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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
Researched by Colin Coates

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Wainwright, Harrison
9 July 1872 – 1943

Harrison Wainwright was born 9 June 1872 to Jane Wainwright (b 1846). It is not known who his father was. Harrison was baptised 5 January 1873 at Bradford Cathedral. Jane married Albert Ernest Merry (b Banbury, Oxford in 1845) 7 May 1881 in Bradford. They had two daughters;- Louise (b1883) and Sarah Jane (b1866). 

Harrison, living in Manningham and working as a woolcomber, married Emily Hudson 26 November 1892 at Bradford Cathedral. They had 6 children, with one dying in infancy:-
Elsie (b1894)
Fred (1896 – 26 November 1915)
Minnie (b1897)
Florence (b1899)
Albert (b1902)

In 1901 the family were living at 146 Hollings Road in Bradford, with Harrison working as a woolcomber. In 1904 they were living at 13 Sun Place in Baildon, moving to 16 Melbourne Street in Shipley. In 1911 they were living at 7 Dove Street in Saltaire with Harrison working as an overlooker. By 1920 they had moved to Bingley.

Harrison died 3 December 1943 at Sydenham Place in Bradford. In his will he left £196 12s 2d (worth £8k in 2015) to his widow Emily.


Walker, Jonathan Reuben
20 December 1886 – 1965

Jonathan Reuben Walker was the son of Charles Walker. Charles was born c1843 in Bilton, near Hull. He married Sarah Smith 19 April 1875 at Bradford Cathedral.

Jonathan, the fourth of twelve children, was born 20 December 1886 in Little Smeaton (Selby district). He was baptised six days later at St Peters, Kirk Smeaton.

In 1891 the family were living at Little Smeaton; by 1901 they were living at Browgate in Baildon with Charles working as a gardener.

Jonathan, a twisting overlooker, married Ethel Stead 19 October 1912 at St Johns. Baildon. By 1918 they were living in Saltire, first at 16 Fanny Street, then 7 Dove Street and in 1922 at 17 William Henry Street. In 1929 they moved into a new built house at 1 Dallam Walk in Shipley. From 1936 they lived in Baildon.

Jonathan died in 1965.


Walker, John Edward (Neddy)
13 March 1844 – 26 June 1916

John Edward Walker was the son of John Walker. John was born c1801 in Clifton, near Brighouse. He married Mary Ann Armitage 23 December 1833 at St Peters Birstall, near Batley.

John Edward, known as Neddy, the fifth of eight children, was born 13 March 1844 in Hunsworth, Cleckheaton. The family lived in Cleckheaton with John working a cart driver/labourer and Neddy as a mechanic.

Neddy married Sarah Jane Stead 28 January 1882 at Halifax Parish Church. They had five children: - Ellen (1884-1958), Mary (1886-1968), Herbert (1888-1980), Wilfred (1893-1972) and Harold (1894-1973). All three sons served in, and survived, the First World War.

In 1892 the family lived at 7 Bath Buildings in Saltaire (demolished in 1936). In 1901 they were at 28 Shirley Street in Saltaire, moving to 5 George Street around 1905.

Neddy died 26 June 1916 and was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery. His widow, Sarah, died 2 April 1926 and was buried alongside him.


Wall, Michael
c1849 – 16 April 1900

Michael was born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland. He married Bridget Mary Kenny in 1875 in Limerick. Michael and Bridget had thirteen children, four of whom died in infancy. In 1881 and 1891 they lived at Knottingley in Yorkshire with Michael working as a sail maker. Michael Wall died, 16 April 1900, at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire of pneumonia exhaustion.

The Wall family includes:
Michael Wall (father)
Bridget Mary (mother)
and their children:
James Wall (son)
Mary Ann Wall (daughter)
Margaret Wall (daughter)
Elizabeth Wall (daughter)
Josephine Wall (daughter)
Alphonsus Wall (son, served in WW1)
Kathleen Wall (daughter)
Gabriel Wall (son, served in WW1)
Francis Bernard Wall (son, served in WW1)

Wall, Bridget Mary
c1857 – 28 March 1928

Bridget Mary was born c1857 in Limerick. She married Michael Wall in 1875 in Limerick. Michael and Bridget had thirteen children, four of whom died in infancy. In 1881 and 1891 they lived at Knottingley in Yorkshire with Michael working as a sail maker. Michael Wall died, 16 April 1900, at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire of pneumonia exhaustion .Following her husband’s death Bridget lived with her children at 6 Katherine Street in Saltaire. Three of Mary's daughters married three brothers (Moore).They remained in Saltaire moving to 11 George Street by 1905. Bridget worked as a maternity nurse. She died, 28 March 1928, and in her will she left £140 (worth c£8k in 2015) to her eldest son, James.


Wall James – eldest son
1876 – 11 March 1943

James was born c1876 in Sheffield. His father was Michael Wall born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland.

James worked as an engine tender in a factory/chemical works. James married Martha Ellen Leach in 1913. In 1918 they were living at 5 Wycliffe Road in Shipley. By 1921 they had moved to 82 Saltaire Road in Shipley.
James died 11 March 1943 and Martha died in 1951.

Wall, Mary Ann – eldest daughter
5 October – 20 July 1952

Mary Ann was born 5 October 1877 in Limerick in Ireland. Her father was Michael Wall born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland.

Mary Ann married Benjamin Wiseman Wensworth (born c1874 Wetherby, Yorkshire) in 1901.

In 1901 they were living in Knottingley with Benjamin working as a cooper. Around 1905 they moved to Saltaire, living at 14 Whitlam Street with Benjamin working as a tramway conductor. In 1914 they were living at 19 Jane Street in Saltaire; 1929 found them at 15 Albert Road in Saltaire.

Benjamin died in 1931. Mary died 20 July 1952, leaving £292 8s 10d (worth £7.5k in 2015) to her two eldest children.
Benjamin & Mary had five children:-
Catherine (6 January 1902 – 1979) married James Burden in 1934.
Vincent Michael (1903 – 1966)
Bernard (1905 – 2 December 1976)
Les – died young
Gerard (1910 – 1939)

Wall, Margaret – third child
1881 – 25 June 1931

Margaret was born 1881in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Her father was Michael Wall born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland.

Margaret worked as mohair twister. She never married and from 1905 lived at the family home, 11 George Street in Saltaire. Margaret died 25 June 1931.

Wall, Elizabeth – fourth child
17 February 1884 – 1970

Elizabeth was born 17 February 1884 in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Her father was Michael Wall born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland.

Elizabeth worked as a twister and a lining weaver. She married Thomas Moore (a grocer’s assistant, born Whitby 1884). Elizabeth died in 1970.

Wall, Josephine – fifth child
1 November 1886 – 1935

Josephine was born 1 November 1886 in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Her father was Michael Wall born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland.

Josephine worked as a lining weaver. She married Dennis Gilbert Moore (a tailor’s cutter, born Whitby 22 November 1885) on 18 June 1914 at St Mary & St Walberga's Church in Shipley. They had five children:-
Leonard Joseph, born 10 August 1915.
Eileen, born in 1918
Bernard, born in 1920
Cyril, born c1923
Winifred, born in 1925
Josephine died in 1935 and Dennis died in Lancaster in 1969.

Josephine Wall marries Dennis Gilbert Moore, 1914
Photograph courtesy of Philip Hoare (son of Leonard Joseph Moore) with thanks.

Left to right, standing - Henry E Moore, Bridget Wall, Alphonsus Wall (?)
Left to right, seated - Rose Margaret Wall (?), Dennis Gilbert Moore, Josephine Moore, Kathleen Wall.
The two young girls are unknown.

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Wall, Alphonsus - sixth child
1890 – 1959

Wall, Alphonsus – served in WW1 >

Wall, Kathleen – seventh child
15 June 1894 – 30 May 1966

Kathleen was born 15 June 1894 in Knottingley in Yorkshire. Her father was Michael Wall born c1849 in Limerick in Ireland.

Kathleen worked as a lining weaver. She married Henry E Moore (manager of a silk textile mill, born Whitby 1885) in 1918. Kathleen died 30 May 1966.

Wall, Gabriel - eighth child
26 March 1896 – 1969

Wall, Gabriel – served in WW1 >

Wall, Francis Bernard - youngest child
c1898 – 8 September 1938

Wall, Francis Bernard – served in WW1 >


Wallace, James
1870 – 10 June 1915

James Wallace was the son of William Wallace. William was born c1841 in Grassington. He married Jane Chew 25 December 1864 at Bradford Cathedral

James, the fourth of six children, was born in 1870. In 1871 they were living at Idle with William working as a pointsman. William died in May 1880 and was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery. In 1881 & 1891 widowed Jane lived with her children at 6 Dove Street in Saltaire. In 1881 James was working as a millhand; in 1891 he was a quarryman. Jane died in 1893.

James married Grace Hall 28 June 1896 at Bradford Cathedral. They had five daughters: - Ethel (1899), Bertha (1900), Doris (1902), Lily (1905) and Carrie (1910). In 1897 & 1898 they were living at 11 Caroline Street in Saltaire. From 1899 they lived at 1 Ashley Road in Shipley. James died 10 June 1915 and was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery four days later.

By 1918 his widow, Grace, was living at 3 Dove Street in Saltaire with her daughters. It was here where she died in 1945 and she was buried alongside her husband 12 December.


Weston, Edna (nee Schofield)
2 January 1923 –????

Edna Schofield was the daughter of Percy Schofield. Percy was born 5 July 1897 in Bradford. He was serving in WW1 when he married Elsie Taylor, 13 July 1918 at St Peter’s Shipley. The married couple lived in Saltaire all their lives; firstly at 29 Ada Street, then 72 George Street from 1931 to 1936 and lastly at 37 Ada Street until Percy’s death 29 May 1955.

Edna was born 2 January 1923 in Saltaire.

Report from the Shipley Times 15 August 1936:

Edna Schofield, aged thirteen, of 37 Ada Street, will be crowned as the Shipley district’s first “British Legion Queen” at the Legion garden party that is to be held in a field adjoining Ashley Lane, Shipley, on Saturday 5 September.

In 1939 Edna was working as a shorthand typist.

Report from the Shipley Times 7 October 1942:

At Shipley Parish Church on Saturday (3 October) the wedding took place between Trooper Cyril Weston, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. H Weston, of Baker Street, Shipley, and Miss Edna Schofield only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Schofield, of Ada Street, Saltaire.
The bride was formerly on the clerical staff of Messrs. Luxton, Hyde and Winfield, auditors and accountants. Barclays Bank Chambers Shipley. Her mother was organiser of the Glenaire Trio and has helped in many charity concerts. The bridegroom was a member of the Saltaire Mills Home Guard and is now serving in the Tank Corps. He was a former member of the Salts (Saltaire) Football Club. A guard of honour was provided by the Saltaire Mills Home Guard.
The ceremony was performed by the Vicar (Reverend Canon W J Perrett).
Given away by her father, the bride wore a dress of white lace with white tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of pink roses. The bridesmaid was Miss Irene Morley (friend of the bride), and Mrs. Trevor Smith (cousin of the bride) was matron of honour. The bridesmaid and matron of honour wore blue dresses with head-dress of blue organde and veils to match. They each carried bouquet bronze chrysanthemums. Mr. Trevor Smith was the best man.
Afterwards a reception was at the Saltaire Institute.

The married couple lived at the following addresses: -
1942 – 1 Baker Street, Shipley
1945 - 18 Oakfield Drive, Baildon
1947 to 1949 – 27 Woodcot Avenue, Baildon
1950 to 1953 – 46 Saltaire Road Shipley


Watts, William
1863 – 31 October 1935

William Watts was the son of Joseph and Hannah Watts.
Joseph was born c1832 in Halford in Warwickshire. The family lived in Halford with Joseph working as a farm labourer.

William, the third of seven children, was born 1863 in Halford. He married Elizabeth Ann Shaw 25 December 1889 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1891 they were living in Horton with William working as a house painter. From 1901 they were living in Saltaire; firstly at 1 Helen Street, then from 1907 at 29 Shirley Street.

Elizabeth died 9 July 1915 and was buried three says later in Hirst Wood Cemetery in Shipley. In 1933 widowed William moved to 40 Annie Street in Shipley. He died 31 October 1935 and was buried alongside his wife. They had seven children, one of whom died in infancy:-

Joseph (b1892) – served in WW1
Maria (1893 – October 1949) – married Edwin Harry Jones 16 April 1921 at St Peters Shipley. Buried in Hirst Wood 31 October 1949.
Edith (1896 – 24 January 1928) – married Ernest Sheard in 1924. Buried alongside her parents.
Minnie (1897 – 23 December 1923) – never married; buried alongside her parents.
William (b 23 April 1900) – accounts clerk; married Winifred Boggett 23 July 1934 at Ferrybridge.
George (1905 – 1968).


Whapham, Kathleen (nee Barker)
4 November 1911 – 3 November 1992

 Kathleen Barker was the daughter of Joseph Samuel Barker. Joseph was born, 14 April 1871, in Bramley, Leeds. He married Eliza Eleanor Whittington, 26 December 1910. In the 1911 Census they were living at 28 (renumbered 55) Albert Road, Saltaire, with Joseph working as a worsted cloth finisher and examiner.

Kathleen was born 4 November 1911 in Saltaire. By 1918 they were living at 48 George Street, moving to 48 Titus Street around 1922. In July1919 Kathleen finished second in a fifty yards flat race, at the Baildon Woodbottom peace celebrations. In February 1923, as a pupil of Miss Hilda Cooke, of Saltaire, she gave a pianoforte solo at a concert given at the Hall Royd Wesleyan Sunday School. In January 1924 she took part in the children’s party at the Saltaire Conversazioni. In January 1929, as a pupil at Salt Girls’ High School, Kathleen passed with distinction an examination in geography.

Excerpt from a report in the Shipley Times 7 February 1931 referring to an exhibition at the Shipley School of Art: -

The senior students are further represented in the dress and fashion designing. Outstanding in this section is the work of Miss Kathleen Barker and her younger sister, Miss Marian Barker (q.v.).

In February 1932, as a part time student, Kathleen gained a West Riding County Council certificate in general art. In February 1934, she gained first class pass with distinction in applied design; second class pass in drawing from life; and S.E.C. Prize in applied design.

Kathleen married Arthur E. Whapham in 1939 in Surrey. Arthur was born, 7 February 1907 in Leeds. They had two children

They both died at Ashurst Wood in Sussex, Arthur on 18 October 1985, and Kathleen on 3 November 1992.


Wilson, James Edward
8 April 1884 – 1949

James Edward Wilson was born in Morton (near Bingley) 8 April 1884 to Thomas & Ann Austwick. He was baptised 15 May 1886 at St. Luke’s, Morton.

In 1901 the family were living in Morton with James working as a printer.

James, a blacksmith, married Annie Priscilla Worksop, 29 October 1910 at St. Luke’s, Morton. In 1911 they were living in Keighley. They had twin daughters, Beatrice and Florence, born 12 December 1916.

Between 1915 and 1918 they moved to 48 Caroline Street, Saltaire, where they remained until they moved to Bingley around 1923. In July 1921 James won second prize in the class, Sweet Peas, three bunches, at the Saltaire Rose Society Show.

In the 1939 Register they were living in Bingley with James working as a blacksmith, and his spinster daughters both working as textile cone winders.

James died in 1949. His widow, Annie, died 12 April 1958.


Wilson, Mathew
c1832 – 1884

Mathew Wilson was born c1832 in Bramley. He married Christiana Wray 22 July 1855 at St Peters in Leeds. They had five daughters; Sarah (b1861), Ellen (b1867), Grace (b1869), Florrie (b1872) and Christiana (b1877).

In 1861 & 1871 they were living in Bramley with Mathew working as a stone mason. By 1877 they had moved to Saltaire living at 20 Jane Street.

Mathew died July 1884 aged just 52. He was buried 5 July 1884 at St Pauls churchyard in Shipley. His widow, Christiana, remained in Saltaire, living from 1889 at 17 Jane Street. By 1897 she had moved to 15 Dove Street. From 1911 she lived at 15 Jane Street.

Christiana died 5 October 1914 and was buried alongside her husband two days later.


Winter, Walter Percy
8 December 1867 – 4 August 1950

Walter Percy Winter was the son of Edwin Sims Winter. Edwin was born 1831 in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire. He married Frances Phoebe Lowe, 1865, in Birmingham.

Walter, their only child, was born 8 December 1867 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The family lived in Cheltenham where Edwin worked as an artist and a teacher of drawing.

Report in the South Wales Daily News 27 June 1887: -

Mr W. P. Winter, who has matriculated eighteenth in honours in Great Britain and first in Wales, from Aberystwyth University College, was educated for eight or nine years at Northampton House School, Cheltenham (principal, the Rev. W. Barwell), passing from this school the first-class College of Preceptors, first division, in 13 subjects, subsequently following up his studies in science under the science master of this school (Mr J. Matthews. B.Sc.), at Essex House.

Walter gained a degree in Experimental Physics. In 1891 he was a Professor of Natural Science.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times regarding a meeting of the Governors of the Salts Schools: -

Mr. W. P. Winter, B.Sc., of Cheltenham Grammar School, was appointed, out of 90 applicants to the post of science master, rendered vacant by the removal of Mr. F. Bastow to Accrington. Mr. Winter will commence his duties at Shipley on 1 September.

Walter married Lucy Elizabeth Howard, 30 August 1899, at All Saints, Cheltenham. Lucy was born 8 May 1867 in Cheltenham. They had one son, Percy Kingsley Winter, born 10 November 1900. In 1901 they were living at 28 Westcliffe Road, Shipley.

Report from Shipley Times 5 June 1908: -

Last Friday (28 May) Mr. W. P. Winter. B.Sc. (of Salt Schools, Shipley), delivered the first of a new series of lectures given under the auspices the Bradford Scientific Association, in the Botanical Garden, Lister Park, Bradford. Mr. Winter took as his subject “The Story the Rocks.”

(Walter delivered many lectures in his time in Shipley)

In 1911 Walter was living with his family at 17a Moorhead Terrace, Shipley. By 1921 they have moved to 20 Hirst Wood Road.

Report from the Shipley Times 7 October 1921: -

An inquest was held on Thursday (29 September) at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, into the circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Kingsley Winter (21), university student, and son of Mr. Walter Percy Winter, science master at the Salt Schools, Shipley, who was drowned while bathing in Newhouses Tarn, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on 15 September. Mr. W. P. Winter identified the body and stated that he believed his son had been a strong swimmer.

A verdict of Accidentally drowned was returned.

The funeral took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley, on Saturday (1 October). Prior to the interment requiem service, conducted the Vicar (Canon Watson), was held at Cottingley Church. Canon Watson also officiated at the graveside.

A large number of sympathisers attended in addition to the family mourners, and those present to pay last tribute of respect included: Miss Puller, Mr. F. J. Fuller (headmaster Boys’ High School, Saltaire), Mr. S. Davies and Mr. G. Morris (members of the staff), and Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Steel.

The pupils of the Upper Fifth Form the Boys’ High School, Saltaire, were also present, and the following Old Boys acted as bearers: Messrs. J. Brigham, A. Spalding, T. E. Thompson, L. A. Stephenson, D. Cook and T. B. Mortimer.

Many beautiful wreaths sent included one from the members of the congregation of the Cottingley Church, another from the headmaster and staff of the Salt High Schools, and one from the boys attending the school.

In February 1929 Walter was reported as being chairman of the “Old Salts” Association.

Report from the Shipley Times 2 July 1932: -

MR. W. P. WINTER, of 6 Grange Avenue, Shipley, present acting head master the Salt Boys’ High School, and whose retirement is to take place in the near future, is popular both in and out or the school with which has been connected 34 years.

Boys often carry away from school a feeling with regard to teachers that mellows in later years into a mere tolerant remembrance, but of Mr. Winter, pupils who have passed through his hands at the Salt School remember him only with affection and respect. Their recollection of him must be as kind, patient and understanding friend who at the same time was very able guide in their efforts. In 34 years many hundreds of boys nave passed through the school under his care, and throughout the world are men who bear testimony to the qualities have enumerated. At no time in a teacher’s career does full realization of his powers for good come more forcibly than it does on his retirement, when he looks back in review upon his years of teaching and recalls the hundreds of pupils he has trained. Mr. Winter can look back upon those years with confidence and pride, and certainly his retirement is a great loss to the teaching profession, to the Salt Schools, and Shipley.

Mr. Winter came to Shipley from Cheltenham Grammar School to take up the position of chief science and mathematics master for the Salt School and the Shipley Technical Institute. Until about a year ago he rendered splendid and valuable service in that capacity and was then appointed to his present position.

The affection and respect in he is borne by the boys who have passed through the school is shown by the position he occupies as president ot the Old Salts’ Association. In the affairs of this body takes an active and kindly interest and has rendered valuable service in its welfare thus his association with boys after they have left school is maintained.

Mr. Winter is the first president the Old Salts’ Rugby Union Football Club, which was formed about two ago.

His interest in geology resulted in his authorship of a book entitled “Shipley Glen.” The book, which a reprint from his contributions to the Bradford Scientific Journal, of which he was one of the joint editors, is an authoritative survey of the geological history of this famous beauty spot. Mr. Winter is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a vice-president of the Yorkshire Geological Society. For a number years Mr. Winter has been different times President of the Bradford Scientific Society, association of which he is still a valued member.

Mr. Winter was a member of the Saltaire Institute Committee when the lectures and other gatherings were held at Saltaire and served the Institute as a member of the Committee all the time it was in existence.

Walter died 4 August 1950.

Report in the Shipley Times 3 January 1951: -

Mr. Walter Percy Winter, of 6 Grange Avenue, Shipley, a former acting headmaster of Salt High School, a recognised authority on spiders, who died intestate, left £1,537 (net £1,485).

Walter’s widow, Lucy, died at Salts Hospital 1 February 1952. In her will she left £7,391 6s 10d.


Witts, Thomas Wilson
24 November 1856 – 4 April 1941

 Thomas Wilson Witts was born, 24 November 1856, in Burley-in-Wharfedale, to Hiram Witts & Mary Ann Mason. In 1871 they were living at 6 Constance Street, Saltaire. Thomas was a pupil teacher and his father a weaver.

Extract from a report in the Bradford Daily Telegraph 12 January 1877 referring to a meeting of the Eccleshill School Board: -

There were three applications for the post of assistant master for Undercliffe Mixed School, and Mr Thomas Wilson Witts, of Saltaire, was unanimously appointed.

In 1881, Thomas was an unemployed schoolmaster living with his parents at 3 Harold Place, Saltaire. In 1890 he married Sarah Booth. She was born c1860 in Windhill. They had two sons – William born 1893 and Alfred born 1897. Alfred, serving his country in WW1, was killed in action in 1916.

In 1891, Thomas was a local board surveyor living with his family in Haverhill, Essex. From 1901 to after 1921 they were living at Royston in Hertfordshire, where Thomas was the surveyor & sanitary inspector for Royston Urban District Council. Thomas was an accomplished singer, performing in public on numerous occasions. His wife, Sarah, died 14 January 1923 in Royston.

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In the 1939 Register Thomas was an assistant rating officer living in Heathfield, Cambridgeshire living with son William and his family. Thomas died, 14 April 1941, in Royston. He was buried with his wife in Royston Cemetery. In his will he left £1,278 13s 1d to his son, William.


Woods, Rebecca (nee Wade)
18 November 1867 – 1943

Rebecca Wade was born, 18 November 1867, in Debenham, Suffolk, to George Wade and Catherine Forsdyke. They lived in Debenham where George worked as a bricklayer’s labourer.

Rebecca married William Wade in 1886 in Bosmere, Suffolk. William was born c1864 in Wetheringsett, Suffolk. They had at ten children, with three dying as infants.

In 1891 & 1901 they were living in Wetheringsett where William worked as an agricultural labourer. William committed suicide, 25 April 1906

Report in the Evening Star 27 April: -

An inquest was held at Wetheringsett on Thursday (26 April), before the Deputy County coroner (L. Vulliamy, Esq.), upon the body of William Woods, agricultural labourer.

The widow stated that deceased left home about six o’clock on Wednesday (25 April) morning for work. She had never noticed him to suffer from depression and was not aware that he had monetary difficulties.

William Pyett, agricultural labourer, said he worked for Mr. Aldred, of Wetheringsett. Shortly after six o’clock on Wednesday morning, he went into the stackyard, and saw the deceased hanging from a ladder against a wheat stack. Witness at once ran for Mr. Aldred, who was nearby.

Mr. Edward Alred, miller and farmer, said the deceased's feet were about twelve inches from the ground. Witness moved the ladder from the stack, and deceased fell, apparently dead. The body was warm. Witness felt the pulse but could detect no signs life.

Mr. H. T. Dutton, surgeon, said that at half past seven on Wednesday morning he was called to the deceased. Life was extinct. There were the marks a rope round the neck. The cause death was asphyxia, from hanging.

The Jury found a verdict “Suicide whilst temporarily insane.”

In 1911 widow Rebecca was living in Wetheringsett with her seven children.

By 1921 she was living at 5 Katherine Street, Saltaire with five of her children. She remined there until after 1939.

Report in the Yorkshire Evening Post 4 December 1922: -

At Bradford today (4 December) Francis Swift, an elderly widow, was remanded for a week in connection with a charge of obtaining food by false pretences from Mrs. Rebecca Woods, Saltaire.

It was alleged that the accused describing herself as an educational official from Blackpool, doing important work at Saltaire schools, obtained board and lodgings without payment.

Mrs. Woods became suspicious and communicated with the police.

Rebecca died in 1943.






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