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Mill Workers who lived in Saltaire
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Taylor, George

Taylor, George - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Thomas, James
1873 – 22 December 1899

James Thomas was the son of James Thomas snr. James snr. was born c1835 in Colne, Lancashire. He married Margaret (maiden name and date of marriage unknown). In 1861 they were living in Saltaire Road where James snr. was a weaver. By 1871 they were living at 12 Murgatroyd Street.

James was born 1873 in Shipley. In 1881 the family lived at 36 Moorhead Villas with James snr. working as an overlooker. By 1891 they had moved to 1 Mawson Street in Saltaire with James working as a weaver at Saltaire Mills. James died 22 December 1899.

Report in the Shipley Times 30 December 1899:

Funeral of a Saltaire Football Player
On Tuesday the funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery of James Thomas, of 21 Ada Street, Saltaire, the well-known forward of the Manningham Football Club, who died on the previous Friday, in his 27th year.
A large number of friends and officials of the Manningham Club, as well as representatives of the workpeople employed at Saltaire Mills, with whom the deceased formerly worked, attended.


Thompson, Arthur Harold

Thompson, Arthur Harold - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Thompson, Richard

Thompson, Richard - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Thornton, Arthur
1854 – 18 April 1915

Arthur Thornton was the son of Thomas Thornton. Thomas was born 15 August 1814 in Haworth. He married Ann – maiden name and marriage date unknown. In 1851 they lived in Wilsden with Thomas working as a weaver.

Arthur, the youngest of seven children, was born 1854 in Wilsden. He was baptised 8 Oct 1854 St Matthew Haworth.

By 1861 the family had moved to Saltaire, living at 17 George Street. In 1871 they were living at 3 Fern Place with both Thomas and Arthur working as warp dressers.

Arthur had a son, Fred, in 1875 with a Mary Elizabeth – maiden name and marriage date unknown.

Arthur married Jessie Harriet Goodacre in 1881. They had eight children: Tom (b1882), Arthur (b886), Albert (b1888), Beatrice (b1889), Ada (b1890), Edwin (b1893), Jesse (b1895) and Robert (b1897). In 1901 Arthur was working in Saltaire Mills as a warp dresser and living with his family at 10 Constance Street. By 1911 they had moved to 8 Albert Road (renumbered 15) in Saltaire. By 1915 they were living at 68 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Arthur died 18 April 1915 and was buried two days later at Hirst Wood Cemetery. Jessie died in 1928. Arthur was a renowned cricketer, with a long connection with Saltaire Cricket Club. Four of their sons: Albert, Arthur, Edwin & Robert, fought in World War One.


Thornton, Robert
c1845 – 11 March 1921

Robert Thornton was born c1845 in Wilsden to Thomas & Ann Thornton. In 1861 they were living at 17 George Street, Saltaire, with Thomas working as a warp dresser and Robert as a tinner.

Robert married Sarah Drake in 1867. They had a son, Jowett, born 16 December 1873, and a daughter, Lily, born 12 July 1875. Robert & Sarah lived all their married lives at 8 Lockwood Street. Robert was a tin smith at Saltaire Mills, where he was also the superintendent of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade.

Sarah died 3 March 1917. She was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Robert joined her when he died 11 March 1921.

Report from the Shipley Times 25 March: -

The funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery, on Monday (14 March), of Mr. Robert Thornton, 8 Lockwood Street, Saltaire.

The deceased, who was 76 years of age, was superintendent of Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade. The mourners included Mr. and Mrs. George Lincoln and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jowett Thornton, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Walton, Mrs. T. Thornton, and Messrs. Thackray, Ellison, Cryer, Smith, Bailey, Holworthy, and Winpenny. Mr. and Mrs Arthur Preston (daughter) and family, Miss Ivy Ella Preston (granddaughter), Mr. and Mrs Broderick (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. John Thornton (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. Arthur Thornton (sister-in-law) Mr. B. Badland and Mr. Fred Smith (Old Pals).

The members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade acted as bearers, under the supervision of Superintendent George Hall.


Thorpe, Willie

Thorpe, Willie - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Tidbury, Lettice, nee Derbyshire

Tidbury, Lettice, nee Derbyshire - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Trigg, Maud (nee Quanbury)
25 September 1900 – 3 September 1977

Maud Quanbury was born, 25 September 1900, in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, to Thomas Edward Quanbury & Anne Melissa Bingham. She was baptised, 4 November 1900, in Market Deeping. In 1911 the family were living at The Black Swan, Market Deepening, where Thomas was the innkeeper.

In 1921 Maud was living with her sisters, Annie & Jane, at 20 William Henry Street, Saltaire. All three worked at Saltaire Mills; Maud was a cloth picker.

Maud emigrated to Canada in 1922. She was aboard S.S. Montclare when she departed from Liverpool, 18 August 1922, on her maiden voyage. They arrived in Quebec eight days later. She settled with her brother, Neal, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Maud married Louise Charles Trigg in Calgary in 1924. He was born, 14 June 1898, in London, England. He worked as an accountant. They had four children.

Louis died 30 June 1964 in California, USA. Maud died 3 September 1977 in Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Canada.


Tottle, Walter Edward
21 May 1871 – 1939

Walter Edward Tottle was the son of Thomas Tottle. Thomas was born c1821 in Tiverton, Devon. He married Elizabeth Blanchflower, 31 August 1851, at St James, Taunton, Somerset.

Walter was born 21 May 1871 in Wellington, Somerset. By 1881 the family were living at 7 Herbert Street in Saltaire, with Thomas working as a weaver. In 1891 Walter was a woolsorter living with his brother, James, at 19 Mary Street.

Walter, who never married, emigrated to America. Having sailed from Liverpool on the S.S. Aurania, he arrived in Boston 13 July 1891. Walter died in Sanford, Maine in 1939.

Report from the Shipley Times 15 July 1939: -

The death has occurred in Sanford, Maine. U.S.A.. of Mr. Walter E. Tottle, a former well-known Saltaire cricketer. Mr. Tottle, who was a bachelor aged 68, was the seventh son in a family of eight, and as boy worked at Saltaire Mills. At that time Saltaire Cricket Club consisted mainly of employees of the mill, and the players were widely known as “the mill lads in white."

He went to America in 1891 to work in the American branch of the Saltaire Mills at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

He has one brother in Shipley, Mr. Fred Tottle, of 5 Russell Street, Carr Lane, Windhill.


Turner, Frances Mildred (nee Kilroy)
12 December 1902 – 1962

Frances Mildred Kilroy was born, 31 December 1902, in Blackburn, Lancashire.

In the 1921 Census, Frances was living with her widowed mother, Amanda Jane Heeley, at 234 Leeds Road, Windhill. Frances was an unemployed burler & mender. She had worked at Saltaire Mills.

She married Fred Turner, a bricklayer aged 24, at St. Peter’s, Shipley, 6 February 1923. They were both living at 11 Mary Street, Saltaire.

In the 1939 Register Frances was a burler living with her mother, not her husband, at 28 Regent Street, Shipley.

Frances died in 1962 in Ashton, Lancashire.


Turner, Norah
???? – ????

Norah Turner was the daughter of Wilfred & Mary Turner. She was working at Salt’s Mill when she married John Leslie Kendall, 26 March 1949, at St Peter’s Shipley. Norah was living at 23 Constance Street and John at 6 Mawson Street.
The married couple lived at 23 Constance Street until around 1955 when they moved to 9 Laburnum Road in Shipley. By 1958 they were living at 76 Coach Road in Baildon.

John was born 25 May 1921 and he died in 1980.


Tyas, Andrew
4 August 1888 – 1976

Andrew Tyas was the son of Henry Tyas. Henry was born in 1847 in Skelmanthorpe near Huddersfield. He married Elizabeth Lodge, 24 February 1873, at St. Augustine’s, Scissett, Skelmanthorpe. They had four children.

Andrew, their youngest child, was born 4 August 1888 in Skelmanthorpe.

In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Skelmanthorpe. Elizabeth died there in 1893. In 1901 widower Henry, working as a weaver, was living with his four children at 5 Jane Street, Saltaire.

In 1911 Andrew was a mechanic, working in Saltaire Mills, living with his spinster sister at 6 Edward Street. He married Florence Maud Smith, 30 November 1912, at St. Peter’s, Shipley. Florence, born 27 May 1890, was living at 24 Jane Street. They had at least four children, including Leonard Harry Tyas, who served in WW2.

From before 1920 to 1929 they lived at 38 Thompson Street, Shipley. In August 1923 Andrew presided over a Saltaire Mills Bowling Social evening, held at the Royal Café. From 1931 to 1934 they were at 4 Jane Street, Saltaire. From 1938 to 1955 they were at 4 Chapel House, Low Hill, Baildon, where in 1939 Andrew was working as a wool warehouseman. By 1957 they were living at 6 The Crescent, Shipley.

Andrew died in 1976.


Tyas, Leonard Harry

Tyas, Leonard Harry - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour






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