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Life in Saltaire: 1922
Researched by Colin Coates

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My research covers WW1 years, 1914 - 1918 and post war life in Saltaire as it was 100 years ago. The primary source of this information is the Shipley Times newspaper which was published every Friday.

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Life in Saltaire: 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922

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Life in Saltaire, 1922

1922 January

Saltaire Times, January 1922


It is announced that the directors of Sir Titus Salt. Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, have acquired from the Shipley District Council a considerable portion of the Saltaire Estate recently purchased by the Council from Sir James Roberts, Bart., the former owner of Saltaire Mills.

The directors intend to use the land for the provision of allotments and recreation fields for their employees.

The Saltaire Estate bought by the District Council from Sir James Roberts comprised: -

The land between the river Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Victoria Road, to Hirst Mill, an area over 21 acres.

The land between the canal and the Midland Railway (9 acres).

The allotments facing Victoria Road and Caroline Street.

The land between Albert Road and Hirst Lane (18 acres), a total of 49 acres.

In addition Sir James presented to the Council as a free gift the lands extending from Hirst Lane to the boundary at Seven Arches, comprising the whole of the area between the Midland Railway and the river west of Hirst Mill. The total area of the estate was about 83 acres.

The land which the directors of Saltaire Mills have now acquired includes the land lying between the river Aire and the canal from Victoria Road bridge and Hirst Mill (17 ½ acres, excluding the river), and that between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Midland Railway line from the Congregational Church to Hirst Lane (8 ½ acres) and the Caroline Street Allotments (1 ¾ acres).

The purchase price, is understood, is about £6,500. The whole of the land purchased lies the south side of the river Aire and, in addition to the boathouse the opposite side of the river from the Saltaire Park, it includes several eld buildings. Of its original 83 acre estate the Council will retain about 62 acres.

The idea of the directors, in addition to the providing of recreative facilities for their employees, is to beautify the immediate surroundings of the mills. Several old buildings situated on the land acquired will probably be removed, the allotments lying near the boathouse opposite Saltaire Park are to be done away with, and the Caroline Street Allotments will probably share a similar fate.

The land lying behind the Congregational Church and Hirst Lane is to be laid out as allotments. About 100 allotments, from 260 to 400 superficial yards in area, have already been mapped out, and some of these will probably be ready for occupation early m February.

Each allotment will have a cold frame, and every third allotment will have a greenhouse. The whole will symmetrically be laid out by the firm, who very likely will purchase the frames and greenhouses and sell them to the tenants of the allotments at a low figure. About nine greenhouses will be 9ft. by 15ft. and the remainder 6ft. by 12ft.

Certain lands, probably about two-thirds of an acre in extent, lying between the canal and the Congregational Church on the east of the church, and on the north side of the church, are to be given to the trustees of the church, and will undoubtedly prove useful for open-air functions, such as picnics.

A most comprehensive scheme for the laying-out the land between the canal and the river Aire has been drawn up. The allotments situate near the boathouse are removed because of their unsightly appearance, and most of this site will be laid out as sort of pleasure garden or little park. Following this, tennis courts will be constructed, while the central portion of the land will be laid out as a cricket field, which will be larger in area than that of the Saltaire Club. In addition, hockey fields, etc., will be provided.

The District Council is laying a footpath from Victoria Road near Saltaire Bridge to Hirst Mill on the south side of the river Aire and intend fencing off a strip of land 15ft. wide for this purpose, the length of the river to that point, at the centre of this 15ft. strip they intend laying a footpath 4ft. wide.

The scheme is being drawn up and supervised Mr. William Rhodes Minn, M.S.A., architect and clerk of works Saltaire Mills, and will be proceeded with as soon as the land can be secured from the existing tenants. When completed, through the generosity the Saltaire firm, the playing fields and allotments will doubtless enhance the spirit of goodwill which already exists between the employers and workpeople of Saltaire Mills.


Conversazione is a word fast disappearing from our language; one may consult dictionaries that find no room for it in their ample columns, the word has a delightfully Victorian flavour. It conjures up visions of large drawing rooms in which elegant females elaborately hooped and flounced languish on luxurious chairs sipping tea or custard, attended by stiff gentlemen who are all shirt front and side whiskers.

With the decline of conversazioni it is interesting to trace the cause the continued popularity of the annual functions organised by the Saltaire Institute Society. Perhaps this cause is to be contributed to the tradition which has grown up round these annual affairs. They are a link with the old Saltaire at the time when its founder, the late Sir Tuts Salt, was a father as well master the inhabitants.

There are many who remember that notable conversazione which arose from the Countess of Bective’s propaganda in favour of English ladies wearing gowns English-made material.

No longer do the countesses grace the proceedings by their presence, but the function has assumed a premier place in the social events of the year and attracts not only local residents. but also Bradford patrons.

The rather prohibitive prices for the first two evenings have rather tended to restrict these particular gatherings, to make them select; but this is no strict exclusiveness, the conversazioni is pen to any of the public, who can pay.

On Wednesday (4 January) evening, the first of the series of the conversazioni, the Victoria Institute presented a picture pleasing in the extreme. The Victoria Hall, which was used as the ballroom, had been decorated with dainty and artistic effect. From the centre of the roof hung garlands of bright imitation flowers, whilst the pillars were entwined with white art muslin surrounded with festoons of crimson roses. Round the room were hangings of sea-green, white, and a piquant tint of tangerine. These colours were admirably set off by a dado of deep violet.

The balconies were covered with material of the same colour, a box effect were obtained by trellis work cunningly intertwined with artificial flowers and leaves. The balcony was hung with Chinese lanterns, and the electric lights were softened by beautifully worked Japanese shades, with serrated edges.

The orchestra were almost hidden on platform behind a perfect forest of palms.

The entrance hall was decorated with green and white draperies, and in the entrance to the hall, closed during the conversazione, a conservatory had been arranged, with palms and a pretty waterfall scene.

The supper room, which was also decorated with green and white, was hung with cretonnes of an unusual flower pattern. Silver candelabra and shaded electric lights lit up the room.

The stairs leading to the balcony were lined with olive and white art muslin, and at intervals palms and other plants were placed. At the head of the stairs a canopy of green and white drapery had been devised, under which seats had been arranged to form lounge.

The whole of the decorations reflected credit on the workmanship of T. Heaps and Sons, Keighley, who were responsible for the conception execution of the scheme.

The host and hostess on Wednesday evening were Mr. Walter Scott (president of the Saltaire Institute Society) and Mrs. Scott, who was presented with a bouquet by Mrs. C. H. Ingham, on behalf of the committee.

The Conri-Tait orchestra played for dancing, the programme for which was thoroughly up to date.

Mr. C. H. Ingham, secretary for the conversazioni, was responsible for the arrangements, and Mr. L. Seeger was treasurer.

(Colin’s note – the transcription of this report was very difficult as the report was of poor quality.)

(Colin’s note - Charles Henry Ingham was born in 1874 in Pontefract, He died 29 September 1932 at 31 Moorhead Terrace, Shipley.)


The annual Shipley Liberal conversazioni was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Friday & Saturday (20 & 21 January) evenings. As usual, the functions were excellently organised and well patronised, and in every way proved successful.

Over 300 persons attended the first evening.


The Japanese Commercial Mission visited Bradford on Wednesday (11 January), when the proceedings included conferences with the Bradford Chamber of Commerce and the National Wool (and Allied) Textile Industrial Council, a civic reception and luncheon.

In the afternoon a visit was paid to Saltaire Mills. Here the party were received by directors of the firm, and subsequently made a tour of the departments, being greatly interested in all they saw.


Mr. Albert Smith of Shipley, was granted, at the Bradford West Riding Court, Monday (16 January), an extension of the music and dancing licence at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.. on Saturday. 28 January, the occasion of the Airedale Beagles Society Hunt Ball. Supt. Oliver stated that the function was one of the exceptions which the Bench had hitherto made in the matter of big extensions.


Mr. Jonas Bradley, the well-known lecturer on Yorkshire subjects, who was the guide for the film companies filming “Shirley,” and “Wuthering Heights,” in the Haworth district, and who lectured on the latter subject recently in Shipley, gave an illustrated lecture, “Some Yorkshire Beauty Spots,” to a large audience in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (18 January) evening. The lecture was under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society.


The funeral of Miss Emma Bould (38), daughter Mr. and Mrs. Bould, 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire, whose death occurred on Friday (30 December), took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery on Wednesday (4 January).

In addition to the family mourners the funeral was attended by members Mrs. Frank Rhodes' Sunday claes, of which deceased was a representatives the Parish Church Sunday School, and fellow workpeople from Saltaire Mills. A service, conducted by Rev. F. B. Hope, was held in St. Peter’s Church, and Mr. Hope officiated at the graveside.


It was reported that the two probationary nurse, Miss Gladys of Idle, and Miss Alice Tatham, of Saltaire, had completed their-period of trial satisfactorily, and were recommended for acceptance for training. This was adopted.


The annual whist drive and dance under the auspices of the Shipley Chamber of Trade was held at the Royal Café, Saltaire, on Wednesday 18 January) evening.

The M.C.’s were Mr. J. W. Pullan, the president, Mr. F. Feather, and Mr. J. Briggs. Music for the dancing was provided by Mr. Ted Simpson’s band.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford (Mr. Thomas Blythe) presented the prizes.


The death took place on Saturday (14 January) of Mr. Thomas Raine of 8 Fanny Street, Saltaire, aged 82. He might well be called the grand old man of Saltaire Mills, for he has been employed by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co. Ltd. for 67 years.

Mr. Raine was born at Pick Lane, Bradford, in 1839, and commenced work at Saltaire Mills shortly after they were opened, and long before all the machinery had been placed in position. At the time of his death he was engaged in wool washing, he has also worked as a spinner and at wool combing. He has been twice married and has had seven children, but he has now only one child living.

He has been a member of the Ancient Order of Shepherds (Shipley) for over 60 years. For over 40 years he has been a member of the Windhill Co-operative Society, joining shortly after its formation. The funeral was at Windhill Cemetery on Wednesday (18 January).


A receiving order has been made at the Bradford Court on the debtor’s own petition against Benjamin Knott, of 32 Victoria Road, Saltaire, carrying on business at Clifton Road, Shipley, as a plasterer and builder.


The second concert of the season of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society was held at the Victoria Hall, on Wednesday (25 January) evening. There was a very good attendance, the only vacant seats being on the first two rows close to the orchestra.

The society is noted for securing the best possible principals, and four well known members of the Carl Rossa Opera Company took the solos.

Encores were frequent, though their desirability, owing to the length of the programme, might have been questioned.


The third annual supper and children dance in connection with the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade was held at the Saltaire Cafe on Saturday (28 January) evening. About 80 persons, including 30 children. Sat down to supper. Mr. H. L. Searle, the secretary of the firm, was unable to be present owing to illness, and his absence was greatly regretted.

After supper a dance for the children was held, Mr. W. Raistrick being the pianist. Songs were sung by Miss Annie Hall and Mr. B. Whitfield. During the evening gifts from the Christmas tree were handed to the children by Mrs. Hall.

A present from Mrs. H. L. Searle, and another from the Fire Brigade, were handed to each child by Mrs. Searle. A pleasant evening terminated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Supt. Geo. Hall and Sergt. Thornhill responsible for the arrangements.


The ladies of the combing department of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., are to be congratulated upon the great success the dance which they promoted, and which was held the Saltaire Cafe on Saturday (21 January) on behalf of the above association.

The sum of £30 3s. 3d. was realised, and this has been handed over for this worthy object. Most of the ladies of the committee of the Nursing Association were present, and Mr. J. W. Sowden expressed their thanks, and said how much the efforts of the promoters were appreciated.

A pleasing feature is that the directors of the firm and the heads of the various departments took an interest in and encouraged this effort, and they are continually showing that they are willing to assist any good charitable object.


25 January 1992 St. Paul’s Church Shipley – Norah Hanson, aged 26, of 28 Albert Road, married Albert George Dawson, aged 35, the licensed victualler of the Golden Lion Hotel in Whitby.


ACKROYD – On 20 January, at 16 Helen Street, Saltaire, Clara, widow of the late John Ackroyd.





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