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Life in Saltaire: 1922
Researched by Colin Coates

Colin Coates writes:

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, 1922

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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.)

[For more reading on the Conversazioni, refer to The Saltaire Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 2: The Saltaire Conversazione, By Roger Clarke.]


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.


Saltaire Times, February 1922


Shipley’s present to H.R.H. Princess Mary on the occasion of her marriage to take the form of an additional wing to the Saltaire Hospital.

This decision was arrived at, at a town’s meeting attended by members of the local District Council, the Saltaire Hospital Board, and representatives of the various clubs and organisations in the town, which was held at the Council Offices, Shipley, on Monday (6 February) evening.

Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman Shipley District Council), who presided, said that the marriage of Princess Mary would be the first wedding of the daughter of reigning King for hundreds of years. He referred to numerous communications he had received asking what Shipley was going to do signalise the wedding and stated that a deputation of the Council had waited on the Saltaire Hospital Board, and that it was suggested that the gift from Shipley to Princess Mary should take the form of a new wing the Saltaire Hospital, and that Princess Mary be asked to approve of the addition being called the "Princess Mary Wing.”

Mr. B. Allsop (chairman Saltaire Hospital Board) outlined the scheme which was in the minds of the Governors and of the deputation from the Council which had met them. He said it was desired to purchase two cottages from the Salt trust, which were situated in Victoria Road above the Saltaire Hospital, to provide suitable kitchen accommodation for the domestic staff, and to make more room the hospital proper. In buying the cottages it was necessary to recoup the Salt trust to the extent of the annual income of the cottages, and it was computed that £500 would be required.

Mr. C. E. Learoyd (chairman Shipley Education Committee) remarked that the Governors of the hospital had been handicapped for a considerable time in respect of the inadequate accommodation for the domestic staff. Today it was a very important part of any hospital, house or business to try and satisfy the requirements of the domestic staff. Saltaire Hospital had been built time when the standard of living was not so high as it was today. Quite properly the standard of living advanced, and the Governors found a rooted objection on the part domestics to being in cellar kitchens. Constant changing of the domestic staff upset the whole arrangements of the hospital, and affected both the medical and nursing staffs, who did not get the backing-up they would if domestics remained.

It was a pity additional accommodation for domestics had not been made at the time the hospital was enlarged, but the last extension had been purely for the medical and nursing staff.

As Mr. Alsop had pointed out, it would require a sum of about £500 to recoup the Salt Trust if the cottages were acquired. Some people might ask why the Shipley Council could not give the cottages to the Saltaire Hospital Board. The reason was that the Trust prohibited it. The income derived from the Trust was divided in a certain way set out in the deed and with the approval of the Charity Commissioners.

Two-ninths of the income went to the Institute, two-ninths to the Technical School, two-ninths to the Salt Schools, three-ninths could be given as was thought necessary by the Education Committee to either of the three objects.

“We must have before parting with any property producing that revenue an adequate capital sum,” added Mr. Learoyd, “that prevents the Shipley District Council from giving the cottages to the Governors.”

“If a sum of £500 is raised I think the paying of that sum into, the Trust and the taking out of the two cottages would about balance and leave us in the same position regards income. The institutions I have mentioned would not suffer, and the hospital would benefit. The point how is how to raise the money to buy the cottages.”

Mr. Learoyd went on to explain that the proposal, of the chairman of the District Council that Shipley’s gift to Princess Mary should take the form of some endowment to the Saltaire Hospital had come before the Governors when they had been discussing a scheme for improving the domestic accommodation, and it seemed to open way of achieving doubler purpose, that of showing the patriotism of the town by noticing the wedding of Princess Mary and also of getting over a difficulty the Governors had the way of providing domestic accommodation.

The £500 raised for the purchasing of the cottages would not be all the money necessary; a further sum would be required to effect alterations, the connecting up of the cottages to the present hospital building, refurnishing, and probably some parts would require re-erecting.

The further capital sum required had hot been calculated, but if the £500 for the purchase of the cottages was provided by the people of Shipley some other way might bo found by the Governors to provide the necessary money for the adjustment of the cottages.

The Chairman inquired whether any person present would like to propose any alternative scheme, and on receiving a negative reply, moved a resolution that the scheme put forward by the Governors should be approved.

Mr. H. F. Kirby seconded and inquired if the scheme was simply for the enlargement of the domestic staff arrangements or for additional beds. The Chairman replied that the proposed extension would certainly provide some additional beds.

Mr. F. Lister said the Governors, were short of bedroom accommodation for the domestic staff. At the present time three maids were sleeping in one room. If the cottages were purchased and lifted up another storey the Governors would probably get sleeping accommodation for the domestic staff and also more ward accommodation now being used the domestic staff.

Mrs. F. Fearnley Rhodes said that for six months the domestic staff had practically been changed every month. It was impossible to get domestics to remain, and the nurses were also handicapped. The proposed new wing would be great help the Governors, to the public of Shipley, and to the staff of the hospital.

Mr. H. F. Kirby suggested a "Flag Day” would help to raise the money required and asked what the position would be if Shipley went into Bradford.

The Chairman: It will not affect it in the slightest degree.

Mr. H. Greenfield: What living accommodation do you require for the domestic staff? How many sleep on the premises?

Mr. Greenfield was informed that accommodation was required for 10 persons, and Mr. Learoyd stated that probationers and probationary nurses from the North Union slept on the hospital premises. Such persons came for surgical training, but they were no charge on the Board for salaries.

Mr. J. Sheppard (secretary of the Trades Council) remarked that Mr. Greenfield and himself would report favourably on the scheme to the next meeting of the Shipley Trades Council, The resolution was unanimously adopted. An executive committee was formed of the persons present to organise the scheme, and the Chairman of the Council (Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes), the Chairman of the Saltaire Hospital Board (Mr. B. Allsop), Mr. H. Barnes (Clerk to the Council), and Mr. T. Luxton (Clerk Saltaire Hospital Board) were empowered to draw up an appeal.

It was also decided to write H.R.H. Princess Mary asking her permission to call the extension the Princess Mary Wing, and her approval of the scheme. The meeting concluded without further discussion.


The Shipley Trades Council, at their meeting on Tuesday (7 February) evening, decided to take no part in the scheme to commemorate the wedding of Princess Mary extending Saltaire Hospital.

Mr. W. Slater remarked that although the extensions to the hospital would be good, the people would have to pay for it. The present time, when wages were being reduced, he would condemn taking any money from the people, and to associate such extensions with the commemoration of the wedding of "this Lascelles and Mary” was asking too much. He moved that the matter lie on the table. This was seconded and carried, it being understood that the various trades unions would be circularised on the matter the District Council.


Buckingham Palace, 11 February 1922
To The Chairman, Shipley Urban District Council

Dear Sir, - In reply to your letter of the 8 th inst. I am desired by Princess Mary to express her gratification at your kind thought in initiating a wedding gift from the people of Shipley, and that the sum subscribed for this purpose should be handed to the Hospital.

At the same time the Princess feels that the actual decision as to the disposal of the money collected ought to be left entirely to the subscribers, Her Royal Highness then giving effect to their expressed wishes.

It would be necessary to obtain permission to call a Wing of the Hospital “The Princess Mary” Wing, from the Home Secretary.

Yours truly – Joan Mulholland, Lady-in-Waiting.


Councillor C. E. Learoyd (chairman) presided at the monthly meeting of the Shipley Education Committee on Monday (27 February) evening.

The Higher Education Sub-Committee reported the receipt information from Miss M. Duckett (head mistress of the Girls’ High School) that on 13 February the two social rooms at the Institute, Saltaire, had been occupied as temporary classrooms in connection with the school.

The Director had reported that a Sub-Committee of the District Council, which had recently had under consideration the question of the unsatisfactory condition of the floor of the Institute Gymnasium, had decided that steps be taken to improve the condition the floor until after the choral competition next month, but that the floor should afterwards be thoroughly washed and treated in the manner considered most suitable. The Director stated he had consequently communicated with of a number of firms of gymnasium outfitters to ascertain the most suitable treatment and had submitted replies from two firms who had had considerable experience in the work.

He further stated he expected to see representatives of the firms very shortly. The committee recommended that the Director should obtain further particulars of treatment from the firms referred to, and information as to the probable cost.

A minute in the report was to the effect that the average attendance at the Albert Road and Crag Road evening play centres during the four weeks ended 10 February had reached 411 per evening. No damage had been done to the committee’s property at any of the centres.


The annual whist drive and dance promoted by the weavers employed at Saltaire Mills, in aid of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital and St. Dunstan’s, was held in the Royal Café, Saltaire. on Saturday (4 February) evening. Two hundred persons were present the party including Mr. H. L. Searle. secretary, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and. Co., Ltd.

The prize-winners were: —Ladies: 1 Miss B. Mitchell, 2, Miss H. Murrill; 3. Miss Clarice Halliday. Gentlemen; 1. Andrew Tyas 2. Dawson; 3. F. Phillipson.

Mrs. Chapman presented the prizes to the winners. A vote of thanks to Mrs. Tyas and Miss Hyde, who had made the arrangements, was proposed by Mr. Searle and heartily adopted. It is expected that the Salt Hospital and St. Dunstan’s will benefit considerably as a result of the gathering.


On Sunday (5 February) Mr. Joseph Roberts of Cleckheaton, was the speaker at the Saltaire Spiritualist Church. In the afternoon Mr. Roberts gave a short address, followed by spirit descriptions by Mr. H. Claughton and Mr. Roberts. Mr. P. Atkinson presided.

In the evening Mr. H. Claughton was chairman, and Mr. Roberts dealt in a very striking manner with the text from St. Paul: “To the unknown God.” The service concluded with clairvoyance by Mr. Roberts and Mrs. Claughton.

At the after-meeting, the platform was occupied by Mrs. Lamb, of Manningham, Miss Croker, Manningham, Mr. Claughton, Shipley, and Mr. F. Atkinson (Chairman). A very enjoyable day was spent.


The fourth Lyceum tea and concert in connection with the Saltaire Spiritualist Church was held on Saturday (11 February) at the Church, Saltaire, when about 80 sat down to tea. The concert presided over by Mr. H. Ackroyd, of Laisterdyke, and prizes to the value of £2 6s. were presented by Mrs. Ackroyd to members of the Lyceum for attendance.

An excellent programme was sustained by the following: -

Miss Umpleby, Mr. J. Wynn, Mr. Fone, Mr. Thomas. Mrs. Summerson, Mr. Yates, Mr. W. Summerson and Mr. Pike. Songs and recitations were also given by the children the Sunday School. At the close the usual votes were accorded. The services on Sunday (12 February) were again very successful.


The Lord Mayor of Bradford (Mr. Thomas Blythe), who resides at Park Street, Shipley, was on Friday (3 February) evening initiated a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, at the Glen View Lodge. Saltaire.

The initiation ceremony was conducted by Bro. Lambert K.O.M., and the Lord Mayor in a brief speech said he would earnestly endeavour to carry out the obligations he had entered upon. Four other members were also made.

During the evening harmony was sustained by Bros. H. Holmes, G. Flaxington, C. Peters (South Wales). O. Tordoff, B. Mann, C.P., and W. Earnshaw. During the last twelve months the Glen View Lodge has enrolled 100 members.


The Shipley and District Branch of the National Association Local Government Officers hold their annual whist drive and dance at the Victoria Hall on Friday (3 February) night when nearly two hundred people spent a most enjoyable time.


A conversazioni promoted by the Shipley Women's Liberal Association and the Liberal Club, and held the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday evening (4 February) was attended with considerable success. Those responsible for the arrangements entered into their work with spirit of great enthusiasm with the happy result that the visitors were enabled to spent a really enjoyable evening.

[For more reading on the Conversazioni, refer to The Saltaire Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 2: The Saltaire Conversazione, By Roger Clarke.]


The Funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery at noon Friday (17 February) of The Mayoress of Bradford, Mrs. Elizabeth Hannah Blythe, of 6 Park Avenue, Shipley. Prior to the internment a service was conducted at the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel at 11.30 by the Rev. Vivian T. Pomeroy (Lord Mayor’s Chaplain).


The newly formed Windhill Co-operative Choral Society, made its debut on Wednesday (22 February) evening, at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, when the comic operetta, “The King of Sherwood,” was presented.

There was a large audience.


The committee of the Saltaire Cricket Club have this week signed on as their fourth professional, W. R. Rhodes, of Baildon Green, the well known fast Yorkshire bowler. Rhodes has assisted Baildon Green for seven seasons and prior to that played with South Kirby. He also did a considerable amount of cricket in Scotland. For some time he was a member of the Yorkshire ground staff and represented the County on several occasions.

Last year Saltaire was somewhat handicapped by the lack of a good bowler to operate at the opposite end to Barnes, and it is anticipated that Rhodes will prove to be an acquisition to the Saltaire Club.


Failed in their attempt to break into Baildon Bridge mill to steal the wages of the workpeople, a gang of Shipley youths broke into stable, made off with a horse and cart and went “joy riding.”

The sequel was heard at the Bradford West Riding Court, (28 February) when the four defendants were summoned for stealing a horse, a flat cart, harness, two lamps, a whip, and a loin cloth, value £22, the property of Win. Staniforth, greengrocer, Shipley, from a stable near the Bull Hotel, Briggate.

The defendants were White (19), labourer, of 20, School Hill, Shipley; Robert Smith, painter, Thackley Old Road, Thackley; Ernest Lancaster (21), woolcomber, of 74 Saltaire Road, Shipley; and John Beck Simpson (16), blacksmith’s apprentice, of 34 George Street, Saltaire.

The Chairman (Mr. J. G. Mowat) remarked that evidently leniency was wasted on the prisoners, as they had been previously bound over. White, Smith, and Lancaster would go to prison for three months. Simpson, on account of his age, the Bench were inclined to deal with more leniently, and as he had only one previous conviction, he would be fined £5.


SUPERFLUOUS HAIR, MOLES, WARTS permanently removed by Electrolysis leaving no scar. Face Massage a, speciality. Treatment can be given in your own home. Please call write — Miss B. M. Smith, 25 Herbert Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times, March 1922




The annual whist drive, supper, and dance of the Saltaire Mills Nursing Division the Shipley Corps St. John Ambulance Brigade was held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, Friday (3 March) evening. The proceedings were excellently organised and thoroughly enjoyed about 160 persons.

At supper Mr. H. L. Searle (secretary, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd.) presided, and amongst those present were Corps Officer J. H. Foster and Lady Corps Superintendent Mrs. J. H. Potter, Lady Superintendent Miss Packett, Ambulance Officer A. Lambert, Mrs. J. P. Walker, Miss Stanley, Miss Richardson, Nurse Bryson (district nurse), Mr. Herbert George Hall (Superintendent, Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade), and Mr. White.

Following refreshments, the Chairman announced that opportunity was being taken of the occasion by both the male and female ambulance workers associated with Saltaire Mills to give a little a token of their esteem to Dr. J. P. Walker, honorary surgeon of the Nursing Division. Mr. Searle, continuing, congratulated the ladies of the Nursing Division on the steady progress they had made since the formation of the division three years arm.

He referred to the fact that Dr. Walker was unable, through illness, to be present that evening, and mentioned that the doctor had done splendid work in training the ladies, having attended 24 out of 33 classes held for ladies during the past year. On behalf of the members of the Nursing Division, and also of a partly formed male division.

Mr. Searle asked Mrs. Walker to accept, on behalf of her husband, a case of three pipes, as s small token of the great esteem which was felt for Dr. Walker.

Mrs. Walker, returning thanks, referred to the illness of Dr. Walker, which, fortunately, was only of slight character, and remarked that whatever Dr Walker had done he had been delighted to do. The results achieved by the members of the Nursing Division had exceeded his expectations and were a source of gratification to him.

Lady Superintendent Miss Packett presented the prizes to the whist winners and commented on the satisfactory condition of the division.

A vote of thanks to Mr. Searle for presiding and to Miss Packett for presenting the prizes, was accorded, on the proposition of Mr. G. Hall, seconded by Mr. White.

Dancing, for which Mr. W. Riley was the efficient M.C., was continued until one o’clock. Mr. S, Wallage was M.C. for whist, and the prize winners were Ladies: Mrs. Punchard; 2, Mrs. Wallace; 3, Miss Laughlin. Gentlemen: Mr. Town; 2, Mr. Curtis; 3, Nurse Bryson.



An application by the manager of the new Shipley cinema for a music and singing licence was heard at the Bradford West Biding Court on Thursday (2 March).

Reginald Henry Adams, the applicant, stated that he had previously held licences for the Morley Street Picture House, and the Coliseum, Bradford, and was now applying for licence for the Saltaire Picture House.

The Chairman: We have no plans before us. It is rather premature to ask for a licence.

Applicant stated that a cinematograph licence had been applied for to the County authorities.. The cinema house, which would accommodate to 1,500 to 1,600 people, was on the site what was formerly known the Saltaire Garage. The new building would be one of the finest cinemas in the neighbourhood. The root was nearly completed.

Supt. Oliver stated that it was a good building. He did know that from casual observation the county architect was quite satisfied with what had been done.

Applicant remarked that the county architect had passed the plans.

The licence was granted.

(Colin’s note – In 1922 Reginald Henry Adams was living at 19 Redburn Avenue, Shipley.)


Through the generosity of Mr. H. Cottam, of “Hewholme,” Moorhead Lane, Shipley, 200 “old folk” of Shipley and Saltaire were entertained to a tea and concert at the Royal Café, Saltaire, on Saturday (4 March) afternoon.


The Shipley and Saltaire branch of the British Music Society are doing excellent work in the provision of first-class concert music in the town. The audiences at the concerts, however, do not usually extend greatly beyond the membership of the society, although, presumably, the object primarily that of propaganda, to educate the taste of the public, principally in making known the works of British composers.

At present the concerts are attended by music students only, and even these are but a handful compared with the number of Shipley people who have more than a superficial interest in music.

Lack of variety cannot be urged against the concerts, for that given on Thursday (2 March) evening in the Saltaire Congregational Schools, had a programme of an exceptionally wide range, including, as it did, Chopin and Cyril Scott, Debussy and Walford Davies.


The Saltaire Adult School spent a very enjoyable evening at their social and entertainment on Saturday (4 March).

Mr. Arthur Raistrick rendered several solos, and many novel games were introduced at appropriate occasions. The chief feature of the evening, though, was number of character sketches by Mr. Walter Buckle. These were immensely appreciated, and his, talent for varied impersonations strikingly maintained. His contribution was responsible no small measure for the success of the evening.

(Colin’s Note – Arthur Raistrick, born 12 April 1875, was an insurance agent living with his family at 7 Park Terrace, Shipley.)


On Tuesday (14 March) the Northcliffe Golf Club held the last of a series of three whist drives and dances at the Royal Café Saltaire, there been a fairly good attendance.

Mr. Stephen Binns was the M.C., while Messrs. Frank Feather, J. Smith, S. Dearnley, and J. Sheard were the stewards.

The whist prizes were presented by Mrs. Gill to Miss E. Heaps, Miss H. Younger, Mr. Fredrick Arnold Moon, and Miss E. Kendall.

Mr. A. Simpson’s orchestra provided the music for a capital dance programme.


The committee of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society struck out on an entirely new line in the arrangement of the programme for their third concert of the season; and the step which they took was not only a great success but met with a large measure of appreciation from a large and highly critical audience.

The following list of the officials the Society; —

President, Mr. Henry Whitehead; vice-president, Mr. George Firth; executive committee—Messrs. Thomas Edward Power, Victor Waddilove, Wilson Bibby, J. H. Halliday, Percy Taylor. Wm. Illingworth, A. K. Gardiner, C. W. Stephenson, Fred Power, Harry Leslie Searle, H. F. Baxter; hon. treasurer, Mr. H. Spencer; hon. solicitor, Mr. H. M. Dawson; hon. auditor, Mr. F. Cadman; hon. secretary of Concert Committee, Mr. H. L. Searle; hon. musical director and general secretary, Mr. J. Douglas Smith.

Chorus Committee: Mr. Wilson Bibby (chairman); hon, secretary. Mr. A. K. Gardiner; librarian. Mr. T. C. Peters; Mrs. George Charlesworth, Mrs. Batley, Miss Pratt, Miss Dewhirst, Mr. W. E. Allsop and Mr. S. Davis.


Sopranos – Miss F. H. Armitage, Miss N. Alderson, Mrs. Batley, Mrs. Bibby, Mrs. Binns, Miss Bingham, Miss Bush, Mrs. G. Charlesworth, Miss A. Charlesworth, Miss E. Crabtree, Miss A. Carpenter, Miss E. Clarke, Miss P. Dewhurst, Mrs. C. Dyson, Mrs. Fearnley, Mrs. A. K. Gardiner, Mrs. H. Gill, Miss F. Gill, Mrs. Garner, Miss Goodall, Mrs. A. Hardaker, Miss M. Hird, Mrs. R. Johnston. Mrs. Laugharne, Miss Palmer. J. Rowston, Miss G. Raybould, Miss F. Smith, Miss Scott. Mrs. F. Senior, Miss N. Swithenbank, Miss Taylor, Miss Whitaker, Miss M. Wilson and Mrs. Yeadon.

Contraltos – Mrs. Bramma, Mrs. J. Charlesworth, Mrs. S. Chapman, Miss F. Crabtree, Mrs. C. H. Drake, Miss E. Dewhirst, Mrs. Driver, Miss Dracup, Miss W. Haley, E. Harrison, Mrs. Hart, Miss E. S. Horn. Miss L. Hyde, Mrs. F. B. Holmes, Miss E. Holgate, Miss G. Jakeman, Miss E. Luxton, Miss F. Matthewman, Miss Millar, Miss A. Pratt, Miss Pennington, Mrs. Peters, Miss Pedley, Miss Richardson, Miss Smithies, Miss E. Shackleton, Miss B. A. Shepherd, Mrs. Shervill, Miss Shepherd, Miss Sawyer, Miss Skirrow, Miss H. Tee, Miss M. B. Vickers, Miss E. M. Watson, Miss E. Wilson, Miss H. Wilson, Mrs. S. Whittingham and Miss Womersley.

Tenors – Messrs. W. Batley, C. R. Betts, J. R. Cockshott, C. H. Drake, F. Hird, A. Hull, T. Luxton, F. Moss, A. N. Murray, A. Raistrick, Brook H. Smith, C. F. Smith, Geo. Todd, and A. Wright.

Basses – Messrs. J. E. Abberton, W. E. Allsop, \V. Bibby, J. Clough, S. Davies, F. Driver, W. E. Davies, H. Denby, W. Holroyd, Greenfield, Angus Heaton, A. Laugharne, Gustav Arthur Linck, H. Midgley, Ernest Walter Moss, Gordon O’Donnell, B. J. Piper, R. E. Kirby-Pitchers. F. Riddell. W. Smith, C. Wilson, F. Wilson and A. Yeadon.


First Violins – Messrs. Whitby Norton, A. E. Dunford, Edgar Drake, E. Maude, B. Robinson and L. Harris.
Second Violins – Messrs. F. Wilson, A. Kilner, F. Raper, and R. Baxter. Violas – Messrs. E. Moxon and B. Moorhouse.
Cellos – Messrs. Geo. Drake and Bentley.
Contra Basses – Messrs. T. H. Shepherd and Wm. Fawcett.
Flutes – Messrs. S. Middleton and J. Robinson.
Oboes – Messrs. W. Fawcett and J. H. Thompson.
Clarinets – Messrs. H. Watson and W. Lupton.
Bass Clarinet – Mr. W. Lupton.
Bassoons – Mr. F. Foulds.
Horns – Messrs. S. Wood and E Ward.
Trumpets – Messrs. John Paley and H. Paley.
Trombones – Messrs. M. H. Hudson, G. Viney and A. Viney.
Tympani – Mr. J. Shaw.
Side drum, etc. – Mr. F. B. Wood.
Accompanist – Mrs. Walter Lund.



At a meeting of the Saltaire Adult School, the following resolution was passed: -

“That we, the Saltaire Adult School, protest against the great expenditure in connection with the recent Royal Wedding, at a time when personal and public economy is being urged on every hand. This expenditure is clear evidence of the great wealth in the country, and yet it is stated that the country cannot afford to make an appropriate grant of the relief of starving millions in Russia suffering from famine, in response to the noble appeal of Dr. Nansen and others; and that on Christian Grounds, we urge the Government to make an appropriate response to the appeal of Dr. Nansen.”


Thirty-six pounds, exactly the same sum as was realised last year, is the extent to which Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, will benefit as a result of the second annual charity concert, held at the Pavilion de Luxe on Sunday (19 March) evening. Every seat in the hall was occupied.


(first paragraph of a lengthy report)

The first musical festival promoted by the leading members of the various musical societies in Shipley and Windhill was held on Saturday (18 March).

Judging by the enthusiasm shown in the work of the promoters and the extent to which the people of musical taste patronised the affair, even to the extent of “flooding,” the spacious Victoria Hall, it may be said that the new organisation has entered upon a long lease of life.


Mr. H. Norman Rae, M.P., gave an interesting lecture, or rather it should be said that he chatted in an entertaining manner, to the members of the Saltaire Men's Circle at a meeting of that body in the Saltaire Congregational Schoolroom on Thursday (23 March) evening. Mr. Rae gave a few of his impressions of the House of Commons, the course of procedure in the matter of Parliaments, brief character sketches of one or two our leading statesmen.


The Library report for the month of February showed the number of borrowers’ cards in force at 4,151, and the issue of books as—Saltaire 6.471; Windhill, 4,057.

A letter was read from Mr. John Pitts resigning his position a Governor of the Sir Titus Salt Charity. The Committee accepted, the resignation with regret, the Clerk was instructed to convoy to Mr. Pitts the Council’s appreciation of his public services.

Saltaire Times, April 1922


The formal opening the girls’ hostel at Saltaire on Saturday (1 April) is another instance of the extent to which large employers of labour are exerting themselves to promote the comfort of their workpeople. This is one of the good signs of the times. In former days, as reminded our readers on a previous occasion, employers labour were exclusively concerned with the output of their “hands," and had little regard for the welfare and social wellbeing of their workpeople.

The necessity for such a hostel as that has been opened at Saltaire became apparent at a time when girls from outside districts obtained employment at Saltaire Mills but were unable to secure lodgings in private houses in the town. The inconvenience under which many girl workers suffered in such circumstances may be imagined.

The directors of Sir Titus Salt, Sons and Co. Ltd., recognising how things stood, set to work at once for the erection of the hostel; and they certainly have ordered things in no half-hearted fashion. The result is that there is now Saltaire what has been aptly described as “the best-equipped hostel in Yorkshire.” That this description is fully merited may be confirmed by anyone who pays a visit to the place.

Mr. H. L. Searle, the secretary of the company, who officiated at the opening ceremony on Saturday, mentioned that in addition to the hostel, the directors were about to provide recreation grounds on the banks of the Aire, within easy reach of mill and hostel.

The directors are to congratulated upon the consummation of a scheme which can certainly be regarded as a real “welfare” effort designed to benefit the workpeople, not only in the provision of comfortable quarters for residence, but also out-door spaces in which the recreative, and even the aesthetic, tastes of the workers can be ministered to.


At the Saltaire Institute on Friday (21April), Mr. E. W. Norris (Coroner) held an inquiry into the sudden death of Henry Clark retired policeman, 1 William Henry Street, Saltaire, which occurred the previous Wednesday.

A verdict of death by “natural causes” was returned.

(Colin’s note – Henry was born c1856. He was a policeman in Bradford. He died at his married daughter’s house, Sarah Hirst)


The annual meeting of the Shipley branch of the Workers’ Educational Association was held on Monday (3 April) night at the Saltaire Institute. Mr. J. W. Fullan presided.

An interesting survey the work hung done by the Association in the West Riding was given by Mr. G. H. Thompson, the District Secretary from Leeds.

The following were elected: President, Mr. M. White; vice-presidents, Councillors Cowgill and Hudson, Mr. W. Popplestone, Mr. Wm. Whittaker, Mr. T. Laycock; secretary, Mr. G. Buttle; treasurer, Mr. T. Jackson.


Organised by a committee consisting of Councillor A. W. Hobson (chairman), Messrs. M. N. Butland, W. Shaw and C. Stanton, with the dual object of augmenting the funds of the St. Dunstan Hostel for the Blind selecting six players to qualify for the county championship of the St. Dunstan’s National Drive Championship, a district whist drive was held in the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Wednesday (26 April) evening.

By the generosity of the firm of Messrs. Sir Titus Salt. Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., the hall had been placed at the disposal of the committee and the Royal Cafe staff also lent valuable help collecting money, attending to the cloak room and waiting on the supper during the interval. There were 32 tables engaged for the whist drive.

The proceeds amounted to £21 6s 9d.


Mr. N. Bailey, honorary secretary of the Saltaire Club, writes to us as follows: -

We regard the prospects of our club for the forthcoming season as very bright.

The first eleven is still under the able captaincy of N. Robinson, who has served us splendidly in the past, and is deservedly popular with both players and spectators. Our second eleven will be again captained by H. Hutton, who has the deepest interest in the young players.

We still retain the inestimable services of S.F. Barnes, whose splendid bowling performances are admired by all, and we have obtained a good fast bowler in W. Rhodes, late of Baildon Green C.C. As you are aware we are only allowed to have four professional players this season, and T. Craven and P. Whitley complete the number.

The club has also been successful in obtaining the services of A. Mitchell (Tong Park), who is well known as a good batsman, and G. Jessop, a good all-rounder, late of Manchester C.C.

Most of the remaining last season’s players have again promised to assist the club, thus completing what we hope will be a very strong side, which, combined with the whole-hearted efforts of the committee, give promise of a successful season.


There was only a sparse attendance at Roberts Park on Saturday (29 April) when Saltaire opened their season with Baildon Green as visitors.

Saltaire batted first, scoring 72 with T. Craven, 37, and N. Robinson, 10, the only batsmen to reach double figures. Baildon scored the runs required for victory with the loss of just two wickets.


15 April 1922 – St. Paul’s, Shipley – Violet McGann, a weaver aged 23 of 29 Dove Street, Saltaire, married Leslie Henry Bates Harrison, a foreman warehouseman aged 27 of 31 Hall Royd, Shipley.

17 April 1922 – St Peter’s, Shipley – Lilian Alice Woods, a mill hand aged 19 of 5 Katherine Street, Saltaire, married John William Norfolk, a labourer aged 19 of Bradford.

17 April 1922 – St. Peter’s, Shipley – Valentine Frederick William Hodder married Selina Halliday, a weaver aged 21 of 27 Jane Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times, May 1922


At a presentation (9 May) evening of the Shipley and District Brotherhood Billiard League, it was announced that 12 guineas has been raised for local charities. This sum will be divided as follows Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, 30 per cent, Baildon Nurses’ Association, 25 per cent.; Idle Nurses Association, 25 per cent.; and Shipley Nurses’ Association, 20 per cent.


An interesting ceremony took place at Saltaire Mills on Thursday (25 May), when Mr. Fred White, who is retiring after 26 years’ service manager the burling and mending department was the recipient of an oak smoker’s cabinet, suitably inscribed, a gold cigarette case with monogram, together with a gold brooch for Mrs. White.

The handsome gifts were displayed at one end of the department, a lofty building with a beautiful outlook over Shipley Glen and Baildon Green, and were much admired.

Shortly after 4 p.m. the presentation ceremony took place, and the large number of female employees ranged and with their happy, smiling faces seemed eager to participate in the function. A tinge of sadness, however, pervaded the gathering, and before the ceremony had concluded smiles gave way to tears, which was an eloquent tribute of the high esteem in which Mr. While was held.


Roy Tillet, aged fourteen years, has been missing from home, 18 Otley Road, Eldwick, Bingley, since Wednesday (10 May) afternoon.

He has fair hair and eyes, and was dressed in a blue suit, with light brown overcoat, school cap, with Bingley Grammar School badge, grey stockings, and black boots.

He was last seen at Saltaire railway station at 4.30 p.m.

Search parties from the school and village have scoured the surrounding district without result. He has just recovered from influenza and pneumonia.

(Roy was found, but details unknown.)


An exciting encounter between Saltaire and Undercliffe, at Roberts’ Park, on Saturday (20 May) was marred by a scene rowdyism at the close. There had been a good deal of grumbling amongst the spectators with regard to the umpires’ decisions, and unfortunately there was some resentment against the veteran wicket-keeper, W. Close. He had played close to the stumps during the greater part of the innings, and when the game over there was rush on to the field and much booing, whilst blows were exchanged amongst the crowd before the police interfered.

(Saltaire won a low scoring game by one wicket.)

(The Bradford Cricket League held an inquiry into the fracas. The result was the Saltaire Club was fined ten guineas and was severely censured. Two Saltaire players, W. Close & H. Close, were suspended for the rest of the season.)


On Saturday (27 May), between 50 and 60 of the members of the Saltaire Mills Women’s Sick Society had the pleasure of being entertained by the president of the Society, Mrs. Titus Salt, at her beautiful home at the Old Rectory, Thorp Arch.

The party travelled by charabancs, and were welcomed by Mrs. Salt, and made free to wander about her delightful, old-fashioned gardens. Tea was taken “al fresco,” and with the skill of a consummate hostess, Mrs. Salt kept her guests entertained and amused by jolly little games and competitions.


Saltaire Times, June 1922


The official opening of the Saltaire Picture House was performed on Saturday (17 June) afternoon the Lord Mayor of Bradford (Councillor T. Blythe) who was supported on the platform the chairman (Lieut.-Col. A. Gadie), Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman of the Shipley Urban District Council) and Mrs. Rhodes, Councillor Victor and Mrs. Waddilove, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Booth, and Mr. R. H. Adams (manager of the Picture House).

About 350 old people were entertained by the directors, and the remainder the proceeds of the performance were devoted to the Princess Mary New Wing Fund at Sir Titus Salts Hospital, Saltaire.

The chairman remarked that both young and old were present that afternoon, and amongst the audience was a lady approaching 99 years of age. (Applause). Continuing, the chairman said that whatever Bradford thought of Shipley’s business side, they apparently liked Shipley s social enterprises. There had been lot of money spent on that house, and he trusted the venture would have every success. He hoped the people of Saltaire would appreciate the enterprise shown by the directors.

(Colin’s note – The first film shown was "A Virtuous Vamp,” in the afternoon, and “Our Mutual Friend,” in the evening).


The Library report for April showed the number of borrowers’ cards in force as 4,009 and the issue of books as: Saltaire, 5,964; Windhill, 3,710. The Sub Committee recommended that the time of closing at the reading rooms at Saltaire and Windhill be altered to 9.30 p.m., and that the time of opening at the Carnegie Library to be altered from 12 noon to 1 p.m.. and also that no issues of books be made to children under 14 years of age after 6 p.m.


Alfred Peace (32), of 15 George Street, Saltaire, was, at the Bradford West Riding Court yesterday (19 June), sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for stealing £3 15s, from Edgar Lund, of Pratt Lane, Shipley, with whom he lodged.


Considerable dissatisfaction has been caused in Saltaire in consequence of the proposal of the Bradford Postmaster (Mr. T. W. le Fevre) to close the Victoria Road Post Office.

A petition against the proposal has been extensively signed by the residents at the Glen, Baildon Green, and the Saltaire district. The office serves widely-populated district, including the 4,000 employees at Saltaire Mills, the Salt Hospital and Hostel, the Technical School and the Education Offices in Saltaire Road. There are also about 120 old age pensioners who would be obliged to walk considerable distance to Gordon Terrace Post Office or Shipley, and this is regarded as a great inconvenience.

The Shipley District Council is also opposing the scheme, and Councillor T. F. Doyle, of Saltaire, has taken great personal interest in the matter and has written to the Postmaster Bradford on the subject. Mr. Doyle has received the following reply: —

“l beg to thank you for your letter of 3 June on the subject of the closing of the sub-post office in Victoria Road, Saltaire. The decision to close this office, on the ground that the one in Gordon Terrace reasonably meets the requirements of the locality was made by the Secretary to the Post Office, who has been made aware by myself that some inconvenience will be occasioned the change. You may rest assured that he will give the matter his careful consideration, but it is proper to mention that under existing regulations two post offices so near to each other as those in Victoria Road and Gordon Terrace are no longer justified.”

We might mention that the Saltaire Post Office has been in existence for fifty years, and there is every reason to believe that wiser counsels will prevail regarding the proposal to close the office, which would entail great public inconvenience.


The annual cricket match between the Shipley Veterans and the Windhill Veterans is an event which arouses considerable local interest. The proceeds of the match are devoted to charitable purposes, the coffers of the Salt Hospital and the Shipley Nursing Association benefit thereby. The match took place on Wednesday (14 June) afternoon in Roberts Park. Saltaire.

Shipley played 13 men and Windhill 12vmen and their combined ages totalled 1,918 years. Each captain was an octogenarian, as Mr. W. Atkins, who is 82, was the captain tor Windhill, whilst Mr. H. Stolworthy, who is also 82, acted as Shipley skipper. Prior to the match much amusement was caused by the veteran cyclist, Mr. William Campbell, of Saltaire, who is 82 years of age, cycling to the ground carrying his bat in his hand. The oldest spectator was Mr. James Mansfield, who is 93 years of age, and the vice-president the Shipley Veterans’ Association (Mr. Herbert Shaw) was also an interested onlooker.

Shipley batted first, and Mr. J. Stevenson, a hearty veteran of 81, was loudly applauded for his excellent score of 44, which included 10 fours, out of total of 79 which Shipley made before they were dismissed.

Mr. H. Stolworthy, their captain, was the second highest scorer with 14, and there were, no fewer than “six ducks.”

Windhill easily proved themselves victors, as without losing wicket they ran up a total of 81. Mr. Robinson Butterfield repeated last year’s performance of boing the highest scorer, and according to rule he retired when he had scored 50; the other batsmen who carried out their bats were Mr. H. Broadley (16) and Mr R. Denison (15), the latter losing the ball by a hit into the plantation near the scoring box.

Mr. W. Hulme (chaplain, Shipley Veterans’ Association) and the Rev. H. J. Saunders (Windhill Mission) kindly acted as umpires.

After the match a tea and social were held at the Royal Cafe, when the badges given by Mr. Butland, jeweller, Shipley, for the highest scorer in each team were presented to Mr. J. Stevenson (Shipley) and Mr. Robinson Butterfield (Windhill). Medals were presented to the players who had shown special proficiency the match.


Shipley Veterans – It is interesting to note the association has as a membership of 46, whose combined ages, total 3,514.

Mr. James Mansfield (93), 4 Titus Street, Saltaire, has the honour of being the oldest member. He is followed by Mr. James Shackleton, Carlton Terrace. Shipley, who has attained the age of 86.

There are also three members who are 84 years old, one is 83, three 82, one 81, three 80, two 79, one 78, three 77, two 76, four 75, three 74, five 73, five 71, and six 70.


Quite on attractive afternoon’s cricket was provided at Roberts Park on Whit-Tuesday (6 June), when the large holiday crowd got full value for their money, as with only a few minutes to spare Saltaire, contrived to achieve what well-nigh appeared to be an impossibility, a brilliant victory at the expense of Bingley, the League champions.

The visitors defended first and save for the first wicket stand between Hyde and Hardcastle, who compiled 110 before they were separated, the rest of the team, with the exception of Lightfoot, gave very little trouble, the side being dismissed for 149.

Barnes, who appeared somewhat tired at the outset, got going the later stages of the game and captured five wickets for 48 runs, and Rhodes, who bowled remarkably well, got four wickets for 34 runs.

Saltaire started unfavourably, they lost Craven and Feather without either of these batsmen materially contributing to the score. A welcome change, however, was effected, when Hobson and Robinson got together, both of whom roused the enthusiasm of the onlookers by their great drives, Robinson particularly being strongly in evidence. He gave one of the finest performances the season, and at time when it was most really needed.

Towards the closing stages of the game the batsmen hit out vigorously. When Hobson was dismissed, Barnes was accorded a hearty cheer on joining Robinson, and as it was only question of minutes to drawing time, the excitement became intense. With two runs to set each batsman scored a single, and then Robinson, a grand leg stroke, made victory for Saltaire an accomplished fact, and on his return he was given quite an ovation. A word of praise should also be given to both teams for their exceedingly smart fielding.


A popular local tournament takes place at Saltaire next Friday, Saturday, and Monday (23 to 26 June). The Saltaire club have recently bought their ground to save it for lawn tennis, and they deserve to be encouraged.

(Note – the tournament was ruined by rain)


The Committee of the Shipley and Saltaire branch of the British Music Society recently held a meeting to discuss the coming season’s programme, and it was decided that two large concerts should be given, and in addition three smaller efforts of miscellaneous nature, to take the place of lecture recitals, etc.


The wedding was solemnised at Saltaire yesterday (21 June) of Mr. Charles E. Wrigglesworth, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Wrigglesworth, Duchy Road, Harrogate, and Miss Helen Cole Walker, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Crow Hurst, Cottingley.


1 June – St. Peter’s – Hilda McDonald, aged 21, of 16 Shirley Street, married Joseph Squire, a postal clerk aged 32 from Manningham.

17 June – St. Peter’s – Christine Webster, aged 25, of 3 Katherine Street, married Alfred Whiteley, a lamplighter aged 23 from Bradford.

28 June – St Paul’s – Edith Ashton Trotter, aged 26, of 4 Harold Place, married John Chippendale, a builder aged 31 from Shipley.

Saltaire Times, July 1922


27 July – It is understand that the old-established business of Robert Archibald & Sons, woollen manufacturers of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, has been acquired by the directors of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, & Co. (Ltd.). They intend to resume operations at the Tillicoultry mill immediately. The mill has 160 looms.


27 July – To celebrate his acceptance of a knighthood, the employees of Saltaire Mills presented to Sir Henry Whitehead with a golden casket. On the front is a medallion with the view of Saltaire Mills, and on the reverse is a suitable inscription.


The Postmaster General (Mr. T. Kellaway) has intimated to Sir H. Norman Rae, M.P., regarding the closing of the Victoria Road Sub-Post Office, Saltaire, that after reviewing the whole-of the circumstances he cannot find ground on which he would be justified in reversing the decision already reached.


The two day Saltaire Rose Show was opened on Tuesday 4 July in Roberts Park by the Lord Mayor of Bradford (Mr. T. Blythe).

A. Dickson & Sons, of Belfast, once again scooped up a number of awards.

His Majesty’s Royal Artillery (Mounted Band) was in attendance on both days.

The opening day was ruined by rain.


The annual inspection of the Shipley & District Corps of the St. John Ambulance association took place on Saturday (8 July) in the Royal Café, Saltaire (kindly lent by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd.)

There were about 160 men and nurses on parade, and a number of the Shipley Cadet Nursing Division.

The Inspecting Officer appeared satisfied with all he saw. A field day had been arranged, but this had to abandoned owing to the heavy rain. After tea in the café a pleasant social evening was spent.


About 300 blind people of Bradford and the officials and friends of the Bradford Royal Institute for the Blind were entertained to a garden party at Roberts Park, Saltaire, on the afternoon of Thursday 13 July.


The colours of the Hallamshire Harriers (Sheffield) were prominent. at the sports promoted by the Shipley and District Trade and Friendly Societies at Roberts Park, Saltaire, on Saturday (1 July). The senior harriers' team race over two miles brought out most of the best club teams in Yorkshire, and was a triumph for the Hallamshires, individually and collectively.


There was a good muster of the “C” Company of the 6 th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment on parade at Albert Road Schools, Saltaire on Thursday (6 July) evening, when a recruitment rally was held.

Preceded by the regimental band, conducted by Bandmaster King, playing lively selections en route, the men presented a smart appearance they marched up Albert Road and along Commercial Street, Shipley, to the Pavilion De Luxe, where arrangements had been made by the manager (Mr. Holland) for recruiting speeches to be delivered.


1 July – League leaders Saltaire were beaten by Baildon Green by six runs. Baildon replaced Saltaire at the top of the league.

10 July – Priestley Cup – Low Moor all out 53; Saltaire 54 for 4. Sidney Barnes, of Saltaire, took nine wickets for eight runs, including a “hat trick.”

15 July – Saltaire returned to the top of the league after beating Laisterdyke. Batting first Saltaire declared at 194 for 7. Laisterdyke were then bowled out for 37 with Sidney Barnes taking nine wickets for nineteen runs.

22 July – Saltaire beat Idle. Batting first Saltaire were 102 all out. In reply Idle were bowled out for 52. Sidney Barnes took four wickets in five balls and finished with figures of 8 for 22.

29 July – Saltaire’s game against Undercliffe was abandoned due to rain. Undercliffe had scored 95 for 9, with Sidney Barnes taking 6 for 21 off 20 overs.


There was a gratifying attendance at the eleventh annual athletic sports promoted by the Bradford Technical College Students’ Union which were held at Roberts Park, Saltaire, on Tuesday (11 July) and some good sport was witnessed.


Saltaire Ladies are to be congratulated on winning the B4 group of the Yorkshire Lawn Tennis Association’s Inter-Club Competition. They have gone through without losing a match.


Local cricketers who can recall the Saltaire Club in the eighties will learn with regret of the death of Mr. Henry (Harry) Mosley, who about 30 years ago was a professional for Saltaire and was regarded one of the best left-arm bowlers that time, he being associated with Dickie Barlow, who also was one of Saltaire’s professionals.

Mr. Mosley was a native of Shipley and was employed as a drawing overlooker at Saltaire Mills, and about 30 years ago he emigrated to Sanford, Maine, U.S.A., where was employed a similar capacity for an American firm, where eventually he became manager over the drawing department, and retired pension some time ago. He was succeeded as manager by his son.

The news of his death at the age of 72 was received on Monday by his daughter (Mrs. Lewis Robertshaw, of Undercliffe). who is the only daughter living in England, the remainder of the family having settled in America.

Regarding his cricketing career, a local enthusiast informs that Mosley played as a professional for 17 seasons, from 1874 to 1890 inclusive. He was considered the most destructive left arm bowler in the whole of the Aire Valley. In 1881 he was tried for Yorkshire County, for his bowling.


3 July – Aldam Berry, a widow and fruit seller, aged 51, married Minnie Kennedy aged 32. They both lived at 7 Victoria Road.

22 July – Dorothy Pickard, a mender, aged 25, of 48 Victoria Road, married Fred Lodge, a plumber, aged 26, from Keighley.

22 July – Reuben Watson, a clerk, aged 25, of 14 Amelia Street, married Ada Padgett, a weaver aged 22, of 6 Victoria Road.

29 July – Ivy Evelyn Hanslip, a spinner, aged 22, of 30 Helen Street, married Albert Hopwood, a moulder, aged 23, from Keighley.

Saltaire Times, August 1922




A very interesting function took place Saltaire on Wednesday (16 August), when the Shipley Chamber Trade met the Bradford Chamber of Trade at cricket at Roberts Park, and afterwards entertained them to tea at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire.

The proceeds were in aid of the Sir Titus Salt Hospital (Princess Mary Wing Fund), and despite the dull weather a fair ring of spectators was present at the start, including the Lord Mayor Bradford ( Mr. Blythe) and the Chairman the Shipley Urban District Council (Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes). The first ball of the match was sent down by Mrs. F. Rhodes.


A fire broke out at the clubhouse of the riverside Lawn Tennis Club at Saltaire about five o’clock on Friday (18 August) afternoon and resulted in the destruction of the building. Several games were being played on the adjoining courts when smoke was noticed issuing from the clubhouse, which is constructed mainly of wood. It is presumed that the cause of the fire was an oil stove which had been lighted and left unattended. All efforts to extinguish the flames failed, but most of the moveable portions of the club’s property were removed to safety.


The Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade, under the able leadership of Supt. Herbert George Hall, gained their third success of the year, when they won the silver challenge shield awarded to the winners of the four-men team drill at the first annual gymkhana held in connection with the Knaresborough Divisional Police charity sports, on the Harrogate Show Ground on Saturday (19 August).

There previous successes were a first prize at Spen Borough Valley, a second at Armley, both also for four-men drill competitions.

On Saturday the members of the winning team, Messrs. Charles Smith, Enoch Milner, Thomas Manners, and Hartley Steel, together with Supt. Hall, were each recipients of a clock.


The Midland Railway Company, after repeated requests, have supplied a four-wheeled truck for the conveyance of milk cans on the platform at Saltaire Station. This will avoid the practice of wheeling the can on its end, and thus preserving the quality of the milk.


Through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hall, a dance was given in the Clarendon Rooms, Commercial Street, Shipley, on Wednesday (30 August) evening, in aid of the Princess Mary New Wing of the Saltaire Hospital. There was a large company present, and an enjoyable time was spent. The proceeds amounted to about £10.

(Colin’s note – In 1922 James Whitaker Hall was living at 82 Commercial Street, Shipley.)


TENORS and BASSES Wanted for Saltaire Philharmonic Society; enjoyable programmes; music provided.

A.K Gardiner, Hon. Chorus Sec. 14 Ivy Road, Shipley.

(Colin’s note – Alfred Keyworth Gardiner (1868 – 1962))


14 August – “Sacred & Profound Love,” and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales’s Tour through India and Burma.
17 August – Douglas Fairbanks in “The Mark of Zorro.”
21 August – “What’s Worth While.”
24 August – “The Love Special.”


5 August – Saltaire 76 for 5, beat Great Horton 74 all out. Sidney Barnes took 9 for 23 for Saltaire.

12 August – All games abandoned due to rain.

15 August – In the Priestley Charity Cup Semi-final Saltaire beat Laisterdyke at Cottingley Bridge. Laisterdyke were bowled out for 88 with Sidney Barnes taking 8 wickets. Saltaire scored the required runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Captain, Newman Robinson top scored with 58 not out.

(Newman Robinson was born 30 October 1925 in Thornton. He was living in Wilsden before moving to Avondale Crescent, Shipley. He died there 11 February 1959.)

The final of the Priestley Charity Cup was played over two evenings (20 & 21 August) at Bradford Park Avenue. The first evening attracted a crowd of 10,350 with receipts of £527.

Saltaire put a sterner fight than was generally expected of them, but Bowling Old Lane eventually secured the trophy for the third time by a margin of 23 runs.

Scores – Bowling Old Lane 134 all out – Saltaire 111 all out.

26 August – Saltaire 173 for 9, beat Windhill 79 all out. Sidney Barnes scored 73 and took seven wickets for twenty runs.

Saltaire Times, September 1922


A meeting of the General Committee of the Sir Titus Salt's Hospital in connection with the Foundation Day Celebrations was held in the Victoria Institute. Saltaire, on Tuesday (5 September). Mr. Francis Lister presided. Satisfactory reports were given by the various committees of the arrangements for the Foundation celebrations.

It was decided to ask Sir John Salt, Bakewell, and Mrs. Titus Salt, of Boston Spa, to take part in the procession of decorated cars round the town. The Chairman reported that he had interviewed Mr. W. E. Rhodes (chairman of the Baildon District Council) and pointed out to him that the people of Baildon had benefited the hospital being within the three-mile radius. Mr Rhodes assured him by that the Council would be pleased to take part in the procession and what it could to assist the celebrations.

Mr. Walker Cryer reported that the Shipley licensed victuallers had intimated their intention of assisting in the celebrations.

The Foundation Day Celebrations had a splendid send off on Saturday 16 September, with the raising of £2,000 towards the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital Extension Scheme.

Shipley Market Place and the Salt Hospital were gaily bedecked with flags and streamers in honour of the event which has aroused the utmost enthusiasm not only in Shipley and district, but amongst well-wishers of the institution, who, residing some distance away, formerly had associations with Shipley and Saltaire. They are anxious to show their loyalty to the splendid work that the governors of the Salt’s Hospital have achieved in spite of the financial handicap which has certainly mitigated against their untiring efforts in this direction.

Mile of Pennies Result

Though the full mile of pennies was not realised, still a magnificent response was made.

Shipley £50 12s 10d – 405 yards
Saltaire £45 13s 9d – 365 yards
Windhill £41 10s 6d – 332 yards
Baildon £29 11s 6d – 236 yards
Total £29 11s 6d – 1,339 yards.

Highlights of the Foundation Day Celebrations were: -

Saturday 16 –

Cattle Weight Judging competition in the Market Place
Morris & Country Dances & Folk Songs in North Cliff Woods, by the Shipley & Saltaire Folk Dance Class

Wednesday 20 –

Grand Popular Concert in the Victoria Hall, arranged by the Musical Union.

Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 –

illuminations at the Hospital & the Institute.

Saturday 23 –

Special Flag Day with Great Procession through the town
Old English Fair in Roberts Park – opened by Sir John W. T. Salt
The Saltaire & District Wiffam, Waffam, Wuffam Jazz Band
Dancing on the Terrace
Sale by Auction of Livestock
Children’s sports
Grand Gymnastic Display
Comic Cricket Match
Humorous Sports
Side Shows
Decorated Stalls
Shipley Brass Band
Illuminations of Roberts Park by hundreds of Fairly Lamps and Chinese Lanterns.
Special Grand Finale Dance in the Victoria Hall, music by the Clarion Orchestra.


Two little boys, aged 11 and 10. named George and Albert Fillingham, living with their parents in Fern Place, Saltaire, left home on Tuesday morning (5 September), apparently with the intention of going to school. They did not return and were not heard of until a late hour Wednesday night, when they were discovered in a stable adjoining the Bell Inn, Windhill. The younger boy, Albert, was taken home to his parents, but George took to his heels and had not been heard of up to yesterday noon.

(Colin’s note – George Fillingham, born 15 June 1911, died in 1987; Albert Fillingham, born 15 August 1912, died in 1998. The Fillingham family lived at 3 Fern Place from 1919 to 1934).


The technical school, Saltaire, will re-open Monday 18 September, when the following departments will resume work for the Session 1922-23: SCHOOL OF ART: Day and Evening Classes:

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT: Evening Classes Mechanical Engineering, Building Trades, Chemical Industries and other subjects;

TEXTILE DEPARTMENT: Day and Evening Classes, Woollen and Worsted Spinning and Woollen and Worsted Weaving and Designing; COMMERCIAL, HOUSECRAFT, MANUAL TRAINING. PHYSICAL TRAINING, and BOY SCOUTS DEPARTMENTS: Evening Classes Commercial Work and Languages, Housecraft Subjects, including Home Nursing. for women and girls, Woodwork. Metalwork, Cabinet Making. graduated Physical Exercises with and without apparatus, and Classes to enable Boy Scouts obtain number of Proficiency Badges.

SHORT COURSES OF LECTURES are also being arranged for Adults in CHEMISTRY OF COMMON LIFE, with experiments, and HOME NURSING.

For particulars, Fees, Timetables, Syllabus Work, Scholarships, etc., see School Calendar Prospectuses, which may be obtained the Education Office, Saltaire Road, or at the Technical School.

WALTER POPPLESTONE, Director Education.


Three youthful cyclists, Harry Hellewell (17), warehouseman, Saltaire; George Booth (15), apprentice, Shipley; and Harold Byas Cooper (15), mill hand, Shipley, were each fined 6s. for riding without lights at Burley on 26 August.

“We knew it was against the law'," said Booth, “but we thought our parents would be waiting for us. We wanted to get home.”

(Colin’s note – Harry Hellewell was living at 4 Jane Street, Saltaire, with his mother, Martha.)


The Saltaire National Spiritualist Church held their fifth anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, (9 & 10 September) and the event proved a great success.

The gatherings, which were well attended, took place in the Social Room, Victoria Hall, Saltaire. On Saturday evening there was tea attended about 150 persons which necessitated three sittings down. This was followed an enjoyable concert, at which there were frequent encores.


At Saltaire Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. J. Harold Robinson in pastoral charge, the Methodist year opens full of hope. There were two large congregations last Sunday (3 September), and the day closed with a specially successful open-air gathering the top of Albert Road, where Mr. Robinson was the speaker.


SHIPLEY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL Require a wife, to act as CURATORS at the Victoria Hall and Saltaire Institute, Saltaire.

A list of duties can be obtained on application, at the Council Offices, Somerset House, Shipley.

Applications, stating age, experience and salary required (house, fuel and lighting provided) and accompanied by not more than two recent testimonials, to be sent to the Acting clerk of the Council, Somerset House, Shipley, on or before Monday, 22 September 1922.


On Wednesday (13 September) the wedding took place at Saltaire Congregational Church, between Mr. Frederick William Verity, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. Verity, Springcliffe, Manningham, and Miss Clara Jeffery, daughter of Mr. Jeffery, 25 Whitlam Street, Saltaire. The Rev. Harold Robinson officiated.

The bride, who was given away her brother-in-law (Mr. Holmes Milton), was attired in a navy blue costume, and wore a white velour hat. She carried a sheaf of white carnations. Mr. Allan A us ton, of Bradford, was the best man.

The honeymoon is being spent at Morecambe.

A large gathering of relatives and friends assembled at Saltaire Congregational Church on Saturday (23 September) to witness the wedding between Mr. George Thornton, only son of Mr. John Thornton, of Accrington, and Miss Ada Gill, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gill, of 16 Herbert Street, Saltaire.

The reception was held in the Sunday School, Victoria Road, where 50 guests were entertained to luncheon and tea. Later in the day Mr. & Mrs. Thornton left for Morecambe.


The annual choral competition promoted by the Co-operative Choral Association was held at Saltaire on Saturday (30 September). The contest was held for the first time in the Airedale district, and great interest was manifested. Dr. E. C. Bairstow, of York Minster, adjudicated.

No fewer than 600 vocalists competed in the various competitions.

It was no easy task to undertake the catering for such a large company of vocalists, but this was successfully accomplished by Mr. J. Appleyard, of the Windhill Co-operative Society’s bakery department, and his staff.

An excellent luncheon and tea were served in the social room and lecture theatre, Victoria Hall, and the Saltaire Congregational and Wesleyan Schoolrooms. The members of the Co-operative Women’s Guild lent valuable assistance.


The annual swimming gala held by the Saltaire Swimming Club at the Shipley Baths on Monday (25 September) night attracted a large number of spectators who fully appreciated some excellent feats.

The programme, which was an extensive one, lasting about two and half hours, was well varied, and some exciting finishes were witnessed.

Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman of the Shipley Council) presided, and the prizes were presented by Mrs. E. Cowgill. Other present included Mrs. Simmonds, Mr. Walter Popplestone, and Mr. Walker Cryer.

During the evening Mr. Cryer made an appeal on behalf of the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital. The collection for which £3 11s.


2 September – Saltaire beat Bingley by eight wickets. Bingley were all out for 45, with Sydney Barnes taking nine wickets for 27 runs.

9 September – By beating Pudsey Britannia by 77 runs, Saltaire are champions with one game to play.

16 September – Saltaire 91 all out beat Lidget Green 41 all out by 50 runs.

Football – Bradford Combination League

26 August –
Saltaire W.S. 6 Saltaire 2

16 September –
Saltaire W.S. 5 Richardshaw Lane 0

23 September –
Farsley Rovers 1 Saltaire W.S. 1
Sunny Bank Mills 3 Saltaire 2

30 September –

Saltaire W.S. 7 Monserrat Mills 0
Idle St. John’s 2 Saltaire 0

Saltaire Picture House

4 September – Silk Hosiery and The Village Sleuth
7 – The Devil to Pay
11 – The Price of Possession
14 – Through the Back Door
18 – The Kentuckians
21 – Frontier of the Stars
25 – Beau Revel and Why Trust Your Husband
28 – Idol of the North

Marriages at St. Peter’s, Shipley

2 September – Walter Burke, warp weaver aged 30, of 21 Shirley Street, Saltaire, married May Dorcas Roberts, weaver aged 23, of 1 Baker Street, Shipley.

9 September – Squire King Woodward, dyer’s labourer aged 25, of 10 Albert Terrace, Saltaire, married Florence Burke, aged 25, of 21 Shirley Street, Saltaire.

20 September – Richard Moseley Smith, confectioner aged 33, of 32 Titus Street, married Miranda Evelyn Ward, aged 33, of 14 Bromley Road, Shipley.

27 September – Jane Godfrey, weaver aged 21, of 58 George Street, Saltaire, married Clive Webster, outfitter’s assistant aged 23, of 90 Bradford Road, Shipley.

Saltaire Times, October 1922

Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons, and Co., Saltaire Mills, have purchased the Milner Field Estate, Saltaire.

The estate, which was recently offered by public auction and withdrawn, comprises some 300 acres of land in the Aire Valley, and is renowned for its natural beauty.

The principal object of the Company in obtaining control of the estate is to the preservation of its amenities.

The mansion, which was erected by the late Sir Titus Salt, the founder of Saltaire, has certain associations with Royalty. The late King Edward and Alexandra, Prince and Princess of Wales, stayed there in connection with the opening the Bradford Technical College in 1883, while in 1887 Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry Battenberg resided there before inaugurating the Royal Yorkshire Jubilee Exhibition in Saltaire.


A meeting the West Riding Rivers Board was held at Wakefield yesterday (27 October), Alderman A. Hartley presiding.

The Chief Inspector (Dr. H. McLean Wilson) reported on an interview had had with representatives of the Shipley Urban Council and of Messrs. Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co. Limited, Saltaire Mills, with reference to the admission of trade refuse to sewers.

Dr. Wilson said the firm were desirous of getting rid of their present plant for the purification their trade refuse, because it was in the midst of their premises, and gave rise to offensive odours which were a menace to the health of their workpeople.

They had asked the Urban Council to take all their refuse, without treatment, into the sewers, offering to pay a yearly sum.

The Urban Council were willing to come to agreement if the Rivers Board had no objection, and a scheme of reconstruction was being prepared for the reception and treatment of the whole of the trade refuse of the Shipley district.

Dr. Wilson had carefully considered what would be the result of the proposals and thought that the arrangement would have a good effect upon the river for the lessening of the present pollutions would very marked.

Mr. H. Chadwick said that in Leeds, especially in the low-lying parts, there were often abominable smells from the River Aire, and he wished to be convinced that the proposal would have a beneficial effect on the river. Dr. Wilson said the immediate result would be an improvement, and later the improvement would be very satisfactory indeed.

The scheme was approved, provided there was no unnecessary delay in carrying out the reconstruction of the Shipley sewage works.



Bernard Evans, a fourteen-year-old boy, left his home in Saltaire on 19 August and has not yet returned.

His family formerly lived at Hull and removed to Saltaire recently. It is thought he is in or near Hull.

He has auburn hair and fair complexion and blue eyes. When he left home, he was wearing a brown mixture suit, brown cycling stockings, black boots, and a light grey cap. He wears spectacles. The mother asks that Institutions will note the description and would be grateful to hear any news of her boy.

Information should be addressed to Mrs Evans, 7 George Street, Saltaire.

(Colin’s Note – Bernard was found. He lived with his parents at 7 George Street, until his marriage in 1933 to Gladys Hornby. Bernard and Gladys lived in Rawdon. Bernard died in 1995 in Stroud, Gloucestershire.)



Amidst every manifestation of sympathy, the funeral of the late Mr. William Campbell, who for the past 44 years had been sub-Postmaster of Saltaire Post Office, took place at the Nab Wood Cemetery on Saturday (7 October) afternoon. In addition to the large gathering of relatives and friends there were also present representatives of postal workers, the Shipley Veterans’ Association, and the Airedale Cycling Club, with which organisation the deceased had been actively identified and was held in high esteem.

The Rev. W. T. Lardge, the New Jerusalem Church, Manningham, conducted the service at the house (54, Marlborough Road, Shipley, the residence the deceased’s son-in-law), and also officiated at the graveside.



At the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (11 October) evening a whist drive and dance were held in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church. 'The whist drive winners were Mrs. Driver, Mr. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Whitley.

For dancing. Mr. Cowgill, junr., was the M.C. and the music was supplied by the Clarina Orchestra.



The Saltaire Spiritualists held a harvest thanksgiving services in their church on Sunday (8 October). The church was decorated with an abundance of fruit, flowers, vegetables, corn, red berries and fern leaves, all which had been given by members and friends.

In the afternoon a large congregation had assembled to hear Mrs. Oxley, of Leeds, who gave an address, “The seasons, and what they bring forth,” concluding with life and its results from a Spiritual aspect; after which she gave some exceptionally good clairvoyant delineation which were all recognised.

The well-known Shipley vocalist, Miss Murphy, rendered “Nearer, God, to Thee.” A tea was afterwards provided for visitors.

In the evening Mr. and Mrs. Oxley occupied the platform. The church was crowded. Mr. Oxley gave the address, his subject being “Spiritualism, and its benefits to mankind.”

Weary Gleaner, Whence Cometh Thou?” was sung as a quartet by Mrs. Gough, Miss Lamb, Miss G Murphy and Mrs. W. Summerson, which was followed by clairvoyance by Mrs. Oxley of a very fine character.



The lecture season of the Saltaire Institute Society was opened on Wednesday (18 October) night, when a large company attended to hear a lecture by Captain Wedgewood Benn, M.P. He delivered his lecture of “An Observer in Europe.”

Mr. E. Clifford Fry, who introduced the lecturer, referred in touching terms to the recent death of the president of the Saltaire Institute Society, Mr. Walter Scott.

To fill the vacancy he added, they had been fortunate enough to prevail upon Mr. Ernest H. Gates to become president. As their chairman for the last two years, Mr Gates, had already rendered valuable services, and they had no doubt that they would have in him an excellent leader and friend.

Mr. Gates had fully intended to attend that evening, but at the last moment he found it was impracticable for him to attend. He hoped however, in the future to take an active part in the work of the society.



Inspired by the success that attended their efforts last season the officials of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School have arranged a series of four concerts to be held this winter, the proceeds of which will form the nucleus of a fund towards the decoration of the Sunday School.

The first concert took place on Monday (23 October) evening, a diversified programme having been arranged by Mr. L. F. Warne (ex-superintendent), who had secured the services of several well-known artists. The Pastor (the Rev. J. Harold Robinson) presided over a large and appreciative audience.



There was a large congregation at Saltaire Congregational Church on Thursday (19 October) evening, when the special preacher was the Rev. Thomas Yates, Chairman, Congregational Union of England and Wales. The service was in connection with the Bradford Evangelical Free Church Council.



At the annual gala of the Dewsbury Amateur Swimming Club on Saturday (14 October), the 150 yards gentlemen’s squadron race was won by Saltaire.



At a meeting of Saltaire Mills allotment holders, held in the Royal Cafe on Friday (13 October), it was decided to form a horticultural society. The meeting was well attended, and it was stated that as an incentive to the success of the newly formed society, the directors of the firm have kindly promised to give prizes next year for the best cultivated gardens. The officers were appointed: Mr. Harry Leslie Searle, chairman; Mr C. Houlden, secretary; and Mr. Fred Hartley, treasurer.



The Shipley Ladies Hockey Club held dance at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Friday (15 October) evening.

There was a large attendance, and the affair was a highly successful social function. Mr. A. Slingsby’s Orchestra supplied the music. During an interval supper was served.



A farewell social in connection with the late Shipley War Pensions Committee was held at the Royal Cafe. Saltaire, on Friday (29 October) night, when people sat down to supper.

Among those present were Mrs. Simmonds (chairman of the Committee). Mr. (vice-chairman), Mr. H. Hyland (secretary). Mr. Brown (treasurer), the Lord Mayor of Bradford (Mr. I. Blythe), the Lady Mayoress (Mrs. Birkhead), Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman the Shipley District Loaned), and Mrs. Rhodes, Messrs. C. Learoyd, J. Walker, J. Hudson. H. Barnes (acting Clerk to the Shipley Council), Blackwell and J. Wildman.

It was regretted that the Ministry Pensions had decided to merge the districts of Bradford and Shipley.



Following their success last week, the members of the Keighley Girls' Grammar School British Music Society delighted a large audience at the Victoria Hall, last night (31 October) with their latest effort, the Gilbert and Sullivan opera “Patience."

The performance served to add to the honours achieved last week by the artistes and their coach and musical director. Miss Maud V. Stell, L.R.A.M. The title role was again charmingly taken Miss Alice Jowett Stell, who has an excellent voice, and who used full the numerous opportunities afforded her.


Football – Bradford Combination League

14 October –

Saltaire W.S. 3 Sunny Banks 3
Idle Wes. 4 Saltaire 2

21 October –

Baildon Hotspur 3 Saltaire 1
Britannic Res 2 Saltaire 1

28 October –

Saltaire W.S. 6 Edinburgh Untd. 1
Eccleshill F.C. 2 Saltaire 1



25 October 1922 at St. Peter’s, Shipley.

Leah Woodhead aged 29, a burler mender of 30 Constance Street, Saltaire, married Richard Fothergill, a motor driver aged 29 from Frizinghall.



STONE. — in Loving Memory of Arthur, the beloved husband of Louisa Stone, who died 23 October 1920. Aged 62 years.

His languishing head is at rest,
Its thinking and aching are o'er,
His quiet, immovable breast
Is heaved by affliction no more.

Ever remembered by his loving Wife and Family, 2 Edward Street, Saltaire, (late of Newton Street, Millom)

Saltaire Times, November 1922



A large and enthusiastic crowd assembled outside the Victoria Hall, to hear the declaration of the poll in the Shipley Division, which was announced by the Deputy Returning (Mr. S. H. B. Gill) shortly before 2.30 yesterday afternoon (16 November).

Result was: -

Sir Norman Rae (National Liberal) ……12,201
William Mackinder (Labour) ……………11,160
Arthur Day (Independent Liberal) ………6,674

A pleasing wind-up to the fight made Mr. Arthur Davy in the cause of Liberalism during the Election took the form of social function the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Wednesday (29 November) evening. A large crowd of Mr. Davy’s supporters and workers, together with their friends, had been invited, and the festive spirit reigned supreme. Great optimism prevailed to the result the next Election.

The cafe is admirably adapted for such a function and excellent arrangements were made by the manager (Mr. Cyril Stanton).



Saturday 11 November was Armistice Day, but I am sorry to have to record that very few people who were about the centre of the town observed the two minutes’ silence in honour of the gallant dead.

The majority of the people whom I saw, despite the sounding of the Saltaire Mills buzzer, simply carried on as usual.

The worst feature of it was the fact that the silence was drowned by the rattling of carts and the hum of motor vehicles.

Still there were those who bowed their heads.



The officials of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society are to be congratulated on the success of their operatic evening, held at the Victoria Hall, Salta ire, on Tuesday (7 November) night. It was the first of a series of three subscription concerts arranged for the winter by this association, and if the two forthcoming entertainments reach the same excellent standard that of Tuesday evening, music lovers this district are assured of a real treat.

An excellent company of principals had been secured, including Miss Eva Turner, Miss Constance Willis, Mrs. F. B. Holmes, Mr. Hughes Macklin. Mr. Harry Mr. Albert S. Hull, Mr. Herbert Butterworth, Mr. W. E. and Mr. William Lovell.


Saltaire Woolsorter Who is a Bankrupt

"It is my own foolishness which has brought me to bankruptcy,” was the admission made by Charles Hemingway, woolsorter, of Herbert Street, Saltaire, during the examination at the Bradford Bankruptcy Court, yesterday (15 November)

Debtor's statement of affairs showed a deficiency of £87 18s. He said he had been earning £3 6s. 3d. per week and had 13s 2d. per week rent from certain property. But for the fact that he had spent large sums of money on horse racing and cards he could have lived comfortably on that income. The Official Receiver (Mr. W. Durance); Altogether yon have inherited £l,000, and all that has gone? — Yes.
Debtor said he had not kept a record of his betting losses, but during the last two years he had lost £800. He had also been living beyond his means.
The Official Receiver: The sole cause of your bankruptcy has been betting and gambling and heavy personal expenses? — Yes.

The examination was closed.



Lord Haldane on the Mind as a Wealth Maker.

In delivering his Presidential address at the Salt Schools, Saltaire. on Saturday (18 November) night, Lord Haldane expressed surprise at finding so little about education in the election programmes of candidates and Parties.

Our commerce and prosperity depended on our keeping ahead of our rivals in educational progress. It was not capital that made wealth, he continued, any more than it was labour. It was the mind. Education was intended to stimulate thought and ideas. Unless we got on with our plans for giving chances of education to the democracy, we should have a discontented democracy. We needed a closer linking up of the secondary and special schools in the University. He looked forward to the day, not far distant, when the elementary school teacher would be trained in the University.



A musical evening under the auspices of the Shipley and branch the British Music Society was held at the Congregational School, Saltaire, on Saturday (25 November) evening.

A pianoforte recital Miss E. A. Atkinson was the chief feature. Miss Maud. V. Stell was an accompanist with skill and good taste.

In Miss Alice Jowett Stell, the society have a vocalist of more than ordinary ability.



The members of the committees which made the arrangements for the recent Founders’ Day celebrations in connection with the Sir Titus Salt Hospital, held a concert and dance at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, last Friday (17 November) night.

About two hundred people were present, including the secretaries (Messrs, E. Reynolds & A E. Horne), and an enjoyable tune was spent by all.

An enjoyable concert was given Miss Lilian Deon(soprano), Miss Nellie Walker (contralto); Mr. W. K. Allsop (bass). Mr. J. W Feather (elocutionist), together with Mr. Horace Smith (accompanist). Mr. J. W. Hall was M.C. for the dancing, the music for which was supplied by the Clarion Orchestra.



On Saturday (25 November) the Salt School Old Boys held their second social of the season in the School Gymnasium, which had been effectively decorated. About 22 couples took to the floor, and dancing continued until midnight, supper being served in the School Dining Room. The arrangements which had been made for a whist drive were cancelled owing to lack of support.



In connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church choir anniversary on Sunday (26 November), “Messiah,” was given by an augmented choir in the evening. There was a large congregation.



Organised by the Shipley Women’s Unionist Association, a highly successful whist drive and dance were held in the Saltaire Institute on Friday evening (24 November).




The Saltaire Congregational Sunday School presented a charming appearance on Tuesday (14 November) afternoon on the occasion of the opening ceremony for a four days’ bazaar which had for its object the raising of not less than £800 for –

(1) re-decoration of interior of Sunday School,
(2) special repairs church i buildings,
(3) electric fan for the church organ,
(4) deficit on general account.

There was large attendance.#




There was a record attendance at the eighteenth annual meeting of the Saltaire Cricket Club, which was held at the Lecture Theatre, Saltaire Institute, on Thursday (16 November) evening.

The President (Mr. Birbeck) observed that the record attendance augured well for the future success ot the club. He congratulated the team on having won the Bradford League Championship Cup, which he thought was a very fine performance. Mr. Birbeck pointed out that the club had held the cup for four years out of six.

Unfortunately, the bad weather during last season had adversely effected their balance-sheet, and they had to report loss of £265 on the season working’s.

Of course, added Mr. Birbeck, winning cups and getting into the final, specially of the Charity Cup, always meant a big loss to any club, and he considered their club would have benefited to the extent of £80 had they not got into the final of the Charity Cup.



The eighteenth annual meeting of the Saltaire, Shipley & District Society was held at the Rosse Hotel, Shipley, on Tuesday (14 November), Mr. E. Wright (Chairman of the Committee) presiding.

The hon. Secretary (Mr. Ernest Waddilove) presented the annual report.

The hon. Treasurer (Mr. A. Hugh Lumby) submitted the balance sheet, which showed an adverse balance of £199 17s 4d.

Mr Lumby stated there was a decrease of gate money of £164. There was also a charge of £121 for the entertainment ta. He thought this was an imposition.

Officers were elected as follows: -

President – Sir Henry Whitehead
Hon. secretary – Mr. Ernest Waddilove
Hon. assistant secretary & solicitor – Mr. L. P. Ratcliffe
Hon. Treasurer – Mr. A. Haigh Lumby



At Otley yesterday (2 November) three Shipley youths —Thomas Harold Keleher (20), labourer. Park Street, Harold Newton, (17), millhand, Wycliffe Place, and Sam Moore (17), millhand. Wycliffe Place—were charged with stealing tennis balls from the pavilion of the Saltaire Sports Club, off Coach Road, Baildon.

It was stated that about 9.30 on Wednesday (1 November) night Police Sergeant Redfern and Police Constable Cooper were in plain clothes in Otley Road, Woodbottom, when they saw the three lads coming along Green Lane.

Newton had a sack on his back and the pockets of the other two were bulging. Being suspicious, the officers asked what was in the sack, and Newton replied, “Potatoes; I got them from my Uncle. The sack was full of tennis balls and Moore ran away, but was apprehended later, and several balls they had thrown into some allotment gardens were recovered.

In reply to the charge Keleher said, “We are guilty; I led them to it;” Newton said, “We all three stole them;” whilst Moore's reply was, "I'm saying nowt.”

All three prisoners were remanded until to-day (Friday 3 November), when it was stated another charge would probably be preferred against them.

Keleher was sent to prison for six months, and the over two were bound over.

(Colin’s note – Thomas Harold Keleher, the youngest of nine children, was born in Shipley in 1902. His parents, Matthew & Mary Keleher were born in Ireland. Thomas worked as a labourer; his father was a plasterer. Thomas died in 1959 in Leeds.)


Football – Bradford Combination League

4 November –
Florence Albion 3 Saltaire W.S. 1

11 November –
Saltaire W.S. 6 Bowling United 1
Florence Albion 6 Saltaire 0

18 November –
Saltaire 2 Edinburgh United 3
Eccleshill P.C. 0 Saltaire W.S. 2

Billiards – Shipley District League

3 November –
Saltaire Institute 914 Windhill Liberal 1160

17 November –
Saltaire Institute 1350 Shipley Friendly Hall 1050

24 November –
Saltaire Institute 1350 Shipley Combers 1088

Saltaire Picture House

13 November – Pollyanna
15 – The Three Musketeers
20 – A Virgin Paradise
23 – The Gilded Lily
27 – The Bohemian Girl
30 – Christie Johnson & A Sailor-Made Man.




For Terms apply The Manager.


BROWN & POLSON of Com Flour fame, cordially invite your attendance at a series of practical cookery demonstrations of the best methods to prepare and serve –



Monday 20 to Friday 24 November

Afternoons 3pm – Evenings 7.30pm


St. Paul’s Shipley – 4 November –

Nellie Shaw, a drawer aged 19 of 11 Caroline Street, Saltaire, married Frank Priestley Constantine, a window cleaner aged 22 of 24 Rhodes Street, Shipley.

St Peter’s Shipley – 25 November –

John Robinson, a railway shunter of 2 Jane Street, Saltaire, married Mary Margaret Wilson, aged 22 of 6 Jane Street.





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