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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.


Saltaire Times January 1921

Saltaire Conversazioni – First Evening

[Editor's note: For further information see The Saltaire Journal, The Saltaire Conversazione written and researched by Roger Clarke: a commentary on social history, changes in fashion, science, technology, etiquette, eating habits, recreation and humour.]

Never before has the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, presented so animated appearance as on Wednesday (5 January) evening, the first day of the Saltaire Conversazioni, and not only was it in keeping with its undoubted standing as one of the premier social events in the West Riding, but it was perhaps unparalleled in its patronage. The local authorities of Bradford, Baildon and Bingley, as well as Shipley, were officially represented.

There were 250 guests present on Wednesday evening, the same number as attended in 1884, the first occasion on which the conversazioni extended over four evenings, and this year a return has been made to that custom And the object which has long been aimed at of attaining the distinction and success which attended conversazioni in the days of Mr. and Mrs. Titus Salt, could said to have been realised Wednesday evening.

Right from the time one entered the Saltaire Institute at the Lockwood Street doors one was impressed by the lavishness of the decorations. The reception hall was hung with art green and white draperies, and at one side was a scene representing an Egyptian street. Upstairs, in what is the main hall, divans and chairs had been arranged. Japanese lantern lighting effects were used throughout the building and harmonised well with the warm colour of the decorations.

The porch at the main entrance was set out conservatory with scenery, plants, and seats.

The reading-room was transformed, and being used as a dining room, presented the appearance of a West End restaurant. The windows were draped with white and green, heightening the effect of the pretty cretonnes. The tables were lighted by candles in silver candlesticks, while from the ceiling hung electric lights with gaily coloured shades. The floor, like the stairs and the lounges, was richly carpeted.

The walls of the ball-room were covered with green and white hangings, and the pillars were decorated with pink, behind an artificial trellis-work which extended to, and round, the balcony. Here, on a white background, hung festoons of red and white artificial flowers. In the centre of the ceiling, a powerful electric globe lighted up the hall, together with hanging electric lamps similar to those in the dining-room. From the central globe, branching in all directions, like the tentacles of octopus, were suspended broad green streamers.

The platform was one mass of green plants and evergreens almost hiding from view the garden scene which formed the back-ground. Round the room and under the balcony, seats were arranged.

The staircases were hung with pretty yellow and white hangings, and maidenhair plants were arranged at intervals. At the head of the top staircase a lounge had been contrived under a marquee of dark pink and white, and opened on to the balcony.

The scene in tbs ball-room when dancing was at its height was brilliant, and the beautiful gowns of many of the ladies created a riot of colour.

The social success of the affair was greater than ever, and the guests, received Mr. Ernest H. Gates (Chairman of the Saltaire Institute Society) included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Lieut. Col. A. Gadie and Mrs. Gadie). Sir James and Lady Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Whitehead, Miss Whitehead, Mr. Arthur J. Hill, Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman of the Shipley District Council) and Mrs. Rhodes, Mr. P. L. Carroll (chairman of the Baildon District Council) and Mrs. Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Mr. H. A. Gates, Mr. Walter Scott (president the Saltaire Institute Society), Mr. and Mrs. L. W. P Gates, Mr. Welch, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Pepper, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Boyce. Mr. A. Hall, and Miss Hall. Mr. H. Norman Rae. M.P., was prevented by a call to the Continent from being present.

Dancing, for which Mr. E. P. Smith’s band played the latest and most fascinating music, took place fill two o’clock. Mr. W. Knight Plunkett was the M.C., and the stewards were Messrs. M. Akam, G. L. Armstrong, H. L. Atkinson. George H. Boardman, S. Binns, G. Birbeck, E. Clifford Fry, F. Feather, W. N. Finlayson, A. K. Gardiner, H. Gill, A. Haigh Lumby, C. E. Learoyd, J. H. Naylor, T. E. Power, F. C. M. S. Rhodes, H. C, Smedley, J. W. Sowden, C. W. Stephenson, H. M. Sutcliffe, H. B. Vero, J. Walker, and H. S. Williamson. Mr. C. H. Ingham was the hon. secretary, and Mr. Lawrence hon. treasurer.

A similar gathering was held on Thursday evening, while tonight (Friday) a children’s evening is being held. Handsome prizes have been given by Mr. Gates for a children’s fancy dress competition. Mr Gates hopes to be present to present these prizes to the winners.

Saltaire Conversazioni – Children’s Fancy Dress Ball

The marked success which attended the two opening days of the Saltaire Conversazioni was no less on Friday (7 January) last, when the children’s fancy dress ball was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. Fully six hundred people were present, there being about 370 adults and over 200 children in fancy dress costumes.

The president (Mr. Walter Scott) of the Saltaire Institute Society attended, in the wig and gown of a barrister. Others present were Mr. E. H. Gates, Councillor F. and Mrs. Rhodes, Councillor C. E, and Mrs. Learoyd, and Mrs. Lindow. Several of the stewards wore fancy dress. Mrs. H. C. Smedley, in white smock, check trousers, and brown velvet tam o’shanter, made a convincing artist, while Councillor G. Birbeck wore the “Coster’s” pearlies like a real live “Arry.” Miss Cowie appeared as a Domino, and Mr. C. H. Ingham, the secretary, bustled about in a picturesque Japanese coat with a beautifully worked pattern in silver. Mr. E. Clifford Fry wore a weird nondescript costume labelled “Peter Jannaway” (from “Arabian Nights”). Mr. W. Knight Plunkett, the M.C., wore the 18th Century costume of an Old English gentleman, which is so great a favourite for fancy dress functions. Other stewards were Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. S. Atkinson. Mrs. Clifford Fry, Mr. W. N. Finlayson, Mr. H. Gill, Mr. A, Haigh-Lumby, Mr. G. Hall, Mrs. C. H. Ingham, Miss Johnson, Miss Kemp, Miss Lambert, Mrs. C. E. Learoyd, Mr. F. C. M. S. Rhodes, Mrs. H. M. Sutcliffe, and Mr. H. S. Williamson.

The first item was a march round to popular airs and the bright colours of the pretty and comic dresses showed up well. One tiny toddler, with a mass of fair curls, dressed in white, with the bow and arrows and wings of Cupid, led the procession.

The dresses were of great variety. Cupids, fairies, and butterflies were favourite costumes for the little girls, while for the smaller boys the costume of jester afforded scope for great variety in the colour of the “motley.” Amongst the costumes most noticeable was that of a vivandiere with red cap, white blouse, and red, white, and blue skirt. Several boys wore the powdered wig, and knee breeches costume of the time Queen Anne, and even here the costumes were not alike, the usual blue velvet coat, in one case, being substituted one of grey satin to match the breeches.

Other striking dresses were “The King of Hearts,” “Golliwog” (6 ½ d.), and “Bubbles,” with a string of multi-coloured balloons. Very topical was the costume adopted by one young lady, who had disguised herself a “House to Let.” It was not stated whether it was one of the new Council houses. Two boys in white turbans and green coats, brown pantaloons, and browner faces, made excellent Moors, but the best disguise as a foreigner was by one boy dressed ns Chinese. Spectacles added to long drooping moustache and pig-tail heightened the effect.

A farmer’s boy, in red handkerchief and smock, and that character made familiar by the illustration on a well-known patent breakfast food, with his pig-tail, knobbed stick, red coat and yellow trousers, “Sunny Jim,” were present.

One other character, who looked just as if he had stepped out, of a “Wild West” film, was a cowboy with a pack of cards in one hand and a “six-shooter” in the other. There were not a few pierrots and clowns, one of the latter, who might have passed for an imitation of Greek, sporting a monacle. Of the butterflies, one had red, white and blue tinted wings, and a contrast was the green wings and brown dress of a “brownie,” perhaps from Cottingley, or why not Shipley Glen? There were two exceedingly pretty pantomime costumes, Aladdin in gilt hat, and blue costume trimmed with gold braid, and a principal boy in wide brimmed hat, white tunic, and shorts. A reference to the “Ashes” was inscribed on the sash of a boy in white “ducks” carrying a cricket bat.

Other characters were “Good Luck,” Gipsies, and Uncle Sam, with beard, red and white striped pants, and star spangled coat. Among the historical costumes, one little maid in the bonnet and crinoline of the Early Victorian period was very dainty. One tiny tot was dressed as a Christmas Tree, and there were two boys in hose and doublet of the Elizabethan period.

The music for the dancing was provided by Mr. A. Slingsby’s orchestra, and the programme included several of the latest popular airs. Waltzes to “Blowing Bubbles” and “Wyoming,” a one-step to “Swanee,” and a fox-trot to “You’d be surprised,” were on the list. A special item for the tiny tots was “Ring a ring o’ roses.” But in the dances the little ones could give points to many of the adults for grace and correctness of style.

A parade for the selection the winners was held. Mr. P. A. Lennon (of the Bradford Alhambra) and Mrs. Lennon officiating as judges. The competitors were divided into three classes (for the best costumes worn by children under 14), and four prizes were awarded in each class. The classes were Historical or National; Original or Topical; and Comic.

The following is the list prize-winners, which included two sisters and two brothers, the latter being the sons of Mr. Harper, the well-known Bradford tradesman, a daughter of Mr. George Charlesworth, the popular local vocalist, was also a prize-winner.

Historical or national: -

Rhoda Hinchcliffe, “Early Victorian”
Muriel Hinchcliffe, courtier
Tolo Harper, Austrian peasant
Brian Crossland, Chinaman.

Topical or original: -

Dick Hollingworth, “flags of victory”
Mary Trinity, “house to let”
Bonnie Binns, cowboy
Herbert Haigh-Lumby, Sunny Jim

Comic: -

Geoffrey England, French Pierrot
Stacia Harper, jester
Edward Gill, jester
Kathleen Charlesworth, pantomime principal boy.

Mr. Fry announced that Mrs. Gates had been unable to be present, and Mrs. Lennon had, therefore, kindly officiated as judge in her place. He called for three cheers for Mr. and Mrs. E. H, Gates and Mr. and Mrs. Lennon.

Mr. Gates (the donor of the prizes), responding on behalf of his wife and himself, said that he was extremely sorry his wife had been unable to be present. He hoped he and his wife would present on many future occasions.

Mr. Lennon, responding, remarked that the judging had been very difficult owing to the great number of similar kinds costumes.

After a grand march, with the winners leading, the dancing continued until 10 p.m.

The Conversazioni was brought to a close on Saturday by a public dance at the Victoria Hall. There was good attendance, and a full programme of dances was gone through to music of Mr. A. Slingsby’s orchestra. The programme included the “Tea-Time Tango,” Jazz Twinkle, Eulalie Waltz, Indianola, Fox Trot, and the popular “Lovely Lucerne” waltz.

The following were the stewards: —

Councillors G. Birbeck, T. F. Doyle, C. E. Learoyd, N. G, Morton, H. M. Sutcliffe and J. Walker, Messrs. G. L. Armstrong, H. L. Atkinson, S. Binns, J. A Cliffe, E. Clifford Fry, P. Feather, H. Gill, A. G. Hall, and P, Normington.

Dancing was continued till 11.30 p.m., when the proceedings closed with the National Anthem.

The Anti-Incorporation Crusade

The anti-incorporation crusade, so far as the Shipley protest is concerned, was launched at Saltaire on Tuesday (25 January) night under the most favourable auspices. To repeat a proposition which we have made more than once in this column, it will be difficult conceive how such a tribunal, composed of three members, as the Ministry of Health propose to appoint as virtual adjudicators in Bradford’s application for the incorporation of other districts, can fail to be influenced by the arresting array of arguments which are likely to be put forward in opposition to the city proposals.

The Victoria Hall was well filled, and it was evident throughout that the feeling of the gathering was unmistakably in favour of the corporate independence of Shipley. This point was conclusively proved when the vote on resolution of protest was taken, for there were less than a score of dissentients, and even some of these timidly lowered their uplifted hands when a count was about be made.

All this is to the good. The first appeal has been made to Shipley ratepayers in regard to incorporation; and the result will be anything but cheering news to the Bradford bounders who, by their lust for city extension, have rendered their own ratepayers, and the ratepayers of other districts, responsible for the payment of a pretty bill – a bill, we should say, which will lose the epithet we have attached to it when it is presented to the ratepayers of the city. And for this a certain junta on the City Council will be to blame, for, as Mr. C. E. Learoyd pointed out at Saltaire, there was even a section of the City Council itself which sought to show their opposition, if not their positive resentment the incorporation policy, by memorialising the Lord Mayor to that effect. Thus, within the City Council we find a lack of unanimity in this wild venture for expansion; on the other hand, the members of the Councils of all the threatened communities have shown a marked unanimity in opposition, and, further, these Councils have received the unqualified support of righteously indignant ratepayers in the respective townships. It will be remembered that emissaries were sent by the City Council to conciliate, convince, or even cajole the residents in the outlying districts; and they invariably received a “warm” reception, but the warmth was certainly not of the welcome kind. Where on earth (which includes Bradford) is the City’s case?

We are pleased to observe that Mr. C. E. Learoyd, who was the principal speaker (and chairman) at the Saltaire meeting, launched at once into what may he regarded as a historical review, and the genesis of this particular matter. He showed that so early as 1899 an undertaking—which we shall call a promise—was given by the Bradford Corporation that on no future occasion would Bradford seek to incorporate Shipley without the consent of the Shipley people.

Parenthetically, it may be recalled that Mr. W. Leach, as the leader of the Bradford missionaries who addressed a small gathering in an upper room in Shipley, on behalf of the annexationist policy, when confronted with this “undertaking,” admitted that he knew nothing about it.” Crusaders engaged in any mission whatsoever should have the historical instinct; in other words, Mr. Leach was not conversant with facts. And at that particular time he ought to have been.

We repeat that Mr. Learoyd did a good thing, and a wise, when he started from the base, as it were; and emphasised the fact that Bradford had given a solemn assurance that no move in the incorporation way should be made unless the Shipley people acquiesced in the annexationist arrangement. The same promise, it may be pointed out, was repeated many times subsequently. How, then, in the face of such an undertaking, can Mr. Leach and his henchmen (many of whom, by the way, have been kicked out of the Council by the ratepayers in the interval) stand the test of a cross-examination on point like this?

If the Shipley public men who, on behalf of the Shipley people, are fighting the battle of independence, had no other argument than this, they would, indeed, have a “case.” But why, why should Mr. Leach have confessed to ignorance of the existence of such undertaking? We have repeatedly called upon Mr. Leach to answer this question. But Mr. Leach is apparently engaged in looking the other way. Where, O, where is Bradford’s “case.”

Saltaire Male Voice Choir

An interesting ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Saltaire Male Voice Choir, in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire Road, on Friday (7 January) evening, when Mr. A.H. Martin, one of the patrons of the choir, presented the choir with a framed photograph of the report of the Summerscales Contest at Keighley.

On Monday evening (10 January) the choir received a visit from the Shipley Working Men’s Club Glee Union, who rendered an interesting programme.

On Wednesday (12 January) a social evening and supper was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel. An enjoyable time was spent by a large company.

On Monday (17 January) the choir received a visit at their headquarters from the Greengates

The annual meeting of the choir is on 25 January, when the chair will be taken by Mr Henry Whitehead (Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co. Ltd.)

Concert in aid of Saltaire Hospital

The first annual charity concert organised by Mr. W. E. Holland, manager of the Pavilion De Luxe, Shipley, was held on Sunday (9 January) evening. There was a large attendance, all tickets having been sold days before the event.

Among the audience were the chairman of the Shipley Urban District -Council (Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes) and Mrs. Rhodes, Councillor C. E. and Mrs. Learoyd, Councillor J. Walker, County Councillor G. H. and Mrs. Boardman, and Mr. I. Lindow (clerk to the Shipley Urban District Council). The managing director of the Pavilion De Luxe, Mr. G. F. Lunn, with Mrs. Lunn and friends, made the journey from Huddersfield for the concert. There were also present 48 members of the Shipley Musical Union, including the president, Mr. J. T. Kendall.

About £27 was realised by the sale of tickets, and no fewer than 514 “sympathisers’ tickets at twopence each were bought by people unable to be present, thus enabling all who wished to attend the concert to do so. This excellent scheme, devised by Mr, W. E. Holland, manager of the De Luxe, brought in no less than £4 5s. 8d. Artistic souvenir programmes, the generous gift of Mr. J. Walker, Shipley, realised £4 13s. 8d. The total proceeds, £35 8s., will be handed over to Sir Titus Salts’ Hospital, the management of the Pavilion giving the hire of the film, and meeting all expenses. Hospitals, like all similar public institutions are having a hard struggle nowadays, and the magnificent effort of the “De Luxe," for the management of which Mr. Holland, his staff, and the artists, are to be congratulated, very timely.

Offer of Land

For some weeks past the Shipley Urban District Council has been in correspondence with Sir James Bart., of Strathallan Castle (formerly of Milner Field), with regard to the purchase of certain land at Saltaire which the Council considers very suitable for public schemes, the provision of allotment gardens, sites for houses, and playing fields.

The result of this correspondence was disclosed when, at a special meeting of the District Council Wednesday (12 January) evening in last week, a resolution was unanimously adopted accepting an offer from Sir James Roberts under which the Council become the owners of the whole of the remaining portion Sir James’s estate, south of the River Aire, and extending from Saltaire Mills to the boundary of the district at Hirst Wood, an area comprising approximately 95 acres.

In the correspondence which passed between the Council and Sir James, the latter intimated his willingness to sell, but was very averse to the selling of the estate in small lots and expressed his desire to make one bargain of it. This had reference to lands bounded by Hirst Lane, width were part of the estate acquired Sir James from the trustees of the late Sir Titus Salt, the estate purchased by Sir James at the sale of the Rosse properties not being then under consideration.

A special committee was appointed by the Council to make full inquiries into the matter and to consider whether a public utility scheme could be formulated and adopted, under which the Council could usefully become the owners the estate Sir James was willing dispose of.

While the matter was receiving consideration a further letter was received from Sir James, who was anxious that the question should be settled, stating that, should the Council decide to purchase what is known as the Saltaire estate at a price which he named, he would make the Council a free gift of the estates which he purchased in 1911 at the sale the Rosse properties.

The Council, as have stated, has unanimously decided to accept this offer of Sir James, and intimation to that effect has been conveyed to him.

The purchase price for what is described the Saltaire estate is £13,000. This estate consists of certain allotment plots in front of the Saltaire Mills, in Caroline Street, Saltaire, the Albert Road allotments, the land extending from Albert Road to Hirst Lane, the land lying between the railway and the canal west of the Saltaire Congregational Church, the land lying between the canal and the river extending from Victoria Road to Hirst Mill, and the boathouse situate on the opposite bank of the river to Roberts Park. The total area of this estate is 52 or 53 acres.

The portion of the Rosse estate which the Council receives from Sir James as a free gift has an area of just over 43 acres and extends from Hirst Lane to the river boundary at Seven Arches. It comprises the whole of the area between the Midland Railway and the river west of Hirst. Mill.

The lands which the Council become the owners of comprise a total area of about 95 acres, and this area includes a considerable amount of rent-earning land and buildings which are also at present rent-earning properties. The annual income from the estate is reported to be between £300 and £400.

At the special meeting of the Council referred to the above and at which the decision to accept Sir James’ offer was arrived at. Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman) moved the adoption of the resolution and acceptance and expressed his satisfaction at the generosity which had been shown by Sir James in his gift of the Rosse estate. Mr. Rhodes expressed the opinion that the Council would not be doing its duty to the present and future generations of Shipley if the offer was not unanimously accepted.

General satisfaction was expressed at the offer, which, as we have stated, was accepted by a unanimous vote.

No scheme in regard to the lay-out of the estate has yet been finally prepared by the Council, and when the plans are completed the schemes will have to be submitted to the Ministry of Health, which will be asked to grant the necessary borrowing powers. The general public Shipley, will, in the meantime, however, be gratified to know that they have secured the control of a valuable estate, a considerable portion of which will be available for all time tor public recreative purposes.

When Shipley possesses such lands of public usefulness this estate, and the portion of the Rosse estate recently given to the town by Mr. H. Norman Rae (M.P. for the Shipley Division), it is no wonder that Bradford looks with envious eyes upon Shipley, and Sir James’ generosity should add stimulus to Shipley people to try at all costs to maintain the independence of the town, and to resist the annexation proposals of the city of Bradford.

(Colin’s note - £13,000 in 1921 is worth c£680,000 in 2021)

Gift of Land - Editorial

The gift of some forty-three acres of land, part of the Rosse estate, which hast been offered to Shipley by Sir James Roberts, has been accepted by the District Council.

The gift is a contingent one, and it is only to be vouchsafed on condition that the Council purchase about 53 acres of land, which is part of the Saltaire estate.

For some time past the District Council have been casting their eyes Saltairewards, in the hope that they might be able to secure a chunk of territory for public purposes. It may be that the gift with its qualifications was accepted because the fulfilment of the desires of the Council for the possession of the desired “lands” in the Saltaire district. We say this may be so. At any rate, we have said, the gift has been accepted.

The Council powers in the role of purchasers are hedged round with limitations. A scheme will have be formulated showing the useful purposes for which this land can be utilised; and such a scheme, again, will have to be submitted to the Ministry of Health, who will, just cause being shown, grant authority for the application borrowing powers.

There can be no doubt that the Council would have little difficulty in making out a good case for the acquisition by purchase the portion of the Saltaire estate; and this is shown by the practical unanimity with which the local authority have agreed to accept, the gift and agree to the purchase of the Saltaire property. It is a bad policy to look a gilt horse in the mouth, even without the aid of a microscope.

One would be churlish, indeed, to do otherwise; nor could one question the public-spiritedness of Sir James Roberts in making his contingent' gift. Under our present system a man can, after all, “do what he likes with his own,” But it is suggested that when the generous donor had the gift of such a prized enclosure as Saltaire Park in his mind, he might have remembered the township in which the Park is situated, and not made’ present of the plessaunce to a neighbouring city.

The territorial boundaries of city and township are in all conscience already very complicated; a Shipley resident is never quite sure whether, when he steps out a few yards, he is the territory of the city or on his own municipal domain.

We have no desire to belittle the latest gift of Sir James, but we do believe that the majority of the Shipley people regret the decision which he made a little while ago in giving to Bradford what was meant for Shipley. There is a communal, just there is an individual pride in possession.

The defining of the boundaries which separate Shipley and Bradford—for the two places are yet separate self-governing communities, and the portents point to their being likely to remain so—would be a difficult matter indeed.

Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade

It was a happy thought on the part of the members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade to invite to their second annual dinner and children’s party, held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Saturday (15 January) evening, the members, their wives, and children, of the old fire brigade which existed at the mill.

The function was presided over by Mr. G. Hall Superintendent of the Brigade), who, in addition to Mrs. Hall, was accompanied by Mr. H. Searle (Secretary, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd.) and Mrs Searle, and by Messrs. H. Stolworthy, E. Thornton and C. Smith, old superintendents of the brigade.

After an excellent dinner, provided and served by Mr. C. Spavin, the proprietor of the Royal Cafe, Mr. Hall briefly welcomed those present, expressing the hope that both the children —-whom he was sure had long been looking forward to the event —and the adults would spend a pleasurable evening. An enjoyable programme of songs, recitations and character sketches was then given, and following this the chairman proposed “the health and long life of our worthy masters, and long success to our fire.”

Pianoforte Music

Under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, a lecture recital on “Pianoforte Music” was given at the Victoria Hall Saltaire on Wednesday (26 January) evening, by Mr. Frederick Dawson, the famous pianist.


The Shipley Chamber of Trade has appointed Mr. Albert Brear, of Saltaire Road, to attend as their representative at the official inquiry into the Bradford extension proposals.

Mr. Brear is the only son of the late Mr. Amos Brear, who conducted the oldest drapery shop in Shipley, founded by him in 1866. Mr Albert Brear took over the management in 1898. Mr. Brear is also a prominent member of the Congregational Church, Saltaire.

Total Abstinence Propaganda in Shipley Schools

An interesting gathering was held at the Saltaire Congregational Church Sunday School on Tuesday (18 January) evening last week, when prizes won by scholars of the Shipley elementary schools for writing essays upon a course of lectures delivered in the schools under the auspices of the Bradford and District Band of Hope Union, were distributed, and when address was given on the influence of alcohol upon individuals, and upon the welfare of the country, the Rev. Dr. Weeks (late Captain, R.A.M.C.).

Councillor C. E. Learoyd (Chairman Shipley Education Committee) presided, and there were also on the platform, in addition to Dr. Wholes, Councillor T. E. Doyle (vice-chairman Shipley Education Committee), Mr. Walter (Director of Education), Mr. F. W. Richardson (President Bradford and District Band of Hope Union), Mr. C. A. Pollard (finance secretary), Mr. A. J. Rowles (secretary and lecturer). Mr. W. Bell (treasurer) and Mr. W. Outhwaite.

The Chairman, in his opening remarks, said it was both a duty and a pleasure for him to make public recognition on behalf of the Shipley Education Committee, of the valuable work done for many years past in the elementary schools of Shipley by the Band of Hope Union.

During the past year, nine lectures had been delivered by members of the Union in the Shipley schools. These had been attended by 1,054 children, and essays had later been written on the lectures by 644 children. He was pleased to announce that 54 of these essays had been awarded prizes, while 387 essays had reached a sufficiently high standard to be awarded certificates. Mr. Doyle was that evening going to present the prizes, and the certificate won would be distributed to the winners later by the head teachers at the various schools.

Saltaire Congregational Church

The annual tea in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church was held in the Victoria Road Sunday School on Wednesday (19 January) evening of last week. Fully two hundred sat down to tea, an increase on last year, the ladies of the church catering.

The following ladies were tray-holders: -

Mesdames P.D. Pringle, J.W. Sowden, C.H. Briggs, H.H. Hall, W. Popplestone, P. F. Laycock, Thos. Thornton, C. Holgate, A. Riley and Clarke.

Child’s Sudden Death

An inquest was held at the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday (25 January) afternoon by the District Coroner (Mr E.W. Norris) on Alice Margaret Bolton, the five and half month daughter of Mr and Mrs. G.E. Bolton, of 40 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.

The child, it was stated, appeared quite well when put to bed on Sunday evening, but at 8 o’clock on Monday morning was found dead.

Dr. Sharpe, of Saltaire, stated that death was due to a convulsion brought about by commencing bronchial pneumonia of both lungs, and a verdict of “death from natural causes” was returned.

Saltaire Hospital Board

The total donations received by the Saltaire Hospital Board during December was £119 6s 3d.

Saltaire Philharmonic Society

A very pleasing and enjoyable function took place at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Friday (28 January) evening, when the annual chorus, social and dance of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society was held. The large company present included Mr. Whitehead (president of the society.

Lecture on Emily Bronte

In connection with the Shipley Branch of the Workers Educational Association, Mr G.H. Morris, of Ben Rhyding, gave the second of a series of lectures on the Brontes, taking as his subject, “Emily Bronte,” at the Saltaire Institute, on Thursday (27 January) evening of last week.

Mr. Pullan (president of the branch) occupied the chair.


St Peter’s 22 January – Thomas William Humphrey, an engineer aged 23, of 4 Fern Place, married Winifred Hogan, aged 25, of Shipley.

St Peter’s 31 January – Thomas Kitchen, a postman aged 22, of 49 Titus Street, married Lilian Flowers, a comber aged 20, of 29 Mary Street.

(Thomas served in WW1).






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