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Life in Saltaire: 1920
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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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, I.ee.
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.

Saltaire Times July 1920


At the Bradford West Biding Police Court on the 15 July,  Stanley Rhodes (comber), David Goodrum (comber), Nellie Yeadon (millhand), Harriet Daykin (millhand), and Doris May Calvert (millhand), all of Shipley, appeared to answer summonses for unlawfully preventing Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, running their machinery, and also with intimidating certain workpeople of the firm. Mr. Richard Watson, barrister (instructed Messrs. Waide, Tetley, Waide and Co.) appeared for the prosecution, Mr. H. M. Dawson defending.
Outlining the case, Mr. Watson explained that the first summons was brought the company and that the complainant in the second summons was Simeon Laughlin, the company's gatekeeper. He (Mr. Watson) wished to point out, however, that the case raised no question as to the relationship between the company and their own workpeople. The defendants were not, and never had been, employed at Saltaire Mills. There was no dispute of any description between the company and their own workpeople, or between them and their workpeople's union.
Continuing, Mr. Watson stated that on 21 May, the defendants formed part of a body of persons who were on strike from wool-combing works in the district. They marched in a body to Saltaire Mills, arriving there at about 12.25 p.m. The party, numbering about sixty, endeavoured to get through the side-gates, and the gatekeeper did his best to prevent them. They then rushed the main entrance gates, forced them open, and used threatening language to the gatekeeper as to what they would do if he interposed.
Entering the yard, they made their way to the wool-combing departments, dispersed, and effectively proceeded to stop the machinery, with the result that the workpeople could not work at that time. The dinner-hour buzzer was then heard, and the workpeople went out. The secretary of the company got into communication with the secretary of the Wool-combing Operatives' Trade Union to see what could be done, for there might have been a serious result to this extraordinary action on the part of this body of strikers. After dinner the workpeople were told that they need not resume work, because the gates were still picketed by this body of strikers. In conclusion, Mr. Watson explained that this offence was as serious as any that could be conceived in a country where law and order prevailed.
Simeon Laughlin, 51 George Street, Saltaire, gateman at Saltaire Mills, gave evidence to the effect that there were two gates at Saltaire Mills, a small side gate and a wide entrance gate. These were next to each other. It was his duty to refuse admission to anyone who was not associated with the mills unless they held permission to enter. On the day in question he noticed a body of strangers coming to the gates. There were about 40 or 50, and he identified the defendant Rhodes as one of the number. This crowd came down the steps and to the side entrance gate. Witness would not let them pass, and they then went to the main entrance. Six or seven of the men managed to get in, and then they all rushed in, and threatening language was used to witness.
When they got in, witness closed the gate. They went straight forward to the combing-shed. Shortly afterwards the dinner-hour buzzer went for the workpeople, and the body of strikers came out together. A number of the strikers stayed around the gates during the dinner-hour. The workers in the coming shed did not return to work after dinner.
Cross-examined: The only defendant he saw was Rhodes. He could not swear to any of the others. Rhodes did not speak to him. The gates were not open when this crowd came. He could not say who forced the gate open.
Fred Ellis, 57 Victoria Road, Saltaire, overlooker in the combing department at Saltaire Mills, said that at 12.25 p.m. on 21 May the workpeople were working and the machinery was running. He saw a body of people come in. They scattered all over the department and stopped the machinery from running, the operatives being compelled to cease work. He could not identify any of the five defendants as being present. The time was so short and there were so many that he could not distinguish anyone in particular.
Arthur Sykes, 36 Albert Road, Saltaire, manager of the combing department, stated that on the day in question he left the mills shortly before 12,30 p.m. to go to his dinner. He had got only a short distance from the mill when he received a communication from a boy who came running out to him. In consequence of what he heard, witness returned at once and went straight to the combing-shed. He found at the entrance to the shed a group of between 60 and 80 people. The machinery was standing, but the engines were not stopped. The workpeople did not return in the afternoon.
Ben Sunderland, 30 Albert Road, Saltaire, also an overlooker in the combing department, said he saw the strikers come in. They stopped the machines, boxes and combs, and about 160 operatives had to cease work. Shortly afterwards the dinner-hour buzzer went.
Cross-examined: There were only about two minutes before the machines would have been stopped for the dinner hour.
Police-Inspector Foulkes, Shipley, intimated that on 28 May he received a communication from the secretary of Saltaire Mills in respect to what happened there on 21 May. He then caused inquiries to be made with view to finding out the persons who formed part of the mob. As a result, he went to see the five defendants. He saw defendants Daykin and Yeadon together, and told them what he had come to see them about. Daykin replied, "We all went," and Yeadon said, "a lot of us went in." He also saw Rhodes and Goodrum together, and both remarked, "We all went in."
Witness later saw Calvert, and, as in the other cases, explained the reason of his visit. He replied " Yes." Sergt. Thorpe corroborated.
Doris May Calvert, Shipley, employed by the Baildon Combing Company, stated that on 21 May there was a strike on. She left her work. There were about 50 of them altogether. After going to one or two other mills in the district the party went to Saltaire Mills, and witness just walked in after the crowd. She did not use any violent language or threat, but simply followed the crowd into the mill.
Cross-examined: The party formed up at Baildon. They went to Saltaire to fetch out the combers employed there. They went into the combing shed. She did not stop the machinery. It was true they spread out, but she could not say why it was done. In answer to Mr. Dawson witness said she had no part in the stopping of the machinery.
Harriet Daykin, Shipley, employed by the Airedale Combing Company, said that on 21 May 21 she went to Saltaire Mills. She was with Nellie Yeadon, and they followed right at the back of the crowd. When they got to the mill the gates were open. She did not see Laughlin or anyone else. Witness denied using threats or violent language. Cross-examined: She did not know what they went in the combing shed for. She just followed the crowd.
In answer to Mr. Dawson, witness said she followed the crowd, and now regretted doing so.
Nellie Yeadon, also employed by the Airedale Combing Company, said she was with the last witness on 21 May. They followed the crowd.
Cross-examined: She knew she had no right to go on other premises but went because the others went. She did not know what the object was.
Stanley Rhodes, St. Paul's Terrace, Shipley, employed by the Baildon Combing Company, declared that on 21 May he followed the rest. He did not use violence or bad language.
Cross-examined: he was not one of the ring leaders. Prior to going to Saltaire they visited both milts of the Airedale Combing Company and brought the combers out from there. He did not use any bad language to the gatekeeper.
David Goodrum, Shipley, also employed by the Baildon Combing Company, remarked that he was with the last witness on the day in question.
Cross-examined: he was not one of the ring leaders.
Mr. Watson pointed out that when a body of people were acting together to carry out some unlawful object, they were all equally liable.
Mr. Dawson said he was not there to condone what the defendants had done. They were not proud of the part they had taken in the matter, and through him expressed their apologies to the magistrates and to the Saltaire firm for having taken part in the raid on the mills. He was not there to palliate the action of the defendants as an offence against decency and order, but before the magistrates could convict they must be satisfied that there was someone at Saltaire Mills who was in fear, as that word was generally understood, as a result of the action of the He frankly admitted the defendants had been foolish, but the Bench must administer the law, and there was not a tittle of evidence against any of the defendants except Rhodes.
The Chairman said the Court found that there had been undoubted participation by the defendants in stopping the use of the machinery at Saltaire Mills. Neither business nor social life, he said, could be carried on unless people, no matter what grievance might disturb them, kept order the community. Each of the defendants would be fined 40s. on the second charge.


The Shipley and District Friendly and Trade Society's charity carnival and athletic sports suspended during the war, was revived on Saturday, (3 July) the affair being held in Roberts Park, Saltaire (by kind permission of the Parks Committee, Bradford Corporation). The day was dull and cold, and this was no doubt responsible for the fact that the gate was not good on previous occasions. Fortunately, however, the rain kept off until the programme was practically completed.

The procession which as usual was a highly attractive pageant, was formed in the show field (kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. W. H. Marshall), and proceeded by way of Otley Road. Pricking Bridge, Windhill Cragg, to the Blue Bell Hotel, Bridge Street, Briggate. Commercial Street, Saltaire Road, round Rosse Hotel, on Gordon Terrace, down Victoria Road to the Park.
The procession was headed the marshall, Inspector Foulkcs, and a posse of police officers. Then followed the Shipley Fire Brigade, Saltaire Fire Brigade, Saltaire Nurses' Association, the fire Brigade the British Dyes Limited. Huddersfield, the Shipley Prize Band, members of public bodies' members of Friendly Societies, collecting waggon, tradesmen's turn-outs, the Keighley Concertina Band, the 1st Windhill Troop of Boy Scouts (under Scoutmaster T. Adamson and Assistant Scoutmasters A. Hart, and W. H. Spencer), the Windhill Cubs, (under Cub-master Lund) the 1st troop (under Assistant Scoutmaster A. Stansfield and F. Bone), the 81st Bradford troop (Shipley  Primitive, under Scoutmaster C. Holdsworth),  the 13th Keighley troop (under Scoutmaster Brayshaw and Assistant Scoutmaster Geo, Whitham.)
The rear of the procession was made up of competitors in character and comic costumes, and although there was not a large number of entries for these competitions, the standard of make-up was varied, and created a good deal of  amusement for the spectator.


At the Bradford Cricket League meeting on Friday (9 July) the question of the attitude of certain spectators who had barracked" Sidney Barnes, the well-known howler and Saltaire professional, was fully discussed.
 Mr. Farmer, of Saltaire, who brought the matter forward, remarked that when Barnes had been playing in the Keighley v. Saltaire and the Bingley v. Saltaire matches, both of which had been played at Saltaire, the spectators had " barracked" him for an hour and half.
In the Bingley v. Saltaire, game the umpires and the captains had asked the barrackers' to desist. The speaker thought that something should be done by the League to preserve order in matches.
In an ensuing debate the suggestion was put forward that the Saltaire Club should post warning notices on their ground. But ii was stated by the delegate that it was not the Saltaire spectators who were responsible. The crowd at a cricket match was a cosmopolitan one.
 The Chairman (Mr. J. J. Booth) pointed out that it was the League's duty to take the responsibility of suppressing barracking. "If," said Mr. Booth, "disorderly conduct persisted in after the appeals by the umpires to the crowd, the League must bring the in the umpires to boot for not stopping the game, or  make the matter a one for enquiry.
In the Bradford League it was desired to obtain cricket of the gentlemanly type. The games, he knew, were very keenly contested, and some allowance had to be made for the intense excitement which prevailed, hut steps should certainly be taken by the League to prevent disorder.
Mr. Thornton said that the umpires in the matches under consideration had presented no report the attitude of the spectators. The Chairman suggested that a report should presented by the umpires, and this suggestion was adopted the meeting.


Mrs. Mary Buck, of Ada Street Saltaire, who for a number of years has been employed at Sir Titus Salt Bart Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, died at the Saltaire Hospital on Tuesday evening (13 July) after having fainted at her work in the morning. When the deceased became suddenly ill several of the members of the Saltaire Mills Nursing Division rendered first aid, but realising the seriousness of Mrs. Buck's condition, sent for Dr. Sharpe, of Saltaire, who ordered the deceased's removal to the hospital.


The death occurred at the Saltaire Hospital on Sunday (4 July), following an operation, of Mr John Senior, bookseller and stationer, of Westgate, Shipley at the age of 69.

Following a service at the Rosse Street Baptist Church, the funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Wednesday (7 July).


Salt Scholarships tenable at the Girls' High School. Saltaire, for four years from 1 August 1920, have been awarded to the following Shipley schoolchildren: -
Ethel Reed, Mabel Padgett, Doris Wilkinson, Ethel Halliday, and Elia Barker, Central Upper Standard Girls' School; Doris Clough, Otley Road Mixed School; Helen Crabtree, Annie Holgate, Alice Coulson and Bessie Gill, Central Upper Standard Girls' School; Olga Webster, Otley Road, Mixed School.
Salt Scholarships tenable for four years at the Salt Boys' High School, have been awarded by the Shipley Education Committee to the undermentioned children attending Shipley elementary schools: Leonard Percival Warne, Albert Road and Central Boys Schools; Eric Charles Binns, Otley Road Mixed and Central Boys' School: George Napier Louden, Central Boys' School: Kenneth Campbell, Otley  Road School; Jack M. Lister, Otley Road Mixed and Central Boys' School: John Frederick Bauer, Central Boys' School; William Frederick Wilkinson, Otley Road Mixed and Central Boys' School; Ronald Turner, Central Boys' School; Naaman Craven, Otley Road Mixed and Central Boys School.


County Minor Scholarships tenable at the Salt High Schools have been awarded by the West Riding County Council to the undermentioned children attending elementary schools in Shipley, Baildon, Esholt, and Calverley.
Girls: Marion Lilley, 15, Browgate, Baildon; Mary Bryant, 9, Ostler Road, Shipley; Zena Moore, 13, Grove, Shipley; Nellie Ashbey, 55, Birklands Road, Shipley; Margaret England, 75, Kirkgate, Shipley: Winifred Broderick, Hope Farm, Hope Hill, Baildon; Mary C. Beedham, 3, Gaisby Place, Wrose Hill, Shipley; Phyllis Willard, 113, Bradford Road, Shipley; Annie V. Eccles, 23. Dover Street, Shipley;
Boys; Eric W. Bell, 11, Hollins Terrace, Windhill; J. E. Clarke, Clifton Place, Shipley: Henry S. Hudson, 3, Earl Street, Shipley; Maurice Hardman, 62, Kitson Street, Crag Road, Windhill; Ralph Shuttleworth, Esholt Post Office; Kenneth Whitehead, 8, Chapel Street, Calverley: Walter Wigglesworth, 4, West End, Calverley; John F. Smith 13, Bromley Road, Shipley; William Durham, 19, Ashley Road, Shipley.


Three thousand nine hundred and eighty-one borrowers' cards are in force at the Shipley Public Libraries, and the issue of books during June was Saltaire, 4845; Windhill, 2503.


As a result of their 20 runs victory at Great Horton on Saturday (3 July) Saltaire retained their unbeaten league record and gained the top position the table.
Batting first, Saltaire were only able to scrape together 67 runs, their captain. Holmes, being the most successful batsman with 15. Craven, who only scored 9 runs after batting for 45 minutes, was undoubtedly the saviour of his side. Great Horton's successful bowlers were Ralph Whitehead, 5 for 25, and H. Whitehead, 5 for 35.
The homesters probably thought they were on to a good thing, and they had every right to crow, but they reckoned without S. F. Barnes (still the world's best bowler) and Herbert Sedgwick, who routed the Hortonians for 47, the lowest score of the day. Sid Barnes captured 3 for 13, and Bert Sedgwick 5 for 25.


21 July 1920 - St Peter's Shipley - Rose Linda Baxter aged 19 of 7 Fanny Street married Harry Hall an electrician aged 31 from Middlesbrough.


8 July 1920 - Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley - Henry Smith aged 41 of 28 Titus Street.

Saltaire Times August 1920


The re-seating of the Victoria Hall at the Institute, Saltaire, has given great satisfaction in the town, and it is expected that the new seating arrangements will be greatly appreciated during the coming winter, when numerous concerts and lectures will be held.

So far, the new seating accommodation has been installed only on the ground floor of the Hall, where 550 tip-up chairs upholstered in plush, have been placed. A slight alteration has made in the arrangement of the seats. Whereas, previously, the approach to the seats was means of the two side gangways underneath the side galleries, the Urban District Council has now provided a central gangway which improves the access to the seats and ensures greater comfort to the persons occupying them.

The Shipley Urban District Council's improvement scheme at the Institute includes the provision of plush tip-up scats in the galleries of the Victoria Hall, and the provision in the Institute of further accommodation for the holding of concerts, dances and similar social functions where the large accommodation of the Victoria Hall will not be required.

A scheme is being prepared for the transfer of the Institute Club from the large room on the top floor which they now occupy to the present Lecture Theatre in the basement of the building. It is generally considered that the large room the Club now occupies can be utilised to greater public advantage as a room for social functions. The disadvantage of the present arrangements at the Institute is that when the Victoria Hall is required for dances, the whole of the newly-installed seats will have to be removed from the Hall and the cost of such removal will be considerable apart from damage which might result to the seats in wear and tear.

The Lecture Theatre is not, at present, very frequently required, and it would make excellent and comfortable club-room for the members of the Institute Club, who arc, it is understood, willing to co-operate with the Council in carrying out the new scheme.

The scheme will involve considerable expense. but the Council arc out to improve as much as is in their power, the attractions of the Institute generally, and to help the public to secure the fullest possible benefit from the institute which was provided through the generosity of the Salt family.

At present the Institute Club pays only a nominal rent for the use of their club-room, and it is estimated that if this room is converted into a social room for dances, etc., it would bring in a revenue to the Council from £50 to £60 per year.


To the Editor, "Shipley Times & Express.”

Sir, —Some time ago, in one of your leaders, you suggested the presence of a “hidden hand” in connection with the desire of the Shipley Trades and Labour Council to hear the reasons, from Bradford representatives, why Shipley should be incorporated. It appears to me that the “hidden hand” is also visible in the business of the Shipley Urban District Council.

I notice from your report of the last meeting of our local governing body that the Libraries Committee reported they had had before them the question of the provision of accommodation for concerts and dances at the Institute, Saltaire, other than the Victoria Hall.

It was stated that the provision of such “other accommodation” would avoid the cost of removing the new tip-up plush chairs which have been placed in the Victoria Hall and which would have to be shifted before a dance could be held.

According to your report the committee had considered a suggestion (whose, it is not stated) that the Lecture Theatre should be used as the billiard club-room for the Institute Club, and that the present billiard room would then become available for concerts and dances.

Why have these suggestions been put forward, and by whom? The Council may say that they are anxious to improve the Institute, but in my humble opinion the proposed changes are not proposed in order to benefit the public as a whole, but to please two local societies mainly managed by “the nobs of Nab Wood.” I refer to the Institute and the Saltaire Philharmonic Society.

It may be argued that these societies do valuable educative work in the town, but I disagree. The Urban Council are represented on the committee of the Institute Society, so perhaps they imagine this society is helping to educate the people. But how! As far I am aware the Institute Society run a series of scientific and educative lectures during the winter months in the Victoria Hall. They have poor audiences, and those people who do attend are mainly of the upper classes.” They do not cater for the worker.

True it is that in the early part of the year the Society hold a conversazione, when “all sections of the public are provided for.” But to me the conversazione is but a hobnobbing of the big of the town —assisted a few more from Bradford. Again, what does the Saltaire Philharmonic Society do! They give four or five concerts a year to audience composed almost entirely of the well to-do people.

It is my idea that the suggestion to convert the Institute billiard room into a room for dances, socials, etc., came from one or both of these societies—we know where the suggestion to put plush seats the Victoria Hall came from —and the idea appears to me to be to keep the Victoria Hall exclusively for the use of the upper classes.

As it is, now that the plush seats are in the Victoria Hall, it will probably mean that the price of letting the Hall will be such that only the better classes will be able to afford it, while if the suggestion being considered by the committee is carried out, it looks probable that the working class will be denied all use of the Hall—their functions will not be of sufficient importance.

Again, if the proposed alterations are carried out, the dancing floor of the billiard room upstairs would be far inferior to that of Victoria Hall.

I will not comment upon the money that it would coat the Council—or, rather, the ratepayers—to carry out the proposed alterations. But, in conclusion, sir, I would like to say that to me the suggestion of altering the Institute appears to be an attempt to make the Victoria Hall into a social club for the elite of Shipley, and to bar it to the working man.

Yours faithfully, DEMOCRAT.


Sidney Barnes, the famous bowler, now playing with Saltaire, has announced that he does not intend accepting the invitation of the M.C.C. to go to Australia with the team to be sent out the M.C.C. at the end of the season.” I have decided,” says Mr. Barnes, “not to let cricket interfere with business.”

Cricket lovers generally will be sorry to hear of Barnes’ decision. His bowling is as good as ever it was, and he would have been a great asset to the team down under. In addition, the name of Barnes in Australia carries with it a moral influence which would have considerably aided the English side.


To the Editor of the “Shipley Times and Express.”

Sir, —With reference to your few remarks in last week’s “Times and Express” with regard to motor chara travelling, I would like to place before your readers a few facts in connection with that mode of transit.

About a fortnight ago I approached local firm of chara owners for particulars of their chara excursions to Blackpool to go on July 31st and return August 7th and was given to understand that one compartment of the chara was to be reserved for luggage. However, a few days later I was informed that the motor chara was booked up to its full complement of passengers, and that owing to that, the luggage would be taken by a motor lorry. Anyhow Saturday morning came, and we reached, the Market Place and then were politely informed to put as much luggage as possible in the chara with us to make sure of having it.

Needless to say, these charas were never built, to leave any room for luggage as well as passengers. Naturally everyone was, more or less suffering from cramp before we had gone very far. Also, one Saltaire gentleman who risked leaving his luggage to be taken by the lorry, did not receive it till Tuesday morning by train, which meant that perishable provisions taken him for the weekend were entirely wasted.

Anyhow to come the return journey which was even worse. In this case it transpired, that two more had been booked to return by the chara than had come by it which necessitated two persons having to sit on the luggage, which was already making it impossible for anyone to move a limb.

Now after seeing and experiencing the former, 1, along with the rest of that party, will take a lot of convincing of the supremacy of the motor chara over the railways. I do not doubt that with proper business-like arrangements, it has its advantages from a health point of view, but until such time as business men will consider the comfortable side of travelling as well as the financial side, motor charas will never attain the success they are striving for.

—I remain, on behalf of the Chara Party,

HAROLD GREETHAM 14, Albert Road, Saltaire.


The members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade were entertained by the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir, the other evening, at the choir headquarters, the Prince of Wales Hotel, Shipley.

Mr. H. L. Searle presided, and spoke of the pleasure experienced by all at Saltaire at the success of the Fire Brigade in winning the Sir James Roberts Cup, at the recent fete and gala at Roberts Park. On behalf of the choir he offered them the heartiest congratulations.

Mr. G. Hall, superintendent the Fire Brigade, responded and thanked the choir, hoping that the friendly feeling would continue, and expressed pleasure at the enthusiasm shown by the directors of the firm for the success of the two societies. Mr. F. Bradshaw and Mr. F. Thornhill replied.

The choir rendered the following glees “Beleagured,” “Haste soft gales,” “A wet sheet and flowing sea,” Crowned with clusters,” and “Comrades.” The following were the soloist: - Messrs. H. Holmes, N Keighley, W Denby, H. Scott. L. Smith. F. Moore, W. Scott, and H Pitchforth. The arrangements were in the hands of the secretary Mr. Dewhirst.


The monthly meeting of the board of governors of the Sir Titus Salt Hospital was held at the hospital on Wednesday evening, Mr. F. Lister (vice-chairman) presiding. Other members present were Mrs. Fearnley Rhodes, Messrs', E.L. Baumann, Thos. Kendall. J. Pitts. W. Cryer, and Councillors C. E. and E. Cowgill; and the Clerk (Mr. T. Luxton).

The monthly report showed there had been 80 out-patients during the month, and six in-patients on the date of the last meeting. There had been 13 admissions, making tie total of 19 in-patients. Nine had been discharged, and ten were at present time in the hospital.

The donations received included Miss Preston. £2, Miss Maden. £3; Mrs. Waite, £l, and the Shipley Urban Council Baths Committee (per Mr. and Mrs. A. Smith), the proceeds of a swimming gala.

Sir Titus Salt, Bart, Sons and Co. Ltd., and Messrs. C. and F. Taylor and Co., Ltd., had each forwarded £50 towards the fund for the repair of the lift at the hospital. These last two donations, it is understood, were the result of a visit paid to the hospital by Mr. Harry Leslie Searle (Secretary to Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd.), who. observing the lift was out of order, mentioned the matter to his firm, and also to Messrs. C. and Taylor & Co., Ltd., who therefore decided to give the substantial donations already mentioned.


On Friday (20 August) evening a large number of friends gathered at Shipley Midland Station to bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Slingsby and Miss Slingsby, of Victoria Road, Saltaire, who left tor Tilbury, where they were embarking for Australia on the “SS Ormonde”. Mr. Slingsby was employed at Messrs. Parkinson’s Canal Iron Works. Shipley.


St Peter’s Shipley – 16 August 1920 – Constance Veronica Mullins aged 20 of 38 Ada St married Robert Evans a miller aged 28 from Mexborough.

St Peter’s Shipley – 19 August 1920 – Eva Quanbury aged 18 of 10 Mary St married Edgar Miles Barker an assistant manager aged 23 from Sowerby Bridge.


METCALFE – In ever loving memory of a dear husband and father, Samuel Metcalfe, who died 9 August 1917.

The flowing stream of life rolls on,
But still the vacant chair
Recalls the love, the voice, the smile,
Of him who once at there.
From his wife and family, 3 Daisy Place, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times September 1920


A novel presentation was made at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Saturday (10 September) evening when Miss Harriet Byles, who recently retired from the post of headmistress of the Salt Girls’ High School, Saltaire, after 34 years’ service, was presented with a pony and trap as a parting gift.

Miss Byles returned to Saltaire on Saturday from her home at Austwick, near Clapham, (5 miles North of Settle) and devoted the whole day to former students and teachers at the school. In the morning about 70 members of the Old Girls’ Society assembled at the Salt Girls’ School, and with Miss Byles went for a ramble through Shipley Glen and over the moors. At night, a large company was present in the Victoria Hall for tea which was followed by the presentation and by dancing.

The pony and trap with which Miss Byles was presented, has been in her possession for some time now, and Miss Freda Wright of Morton, in formally making the presentation made playful allusion to the difficulty Miss Byles had had in gaining the mastery over the pony.

Miss Wright then handed Miss Byles a blotter and a book containing the names of those who had subscribed to “a token of the deep affection and gratitude, a memento of very happy years spent with her in the old school.”

Miss Byles, replying, remarked that her predecessor Miss Medina Griffiths, under whom she (Miss Byles) had for a time served, had asked her about a year ago, whether she was glued to Saltaire. The speaker had replied that it was not glue that kept her at Saltaire, but love.

Miss Byles went on to say that it was from Miss Griffiths she had received her charter of freedom and training, and that she had carried on Miss Griffiths’ ideals to the end. Continuing, she remarked there was no profession in the world that was finer and nobler, and which gave more scope for the great things of life than the profession of teaching. She was 67 years of age, and she could leave her profession with a good conscience, because the Salt Girls' School was at present larger and more successful than ever.

When she commenced her duties as headmistress, there were but 120 pupils, while at times the number had fallen below 100, but she would not be surprised if the number of students did not reach 300 within the next term.

Concluding, she observed that it was a great satisfaction to her to know how many of her old girls had turned out to be admirable women, rendering great service to their day and generation.

(Colin’s note – Harriet was born 4 August 1853 in Bradford. She died, a spinster, 1 December 1937 in Austwick.)


William Bone (47), a married polisher of 25 Constance St, Saltaire, was found at home on Saturday night (28 August) with his throat cut. It appears that when the man’s son came home about 8.45 pm he found the door of the house locked and he had to effect an entry through a window into the living room, where he found his father lying on the floor in the condition referred to.

P.C. Farnell was summoned and Bone, after treatment at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was removed to the Clayton Workhouse Infirmary. The man is now progressing favourably.


The arrangements which have been made by the executive committee of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society indicate that the forthcoming season is likely to be one which will tax the musical resources of the organisation to the full. In all four concerts are to be given, and quite an ambitious programme has been set for each occasion by those who are the directing minds of the society.

The committee in presenting the society s prospectus write as follows: -

“They are taking bold step presenting choral versions of grand operas by giving “Carmen” 'and “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and owing to the warm reception accorded last season to Mr. Ed. German’s “Merrie England" they have decided to give another of this popular composer's works in the charming opera of “Tom Jones."

In addition to these three concerts there will be, by special request, a grand performance of Handel’s “Messiah."

In view of the hearty support I received during the first season the committee feel justified in submitting this ambitious programme for their second season, and they depend upon the public of Saltaire and district to help them maintain a series of high class musical performances,

Principals from the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company, the Royal College of Music, Loudon, and also well- known local artists have been engaged, and the Saltaire Philharmonic Orchestra of 42 performers, under the able leadership of Mr. Whitby Norton have again been retained for all the concerts.

Through the efforts of the committee the area of the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, has been re-seated with modem tip-up chairs, which will add materially to the comfort of patrons, although this has meant the sacrifice of over 100 seats.

Owing to the smaller seating accommodation and the large increase in the cost of production, the committee have been compelled to revise some of the charges for admission. They are confident of your continued support.”

The first concert will be given on Tuesday, 16 November when “Carmen” will be produced. Subscribers ballot for this concert will be taken at Victoria Hall on 2 November at 7.30 p.m. The second concert will be given on Tuesday 21 December, when Handel’s Messiah will be presented. The first part of the third concert on Tuesday, 15th February, will devoted to choral and solo extracts from the Grand Operas and the second part to Mascagni's “Cavalleria Rusticana. On Tuesday, 5 April 1921. will be presented the concert version of Mr. Ed. German’s Opera, “Tom Jones.” Mr. J Douglas Smith will conduct all the concerts; Mr. Whitby Norton is to be the principal violinist; and there will, be a full chorus of 120 voices.


Saltaire remain unbeaten in the League following an easy victory over Pudsey St Lawrence on Saturday (28 August).

The club have re-engaged Sidney Barnes as coach for the club next season. In addition to giving tuition two nights weekly he will play in League matches.

On Saturday 4 September Saltaire travelled to Eccleshill and had another easy win with Barnes taking six wickets for 13 runs and Robinson scoring 66 not out.

As the result of a narrow victory over Low Moor at Roberts Park on Saturday 11 September they won the Bradford Cricket League.


The death took place suddenly at Morecambe on Monday 13 September of Mrs Maria Brearley, wife of Mr Jeremiah Brearley of 4 Springfield Road, Baildon. Mrs Brearley, who was in her 63rd year, was on holiday at Morecambe on her doctors orders, but was in fairly good health.

After having been to post a letter about six o’clock on the Monday evening, she was suddenly taken ill and died shortly afterwards, before the doctor arrived.

The deceased was a native of Saltaire, and a sister of the late Mr J W Ferguson, of Saltaire. She was well known and highly respected throughout both the Shipley and Baildon districts. Her husband was formerly a partner in the business of Messrs. Fairbank, Brearley and Company, engineers of Shipley.

The interment took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Friday (17 September).

[Colin’s note – Maria was born in 1858 in West Hartlepool (my hometown). In 1871 she was a spinner living with her family at 25 (renumbered 68) Victoria Road in Saltaire. She married Jeremiah in 1881.]


When Mrs Miranda Newsome, of 53 Victoria Rd Saltaire, was returning home from a visit to Bingley, about 7 O’clock on Wednesday (15 September) evening, she fell down in the street, and upon examination was found to be unconscious. Dr Crooker, of Bingley, was sent for, and upon arrival pronounced life extinct. We understand that the deceased lady had already been troubled with a heart affection.

Miranda was the wife of Richard Newsome. She was buried 18 September at Baildon Parish Church.


An inquest was held at the Saltaire Institute on Saturday afternoon on Lilian Shuttleworth the 2 ½ year-old daughter of Arthur Shuttleworth, painter of 21 Albert Road (renumbered 41) Saltaire. The little girl in company with other children, was playing in a garden near her home when she fell off a wall on to the pavement. She fractured her skull. A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.


St Peter’s Shipley – 4 September – Asenath Scarfe aged 33 of 9 Albert Road (renumbered 17) Saltaire married Joseph Whitaker a motor driver aged 30 from Keighley.

St Peter’s Shipley – 25 September – Alice Duxbury Walker aged 29 of 33 Dove Street, Saltaire married Arthur Hill an engineer aged 35 from Thackley.


Shipley St Paul's Upper Churchyard – Emma Baldwin aged 74 of 50 Victoria Road, Saltaire, died 27 September, buried 30 September.

Saltaire Times October 1920


Saltaire Park – now known as “Roberts Park” – was formally handed over to the Bradford Corporation by the agent of Sir James Roberts (Mr Norman Foster, of the firm of Messrs. Gaunt, Foster & Co., solicitors Bradford on Thursday in last week (28 October). The Park becomes vested in the Bradford Corporation without any reserve whatever, except that it shall be known as Roberts Park in memory of Bertram Foster Roberts, Sir James and Lady Roberts’ late son, and that the Corporation are to maintain the Park for the benefit of the public for all time.

Bradford now owns the Roberts Park, which the Lord Mayor (Alderman W Wade) accepted on their behalf at the Bradford Town Hall. In accepting the title deed the Lord Mayor said the Corporation owed a great debt to Sir James Roberts as Saltaire Park would be another “lung” which, though not in Bradford, would benefit the citizens of that city.

Later the Lord Mayor unveiled the memorial tablet Sir James Roberts’ son which has been erected at the entrance to the Park.


It has been rumoured that warpers at Saltaire Mills were “playing” part of the week. But upon enquiries being made by our representative he was assured that such was not the case.

Mr H L Searle (secretary) states that with the exception of the wool sorting department, there is no slackness at Saltaire Mills, and it is hoped that orders in hand will carry us over the period of trade depression.

The employees of the Scott Motor-Cycle Co. Ltd., Saltaire, are only working three days per week, but it is stated that this is due not to any real “slump” in the motor cycling industry, but simply that there is regularly at this period of the year, a falling off in the demand for motor cycles.

Mr N O Vinter, the sales manager of the Scott Motor-Cycle Co., says that as far as Scotts are concerned, any cessation of labour has been due to purely normal circumstances.


22 October – Sir Titus Salt & Co. Ltd. (Saltaire Mills), will be able to continue full time for at least a fortnight.

All the Shipley local undertakings are well supplied with coal, but although there is no fear of a serious shortage of gas and electricity, consumers will do well to exercise all possible economy in this direction. The Lighting Committee of the Shipley Urban District Council have recommended that the street lighting be reduced by one-third, and this recommendation, will come up for the approval of the Council on Tuesday next (26 October).

29 October – The continuance of the coal strike has had the effect of putting all the local mills and engineering works on short time. In some cases, as, for instance, Saltaire Mill, this partial stoppage is due to the Government Order restricting the consumption of coal by factories to 50 per cent, of the usual amount.

Naturally, this has resulted in reducing the working week by one half. Many firms work only 24 hours per week.

At Saltaire Mill, where our representative made inquiries, it was stated that the wool combers were working five days a week, playing Saturdays only. There were just a few wool sorters working as the carting of raw material has been stopped by the carters’ strike.


The death took place at his residence, 29 Lower Holme, Woodbottom, on Tuesday (12 October), of Mr David Unwin, who for 25 years was spinning overlooker at Messrs C and F Taylor and Co., spinners and manufacturers, Lower Holme, and a prominent “Buffalo.”


An application for an ejectment order was made by Benjamin Barritt Preston, on behalf of Sir Titus Salt & Co., Ltd., Saltaire, at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday (4 October), against Alfred Francis Barry, 8, Albert Road, Saltaire.

Mr. Lockwood, solicitor, appeared for the applicants and stated that Messrs. Salt were the owners of a considerable amount of property, acquired for the benefit of their own workpeople and about Saltaire. Barry was not and never had been in the employ of the applicants, but entered into possession of the particular house No. 8, Albert Road, in September 1918. Messrs. Salt had a salesman coming from Scotland and desired to find a suitable house for him in the vicinity of the mill.

The applicants had a house, 45 George Street, and Barry was given an opportunity of inspecting this house, and at one time accepted the house as alternative accommodation. The formal offer was made to respondent on September 18, last, and the applicants had stated they were having facilities for washing purposes placed in the house. The bouse in George Street had a living room, kitchen, pantry and scullery, on the ground floor, and large bedroom and two other bedrooms on the first floor. In the house in Albert Read there was sitting room, dining-room, scullery, three bedrooms and bathroom. The houses were practically identical in space.

The rent of the house in George Street would be 6s. 11d., but the rent of the house in Albert Road was 13s. 1d.

The Chairman (Mr. J. A. Burton): If the rent is over £20 per annum, I am afraid the case is beyond our jurisdiction.

After an interval for consultation, Mr. Lockwood said that he had made inquiries and found that the rent was 8s. 2d., and the balance was the amount of the rates paid by the tenant to the landlords. This would bring the case within the jurisdiction of the court. The amount of rates could not possibly be regarded as rental. There was no return to the landlords on the rates. County Courts were entitled to apportion the amount of rent and rates.

The Chairman said that the bench must be guided by the Clerk, and if Mr. Lockwood cared to submit the point on Thursday the case would be adjourned till then. Mr. Lockwood accepted the offer and the case was accordingly adjourned.


At the meeting of the Shipley and District Trades and Labour Council on Tuesday (19 October) evening a letter was read from the Saltaire Institute Society to the effect that the committee of the Saltaire Conversazione were desirous making the revival of the Conversazione annual event of popular and wide-spread interest in the town. They therefore invited the Trades Council to send one representative to assist in the work, and to extend the scope of these social gatherings. On receipt of the name of any person whom the Council decided to nominate to represent them on the Conversazione Committee, that person would be notified of the next meeting of the Committee.

Mr. T. F. Doyle moved that the Trades Council should agree to this suggestion, Mr. J. W. Jordan seconded, and it was agreed to. Mr. J. Wildman was appointed as the Councils representative.


The Saltaire Spiritualist Church celebrated their first harvest festival on Sunday (17 October), at the Victoria Institute, Saltaire, when there was a wonderful display of harvest produce in front of the pulpit. Included in the offerings were all varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, also figs, dates, sweets, and bread. Mr. H. Claughton presided over good attendances in the afternoon and evening.

Mr. Walter Doubleday, of Bradford, was the speaker, taking for his subject in the afternoon "We plough the fields and scatter."

In the evening, his text was “Thou shalt not want for bread.” The address was followed by clairvoyance, and in the after-circle, Mr. Doubleday, and Mr. Bickle, of the Windhill Society, took part, and gave proof that the so-called "dead” still exist by describing the forms of those present. The organist in the afternoon was Miss Webb and in the evening Miss Dawe officiated.

On Sunday evening flowers were sent to the sick of the neighbourhood. On Monday evening a fruit bouquet and social was held in the Saltaire Institute. About sixty were present. Recitations, songs, etc., were given by the following – Miss Violet Winterbottom, Miss Doris Winterbottom, Harold Claughton, Lena Kitchen, Miss Grundy, Mr Holmes, Miss Bullock and Mrs Bullock.

Games were played and refreshments served. The evening closed with the sale of goods, and £2 was cleared for the Building Society. Fruit was sent to those in the district, who were sick.


Shipley Liberals v Saltaire Institute
Scores (Shipley first): -

S Ashburn 112 A Procter 150
W Jowett 68 L Jolley 150
T Brown 150 H Trotter 70
A Hall 150 A Falkingham 87
F Jacklin 120 G Brown 150
W Shaw 109 J Dobson 150
H Dovenor 150 W Rice 116
A Teale 150 J H Jolley 119

Totals – Shipley Liberals (receive 150), 1,159; Saltaire Institute (receive 120), 1,112

Collection, 10s.


Kathleen Alice Lancaster died 22 October at Salts Hospital aged 32.

In Memoriam

CARR – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private John Francis Carr, No 35008, Machine Gun Corps, who was reported missing on 26 October 1917. From his father, mother, and sisters, 60 George St, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times November 1920


At the Bradford City Court on Monday (7 November), before his honour Judge Turner, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., sought to obtain possession of a house, 8 Albert Road, Saltaire, now occupied by Alfred F. Barry, a chauffeur. For the firm it was stated that the house was required for the accommodation of gentleman who was coming from Scotland with his family, and who was being employed as provincial salesman for the firm.

Alfred Francis Barry, the present occupier, declared that his family included himself, his wife and five children, and contended that the alternative accommodation offered him by the firm at 45, George Street, Saltaire, was not suitable. This house, he stated, had no bathroom, and there was no hot water supply, while the bedrooms were smaller than those in the house he now lived in. If he were compelled to make the change it would mean that he would have to dispose of part of his furniture. It was pointed out that the company had taken steps to supply the deficiencies mentioned in order to make the house in George Street equivalent to the dwelling in Albert Road.

Judge Turner asked why, if accommodation was equivalent in all respects, the Scottish traveller could not go into the George Street house? The house in Albert Road was described as more reasonable for the salesman than the chauffeur. The applicants contended that the defendant had previously agreed to accept the alternative accommodation, but this Barry denied. His Honour took the view that the company was out of court, and it seemed that the only reason why the Albert Road house was needed was because the George Street dwelling not sufficiently good for the traveller, though it might be for the chauffeur. The case was dismissed with costs against Messrs. Salt.


A serious motor-cycle accident occurred at Skipton on Saturday (30 October) evening as a result of which, Thomas Ratcliffe, of 4 Shirley St, Saltaire and John Moldson of Thomas Pl, Windhill, have been admitted to the Skipton & District Hospital. Both patients are suffering from injuries received through the accident.


The first lecture recital for the present season of the above society took place on Wednesday (3 November) evening at the Congregational Sunday school, when Mr W H Ibberson gave an address on “British Music.”


The story of the ingenuity of four Saltaire boys, in which an element of humour was introduced, was related at the Otley Police Court, on Friday (29 October) of last week. The boys were charged with breaking into a lock-up shop at the foot of the railway at Shipley Glen, and stealing two bottles of sweets the estimated value of 15s. Three of the boys of 14 and 13 years of age are employed as mill-hands, and the fourth, a boy of 11, is still at school.

The shop, the property of Arthur Hartley, confectioner, of 64 Oak Lane, Manningham, was locked up about six o’clock on the evening of Saturday, October 23. The lads had been for walk to Dick Hudson’s, and on their return, stopped before the shop and examined the shutters, which were fastened by means of a piece of wood a foot long. They removed the wood, when they were disturbed by two passers-by, after which they decided to break the window. One of the boys secured an iron bar with which smash the glass, and remarked to his confederates, When I count three, shout Billy,” the obvious intention of which to mitigate any possibility of attracting attention by the sound of breaking glass.

As matter of fact, they were seen by a man of the name of Greenwood, who was, however, unable to identify the beys owing to the darkness, but he stated that one of the boys was much smaller than the remainder. The boys removed two bottles of sweets, containing about 6lbs., and after disposing of the contents, threw the empty bottles into an adjoining field. The theft was discovered, and enquiries were made the following morning P.C. King, who found the bottles. He later arrested the four boys, all of whom replied, “All right.”

It was stated that one of the eldest boys had been previously fined September last for stealing fruit from an orchard, and was fined 40s., the Chairman (Mr. T. A. Duncan) remarking that he appeared to be the ringleader. The other boy of 14 was fined 20s, and the two youngest boys were discharged


Her experiences during a ten month stay in the United States were narrated by Mrs. Saynor, of Maddocks Street, Shipley, on Tuesday evening, to the members the Shipley Women’s Liberal Association. Miss Dunn presided over a record attendance and introduced the lecturer.

Describing her arrival at New York, Mrs. Saynor, said that the first thing that struck her was the great amount of light, coming as she did from the darkness of England. From New York there was a 2 ½ hours' railway journey to Bridgeport, and on alighting from the train, the speaker saw displayed on electric light sign “Salt’s Fabrics.” At Bridgeport she visited Salt’s works, and those who showed her round, said she, seemed to think she had never been in a mill before. (Laughter.) There were lot of Saltaire people there, but she did not like a few of them saying of everything “There’s nothing like this in the Old Country.” They thought England was just as they had left it, but the speaker maintained that England had progressed just as much as America. Though the speaker liked U.S.A. very much, she did not think the scenery was so nice as that in England. Bridgeport was the home of Mr. Barnum, of Barnum and Bailey’s, and he had done a great deal for the town. His statue was in the park. In Bridgeport they made everything from pin to a motor car, and the speaker passed round some delicate lace woven in the factory, which sold in America at the astonishingly cheap price of 50 cents, a lb.

Going west, the lecturer had to come back to New York. The trains from there had sleeping berths and set out at 6 p.m. The coloured boys on the station were most courteous. The stations had no platforms, and when the train was due, the gate was opened, and the boys carried the luggage to the train. The next morning she had breakfast in the train, which passed the Erie Mountains, and stayed at Buffalo “en route.” Mrs, Saynor had to get off at Westfield for Jamestown, and had hour’s ride on the tram car.

On the Sunday morning she went to church and found all the English residents waiting outside to shake hands with her. The speaker showed some lace worked by an old lady aged 78, formerly of Saltaire, a Mrs, Phillips. Another Saltaire lady, Mrs. Shaw, was 76, and who, although it was 40 years since she came to Jamestown, still spoke “Yorkshire.”

Describing a visit to the “pictures,” the speaker said that everyone in the audience old and young, was chewing gum, and their jaws were working all the time. Her friend, who was with her, said “You’re not looking at the pictures.” She replied Nay, lad, Aw’m lookin’ at t’ fowk.”

Continuing her journey to Ann Arbor, a university town, where her son was, Mrs. Saynor, started from Westfield at 7.20 p.m., and after changing at Toledo, Lake Erie, arrived at Ann Arbor at 6.30 a.m. The train passed through a corner of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and from the train icicles could be seen three yards long. The trains, however, were quite warm, unlike English trains, they are heated. She had to change at Detroit and then arrived at Ann Arbor.

There were 10,000 students and professors at the university, where her son, who had worked at Messrs. Parkinson’s, Shipley, instructed in engineering and gun-repairing. There were a large number of societies in connection with the college, and a great number of facilities for the students. One society was a tribe of “Indians” and the members dressed up in Indian costume on special occasions. At the college were a large number of Chinese, whom the U.S. Government allowed to enter with the money paid by China in the Boxer Indemnity. Very often a man and his wife came together to study.

Mrs. Saynor went very often to one of the Women’s clubs in connection with the university. At one of the parties she was asked to tell about England and the war. She said she would be pleased to answer any questions, and was asked “what did you think when our boys came into the war?” (Laughter.) She replied that the war was practically finished when America came in. The American boys came in when ours were tired to death. But the real Americans, said Mrs. Saynor, were grieved that they did come into the war. They believed in the Monroe Doctrine “America for America.” When the speaker was in New York there were three large ships in the harbour, and they could not get sailors. And great inducements were being made for men to join the U.S. Army, for the Americans would not enlist.

The speaker then went onto Vermontville, 90 miles further away. It was in the country, and although it was the hardest winter there had been in America for 40 years, everyone indoors was as lightly garbed as in summer, so excellent were the heating arrangements. On the farm she stayed at Vermontville, all the food was home produced, even to the meat canned the previous autumn. The speaker described the extraction of syrup from the maple tree, and the cooking of “noodles,” thin strips of paste, dipped in egg —(sensation) —and fried.

Coming back from Ann Arbor, the speaker took boat to Buffalo from small town on the lake. Arriving at Buffalo, she took a tram to Niagara. There were aeroplane trips over the rapids, but Mrs. Saynor thought it too risky. Below the falls she took a boat across Lake Ontario to Toronto, in Canada. When she arrived there all was confusion because of a tram strike, and private cars were being utilised. Everything in Toronto struck one as being English. The squirrels in Canada were very tame and tapped at the windows of houses for nuts.

On the ship Mrs. Saynor mode the return trip to England, was Archbishop Mannix, and the English were in very small minority on board. There were over 900 Irish in the third class alone. The Irish in England were peace-loving, but the Irish Americans were not. There was a huge crowd at New York displaying placards, “Down with England,” “Up with Sinn Fein.” When the Archbishop was dropped at Penzance, there was weeping and wailing, and at Liverpool thousands of Irish were waiting. In the taxi that she got at Liverpool, the Irish were climbing on the steps to see if Mannix was inside. (Laughter.) On the boat going out, Mrs. Saynor said that there were five priests and four sisters of mercy, and after the service they all gambled in the saloon. A vote of thanks was accorded Mrs. Saynor, on the motion of Mrs. Sanctuary.


(12 November) After the miner’s strike work at the local factories is gradually going back to normal. The easing of the transport situation by the return of many of the Shipley carters has improved matters as regards raw materials, and firms are having little difficulty on this account. Most of the firms in Shipley had large stocks of coal, and in many cases, stoppage was due to fuel restrictions.

Among factories that have started on full time again are Messrs. Sir Titus Salt & Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mill; Messrs Robinson & Bairstow, Baildon Mills; and Lister’s Mill, Manningham.


According to Mr. G. Linck, who presided at the sixteenth annual general meeting of the Saltaire, Shipley & District Rose Society held at the West Ward Liberal Club, Saltaire, on Tuesday (9 November) evening, the show next year promises to be even more successful than the exhibition of last July, and there is every indication that it will one of the most magnificent displays ever seen in the North of England.

Mr. E. Wright (secretary), in the course of his report said that an invitation had been extended to the National Rose Society to hold their provincial show next, year in conjunction with the Saltaire Society. The secretary also stated that the question of Sir James Roberts’ trophy was being left in the hands of the schedule sub-committee for them to allocate the trophy to a certain class. The treasurer (Mr. A. Haigh-Lumby) reported that the society had credit balance of $464.

On the motion of Mr. W. K. Plunkett, seconded by Mr. W. Allan, this report was passed. Mr. G. C. Waud was re-elected president, Mr. Wright secretary, and Mr. Haigh-Lumley treasurer.


The second annual whist drive and dance of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (17 November) evening. The brigade, which now numbers 16 men, with Mr. G. H. Hall (Supt.), and Mr. J. Thornhill (Sergt.), was reformed by Mr. Hall about two years ago, and is now thoroughly efficient and up to date.

For Wednesday night’s function, the Victoria Hall, under the direction of Supt. Hall, had been decorated by the members of the Brigade with fire nozzles and other appurtenances, and the silver cup, which was won by the Brigade at the Shipley Friendly Societies’ Fete and Gala, in July, was also on view. Plants, flowers, and decorative flowers were kindly lent by Mr. Edgar Moorby (Roberts Park) and these greatly added to the general attractiveness of the room. There was a large attendance, which in addition to the officers and men of the brigade, who were in uniform, included the heads of all the departments at Saltaire Mill, Mr. H. Whitehead (a director of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd), Mr. H. L. Searle (Sec. Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd.) and Mrs. Searle, who presented the whist prizes. Mr. H. L. Searle spoke in appreciative terms of the good work done the brigade. Although they had not been called upon during the year, they were always ready, and when required would “be there.” Supt. Hall expressed the thanks of the brigade to the Saltaire firm, for their encouragement, to Mrs. Searle for presenting the prizes, and to Mr. Searle.

Later in the evening, Mr. Whitehead expressed his pride in the fire brigade, and of their achievement in winning a silver cup in competition against professional brigades. It was a fine achievement. It was a pleasure to himself and his co-directors to encourage such a body, whose good work wan recognised in all the departments of Saltaire Mill.

The following were the whist prize winners: Ladies—Mrs. Berry; 2, Mrs. Allen; 3, Mrs. Voisey. Gentlemen—Mr. Mansfield; 2, Mr. J. H. Binns: 3, Mr. W. H. Eccles. The M.C. for whist was Supt. G. Hall, and for dancing the M. C’s. were Firemen A. Wilson and H. Steel. Dance music was provided Mr. Jack Read’s orchestra.


To celebrate the fifty-four years of the existence of the Saltaire Mills Women’s Sick Society, and the fifty-tour years of the presidency of Mrs. Titus Salt, a concert, supper, and dance was held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Friday (12 November) evening. There a was good attendance.

After songs by Miss E. Broadley and Miss Raistrick, cornet solos by Mr. G. Whittaker, and pianoforte solos Mr. W. Raistrick, all of which items were greatly appreciated, supper was served.


Mr. H. L. Searle (secretary of the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd.), who presided, explained that the object of the gathering that evening had been to meet Mrs. Titus Salt, the president, and Mrs. Henry Whitehead, the new vice-president. Unfortunately, Mrs. Titus Salt was unable to come, and had written as follows; - “I am extremely sorry to find that after all I cannot arrange to get over to the concert and dance, although it would have given me much pleasure, touched by the earnest wish of the older members that I should be present. If there is any part of the evening which concerns me, could not this be postponed until another date, or could I ask a substitute to take place? I appreciate very much the kind feeling which prompts the wish for me to be present. Yours truly, Katherine Salt.

Since then a wire had been received. “Good wishes to club members. Regretting not to be with you. — Mrs. Titus Salt.”

The Chairman, continuing, said that it was a great disappointment to all that Mrs. Salt could not be present. She had been president of the Society for 54 years, it being her first public office the year of her marriage. During all the years that had passed she had been a very real president, and her devotion to the cause of the society and her consideration for the members, had won for her lot of love in the club and the society. She was not able to attend the meetings of the society any longer, and they had wished to tell her how deeply grateful the members were for her wonderful service and to express their esteem and affection for her. She had asked the Rev. P. Drummond Pringle to act as her substitute that evening.

It was his (the speaker’s) privilege that evening to introduce to the society their new vice-president, Mrs. Henry Whitehead, and on their behalf he would like to extend to her a very hearty welcome to the society, and to give her their warm thanks for accepting the vice-presidency. (Applause.) He knew that Mrs. Whitehead sympathised very greatly with the objects of the society and was sure she would always be deeply interested in its welfare. Mrs. Whitehead had kindly consented that evening to make presentation to Mrs. Salt, for which the members had subscribed, as mark of their esteem. He would ask Mrs. Whitehead to make a presentation to Mr. Pringle on behalf of Mrs. Titus Salt. (Applause.)


Mrs. Whitehead said that she thought that evening the members had conferred on her very great honour, and she did not know whether she was quite equal to the task. Since Mr. Whitehead became one the owners of the mill three years ago, she had learnt a great deal about the activities outside the work hours. She felt proud to be amongst them, as they had such splendid talent.


Mrs. Whitehead then said she had pleasure in handing the present (a handsome handbag) to Mr. Pringle to give to Mrs. Titus Salt, and ask him to convey with it all that from their hearts they would like to say for having such zealous president as Mrs. Salt.

The Rev. P. Drummond Pringle, in accepting the gift for Mrs. Salt, said that apart from the gift, he was sure she would appreciate most of all the kind thought, and if he might say so, the thankful feeling that promoted it. He dared not assume that anybody in the room knew of personal knowledge what had taken place in the society during all that time—(laughter)—but there were some who had known her for a great number of years. It was proof of her loyalty and fidelity to all the work she undertook that she had been president of the Saltaire Women’s Sick Society for 54 years. He would convey to her the kind words Mrs. Whitehead bad spoken, and speaking as an old resident of Saltaire, and he knew he was speaking for them all, when he said what a pleasure it was to him to see Mrs. Whitehead present that evening, and to learn that she had accepted the vice-presidency of the society. (Applause.) Her acceptance of that office was one of many evidences of the deep interest of all the members of the firm in Saltaire, and their desire to do good in any way they could for the people. (Applause.)

In a few well-chosen words, Miss Ethel Parker thanked Mr. H. L. Searle (sec. of Messrs. Salt), and Miss Richardson (chief clerk, Messrs. Salt) for the invaluable help in the organisation of the proceedings that night.

Miss Richardson (chief clerk, Messrs. Salt) responded.

Dancing followed until 11.30 p.m., Messrs. W. Riley and H. Town being M.C.’s. Mr. W. Raistrick’s orchestra provided the music. During the evening, selections were given by the Saltaire Male Voice Choir.

Local Man’s Death in India

Mr Fred Dewhirst of 5 Park Tce, Shipley has received an intimation from India to the effect that his son in law, Mr William Isaac Lyne, late of 13 Park St, Shipley, has died from enteric fever at Cawnpore. For many years Mr Lyne was an overlooker at Saltaire Mills, and he went out to India in April to take a position with the Cawnpore Woollen Mills Co. Ltd. He died about a fortnight after his wife and daughter had joined him in India.


St Peter’s Shipley – 27 November

Kendall Crossland, a yarn packer aged 53 of 4 George St, married Ada Robinson, aged 40 of 4 Ada St.


BROOK – In loving memory of our dear mother, Rachel Brook, who died 5 November 1912. – From her two daughters, Sarah E., and Alice, 16 Whitlam St, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times December 1920

Unemployment – the Position in Shipley 31 December

There has been little change in the general unemployment and under-employment prevailing in Shipley and district during the past week. The industries most affected are the engineering and the textile, but it is anticipated that the slackness in the engineering trade will not last much longer. Only two engineering firms in Shipley are working systematic short-time, and most of the other engineering shops are managing to keep their employees pretty fully employed.

In spite of a whole-hearted endeavour on the part of employers to give their workpeople all the available work, the position in the textile industry remains very unfavourable. Under-employment and unemployment has spread to firms previously not affected, and some 4,000 workpeople in Shipley have been affected as result of the extended Christmas holidays. Practically the whole of the textile firms in the district have extended the Christmas holidays, and have closed down for periods of from seven to ten days. Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, have shut down for ten days, and Messrs. Henry Mason (Shipley) Ltd., Victoria Works, who employ 600 workpeople, will probably be closed for 14 days.

To meet with the increased demands for unemployment benefit the authorities at the Shipley Unemployment Exchange have been compelled to take over temporarily other premises. The female employees of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., are being dealt with at the Gate House, Saltaire, while the female employees of Messrs. Henry Mason (Shipley) Ltd., of Messrs. C. & F. Taylor, Ltd., Lower Holme, and of the Airedale Combing Co., are being paid benefit at the Central School, Saltaire Road. All men affected are receiving benefit at the Unemployment Exchange, Otley Road, where the staff are having a very busy time.

The staff of the Unemployment Exchange and those at the various temporary exchanges in the town had a busy time on Tuesday, and it is to the credit of the staff that they dealt with the numerous claims to benefit in a minimum period of time and with great efficiency.

At the permanent Exchange the normal staff, under the direction of the capable and energetic manager (Mr. B. Pryce) had to cope with tremendous number of applications—no less than 800 persons (400 women and men) had been dealt with before 11 o'clock—but there was no hitch in the continuity of the business throughout the day. Before the opening of the exchange in the morning long queue of waiting applicants stood outside in Otley Road, but after the exchange was opened the absence of queues of any description outside the building was in itself compliment to the quick manner in which the staff dealt with the applications. The good temper the applicants a was great assistance to the speeding-up of the work, and the day was unmarred by any unseemly incident.

At the Central Schools, where a staff of six persons—only one of whom had any experience of the work—dealt with the applications of the female employees from Messrs. Henry Mason (Shipley) Ltd., Messrs. C. & F. Taylor & Co., and Mr. Fred Ambler; Dumb Mills, order and efficiency also prevailed. Valuable voluntary assistance at this building was rendered Miss Evelyn Warren (Welfare Organiser at Messrs. Henry Mason's). Up to 12 o'clock no less than 400 applications had received attention.

At the Gate House, Saltaire, where the staff consisted of four persons, one experienced, great assistance was given by Mrs. Kendall (secretary of the Shipley branch of the Textile Workers' Union). Here, also, no difficulty was experienced in dealing with the applications, and about 500 applicants had passed through this exchange 11 o'clock. During Tuesday of this week between 3,000 and 4,000 people passed through the Shipley Exchange add the temporary Exchanges.

Death of Stationmaster

Thomas Ripley, aged 64, stationmaster at Saltaire (Midland) Station, of 78 Victoria Road, Saltaire, died in Saltaire on Saturday (4 December). He had been 50 years in the service of the Midland Railway Company and came to Saltaire over nineteen years ago from Hornby.

He was a worshipper at St. Peter’s Church, Shipley, and was a member of the Shipley Musical Union. He leaves a wife, a son, and two daughters. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon.

The service at St. Peter’s Church and at the graveside at Hirst Wood Cemetery being conducted by the Vicar (the Rev. F. B. Hope). Members of the staff at Shipley and Saltaire stations, in uniform, were the bearers.

The widow and children of deceased, and other relatives attended, and there were also present representatives of the various organisations with which deceased was connected. The Midland Railway Company was represented Mr. W. Whatley, Traffic Inspector. Mr. U. B. Smith (stationmaster, Keighley), Mr. J. Hartley (stationmaster, Bingley), Mr. J. W. Smales (stationmaster, Frizinghall), also attended.

The Shipley Musical Union was represented by Mr. J. T. Kendall (president), Messrs. J. Bradley, L. Udall, H. Smith, B. Smith, G. Gill, E. Ellis, W. Sewell, S. Horn, T. B. Read, J. Butterfield, and John Gregory. Amongst the personal friends were Mr. and Mrs. J. Ward Holmes, Messrs. W. Dyson, T. Furniss, J. Charlesworth, C. Holgate, and H. Feather. A large number of beautiful of pink and white blooms, were placed on the grave. These were from relatives and friends, and from the staff at Saltaire Station, and the Shipley Musical Union. Mr. E. Stephenson, Saltaire, was the undertaker.

Saltaire Man’s Sad End – Victim of Mental Depression

An inquest was held at the Shipley Fire Station on Monday (20 December) by the District Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris) on Joseph Keighley (66), mill labourer, of 57 Titus Street, Saltaire, whose body was recovered from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Hirst Lock, Saltaire, on Friday (17 December).

Ann Keighley, widow of deceased, stated that in 1919, consequent on losing two sons in the war her husband had become very depressed, and expressed the wish that he was dead. In June of that year he became melancholy that he was removed to Menston Asylum and had only come home on 20 November.

Witness, continuing, said her husband had appeared normal and had assured her she had no need to worry. On Saturday week the deceased had gone out to his son's house at 50 Eden Street, Manningham, and after having dinner had returned home, stating that his son had invited him to come to Manningham whenever he felt inclined. On Tuesday in last weeks deceased again set out to go to his son’s place at Manningham. At 3.30 in the afternoon, he had not returned, witness went to Manningham, and found that her husband had never reached his son's home. She than informed the police.

Charles Vanderstock, canal boat workman, of 34 Hill Street, Bingley, stated that he found the body of the deceased at 8.30 a.m. on Friday morning at Hirst Look. Witness found he could not open the top gates of the locks and found the body between two gate ends.

Dr. Edgerley, Superintendent of Menston Asylum, stated that the deceased was admitted to the asylum suffering from melancholia in June 1919. His condition improved, then he had a relapse, but on the whole made steady progress, and when he was discharged by two members of the Menston Asylum Committee, on the recommendation of the medical superintendent, deceased had completely recovered from his depression.

The Coroner, summing up, remarked that deceased’s depression had apparently passed away when he was discharged from the asylum, and was quite satisfied that the asylum authorities were justified in allowing the man to return home. He satisfied that the deceased’s wife had no idea her husband still retained suicidal tendencies. No blame was attached to anybody. It was possible that the renewal of old associations and the visit to his sons had brought about recurrence of his mental depression.

Advert Shipley Times 3 December

17 and 18 Gordon Terrace, Saltaire
Turkeys, Geese, Chickens, Ducks, Etc.
All Kinds of Fish and Game in Season
Choice Pines, English Grapes, Etc.


The Shipley Parliamentary Labour Party and the I.L.P. held their second annual fancy dress carnival and social rally at the Victoria Hall on Wednesday (1 December) evening. The events included dancing, a waltzing competition, ladies’ fancy dress open competition, ladies’ home made fancy dress competition, gent’s open fancy competition, gent’s comic fancy dress competition, and children fancy dress competition. Music was provided by Slingsby’s Augmented Band. The judges for the various competitions were Mr C. A. Henderson (Saltaire), Mr W Wood (Bradford), Councillors Tom Snowden and Tom Blythe, Mrs Snowden, and Mrs Blythe. The dance stewards were Messrs. A. Sandiforth, G Brown, and F. Blythe.

Notice Shipley Times 3 December

Saltaire Spiritualist Lyceum and Church
Victoria Institute, Saltaire (Entrance Lockwood Street)
Lyceum: 10.30 a.m. and 1.45 p.m. Church Services: 3 and 6.30 p.m.
After Circle: 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.
Saturday 4 December at 7.45 p.m. at 34 St. Paul’s Road.
Speakers Mr & Mrs Ackroyd of Bradford.
Sunday 5 December: Afternoon 3; Evening 6.30
Mr Baldwin of Leeds – Speaker and Clairvoyant
Evening Subject – “A Spiritualist’s Five Years’ Experience in Slum Life.”
Silver Collection at each service.

Saltaire Institute Society

A lantern lecture entitled “Rock Climbing in Great Britain” was given on Wednesday (8 December) night under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society by Mr. Ashley P. Abraham.

The lecturer pointed out that rock climbing had now become immensely popular, and thousands of people were enjoying it. The various methods of rock climbing were shown, and the audience had a graphic description given of the dangers which climbers have to contend with. Some excellent slides were thrown upon the screen from photographs taken by the lecturer.

Saltaire Combers’ Dance

The first annual dance promoted by the workers in the combing department of Saltaire Mills was held at the Royal Café, Saltaire on Friday evening, 26 November, and proved an unqualified success.

During the evening, Mr Arthur Sykes (manager) made a short speech and Mr H Searle (Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd.) spoke in appreciative terms of the staff of the combing department.

The M.C. was Mr H. Poole, and Mr Raistrick’s Band provided the dance music. Songs were sung by the Brothers Coral and were greatly enjoyed. The profits, amounting to £38 18s 3d., are to be given to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire.

Salt’s Office Staff

A most enjoyable function took place on Friday (3 December) night last at the Victoria Hall, when the office staff of the Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., held their annual whist drive and dance.

The programme was much appreciated by those present, who numbered close on two hundred. The feature of the evening was the presentation of a smoker’s outfit to Mr J.T. Tillotson, who has just completed 50 years’ service with the firm. Mr Henry Whitehead made the actual presentation, commenting on Mr. Tillotson’s service and the high tradition of the firm.

The incident closed with the singing of “For he’s a jolly good fellow” and three hearty cheers for the recipient, who was obviously very popular with those present. The whole function was very well sustained, and broke up at 1 a.m.

League of Nations Union

A meeting arranged by the Bradford Branch of the League of Nations Union, was held on Tuesday evening at the Royal Café, Saltaire. The audience was disappointingly small. Alderman W. Barber, who presided remarked that many working people were under the impression that the League of Nations Union was the League of Nations. The former was a union that had been formed for the purpose of supporting the League of Nations.

Whist Drive

As a result of a whist drive and social evening held at 7 Mawson Street, Saltaire recently, the sun of £2 12s., has been sent by Mrs. M. Dewhurst, by whom the affair was arranged, to St. Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers and Sailors.

Death of Saltaire Resident

An old and respected Saltaire resident has passed away by the death of Mrs. Minakin, of Oastler Road, Shipley.

Mrs. Minakin, who was in her 82 nd year, was noted for kindly and genial disposition, and had a large circle of friends. Her husband, the late Mr. Starkey Minakin, was a prominent bass singer in his day. He was a member of the Airedale Lodge of Freemasons, the Shipley Musical Union, and for many years a member of St Paul’s Choir.

The internment took place on Wednesday morning at St. Paul’s Church, Shipley.

Saltaire Mills’ Male Voice Choir

The members of the Saltaire Mills’ Male Voice Choir and their friends spent an enjoyable time on Thursday (9 December) evening, when a dance, arranged by their capable secretary (Mr A Dewhirst) was held at the Victoria Hall.

A large company was present including Mrs H. L Searle and Mr George Herbert Hall (Superintendent, Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade). Dancing was from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and dance music was provided by Mr J. Read’s orchestra. The M.C., who carried out his duties in a very pleasing manner, was Mr H. Clough.

Philharmonic Ball

The distribution of gaily coloured balloons, which the guests took into supper, was a feature of the second annual ball of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society, at the Victoria Hall on Friday (10 December), after a waltz to the tune of “Blowing Bubbles” had been danced.

The hall was charmingly decorated with white and light green draperies, and there were about 120 people present, including Mr Henry Whitehead (president of the Society) and Mrs. Whitehead.

Saltaire Congregationalists

A crowded audience witnessed “Ye Olde Village Wedding,” an old time sketch, given by the members of the Saltaire “Women’s Own” at the Saltaire Congregational school on Saturday evening.

A realistic touch was given to the proceedings by the sale of wedding cake during the interval.

Salt School Teachers’ Salaries

The Shipley Education Committee have decided that the salaries of the undermentioned masters and mistresses at the Salt Schools should ne increased, as from 1 August 1920:

Boys’ High School – Mr G Morris £300 to £315; Mr S Davies £285 to £300; Mr F G Gaydoul £190 to £205; Mr D J Martin £180 to £195; Miss E Hockwell £145 to £155.

Girls’ High School – Miss E Gwillim £250 to £260; Miss C Brown £220 to £230; Miss D Thornton £195 to £210; Miss A Lund £185 to £190; Miss R Sargent £185 to £190; Miss G Humberstone £160 to £170; Miss E E Prince £150 to £160; Miss E Senior £150 to £160; Miss E Leah £145 to £150; Miss E Nicholas £80 to £85.

(Colin’s note - £100 in 1920 is worth c£4,600 in 2020.)

Saltaire Philharmonic Society

Handel’s “Messiah” was rendered at the second concert of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society this season, on Tuesday (21 December) evening, at the Victoria Hall. It was only last season that the society was formed, but its rise in local musical circles has been meteoric in character, and today it is recognised as one of the best musical organisations in the district, including the city of Bradford.

The crowded audience was evidence alike of the popularity of the Society and the confidence which was generally felt that in every way the performance would be a real music treat, and the highest expectations were amply realised. Under the conductorship of Mr Whitby Norton, the orchestra surpassed itself.

(Whitby Norton – 29 August 1867 – 15 November 1948.)

Large Gathering Entertained

At the Victoria Hall on Saturday (18 December) afternoon, 400 widows and children of the Shipley men who fell in the Great War were entertained to tea, concert, and social evening by the members of the War Pension Committee.

Tea was served at six long tables, and was a sumptuous meal thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Saltaire Hospital

The nine inmates in the three wards at the Saltaire Hospital had a good time at Christmas. As usual the Christmas dinner consisted of turkey and plum pudding. The wards had been tastefully decorated with evergreens and flowers, and a quantity of paper flowers had been made by the staff, who carried out the directions. The lamps in the wards were shaded with yellow and red paper. The flowers used in the decorations were those sent by the War Pensions Committee to the hospital last week. On Sunday Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes (Chairman of the Shipley Urban District Council) and Mrs. Rhodes paid a visit and presented the patients with a small present each. The inmates also received presents of fruit from Mr. Horne and other friends. The Saltaire Male Voice Choir sang carols in the hall on Sunday morning, and the Shipley Salvation Army Band played selections outside the hospital.

Whist Drive and Dance

In connection with the “At Homes” held by the Saltaire Spiritualist Church, in the Victoria Hall on Monday and Tuesday (27 & 28 December), an enjoyable whist drive and dance was held at the same hall on Wednesday (29 December) evening. A good company attended, and the function proved a great success. The M.C. for whist was Mr F. Smith, and for dancing Mr S. Holmes.


22 December, Saltaire Road Primitive Methodist Church

John Henry Wigglesworth, of 27 Constance Street, married Minnie Seldon, of 12 Park Street, Shipley.

25 December, St Peter’s Shipley

Bertha Lancaster, a weaver aged 31 of 34 Ada Street, married Frank Metcalfe, a warehouseman aged 29 from Shipley.

Samuel Devine, a labourer aged 30 of 13 Caroline Street, married Hilda Spence, a drawer aged 30 of 27 George Street.


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