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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
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Paley, Joseph
c1843 – 23 March 1915

Joseph Paley was the son of Benjamin Paley. Benjamin was born c1814 in Baildon. He married Mary Renard 16 July 1832 at All Saints Otley. They lived in Baildon with Benjamin working as a wool comber.

Joseph, the fourth of nine children, was born c1843 in Baildon.
Joseph married Mary Hodgson 31 August 1862 at St Wilfrids Calverley. They had six children; Mary b1862, Oliver b1864, Ezra b1865, Martha b1868, John b1874 and Maria b1875.

In 1871 they lived in Baildon with Joseph working as a cotton warp dresser. By 1881 they were living at 16 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 81 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. In 1891 Joseph was a publican at The Ring of Bells in Shipley.

His wife, Mary, died in 1895. Later that year he married Mary Eliza Fox. In 1901 they were at the Bay Horse Inn in Baildon. Joseph retired and in 1911 he was living with his wife at 15 Westfield Avenue in Idle.

Joseph PaleyJoseph is best known for being a prize winning cornet player and the teacher and conductor of the Saltaire Brass Band from 1866 to 1894. Under his leadership the Saltaire band become one of the top bands in the country. Joseph’s son, John was also a renowned cornet player.

Joseph died 23 March 1915 at Clayton Workhouse Hospital and his funeral took place 26 March at Baildon Church.

Two of Joseph’s grandchildren, John Paley & Ralph Paley gave their lives serving their country in World War One. Joseph was a descendant of William Paley, a renowned philosopher.


Paley, William
31 October 1894 – 1980

William Paley was the son of Oliver Paley. Oliver Paley was born, 6 January 1869, in Baildon. He married Hannah Maria Robinson in Bradford in 1887. They had three children. In 1891 they were living at 27 Caroline Street, with Oliver working as a stationary engine tenter.

William, their only son and youngest child, was born, 31 October 1894, in Saltaire. In 1901 they were living at 21 Caroline Street, moving to 55 George Street by 1911.

William Paley, a fitter aged 26 of 4 Higher School Street, Saltaire, married Florence Aveyard at St Paul’s Shipley, 14 May 1921. They had a daughter, Barbara Mary, born 19 March 1925 in Saltaire.

William and Florence were still living at 4 Higher School Street in 1960. In the 1939 Register William was working as a stationary engine tenter.

Both William and Florence died in 1980 in Bromley, London.


Palliaser, Harry
1864 – 5 December 1916

Harry Palliaser was the son of Benjamin Palliaser. Benjamin was born 1831 in Shipley. He married Elizabeth Grear 30 December 1854 at Bradford Cathedral. They lived in Shipley with Benjamin working as a stone dresser.

Harry, the third of six children, was born 1864 in Shipley. He married Martha Hannah Wood, 18 May 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. The couple had thirteen children, five of whom died as infants.

In 1891 they were living at 4 Princess Street in Shipley with Harry working in stone quarry. They moved to 10 Alexander Square, Shipley in 1895. Then in 1906 they moved to 3 Baker Street in Saltaire where they would live the rest of their lives.

Harry died 5 December 1916 and he left £310 11s 10d (worth c£25k in 2016) to Martha. Martha died 18 December 1951 and she left £428 12s 6d (worth c£13k in 2016) to Joseph Murgatroyd.


Parker, Florence Louisa (nee Barnard)
21 July 1893 – November 1993

Florence Louisa Barnard was the daughter of Frederick George Barnard. Fred was born 21 March 1870 in Brighton He married Sarah Jane Stace in Brighton in 1892.

Florence, the eldest of seven children, was born 21 July 1893 in Southill, Middlesex. In 1901 they were living at Norwood in Middlesex with Fred working as a gas works labourer. By 1911 the family had moved north to Haworth with Fred working as a wool comber and Florence working as spinner. By1914 the family were living at 24 Albert Road (re-numbered 47) in Saltaire. In 1918 they were at 12 Shirley Street and by 1925 they had moved to 2 Daisy Place.

Florence married Frank Parker in 1923. They had two sons, Norman, born 20 February 1929 and Ernest. In 1939 they were living at 18 Britannia Street in Shipley with Frank working as a railway labourer. By 1945 they had moved to 9 Jane Street, where they were still living there in 1962.

Report from Shipley Times and Express Wednesday 02 September 1959 as follows:

Passenger’s Fall
Henry Francis Grainger, bus conductor, of Stonegate Road, Bradford, was fined £2 for being the conductor of a public service vehicle and failing to ensure the safety of passengers thereon. He pleaded not guilty and was represented by Mr. R. M. Priestley.
Florence Parker, of Jane Street, Saltaire, said at 7.30 p.m. on June 20 she was travelling on a single-deck West Yorkshire bus. When she got near to her destination at the top of Victoria Road, she asked the conductor to ring the bell. She had only one foot on the ground and then the bus started to move, and she was thrown to the ground. Mrs Parker said she had had a broken ankle and that it was awkward for her to get off the bus. She did not hear the bell ring.    
Cross-examined by Mr. Priestley she said she was facing the rear of the bus and put her right foot down first. She was getting off opposite to the normal method.
Victor Crooks, driver of the bus, of Royd Street. Bradford, said he came to a halt, but immediately got the bell to move off. He had gone about a yard when he received several bells. He pulled up and looked round and saw Mrs. Parker getting up from the ground.
In evidence. Grainger said Mrs. Parker was the only passenger on the bus. He gave a ring on the bell as she moved to the rear of the bus and then proceeded down the steps. She was about to get off the bus in the wrong way and Grainger said he told her to be careful The bus came to a stop and her foot contacted the ground and she lost her balance. He said when he rang the bell the bus did not stop immediately but was moving slightly. When the bus stopped with a jolt, he touched the bell, accidentally, and then Mrs. Parker fell off.

By 1991 Florence was a resident in the Salts Nursing Home in Victoria Road, Saltaire. She died here in November 1993 aged 100.


Parkin, George Henry Westfield
26 March 1898 - 1970

George Henry Westfield Parkin was the son of William Henry Parkin. William was born 1873 in Sculcoates, Hull. He married Ethel Westfield in 1897 in Sculcoates.

George, their eldest child, was born 26 March 1898 in Sculcoates. In 1901 & 1911 the family were living in Sculcoates with William working as a fruit merchant.

During WW1 George served as a Lieutenant with the R.A.F. He married Doris Elizabeth Stocks in 1923 in Hull. In June 1932 George was appointed headmaster of Salt Schools.

Report from the Shipley Times 18 June 1932: -


Despite the fact that the appointment offered is only regarded as temporary one, the number who applied for the position of temporary head master of the Salt Boys’ High School, Shipley, In succession to Mr. W. P. Winter, made the Shipley Education Committee’s task in selecting a headmaster, a very difficult one indeed.

On Monday (13 June) night, from a short list of seven, they appointed Mr. George H. W. Parkin, B.A. (Sheff.), M.A. (Sheff.), of Hull.

Mr. Parkin, who is 34 years of age, was educated from 1908-16 at the Boulevard School, Hull, and from 1919-22 at Sheffield University. In 1922 Mr, Parkin was appointed assistant master at the Barrow-in-Furness Grammar School, where he remained until 1929, and from that time until the present he has been the senior English master at the Boulevard School, Hull. During the war he served as a lieutenant in the R.A.F. This appointment is regarded as a temporary one, on account of the proposed reorganisation of secondary education in Shipley and Bingley. Under this scheme the Salt Schools may go out of existence, and the boys be transferred to the Bingley Grammar School.

George and his wife lived at 25 Ghyll Wood Drive in Bingley. He remained as headmaster of Salt Schools until after 1958.

George died in 1970. His widow, Doris, died 20 March 1981 in Peterborough. In her will she left £29,433.


Parkinson, Frank Buxton
1867 – 31 December 1936

Frank Buxton Parkinson was the son of Thomas Parkinson.
Thomas was born c1840 in Bradford. He married Mary Emily Buxton in Hunslet in 1866.

Frank, the eldest of seven children, was born 1867 in Bradford. In 1871 the family were living at 38 Albert Road (renumbered 75) in Saltaire with Thomas working as a commission agent. They had a servant living with them. In 1881 they were living at 10 Park View Terrace in Manningham, with one servant.

Frank, a stuff warehouseman, married Sabina Heaton, a dressmaker living at 66 George Street in Saltaire, 12 July 1890 at Bradford Cathedral. They had four sons and a child who died in infancy:-

Frank (born 1891) – served in WW1
George Heaton (8 May 1893 – 1974) – served in WW1
Harold Milligan (1895 – 1 March 1951) – served in WW1
Ernest (1899 – 2 March 1916)

In 1891 they were living at 18 William Henry Street in Saltaire. By 1901 they were living at 2 Moorhead Lane in Shipley with Frank working as a stuff buyer. In 1902 they were living at 8 Bromley Road in Shipley, moving to 16 Highfield Terrace in Shipley around 1906.

From 1911 they lived at 3 Albert Road in Saltaire, (renumbered 5), moving back to Highfield Terrace around 1920. Their final move was to Morecambe in Lancashire around 1934.

In May 1915 Frank was appointed as a member of the executive committee of the Shipley Voluntary Force. By January he was Commandant of the Volunteers.

Frank died 31 December 1936 at 31 Erving Terrace in Morecambe.

Report from the Shipley Times 9 January 1937: -

The death occurred on Thursday of last week of Mr. Frank Buxton Parkinson, of 31 Marine Road. Morecambe.

For several years, whilst residing in Shipley. Mr. Parkinson was a stuff buyer in the firm of Messrs. Pinner A Willis, Ltd., stuff merchants. Harris Street, Bradford.

Mr. Parkinson was a respected member of the Shipley 'Unionist and Conservative Club, Northcliffe Golf Club and “The Boys,’’ the latter organisation being connected with the old boys of the Shipley Parish Church.

Owing to ill health Mr. Parkinson retired about three years ago and went to reside in Morecambe. He was 70 years of age and leaves a widow and three sons, one of whom (Mr. George Parkinson) resides at Heysham and the other two sons, Mr. Frank Parkinson and Mr. Harold Parkinson, are engaged in the tobacco business respectively, in Montreal. Canada and Smyrna, Turkey.

The funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Before the interment a service was held in the Cemetery Chapel, conducted by the Rev. T. B. Cornish (Vicar of St. Peter’s Church, Shipley), who also officiated at the graveside.

The chief mourners were Mrs. F. B. Parkinson (widow), Mr. and Mrs, George Parkinson (son and daughter-in-law). Mr. Charles Parkinson (brother). Mr. Edgar H. Parkinson (cousin), Mrs. A. Collins (cousin), Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Eastwood (cousins).

“The Boys” were represented by Mr. A. W. Hirst, Mr. Harry Greenwood (Holmfirth), Mr. G. H. Hint (Parsley). Mr. A. Bowden. Mr. Herbert Stoll, and Mr. H. Dibb.

The Shipley Unionist and Conservative Club was represented by Mr. F. Rhodes. J.P. (President).

The Shipley branch of the Women's Unionist and Conservative Association by Mrs. Dennis, Mrs. Pearson, Mrs. Leach, Mrs. Ferguson.

St. Peter’s Church, Shipley—Mr. A. Firth.

Amongst the personal friends present were Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cliffe, Mr. A. G. Lummis, Mr. J. Jenny, Captain Williamson, Mr. and Mrs. W. Walker. Miss Holloway, Mr P Trombon, Mr S. Bradley, Mrs A. W. Hirst, Mr C. Brinkin and Mr F. Dibb.

There were several beautiful floral tributes.

In his will he left £520 14s 6d ( worth c£37k in 2020) to his son, George a textile company director.

His widow, Sabina, died 11 December 1952 at 359 Carlton Terrace in Morecambe. In her will she left £1401 4s 6d ( worth c£41k in 2020) to her son, George.


Parratt, Mennetta (nee Horne)
11 December 1878 – 19 March 1964

Mennetta Horne was the daughter of John Horne. John was born c1848 in Shipley. He married Mary Ann Smith, 8 April 1867, at Bradford Cathedral. They had at least nine children.

Mennetta, their sixth child, was born 11 December 1878 in Idle. The family lived in Idle, with John working as an engineer in a cotton mill.

In 1901 Mennetta was working as a weaver. She married Charles Edward Parratt, 28 November 1904, at Holy Trinity, Idle. Charles was born 24 June 1860 in Eccleshill, he worked as a butcher. Living in Eccleshill they had two children – John born in 1919 and Alice in 1919.

In 1939 Mennetta was living without her husband, Charles, at 77 Hustler Street in Bradford. Her son John was working as a chemist’s assistant. By 1951 she was living at 19 Albert Terrace, Saltaire, without her husband. She would spend the rest of her life here. Charles died in 1954.

Mennetta died 19 March 1964 at Stoney Ridge Hospital, Cottingley, 19 March 1964. In her will she left £3,234 to her two children.


Pedley, Peter
12 July 1859 – 4 November 1915

Peter Pedley was the son of Joseph Pedley. Joseph was born c1827 in Hebden Bridge. He married Elizabeth Brown 30 December 1850 at Calverley.

Peter, the middle child of three, was born 12 July 1859 in Tong Park, Baildon. In 1861 they lived at Picadilly in Shipley with Joseph working as an overlooker. By 1871 they had moved to Kays Cottages in Shipley. Joseph died in 1880. In 1881, widowed Elizabeth was living at 5 Kaye Street in Shipley with Peter working as an iron moulder.

Peter married Annie Elizabeth Booth 13 November 1886 at St Wilfrid Calverley. They had nine children, of which six survived to adulthood:-
Louie (b1890)
Florrie (b1893)
Carrie (b1895)
Herbert (b1897)
Lawrence (b1898) – served in WW1
Edith (b1900)

In 1891 they lived in Idle with Peter working as an iron moulder. In 1901 they were at 98 Leeds Road in Shipley and 1911 at 41 Aire Street in Windhill. Around 1914 they moved to 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire.

Around May 1915 Peter got a job at the Airedale Mills as a wash bowl feeder. He died 4 November 1915 from anthrax. There was an inquest into his death, where the jury found he died from anthrax contracted by inhalation whilst following his employment.
His widow, Abbie, continued living at 28 Shirley Street until she died in 1937.


Phillipson, George Wade 
2 February 1835 – 11 April 1898

George Wade Phillipson was the son of John Phillipson.
John was born 1802 in Staveley in Westmorland. He married Jane Stevenson 30 December 1829 in at St Marys in Kendal.

George, the third of eight children, was born 2 February 1835 in Staveley. In 1841 the family were living in Kendal; by 1851 they had moved to Winksley, near Harrogate, with John working as a bobbin turner.

George married Mary Ann Harrison 1 July 1857 at the Register Office in Cockermouth in Cumberland. In 1861 they were living in Winksley with George working as a jobbing turner. By 1871 they were living at 42 George Street in Saltaire with George working as wood turner.
From 1878 to 1888 George was a grocer; he had a shop and living premises at 1 & 2 Katherine Street in Saltaire. In 1891 the family were living in Moorhead Lane in Shipley. In 1892 they had a shop and living premises at 15 Bingley Road in Shipley. From 1894 they had a shop and living premises at 4 & 5 Daisy Place in Saltaire.

George died 11 April 1898; two days later he was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. From 1905 to 1908 Mary lived at 13 Jane Street in Saltaire. Mary died 22 July 1915 when living with her daughter, Edith, at 94 Bradford Road in Shipley. She was buried in Hirst Wood alongside her husband.

George & Mary had seven children:-
Charles (1859 – 1864)
Isabela (1861 – 1864)
Edgar (1864 – 1916)
Harry (6 August 1866 – 19 January 1943) – moved with his family to Brisbane in Australia. Sailed from London 18 June 1913. Died in Brisbane.
Fred (1869 – 5 July 1931) – moved to Brisbane in Australia. Arrived in Melbourne 24 December 1892. Was living with his brother when he died.
Edith (1872 – 10 August 1944) – married Sydney Loyd Goldsbrough 14 July 1896.
Ida (1884 – 1957)


Pickard, John Thomas
14 July 1910 – 1993

John Thomas Pickard was the son of William Pickard. William was born c1884 in Leeds. He married Alice Ann Marshall in 1905. They had four children.

John, their third child, was born, 14 July 1910, in Leeds. In 1911 the family were living at 48 East Park Mount, Leeds, with William working as a boiler flue cleaner. Sadly William was killed in action, 18 June 1917, serving with the Royal Engineers in WW1.

John married Jessie Smith in 1929. They had nine children: - Jim, born 1931; Dorothy, 1932; Joan, 1934; Shirley, 1937; John, 1939; Tony, 1942; Sylvia, 1944; Tom, 1946; Anne, 1950.

John worked as a gardener, then as a painter and decorator. They lived at 25 Helen Street, Saltaire until after 1939. From before 1945 until after 1960, they lived at 9 Shirley Street.

Report in the Shipley Times 27 February 1937: -


“The Bench wish to compliment you on this business of getting this man in doing what he ought not to do. They think great credit is due to you for what you have done.”

This comment was made by Mr. Fred Hind, Chairman of the Bradford West Riding Court on Monday (22 February) to Mr. J. T. Pickard, of Helen Street, Saltaire, in a case in which George Fawcett (30), labourer, Windhill, was charged with having stolen £1 11s. 2d., the property of Mrs. Love, Ada Street, Saltaire, on 19 February.

Supt. Spires said that Fawcett entered the house of Mrs. Love while she was at work and stole the money from a purse which had been left in drawer. Mr. Pickard, who lives nearby, became suspicious of Fawcett’s movements and when he entered the house Pickard followed and told him to come out. Fawcett went to Pickard’s house, and it was alleged, offered to share the money with Pickard who reported the matter to the police. Fawcett, in replying to the charge, pleaded guilty, and said, “I have no excuse, really. I think I must have been temporarily mad to do trick like that.”

He added that had recently lost his job and had had a notice threatening distraint for non-payment of rates. He said he had been tempted and was now thoroughly ashamed of himself.

Fawcett was fined after which the Chairman made the comments about Mr. Pickard as stated above.

Advert in the Shipley Times 13 June 1951: -

John Pickard & Sons Painters and Decorators
Large or Small Jobs.
9 Shirley Street, Saltaire. TEL. 57957 SHIPLEY.

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John Thomas Pickard (right) with son,Tom (known as Tommy, 1946 - 2011).
Image courtesy of Lisa Marie Miller, granddaughter of John Thomas Pickard.

Report in the Shipley Times 26 October 1960: -


A Saltaire painter and decorator, John Thomas Pickard, Shirley Street, said by his solicitor to have driven for 37 years without a conviction, was fined £3 and ordered to pay 1s. 10d costs, Bingley, Thursday (20 October), for driving without due care and attention. Pickard did not appear, but Mr. R. C. Shaw, defending, pleaded guilty on his behalf.

Mr. J. E. Wilson, prosecuting said on the morning of 10 August, a Mr. William Meed was riding his motor-assisted pedal cycle on Bradford Road, Cottingley, towards Bingley. He saw a van, driven by Pickard, stationary at the junction of Cottingley Cliffe New Road.

Mr. Wilson said a vehicle travelling in front of Mr. Meed which to some extent hid him. When this vehicle moved past the junction, Pickard drove on Cottingley Cliffe New into the path of Meed and there was a collision. Damage was slight and there was no personal injury.

Mr. Shaw said it was a very fine day and the sun had been shining down the road from Saltaire towards Cottingley Bar. Mr. Pickard could only say that the cycle travelling behind another vehicle, coupled with the blinding light from the sun, made it impossible for him to see the cycle.

He said Pickard had been driving for 37 years without a conviction of any sort against him. He had already clocked 18,000 miles driving this year and it came as a shock to him to learn he was being brought before a Court of this offence.

John lost his wife when she died in 1986. John died in 1993.


Pickles, Roland Harry
1877 – 1944

Roland Harry Pickles was the son of Timothy Pickles. Timothy was born 1829 in Addingham. He married Mary (surname and marriage date unknown). In 1861 they were living in Jane Hills, Shipley, with Timothy working as a stone mason.

Roland, the second youngest of nine children, was born 1877 in Shipley.  In 1881 the family were living at 19 Queen Street in Shipley. Timothy died in the first quarter of 1891, leaving widowed Mary living with her children at 20 George Street in Saltaire. Roland was a mill worker. In 1901 they were living at 9 Shirley Street with Roland working as a wool warehouseman.

Roland, living at 24 Herbert Street, married Sarah Ellen Stead 8 November 1902 at St Paul’s Shipley. They had a daughter, Clara, born 17 Oct 1903, she died in 1921. By 1907 they were living at 9 Caroline Street. In 1911 they were at 3 Crowgill Place in Shipley with Roland working as a goods porter on the railways. By 1919 they had moved to Keighley.

Roland died in 1944.


Poole, Eliza
1848 – 11 December 1915

Eliza Poole was the daughter of John Poole. John was born c1815 in Bradford. He married Mary Fieldhouse 25 December 1835 at Bradford Cathedral.

Eliza, the second of four children, was born 1848 in Bradford. In 1861 the family were living at 24 George Street in Saltaire with John working as an overlooker. In 1871 they living at 45&46 Titus Street, where John ran a grocer’s shop until around 1879.

Eliza married Alfred Harrison 15 October 1879 (possibly in the Saltaire Congregational church). Alfred was born in Bradford in 1852. He worked as a wool combing overlooker. They had two children who died in infancy and two daughters, Louisa born 1883 and Florrie born 1889. They lived at 4 Mawson Street in Saltaire until around 1909 when they moved to 72 Victoria Road in Saltaire.

Eliza died 11 December 1915 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. Her widower, Alfred, died 9 November 1932 and was buried alongside her.


Preston, Sarah Ann
7 March 1874 – 31 March 1921

Sarah Ann Preston was the daughter of Thomas Preston. Thomas was born c1826 in Guiseley. He married Mary Robinson 24 March 1859 at Bradford Cathedral. They had eight children. In 1861 & 1871 they lived in Guiseley with Thomas working as a cloth manufacturer.

Sarah, their youngest child, was born 17 March 1874. She was baptised 2 May 1874 at St. Oswald’s, Guiseley. In 1881 & 1891 they were living at 70 George St, Saltaire with Thomas working as a worsted overlooker. In 1891 Sarah was working as a winder.

Thomas died 23 January 1894. In 1901 Sarah was a weaver living with her widowed mother and siblings at 8 (renumbered 15) Albert Road. Her mother died 7 September 1902. In 1911 Sarah was a weaver living with her spinster sisters at 9 Lockwood Street. Sarah died here 31 March 1921.

Report from the Shipley Times 8 April: -

The death took place at her residence, 9 Lockwood Street, Saltaire on Thursday (31 March), of Miss S. A (“Sallie”) Preston. The deceased lady, who was exceptionally well known in Saltaire and Shipley, had been in delicate health for some time.

She was a valued member of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School, and had done much work for the church. For many years she was a teacher in the Sunday School, and later was secretary the Young Women’s Bible Class and secretary of the Cradle Work in the Primary Department. She was also a member of the old prize choir.

Her general disposition had won her many friends, and much sympathy is felt for her three sisters in their sad bereavement, and for her sister and brother and their families in U.S.A.

The funeral took place Monday (4 April) at the Guiseley Parish Church. Prior to the interment the Kev. G. E. Bailey, in a brief address, spoke the work Miss Preston had done in the church to which she had belonged. The funeral was largely attended. and wreaths were sent by the following:

Beatrice, Janie, and Amy; Brothers and Sisters in U.S. America; Louie and Ted; Joe and Ida: Capt. and Mrs. Wright, Bridlington; Ella, Annie, and Margaret; Mrs. and Miss Craven, Shipley; and Walter; Friends at Shipley Glen; Misses Dawson and Stubbs; Mr. and Mrs. Lister, Heckmondwike; The Society Class; Young Women’s Bible Class; Mrs. Milnes, Ilkley; Miss Lamb, Mrs. Burdon; Misses Leach; Miss Florence Rhodes; Miss Shackleton; Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford; and her fellow Workers.






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