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Life in Saltaire: 1923
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.

This diary is updated monthly.Where possible, I have used the exact wording from the newspaper. There are also links to biographies.Please feel free to contact me on with any comments or queries.

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Life in Saltaire, 1923

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Saltaire Times, January 1923


The scenes which marked the opening of the Saltaire Conversazioni at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (3 January) evening, can only be described as brilliant. The like of which has never been witnessed since the revival of the event in 1919.

Nearly an hour prior to the time scheduled for the reception, guests began to arrive, and were received by the President (Mr. Ernest H. Gates), accompanied by the Hon. Gwendoline Marshall (niece of Mrs. Gates, who, unfortunately, was unable to be present on account of indisposition). Chief amongst the guests were the Lord Mayor & Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Alderman Thomas Snowden & Mrs. Snowden).


An interesting innovation this year is a choice collection of oil paintings and water colours executed Mr. Fred Stead, a well-known local artist.

The fact that several of Mr. Stead's works have occupied places in the Royal Academy at various periods gives ample proof of his capabilities as an artist.

Amongst the selection on view is a fine portrait study of Second-Lieut. Edgar Marsden Kermode, D.S.O., M.C. and Bar, D.C.M., highly respected young officer hailing from Shipley, who, after gaining innumerable decorations in the world of conflict, paid the supreme sacrifice.

(Colin’s note – the above is an extract from a lengthy report in the Shipley Times.)


It was a fitting climax to the series of Conversazionis promoted by the Saltaire Institute Society that the last night (7 January) should be devoted to the children.

Quite a large number assembled in the Victoria Hall for the fancy dross ball. The costumes were of the greatest variety, and there were many novelties and ingenious devices, for which prizes were offered.

Mr. E. Harper acted as M.C. A party of local gentlemen designated “Charlie Chaplin’s” Orchestra supplied the music.

Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Dawes, of the Collingham Players, were the judges of the fancy dress competition, and their awards were as follows:

Original and Topical


l. Dorothy Robinson (Northcliffe Wood in Autumn)
2. Mary Sharpe (Doll)
3. Vera Mary Shackleton (Jack in the Box).


1. Kenneth McHarg (Jack Frost)
2. Geoffrey Williamson (Cigar)
3. Ernest Salter (Rags and Bones)

Historical & Legendary


l. Lily Redgen (Christmas)
2. Phyllis Abbott (Red Riding Hood)
Extra, Edna Barker (Kate Greenaway.


1.Denis Calvert (Pied Piper)
2. Ronald Burns (Indian)
3. Stanley Robinson (Indian)

National Costume


1. Joan Sharpe (French Maid)
2. Biddy Sharpe (Italian Gipsy)
3. Lena Priestley (Egyptian Princess)


1. Ronald F. H. Noddle (Dutch Boy)
2. Jack Taylor (French Drummer Boy)
3. Stanley Green (Indian Prince)

Comical Costume


1. Joan Smith (Pierrette)
2. Agnes Walker (Futurist)
3. Betsy Webster (Pierrette)


1. Gilbert Blair (“Daily Mail” Insurance)
2. Bobby Blair (Golliwog)
3. Marshall Young (Harlequin)

Special prize for the youngest child (not a prize winner) – Billie Walker (Pierrot).

During the evening the President (Mr. E. H. Gates) presented to Mr. C. H. Ingham (hon. secretary) a piece of Sheffield plate made in 1815, subscribed for by members of the Committee in recognition of the valuable services rendered by Mr. Ingham, who had been mainly responsible in bringing the conversazione to such a successful consummation.

Saltaire Labourer’s Attack on Station Inspector

At the Skipton Police court on Saturday (13 January), Clarence Mounsey, described as a labourer, of Saltaire, was summoned for having assaulted Charles Armston, a railway station inspector, at Skipton on Wednesday, 20 December.

Armston stated that on the arrival at Skipton of the 10.25 p.m. train from Bradford he found the defendant lying asleep in a third-class compartment. With considerable difficulty he awoke him and conveyed him round to the station exit.

On the way Mounsey declared that had neither money nor ticket, and at the barrier was put in charge of a ticket collector, who was instructed to take his name and address.

Witness then went into his office, and whilst engaged in speaking on the telephone was struck by the defendant, who had entered his office, on the back of the head. The blow caused a nasty wound behind the ear and forced his face against the telephone mouthpiece, which was broken.

It was stated by Detective-inspector Dutton, of Bradford, that the defendant had taken out a ticket from Bradford to Shipley but had over-travelled.

Mounsey, who said he remembered nothing of the affair, was fined £5, the Chairman (Colonel J. G. B. Tottie) remarking that the defendant had deliberately gone into a man’s office and assaulted him behind his back.


The circumstances relating to the death of Benjamin Bowen (62), of 24 George Street, Saltaire, who accidentally fell from the roof of a house in Spencer Street, Keighley, 13 January, were inquired into at an inquest held at Keighley on Tuesday (30 January). After the accident Bowen was removed to the hospital.

The District Coroner (Mr. Edgar Wood) returned a verdict to the effect that Bowen accidentally fell from the roof of house and-sustained injuries which set up pneumonia and resulted in his death.

James Haste, of 21, Hall Lane, Windhill. a mason’s labourer, said he came to Keighley on 13 January with Bowen. They were employed by Messrs. C. Murgatroyd and Sons, of Bradford, and were going to work at the Queen’s Hotel. The work was not ready for them, and Bowen told the witness to get some stuff together and go with him to Spencer Street to put on two slates. Witness did not know whether Messrs. Murgatroyd told Bowen to do the work in Spencer Street. Bowen got through the attic window, and the witness got through the window Bowen was moving the ladder and it slipped, and he rolled off the slates into the yard below. There was ice on the top of the slates. The morning was frosty and slippery.

Alfred Pike, of 41 Spencer Street, Keighley, said asked Bowen’s advice as to rain coming through the roof and asked him to look it. Bowen examined the roof and said he could do the job in ten minutes if he had the materials. The witness then left the matter entirely in Bowen’s hands.

The Coroner: You didn’t in any way engage Messrs. Murgatroyd’s to do the work; it was sort of private matter between you? —Yes,

Did you engage him on behalf of this firm? — l put it this way; He said he could it in ten minutes if he had the stuff there, and I didn’t press when he should come or anything.

Dr. Scott said the man sustained a compound fracture of the nose, a compound fracture of the base of the skull, a simple fracture of the right femur, and a simple comminuted fracture of the right ankle and bruises. The pneumonia which set in was a sequence to the injuries.

Saltaire woman’s death by drowning

A verdict of “Drowned herself while suffering from nervous depression,” was returned by the District Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris) at an inquest held at the Shipley Fire Station on Thursday afternoon (25 January), concerning the death of Agnes Taylor, who was found drowned the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, at Saltaire, early in the morning of 24 January. William Taylor, of 72 George Street, Saltaire, stated that the deceased was his wife, and was 54 years of age. Her health had been very good up to six or seven weeks ago, since when she had been attended by several doctors. There had been something wrong with her tongue, and one of the doctors had stated her complaint neuritis and rheumatism, which had settled on her tongue. She had seemed worse just recently, especially during the night.

He (witness) last saw her alive at 11 o’clock on Tuesday night. She was then in bed and had been very depressed all day. When he got up the next morning at seven o’clock he found that his wife was missing, and that their daughter, who slept in the same room as the deceased, knew nothing of her disappearance. After making inquiries among the neighbours, the police were informed.

Lily Taylor, daughter of the deceased, stated that she went to bed 11.15 p.m. on Tuesday. Her mother was awake, and she spoke to her. She (witness) never heard her mother move during the night and did not know she was missing until her father awoke her seven o’clock the next morning. She found that her mother had not taken all her clothes with her. but she had taken her (witness’s) slippers.

Further evidence was given by a young woman who said that while on her way to work early on the Wednesday morning in question she found a black coat on the canal bank, just under the bridge at Saltaire. The coat was close to the wall, and was not folded, but lying just if it had been dropped off.

P.C. Batty, who found the body in the water about 500 yards below Saltaire Bridge, said deceased was only partially dressed.

Dr. J. J. Bell, Bradford, said he had attended the deceased since Christmas Eve. She was suffering from nervous depression, her principal symptom being in the tongue. There was not any specific mental trouble, and he had never noticed any suicidal tendencies. He had informed the daughter that it was a minor condition.

The Coroner: It has occurred to that she might have thought she was suffering from cancer of the tongue, and that it was being kept from her. Dr. Bell: She never gave that impression.


Under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, on Wednesday (17 January), a lecture on “The Romance of Wireless,” illustrated by lantern slides and practical demonstrations, was given at the Saltaire Institute by Mr. Sidney H. Naylor, in the unavoidable absence of Captain H de a. D. Donisthorpe.

An interesting demonstration showed how the wireless operator could cut off signals he did not wish to hear by tuning the instrument to a different wavelength.

Dealing with the importance of direction finders, Mr. Naylor said that with their aid a ship could find its exact position and mentioned one instance of a ship having been successfully navigated up the St. Lawrence River in thick fog solely by this means.

At the close musical items were picked up from various stations and broadcast to the audience.


I am pleased to hear that the Shipley Old Folks’ Treat generously provided by Mr. Harry Cottain, of Moorhead Lane, Shipley, Chairman of the directors of Saltaire Picture House, is likely to be made an annual event. Several gentlemen have expressed the opinion that the treat, which was given for the first-time last year, should be an annual event, and I hear that Mr. T. H. Higson, who acted as secretary last year, will shortly convene meeting of those interested in the project, when the necessary arrangements will be made for collecting subscriptions towards the Old Folks’ Treat.


Those supporters of the Shipley Liberal Association who were present at the annual conversazioni on Friday (19 January) must indeed have the cause of true Liberalism at heart.

They must have travelled to the hall under very disagreeable climatic conditions, as rain fell heavily during the early part of the evening.

This, however, did not deter them from attending in large numbers, and the interior of Victoria Hall presented a striking contrast to the squally conditions outside.

Altogether delightful time was spent, and everyone appeared to be on pleasure bent.

The children’s evening on Saturday (20 January) was a great success, and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Airey, who received the youthful guests, also added to their pleasure by presenting them with balloons and crackers, which added to the gaiety of the evening, and throughout merriment reigned supreme.


Under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, an interesting lecture on “The Pleasures of Poetry” was given on Wednesday (24 January) evening by Miss Duckitt, B.A. (Lond.), Headmistress of the Girls’ High School, Saltaire. Mr. A. H. Lumby presided.


The Victoria Hall, Saltaire, presented a charming appearance, adorned in a colour scheme of blue and white, tastefully relieved with floral decorations, on Wednesday (24 January) evening, on the occasion of a whist drive and dance promoted by the Airedale & Amity Lodge of Freemasons.

Bro. F Lister was M.C. for the “drive,” and the prizes were presented by Mrs. Brown, wife of Bro. Albert E. Brown, Worshipful Master.


8 January – Moth And Rust & Married Life
11 – One Clear Call & Going Straight
15 – The Poverty Of Riches
18 – The Prodigal Judge
29 – Four Men In A Van


St. Peter’s Shipley

13 January – Lily Lancaster, aged 24 of 12 George Street, married James Hebden, a moulder aged 23 from Keighley.

20 January – Bertie Bates, a warehouseman aged 21, married Edith Mole, a twister aged 24. They both lived at 3 Dove Street.

Saltaire Times, February 1923


Alluding to the proposed sale of the two cottages Nos. 65 and 66, Victoria Road, Saltaire, to the governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital for £325, Mr. Learoyd said was pleased that such a sum of money was raised by the Foundation Day Celebrations that justified the governors in going on with the scheme for the extension of the hospital.


The Clerk submitted a draft agreement with Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co. Ltd., in regard to the admissions of trade refuse into the Council’s sewers.

The Committee approved the agreement with some minor alterations and gave instructions for the same to be submitted to the Company for their own consideration.


At a meeting of the Libraries’ Committee the library report for December showed the number of borrowers’ cards force 4,169, and the issue books as; Saltaire, 5,829; Windhill, 4,281.

The Clerk reported that the sum of £35 had been received from the Saltaire Institute Society for the use of rooms for the conversazioni, and the Committee agreed to accept this payment in settlement.

It was recommended that the application from the Primitive Methodist Church for the use of the Victoria Half and social rooms, in connection with a bazaar to be held during the week commencing 1 October next, be granted at an inclusive charge of £26.

On the proposition of Mr A. C. Marsden, seconded by Mr. J. Gray, the recommendations were adopted.


The Saltaire Estate Sub-Committee recommended that the assistant surveyor prepare plan and estimate for the fencing off and making of the footpath along the river side provided for in the conveyance to Sir Titus Salt, Bart. Sons and. Co., Ltd.

The Committee approved the agreement with the Midland Railway Company in regard to the use of land at Hirst Wood for tipping.

The clerk was instructed to offer Mr. Jowett the tenancy of land now in his occupation, with the exception of the plot of land required for the Midland Railway Company's tip, and also the tenancy of land to be given up by Mr. Stephenson, at the present rentals, and subject to Mr. Jowett accepting responsibility for any valuation payable to Mr. Stephenson.

The Clerk was instructed to render accounts to the allotment holders who had continued in occupation on the Albert Road allotments, and to arrange with them to continue their tenancy for another year if they desire to do so.

The assistant surveyor submitted a plan and estimate for the construction of a footpath along the riverside from Victoria Road to Hirst Lane. The estimated cost of forming the footpath and erecting the fencing was £350. The Committee approved the estimate and gave instructions for tenders to be obtained for the additional fencing required.


Shipley School of High-Class Confectionary
The Institute, Victoria Hall, Saltaire.
Classes, Fridays at 2.45 & 7 p.m.
1s per lesson
Trade recipe, improved method
Teacher, Miss G. Mills, 25 years' High class Business Experience in Manchester.
Special invitation to all housewives and all people connected with the trade.


A meeting of ladies held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Wednesday afternoon (7 February), by invitation of Lady Whitehead.

There were present: Lady Whitehead (in the chair), Mrs. G. S, Ambler, Mrs. A. Brear, Mrs. Dean. Mrs. A. Gadie, Mrs. Louis Gates. Mrs. K. Haley, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Way and Mrs. Yellowlees.

In opening the meeting, Lady Whitehead extended a warm welcome to all the ladies present. Continuing, she explained that she had invited the ladies to her to consider the formation of Ladies’ Committee for the furtherance the work of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society, of which her husband, Sir Henry Whitehead, is president.

With a view to carrying into effect the proposal put forward by Lady Whitehead, a committee of ladies was formed with power to add to their number, and among those who agreed to join the committee were:

Lady Whitehead, Mrs. Geo. Ambler, Mrs. Dean, Mrs. A. Gadie, Mrs. L. Gates, Mrs. E. Haley, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Way, Mrs. Yellowlees. with Mrs. and Miss Whitehead as co-secretaries.


Under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, Professor J. B. Cohen, of the University of Leeds gave a lecture on “Synthetic Drugs.” The lecture was illustrated with several slides.


To be able to claim credit for having been an organist for 60 years is a record of which any man may be proud. This is the achievement of Mr. Handel Parker, of Shipley, who on account of ill health, has recently resigned the position of organist and choirmaster to the Saltaire Wesleyan Church which he has held for the last four years.


An excellent concert was given in the Hall Wesleyan Sunday School on Saturday (10 February) night by the pupils of Miss Hilda Cooke, of Saltaire.

A varied and interesting programme of both vocal and pianoforte music had been arranged, and the different items were rendered in finished style.

Pianoforte solos were given by Miss Kathleen Barker, Miss Barbara Pickard, Miss Vera Nathan. Miss Lillian Wilkinson, Miss Ethel Bradley. Miss Muriel Jackson, Miss Lillie Watson (whose playing of Chopin’s Scherzo 11, Op. 31, from memory, was a notable performance). Miss Ida Jackson, Master Jack Servant, and Master George Knott.

The last-named, who is only eleven years age, displayed marked ability in his playing of “Minuet” (Paderewski).

Pianoforte duets were cleverly executed by Miss Muriel Dobbs and Miss G. Raybould; and Miss Ella Midgley and Miss Annie Dean.

The vocalists, who acquitted themselves with distinction, were Miss Olive Sloe, Miss Eleanor Deacon, Miss Nellie Lightowler, Mrs. J. Hudson, Miss Betty Lister, Miss Florence Airey, Miss Nellie Broadbent, Miss Louie Moss, Miss Connie Smith, Miss Mary Hird, and Miss Irene Sharpe.

Vocal duets were pleasingly rendered by Miss Connie Smith and Miss Vera Crossland; and Miss Elsie Milnes and Miss Nellie Suddards.

Miss Hilda Cooke was an excellent accompanist.

There was large attendance.

The proceeds were in aid of the National Children’s Home and Orphanage.


The members of the Saltaire Institute Society’s Dramatic Club gave a creditable presentation of Mr. Douglas Murray's comedy, “Uncle Ned,” at the Keighley Municipal Hall on Tuesday (13 February) evening.

The principal parts were cleverly characterised by Mr. Harold C. Smedley, Mrs. Smedley, Mr. E. Clifford Fry, Miss Elsie Davy, and Miss Gwen Saunders, and the minor parts were well filled Mr. W. H. Finlayson. Mr. W. Knight Plunkett, Mr. James Garton, and Mr. H. Irving Bart.

The proceeds were in aid of the Keighley Infants’ Aid Society.


To the Editor.

Sir, —May I inform your readers that the proceeds for the year of the Shipley tinfoil collection amount to £6 12s. 9d., which sum has this day been paid to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, the object for which the collection exists.

It may be noted that gifts of dental plates and broken silver have augmented the present results and are always gratefully received.

Apart from these, the bulk of the collection consists of silver paper from sweets and cigarettes; lead and lead foil; jar and bottle capsules; and all varieties of tubes, from paint tubes to copying ink and toilet tubes. Perhaps it may be suggested here that these various oddments almost collect themselves households, shops, and schools, where some handy receptacle is provided for their day-by-day accumulation.

The collection is much indebted to the provision made for receiving tinfoil at the Saltaire Institute Library, as well as the Hospital, and the continued interest of the schools the district and the G.F.S. is again solicited.

Grateful acknowledgments are due the many receivers’ and other helpers, and with thanks for much kind assistance, —I, am, etc GERTRUDE BONNER Thorncliffe, Shipley, 21 February 1923.


The Victoria Hall, Saltaire, was gaily bedecked on Friday (16 February) evening, on the occasion of the annual whist drive and dance promoted the burling and mending department of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills.

The arrangements for the social function had been admirably carried out by a committee consisting of Miss Dawson, Miss Armitage, Mrs. Kaye, Miss Shuttleworth, and Mr. J. Sykes. About 250 persons were present.


The Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir held a birthday smoker at the Prince of Wales Hotel Friday (16 February) evening, to celebrate the birthday of Mr. Joseph Woodhead (72), one if the oldest social members of the choir. Under the conductorship of Mr. Fred Bradshaw, the choir contributed several glees in good style.

Songs were rendered by Mr. Norman Keighley, Mr. F. Dracup, and Mr. Sam Myers. Mr. Harold Briggs was the accompanist.

During the evening light refreshments were served, and an enjoyable time was spent.


Under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, Mr. F. J. Fuller, headmaster of the Salt High School, gave a lecture on Wednesday (21 February) evening on the “History of the Steam Engine.”

The subject was illustrated by a number of ingenious models made by the lecturer, and a series of lantern slides.


Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes presided at a meeting held at the Victoria Institute, Saltaire, on Wednesday (28 February) evening, the result of an offer from the Saltaire Institute Society’s Dramatic Club to repeat the performance of “Uncle Ned,” the whole, of the proceeds to be devoted to the Salt’s Hospital.

After discussion it was decided that the governors of the hospital should work in conjunction with the Founders’ Day Celebrations Committee, and Mr A. E. Horne undertook to carry out the. secretarial duties.

The Chairman stated that a guarantors’ fund of £20 would he required to enable the whole of the takings being available for the hospital, and towards this amount £5 had been contributed.


The Libraries Committee reported that for the month January the number borrowers’ cards in force was 4,162 and the issue of books —Saltaire, 6,183; Windhill, 4,381.

The Chairman submitted a report upon the meeting the Sub-Committee in regard to the caretakers’ duties. The report was adopted, and the Clerk instructed to write to caretaker accordingly.

That the use the Victoria Hall granted to the John Groom’s Crippleage and Flower Girls’ Mission, for a floral exhibition in April, at an inclusive charge of £9 9s.

Recommended that the use of the Reading Room in connection with the dance held by the Saltaire Mills Burling department be granted without charge on payment the scale of charges for other rooms, on the understanding that the proceeds of the dance are to be given to local charities.

An application from the Shipley Local Association of the National Union Teachers for reduced charges for the use of Victoria Hall for whist drive and dance was rejected.

That the Shipley and Saltaire Old Folks’ Treat Committee be granted the free use the Victoria Hall for lea and concert for old folks. That the free use of Victoria Hall be granted to the Saltaire Institute Society for a dramatic performance in aid of the Hospital funds.


St. Peter’s, Shipley

3 February – Florrie Lancaster, aged 24 of 9 George Street, Saltaire, married Joseph William Bennett, a woolcomber aged 23 from Bingley.

3 February – Freida Gott, a weaver aged 21 of 26 Jane Street, Saltaire, married William Motley, a warehouseman aged 22 of 10 Hargreaves Street, Shipley.

6 February – Fred Turner, a bricklayer aged 24, married Frances Mildred Kilroy, a burler & mender aged 20. They were both living at 11 Mary Street, Saltaire.


Joyce Mary Green was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley, 7 February. She was aged just seven months.

Her parents Mary Eliza & Sam Green lived at 16 Jane Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times, March 1923


The annual old folks’ treat promoted by the Shipley Old Folks’ Treat Committee, took place in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday (3 March), when the aged guests spent a most delightful time.

Several of the old folks who were too infirm to walk or go by tramcar to the hall were conveyed to and from the hall in motor-cars.

The Victoria Hall presented a charming appearance, the tables being tastefully decorated with flowers, whilst the stage was adorned with, plants kindly lent by the Shipley Urban Council.

An excellent tea was catered for by the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, under the personal supervision of the manager (Mr. Cyril Stanton), which gave entire satisfaction. The menu was as follows: —

Beef, ham, tongue, mixed pickles, white and brown bread and butter, strawberry and lemon jellies, blancmange, queen cakes, cream sponge. Genoa and Madeira cakes, fancies, tea.

Quite an assortment, that was calculated to suit all tastes. About 300 old folks sat down to tea.

All the old folks who participated in the pleasures of the occasion were 65 years of age and over. The oldest man was Mr. James Mansfield, of Titus Street, Saltaire, who was 94 years old, and the oldest woman, Mrs. Cooper, of 63 Wilmer Road, Shipley, had attained the age of 83.

After tea each man received 1oz. of tobacco, and the women were each, given ¼ lb. of tea.

During an interval the old folks and the members and friends of the committee chatted together, and the time was pleasantly whiled away selections on the Edison gramophone, lent by Mr. Harry Cottam.

Mr. Abraham Kendall, who presided at the entertainment, said they were very pleased to see the old folks, and he pointed out that the committee did not look upon the tea and entertainment as a gift, but more in the nature of a social gathering, where they wanted them to feel happy and comfortable. The committee and subscribers, proceeded Mr. Kendall, fell that they were rendering a good service, and it was with a feeling of goodwill towards the old folks that they promoted this annual treat, and lie expressed the hope that everyone would have most enjoyable time.


The combing department of the Saltaire Mills held their third annual dance at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire. on Friday (2 March).

The returns showed a profit of £40, which was equally divided between the Saltaire Hospital and the Bradford Eye and Ear Hospital, each receiving £20.


For some reason or other, there was a disappointing entry in the choir classes at the Shipley and District Musical Festival, which was held in the Victoria Hall, Saturday (17 March).

This despite the fact that handsome fifty guineas trophy, the Saltaire Challenge Shield presented by Mr. Arthur Davy for open competition male voice choirs, made its first appearance, at the festival,

It may that the imminence of the big Leeds Festival this week limited the entries by making it difficult for choirs to become proficient in all the necessary tests. Apart from this, the Saltaire gathering must be voted a success.


It is the intention of the management of the Saltaire Picture House to hold a charity concert at that place of amusement on Sunday evening, 25 March.

The entire proceeds will be handed to the Shipley District Council to apportion at their discretion to the various Shipley charities—such as Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, etc. All expenses will be met the directors of the Picture House, that all the money realised will be voted to local charities. Mr. W. E. Holland (the manager) is arranging an attractive programme of films and musical items, and some of the best artists in the district will feature in the entertainment.


GIRL, respectable, about 18. Wanted, for small house, able to wash and do plain cooking; references required: good home for willing girl; wages 9s. small family – 14 Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.

(Colin’s note – the house was renumbered 77 Bingley Road. It was home to Osborne Sayer Wain & his family.)


and can be seen presented by
March to 20 to 24 at 7-15 p.m.
(by arrangements with the sole proprietors,
Messrs. Joseph Williams, Ltd., London.)

RESERVED SEATS: 3/- and 2/-; Children under 12 years, 2/ and 1/3 Unreserved Seats, 1/3; Children under 12 years, Prices include tax.

Seats may be reserved on and after 12 March at the Co-operative Society’s Office, Bank Street, Shipley.


The fourth concert of the season as arranged by the officers and teachers of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School in aid of the renovation fund was given on Thursday (15 March).

Like its predecessors, the concert was a real musical treat, and enjoyed by a large audience, who frequently testified their appreciation of the performers’ efforts.

As result of the two series of concerts arranged by Mr. L. F. Warne and Mr. T. W. Dutton lust season and this season, about £180 has been raised in aid of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School. Both musically and financially the series has been highly successful.


At a meeting of the Higher Education Committee, Mr. Jackson reported that he and Mr. Denison had seen a field on the carriage drive between Victoria Road and Milner Field, the property of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co. Ltd., which they considered very suitable playing field for the Girls’ High School.

The field at the present time was rented from the Saltaire firm by Mr. Rayner, cab proprietor, but he was willing to terminate his tenancy at once, and the Saltaire firm were prepared to let the field to the Governors at rental of £3 per acre per annum, and rates.

This recommendation was carried.


A plan was approved for tennis pavilions at the Recreation Ground, Riverside, Saltaire, for Sir. Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co. Ltd.


F. W. Richardson, West Riding County and Bradford City Analyst, gave a lecture on Plague, Pestilence and Progress Saltaire Institute, on Wednesday (7 March) evening. The object of his lecture was to show the enormous benefits which have accrued to the human race from the knowledge of the origins infectious disease.

The lecture was illustrated by lantern slides including some special microphotographs of Mr. Richardson’s own making, parts of flies, mosquitoes, etc.


Under the auspices of the Shipley Wesleyan Circuit, a temperance demonstration was held at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church on Thursday (22 March) evening.

Mr. Thomas Blythe (ex-Lord Mavor of Bradford) presided, and he was supported by the Rev. William Paxton. of Bradford, the Rev. C. Pollard (Superintendent Minister Shipley Wesley Circuit), the Rev. J. Harold Robinson (Saltaire), the Rev. J. Goldsborough, Mr. Harold Watson and Mr. J. A. Dean.


An event of unusual interest is to take place at Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday 11 March, when the evening service will be conducted by Miss Lilian Cox B.A.

It is one of the results of a movement which has been growing rapidly throughout the country, known as the Girls’ League.

The church has not always been willing to entrust responsible work to young people, but a feature of the league is that it is run entirely by girls; that is to say, all the officers must be girls under a certain age. The result has been one of rapid development.


Prettily adorned with green art muslin, the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, presented a charming appearance on Friday (16 March) on the occasion of the fourth annual ball held under the auspices of the Shipley Catholic Men’s Society, who were indebted to Miss Bell and her staff for the tasteful decorations. There was a large gathering, and the function proved an unqualified success.


The Saltaire Institute Society’s Dramatic Club gave a delightful performance of the comedy “Uncle Ned,” at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, in aid of the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, on Thursday (15 March). There was a large and appreciative audience.


2 March – The Fighting Fool & Alf’s Button
5 – A Doll’s House
9 – Society Secret’s & Down On the Farm
12 – Oliver Twist
16 – Lucky Carson
19 – Dick Turpin’s Ride to York
22 – Lessons In Love & Bucking The Line
26 – Shackles of Gold
29 – The Fast Mail


3 March – Florence Albion 9 Saltaire W.S. 0

Bowling United 5 Saltaire 1

10 – Britannic United 3 Saltaire 1

17 – Saltaire 3 Florence Albion 3

Baildon 5 Saltaire W.S. 0

24 – Northcliffe 3 Saltaire 0



AT STUD. —Messrs. Stilgoe and Spalding’s Pedigree Large Black Boar. Drake Hill Swell VI.; Siring Wonderful Litters; inspection invited. Inquiries: 70 Thompson Street, Shipley; and 4 Katherine Street, Saltaire. Fee 7s. 6d

(Colin’s note – 4 Katherine Street, was home to Charles Spalding and his family.)


St Peter’s, Shipley – 31 March

Sydney George Bowen, a wool comber aged 23, married Dora Lees, a wool comber aged 20. They were both living at 24 George Street, Saltaire.

Alice Irene Firth aged 21 of 7 Katherine Street, Saltaire, married Henry Dunwell, an engineer aged 28, of 4 Cowling Street, Shipley.

Carl Beamont Woodcock, a motor mechanic aged 22, of 34 Whitlam Street, Saltaire, married Violet Beatrice Boyes, a weaver aged 23 of 43 Ada Street, Saltaire.

Annie Quanbury aged 28 of 20 William Henry Street, Saltaire, married Harold Corney, a warehouseman aged 30 of Great Horton, Bradford.

St. Paul’s, Shipley – 31 March

Alice Askam , a wool comber aged 25 of 23 Ada Street, married Walter Holden, a wool comber aged 25 of 15 Henry Street, Shipley.

Saltaire Times, April 1923


As was announced yesterday (27 April), the famous mills of Sir Titua Salt, Bart., Sons, and Company (Limited), spinners and manufacturers. Saltaire, Bradford, are to come under the proprietorship company.

Last night the directors of the firm issued the following for publication: -

"The statement is correct that negotiations are in progress with the intention of offering the public at a later date participation in the undertaking. This, however, does not imply any alteration in the policy of the company, and it may be anticipated that the present directors will continue to be associated."

It has been stated that the capital of the public company is to be £4,000,000, but we understand that this is guesswork.

The Saltaire Mills employ about 3,000 operatives.


The girls of the Hostel in connection with Saltaire Mills appeared in a new role on Saturday 28 April. They gave a concert, and it was their first venture in sustaining the whole the programme.

Under the able tuition of Miss B. L. Broadbent (superintendent), her staff, and other lady friends, the girls proved apt pupils.

Sir Henry Whitehead and Lady Whitehead were interested onlookers of the performance. And Sir Henry expressed himself as agreeably surprised.

Lady Whitehead also spoke of the good discipline of the girls under Miss Broadbent’s guidance.


The Shipley Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Centenary Celebrations will commence Saturday 7 April) afternoon, when a sermon will preached at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church by the Rev J, W. Lightley (Chairman of the Leeds district).

Other gatherings, include a public meeting at night, with the President at the Conference (the Rev. J. W Lightley), the Rev. David Rycroft, of Bolton, and the circuit ministers speakers. Sir Henry Whitehead will preside.

Special services ore also held at Shipley and Saltaire Wesleyan Churches on Sunday, and the celebrations will conclude Monday at Shipley Wesleyan Church, with a 1ecture on “Peter Mackenzie,” to be given by the Rev. David Rycroft.


The pupils of Salt Girls' High provided delightful evening’s entrainment at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (11 April) when, in the presence of a large and appreciative audience, they presented the dialect play, “An All-Souls’ Night’s Dream,” by Mr. F. W. Moorman, and the Irish fairy play, “The Dragon,” by Lady Gregory.

Under the direction of Miss Duckitt (headmistress) and her capable staff, the youthful pupils gave evidence of careful training, and throughout their performances were exceedingly clever.

In the Irish fairy play there were some pretty costumes, and the blue curtain arrangement on the stage was an admirable setting and combined to produce a striking effect. Incidental music was tastefully played on the piano by Miss Senior.

In the dialect play the characters were follow: —

Thanatos Morshead, B. Weatherall; Mary Ann, E. Briggs; Eliza, M. Whitaker; Charlie, E. Raistrick.

“The Dragon" was enacted by the following:

King, N. Rhodes; Queen, A. Taylor; Princess, C. Jowett; Prince of the Marshes, D. Dixon; Two of his Aunts, M. Garner and V. Pennington; Manns, King of Sorcha, W. Leather; The Wise Man, E. Ince; The Nurse, M. Dennison; Fintan, an Astrologer, A. Clark; Taig, K. Kelley; Sibby, his Mother, E. Mahdjoubian; Gatekeeper, V. Nathan; Attendants, M. Clough. E. Wilks and P. Canick; The Dragon, N. Lupton.


I make no apology for referring my readers to the twelve days' floral exhibition to be opened at Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Monday (16 April) afternoon.

The exhibition will comprise sale of beautiful artificial flowers made by blind and crippled girls. They are connected with the John Groom's Crippleage and Flower Girls' Mission, which institution has 200 orphans, 300 blind and crippled girls under its supervision.

The exhibition will be opened at 3 p.m. by Mrs. F. Fearnley Rhodes, under the presidency of Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes.

I feel sure that the people of Shipley will contribute their quota to the financial success of the floral exhibition during the twelve days it is open, to which admission is free.


The annual meeting of the Saltaire Institute Society was held at the Victoria Institute, Saltaire, on Wednesday (18 April) evening.

Mr. E. Clifford Fry (Chairman of the Committee) presided and read a letter from the President (Mr. E. H. Gates) regretting his unavoidable absence.

The secretary (Mr. Herbert L. Atkinson) submitted his report, which showed a continued increase in membership during the six years the society had been in existence.

The attendance at the lectures last year was better than in previous years. There was, however, plenty of room for improvement, and it was hoped that members would take advantage of the provision made for the transference of their tickets when they were unable to attend.

The treasurer (Mr. L. Seeger) presented the financial statement, which showed that the lecturers’ fees amounted to £123, and printing and advertising was £57. There was balance in hand about £8.

In proposing the adoption of report and balance-sheet, the Chairman said the whole question of the society’s success hinged on the attendance. Mr. J. Douglas Smith seconded the resolution, which was carried.


Mr. Albert Patrick Burke, of Melbourne, Australia, who is to marry Miss Dorothy Whitehead at Bradford to-day (25 April), joined the Anzac forces as a private during the war and saw service in Gallipoli and France, where he was wounded and discharged as unfit for further service.

He recovered and joined the Australian forces. Again he served as a private in France, and gained the Military Medal and was also given a commission.

Miss Whitehead is the only child of Sir Henry and Lady Whitehead Baildon. Sir Henry is president the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest worsted spinners in Bradford, and also partner in the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Company Limited, Saltaire.

(Colin’s note – Albert Patrick Burke was born 12 September 1888. Dorothy Whitehead was born 10 September 1892. They lived at “Hollycroft,” Ilkley, where Albert was an antique dealer. He died 28 November 1950 in Ilkley. It is unclear as to when Dorothy died.)


Mr. Victor Waddilove (Chairman of the Shipley Old Folks’ Treat Committee) presided over meeting of the Committee held at Saltaire Institute on Saturday (21 April). Other members present were Mr. T. F, Doyle, Mr. H. Cottam, Mr. Percy Taylor, Mr. J. Blackwell, and Mrs. Midgley.

The hon. secretary and treasurer (Mr. T. H. Higson) submitted the balance sheet in respect to the recent old folks' treat. Subscriptions totalled £82 10s. 5d.; expenses were £46 9s 7d., leaving a balance in hand of £36 0s, l0d. Several members expressed their gratification at the loyal support given to the fund by the subscribers, and the balance-sheet was adopted.

It was decided that the balance should be used to form the nucleus of a fund to be called “Shipley Old Folks' Treat Fund.”

The following were appointed trustees; Mr. H. Cottam. Mr. Percy Taylor and Mr. T. H. Higson.


2 April – St. Peter’s Shipley – George Victor Husk, a wool comber aged 24, married Merina Ann Carbutt, a spinner aged 25. They were both living at 12 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.


2 April – No Woman Knows
5 – The Coming Of The Law & The Milton Mystery
9 – The Eternal Flame
12 – No Defence & The Concert
16 – Moriarty
19 – Love’s Redemption & The Pirate
23 – Tol’Able David
26 – Silent Vow & My Lady Friends


7 April – Idle Wesleyans 2 Saltaire W.S. 2
Edinburgh United 2 Saltaire 1
14 – Saltaire W.S. 1 Idle Wesleyans 1
Saltaire 1 Britannic United 1

Cricket – Bradford League

21 April – Saltaire beat Bradford by 12 runs – Saltaire 66 all out, Bradford 54 all out (Barnes 7 for 16)

28 – Saltaire beat Eccleshill by 10 wickets – Eccleshill 25 all out (Barnes 6 for 16), Saltaire 26 for 0.

Saltaire Times, May 1923


At the Libraries Committee the Library report for the month of March showed the number of borrowers’ cards in force as 4,019, and the issue of books as – Saltaire, 6,198: Windhill, 3,669.

It was recommended that the Electrical Engineer be asked to prepare a scheme and estimate for the installation of power circuit wall plugs at the Saltaire Institute.

On the reading of letter from the Saltaire Institute Society in regard to the scheme for the removal of the billiard room at the Institute to the basement and the alteration of the Social Booms, it was decided that the Works Sub-Committee inspect the premises and prepare a complete report in regard to the scheme of suggested alterations.


At the recent annual meeting of the Saltaire Institute Society, the hon, secretary and hon, treasurer resigned, and appointing their successors was deferred.

These vacancies have now been filled by the appointment of Mr. Owen Morgan as hon. secretary, and Mr. Albert E. Horne as hon. treasurer.


The girls from the Salt High School gave a dramatic performance in the Saltaire Hostel on Friday (4 May) evening, when the dialect play, “All Souls’ Night’s Dream,'' was much appreciated, the artists, (Misses B. Weatherall. E. Briggs, M. Whittaker, and E. Raistrick), entering into their parts with great zest.

An Irish fairy play, “The Dragon,” caused great amusement, being well represented by those taking part.

At the close the performance Miss Broadbent thanked the staff and the girls for their interest in the hostel, and the spirit of helpfulness which had prompted the performance.

Miss Duckitt, in her reply, said it had been a great pleasure to give the performance, and that her pupils had enjoyed the visit as the audience.


A link with the past was the predominating feature in connection with Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday school anniversary, which was held on Sunday 6 May.

A former minister, the Rev G. Ernest Bailey, of Manchester, was the preacher for the day, and his inspiring sermons were much enjoyed.

In the afternoon a children’s service was held, in which two former superintendents of the Sunday school took part. Mr. Arthur Griffiths occupied the chair, and Mr. Joseph Bentley, Morecambe, gave the address.

The collections amounted to £100.


Leeds Man Sent to Prison for Two Months

At Otley yesterday (11 May), Albert Jagger, fifty, dry cleaner, of Lower Wortley Road, Leeds, carrying on business as a dry cleaner in Manor Lane, Shipley, was charged with an assault on Marion Hirst, sixteen, of William Henry Street, Saltaire.

It was stated that the girl attended to a small drapery shop in a hut for her father and mother. Prisoner came into the shop about a quarter to twelve on Tuesday (8 May) and asked if there were any parcels for him. He remained in the shop for some time, and kissed the girl over the counter, and the conduct complained of followed.

Prisoner denied the offence and said only went to the back the hut to see the dimensions of it, was thinking of buying one. He never touched the girl except to span her wrist, and to remark how thin she was. Before he left the girl put her arms round his neck and kissed him.

Prisoner, who had several previous convictions against him for theft and false pretences, was committed for two months' with hard labour.


Sir James Roberta, Bart., and Lady Roberts, of Castle, Machany, Perthshire, formerly of Milner Field, Saltaire, yesterday (14 May) celebrated their golden wedding.

Sir James (then Mr. Roberts, son of a Haworth farmer) was married, 14 May 1873, at the Bingley Parish Church, to Miss Elizabeth Foster, younger daughter of Mr. William Foster, of Harden. Bingley.

He was then 25 years of age and had already gained considerable experience as the wool trade manager for Mr. William Greenwood, Oxenhope. He later commenced business on his own account wool merchant and was successful that 1892 he was able buy (along with three partners), the business of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co, (Ltd.), the famous Mills.

He was created a baronet in shortly afterwards purchasing the Strathallan estate. He sold the Mills to their present owners in 1918.


Mr. F, W. Branson, the oldest member the Leeds Geological Association, and a former president, was appointed again to the presidential chair at the annual meeting of the association Thursday evening (10 May).

A joint paper on the bore hole put down at Saltaire Mills by Mr. Versey and Mr, A. Raistrick, was read by the former. The bore was made to a depth of 500 ft., and a particularly interesting revelation was that the “drift” in the valley at that point was 150 ft. in depth, indicating that the bed of the Aire at one time was 150 ft. lower than present.


The Yorkshire lawn tennis association fixture with Cheshire takes place the Saltaire club's ground at 2.15 Saturday 26 May.

The Saltaire Lawn Tennis Club has recently erected a new pavilion, and in other ways has shown commendable enterprise.

This is the first time for some years that a County match has been played on their ground.

(Yorkshire beat Cheshire 8 rubbers to 1. The attendance was affected by rain.)


On Whit Monday (21 May) St, Peter’s Church Sunday School scholars walked through the principal streets at Saltaire, and also sang at the Hospital. After tea in the school, games etc., were held in a field in Fernhill Road.


7 May – Under Two Flags

10 – The Way of a Maid & The New Leather Pushers

14 – Way Down East

21 – Schooldays

24 – The Masquerader

28 – A Fool Was There

31 – Woman! Wake Up! & The New Leather Pushers


5 May – Saltaire 125 for 4, drew with Lidget Green who did bot bat.

12 May – Saltaire 165 for 4 beat Great Horton 51 all out. Barnes scored 64 not out and took 6 wickets for 19 runs.

19 May – Keighley 90 for 8 drew with Saltaire 50 for 1

21 May – Saltaire 114 beat Windhill 21 all out. Barnes took 8 wickets for 4 runs.

26 May – Saltaire 84 for 4 drew with Baildon 21 for 5. Barnes scored 40 and took 4 wickets for 13 runs.
Saltaire Times, June 1923


In April it was announced that the famous mills of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., spinners, and manufacturers, of Saltaire, were to come under the proprietorship of a public company.
It is now stated that the company will be called “Salts of Saltaire, Ltd.” The board of the new company will be a strong one. According to the “Yorkshire Observer,” the chairman will be Sir Henry Whitehead.
The new company, “Salts (Saltaire) Limited,” was registered on 12 June.
Directors; - Sir Henry Whitehead, Ernest Henry Gates, Arthur James Hill, William Sydney Robinson, Sir Frank Bernard Sanderson, and M. S. Myers.
Secretary – Harry Leslie Searle.


Trouble has arisen at Sir Titus Salt. Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, amongst the wool combing section.

It appears that an overlooker had set on his brother, who was a non-union man. The night men in the wool combing shed resented this, especially there are about 1.000 men on the union books unemployed. As a protest they resorted to a "lightning strike” shortly after midnight on Monday (11 June).

A deputation was selected to wait upon the management to have their grievance adjusted, but the management declined to interview the deputation until the strikers had returned to work; and threatened to close down the night shift if they did not. In the circumstances, the lightning strikers decided to return work on Tuesday (12 June) night.


At Bradford on Monday (25 June) a boy engaged as a doffer at Saltaire Mills, was bound over for twelve months on a charge of stealing a purse containing money and tickets of the value of £4 14s 10d.

Gladys Abbey, a girl employed at that mill, said that on Friday (22 June) she had drawn the wages of herself .and two other girls, and she had put the lot in her purse in her coat pocket. The same afternoon she missed the purse and defendant was also missing from his work.

As he did not return home that night, information was given to the police, and he was found early on Saturday morning by a constable, asleep in an old waggon at Saltaire.

He was apprehended and when questioned admitted the theft. About £3 of the money was found upon him and it was stated that the boy’s father had repaid the money to the girls.


At the Libraries Committee, the Library report for May showed the number of borrowers’ cards in force as 4,077, and the issue of books as – Saltaire 5,119, Windhill 3,107.

An application from the Shipley Divisional Labour Party for the “Labour Magazine,” and the “International Labour Review,” to be provided at the Saltaire and Windhill Reading Rooms was not granted.

The Surveyor submitted a revised estimate for the proposed conversion of the lecture theatre into a billiard room at the Saltaire Institute. The estimated cost of the work was £500 (c£24,000 in 2023), and after some discussion, it was decided that a meeting of the committee be arranged at the Institute in order that the estimate could be considered in detail.

Mr. J. Hudson said that the Saltaire reading room needed serious attention. He said that the magazines were placed in a room that was far too small and inconvenient. He also alluded to the complaints regarding children running in and out and causing annoyance. In fact, he added, he had lived in Shipley since 1877, and he had never known the Reading Room be in such a state as it was today.

The Highways and Buildings Committee, in reply to a letter from the Shipley Trades and Labour Council, it was recommended that the West Riding County Council be asked to apply for an Order fixing a speed limit of 10 miles per hour in Saltaire Road from Victoria Road to a point opposite the Working Men’s Club.


There was a large gathering of members the Bradford Amateur Rowing Club at the Boat House, near Saltaire, on Tuesday (12 June) evening, on the occasion of the unveiling and dedication of the club’s war memorial to the members who paid the supreme sacrifice in the Great War.

The memorial takes the form plain light-oak tablet, bearing the names of the twenty-four members who were killed. A boar’s head in bog oak surmounts the tablet and crossed oars in satinwood occupy the centre. Below is the inscription. “Let those who come after see it that their names be not forgotten.”

In addition, there is an oak cabinet, housing a book having a complete record of all the members of the club who served in the war, with a short historical sketch of their service.


15 June at Otley Police Court, James Mangan, of Fanny Street, Saltaire, was charged with shop breaking.

It was stated that Police Constable Cooper was going his rounds at 1.30 on the morning of Wednesday (13 June), when he heard a noise, as if a door was being forced, at a lock-up shop at the corner Thompson lame, Baildon, going in the direction of the shop he saw the prisoner run away, and gave chase. As he ran, the prisoner dropped a bundle. The constable finally overtook him and conveyed him the Shipley Police Station.

Arthur Hartley, owner of the lock-up shop, who resides in Manningham, said the premises were all secure previous to the robbery. When he came down on Wednesday morning he found the place upside down, and everything was missing except one empty toffee box. Amongst the articles stolen were 2lbs. rock, 4lbs. toffee, five balloons and two curtains, valued at £1 1s. 3d.

Police Constable Cooper said that when charged prisoner he said, It wasn’t me. It was another man; dark-haired man.” He did not see another man. The balloons he recovered from stream near where the capture was made.

The charge was reduced to larceny, and prisoner pleaded not guilty, was staying with his sister, he said, who he has not seen for 14 years. On the night he met a dark man with a bottle of whisky. Prisoner had some of the whisky, and the other man finally asked if allowed sleep-in prisoner’s house. Prisoner refused, but the man followed him home, and after time knocked at the door. When prisoner answered the other man said, “Come on, I will show you where I am going to sleep, and you can wake me in the morning.” Prisoner said he knew nothing about the theft and was standing outside and the other man was inside when the constable came.

Police Constable Cooper said that on the same morning he visited the prisoner’s sister, who said her brother left the house at about 6.30 the previous night, and she had not seen him since.

Police Inspector Cunningham said there were six previous convictions against prisoner extending from 1909 to 1914. Sentence of three months' hard labour was passed.

(Colin’s note – Unable to find any information about James Managan. His sister, Elizabeth Wilson (nee Mangan), was living at 1 Fanny Street, Saltaire.)



The unpleasant experience of a Saltaire woman who prepared a drink of tea for three strangers and then found they had stolen from her was recounted at Bradford West Biding Police Court Thursday (31 May) of last week.

The case was one in which Matthew Fitzpatrick (36), labourer; Thomas Sexton (36), labourer; and Mary Sexton (33), all of no fixed abode, were charged with having stolen 10s. 6d. in money and a gold ring belonging to Alice Cash, a millhand, of 31 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.

Supt. Oliver stated that the prisoner called at the above address on 19 May and asked for some refreshment, which Mrs. Margaret Cash (the mother of Alice Cash) prepared for them, as Mary Sexton was, apparently, unwell.

It was alleged, however, that while Mrs. Cash’s back was turned the prisoners took the money and the ring from a purse on the mantelpiece. The prisoners were followed down the street and held up by a crowd of people until the police arrived.

In Fitzpatrick’s possession were found coins which corresponded with those that had been in the purse, namely, three florins, two shillings and three-penny piece.

Margaret Cash, a widow, said she lived at 31, Whitlam Street, Saltaire, with her two daughters. At about 3.45 p.m., 19 May, the prisoners came to the door and Fitzpatrick asked if she could give the woman, Mary Sexton, a drink of tea, as she was feeling ill.

Witness said she would and went back into the house, the prisoners following her in and sitting down. Witness’s daughter, Alice, was upstairs at the time, having left her purse downstairs on the mantelpiece. After she (witness) had been into the back kitchen preparing the tea, she had occasion to go to the purse and to her surprise found it empty.

However, she dared not say anything while they were in the house, but when they had gone, she followed them up the street and called them back. prisoners denied all knowledge of the theft and went back to the house with her, the woman Sexton “making a row.”

Alice Cash corroborated her mother's evidence.

P.C. Farell stated that he and another constable went to Whitlam Street and found a crowd of people outside No. 31. They went into the house and questioned the prisoners, who said they knew nothing about the money or the ring.

(Witness) searched the two male prisoners and found coins on Fitzpatrick corresponding to those which Alice Cash had had in her purse. All the prisoners pleaded not guilty.

Fitzpatrick declared that his sister, Mary Sexton, had a heart attack and they asked Mrs. Cash for a drink of tea. If they had taken the money or the ring, he asked, would they have gone back to the house and waited minutes for the police to arrive? The coins he (prisoner) had on him were coins which any man in the court might possess.

Supt. Oliver stated that Fitzpatrick had been convicted multiple times, mostly for stealing or attempting to steal, the last conviction being in 1911.

Thomas Sexton had 13 previous convictions, ranging from 1902 to 1918. while Mary Sexton had been convicted thrice up to 1916.

Fitzpatrick was also wanted by the Manchester police. The prisoners were each sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.


An interesting cricket match between the Shipley Veterans and Chellow Dene Veterans took place at Roberts Park, Saltaire. on Wednesday (13 June) afternoon, in aid of Salt’s Hospital.

The combined ages of the Shipley Veterans was 902, and that of their opponents 826. Mr. William Hulme acted as umpire for the Shipley Veterans, and Mr. Robert Fisher, Niles, California, U.S.A., umpired for the visitors.

Shipley batted first, and scored 42, which Chellow Dene replied with 97 for the loss of four wickets.



It is with deep regret that we record the death of Mrs. Percy Lund, which took place at her residence, 73 Bingley Road, Saltaire, on Saturday (9 June), after an illness of only three weeks’ duration.

Mrs. Lund was a daughter of the late Mr. Briggs Feather, and of Mrs. Feather, Avondale Road, Shipley. A capable business organiser, tactful, and of a cheerful disposition, she enjoyed the confidence of a large circle of friends, and the business acumen which she displayed during the great war, in managing (he business for her brother (Mr. Frank Feather), excited great admiration.

In the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends, the funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Tuesday (12 June) afternoon. Prior to the interment. a service was held at Saltaire Wesleyan Church, with which Mrs. Lund’s family have been actively identified for several years. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. Harold Robinson, assisted by the Rev. W. H. Mattinson, of Bolton (formerly of Saltaire).

At the graveside the committal portion was read the Rev. W.H. Mattinson.


News of the death of Mr. George Morris, which took place at his residence, 16 Tower Road, Shipley, on Thursday of last week (14 June), cast quite a gloom over the governors, staff, and pupils of Salt Boys’ High School.

For the past 13 years Mr. Morris has been History and Classics master at the school. He was educated at Edinburgh University, where he gained his degree of M.A. Before coming to Shipley, he had held the position of assistant master at Blackheath Grammar School, and Maidenhead Grammar School. He had only been ill a few weeks, and his death at the early age of 40 years is much regretted by his school associates and a wide circle of personal friends.

Mr. Morris was a keen golfer and was a much-respected member of the Shipley Golf Club, of which he was the assistant secretary.

He leaves a widow and two young children, with whom much sympathy is felt.

The internment took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Saturday when the Rev. P. Drummond Pringle (Saltaire Congregational Church) was the officiating minister.

(Colin’s note – George was born c1883 in Edinburgh, Scotland.)


A meeting of the governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was held on Wednesday (27 June), when there were present Mr. Francis Lister (chairman). Mrs. F. Fearnley Rhodes, Miss Dunn. Messrs. W. Cryer, E. Reynolds, T. Kendall. E. Beauman. E. Cowgill.

The Clerk (Mr. Thomas Luxton) submitted the monthly report, which showed there had been 97 out-patients, 62 visits for massage, and 436 for minor cases.

At the commencement of the month nine patients were in residence; admitted 29, discharged 26, leaving 12 in residence.

There had been 25 operations.

Subscriptions totalled £17 11s.

Mr. E. Reynolds asked if the report dealing with the number of out-patients included the school clinic cases. The Clerk: No.

Mr. Reynolds said it was not generally known that the hospital was used as school clinic for dental treatment cases. He proposed that the Shipley Education Committee be asked to supply a monthly record of the number of children’s cases treated at the hospital. Mr. Cryer seconded the resolution, which was carried.

Mr. T. Kendall reported that, in company with Sir Henry Whitehead (who was recently elected a governor), the hospital was visited on Friday evening, and Sir Henry expressed his satisfaction with what was being done.


Accompanied by the pastor (the Rev. P. Drummond Pringle) and the organist (Mr. W. Sutcliffe) the members of the Saltaire Congregational Church Choir had their annual outing to Kirkby Lonsdale on Saturday (23 June).

Favoured with delightful weather, the party went by charabanc. Tea was served at Kirkby Lonsdale, and altogether the trip was voted a great success.


The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Michael O’Donnell. 56 Victoria Road, Saltaire, was celebrated on Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. O’Donnell were married the Old St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Bradford, on 28 June 1873.

For 30 years Mr. O’Donnell was employed at Saltaire Mills but retired about 19 years ago in consequence of ill-health. He has been a Druid for 48 years, and is a P.P.G.M. of the Bradford District, while at present he is a member of the Shipley branch of the Ancient Order of Druids.

For several years Mr. O’Donnell was identified with the Shipley and District Trades and Friendly Society’s Hospital Gala.

Mrs. O’Donnell has been member of the congregation of St. Peter’s Church, Shipley, for about 30 years. During the great war she made no fewer than 500 shirts for the soldiers.

Their eldest son was killed in the South African war, and another son, who also served in the South African campaign, died later from malarial fever whilst in India.

Mr. and Mrs. O’Donnell have had nine children, five of whom survive (four sons and one daughter; the latter is living in America). They have 10 grandchildren, three of whom are in America. Mr. O’Donnell, who is a native of Bradford, is 70 years of age. His wife, who is 69, is a native of Wymondham, near Norwich. It is her proud boast that all her children commenced work at Saltaire Mills. Mrs. O’Donnell has lived in Saltaire for 52 years.


The above competition was won by Miss Charlotte Hinchcliffe, of 13 Constance Street, Saltaire.


The death occurred yesterday at the age of 72 years of Lady Wade, wife of Sir Wm. Wade, Lord Mayor of Bradford in 1919-20, at her residence, Carlton Villa, Allerton.

Lady Wade was the daughter of the late Mr. Charles Womersley, who started the first loom when Saltaire Mills were opened.



29 June to 17 September
Depart Saltaire 7.19 a.m.
Arrive Heysham 9.40 a.m.
Depart by Steamer for Douglas about 10 a.m.
L.M.S. Trains arrive and depart alongside the steamers at Heysham.


Played at Saltaire Tuesday 19 June, Saltaire Ladies lost 2-7 to Ilkley Ladies in the Yorkshire Inter-Club competition


St. Pauls, Shipley

2 June – Hilda Gott, burler aged 19, of 26 Jane Street, Saltaire, to Harold Weston, a fireman aged 19, of 35 Rhodes Street, Shipley.

St. Peter’s Shipley

2 June – Elizabeth Halliday, burler & mender aged 20, of 27 Jane Street, Saltaire, to James Walton, a mason aged 19, from Idle.

2 June – James Grice, a woolcomber aged 22, of 4 Caroline Street, Saltaire, to Florence Gertrude Milburn, a spinner aged 22, of 24 Constance Street, Saltaire,

6 June – Cecil Fearnley Ackroyd, a salesman aged 27, to Mabel Annie Moss, aged 27. Both living at 83 Bingley Road, Saltaire.

9 June – Helena Horne, a burler & mender aged 22, of 7 Katherine Street, Saltaire, to John Leeming, a clerk aged 26, of 21 Lower Holme, Baildon.

23 June – Annie Thompson, a spinner aged 21, of 26 Constance Street, Saltaire, to Norman Elliott, a labourer aged 31, of Butt Lane, Idle.


HIRST Marion, of 1 William Henry Street, died 19 June aged just 16.


1 June – Woman! Wake Up! & The New Leather Pushers
4 – Paddy The Next Best Thing
11 – Thorns And Orange Blossoms
14 – Weavers Of Fortune
18 – The Fear Market & A Kiss In Time
21 – A Stage Romance
25 – The Man Tamer
28 – Desert Blossoms & The Three Must-Get-Theres


2 June – Bowling 119 all out beat Saltaire 114 all out. Barnes took 7 for 40 and scored 31 not out.

9 June – Priestley Charity Cup – Saltaire 184 all out beat Farsley 22 all out. Craben scored 62 and Barnes took 8 for 10.

16 June – Idle 132 all out lost to Saltaire 135 for 2. Barmes took 7 for 52 and Whincup scored 62 not out.

23 June – Saltaire 206 for 7 drew with Bradford 111 for 9. Barnes took 6 for 44.

30 June – Eccleshill 88 all out lost to Saltaire 89 for 5. Barnes took 5 for 24 and Driver scored 35 not out.

Saltaire Times, July 1923



Lovers of flowers from all parts journeyed to Roberts Park, Saltaire, on Tuesday (10 July) for the 17 th annual show organised by the Saltaire, Shipley and District Rose Society in conjunction with the National Rose Society.

This year’s exhibition of roses, sweet peas, herbaceous and other flowers is the best ever organised by the Society from almost every point of view.

The exhibits were staged in four large marquees, and in consequence of the space required by exhibitors in the National Rose Society’s Section, considerably more ground was allotted for show purposes than was the case last year.

There was a large and fashionable gathering at the opening ceremony performed by the Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Mrs. Thomas Sowden), who was accompanied by the Lord Mayor.

The President of the society is Sir Henry Whitehead.


A garden party promoted by the Bradford Rowing Club was held in the grounds of the new boathouse, Hirst Wood, near Saltaire, on Saturday (30 June). Upwards of 250 persons were present.

The band of the 6th West Yorkshire Regiment was in attendance, and there was full programme of events, comprising scratch four races, Rob-Roy canoe races, water jousting the river, and garden competitions in the grounds. Tea was served in the boathouse by lady friends of the club, headed by Mrs. Saville Smith, after which the captain, Mr. G. Saville Smith, introduced the club’s new president, Mr. E. H. Gates.

Mr. Gates announced the gift of the land occupied by the boathouse to the club. Mr. H. A. Jeffrey thanked him on behalf of the club.

A delightful feature of the function was that in the evening the members and guests, at the invitation of the President (Mr. Ernest H. Gates), had the pleasurable opportunity of walking round the Milner Field grounds. An informal dance also took place in the boathouse.


The twelfth annual athletic sports of the Bradford Technical College Students’ Union were held at Roberts Park, Saltaire, on, Friday (6 July) afternoon. The chief features were that in two of the numerous events new records were set up against those achieved in 1922.



William Ogden, 8 Cowling Street, Shipley, and Thomas Butcher, 48 George Street, Saltaire, were remanded until today (Friday 13 July) on a charge of stealing four ducks, value, 30s., the property of Valentine Hodder, 20 Amelia Street, Saltaire.

Superintendent Oldroyd stated the ducks were missing on Sunday morning. Enquiries were made, and one of them was traced to a relative of one of the prisoners, whilst another was found cooking at the house of the other prisoner. The other two ducks had not been recovered. Both prisoners had admitted the theft.

(Each prisoner was fined 20s. and costs, and ordered to refund 30s., the value of the ducks.)



Sydney F. Barnes, the famous England bowler, who is at present connected with the Saltaire club in the Bradford Cricket League, has (the " Yorkshire Evening Post" understands) been successful in securing an appointment as manager of an hotel at Colwyn Bay, owned by one of the big breweries Burton-on-Trent, and there is a possibility of him discontinuing his connection with the Saltaire club.

His absence from the Saltaire team last week, on the occasion of the Priestley Cup match, indeed, gave rise to a number of rumours.

"The Yorkshire Evening Post" understands that no serious differences at present exist between the Saltaire club and Barnes. The club have not yet received definite news from Barnes, who is at Colwyn Bay, where has had a house for some time for the benefit his boy's health, that he proposes to sever his connection with Saltaire.

It was, of course, known that he was desirous of securing a business position at Colwyn Bay, and when the brewers who own the hotel which Barnes desires to manage for them wrote to the Saltaire club for references, the matter became a certainty.

The references were supplied; but even if Barnes leaves Bradford for Colwyn Bay, it does not follow of necessity that will discontinue playing for Saltaire.

The officials of the Saltaire club prefer not to say anything definite at present as they have not heard from Barnes to the decisions he has come to. He will not play for Saltaire tomorrow because the sprain which he sustained a week or two ago has not been fully remedied, and he will, therefore, remain in Colwyn Bay to recuperate.

(“The Yorkshire Post” was officially informed on Monday 23 July, that Barnes had left the club.)


Under the auspices of the Bradford, Halifax and Airedale branch of the Club and Institute Union, a most successful open-air glee singing contest was held at Lidget Green on Saturday (7 July).

The Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir were successful in gaining the Ramsden Challenge Cup.

The result was: -

(Open to choirs in Yorkshire, with not more than forty voices)

  • Saltaire Mills 173 marks
  • Outwood W.M. Harmonics 169
  • Bradford City Police 167


At Bradford West Riding Police Court Monday (23 July) two eleven-year-old Saltaire boys were charged with entering the Salt Schools, Saltaire, about nine clock on Sunday (22 July) evening.

Supt. Oliver stated that the boys were seen climbing ladders, entering a window, and ransacking drawers, etc. When, they were caught and charged they made no reply.

A Mr. Read stated that he and a police-constable had kept watch in the Salt Schools on Sunday evening, and at about nine o’clock they saw some boys standing on the roof of the lavatories and then climbing an iron ladder to the room of the building. Witness caught the boys when one of them was in the act of opening a drawer.

The Chairman (Mr. J. G. Mowat) said the Bench did not wish to be harsh with such young boys, but they were starting life very badly. They would be put under the Probation Officer for 12 months and would bound over to of good behaviour. The parents would have to pay the costs.


The Libraries Committee met at the Saltaire Institute to consider the plan and estimate prepared by the surveyor for the removal of the Institute club room into the basement.

The original scheme was modified by the Committee so to provide wood floor with sleeper wall supports, in place of a reinforced concrete floor. Provision is to be made for separate lavatory accommodation for the club, and also minor alterations regard to the fittings in the existing billiard room. The revised estimated cost was £470, against the previous estimate of £590.

It was recommended that the revised scheme approved and submitted to the committee of the Institute club, with a view to the work being proceeded with without delay.


The Shipley branch of the Independent Order of Rechabites (Juvenile Tent) had their annual outing on Saturday (21 July).

Accompanied by the Superintendent (Mr. H. Outhwaite), the Secretary (Mr. A Longbottom), and about 40 adults, the juveniles journeyed by train to Kirkstall, where an enjoyable time was spent in the Abbey grounds.

A cricket match between the Shipley Tent and the Saltaire Tent resulted in a victory for Shipley. Tea was afterwards served.

(Colin’s Note – The Independent Order of Rechabites (IOR), also known as the Sons and Daughters of Rechab, is a fraternal organisation and friendly society founded in England in 1835 as part of the wider temperance movement to promote total abstinence from alcoholic beverages.)



There was a splendid entry of 241 players in the open tournament promoted by the Saltaire Lawn Tennis Club, which commenced on Thursday (19 July). The event had attracted some notable players both amongst the lady and gentlemen competitors. Rain greatly interfered with the commencement of the tournament, and it was not until three o’clock in the afternoon that start was made.

There was a full day’s programme on Saturday, and some keen contests were witnessed, in spite of the fact that the games were played until late in the evening, three events had be postponed until Monday.

As was the case when the tournament commenced, rain also marred the conclusion, and it was not until evening that the postponed events could played. The Ladies’ Handicap Singles and the Ladies’ Handicap Doubles were completed. In consequence the rain the Mixed Doubles Handicap was not played, and the prizes were divided.


St. Pauls, Shipley

28 July – Andrew Charles Frederick Free, aged 25, yarn warehouseman, 15 Victoria Road, Saltaire, to Clara Ellen Watson, aged 23, burler & mender, 3 Hird Street, Shipley.

St. Peter’s Shipley

14 July – Clara Bradley, aged 25, warp twister, 14 George Street, Saltaire, to Reginald Longbottom, aged 25, warehouseman, Frizinghall.

21 July – Edwin Javan Elphee, aged 28, wool sorter, 8 Katherine Street, Saltaire, to Nellie Gwilt, aged 23, Nab Wood, Shipley.

28 July – Ethel Hoyle, aged 21, textile worker, 21 Mary Street, Saltaire, to Harry Robinson Bateson, aged 21, warp twister, Baildon.


2 July – Mr. Barnes Of New York & The March Hare
5 – The Crimson Circle & The Head Of The Family
9 – Stolen Love
16 – Suspicious Wives
19 – Rich Men’s Wives & Action
23 – The Three Ages
30 – Pages Of Life


7 July – Priestley Charity Cup – Saltaire 240 all out beat Keighley 189.

14 – Saltaire 217 for 9 drew with Lidget Green 155 for 3

21 – Saltaire 220 for 8 beat Great Horton 113 all out

28 – Saltaire v Keighley – game abandoned due to wet outfield


NETTLETON – 6 July – George Allen Oswald, beloved husband of Sarah Nettleton, of 5 Amberley Street. Bradford (late Saltaire Institute). Interred Hirst Wood Cemetery.

Saltaire Times, August 1923


In the "Textile Record" for this quarter, Mr. Eli Jenkins, the Bradford No. 1 Branch Secretary of the National Union of Textile Workers gives some interesting figures relative to the profits and wages of two big textile firms in Bradford.

He shows, first of all, that the firm of Salt's, Ltd., of Saltaire, for the six years ending March 31st, 1923, averaged profits of £375,944 per year. The number of workpeople employed at this firm is 2,700. From this it will be seen that for the past six years the firm has made £139 profit every year out of every man, woman, girl, and boy employed by them. In other words, nearly £2 14s per week per employee. Mr. Jenkins adds that he is convinced that the firm doesn't pay that much wage on the average. In the second place, the firm of Isaac Holden and Sons, Ltd., woolcombers, averaged profits, over the same period, of nearly £112,000 per year. The number of work people employed by Hoidens' is approximately 800. This gives an average profit of £140 per year per employee or about the same profit per employee as in the case of Salt's. These are indeed amazing figures, especially when one remembers that they cover the years of depression experienced in the Bradford Textile Trade. They should be known by all textile workers in Bradford, and indeed throughout the country.


At the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Friday evening (17 August) a successful social of the bowling section of the Saltaire Mills Sports Organisation was held to do honour to the winners of the recent bowling handicap. An excellent supper was provided.

The subsequent proceedings were presided over Mr. A. Tyas, who remarked that the membership the bowling section had reached 210. He hoped that by the next time they met on such an occasion that total would have been doubled.

A vocal and instrumental programme had been arranged, the artists being Messrs. H. Holmes. S. Shackleton, N. Keighley, and the Aire Green Quartet Party. Mr. T. Watson was an able accompanist.

Mr. H. L Searle presented the prizes to the four winners of the handicap. Mr. P. Harrison (silver challenge cup, to held for one year, and a set of woods and bag), Mr. H. Firth (clock), Mr. H. Woodhead (gold medal), and Mr. C. Kendall (cigarette case), were the recipients.

The toast. “Masters and Firm," met with a hearty response, and on the suggestion of Mr. T. F. Doyle. Mr. Searle promised to carry the best thanks of the bowling section to the directors for their efforts on the club’s behalf.


Local horticulturists will interested in the newly formed Saltaire Mills Horticultural Society. The new society has been formed mainly through the efforts of Mr. Charles Houlden, a well-known local exhibitor for the past twenty years.

In addition to the scheme for the provision of playing fields for the employees of Saltaire Mills is a plot of land adjoining which has been used for allotments during the past year. Altogether there are about fifty allotment holders, and these have formed the nucleus of the newly formed Society.

Their first show will take place at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, tomorrow (Saturday 25 August). There is every indication of fine displays of flowers and vegetables by local exhibitors. An attractive feature will also be the trades displays from firms at Halifax, Bedale and Norwich, who have promised to support the initial venture.

The President is Mr. Ernest H. Gates, and the prizes are given through the generosity the directors of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd.


The initial venture of the Saltaire Mills Horticultural Society, which was held in the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Saturday 25 August the occasion of their first annual flower and vegetable show, was a great success and one in which the committee should feel encouraged to continue.

The committee, of which Mr. H. L. Searle the chairman, Mr. Denison vice-chairman, and Mr. C. Houlden secretary, had, with the able assistance of Mr. C. Stanton, the manager the Royal Cafe, worked hard in the preliminary arrangements, and altogether the various exhibits, both for competition and those not for competition, had been well arranged. There was a splendid entry, over 200 exhibits being staged. There was a brave display of flowers, whilst the quality of the vegetables were good.

In the absence of the President (Mr. E. H. Gates) (he show was declared open by Mr. W. H. Eccles, assistant secretary, Saltaire Mills. Mr. O. Denison presided at the opening ceremony.

Mr. F. Jowett, Kildwick, Bingley, and Mr. Walter Slack, groundsman, Saltaire Mills Playing fields, were the judges.


At the Libraries Committee, a deputation from the Institute Club attended in regard to the proposed transfer their quarters to the basement. The proposals of the Committee were placed before the deputation, and, after discussion, it was recommended that the plans be amended so as provide for the inclusion of the present storeroom in the scheme and the provision of an electric fan.

The Committee inspected a number of books which had been sent to the Library approval, and recommended the purchase about 400 volumes, at a cost of £62 8s.

At a subsequent meeting, the Library report for July showed the number of borrowers’ cards in force as 3,999, and the issue of books as—Saltaire 4,330, Windhill 2,646.

The Committee had under consideration the tenders for masons’, joiners’, plumbers’, and plasterers’ work in connection with the conversion of the lecture theatre into a billiard room at the Saltaire Institute.

After the tenders had been opened the Committee referred them to the Finance Committee, in order that the surveyor could investigate and report upon the tenders.

Mr. Joe Walker proposed, and Mr. A. W. Hobson seconded, the adoption of the minutes, which were approved.


John William Hartley, grocer, of Keighley, pleaded guilty, at Bradford West Riding Police Court on Thursday (9 August), to driving a motorcycle to the danger of the public at Saltaire.

It was alleged that defendant was travelling at about 35 to 40 miles an hour and admitted "going a bit quick to please the little girls."

The Chairman (Mr. J. A. Burton) said the Bench considered it a very serious offence, and, as defendant had been convicted before, he would be fined £5, and his licence would suspended for six months.

If he came up again on a similar charge he would be very severely dealt with, and his licence would be taken away altogether.

Hartley was also fined 10s. for having his identification plate obscured.


The Shipley and District R.A.0.B. children’s treat was held on Saturday (25 August) when at 2.30 the children assembled in Market Street.

Mrs. Younger, widow of Bro. Ralph Younger, of the Sun Hotel, presented each child with an apple, as Bro. Younger had done in previous years.

The children then proceeded to Albert Road Council Schools, via Westgate and Saltaire Road, headed by the Shipley Brass Band. A halt was made at Salts’ Hospital, where the band played a selection.

At the Schools, tea was served to 350 children and 150 adults. Later, each child was presented with a toy and sweets.

Races were held for children ranging from the age of 5 years to 14, five races for girls and five for boys, three prizes being given in each race. The prizes were presented to the children by Miss Elsie Carr, daughter of the Chairman of the Committee (Bro. Geo. Carr). The Band played selections from 5 to 7. The secretarial duties were well carried out by Bro. Robert E. Bell.


There was only a moderate attendance at Undercliffe on Saturday, when the final of the Priestley Shield, confined to second teams of the Bradford League, was played. Saltaire opposed Pudsey Britannia, and the latter proved winners of the shield by 40 runs. The gate receipts amounted to £4 6s.


The match between Bingley and Saltaire on Saturday 11 August was marred with an accident to W Fryer, of Bingley, who was struck violently on the head with the ball. He was taken to Salt’s Hospital and was detained suffering from slight concussion.


4 August – Saltaire 186 all out drew with Windhill 149 for 8
6 – Priestley Cup Semi-Final – Keighley 242 all out beat Saltaire 105 all out.
11 – Bingley 228 for 9 drew with Saltaire 113 for 5
25 – Baildon Green 62 all out lost to Saltaire 63 for 2


1 August – Pages Of Life
3 – Moonshine Valley
6 – Primitive Lover
9 – Skin Deep
13 – Orphans Of The Storm
20 – The Seventh Day
23 – Through Fire & Water
27 – Don’t Doubt Your Wife
30 – The Call Of Home & The Skipper’s Wooing

Saltaire Times, September 1923


Following the recent acquisition of the established firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons, and Co. Ltd., by Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., while the head office and directorate of the new company will remain at Saltaire, the registered office of the company will be located at the office of Austral Development, Ltd., 27 Old Broad Street, London, E.C.2, to which address communication on all matters relating to the registration and the Debenture stock and shares of the company should be sent.


What might have been a serious accident occurred at Saltaire Station on Tuesday (18 September) morning.

It appears that during the loading of a disabled wagon with a five-ton crane, the crane overbalanced and dropped foul of the main line London. The weight box which is attached to the crane dropped on to a pile of old chairs pinning the man in charge underneath. He had, however, a miraculous escape from death, as if the chairs had not been there, he would have been crushed to death. He was removed to Salt’s Hospital suffering from a bruised shoulder and arm.


By the recent death of Mr. Charlie Turner, of Saltaire, a prominent figure has been removed from local billiard circles.

Charlie was a cueist of mean ability, and last year distinguished himself winning the break prize in the Shipley and District Billiard League.

As a tangible evidence of sympathy towards the bereaved widow and family, the Shipley and District Billiard League are organising billiard matches, and there will be a concert performed by the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir.


With the shortening of the days and the approach of the close of summer time, arrangements are again made for the recommencement of classes and courses of instruction at evening continuation schools in Shipley sand at the Shipley Technical School, Saltaire.

These institutions will all re-open this month for the winter session; the evening schools on Monday evening 17 September, and the Technical School on Monday 24 September.

Special attention is called to the excellent gymnasium of the Institute, Saltaire, in which classes in physical training for men and boys and for women and girls, as well as classes for adults only, will meet on several evenings in each week. The exercises, with and without apparatus, will be graduated to meet the needs of all students, and large numbers of young men and women and boys and girls should attend.


There were several successes at Shipley Salt School in the Oxford Local Examinations, held in July, the results of which are announced.

The following candidates from the Salt School were successful in their respective classes:-

Honours List

Class 1 – Division 2 – John Ronald Sanctuary
Class 2 – Division 1 – W. A. Cullen – with distinction in English
Class 3 – W. E. Doyle, K. England, E. H. Spencer

Pass List

N. Burrow, I. N. Crooks, S. Hagley, H. Harvey, A. G. Hudston, J. B. Mason, and F. Smith.

The name E. V. Sykes, of Saltaire, who attends the Technical College, Huddersfield, appears in the Over-Age List, as he born before 1 July 1907.


The last of this season’s promenade concerts was held at the Saltaire Picture House on Sunday (16 September), when members of the various musical unions in the district presented vocal programmes both afternoon and evening. There was a particularly good attendance in the evening, the building being practically filled, and the programme was greatly appreciated, many of the items being encored.

Mr. S. T. Simpson conducted, while the accompanist was Mr. H. Briggs.


His Honour Judge McCarthy arranged a special sitting of the County Court, yesterday (24 September), for a resumed hearing case which the Saltaire Lawn Tennis Club claimed injunction and damages against a Baildon coach builder.

In explaining why did not continue with the case on the previous Wednesday, the day on which it was opened, his Honour said he had adjourned because felt he was not then appreciating the points in dispute. “I’m sure it was my own fault,” he said. “I was not understanding issues very well, nor the legal basis it. I felt I was not getting true grip of the case, and that is a most uncomfortable feeling for a judge to have. He feels that he is beating the air when he tries to appreciate the points and finds he cannot. I do not know why it was. Perhaps it was because it was my first sitting after a long holiday and I do not think my mind had resumed its natural alertness.”

His Honour added that he had now very clear view of the case, and in expressing his regret for adjournment, he said he always tried to arrange courts in the way most convenient to the legal profession and to the public and was glad to think that he was usually successful.

The case was one which the trustees of the Saltaire Lawn Tennis Club claimed an injunction and damages against William Cordingley, coach builder, Baildon Bridge, Baildon, for interference with easement connected with the club’s water supply.

According to Mr. Richard Watson, for plaintiffs, the defendant had purchased plot of land adjoining the club’s premises, through which ran a pipe that supplied the club with water, and on which there stood a meter house.

It alleged that Mr. Cordingley had taken up the attitude that could interfere with this supply and turned off the water on the eve of the club’s annual tournament, one of the largest, in the North of England.

Those responsible for managing the club could not get water from elsewhere, and therefore they built another meter-house just outside defendant’s boundary and connected the pipes

At yesterday’s hearing Mr. R. L. Prince, for defendant, submitted that there had been no interference with the supply on the part of the defendant, and that the club had waived their rights by removing the meter house.

Defendant, William Cordingley, denied that he ever turned off the tap, nor had given instructions for the turning off of the water.

In giving judgment for plaintiffs for £65, his Honour said it was all very well for defendant to go into the box and put on an air of innocence and neighbourliness, but he had written to the plaintiffs threatening to remove the meter and cut off the supply.

There was the evidence of the groundsman that the supply had been cut off for six days. He felt satisfied that there had been an act of interference by defendant, and when he remembered that it was during the great week in the life of the club, and the fact that water was a necessity, he felt that the club had only taken reasonable measures to secure another supply.

No injunction was granted, this was not pressed, and his Honour granted stay of execution for a month.


Signify the closing of the tennis season a presentation flannel dance promoted by the Saltaire Mills Sports Association tennis section was held at the Royal Café, Saltaire, on Friday (21 September) evening.

There was a large gathering, and an enjoyable programme of dances was gone through. Mr. H. Pitchforth was the M.C., and Mr. Jack Read’s orchestra supplied the music.

An excellent supper was served under the personal supervision of the manager (Mr. Cyril Stanton), during which fancy caps were distributed amongst the dancers, and balloons and streamers added the gaiety the function.

The secretarial duties were ably carried out by Mr. H. M. Ward.

During the interval in the programme Mr. E. H. Gates presented the prizes to the successful winners of the recent tennis tournament, the prizes tor which were given by the directors of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd. Before making the presentations Mr. Gates said he was glad to know that their tennis club had been successful. Tennis was one those sports that was rapidly growing into public favour, and to within a few years it had been a sport that had not been available to everyone. It was extremely gratifying to the directors that the recreation ground, which took rather a long time in preparation, had proved so acceptable.


The first concert of what it is hoped will be a series of twice per month during the winter, was given at the Hostel, Saltaire. on Tuesday evening (25 September).

A varied and interesting programme had been arranged by Mr. A. H. Fentiman whose own items were humorous, and very much appreciated. He was assisted by Miss B. Payne and Miss M. Payne.

The concert, which was just for the girls residing at the hostel, was a great success, and all the items were enthusiastically encored. Miss F. Fentiman was an efficient accompanist.

(Colin’s note – Arthur Hayward Fentiman was born 17 April 1891. From 1919 until his death, 23 November 1949, he lived at 46 Leyburn Grove, Shipley. He never married. He worked as a clerk for a clothing company. His spinster sister, Florence Ada Fentiman born 21 July 1893, lived with him until his death. She died 13 July 1979 in Harrogate. She worked as a teacher.)


The wedding took place at Saltaire Wesleyan Church yesterday (12 September), of Mr. William Anderson Shepherd, only son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Shepherd, Briggate, Shipley, and Miss Lilian Shuttleworth, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Shuttleworth, of Sherwood Grove, Nab Wood, Shipley.


There was a tasteful display of flowers, fruit, and vegetables at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday (9 September), on the occasion of the harvest festival. The Pastor (Rev. P. Drummond Pringle) preached excellent sermons morning and evening. There was an afternoon service for scholars, parents, and friends.


A series of cross-summonses for assault occupied the attention of the Bench of the Bradford West Hiding Police Court on Thursday 6 September, but the evidence was of such a conflicting nature that the cases were all finally dismissed.

There were three summonses in all, Cyril Trueman, a dyer’s labourer, of Shipley, summoning Rodger Sellers, senior, Shipley labourer, and also Francis Atkinson, ice-cream vendor, of Shipley, for assault, while Sellers issued a cross-summons against Trueman.

(Colin’s Note – The incident occurred at around 10.25 pm on Friday, 31 August, outside of the Shipley Workingman’s Club in Saltaire Road. Rodger Sellers snr. (1864 to 1932) had 16 children with his wife Hannah Marsh.)


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St. Paul’s Shipley

4 September – Alice Bould, a burler & mender aged 28 of 74 Victoria Road, Saltaire, to Albert Edwin Clark, an engineer inspector aged 30, of 7 Balfour Street, Shipley.

29 September –Fanny Elsie Smithies, aged 26 of 8 Victoria Road, Saltaire, to Austin Haley, a fent dealer aged 31 from Bradford.

St. Peter’s Shipley

12 September – Catherine Maud Foster, a burler & mender aged 20 of 25 Herbert Street, Saltaire, to John Thomas Buckle, an assistant fireman aged 25 of 33 Dockfield Terrace, Shipley.


1 September – Saltaire 171 for 2 drew with Bowling Old Lane 103 for 2

8 – Saltaire 67 all out lost to Idle 71 for 7


1 September – Saltaire 6 Daisy Lodge 1
8 – Saltaire 7 Cathedral C.L.B. 0
8 – St. Silas Res. 3 Saltaire Hotspur 1
15 – Saltaire W.S. 5 Bankfoot Celtic 3
15 – (Other Match) – Saltaire 3 Alme Juniors 1
22 – Saltaire W.S. 3 Saltaire 0
22 – Toller Celtic 2 Saltaire Hotspur 1
29 – Saltaire 3 Clayton Baptist 1
29 – Saltaire W.S. 3 Birkenshaw St. 0
29 – Gt. Horton Wes. 2 Saltaire Hotspur 0


3 September – The Marriage Chance
6 – The Grass Orphan
10 – My Friend The Devil
13 – A Virgin’s Sacrifice & Head Over Heels
17 – One Stolen Night & Handle With Care
20 – Tess Of The Storm Country
24 – Arabian Love & The Real Adventure
27 – Doctor Jim & The Fourteenth Lover





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