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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 c£13,000 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, 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, Percy Gordon - WW1 Roll of Honour
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 Prettie, 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.

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 Prettie.

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 Prettie.

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

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

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.

Barsby, Constance Annie - WW2 Roll of Honour
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 - Mill Worker
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 Wilfred 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 - WW2 Roll of Honour
Bedford, Arthur - WW2 Roll of Honour
Bell, Eric William
1908 – 6 July 1959

Eric William Bell was the son of Albert 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 threee 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 c£70k in 2019) to Cyril Bell and Arthur Colin Bell.

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. By 1891 they had moved to 5 Bingley Road in Shipley. By 1897 the family has 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 yeas 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 c£63k in 2019) to his widow. She died in 1918 as was buried alongside Seth.

Bickel, Minnie Esther   
14 December 1877 – 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.

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 in 1954.

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
c1850 – 27 December 1933

Aesop Binns was the son of Benjamin Binns. Benjamin was born c1812 in Northowram (near Halifax). He Emma Holroyd 6 December 1835 in Bradford Cathedral.

Aesop was born c1850 in Clayton (near Bradford). In1851 the family were living in Clayton with Benjamin employed as a cotton warp dresser. Benjamin died in 1857.

Aesop married Mary Hannah Brearley in 1875. They had one son, Stephen, born 26 April 1879. In 1881 & 1891 the family lived in Clayton. By 1901 they were living at 2 Albert Road (renumbered 3) in Saltaire with Aesop employed as a wool combing manager. By 1911 they had moved to 6 Ashfield Road in Shipley.

Aesop died 27 December 1933. 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, 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.

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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.

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 - Mill Worker
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.

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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.

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.

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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 c£125,000 in 2019.)

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.

Briggs, Charles Hawkswell - Mill Worker
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 c£55k 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

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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.

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