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Darby, Norah
7 March 1900 – 1985

Norah Darby was the daughter of Thomas Darby. Thomas was born c1861 in Ireland. He married Harriet Evelyn Horsfall 1891 at Ecclesall Bierslow. They had 10 children but seven died in infancy.

Norah was born 7 March 1900 in Sheffield. In 1911, Harriet and her children were living without Thomas at 123 Union Street in Shipley. By 1918 they were living at 8 Helen 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): — Norah Derby.

In 1939 Norah was living with her mother doing household duties in Bradford. Norah, who never married, died in 1985 in Bradford.

Davy, Charles
1839 – November 1898

Charles Davy was the son of Charles Davy. Charles snr. was born c1806 in Wellington, Somerset. He married Hannah Buller 8 June 1833 in Wellington.

Charles, the third of seven children, was born 1839 in Wellington. In 1861 the family were living in Wellington with Charles snr. working as mason and Charles as a carpenter.

Charles married Martha Penny 25 December 1863 in Wellington. They had five children, including Arthur James Davy who served in WW1. By 1879 they were living at 10 Herbert Street in Saltaire where Charles remained for the rest of his life.

Charles died in November 1898. Report from Bradford Daily Telegraph 16 November 1898 as follow:

This morning an inquest was held at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, before Mr J. E- Hill, relative to the death of Charles Davy (60), joiner, who received fatal injuries by falling from ladder whilst following his employment at Saltaire Mills.
Instead of fetching a longer ladder to repair a hoist the deceased placed a short one on a wicker skip, which gave way. The Coroner remarked that it was very foolish thing do.
A verdict ‘Accidental death’ was returned. Mr C. H Briggs, on behalf of the Saltaire firm, expressed sympathy with the widow and family.

Charles was buried 17 November 1898 in St Paul’s churchyard in Shipley.

Dawson, Arthur
14 April 1868 – 1946

Arthur Dawson was the son of Thompson Dawson. Thompson was born 1831 in Guiseley. He married Elizabeth Pratt 1 August 1852 in Calverley. They had eight children.

Arthur, a twin, was born 14 April 1868 in Calverley. He was baptised 28 August 1870 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. In 1871 the family were living in Calverley with Thompson working as a weaver. In 1881 & 1891 they were at 5 George Street in Saltaire with Thompson working as a spinning overlooker. From before 1895 they had moved to 73 George Street.

Arthur started work aged just 11 in 1879 in Saltaire Mill, on the same day as his twin sister, Maria, started. Arthur worked aa a wool sorter. Arthur married Mary Hannah Webb 6 April 1895 at St Paul’s Shipley. They had a son, Cecil, born 31 December 1899. In 1901 they were living at 2 Spurr Road in Shipley, by 1911 they had moved to 11 Springwood Avenue.

Arthur died in 1946.

Dawson, Maria
14 April 1868 – 1962

Maria Dawson was the daughter of Thompson Dawson. Thompson was born 1831 in Guiseley. He married Elizabeth Pratt 1 August 1852 in Calverley. They had eight children.

Maria, a twin, was born 14 April 1868 in Calverley. She was baptised 28 August 1870 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. In 1871 the family were living in Calverley with Thompson working as a weaver. In 1881 & 1891 they were at 5 George Street in Saltaire with Thompson working as a spinning overlooker. From before 1895 they had moved to 73 George Street.

Maria worked at Salt’s Mill for 55 years. She started work aged just 11 in 1879. Maria’s twin brother, Arthur, started work in the mill on the same day as she did.She was a burler before she retired in 1934. In November 1937 she was presented with a wristlet watch for her long service.

Maria, still at 73 George Street, died in 1962. She never married.

Dean, Geoffrey
12 June 1926 – 1982

Geoffrey Dean was the son of Arthur Dean. Arthur was born 23 October 1885 in Baildon. Arthur served in WW1 with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He married Beatrice Ellis in 1916. They lived at 3 Stone Street, Baildon with Arthur working as cotton warp dresser then as a fish fryer.

Geoffrey was born 12 June 1926 in Baildon. He died in 1982.

Report from the Shipley Times 9 November 1955 as follows:

A 29-year old Baildon motor driver, employed by Salts (Saltaire) Ltd, was given a conditional discharge, on payment of costs, after pleading “Not Guilty” to driving without due care and attention in Victoria Road, Saltaire on 16 August.
He was Geoffrey Dean of Stone Street, Charlestown, Baildon, who was defended by Mr S Temple-Milnes.
Mr. W Wilson, prosecuting, said that Dean was reversing his car into the main entrance of Salts Mill in Victoria Road, about 9 a.m. on 16 August when he struck a woman walking in front of the entrance. It was the prosecution’s submission that Dean had been negligent in reversing and had failed to keep a proper lookout.
Mrs. Gladys Watmough. shopkeeper, of Coach Road, Baildon, said she had been walking along the pavement up Victoria Road, and was crossing the entrance of Salts Mill where the pavement was discontinued for a while, when she was struck by Dean’s vehicle, which was only going at a very slow speed. She was knocked down but unhurt. She did not see the car before she began to cross.
In evidence Dean said that there were several cars near the entrance at the time and these may have blocked Mrs. Watmough’s view of his car. He had sounded his horn as he began to reverse and the first, he saw of Mrs Watmough was when she appeared in his rear mirror. She was walking with her head down and he had no chance to avoid her. The car was “crawling” at the time.
Mr. Temple-Milnes suggested that Mrs. Watmough was crossing at a very busy entrance and she had failed to keep a proper look-out. Dean had done all that was required of him and he alleged that the negligence had been on the part of Mrs. Watmough and not on Dean. As stated, Dean was given conditional discharge on payment of costs.

Opening paragraphs from a report in the Shipley Times 30 March 1955 as follows:

Salts A.F.C. Public Meeting MEMBERS AGREE WITH OFFICIAL DECISION TO APPLY FOR YORKSHIRE LEAGUE STATUS
Who knows what possibilities are ahead of Salts? In ten years we may making application to join the Midland League later may become Bradford City and Bradford City may become Salts! said Mr. Geoffrey Dean playing member, when he supported players and officials' decision to make an application for Yorkshire League membership at a public meeting of Salts A.F.C. in the mill canteen last Tuesday night. There was an attendance of about 60.

Geoffrey played cricket for Baildon, regularly topping the batting averages. Opening paragraphs of a report from the Shipley Times 21 October 1959 as follows:

BRADFORD CRICKET LEAGUE CENSURE SALTAIRE AND BAILDON CLUBS
Geoff. Dean Not to Skipper Team for a Year
At a meeting of the Bradford Cricket League Committee last Friday a decision of a special inquiry to fine Saltaire £5 for a breach of the rules was overruled by the committee and instead Saltaire were censured. In connection with the same matter Baildon were censured and Geoffrey Dean, of Baildon, was refused permission to captain the Saltaire side for twelve months.

Report from the Shipley Times 11 November 1959 as follows:

GEOFF DEAN SIGNS FOR SALTS
Geoffrey Dean, whose name hit the cricketing headlines a month ago after the Bradford Cricket League refused him permission to captain Saltaire Cricket Club for a year, has signed as a professional for Salts, members of the Bradford League first division.
Geoff Dean has played for Baildon for almost 20 years, and he has gained a reputation throughout the league as a fine attacking batsman and first class close-in fielder.
The Bradford League refused him permission to play for Saltaire after an inquiry into an allegation that Dean had been approached to play for Saltaire before the allowed date. Saltaire and Baildon were both censured. A Salts official said yesterday (Tuesday) that they were very pleased to have got hold of Dean, he signed his forms on Monday.

Denison, Gordon Harold  
25 September 1880 – 1954

Gordon Harold Davison was the son of John Preston Davison. John was born 23 May 1850 in Guiseley. He married Emma Elizabeth Pickard 27 October 1872 at Bradford Cathedral.

Gordon, the second youngest of five children, was born 25 September 1880 in Esholt. He was baptised 14 November 1880 at St Paul’s Esholt. In 1881 & 1891 the family were living at 34 Princess Street. John who was a spinning overlooker died in 1885. In 1901 Gordon was an overlooker living with his widowed mother at 34 Beatrice Street in Shipley.

Gordon married Jeannie Wilkinson in 1904. They had a son, Charles Frederick, born in 1908. In 1911 they were living with Gordon’s mother at 19 Elliot Street in Shipley. She died 4 September 1913.

Report from the Shipley Times 7 June 1919 as follows:

MILL TO FARM
At the West Riding Appeals Tribunal at Leeds, one of the appellants was Gordon Harold Denison, a farmer, Crook Farm, Baildon, who had been granted exemption till June 1st., with further right of appeal. Against this he appealed.
The local tribunal pointed out that the man had been a drawing overlooker in the Saltaire Mills, and he had recently commenced farming. He was now in partnership with another man, and it was thought that the latter could manage the farm.
Appellant admitted that he only left the Saltaire Mills six weeks ago but held that he had had a farm since November last. He had always known about farming. He had given £1,200 for the farm. The reason he did not go back to the mills was because he had happened an accident.
Adjourned for fourteen days for re-grading.

Gordon and family resided at Crook farm until 1926. From 1927 they lived at 24 Victoria Road in Saltaire, where Gordon remained until his death in 1954. In the 1939 register he was working as a jobbing gardener. His wife Jeannie died in 1950.

Dewhirst, James
c1811 – November 1860

James  was born c1811 in Hebdon Bridge. He married Rhoda Rushworth 2 August 1832 in Halifax. They had 6 children (including Leonard Dewhirst, below). In 1851 they were living in Hebden Bridge with James working as a constable and a clogger.

In November James' father died as a result of an accident at Saltaire Mills. Report from Bradford Observer 6 December 1860 as follows: -

On Saturday, an inquest was held by Mr. G. Dyson, coroner, at the Ring of Bells, Shipley, on the body of James Dewhirst, aged 50, who met his death at the new dyehouse, at Saltaire.

It appeared by the evidence that the deceased was assisting to fit up the gas pipes, and had lost his hammer in the forenoon. Shortly before two he ascended a ladder that was placed against a shaft, near to the bevil wheels. His clothes were caught in the cogs of the wheels and he was drawn into their iron grasp. It is needless to say that death was instantaneous. No blame attached to any group, but the unfortunate deceased. The jury returned a verdict of  “accidental death.''

Mr. Salt, with his usual liberality, is allowing the widow of the deceased 10s. per week, until the youngest child (now eight) is thirteen years of »ge, and, after that time, she is to be allowed 6s, so long, as she resides at Saltaire.

James was buried 2 December 1860 at Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. His widow, Rhoda, died in 1879.

Dewhirst, James
18 February 1880 – 22 February 1959

James Dewhirst was the son of Leonard Dewhirst. Leonard was born c1852 in Copley, Halifax. He married Sarah Jane Brown 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral.

James, the youngest of three children, was born 18 February 1880 in Saltaire. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.
Sarah Jane died in 1883. Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street.

James, a mechanic, married Edith Rose Goldsbrough 25 September 1905 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1911 they were living with Edith’s parents at 39 Rhodes Street in Shipley. They had a son, Arthur, born 29 March 1908 and a daughter, Grace Alice, born in 1911. They had another son and daughter. By 1918 they were living at 33 Dover Street in Shipley, moving to 21 Lynton Drive around 1937.

Report from Shipley Times 28 September 1955 as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. J Dewhirst, of 21 Linton Drive, Shipley, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Sunday. Married at Shipley Parish Church on September 25, 1905,  both can claim a lifelong association with the town. Prior to his retirement some seven years ago. Mr. Dewhirst was an employee of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., where he received a long service award. Thev have two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.

To celebrate the event, a family party was held at Hoyle Court, where some 30 guests were entertained. Among many beautiful flowers received was bouquet of cream roses from their grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Dewhifst are both active and in good health.

James died 22 February 1959 and was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Edith died 12 January 1972.  

Dewhirst, Leonard
1852 – 1923

Leonard Dewhirst was the son of James Dewhirst. James was born c1811 in Hebdon Bridge. He married Rhoda Rushworth 2 August 1832 in Halifax. In 1851 they were living in Hebden Bridge with James working as a constable and a clogger.

Leonard, the youngest of 6 children, was born in 1852 in Copley, Halifax. In November 1860 his father died as a result of an accident at Saltaire Mills. In 1861 widowed Rhoda lived with her children at 19 Titus Street in Saltaire. By 1871 they had moved to 40 Titus Street. Rhoda died in 1879.

Leonard married Sarah Jane Brown, 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.They had three children (including James Dewhirst, born 1880, above). Sarah Jane died in 1883.

Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children (including James Dewhirst, above). In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street. By 1911 they were living at 3 George Street.

Report from Shipley Times 5 March 1920 as follows:

Mr. Leonard Dewhirst, of 3 George Street, Saltatire, has a  fine record of service with the Saltaire firm, with whom he has been employed for 60 years. Born at Copley, near Halifax, in 1852, Mr. Dewhirst came to Saltaire when only 18 months old, and when the village of Saltaire was being built. When he was 8 years age, his father, Mr. James Dewhirst. who was a pipe fitter at Saltaire Mill, was killed while repairing a wheel, and Mr. Leonard Dewhirst then started work in the mill learning spinning. When he was 11. he left the spinning and entered the tinner's ehop, learnt tinning, and been employed in the tinners’ shop ever since. Mr. Dewhirst was the constructor of the first iron pleasure boat which was launched the river at Saltaire. This boat, built about 40 years ago, had a seating capacity for 16 persons, and six of these boats, which have now been replaced by others, were built.

Leonard died in 1923, Louisa in 1927.

Dewhirst, Rhoda
15 March 1874 – 1959

Rhoda Dewhirst was the daughter of Leonard Dewhirst. Leonard was born c1852 in Copley, Halifax. He married Sarah Jane Brown 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral.

Rhoda, the eldest of three children, was born 15 March 1874 in Saltaire. She was baptised 3 May 1874 at Saltaire Wesleyan Methodist Church. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill. Sarah Jane died in 1883. Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street.

By 1911 Rhoda, and her sister Sarah, were living at 1 Edward Street (re-numbered 6) in Saltaire. She would remain here the rest of her life.

Rhoda worked at Salt’s Mill for over 54 years. In October 1937, working in the Spinning Dept, Rhoda, 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. Rhoda was presented with a wristlet watch. Rhoda, who never married, died in 1959.

Dewhirst, Sarah Harriet
4 November 1875 – 10 March 1963

Sarah Harriet Dewhirst was the daughter of Leonard Dewhirst. Leonard was born c1852 in Copley, Halifax. He married Sarah Jane Brown 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral.

Sarah, the second of three children, was born 4 November 1874 in Saltaire. She was baptised 2 January 1876 at Saltaire Wesleyan Methodist Church. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.

Sarah Jane died in 1883. Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street.

By 1911 Sarah, and her sister Rhoda, were living at 1 Edward Street (re-numbered 6) in Saltaire. She would remain here the rest of her life. Sarah worked at Salt’s Mill for over 51 years. In October 1937, working in the Reeling Dept, Sarah 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. Sarah was presented with a walnut clock with Westminster chimes.

Sarah died, a spinster, 10 March 1963 aged 88 at Calverley Hospital, Thornbury, in Bradford.

Dibb, Elizabeth
22 March 1877 – 1962

Elizabeth Dibb was the daughter of James Dibb. James was born c1845 in Idle. He was working as a wool sorter when he married Sarah Wood 14 April 1868 in Keighley.

Elizabeth, the sixth of eleven children, was born 22 March 1877 in Keighley. She was baptised 29 July 1877 at St Andrew’s in Keighley. In 1881 the family were living at 23 Moorhead Lane in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 12 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire (re-numbered 73 Bingley Road). In 1911 they were at 9 Moorhead Lane.

James died in 1917 and was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. From before 1921 widowed Sarah and her children lived at 209 Bingley Road in Shipley. The family, including spinster Elizabeth, would remain there until 1958. Sarah died in 1930 and was buried alongside her husband in Hirst Wood.

Elizabeth worked in Salt’s Mill for over 50 years. She started in 1887 when she was aged just 10. In October 1937, working in the Weaving Dept, Elizabeth and her sister, Susannah, and her brother Harry, were amongst 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 wristlet watch. In the 1939 register Elizabeth is shown as being disabled.

Elizabeth, who never married, died in 1962 when she was living at Nelson in Lancashire. She was buried with her parents at Hirst Wood.  

Dibb, Harry
1 March 1874 – 12 January 1948

Harry Dibb was the son of James Dibb. James was born c1845 in Idle. He was working as a wool sorter when he married Sarah Wood 14 April 1868 in Keighley.

Harry, the fourth of eleven children, was born 1 March 1874 in Keighley. He was baptised 29 July 1877 at St Andrew’s in Keighley. In 1881 the family were living at 23 Moorhead Lane in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 12 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire (re-numbered 73 Bingley Road).

Harry married Emily Shepherd 27 November 1902 at St Paul’s in Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 106 Bradford Road in Shipley. They had a son, Frank William born 4 March 1914. They moved to 12 Grange Avenue in Shipley around 1924. His wife, Emily died in 1931. Harry worked in Salt’s Mill for over 55 years. He started in March 1884 when he was aged just 10. He worked in the spinning dept for about eight years. He then moved to the manufacturing side and he worked in the costing dept for over 35 years.

In July 1935 Harry was one of four men who attended a presentation in the board room at the Mill for long service. He was presented with a watch  
In October 1937, Harry and his sisters, Elizabeth and Susannahwere amongst 24 employees who were given long service awards by the Managing Director, Mr R W Guild, at a function in the Royal Café. Harry was presented with a certificate. In the 1939 register Harry was still working and living with his sisters and son art 209 Bingley Road in Shipley.

Harry died 12 January 1948 and he was buried with his wife in Hirst Wood Cemetery. In his will he left £3817 (worth £140k in 2019) to his son.

Dibb, Susannah
28 January 1869 – 1954

Susannah Dibb was the daughter of James Dibb. James was born c1845 in Idle. He was working as a wool sorter when he married Sarah Wood 14 April 1868 in Keighley.

Susannah, the eldest of eleven children, was born 28 January 1869 in Keighley. She was baptised 29 July 1877 at St Andrew’s in Keighley. In 1881 the family were living at 23 Moorhead Lane in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 12 Gordon Terrace in Saltaire (re-numbered 73 Bingley Road). In 1911 they were at 9 Moorhead Lane.

James died in 1917 and was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. From before 1921 widowed Sarah and her children lived at 209 Bingley Road in Shipley. The family, including spinster Susannah, would remain there until 1958.
Sarah died in 1930 and was buried alongside her husband in Hirst Wood.

Susannah worked in Salt’s Mill for over 57 years. She started in 1880 when she was aged just 11. In October 1937, Susannah, and her sister, Elizabeth, and her brother Harry, were amongst 24 employees who were given long service awards by the Managing Director, Mr R W Guild, at a function in the Royal Café. Susannah was presented with a certificate. In the 1939 register Susannah is shown as being retired.

Susannah, who never married, died in 1954 and was buried with her parents at Hirst Wood.

Dickinson, Frank
16 December 1879 – 1962

Frank Dickinson was the son of George Dickinson. George was born c1843 in Follifoot, near Harrogate. He married Jane (marriage date and maiden name unknown). In 1871 they were living at 41 Helen Street in Saltaire with George working as a labourer. By 1881 they had moved to 3 Whitlam Street.

Frank, the youngest of seven children, was born 16 December 1879 in Saltaire. In 1891 he was a bottom pegger; in 1901 he was an overlooker. Frank married Ann Moss in 1903. They had a son, Allan born 19 Oct 1908. In 1911 they were living at 58 Marlborough Road in Shipley, where Frank would remain the rest of his life.

Report from the Shipley Times 3 June 1953 as follows:

The award of the 0.B.E. to Mr Dickinson, of 58 Marlborough Road, Shipley in the birthday honours announced on Monday will be welcome news to many of Mr. Dickinson’s friends and business associates.
He became the first full-time secretary of the Bradford and District Power-Loom Overlookers' Society in 1915. and in 1949 he was appointed a director of U.K. Wool Disposals. Ltd. Mr. Dickinson has been secretary of the Yorkshire Association of Power-Loom Overlookers ever since its inception in 1921. He was one of the founder members of the National Association of Unions in the Textile Trade 1916,  was its chairman from 1943-46 and is still in Executive member Mr. Dickinson served the Wool Control Board in both world wars; He was connected with the formation of the Wool Textile Industrial Council and has been a member of the management committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions since 1936. He has been a member of Bradford Employment Committee since 1920 and a member the Appellant Tribunal, for conscientious objectors' appeals since 1940.
In Shipley Mr. Dickinson is a vice - president of Northcliffe Amateur Bowling Association and a member of Shipley Musical Union. He was born in Saltaire and commenced work at Saltaire Mills when he was 10 years of age.

Frank died in 1962.

Dickinson, George Daniel
23 August 1904 – 1983

George Daniel Dickinson was the son of George Dickinson. George was born 10 August 1862 in the USA. He married Frances Kerwin 27 November 1889 in Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 & 1901 they lived in Bowling with George working as a printer compositor.

George Daniel, the youngest of three children, was born 23 August 1904 in Bradford. In 1911 they were living at 12 Hastings Avenue in Bradford. In 1939 George Daniel was a dyer living with his widowed father at 67 Reginald Street in Bradford.

George Daniel married Thelma Sutcliffe in 1940. By 1949 they were living at 14 Staybrite Avenue in Cottingley.

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 were Mr. Jack Goodall of 25 Fernbank Drive, Baildon, the dyeing and finishing manager, and Mr. G D. Dickinson, of 14 Staybright Avenue, Cottingley, the head dyer.

George Daniel died in 1983.

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Dracup, Frank   
26 October 1875 – 2 August 1959

Frank Dracup was the son of William Dracup. William was born c1832 in Horton. He married Martha Waddington 9 April 1855 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1861 they were living at 34 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with William employed as a mechanic. By 1871 they were living at 35 Victoria Road (re-numbered twice, firstly to 52 then to 78).

Frank, the second youngest of nine children, was born 26 October 1875 in Saltaire. He was baptised 21 May 176 at St John’s Great Horton.

Frank married Mary Elizabeth Raistrick, of 20 George Street, 11 May 1898 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1901 they were living at 26 Fanny Street in Saltaire. They had one daughter, Nellie, born 7 June 1904 (Nellie died 5 April 1950). In 1911 they lived at 17 Maddocks Street in Shipley. In 1939 they were living at 5 West End Terrace in Shipley, where they would remain the rest of their lives. Frank worked as a centre lathe turner.

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

Report from the Shipley Times 12 May 1948 as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dracup, of 5 West End Terrace, Shipley, celebrated their golden wedding yesterday. Mr. Dracup is 72 years of age and Mrs. Dracup 71. They have one daughter and one granddaughter.
For over fifty years Mr Dracup was employed in the maintenance department of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd, and he was the recipient of a gold watch and an illuminated address on the completion of his fifty years’ service. He retired in 1946. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dracup are keen co-operators and have been members of the Windhill Co-operative Society Ltd. for fifty years, and to Mrs. Dracup belongs the honour of being the first woman director of the society. She is also a life member of the Windhill Co-operative Society's Women’s Guild.
In local musical circles Mr. Dracup is exceedingly well known. He is a life member of the Windhill Musical Union, and at one period was the deputy-conductor.
The celebrations in connection with the golden wedding were held 77 Kirkgate, Shipley, the residence of their daughter (Mrs. West), when several relatives were entertained to tea. The guests included Mr. and Mrs. Harry Normington, of Merton Street, Shipley, who were the best man and bridesmaid respectively at the wedding of Mr and Mrs. Dracup fifty years ago. The maiden name of Mrs. Normington was Miss Mary Jane Benson.

Mary died 18 May 1953 and was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Frank joined her when he died 2 August 1959.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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