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Reel Lives: Saltaire women who worked in the mills
Researched by Colin Coates


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Tate, Charlotte
c1876 - ????

Charlotte was born c1876 in Saltaire. She was the second youngest of five children to Richard & Ann Tate.

In 1881 & 1891 the family were living at 1 Fanny Street in Saltaire. Richard was a stoker in the mill. In 1891 Charlotte was working as wool drawer. In 1901 Charlotte was a baker & sweet confectioner living with her widowed father at 30 Park Street in Shipley.

Charlotte married John Williamson, a widower, 20 July 1907 at St Paul’s, Shipley.

[Colin's note: I can find no record of the family in the 1911 census.]


Taylor, Sarah
1881 -????

Sarah Taylor was born 1881 in Saltaire, the eldest of three children to Alfred Taylor and his wife Mary. In 1891 they were living at 13 Edward Street (renumbered 18) in Saltaire with Alfred working as a silk finisher; Mary was a reeler and Sarah was a spinner.

Alfred died in 1901 leaving Mary living at 25 Constance Street in Saltaire. By now Sarah was working as a weaver. In 1911 Sarah was assisting her mother and her brother, Thomas, in running a fried fish business at 38/39 Titus Street in Saltaire.


Tennant, Ellen
1874 – 1936

Ellen Tennant was born 1874 in Saltaire, the only child to Jonathon Tennant and his second wife, Emma Noble. Jonathon married Martha Atkinson 3 October 1847 at St Wilfrids Calverley. They had four children Martha died in 1871. Jonathon then married Emma in 1873. They lived at 7 Titus Street in Saltaire before moving to 14 Albert Road (renumbered now 27) in Saltaire, with Jonathon working as a wool coomber overlooker. In 1891 Ellen operated a carding machine.

Ellen married Henry Bower in 1897. In 1911 she was a housekeeper living with her widowed mother, but without her husband, at 6 Amelia Street in Saltaire.

Ellen died in 1936.


Trotter, Polly
c1870 – 10 January 1941

Polly Trotter was the third of seven children to John Trotter & Mary Ann Stephenson. They were married 25 December 1858 at Bradford Cathedral. The family lived at 58 Titus Street in Saltaire from before 1871 until after 1901.

Polly was born c1870 in Saltaire. In 1881 aged just 11 she worked as a spinner; by 1891 she was a cloth mender.

Polly married Isaac Mason 1 October 1891 at Saltaire Wesleyan church. In 1901 Polly, and her four children, were living with her parents. Isaac was not with them. The children were Annie born c1892, Robinson born c1894, John born c1897 and Stevenson born c1899.

Sometime after 1901 and before 1907 Isaac, Polly and the children emigrated to the USA. In 1910 they were living in Connecticut, with Isaac working as an overseer. They had two children born in the USA; Alice born c1907 and Daniel born c1911.

Polly died 10 January 1941 and was buried in Rhode Island, USA. Isaac died 13 May 1947 and is buried alongside her.






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