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Wainman, Amy (nee Newton)
26 January 1916 – 2015

Amy Newton was the daughter of Percy (Nobby) Newton. Percy was born 15 January 1894 in Barnsley. He married Lily Ann Hyden in 1915 at Hemsworth, Wakefield. They had 10 children.

Amy, their eldest child, was born 26 January 1916 in Hemsworth. By 1930 she was living with her grandparents, Thomas & Betsy Hyden at 15 Ada St in Saltaire.

Amy married Eric Burniston Wainman in 1939 in Keighley district. They had at least four children: Alan born 1940; Irene born 1942, Dennis born 1946, Eric jnr., born 1947.

In the 1939 register Eric and Amy lived with Eric’s mother at 6 Queen St, Shipley. They both worked at Saltaire Mills where Eric was a warehouseman and Amy a spinner.

In 1942 Amy was living at 8 Queen St, whilst her husband served in WW2. By 1949 Amy & Eric were living at 10 West Royd Tce. From around 1958 they were living at 57 West Royd Rd.

Eric died in 1978. Amy died in 2015 aged 99.


Wainman, Arthur

Wainman, Arthur - WW2 Roll of Honour


Wainman, Charles

Wainman, Charles - WW2 Roll of Honour

Wainman, Eric Burniston

Wainman, Eric Burniston - WW2 Roll of Honour


Wainman, Smith
1869 – 02 May 1935

Smith Wainman was the son of Denby Wainman. Denby was born c1827 in Selby. He married Ann Smith 23 January in Selby.

Smith, the fifth of seven children, was born 1869 in Selby. He was baptised 19 September 1869. The family lived in Selby with Denby working as a bricklayer’s labourer. Denby died in 1875.

Smith married Grace Ann Clayton in 1900 in Selby. They had six children. In 1901 & 1911 they were living in Selby with Smith working as a yarn bleacher. By 1919 they were living at 25 Amelia Street in Saltaire. They moved to 59 Albert Road around 1929. Smith died 2 May 1935.

Report in Yorkshire Post 3 May 1935 as follows: -

While following his employment as a warehouseman at Saltaire Mills yesterday, Smith Wainman (65), of Queens Street Shipley, complained of heart pains. When Dr Viret arrived Wainman was dead. He had heart disease.

Three of Smith’s sons, Arthur and Charles and Eric, worked in Saltaire Mills and they both served in WW2.

Smith’s wife, Grace, died in 1968


Waite, Jessie (nee Patterson)
23 March 1887 – 1966

Jessie Patterson was the daughter of William Henry Patterson. William was born 1863 in Leeds. He married Mary Tiffany, 23 February 1885, in Bradford Cathedral. William was a tailor living at 16 Victoria Road in Saltaire; Mary was a worsted reeler living at 20 Albert Terrace.

Jessie, their second child, was born 23 March 1887 in Saltaire. In 1891 the family were living at 16 Caroline Street. In 1901 they were at 1 Herbert Street, with Jessie working as a worsted spinner in Saltaire Mills.

Jessie married Arthur Gott, 10 April 1909, at St Paul’s Shipley. They had two children; William, born 10 April 1910, and Kathleen, born 3 May 1913. In 1911 they were living at 13 Herbert Street, with Arthur working as a reeling overlooker. By 1915 they were living at 4 Edward Street in Bingley. Arthur served in and survived WW1. He died in 1937.

In the 1939 Register, widow Jessie was a woollen drawer living at 4 Edward Street, Bingley. She married Mark Waite in 1953.

Jessie died in 1966.


Walker, Edmund

Walker, Edmund - WW1 Roll of Honour


Walker, Lilian
1 April 1905 –????

Lilian Walker was the daughter of Harry Walker. Harry was born 20 July 1867 in Shipley. He married Elizabeth Ann Webb in 1888. In 1891 and 1901 they lived at 5 Birr Street in Shipley with Harry working as a plumber and water inspector.

Lilian, the second youngest of 10 children, was born 1 April 1905 in Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 7 Crowgill Road. By 1930 they had moved to 8 Park Street. Lilian’s mother, Elizabeth, died 5 December 1930 and she was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery.

In 1939 Lilian working as a weaver was living with her father at 4 Myrtle Place in Saltaire.

Report from Shipley Times 13 November 1940 as follows:

Elsie Dorothy Chambers, weaver, aged 39, of 4 Charteris Road. Lower Grange, Bradford, was fatally injured in accident in the weaving department at Saltaire Mills yesterday. Mrs. Chambers was seen by another weaver to walk out of her “alley” with shocking injuries to the side of her head. Dr Foster, of Shipley, was immediately summoned, but when he arrived Mrs. Chambers was dead. The weaver who saw her, Lilian Walker, was taken ill as a result of the shock and had to return home.

Lilian’s father, Harry, died 21 December 1948, and he was buried with his wife.


Watmough, Dorothy (nee Llewellyn)
11 October 1917 – 7 February 1991

Dorothy Llewellyn was the daughter of James Llewellyn. James was born 26 March 1880 in Millom, Cumberland. He married Esther Steele 13 October 1901 at Holy Trinity church in Millom. James & Esther had seven children all born in Millom, who would all eventually work in Saltaire Mill.

John Charles (1902-1957) 3 Lapstone Road
Olive (1903-1970) 3 Lapstone Road
Frank (1905-1963) 20 Devonshire Road
James (1906-1984) 17 Lapstone Road
Amy (1907-1985) 17 Lapstone Road
Esther (1915-2001) 17 Lapstone Road
Dorothy (1917-1991) 17 Lapstone Road

In 1911 the family were living at 17 Lapstone Road in Millom, where James was an iron ore miner.

Dorothy, their youngest child, was born 11 October 1917 at 17 Lapstone Road. In 1919 Dorothy moved with her family to Saltaire. In 1919 she lived with her parents at 2 Edward Street, (originally 7 Bath Buildings). From 1920 they were at 26 George Street.

Dorothy attended the Saltaire Wesleyan Methodist Church. With her elder sister, Esther, Dorothy was a soloist in a Missionary Play produced by the members of the Shipley Methodist Churches in December 1933. Along with her siblings, Dorothy worked at Saltaire Mills and was a member of Saltaire Mills Gymnastic Club.

In March 1939 Dorothy competed in the Women’s Individual Gymnastic Championship held in Manchester. The competition was won by Mrs Clarice Bell of Saltaire with 190.3 points. Runner up was Mrs. Mary Hoddy of Saltaire with 182.1 points. Dorothy scored 159.5 points. Her best event was the “free exercise.”

Dorothy married Arthur Watmough, 23 September 1939, at Saltaire Methodist Church. Arthur was born 22 August 1914 to Willie Watmough & Ada Hall. He worked as a wool buyer & salesman. He had been working in New Zealand, where he was involved in exporting wool to the UK. During the war they lived at 47 Manor Lane in Shipley, where Arthur worked at Keighley Lifts. They had a son, Anthony (Tony) Llewellyn Watmough, born 11 August 1940.

With Arthur working for John Rhodes & Co, Bradford, (a company he would eventually own) he emigrated to New Zealand with his wife and son in 1950. They departed from Southampton aboard the M.V. Dominion Monarch bound for Wellington. They lived in Karori near Wellington, moving to Auckland when they retired. Whilst in New Zealand they had a daughter, Avis Jane Watmough, born 4 April 1955.

The family made several visits to the UK which doubled as business trips. They visited in 1952, 1956, c1961, 1975, c1980, with several more between 1961 and 1975; their visits were usually of 3 to 4 months duration. On one occasion Arthur visited Europe, including the communist bloc, on business.

Arthur died 6 July 1990 in Auckland. Dorothy died in Auckland 7 February 1991. Tony still lives near Wellington, whilst Avis lives in Auckland.

(Compiled with the help of John Rolfe-Dickinson, a grandson son of James & Esther.)


Webb, Albert

Webb, Albert - WW1 Roll of Honour


Webster, Doris Evelyn (nee Denison)
22 July 1898 – 20 November 1977

Doris Evelyn Denison was the daughter of Robert William Orlando Denison. Robert was born 22 May 1873 in Esholt. He married Harriet Naylor, 28 November 1896, at the Wesleyan Chapel in Charlestown, Baildon.

Doris, the eldest of three children was born 27 July 1898 in Baildon. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living at 36 Caroline Street in Saltaire. From 1914 to 1919 they were at 3 Harold Place, then from 1921 to 1926 at 3 Albert Road (renumbered 5).

Doris, a telephone operator at Saltaire Mills, married Gordon Henry Glover, 3 April 1926.

Report from the Shipley Times 9 April: -

A pretty wedding took place at Rosse Street Baptist Church, Shipley, on Saturday, between Mr. Gordon Henry Glover, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Glover. 44 Kirkgate, and Miss Doris Evelyn Denison, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Denison, 5 Albert Road, Saltaire.
The bride's father is manager of the spinning department Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., the bride has been employed as a telephone operator, and the bridegroom is manager of the firm’s canteen at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. S. Crole. Mr. J. A. Coates played selections on the organ.
The bride, who was given away by her father, was prettily attired in a dress of silver-grey crepe-de-chine, with side panels of georgette, piped with blue crepe-de-chine She wore a georgette hat and veil, and carried a bouquet of blush roses. She was attended by two bridesmaids. Miss Mary Winifred Denison (her sister) and Miss Edith Glover (sister of the bridegroom). Miss Denison wore a two-piece beige suit, with a gold tissue hat. Miss Glover was attired, in a two-piece Wedgwood blue suit, with hat to match. They each carried a bouquet of pink carnations. Mr. Richard Brown, of Windhill, acted as best man. Mr. John Redvers Denison (brother of the bride), and Mr. G. Peel were groomsmen.
After the ceremony a reception was at the West Ward Liberal Club, Saltaire, where the bride and bridegroom received the hearty felicitations of their relatives and friends.
Subsequently Mr and Mrs G H Glover left for London. They were the recipients of several beautiful wedding presents, among those to the bride, a handsome dining room clock from her colleagues at Saltaire Mills.

By 1931 the married couple were living apart, Doris was living with her parents at 7 Ivy Grove in Shipley. In the 1939 Register, Doris remained with her parents whilst Gordon was an advertising agent living in Morecambe.Having divorced Gordon, Doris married Clarence Victor Webster in 1951. Clarence was born 3 August 1904. When her uncle, Gordon Harold Denison, died in 1954, he left her £747 5s 3d (worth c£21,000 in 2020) in his will. Her husband, Clarence died, 1st Qtr. 1977; Doris died 20 November 1977, at 558 Leeds Road, Thackley, Bradford. In her will she left £10,166 (worth c£65,000 in 2020).


Weston, Cyril

Weston, Cyril - WW2 Roll of Honour


West, Fielding Reginald

West, Fielding Reginald - WW1 Roll of Honour


Whalley, Charles Smith

Whalley, Charles Smith - WW1 Roll of Honour


Wigglesworth, Arthur
29 October 1881 – 5 November 1918

Arthur Wigglesworth was the son of James Wigglesworth. James was born c1857 in Menston. He married Eliza Ann Wilcock 14 May 1881 at Bradford Cathedral.

Arthur, the eldest of three children, was born 29 October 1881. He was baptised 24 January 1882 at St Luke’s Manningham. In 1891 the family were living at 20 Mary Street in Saltaire with James working as a plush overlooker.

Arthur, living at 38 Dove Street, was a millhand at Saltaire Mills in July 1897 when he gave evidence at an inquiry into the death of his friend, Albert Scholefield.

Arthur married Edith (surname unclear) in c1909. In 1911 they were living at 11 Edward Street (renumbered 16) in Saltaire with Arthur employed as a warp twister. By 1918 they had moved to 8 Mawson Street.

Arthur died 5 November 1918.


Wood, Frederick
1841 – 6 November 1927

Frederick was born 1841 in Halifax. In 1861 he was a clerk at Saltaire Mills and living as a boarder at 47 George Street (renumbered 73) in Saltaire. Frederick married Anne Potter in 1867. They had five children:
Frederick jnr. (1870 – 1951)
Edith Bertha (1874 – 1876)
Eleanor (1877 – 1961)
Elizabeth, died in infancy
Anne, died in infancy

In the 1871, 1881 & 1891 censuses the family were living at 1 Albert Road in Saltaire with Frederick working as a cashier. They had a servant/housekeeper living with them.

In August 1871 Frederick is reported as being the treasurer of the fund that paid for a portrait of Sir Titus Salt that is in Victoria Hall (Saltaire Institute.)

In 1880, 1881 & 1883 Frederick was the auditor for the accounts of “The Salt Schools”. In April 1887 & February 1889 he was reported as being re-elected as the auditor for the Shipley Liberal Club Buildings Company. In November 1887 Frederick was one of the coffin bearers at the funeral of Titus Salt jnr.

Anne, Frederick’s wife, died 2 December 1889 aged 51. She was buried in the lower churchyard at St Paul’s Shipley with her three daughters. Frederick lived at 1 Albert Road until 1899.

In 1901 Frederick was an accountant working for himself and living with his two surviving adult children at 48 Moorhead Villas in Shipley. In July 1901 he was a signatory on an illuminated address presented to William Secker, the Saltaire railway stationmaster on his retirement. In February 1907 he was reported as being re-appointed auditor for the St George’s Hall Company. In 1911 Frederick was living with his two adult children at 37 Granville Road in Frizinghall.

Frederick died 5 November 1927. Report from the Shipley Times 12 November: -


The death took place at his residence, Woodlands, Shipley Fields Road, Frizinghall, on Sunday, of Mr. Frederick Wood, who at the age of 86 was one the oldest men in the district.

Mr. Wood came to this district straight from the Lane School. Lightcliffe, on the invitation the late Sir Titus Salt, when the Saltaire Mills were opened, and remained with the firm in the position of cashier until the change of partnership in 1893. Since then ho had been in private practice accountancy and insurance.

He was one of the original members the Frizinghall Conservative Club and had for many years taken a deep interest in the work of Frizinghall Parish Church. A scholarly man, Mr. Wood was more at home the world of books than in public life, but took a keen interest in current events, whether politics or literature, and exerted wide influence in a quite unostentatious way. Geography, the natural sciences and particularly natural history were a continual source of interest and satisfaction to him. At one time he was a member of the Bradford Chess Club and of the Bradford Antiquarian Society.

The funeral took place at Shipley Parish churchyard on Wednesday, preceded by a service in Shipley Parish Church conducted by the Rev. J. 11. Warner (Vicar of Frizinghall), who also officiated at the graveside. The chief mourners were Mr. F. Wood (son). Miss E. Wood (daughter). Miss Gee, Miss Amos. Mrs. Ickringill, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Firth, Mr. R. S. Firth, Miss Firth, A. E. Carthew, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Smith, Miss Oates, Miss Howard. Mrs. Gath, Mrs. Bentley.

The Frizinghall Conservative Club was represented Messrs. F. S. Simpson (secretary), G. Herbert Blackburn, J. W. Drake. A. E. Rogerson. and H. B, Brook.

Among those present were Mr. J. H. Wright and Miss Wright (Bingley). Mr. James Firth. Mr. T. G. Walker (Bingley), Dr. Kabagliati (Bradford), Mr. Thomas E. Power, and Mr. W. E. Firth (Harrogate).

Shipley St Paul's Lower Churchyard Monumental Inscriptions

In loving memory of ANNE the devoted wife of FREDERICK WOOD of Saltaire who entered into rest December 2 nd, 1889 in the 51st year of her age,

Also of the above-named FREDERICK WOOD who entered into rest November 6 th, 1927 in the 87th year of his age

`Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God`

In loving memory of FREDERICK son of FREDERICK and ANNE WOOD who entered into rest December 16 th, 1951 in his 82nd year

Also of ELEANOR daughter of FREDERICK and ANNE WOOD who entered into rest July 19 th, 1961 in her 85th year.

In loving memory of EDITH BERTHA third daughter of FREDERICK and ANNE WOOD born December 9 th, 1874 died October 18 th, 1876 also

ELIZABETH and ANNE who died in their infancy.


Wood, Harold

Wood, Harold - WW2 Roll of Honour





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