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Sanctuary, George
1857 - 12 October 1932

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Sanctuary, Jack
11 July 1903 - 1989

Jack Sanctuary was the son of George Sanctuary. George was born 10 January 1857 in Cullingworth. He married Hannah Maria Broadley in 1876.  In 1881 they were living at 46 George Street in Saltaire with George working as a worsted spinning overlooker. In 1891 the family were living at 28 Albert Road (renumbered now as 55). In 1901 & 1911 they were living at 68 George Street in Saltaire.

Jack, the youngest of seven children, was born 11 July 1903. He was baptised 2 September 1903 at Saltaire Congregational Church. Jack was awarded a scholarship at Salts School in 1915.

Jack lived with his family until 1939 at least. Following his father's death in 1932 the family moved to 36 Wellington Crescent in Shipley in 1935.

Jack died in 1989 at Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He had an elder brother, William Thomas, who served in WW1.


Sanctuary, Norman
1878 - 24 August 1948

Norman Sanctuary was the son of Jacob Sanctuary. Jacob was born c1844 in West Walton in Norfolk. He moved with his family to Cullingworth in Yorkshire before 1851. In 1861 they were living at 5 George Street in Saltaire, Jacob was a warp twister and his father, John, worked in a combing shed.  Jacob married Margaret Ann Brook 18 May 1867 at Kirkgate Chapel in Stephen Road, Bradford. In 1871& 1881 they were living at 13 Titus Street in Saltaire.

Norman, the fourth of six children, was born in Saltaire in 1878. His older brother, Fred, served in WW1. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 75 George Street in Saltaire, by 1901 Norman was working as a house painter. They moved to 21 George Street around 1908. From 1918 the family lived in Ferrand Road, Shipley.

Norman married Mary Ellen Flatley in 1941. They lived at 14 Sunny Mount in Keighley. Norman died 24 August 1948 and left £386 8s 11d to his widow, Mary (worth c£13k in 2016). Mary lived out the rest of her life at 14 Sunny Mount, dying 30 April 1962 in Bingley Hospital.

Senior, Joseph
c1860 - 21 October 1881

Joseph Senior was the son of the elder Joseph Senior. The elder Joseph was born c1824 in Leeds. He married Jane Holmes 10 August 1845 at St Peter's Leeds. In 1851 they were living in Ecclesfield with Joseph working as a cordwainer.

Joseph, the third youngest of nine children, was born c1860 in Hull. In 1871 they were living at 53 George Street in Saltaire. Joseph died 21 October 1881.

Report from the Shipley Times 5 November 1881: -

A young man named Joseph Senior, 21 years of age, brother of Mr. John Senior, newsagent, Westgate, was drowned at sea early on the morning of 21 October.
 Senior left Saltaire about five years ago to go to Hull to be fisherman and has since that time followed that occupation. About half-past two on the morning named, he was out on board the "Albert Victor," about 80 miles from Spurn Point, and whilst engaged holding one end of a net, which had become entangled, his mates heard him call out, and immediately he was seen to fall overboard. It is supposed that the net was too heavy for him, and that rather than let it go, he allowed himself to be pulled overboard. A heavy sea was running at the time, and this no doubt rendered his task more difficult. After he fell overboard, his body was not seen again.


Sharpe, Edward Stevenson
9 November 1878 - 10 July 1958

Edward Stevenson Sharpe was born 9 November 1878 in Londonderry in Northern Ireland. He was the son of John William Sharpe, a Presbyterian Minister.

In 1902 Edward gained a degree in medicine and surgery at Edinburgh University. By 1908 he was a physician and surgeon practicing in the Shipley area and he was one of the doctors who attended Salts Hospital.

From 1908 Edward lived at 1 Myrtle Place in Saltaire. He married Ethel Rebecca Jackson 25 August 1909 at St Paul Shipley. They had three daughters; - Kathleen Laurentia (born 1910), Joan McMormick (13 January 1913 - 1990) and Mary Dorrien (born 1915). From 1924 the family lived at 227 Bingley Road in Shipley, where they remained the rest of their lives.  

During World War One Edward was the Commander of the Shipley Volunteer Force, who had their headquarters at Albert Road School in Saltaire.  

Edward died 10 July 1958 at Bradford Royal Infirmary and he was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery. In his will he left £12,878 (worth c£270k in 2016) to his daughter, Joan. His wife, Ethel died 16 March 1979 and was buried alongside him.


Sidebottom, Maria (nee Fillingham)
18 June 1873 – 1961

Maria Fillingham was the daughter of Charles William Fillingham. Charles was born c1848 in Beverley. He married Fanny Meanwell (born c1851 Hull) in Lincoln in 1869. In 1871 they were living in Lincoln.

Maria, the third of nine children was born 18 June 1873 in Lincoln In 1881 the family were living in Gainsborough. Charles worked as an iron moulder.

In 1891 the family were living at 5 Merton Street in Shipley with Maria working as a millhand.

Maria married Samuel Sidebottom 22 August 1900 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1901 they were living in Long Preston (village between Settle & Skipton) with Samuel working as a railway porter. By 1905 they had moved to Leeds and in 1911 they were living in Kirkstall. They had a son, Herbert born 1905. By 1918 they were living at 5 Amelia Street in Saltaire.

Samuel served in WW1. After the war he and his family continued to live in Amelia Street until around 1931 when they moved to 45 George Street in Saltaire. By 1945 they were living at 1 Albert Road in Saltaire. Samuel died in 1953

Report from the Shipley Times 18 June 1958: -


Mrs. Sidebottom of 1Albert Road, Saltaire celebrates her 85th birthday to-day (Wednesday). She enjoyed 58 years of married life until her husband died at the age of 79, some five years ago. He was formerly foreman at Leeds Railway Station and had worked there for over 50 years. They were caretakers of Lloyds Bank, Saltaire. for 16 years.

Leading quite an active life. Mrs Sidebottom does all her own housework. Mrs. Sidebottom likes the company of young people who, she says, keep her young. She is a member of the Saltaire Congregational Church, although she is unable to attend the services as often as she would like. At one time she took part in the Thursday evening Women’s Own Keep Fit classes. Her hobbies now include knitting and reading.

Mrs Sidebottom is fortunate in having two of her sisters living quite close. They are Miss Naomi Fillingham. who is a retired midwife and Mrs. Ethel Berry. Her brother Mr. Frank Fillingham lives at Garston. Liverpool.

Having travelled quite extensively. touring most of France and the British Isles, Mrs. Sidebottom still enjoys a trip out and celebrated her birthday by going with the Windhill Co-operative Society for a day at Cleethorpes. Being an active old lady herself. Mrs. Sidebottom’s motto is "have interests outside and don’t mope inside, live plainly, give freely, this is the pleasure of life.

Maria died in 1961. Her nephew Jack Fillingham served in WW2


Slingsby, Walter Baxter
c1869 – 1950

Walter Baxter Slingsby was the son of William Slingsby. William was born in Idle. He married Martha Hodgson 23 September 1865 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley.

Walter was born c1869 in Idle. In 1881 they were living in Idle where William was a mill mechanic and Walter a spinner.

Walter married Hannah Scott 31 October 1888 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. They had a daughter Lilian born in 1889. By 1911 they were living at 56 Victoria Road Saltaire with Walter working as a mill mechanic. Walter, with his wife and daughter, emigrated to Australia in 1920. They departed from London 21 August 1920 aboard “SS Ormonde” for Melbourne Victoria.

S.S. Ormonde was built by John Brown & Co, Clydebank for The Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., in 1917 as a troopship. She served the UK - Suez - Australia route between the wars. Converted to one-class in 1933. Troop carrier in WWII. Returned to commercial service in 1947, again on the Europe - Australia route. She was scrapped in 1952.

Walter worked as a textile mechanic / engineer. He lived with his family lived in Castlemaine, a small city 120kms north west of Melbourne.

His daughter Lilian died a spinster in 1938. Both Walter and his wife Hannan died in 1950.


Smith, Kirk
1862 - 1903

Kirk Smith was the son of Hardisty Smith. Hardisty was born 1838 in Horsforth. He married Mary Ann Kirk 9 April 1860 at St Oswald Guiseley. In 1861 they were living in Horsforth with Hardisty working as a woollen weaver.

Kirk, the elder of two sons, was born 1862 in Horsforth. In 1881 the family were living in Headingley Cum Burley with Kirk working as a twister.

Kirk married Sarah Jane Senior 15 December 1883 at St George's Church in Leeds. They had five sons all of whom served in World War One; Leslie, Hardy, Harold, William & Gilbert. They had two daughters; Florrie & Carrie, who married George Henry Bower who also served in the war.
In 1891 Kirk and his family lived in Headingly Cum Burley, by 1901 they had moved to 25 Jane Street in Saltaire. Kirk died in 1903; his widow, Sarah, died in the same house in 1923.


Smith, Wilkinson
1855 - February 1914

Wilkinson Smith was the son of John Smith. John was born c1825 in Shipley. He married Mary, (date and her maiden name unknown). 

Wilkinson, the third of six children, was born 1855 in Bingley. In 1861 the family were living in a temporary hut in Barden in North Yorkshire. John was working as a carter at a public works. In 1871 they were living at 32 Albert Street in Shipley with John working as a farm labourer and Wilkinson as a yarn scourer. Wilkinson was a scourer all his working life.

Wilkinson married Elizabeth Atkinson 28 November 1874 at Bradford Cathedral. They had seven children, two of whom died in infancy; Fred (b1876), Henry (1879 - 1920), Mary (b1881), Harold (1890 - 1933) and May (1892 - 1916).

In 1881 Wilkinson and his family were living at 18 Queen Street in Shipley. By 1887 they had moved to Saltaire living at 16 Albert Road (renumbered 31); 24 Jane Street from 1897 to 1901; 14 George Street from 1901 to 1905; then from 1905 at 10 Jane Street.

Wilkinson died in February 1914 and he was buried 25 February 1914 in Hirst Wood Cemetery.

His wife, Elizabeth, was buried alongside him 6 June 1918. Their children; May, Henry and Harold were buried with them.


Snailham, Christopher
27 January 1884 – 17 August 1965

Christopher Snailham was the son of William Snailham. William was born c1853 in Preston. He married Jane Hall in 1874 in Preston. They had eight children, but four died as infants. The family lived in Bolton where William was a sheet metal worker.

Christopher was born 27 January 1884 in Bolton. In 1901 & 1911 he was working as a library assistant.

Christopher married Marvel Wilson 9 November 1911 in Bolton. They had a daughter, Constance, born 29 August 1912.

Christopher served his country in WW1 when he was general secretary of the Bradford Church Institute.

Report from the Yorkshire Post 24 July 1924: -

Mr. Christopher Snailham. secretary and librarian to the Church Institute, Bradford, has been appointed chief librarian and manager of the Saltaire Institute.

Report from the Shipley Times 13 January 1943: -

An interesting address dealing with the importance of sea and air power was given in connection with the War To-day series, by Sir Archibald Southby, M.P. for Epsom, at the Shipley Town Hall on Friday evening.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the Shipley District Ministry of Information Committee, was the first organised by Mr. C. Snailham, who has been appointed to succeed Mr. Arthur Turner, who has joined the R.A.F., as secretary.

I congratulate Mr. Snailham on his organising abilities in making such satisfactory arrangements for the meeting.

Christopher and his family lived at 5 Albert Road in Saltaire from 1931 to 1948.

Report from the Shipley Times 1 December 1948: -

Mr Douglas W Prescott, of Leicester, has been appointed Librarian to succeed Mr C. Snailham. mho is to retire towards the end of January. Mr Prescott is to take up duties at Shipley on January 1.

Excerpts from a Report in the Shipley Times 26 January 1949: -


TO-MORROW Mr. C. Snailham, Chief Librarian Shipley Public Libraries, will relinquish his post for a well-deserved period of retirement after 50 years of public service.

He served his apprenticeship to the library profession at Bolton, under the eagle eve of a Victorian disciplinarian, Archibald Spark, and finally left Bolton after the first world war to become librarian and secretary to the Church House, Bradford; relinquishing this post to become Chief Librarian at Shipley.

His period of office at Shipley has seen many changes, notable among them the reorganisation of the Carnegie Branch Library at Windhill.

The success of this venture was assured by the financial aid, he secured from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trustees. Complete internal reconstruction produced a modern, efficient library service, for both children and adults, with special consideration to provision of reference books and desks in quiet surround where school children may actively pursue their home studies. The branch offered a full-time service under a trained branch-librarian and with trained staff.

During the last war, Mr Snailham was kept very busy organising the British Restaurant in the Saltaire Institute basement; which task he assumed in spite of his additional duties as librarian and manager of the Institute, and with outstanding success, showing a profit instead of the usual loss which we have come to associate with these institutions.

Little has been mentioned of Mr Snailham’s capable management of the Saltaire Institute, though anyone familiar with the numerous social events filling the annual programme of the Institute cannot fail to appreciate how much the smooth flow of social enjoyment is dependent on the efficient managerial, but paternal, supervision accorded to all by Mr Snailham, from Conversazioni to smaller dances and parties of local societies or families.

In 1949 Christopher and his wife were living at 30 Bank Rise in Baildon, moving to 74 Baildon Road, where they were still living in 1960.

Christopher died 17 August 1965 at 2 Netherhall Park in Baildon. In his will he left £254 to his widow, Marvel. She died in 1978.

Snowden, Benjamin
15 Jan 1847 - ????

Benjamin Snowden was the son of William Snowden. William was born c1803 in Foulsham, Norfolk. He married Mary Ann Baldrey 29 April 1834 in Southwold, Suffolk.

Benjamin was born, 15 January 1847, in Norwich. The family lived in Norwich where William was a shoemaker; Benjamin was working as a shoemaker by 1871.

Benjamin married Rebecca Rent Green 14 September 1874 in Norfolk. They had two daughters. By 1881 they were living at 42 Ada Street in Saltaire.

Report from the Shipley Times Saturday 26 August 1882: -

Another Unhappy Couple at Saltaire.

At the West Riding Police Court, Bradford, on Monday last, Benjamin Snowden, described as a shoemaker living in Ada Street, Saltaire, was brought up charged with assaulting his wife, Rebecca Snowden, on the 16th of August, and also threatening his son-in-law, Arthur Green, on the same date

lt appears from the evidence, that the first complainant and defendant have been married eight or nine years, and during the last five or six years the defendant has been in the habit of ill-using his wife.

The assault complained of consisted of the entering the house on the 16th inst., and without any provocation striking his wife a violent blow in the face. The wife stated that her husband had taken his money home regularly, and she did not want to imprison him. She merely wanted to live comfortably and have peace.

The complainant Arthur Green, who lives with his mother and step-father, complained that when he got up to assist his mother, the defendant threatened to screw his neck round. He had said similar things to him many a time before. He had done the same sort of thing on the Saturday when the Prince of Wales was in the district, and he (Green) took up the poker and struck the defendant on the head with it, in defence of his mother.

The case was dismissed.

Alice Rebecca, daughter of Benjamin, died 16 December 1882 aged just five.  

In 1891 Benjamin was not living with his family, he was living in the boarding house in Norwich.


Stirk, William
c1848 - 30 September

William Stirk was the son of William Stirk (Snr).
William (snr) was born c1816 in Eldwick. He married Martha Bland 9 July 1837 in Otley.

William, the fourth of seven children, was born c1848 in Baildon. In 1851 the family were living in Baildon with William (snr) working as a woolcomber. By 1861 they had moved to Shipley with William (snr) working as a worsted spinner. In 1871 they were living at 34 Albert Road (renumbered now 67) in Saltaire with William (snr) working as a wool dyer and William as a weaver. In 1881 they were at 27 Earle Street in Shipley with William (Snr) working as a yeast dealer and William as an overlooker.

William (snr) died 8 November 1885 and was buried in St Pauls Churchyard in Shipley. His wife, Martha, died 27 February 1888 and was buried alongside him. Four of their children were buried with them:-
Mercy (1850 - 21 February 1877)
Hannah (1852 - 8 April 1876)
Mary Ann (1855 - 1 March 1875)
Sam (1856 - 8 November 1867)

William, living at Croft Street in Shipley, married Sarah Stancliffe, a weaver living at Victoria Road in Saltaire, 20 February 1886 at Bradford Cathedral. They had one child, a daughter, Martha Elizabeth, born in 1887. The family lived in Saltaire all their lives. In 1889 they were at 6 Amelia Street, moving to 9 Edward Street. In 1903 they moved to 25 Dove Street.

William died 30 September 1915 and he was buried at Nab Wood Shipley. Sarah died 15 April 1930 and was buried alongside William. Their daughter, Martha, married Charles Houlden in 1918. They lived at 2 Myrtle Place in Saltaire. Martha died 10 April 1951 and was buried with her parents.


Stolworthy, Henry
1840 - 19 February 1928

Henry Stolworthy was born 1840, in Fetwell, Norfolk, the fourth of five children to John & Maria Stolworthy. In 1851 the family were living in Bradford with John working as a taker in of alpaca goods and Henry as an errand boy.

Henry married Fanny Briggs 5 February 1859 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children, Annie, Eileen and Walter. Henry worked as a joiner and model maker. In 1861 they were living at 10 Amelia Street in Saltaire. Fanny died in 1869 and she was buried at St Paul's in Shipley 20 October 1869.

Widowed Henry married Betsy Longbottom 22 May 1870 at Bradford Cathedral, they had no children. They lived at 10 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 69 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. From 1893 they lived at 49 Caroline Street. Betsy died 7 February 1916 and she was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. Henry moved to 12 Ashley Road in Shipley in 1920. He died 19 February 1928 and he was buried alongside Betsy.

Daughter Annie was born in 1862, being baptised 25 June 1862. She married Fred Hirst, a painter, 20 Dec 1883 at Bradford Cathedral.

Daughter Ellen was born 15 January 1864. She married Joseph Fearnley, a plush twister, 2 April 1887 at Bradford Cathedral. They had a daughter, Ethel, born in 1889. They emigrated to America in 1891. In 1900 they were living in New Jersey with Joseph working as a silk finisher. Ellen died 16 January 1949 in Philadelphia.

Son Walter was born in 1865. He worked as a mechanic and he married Sarah Ellen Chattaway 22 December 1883. Walter died in 1885 aged just nineteen. He was buried 22 April 1885 at St Paul's in Shipley.


Storey, Wilton Saddler
5 October 1889 - 30 March 1975

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