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Saltaire News: 100 years ago
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1919 | 1920

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Colin Coates writes:

Follow what was happening in Saltaire 100 years ago. This is post WW1 news and is updated monthly. The primary source of this information is the Shipley Times newspaper which was published every Friday.

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 1920

Saltaire Park

Last Of Saltaire Park
Gift To Bradford Under A New Name.
Sir James Roberts’s Memorial To His Son.

The surprise which, followed the announcement last Friday (10 January) that Sir James Roberts. Bart., had made a gift Saltaire Park to the Bradford Corporation has turned to appreciation in many quarters since it became known that the park is continue for the use of "the public”, though naturally enough the affair has aroused some feeling at Shipley, as had all along been considered that in view of Sir James's business and family associations with the district the offer of the park on the same terms as have been stipulated to Bradford might reasonably have been made to Shipley.
These conditions are: -
1. That a suitable tablet be placed by the Corporation at the entrance to the park stating that the park is gift from Sir James Roberts the Bradford Corporation memorial his late son, Bertram Foster Roberto.
2. That the Corporation are to maintain the park for the benefit of the public at all times.
3. The park is to be named “Roberts Park, Saltaire and that all documents referring to the gift of the park or in which the park is referred to in public notices and the like the park shall always be referred to the “Roberts Park, Saltaire.”
The Corporation accepted the gift at their meeting on Tuesday, following a commendation to that effect at the General Purposes Committee meeting some days earlier.
In his letter on the subject to the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Sir James Roberts said: — '‘Referring to our recent interview I am writing to confirm the offer which I then made with respect to Saltaire Park. I will convey Saltaire Park in fee simple to the Bradford Corporation with everything therein and thereon, including the Park Lodge, the cricket pavilion, the Sir Titus Salt statue. all garden tools and requisites which are in use in the park.
I may say that in acceding to your request to make this offer I am actuated to an appreciable extent by the personal regard with which I hold you, and it would afford me added pleasure to see this matter carried through to completion during your year of office as Lord Mayor of Bradford.
On learning that the Bradford City Council accept I write to my solicitors and instruct them to communicate at once with the Town Clerk of Bradford with a view to the necessary conveyance being executed forthwith.”

Adult School

The Saltaire Adult School is meeting the New Church Rooms opposite the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel, at nine o’clock every Sunday morning, when the proceedings include an open discussion
Memorial Obelisk

A Tribute From Saltaire Congregationalists

At a recent congregational meeting of the Saltaire Congregational Church to decide upon the form of a war memorial to be erected to the memory of the men connected with the church and Sunday School who fell in the war. it was unanimously resolved erect an obelisk, cenotaph, designed Mr. R. G. Phillip. A.R.C.A., London, a plaster of Paris model of which was on view. The obelisk will of the same stone as the church building. It will be 15ft. 6in. height, and the base will be 9ft. square. On the topmost stone there will be a bronze tablet. 4ft. 6in., about 2ft., surmounted a cross and laurel wreath, and this will bear the following inscription in raised letters “To the Glory God and the unfading memory the men whose names are hereon inscribed, who, in the great war, 1914-1918.”

Henry Mason Ltd.

A pleasing function took place at the Institute, Saltaire, Tuesday evening, (13 January) when Mr. Francis Willey and Lieut.--Col. Vernon Willey, M.P., the proprietors of Henry Mason .Shipley), Ltd., Victoria Works, Shipley, entertained to a tea, concert, whist drive, and dance the whole of their employees. Mr. Francis Willey was on the platform, and was supported by Messrs. Arthur Saville, B. Wooller, H. B. Dean, A. Hall, A. Dickson, S. Humphries, H. Saynor, J. E. Rowe, H. Newall, J. Shackleton, and Miss E. F. Warren.
For the occasion work ceased at the mill at quarter five, and the proceedings commenced at the Institute at 6.30 p.m.., when from 700 to 800 persons sat down to a sumptuous tea in the reading room and gymnasium, which had both been tastefully arranged as tea rooms. After tea an enjoyable concert, which lasted until 9 o’clock, was given in the Victoria Hall. Following this, dancing took place the same room until 11.30, while for those who were not devotees of the terpsichorean art a whist drive had been arranged in the social rooms upstairs.

The Late Mr S Broadbent

The interment of the late Mr. Sam Broadbent, whose death occurred last Friday (9 January) at his residence, 12 Bromley Road, Nab Wood, Shipley, took place at Nab Wood Cemetery Monday afternoon.
The deceased, who was 60 years of age, was for many years the only monumental mason in Shipley and carried on his business at Nab Wood. He was a prominent member of the original Saltaire Wesleyan Prise Choir when it was at its best.
He did a lot of ornamental work on some of the largest buildings the district, including the Prudential Assurance Company’s Office, and he made the bases which were presented to Saltaire Park by the Company’s Office, and he made the bases for the two vases which were presented to Saltaire Park by the Shipley Trades Societies. He leaves wife, a son, and two daughters to mourn their loss.

No Heating

A breakdown in the heating apparatus at the Saltaire Congregational Church has necessitated the services being held in the assembly hall of the school.
It proposed to hold a bazaar in connection with the church in March, to defray the cost of a new boiler, raise funds for the carrying out of school building repairs, and clear off an accumulated deficit on the church and school accounts.
Saltaire Congregationalism

The annual congregational tea and meeting in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church took place in the schoolroom on Tuesday evening. (20 January). The meeting was presided over by the Rev. Drummond Pringle (pastor), who reviewed the year’s work. Mr. J. W. gave the financial statement, while the reports of the various organisations were given by Mr. O. A. Thornton, Mrs. C. H. Briggs, and Mr. H. Hall. The Rev. J. W. Chisholm and Mr. Henry Williamson also spoke. During the evening musical items were rendered the choir, while solos were contributed Miss Casson and Mr. O. A- Thornton. Mr. W. Sutcliffe was the accompanist.

Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade

The annual supper of the members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade was served at the Royal Cafe. Saltaire, on Saturday (17 January) evening, when the event was given a social emphasis by the presence of the wives and children of the men, while fraternal greetings to the brigade were, brought from the Shipley Brigade by Supt Wilkes. the Whetley Mills Brigade Supt. Firth, Mason’s Brigade Supt F Hall and the Britannia Mills Brigade by Supt. Mitchell.
Altogether it was very pleasant evening, the concert which followed the ample spread, which comprised roast beef and mutton, rabbit pie, sprouts and potatoes, apple tart and custard, mince pies. and biscuits, tea and coffee, being a capital affair.
Mr. Wm. Raistrick was at the piano, and songs were sung Cr. H. Alderson, Messrs. Dewhirst. L. Bateson, and F. Dracup, and Miss Raistrick, while Yorkshire dialect recitation was given by Mr. Craven. There were also duets.
The chair was occupied Supt. George Hall, the popular chief of the Saltaire Mills Brigade, and was supported by Mr. H. L. Searle (Secretary Saltaire Mills). Mr. H. Stolworthy former supt. of the Saltaire Mills Brigade, and a member the North Bierley Board of Guardians, Mr. W. Eccles (cashier at Saltaire Mills), and the other gentlemen previously mentioned.


Sunday night's gale (11 January) worked considerable havoc. A large advertisement hoarding at the top of Victoria Road, Saltaire. was blown down. A henhouse behind the hoarding shared the same fate, while the poultry were pinned beneath the wreckage. All but one. which could not get free all the night through, escaped.

George Hodgson Ltd.

The employees of Messrs. George Hodgson, Limited, Frizinghall, power-loom makers, were entertained to a whist drive, dance, and supper at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday evening. There were about 200 employees and friends present. Dancing commenced at 7.30 pm and was kept up until 1 a.m.

Victoria Hall

The Victoria Hall at Saltaire is to be re-seated with 550 tip-up chairs to be provided by Messrs. Archer & Tempest of Halifax.

Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir

The annual Meeting the Saltaire Mills’ Male Voice was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire Road, last Thursday (15 January) night. Coun. T. F. Doyle was in the chair, and a vote of thanks was given to the retiring officers and Mr. Bradshaw (conductor).
The balance sheet, which was read and passed, showed an income of £127 7s. 3d., and expenditure of £l10 8s. 9d., leaving a balance in hand of £l1 18s. 6d.

Shipley Liberal Conversazione

Previously one of the most important local functions, the Shipley Liberal Conversazione was revived with conspicuous success last Friday and Saturday (23 & 24 January) at the Institute, Saltaire.
The Victoria Hall has been transformed into a charming ballroom and was a blaze of colour. Under the balcony there was a lounge with settees and easy chairs. The colour scheme of the room was yellow and white, and the pillars of the balcony and the sides of the balcony were draped with art muslin, and the stage presented a striking relief in its mass greenery. The decorations were carried out by a number of gentlemen of the Liberal Club, by several ladies of the Women's Liberal Association, and by Mr. George Nettleton. A tea-room upstairs was under the charge of ladies of the same Association, and light refreshments were provided in the ballroom.

Saltaire Mills Ambulance and Nursing Division

Last Friday (23 January) evening the members of the Saltaire Mills Ambulance and Nursing Division were entertained at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire. by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co. Ltd., to a concert, supper, and dance. Mr H. L. Searle (Secretary of the Company) presided and an enjoyable time was spent. T
The Division was inaugurated in October 1918. Mrs J. H. Potter (assisted by the Misses C. Packett and E. Parker) have instructed the women, while the men have been in charge of Messrs. E. Sutcliffe, H. Carr, and A. Lambert. Classes have been held weekly, and last year over 30 members obtained first aid certificates.   

Saltaire Cricket Club

Th« annual dinner and prize distribution of Saltaire Cricket Club was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel, on Saturday (24 January) evening. Mr. G. Birbeck (President) was in the chair, supported by Councillors H. Hirst and T. F. Doyle, and Messrs. J. J. Booth (President of the Bradford Cricket league), J. Farmer, W. Lockwood. H. Hutton, C. S. Barnes, and W. Holmes. Nearly 80 people partook of dinner, and the toast list was interspersed with musical items by Messrs. Goodere (violinist), W. Shackleton (tenor). Jack Edwards (humourist), and T. Dinnett (accompanist).


An interesting story was told to the Express" this week by Mr. Alphonso Bagshaw, a Windhill man, who went out to Victoria in 1911 with his wife, and both of whom are now spending a short holiday at 63 Mountain Street, Windfall. Mr. Bagshaw, who was hairdresser in Bradford, is well known in the district, and especially at Saltaire, as he lived there for 30 years.
Landing at Melbourne. Mr. Bagshaw set up in his old line of business, did well, and when the war broke out, he volunteered for the Australian Expeditionary Force, but was rejected on account of his eyesight. He then joined the “Work or Fight” Association and raised money for comforts for the troops abroad. In addition, he made no less than 2,000 cigarettes for the members of the A.I.F. who were on active service. In recognition of his valuable work Mr Bagshaw. received a congratulatory letter from the Mayor of Brighton (Victoria) and from the medical practitioners, dentists, and nurses connected with the association.
A nephew of Mr. Bagshaw, Mr. Albert Bagshaw, went out to Australia from Saltaire towards 1913, and joined the A.I.F. and served in the war for four years. He recently returned to Australia with a Saltaire lady as his bride.
Mr. and Mrs. Alphonso Bagshaw came " home " on the Orient Line R.M.S. Osterley," and had a most enjoyable trip. There were numerous concerts and fancy dress tell during the voyage, and when entering the Suez Canal the vessel ran quite close to a sunken Italian warship, which Mr. Bagshaw promptly "snapped” with his camera. Asked his opinion of Australia, Mr. Bagshaw said: "It is the best place on earth, and I am looking forward to my return in the middle of next month.”  He also has a good opinion of the Australian as a citizen and a man. At first, he was impressed the big dust storms of the country, but he now regards them as matter of course. When in Melbourne Mr Bagshaw. met an old friend, Mr. Barker, who at one time was prominent member of the Windhill Co-op. Society.

Saltaire Funeral – 3 January 1920

The funeral of Mr. Harold Baker, of 2 Myrtle PlacePlace, Saltaire, whose death occurred on Dec. 30th, took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Saturday. The deceased, who was only 29 years of age, was an assistant in the Surveyor’s Department of the Shipley Urban District Council. He was married, and leaves wife and two children to mourn their loss. In addition to the family mourners there were a large number of friends of the deceased present at the funeral. The staff at Somerset House were represented Dr. W. Foster (Medical Officer) and Messrs. A. H. Dawson. H. Daw son, H. Barnes. A. Smith A. England J. Chadwick. A. Tetley, L. Clough, The numerous floral tributes included a from the staff at Somerset House and a spray from Mr. J. Chadwick.


Hirst Wood Cemetery – 27 January 1920 – John Edward Spencer aged 39 of 34 Ada Street.

Saltaire Times February 1920

Teaching for 40 Years

A pleasing ceremony took place at the Baildon Woodbottom School last Friday (30 January) afternoon, when Mrs Maria Earnshaw (headmistress of the Infants’ Department), who has been a teacher for 40 years, 28 of which have been spent under the Baildon Authority, and who retired last week.
Mrs Earnshaw, who resides at Victoria Road, Saltaire is a Shipley woman, and was apprenticed at St Paul’s School. Later she became an assistant teacher in various Bradford schools, then returned to Shipley and taught for a time at the Albert Road School and subsequently at the Central School.
When the Otley Road Infants’ School was opened, she was appointed as assistant teacher and she remained several years. She next secured the appointment of headmistress of the Baildon Central Infants School, and after eleven years was transferred as head mistress to the Baildon Woodbottom Infants’ School, where she has remained since.
(Colin’s note – Maria Smith was born c1855. She married Amos Earnshaw 18 August 1879 at Bradford Cathedral. Amos was a grocer at 6 Victoria Road, Saltaire. They had three children. Amos died in 1888. Maria lived at 44 George Street, Saltaire before she got married until after 1915. By 1918 she was living at 28 Victoria Road, Saltaire where she remained until she died 31 October 1933. She was buried in St Paul’s Upper Churchyard.)

Saltaire Congregational Church

The annual supper and “smoker” of the Men’s Circle at Saltaire Congregational Church was held in the Schoolroom on Saturday (31 January) evening, when the Rev. P Drummond Pringle (President) presided over a company of nearly 150. He was supported by the Rev. J W Chisholm, and Messrs J W Sowden (Chairman of the Circle), Chas A Pollard and Harold Paley (Secretaries), W Radford, W Antrobus, W Bailey, G Thornton, M Morrell and A Brear.
Messrs Pollard and Paley made the arrangements and the chef was Mr J W Rawston.
An excellent concert was contributed to by Mr Reginald Illingworth, Mr Fred Moss, Miss Lane, and Miss Doris Illingworth and Mr Wm. Sutcliffe.

Saltaire Institute Society

Described by Mr. Lloyd George as one of the greatest Parliamentary orators in the land. Mr. J. Hugh Edwards, M.P. for Mid-Glamorgan, was the lecturer for the Saltaire Institute Society on Wednesday (11 February) evening, his subject being “The British Parliament, its Men and its Ways.”

(Colin’s note - (John) Hugh Edwards (9 April 1869 – 14 June 1945) was a British Liberal Party politician.)

Whist Drive & Dance

The. Shipley Branch of the General Union of Textile Workers held a whist drive and dance at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (18 February) evening, in aid of the funds the Moulders’ Union.
The arrangements were carried out by Mrs. M. Kendall, and there was a fair attendance. Mr. W. Town was M.C. for dancing, and Mr. H. Steele for whist, while dance music was provided by Mr. Raistrick’s Band.
At the interval Mr. R. Hainsworth (President), on behalf of the Branch, thanked everybody who had helped in any way to make the affair a success, and Coun. T. F. Doyle commented on the worthiness of the object and said that though the Shipley Branch had not been in existence long it had proved very successful, and he was glad to see them showing their comradeship with other unions contributing to their funds. He added that much the success of that evening was due to Mrs. Kendall, who had worked very hard in her own, time. He expressed the hope that before long every person employed in the textile industry would join the General Union of Textile Workers.

(Colin’s note - The General Union of Textile Workers was founded in 1881 following a strike at Newsome Mills in Huddersfield. Initially known as the Huddersfield and District Power Loom Weavers' Association, it led a major strike of 4,000 weavers for thirteen weeks in 1883. The strike was ultimately defeated; although a pay scale was agreed, this was a maximum rate, and mills could pay lower rates. The union added "Woollen Operatives" to its name, gradually attracting a more diverse membership. It also began accepting members elsewhere in the West Riding, and in 1894 became the West Riding of Yorkshire Power Loom Weavers' Association, with membership over 3,000.
Allen Gee became the union's general secretary in 1888. Under his leadership, it survived through a decline to only 2,300 members in 1898 and changed its name to the General Union of Weavers and Textile Workers the following year. Now seeing itself as an industrial union accepting as members all workers in the industry, this marked the start of rapid growth. Membership rose to 4,500 in 1910, of which almost half were women - unusual for a union of the period - then to 13,400 in 1914, when it became the "General Union of Textile Workers", and 64,000 by 1918.
In 1922, the union merged with the National Society of Dyers and Finishers and the Yeadon, Guiseley and District Factory Workers' Union, forming the National Union of Textile Workers.)

Liquor Traffic

A public debate "Should the Liquor Traffic be Nationalised?” to be held in the Lecture Room of the Victoria Institute Tuesday (24 February) evening under the auspices of the Shipley and District Trades and labour Council. The affirmative is in the hands of Mr. J. H. Harvey (Chester- Held), and the negative is with Mr. G. W. Blackburn, of the United Kingdom Alliance.

Local Elections

Mr. George Birbeck has decided to contest in the West Ward. Mr. Birbeck is standing as a Coalitionist on behalf all three political parties—Conservative. Liberal, and Labour. Mr. Birbeck is a woollen and worsted manufacturer and is popularly known as the president the Saltaire Cricket Club. A local man he spent many of his earlier years at Saltaire Mills. He is a Conservative in politics.

High Cost of Living in America

Mr. Joe Hudson, of 68, Thompson Street, Shipley, Vice-President of the Shipley Branch National Union of Woolsorters, has received a very interesting letter from Mr. Tom Wild, an old member.
Mr. Wild, who served his apprenticeship to wool sorting at Saltaire Mills, was afterwards foreman for number of years at the large Bradford firm, and was very well known in Baildon and Shipley.
In his letter Mr. Wild, who is now a resident in North Andover, America, alludes to the state of the textile trade in the States, and says that it is fairly busy, and that in some places it has been found necessary to work overtime. He also refers to the conditions of labour and says; “A 48-bour week is worked, and the workers are paid time-and-a-half overtime.” The cost of living in America at present, Mr. Wild considers, is very high.

Sugar is 23 cents (about 11d.) a lb. [9d per lb]
Lard 35 cents (about 1s 5d) a lb.  [1s per lb]
Butter 67 cents (about 2s 9d) a lb. [1s 6d per lb]
Cheese 45 cents (about 1s 10d) a lb  
Flour 2 dollars for 24 lb. bag.  
Coal is 14 dollars a ton:  

28 dollars is charged for the making (only) of a suit of clothes. The wages of skilled workers, however, appear to be at least 50 per cent higher than those paid in Industry here.

(Colin’s note – for comparison Prices in Shipley District shown in [square brackets].)

The Eastern Question

At the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (25 February) evening, under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, Canon Parfit, M.A., Canon of Jerusalem, and who for over years has been a resident in Baghdad, Jerusalem, and Mesopotamia, delivered a lantern lecture on Baghdad, Babylon, and Nineveh.
The lecture consisted mainly of descriptions of the ancient monuments of Mesopotamia, and among the slides shown were views of the mounds of the burying places of Ur of the Chaldees, the sacred shrines, and of the ruins of Babylon, Nineveh, the ancient ruins of Babylon, and of typical inhabitants of the East. T
The lecturer said that his object was to show in a series of pictures that Mesopotamia was the world’s wonderland. It had a remarkable history of over 4,000 years, and it had contained the capital cities of the world’s empires for a much longer period than the capitals of the world had been situated in western lands.

Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir

The officers of the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir for the coming year are: Mr. Henry Whitehead; vice-presidents, Messrs. A. Gill, H. E. Gates, E. Waddilove, 11. L. Searle, H. Alderson, F. Fearnley Rhodes, T. F. Doyle, and T. Hill. The secretary is Mr. A Dewhirst, of 3 George St., Saltaire.

Footballer’s Dance

The Shipley Gaelic A.F.C. held dance at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, last Friday (20 February) evening. The attendance numbered nearly 300, and a pleasant evening was spent. Dance music was provided by Mr. J. Murgatroyd’s Band.


Miss Brannen gave a lecture on music and literature at a meeting of the Saltaire Branch of the British Music Society on Tuesday (4 February) evening, and the interest was varied by musical illustrations Mrs. C. H. Smedley, Misses Nellie Atkin. Hilda Cooke, and Maud V. Stell, and Messrs. Charlesworth George and F. G. Wheatley.

Shipley Veterans Association

The 12th annual tea and concert of the Shipley Veterans' Association was held at the Rosse Street Baptist. School on Saturday (7 February) evening. under the chairmanship of Mr. W. D. Stuart. who was supported by the Rev. J. S. Crole (pastor), Mr. Herbert Shaw, and Mr. Wm. Hulme (the Veterans' Chaplain).
Previously known as the “Park Parliament” on account of meeting for social intercourse at Crowghyll Park, the Veterans now assemble at the rooms of the Rosse St. Brotherhood and have done so for the last few years.
There are 34 of them, and their average age is 79 years. The oldest member is Mr. J. Mansfield, of Titus St., Saltaire, who is 91, while sixteen of the others are over 80. Twenty-four are receipt of the old age pension.
Mr. Harry Roberts is president; the vice-presidents are Messrs. Herbert Shaw and Abraham Kendall; the chairman is Mr. E. Holdsworth, the vice-chairmen Messrs. H. Stolworthy and Wm. Jackson; the hon. treasurer Mr. M. Robinson; and the hon. sec., Mr. P. White.
Mr. Hulme was responsible for the arrangements on Saturday, and the tea, to which 266 people sat down, was under the management Mrs. A. Outhwaite and Mrs. Elliott.


14 February 1920 at St Peter’s Shipley – John Appleby, a dyer aged 24, married Jennie Hall aged 26. They both lived at 21 Amelia Street in Saltaire.

(Colin’s note – In 1939 John was a dyer’s labourer living with his wife and four children at 19 Hirst Wood Road, Shipley. John died in 1951)

Saltaire Times March 1920


With the object of raising  a sum of not less than £400, to defray the cost of repairs to the School, to pay for a new boiler for the Church heating apparatus, and to clear off a deficit on the Church and School fund, the Saltaire Congregational Church are holding three days bazaar in the Schoolroom, Victoria Road, Saltaire.
The bazaar was opened on Wednesday afternoon (10 March) by Miss Kathleen Hill, second daughter of Mr and Mrs. Arthur J. Hill, of Chellow Dene Bradford, who deputised in place her mother who was indisposed. Mr. J. W. Sowden was chairman, and among those present was Mrs W. Wade (Lady Mayoress of Bradford).
The schoolroom, where the stalls had been arranged, had been transformed into a veritable wonderland. Bright coloured streamers stretched across the ceiling, the stalls and the sides of the gallery had been artistically trimmed with greenery, etc., and electric lights had been temporarily installed.
In the gallery an excellent orchestra played selections of music, and in the side rooms off the main schoolroom, numerous other attractions had been provided, including a Japanese tea room.

(The total amount realised the three days’ sale was the magnificent sum of £852 15s.)


The Saltaire Wesleyan Church are holding a three day Gypsy Bazaar with the object of raising money to liquidate the debts accumulated during the past two years on the Trust and society account; to pay for the repairs and painting of the Church premises; to make a grant of £50 to the National Children‘s Home  on behalf of the Saltaire Branch of the Y L.U. and to assist in the raising of  £100 for the Women's Auxiliary Campaign Fund.
The total sum aimed at is £500, but as the donations received before the opening ceremony on Wednesday (17 March) amounted to nearly £l50, this amount should be easily secured.
The Bazaar has been arranged by Messrs. A Midgley and Cedric Jackson (joint hon. secs) and by Mr. W. A. Burrows (hon. treasurer), the stallholders and other members the Church.


The Bradford Branch of the National Commercial Temperance League held a concert at the Wesleyan Schoolroom, Saltaire, Wednesday, March 3rd. The chair was taken Mr. F, J. Fuller. M.A. (headmaster, Saltaire High School), and an address was given by Mr. John M. Potter (President of the Branch), who referred to the tremendous importance attached to the going “dry" of America, and to the possibility of Britain, doing the same in a few years’ time.
The following artistes contributed to the programme: — Miss Sylvia P. Harvey (soprano). Miss Gladys Tunstill (contralto), Mr. Percy Allott (tenor), and Mr. and Mrs. Max Bradford (comedy duologues and selections). The accompanist was Miss Helen Pollard.


On the river at Saltaire, on Saturday (13 March), two York “fours” met crews from Leeds University. In the initial race the St. Peter School (York) second four beat the University crew by two lengths. The course was from Seven Arches, at Hirst Wood, to the boathouse of the Bradford Amateur Rowing Club, at Saltaire.
The second race was between a maiden crew from York City and a Leeds University tub crew. The course was the same as in the previous race, and the crews finished together in a dead heat, after a most exciting race.


The Shipley Catholic Men’s Society are to be congratulated upon the success of their first St. Patrick's Ball, which is to become an annual affair.
The ball was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire (which had been artistically decorated in yellow and green), on Friday (19 March), when there were about 250 present. The proceeds were in aid of the Men’s Society funds. Dancing commenced at 7.30 p.m. and concluded at 1am., music being provided by Mr. J. Murgatroyd's band. Messrs. J. Alderson and J. Manogue acted as M.C.’s.


The death has taken place, at the advanced age of 83, of Miss Hannah Jowett, late of Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley. A native of Leeds, Miss Jowett came to Shipley about 65 years ago. For over 50 years she was a teacher in the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School, and was a member of the first choir formed in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church.
She was also associated tor a considerable period with the Shipley Branch of the B.W.T.A. and was well-known temperance speaker. She was also connected with the Shipley Women’s Liberal Association. The funeral was on Saturday (20 March) afternoon, at Nab Wood Cemetery.


The members of the Shipley and District Hairdressers’ Association met together at a dinner at the Junction Hotel, Shipley, on Wednesday (24 March) evening, for the purpose of honouring Mr. Thompson Furniss, who recently relinquished the office of President, after having held the position continuously since the formation of the Association, 21 years ago.
Mr. Furniss, who carries on business in Victoria Road, Saltaire, is to be congratulated upon being the oldest member of the trade in the district, and has rendered excellent service to the Association, which the present members decided to reward in a fitting and appropriate manner, with the result that a silver tea and coffee set was subscribed for.
Mr. S. Raistrick presided and was supported by the new President. Mr. A. Tillotson, who also proposed the toast of the health and prosperity of the Association, which was seconded by Mr. Edgar Whittaker (secretary), and heartily pledged. After a few very appropriate remarks, Mr. Tillotson presented Mr. Furniss with the tea and coffee service, and, speaking on behalf of all the members, said he hoped Mr. and Mrs. Furniss would live many years to enjoy it. The service is inscribed as follows: —"Presented to T. Furniss by the Shipley and District Hairdressers’ Association as a token of appreciation, after 21 years’ service as President. 1920.”


A very happy evening was enjoyed by about people at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Thursday (25 March) evening, when a whist drive and dance promoted the workers in the weaving department of Saltaire Mills (Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons A Co. Ltd.) was held, the proceeds of which are to handed over in their entirety to the St. Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers and Sailors.


Another of the series of dances being conducted by Messrs. W. Raistrick, W. Riley, and L. Shackleton, was held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Saturday (27 March) evening. As usual there was a good attendance, and a happy evening was spent. During the evening the novelty dance, The Alexandria Fox Trot,” was introduced.


27 March – St Paul’s Shipley
Thomas Clifford Evans, a fireman aged 24, 7 George Street, Saltaire, married Ann Ellen Kendall, aged 20, Dale Street, Shipley.

27 March – St Peter’s Shipley
Alfred Caygill Smith, a spinning overlooker aged 26, from Heaton married Elsie Stephenson, aged 27, 32 Helen Street, Saltaire.
(In 1939 they were living at 34 Titus Street, Saltaire.)


KEIGHLEY— In memory our dear son and brother, Lance-corporal Harry Keighley, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the fields of France. March 3lst, 1918. Gone, but not forgotten.
From Father, Mother, and Family, 63 George Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times April 1920


At the Rosse St. Baptist Church, Shipley, on Sunday ( 18 April) afternoon, a special service was held by the Brotherhood connected with the church, the collection at which, amounting to over £2 was given to the Sir Titus Salt Hospital, Saltaire.

Coun. Thos. Hill was to have presided but owing to his death the chair was taken by Coun. C. E. Learoyd.

The Governors of the Saltaire Hospital, members of the Shipley Urban District Council, policemen, firemen, and members trade and friendly societies were invited to be present, and amongst those who attended were Councillors F. Fearnley Rhodes, T. F. Doyle, B. Cowgill, A. Linley, A. Waugh, and R. Denison, Inspector Foulkes, and Mr. Thos. Luxton. Coun. E. Learoyd referred to the sad death of Coun. Hill, which he said would be a great loss to the town. He moved that a vole condolence be sent from the Brotherhood to Mrs. Hill and her family. This vote was accorded, the congregation standing.

Mr. J. Senior also referred to Coun. Hill as a well-known and highly respected man, a friend of everybody, who had laid himself upon the altar of public service and public sacrifice. Mr. Senior also undertook to convey the vote of condolence to Mrs. Hill and her family. During the afternoon Miss Florrie Lancaster sang with sympathy and feeling the solos, “How lovely are Thy courts,” and “The Promise of Life”, and an address, “Is All Well?” was delivered by Mr, L. S. Warne. Mr. W. Raistrick presided at the organ.


P. C. Pearcey, who has been stationed in Shipley for 13 years, has been transferred to South Elmsall, near Wakefield. P.C. Pearcey, who joined the police force in 1901, came to Shipley in 1907, and was stationed at Wrose Hill. In 1912 he was removed to Saltaire and has remained there ever since.

He has been associated with several large cases locally, and in 1912 showed conspicuous gallantry in Hirst Wood, Saltaire, when he arrested a man named Frederick A. Jowett, who shot at him with a revolver. In 1913 P.C. Pearcey was complimented by Major Atcherley, late Chief Constable at Wakefield, for stopping a runaway horse in Nab Lane, Shipley. Major Atcherley then remarked that this was not the first time that P.C. Pearcey had shown gallantry in the performance of his duty.

(Colin’s note – Thomas Edward Pearcey was born 1880 in Bramley. He married his second wife, Florence Yardley 1 February 1909. In 1911 they were living in Windhill. By 1914 they were living at 52 Titus Street in Saltaire. Thomas died in 1947 in Lancaster.)


A successful dance was held by the Windhill Parish Church Men’s Club, at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire. on Wednesday (14 April) evening. The M.C.’s were Messrs. W. Verity, M. Lonsdale, and T. Mawson, and dance music was provided By Mr. Geo. Wood’s band.


At the advanced age of 81 years, Mr. Edwin Holdsworth, 40 Victoria Road, Saltaire, died at his residence on Thursday (8 April) in last week.

The deceased was well known, both in Saltaire and Shipley. For 46 years was employed as a weaving overlooker at Saltaire Mills, and upon his retirement in 1909 he was presented with a handsome time piece and two vases in recognition the respect which was generally entertained for him by his friends.

Mr. Holdsworth was connected with the Rosse Street Baptist Church, Shipley, ever since its erection in 1866, and he was a life deacon of the church and one of the first trustees. When the Sunday School was opened, he took charge of the infants’ class, with which he kept up his connection for the long period of a quarter of century. For some years he was teacher and superintendent. In November 1878, he was appointed superintendent of the Sunday School, a position which he held until November 1906.

In 1907 he was presented with an illuminated address and a cheque by the members of the Rosse Street Church and Sunday School, in recognition of his services. The deceased was one the oldest members of the Shipley Veterans’ Association, member of the Tree of Life Lodge, of the Shipley District 1.0.0. F. (M.U.), and of the Saltaire Liberal Club. He leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn their loss.


There was a large attendance at the Victoria Hall. Saltaire. Monday (12 August) evening, when the Right Rev. T. F. Woods. D.D. (Lord Bishop of Peterborough) President of the Salt Schools, Saltaire, delivered his presidential address, and spoke at considerable length upon “The Future of Democracy." Councillor C. E. Learoyd (Chairman the Governors) presided.


On •Thursday 26 March the employees of the Weaving department of Saltaire Mills (Sir Titus Salt Bart. Sons & Co. Ltd.) held a whist drive and dance in aid of St. Dunstan's Hostel for Blinded Soldiers and Sailors. Over £50 was raised, and this was forwarded to St. Dunstan’s Hostel. Mr. H. Searle (secretary of Saltaire Mills), who has now received the following letter from Sir Arthur Pearson: -

St. Dunstan’s, 1 April 1920. Dear Mr. Searle, — Many thanks for your letter containing the further generous donation of £52 6s. 5d. towards our funds, which is the result of a social function held by the members of the weaving department of Messrs. Sir Titus Salt Bart. Sons & Co. Ltd., for which an official receipt is enclosed. May I ask you to accept yourself and convey to all who so kindly contributed to the success of the effort, hearty congratulations, together with an expression of renewed very cordial thanks on behalf of the gallant men who will benefit by such continued practical interest in their welfare.—Yours sincerely. Arthur Pearson (Chairman Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors' Care Committee).”


With the object of helping a disabled soldier’s wife, a dance organised by Mr. F. Atkinson and Miss N. Sutcliffe, was held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Saturday (17 August) evening. There was an excellent attendance, and it is expected that the woman will benefit to the extent of nearly £l3.


The annual meeting of the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt's Hospital, Saltaire, was held on Wednesday (28 April) evening, when there were present Mr. F. F. Rhodes, Mrs. Titus Salt, and Messrs. F. Lister. W. Cryer. E. Reynolds, T. Kendall, E. L. Baumann, and B. Allsop; also the Clerk (Hr. Thomas Luxton).

The Clerk (Hr. T. Lux ton) reported that all the retiring Governors had been re-elected to the Shipley Urban District Council.

Mrs. Titus Salt proposed, and Mr. E. Reynolds seconded, and it was unanimously agreed, that Mr. B. Allsop should be re-elected to the chair. In taking the chair, Mr. Allsop thanked the members for their confidence, and said that anything he could do on behalf of the charity would have his constant attention. He had derived much pleasure from his work on the board, and this had been enhanced by the kindness shown him and the confidence reposed in him by his colleagues.

Mr. P. Lister was elected vice-chairman, upon the proposition of Mr. Walker Cryer, seconded by Mr. T. Kendall. In thanking the Board for the honour done to him, Mr. Lister remarked that he had had twenty-five years' unbroken service on the Board, and that he had always taken great interest In the work.

The monthly report presented by the Clerk (Mr. T. Luxton) showed that there were 95 individual out-patients. At the commencement of the month there were eight inpatients, 18 had been admitted during the month, making a total 26, and 17 had been discharged, leaving nine patients in the hospital at present. Fourteen operations had been performed.


A horse attached to a van slipped and fell at the top of Victoria Road, Saltaire, Saturday (24 April). Neither the horse nor the driver of the van was injured.


The Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir paid a visit the Stuff and Woollens Warehousemen’s Club-rooms. Bradford, on Monday (26 April) evening, songs and glees were rendered by the choir who were efficiently conducted by Mr. Broghston, and a vote thanks was accorded to them, upon the motion of the chairman, Mr. J. Laurence.


The annual meeting of the Saltaire Women’s Sick Relief Society was held at the Institute, Saltaire, on Wednesday (28 April) evening, the president, Mrs. Titus Salt, presiding. It is interesting to note that Mrs. Salt has been president of the society since its formation in 1867.


3 April – St Peter’s Shipley – George Robinson, a weaving overlooker aged 28, married Elizabeth Emily Symmonds aged 21. They both lived at 2 Jane Street.

24 April – St Peter’s Shipley – George Gale, a painter aged 28 of 20 Jane Street, married Annie Hanson, aged 20 of 36 Dove Street.


SMITH – 19 April – Oliver Smith in his 72nd year, at 9 Albert Road, Saltaire. Interred at Nab Wood Cemetery, 22 April.

(Colin’s note – 9 Albert Road was renumbered 17.)


KEIGHLEY. — In memory our dear son and brother. Lance-corporal Harry Keighley, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the fields of France. 31 March 1918. Gone, but not forgotten From Father, Mother, and Family. 53, George Street. Saltaire.

ROBINSON—In loving memory of dear husband and father. Private J. Robinson (Jim), died wounds, 3 April 1917. Though death divides, memory clings. From loving Wife and Son. 19 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times May 1920


An action brought by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Saltaire Mills, Saltaire, against M. Erdman & Sons, Rollins Street. Canterbury Road, London, to recover £5,968. representing the balance of the price of goods sold and delivered, was heard before Mr. Justice Lush in the King’s Bench Division on Monday (3 May). Mr. Lowental, who appeared for the defendants, said the only defence was that the period credit had not expired.
Walter Box, the London representative of the plaintiffs, gave, evidence that pieces of velour were sold to the defendants the plaintiffs for £10,410 and payment, was to be made within sixty days of the delivery of the invoice. The invoice was duly sent in. and payment became due before the issue the writ.
His Lordship gave judgment for the plaintiffs for the amount claimed, with costs.


The Saltaire Wesleyan Church Sunday School anniversary was held on Sunday last (2 May). There were good congregations throughout the day. The morning and evening services were conducted by the Rev. W. Bradfield. B.A. (chairman of the Halifax and Bradford District). special feature of the afternoon service was the singing of the children. An excellent address was given by the pastor, the Rev. G. E. Bailey. The morning and evening services anthems were rendered by the choir, under the leadership of Mr. J. Lamb, who has trained and conducted the choir and children for about 49 years. Mr. Handel Parker was at the organ. The collections amounted to £ll0, which constitutes a record, being £10 more than last year. The money is for the Sunday School funds.


At the Royal Cafe, Saltaire on Friday (7 May) evening, the nursing section of the Saltaire Mills Ambulance Brigade, held an enjoyable concert, supper and dance. Mr. H. L. Searle (secretary. Sir Titus Salt, Bart., & Co., Ltd), presided, and opportunity was taken to make presentations to Mrs. J. H. Potter and the Misses C. Packett and E. Parker, who formed the section in November 1918, and who have been instructing the girls since that time.
It is intended shortly to form the Nursing section of the Saltaire Mills Ambulance Brigade into a Nursing Division of the St John Ambulance Brigade, and Mrs. Potter, who is a prominent member the Shipley Corps St. John Ambulance Brigade, is resigning her position on the staff of the nursing section of the mills organisation. The Misses Packett and Parker, however, will continue to give the Saltaire section the benefit of their experience, and Miss Packett will be the first lady superintendent of the division which is now being formed.
The concert, which occupied the first hour the proceedings, was given by the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir.


While following his employment at Saltaire Mills, Mr. C. A. Henderson, who recently contested the South Ward, was injured by a bale of wool falling on one his legs.


There were 4,112 borrowers’ cards in force at the Shipley Free Libraries during March, and the books issued were; Saltaire 5,727, Windhill 3,333.


At special meeting the Shipley Education Committee, Monday (10 May) evening. Miss Mabel Duckitt, of Darlington, B.A., Lond. (English, French, Latin Economics), senior English Mistress of the Darlington High School for Girls, has been appointed Headmistress of the Girls' High School, Saltaire, in succession to Miss H. Bvles, who is retiring from that position July 31st.
Miss Duckitt was educated at James Allen's Girls’ School, London, and at Birkbeck College, London, proceeding to the Bishop's Stortford. Training College 1901-3. she was in residence in France as Repetitrice Anglaise in the Ecole Normale, St. Brieux, and in 1908 took the degree of B.A. of the London University. From January 1915, to August 1917, she held the position of headmistress of the Girls’ Secondary School, Blyth, Northumberland. Miss Duckitt, who commences her duties on 1st September, was selected from sixty-five applicants.
(Mabel Duckitt born 23 December 1881. Died, a spinster, in London 4 March 1966.)


The Saltaire Ladies’ cricket eleven opened their season on Wednesday (12 May) evening, when they entertained and defeated a team of Drighlington Ladies at the Robert’s Park, Saltaire.
Batting first upon an excellent wicket, the Drighlington side could only score 37 runs, and of this number Miss N, Foster contributed 30. Miss K. Sayner took seven wickets for twenty-two runs, and did the “hat trick,’’. Saltaire responded with 78 for no wicket. Miss A. Lord being not out 50, and Miss L. Knowles not out 25.


At the end of this month will occur an event which will be of interest to many thousands of people who have been connected with the Mills at Saltaire during the past half century, in the retirement of Mr. Edwin Ellis, manager of the weaving department there, and thus will be severed another link with the early history of the firm.
Born in Windhill in 1856 Mr. Ellis has a life-long acquaintance with the district, and his contemporaries will be interested in a reminder of the days when he and they played as children about the water wheel which provided the power to drive the old mill known as Dixon’s, then standing on the site of the present huge and capacious structure.
A short residence in Windhill in his very early youth preceded his connection with the village, but not with the firm he has served so long and loyally, for even at that time his father, Mr Joseph Ellis and his uncle, Mr Ezra Ellis, were both employees of Mr. Titus Salt in Bradford and accompanied him to Saltaire where they continued to work for him. Mr Ellis’s father for many years worked in the wool warehouse and his uncle in the Counting House until 1918.
In the year 1864, before he was nine years of age, young “Ted” came to work in the mills as a half-timer and attended the school for half-timers held by the firm in the building now known as the Royal Café in Victoria Road.
At this tender age he worked in the drawing room of the spinning department, but after a few months, and before he attained the solemnity of ten years, he became a jobber, which occupation he followed for some four years.
At thirteen he was transferred to the weft room of the weaving department and was employed there in pegging bobbins. From the weft room he advanced to piece-hooking and weavers’ wages clerk, and at sixteen years of age, some 49 years ago. he took up the practical side of weaving.
At that time the workers were employed on the noted Donskoi wool, when three pieces per day were turned off the loom. This employment lasted some six months, and in 1873 his future was definitely decided, when, on Sir Titus Salt’s 70th birthday, young Ted became an apprentice weaving overlooker.
For nine years, including his apprenticeship, he worked on ladies’ goods in the Dresses Department, and subsequently for eleven years was employed on men’s wear in the Coatings Department. A further period was spent in charge of the Pattern Weaving, and on December 13th, 1894, a few months after the advent of Mr. James Roberts and his co-directors, Ellis was promoted to be the manager of the whole of the Weaving Departments, which position he has held up to the present time, making a total length of service of 55 years.
Natural capacity and determination resulted in a very wide and thorough technical knowledge, and this was recognised by the local authorities when, at the inception of the Shipley Technical School in 1887, Mr Ellis was placed in charge of the textile Department, and he held this position for five years.


It is a natural thing on an occasion of this kind to look for floods of interesting reminiscences, and no doubt there are quantities of these stored up in Mr. Ellis’s memory, for very many distinguished visitors have passed through the Mills, and come in contact with the head of the Weaving Department.
But Mr. Ellis is of a retiring disposition, and entirely indifferent to the fact that there were incidents “all in a day’s work to him” may have absorbing interest for other people.
Arresting scraps of information, however, emerge from conversation with Mr. Ellis. Housing troubles were rife in his early days as now, if not so vital, and when he came to Saltaire. with his father and the family, along with other workers at the mills, the houses were far from being ready for occupation that community lived in them for several months without doors.
He is a well-known character in old Saltaire, and in his younger days played in the first eleven with the Saltaire Cricket Club. He was in the team on the memorable occasion when they put out Scarborough for eleven runs.


It will be difficult to discover a total period of family service with the same firm to equal that of the Ellis family. Mr. Joseph Ellis, the father, worked for thirty-eight years in the wool department Mr. Ezra Ellis, Joseph’s brother, spent sixty-six years in faithful service to the firm. Mr. Edwin Ellis is leaving with the total of fifty-five years to his credit, and his brother, Mr. Fred Ellis, is his 59th year of service in the combing department. And to carry on the tradition in a later generation, Mr. J. W. Ellis, son Mr. Edwin Ellis, is the head of the Dress Department, Saltaire, and has been considerably over twenty years with the firm.
That a long life of hard work does not injure health nor undermine vigour is proved by the fact that Mr. Ellis retires in hearty condition and with the full intention of enjoying time of leisure which he most certainly deserves. He leaves with the best wishes of his principals, who will have pleasant recollections of faithful service, and of his fellow-workers whose testimony of esteem which takes the form of a gold watch suitably inscribed, a happy reminder through the coming hours and days whose progress it will measure of those other hours and days spent during long and incidental years of honest hard work.


The presentation of the gold watch, which was subscribed for by the weavers, overlookers, heads of departments and other friends at Saltaire, took place at Mr. Ellis’s home on Wednesday evening in last week, and was made by Mr. A. Whitham, who for 25 years has been an assistant to Mr. Ellis. Opportunity was also taken on the occasion to present Mrs. Ellis with a handsome set of silver fish knives and forks.
In handing over the watch, which is inscribed “Presented to Edwin Ellis by his follow-workers at Saltaire Mills on his retiring after fifty-five years’ service. May 31st, 1920,” Mr. Whitham said: “I feel greatly honoured asked to present you with this beautiful gold watch on behalf of your fellow workers as a mark of their esteem and respect for you.”
“After a man has worked over 55 years for a great firm like Saltaire and has risen by merit to be head of a department, with a vast turnover, it needs no comment from me. I hold that 55 years’ service is character in itself.”
Continuing, Mr. Whitham observed, “We have worked very close together for over a quarter of a century and sometimes differed in our opinions. And I claim to know you as well as any man knows another. I had not worked with you, very long before I was convinced you were a honourable man, and I am pleased to say I have never had cause to alter that opinion. I trust that there is a happy future in store for both yourself and your wife.
Mr. S. Chapman, also assistant to Mr Ellis, speaking on behalf of the employees remarked that he had great pleasure in extending to Mr. Ellis their gratitude for his services and their good wishes for his future.
Continuing, Mr. Chapman observed that he had been personally associated with Mr Ellis for the last twenty-five years and thought that he was voicing the feelings of all when he said that he had always found him an honourable and straightforward man. “We hope he and his wife will joy good heath for many years to come” he concluded.


Under the auspice of the Shipley Catholic Young Men’s Association, a well-attended dance was held in the Victoria Hall. Saltaire, on Friday (14 May) evening. The proceeds of the evening were in aid of the children's Whitsuntide treat.


The members of the Saltaire Spiritualist Lyceum and Church formed up outside the church, at the Institute, Saltaire, early in the afternoon and marched up Victoria Road, along Titus Street, up George Street, around to the Bingley Road and down Victoria Road to the Saltaire Hospital. Here they formed up in the shape of a half moon and sang three hymns. Afterwards they marched to the church caretaker’s house and sang again. Tea and buns were served in the Victoria Institute, and the whole party then went to Shipley Glen, where sports and games were indulged in until about 8.30 p.m. From 60 to 70 prizes were given for the sports.

The scholars and teachers of the Saltaire Sunday school assembled at the school at 1.30 p.m. From there they forth to visit the Saltaire Hospital and a number of sick members of the Church, ’rendering at each place several of the Sunday school anniversary hymns. The singing was greatly appreciated, it was accompanied by the Sunday School string band, under the conductorship of Mr. J. Lamb.
After visiting the sick, the children proceeded to the Albert Road field, where an unusually large programme of sports had been arranged by Mr. Warne (Sunday school Superintendent), a special feature of which was the high jumping, one young girl clearing 3 feet 2 inches. Further amusement was provided by a performing pony. Buns and coffee were served to the teachers, scholars and friends. A sweet stall had been arranged by the teachers of the Primary Department, the proceeds of which were for the re-furnishing of that department.
The whole arrangements were in the hands of the Rev. G Ernest Bailey (minister) who was well supported by Mr J Bentley, F.R.G.S. and Mr Warne (Sunday school Superintendent), Mr H Tate (secretary) and Mr George Airey (treasurer).


A match for the benefit of H. Sedgwick, the fast bowler of the Saltaire Club, was played at Roberts Park, Saltaire, on Wednesday (26 May), between the home club and H. R. Brunt’s Staffordshire County Eleven. There was a good crowd of spectator, but unfortunately rain caused an abandonment of the game after Saltaire had scored 167 for the loss of seven wickets and had declared their innings closed.


The following marriages took place on 22 May. The first three in St Peter’s; the other in St Paul’s

William George Chubb, a warehouseman aged 27, of 9 Albert Road (renumbered 17) Saltaire to Lucy Bye, aged 30, from Cottingley.

Maurice Bailey, a teacher aged 23, from Windhill, to Gladys Atkinson, aged 23, of 15 Albert Road (renumbered 29) Saltaire.

Robert Goddard a miner aged 22 to Minnie Elizabeth Huxley aged 21. They both lived at 10 Caroline Street, Saltaire.

James Donoghue, a fireman aged 24, of 44 Ada Street, Saltaire to Edith Martha Bateson aged 23 from Shipley.


The death occurred, at his residence, 26 George Street, Saltaire, on Saturday (15 May) of Mr. W. Lockwood, at the age of 36. The Deceased, who leaves wife and one child, was an overlooker at the Saltaire Mills, and for two seasons was secretary of the Saltaire Cricket Club. was also well -known football referee. The funeral took place at Huddersfield on Wednesday. A former secretary the Saltaire Cricket Club. Mr. Harry Mann died the previous Tuesday at 52. Birklands Road. Shipley.

Saltaire Times June 1920


An impressive ceremony took place in the grounds of the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday (27 June) morning, when the Pastor to (the Rev. P. Drummond Pringle), unveiled an obelisk or cenotaph in memory of the men of the 25 men of the Church who lost their lives in the war.
The obelisk, which is constructed of Bolton Wood stone, of which over 15 tons were used, stands 15 feet 6 inches in height, and has a base 9 feet square. On the topmost stone is a bronze tablet, surmounted by a cross and laurel wreath, and this inscribed, in raised letters: -
“To the Glory of God and the unfading memory of the men whose names are hereon inscribed, who, in the Great War, 1914- 1918, at the call of King and Country, endured hardness, faced dangers, and finally gave up their own lives that others might live in freedom.”
The names of the fallen are:

Fred Bailey Albert Marshall
Sam Clough William Stuart Marshall
Arthur James Davey Frank Clough Mitchell
Thomas Henry Doyle James Wm Robinson
Eric Elgey Walter Gordon Slicer
James Thomson Hall Philip Sydney Slicer
Francis Harrison Sam Shackleton
Fred Horsfall Sam Spencer
Tom Jessop Joseph Stead
John Ibbotson Jones Samuel Charles Stead
Sydney Ferguson Jowett Cyril Henry Wilson
Harold Judson Herbert Wright
Walter Arnold Kellett  

On the stone immediately underneath the top stone is engraved in raised letters; "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
The cost of the obelisk was £400, and in addition it is proposed to erect in the church a permanent roll of honour containing the names of all connected with the church and school who served with his Majesty s Forces during the war.

In calling upon the Pastor to unveil the memorial, Mr J W Sowden (Chairman of the Finance Committee) thanked on behalf of the committee, the sculptor and designer of the obelisk (Mr R G Philips, A. R. C. A.), the builders (Messrs J and P Clark), the makers of the bronze tablet (Messrs. Carpenter and Sanctuary), and to Mr F Stead, who had given the committee the benefit of the acquired artistic advice.

The Last Post was sounded by Mr John Paley (late Bandmaster, 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment), the congregation standing with bowed heads.

(Colin’s note - £400 in 1920 is worth c£19,000 in 2020.)



It is reported that the Syndicate owning the Milner Field Estate, which is partly in the Bingley, and partly in the Baildon districts, and which contains the Milner Field Mansion, formerly the residence of Sir James Roberts and 300 acres of land, have offered sell the estate to the Bradford City Council.
With the property, go important water rights, as the estate provided the water supply to Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Saltaire Mills and
Roberts Park, Saltaire, formerly known as Saltaire Park, and recently presented to the Bradford Corporation by Sir James Roberts, was at one time part of the Milner Field Estate. It is understood that the Bradford Corporation Finance Committee considered the offer at their meeting yesterday (3 June).


The annual meeting the Saltaire Institute Society was held on Thursday (10 June) evening last week, Mr. Walter Scott presiding. The financial statement was presented and showed satisfactory increase on the balance brought forward from the previous year. The following officers were appointed: — President, Mr. W Scott; chairman. Mr. Ernest Gates; hon. sec., Mr. H. L. Atkinson; hon. treasurer, Mr. L. Suger.


The marriage was solemnised at St Peter’s Church, Shipley, on Wednesday the Rev. F. P. Hope officiating of Mr Walter Barrett, partner in the Airedale Engineering Co., the only son of Mr and Mrs W Barrett, of Holdsworth Street, Windhill and Miss Lilian Bowen, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs B Bowen, of 24 George Street, Saltaire.
The bride, who was given away by her father, was charmingly attired in an ivory coloured dress of crepe-de-chine, with an embroidered veil trimmed with orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley and pink carnations.
She was attended to by Miss Doris West and Mrs J Bowen (sister in law of the bride) as bridesmaids, both of whom wore silver grey dresses of crepe-de-chine and carried bouquets of mauve sweet peas. Two little girls Miss Marjorie Baker (niece of the bride) and Miss Eileen Townsend (cousin of the bridegroom), who acted as flower maidens, were beautifully dressed in white, and carried baskets of marguerites and corn flowers.
Mr W Newhall (cousin of the bridegroom) was the best man, the groomsman being Mr Sidney Bowen (brother of the bride).
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. The honeymoon is being spent on the North Wales coast. The happy pair were the recipients of many beautiful and costly gifts.

(Colin’s note Jesse Jeffs Bowen, brother of the bride, served in WW1)


The annual athletic sports in connection with the Salt High Schools were held in the Robert’s Park, Saltaire, on Wednesday (30 June) afternoon.
The “Mrs. Titus Salt Challenge Cup,” awarded the competitor gaining the most marks, to hold for one year, was very keenly contested between H. Dobbs and A. Cowie. Dobbs just won, defeating Cowie (last year’s winner), 21 points to 19.
The officials in connection with the sports were; President, the headmaster (Mr. F. A. Fuller); handicappers, Messrs. S. Davies and G. Morns; starter and start judge, Mr. A. N. Williams; treasurer, Mr. G. Morris; stewards, Misses W. P. Winter, F. G. Gaydove, D. P. Martin, T. J. Davies, and the committee; committee, the masters, and Messrs. E. Riley, W. Spencer, W. Driver, H. Dobbs and F. Dawson; the judges included the Vicar Shipley (the Rev. N. H. Harding Jolly), Dr. Walker, and the Governors.


Following are the results: —
Throwing the cricket ball: Dobbs (i); 2, Cowie; distance, 79 yards 9 ins.
High jump: Cowie; 2. Dobbs (i); height, 4ft, 6ins.
220 Yards handicap (under 13): Earnshaw; 2, Wainman; 3, England (iii): 4, Illingworth.
Relay race (House teams): The Saxons won easily.
100 Yards handicap (open): Dobbs (i); 2, Cowie; 3, Spence; 4 Raistrick.
Sack race (open): Brigham; 2, Dobbs (ii); 3, Scott.
Egg and spoon race; Cutler; 2, Murgatroyd; 3, Spencer.
220 Yards handicap (open): Dobbs; 2, Cowie; 3, Robinson; 4, Riley.
440 Yards handicap (open). Challenge Cup presented the Old Boys; Cowie; 2, Dobbs (i); 3, Lee; 4, Gillgrass.
Potato Race: Woodall; 2, Gapper; 3, Cutler.
100 Yards handicap (under 11): Wilson; 2, Stead: 3, Jackson (ii); 4, White.
Tug-of-War: Kelts defeated Anglia.
Old Boys’ race (220 yards): Bailey; 2, Carrol: 3, Simpson.
One-mile handicap (open); Cutler; 2, Gapper; 3, England (iii); 4,
Egg and spoon race (under 12); Wilkinson; 2, Moore; 3, Shaw; 4, Hird.
Consolation race (220 yards): Hipkin; 2, Pratt; 3, Holmes; 4, England (ii).
At the conclusion of the events. Miss Harriett Byles, the retiring headmistress of the Salt Girls’ High Schools, presented the prizes the winners.
During the afternoon the Shipley Brass Band played numerous selections music, which were greatly appreciated by those present.


St Peter’s Shipley – 23 June
Cecil Myers, a smith’s striker aged 25 of 54 Titus Street married Emily Jane Guest, aged 23 of 6 Mary Street.
St Peter’s Shipley – 26 June
George Dodds, a porter & signalman aged 22 from Heysham, married Freda Walker aged 22 of 5 Daisy Place.
St Paul’s Shipley – Harry Shackleton, a spinning overlooker aged 25 of 40 Helen Street, married Elyia Jane Swales, aged 19 from Shipley.


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