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Haigh, Jane Ellen
c1878 –????

Report from Leeds Mercury 3 January 1890 as follows: -

Yesterday, at the West Riding Police-court, Bradford, William Henry Leeming, of Shirley Street, Saltaire, was summoned for an assault upon Jane Ellen Haigh, of Field street, Shipley. The defendant is an overlooker employed at Saltaire Mills, and the complainant, aged 12 years, worked in his department.

It was alleged that on the 19th November, as the complainant was sweeping the passage the defendant said that " if she did not sweep it clean he would make a clean sweep of her," at the same time lifting his foot and kicking her in the back. She had since suffered much pain, and she had been unable to follow her employment.

Mr. Scott (Berry, Robinson, and Scott) appeared in support of the charge, the proceedings having been taken at the instance of the local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Mr. W. Tunnicliffe represented the defendant, and elicited from one of the witnesses, a girl named Sarah Dewhirst, that although she had stated in court that she saw the defendant kick the complainant, she had previously told a person that she did not see him kick her.

The Bench under the circumstances dismissed the summons, the Chairman (Mr. Thee. Peel) remarking that while the Bench were glad to find the society taking up cases of this kind, there must be stronger evidence than there had been in this case before they could convict.


Hanson, George Henry
1863 – 1912

George Henry Hanson was the son of Martha Hanson (nee Gibson). Martha had married George Hanson, but he may have died before George Henry was born.

George Henry was born 1863 in Huddersfield. In 1871 they were living in Huddersfield where Martha was a burler. In 1891 George Henry was a dyer living with his married sister in Huddersfield. He married Emily Richardson 16 May 1891 at St John’s Huddersfield. They had nine children with three of them dying as infants. By 1897 they were living at 26 Ada Street in Saltaire with George Henry working as a cloth crabber at Saltaire Mills.

In 1901 they were living at 19 Titus Street, 1902 to 1911 at 31 Ada Street and in the 1911 census they were at 36 Dove Street.

In January 1903 George Henry gave evidence at an inquest into the death of Alfred Ingham at Saltaire Mills. George Henry died in 1912.


Hanson, John - Mill Worker
1833 – 21 January 1919

John Hanson born in 1833 in Keighley. Aged just eight he worked for Daniel Salt (father of Sir Titus) in Bradford and subsequently he worked for Sir Titus too. When Saltaire Mills opened in 1853, John was the first overlooker in the spinning department. Later he would become an overlooker in drawing and combing.

John married Mary Wright 6 January 1859 at Keighley Parish Church. They had seven children, the eldest of whom, Joe Harry, died 12 February 1878 aged just 14.  In 1861 they were living at 6 Titus Street in Saltaire, in 1871 at 6 George Street. By 1881 they were living at 8 Glen View Terrace in Shipley, where they remained the rest of their lives.

Mary died 30 July 1914 and was buried alongside her son in St Pauls Lower Churchyard. John was the oldest member of the Overlookers’ Union in the Bradford when he died 21 January 1919. He was buried alongside his wife and son.


Hartley, Fred
28 December 1869 – 31 August 1955

Fred Hartley was the son of William Hartley. William was born c1842 in Bingley. He married Mary Jane Taylor 26 December 1866 at Bradford Cathedral.

Fred, the second of five children, was born 28 December 1869 in Shipley. In 1871 the family were living at 72 Briggate, Shipley with William employed as a wool sorter and draper. In 1881 they were living at 60 George Street in Saltaire with William a foreman wool sorter at Saltaire Mills. By 1891 the family were living at 7 Albert Road (re-numbered 13) in Saltaire.

Fred married Josephine Hanson, a lady thirteen years younger than Fred, 23 December 1909, at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 21 Avondale Road in Shipley. By 1931 they had moved to 7 Albert Road in Saltaire, where Fred would remain for the rest of his life.

The following is from a report in the Shipley Times 20 July 1935 referring to a ceremony at Saltaire Mills:

Mr. Fred Hartley (who received grand-mother’s clock): —Commenced work at Saltaire Mills in January 1884, a half-timer in the spinning department. He was later for a short period in the enquiry office, and from there transferred to the counting house, where he has been ever since.

Fred died 31 August 1955 at St Luke’s Hospital Bradford. Report from Shipley Times 7 September 1955 as follows:

The death took place on Wednesday Mr. Fred Hartley, aged 85, of 7 Albert Road, Saltaire. Mr. Hartley started as a boy at Salts Mill in the office, and retired after 60 years’ service as cashier His father was the wool department manager at the mill, the position which is now held by Mr. Fred Hartley’s younger brother, Mr. A. R. W. Hartley, who is also a director of the firm.
Mr. Fred Hartley took a great interest in the development of the Sports Association from its earliest days, and until his retirement he acted as its treasurer. Among his interests in Shipley were the Musical Union, of which he has been a member, and the former Saltaire Cycling Club. He was a staunch Conservative and a member of the party. The funeral took place on Monday at Nab Wood Cemetery.

In his will Fred left £1,832 (worth c£120,000 in 2019), to his widow, Josephine; she died in 1977 in Scarborough.


Hartley, William
16 March 1842 – 27 March 1913

William Hartley was the son of William Hartley. William snr was born c1812 in Bingley. He married Susannah (maiden name and date of marriage unknown).
In 1851 & 1861 William snr was a wool sorter living with his family in Bingley.
William was born 16 March 1842 in Bingley. He was baptised 28 August 1842 at All Saints, Bingley.

William married Mary Jane Taylor 26 December 1866 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children. In 1871 the family were living at 72 Briggate, Shipley with William employed as a wool sorter and draper. In 1881 they were living at 60 George Street in Saltaire with William a foreman wool sorter at Salt’s Mill. By 1891the family were living at 7 Albert Road (re-numbered 13) in Saltaire.

In 1897 William gave evidence at an inquest regarding the death of a mill worker. The report states that William had worked at Salt’s Mill for 30 years.
Mary Jane, William’s wife, died 23 June 1905 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley.  

William died 27 March 1913. Report from Shipley Times 4 April 1913 as follows:

Another old servant the firm passed away yesterday week the person of Mr. William Hartley, who resided at 7 Albert Road. The deceased, who was in his 73rd year, had been manager of the wool depart for many years. He had been in failing health for some time and had been confined to the house for about fortnight. but the end came rather suddenly. There was a large attendance the funeral, which took place on Monday afternoon at Nab Wood Cemetery. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Reid, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hartley, Miss Julia Hartley, Mr. Bertie Hartley. Mr. and Mrs. B. Hartley Mr. and Mrs. W. Jeffrey, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hartley, Mrs. Landers, Miss Landers, Mr. and Mrs. Savage, Mr. W. Savage. Mr. W. Crowther (of likely—late Midland stationmaster at Shipley) and Mr. Crowther, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Landers.
Mr Robert Hartley the deceased's youngest son was on his way out to South Africa for the Saltaire firm when his father died. The firm was represented at the funeral by Mr. Harry Roberts, Mr. C. H. Briggs, Mr. John Baker, Mr. H. Stocks, Mr. E. Ellis, Mr. J. Ridsdale. Mr F Kitson. Mr. A. Briggs, Mr. A. Sutcliffe, Mr. H. Metcalfe. Mr. Wood, and about 50 other employees.
From the Shipley Musical Union (of which the deceased was a member) there were present Mr. George Whiteley (president), Mr. W. B. Firth. Mr. C Blagbro. Mr. A. Beecroft, Mr. S. M. Graham. Mr. T. Ripley, Mr. Jennings Alderton, Mr. A. A. Abbott, Mr, Nelson Butland. Mr. John Whitaker. Mr. Charles Craven, and Mr. C. Hodgson.
The floral tributes included beautiful wreaths from Sir James and Lady Roberts and Mr. Harry Roberts. Prior to the interment a service was held in St. Peter’s Church.

William was buried alongside his wife at Nab Wood.


Hartop, James
1847 – 1923

James Hartop was the son of Thomas Hartop. Thomas was born c1805 in Warwickshire. He married Hannah Verity 30 August 1828 at Bradford Cathedral.
James, the youngest of six children was born 1847 in Horton, Bradford. In 1861 & 1871 they were living at 20 Ada Street in Saltaire with Thomas employed as a watchman.

Report from the Bradford Observer 23 October 1868 as follows:

Robberies at Saltaire.
Yesterday, two robberies were committed in Ada Street, Saltaire, one at the house of Mr. Spencer Green, whence the thieves took one pound; the other at the house of Mr. Stead. In this case four shillings were stolen.
It appeared that the thieves had gone in at the cellar grates, which are in the back yard, and had ransacked the drawers and turned over the beds and the cradle in search of money but could only find the above-named sums.
Two men are in custody suspicion, whose capture was accomplished in the following manner: —
It appears that as James Hartop, the postboy for Messrs. Titus Salt, Sons A Co., was coming from Shipley to Saltaire, he observed two strange men, whose appearance was rather suspicious, and also that one of them was dirty about the back. Having heard of the robbery when he got to Saltaire and observing the same two persons get into the train at Shipley, his suspicions were aroused; so, he watched the road they took, and gave an account of the robbery and description of the men at the police station.
Inspector Campbell accompanied him the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway station, and from there to several places, till they found them in a lodging-house in George Street. They will be brought up for examination to-day.

James married Martha Ann Bolland 28 September 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. They had six children, two of whom died as infants. In 1881 they were living at 20 Ada Street with James employed as a warehouseman.

In 1887 when living at 22 Ada Street they lost their daughter, Charlotte. She died in April aged just 18 months. In 1901 James was a timekeeper living with his family at 4 Belmont Crescent in Shipley. By 1911 they were at 27 Ada Street with James working as warehouseman. James would spend the rest of his life here.

James’s wife, Martha Ann, died in 1912. James died in 1923.


Hasinki, Lucyna (nee Dalewicz)
c1941 –????

Lucyna Dalewicz was born in Poland c1941.

Report from the Shipley Times 28 January 1959 as follows:

A burler and mender at Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., polish-born Lucyna Dalewicz, aged 18, was on Saturday chosen by vote “Miss Bradford” of the city’s Polish community.

Miss Dalewicz arrived in this country from Poland 11 months ago. She was presented with a sash in Polish national colours, a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates. She now goes forward to represent Bradford in a national competition.

Lucyna married Marcel Hasinki in Bradford in 1962.


Hemingway, Charles

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 Hemsworth, Harry Walker
18 October 1875 – 10 May 1949

Harry Walker Hemsworth was the son of Richard Hemsworth. Richard was born 28 August 1838 in Alverthorpe. He married Martha Jane Walker in 1871 in Leeds.

Harry, the third of eleven children, was born 18 October 1875 in Normanton. In 1881 they were living in Normanton with Richard working as a hairdresser.
Harry joined the police force 16 April 1902. He married Sarah Eleanor Robinson 19 November 1902 at St Philip’s Whitwood (village near Normanton). They had a son, Norman Walker, born c1904 and a daughter, Dorothy May born c1905. Wife Sarah died in 1909.

Widowed Harry married Annie Brown in 1910. In 1911 the family were living in Tadcaster. Harry was transferred to the mounted police 1 May 1912.

Harry served as a corporal with the Royal Field Artillery and the Labour Corps in WW1. In 1924 Harry was a warehouse foreman living at 11 Dover Street in Shipley. Harry was a night watchman at Saltaire Mills when he gave evidence at a trial 23 November 1935. By 1935 he was living with Leonora Burnell at 67 Albert Road in Saltaire. He married her in 1939.

Harry died 10 May 1949, and, in his will, he left £575 (worth c£20,000 in 2019) to Leonora; she died in 1967.


Hesling, John
c1854 –????

Report from the Leeds Mercury, 1 September 1871, as follows:

On Wednesday afternoon, a lad named John Hesling, about 17 years of age, fell through a trap door in the warehouse of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., where he was employed as an apprentice wool sorter, landing at the bottom between a lurry and some sheeting.
The trap door was in the fifth story of the warehouse, in height from the ground of fully twenty yards. Medical assistance was quickly procured, when it was found that the poor lad's skull was fractured in two places, the pelvis broken, and that he had sustained several internal injuries. He was conveyed to the Infirmary at Saltaire.


Hewitt, Thomas
15 July 1887 – 16 July 1943

Thomas Hewitt was born 15 July 1887. In the 1939 Register he was living with his wife Annie and daughter Hettie at 26 Dove Street in Saltaire.

Thomas died 16 July 1943. Report from the Shipley Times 21 July 1943 as follows: -

Story of Illness and Depression

An inquest was held at Shipley Town Hall on Saturday before Mr. A. C. Ackroyd (Deputy West Biding Coroner) and a Jury, concerning the death of Thomas Hewitt (56), 26 Dove Street, Saltaire, whose body was recovered from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Hirst Wood Lock, Shipley, on Friday.
Miss Hettie Hewitt (daughter) burler and mender, said that her father was a spinning overlooker at Saltaire Mills. He had had very bad health, and the doctor had told her that morning that he had been suffering from cancer during the past two years. He had also suffered from a hernia for about fifteen years. His wife died in April 1940, and since she died, he had been very depressed.
Replying to the Coroner, witness said that her father had never indicated that he would do himself an injury. For the last five months he had not been sleeping too well, and he seemed to wander a little at times.
Witness added that on the Thursday night previous she went into her father’s bedroom after he had gone to bed, and he told her that he thought he had fallen, asleep a little. When witness awoke about 6.30 am on Friday the alarm clock was on a chair near her bed. but it was in her father's room when she went to bed. That was unusual, and witness got up and searched the house, but did not find her father anywhere. The back door was unlocked, and everything was in order in the house. Witness said she looked outside to see if she could find her father, but as she could not see him, she got a lady to telephone to the police.
Police War Reserve Alfred Frederick Hobson, of Shipley, said that as the result of information received last Friday, he went to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, arriving near Hirst Wood lock about 7.30, where he saw the body of a man partially submerged in the water about 200 yards from the lock on the Shipley side of the canal. Witness added that he was accompanied by Police Sergt. Salter, who left witness on the canal bank while he obtained some ropes to recover the body from the canal. There was no sign of life in the body when recovered. and it was taken to the Shipley mortuary.
On searching the bank witness found a raincoat, cap and stick about 150 yards away from where witness first saw the body. The coat and cap were on the wall and the stick was leaning against the wall There was no mark on the canal side to show how the body got into the canal. Witness added that there was a slight froth about the mouth of the deceased. There were no marks of violence on the head or body.
The Jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned whilst of unsound mind.”


Hiles, Gladys (nee Gott)
12 February 1896 – 1961

Gladys Gott was the daughter of Willie Gott. Willie was born c1871 in Shipley. He married Margaret Ann Abbott 23 December 1893 at Bradford Cathedral.

Gladys, the second of nine children, was born 12 December 1896 in Shipley. In 1901 they were living 21 Regent Street in Shipley with Willie working as a wool sorter. In 1911 they were living at 26 Jane Street in Saltaire with Jane working as a spinner.

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 Gott.

Gladys married Wilfred Hiles, a labourer in a tank works, in 1920. They had at least six children. By 1928 they were living at 17 Queen Street, Shipley, where they remained until 1960.

Gladys died in 1961 at 13 Stubbing Road in Shipley.


Hirst, James
c1868 – 24 December 1911

c 1852 – 24 December 1911

James was born c1852 in Bradford. He married Annie Louisa Easby in 1871. They had four children. In 1881 they were living at 5 Lower School Street with James working as a machine combing overlooker. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 13 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 75 Bingley Road). They moved to 8 Mawson Street in 1903.

Advert from the Shipley Times 20 November 1903: -

For Dances, Bazaars, Garden Parties &c. LATEST MUSIC.

By 1911 they were living at 95 Newton Street, Bradford.

Death notice from the Leeds Mercury Wednesday 27 December 1911 as follows:

HIRST. — On Dec. 24th. 1911, at 95 Newton-street. Bradford, JAMES HIRST, in his 63rd year (over 40 years Saltaire Mills). Funeral will leave above address at 1 p.m. prompt to-day (Wednesday) for interment at Nab Wood, Shipley, at 3 p.m. Mourners meet at Rosse Hotel, Saltaire, 2.45 p.m. Friends kindly accept this (the only) intimation.


Hodgson, Holmes
21 May 1876 – 1959

Holmes Hodgson was the son of Abraham Hodgson. Abraham was born c1846 in Baildon. He married Sarah Holmes 25 May 1871 at St John’s Baildon. They lived in Baildon until after 1901 with Abraham working as a weaver.
Holmes, the middle son of three, was born 21 May 1876. He was baptised 18 June 1876 at St John’s Baildon.

Report from Shipley Times 30 May 1891 as follows:

Shocking Accident Saltaire Mills
On Friday afternoon (22nd inst.), a youth named Holmes Hodgson (16), jobber employed at Saltaire Mills, son Mr A Hodgson, of Baildon, met with a terrible accident while engaged on the upper floors near to the hoist shaft. It was about four o’clock, and whilst at work he thought he heard someone calling to him from the floor below. It will be remembered that about a year ago a boy fell down the hoist-shaft, and to prevent like accidents the firm afterwards fixed strong protecting gates. Hodgson, in response, as he thought, to the call, leaned over the gate and answered down the shaft.
Unfortunately, he had not observed that the hoist was descending, and while leaning over, it came with tremendous force and struck him on the back of the head. There is a very small apace between the hoist and the protecting gate, and it was really an extraordinary escape that his head was not completely crushed. As it was, the blow on the head fractured his skull, while its force in sending his face against the iron gate broke his left jaw and cut his cheek right through.
This was bad enough but considering the chances of decapitation and of being drawn down with the hoist to the bottom, it was an escape.
Though to terribly injured, he did not lose consciousness, and was conveyed to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital in the ambulance basket. Here he was attended by Drs. Carter and Foster, the hospital surgeons, and is doing well as can be expected. Unless complications ensue, his recovery is possible.

Holmes did recover and he lived with his parents in Baildon. In 1891 he was a worsted jobber and in 1901 a worsted labourer. His mother died in 1907. In 1911 he was a wool warehouseman living with his father at 27 Craghill Road in Thackley. His father died in 1919. In 1939 Holmes was a labourer in a sewerage works living with the Cooper family at 29 Thackley Road in Bradford.

Holmes, who never married, died in Bradford in 1959.


Hodson, Minnie (nee Cooper)
1 October 1894 – 5 June 1991

Minnie Cooper was the daughter of Harry Cooper. Harry was born c1873 in Bingley. He married Georgina Robinson 28 April 1894 at Holy Trinity Bingley.

Minnie, the eldest of four children, was born 1 October 1894 at Bingley. In 1901 the family were living in Otley with Harry working as a blacksmith. By 1911 they were living at 31 Constance Street in Saltaire with Minnie working as a drawer machine minder.

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): — Minnie Cooper.

Minnie married George William Hodson in 1921. They had a daughter, Margaret, born 1 May 1924. By 1926 they were living at 21 Grange Avenue in Shipley. In 1939 George was a despatch clerk & warehouse manager. George died in 1966; Minnie died in Pudsey 5 June 1991.


Hogan, John
c1843 – 3 October 1881

John Hogan was born c1843 in Ireland. He married Margaret (date of marriage and maiden name unknown). They had four children. In 1871 they were living in Keighley, with John working as a wool sorter. By 1878 they had moved to Saltaire. In 1881 they were living at 35 Dove Street.

John died 3 October 1881. Report from the Yorkshire Post Wednesday 2 November 1881 as follows:

A rapidly fatal case of woolsorters’ disease has just occurred at Saltaire and attracted some attention. A man named John Hogan, of 35 Dove Street, Saltaire, who was employed as a wool sorter for Sir Titus Salt, Sons, & Co., for nine years, on Friday morning last complained feeling chilly, and went to bed.
Dr Smyth, of Shipley, was called in to attend to Hogan, and as he did not show any improvement that gentleman called in Dr Bell and Dr Rabagliati, of Bradford. These gentlemen formed an opinion that Hogan was suffering from woolsorters’ disease, and he became gradually worse and died early on Monday morning.
A post-mortem examination has been made, in the presence of the gentlemen named above, by Dr Pollard, of Baildon and the internal appearances found were similar to those found in cases of death from woolsorters’ disease. No inquest will be held as Dr Smyth has given a certificate.


Hogan, John
c1874 – 20 July 1890

John Hogan was the son of Cornelius Hogan. Cornelius was born c1844 in Ireland. He married Ann (maiden name and date of marriage unknown).

John was born c1874 in Shipley. In 1890 the family were
living at 6 Edward Street (renumbered 11) in Saltaire. Cornelius was employed as a mason’s labourer. John died 20 July 1890.

Report from the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer Friday 1 August 1890 as follows:

On Wednesday afternoon, the coroner for the Shipley district (Mr. W. Barstow) held an inquiry at the Sir Titus Salt's Hospital into the circumstances relating to the death of John Hogan, sixteen years of age, who resided with bis parents in Edward Street, Saltaire.
The jury had been called together the week previous for the purpose of viewing the body. Mr J. A. Hine, local inspector under the Factory Act, was present at the enquiry.
Mr. D’Arcy B. Carter, surgeon at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, said that the deceased was admitted to the hospital on June 23rd. The deceased was suffering from a scalp wound at the back of the head about four inches long; a fracture to the base of the skull, and a fracture to the spine, about the fourth or fifth dorsal vertebrae. The deceased died from the effects of the fracture to the spine on July 20th.
Maria Poole, warp-picker, employed by the firm of Messrs. Sir Titus Salt, Bart. Sons A Co., at Saltaire Mills, and residing at No. 21 Albert Road, Saltaire, said that as she was engaged her work on June 23rd, about a quarter-past twelve, she saw the deceased pulling a skep towards the hoist. The deceased was in front of the skep and with bis back towards the hoist All at once, when the deceased was within about a yard of the hoist opening, he seemed to stumble. As he was falling, he turned partly round and fell face foremost down the hoist. She gave an alarm to the overlooker, who went to the assistance of the deceased.
ln reply to Inspector Hine, she said she did not work in the room, but was passing through it.
Rueben Waits, employed by the firm as an oiler, said that the overlooker, William Stubbs, motioned to witness and directed witness to look at the bottom of the hoist. Witness then went and picked up the boy. The hoist was at the “new end," near the high bridge. When witness got to the bottom of the hoist, he found that the deceased was unconscious. He carried the deceased to the gatehouse, whence the boy was conveyed to the hospital. The strap with which the boy had been pulling the skep was also at the bottom of the hoist.
 Benjamin Illingworth, of Saltaire, said was hoist-tenter at the Saltaire Mills. As he was making his “usual journey,” a few minutes before the accident, he saw the boy standing on the bridge. Witness explained that he was passing upwards in the hoist. It seemed if something in the yard was attracting the attention of the boy, who was close beside a skep which was upon a ‘'sack-barrow.” The boy was then three or four yards from the hoist The contents of the skep showed that it was intended for the floor below. As he was going down, he was informed of the accident.
ln reply to Inspector Hine, the witness said that the hoist doors were open as he was going up in the hoist. The hoist doors were always open. Witness had minded the hoist for seven or eight years, and this was the first accident that had occurred in this way. He had seen boys pulling skeps in the way described but had always warned them not to go backwards. It was the custom for boys to leave skeps at the hoist door for transit to some other floor. Witness thought that the strap had given way, or had not been securely fastened, causing the boy to fall. The hoist went up and down every two or three minutes. It was the boy’s duty to pull these skeps on to the hoist.
John Moore, foreman of the spinning and combing department, living at Sutton, said that he was at the mill the time of the accident. He saw the boy laid on the table in the gatehouse. The boy, who was insensible, was at once removed in the basket ambulance to the hospital. Witness believed the strap had slipped, the boy merely bolding the ends of the strap.
The Inspector; The doors of the hoist were open. Can you explain?
The witness said that it was customary to open the doors in the morning and to allow them to remain open all day. Since the accident a chain had been placed across the door, but it was more in the shape of warning for people not to pass the chain than a real security. The firm was prepared to do anything that would have the effect of making the use of the hoist safer.
Ann Hogan, who had previously given evidence of identification, said that on the evening of the day on which the accident occurred she visited the deceased at the hospital, and asked the deceased how the accident came about. The deceased said: Mother, I was putting my strap into the eye of the skep and was drawing it to the “sectacle” to take it down, and it gave way."
The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the boy had died from injuries received by accidentally falling down the hoist. Whilst not attaching any blame to the firm for this occurrence, the jury suggested that some means should adopted with the view of preventing similar accidents in the future.


Holdsworth, Edwin
c1839 – 8 April 1920

Edwin Holdsworth was born c1839 in Bradford. He married Harriet Driver in 1861. They had six children, one of whom died as an infant. In 1871 they were living at 11 Ada Street in Saltaire with Edwin employed at Salts Mill as a weaving overlooker.

In April 1878, Edwin was one of eight men on a committee for a testimonial fund for Miss Wade, the former head mistress of Saltaire Infant School.

By 1881 the family was living at 41 Titus Street where Edwin remained until after 1915. By 1918 he was living at 40 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Harriet died 3 September 1913 and she was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley.

Report in the Shipley Times 12 September 1913 as follows:

The funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Saturday afternoon of Mrs. Holdsworth, wife of Mr. Edwin Holdsworth, of 41 Titus Street, Saltaire, who died the previous Wednesday. The deceased lady, who was her 75th year, was in her younger days an active worker at the Rosse Street Baptist Church, with which place worship her husband has been prominently associated for years. In March 1911, Mr. and Mrs. Holdsworth celebrated their golden wedding. Prior to the interment a service was held the Rosso Street Baptist Church.

Edwin joined his wife when he died 8 April 1920.

Report from the Shipley Times 16 April 1920 as follows:

Death of a Shipley Veteran
At the advanced age of 81 years, Mr. Edwin Holdsworth, 40 Victoria Road, Saltaire, died at his residence on Thursday in last week.
The deceased was well known, both in Saltaire and Shipley. For 46 years was employed as a weaving overlooker at Saltaire Mills, and upon his retirement in 1909 he was presented with a handsome time piece and two vases in recognition the respect which was generally entertained for him by his friends.
Mr. Holdsworth was connected with the Rosse Street Baptist Church, Shipley, ever since its erection in 1866, and he was a life deacon of the church and one of the first trustees. When the Sunday School was opened, he took charge of the infants’ class, with which he kept up his connection for the long period of a quarter of century. For some years he was teacher and superintendent. In November 1878, he was appointed superintendent of the Sunday School, a position which he held until November 1906.
In 1907 he was presented with an illuminated address and a cheque by the members of the Rosse Street Church and Sunday School, in recognition of his services. The deceased was one the oldest members of the Shipley Veterans’ Association, member of the Tree of Life Lodge, of the Shipley District 1.0.0. F. (M.U.), and of the Saltaire Liberal Club. He leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn their loss.


Holgate, Robert Clifford
2 April 1888 – 27 August 1958

Robert Clifford Holgate was the son of Levi Holgate. Levi was born 1864 in Windhill. He married Emily Ada Pitts 20 November 1886 at Bradford Cathedral.

Robert, the eldest of three children, was born 2 April 1888 in Shipley. In 1901 they were living at 19 Beatrice Street in Shipley with Levi working as a professional musician (in 1919 there is a report of Levi having his own Bijou orchestra). By 1911 they had moved to 6 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

Robert, a mill hand, married Annie Grange 24 August 1912 at All Saints Bingley. In December 1938 they lost their son, Kenneth aged 23, in a car accident at Charlestown. They were living at 38 Ashley Road, Shipley, where Robert would remain the rest of his life.

In December 1951 having worked at Saltaire Mill for 50 years, Robert was presented with a gold watch and a long service certificate. Robert died 27 August 1958. In his will he left £239 3s 4d to his widow.


Holmes, Robert James
1884 – 1954

Robert James Holmes was the son of Robert Holmes. Robert married Alice (date of marriage and maiden name unknown).

Robert James, the eldest of three children, was born 1884 in Bentham (near Settle). His father, Robert, died before 1891. Widowed Alice was a charwoman living with her children in Bentham in 1891. Alice married Richard Smith in 1896 in Bentham. By 1901 they were living at 6 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 61 Bingley Road) in Saltaire.
Robert James, a labourer, married Annie Thwaites, living at 33 George Street, 29 October 1904 at St Paul’s Shipley.

Report from Shipley Times Friday 20 September 1907 as follows:

On Wednesday morning a serious accident occurred at Saltaire Mills to an employee named Robert Holmes (23), of 26 Caroline Street, Saltaire.
He was employed in the finishing department, and having put a belt on the pulley of a crabbing machine he was descending a ladder, when his jersey was caught by the shaft end, with the result that he was whirled round, and his head was pinned against the iron pedestal which is bolted to the wall to carry the shaft. Before the machinery could be stopped his clothing drawn very tight and his body was badly crushed.
As quickly as possible he was extricated, and “first aid” having been rendered by three of the employees who have had ambulance training. vis., Messrs John Ince, C Godfrey, and S. Hainsworth, the sufferer was removed to the Saltaire Hospital.
His injuries consisted of a fracture of the right arm, a scalp wound, and a good deal of laceration.

In 1911 Robert James working as a labourer was living at 26 Caroline Street in Saltaire with his wife and their two daughters. Robert James died in 1954.


Houlden, John
1836 – 15 April 1910

John Houlden was the son of John Houlden. John snr. was born c1795 in Esholt. He married Ann Barraclough 9 April 1929 at Bradford Cathedral.

John was born in 1836. He was baptised 17 July 1836 at St Peter’s Rawdon. Ann died before 1838. John snr married Joanne Catton in 1838. In 1851 they were living in Rawdon with John snr working as an agricultural labourer.

John married Mary Gaunt 14 November 1857 at St Oswald’s Guiseley. In 1861 they were living in Rawdon with John working as a weaver. In 1871 they were in Horsforth. In 1881 & 1881 they were living at 22 Albert Road (renumbered 43) in Saltaire. John worked as a grease extractor. By 1901 they had moved to 2 Katherine Street.

Report from Shipley Times 15 November 1907 as follows:

Mr and Mrs. J. Houlden, of Katherine Street, Saltaire, last night celebrated their golden wedding, a family reunion being held at their residence in honour of the event.
They were the recipients of hearty congratulations from a large number of friends at Saltaire. Mr. Houlden who is in his year, is a native Rawdon, whilst Mrs. Houlden, who is in her 70th year, was born at Horsforth. They were married at Guiseley Parish Church November 14th. 1857, and have had 11 children, six whom (three sons and three daughters) survive. There are ten grandchildren. The old couple have resided at Saltaire for the last 32 years, and up to about two years ago Mr. Houlden was employed at Saltaire Mills. Mrs. Houlden continues to enjoy good health, but her husband, unfortunately, has not been very well of late. Mr. Houlden is a well-known exhibitor at local flower and vegetable exhibitions.

John died 15 April 1910 and he was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. His widow, Mary, joined him when she died 1 Oct 1919.


Huddlestone, Robert
1825 – 5 July 1889

Robert Huddlestone, son of George, was born 1825 in Lancashire. He married Sarah Ann Beal 24 January 1848 at Rochdale, Lancs. They had at least five children. In 1851 & 1861 they lived in Spotland, Lancs., with Robert working as a wool sorter. In 1871 they were living at 3 Mary Street in Saltaire. Robert was working at Salt’s Mill in June 1880 when he gave evidence at an inquest regarding woolsorter’s disease. In 1881 he was living with his family at 53 George Street in Saltaire.

Robert was at Manchester Road in Bradford when he died 5 July 1889; he was buried four days later at St Paul’s churchyard in Shipley. His widow, Sarah, was at 28 Farside Green in Little Horton when she died, 15 April 1896; she was buried alongside Robert.


Hudson, Ada
11 December 1898 –????

Ada Hudson was the daughter of William Hudson. William was born c1867 in Baildon. He married Mary Ann Shaw 14 November 1890 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley.

Ada, the third of five children, was born 11 December 1898 in Shipley. In 1901 the family were living in Shipley with William employed as a coachman & groom. William died 27 September 1902. In 1911 widowed Mary was living with her children at 32 Whitlam Street in Saltaire. Mary was working as a drawer, Ada as a spinner.

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): — Ada Hudson.

In 1920 Ada was living at 2 Ebenezer Place in Keighley. By 1930 she had moved to 34 Bengal Street in Keighley.


Hunt, Elsie
14 February 1895 – 1988

Elsie Hunt was the daughter of Ernest Hunt. Ernest was born 1872 in Bradford. He married Elizabeth Lydamore 20 October 1894 at St Paul’s Shipley.
Elsie, their only child, was born 14 February 1895, in Bradford. She was baptised 31 March 1895 in Bethesda Chapel in Bradford. By 1911 they were living at 42 Ada Street in Saltaire with Ernest working as a fitter’s labourer and Elsie was a piece picker.

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): — Elsie Hunt.

By 1928 they had moved to 3 Mount Street in Shipley. By 1935 they were living at 6 Crowgill Place; Elsie was still here in 1962. Elsie’s father died in 1943, Elsie, a spinster, died in 1988.





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