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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
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Thornton, Farrar
1863 – 1907

Farrar Thornton was the son of Anthony Thornton. Anthony was born c1835 in Raistrick. He married Agatha Waddington in 1863 in Bradford.

Farrar, their eldest child, was born 1863 in Bradford. In 1871 they were living at 5 Regent Street in Shipley with Anthony working as a stone mason and Farrar a spinner aged just eight.

Report from the Shipley Times Saturday 11 December 1880:

Farrar Thornton, quarryman, of Wilmer Road, Shipley, was charged with assaulting Edward Colbridge, on the 30th November. The complainant is the caretaker of the Co-operative Hall, Shipley and on the day named was attending to his duties, when the defendant, who had been troublesome on former occasions came up to him and wanted to go up into the hall to play the harmonium. Colbridge refused to allow him to do so, as a meeting was about to be held, whereupon Thornton forced his way into the place, throwing complainant down on the steps. He also was very rough when ascending the steps, knocking down several children.
Defendant denied the offense and alleged that Colbridge first became violent. The magistrates, however, believed differently, and imposed a fine of 2s. 6d. and costs, in all amounting to £1 3s. 6d., which was paid.
The committee of the hall hope this case will have a salutary effect upon those youths who have hitherto been in the habit of misbehaving themselves at this place.

In 1881 Farrar, a stone mason was living with his parents at 47 Wilmer Road Shipley.
Farrar married Ellen Jeffrey 25 May 1885 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. They had four children: -
Archibald Anthony born 1886 (emigrated to America)
Beatrice Emily born 8 January 1888
Albert Bernard born 1890 (served in WW1)
Aquilla Augusta born 1892 (served in WW1).

6 December 1892 Farrar was sentenced to 12 months in Wakefield Prison for housebreaking and larceny.

Report from the Shipley Times 26 January 1901 as follows:

Farrar Thornton, stonemason, Saltaire, was in the dock on a charge of neglecting his family.
Mr William Clapham, relieving officer for the Shipley district, stated that Thornton allowed his wife and family to become chargeable to the North Bierley Union on the 4th of December last, since when they bad received 35/0 in relief.
Prisoner said he did not know his wife had been receiving relief. He was in work till last Saturday, he would pay 16/6 now, the remainder in a month, and maintain his wife in the meantime.
Mr Clapham went on to say that he could not trust defendant, and insisted a committal, whereupon the Chairman warmly remarked,” Mr Clapham, it is not for you to say what the Bench shall do.” Thornton was then informed that if he carried out his promise all would be right; otherwise, he would be sent to gaol.

Report from the Shipley Times 20 April 1901 as follows:

Wife Desertion — Farrar Thornton, stonemason, Bradford, was summoned for deserting his wife, who at present resides at 11 Ada Street, Saltaire.
The wife stated that they had been married 15 years and had four children. In October last her husband deserted her, and she had not lived with him since. Previous to that time had been cohabiting with other women, and he seldom spent more than three nights week at home. She had two children working, one earning 8/6 and another 8/- per week, and the two youngest were 10 and 8 years old respectively. She had undergone two operations and had since been unable to work, and at one time applied for parish relief, her husband's payments had been so irregular, although he earned 39s a week.
Albert Milton, milkman, spoke as to the poverty the family and said that Mrs Thornton was a hardworking woman.
Defendant admitted the allegations made by his wife but said that what he had done had been caused by his wife's habits.
The Bench granted separation and ordered defendant to pay 10s per week towards the wife and children's maintenance.

His deserted wife, Ellen, died 6 December 1902, aged just 35. Widower Farrah married Mary Ellen Owens, 25 July 1903, at Holy Trinity Church in Bradford. Mary was 10 years younger than Farrar. Farrar died in 1907 in Keighley.


Thornton, Archibald Anthony
29 May 1886 –????

Archibald Anthony Thornton was the son of Farrar Thornton. Farrar was born 1863 in Bradford. He married Ellen Jeffrey 9 December 1866 at St Wilfrid Calverley. In 1891 the family were living in Shipley with Farrar working as a stone mason.

Archibald, the eldest of four children, was born 29 May 1886 in Bradford. In 1901 Ellen was living with her children, but without her husband, at 11 Ada Street in Saltaire. Archibald was working as a doffer in a spinning mill.

As a general labourer he emigrated to America in 1906. He arrived in Montreal, Canada 8 June 1906 aboard SS Tunisian having sailed from Liverpool. In 1918 Archibald was unemployed living in Seattle, USA.

He had two younger brothers who both served in WW1; Albert Bernard & Aquilla Augusta.


Thornton, Samuel
13 June 1844 – 7 March 1905

Samuel Thornton was the son of John Thornton. John was born c1819 in Eccleshill. He married Mariah Pyrah 10 December 1843 at St. Peter’s Leeds. They had at least four children.

Samuel, their eldest child, was born 13 June 1844 in Bradford. He was baptised 19 July 1844 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1851 they were living in Bradford where John was a warp dresser. By 1861 they were living at 9 (renumbered 35) George Street in Saltaire where both Samuel and his father were warp dressers.

Samuel married Mary Ann Hartley between 1871 and 1881. They had no children. In 1881 they were living at 14 Shirley Street. By 1891 Samuel was a greengrocer & confectioner at 37 Titus Street. In 1901 he was retired and living at 18 (renumbered 35) Albert Road.

Samuel died 7 March 1905. Report from the Shipley Times 10 March: -

We regret to record the death of Mr. Samuel Thornton, which occurred at the age of sixty years, his residence in Albert Road, Saltaire, on Tuesday morning last.

Deceased never took an active part in public affairs, but nevertheless he was very widely known and respected. His long association with the Saltaire New Church (Swedenborgian’s) gained for him many friends amongst the congregation, for in the work of the church always took a deep interest.

He was a staunch anti-vaccinationist, and was nominated to oppose Mr. W. Rhodes, in the interest of the anti-vaccination party, at the last election of representatives on the North Bierley Board of Guardians, but upon his being approached by Liberal party, who were supporting Mr. Rhodes, he allowed his nomination to be withdrawn, after having learned that Mr. Rhodes would not oppose the interests of anti-vaccination. His withdrawal, however, was too late to be effective, and consequently there was a poll, but Mr. Thornton made it widely known that was not desirous of being elected.

He was member of the West Ward Liberal Club. For some time he carried on business as grocer Titus Street, Saltaire. from which he retired about two years ago. He had for some time previous to his death been failing in health, and leaves widow. The funeral will take place to-day (Friday) the Nab Wood Cemetery.

In his will Samuel left £1461 13s 4d (worth c£190,000 in 2020) to Clement Aikman , Jacob Sanctuary, and Robert Hartley.


Tiffany, George
30 January 1868 – 1945

George Tiffany was the son of William Tiffany. William was born c1835 in Bowling. He married Susannah Airay, 14 September 1857, at Bradford Cathedral. They had at least 10 children. In 1861 they were living at Pudsey where William was a heald maker.

George was born 30 January 1866 in Saltaire. He was baptised 13 October 1869 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 the family were living at 30 (renumbered 59) Albert Road, Saltaire, with William working as a wool sorter. By 1881 they were living at 13 (renumbered 25) Albert Road, here George was working as a worsted spinner. By 1891 they were living at 68 George Street, where George was a weaving overlooker.

George married Mary Alice Brown in the 2nd Qtr. of 1891. They had a son, George jnr., born c1893.

George emigrated to America with his wife and son in 1894. They departed from Liverpool 12 October aboard the S.S. Pavionia, arriving in Boston 11 days later. The family lived in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where George worked in a cloth mill. They had four more children – Frederick, born in 1895, Ida, 1898, James, 1900 and Grace 1903.

George’s wife, Mary, died 29 January 1939. She was buried in Forestdale Cemetery in Holyoke. George joined her when he died in 1945.


Tiffany, William
3 October 1835 – 27 October 1899

William Tiffany was the son of John Tiffany. John was born 1798 in Huddersfield. He married Hannah (maiden name and date of marriage unknown).

William was born 3 October 1835 in Bowling. He was baptised 4 December 1835 in Bradford Cathedral. In 1851 William was living with his parents and elder sister in Bowling. William was working as a spinner; his father was a wool comber.

William, living at Bowling, married Susannah Airay at Bradford Cathedral, 14 September 1857. Susannah was born 21 May 1833 in Bradford. They had eleven children. One of the children, George Tiffany, emigrated to America in 1894 aged 26.

In 1861 they were living in Pudsey where William was a wool sorter. By 1869 William was living with his family at 31 Helen Street, Saltaire. In 1869 William was reported as being secretary of the Saltaire Floral & Horticultural Society. By 1871 William had moved his family to 30 (renumbered 59) Albert Road.

In 1873 William is recorded as being secretary of the Saltaire Industrial Coal Society. In 1876 & 1877 there were a number of adverts in the Shipley Times referring to W. Tiffany of 30 Albert Road receiving orders for the Saltaire Industrial Coal Society.

William’s youngest child, Edith, was buried in St. Paul’s Lower Churchyard, 14 December 1879, aged just three months.

In 1881 William, a wool sorter, was living with his family at 13 (renumbered 25) Albert Road. By 1884 they had moved 68 George Street. William’s wife, Susannah, died 3 May 1884. She was buried alongside their daughter, Edith.

Widowed William, still living in Saltaire, married Sarah Locker at St Alkmund’s in Derby 16 December 1886. Sarah was a spinster born c1842 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. They had no children together.

In 1891 the family were living at 68 George Street. By 1895 William had left Saltaire. He died 27 June 1899 aged 63 whilst living at Meanwood. He was buried with his first wife in St Paul’s Shipley Lower Churchyard.

Sarah, William’s second wife, died 23 September 1900. She was buried alongside William.


Tinsley, Ernest Herbert
17 January 1897 – 1976

Ernest Herbert Tinsley was the son of George Herbert Tinsley. George was born 20 November 1869 in Lenton, Nottinghamshire. He married Martha Greatrex in 1896 in Chesterton, Staffordshire.

Ernest, the eldest of four children, was born 17 January 1897 in Nottingham.

In 1901 they were living in Nottingham, where George was an assistant school master. In 1911 they were living, with a servant, in Warsop, Mansfield, where George was a head teacher at a council school.

Ernest married Blanche Miriam Carson 8 February 1920 at Bowdon Congregational Church, Altringham, Lancashire. She was born 8 September 1895 in Longton, Staffordshire. They had three children.

Ernest worked as a florist, fruitier & greengrocer. By 1921 he ran a shop at 65 Bingley Road, Saltaire. From 1924 until 1963 his shop was at 61 Bingley Road (ref “Penny For Going,” by Roger Clarke).

Whilst still working in the shop, by 1939 Ernest was living with his family at “Glenholme,” Baildon. In 1945 they were at 151 Bradford Road, Shipley, moving to 22 Tower Road, Shipley by 1949.

In February 1925 Ernest contributed £2 to Saltaire Cricket Club President’s Shilling Fund.

Public Notice in the Shipley Times 18 November 1921: -


A NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that I, Ernest Tinsley, of 8 Gordon Terrace, Shipley, carrying on trade of florist, intend to apply to the County Council of the West Riding of Yorkshire for licence to sell and keep open a shop at Shipley for the sale of poisonous substances to which Section of the Poisons and Pharmacy Act, 1908, applies, for use exclusively, in connection with Agriculture and Horticulture. Dated the 16th day of November 1921.

(Colin’s note – 8 Gordon Terrace is 65 Bingley Road. Interesting to note that they place it in Shipley, not Saltaire.)

Report in the Shipley Times 6 April 1929: -


Alone in a burning building at Saltaire on Sunday (31 March), four women and three young children suffered a terrifying ordeal before they were rescued.

Police Constable John Smith was on duty near the Saltaire tramshed about 4.30 a.m. when he heard screams for help and found that the shop of Ernest H. Tinsley, greengrocer, of Gordon Terrace, Saltaire, was on fire.

Mr. Tinsley was away from home, being at present a patient in the Saltaire Hospital, where is receiving treatment for ear trouble, and in the burning house were trapped his wife, Mrs. Carson, her mother; Mrs. Sawyer, friend of the family; Miss Jessie Smith, maidservant; and Mr. and Mrs. Tinsley’s three children— Michael (aged 8 years), Phillip (aged 4 years), and nine months’ old baby. Both Mrs. Sawyer and Mrs. Carson are over 70 years of age.

The fire was raging around the foot of the staircase leading from the shop to the living quarters above, thus cutting off the means of escape.

New Telephone Causes Delay.

P.C. Smith shouted to the men in the tram sheds to obtain a ladder, and himself rushed to a near-by telephone callbox to inform the Shipley Fire Brigade.

Recently a new type of telephone callbox has been installed at Shipley, necessitating the insertion of two pennies before the exchange can be called. The constable did not happen have the necessary coins in his pocket at the time, and some little delay was occasioned before he could procure these from the workmen at the tram sheds. Having summoned the brigade, P.C. Smith rushed back to the burning building, smashed in the shop door, and climbed through in a plucky effort to reach the terrified occupants. He was beaten back, however, by the flames.

In the meantime a ladder had been procured, and although too short to reach the window of the room where the occupants were imprisoned, it was reared against the wall. P.C. Smith and Mr. Tom Terry, a cleaner employed at. the tramshed, mounted the ladder, and the three children were handed down to them, and brought to safety.

It was, however, impossible to rescue the women in similar manner, but immediately afterwards an engine from the fire station in charge Chief Officer Calvert arrived. The engine was the brigade’s tender, which is equipped with telescopic ladder, and oxygen apparatus. The ladder was quickly raised to the window, and Mr. Calvert climbed and carried the four women, who were still in their night attire, to safety.

By this time a second complement firemen had arrived, and, with two hydrants in action, the brigade soon had the blaze in hand.

It is not known how the fire, which was discovered when Miss Smith was awakened by a crackling noise, originated, but an unofficial estimate placed the damage at over £300.

Mr. Calvert said that the women had greatly assisted the brigade by their coolness and courage. “They were exceedingly plucky,” said, and kept very still as they were carried down the ladder.”

The women and children had a narrow escape from being burnt to death, and it was chiefly through the promptitude and gallant conduct of P.C. Smith and Chief Officer Calvert that they were ultimately all brought to safety, none the worse for their terrifying experience.

Report in the Shipley Times 7 November 1931: -


A bonfire in the cellar of shop In Gordon Terrace created excitement in Saltaire on Thursday (5 November) evening and resulted in the traffic being held up.

A crowd of people gathered round the shop of Mr. E. H. Tinsley, Gordon Terrace, which fronts on to the main road. Clouds of smoke were coming from the cellar windows, but the proprietor’s wife, hanging curtains in the window above the shop appeared unperturbed. She opened the window and told the crowd not to be alarmed, as the children were having a bonfire in the cellar.

The Shipley Fire Brigade were soon on the spot, and firemen went below, only to find that a fire had been made in the grate and the smoke was filling the cellar.

Report in the Yorkshire Evening Post 5 September 1940: -


Shipley and Saltaire Shopkeepers Fined

Harry Verity, grocer, of Saltaire Road, Shipley, appeared the Bradford West Riding Police Court today (5 September) charged with exposing eggs for sale without a price ticket, selling eggs over the maximum price and buying the eggs over the maximum price. He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Mr. R. S. Bishop (prosecuting for the Ministry Food) said that when examined none of the eggs attained the required weight. They were marked 2s. 10d. per dozen, whereas the fixed price at the time was 2s. 6d. per dozen for grade B eggs.

Verity stated that he had bought the eggs at 2s. 7d. a dozen and thought that by charging 2s. l0d. he was allowing only a small margin of profit. Mr. Bishop admitted that there was proof that the eggs had been bought at an excessive price, and charge was later being brought against the wholesaler. Verity was fined total of £5 8s. which included three guineas advocate's fee.

A similar series charges was brought against Ernest Herbert Tinsley, of Gordon Terrace, Saltaire. He had bought the eggs from the same wholesaler as Verity, paying the same amount, but only charged 2s. 9d. per dozen. Tinsley remarked that the controlled price of eggs was changing nearly every day, and that was selling the eggs at loss. He added that since the charges had been brought against Verity and himself, eggs were practically unobtainable in Shipley, as tradesmen refused sell at a very small profit or at loss, with the possibility of a police court case even then.

Tinsley was fined a total £6 6s., including three guineas advocate's fee.

Report in the Shipley Times 28 March 1945: -

News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Tinsley, of 151 Bradford Road, Shipley, that their youngest son, Private Philip Ernest Tinsley, has been killed in Burma

He was 19 years of age. and was educated at the Saltaire Road School, and before joining-up in February 1944, worked in his father's shop. Private Tinsley had been abroad since last August.


In February 1958 Ernest is reported as being a Councillor.

Ernest died in 1976 at Shepway in Kent.

His widow, Blanche, died 18 April 1980 at Hythe in Kent. In her will she left £44, 336.


Todd, Joseph
1839 – 1913

Joseph Todd was the son of Mark Todd. Mark was born c1792 in Alwoodley, near Leeds. He married Sarah Park 13 March 1831 at Bradford Cathedral.

Joseph, the fifth of ten children, was born 1839 in Headingley. In 1851 the family were living in Windhill with Mark working as a wool comber and Joseph as a worsted spinner. In 1861 Joseph was a boarder with the Shaw family in Windhill.

Joseph married Mary Ann Lee, born 1846 Charlestown, in 1863. They had three children, but one died as an infant. Emma was born in 1867 and Alice Ann in 1870. In 1871 the family were living at 22 Leeds Road in Windhill and in 1881 they were at 27 Hall Lane in Windhill. By 1891 they had moved to Saltaire, living at 62 George Street. In 1901 they were at 27 Maddocks Street, moving to 47 Caroline Street in 1908.

Joseph died 17 April 1913 and was buried in St Paul’s churchyard, Shipley 21 April 1913. Mary Ann died 2 May 1916 and was buried alongside her husband 5 May 1916. Their spinster daughter Alice Ann lived at 47 Caroline Street until 1934.


Tottle, Fred
13 August 1865 – 14 April 1942
Fred Tottle was the son of Thomas Tottle. Thomas was born c1821 in Tiverton, Devon. He married Elizabeth Blanchflower, 31 August 1851, at St James, Taunton, Somerset.

Fred was born 13 August 1865 in Wellington, Somerset. By 1881 the family were living at 7 Herbert Street in Saltaire, with Thomas working as a weaver and Fred as a worsted spinner.

Fred married Bessie Mellow in 1887. They had two daughters: Annie Elizabeth, born 26 April 1887, and Henrietta, born in 1888. In 1891 they were living at 2 Apsley Place, Shipley, where Fred was a mechanic’s labourer. Sadly, their daughter, Henrietta, died 4th quarter, 1891.

By 1901 Fred was living with his wife and daughter at 5 Russell Street, Windhill; all three would spend the rest of their lives here.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 22 April 1939: -

Windhill Conservative Club is increasing its popularity as a social centre. On Wednesday (19 April) night a company of members thoroughly enjoyed a ladies evening.

The artist included the popular Mark Anthony and Fred Tottle.

 Fred died 14 April 1942, aged 76. Report from the Shipley Times 22 April 1942: -

The death has occurred of Mr. Fred Tottle, of 5 Russell Street, Carr Lane, Windhill. For several years Mr. Tottle was in the employ of Messrs. Lee & Crabtree Ltd., of Windhill.

As a boy he was a Sunday School scholar at Rosse Street Baptist Sunday School, and at the time of his death was one of the oldest members of the Rosse Street Baptist Church.

In his younger days Mr. Tottle was a well known tenor and descriptive vocalist and assisted in various charitable concerts. He was a member of the Windhill Conservative Club, Windhill Veterans’ Association, and a former member of the Shipley Veterans’ Association. Mr. Tottle, who was 76 years of age, leaves a widow and one daughter.

The funeral took place at Nab Wood Shipley, on Friday (17 April), preceded by a service at the Rosse Street Baptist Church, conducted by the Pastor (Rev. J. Bishop).

Bessie was buried alongside Fred when she died, 29 July 1951. Their daughter, Annie Elizabeth, who never married, remained at 5 Russell Street, until her death, 24 February 1966.

Fred, had a brother, Walter Edward, who worked in Saltaire Mills before emigrating to America.


Tyas, Henry
1847 – 16 May 1909

Henry Tyas was the son of Andrew Tyas. Andrew was born c1825 in Skelmanthorpe near Huddersfield. He married Eliza Heeley 21 September 1846 at St Michael’s, Emley near Huddersfield.

Henry was born in 1847 in Skelmanthorpe. The family living in Skelmanthorpe with Andrew working as a weaver. In 1871 Henry was working as a weaver too.

Henry married Elizabeth Lodge 24 February 1873 at St. Augustine’s, Scissett, Skelmanthorpe. They had four children including Andrew Tyas.

In 1881 & 1891 they were living in Skelmanthorpe. Elizabeth died in 1893 in Skelmanthorpe.

In 1901 widower Henry, working as a weaver, was living with his four children at 5 Jane Street, Saltaire.

In January 1903 Henry was reported as chairing a meeting of the Hall Lane Wesleyan Reform Sunday School. In February 1907 he presided over the annual choir tea and concert of the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Shipley.

Henry died 16 May 1909 at 5 Jane Street. In his will he left £131 12s 6d, to John Midgley.





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