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Bacon, George Richard
18 April 1905 – 7 February 1973

George Richard Bacon was born 18 April 1905, in Hull to Richard James Bacon and Jane Elizabeth Hodgson. In 1911 they were living in Hull with Richard working as a bricklayer’s labourer. By 1915 they had moved to 31 Constance Street, Saltaire.

In 1921 George was a machine polisher for Scott Motorcycles Ltd., in Shipley.

Report in the Shipley Times 25 May 1923 referring to the Otley Police Court: -


Eight Saltaire youths were summoned for playing football on the highway in Prod Lane, Baildon, 29 April. The defendants were: - Arthur Lavelle (17), John Harrison (16), Leonard Hudson (18), millhands; Leavens Park (17), George Bacon (18), labourers; John Hudson (14), doffer ; Henry Ogden (17), jobber; and Harry Hainsworth (16), clerk. All pleaded guilty.
Police Constable Feanside said that when he told defendants they would be reported, they replied: “Well, give us the ball back.”
The Chairman: Did you give them it back: —No, sir.
Superintendent Oldroyd said that the offence was a very common practice with these youths from Shipley every Sunday afternoon. Another batch had been reported. There were complaints of people being struck with the ball and having their clothes damaged. There was plenty of room Baildon Green if the youths wanted to play football.
Defendants were each fined 5s.

George married Mary Ann Butterfield, 19 January 1929, at Holy Trinity, Bingley. Mary was born 24 January 1901, in Bingley.

In the 1939 Register they were living in Bingley with George working as a wood machinist. By 1953 George was a market gardener living in Eccleshill, Bradford. Mary died in 1965. George died, 7 February 1973, in Eccleshill.


Bailey, James William
c1856 - 1917

James William Bailey was the son of Robert Bailey. Robert was born c1831 in Huddersfield. He married Charlotte Lilley 11 February 1855 at St John the Baptist in Kirk Heaton.

James, an only child, was born c1856 in Huddersfield. In 1871 the family were living at 1 Herbert Street in Saltaire with Robert working as a tobacco maker and James as a cotton dyer. By 1881 they had moved to 22 Caroline Street in Saltaire.

James, working as a painter, married Clara Walker, 1 December 1881 at Braford Cathedral. Clara was a weaver living at 18 Mary Street in Saltaire. They had two children; Ethel (b 1888) & Fred (b1890).

In 1887 the family were living at 16 Mary Street in Saltaire before moving to 27 Albert Road (renumbered 53) in 1891. By 1896 they were living at 7 Lower School Street in Saltaire with James working as a caretaker for Salts Schools. From 1900 they lived at 3 Lower School Street.

James died in 1917. His widow, Clara, lived at 10 Whitlam Street in Saltaire, until her death in 1939.


Baldwin, Blanche Weavell
1856 – 21 August 1933

Blanche Weavell Baldwin was the daughter of Samuel Baldwin. Samuel was born c1819 in Halifax. He married Amelia Weavell in Halifax in 1846.

Blanche was born in 1856 in Halifax. In 1861 & 1871the family were living in Halifax where Samuel worked as a portrait artist. In 1871 Blanche was a pupil teacher. In 1881 Blanche was an assistant school mistress living with her mother in Heaton, Bradford.

Report in the Shipley Times 3 April 1886: -


This committee met on 24 March and recommended that Miss Blanche Baldwin should appointed head-mistress of the Albert Road Mixed School, at a salary of £l20 per annum.

In 1891 Blanche was living with her parents and sibling at 35 Albert Road (renumbered 69). In 1901 & 1911 she was living with two of her spinster sisters at 49 Kirkgate, Shipley.

In November 1907 it was reported that Albert Road School, under Miss Baldwin, was the only elementary school in Shipley exclusively staffed with female teachers.

Report in the Shipley Times Friday 3 April 1914: -

An interesting ceremony took place at the Albert Road School on Monday (30 March), when Miss Baldwin, who has been headmistress for twenty eight years was presented with a silver tea service, which had been subscribed for the scholars and teachers.

As previously announced the Education Committee decided on several changes in the headships of the elementary schools, and on 1 April Miss Baldwin took charge the Otley Road Mixed School. During her long association with the Albert Road School, Miss Baldwin has discharged her duties in a very efficient manner. The presentation was made by two of the scholars.

Blanche, who never married, was living at 5 Springfield Terrace, Burnt Yates, Harrogate, when she died 21 August 1933, at 4 Trinity Road, south Cliff, Scarborough. In her will she left £927 17s 11d to her brother Frank Weavell Baldwin.


Balmforth, Eileen (nee Milner)
18 December 1911 – 9 April 2005

Eileen Milner was born 18 December 1911, in Malton, North Yorkshire. By 1934 she was living with her mother, Mary Ann (nee Boyes) at 47 George Street, Saltaire.

In June 1939 Eileen won 2nd Prize in a competition organised by Saltaire Picture House. The prize was one week’s holiday for one person at Butlin’s Skegness Holiday Camp, with free rail fare. Eileen worked as a worsted coating weaver.

She married Arthur Patrick Balmforth in 1940. Arthur was born 17 March 1909, he worked as a railway engineer. By 1950 they were living at 26 Herbert Street, Saltaire. Arthur died here 4 May 1988.

In 2004 Eileen was living at 4 Ferncliffe Court, Shipley. She died 9 April 2005.

Balmforth, William
c1862 -????

William Balmforth was born c1862 in Shipley, the son of Joseph Balmforth.

William married Sarah Elizabeth Ann Leach 13 February 1893 at St Paul's Shipley. Sarah was ten years younger than William. They had a daughter, Mena, born in 1895. By 1895 they were living at 30 Ada Street in Saltaire where William was an overlooker.

William emigrated to America with his wife and daughter in 1907. They sailed from Liverpool aboard the SS Haverford 23 October, arriving in Philadelphia 4 November.
In 1910 they were living in Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts where William was a cotton mill worker. In 1920 & 1930 they were in Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts with William working in a worsted mill as a superintendent. By 1940 they had moved to Lowell in Middlesex.

Baum, Herbert
c1887 - 1933

Herbert Baum was the son of William Baum. William was born 1856 in Emley. He married Emily Lord 26 September 1885 in Wombwell, Barnsley. They had five children, with two dying in infancy.

Herbert, their eldest surviving child, was born c1887 at Ackworth near Wakefield. In 1891 they were living in Ackworth were William was a quarryman. By 1901 they had moved to 26 Titus Street in Saltaire. In March 1905 Herbert is reported as being a collector for a bazaar held at the Primitive Methodist school room in Saltaire Road Shipley.

Excerpt from a report in the Shipley Times 16 February 1906:

There was a good attendance in the Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Schoolroom on Saturday, the occasion being the annual tea and prize distribution. A goodly number of persons sat down for tea, after which a pleasing entertainment was given by the school choir, under the conductorship of Mr. Seth Heaton. Mr. A. Rounsley presided.
Certificates of proficiency in the Scripture examination were handed to Mr. Herbert Baum (and others).

Excerpt from a report in the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer Friday 31 January 1908:

There was a crowded congregation in the Primitive Methodist schoolroom, Baildon, on Wednesday night, in anticipation of the rendering, by a group of young ladies and gentlemen connected with the Saltaire Road Chapel, of the missionary cantata. "The Triumph Missions," by Miss Linde Swirls of Northampton.
Mr. Enoch Goldthorpe was the leader, and the several parts were taken by the following: Chinese boy, Mr. Herbert Baum (and others).

Report from the Shipley Times Friday 27 March 1908:

A concert was held in the Crag Road Primitive Methodist Sunday School last Saturday. A large audience assembled under the presidency of Mr. Herbert Baum (of Shipley), and entertainment was provided by the scholars attending the school.

In 1911 the family were living at 49 Titus Street. William was a gardener and Herbert was a labourer in a grease works. Herbert's mother died in 1914. In 1917 William and Herbert were living at 30 Ada Street. Widower William married widow Sarah Ann Mann (nee Lambert) 14 January 1917 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Saltaire Road Shipley.
Herbert married Mary Oakes a mill worker aged 22 of 1 Wilmer Road Shipley, 17 April 1917 in the same chapel. Herbert lived with his father at 53 Thompson Street in Shipley until around 1921.

Herbert was reported as being the honary secretary at the "Springtime" bazaar held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Saltaire Road 26 March 1919. Herbert's father died in 1931 in Bradford; Herbert died in 1933 in Halifax.

Baumann, Edward Louis
c1854 - 21 December 1924

Edward Louis Baumann was born c1854 in Vienna, Austria. Working as a waiter he married Sarah Blandford 31 August 1873 at St Lukes in Bradford. Before they had children Sarah died in 1878. Edward then married Sarah Emma Bell 14 August 1880 at Bradford Cathedral.

In 1881 they were living at 50 Victoria Street in Bradford with Edward working as manager of a wine store. Sarah died childless in 1879. Edward then married Sarah's younger sister, Martha. He became a citizen of the UK 4 February 1889.

In 1891 Edward was inn keeper at the Sun Hotel in Shipley. By 1901 he was retired living at 5 Castle Road in Shipley before moving to 13 Cross Banks in Shipley. Despite being married three times, Edward had no children. He died 21 December 1924, leaving 2930 in his will to his widow (worth 160k in 2015). Martha died 15 June 1925 leaving 5707 in her will (worth 305k in 2015).

Edward was a member of the Shipley Guild of Help. In September 1914 he joined the Board of Governors of The Titus Salt Charity, the body that ran Saltaire Hospital. Edward was an active figure in Saltaire during the war years and supported many causes.

Bayliffe, Fred
c1862 - 1934

Fred Bayliffe was the son of Joseph Bayliffe. Joseph was born 1837 in Kendal, Westmorland. He married Sarah Healey in 1859 in Huddersfield.

Fred, the eldest of eight children, was born c1862 in Lockwood, Huddersfield. The family lived in Aldmondbury, Huddersfield with Joseph working as a woollen weaver. In 1881 Fred was also working as a weaver.

Fred married Clara Donkersley 13 May 1883 at the High Street Chapel in Huddersfield. They had eight children, but five of them died young including Elsie (1894 - 21 January 1911). The three who lived to adulthood were Florence (b1885), Wilfred (b1886) and Herbert (b1891). In 1891 the family were living in Headingly, Leeds with Fred working as a weaving overlooker. By 1901 they were living at 2 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 53 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. From 1904 to 1910 they lived at 2 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. In 1911 they were at 36 Marlborough Road in Shipley. By 1915 they were back in Saltaire at 51 Titus Street.

Fred was the secretary of the Shipley Liberal Association. Fred died in 1934.

(Note - surname often spelt as "Bayliff")


Beaver, Edith Emily
30 March 1901 – 26 February 1992

Edith Emily Beaver was the daughter of Joseph Beaver. Joseph was born 3 May 1876 in Baildon. As a stone mason’s labourer, he married Alice Timmins 8 December 1897 at Bradford Cathedral.

Edith was born 30 March 1901 in Shipley. She was baptised 27 June 1901 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1901 they were living in Moorhead Lane, Shipley where Joseph was a mason’s labourer.

By 1911 they were living at 6 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Joseph a fried fish shop manager. Joseph served in WW1. He was discharged 29 January 1919 when his family were living at 9 High Bank Cottages, Moorhead Lane in Shipley. In the 1921 Census, Edith was a boot & shoe assistant working for Abraham & Arkwith Boot & Shoe Dealer at 9 Stoney Lane, Eccleshill. By 1931 they had moved back to 6 Victoria Road, Saltaire. In the 1939 Register Edith was working as a boot shop assistant. By 1947 she had moved with her family to 9 Victoria Road.

Edith’s father died in 1954. Edith, who never married, continued to live with her mother at 9 Victoria Road.

Edith’s passion was music and dance. She ran the Beavonian School of Dancing, based at Victoria Hall, Saltaire. In aid of good causes she produced pantomimes which were performed at Victoria Hall: -

1933 – Sinbad the Sailor
1937 – Cinderella
1938 – Dick Whittington
1939 – Babes in the Wood
1940 – Robinson Crusoe
1941 – Cinderella
1942 – Dick Whittington
1943 – Babes in the Wood
1944 – Robinson Crusoe
1945 – Jack and the Beanstalk
1946 – Dick Whittington
1947 – Cinderella

Other productions by Edith included: -

February 1935 – Concert by St Peter’s Operatic & Dramatic Society, held in the church hall.
August 1936 – Shipley Carnival Week – Revue in a large marquee.
March 1938 – Concert for Windhill & Shipley Old Folk.
October 1938 – “Beavonian Follies” Saltaire Road Methodist Church.
January 1946 – “Beavonian Follies” British Legion Silver Jubilee.
March 1946 – “Dick Whittington” Victoria Hall, Bingley.

Edith retired from producing in 1947. She died 26 February 1992 in Morecambe, Lancashire.

Beaver, William
1845 - 12 January 1916

William Beaver was born 1845 in Baildon, the youngest of five children to Joseph & Elizabeth Beaver. The family lived in Baildon, Joseph died 23 May 1850.

William married Martha Jane Ince 31 October 1864 at Bradford Cathedral. They had seven children, six of which are:-
Emily b1867
Rose Hannah b 1870
James b1872
Eliza b1875
Joseph b 3 May 1876 (served in WW1)
John William b1882

In 1871 & 1881 they lived at Upper Green Baildon with William working as a cotton dyer. By 1887 they were at 43 George Street in Saltaire, moving to 38 George Street around 1894. By 1898 they were living at 48 Titus Street in Saltaire. In 1901 they were at New Hirst Cottage in Shipley with William a retired chimney sweep. In 1911 they were living at 7 Wycliffe Road in Shipley with William working as the groundsman for Saltaire Cricket Club. William was the first professional to play for Saltaire Cricket Club, where he excelled as a bowler.

William's wife, Martha, died in 1913. William was living with his son, Joseph, at 6 Victoria Road in Saltaire when he died 12 January 1916. He was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley 15 January 1916.


Bell, Albert John
1876 – 17 March 1927

Albert John Bell was the son of John Bell. John was born c1849at Dacre, Cumberland. He married Sarah Errington in 1865.

Albert was born in 1876 in Blencairn, Cumberland. In 1881they were living in Blencairn, where John was a farmer. In 1891 they were living at Kirland in Cumberland where Albert worked on his father’s farm. In 1901 Albert was a railway guard living in a boarding house in Moss Side, Manchester.

Albert married Mary Jane Hewitt, 6 October 1903, in Great Longstone, Derbyshire. They had five children. One of their sons, Eric William, worked at Saltaire Mills.

In 1911 they were living at 6 Rand Place, Bradford, where Albert was a railway guard. From before 1918 to 1926 they lived at 11 Hollin Terrace, Shipley.

Albert was appointed station master at Saltaire Railway Station in 1920/21.

Whilst living at 77 Albert Road, Saltaire, Albert died, 17 March 1927, at Bradford Fever Hospital.

Report in the Shipley Times 25 March 1927: -

The death occurred Thursday (17 March) at a Bradford Hospital, of Mr. Albert John Bell, 77 Albert Road, Saltaire, who had been stationmaster at Saltaire, for the past six years.

Mr. Bell commenced working with the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, about 35 years ago as a porter, and eventually he was promoted to passenger guard at Bradford, station inspector Shipley, finally station master at Saltaire.

Mr. Bell, who was held in high esteem, was in his 51st year and leaves a widow and five children.

The funeral took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery on Saturday (19 March), the Rev. E. A. Elwin (Vicar of Windhill) officiating. Members of the Saltaire station staff acted as bearers. Amongst the railway officials (past and present) connected with the L.M.S., were Mr. W. Clapham, (Shipley), Mr. Smales (formerly station master, Frizinghall), Mr. W Whatley (formerly District Traffic Inspector, Manningham), Mr. H. H. Cuff (formerly relief signalman, Shipley), Mr. W. Jenkins (station inspector, Shipley), and the following members the Saltaire’s station staff; Messrs. G. W. Clapham, E. H. Jones, H. Cooper, J. Fuzackerley, J. Clark, and C. Rathbone.

The floral tributes included one from Salt’s (Saltaire) Ltd., and the Saltaire station staff.

In his will Albert left £807 18s 9d to his widow.

Bennett, Pickles
1854 - 30 October 1916

Pickles Bennett was the son of John Bennett. John was born c1818 in Shipley. He married Nancy Watson 6 November 1843 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1851 they were living at Heaton in Shipley with John working as a coal miner.

Pickles, the third of four children, was born 1854 in Shipley. The family lived at 19 New York in Shipley. In 1871 Pickles was working as a coal miner, later he would work as a stone miner.

Pickles married Dinah Frear 3 October 1880 at St Wilfrid's Calverley. They had two daughters; Mary born 1880 and Annie born 1893. In 1891 they were living at 8 New York in Shipley. Dinah died in 1893 and she was buried at St Paul's Shipley 30 May 1893.

Widowed Pickles married Elizabeth Ponder 6 April 1896 at St Wilfrid's Calverley. They had two sons; John born 1899 and Watson born 1906. From 1897 to 1901 they lived at 22 Murgatroyd Street in Shipley. They moved to Saltaire in 1901 living at:-
24 Mary Street - 1901 to 1905
19 Fanny Street - 1907 to 1908
7 Bath Buildings - 1909 to 1910
23 Ada Street - 1911 onwards

Pickles died 30 October 1916 and was buried 2 November 1916 in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley.


Berry, Cecil Avanel
30 April 1907 – 9 October 1985

Cecil Avanel Berry was the son of Aldam Berry. Aldam was born 17 January 1871 in Manningham. He married Harriet Jane Martin, 3 June 1903, at St. Paul’s Manningham.

Cecil, who had an elder sister, was born 30 April 1907.

In 1911 the family were living at 14 Jane Street in Saltaire with Aldam working as a warp twister. From 1916 Aldam was a fruitier living above his shop at 7 Victoria Road in Saltaire. His wife Harriet died in 1920. Aldam married Minnie Kennedy 3 July 1922 at St. Peter’s Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 14 June 1930: -


A motor fatality which occurred on 8 April, at the junction of Canal Road and Cape Street, was referred to at Bradford on Thursday (12 June), when Cecil A. Berry, of Victoria Road, Saltaire, was summoned for driving a motor-lorry in a manner dangerous to the public on that occasion.

Mr. S. Hilton, for the prosecution, said a number of boys were playing with a ball on the pavement at the junction. It was alleged that Berry, driving the lorry, went past two other vehicles on his wrong side at about 40 miles an hour, and that he knocked down James Craven (10), of Stanacre Place, who was standing on the edge of the pavement. Craven died from his injuries.

Fred Moore, of Tennyson Place, Bradford, and several other boys who were playing with Craven the time, gave evidence to effect that the car struck Craven when he was still on the pavement.

Charles Leather, textile worker, said he was driving a car when defendant passed him and two other cars at a very fast rate.

Mr. D. O. McKee, barrister, Leeds, for the defence, submitted that Berry was about to overtake the car in front when it drew into the middle of the road, forcing him completely over to his wrong side. The boy lost his balance and stepped backwards into the road. Before Berry had time to change his course Craven was knocked down.

Berry was fined £l0, including costs, and his licence was suspended for three months.

Cecil married Annette Webster, 27 December 1930. They had a son, Donald Cecil, born 9 January 1932. Around 1932 Cecil took over the running of his father’s shop at 7 Victoria Road. By 1945 they were running a greengrocers in Towngate, Idle.

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The Berry's shop, English and Foreign Fruiterer, 7 Victoria Road, Saltaire.


Cecil died 9 October 1985. He was buried with his father in Nab Wood Cemetery. Annette joined him when she died 28 June 1989. Their son, Donald, was buried with them when he died 2 June 2007.

Biltcliffe, Sam
30 October 1880 - 1969

Ref. Article appearing in Saltaire WW1 Diary, 12 March 1915

Sam Biltcliffe was the son of Henry Smith Biltcliffe. Henry was born c1846 in Newmill near Huddersfield. He married Annie Charlesworth in 1874.

Sam, the fourth of six children, was born 30 October 1880 in Kirkheaton near Huddersfield. In 1881 the family were living in Kirkheaton with Henry working as a butcher. By 1891 the family had moved to Saltaire, living at 14 Constance Street. By 1901 they were at Dove Hall in Baildon with Sam, following in his father's footsteps, working as a butcher.

Sam married Sarah Petty in 1909. In 1911 they were living, without children, at 69 Bingley Road (originally 10 Gordon Terrace) in Saltaire. In 1915 they were living at Midgley Farm Cottage in Baildon. By 1923 they had moved to Guiseley and from 1926 they lived in Menston.

Sam died in 1969 at Shardlow in Derbyshire.


Black, James
1824 – 22 March 1886

James Black was born in 1824 in Liverpool to John & Ellen Black.

James married Mary Ann Lee 11 January 1847 at St. Paul’s Shipley. They had five children. In 1851 they were living in Horton, Bradford with James working as a wool comber. By 1861 they were living at 8 William Henry Street, Saltaire, where James was a warehouseman. Mary Ann died 17 December 1866. Widower James married Frances Livitt 12 October 1867 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children. In 1871 they were living at 2 Higher School Street in Saltaire with James working as a clerk.

Report from the Bradford Daily Telegraph 19 July 1872: -

Anti-Vaccination Cases at the Bradford Court House

A somewhat unusual series of cases came before the West Riding Magistrate at Bradford this afternoon, and the attitude and utterances of the defendants caused no small amount of excitement.

It seems that the vaccinating officer for Saltaire has determined upon seeing the act for vaccination put in force in that place, and in the discharge of his duty brought a number of men to court who refused, after legal warnings had been given, to have their children vaccinated. The cases were called successively, but for the sake of brevity we give them together.

The names of the men were Anderson Dunford, Jacob Sanctuary and Isaac Sanctuary, Joseph Armitage, and James Black, all respectable tradesmen of Saltaire.

They all pled guilty to the charge, and upon being asked what they had to say, each – with the exception of Dunford who had brought a friend named Jonathan Mitchell, armed with a copy of the act and sundry other documents, to speak for him – protested upon the unrighteousness of the law, the inability of vaccination to prevent an attack of smallpox, and the iniquity of their being summoned under the provision of the act.

Dunford, when told by the magistrates that “his friend” could not address the bench on his behalf, waxed eloquent and oratorical. He declared that he would “hold himself guilty before high heaven” if he acted according to the law in question.

Jacob Sanctuary “could not allow his child to be vaccinated;” and his brother Isaac “had never placed himself in opposition to the laws of his country; there was no man would charge him with want of care for his child’s welfare, but it was to the end that their welfare should be secured that he could not submit to this law with a clear conscience, no matter under what penalty.”

Joseph Armitage “refused to have his children tainted with disease;” and James Black, the most eloquent of the defendants, said he had been “a fearful sufferer from the ravages of vaccination in the persons of vaccination in the persons of two of his beloved children, one of whom had died of putridity occasioned by the vile stuff.”

The magistrates were there to administer the law in spite of the prejudices of the accused, who inveighed so loudly against it, fined them each 20s and costs or one month in default, and warned them against the folly of persisting in a course of conduct which rendered them liable to a fine of 20s for each day they refused to comply with the provisions of the act.

In 1881 James a tobacconist living with his family at 10 Westgate, Shipley.

Death Notice from the Shipley Times 3 March 1883: -

On the 25 th Feb., aged 11 years Elizabeth (Swedenborg), daughter of James Black, 5 Elliott Street, Shipley.

By 1884 they were living at 17 (renumbered 33) Albert Road, Saltaire. Death notice from the Shipley Times 17 May 1884: -

On the 9th May, aged 15 years, Mary, daughter of James Black, 17 Albert Road, Saltaire.

James died here 22 March 1886. Death notice from the Shipley Times 27 March: -

On the 22nd, aged 62 years, James Black, 17 Albert Road, Saltaire.

His widow, Frances, died in 1901.


Bowen, Benjamin
1861 – 13 January 1923

Benjamin Bowen was born in 1861 in Shropshire to Benjamin Bowen & Ann Hayes. He married Elizabeth Jeffs, 16 January 1883, in Shropshire. Elizabeth was born in 1862. They had eight children. Benjamin worked as a bricklayer.

In 1891 they were living in Shropshire. In 1901 they were living at 2 Higher School Street, Saltaire. By 1911 they were living at 24 George Street, Saltaire, where Benjamin would spend the rest of his life.

His daughter, Phoebe Doris Bowen (born 10 June 1902) died in February 1912. She was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley.

Benjamin was killed in an accident 13 January 1923.

Report in the Shipley Times 2 February: -


The circumstances relating to the death of Benjamin Bowen (62), of 24 George Street, Saltaire, who accidentally fell from the roof of a house in Spencer Street, Keighley, 13 January, were inquired into at an inquest held at Keighley on Tuesday (30 January). After the accident Bowen was removed to the hospital.

The District Coroner (Mr. Edgar Wood) returned a verdict to the effect that Bowen accidentally fell from the roof of house and-sustained injuries which set up pneumonia and resulted in his death.

James Haste, of 21, Hall Lane, Windhill. a mason’s labourer, said he came to Keighley on 13 January with Bowen. They were employed by Messrs. C. Murgatroyd and Sons, of Bradford, and were going to work at the Queen’s Hotel. The work was not ready for them, and Bowen told the witness to get some stuff together and go with him to Spencer Street to put on two slates. Witness did not know whether Messrs. Murgatroyd told Bowen to do the work in Spencer Street. Bowen got through the attic window, and the witness got through the window Bowen was moving the ladder and it slipped, and he rolled off the slates into the yard below. There was ice on the top of the slates. The morning was frosty and slippery.

Alfred Pike, of 41 Spencer Street, Keighley, said asked Bowen’s advice as to rain coming through the roof and asked him to look it. Bowen examined the roof and said he could do the job in ten minutes if he had the materials. The witness then left the matter entirely in Bowen’s hands.

The Coroner: You didn’t in any way engage Messrs. Murgatroyd’s to do the work; it was sort of private matter between you? —Yes,

Did you engage him on behalf of this firm? — l put it this way; He said he could it in ten minutes if he had the stuff there, and I didn’t press when he should come or anything.

Dr. Scott said the man sustained a compound fracture of the nose, a compound fracture of the base of the skull, a simple fracture of the right femur, and a simple comminuted fracture of the right ankle and bruises. The pneumonia which set in was a sequence to the injuries.

Benjamin was buried 3 February alongside his daughter.

Bradley, Abraham
1876 - 1936

Abraham Bradley was the son of James Bradley.
James was born c1849 in Bingley. He married Selina Briggs 25 October 1869 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living in Baildon with James working as a stone mason.
Abraham, the fourth of six children, was born c1876 in Shipley. In 1881 the family, without James, were living in Idle. By 1891 Abraham and three of his sibling were adopted by James & Ida Beaver. They were living at 37 Mary Street in Saltaire with Abraham working as a spinner.
Abraham, an iron foundry worker living in George Street Shipley, married Ada Elizabeth Ibbetson 17 May 1897 at St Pauls Shipley. They had five children, two of whom died in infancy:-

Clara (24 February 1898 - 1986)
Mercy (1906 - 1946)
Elizabeth (b1908).

Abraham and his family moved around Saltaire & Shipley as follows:-

1899 - 20 Beatrice Street Shipley
1901 - 23 Caroline Street Saltaire
1904 - 24 Titus Street Saltaire
1911 - 24 Oxford Street Shipley
1915 - 42 Rhodes Street Saltaire
1922 - 14 George Street Saltaire

When Abraham moved to Rhodes Street in 1915 he was working for himself as a window cleaner.
Abraham died in 1936 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Ada died in 1946 and was buried alongside him.


Bradley, Archibald
1 August 1879 – 1965

Archibald Bradley was born, 1 August 1789, in Barnsley. In the 1901 Census (31 March) he was a woolcomber living with his siblings at 7 Albion Street, Shipley.

Archibald married Mary Ann Haigh, 6 April 1901, at St. Paul’s, Shipley. Mary was born, 25 November 1882, in Windhill. Archibald and Mary had four children – Edith (b1901), Rowland (b1906), Alice (b1910), & Jack (b1914).

In 1911 they were living at 10 Wood Street, Baildon, with Archibald working as a woolcomber.

On the 28 February 1908, he was one of six men who were found not guilty of gaming by playing with coins at Baildon on 9 February.

From 1919 to 1929, Archibald lived with his family at 40 Mary Street, Saltaire. In 1921 he was a general labourer at John Robson, gas & oil engine works in Shipley. From 1930 to 1936 they lived at 14 Caroline Street, Saltaire. From 1938 to after 1960 they resided at 31 Albert Avenue, Shipley.

Archibald died in 1965.


Bradley, Rowland
20 November 1906 – 1959  

Rowland Bradley was born 20 November 1906 in Baildon to Archibald Bradley & Mary Ann Haigh.

In 1911 they were living at 10 Wood Street, Baildon, with Archibald working as a woolcomber. By 1919 they were living at 40 Mary Street, Saltaire. In the 1921 Census Rowland was a spinning jobber at Henry Mason’s in Shipley; his father was a general labourer at John Robson, gas & oil engine works in Shipley.

Report in the Leeds Mercury 9 December 1922: -

At Otley, (8 December), six Saltaire millhands named Robert Haggerty, Charles Thompson, Louis Sheldon, George Hirst, Rowland Bradley and Michael Gargan, were summoned for having been gaming with coins at Baildon, on Saturday 18 November.

Thompson, Bradley were each fined 5s., and the other three, who did not appear, were ordered to pay 10s. each.

Rowland was an accomplished flyweight boxer.

Report in the Shipley Times 15 September 1928: -

Rowland Bradley, the well-known Shipley boxer, added to his ring successes on Sunday (9 December) when, at the Leeds National Sporting Club, he defeated Young Thornton, of Castleford.

Rowland married Mary Cawthra in 1937. She was born 8 March 1914. She had a son, Ray, born 2 April 1935, with father unknown. Rowland adopted him. They had a daughter, Joan, born 7 August 1938.

By 1939 they were living at 64 Barrett Street, Shipley, with Rowland working as a general labourer. From before 1947 to after 1958 they lived at 20 Hirst Wood Crescent, Shipley.

Rowland died in 1959.


Bramma, Alice (nee Ripley)
20 February 1889 – 1966  

Alice Ripley was born 20 February 1889, in Hornby, near Lancaster in Lancashire, to Margaret Miller and Thomas Ripley. Thomas was station master of Hornby railway station (opened 1849, closed 1957). They moved to Saltaire in 1901 when Thomas was appointed Saltaire railway station master.

In 1911 Alice was a typist living with her parents at 38 George Street, Saltaire.

Alice married Harry Bramma, an engine patternmaker, 2 September 1914, at St Pauls, Shipley. They had no children. Born in 1886, Harry died in 1916. He was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Both of Alice’s parents were buried with him.

In 1921, widow Alice was living with her widow mother and siblings at 78 Victoria Road, Saltaire. She was a shorthand typist working for J. Parkinson and Son Ltd, toolmakers, at Canal Iron Works, Shipley. In the 1939 Register she was an engineer’s secretary living with her brother, Fred, at 59 High Park Crescent, Bradford.

Alice was a well-known soprano singer, performing in public on numerous occasions. She died in 1966 in County Durham.


Bramma, Harry
1886 – February 1916

Harry Bramma was born in 1886 to Charles Bramma and Mary Ellison. In 1891 and 1901 they were living at 19 Shirley Street in Saltaire. Charles worked as an iron dresser.

In 1901 Harry was an apprentice pattern maker. In 1911 they lived at 4 Queen Street in Shipley, where Harry worked as an engine pattern maker.

Harry married Alice Ripley in 1914. She was born in 1889. In 1916 they were living at 28 George Street in Saltaire.

Harry died in February 1916. He was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. He was joined later by Alice’s parents – Thomas Ripley, buried 7 December 1920 aged 64, and Margaret Ripley, buried 5 October 1937 aged 74.


Bristol, Charles Clarence
24 January 1898 – 5 March 1972

Charles Clarence Bristol was the son of Samuel Bristol. Samuel was born c1870 in Salford, Lancashire. He married Mary Ellis 11 September 1897 at Wesley Chapel, Oldham Road Manchester.

Charles, the eldest of four children, was born 24 January 1898 in Manchester. The family lived in Heaton Norris, Stockport in Cheshire where Samuel was a buyer of cotton goods. Charles served in WW1 as a private with the 2 nd Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment. He enlisted 19 February 1917 and was discharged 26 February 1917. Charles married Mary Whitfield Bonner 24 August 1933 at St Peter’s Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 26 August: -

LATE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER MARRIED. The wedding took place quietly' at Shipley St. Peter’s Church, on Thursday. of Mr. Charles Clarence Bristol, only son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Bristol, of Heaton Moor, and Miss Mary Whitfield Bonner, second daughter of the late Dr. Bonner and Mrs. Bonner, of 22, Ivy Road, Moorhead, Shipley. The bridegroom, who is on the staff of Lloyds Bank, Shipley, is Assistant. District Commissioner of Boy Scouts in Bradford. Miss Bonner wore a dress of fine marocain, in a dainty shade of love-in-a-mist blue, with a black panne velvet sash, and black panne hat trimmed with blue and pink. her shoulder she wore spray of Banksia roses. The honeymoon will be spent in Switzerland.

Charles & Mary had a daughter, Rosemary, born 24 June 1934.

In the 1939 Register Charles was a bank official living with his family at 22 Sherwood Grove in Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 24 October 1945: -

Already well known in Shipley, Mr C. C. Bristol, of Sherwood Grove, Nab Wood, will tomorrow succeed Mr C. H. Bowyer as manager of Saltaire branch of Lloyds Bank Ltd.

Mr Bristol first came to Saltaire about twenty years ago and was later in the bank’s Shipley branch. For the past four-and-a-half years he has been manager of Barkerend Road branch, Bradford.

He has a long record of service to the Boy Scout movement, being District Commissioner for Bradford and Assistant County Commissioner. During the war he was a Divisional First Aid Commandant.

Report from the Shipley Times 28 April 1954: -

Scouting Honour for Mr. C. C. Bristol

The only Bar to the Silver Acorn held in Yorkshire has been awarded to Mr. C. C. Bristol, of 22 Sherwood Grove. Shipley, who is Assistant County Scout Commissioner (Training). This is one of the highest honours in scouting and is awarded for exceptional service to the movement.

Mr. Bristol has been connected with scouting since 1910. He started as an ordinary scout and then moved up through the “ranks" of patrol leader, troop leader and so on. When he came to the Shipley district years ago, he helped the St. Margaret's Frizinghall Troop, became secretary the local Association and District Scout Master, before attaining the position of Assistant District Commissioner.

The Silver Acorn is now worn in the same way as the Silver Wolf, the movements highest award for International Service. Mr. Bristol is well-known in Shipley a vice-chairman of the Shipley Divisional Conservative Association of the Lodge of Amity of Freemasons.

Report from the Shipley Times 28 May 1958: -

Mr. G. E. Clapham at present clerk-in-charge, has been appointed manager of the Saltaire and Shipley branches of Lloyds Bank Ltd., in succession to Mr. C. C. Bristol, of Sherwood Grove, Shipley, who is shortly retiring.

Mary, Charles’s wife, died in 1962 in Staincliffe near Skipton.

Charles died 5 March 1972 at Sutton In Craven, near Keighley. In his will he left £11,358 (worth c£155,000 in 2020).


Brown, Jane Vickerman (nee Rowston)
16 February 1903 – 1976

 Jane Vickerman Rowston was born 16 February 1903, in Saltaire to John William Rowston and Jane Vickerman Jowsey. In 1902 they were living at 43 Caroline Street, Saltaire, where John and his wife were caretakers of Saltaire Congregational Church.

Jane attended Saltaire Congregational Sunday school.

Report in the Shipley Times 29 February 1924: -


I congratulate Miss Jane Vickerman Rowston of Saltaire. in gaining the second prize in the soprano class at the Musical Competition on Saturday (23 February). Miss Rowston, who is a pupil of Madame Florrie Harrison, gives promise of a successful musical career.

Jane performed and sang in public on numerous occasions.

In the 1939 Register, Jane, living with her parents at 7 Glenroyd, Shipley, was a cashier in a canteen.

She married Harry Brown in 1940. Jane died in 1976.


Burge, Dinah (nee Waite)
15 April 1865 – 21 October 1955

Dinah Waite was born, 15 April 1865, in Gloucestershire. She married Egbert Henry Vasey, 22 September 1883, at St. Giles & St. Mary’s, Pontefract. Egbert was born in 1861 in Gloucestershire. They had no children. In 1891 & 1901 they were living in Castleford, where Egbert worked as a coal miner. He died in 1902.

Widow Dinah married William James Burge in 1903 in Pontefract. He was born c1871 in Somerset. They had no children. In 1911 they were living in Tanshelf, Pontefract, with William working as a coal miner. They had living with them, Eva Gilson, a niece of Dinah. William died in 1915.

In the 1921 twice widowed Dinah was living at 15 Caroline Street, Saltaire. She had living with her: -

Eva Gilson – niece aged 20 – spinner at Saltaire Mills
Sidney Gilson – nephew aged 22 – printer & dyer at Saltaire Mills
Agnes Ada Gilson – wife of Sidney – aged 21
Sidney Gilson jnr. – son of Sidney & Agnes – aged 1
Frank Gilson – nephew – aged 4
Evelyn Clay – boarder aged 20 – wool comber at Saltaire Mills

Lilian Clay – boarder aged 17 – spinner at Jeremiah Ambler’s Spinners, Valley Road, Bradford.

Dinah lived at 7 Caroline Street, Saltaire from 1922 to 1928. She was living with Harold Ogden & his wife Eva (nee Gilson). In the 1939 Register she was living with the Ogden family at 28 Constance Street, Saltaire. Around 1949 she moved with them to 24 Oakfield Drive, Baildon.

Dinah died 21 October 1955.

Report in the Shipley Times 2 November: -

A verdict of “Accidental Death" was recorded at a Bradford inquest on Tuesday on Dinah Burge, aged 90, of Oakfield Drive, Baildon who died in St Luke's Hospital, Bradford, 21 October.

Eva Ogden, of the same address said her aunt’s health had been failing for the past five years and she occasionally had dizzy spells and falls. On her doctor’s advice, she was admitted to hospital so that she could receive proper care and attention.

Mrs. Ogden said that when she visited her aunt in hospital on 1 September, she was informed that her aunt had had a fall in the ward. Her aunt told her she had had one of her dizzy spells and had injured a thigh, but she did not seem to be seriously hurt.

Witness said that on 21 October she was informed by telegram that her aunt's condition had deteriorated. She died before witness could reach hospital.

Dr. Donald Findlater Cameron, house physician at St. Luke's Hospital said Mrs. Burge was admitted with chronic bronchitis and anaemia. She received a fractured neck of the femur in her fall in the ward. The injury responded to treatment, but she developed bronchial pneumonia and died. Dr. Cameron added that, in his opinion, the causes of death were bronchial pneumonia, following confinement to bed, and hypertension.


Burke, James Allen
6 December 1926 – 1 May 2002

James Allen Burke was the son of Albany Burke. Albany was born, 14 November 1901, in Addingham. He married Lily Winterbottom, 18 April 1925, at St Peter’s Shipley. Albany was a motor mechanic living at 9 Herbert Street, Saltaire; Lily was a spinner living at 28 Constance Street, Saltaire.

James, their only child, was born 6 December 1926. The family Lily lived at 1 Albert Terrace, Saltaire from 1927 to 1929; 11 William Henry Street from 1930 to 1935; 17 George Street in 1936. By 1939 Albany was living without his wife at the Burke’s family home, 21 Shirley Street.

James attended Albert Road School. In 1939 he was living with his married aunt, Florence Woodward (nee Burke) at 9 Herbert Street, Saltaire.

By 1949 James, who ran his own plumbing business, was living at the Burke’s family home, 21 Shirley Street.

Advert from the Shipley Times 24 August 1949: -

All work by experienced craftsmen
J. A. BURKE (Regd. Plumber)
21 Shirley Street, Saltaire.  

James died 1 May 2002 in Keighley District.

Butterfield, John
1859 - 14 September 1934

John Butterfield was the son of Craven Butterfield
Craven was born 28 September 1835in Thornton, Bradford. He married Martha Lilley in 1858.

John, the eldest of five sons, was born 1859 in Shipley. In 1861 the family were living at 3 Ada Street in Saltaire with Craven working as a warp dresser. By 1871 they were living in Bradford. In 1881 they were living at 20 Spring Place in Shipley with John working as a warp dresser.
John, a warp dresser living at 40 Windsor Road in Shipley, married Mary Lilley 29 October 1884 at St Pauls Shipley. Mary was the niece of her mother in law, Martha. In 1891 & 1901 they lived at 12 Ashley Road in Shipley with John working as a hairdresser. They had three children; Florence (born 1890, died 1893), Lily (b1886) and James Arthur (b1895).

In 1911 they were living at 1 Gordon Terrace (now 51 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. John was a member of the Shipley & District Hairdressers Association. By 1920 John and his family were living at 34 Springswood Avenue in Shipley. John died 14 September 1934 at Salts Hospital. He left 896 8s 3d (worth 56k in 2013) to his widow and son.

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