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Naylor, Ezra
22 November 1851 – 23 March 1913

Ezra Naylor was the son of Isaac Naylor. Isaac was born c1816 in Bradford. He married Lydia Ward, 14 July 1839 at Bradford Cathedral.

Ezra was born 22 November 1851 in Bradford. In 1861 & 1871 they were living at 8 George Street (re-numbered 34) in Saltaire, where Isaac was a cotton warp dresser. In 1871 Ezra was working as a clerk.

In August 1870, Ezra is reported as being secretary of the Saltaire Club & Institute, a role he carried out until March 1873. In April 1874, he was one of sixteen gentlemen elected on to the Saltaire Institute Committee. In April 1878, Ezra is listed as being a member of the Shipley Choral Society.

Ezra married Maria Hardaker, 28 September 1880, at Killinghall church. In 1881 he was a woollen manufacturer living with his wife in her widowed mother’s house in Killinghall near Harrogate.

Ezra and Maria’s only child, John Herbert Naylor, was born 11 October 1882. In December 1882, Ezra was taken to court for refusing to have his child vaccinated.

In January 1890, Ezra was reported as being chairman of the New Year Assemblies at the Saltaire Institute. In July 1890 Ezra was elected on to the Shipley School Board.

In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 3 Albert Road (re-numbered 5) in Saltaire. Ezra was working as a yarn salesman.

In March 1892 it was reported that Ezra was re-elected as a governor of the Salt Schools. He was elected again in March 1901 for a period of three years.

In September 1901 following the retirement of Mr John Rhodes from the firm of Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons & Co, Ezra joined the board of directors.

In October 1902, Ezra was appointed President of the Shipley Textile Society.

By September 1905, Ezra and his family were living at “Broxholme”, 13 Staveley Road, Nab Wood, Shipley.

In October 1906 Ezra was reported as being chairman of the Salt School of Governors. He was elected as a Shipley District Councillor for the West ward in 1912.

In February 1913 treasurer Ezra, was appointed a life member of the West Bradford Golf Club.

Ezra died 25 March 1913. He was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 28 March 1913: -


Expressions of regret were heard on all hands in the Shipley district on Wednesday, when it became known that Mr. Ezra Naylor, who had had practically a lifelong connection with the firm of Sir Titus Salt. Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, had died the previous night, after a brief illness.

The sad intelligence caused quite a painful sensation in Saltaire, where the deceased gentleman was known to everybody, and where he had won the respect and esteem of the inhabitants generally. Mr. Naylor had not enjoyed good health for some time past, but nothing of a serious nature been apprehended. He was at the mills as recently as last Friday morning, and, accompanied by Mrs. Naylor, left Shipley by the 11.8 a.m. train that day with the intention of attending the marriage of his niece at a village in the neighbourhood of Nottingham the following day.

While in the train he complained of severe internal pains, and these became more acute later in the evening, when and Mrs. Naylor had reached the residence of relatives with whom they had arranged to stay. A local doctor was called in that night, and after seeing Mr. Naylor again the following morning he advised him to return home immediately.

This advice was acted upon, and Mr. Naylor was driven to the nearest station (Chesterfield) in a motor. Shipley was reached shortly after four o’clock in the afternoon, and Mr. Naylor obviously in a very exhausted condition, had to be wheeled through the subway in an invalid carriage. He was then placed in a taxi-cab and driven to his residence, Broxholme, Nab Wood, where he was immediately seen by his medical adviser, Dr. Thornton.

The latter had reason to believe that appendicitis was the cause of the trouble, and this suspicion was confirmed when he made a further examination of his patient the following morning. An immediate operation was deemed imperative, and this was performed by Dr. Thornton, with Dr. Selkirk and Dr. Eames, at mid-day. Although the patient stood the operation remarkably well, the doctors were unable to hold out much hope of his recovery. Mr. Naylor did not lose consciousness up to within about an hour of his death, which took place at a quarter to ten on Tuesday night.

The deceased gentleman was the only son of Mr. Isaac Naylor, who was foreman over the warp dressers at Saltaire Mills. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Bramma, of Birmingham.

At an early age Mr. Ezra Naylor worked half-days at Saltaire Mills, during which time he attended the half-time school then held under the firm’s auspices at the building adjoining Saltaire Station, now used as a cafe. He was one the senior pupils at this school who came under the influence of Mr. George Morrell, a gentleman who, after a long and honourable record in the work of education in Shipley, has now a post under the Saltaire firm in connection with the management of the house property. Like many other youths who have entered Saltaire Mills in a humble capacity, Mr. Naylor saw promotion ahead for those who deserved it, and the determination with which he set about this qualification may be judged from the fact that before he was out of his teens was attending the wool market in Bradford on behalf of the firm.

He was given charge of the spinning department, and held this responsible post for over forty years, during which time, as our readers are aware, he witnessed important changes at Saltaire. The chief of these was when, about twenty years ago, the mills and village passed out of the hands of the family of the founder. Mr. Naylor quickly gained the confidence of and present principal, Sir James Roberts, Bart.

Before the Salt Schools were municipalised Mr. Naylor rendered excellent service as member, for several years, of the governing body. For a considerable time had also sat on the Board of Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Charity.

A year ago, on the retirement from the Shipley District Council of Sir James Roberts, Mr. Naylor was pressed to accept the nomination for the West Ward, and on his agreeing to do so ho was elected unopposed His duties as a Councillor and member of the Education Committee again brought him into touch with the administration the educational institutions at Saltaire, and during the post year he evinced great interest in public work. The last meeting which he attended in connection with the District Council was Tuesday evening of last week, and colleagues who were present that occasion recall the fact that then appeared to be far from well.

For the last three yean Mr. Naylor had been president of the Bradford Textile Managers’ Association, and formerly occupied a similar position in connection with the Shipley Textile Society. Although a staunch Liberal, was not a keen politician.

He was regular worshipper at the Saltaire Congregational Church, and a generous supporter of the cause at that place. In his younger days he took an active part in the work of the Sunday school.

Mr. Naylor is survived his widow and one son (Mr. J. H. Naylor).

As a mark of respect the flag was flown at half-mast at the District Council Offices.

The funeral takes place at Nab Wood Cemetery to-day (Friday).

In his will he left £7,377 1s 8d (worth c£860,000 in 2020).

His widow, Maria, died 13 January 1936 at “Strathroy”, 115 Franklin Road, Harrogate. She was buried alongside Ezra. In her will she left £815 17s 9d (worth c£600,000 in 2020).

Their son, John Herbert, died in 1971.

Nab Wood Cemetery and Crematorium: Monumental Inscriptions

In loving memory of a devoted husband and father, EZRA NAYLOR, born November 22 nd, 1851, entered into rest March 25 th, 1913.

Also MARIA, wife of above, died January 13 th, 1936.


Naylor, Isaac
c1816 – 31 August 1892

Isaac Naylor was the son of Joseph & Martha Naylor

Isaac was born c1816 in Bradford. He was baptised 8 August 1816 in Manningham. Isaac married Lydia Ward 14 July 1839 at Bradford Cathedral. They had a son, Ezra Naylor, born 22 November 1851.

In 1861 they were living at 8 George Street (re-numbered 34) in Saltaire, where Isaac was a cotton warp dresser. His wife, Lydia died in 1865. She was buried in Charlestown Cemetery, Baildon.

Widower Isaac married Hannah Bland 18 April 1870 at Saltaire Congregational Church. Hannah was 19 years younger than Isaac. They lived at 34 George Street.

In 1881 they were living at 20 Victoria Road and in 1891 at 35 George Street. Isaac was a foreman over the warp dressers at Saltaire Mills.

Isaac died, 31 August 1892. He was buried with his first wife in Charlestown Cemetery.

Hannah, Isaac’s second wife, died 18 November 1901.

Isaac Naylor's gravestone


Naylor, John Herbert
11 October 1882 – 23 July 1971

John Herbert Naylor was the son of Ezra Naylor. Ezra was born 22 November 1851 in Bradford. He married Maria Hardaker 28 September 1880 at Killinghall church, near Harrogate.

John, their only child, was born 11 October 1882.

In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 3 Albert Road (re-numbered 5) in Saltaire. Ezra was working as a yarn salesman. In 1901 John was an apprentice mohair spinner. In July 1901 he passed a City and Guilds of London examination in Wool and Worsted at Salt School. In January 1904 John passed a first aid exam taught by the St John Ambulance Association in Shipley. In April 1904 he sang at a performance by the Salt Schools Amateur Dramatic Society in the Victoria Hall. 3 March 1906, John was M.C. at a whist drive and dance held by the Shipley Textile Society in the Victoria Hall.

He was working at Saltaire Mills when he married Lydia Mary Holmes, 23 June 1909, at Saltaire Congregational church.

Report from the Shipley Times 25 June: -

A wedding that aroused much local interest was solemnised on Wednesday at Saltaire Congregational Church, the contracting parties being Miss Lydia Mary Holmes, the only daughter of Mr. George Holmes, of Cottingley Grange, near Bingley, and Mr. John Herbert Naylor, the only son of Mr. Ezra Naylor, the manager of Saltaire Mills, Broxholme, Nab Wood. Shipley.

The officiating minister was the Rev. P. D. Pringle, M.A., the cousin of the bride, and during the service the hymns “Welcome was the call” and “The voice that breathed o’er Eden” were sung. Mr. A. Sutcliffe, who officiated at the organ, rendered suitable selections.

The bride, who was given away by her father, was gowned in ducheese satin, with an overdress of ninon trimmed with silver embroidery, and a Court train, trimmed with chiffon and orange blossoms. She wore a bridal veil of embroidered Brussels net with bandeaux orange blossoms. She travelled in a grey faced costume, prettily embroidered, and wore a picture hat of Tuscan straw, trimmed with roses. She carried a shower bouquet of white ruses, lilies of the valley, and white heather.

Mr. G. Holmes, the brother of the bride, officiated as best man, and the bridesmaids were Miss Dorothy Rush worth, Miss Gertrude Wilcock, Miss Lydia Illingworth (cousins of the bride), and Miss Louie Wardman (cousin of the bridegroom). They wore white Rodney dresses, tinged with pink, and large picture hats Tuscan straw, trimmed with pink roses, and earned bouquets of Kaiserin Augusta Victoria roses. Each wore a pearl and gold brooch, the gift of the bridegroom.

The bride’s mother was gowned in beautiful mauve poplin silk, richly trimmed with silver embroidery and real lace, with a toque and carried a bouquet of pink carnations. Mrs. Naylor, the mother of the bridegroom, wore a gown of pearl grey Imperial satin, handsomely trimmed with embroidery and real Bruges lace. She carried a bouquet mauve pears and lilies of the valley.

The couple were the recipients of a large number of handsome presents. The gift of the bridegroom to the bride was a gold and pearl pendant and the present from the bride to the bridegroom was a handsome bookcase. There was also a solid silver table lamp from the bridegroom’s fellow workers at Saltaire Mills. After the ceremony, a very largely attended reception was held at Cottingley Grange, where a marque had been erected for the accommodation of the guests.

The happy pair later in the afternoon left for London and the Isle of Wight, where the honeymoon is to be spent.

John and his wife lived at 3 Woodside Av in Shipley. In 1911 he was working as a tarn salesman. By 1918 they were living at 28 New Close Rd, only to return to 3 Woodside Avenue in 1926. They remained there until 1960 when they moved to 18 Lindisfarne Rd, where they remained the rest of their lives.

At the Shipley Canine Association’s monthly show held at the Oddfellow’s Hall Hotel in February 1913 John won several prizes with his dogs “Nipper” and “Jerry.” In May 1914 he was elected president of the association. He retired as president in 1922.

In July 1913 John presented a picture draught screen to Saltaire Hospital.

As a yarn salesman at Saltaire Mills John was exempted from military duty at a meeting of the Shipley Tribunal held in March 1917.

John was elected vice-chairman of the Saltaire Conversazioni at their annual meeting in 1932, a position he held for a number of years. Upon the Conversazioni’s revival in 1947 he was elected as the chairman. John retired from the chair in 1954. He had been connected with the Conversazioni for over 40 years.

Report from the Shipley Times 23 June 1934: -

In honour of their silver wedding, Mr, and Mrs J H Naylor, 3 Woodside Av, Shipley, entertained several friends at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, last night, and the party celebrated until the wee small hours of this (Saturday) morning.

John was reported as being the oldest member attending the Old Salt’s Association Dinner in Bradford on 22 March 1957.

Lydia died 10 January 1964; John died 23 July 1974.


Newsome, Richard - Mill Worker
1847 – 21 April 1917

Richard Newsome was the son of Thomas Newsome. Thomas was born 1823 in Baildon. He married Rebecca (maiden name and date unknown).

Richard, the third of four children, was born 1847 in Baildon. In 1851 & 1861the family lived in Baildon with Thomas working as blacksmith.

Richard married Miranda Giles in 1875. They had three children: Alice born 1876, Benjamin born July 1880, died 4 September 1880, and James born 1882. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at Saltaire Park Lodge with Miranda’s father, Benjamin Giles, who was the park keeper. Richard worked at Salts Mill as a mechanic.

In February 1890 Richard was reported as having a piggery which was affected by swine fever.

By 1900 Richard and Miranda were living at 46 Caroline Street in Saltaire. In March 1917, it was reported that they were taken to court to be evicted from their home.

Richard died 21 April 1917 at 37 Albert Road (renumbered 73) in Saltaire. He was buried 25 April 1917 at Baildon. In 1918 his widow, Miranda, was living at 53 Victoria Road in Saltaire. Miranda died 18 September 1920.





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