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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
Researched by Colin Coates

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Lancaster, Albert
11 September 1903 – 2 October 1925

Albert Lancaster was the son of Thomas Lancaster. Thomas was born c1862 in Bradford. He married Louisa Matilda Hessey 16 September 1882 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 the family were living in Bradford with Thomas working as a wood moulder. In 1893 they were living at 1 Elliot Street in Shipley. By 1896 they were living at 22 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Albert, the youngest of twelve surviving children, was born 11 September 1903 in Saltaire. In 1904 the family were at 3 Jane Street in Saltaire. Then by 1908 the family had moved to 12 George Street in Saltaire. Albert was found dead in the River Aire near the Boathouse in Saltaire 2 October 1925.

Report from the Shipley Times Friday 09 October 1925:

A verdict of “Accidentally drowned while suffering from sleepy sickness" was returned by the district coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris) at the inquest held on Saturday on the body of Albert Lancaster (22), of 12 George Street, Saltaire.
Lancaster had been missing from home for 12 days when his body was recovered from the river at Saltaire on Friday morning.
James Hebden, brother-in-law of the deceased, said Lancaster had not been able to work for eight or nine months on account of bad health. He had been suffering from meningitis, which afterwards turned into sleepy sickness. He had been to Morecambe for a week's holiday previous to disappearing. Deceased left home about half-past three on Sunday afternoon, September 20, and did not return.
John Edward Woodhead, 12, Maddocks Street, Shipley, said that he was helping the boatman at Saltaire boathouse about 9 a.m. October 2. when he saw an object which looked like a body floating on the water. Information was given to the police, and he assisted getting the body to the bank with a pole and helped the police to get it out of the water.

Register of Private Graves in Shipley Church Burial Ground, Hirst Wood

Frank Lancaster: 4: 12 Dec 1910: Grave selected 1910 not paid for
till 28 Dec 1911
John Henry Lancaster: 23: 29 Apr 1915
Albert Lancaster: 22: 5 Oct 1925: 183 Old plan, 111 New Plan
Louisa Matilda Lancaster: 64: 4 Feb 1928
Fred Lancaster: 62: 20 Jun 1956

Dyson Lancaster, an elder brother of Albert, served in WW1

(Compiled with the help of Mark Tattersall, relative of Albert).


24 December 1904 – 12 June 1964
[Updated: 14 August 2017]

Adeline Laughlin was the daughter of Simeon Laughlin. Simeon was born 1868 at Elmswell in Suffolk. He married Amelia Pedley 9 July 1892 Bradford Cathedral.  Simeon, an assurance agent, was living with the Pedley family at 31 George Street in Saltaire. (Walter Pedley, a younger brother of Amelia lost his life in WW1.) Simeon, who worked firstly as a house painter then later as a gas fitter, and his wife spent most of their married lives moving around Saltaire:-

1895 – 28 Helen Street
1897 – 26 Caroline Street
1898 – 27 Caroline Street
1903 – 43 Ada Street
1914 to 1936 – 51 George Street

Simeon died in 1942 and Amelia in 1951.
They had two daughters:-

Adeline was born 24 December 1903. She was baptised 14 February 1904. In 1915 she gained a first class certificate for pianoforte playing at the London College of Music examination held in Bradford. Her music teacher was Annie Louise Sanctuary. She gained another music certificate in 1917. Adeline, a weaver, married Arthur Thomas Smith, a grocer’s assistant from Shipley, 1 September 1926 at St Peters Shipley. In 1930 they were living at 5 Glenaire Drive in Shipley. Arthur died 26 July 1944; Adeline died 12 June 1964. They are buried together in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley.

Annie was born in 1911. She was working as a weaver when she married William Harrison, a labourer from Shipley, 5 August 1933 at St. Peters Shipley. In 1936 they were living at 10 Glenholm Street in Shipley.


Lofthouse, Ann
c1825 – 30 December 1916

Ann was born c1825 in Saxton, Yorkshire, the eldest of nine children to farmer Robert Lofthouse and his wife, Eleanor.

Ann married James Newton 4 March 1849 at St Wilfrid Calverley. They had a son, John, born in 1850 in Pudsey. Sadly John died in 1866 aged just sixteen. The family lived in Pudsey with John working as a stone delver/quarryman. James died in 1877 aged just forty nine.

In 1881 widowed Ann was a shopkeeper in Pudsey.
Ann married Benjamin Pratt in 1886. They lived at 18 Albert Terrace in Saltaire with Benjamin working as a warp dresser in Saltaire Mills. Around 1894 they moved to 5 Almshouses (renumbered 28 Victoria Road) in Saltaire. Benjamin died in 1898 aged 70.

On Friday 22 December 1916 Ann had a fall in her house whilst dusting a rocking chair, fracturing her left thigh. She had lost the use of the right arm and leg. Ann died 30 December. An inquest concerning her death was held at the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday 2 January 1917, by Mr E W Norris (Deputy Coroner). Dr Emerson said he was of the opinion that death was due to a cerebral haemorrhage, accelerated by the fracture of the thigh. A verdict was returned in accordance with the medical evidence.


Longbottom, Alfred
1850 – 11 October 1915

Alfred Longbottom was the son of John Longbottom.
John was born c1819 in Halifax. He married Hannah Jagger 26 September 1841 at St John the Baptist Halifax.

Alfred, the fifth of nine children, was born 1850 in Shelf. In 1851 the family were living in Hipperholme with John working as a dyer. In 1861 they were living in Baildon. In 1871 they were living at 86 Leeds Road in Idle with Alfred working as a stone dresser.

Alfred married Mary Illingworth 22 December 1872 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children; James (b1873), William (b1874) & Sarah (b1876). In 1881 they were living at 27 Cowling Road in Idle with Alfred working as a railway labourer. Around   1887 they moved to 6 Mary Street in Saltaire. From 1891 they lived at 18 Constance Street with Alfred working as a stone dresser.

Alfred died in October 1915 and he was buried at Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley 11 October. Mary was buried alongside him 12 April 1926.







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