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Manners, Tom Harry
3 May 1886 - 12 June 1955

Tom Harry Manners was the son of Thomas Manners. Thomas was born c1848 in York. He married Jane Hall 10 May 1870 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they were living at 5 Wood Street in Baildon where Thomas was a weaver.

Tom was born 3 May 1886. In 1891 & 1901 the family lived at 18 Regent Street in Shipley. In 1901 Tom was a doffer in a mill. In 1911 Tom was a roving stock keeper living at 18 Regent Street with one of his sisters.

Tom married Mary Hannah Stansfield 23 December 1911 at St Paul's Shipley. Sadly the marriage was short lived as Mary died 1st Qtr. 1912. Widower Tom married Lilian Miller in 1914. They had a daughter, Constance, born 13 May 1925.

The Shipley Times 6 April 1917 reported that Tom Harry Manners of 38 Ada Street, a stock keeper at Saltaire Mills was exempt from military service until 30 September. There is no record of Tom having served in the war.

From 1918 Tom and his family lived at 20 Dove Street in Saltaire. In 1939 he was working as a worsted stock keeper. His second wife, Lilian, died in 1942.

Tom married Dora Shipman in 1947. They lived at 21 Glenholm in Windhill; he died here 12 June 1955. In his will he left 922 15s 6d to Dora; she died in 1992.

Mansfield, Alfred
c1839 - 11 September 1915

Alfred Mansfield was born c1839 in Bradford. His mother was Alice Mansfield and his father is unknown. In 1863 he married Nancy Neale. They had six children (all born in Saltaire): -
Amelia - born 1864 died 4 May 1882
Zillah - born 1868
John William - born 1873
Albert - died 13 May 1876 just six days old
Phoebe - born 1878 died 1926
Ada - born 1881.

In 1871 the family were living at 19 Amelia Street in Saltaire with Alfred working as a worsted spinning overlooker. By 1881 they had moved to 4 Lockwood Street where they remained the rest of their lives.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 30 September 1893 as follows:

The drawing and spinning overlookers, to the number of twenty-three, employed at Saltaire Mills, sat down to an excellent supper on Wednesday evening last at the Victoria Hotel, Saltaire Road, Mr Alfred Mansfield presiding.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 26 December 1913 as follows:

Saturday was the golden wedding day of and Mrs. Alfred Mansfield, who have resided at their present address of 4 Lockwood Street, Saltaire, for forty-one years. Not the least interesting feature of the happy event is that the veteran couple are in the enjoyment or good health. They live themselves, their three daughters and one son being all married. Mr. Mansfield attained to his 74th birthday lost August, whilst his wife was 73 in June.
Their wedding day was on Sunday 20th December 1863, and the ceremony was performed by the Rev, Robert Smith at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Manchester Road, Bradford.
Mr. Mansfield worked for the Saltaire firm in Bradford and at Saltaire for a period of about forty years, retiring in 1901, when he held the position of overlooker. As a token of their respect and good wishes employees of the spinning department presented him with a timepiece.
A native of Bradford, he started his industrial career at the early age of nine as a half-timer at Britannia Mills, Portland Street, Bradford. In accordance with the custom of those days Mr. Mansfield worked without wages for his first month as a half-timer, and afterwards he received 1s. 3d. a week. Nowadays half-timers in spinning rooms obtain an average of 3s. 9d. a week.
When Mr Mansfield was a boy there was seething discontent. Amongst the working classes of Bradford, the Chartist agitation was at its height and there were frequent, strikes. Mr. Mansfield recalls one occasion when the military were called out to disperse a meeting of strikers at the top of Bower Street. Amongst the poorer classes bread was a luxury-flour being 5s. per stone, and porridge was the staple food.
When about sixteen years of age Mr. Mansfield was apprenticed to the trade as a whitesmith, and in that capacity, he assisted to put up the railings in front of the Congregational Church at Saltaire. Afterwards he worked the railway. first as an engine cleaner and afterwards in the goods department, earning 16s. week, there being no extras for overtime, which sometimes lasted until midnight.
Whilst still a young man he quit the railway to take with the Saltaire firm, with whom remained for the long period already stated.
Mr. Mansfield has a record of useful service in the friendly society movement. He has been a member of the "Dyers Glory" Lodge (Bradford) National Independent Order of Oddfellows for fifty-four years. He went through all the lodge offices, and some idea of the high regard in which he was held by the brethren may be gathered from the fact that for twenty-six years he had the honour presiding at the anniversary celebration. In 1891 he was elected to the post of Grand Master of the Bradford District, and in recognition of his services in that capacity he was presented with a silver cruet.
He now takes an interest in the Rosse Street Brotherhood Veterans' Association. Shipley, discharging the secretarial duties in connection with that body which has done a good deal to assist needy veterans.

Alfred died 11 September 1915 and he was buried in St Paul's churchyard 15 September 1915. His widow, Nancy, was buried alongside him on 1 December in the same year.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 17 September 1915 as follows:

The funeral took place at the Parish Church Wednesday afternoon Mr. Alfred Mansfield, of 4 Lockwood Street, Saltaire, who died on Saturday, aged seventy-six.
Mr. Mansfield was secretary of the Veterans' Association the members of which meet at the rooms in the Rosse Street Brotherhood. As a token respect the flag was hoisted at half-mast.
Before the interment a service was held at the Rosse Street Baptist Church conducted the Rev. H. W. Burdett and Mr. Wm. Hulme. In the course of a short address Mr. Burdett said that the deceased gentleman had been a faithful member of the church for many and was at one time a worker in the Sunday school. During recent years he devoted himself with untiring effort to the Veterans' Association. He would greatly missed by the members of that body.

Mansfield, James
c1829 – 3 January 1925

James Mansfield was the son of James Mansfield. James snr was born c1790 in Wellington, Somerset. He married Grace Pyne 25 October 1811 in Wellington.

James was born c1829 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. In 1841 & 1851 the family were living in Bradford with James and his father both working as wool combers.

James married Ann Allen 7 May 1854 at St. Wilfrid’s Calverley. They had at least four children. In 1861 they were living at 11 Albert Terrace, Saltaire with James working as a worsted. In 1871 & 1881 they lived at 20 Helen Street, with James working as a worsted weaver and later a mason’s labourer. By 1891 they were living at 4 Titus Street, where both James and Ann would spend the rest of their lives.

Their son, Fred, died 9 May 1894 aged just 26. James lost his wife, Ann, when she died in 1896, aged 63. Having been a joiner’s labourer James retired from Saltaire Mills in 1897. His son, Thomas, was landlord of the Queens Hotel, Windhill from 1905. James died 3 January 1925.

Report from the Shipley Times 9 January: -


The death occurred at No. 4 Titus Street, Saltaire on Saturday, of Mr. James Mansfield who was the oldest member of the Shipley Veterans Association and probably the oldest man in Shipley.

Born at Kidderminster, he came to Shipley at the early age of ten. For a long period he was employed at the Saltaire Mills in connection with building operations, until his retirement 32 years ago.

Mr. Mansfield had an excellent memory and entertained his colleagues at the Shipley Veterans’ Association with many interesting stories of years ago. He was a member of this organisation almost up to the time of his death and took active interest in its affairs.

The interment took place at the Nab Wood Cemetery on Wednesday. Chaplain William Hulme, of the Shipley Veterans’ Association, conducted the services at the home and the cemetery.

From the Shipley Veterans Association were Messrs. H. Cuff, F. Kendall, B. S. Stead. J. C. Cordingley, D. Allen, J. H. Murgatroyd, R. Dennison, D. Moss, W. Atkin, J. Ward, R. Case and W. Jackson.

Representing the Airedale Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, which Mr. Mansfield was the oldest member, were Bros. J. S. Barker, S. A. Clough, F. Helliwell and R. Eccles.

A large number of personal friends, amongst whom was Mr. Thomas Blythe, ex-Lord Mayor Bradford, attended the funeral.


Mawson, Thomas Ashton - Mill Worker
1854 - 17 July 1915

Thomas Ashton was the son of George & Carol Mawson
Thomas was born 1854 in Liverpool. In 1861 the family were living in Kirkdale, Liverpool with George working as a grocer.

Thomas married Jane Milton 12 May 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they were living in Honley. They had three children: - Ashton (b1900), Arthur (b1884) and Harry (b1886). Jane died in 1889.

Living at 14 William Henry Street in Saltaire widower Thomas married Emma Sunderland (a widow, maiden name Halliday) 30 August 1890 at Bradford Cathedral. They had four children: - Clarice (b1893), Tom (served in WW1), Ada (b1898) and Charlotte May (b1900).

In 1891 the family were living at 24 Titus Street in Saltaire with Thomas working as a plush weaver. They lived at 30 Shirley Street in Saltaire from 1895. By 1901 they were living at 9 Shirley Street. From 1903 they lived in Shipley. By 1914 they had moved to 11 Constance Street in Saltaire. Working at Saltaire Mills Thomas died from anthrax 17 July 1915. [See war diary 23 July 1915.]

Metcalfe, Fred

Metcalfe, Fred - WW1 Roll of Honour

Metcalfe, Hamlet
1856 – 8 September 1921

Hamlet Metcalfe was the son of James Metcalfe. James was born 1823 in Burley. He married Margaret Greenwood 30 June 1844 at All Saints, Bingley. They had four children. James worked as a wool sorter. In 1851 they were living in Horton, Bradford.

Hamlet, their third child, was born in 1856 in Baildon. In 1861 the family were living at 10 Helen Street in Saltaire. By 1871 they were living at Hustlers Cottages in Shipley. They moved back to Saltaire before 1877, living at 6 Higher School Street.

Working as wool sorter Hamlet married Mary Pullan, 7 June 1877, at Bradford Cathedral. They had nine children, with one dying as an infant. The eight surviving children, all born in Saltaire, were: - Ophelia, 12 December 1877; Florence, 26 October 1879; May, 1884; Margaret, 1885; Randolph, 21 October 1877; Norman, 1890; Cuthbert, 1894; Donald, 1901.

In 1881 Hamlet and his family lived at 28 Titus Street; in 1891 they were at 10 Mawson Street. From before 1901 to 1914 they were living at 32 (renumbered 63) Albert Road. In 1914 they moved to 5 Ferrands Road, Shipley.

Report in the Shipley Times 25 June 1881: -

Bradford West Riding Court 23 June – VACCINATION Prosecutions –

Mr. William Booth, vaccination officer for Shipley, had summoned the following persons for neglecting to have their children vaccinated —
Wm. Henry Drew and Joseph Hustler, Shipley, and Henry Mosley and Hamlet Metcalfe, of Saltaire.
In each case an order was made to have the child vaccinated within 14 days and to pay costs. Metcalfe asked the Bench to fine him at once, as he had a conscientious objection, and did not intend to have the child vaccinated.
Col. Pollard: We cannot; you have committed no offence; but if you neglect to comply with the order within 14 days, perhaps Mr. Booth will oblige you by bringing you here again. (Laughter.)

Advert in the Shipley Times 5 June 1886: -

GENTLEMEN with GARDENS, by purchasing their BEDDING PLANTS direct from HAMLET METCALFE, Riverside Gardens, Saltaire, will not only Save all intermediate profits, but get the Best possible Value for their Money. A call will be esteemed.

Report in the Shipley Times 10 November 1894; -

Bradford West Riding Court – THE SCHOOL BOARD AND CHILDREN – Hamlet Metcalfe was summoned for the irregular attendance of his daughter. The mother of the child appeared, and said in mitigation, that she had had poor health, and had to keep the child sat home. Her husband had also been out of work. On promise of Mrs. Metcalfe that the child should attend, the case was adjourned for six weeks.

Excerpt from a report in the Shipley Times 29 December 1894: -

THE HURRICANE AT SHIPLEY. The strong gale which prevailed on Friday night and Saturday morning was markedly felt in Shipley and the district.

Greenhouses were very much broken, either by the wind itself or missiles caught by it. The most serious sufferers in this respect in the immediate neighbourhood are Mr Herbert Jowett and Mr Hamlet Metcalfe, of the Airebank gardens.

The top of Mr Jowett’s new greenhouse, some twenty or twenty-five yards in length, has been lifted bodily from the masonry, and carried eastward some three or four feet. The main portion of glasswork, with the exception of some broken panes, is intact, but the part nearest the north is a complete wreck. It is supposed that a slide from an adjoining garden was blown to the structure and let in the wind.

The west end of Mr Metcalfe’s house has also been damaged in the first place by missiles, the gale of course aggravating the mischief.

Report in the Shipley Times 22 July 1904: -

On Tuesday (19 July) afternoon a wedding was solemnised at St Paul’s Church, which was the centre of much local interest, the contracting parties being Mr. Arthur Edward Feather, younger son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Feather, of Bradford Moor, and Florence Metcalfe, second daughter of Mr. Hamlet Metcalfe of 32 Albert Road, Saltaire.

The bride was a teacher at Otley Road Council School.

Report in the Shipley Times 10 February 1905: -

At Holy Trinity Church, Bingley, on Saturday (4 February) the marriage took place of Mr. Bertram E. Garbutt, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Garbutt, secretary to the Bradford Education Committee, to Miss Ophelia E. Metcalfe, eldest daughter of Mr. Hamlet Metcalfe of 32 Albert Road, Saltaire.

Death Notice in the Shipley Times 10 April 1914: -

METCALFE - On 5 April, at 5 Ferrands Road, Shipley, Mary, the beloved wife of Hamlet Metcalfe, aged 56 years.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 10 December 1920: -

A pretty wedding was solemnised on Saturday 27 November, at St. Margaret’s Church, Horsforth, between Mr. Clifford Geldart, younger son the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Geldart, of Horsforth. and May, third daughter of Mr. Hamlet Metcalfe, of Shipley.

Hamlet died 8 September 1921. Report in the Shipley Times 30 September: -


An inquest was held on Thursday (22 September) by Mr. H. E. Milnes (Bradford Deputy-Coroner) and Bradford jury, concerning the death, which took place at the Bradford Royal Infirmary on 8 September, of Hamlet Metcalfe, 65, woolsorter, of Ferrands Road,

Frances Tillett, deceased's housekeeper, said that Metcalfe was a wool sorter in the employment of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills. On Sunday, September 4, deceased came home complaining that he was cold, but he went to work the next day, although he admitted he did not feel well. His neck was swollen, and he had a bruise on his forehead. He told witness that the bruise was the result of a fall he had had the previous night.

Later that morning (Monday) deceased came home feeling worse, and a doctor was sent for. The deceased’s daughter was also called in, and she told witness that it might be anthrax. Metcalfe was a man of cleanly habits, witness added, and always washed himself when he returned from his work.

Frank Smith, foreman woolsorter, of 24, James Street, Shipley, stated that the deceased had worked at Saltaire Mills for 42 years. Metcalfe’s work at the mill was to examine the wool after it had been sorted, and for the past two years he had been examining Turkey mohair. The mohair Metcalfe had dealt with at the time he was taken ill had been unusually dry, and consequently there was a large amount of dust.

At about 9.20 on the Monday morning deceased had complained to witness of not feeling very well, adding that he thought he had caught cold. Half-an-hour later Metcalfe said he felt worse, and witness then noticed swelling on the right side of deceased's neck. As he (witness) suspected anthrax, he told Metcalfe to go home and see a doctor. Deceased went home an hour later.

Answering a question, witness said that the wool was not washed before being sorted.

Arthur Robert Wm. Hartley, of 9, Albert Road, Saltaire, a buyer and manager of the wool department at the mill, also gave evidence as to the condition of the work done by the deceased.

Dr. Eurich stated that, in company with Dr. Bonner, he had visited Metcalfe. There was a considerable swelling on the right side of the neck, and the eye was so swollen that it could not be opened. Metcalfe had also slight abrasion on the right side of the forehead and two minute blisters near the abrasion. After examining him, witness found anthrax bacilli, and the man being feverish, was removed, to the Infirmary, where he died the following Thursday afternoon at 4.30.

On behalf of the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Mr. W. E. Tetley expressed regret that such an old and valued servant had met his death in the manner he had done while following his employment. It was the firm’s greatest desire to avoid such accidents, and any suggestions as their avoidance which were submitted by the workpeople were instantly acted upon.

The jury returned a verdict of Death from generalised anthrax, as result of local infection.”


Metcalfe, James
1823 – 30 November 1883

James Metcalfe was born 1823 in Burley to Thomas & Mary Metcalfe.

He married Margaret Greenwood 30 June 1844 at All Saints, Bingley. They had four children including mill worker, Hamlet.

James worked as a wool sorter. In 1851 they were living in Horton, Bradford. In 1861 the family were living at 10 Helen Street in Saltaire. By 1871 they were living at Hustlers Cottages in Shipley. They moved back to Saltaire before 1877, living at 6 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

James died 30 November 1883.

Report in Shipley Times 8 December: -


By his departure from this life on Friday, 30 November, Saltaire has lost one of its best men. He will be missed by the workpeople with whom he was associated, and by his friends, of whom he had many; the New Church people, with whom he was at all times a welcome guest; by his widow, his two daughters and his two sons, to whom the loss is irreparable, as it can never be made in Time or on earth now; for, in the words of Holy Writ, “He will return to his house more, neither will his place know him anymore.”

Mr. James Metcalfe has been known to the writer of this notice for the long period of thirty-six years, and the circumstances under which we became acquainted were so peculiar that the reader will perhaps pardon recital of them here. In the year 1847, and for some years previous, I resided at New Orleans, in the Southern States of America ; and one Sunday morning I was taking walk on the levee or bank of the river Mississippi, when I saw very large ship in the middle of the stream, in charge of tow-boat, and flying the Union Jack. From this knew her to be English ship. From curiosity I waited until she was fastened to the wharf, when some of her passengers came ashore, to see what the place was like. Amongst them I noticed young man whom I suspected to be from Yorkshire. Walking to him I said, Do you come from Yorkshire?” He replied, “Yes.” I then said, do you come from Bradford? Again he said “Yes.” I then said, you know my cousin, John Tyas? He said he knew him well. I then asked him to come home with me and have some dinner with me and my wife, to which he consented. There were nine more beside the person I spoke to, on board from Bradford, and my informant was the late James Metcalfe.

This was the beginning of an acquaintance and friendship which has been much valued by me. Mr. Metcalfe soon got employment, and would have done well, had he remained in America, for he was rich in resources so much needed in a new country.

But his wife refused to cross the ocean, and he was obliged to return to his native land. He then obtained work as a woolsorter with the late Sir Titus Salt, and when the works were removed to Saltaire, he came also, and resided for some time at Baildon Green.

In the great strike of Saltaire he came to the front and made what was then considered one of the most remarkable speeches in favour of pacification ever perhaps made by a workingman to working people. The strike was ended, and he received the name from that time of The Peacemaker.”

Again, seven years ago, he came forward, spoke in favour of peace and a quick settlement, and the workpeople went to work at once. But during the strike of the last two weeks he was laid up ill of heart disease, and his voice was then unheard; and before the dispute was made up, he had left for a place “where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest.’'

As a husband, as father, and as a relation, he was uniformly affectionate and a kind friend, he was constant and true, and his name will be whispered with regard for many years to come. As a workman, he was always sober, steady, and to be depended on. The word of detraction against his employers never escaped his lips, and if he heard it from others he tried to defend them. He well knew that masters and their operatives are at all times mutually dependent on each other.

The late Mr. Metcalfe was for some considerable time honorary secretary to the Mechanics’ institute Saltaire long before the present noble building was erected, and in that connection rendered valuable service, teaching one of the elementary classes. He was, in fact, closely associated with the early history of Saltaire, and had been in the employ of Sir Titus Salt, Sons, & Co., for the long period of years. was much that a man should be, and his memory will be long cherished by those who knew him best. It is somewhat remarkable that he should pass away exactly 18 years after the delivery of the speech to which Mr. Holroyd refers, and that on the very same day the workpeople at Saltaire should again be out on strike. -- Editor


Middleton, David - Mill Worker
1 April 1886 - 1968

David Middleton was the son of John William Middleton. John was born 1854 in Hunslet. He married Mary Ann Holgate 3 June 1876 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 they were living at 14 Moorhead Lane in Shipley with John employed as a warehouseman.

David, the fifth of 12 children, was born 1 April 1886 in Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 22 William Henry Street in Saltaire with John working as a labourer. By 1901 they were at 37/38 Lower Green in Baildon with John employed as a warehouseman in a jam factory and David was a jobbing worsted spinner. In 1911 they were living at 3 Greenfold In Baildon with David working as a spinning/drawing overlooker. Mary Ann died in 1914; John in 1919.

David married Ellen Walker in 1913. They had a daughter, Mary, born 5 May 1919. Working at Saltaire Mills David 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) David Middleton, 32, married, 3, worsted drawing overlooker.

By 1928, David and Ellen were living at 22 Park Street in Shipley. Around 1932/33 Ellen, along with Sarah Brown and Polly Walker, moved to Morecambe where they bought and ran a boarding house at 14 Clarendon Road. David remained in Saltaire, lodging with Wilfred Walker. He joined his wife in Morecambe around 1935. In 1939 David was working in Morecambe as a deck chair attendant for Morecambe Corporation.

Report from the Morecambe Guardian 29 July 1939 as follows: -

Holiday-Maker Rescues 10-Year-Old Girl
Hundreds of holiday makers witnessed the thrilling rescue of a 10-year-old girl, Elizabeth Lynch, of 52 Lord Street, Oswaldtwistle, at Morecambe on Thursday night.

Elizabeth was sailing a toy yacht in the boating pool at the West End. She overbalanced and fell into the water. A Corporation deck-chair attendant, David Middleton, of Clarendon Road, Morecambe, attracted by the girl's screams and the shouts of her younger brother, raced to the rescue and plunged into the water in his uniform. and carrying his money bag and ticket punch.
Meanwhile, a visitor, James Haldane, of Meadowbank Crescent, Edinburgh, had raced across the shore, jumped into the water and caught hold of the girl. He brought her to the shore unconscious and P.C. Pedder, of the South Lonsdale (Morecambe) Division applied artificial respiration until the arrival of the ambulance which took the girl to the Queen Victoria Hospital. She was detained until yesterday afternoon, when her parents took her back to her holiday lodgings.

In 1939 David served as an ARP warden in Morecambe. Ellen died 9 August 1958 in Morecambe. Report from the Morecambe Guardian 16 January 1959 as follows: -

Local Wills - Mrs Ellen Middleton of 14 Clarendon Road, Morecambe, formerly of Shipley, wife of David Middleton, retired boarding housekeeper, left 1,009 8s 11d gross, 944 8s 11d net.

David died in Lancaster district in 1968. He was a good cricketer, playing for Salt's Mill and possible Saltaire.

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David Middleton, aged about 20

David Middleton, aged about 20.

David Middleton and family, c 1913.

Family photograph circa 1913 with David at the back.

David Middleton and family, c 1930

Family photograph circa 1930 with David second from the right.

Ellen and David Middleton

Ellen and David Middleton, probably taken in Morecambe.

[Biography compiled with the help of Nigel Holmes, grandson of David. Nigel also kindly supplied the photographs.]

Middleton, Ellen (nee Walker)
24 June 1884 - 9 August 1958

Ellen Walker was the daughter of Edward Walker. Edward (known as Neddy) was born c1853 in Cleckheaton. He married Sarah Jane Stead 28 January 1882 at St John's Halifax.

Ellen, the eldest of five children, was born 24 June 1884 in Cleckheaton. In 1901 they were living at 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Edward working as a mechanic fitter. By 1911 they had moved to 5 George Street.

Ellen worked in Saltaire Mills from around 1900 until her marriage. Ellen married David Middleton in 1913. They had a daughter, Mary, born 5 May 1919. By 1928, David and Ellen were living at 22 Park Street in Shipley. Around 1932/33 Ellen, along with Sarah Brown and Polly Walker, moved to Morecambe where they bought and ran a boarding house at 14 Clarendon Road. David remained in Saltaire, lodging with Wilfred Walker. He joined his wife in Morecambe around 1935. In 1939 David was working in Morecambe as a deck chair attendant for Morecambe Corporation.

Ellen died 9 August 1958 in Morecambe. Report from the Morecambe Guardian 16 January 1959 as follows: -

Local Wills - Mrs Ellen Middleton of 14 Clarendon Road, Morecambe, formerly of Shipley, wife of David Middleton, retired boarding housekeeper, left 1,009 8s 11d gross, 944 8s 11d net.

David died in Lancaster district in 1968.

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Ellen Walker

Ellen Walker - date unknown.

Ellen Walker and family, c 1913

Family photograph circa 1913 with Ellen in front row second left with her mother to the right of her.

Ellen and David Middleton

Ellen and David, probably taken in Morecambe.

[Biography compiled with the help of Nigel Holmes, grandson of Ellen. Nigel also kindly supplied the photographs.]

Midgley, Alfred Craven
4 October 1894 - 6 November 1959
Alfred Craven Midgley was the son of Herbert Midgley. Herbert was born 8 September 1868 in Bradford. He married Emma Crossley in 1894 in Halifax.

Alfred, the elder of two sons, was born 4 October 1894 in Bradford. In 1901 the family were living in Manningham where Herbert worked as a weaver. In 1911 they were in Frizinghall where Herbert was a weftman and Alfred an office boy for a worsted manufacturer.

Alfred served in WW1 with the Royal Field Artillery. He attested 24 November 1915 and held in reserve until he was mobilised 19 April 1916. He served in France & Germany from 19 August 1916 until he was discharged 20 September 1919.
Alfred, a textile representative, married Annie May Addy 11 February 1926 in Kiangsu, Shanghai, China. Annie was born 8 November 1900 in Shipley.
By 1930 they were living at 54 Norwood Terrace in Shipley, moving to "Elm Wood," The Oval, Tranmere, Guiseley in 1931. In 1939 he was a silk & woollen piece goods agent.
Alfred died 6 November 1959.

Report from the Shipley Times 11 November: -
Fatal Collapse at Bus Stop
Alfred Craven Midgley (65), Hazelwood, Bradford Road, Menston, collapsed and died at a bus stop in Otley Road. Woodbottom, Baildon, on Friday evening. Mr. Midgley was on his way home from his work at Pepper Lee's Mill, Saltaire, where he was employed in the stock room. Dr. Brear, who was passing at the time, confirmed that Mr. Midgley was dead. The facts were reported to the Craven District Coroner, who after studying the medical report, decided not to hold an inquest.

[Note Salt's (Saltaire) Ltd bought Pepper Lee Co. Ltd. in 1936]

Alfred's widow Annie died in 1980.


Midgeley, James Arthur

Midgeley, James Arthur - WW1 Roll of Honour

Midgley, Simeon
1854 – 29 January 1911

Simeon Midgley was the son of Joseph Midgley. Joseph was born c1814 in Kildwick. He married Elizabeth Oddy Keefe 7 February 1848 at St Mark’s Woodhouse in Leeds.

Simeon, the middle child of three, was born in 1854 in Cullingworth. In 1861 they were living at 15 Helen Street in Saltaire with Joseph working as a wool sorter. In 1871 they were at 9 Titus Street with Simeon employed as a clerk at Saltaire Mills.

Simeon married Amanda Newsome, 27 December 1876, at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. They had three sons and two daughters. Their sons were: -

William – died in 1888 aged just five.
Alfred – emigrated to America in 1906. Died in Bridgeport in 1916.
James Arthur - worked in Saltaire Mills and served in WW1.

In March 1878, Simeon was on of the performers in a Sacred Drama at the Victoria Hall. In 1881 Simeon and his family were living at 25 Almshouses (renumbered 48 Victoria Road) in Saltaire. In 1891 they were at 2 Harold Place. By 1901 they were at 35 (renumbered 69) Albert Road.

Simeon was clerk for the Sir Titus Salt’s Charity for 26 years.

Report from Shipley Times 7 July 1900 as follows:-


A monthly meeting of the Trustees of this charity was held on Wednesday evening, when there were present Mr John Kendall (chairman), Mrs Shaw, Mrs J. R. Fyfe, Mr B. Allsop, Mr W. C. Best, Mr J. I. Davison, Mr F. Lister, Mr E. Naylor, Mr J. Roberts, and Mr F. Shaw, with the clerk (Mr Simeon Midgley). From the minutes of the Hospital Committee it appeared that the following letter had been received from the Clerk: -

35 Albert Road, Saltaire, 11 June 1900.

Dear Sir, —l respectfully wish to resign my position as Clerk to the Governors of the Salt Schools for the porpoise of the Sir Titus Salt’s Charity and Dawson Charity.

Having been connected with Sir Titus Sell's Hospital and Charities for over quarter of a century, I do not take this step without a deep feeling of regret, but at the same time I feel that I must do it, in the interests of my health and family, as the care and work connected with the position (which must be done in the evening) is too much for me, in addition to my daily duties in the office at the Mills.

I wish to be relieved of the duties as soon the Governors can conveniently do so, but of course I leave myself in their hands to time, but I should prefer that it be soon.

I wish to take this opportunity of thanking you sincerely, as Chairman of Committee for the past ten years, and all the Governors for the uniform kindness and respect always accorded lo me, which I'm sure I need not say I have highly appreciated. I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully, Simeon Midgley.

B. Allsop. Chairman Sir Titus Salt’s Charity Committee, The Salt Schools, Shipley.

A special meeting of the committee was held on June 20th, at which the above letter was read, when it was unanimously resolved, on the motion of Mr Allsop, seconded by Mr Best, “That this committee accepts, with deep regret, the resignation of the Clerk to this charity, Mr Simeon Midgley, who for the long period of 26 years has been a devoted and conscientious servant, and who has enjoyed the complete confidence of the committee.”

Report in the Shipley Times 20 February 1903: -

Mr. Simeon Midgley, of Saltaire, was appointed assistant secretary to the firm of Sir Titus Salt under Mr. Chas. Hawkswell Briggs, the secretary.

Simeon died 29 January 1911 at 37 (renumbered 73) Albert Road. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Amanda joined him when she died 2 October 1938.


Midgley, Thomas
1838 - 23 December 1916

Thomas was born in Eccleshill in 1838, the youngest of six children to William (b1791 Keighley) and Martha Midgley. Thomas married Sarah Batt 23 August 1857 at St Peters Leeds. They had two children: James (b1860) and Annis (born 1863). In 1861 they were living in Calverley with Thomas working as a cloth fuller. Sarah died in 1864 aged just 27.

Widowed Thomas married Amelia Rawnsley, 11 November 1865, at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children:
Job (1866 - 13 January 1953)
Maria (b1869)
Mary (b1870)
Sarah (b1873)
John (b1877)

In 1871 they were living in Armley. In 1872 they moved to 12 Dove Street in Saltaire where they remained the rest of their lives. Thomas worked as a yarn scourer in Saltaire Mills.

Thomas died in 23 December, 1916 and his widow, Amelia, died 19 December, 1920.

Milner, Enoch
7 April 1883 – 2 November 1959

Enoch Milner was the son of Enoch Milner. Enoch snr. was born c1846 in Windhill. He married Ann Noble, 25 December 1865, at St. Paul’s, Shipley. They had 11 children. Enoch snr. worked as a pin grinder.

In 1871 they were living in Leeds, in 1881 in Ecclesfield. Enoch was born 7 April 1883 in Windhill.

By 1891 the family were living at 18 Thompson Street Shipley, moving to 3 Thompson Street by 1901, where they remained until after 1911. Enoch’s father died in 1905.

Enoch married Martha Jane Chester 8 July 1907 at St Paul’s, Shipley. She was born c1884 in Shipley. Sadly she died in 1910.

In 1911 widower Enoch was a spinning overlooker living with his widowed mother at 3 Thompson Street.

Enoch married Ida Bartle in 1912. She was born 23 March 1887 in Clayton.

Working in Saltaire Mills he was exempted from serving in WW1 by the Shipley Military Tribunal. In August 1922 he was reported as being a member of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade.

By 1918 Enoch was living with his family at 39 Caroline Street, Saltaire, until around 1930 when they moved to 62 George Street, where Enoch & Ida would spend the rest of their lives.

Ida died in 1956. Enoch died 2 November 1959. In his will he left £1,191 17s 5d.


Minakin, Fred
1860 – 21 March 1903

Fred Minakin was the son of Starkey Minakin. Starkey was born c1838 in Kirkby Malham near Settle. He married Hannah Jowett, 7 April 1860, at St John’s Halifax.

Fred, the eldest of 5 children, was born 1860 in Harden. In 1861 they were living with Hannah’s parents in Harden with Starkey employed as a wool sorter. By 1871 they had moved to 3 Mawson Street in Saltaire with Fred working as a millhand. In 1881 Fred was a spinning overlooker living with his family at 18 Victoria Road.

Fred married Fanny Hartley, 13 January 1883, at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children, three of whom died in infancy; Walter George died 22 October 1885 aged just two months, Lena died 10 October 1891 aged just three years, and Harry died in 1891 aged less than one. In 1885 they were living at 11 Helen Street. In 1891 they were living at 30 Victoria Road (renumbered 56). By 1901 they had moved to 4 Fern Place.

Fred died 21 March 1903.

Report from Shipley Times 27 March 1903 as follows: -

The decease of Mr Fred Minakin removed from Saltaire one who was native of the place and who took part in all the sports which held sway It was at his residence, 4 Fern Place, Saltaire, that be passed away on Saturday morning last, after having been confined to his bed by an attack of pneumonia for about 9 days previously.

He was 42 years of age, and spent all his life in the place, and had worked at Saltaire Mills ever since he had left school, at first in the office, from where he went into the works to serve his apprenticeship to the trade. At the time of his decease he was a twisting overlooker in the mills and held in the esteem and confidence of all who worked under him.

As a sportsman he was on several occasions well to the front and was at one time first in the averages of the Saltaire cricket team, that being during the time of the membership of Harry Mosley and other well-known cracks. He was also owner of several prizes and medals which he had won in the sports at Saltaire Park, but his supremacy in any branch sport was only short-lived, though when he was at his best in any particular branch of athletics he was looked upon as a hero at Saltaire.

At the formation the Saltaire Football Club be was installed ae secretary and held that position throughout the whole career of that now defunct club, and although he did not take any part in the working of the affairs the club, he was referee in the Yorkshire Rugby Union.

Joining the Shipley & District Working Men's Club soon after its inauguration his untiring nature soon caused him to put into working harness, and was placed in the position of assistant secretary, which be held for 3 or years, afterwards taking over the office of secretary, which he held at the time of his death, having been 7 years in that office. In this last position his efforts were largely instrumental in raising the dub to the position it now holds, and deep regret was felt in those circles when his death became known. He was also a member of the Shipley Brass Band Social Club and was for many years’ auditor for the Baildon Working Men’s Club. He leaves a widow and two children.

His funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul’s Church, and was attended by a large assembly of his club members and friends. The officials from the Shipley Working Men’s Club present were Mr. C. Butterfield (president), J. Pashley (vice-president), Mr H. Saynor (treasurer), and Messrs Wm. Jennings and H. Houghton (trustees), together with large number of members, making 79 in all. Representatives were also present from the Baildon, Cottingley, and Great Horton Working Men's Clubs, from the Brass Band Club, and also a number of his fellow-employees and those who were under him.

The coffin was carried all the way from the house to the churchyard by members of the Shipley Club, and the Rev A. W. Cribb (vicar) read the service in the church and at the grave side. There were a large number of wreaths, including offerings from his fellow-employees, and the Shipley Working Men's Club. During the week flags were flying at half-mast the Brass Band Club and the Working Men's Club. As he was the representative of the Working Men’s Club on the memorial Tablet committee, Mr A, Ross (secretary) represented that committee at the funeral.


Monaghan, John
c1838 – 1921

John Monaghan was born c1838 in County Mayo, Ireland. He married Isabella Potterton in 1868 in Otley. She was born c1845 in Birstwirth (near Harrogate). They had a daughter, Mary Ann, who was born in Horsforth in 1866, two years before they were married.

In 1881 they were living at 10 Albert Terrace, Saltaire, with John working as a dyer’s labourer. In 1891 they were living at 13 Amelia Street, Saltaire, with John working as a dyer’s labourer.

Death Notice in the Shipley Times and Express 23 May 1891: -

21 May, aged 2 years and 5 months, William Henry, only son of John Monaghan, 13 Amelia Street.

(Note – William may have died in the flu epidemic that was circulating in the district.)

Report in the Shipley Times 27 October 1894: -

Bankruptcy Examination.

At the Bradford County Court on Friday (26 October), before Mr Registrar Lee, John Monaghan, of the Bottom Lodge at Milner Field, Gilstead, lately residing at Wood Bottom, Baildon, and 13 Amelia Street, Saltaire, labourer, came np for examination.

The debtor had never been in business; but, according to the report of the Official Receiver (Mr J. A. Binns) and Monaghan’s answers to questions put by Mr J. H. Richardson, on behalf of the Official Receiver, he had been in the employ of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Limited, at £1 per week.

He had suffered much by the illness of members of his family that he had had to file his petition. Out of the total debts of £63, £48 was for medical attendance.

On the application of Mr Blackburn, the examination was closed.

In 1901 they were living at 1 Amelia Street, with John working as a mill labourer. John's wife, Isobella, died before 1911. In 1911 & 1921 John was living with his single daughter, Mary Ann, at 28 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. John died 3rd qtr. 1921.


Monaghan, Mary Ann
c1866 – 1928

Mary Ann Monaghan was born c1866 in Leeds to John Monaghan and Isabella Potterton

In 1881 they were living at 10 Albert Terrace, Saltaire, with Mary working as a mill hand and her father a dyer’s labourer. In 1891 they were living at 13 Amelia Street, Saltaire, with John working as a dyer’s labourer. In 1901 they were living at 1 Amelia Street. Mary’s mother died before 1911.

In 1911 & 1921 Mary was living with her widower father at 28 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. In 1921 Mary was a comb minder at Saltaire Mills. Mary's father died 3rd qtr. 1921.

Having never married, Mary died in 1928.


Moorby, Edgar
22 February 1880 – 1948

Edgar Moorby was the son of William Moorby. William was born c1845 in Skipton. He married Mary Ann Cox in 1874 in Skipton. They had five children.

Edgar, their third child, was born 22 February 1880. He was baptised 31 October 1880 at St Michael & All Saints, Cottingley. In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Cottingley where William working as a gardener.

In 1901 Edgar was a gardener, living in Brierley, Yorkshire. Report from the Shipley Times 29 September 1905: -

At the West Riding Police Court, Bradford, yesterday, Edgar Moorby, gardener, Shipley, was fined 1s. and costs for riding a bicycle without a light after lighting up time.

Living at 34 Rhodes Street, Shipley, Edgar married Clara Snowden, 21 January 1911 at St Paul’s Shipley. They had a son, Roland, born 31 January 1912. From 1911 to 1919 they lived at 12 Howard Street, Shipley.

Excerpt from a report in the Shipley Times 26 January 1917: -

Shipley Military Tribunal

Application was made by William Moorby for his son, Edgar Moorby, described as a market gardener. The latter stated the case.

Mr. Burton: How many men have you employed? — None.

What area garden have you? —I cannot tell you how many square yards.

Are they glass houses or what? — The gardens are what are called the “Riverside Allotments,” Saltaire. I have about as much land as yourself, sir. (Laughter.)

What do you grow? —We raise plants and anything that we can sell.

Suppose you had to go away, and the gardens had to be closed, what would be the position of your parents? — They would be practically on their beam-ends-.

Do you give all your time the year round to these gardens? — Yes.

Will you have-half an acre, or what? — Yes, it is about half an acre.

It does not employ the whole of your time, does it? – Yes, it does, and a bit more than the whole of my time. (Laughter.) Could you give a little of your time to work of a similar kind? The point is, you know, now we have come to a time when we have not to waste our time growing plants. — Certainly, but we are changing as quickly as can, and there will be a rush for vegetable plants before long.

You are raising vegetable plants, are you? — Yes, and all sorts. Mr. Burton: The other members of your family have joined up, I suppose? — Yes, my brother and brother-in-law.

You are living with your father at home, I think? — Yes. Chairman: If you are willing to give three days week to assist the local Food production Committee we are prepared to consider your case favourably. — Well, you know just the spring of the year there is a good deal of work, and I cannot split myself into two or three parts.

Mr. Burton: You know there is a Food Production Committee formed locally? — I have heard it talked about.

The Chairman; You must so utilise yourself as to give this committee half your time.

Postponement was granted until June 30th, conditional on the applicant assisting the Food Production Committee three day a week when called upon.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 14 September 1917: -

Shipley Military Tribunal

Edgar Moorby (37), class A, married with one child, and working for his father, a chronic invalid, was given to 31 st December.

In September 1919, Edgar of Riverside Gardens, Saltaire, was judge at the Shipley Railwaymen’s Annual Vegetable Show.

From 1920 to 1925 Edgar lived with his family at 4 Queen Street, Shipley.

In March 1920, Edgar was elected as assistant hon. sec., of the Shipley Gardeners and Allotment Holders Association. In December 1920 he was elected as President. In September 1925 he was reported as being secretary.

In November 1920, Edgar (Roberts Park) provided plants and flowers for the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade Dance held at Victoria Hall.

In July 1925, Edgar (head gardener to Salts Ltd., Saltaire) was a judge at the annual inspection of allotments of Messrs. Jas. Ackroyd and Son’s, Halifax.

From 1926 to 1929 Edgar and his family lived at 53 Albert Road, Saltaire.

Report from the Shipley Times 28 September 1929: -

Estate Superintendent

At a meeting of the Shipley Urban Council Estate Committee on Thursday (26 September) Mr. Edgar Moorby, of Albert Road, Saltaire, was appointed Superintendent of the Northcliffe Estate, to succeed Mr. H. A. Newby, who retires on superannuation on 30 September.

Mr. Moorby, who is manager of the Royal Café, Saltaire, was formerly in charge of the Saltaire Mills Playing Fields.

In the 1939 Register Edgar and his son, Roland, were both market gardeners living in Barnsley.

Notice from the London Gazette 9 March 1943: -


No. 52. MOORBY, Edgar, residing at 205, Park Road, Barnsley, in the county of York, and carrying on. business at I, Sheffield Road, Barnsley aforesaid, under the style of E. Moorby & Son, as a FLORIST, FRUITERER and SEEDSMAN. Court— BARNSLEY. Date of Filing Petition—March 4, 1943. No. of Matter— 1 of 1943. Date of Receiving Order—March 4, 1943.

Edgar died in 1948 in Sunderland, County Durham.


Mosley, Henry (Harry)
8 March 1850 – 1 June 1922

Henry Mosley was the son of James Mosley. James was born c1819 in Kildwick near Skipton. He married Margaret (maiden name and date of marriage unknown).

Henry, the second youngest of six children, was born 8 March 1850. In 1851 they were living in Kildwick with James working as a warp dresser. James died in 1854.

In 1861 & 1871 widow Margaret was living with her children at 28 Dale Street in Shipley. In 1861 Henry was a spinner; in 1871 he was an overlooker.

Henry married Mary Holmes, 14 September 1872, at Bradford Cathedral. They had at least nine children. In 1881 they were living at 1 Mawson Street in Saltaire; in 1891 they were in Idle.

Henry and his family emigrated to America in 1892. In 1900 they were living in Sanford in the state of Maine with Henry working as a warp dresser. Henry died 1 June 1922 in Sanford.

Report from the Shipley Times 21 July 1922 as follows: -

Local cricketers who can recall the Saltaire Club in the eighties will learn with regret of the death of Mr. Harry Mosley, who about 30 years ago was a professional for Saltaire and was regarded one of the best left-arm bowlers that time, he being associated with Dickie Barlow, who also was one of Saltaire’s professionals.

Mr. Mosley was a native of Shipley and was employed as a drawing overlooker at Saltaire Mills, and about 30 years ago he emigrated to Sanford, Maine, U.S.A., where was employed a similar capacity for an American firm, where eventually he became manager over the drawing department, and retired pension some time ago. He was succeeded as manager by his son.

The news of his death at the age of 72 was received on Monday by his daughter (Mrs. Lewis Robertshaw, of Undercliffe). who is the only daughter living in England, the remainder of the family having settled in America.

Regarding his cricketing career, a local enthusiast informs that Mosley played as a professional for 17 seasons, from 1874 to 1890 inclusive. He was considered the most destructive left arm bowler in the whole of the Aire Valley. In 1881 he was tried for Yorkshire County, for his bowling.


Murphy, John
10 June 1904 – 1996

John Murphy was the son of William Murphy. William was born c1858 in Castleford. He married Louisa Broadhead 19 May 1852 at St. Giles & St. Murphy, Pontefract. They had seven children with one dying as an infant. In 1901 they were living in Castleford with William working as a glass bottle maker.

John, their youngest child, was born 10 June 1904 in Castleford. His father died in 1909 in Shipley. In 1911 John was living with his widowed mother and siblings at 11 Thompson Street, Shipley. By 1918 they were living at 20 Park Street.

John, a piece room man, married Ivy Batten Robinson, 19 December 1931, at St. John The Evangelist, Baildon. Ivy was born 11 October 1907 in Baildon. John & Ivy lived in a number of houses: -

1932 – 21 Station Road, Baildon (with Ivy’s parents)
1933 – 11 Amelia Street, Saltaire
1936 – 23 Fanny Street, Saltaire
1939 – 15/16 Albert Terrace, Saltaire
1945 – 4 Ashburn Grove, Baildon
1958 – 57 Temple Rhydding Drive, Baildon

In 1939 John was a foreman in the Burling & Mending Dept., at Saltaire Mills, and also a member of Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade.

Both John & Ivy died in 1996.





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