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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
Researched by Colin Coates

Saltaire People: surnames beginning with:

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Haigh, Alfred
1870 - 1930

Alfred Haigh was the son of Jabez Haigh. Jabez was born 1848 in Shipley. He married Mary Hall 27 July 1867 at Bradford Cathedral.

Alfred, the eldest of three children, was born 1870 in Shipley. In 1871 the family were living at 129 George Street in Shipley with Jabez working as tin plate worker. By 1881 they had moved to 48 Croft Street in Shipley with Alfred working as a worsted spinner.

Alfred married Mary Ellen Greenwood 30 April 1888 at Bradford Cathedral. They had twelve children, two of whom died as infants. In 1891 & 1901 they were living in Raglan Street in Shipley with Alfred employed by Shipley UDC as a gas lamp lighter. By 1907 they had moved to Saltaire, living at 1 George Street, moving to 18 George Street around 1910. By 1928 they were living at 51 Briggate in Shipley.

Alfred died in 1930. His widow, Mary, lived at 5 Albert Terrace in Saltaire until her death in 1932. Their children were:-

  • Jabez (1889 - 1935) - a shoe maker, he married Alice Screen at All Saints Normanton 16 July 1921.
  • John Willie (1892 - 29 November 1928) - a quarryman, he married Hannah Webb 23 January 1915 at St Peters Shipley.
  • Annie (1895 - 1943) - married Robert Dale 3 July 1915 at St Peters Shipley
  • Harry (born 1897)
  • Ernest (born 1899)
  • Ellen (1901 - 1919)
  • Florrie (1903 - 1921)
  • Alfred (born 1905, died 21 days old)
  • Edith (1906 - 1981) - married Horace Hirst 7 April 1928 at St Pauls Shipley
  • Lily Haigh (1909 - 1985) - married Jack Brook 1934
  • Rose Haigh - twin sister of Lily - born 1909.

Hainsworth, Joseph
1863 - 1934

Joseph Hainsworth was the son of William Hainsworth. William was born c1840 in Shipley. He married Hannah Craven 8 April 1861 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 the family were living at Hirst Mills, Shipley, with William working as a farm labourer. William died 28 October 1876 and was buried, 31 October 1876, in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley.

Joseph, the second eldest of eight children, was born 1863 in Shipley. He had a younger brother called Joshua. In 1881 he was a yarn washer living with his widowed mother at 3 Caroline Street Saltaire.

Joseph married Ada Holgate, a warp picker aged 23 of 11 Fanny Street Saltaire, 5 January 1889 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living at 13 Mary Street in Saltaire, with Joseph working as a yarn scourer. Ada died in 1895.

Widowed Joseph, living at 9 Fanny Street Saltaire, married Dinah Metcalf, aged 26 of 12 Fanny Street, 26 December 1896 at St Paul's Shipley. They had four children; Ernest (born 1897), Frank (1902), Mary (1904) and Harry (1907). Dinah died in 1910.

Twice widowed Joseph married Elizabeth Bennett (nee Ponder), a 46 years old widow of 39 Ada Street Saltaire, 10 January 1918 at St Peters Shipley.

Joseph and Elizabeth spent the rest of their lives at 23 Constance Street in Saltaire. Elizabeth died in 1931 and Joseph in 1934.


Hainsworth, Joshua
1865 – 1 June 1931

Joshua Hainsworth was the son of William Hainsworth. William was born c1840 in Shipley. He married Hannah Craven, 8 April 1861, at Bradford Cathedral. They had eight children.

Joshua, their third child, was born in 1865 in Shipley. He had a elder brother called Joseph. In 1871 the family were living at Hirst Mills, Shipley, with William working as a farm labourer. William died 28 October 1876 and was buried, 31 October 1876, in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley.

In 1881 Joshua was a reeler living with his widowed mother and siblings at 3 Caroline Street, Saltaire.

Joshua married Lavinia Newall 26 December 1884 at St Wilfrid’s, Calverley. Lavinia was born in 1866 in Stockton On Tees, County Durham. They had four children: -

William Newall Hainsworth, born in 1885
Albert Hainsworth, born in 1893
Florence Hainsworth, born in 1899
Edith Ann Hainsworth, born in 1903

In 1891 the family were living at 9 (re-numbered 10) Albert Terrace, Saltaire, with Joshua working as a general labourer. In 1901 they were at 8 (renumbered 7) Albert Terrace, with Joshua working as a gas stoker. By 1911 they had moved to 34 North Wing, Bradford, with Joshua working as a boiler fireman.

Lavinia died in Bradford in 1923. Joshua died 1 June 1931 at 35 Temperance Street, Bradford. In his will he left £67 9s, to Alice, the wife of his son William.

Hall, Grace
1874 - December 1945

Grace Hall was born in 1874 in County Durham. In 1896 Grace married James Wallace, a quarryman.

James was born in Saltaire in 1870 to William Wallace and Jane Chew. They lived at 6 Dove Street in Saltaire with William working as a pointsman on the railways.

Grace and James lived at 1 Ashley Road in Shipley, they had five daughters:-
Ethel (1899-1976)
Bertha (1900-1970)
Doris (1902-1980)
Lily (1904-1991)
Carrie (1909-1993)

Sadly James died 10 June 1915, aged just 45. He was buried at St Pauls in Shipley four days later. Grace lived her widowed life at 3 Dove Street in Saltaire until she died in December 1945. Grace was buried alongside her husband 12 December 1945.


Hardy, Tom
c1902 –????

Tom Hardy was the son of Samuel Hardy. Samuel was born c1876 in Windhill. He married Mary Ann Stead 13 November 1897 at Christ Church, Leeds. They had twelve children with five dying as infants. In 1901 they were living at 60 Briggate, Shipley.

Tom was born c1902 in Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 13 Bridge Street, Shipley. Both Tom and his father worked as boatmen.

Report in the Shipley Times 20 December 1930: -


Ben Allerton (40), comber, and Tom Hardy (27), boatman, both of Shipley, pleaded “Guilty” at Leeds Assizes on Tuesday (16 December) to an act of gross indecency, committed in a yard in Shipley.

Medical evidence was given that Allerton was feeble-minded and Hardy, although not feeble-minded, was “not strong” mentally. Allerton was ordered to be detained in an institution as a mental defective, and Hardy was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment. Mr. Justice Roche said that during his incarceration Hardy would receive instruction which would no doubt be useful to him.

Tom married Gladys May Lockett 14 May 1932 at St Peter’s, Shipley. They had at least two children. They lived at Gladys’s family home, !0 Caroline Street, Saltaire.

Report in the Shipley Times 13 December 1939: -

“I am strongly of the opinion that this would not have happened if there had been fireguard when these children were left. You had better get a fireguard, as probably you will have proceedings taken against you before the magistrates, because it is a misdemeanour under the Children’s Act to allow any children to be left in a room with an open fire and no fireguard.”

These comments were made at a Shipley inquest by the District Coroner (Mr. K. W. Norris) concerning the death of Doreen Hardy, the six-year-old child of Tom Hardy, canal boatman, 10 Caroline Street, Saltaire, who was fatally burned in the house during her mother’s absence.

Gladys May Hardy (the child’s mother) said she left Doreen, a little boy aged 6, and the baby in the house, whilst she went to a nearby shop. On returning, Doreen had been taken to the hospital.

The Coroner; Have you never had a fireguard? —Mrs. Hardy: No.

Maria Atkinson, of 44 Ada Street, Saltaire, said when she went to Mrs. Hardy’s house she found that Doreen’s clothing was all burnt off except a vest, which was smouldering. She threw overcoat over the child. The baby was also burned a little around the head. Witness and a woman carried Doreen to Saltaire Hospital.

The Coroner: I think you acted very well and very promptly.

Dr. G. S. Sharpe, of Shipley, said that with the exception of the girl's legs beneath the knees she was burnt all over. She died from shock following very severe burns.

A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.

Tom and Gladys continued to live at 10 Caroline Street, until they moved to 7 Wilcock Street, Shipley around 1958. By 1960 they were living at 3 Lucy Street, Shipley.

It is unclear as to when Tom died.


Hare, Ann (nee Foster)
18 July 1875 – 1951

Ann Foster was the daughter of John Eastburn Foster. John was born c1852 in Shipley. He married Harriet Harrison, 30 November 1872, at Bradford Cathedral. They had five children.

Ann, their eldest child, was born 18 July 1875 in Shipley. In 1881 the family were living at 5 Field Street in Shipley with John working as a painter.

In 1891 the family were living at 8 Raglan Street in Shipley. John died in 1899. In 1901 his widow Harriet lived at 4 Helen Street in Saltaire, with Ann working as a finisher in a woollen mill. Ann had a sister, Elizabeth, and her three brothers, Fred, Thomas & William served in WW1.

Ann married Arthur Charles Hare (born 18 November 1873 in Norfolk) 21 April 1906 at St. Paul’s Shipley. They had a daughter, Edith, born 17 November 1906 in Shipley. She was baptised, 6 January 1907, at St. Paul’s Shipley.

In 1911 they were living at 13 Oxford Street, Bingley, with Arthur working as a gas stoker. In the 1939 Register they were living at 8 Eldon Street, Bingley, with Arthur unemployed and daughter Edith working as a confectioner’s shop assistant.

Arthur died in 1941. Ann died in 1951. Their daughter, Edith, married Thomas Woodford (born 17 September 1908 in Derbyshire) in 1955 in Bradford. They had no children. Thomas worked as a galvaniser engineer. Edith died in 1990 in Bradford. Thomas died in 1995.


Harrison, Alice Peacock
c1846 – 19 October 1921

Alice Peacock Harrison was born c1846 in Stalybridge, Cheshire to James & Sarah Harrison. In 1861 & 1871 the family were living in Bingley where James was a local Baptist minister and Alice was a dressmaker.

In 1881 Alice was sewing mistress in a school, living with her married sister at 47 Leeds Road, Idle. By 1901 Alice was living alone at 54 Victoria Road, Saltaire.

Alice, who never married, died 19 October 1921.

Report in the Shipley Times 21 October 1921: -

Miss A. P. Harrison (76), 54 Victoria Road, died suddenly on Wednesday (19 October) evening.

The circumstances are that a sister of the deceased lady, Mrs. W. Turner, who for some time has been resident with Miss Harrison, went to bed about 6.15, leaving her sister downstairs. Shortly afterwards she called down to her sister, “Alice, are you coming” and Miss Harrison replied, “Yes.” Later, Mrs. Turner hearing a noise, came downstairs and found Miss Harrison lying dead. It is supposed that Miss Harrison had commenced to mount the stairs and had fallen, a shawl she had been wearing was found half-way up the steps. The deceased lady had a wound to her right temple.

Alice was buried 22 October 1921 at St Luke’s, Morton.


Harrison, Florrie
1889 - 1921

Florrie Harrison was the daughter of Alfred Harrison. Alfred was born c1852 in Bradford. He married Eliza Poole 15 October 1879 at Saltaire Congregational Church. They lived at 4 Mawson Street in Saltaire until 1908 when they moved to 72 Victoria Road in Saltaire. They had four children, but only Florrie and her elder sister, Louisa, survived to adulthood.

Florrie was born 1889 in Saltaire. She worked as a school teacher and possessing a charming voice, she sang on various occasions in and around Shipley.

Sadly Florrie died, a spinster, in 1921, aged just 32.


Hartley, Josephine (nee Hanson)
19 January 1882 – 28 November 1977

Josephine Hanson was the daughter of Frederick William Hanson. Frederick was born 1858 in Bradford. He married Caroline Parkinson 9 October 1881 at St Wilfrid, Calverley. They had eight children, but three died in infancy.

Josephine, their first child was born, 19 January 1882, in Saltaire. In 1881 the family were living at 52 Titus Street in Saltaire where Fred was a machine wool comb maker. Fred was one of several long serving employees who met King George VI & Queen Elizabeth when they toured Saltaire Mills in October 1937.

Josephine, living at 23 George Street, married Fred Hartley, a clerk in Saltaire Mills, thirteen years older than her, 23 December 1909 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 21 Avondale Road in Shipley. By 1920 they had moved to 4 (renumbered 7) Albert Road in Saltaire. Josephine's father, Fred, died 11 March 1947 at 4 Albert Road. Fred was buried with his wife.

Josephine's husband, Fred, died 31 August 1955. In his will Fred left £1,832 (worth c£125,000 in 2020), to Josephine.

Report from the Shipley Times 22 December 1959: -


A wide circle of friends will be sorry to hear that Mrs. Josephine Hartley, of 7 Albert Road Saltaire, a well-known worker for various charities is to leave the district on December 28 to live in Scarborough.

Mrs. Hartley has been actively connected with Shipley Women Conservatives and was association president

from 1952 to 1953. Mrs. Hartley has done a great amount of voluntary work for a number of charities, including collecting for Salts Hospital. She has been a committee member of the Saltaire Conversazione for about 28 years and is a member of St Peter’s Church.

Mrs. Hartley has lived In Saltaire all her life, and so have two generations of her family before her. Her husband, the late Mr. Fred Hartley, formerly worked at Salt’s Mills as a cashier, until his retirement in 1946. He died four years ago.

Mrs. Hartley says the reason for her leaving the district is because she has not enjoyed good health recently. She will be residing near her niece. Mrs. Kathleen Hartley. Her Scarborough address will be Flat 1“Tosti,” 20, Avenue Road, Scarborough.

Josephine died 28 November 1977 at 101 Prospect Mount Rd in Scarborough. In her will she left £14,216 (worth c£90,000 in 2020).


Heaton, John
c1857 - 11 October 1916

John Heaton was the son of Joseph Heaton. Joseph was born c1819 in Baildon. He married Sarah Bradley 3 September 1844 at All Saints Otley. They had a daughter, Mary, born in 1847. In 1851 they were living in Baildon with Joseph working as a warp dresser. Sarah died in 1854. Widowed Joseph married Mary Vint in 1855.

John, the second of seven children to Joseph and Mary, was born c1857 in Baildon. In 1861 the family were living at Tong Park in Baildon. By 1871 they had moved to Saltaire living at 5 Higher School Street. John worked as worsted spinner then as a wool sorter. In the 1891 census they were living at 66 George Street in Saltaire.

Joseph died 21 January 1893 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Around 1895 John moved with his widowed mother, Mary, to 16 Titus Street in Saltaire. Mary died 14 May 1910 and she was buried alongside her husband.

John never married. In the 1911 census he was living at 16 Titus Street with his spinster sister, Anne. John died 11 October 1916 and Ann 11 August 1919. They were both buried with their parents.


Hinton, Frank Arthur
15 May 1876 – 6 March 1969

Frank Arthur Hinton was the son of Charles Hinton. Charles was born 1835 in Sutton, Wiltshire. He married Agnes Keziah May Morgan in 1857 in Winchester, Hampshire. In 1861 they were living in Winchester with Charles working as a wool sorter. By 1871 they were living at 6 Whitlam Street in Saltaire.

Frank was born 15 May 1876 in Saltaire. By 1881 the family were living at 31 Albert Road (renumbered 61) before 1881. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 8 Herbert Street with Frank working as an errand boy then as a wool sorter.

Report from the Shipley Times 16 June 1905: -


The marriage took place at the Parish Church (Thursday 15 June) afternoon of Mr. Frank Arthur Hinton, youngest son of Mrs. Hinton, of Lowell, Mass., U.S.A. to Miss Clara Ellen Firth, fourth daughter of Mr. William Booth Fifth, of Shipley Subsequently a reception was held at the home of the bride.

On Tuesday (20 June) Mr. and Mrs. Hinton will set sail for America, where they will take up their residence.

Frank and his wife departed Liverpool aboard S.S. Ivernia. They arrived in Boston 29 June 1905. They lived in Lowell in the state of Massachusetts, where Frank worked as a wool sorter. They had a daughter, Maybelle Marie, 4 September 1910. By 1920 they were living at Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Report from the Shipley Times 7 June 1930: -

A letter has been received by the Editor of the “Shipley Times & Express” from Mrs. Frank Hinton, of Holyoke, U.S.A. Mrs. Hinton, who has lived in the States for 25 years since she and her husband left Saltaire, She is, like Mr. Hinton, a native of the district. She was the daughter of the late Mr. W. B. Firth, of Victoria Street, Shipley. The writer, enclosing a newspaper cutting, states; “The enclosed may of interest to some your readers; as I was born in Shipley, and my husband in Saltaire, and many of our friends might be pleased to read the report. My daughter is a student at Mount Holyoke College, and is studying music with the view of entering the professional field after her graduation next year.

“During the twenty-five years that Mr. Hinton and I have been removed to the United States, my sisters, the Misses Firth, of Shipley, have sent me the ‘Shipley Times and Express’ regularly each week. It has been like a breath home, and a real enjoyment.”

The enclosed cutting states: “Miss Maybelle M. Hinton, soprano, a pupil of Mrs. Margaret McKay Burgerin, will present a song recital in the reception room of the Second Congregational parish house to-morrow evening. Miss Hinton, who is a junior at Mount Holyoke College, is member of the college glee club and of Dr. William C. Hammond’s church choir. Her programme ranges from the early Italian of Scarlatti and Bunoncini, through Handel and Gounod, Gaston Lemaire and Sibelius to one of the moderns, Wintter Watts.”

Frank died 6 March 1969 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut.


Hodder, Ronald Frederick William
9 July 1924 – 21 September 2005

Ronald Frederick Valentine Hodder was the son of Valentine Frederick William Hodder. Valentine, an engineer living at 6 Shirley Street, Saltaire, married Selina Halliday, a weaver aged 21 of 27 Jane Street, Saltaire, 17 April 1922 at St. Peter’s, Shipley.

Ronald was born 9 July 1924 at 20 Amelia Street, Saltaire. By 1928 they were living at 12 Maypark Terrace, Shipley. In the 1939 Register they were living at 18 Victoria Road, Saltaire with Ronald working a textile pattern room assistant and his father as a milling machinist. They remained here until after 1945. Ronald had an older brother, Eric William Hodder, who served in WW2.

Ronald married Barbara Gertrude Kobi, 26 October1953, at Christ Church, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset. Barbara was born 3 January 1934 in Croydon, London. Her father was born in Switzerland; he moved to London around 1909. Ronald & Barbara had a daughter in 1956. Ronald worked as a clock and watch maker. He and Barbara were accomplished ballroom dancers.

Barbara Gertrude Hodder, nee KobiBarbara died, 3 April 2005, at the General Hospital, Weston-Super-Mare.

Living at 5 Sunnyvale, Clevedon, Ronald died, 21 September 2005, at Clevedon Cottage Hospital.


Image: Barbara Gertrude Hodder, nee Kobi.



Hodder, Valentine Frederick William
16 September 1901 – 7 April 1974

Valentine Frederick William Hodder was born, 16 September 1901, at 3 Griffin Road, Clevedon, Somerset. He was the son of Frederick William Hodder & Emma Georgina Stambury. In 1911 the family were living at 3 Griffin Road, Clevedon with Frederick working as a journeyman baker.

Valentine, an engineer living at 6 Shirley Street, Saltaire, married Selina Halliday, a weaver aged 21 of 27 Jane Street, Saltaire, 17 April 1922 at St. Peter’s, Shipley. They had two sons – Eric William & Ronald Frederick Valentine.

Image: Valentine Frederick Hodder.

In July1923 whilst living at 20 Amelia Street, Saltaire, Valentine had four ducks belonging to him stolen. By 1928 Valentine and his family were living at 12 Maypark Terrace, Shipley. In the 1939 Register they were living at 18 Victoria Road, Saltaire with Valentine working as a milling machinist. They remained here until around 1945.

Image: Selina Hodder, nee Halliday.

In October 1953 Valentine was a watch and clock maker living with his wife at 8 Southbourne Kenn Road, Clevedon, Somerset.

Valentine died here, 7 April 1974. In his will he left £11,533. His widow, Selina, died in 1987 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.


Hodgson, Charles
7 November 1871 - March 1956

Charles Hodgson was the son of Thomas Hodgson. Thomas was born c1838 in Baildon. He married Elizabeth Binns 19 October 1863 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living at 76 Dale Street, Shipley with Thomas working as a warp dresser.

Charles, the fourth of seven children, was born 7 November 1871. Thomas, his father, died in 1880; in 1881 widowed Elizabeth was living with her children at 12 Wycliffe Place, Shipley. Elizabeth married Joseph Bootham in 1886.

In 1891 Charles was a labourer living with his mother and stepfather at Wycliffe Court, Shipley. In the 1901 census (3 April) Charles was green grocer helping his mother run a shop at 48 Titus Street, Saltaire. Three days later, 6 April, Charles married Ann Jane Hodgson at Bradford Cathedral. Ann was born c1878 in Cumberland.

Referring to the book "A Penny for Going" by Roger Clarke the Hodgson family sold fruit from a shop at 13 Victoria Road, Saltaire by 1905. Roger writes, "Charlie Hodgson also used to sell greengroceries from a horse and cart, which he kept on land at Hirst Wood, (which later became a garden centre). He kept pigs, chickens and a horse there and used to collect leftover food for pig swill from schools and hospitals. He also ran a pig club during the war, which enabled a few lucky family and friends to enjoy extra pork at Christmas. His wife, Ann, ran the shop, collecting fruit and vegetables from Bradford Market in the early mornings."

In 1931 Charles, a conservative, was elected as a councillor for the West Ward, which covered most of Saltaire.

Notice from the Shipley Times Saturday 21 March 1931.

Notices from the Shipley Times Thursday 2 April 1931.

Two were elected from each ward.

Charles was only a councillor for a short time, as he resigned in June 1932.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 2 July 1932 as follows: -

"The Clerk reported that Coun. Charles Hodgson, of Saltaire, one of the Conservative members of the West Ward had tendered his resignation. The Council accepted this with regret."

No reason was given for his resignation. However Charles was having problems with his business.

Legal Notice in the Yorkshire Post 28 September 1932 as follows: -

In the matter of a DEED OF ASSIGNMENT for the benefit of Creditors, executed on 14 June 1932, by CHARLES HODGSON of 13 Victoria Road, Saltaire in the County of York, carrying on business at the above address as a fruitier and at Hirst Lane, Saltaire, aforesaid, as a Garage Proprietor.

Persons having claims against the Debtor, who have not already done so, are required to send particulars thereof to us, the undersigned, or to Mr. C THOMPSON of 21 Henry Street, Keighley in the County of York, the Trustee under the said ???? before the 31st day of October. 1932, or in ???? thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any dividend proposed to be declared. Dated 27th day of September 1932. W and G. BURR SUGDEN and CO., 6 and 8, Devonshire Street, Keighley.

The Hodgson family were still trading at 13 Victoria Road in 1936. They left between October 1936 and November 1938. Charles's wife, Ann, died around February 1937. She was buried 6 February in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. In the 1939 Register, Charles is a poultry & general dealer living at 16 Hirstwood Road, Shipley.

Charles died around March 1956. He was buried 14 March 1956 with his wife in Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley.

Hodson, George William
24 October 1889 - 1966

George William Hodson was the son of Tom Hodson. Tom Hodson was born 18 February 1856 in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. In 1888 he married Rosa Robinson at All Saints church in Bingley. In 1891 they lived at High Bank Cottages in Shipley with Tom working as a warehouseman. In 1901 they were living at 6 Queens Road in Shipley; Tom was a wool warehouseman. They had three sons: George William (the eldest), Thomas and John Richard. Rosa Hodson died in 1904. She was buried 3 September 1904 at Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. The following year Tom married Mary Mitchell (nee Stones). Tom died 1919 and was buried 28 April 1919 in Hirst Wood Cemetery.

George William Hodson was born 24 October 1889 in Bradford. He was baptised 8 January 1890 at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel. In 1906 & 1907 he lived with his family at 45 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. In 1908 they moved to 27 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. (The house remained in family for 46 years.) George worked as a warehouseman; his father a colour matcher.

George married Minnie Cooper in 1921. They had a daughter, Margaret Jeanne born in 1924. They probably lived in Bradford.

George died in Bradford in 1966. His daughter, Margaret Jeanne, qualified as a midwife 10 November 1950. In 1957 she was living at 21 Grange Avenue. Hirst Wood, Shipley.

[Updated with the help of Robert Linford; published online, 2 September 2017]

Hodson, John Richard
17 February 1900 - 1965?
[Updated with the help of Robert Linford. 2 September 2017]

John Richard was the son of Tom Hodson. Tom Hodson was born 18 February 1856 in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. In 1888 he married Rosa Robinson at All Saints church in Bingley. In 1891 they lived at High Bank Cottages in Shipley with Tom working as a warehouseman. In 1901 they were living at 6 Queens Road in Shipley; Tom was a wool warehouseman. They had three sons: George William, Thomas and John Richard (the youngest). Rosa Hodson died in 1904. She was buried 3 September 1904 at Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. The following year Tom married Mary Mitchell (nee Stones). Tom died 1919 and was buried 28 April 1919 in Hirst Wood Cemetery.

John Richard was born 17 February 1900 in Shipley. He was baptised 1 October 1903 at St Pauls in Shipley. In 1906 & 1907 he lived with his family at 45 Rhodes Street in Saltaire. In 1908 they moved to 27 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. (The house remained in family for 46 years.) His father was working as a colour matcher.

John lived with his step mother, Mary, at 27 Maddocks Street until he married Lucy Ann Bolton in 1933. They had a son, Geoffrey born 30 September 1934. In 1939 they were living at 10 Armstrong Street in Farsley, with John working as a roving overlooker. He died 1965 in Blackpool; his widow, Lucy, died in Blackpool in 1969. Their son Geoffrey died in Leeds in 1998.

John's step-mother, Mary, remained at 27 Maddocks Street until her death in 1947. The house remained in the family, being lived in by Edith Alice Mitchell, daughter of Mary, and her husband Herbert Lonsdale (they married in 1928). Edith died in 1949; Herbert continued living in the house until 1954.


Holmes, Joseph
c1854 - 5 February 1923

Joseph Holmes was the son of William Holmes. William was born 1830 in Baildon. He married Sarah Crabtree, 6 December 1852, at All Saints, Otley.

Joseph was born c1854 in Baildon. The family lived in Baildon where William was a weaver.

Joseph, a warp dresser, married Emma Myers, 19 February 1875, at St Wilfrid's Calverley. They had at least five children. In 1881 they were living at 55 Browgate in Baildon; by 1891 they had moved to 42 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Joseph and his family emigrated to America in 1891. They arrived in New York, 21 December, aboard SS Britannic having sailed from Liverpool. They lived in Jamestown in New York State where Joseph was a warp dresser. Joseph died 5 February 1923 in Jamestown.


Houlden, Alfred
1870 – 8 January 1939

Alfred Houlden was the son of John Houlden. John was born in 1836. He married Mary Gaunt 14 November 1857 at St Oswald’s Guiseley. They had 11 children. In 1861 they were living in Rawdon with John working as a weaver.

Alfred was born 4th Quarter 1870 in Horsforth. In 1871 they were in Horsforth. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at 22 Albert Road (renumbered 43) in Saltaire. John worked as a grease extractor. Alfred worked as a plumber.

In April 1883 Alfred was one of six Saltaire youths found guilty of stealing peas and corn from a shed in a field in Shipley. By 1901 they had moved to 2 Katherine Street. In 1911 Alfred was living with his widowed mother at 19 (37 Albert Road). He would live the rest of his life here.

Alfred married Emmeline Ferguson 2 October 1912 at St Peter’s Shipley. They had no children.

Alfred died 8 January 1939. He was buried two days later in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. In his will he left £166 8s to Emmeline. She was buried alongside him 16 April 1959.


Howarth, Thomas
22 March 1905 – 2 September 1974

Thomas Howarth was the son of Alfred Howarth. Alfred was born 22 March 1905 in Drighlington. He married Emily Butterfield, 26 January 1905, at St. Paul’s Shipley.

Thomas was born 22 March 1905 in Bingley. He married Dora Fillingham 13 October 1934 at Christchurch, Windhill. They had three children: Joyce born 6 March 1936, Lionel 1941, and Janet 1944.

In 1939 the family were living at 25 Herbert Street in Saltaire where Thomas was a joiner and carpenter. He was also an A.R.P. rescue party volunteer. By 1949 they had moved to 39 Albert Road, where Thomas & Dora would spend the rest of their lives.

Excerpt from a report in the Shipley Times 2 October 1957: -

The wedding took place at St. Peter’s Church, Shipley on Saturday (28 September), of Miss Joyce Howarth, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Howarth, of 39 Albert Road, Saltaire, and Mr. John Pitts, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Pitts, of the " Plough Inn,” Mirfield.

Thomas died 2 September 1974; Dora died 2 July 1991.


Howker, James
c1836 - 4 July 1914

James Howker was the son of John & Mary Howker. John was born c1813 in Haworth.

James, the second of four sons, was born c1836 in Stanbury near Haworth. In 1851 the family were living in Stanbury with both John and James working as wool combers.

James married Elizabeth Newton in 1861. They had thirteen children:-

John Newton (b1862)
Ellen (1864 - 9 August 1913)
Ann (1865 - 30 April 1937)
James William (b1866)
Sarah (1870 - 17 March 1897)
Mary Elizabeth (1872 - 12 June 1884)
Willie (b1874)
Ada Hannah (1875 - 29 November 1876)
Newton (1877 - 27 April 1953)
George (1878 - 7 May 1879)
Wright (1879 - 1918)
Arthur (1881 - 21 February 1945)
Edwin (b1882)

In 1871 the family were living at 16 Whitlam Street in Saltaire with James working as an overlooker. By 1881 they had moved to 43 Titus Street in Saltaire, where they remained the rest of their lives.

James died 4 July 1914 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery Shipley. Elizabeth died 18th January 1920 and was buried alongside him.

Hoyle, Ernest
20 November 1904 - 15 February 1967

Ernest Hoyle was the son of Joseph Brackshaw Hoyle. Joseph was born 1866 in Brighouse. He married Lucy Street 14 June 1890 at St Luke's Milnsbridge, Huddersfield. In 1891 they were living in Lockwood where Joseph was a labourer. In 1901 they were living in Attercliffe where Joseph was a stoker at a colliery.

Ernest, the youngest of four children was born 20 November 1904 in Canklow, Rotherham. In 1911 Lucy was living with her children but without her husband at Cudworth, Barnsley.

Report from Shipley Times Friday 09 February 1917:

The magistrates at the Bradford West Biding Police Court, on Monday, ordered four Shipley boys each to be given six strokes of the birch for stealing, and Sir James Roberts, Bart, (who presided), warned the mother of one of the boys who had previously been before the Bench, and whose father is in France; that if he came there again he would be sent an Industrial School. In addition to Sir James, there were present Sir Ellis Denby, Mr. J. A. Burton, and Coun. Thos. Hill. The boys in question are William Hy. Wright (9), Lewis Wright (10), 35 Dale St., Hargreaves Sq.; Lionel V, Harrold (12), 99 Union St., Hargreaves Sq., and Ernest Hoyle (12), 104, Union St., Hargreaves Sq.
According to the evidence a box of soap tablets belonging to Mr. Whitworth Rimmington, chemist, Otley Rd., was left in the yard behind the shop, and the lads went and after breaking the box open stole seventy-two tablets. The reason why they were left in the yard was that they came at a time when those in charge of the shop were very busy.
Detective Officer Brown said that pome the tablets had been hidden under a hut in Bank Street, The lads were found out by one them taking a tablet back to Mr. Rimmington. The lad said he had not taken it but had found it in a hole the wall.
Sir James remarked that it was very sad the boys should be charged with such an offence, and the seriousness of the cases was increased the fact that two of them had been before the Bench on a former occasion. One of them had had the birch before, but that did not seem have cured him. He hoped that in future the boys would keep out of trouble.

By 1918 Lucy and her children were living at 23 Mary Street in Saltaire, where she remained until her death in 1937.

Report from Shipley Times Friday 28 December 1923:

At Bradford West Riding Court on Thursday last week three Saltaire youths, for having played "put and take" with a top, on December 9, were each fined 10s. They were John Hudson, doffer; Ernest Hoyle, labourer; and Levens Park, labourer. Police Superintendent Oliver said that gaming amongst boys was on the increase at Saltaire and the game was played underneath a street lamp.

Report from Shipley Times Friday 7 January 1927:

At Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, Ernest Hoyle (22), labourer, of Saltaire. pleaded "guilty" to stealing timber from hi employer, Alfred Normanton, packing case maker, Saltaire.
Hoyle said that he was on short time and had to support his invalid mother. He took, the timber in order to make a little pocket money.
A police witness said Hoyle was very unsatisfactory workman, often arriving at 9 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. His employer, however, had allowed him to keep on working out of sympathy for his mother.
Hoyle, against whom there were two previous convictions, one for stealing and the other for gambling was placed under the care of the Probation Officer for 12 months.

Ernest married Margaret Fawcett Onslow in 1935. Margaret was born 20 April 1909. They lived with his mother at 23 Mary Street with Ernest working as a packing case maker and a taxi cab driver. By 1944 Ernest had his own home at 26 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Report from Shipley Times 19 July 1944:

Thefts From Employers - Saltaire Man Fined
At Bradford City Police Court on Thursday, Ernest Hoyle (39), wood cutting machinist, of 26 Ada Street, Saltaire, pleaded "Guilty" to stealing twelve hanks of rope, a cop of twine and a quantity of wood, value 1 3s, the property of his employers, Fred Holmes & Son (Bradford) Ltd.
Mr. J. T. Hyde, prosecuting, said the accused had worked tor Messrs. Holmes since December last. On July 8, about 11 am., Det.- Sgt. Hustler Interviewed him at his work and told him he had been making Inquiries respecting material which had been missed from the works. Hoyle said; I have some rope at home. Somebody put me up to It." The officer accompanied Hoyle to his home and there recovered the articles which formed the subject of the charge.
The goods were later shown to Mr. Stanley Holmes, director of the firm, who Identified them as similar to property missing from the works. Hoyle was then arrested and taken to the Bradford Town Hall, and when charged he said, "I plead guilty to stealing it"
Det.-Sgt. Hustler said that Hoyle, after leaving school at thirteen years of age, had worked In local mills for four years, and since then had been employed by various firms as a case maker. In 1937 he again appeared at the Bradford West Riding Police Court and was bound over for twelve months for stealing timber, the property of bis employers. His wages at Messrs. Holmes averaged 6 16s. per week. A director of the firm gave evidence on behalf of Hoyle and said he was a good workman. While he was prepared to take him back the firm had decided to dispense with his services.
Hoyle said he was sorry for what he had done. He had not used the stuff he had stolen, and If he had had the opportunity, he would have taken back the property.
"I ask you to give me another chance," he said to the Stipendiary Magistrate (Dr. Coddington): "I have suffered more this week than I have done all my life."
Imposing a fine of 7, the Stipendiary Magistrate said that nearly every workman who came before the Court and admitted stealing articles wanted directly or Indirectly for the war was sent to prison, and It was under very exceptional circumstances that he was not sending accused to prison.

Ernest died 15 February 1967 at 26 Ada Street. In his will he left 588 (worth c11,000 in 2020) to his widow. Margaret died 4 November 1980 at 26 Ada Street. In her will she left 6,537 (worth c28,500 in 2020).

Hutley, Sarah Ann
1853 - 3 February 1918

Sarah Ann Hutley was the daughter of Thomas Hutley. Thomas was born c1823 in Scriven, North Yorkshire. He married Sarah Atkinson 3 February 1845 at Bradford Cathedral.

Sarah Ann, the second youngest of nine children, was born in 1853 in Shipley. In 1861 the family were living at 11 Whitlam Street in Saltaire, with Thomas working as a stone mason. By 1871 they were living at 2 Daisy Place in Saltaire, where Sarah would live for the rest of her life. Her father died 15 November 1877 and her mother died in 1891.

Sarah Ann worked as a weaver and she never married. After the death of her mother, she lived with her younger sister, Clarissa, also a spinster.

Sarah Ann died 3 February 1918 and was buried three days later in Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Her sister, Clarissa, joined her when she died 22 December 1919.





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