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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: 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923

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Life in Saltaire, 1923

Updated monthly

1923 January | February | March

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.





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