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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
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Charlesworth, John
7 July 1856 – 26 September 1914

John Charlesworth was the son of son of Joseph Charlesworth. Joseph was born c1818 in Hepworth, near Holmfirth. He married Ann Moorhouse 12 September 1841 at All Hallows Kirkburton, near Huddersfield. In 1851 they were living in Hepworth with Joseph working as a shopkeeper.

John, the second youngest of nine children, was born 7 July 1856 in Saltaire. In 1861 the family were living at 11 Victoria Road in Saltaire with Joseph running a grocery shop as a family business. After Joseph died 8 September 1868, his widow, Ann ran the business which by 1871 had moved to 1 Victoria Road.

John married Lucy Ann, daughter of William London, 12 May 1879 at St Pauls Shipley. Lucy was a mill worker and her father, William, was a grocer at 1 Daisy Place in Saltaire.
By 1881 John was running the family business, with two of his sisters, Annie & Ellen, running a confectioners next door at 2 Victoria Road. By 1897 the two businesses combined and were run by family in the same premises until around 1935.
John & Lucy had five children, all born in Saltaire; Annie (b1880), George (b1882), Joseph (b1884), Alice (b1888) & Walter (b1890).
John was a prominent churchman, being a warden at St Peters Shipley. He was a Freemason and held the post of Worshipful Master at Airedale Lodge in Shipley. He was member of the Shipley Bowling Club and the Shipley Unionist Club.
John died 26 September 1914 and after a well-attended funeral he was buried at Hirst Wood.


Clapham, George Edward
4 February 1904 – August 2002

George Edward Clapham was the son of George Clapham. George was born c1873 in Heightington in County Durham. He married Mary Lowrey in 1901 in Darlington.

George Edward, the middle child of three, was born 4 February 1904 in Gainford, County Durham. In 1911 the family were living at Wellwood Lodge, Chellow Dene, Bradford, where George was a chauffeur. George served with the Army Service Corps in WW1.

George, a bank clerk, married Gladys Kathleen Hanson 11 December 1928 at All Saints Salterhebble, Halifax. They had a daughter, Shelia, born 1931. They were living in Sowerby from 1932 to 1938. In the 1939 Register they were living in Halifax.

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.

Mr. Clapham. who lives at 59 Grosvenor Road, Shipley, began his banking career In 1919 Sowerby Bridge, and after serving Halifax, he became clerk-in-charge at Shipley in 1951. He is a keen photographer and gardener and is treasurer of the Shipley Youth Centre.

Gladys, George’s wife, died in 1997 in Salisbury, Wiltshire. George died August 2002 in the New Forest, Hampshire.


Cowan, David Russell
30 September 1830 – 18 February 1910

David Russell Cowan was born 30 September 1830 in Dalziel, Lanarkshire, Scotland to Robert Cowan & Mary Russell.

David married Margaret Anderson Dodd 30 December 1856 at Bothwell in Lanarkshire. They had six children. David was ordained as the minister of the Independent Chapel in Kircaldy, Fife 17 February 1859. In April 1869 he accepted an invitation to be the minister of the Congregational Church in Saltaire.

A recognition service was held in the church for him 6 July 1969. The service was presided over by Titus Salt with his son Titus and Robert Balgarnie amongst the 250 guests.

In 1871 he was living with his family at 4 Albert Road (renumbered 7) in Saltaire; by 1873 they had moved to 3 Albert Road (re-numbered no 5).

David resigned from his position in Saltaire early in 1877. On Saturday 27 January the Church Bible Class presented David and his wife with a clock in recognition of their service at the church. On Saturday 10 February he was presented with an illuminated address and a purse of sovereigns at a public tea with 500 guests in the new Sunday school in Victoria Road.

At a meeting of the Manchester Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of England, David’s application to become a minister was accepted. In 1877 he was the first pastor at a new Presbyterian church at Whalley Range, Manchester. In 1883 he moved to Walsall in Staffordshire, performing his first service 28 October. His wife, Margaret, died in 1890 at Stafford.

Widower David married Mary Mackie Steel in 1892. David died 18 February 1910 at 15 Eastgate Street in Stafford.


Cowie, John
5 December 1848 – 20 October 1912

John Cowie was the son of William Cowie. William was born c1817 in Lonmay, in Aberdeenshire. He married Margaret Smart, 22 December 1846, at Pitilogo in Aberdeenshire. They had at least 10 children.

John, their eldest child, was born 5 December 1848 in Pitilogo. The family lived in Pitilogo where William was a farmer of 65 acres.

John, a railway clerk living at Eccleshill, married Mary Alice Holgate 24 May 1876 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children. They lived at 10 Bromley Road from before November 1878 to 1899. From 1900 to 1902 they were living at 1 Albert Road in Saltaire, then they moved to 56 George. By 1911 John had retired from the railway and living with his family at Sunnybank, The Glen in Shipley.

In March 1900 John was a supporter of James Roberts when he was elected as a district councillor in the West Ward. In August 1902 he was on the entertainment committee for Shipley’s Coronation celebrations. In March 1903 he was M.C. at a social in Victoria Hall in connection with Salt Schools.

Extract from the Shipley Times 04 September 1903: -

The annual meeting of the Social Evenings Committee of the Salt Schools has just been held, and I am informed that most of the members of the committee have consented to continue their efforts in the same direction, as desired by the Governors. Mr John Cowie has again been elected chairman of the committee—a position he has held for several years .

John died 20 October 1912. He was buried three days later in Hirst Wood Cemetery. In his will he left £426 7s 9d (worth c£50,000 in 2020). Mary was buried alongside him 23 September 1926.


Cox, Harry
23 September 1921 – February 2000

Harry Cox was the son of Walter Cox. Walter was born 3 July 1892 in Baildon. He was an able seaman when he married Mary Ann Filby, 29 March 1915, at St Peter’s Shipley. They lived at 9 Caroline Street in Saltaire. Walter served in WW1.

Harry was born 23 September 1918 in Saltaire. Around 1926 the family moved to 16 Ada Street in Saltaire. In 1939 Harry was an apprentice mechanical engineer and Walter was a spinner’s warehouseman. Harry married Kathleen Crawshaw of 37 Taunton Street Shipley 26 November 1949 at St Paul’s Shipley.

Report in the Shipley Times 30 November 1949:

A pretty wedding took place at St Paul’s Shipley on Saturday, when Mr Harry Cox, the youngest son of Mr & Mrs W Cox of 16 Ada Street, Saltaire was married to Miss Kathleen Crawshaw of 37 Taunton Street Shipley. The Rev. A. F. G. Cooper officiated. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr S Crawshaw, made a charming picture in her gown of white cloque and tulle, and white embroidered veil crowned with a halo of feathers. She carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations. She was attended by Mrs W Cox (sister in law of the bridegroom) as matron of honour and Misses Christine Lockwood and Maureen Scott (nieces of the bride). Mrs Cox wore dresses of pink silk and carried posies of anemones. The bridegroom was accompanied by his brothers Mr William Cox as best man, and Mr Walter Cox as a groomsman.
After a reception at the Oddfellows’ Hall Hotel the bride and bridegroom left for a honeymoon on the West Coast.

Harry died in February 2000. Kathleen Cox died February 16th, 2011.

Nab Wood Cemetery and Crematorium: Monumental Inscriptions
In loving memory of a dear Dad
Remembered with love, KATHLEEN & HARRY COX
In loving memory of a dear Mum
Dearly missed
Loved by all
Together again forever


Crabtree, Harry Wright
29 September 1890 – 11 February 1942

Harry Wright Crabtree was the son of Edgar Crabtree. Edgar was born 1868 in Saltaire; in 1871 his family were living at 15 Ada Street in Saltaire. Edgar, working as a worsted weaver, married Alice Wright in 1890 in Keighley.

Harry, who had a younger sister, was born 29 September in Saltaire. He was baptised 2 November 1890 at St Paul’s Shipley. Harry and his family moved around Saltaire and Shipley as follows:-
1891 – 5 Whitlam Street, Saltaire
1900 – 4 Atkinson Street, Shipley
1911 – 7 Alexander Square, Shipley
1914 – 74 George Street, Saltaire
1915 – 10 George Street, Saltaire
1917 – 44 Whitlam Street, Saltaire

Harry, aged 26 and working as a metal worker, married Ellen Denney, a 23 year old weaver living at 7 Fanny Street in Saltaire, 11 August 1917 at St Peter’s Shipley. From 1925 to 1934 they lived at 8 Mary Street in Saltaire.

Harry died 11 February 1942 in Keighley district; he was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. From 1945 his widow, Ellen, lived at 65 George Street in Saltaire until she died 13 April 1977.


Crossland, Kendall
14 July 1867 – 1940

Kendall Crossland was the son of John Crossland. John was born c1840 in Nottinghamshire. He married Esther (or Easter) Kendell, 30 January 1859, at St Wilfrid’s, Calverley. They had at least four children.

Kendall, their third child was born 14 July 1867 in Bradford. In 1871 they were living at Bolton, Bradford, where John worked as a mason. John died in 1873.

Widow Esther married Richard Crossley, 7 October 1876, at St Peter’s, Leeds. They lived at 29 Caroline Street in Saltaire where Kendall worked as a spinner. Richard died in 1900. In Kendall was a labourer living with his twice widowed mother at 52 George Street. By 1911 they had moved to 22 Titus Street.

Kendall’s mother died 19 December 1912. In 1918 & 1919 he lived with his married sister, Sarah Ellen Mawson, at 39 Dove Street. Working as a yarn packer and living at 4 George Street, Kendall married Ada Robinson, of 40 Ada Street, 27 November 1920, at St Paul’s, Shipley. They lived at 20 Albert Terrace, moving to 59 Victoria Road about 1938.

Kendall died in 1940.


Crossland, Lister
1876 – 1955

Lister Crossland was the son of Shaw Crossland. Shaw was born 1852 in Denby Dale near Huddersfield. He married Hannah Hinchcliffe 7 July 1873 at Cumberworth near Huddersfield

Lister, the third of seven children, was born in Skelmanthorpe near Huddersfield in 1876. The family lived in Skelmanthorpe with Shaw working as a weaver.

By 1901 Lister was employed as a house painter. Lister married Amy Busfield in 1905. They had a daughter, Vera, born in 1909. In 1911 they were living at 11 Shirley Street in Saltaire with Lister working as a house painter. By 1915 they were living at 16 George Street in Saltaire.

Amy died in 1934, Lister remained in George Street until around 1940. Lister died in 1955.





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