest son); Mr. Tony Bell (son); Mr. and Mrs. Colin Bell (youngest brother and sisterin-law: Mrs. M. Hoare (sister); Mr. Peter Hoare (nephew); and Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Bell tbrother and sisterin-law).
Other mourners, representing Salts (Saltaire) Ltd.: Mr. B. G. Ingham (director) also representing Mr. R. T. F. Guild). Mr. R. London (director). Capt. 8. B. Brearley (secretary), Mr. D. P. Guild (also representing Mr. R. Park Guild). Mr. R. H. Guild.
From the Accounts Department; Mr. A. J. Wilson (also representing Mr. C. P. Davison). Mr. W. D. Hardwick, Mr. A. Brown. Mr. J. Lund. Mr. E. W. Taylor, Mrs. J. Marshall. Miss M. E. Ashby. Mr. W. Davidson. Mr. G. A. Smith, Mrs. M. Waggett, Mr. W. L. Brunton, Miss R. Hotova, Miss D. Crawshaw. Miss P. Ackroyd, Mr. D. A. Lund, Mr. F Dobson.
Salts (Sattaire) Tennis Club: Mr. S. Tattersall (men's captain). Mrs. S. Tattersall (ladies' captain), Mr. G. Butterfield (secretary) Mr. K. Bartlett, Mr. J. Ogden, Mr. R. Parker, Miss B. Keegan, Miss A. Baines, Mr. R. Marks, Mr. C. Gatenby, Mr. R. Dunhill, Mr. D. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. R. Ogden, Mrs. G, Owen, Mr. and Mrs. R. Ward, Mrs. F. Horton.
Among the other mourners were: Mr. M. Jowett (representing St. Peter's Church Tennis Club); Miss M. Crabtree, Mr. J. Camp. Mr. F. Smith (representing Shipley Barmen's association), Mr. H. Kastell, Mr. T. Tyreman, Mr. J. Wilkinson. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Nutton, Mrs. A. Brown. Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Tatler, Miss M. Menzles, Miss I. Pollard. Miss V. Rhodes, Mrs. E. Bramma. Rev. A. F. Cooper (Rural Dean of Rawdon), Mr. Harry Keighley. Mr. M. Atkinson. Mr. N. Bartle. Mr. P. Stroud and Mrs. E. Brayshaw.

In his will Eric left 2981 17s 6d (worth c70k in 2019) to Cyril Bell and Arthur Colin Bell.

Bennett, Florrie (nee Lancaster)
4 February 1898 –????

Florrie Lancaster was born 4 ,February 1898, in Bramley, Leeds. She was the eldest child of William Jagger Robertshaw Lancaster & Elizabeth Ann Robinson.

In 1901 they were living at 8 Browgate, Baildon with William working as a mason’s labourer. In 1911 they were at 11 Browgate, with Florrie working as a spinner and her father as nightwatchman. Florrie was an accomplished soprano singer performing in public on numerous occasions.

In 1914 & 1915 she was living with her family at 15 Constance Street, Saltaire. By 1918 they had moved to 9 George Street in Saltaire. In the 1921 Census, Florrie was a weaver working at Saltaire Mills.

Living at 9 George Street, she married Joseph William Bennett, 3 February 1923, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. Joseph (born 16 April 1899) was a woolcomber living in Bingley. They had a daughter, Annie Winifred, born 12 July 1924.

In the 1939 Register they were living at 10 Calvert Street, Bingley, with Joseph working as a general labourer. It is unclear what happened to them after this.

 

Bentley, Seth
28 October 1833 - 23 June 1897

Seth Bentley was the son of James Bentley. James was born c1793 in Baildon. He married Sarah Robinson 19 May 1912.

Seth, the youngest of 10 children, was born 28 October 1833 in Baildon. He was baptised 10 November 1833 in Otley.

Seth married Hannah Pollard in 1862. They had two children; Fred born c1864 and Sarah b c1869. In 1871 & 1881 they lived at 26 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

[Seth Bently recovered the body of a four year old child, Edward Sugden, who drowned on the 22 March 1871 after falling into the Leeds to Liverpool canal whilst playing.]

By 1891 Seth and his family had moved to 5 Bingley Road in Shipley. By 1897 they had moved to 29 Bradford in Shipley. Seth died 23 June 1897. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley.

The following article was published in the Shipley Times 26 June 1897: -

For some years he was a worker in the Saltaire Mills, under the late Sir Titus Salt, who had a high regard for him, and who selected him for post of manager of the public baths and wash house built by the late firm. For over twenty yean Mr Bentley filled this position, which brought him in contact (often friend and helper) with nearly every family in the place.
Seven or eight years ago, when the baths were closed, he went into business on his own account as a laundry proprietor.
Mr Bentley was man of strong religious convictions. Many years ago, he became follower of Swedenborg, and was one of the founders of the New Jerusalem Church at Saltaire. He remained an active supporter of that church to the end, and he will be much missed by the community which meets there.
In politics he was a staunch Radical, a strong anti-vaccination, and land reformer. Early in 1891 he headed an important deputation of influential working men from Shipley and district to invite Mr Byles to become a candidate for the Shipley Division, on the retirement of Joseph Craven. He was the same time, and for the express purpose of advocating this candidate, elected a member of the Executive of the Shipley Division Liberal Association, of which he was afterwards for several year the president. Mr Bentley, who enjoyed good health during the whole his life until his last illness, left behind him widow and one daughter. His only son was killed in America in 1891. The funeral to take place on Saturday.

In his will Seth left 490 7s 1d (worth c63k in 2019) to his widow. She died in 1918 as was buried alongside Seth.

Bickel, Minnie Esther
14 December 1877 - 9 July 1954

Minnie Esther Bickel was the daughter of Henry Bickel. Henry was born 19 June 1845 in Greenwich, Kent. He married Annie Eliza Wordley 25 December 1868 at Christchurch, St Marylebone, London.

Minnie, their third child, was born 14 December 1877 at Bottesford in Leicestershire. In 1881 the family were living in Bottesford with Henry working as a railway plate layer. By 1901 they had moved to 34 Church Street in Shipley. Henry died in 1911.

Minnie continued living in the house. In 1911 she was a comb minder. In 1921 she was a comb minder at Saltaire Mills. In the 1939 Register she was a wool comber living alone at 34 Church Steet. By 1945 she had moved away from Shipley.

The Shipley Times (12 March 1941) reported that Minnie had completed 50 years’ service at Saltaire Mill, and she had been presented with gifts and a framed certificate.

Minnie, who never married, died 9 July 1954 at 225 Windhill Old Road, Thackley, Bradford. In her will she left £2,789 2s 9d to Ethel Hird.

Biltcliffe, Henry Smith
1845 - 11 October 1901

Henry Smith Biltcliffe was the son of Cyrus Biltcliffe. Cyrus was born c1817 in Kirkburton, Huddersfield. He married Elizabeth Jenkinson 5 February 1838 in Kirkburton.

Henry (known as Harry), the third of nine children, was born 1845 in Huddersfield. In 1851 & 1861 they lived at Fulstone, Huddersfield with Cyrus working as a clog maker.

Henry married Annie Charlesworth 1874 in Huddersfield. They had seven children. In 1881 Henry was a butcher living with his family in Kirkheaton, Huddersfield. By 1891 he was a butcher living at 14 Constance Street in Saltaire. In 1901 Henry was a foreman in a worsted mill living at Dove Hall in Baildon.
Henry died 11 October 1901.

Report from Shipley Times Saturday 12 October 1901 as follows: -

SUDDEN DEATH AT SALTAIRE MILL.
Harry Biltcliffe, who resides at Dove Hall, Baildon, and who has been employed at Saltaire Mill for a number of years, fell down dead in the mill yard about 11 o'clock on Friday morning. The body was removed in the hand ambulance to the mortuary, where it awaits an inquest. The deceased was about fifty years of age.

[Colin's note - I can find no report regarding the inquest.]

Binns, Aesop
1852 - 27 December 1933

Aesop Binns was the son of Benjamin Binns. Benjamin was born c1812 in Northowram (near Halifax). He married Emma Holroyd, 6 December 1835, in Bradford Cathedral. In1851 they were living in Clayton with Benjamin employed as a cotton warp dresser.

Aesop was born 1852 in Clayton (near Bradford). Benjamin died in 1857. Aesop married Mary Hannah Brearley in 1875. They had four sons, but only one survived beyond infancy: Stephen, born 26 April 1879. In 1881 & 1891 the family lived in Clayton.

By 1896 they were living at 2 Albert Road (renumbered 3) in Saltaire with Aesop employed as a wool combing manager. By 1909 they had moved to 6 Ashfield Road in Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 20 February 1925: -

GOLDEN WEDDING

Married at the Zion Baptist Church, Bradford, by the Rev J P Chown, 15 February 1875 Mr. and Mrs Aesop Binns, Ottery House, Ashfield Road, Moorhead, Shipley, celebrated their golden wedding on Sunday.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Binns are natives of Queensbury Mrs. Binns' maiden name being Miss Mary Hannah Brearley. Mr. Binns began work when only eight years of age Black Dyke Mills as a paper tube maker when the mill hours were from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., and 2 pm on Saturdays.

He went through various departments, eventually being promoted to combing manager, which position he held for eight years. While resident at Queensbury, Mr, Binns was actively identified with Wesleyan Church and Sunday School. For several years was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. He had held nearly all the offices open to a laymen.

He severed his connection with Black Dyke Mills after 33 years' service and took the position of combing manager at Saltaire Mills, which he held for a period of 23 years, retiring about seven years ago.

During their residence at Shipley Mr. and Mrs. Binns, have been regular worshippers at Saltaire Wesleyan Church. They have had four sons, but only one survives—Mr. Stephen Binns, of Sherwood Grove, Shipley, who is* yarn salesman and manager of the spinning department at Saltaire Mills. They have one grandson. Mr. Binns is 72 years of age and Mrs. Binns 73.

Aesop died 27 December 1933.

Report from the Shipley Times 30 December 1933: -

DEATH OF MR. AESOP BINNS.

The death took place on Wednesday, in his eighty-second year of Mr. Aesop Binns, of Ottery House, Ashfield Road, Moorhead, Shipley, a former departmental manager of the Saltaire Mills.

Mr. Binns was a native of Queensbury. From the age of 8 he worked for the firm of John Foster and Son, Ltd., spinners and manufacturers. Queensbury, until he was about 42 years old. He then left to take the position of combing manager at the Saltaire Mills, where he worked for 25 years. He retired during the war period in consequence of ill-health and following a serious operation, Mr. and Mrs. Binns celebrated their golden wedding nine years ago. He leaves a widow and a son. Mr. Stephen Binns, who is a well-known Shipley resident.

Report in Shipley Times 10 March 1934 as follows: -

Aesop Binns, Ottery House, Ashfield Road, Moorhead, Shipley, late combing manager at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd, left £4,311, with net personality £3,702.

 

Binns, Stephen
26 April 1879 – 29 January 1972

Stephen Binns was the son of Aesop Binns. Aesop was born 1852 in Clayton (near Bradford). He married Mary Hannah Brearley in 1875.

Stephen, their only child was born 26 April 1879. In 1881 & 1891 the family lived in Clayton. By 1896 they were living at 2 Albert Road (renumbered 3) in Saltaire. In August 1898 Stephen passed a City & Guilds of London Institute exam in Wool & Worsted spinning at Salt Schools. In 1901 Aesop was employed as a wool combing manager and Stephen was a wool combing overlooker.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 15 January 1904:

WEST WARD ELECTIONS

A meeting of the West Ward Liberals was held at the Saltaire Liberal Club on Wednesday evening to elect members from that ward to form part of the Shipley “Liberal 200”.

(Stephen was listed as one those nominated.)

Stephen married Edith Goodall Straker in 1909 in Wandsworth, London. Edith was born 24 January 1886 in Lambeth, London. They had a son, Ronald Ewart Binns, born 21 February 1912 in Saltaire.

In 1911 Stephen, an assistant wool combing manager, was living alone with his wife at 2 Albert Road, his parents having moved to Shipley. They remained there until 1922 when they moved to 9 Sherwood Grove in Shipley.

From 1913 through to 1924 Stephen was reported as being President of the Shipley Textile Society.

Report from the Shipley Times 17 November 1922: -

WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE

The Victoria Hall, Saltaire, was tastefully decorated on Saturday night with flags, bunting, fire appurtenances, etc., the occasion being the fourth annual whist drive and dance held in connection with the Saltaire Mill Fire Brigade. Prominent among the decorations was the shield won at Harrogate few months ago by the brigade. The affair proved a huge success, about 350 people being present, including Supt. Proctor, of the Bradford Woolcombers’ Association, Mr. H. Searle (secretary at the Saltaire Mill), Mr. Stephen Binns, and other heads of departments at the Saltaire Mill.

In 1923 & 1924 Stephen & his wife attended the Saltaire Conversazioni Costume Ball. In 1923 they were “Jazz Pierrott” & “Lucky Black Cat”; in 1924 “Spanish Toreador” & “Dutch Girl.”

In August 1924, Stephen, as manager of the yarn department, presented the prizes to the boxers who took part in the first Annual Fete & Sports Gala organised by the Saltaire Mills Sports Association, held in Roberts Park.

Report from the Shipley Times 5 September 1924: -

SALTAIRE MILLS TENNIS DANCE.

The Royal Cafe, Saltaire, presented quite an animated scene on Saturday evening, when the Saltaire Mills Sports Association (tennis section) held a successful flannel dance. Mr. H. Pitchforth was M.C., and the music was supplied by Mr. Jack Read's Orchestra.

During the interval supper was served under the personal supervision of the manager (Mr. C. B. Stantan) and Mr. Pitchforth proposed the health of the tournament winners. Mr. H. M. Ward (secretary) reviewed the season’s progress. Subsequently Mr. Stephen Binns (manager of the yarn department) presented the cups and prizes won in the recent tournament. He remarked that the players were fortunate in being employed under directors who took such a keen interest in their welfare. He was pleased that the directors’ efforts were appreciated by the arrangement of these tournaments.

Report from the Shipley Times 6 November 1925: -

PRESENTATION AT SALT’S MILLS.

Mr. Stephen Binns, who has for nearly 32 years been employed at Saltaire Mills, and who has for many years been their yarn salesman and spinning departmental manager, left the employment of the firm on Saturday, in order to take over the duties of joint manager with Mr. Harry Ratcliffe, of John H. Beaver, Ltd., worsted spinners, of Bowling Green Mills, Bingley. Mr. Binns has also been appointed to the board of directors. Before leaving, Mr Binns was presented with two cases of pipes from his staff.

21 August 1926 Stephen with his wife and son arrived in Southampton from New York aboard S.S. Homeric. 10 August 1931 Stephen and his wife arrived in Durban, South Africa aboard S.S. Carnarvon Castle having sailed from Southampton. In the 1939 Register, Stephen was a travelling worsted spinning manufacturing director, living with his wife at 9 Sherwood Grove.

Stephen died 29 January 1972 at 26 Mount Avenue in Morecambe. In his will he left £18,694 (worth c£260,000 in 2020.)

His widow, Edith, died 6 August 1976 at The Bobbins, Station Road, Baildon. In her will she left £24,669 (worth c£190,000 in 2020.)

Their son, Ronald, died 13 December 2004 in Bingley.

 

Binns, Walter
27 December 1886 - 1963

Walter Binns was the son of Abraham Binns. Abraham was born c1849 in Cullingworth. He married Ann Fletcher 6 March 1876 at St John's Keighley. In 1881 they were living at 3 Herbert Street in Saltaire with Abraham working as a combing machine overlooker.

Walter, the youngest of four children, was born 27 December 1886 in Saltaire. He was baptised 13 September 1890 at Bingley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. In 1901 & 1911 Walter was a bobbin pegger, then an overlooker living with his widowed mother in Bingley.

Walter married Miriam Holmes 4 August 1915 at Bingley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. They lived all their lives at 28 Mitchell Terrace in Bingley.In March 1917 Walter was excused military duty as a weaving overlooker at Saltaire Mills.

Walter died in 1963, Miriam died 11 May 1973.

Birch, Frederick Arthur

Birch, Frederick Arthur - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour

Bland, Susannah (nee Cash)
30 May 1906 – 1979

Susannah Cash was 30 May 1906 in Keelby, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire, to Margaret Culley & Henry Cash

In 1911, Susannah 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, Susannah was a spinner working in Saltaire Mills.

Susannah married Fred Bland, 22 February 1930, at St. Peter’s Shipley. He was a farmer aged 22, living in Baildon. They had a daughter, Margaret, born in 1930, and a son, John, in 1939.

In the 1939 they were living with Susannah’s mother at 31 Whitlam Street. Fred was working as a waste puller. Fred died in 1978; Susannah died in 1979.

 

Blezzard, John

Blezzard, John - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour

Blythe, Abraham
c1847 - 16 May 1867

Report in the Leeds Times 25 May 1867 as follows:

Mr. Jewison, coroner, held an inquest at the Ring of Bells Inn, Shipley, on Saturday, on the body of Abraham Blythe, aged twenty, who died on the 16th inst. from being hurt at Saltaire works, where he was employed. He had been engaged cleaning a carding machine while in motion, and an accident occurred at a little distance from him, by which several pieces of iron were driven with great force to a considerable distance. One of these struck the deceased near his left ear, and it inflicted such injuries that be died shortly after. Verdict, "Accidentally killed"

Abraham was buried 19 May 1867 at Holy Trinity in Idle.

Boardman, Albert
3 August 1893 – 1969

Albert Boardman was the son of Thomas Boardman. Thomas was born c1856 in Salford, Lancashire. He married Annie, (maiden name and date of marriage unknown).

Albert was born 3 August 1893 in Bradford. He was baptised 25 September 1893 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Otley Road, Bradford.

Albert served in WW1 as a signalman in the Royal Navy. Having survived the war he married Annie Louisa Mellor 25 September 1920 at Holy Trinity, Idle. They had a son, Jack, born in 1924, and a daughter, Jean, born in 1929. From 1933 they lived at 31 Albert Road in Saltaire.

Albert worked as a joiner in Saltaire Mills. He was one of nearly 4,000 employees who went to Blackpool, 26 June 1953, to celebrate Saltaire Mills centenary.

Excerpt from a lengthy report in the Shipley Times 1 July 1953: -

Mr A. Boardman, of 31 Albert Road, a joiner at the mill was another who was full of praise for the smooth running organisation. “I thought it was a grand trip,” he said, “It was very well conducted, the weather behaved itself, and everybody enjoyed themselves.”

Albert and Annie Louisa, both died at 31 Albert Road. Albert in 1969, Annie on 4 March 1975.

 

Boardman, George Herbert
11 October1867 – 30 October 1921

George Herbert Boardman was the son of Henry and Martha Ann Boardman.

George was born 11 October 1867. He was baptised 28 December 1867 at St. Paul’s Manningham. The family lived at 21 Northfield Place in Manningham with Henry working as a stuff manufacturer.

In 1891George was working as a stuff manufacturer’s clerk. George’s father died in 1896.

George was initiated as a freemason 18 June 1900. He was a member pf the Victoria Lodge, Bradford. In 1901 George he was a stuff merchant salesman living with his widowed mother in Bradford.

George married Mary Alice Illingworth 9 November 1904 at St Paul’s Manningham. They had a daughter, Muriel, born 8 November 1908. In 1911 they were living with a servant at Woodside Avenue in Shipley. George died 30 October 1921.

Report in the Shipley Times 4 November:

Mr. George H. Boardman, a highly respected Shipley resident, died suddenly on Sunday (30 October) evening. Mr. Boardman, whose residence was at Nab Field. Nab Lane, Shipley; had an apoplectic seizure about 10.30 and died shortly afterwards.

The deceased gentleman, who was 54 years of age, was a member of the firm of Boardman and Smith, piece goods manufacturers, of Peace Mills, Woodroyd Road, West Bowling. He leaves widow and one daughter.

In 1919 Mr. Boardman was elected as a representative for Shipley West on the West Riding County Council, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. T. P. Sykes. He was a member of the Shipley Advisory Committee and of the Shipley War Pensions Committee, while as recently as last week he was appointed a representative of the County Council, in place of the late Alderman H. Dunn.

He was the vice-president of the Shipley Division Unionist Association, a member of the Shipley Unionist Club and a Past Master of the Victoria Lodge, Bradford (No. 2669) of the Order of Freemasons. He was also a member of the Charity Committee of the Province of West Yorkshire. Mr. Boardman was an enthusiastic golfer and was one of the original members of the Shipley Golf Club, of which body he was at one time a joint secretary. Two years ago he was a prime mover in a scheme for the provision of a handsome “Pence” cup by the founders of the club still remaining.

In the Saltaire district, Mr. Boardman was extremely well known and popular, as for a number of years he was a departmental manager at Saltaire Mills..

The funeral took place on Wednesday (2 November) afternoon at Nab Wood Cemetery. Prior to the interment a memorial service was held in St. Peter’s Church, Shipley, and the popularity which Mr. Boardman enjoyed and the respect in which he was held by his fellow-townsmen was reflected in the large attendance. The service, which was conducted by the Rev. F. Beresford Hope, was fully choral.

In a short address, Mr. Hope reviewed the close association Mr. Boardman had had with the Shipley, district, and remarked that all present had lost a good friend and a man always willing to help any good work.

As the funeral party left the church the Dead March from Saul was played by the organist. The Rev. F. B. Hope also officiated the graveside. Later the Freemasons assembled around the grave, and Mr. Edward Haley, P.G.O., P.P.G.W., read the Masonic oration. At the close the brethren cast their springs of accacia on the coffin.

Widow Mary was buried alongside her husband when she died 21 June 1958.

 

Boddy, James
30 March 1866 - 5 August 1907

James Boddy was the son of John Boddy. John was born 1843 in Bingley. He married Mary Ann Uttley 24 December 1864 at All Saints Bingley.

James, eldest child of four, was born 1866 in Bingley. He was baptised 20 May 1866 at All Saints Bingley. In 1871 they were living at 32 Caroline Street in Saltaire with John working as a weftman. In 1881 they were at 12 Shirley Street with John employed as an overlooker and James as a rover piler. They moved to 9 George Street around 1887. By 1889 they had moved to 26 Shirley Street where John was a clerk and James a weaver.

James married Sarah Elizabeth Ellis 12 May 1894 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. They had no children. In 1901 they were living at 67 St Paul's Road in Shipley with James working as a clerk. James died 5 August 1907.

Report from the Shipley Times Friday 9 August 1907 as follows:

The announcement of the death of Mr. James Boddy, organist and choirmaster at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church, came as a great shock to his many friends. Deceased, who resided at 67 St. Paul's Road, and worked at Saltaire Mills. He spent the Shipley Feast holidays at Douglas, Isle of Man, returning in time to resume his work on Wednesday morning of last week. During that morning he was seized by violent internal pains and was unable to go his work in the afternoon. As matter of fact had not enjoyed robust health since Whitsuntide, but nothing serious was apprehended.
Last week he was attended to by Drs. Eames and Walker, who found him to suffering from internal trouble of a very serious character.
On Monday morning last he was removed to the Royal Infirmary Bradford, where an operation was immediately performed. For some hours afterwards the doctors in charge of the case had hoped that he would pull through, but in the evening, he suddenly collapsed, and died about nine o'clock. Mr. Boddy, who was only 41 years of age leaves a widow, but no children.
The deceased was a capable musician, and formerly with the Saltaire Prize Choir. For several years he had officiated as organist and choirmaster at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel.
The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at the Nan Wood Cemetery. Prior to the interment a choral service was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel, and the large number of friends who assembled was evidence of the esteem and affection in which the deceased gentleman was held.

James was buried in the family grave in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. His widow joined him when she died 4 August 1919.

Boddy, John
1843 - January 1915

Ref. Article appearing in Saltaire WW1 Diary, 15 January 1915

John Boddy was the son of William Boddy. William was born c1815 in Yorkshire. He married Eliza Shuttleworth (born 1809 in Newcastle) 6 December 1835 at Bradford Cathedral. They lived in Bingley with William working as a labourer in an iron foundry. William died 14 January 1850 and Eliza died 22 January 1871.

John, the third of four sons, was born 1843 in Bingley. He married Mary Ann Uttley 24 December 1864 at All Saints Bingley. They had four children; James b1866 in Bingley and three born in Saltaire: Joseph, 1869; William, 1873; and Emma 1880.

In 1871 they were living at 32 Caroline Street in Saltaire. In 1881 they were at 12 Shirley Street, moving to 9 George Street by 1887. Around 1889 they had moved to 26 Shirley Street. From around 1896 they were living at 15 George Street where John remained until his death.

John worked at Saltaire Mill for fifty four years in various jobs; warehouseman, weft man, worsted overlooker and clerk. He was an active member of the Saltaire Wesleyan Church and at one time or another held practically all the offices open to a layman.

John died early in January 1915 and he was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery 7 January 1915.

Bone, George William

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Bookcock, Harold Craven

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Booth, Robinah
6 December 1884 - 1923

Robinah Booth was the daughter of James Wright Booth. James was born c1843 in Bradford. He married Agnes Thompson 14 Oct 1871 at St Paul's Shipley. They had no children; in 1881 they were living with James's parents at 26 Albert Road (renumbered 51) in Saltaire. James worked as a gardener in public parks. Agnes died in 1883. Widowed James married Clara Dearsley 12 January 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. Clara was living at 8 Albert Road (renumbered 15).

Robinah, the eldest of five children, was born 6 December 1884 in Saltaire. In 1891 the family were living at 41 Caroline Street in Saltaire. Robinah's mother died in 1894.

Her father married Elizabeth Jane Kennedy in 1895 in Easington, County Durham. In 1901 they were living in the Lodge in Saltaire Park. In 1911 Robinah, working as a spinner, was a boarder with the Laughlin family at 43 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 20 June 1919 as follows: -

An examination of the employees of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, who recently attended a course of ambulance instruction at the Cafe, Saltaire, has resulted as follows: -Passed for First Aid Certificate): - Robinah Booth.

Robinah, who never married, died in 1923.

Booth, Wilson
14 September 1892 - 1966

Wilson Booth was the son of Milton Booth. Milton was born c1861 in Oxenhope. He married Eliza Smith in 1885. In 1891 they were living in Haworth with Milton employed as a quarryman.

Wilson, the youngest of three children, was born 14 September 1892 in Oxenhope. The family lived in Oxenhope in 1901 & 1911 when Wilson worked as a stone delver. Wilson served as a private in WW1 from 3 May 1916 with the East Yorks. Regiment and the Yorks. & Lancs. Regiment. He was discharged 18 February 1919.

Wilson married Ethel Feather in 1919. In 1939 they were living at 16 Hillhouse Lane in Keighley. By 1952 they had moved to Saltaire living firstly at 12 Herbert Street then at 77 Victoria Road.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 10 February 1954 as follows: -
TELEVISION DAY AT SALTAIRE MILLS

For 40 minutes on Monday evening a skeleton staff took over the mill and answered the questions of BBC commentators Jean Metcalfe and Brian Johnston.
The programme took viewers through every department in the mill, and they heard local people explaining their own particular line.
Alf Grange, of 41 George Street, Saltaire, who has been a twister at the mill for 35 years demonstrated his job to Miss Metcalfe, and Mr. Wilson Booth, of 77 Victoria Road. Saltaire, foreman warp twister, further outlined the work in this department of the mill.

Wilson died in 1966.

Bould, Emma
1883 – 30 December 1921

Emma Bould was the daughter of George Bould. George was born 1850 in Staffordshire. He married Hannah Ollerenshaw, 21 June 1875, at St. Oswald’s in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. They had nine children. George worked as a gardener.

In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Hipperholme cum Brighouse. Emma, their fourth child, was born in 1883. By 1901 the family were living at 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

Emma worked at Saltaire Mills as a twister, then as a reeler. In the 1921 Census Emma was working as a nurse. She was living with: -

Elizabeth Ellen Burgess – head of the house – married sister, aged 43.
Ethel Burgess – Elizabeth’s daughter, aged 15
George Bould – father, aged 70
Hannah Bould – mother, aged 69
Hannah Maria Bould – spinster sister, aged 33
Mary Bould – spinster sister, aged 31.
Alice Bould – spinster sister, aged 26

Emma, who never married, died 30 December 1921.

Report in the Shipley Times 6 January 1922: -

The funeral of Miss Emma Bould (38), daughter Mr. and Mrs. Bould, 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire, whose death occurred on Friday (30 December), took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery on Wednesday (4 January).
In addition to the family mourners the funeral was attended by members Mrs. Frank Rhodes' Sunday School class, of which deceased was a representative of the Parish Church Sunday School, and fellow workpeople from Saltaire Mills. A service, conducted by Rev. F. B. Hope, was held in St. Peter’s Church, and Mr. Hope officiated at the graveside.

In her will Emma left £95 18s 1d., to two of her spinster sisters. She had a younger brother, John Bould, who served in WW1.


Bould, Hannah Maria
28 February 1888 – 3 February 1959

 Hannah Maria Bould, born 28 February 1888 in Brighouse, was the daughter of George Bould. She was baptised, 1 April 1888, at St. Martin’s Brighouse. George was born 1850 in Staffordshire; he married Hannah Ollerenshaw, 21 June 1875, at St. Oswald’s in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. They had nine children. George worked as a gardener.

In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Hipperholme cum Brighouse. By 1901 the family were living at 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

In the 1921 Census, Hannah was a clerk working at Saltaire Mills. She was living with: -

Elizabeth Ellen Burgess – head of the house – married sister, aged 43.
Ethel Burgess – Elizabeth’s daughter, aged 15
George Bould – father, aged 70
Hannah Bould – mother, aged 69
Mary Bould – spinster sister, aged 31.
Alice Bould – spinster sister, aged 26

Around 1935, Hannah moved to 5 Lockwood Street, Saltaire, with her parents. She moved away from Saltaire around 1946.

Having never married, Hannah died 3 February 1959 at 5 Heights Lane, Heaton, Bradford. In her will Hannah left £1,621 1s 1d., to Jennie Burgess, wife of Edgar Goodaire Burgess.

 

Bould, John

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Bower, Moses
1872 - 1928

Moses Bower was the son of Jonas Bower. Jonas was born c1843 in Bradford. He married Paulina Sharp 21 December 1863 at St Wilfrid's Calverley. In 1871 & 1881 they were living at 6 Amelia Street in Saltaire with Jonas working as a cotton dyer.

Moses, the middle child of three, was born 1872 in Saltaire. In 1891 he was a factory hand living his father at 22 Albert Terrace. In 1901 they were living at 6 Bath Buildings with Moses working as a mechanic's labourer.

Moses married Mary Jane Lambert 4 May 1907 at St Paul's Shipley. Mary was 15 years younger than Moses and she lived at 10 Bath Buildings. They had four children, with one dying in infancy. The family lived at 19 Amelia Street with Moses working as a greaser.

Moses was working at Salts Mill as reported in the Shipley Times 22 September 1928 as follows: -

Moses Bower (56), greaser Saltaire Mills, of Amelia Street, Saltaire, was on Monday night discovered by his wife with his throat cut. Bower had been in ill health for some time, he was taken to Saltaire Hospital and later in the evening conveyed to the Clayton Institution Infirmary.

Moses did not survive, and he died later in the year. His widow lived in Amelia Street until 1940 when she moved to 29 Glenside Road in Shipley. She died in 1964.

Bowmaker, Eliza Jane (nee Boyes)
30 November 1892 – 1 April 1983

Eliza Jane Boyes was the daughter of John Boyes. John was born c1857 in Old Malton, North Yorkshire. He married Maria Cooper, 8 June 1878, at Norton, near Malton. She was born, 22 April 1860, at Terrington, North Yorkshire. They had nine children. In 1881 they were living at Ryton, near Malton, with John working as a farm labourer. In 1891 & 1901 they lived in Pickering.

Eliza Jane was born 30 November 1892 in Great Barugh near Malton. In 1911 they were living at 6 Katherine Street, Saltaire, with Eliza working as a spinner and her father as a hoist man in a mill. In 1921 they were living at 53 George Street, Saltaire, with Eliza working as a weaver at Saltaire Mills.

Eliza married Walter Whittle, 4 June 1927, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. He was a widower aged 45. He lived at 8 Queens Street, Shipley, and worked as a mill mechanic.

Living at 6 Victoria Street, Shipley, Walter died 7 December 1931 at Salt’s Hospital. He died following a gas explosion in the mill yard of Messrs. Henry Mason Ltd, Victoria Works, Shipley. He, along with two other men, were dismantling an old gas meter, when it suddenly exploded. In his will he left Eliza £235 12s.

In the 1939 Register widow Eliza was a weaver living with her widowed mother at 6 Victoria Street. Eliza married Morris Bowmaker (born c1900) in 1948. He died 18 June 1951. He was buried/cremated in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, with Eliza’s father, John Boyes.

Twice widowed Eliza lived at 6 Victoria Street until after 1960. She died, 1 April 1983, in Bradford.

 

Boyes, Cyril

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Boyes, George Henry
10 December 1901 – 20 January 1982

 George Henry Boyes was the son of John Boyes. John was born c1857 in Old Malton, North Yorkshire. John married Maria Cooper, 8 June 1878, at Norton, near Malton. She was born, 22 April 1860, at Terrington, North Yorkshire. They had nine children. In 1881 they were living at Ryton, near Malton, with John working as a farm labourer. In 1891 & 1901 they lived in Pickering.

George was born, 10 December 1901. In 1911 they were living at 6 Katherine Street, Saltaire, with John working as a hoist man in a mill. In 1921 they were living at 53 George Street, Saltaire, with George working as a roving pegger at Saltaire Mills. In the 1939 Register George was an inmate at Oulton Hall Institute, Rothwell, Leeds.

George died, 20 January 1982, in Bradford.

 

Boyes, John
c1857 – 16 March 1924

 John Boyes was born c1857 in Old Malton, North Yorkshire. He married Maria Cooper, 8 June 1878, at Norton, near Malton. She was born, 22 April 1860, at Terrington, North Yorkshire. They had nine children.

In 1881 they were living at Ryton, near Malton, with John working as a farm labourer. In 1891 & 1901 they lived in Pickering.

Report in the Shipley Times 25 May 1906: -

SHIPLEY WOMAN’S FRAUD ON A FRIENDLY SOCIETY.

At the Pickering Police Court, on Friday (18 May), Maria J. Boyes, wife of John Boyes, Regent Street, Shipley, was charged with obtaining by false pretences from Thomas Harwood Bogg. of Great Habton, secretary of the Cresswell Lodge of the Grand United Order Oddfellows. on 26 March, the sum of £l, with intent to defraud, and on certain other dates other sums, amounting in all to £6, moneys of the said lodge.

Mr. Bogg was the first witness. He said he resided at Great Habton and was secretary to the Cresswell Lodge of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, John Boyes, husband accused, was a member the lodge, and formerly resided at Pickering Marishes.

In May 1905, witness received a certificate purporting to be signed by Dr. Mullany, of Shipley, and a letter from Maria J. Boyes stating that her husband had scalded his foot. On various, dates up to April this year he received similar certificates, some representing that her husband was suffering from blood-poisoning and others from a crushed log. By these certificates prisoner obtained about £8. Witness remitted the money, sometimes by postal orders, and other occasions by registered letters. In consequence of suspicion witness wrote to Dr. Mullany, but the letter came back marked “Left the district.”

Richard Harwood, huckster, of Kirby Misperton, stated that was treasurer of the club, and in consequence of some suspicion with regard to the certificates he went, on 12 May, to Shipley, and found John Boyes working at the Nab Wood Cemetery. After some conversation they went to Boyes’ house, and witness asked Mrs. Boyes if the signatures on the certificates and letters sent to Bogg were in her handwriting. She denied having written any of them. The husband then looked at the documents. Mrs. Boyes said to him, “You know they are not my writing.” Boyes replied, “Well, they have been either written by you or the little lass (meaning one of his daughters.) On the following day witness received letter from the husband, in consequence which a warrant was taken out for prisoner’s apprehension.

Sergeant Smith, stationed at Pickering, said: On 16 May 1906, I received the prisoner, Maria J. Boyes, into custody from the police at Bradford, and there charged her with obtaining by false from Thomas Harwood the sum of £l on 26 March 1906, and on other days before and after other sums, amounting in the whole to £8. I cautioned her in the usual way. when she said, “I am very sorry I got the money by false pretences.”

I brought the prisoner to Pickering the same day, where she asked to see the certificates and letters. I showed them to her in the presence of Superintendent Beswick. She then said, “All the certificates but one are in my handwriting. The first one Dr. wrote out when my husband slightly scalded his foot, but he did not stop working, and has not been off work for two or three years. I got certificate forms from Dr. Mullany’s surgery, where I had been at work.”

She then looked at the letters dated 10 March 1906, and 29 April, and said: “Those are in my handwriting. I sent them to Mr. Bogg. They are false, like the certificates. If they will only let me off, I will pay the money back.”

On being formally charged, prisoner pleaded guilty. She repeated that she would pay the money back if the magistrates would let her off. She said her husband knew nothing all about what she had done, nor did anyone else. The magistrates committed her for two months’ imprisonment.

In 1911 they were living at 6 Katherine Street, Saltaire, with John working as a hoist man in a mill. In 1921 they were living at 53 George Street, Saltaire, with John working as hoist driver at Saltaire Mills. Three of his children, Eliza Jane, Violet Beatrice, George Henry, and a granddaughter, Emily Gertrude Mabel, also worked in the mill.

John died, 16 March 1924. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. His widow joined him when she died, 20 July 1943.

 

Bramma, Ellison
30 March 1887 - 29 January 1964

Ellison Bramma was the son of Charles Bramma. Charles was born c1848 in Leeds. He married Mary Allison 24 December 1870 at Bradford Cathedral. They had 10 children, but four died in infancy.

Ellison was born 30 March 1887 born in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 19 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Charles working as an iron dresser. Ellison, an overlooker living at 4 Queen Street in Shipley, married Sarah Jennings 3 August 1910 at St Paul's Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 40 Mary Street in Saltaire, moving to 8 Mawson Street around 1915. By 1919 they were living at 27 Springswood Avenue in Shipley. In 1932 they were at 76 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Report from the Shipley Times 30 April 1932 as follows:

PASSENGERS ESCAPE IN OTLEY MISHAP
Passengers in a West Yorkshire bus on the Bradford to Otley service had an alarming experience shortly after five o'clock on Sunday afternoon. The bus, which was approaching Otley, was travelling down the hill below the Golf Clubhouse, and when opposite Kineholm it is stated that a motorcycle combination going the opposite way skidded across the road in front of it.
In an effort to avert a collision, the driver of the bus swerved to the right and applied his brakes, with the result that his vehicle skidded also. It caught the sidecar, and then mounted the footpath and crashed through the hedge into a field. A tree at the other side of the hedge was knocked down. There were several passengers in the bus, but they escaped with nothing worse than a shaking. The driver, Frank Robinson, of Chippendale Rise, Otley, also escaped. The sidecar was wrecked. Fortunately, there was no one it, and the driver of the machine, Ellison Bramma, Victoria Road, Saltaire, was unhurt. The bus was not damaged as much as might have been expected, and none of the glass was broken. It was reversed back on to the road under its own power The mishap was attributed to the greasy state of the road following a heavy shower.

By 1939 they were at 4 Glenaire Drive in Shipley, where Ellison spent the rest of his life.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 10 February 1954 as follows:

TELEVISION DAY AT SALTAIRE MILLS
For 40 minutes on Monday evening a skeleton staff took over the mill and answered the questions of BBC commentators Jean Metcalfe and Brian Johnston.
The programme took viewers through every department in the mill, and they heard local people explaining their own particular line.
Other employees who were interviewed (included) Mr. Ellison Bramma. of 4. Glenaire Drive Baildon, who has been 45 years with the firm and who is now the weaving manager.

Ellison died 29 January 1964 and left 5,840 to his widow, Sarah, who died in 1967. [5, 840 is worth c125,000 in 2019.]

Branigan, John
21 August 1858 – 1943

John Branigan was born, 21 August 1858 in Preston, Lancashire, to Irish parents, Michael & Margaret Branigan. In 1881 they were living in Bentham, North Yorkshire. Both John & his father worked as flax dressers.

John married Ann (maiden name unknown) in 1886. She was born c1864 in Bentham. They had twelve children, four of whom died in infancy.

In 1891 & 1901 they were living in Bentham, with John working as stationary engine fireman. From c1905 to c1932 they were lived at 12 Katherine Street, Saltaire. In the 1921 census, John was working as a wool washer at Saltaire Mills. Also working at Saltaire Mills and living with John and his wife were married daughter, Clara Harrison nee Branigan, and daughters Mary Ellen & Winifred Agnes.

John retired from work in 1931. His wife, Ann, died in 1937. In the 1939 Register John was living with his married daughter, Rose Ann Wilkinson, and her family at 6 Howarth Close in Bradford.

Report in the Bradford Observer 21 August 1941: -

A BRADFORD VETERAN

Many Happy Returns to Mr. John Branigan, of 30 Grandage Terrace, Whetley Hill, Bradford, who celebrates his eighty-third birthday today (21 August).

Born at Preston, Mr. Branigan came to Yorkshire nearly 40 years ago, and was employed at Saltaire Mills until his retirement in 1931.

John died in 1943.

 

Bray, Carter
3 October 1875 - 25 July 1944

Carter Bray was the son of Andrew Bray. Andrew was born 16 January 1848 in Kirkburton near Huddersfield. He married Martha Ann Armitage in 1871. They lived in Kirkburton with Andrew employed as a cloth worker.

Carter, who had an older sister, was born 3 October 1875 in Kirkburton. In 1891 he was a domestic gardener living with the Fell family in Shelley, a small village in the parish of Kirkburton. Carter, working as a groom, married Alice Butterfield 25 August 1900 at St Michael's, Cottingley. They had at least three daughters. In 1901 they were living in Bingley. In 1911 Carter was a domestic chauffeur living at Green Lane Lodge in Baildon. The lodge was the property of Bertram Foster Roberts, son of Sir James Roberts who owned Saltaire Mills. Working at Saltaire Mills Carter 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) Carter Bray, 40, married, Grade 3, motor driver.

Carter's wife, Alice, died 2nd Qtr. 1939 when they were living at Parkfield Lodge, Bingley with Carter working as a motor lorry driver. Carter died 25 July 1944; in his will he left 238 12s to his married daughter, Nellie Gledhill.

Bray, Eva Gladys (nee Bennett)
9 December 1896 - 1967

Eva Gladys Bennett was the daughter of Harry Bennett. Harry was born c1870 in Suffolk. He married Ann Thornton in 1890.

Gladys, their only child, was born 9 December 1896 in Shipley. In 1901 they were living at 23 George Street in Saltaire with Harry working as a worsted weaver overlooker. In 1911 they were living at 37 Caroline Street with Gladys working as a doffer.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 20 June 1919 as follows:

An examination of the employees of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, who recently attended a course of ambulance instruction at the Cafe, Saltaire, has resulted as follows: -Passed for First Aid Certificate): - Gladys Bennett.

Gladys married William Henry Bray, a widowed wool sorter, 30 September 1933 at St Peter's Shipley. They had no children. They lived at 27 Fanny Street in Saltaire. Gladys died in 1969.

Brear, Amos
c1845 – 14 March 1919

Amos Brear was the son of Henry Brear. Henry was born c1803 in Manningham. He married Sarah (date of marriage and maiden name unknown).

Amos, the second of four children, was born c1845 in Bradford. In 1851 the family were living in Bowling, with Henry working as an overlooker. They moved to Saltaire around 1854 and in 1861 they were living at 37 George Street (re-numbered 63).

Amos married Ruth Denby, 21 December 1869, at Saltaire Congregational Church. They had two children: Albert born 1873, and Louisa born 26 January 1875. In 1871 they were living at 22 Saltaire Road in Shipley, moving to 66 Saltaire Road by 1881. In 1901 they were living at 227 Bingley Road, where Amos remained the rest of his life. Amos died 14 March 1919.

Report from the Shipley Times 21 March 1919 as follows: -

With the death of Mr. Amos Brear, which took place at his residence, Lyndene, Nab Wood, on Friday, Shipley has lost one of its best known and most esteemed citizens. He bad reached the age 74, and had been ill a very short time, and the news of his death came with a shock of surprise to many of his friends.

Although born in Bradford, Mr. Brear spent practically all his life in Shipley, coming to Saltaire at the age of nine with his parents, who occupied the second completed house the village, then being erected. Originally a worker in Saltaire Mills, at which he became a spinning overlooker, he commenced in 1866, along with his brother the drapery business in Saltaire Road which is now the oldest established drapery business in Shipley.

After the retirement of his brother in 1877 Mr. Brear developed and extended the business and carried it on with the help of his son, Mr. Albert Brear (the present proprietor), until 1893, when he retired. Until the last, however, he preserved his interest in the business and gave regular willing assistance to within a few weeks of his death.

Mr. Brear was held in great respect and esteem by the tradesmen of Shipley, and this feeling found expression in 1906. when he was elected President the Tradesmen's Association. His connection with the Association dated from its formation.

At the time of his death Mr. Brear was the senior deacon of the Saltaire Congregational Church, and he had Served on the diaconate for 37 years. For over 20 years he was also treasurer of the church. With the church and Sunday school at Saltaire he had indeed been closely connected for over 65 years, his name being fifth on the scholarship roll of the Sunday school when it was commenced in the house, now 10 Caroline Street, Saltaire. He witnessed the formation of the church in 1857, when his father (the late Henry Brear) was elected one of the deacons; the erection of the present church building in 1859; and of the Sunday schools in Victoria Road in 1876.

For nearly 50 years he was teacher in the Sunday school, and for some years acted as its superintendent, a record it would difficult to surpass or equal. Scholars trained by him are now settled all parts of the world, and many of them he kept in touch until the end.

Next to his home, Saltaire church and school were the greatest interests in his life, and these he devoted himself with unstinted ardour. By none will his death more keenly felt than his fellow-workers worshippers at Saltaire. He was married in Saltaire Church in 1869, and he would have celebrated his golden wedding next December.

Mr. Brear was a director for the last 15 years of the Bingley Building Society, a meeting of which he attended a fortnight before his death.

A lifelong Liberal, and a member of the West Ward Liberal Club, he unsuccessfully contested two Urban Council elections in 1899 and 1913.

After he was 50 years of age, he became a keen and enthusiastic cyclist, and rode many thousands of miles, his favourite “run” being to Bridlington, a journey he performed with ease after he had reached the age of 70. Such was his abounding vitality that even at that age he could tire out much younger men and appear at the end of a long days’ cycling almost fresh as the beginning. He was also well known to many as a strong and persistent advocate of the cold rub down every morning and the use of the rough friction towel, maintaining that there was no practice more conducive to the promotion health and vigour. His own astonishing vigour and energy until the illness from which died came upon him were a strong testimonial to his doctrine, He was a lifelong abstainer and non-smoker. In addition to his hobby of cycling he was very fond of gardening, and he was a great lover of nature. He leaves a wife, son, and daughter.

Amos was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. In his will he left £6,794 3s 5d (worth c£360,000 in 2019) to his widow and two children. Ruth, his widow, died 30 May 1923 at 1 Glenview Terrace in Shipley and she was buried alongside him.

The following is taken from a souvenir brochure produced by Saltaire Congregational Church for its Golden Jubilee in 1907: -

Photograph of Amos Brear which appeared in the souvenir brochure.

Mr Amos Brear, our esteemed Senior Deacon, has been closely associated with our Church since his boyhood. His father, the late Henry Brear, served the Church well from its beginning until his death, as member and Deacon; and his son has splendidly carried on the family tradition.

Mr. Brear has been a Sunday School Teacher for at least 36 years, Superintendent for some years, and Treasurer of the Church for 13 years, and has devoted himself whole-heartedly throughout to its interests.

Of him we may say, even in his presence, without suspicion of insincerity or flattery, that he considers no sacrifice too great for the Church which he loves, and no labour too hard in its services.

For 53 years he has been in unbroken connection with the Church and Schools – a record it would be difficult to equal – and we trust that health and strength may be given to him for many years yet of loving and devoted toil for Christ and His Kingdom.

 

Briggs, Charles Hawkswell
14 December 1851 - 19 November 1917

Charles Hawkswell Briggs was the son of unmarried mother, Lydia Briggs who was born 1830 in Gomersal. Charles was born 14 December 1851 in Gomersal.

Lydia married John Booth 18 June 1867 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living in North Bierley with Charles working as a commercial clerk and his step father as a maltster.

Charles married Emma Jane Crossland in 1878. In 1881 they were living in Gomersal with Charles working as a bookkeeper. By 1891 they had moved to Bradford in Cleckheaton. From around 1901 they lived in Baildon Green. Charles worked as cashier/company secretary at Saltaire mills from 1893 until his death. His duties included representing the company at the Shipley Military Tribunal and collecting the rent from Sir James Roberts's tenants in Scotland.

Charles and Emma had five children:-

Edith Lydia (b 22 April 1878)
Mary (b1881 - died in infancy)
Amy Evelyn (b 31March 1887)
William John (19 July 1890 - 1975)
Thomas Arthur (3 November 1894 - 1972)

Charles died 19 November 1917 when he was in Greenock in Scotland. His funeral took place at Saltaire Congregational Church, where he had been a deacon for 22 years, on Friday 23 November 1917. There were representatives at the funeral from the church, the Providence Place Congregational Church Cleckheaton, and the Baildon Lodge of Freemasons (of which he was a member). Employees at Saltaire Mills attended and his friends included Sir Ellis Denby, Mr A Bagnall and Mr Joe Charlesworth. Mr F A Ackroyd represented Sir James Roberts who was unable to attend through illness.

Charles was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. In his will he left 1,080 18s 6d (worth c55k in 2015) to his wife, Emma. She died 14 May 1938 and was buried alongside him.

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Charles Hawkswell Briggs, Nab Wood, Shipley

Image added: 7 December 2017, courtesy Colin Coates.

Briggs, Samuel
29 January 1848 - 27 January 1908

Samuel Briggs was the son of David Briggs. David was born 1 May 1822 in Windhill. He married Martha Kendall 13 November 1842 at St Wilfrid's Calverley.

Samuel, the third of 11 children, was born 29 January 1848 in Windhill. In 1851 the family were living in Idle with David working as a cotton warp dresser. By 1861 they were living at 14 Titus Street in Saltaire. They had moved to 35 Titus Street by 1871 with Samuel working as a cotton warp dresser.

Samuel emigrated to America in1872. He married Jane Newsome 23 April 1873 in Milton, Stratford, New Hampshire. Jane was born in Baildon in 1846 and she had moved to America in 1873. The married couple lived in Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York. They had three children.

Samuel and his wife died within a few hours of each other on 27 January 1908.
Report from Shipley Times 31 January 1908 as follows:

The friends in this district of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Briggs, late of Saltaire. but who for the last thirty-five years or more have resided at Jamestown, New York, America, were shocked to hear that they had both passed away within a few hours of each other.
A cablegram was received in Shipley on Sunday morning announcing the death of Mrs. Briggs, and this was followed on Monday afternoon a second message stating that Mr. Briggs had also passed away.
In the summer of 1903 Mr. and Mrs. Briggs and their daughter paid a visit to Saltaire to spend a few days with their relatives. They were both then apparently in the enjoyment of fairly good health, and as no letter had been received intimating that either of them was seriously ill, the news of their deaths came as a great shock.
Mr. Briggs was the second son of the Mr. David Briggs. In his younger days he worked at Saltaire Mills, and afterwards at a dyehouse in Bradford.
Shortly after his emigration to America he obtained a good appointment in the Jamestown Wool Mills, and ultimately was offered and accepted a partnership in the firm. At the time of his death he was the principal the company, which carry on extensive business as spinners and manufacturers. The deceased's wife was Miss Newsome, of Saltaire. The funerals took place on Wednesday at Lake View Cemetery Jamestown.

The following is from the Jamestown Evening Journal as published in the Shipley Times 14 February 1908: -

Mr Briggs was born at Windhill in Yorkshire, England on 29 January 1848, being the son of David Briggs and Margaret Kendall.
At the early age of eight years, in accordance with the custom of the times, he went to work in a worsted mill in Shipley, working for half a day and attending school the other half. From Shipley he went to Saltaire, securing employment in a dyehouse, and although devoting several months to warpdressing, he made a study of dyeing while gaining a livelihood. When but twelve years of age he began to work full days, and consequently had little but little opportunity to gain an education in the public schools.
Even when a boy working in a mill Mr Briggs displayed the qualities which made for success in after life, and it is said that he did the utmost in his power to better his condition. Realising that without an education he would be severely handicapped in the battle of life, he continued his studies in the public night school in Saltaire. At this time his wages were small, but he always managed to save something, and this cultivated habit of thrift, which, combined with ceaseless activity, brought a deserved reward.
Up to the time of his departure from England for the United States in 1872 his life was barren of important events as was that of the average young factory employee of the period, but in Manchester, N.H. (America) he assumed charge of a dyeworks, securing the position for the reason that he had prepared carefully for it, even at great personal inconvenience. His marriage to Miss Jane Newsome took place at Milton, N.H. on 23 April 1873, and shortly afterwards the couple took up their residence in Jamestown.
Mr Briggs entered the employ of the Jamestown Alpaca Mills (now the Jamestown Worsted Mills) as the head of the dyeing department; subsequently he was promoted to the superintendency of the 'growing' plant and in the early eighties became one of the partners. On becoming a member of the firm of Hall and Co., however, he retained the position of superintendent, and up to the time of his death he had immediate supervision over all departments of the mammoth textile manufacturing establishment which now employs about 1000 persons.
Mr Briggs took a deep interest in the affairs of Jamestown, and for several years served as a member of the council from the Fifth ward. He assisted in organising the Union Trust Company in 1894 and served continuously since that time as one of the vice presidents of the Institution. He was a member of the Jamestown Club, and held the position of president of the Brass Band Association of Jamestown, taking great interest in the work of the Anglo-American Brass Band which consists very largely of his countrymen.
As was the case with his wife, Mr Briggs had not been in good health for several years, and largely for this reason the family spent the coldest part of the winter on the Briggs' plantation in Florida. Of late his illness had grown rapidly worse, and he went to New York for the purpose of undergoing an operation of a very serious nature. While there however, he was summoned home by the sudden change for the worse in the condition of Mrs Briggs. He arrived on Friday noon, and his beloved wife passed away the following day. A few hours after her death he commenced to sink and passed asway as stated.

Broadbent, William Pitts
1834 - 1899

William Pitts Broadbent was the son of Samuel Broadbent. Samuel was born 1802 in Shipley. He married Mary Pitts 24 May 1836 at All Saint's, Bingley.
William, an only child was born in 1834 in Bingley. In 1841 the family were living in Shipley with Samuel working as a waggoner. Samuel died 10 April 1858.

William, a mason, married Sarah Ann Park 26 September 1857 at Bradford Cathedral. They had at least nine children, including the renowned sculptor, Abraham Broadbent. In 1861 & 1871 they lived with William's widowed mother, Mary, at Shipley then moving to Hirst Mills. Mary died 8 October 1874.
In 1881 William and his family lived at 1 Myrtle Place in Saltaire. His wife, Sarah, died 18 January 1886 and was buried three days later in St Paul's churchyard, Shipley. In 1889 widowed William was living at 50 George Street.

Report from the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer 27 September 1889 as follows:

On Saturday afternoon about two o'clock, William Broadbent, fifty-five years of age, of George Street, Saltaire, sustained a severe injury to his foot while engaged at his occupation as a mason at Saltaire Mills. He was assisting to lay a weighing machine, when a heavy iron girder fell on to his foot, crushing it seriously. He was conveyed to Sir Titus Salt's Hospital, where he is still under the care of the surgeon, Mr. D'Arcy B. Carter.

In 1891 William was at 50 George Street with four of his children and a lodger.
William was residing at 12 Shirley Street when he died in 1899. He was buried 7 July 1899.

Broadley, James
1829 - 1887

James Broadley was born 1829 in Bradford to parents unknown. He may have an illegitimate child. In 1841 & 1851 he was living with his grandfather, John Broadley, at Heaton in Bradford.

In 1851 James was working as a weaver. James married Esther Bateson 25 November 1854 at Bradford Cathedral. They had a daughter, Sarah, born 1859 and a second daughter, Mary, born in 1860. In 1861 they were living at 12 Titus Street in Saltaire.

By 1856 James was working as an overlooker at Saltaire Mills.
James was credited with a patent as reported in the Bradford Observer as follows: -

James Broadley, of Saltaire, overlooker to Messrs Titus Salt, Sons and Co., for improvements in weaving. Dated 24 November 1856.

In August 1857 James won 1st prize for his Scarlet Geraniums at the Airedale Floral Society Show held in the grounds of Shipley Old Hall. In April 1858 James, along with Frederick Mowbray an engineer from Bradford, was credited with a patent for "improvements in means in means or apparatus employed in weaving." James had similar patent in November 1861.

James won several prizes at the Saltaire Horticultural Show in August 1864.
James and his family were living and working in Halifax in February 1866 when James was awarded another patent. In the 1871 they were living in Halifax.
By 1874 James was working for George Hodgson, a loom manufacturer in Bradford. He was awarded several more patents whilst thus employed. In 1881 he was living with his family at Heaton.

James died in 1887. His widow, Esther, died in 1919.

Brockhill, Ivy (nee Free)
27 February 1905 – 1987

Ivy Free was the daughter of Robert Free. Robert was born in 1873 in Cambridgeshire. He married Jane Anne Backhouse in 1896 in Tadcaster.

Ivy, the fifth of seven children, was born, 27 February 1905, in Portington near Goole. By 1911 they had moved to Tadcaster; Robert was a farm labourer. In 1914 the family were living at 1 Shirley Street in Saltaire and by 1918 they had moved to 38 George Street. In 1921 they were living at 15 Victoria Road, Saltaire, with Ivy and the rest of her family working at Saltaire Mills. Ivy was a weaver.

Ivy married Jack Brockhill in 1926. He was born, 4 September 1903. They had two sons – Billy in 1931 and Kenneth in 1934.

In the 1939 Register they were living at 6 Oxford Terrace, Baildon, with Jack working as a grocer’s assistant. They remained here until around 1958.

Jack won several prizes at the Shipley Cage Bird Shows in 1948 & 1955. Ivy died in 1987, Jack in 1989.

 

Brotherton, Robert Lee

Brotherton, Robert Lee - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour

Brown, James
11 August 1875 -????

James Brown was the son of William Brown. William was born c1834 in Leeds. He married Margaret McDonald 19 January 1852 at St Peter's Leeds. The family lived in Leeds with William working as a shoemaker.

James was born 11 August 1875 in Leeds. In 1891 he was a cloth weaver, which was his occupation for the rest of his life. In c1900 he married Margaret Ann (exact marriage date and her maiden name are unknown). They had at least three children with one dying as an infant. In 1901 they were living in Headingley; by 1911 they had moved to Bolton Woods, Bradford. From 1915 to 1925 they lived at 41 Ada Street in Saltaire.

James did not serve in WW1. As a cloth cutter at Saltaire Mills he was granted a postponement to enlist by the Shipley Military Tribunal in October 1917.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 15 February 1918, again referring to the Tribunal: -
Mr James Brown, 42 years of age last August, Grade 3, appealed on domestic grounds. In reply to the Chairman, he stated that the conditions at home were no better than before. In fact he was rather worse than before. Postponed to June 30th.
Report from the Shipley Times 2 May 1919: -
GAMBLING SCHOOL ON THE RUN
At the Bradford West Riding Police Court yesterday, before Sir Wm. Forest (in the chair), and other magistrates. Reginald Ridgway, cloth finisher, of 15 Shirley Street; Charles Wainfall, apprentice, of 17 Constance Street; Sidney Bowen, cloth finisher, 24 George Street; James Brown, cloth finisher, of 41 Ada Street; Charles Mounsey, labourer, of 17 Shirley Street; Albert Edward Schofield, apprentice, of 70 George Street; Anthony McGowan, doffer. of 21 May Street; Harry Ratcliffe, millhand, Shirley Street; Wm. Ed. Lancaster, labourer, 9 George Street; Sam Butterfield, labourer, of 14 Maddock Street; and Edward and Wm. Hogan, labourers, of 61 Hirst Wood Road, Shipley, were summoned for gaming in Hirst Wood on April 20th.
P.C. Farnell said that in consequence of complaints with respect to gambling in Hirst Wood, went in company with Sergt. Cockshott and P.C. Hinsdale to the Wood in the afternoon, when they found the defendants playing pitch and toss. They were in a circle, and money changed hands several times while witness watched the game for three minutes. When the players saw him, they ran in the direction of Shipley, but four them were caught, and from them they ascertained the names and addresses of the other eight. He believed that Brown, who was 40 years old, was the ringleader.
Sergt. Cockshott told the Bench that complaints had been received of gaming in Hirst Wood and in the Cemetery. P.C. Hinsdale corroborated. There were no previous convictions against the defendants, who all pleaded guilty with the exception of' McGowan and Wm. Hogan
A fine of 20s. each including costs was imposed all cases excepting that of Brown, who had to pay 40s. The Chairman told Brown that was much older than the other gamblers and. he ought to have known better.


After Ada Street they lived at the following addresses: -
1926 to 1927 - 4 Hirst Lock Cottages, Shipley
1928 to 1930 - 4 Park Street, Shipley
1931 to 1934 - 21 Albert Road, Saltaire
1935 to 1948 - 20 Constance Street, Saltaire

It is unclear what happened to James after 1948.

 

Buck, Mary
c1872 - 13 July 1920

Mary Buck was the daughter of William Buck. William was born c1834 in Ireland. He was a farm labourer when he married Mary Grogan in 1861 in Leeds. They had at least six children. In 1871 they were living in Horsforth.

Mary was born c1872. By 1881 Mary was living with her parents and siblings at 32 Ada Street in Saltaire. Having never married, Mary died 13 July 1920.

Report from the Shipley Times 16 July: -

Sudden Death
Mrs. Mary Buck, of Ada Street, Saltaire, who for a number of years has been employed at Sir Titus Salt Bart Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, died at the Saltaire Hospital on Tuesday evening after having fainted at her work in the morning.
When the deceased became suddenly ill several of the members of the Saltaire Mills Nursing Division rendered first aid, but realising the seriousness Mrs. Buck's condition, sent for Dr. Sharpe, of Saltaire, who ordered the deceased's removal the hospital.

In her will Mary left 66 0s 6d (worth 3,000 in 2020) to her spinster sister Sarah.

Buck, Sidney
4 August 1903 – 29 April 1985

Sidney Buck was born, 4 August 1908, in Goole to John William Buck & Evelyn Bruines. They lived in Goole with John working on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway as a porter.

Sidney, a labourer, married Ivy Hannah Askam, a wool comber, 21 April 1930, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. She was born, 9 August 1903, in Goole. They were both living at 23 Ada Street, Saltaire, the home of Ivy’s parents. They had at least three children.

By 1932 they were living at 1 Caroline Street, Saltaire, where they remained until 1947.

In the 1939 Register, Sidney was a wool warehouseman and Ivy, a comb minder. Sidney was a member of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade.

From 1948 until after 1960 they lived at 32 George Street, Saltaire. Ivy died in 1981. Sydney died 29 April 1985 at 9 Grosvenor Road, Shipley.

 

Bullock, Norman
1908 – 1 December 1938

Norman Bullock was born in 1908 in Burley-in-Wharfedale to Herbert Bullock & Annie Elizabeth Watson. In 1901 they were living at 28 Dale Street in Shipley with Herbert working as a bricklayer. By 1911 they were living at 38 Ashley Road in Shipley with Herbert working as a bricklayer. By 1915 they had moved to 3 Caroline Street in Saltaire. Herbert served in WW1 and was killed in action 1 July 1916.

In 1921 Norman was living with his mother and siblings at 3 Caroline Street. He was working as a doffer in the spinning department at Saltaire Mills. Norman was an amateur boxer.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 18 February 1927: -

That Shipley can produce some good boxers was evident, Fred Sheldon, of Saltaire, winning his way in fine style through the 8st. 7 open competition.

Norman Bullock, also of Saltaire, gave Sheldon a good run in the final, although he was far from scientific on occasions.

Working as a labourer he married an 18-year-old twister, Mabel Walters, 3 December 1927 at St. Peter’s, Shipley. They were both living at 3 Caroline Street. They had three children.

Norman died 1 December 1938 in Salt’s Hospital following a car accident.

Report in the Shipley Times 3 December:

TWO SHIPLEY MEN KILLED
COLLISION WITH STATIONARY LORRY

A shocking tragedy in which two men were killed and their three friends had miraculous escapes occurred in Otley Road, Charlestown, late on Wednesday (30 November) evening.

The dead men were Kenneth Holgate, 23, builder, of 38 Ashley Road, Shipley, and Norman Bullock, aged 30, painter, of 25 Glenside Road, Shipley.

The other three men involved in the accident were: William Sharpe, aged 24, shop assistant, of Clarence Parade, Horsforth, (the driver of the car); Willie Neale, aged 24. french polisher, of Ashley Road, Shipley; and Fred Pickles, aged 27, grocer, of Castlemoor Road, Baildon.

One of the dead men, Holgate, was to have been married at Christmas, to Miss Maud Craven, of Hirst Wood Road, Shipley. Bullock was a married man with three young children. All five men were Rover Scouts associated with the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School.

They were travelling in a two-seater coupe which came into collision with a stationary motor lorry and trailer in Otley Road, Charlestown.

It appears that Bullock was sitting in the seat alongside the driver, with Neale on his knees, and Holgate and Pickles were in the dickey seat at the rear. The car was travelling in the direction of Shipley, and the motor lorry and trailer were pulled up the near side of the road, also facing Shipley.

The rear of the trailer cut the top of the car completely away, and Holgate was practically decapitated. The car then skidded across the road and Bullock was catapulted out onto one of the side streets. The driver of the car and Pickles, both of whom were on the off side of the car escaped serious injury.

Both Bradford and Shipley ambulances were summoned, and Bullock was rushed to the Saltaire Hospital, where he died early the following morning.

Neale was also taken to the hospital and was detained suffering from severe shock. On inquiry at the hospital, it was learned that Neale was making favourable progress.

Norman was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. He was joined by his mother, Ann Eliza Bullock, when she died, 16 September 1950, aged 69. In his will he left £266 4s.

 

Burgess, Elizabeth Ellen (nee Bould)
20 February 1878 – 5 July 1928

Elizabeth Ellen Bould, born 20 February 1878 in Brighouse, was the daughter of George Bould. George was born 1850 in Staffordshire; he married Hannah Ollerenshaw, 21 June 1875, at St. Oswald’s in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. They had nine children. George worked as a gardener.

In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Hipperholme cum Brighouse. By 1901 the family were living at 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

Elizabeth married Edgar Storr Burgess, 7 June 1902, at St. Pauls, Shipley. He was a bleacher aged 26 living in Lidget Green. They had a daughter, Ethel, born in 1905. Edgar died,15 December 1908 and was buried in Scholemoor Cemetery, Bradford.

By 1911, widow Elizabeth was living with her parents and siblings at 74 Victoria Road. In the 1921 Census, Elizabeth was head of the house and she was working as a burler & mender at Saltaire Mills. She had living with her: -

Ethel Burgess – Elizabeth’s daughter, aged 15
George Bould – father, aged 70
Hannah Bould – mother, aged 69
Emma Bould - spinster sister, aged 31
Hannah Maria Bould – spinster sister, aged 33
Mary Bould – spinster sister, aged 31
Alice Bould – spinster sister, aged 26

Elizabeth died, 5 July 1928, at 74 Victoria Road. She was buried in Scholemoor Cemetery, Bradford.

 

Burgess, Ethel
1905 – 1956

 Ethel Burgess was born in 1905 to Edgar Storr Burgess & Elizabeth Ellen Bould. Her father died, 15 December 1908. By 1911, Ethel was living with her mother’s family at 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

Report in the Shipley Times 31 March 1916: -

PATRIOTIC CHILDREN

A children’s concert held on Saturday afternoon, in the house of Mrs. Guerin, 73 Victoria Road, Saltaire, in aid of the supply of postage stamps for the wounded soldiers at the Bradford War Hospital, has realised 10s.

The youthful artistes, not one of whom exceeded the age of ten, had worked enthusiastically for a few weeks, rehearsing, and selling tickets, printed by Master Jack Rooum, at one penny each for their concert.

The names of the children were Misses Ethel Burgess (10), Maud Guerin (10), Clara Saynor (10), Clara Rhodes (10), Edna Pearson (9), Alice Bould (5), and Master Jack Rooum (7).

In the 1921 Census, Ethel was a burler & mender at Saltaire Mills. She was living with: -

Elizabeth Ellen Burgess – head of the house – mother, aged 43.
George Bould – father, aged 70
Hannah Bould – mother, aged 69
Emma Bould - spinster sister, aged 31
Hannah Maria Bould – spinster sister, aged 33
Mary Bould – spinster sister, aged 31
Alice Bould – spinster sister, aged 26

Ethel’s mother died, 5 July 1928. Around 1935, Ethel moved with her grandparents to 5 Lockwood Street, Saltaire. Having never married, Ethel died in 1956.

 

Burgoyne, Alfred Wheatley
21 January 1901 – 1996

Alfred Wheatley Burgoyne was the son of George Alfred Burgoyne. George was born 1873 in Kilburn, Derbyshire. He married Lucy Hill, 17 June 1900, in Pleasely, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. They had at least four children.

Alfred, their first child, was born 21 January 1901 in Pleasely. In 1901 & 1911 the family lived in Pleasely, with George working as a miner.

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Photograph, c1917, of Alfred Wheatley Burgoyne (third from left) with his parents and siblings, courtesy of Barbara Winder.

By 1930 Alfred was living at 4 Glenview Terrace, Shipley. He married Eva Moss, 20 April 1933. Report from the Shipley Times 22 April 1933: -

Mr. Alfred Wheatley Burgoyne, the hon. secretary of the Saltaire Cricket Club and captain of the club’s second team, elder son of Mr. G. A. Burgoyne, J.P., and Mrs. Burgoyne, of Mansfield, was married to Miss Eva Moss, the only daughter Mr. and Mrs, Harry Moss, of 116, Horton Grange Road, Bradford, at St. Columba’s, Bradford, on Thursday (20 April).

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Evans Rowlands, with Mr. J. B. Dalby, of Saltaire, at the organ.

The bride is the holder of an E.A.W. Grade 1 Diploma in Electrical Housecraft and hon. secretary of the Bradford branch of the Electrical Association for Women, for the formation of which branch she was largely responsible. She is also a member of the committee of the Old Granger’s Dramatic Society and played prominent parts in “The Ghost Train” and “Double or Quit" when they were produced by the society at the Bradford Civic Playhouse in April and December of last year.

Her father, Mr. Harry Moss, A.M.I.E.E., is the chairman of the Bradford branch of the Electrical Contractors’ Association and vice-chairman of the Publicity Club of Bradford.

In addition to his connection with the Saltaire Cricket Club, the bridegroom is a member of the staff of Messrs. Salts (Saltaire) Ltd. and was formerly captain of the firm’s football team in the Industrial League.

Given away by her father, the bride wore an original gown of fine ivory lace, closely modelling the figure, with godets of fan-pleated taffeta set into the skirt. Her short coatee was fastened with tiny bows taffeta, and hail long, tight-fitting sleeves puffed at the shoulders.

She wore a long veil net, embroidered in ivory silk, and mounted on a head-dress lace with clusters of orange blossom. She had Court shoes of lace to match her gown and carried a bouquet of Sylvia roses and white heather.

She was attended Miss Beres Llewellyn (cousin of the bride) and Miss Celie Ogden (friend of the bride), who wore dresses of lilac and turquoise blue georgette respectively. They each had a small, tilted hat of the same material, trimmed with velvet ribbon, and shoes to tone, wore a silver and pearl necklace (the gift of the bridegroom), and carried a bouquet of sweet peas.

The bride’s mother was attired in gown of black wool crepe, the bodice being smartly made of black and mustard colour diagonally striped crepe-de-Chine. She carried a sheaf of yellow irises.

The bridegroom's mother’s gown was also in black, relieved with cream, and she carried a sheaf of yellow tulips.

The best man was Mr. Alan Burgoyne (brother of the bridegroom), while Mr. Walter Driver (friend of the bridegroom) acted as groomsman, and Mr. Maurice C. Hill (cousin of the bridegroom) performed the duties of usher.

After the ceremony a reception was held at the Connaught Rooms, Manningham Lane, Bradford, after which Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Burgoyne left for their honeymoon, which is to be spent cruising on the Mediterranean.

The bride's travelling dress was a blue two-piece suit with hat to match, and model coat of Chevron worked musquash, the gift of the bridegroom. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a gold wristlet watch.

The couple lived at 12 Branksome Drive, Nab Wood, Shipley. They had a daughter, Pamela, born in 1936.

In the 1939 Register Alfred was working as a textile spinners overseer.

Report from the Shipley Times 25 April 1958: -

MR. AND MRS. ALF BURGOYNE

Silver Wedding of Well-Known Sportsman

Celebrating their silver wedding on Sunday with a family party at their home. at 12 Branksome Drive. Nah Wood, were Mr. and Mrs Alfred W Burgoyne. The couple were married at St, Columba’s Church. Bradford, on 20 April 1933.

Mr. Burgoyne has been associated with Saltaire Cricket Club for the past 29 years ever since he accepted the "temporary" job of secretary and has been both player and official during this time He has the unusual distinction of having had three hat-tricks for Saltaire seconds, the most memorable one being when he had a hat-trick for the seconds and Tom Goddard also performed the three in three feat for the first team the same day. His views on league affairs have often been heard at the meetings of the Bradford League, where he has been Saltaire’s delegate for some 11 years, and he has also served on the league executive. Mr. Burgoyne has certainly been live wire in local cricket circles both on and off the field. Mrs. Burgoyne is a member of Bingley Little Theatre. They have one daughter. Pamela, who was married last year.

Eva died in 1989 in Leeds. Alfred died in 1996 in Leeds.

Daughter, Pamela, married Richard Malcolm Wilkinson in 1957.

 

Burnett, Elizabeth
27 April 1873 – 27 March 1944

Elizabeth Burnett was the daughter of James Burnett. James Burnett was born 1850 in Guiseley. He married Hannah Tillotson 16 June 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. James was a blacksmith’s striker and they had five children.

Elizabeth, the eldest child, was born 27 April 1873 in Saltaire. She was baptised 28 December 1873 at St Paul’s Shipley. From before 1881 to Elizabeth’s death in 1944 the family lived at 5 Edward Street in Saltaire. The house was re-numbered 10 in 1915. James died 31 March 1917, Hannah, in 1922.

Elizabeth worked at Salt’s Mill for around 55 years. She started work aged just 9 in 1883. In 1891 she was a silk picker; in 1911 she was a yarn hanker. She was presented to Prince George in May 1931 when he visited the mill. In October 1937, working in the Hanking Dept, Elizabeth was one of 24 employees who were given long service awards by the Managing Director, Mr R W Guild, at a function in the Royal Café. Elizabeth was presented with a chair. Elizabeth had retired by 1939.

Elizabeth died, a spinster, 27 March 1944. Her youngest brother, Tillotson Burnett, served in WW1. In her will, Elizabeth left £1212 11s 7d (worth c£53k in 2019) to her brother Joseph.

Butler, Emily Gertrude Mabel (nee Boyes)
14 February 1905 – 1973

 Emily Gertrude Mabel Boyes was born 14 February 1905.

In 1921 she was living with her grandfather, John Boyes, at 53 George Street, Saltaire. She worked as a weaver at Saltaire Mills.

In the 1939 Register she was a confectionary shop assistant living at 30 Aberdeen Terrace, Bradford.

Emily married Eric G. Butler in 1943. He was born 12 January 1902. Eric died in 1969; Emily died in 1973.

 

Buttle, Mary (nee Bould)
15 February 1890 – 1968  

Mary Bould, born 15 February 1890 in Brighouse, was the daughter of George Bould. George was born 1850 in Staffordshire. He married Hannah Ollerenshaw, 21 June 1875, at St. Oswald’s in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. They had nine children. George worked as a gardener.

In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Hipperholme cum Brighouse. By 1901 the family were living at 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

In the 1921 Census Mary was a reeler working at Saltaire Mills. She was living with: -

Elizabeth Ellen Burgess – head of the house – married sister, aged 43.
Ethel Burgess – Elizabeth’s daughter, aged 15
George Bould – father, aged 70
Hannah Bould – mother, aged 69
Emma Bould - spinster sister, aged 38
Hannah Maria Bould – spinster sister, aged 33
Mary Bould – spinster sister, aged 31.
Alice Bould – spinster sister, aged 26

Mary married Charles Gordon Buttle, 8 December 1929, at St. Paul’s Shipley. Charles was an engineer born, 31 December 1887. He was living at 134 Bradford Road, Shipley. Charles was an active member and one of the founders of the Shipley & District Allotment Holders’ Association. In the 1939 Register they were living at 133 Bradford Road, Shipley, with Charles working as an engineer’s merchant. Around 1958 they moved to 6 Bargrange Avenue, Shipley.

Charles died, 9 March 1965, at Calverley Hospital. In his will he left Mary £11,965. She died in 1968.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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