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Life in Saltaire: 1921
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.

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Saltaire Times, January 1921

Saltaire Conversazioni – First Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saltaire Conversazioni – Children’s Fancy Dress Ball

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical or national: -

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

Topical or original: -

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

Comic: -

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following were the stewards: —

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

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

The Anti-Incorporation Crusade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saltaire Male Voice Choir

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

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

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

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

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

Concert in aid of Saltaire Hospital

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

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

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

Offer of Land

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gift of Land - Editorial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade

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

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

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

Pianoforte Music

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


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

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

Total Abstinence Propaganda in Shipley Schools

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

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

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

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

Saltaire Congregational Church

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

The following ladies were tray-holders: -

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

Child’s Sudden Death

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

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

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

Saltaire Hospital Board

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

Saltaire Philharmonic Society

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

Lecture on Emily Bronte

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

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


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

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

(Thomas served in WW1).

Saltaire Times, February 1921

Saltaire Institute Club

A deputation from the Institute Club, at the Institute, Saltaire, recently attended a meeting of the Libraries Committee of the Shipley Urban District Council to ask the Council to state the conditions under which the Club could have the use the billiard room at the Institute.

As things are, there is no written agreement, but there is an understanding that the Club shall pay a nominal rent of £10 per year and shall hand over the Council the available surplus on the working of the Club, at the end of each year.

For the past year the Club has paid the Council £75 out of the profits on the working of the Club, and the previous year a sum of £25 was paid. The deputation asked for a written agreement giving them absolute control of the club premises at a fixed rental, and the right for the club committee to decide any applications made for the use of the billiard room. Special reference was made to the recent occupation of the billiard room by the Conversazione Committee. The deputation also asked for the club members to be given a separate entrance to the billiard room from Mawson Street, so that the present entrance from the Victoria Hall would not be the only available access.

The Chairman (Mr. E. Cowgill) reminded the deputation that the Council in the past had given the club committee a free hand and had not interfered with their privileges or imposed conditions beyond requiring the billiard room to be at the disposal of the Conversazione Committee the first week in January. The Council were considering a scheme for the re-arrangement of the rooms at the Institute with a view to making the best possible use of the buildings for public purposes, and this scheme had not yet been prepared.

After the deputation had left the meeting the matter was shortly discussed, and a recommendation was agreed to, on the proposition of Councillor Learoyd, seconded by Councillor Birbeck, that, until further consideration had been given to the alternative scheme for the rearrangement of the rooms at the Institute, the present arrangement for the occupation of the Club premises could not be altered. The Chairman gave an assurance to the deputation that immediately the Council had dealt with the matter a further conference would held with the members of the Club.

Saltaire Institute Society

Dr. Francis Ward gave an interesting lecture last night (3 February) on “Rambles by Rill and River,” before a large number of members of the Saltaire Institute Society. Mr. Walter Scott (president of the society) occupied the chair.

Dr. Ward described life during rambles along streams on the Broads, and on ponds, showing beautiful illustrations of dippers, kingfisher, and the water hen seen both from above and below the water.

The latter portion of the lecture was occupied by the life history of the otter with a series of illustrations of its fishing grounds, etc., mainly taken from the Hodder and Lune in Lancashire.

About 100 slides were shown, all beautifully hand coloured by the new Japanese transparent colour process.

Annual Meeting of the Ilkley Motor Cycling Club

Excerpt from a report on the meeting 31 January: -

It was agreed that Bingley should be formed into a separate section, that the Saltaire section should be wiped out, and that its members should be incorporated into the Bingley section or the Shipley and Bradford section.

Oldest Member

At the 13 th annual meeting of the Shipley Veterans’ Association held at the Rosse Street Baptist Schoolroom on Saturday (5 February) evening, it was reported that the oldest member was Mr J. Mansfield, of Saltaire, in his 93rd year.

Earl Haig Fund

£500 has been subscribed by Sir Titus Salt (Bart.) Sons and Co., Ltd., to the Earl Haig Fund.

Saltaire Post Office

A telephone call office is now available to the public at Saltaire Town Post Office. The hours of business will be: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; early closing, 1 p.m. Wednesdays; Sundays, no attendance.

Death of Former Saltaire Resident

News has been received from Jamestown, New York, that Mrs. Dinah Shaw, who emigrated from Saltaire 42 years ago has passed away after a few days illness at the age of 77. During the period of the Great War she was a member of the Soldiers’ Relief Society, and though its oldest member made 80 sweaters, more than any other member.

Saltaire Cricket Club

This year the club celebrates its jubilee, and on Saturday (5 February) evening a pleasant and successful social gathering was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.

There was an attendance of about 300 persons, and the proceedings took the form of a whist drive and dance. The whist prize winners were Mrs. Humphreys, Mrs P. Horsfall, Miss Hutton, Mrs. Lamb, Mr T. Robinson, and Mr. S.F. Barnes. The M.C.’s for dancing were Messrs. W. Riley and N. Alderson.

In Aid of Saltaire Hospital

A dance organised by the employees of the spinning department of Saltaire Mills was held in the Royal Café, Saltaire, on Tuesday (8 February) evening.

Over 300 persons attended, and as a result of the function a handsome sum has been raised for the Saltaire Hospital and the spinners’ benevolent fund.

The arrangements were made by Mrs Maggie Holmes (secretary), assisted by a committee of young ladies from the spinning department, and the treasurer was Mr. H. Kendall.

During the evening songs were sung by Miss O. Denison and Mr. H. Scott. Mr O. Denison presided, and the M.C.’s were Messrs. G. Fawcett and H. Drake. Mr. W. Raistrick’s band played the latest dance music.

Women’s Unionist Association

The annual whist drive and dance the members of the Shipley Women’s Unionist Association was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday evening. There was a good attendance. and the function proved very successful. The M.C. for whist was Mr. F. W. Rowley, and the prize-winners wore Mrs. Garton. Mrs. Coates, Mrs. Abbott. Messrs. T. H. Fearnley, A. E. Curran and R. J. Robinson. The prizes were distributed Mrs. G. Birbeck, wife of Councillor G. Birbeck. For dancing the M.C, was Mr. A, Robson, and stewards were Messrs. S. Rhodes, J. Rhodes. F. B. Parkinson. A. Fallowfield, W. Sinton. H. Pitts. W. Sewell, E. Sladen, H. Shackleton. J. A. Cliffe. P. and E. Clifford Fry. Dance music was provided Mr. A. Slingsby’s orchestra.

Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel

For the first time in the history of the Wesleyan Chapel at Saltaire, a clergyman of the Church of England is to preach within its walls. The preacher is the Rev. Canon Purfit, M.A., Canon of Jerusalem. It is indicative of the times in which we live that such a fraternal visit should be made by a clergyman to a Nonconformist place of worship. The Canon has lived in Jerusalem, Damascus, and Baghdad for over 20 years.

Saltaire Male Voice Choir

On Friday (11 February) evening at their headquarters the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire Road, the Saltaire Male Voice Choir received a visit from the Shipley Musical Union. Mr. George Hall (Superintendent, Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade) presided.

Mr. F. Bradshaw (conductor of the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir) proposed a vote of thanks to the visitors.

Saltaire Philharmonic Society

During the short period of its existence the Saltaire Philharmonic Society has presented some fine concerts to the public of Shipley, but what it its finest achievement yet was the concert given in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Tuesday (15 February) evening.

The interest taken in the concert is evident when it is stated that about 500 persons were unable to obtain admittance.

Saltaire National Spiritualist Church and Lyceum

On Sunday (20 February) the speaker was Mrs. Kendall, of Bradford. At the afternoon service a short address was followed by clairvoyance. At the evening service the subject was “The human race as fellow workers with God.” At the after meeting the platform was occupied by Mrs. Kendall and a lady friend. The organist was Mr. G. Brook.

Gardeners’ and Allotment Holders’ Association

An interesting lecture on “Small Fruit for the Allotment” was given by Mr. E. Moorby, of Roberts Park, Saltaire to the members of the Shipley Gardeners’ and Allotment Holders’ Association at the science room of the Central Boys’ school, Saltaire Road, Shipley on Wednesday (23 February) evening.

Club to Disband

At a meeting of the Saltaire Ladies’ Cricket Club, it was decided to disband the club, handing over the funds, £5 to the Saltaire Hospital, and £2 5s to the Saltaire Men’s Cricket Club.

“Hunt Ball”

The first “Hunt Ball” of the Airedale Beagles was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Friday (18 February) evening, when 200 persons, including several gentlemen in full hunting dress, attended. The luncheon was a great success, and it is intended to make the ball an annual event. The company included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Gadie and Mrs Gadie).

Social Evening “Auction”

Mr H. L. Searle, secretary of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., was seen in a new role at the Royal Café, Saltaire on Saturday (19 February) evening, when at a pleasant social evening held by the Saltaire Male Voce Choir and the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade, he sold and re-sold for the benefit of Saltaire Hospital a bag of confectionary.

The total sum realised by the “auction” was £2 7s., and the manner in which Mr. Searle worked up the bidding was a revelation.


The annual concert and prize distribution of the Saltaire Congregational Church Sunday School was held in the schoolroom on Saturday (26 February) evening. Mr. W. Morrell (superintendent of the school) presided over large gathering, Mr. Albert Brear presented the prizes follows; -


Class 1: Special—Marjorie Newsome, Ivy Ella Preston, and Doris Newsome. First —Phyllis Slade, Amy Finder, Nellie Bullock, Irene Popplestone, and Nora Riley. Second —Alice Bullock, Laura Tompkins, Edith Wallage, Mary Evans, and Isabel Oxley.

Class 3: Special—Florence Excell and Jane Rowston. First—Edith Holgate, Marion Radford, Olive Proctor, Hilda Priestley, Edna Fawkes, and Ida Wade. Second—Ellen Dodgson and Eleanor Brearley.

Class 5: First—Nellie Dracup, Carrie Sedgley, and Mabel Popplestone. Second —May Benson.

Claes 7: Special—Marion Hirst. First Mary Bolton and Hilda Jackson. Second—Elsie Thackeray.

Class 11: First —Phyllis Hustler and Marjorie Tillotson. Second —Cissie Holmes,

Class 13: Special—Elsie Hirst. First —Annie Hill. Second—Annie Crabtree

Class 15: Special—Edith Doyle. First —Elsie Holdsworth and Julian Sutcliffe.


Class 2: Special—Arthur Wilkinson. First—James Naylor and William Naylor. Second—Harold Paley, John Naylor and Frank Naylor.

Class 4: Special—Jack Sanctuary, Eric Riley, and Sidney Hustler. First —Arthur Trotter, Harry Rhodes, and Clarence Judson. Second —Frank Murgatroyd.

Class 6: Special—Frank Feather.

Class 8: Special—Ernest Lockwood, Edward A. Bolton, Harold Antrobus, and Norris Proctor. First—George E. Doyle and Harold Ainsworth. Second— Irvin Clow.

Class 12: First —Stephen Trotter and Arthur Hayes. Second —George Moss.

Class 14: Special—Willie Doyle. First—Harry Armstrong.

Class 16: First —Norman Robinson. Second—Edward G. Morrell.

Class 20: Special—Leslie Hainsworth and Gilbert Holdsworth. First—Frank Moss.

Primary Department. Girls: Kathleen Tillotson, Alice Booth, Mabel Hirst, Winnie Antrobus, Barbara, Johnson, Hannah Johnson, and Alice Raye Boys: Jack Hirst, Jack Armstrong, Stanley Chew, Frank Bolton, Arnold Bolton, Charles Turner, Harry Baxter, Maurice Booth, Richard Durhill, Jack Gott, Norman Ollerenshaw, and John Stillings.

During the evening, an excellent programme was sustained by the Sunday school choir.

A vote of thanks to Mr. Brear was accorded, on the proposition of the Rev. Drummond Pringle (pastor).

Burning Fatality

Alice Maud Light (23), a single woman, of 9, Thackley Old Road, Windhill, who was admitted to the Saltaire Hospital on Friday (25 February) suffering from burns on the body caused by her dress becoming ignited, died in the institution on Saturday. An inquest was held Mr. E. W. Norris (District Coroner) on Monday morning at the hospital.

Robert Light, a joiner, and the father of the deceased stated that his daughter had kept house tor him. On Friday, before going to work, witness took his daughter a cup of tea up to bed. He returned about five o’clock in the evening and found his daughter in bed with her face very much discoloured. Witness asked the girl what the matter was, and she replied: “My dress front has caught fire, father.”

Witness had formed the opinion that his daughter had been asleep in a chair downstairs and had been too near the fire, and her dress had become ignited.

The Coroner: Did she say anything about that to you? — Witness; No. Witness, continuing, said his daughter had told him that she had tried to put the fire out, and he had found evidence that she had been in the bath. The girl had been wearing a cotton overall. Witness thought his daughter had been alone for about two hours after she was burnt. The house where he lived was about 100 yards away from the next house, and, naturally, it was not possible for the girl to get assistance.

Dr. Anderson, who attended Miss Light on Friday evening, stated the girl was very severely burned all over her body. The shock of the burns must have been intense, and witness was surprised the girl was alive when he saw her.

Susie Rogers, matron of the Saltaire Hospital, said death was due to shock from which Miss Light never recovered.

The Coroner, in returning a verdict of “Accidental death,” commented that the fact Miss Light was by herself for two hours after the burning took place, during which time she had received no attention, coupled with her jumping into cold water, must have brought on very intense shock. The burns were severe, and even if Miss Light had received immediate attention the case would have been practically hopeless.

Shipley Church Worker’s Death

Whilst Mrs. Mary Ellen Thompson (62), wife of Mr. Thos. Thompson, retired cashier, 120 Northcliffe Terrace, Shipley, was in the reading room at the Victoria Institute, Saltaire, on Saturday (19 February) evening, she was taken ill, having a recurrence of an old complaint—heart trouble. Her two sisters, who were with her, assisted her on the way home, but on getting into Victoria Road she collapsed, and was taken to Saltaire Hospital.

Mrs. Thompson left home about 7 o'clock, she was at the library at 7.30. but eight o’clock she had passed away. She had a heart seizure several months ago.

Mrs. Thompson was a prominent worker connection with the Shipley Palish Church and was very popular in the district.

The funeral. which was largely attended, took place on Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. W. J. Pearson (curate of St. Peter’s) conducted the service at St. Peter’s Church. Shipley, and the committal service at the graveside at the Hirst Wood Cemetery.

Saltaire Times, March 1921

Alterations at Victoria Institute

The report of the Libraries Committee (of Shipley District Council) was largely devoted to a report of a joint meeting held at the Victoria Institute, Saltaire, on 14 March, with representatives of the Libraries Committee, the Institute Society, the Saltaire Philharmonic Society, and the Saltaire Institute Club, to consider proposals for alterations at the Institute to increase the accommodation there for public purposes.

A plan of the proposed alterations had been submitted, and an explanation given by Councillor Cowgill that the only object of the Council’s scheme was to make the premises more serviceable for the public. The scheme comprised of the transfer of the billiard tables to the room in the basement known as the Lecture Theatre, the intention being to give the Club members additional accommodation for a committee room in the basement and to provide new seating for their use.

A private access door from Mawson Street would also be provided, and if the scheme were carried out the Council would then possess a suite of rooms the first floor for a large variety of junctions which at present had to be held in the Victoria Hall, which entailed a constant removal of the plush chairs from the floor at the Victoria Hall.

The Council’s proposals apparently were favourably received. After the report had been considered a recommendation proposed by Councillor Parker and seconded by Councillor Denison, that the scheme of alterations be approved, subject to detailed particulars being acceptable, had been unanimously agreed to.

A further recommendation had been adopted that the Council's Surveyor should be instructed to prepare a plan showing the alterations both of the first floor and in the basement; with estimates of the cost of the scheme. Other matters under consideration by the Joint Committee were improvements to the ladies’ and gentlemen’s lavatories in the basement, dressing rooms in the Victoria Hall, re-seating in the galleries, and alterations to the proscenium in the Victoria Hall. It had been agreed that these should be considered at further joint meeting of the Institute, when the Surveyor’s, detailed plan and estimates would be before the Joint Committee.

In aid of local charities

The Shipley Ladies’ Hockey Club held a very successful fancy dress ball at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday (1 March) evening. The hall presented an attractive and charming appearance and had been tastefully decorated by the members of the club. When dancing was in progress, the dancers, in their fancy costumes, presented a striking and pleasing ensemble. The M.C. was Mr. W. Riley, and the dance music was provided by Mr. W. Raistrick’s orchestra. Four prizes two for ladies and two for gentlemen, were given for the best fancy dress costumes, and the winners were: —Ladies: 1, Miss Madge Illingworth (as a flying bat); 2, Miss Saunders (Welsh national costume). Gentlemen: 1. Mr. Edgar (an old-time English gentleman); 2, Mr. J. Smith (Pierrot).

The proceeds, which amounted to a handsome sum, are being distributed among local charities.

Butchers' Competition

The result of the weight-judging competitions in connection with the Shipley and District Butchers’ Association was the annual dinner of the Associate on Tuesday (1 March) evening.

The silver cup for the nearest guess was presented by the president. Councillor A. Waugh, to Horace Feather, who during the war acted district allocator of stock to the Government. A medal was also presented with the Cup.

In responding, Mr Feather said that during the time had acted as Government allocator 13,114 animals had been dealt with by him. For this work he had had the princely pay of 4 ¾ d. per animal. And then the Income Tax people took ½ d. out of it and charged him for £70 for more than he had received.

Mr. Fred Lunn, who was second, was also presented with a medal. Mr Northrop, on the two sheep, was only seven lbs. “off the mark,” and was awarded a medal. Mr. John Greenwood won the second prize.

Whist drive and dance

The Saltaire Mills Nursing Division of the Shipley Corps of the St. John Ambulance Brigade held a whist drive and dance at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Friday (4 March) evening. A large company assembled, and a pleasant time was spent.

Mr. H. L. Searle (secretary Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd.), was unable to be present through indisposition, but Mrs. Searle attended and admirably carried out the duties of chairman. Mr. Henry Whitehead (one the directors Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd.) was present at supper, and others who attended were; Corps secretary J. H. Potter, Lady Corps Superintendent Mrs. J. H. Potter, Lady Superintendent Miss Packett (in charge of the Saltaire Nursing Division), Dr. and Mrs. Walker, Miss Richardson and Mr. and Mrs. F. White.

Mrs. Searle, at supper, expressed her husband’s disappointment at his being unable to attend. It was, she believed, the only function connected with any the organisations attached to Saltaire Mills which Mr. Searle had been absent from.

Mr. Whitehead complimented Mrs. Searle on the manner in which she had deputised for her husband. That night’s function was, he understood, the last function of the season. Next winter he hoped such enjoyable evenings would be revived, and he expressed the hope that both his wife and himself would be again invited to attend the gatherings. His wife and daughter were away from home or they would have been present that evening. The excellent supper, to which about 130 persons sat down, was provided, and served by Mr. Spavin, the proprietor of the Royal Cafe. The whist winners were; Ladies – Mrs. Cliffe. Gentlemen—Mr. E. Morley. Mr. S. Wallage was the efficient whist M.C.. and Mr. J. H. Potter M.C. for dancing. Dance music was provided by Mr. W. Raistrick’s Orchestra.

Nominated as Chairman of Yorkshire Union

The Rev. P. Drummond Pringle, pastor of the Saltaire Congregational Church, is to be nominated by the Bradford district for the Chairmanship of the of the Yorkshire Congregational Union. Nominations will be voted on at the annual meeting of the Union at Ilkley next month.

Mr Pringle has been pastor at Saltaire for nearly 24 years. He has for a long period been editor of the Bradford Congregational Magazine and chairman of the Bradford & District Congregational Union. He is a governor of the United College, Bradford, secretary of this college, and has been a vice-chairman of the Board. Next year he will be the chairman of the Bradford Congregational Council.

Presentation to Rev. G. C. Fry

The Rev. G. C. Fry, son of the late Mr. William Fry, who for many years was secretary of the Salt Schools Shipley, and chief librarian at the Saltaire Institute, has been presented with a cheque for £70 subscribed by the members of the congregation of St. Peter’s Church, Ilfracombe, and friends, on the occasion his leaving Ilfracombe to take up his duties as curate-in-charge of St. Anne’s Church, Taunton. There were 276 subscribers. Both the Rev. G. C. & Mrs. Fry are well known in the Shipley district.

Saltaire Choir

The Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir, at their headquarters, the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire road, on Friday (4 March) evening, received a visit from the Idle Musical Union.

Mr. F. Bradshaw (conductor of the choir) welcomed the Idle Union and commented on the fact that it was the first visit the Saltaire choir had received from them. His choir, however, well remembered meeting the Union on the “battlefield” at the Keighley Summer Scales Contest.

Mr. F. Dracup proposed vote of thanks to the Idle choir for their singing, which he termed a splendid “musical treat.” Mr. H. Sutcliffe seconded and expressed his pleasure at seeing young singers among the Idle choir. The vote was carried by acclamation, and Mr. Norman (conductor Idle Mill) briefly responded.

The arrangement for the evening were made the efficient secretary of the Saltaire Male Voice Choir (Mr. A. Dewhirst).

Shipley War Memorial (Cenotaph)

The Shipley Ladies’ Committee are asking for names and particulars of all Shipley Officers and Men who lost their lives whilst serving with His Majesty’s Forces in the Great War.

Will relatives be kind enough to render assistance by supplying Name in full, Regimental Number, Rank and Regiment; also Home Address in Shipley before joining the Forces.

For convenience, boxes are placed at the Saltaire Institute and Carnegie Library, Windhill, in which the particulars may be placed.

It is asked that the details may be given by Friday, 25 March.

Information, if available, will be readily given to anyone in doubt about detail at the office of the Local War Pensions Committee at Somerset House.

Saltaire National Spiritualist Church

This church is placing some of the most prominent workers on its platform Sunday by Sunday, and this week was no exception to the rule. The speaker was Mr W. Harding of Wakefield, and in the afternoon according to custom, the service was devoted chiefly to clairvoyance.

Saltaire Institute Society

The winter session of the Saltaire Institute Society was brought to a close on Wednesday (16 March) night at the Victoria Hall, when the programme comprised of dramatic and humorous recitals by Mr, Ernest Denny. The programme was divided into three parts, and each item was received with marked appreciation.

At the conclusion of the performance the members of the society held a meeting at which the work of the session was reviewed.

Mr. Walter Scott (president) and Mr. E. Clifford Fry addressed the gathering, and invited members to bring forward suggestions at the annual meeting as to the best means of continuing the work of the society.

For Dr Barnardo's Homes

With the object of raising funds for the Shipley Stall at the coming bazaar Bradford for Dr. Barnardo's Homes, a whist drive and dance was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Thursday (17 March) evening. There were over two hundred present, Mr. Sewell was M.C. for the whist, the prizes for which, at the close, were presented Mrs. F. Fearnley Rhodes to the following winners: —

Mrs. Sharpe, Miss Marshall, Mrs. Snow, Mr. P. B. Parkinson, Master H. Roberts, and Mr. W. E. Ruffe.

The prizes were given by Mrs. G. Birbeck, Mrs, Roberts, Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Millington, Mrs. Cockburn, and Mr. W. A. Butland. Mr. W. K. Plunkett was M.C. for the dance and the stewards were Messrs. G. Harland, C. Stephenson. W. N. Finlayson and J. Illingworth, The orchestra was provided by Mr. Birbeck. The arrangements for the evening were the hands a local committee, the president being Mrs. J. P. Walter, and the secretary Mrs. Geo. Birbeck. It is hoped to raise. £300 for the Shipley Stall at the bazaar.

Local Elections - List of Norminations


THOMAS FRANCIS DOYLE, spinning overlooker, of 30 George Street, Saltaire —nominated by Fred Fearnley Rhodes, George Birbeck, Fred Shackleton, Arthur Sykes, John E. Stringer, Hugh Percy Town, John Norman Keighley, Fred Baxter, James Chapman, Enoch Milner, Joseph Lamb, Wm. Hird, Henry Edward Sedgley, Frank Scurrah.

Local Wedding

A wedding which aroused considerable local interest was solemnised at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Wednesday (30 March), between Mr Cyril F. Lane, youngest son of Mr. & Mrs T. Lane, late of Nab Wood, Shipley, and Miss Doris Illingworth, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Illingworth, of Montreal House, Shipley. The Rev. P.D. Pringle officiated.

The Late Mr Robert Thornton

The funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery, on Monday (14 March), of Mr. Robert Thornton, 8 Lockwood Street, Saltaire.

The deceased, who was 76 years of age, was superintendent of Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade. The mourners included Mr. and Mrs. George Lincoln and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jowett Thornton, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Walton, Mrs. T. Thornton, and Messrs. Thackray, Ellison, Cryer, Smith, Bailey, Holworthy, and Winpenny. Mr. and Mrs Arthur Preston (daughter) and family, Miss Ivy Ella Preston (granddaughter), Mr. and Mrs Broderick (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. John Thornton (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. Arthur Thornton (sister-in-law) Mr. B. Badland and Mr. Fred Smith (Old Pals).

The members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade acted as bearers, under the supervision of Superintendent George Hall.

Funeral of a local "buff"

The funeral took place of the late Bro. Joe Carver, K.O.M., of Dove Street, Saltaire, on Tuesday (8 March), at Charlestown Cemetery.

The following R.A.O.B. Lodges' were represented: Prince of Wales, Virginia, Old Ash Tree, Baildon, Progress, Pride of Queensbury, Southfield, Ashfield, Subscription, Good Hope, and Peace.

Bro. Benj. Halliday (Old Ash Tree), lay reader, Baildon Church, officiated in the church and at the graveside, gave a very impressive address after reading the lesson.

The last rites and ceremony of the R.A.O.B. Order was performed the worthy chaplain, Bro. Thos. Wm. Gardner, K.O.H.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Bradford were represented by Bro. Craven Waddington, C.P., P.G., A.B., and Bro. Wm. Beere, C.P.. P.G., Cons.

The late Miss Sallie A. Preston

The death took place at her residence, 9 Lockwood Street, Saltaire on Thursday (31 March), of Miss S. A (“Sallie”) Preston. The deceased lady, who was exceptionally well known in Saltaire and Shipley, had been in delicate health for some time.

She was a valued member of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School, and had done much work for the church. For many years she was a teacher in the Sunday School, and later was secretary the Young Women’s Bible Class and secretary of the Cradle Work in the Primary Department. She was also a member of the old prize choir.

Her general disposition had won her many friends, and much sympathy is felt for her three sisters in their sad bereavement, and for her sister and brother and their families in U.S.A.

The funeral took place Monday (4 April) at the Guiseley Parish Church. Prior to the interment the Kev. G. E. Bailey, in a brief address, spoke the work Miss Preston had done in the church to which she had belonged. The funeral was largely attended. and wreaths were sent by the following:

Beatrice, Janie, and Amy; Brothers and Sisters in U.S. America; Louie and Ted; Joe and Ida: Capt. and Mrs. Wright, Bridlington; Ella, Annie and Margaret; Mrs. and Miss Craven, Shipley; and Walter; Friends at Shipley Glen; Misses Dawson and Stubbs; Mr. and Mrs. Lister, Heckmondwike; The Society Class; Young Women’s Bible Class; Mrs. Milnes, Ilkley; Miss Lamb, Mrs. Burdon; Misses Leach; Miss Florence Rhodes; Miss Shackleton; Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford; and her fellow Workers.


26 March 1921 St Paul’s Shipley – Thomas Walter Bathy, a mechanic widower aged 25 of Shipley, married Emma Elizabeth Abrams aged 25 of 40 Titus Street, Saltaire.

26 March 1921 St Peter’s Shipley – Martin Hansell, a labourer aged 38 of Tinsley, married Susan Elizabeth Horne aged 32 a drawer of 18 Edward Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times, April 1921

Shipley War Memorial

With a mingled feelings of sorrow and pride, between 2,000 and 3,000 persons gathered at the Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, on Saturday (23 April) afternoon, to pay their solemn tribute to the glorious memory those men from Shipley who died for the cause of freedom in the Great War. The occasion was the unveiling of the Shipley Town War Memorial, the cost which has been defrayed by public subscription, thanks to the efforts of the Shipley Ladies’ Committee who have worked under Mrs. A. Simonds.

The memorial, a Creetown granite Cenotaph 20 feet high, is of beautiful design, and has been erected on a raised mound opposite the Cemetery chapel. In a cavity in the vault of the Cenotaph on parchment are deposited the names of all the men from Shipley, Windhill and Saltaire, who were killed in the war. The monument bears the inscriptions: “To the memory of our glorious dead,” and “Erected by the people of Shipley, Windhill, and Saltaire, memorial to the men who lost their lives in the Great War 1914-19.

The unveiling ceremony was performed by Lieut.-Col. A. L. Mowat, D.S.O., M.C., of Cleckheaton.

(Colin’s note – these are the opening paragraphs of a lengthy report in the Shipley Times.)

Saltaire Mill sort time working

From Saturday (16 April) practically all the departments of Saltaire Mill will be working systematic short time and will be employed only three days a week.

Mr H. L. Searle (Secretary Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd.), informs the “Times and Express” that the short time has had to be introduced on account of the coal strike, and the consequent shortage of fuel. “It is not due to slackness of trade,” says Mr. Searle, “and we hope to resume full time shortly safter the strike has finished.”

Saltaire Mills to close down

Owing to shortage of coal, Messrs. Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Son and Co., Ltd., closed down their works on Thursday (28 April) evening, with the exception of the finishing department, until further notice.

Unemployment in Shipley

Figures as at 10 April were: -

Wholly unemployed

Ex-Servicemen Non-Disabled 178
Ex-Servicemen 27
Civilian men 387
Women 364
Boys 21
Girls 39
Total 1016

Short Time Workers

Men and Boys 1982
Women and Girls 1641
Total 3623

(Colin’s note – figures do not exist for Saltaire as Saltaire was included in Shipley.)

Saltaire Hospital Board

The members present at the annual meeting of the Saltaire Hospital Board on Wednesday (27 April) evening were: —Mrs. Titus Salt, Miss Dunn, Messrs. B. Allsop, E. L. Baumann, E. Cowgill, T. W. Cryer. T. Kendall, C. E. Learoyd, F. Lister and J. Pitts; also Mr. T. Luxton (clerk).

Mrs. Salt proposed that Mr. B. Allsop be re-elected chairman, Mr. Kendall seconded, and the proposition was unanimously agreed to. Mr. Allsop, taking the chair thanked the members for the renewed confidence placed in him, and said he would always work for the best interests of tire Board. Mr. P. Lister was re-elected vice-chairman, on the proposition of Mr. Allsop, seconded by Miss Dunn.

The Clerk announced that the sum of £69 14s. had been received in donations during the month, including subscription of £20 from the Shipley and District Billiard League and £5 5s. from the Shipley Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Comforts Fund. There had been 88 out-patients during the month, and there were 8 inpatients. Nineteen operations had been performed. It was stated that the Matron (Nurse Rodgers), who has been seriously ill for some time, showed no signs of improving.

Victoria Hall Concert

Although the audience was not quite so large that which assembled a weeks ago when, “Cavalleria Rusticana” was presented, there was a large company present at the Victoria Hail, Saltaire, on Tuesday (5 April) evening, when, under the able direction of Mr. J. Douglas Smith, the Saltaire Philharmonic Society concluded the season with a rendering of the concert version Edward German’s “Tom Jones.”

Although “Tom Jones” was announced as the final concert of the season, it is possible that in the near future “Carmen” will be again produced by the Society.

Shipley Urban District Council Elections 1921


Ladies and Gentlemen – I wish to take the earliest, opportunity expressing my great appreciation the honour you have conferred upon me, for the second time of, allowing me an unopposed return for the above-named Ward. I desire especially to thank all those to whom I am directly indebted for this privilege, and to assure them of my constant efforts for the welfare of our town and people.

I am, ladies and gentlemen. Yours sincerely, T. F. DOYLE, 30 George Street, Saltaire.

Honour for Rev. P Drummond Pringle

At meeting of the Yorkshire Congregational Union. at Ilkley, on Tuesday (5 April), the conference elected the Rev. Drummond Pringle, of Saltaire, as chairman of the Union for next year.

In acknowledging the honour, Mr. Pringle said that his election would be a source of pleasure to his congregation at Saltaire. Election to a position of that kind was a compliment to the church the minister represented.

Cancelled recital

The Shipley and Saltaire Branch of the British Music Society have unfortunately found it necessary to cancel the Phillip Wilson Song Recital announced for Wednesday next, 20 April, owing to the unsettled state of affairs.

Roberts Park

At the meeting of the Bradford City Council on Tuesday (12 April) some discussion ensued as to the terms on which the Roberts’ Park Tennis Club, Saltaire, should be granted the privilege of using the three tennis courts at the Roberts Park.

The discussion was initiated by Ald. Brown on a minute recording a decision of the Parks Committee that the Roberts’ Park Tennis Club should be granted the privilege of using the tennis courts at the Park, under conditions similar to those obtaining under the former ownership of the Park.

“It looks,” remarked Ald. Brown, “as if Mr. Horsfall has arranged some very privileged terms for Saltaire and is striking too onerous terms for the Bradford ratepayers.”

Ald. Horsfall, after Ald. Brown’s utterance, withdrew the minute in order that the matter might be presented with details that would enable the members to understand the proposal.

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Fifty years ago, in the Congregational Church, Saltaire, Mr. & Mrs. Francis W. Jowett, of 4 Fern Place, Saltaire, were married, and they celebrated their golden wedding on Saturday, when a large company of relatives and friends met together in the Saltaire Congregational schoolroom to offer congratulations to the couple, and to wish them continued happiness in their later years.

Mr & Mrs Jowett were married 15 April 1871 and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. D. R. Cowan.

They received on Saturday, a regular “mail bag” of letters of congratulations, and presents, including a token of good wishes from Deganway, near Llandudno, Wales.

Mr & Mrs Jowett have had ten children, eight of these (seven daughters and one son) are still living, and they have 24 grandchildren.

Two of the grandsons served in the war, and one of these, George Birkett, died a short time ago, as a result of an illness brought about by his war service.

Mr. Jowett, was born in Leeds 12 November 1844, and he lived with his parents in Leeds until 1854, when he accompanied them to Saltaire, where he commenced work, at the age of 9 ½, as a half-timer in the spinning department of Saltaire Mill.

It was this year that, he first went to school, and attended school at Shipley, the master of which was known as “Old Haigh.” This school was situated in Commercial Street on the spot now occupied by the premises of Mr. A. Watson. Later, when the school was removed to Hall Lane, Mr. Jowett went to the Cottage House School at Saltaire, and then to a school conducted for half-timers by Mr. Samuel Madding, at the now Royal Cafe, Saltaire.

At the age of 13 Mr. Jowett was “passed out” as being capable of working full time, by the late Dr. Newstead, of Eccleshill, and he was employed full time in Saltaire Mills until he was 22 years of age, when he left to take position with a Mr. W. Mossman, a Bradford manufacturer. Mr. Jowett remained in this gentleman’s employ for a number of years, and on leaving to again work at Saltaire Mills, he was presented with a copper kettle and electro-plated teapot.

On resuming his employment at Saltaire Mr. Jowett worked in the wool warehouse, and when, through ill health, he retired some eight or nine years ago, he was “supplying the drawing” in the tops department for the drawing department. Altogether, Mr. Jowett was employed at Saltaire Mills for a period of 55 years, .and for over 30 years he acted as a temporary watchman at the Mills on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, and occasionally at nights.

He is one those employees who has received the Bradford Daily Telegraph Roll Honour for continuous employment with Sir Titus Salt. Bart.. Sons and Co., Ltd.

Mr. Jowett is by politics a Liberal, and for long period he was a member of the Shipley Liberal Club, while his father was for many years secretary of the East Ward Liberal Club, at Leeds.

He has always taken a keen interest in sport, although he has not been active participant.

Mr. Jowett still enjoys fair health. He likes a quiet pipe and a read, and when seen by an “Express” representative, also confessed to enjoying smoking a cigarette. A

Although, Mrs. Jowett, who, before her marriage, was Miss Emily Ann Stead, is not as old as her husband, she has nevertheless attained the allotted span of three score years and ten, while actually appearing to be far younger.

She is a very active old lady, as may be judged from the fact that she took parr in the play “The Old Village Wedding” which was recently produced by the Congregational Women’s Own, in aid the funds of the Saltaire Hospital.

She was born in Bradford, and previous to her marriage was in service. For over 30 years she has been actively connected with the work of the Saltaire Congregational Church, and she is still a member the Shipley Women’s Liberal Association, with which body she has been long associated.

Mr. and Mrs. Jowett have been living in the house where they at present reside for over 20 years, and during the whole of their married their residence has been in Saltaire.

There were from 70 to 80 guests at the excellent tea which was served in the Congregational Schoolroom on Saturday afternoon, and the gathering was of a most happy character. After tea, a pleasant musical evening was held. Songs were rendered by Miss Elsie Hill. Mr, W. Nutter, Miss F. Jowett, and others, whilst the accompanists included Mesdames H. Raynor, A. Howard, E. Proctor and Mr. W. Jowett. Among the numerous guests were the Rev. P, Drummond Pringle (Pastor, Saltaire Congregational Church), Miss S. Baldwin, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Robertshaw. The whole of the arrangements for the entertainment and the tea were excellently made Mrs. P. E. Jowett.


St Peter’s Shipley

11 April – Ernest Lee, plumber, aged 22 of Shipley, married Tamar Simpson, aged 19 of 34 George Street, Saltaire.

16 April – Edwin Harry Jones, railway porter, aged 24 of Shipley, married Maria Watts, aged 27, of 29 Shirley Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times, May 1921

Saltaire Picture House

The promoters of the Northcliffe Picture House, to be erected at the top of Victoria Road, Saltaire, having received the news that the building restrictions were cancelled, are losing no time in getting to work on the new scheme.

The architects, Messrs. Walker Collinson and Bradley, Bradford, have prepared the necessary plans, which have already been passed by the Shipley District Council. and permission to proceed with the building has been granted. The design for the interior is a unique one tor cinema houses.

The contractors. Messrs. Thomas Obank and Sons, have already completed the preliminary work, and the various tenants occupying portions of the site having received notice to quit, there is a prospect of the work beginning at once, and many men as possible will be absorbed from the ranks of the unemployed in the district.

The imposing structure will be a notable addition to the architecture of the district, and the last word in comfort and convenience to the prospective patrons.

The new company is a local one, the capital of which is £20,000 in £1 ordinary shares, and the prospectus will be issued shortly. Already a large number of applications from local residents have been received, and the promoters are confident of the financial success of the venture.

Greatly impressed by visit to the Mills

A delegation of dry goods merchants from America and Canada visited the Shipley district on Friday (20 May) and inspected Saltaire Mills.

The party, which includes a number of ladies, numbered 72, and arrived at Saltaire by charabanc from Harrogate about half-past ten. They were welcomed by Mr. Henry Whitehead (president of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce) and Mr. Ernest H. Gates, director of the firm of Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., and by a large number of influential manufacturers. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Lieutenant Col. A & Mrs. Gadie) were also present.

It is noteworthy that for nearly a fortnight on account of the coal shortage. Saltaire had been “playing,” but it had been found possible to obtain sufficient fuel to run the mills for a day.

Consequently, although the delegates did not see the mills working at top speed, they were able to gather a good idea of the various processes connected with the firm has a world-wide reputation.

Viewed from the outside the mills presented quite a gay aspect, the Union Jack floating side by side above the main entrance, with the national flag of the United States, which also had upon it, the Maple Leaf emblem symbolic of Canada.

The two hour tour around the works was conducted under the guidance of Mr. Whitehead and Mr. Gates, who explained all processes in detail.

The visitors expressed admiration and appreciation of what they were shown and were especially impressed with the clean and tidy appearance of the mills throughout, and with the conditions under which work in the various departments are carried on.

At the conclusion of the inspection, Mr. O.E. Kellar, of New York State, expressed the appreciation felt, by the delegation, and the hospitality accorded them. The delegation had been in England 23 days he said, and they had seen some wonderful things, but the most interesting experience they had had was the tour of Saltaire Mills. Concluding he remarked that the delegation hoped things would straighten out, and that at Saltaire the firm would continue to set a standard for the world. (Applause).

Mr. Whitehead replied and expressed pleasure at being able to receive the delegation. The mills had been short of coal for a fortnight, and a great effort had been made to obtain a sufficient supply to run the mill that day. It would be the firm’s effort to continue the “standard for the world,” the setting of which Mr. Kellar had credited them.

Mr F. E. Eastman (chairman of the delegation) remarked the delegation had rather coveted what they had seen and enquired how and where Saltaire goods could be obtained.

Mr. Gates replied that the mills had a warehouse in Bradford and an office in London, but no agency had yet been established in America for anything but for the sale of yarn. It was possible that in the near future a determined effort would be made to show America a good range of goods manufactured at Saltaire. He referred to the fact that the directors of the firm had no secondary motives in inviting the delegation to inspect the mills. Their wish was to show the delegation a part of industrial England.

Mr. Eastman: And we take it in that spirit.

After three cheers had been given in final acknowledgement of the welcome given and the hospitality extended to them, the delegation proceeded to Bradford. Each member of the delegation was presented with a beautifully produced souvenir booklet, containing many fine illustrations of the various departments of the works and a brief history of the business.

The Spiritualist Church

On Whit-Monday (16 May) the scholars and friends marched in procession to Saltaire Hospital, where hymns were sung. Afterwards an adjournment was made to the Saltaire Spiritualist Church, where tea was served. Later in the day an enjoyable time was spent Shipley Glen. The party numbered about 140.

Death of Miss S. A. Rogers

Miss S. A. Rogers, Matron of the Saltaire Hospital since 1918, who was been ill for about six weeks, died on Saturday (7 May).

The deceased lady, previous to her appointment as matron, was for eleven years a sister at the hospital, succeeding Miss Mitchell.

She was a woman of kindly sympathy and was eminently fitted for the position she held. She was a friend to all and was universally respected and loved by everyone with whom she came in contact. It is interesting to recall that when Miss Rogers was appointed, a letter from the wounded soldiers then at Saltaire Hospital, was received by the Board expressing in grateful terms their sense gratitude for her kindly ministrations.

Miss Rogers has been succeeded as matron by Miss M. Patterson, who has been the sister at the hospital since 1918.

The funeral took place at Marston Cemetery, Birmingham, Wednesday. The chief mourners included Miss Kate M. Rogers (sister), Miss M. E. Rogers (aunt), Mr. and Mrs. Goode (uncle and aunt); Miss Pattison, present matron of the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, representing the governors and staff. Wreaths were sent by the governors and the doctors, bouquets of lilies by the staff, and bouquets of flowers Mrs. J. I. Davison. Canon Smith, a friend of the family for thirty years, officiated at the funeral.

Cricket - Saltaire defeated

The defeat which Saltaire sustained at the hands of Baildon Green on Saturday (30 April) is the first check they have received their all-conquering career since the season before last. Baildon Green’s victory was unexpected, but it was, on the run the play, deserved.

Saltaire, this season, are very young side, and although before the summer is through the team may become as strong as that of last year. At present, however, it is little below that standard.

It was rather amusing to hear the remarks made about Barnes, after the game had ended. The Saltaire pro, had-not bowled with his usual success, and had taken but two wickets, and many were the people who solemnly declared that Barnes had fallen off greatly.

Such a criticism, offered doubtless, in a moment of excitement, seems, in the face his two fine bowling feats this season in the matches against Eccleshill and Parsley, to be absurd. Again, on Saturday, even though he did not take wickets, Barnes bowled in such a manner to justify to the fullest extent the confidence Saltaire repose in him. He sent down during the afternoon 14 overs, seven of these were maidens, and for the 13 runs scored off them he took two wickets This performance alone refutes any allegation that Barnes is becoming a bowler the past.

The views of some local pessimists, however, are not shared by the majority of cricket followers, and it with pleasure that we note that “Mentor,” that well-known judge of the game, writes in the “Daily News Annual” as follows, of the forthcoming Tests; “As to our prospects, while it is thought that the batting strength of England can be improved upon, there still remains grave doubt about our bowling capacity. If Barnes is available, a great load of responsibility will be lifted from the shoulders' of the Selection Committee. Barnes is not a fast bowler, but he proved a holy terror in Australia, and one hopes that the intervening years have dealt kindly with him.”

Baildon Green have a promising young batsman in Cooper, in fact they have a promising side generally, and they should better this season than they have done late years. Their fielding is, or was at least, on Saturday, poor, and the side as a whole badly needs practice in this most necessary art. Saltaire, on the other hand, fielded brilliantly, and the three wickets Baildon Green did lose were the result of smart fielding.

Benefit match for veteran cricketer

Perhaps the most popular player in the Bradford Cricket League Naboth Firth, of Saltaire, or “Nabe” as he is usually called, is to have a benefit match next Wednesday (18 May) at Roberts Park, Saltaire, whose team will include Sedgwick, will play on eleven got together by Councillor K. Cummins, Bowling Old Lane.

Lawn Tennis

SALTAIRE LADIES v. ILKLEY LADIES. Played at Saltaire, Saturday 28 May and won by Ilkley 9 rubbers to 0, 18 sets to 2, 121 games to 53.


St. Paul’s Shipley 14 May – William Paley, a fitter aged 26 of 4 Higher School Street, Saltaire, married Florence Aveyard, aged 25, of 27 Field Street, Shipley.

St Peter’s Shipley 14 May – Norman Sylvester Naylor, a boilermaker aged 19, married Florence Whitfield, a twister aged 20. They both lived at 4 George Street, Saltaire.


Annie Green, aged 11 months, of 16 Jane Street, died 14 May 1921

Saltaire Times, June 1921

Saltaire Spiritualists' Gift to the Hospital

A special flower service was held the at the Saltaire Spiritualist Church, on Sunday (5 June).

The Lyceum service in the afternoon was attended by over 40 children, and it interesting to note that the attendance at the Lyceum is on the increase. The organist this service was Master Stanley Evans, a member of the Lyceum who was making his first appearance in that capacity.

Mrs. Snarey, the speaker, based her remarks upon the words of the chairman (Mr. H. Claughton) who, in introducing the young musician, remarked that it was “his first attempt.” Mrs. Snarey observed that everything must have a first attempt.

She compared the state of the world to-day with what it was the past, and made reference to what, by man’s efforts, might achieved in the future. She then made reference to spiritualism, what it was 72 years ago, and it was to-day, and termed it “the leading religion of the present time.”

Mrs Snarey also presented prizes to the who had collected wildflowers. Clairvoyant demonstrations were also given.

The evening service, at which Mrs. Snarey again delivered and address, and over which Mr. H. Claughton again presided, was very largely attended. A solo, “The Light Beyond,” which was very greatly appreciated, was sung by Mr. S. Murphy, and the organist was Mr. W. Somerson.

Mrs. Snarey spoke at considerable length upon the value of time. She pointed out that time was given people here to develop their powers, and to learn bring the best out of themselves. People, she said, should live, not for the selfish betterment themselves alone, but for the betterment of mankind.

The flowers with which the church was decorated, were afterwards distributed among the sick of the neighbourhood, and one large bunch of wildflowers, measuring two feet across, was sent to the Saltaire Hospital. The Matron expressed thanks and appreciation of the gift.

Golden Wedding Gift

Mr. & Mrs Joseph Bentley of Bankfield Drive, Nab Wood, Shipley received an address illuminated on vellum from the Saltaire Wesleyan Methodist Church and Sunday School, to commemorate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday (4 June).

Bradford Amateur Rowing Club

The spring regatta of Bradford Amateur Rowing Club was held on the River Aire, near Saltaire, on Saturday (11 June). There was a large attendance of members and visitors, included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford, and Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes (Chairman, Shipley District Council) and Mrs. Rhodes, and some keen rowing was witnessed. The races were rowed over course of nearly half-a-mile from the Seven Arches aqueduct to the club-house.

Saltaire Congregationalists

The Sunday School anniversary services in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church were held on Sunday (12 June). The preacher both the morning and evening services was the Rev. J. Wilson (Barnsley), and in the afternoon the Rev. Horace Burn (Bradford). Special hymns and anthems were sung by the choir, and at the afternoon service in the schoolroom the singing was accompanied by a string orchestra. The collections in aid of the Sunday School fund amounted to £95.

For the Hospital

The Windhill Recreation Ground, next Wednesday (22 June) evening, will be the scene of yet another charity match, a top-hat cricket match having been arranged between the Shipley and Windhill Musical Unions, in aid of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire. After the game, glees, etc., will be rendered by the unions until dusk. In the event of the weather being unfavourable a combined concert will be held in the Shipley Musical Union Rooms.


The wedding was quietly solemnised on Tuesday at Idle Parish Church, Bradford, Mr. Edwin Holdsworth, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holdsworth, of Saltaire. and Miss Grace Deuxberry, youngest daughter of Mr. Charles C. and the late Mrs Deuxberry. Canon Forster (Vicar of Idle) performed the ceremony, and selections were played on the organ by Mr. Douglas.

The bride, who was given away by her father, was uttered in a dainty fawn gown, which was embroidered in blue, silver, and pink, with which she wore a hat to tone She carried a sheaf of cream and pink roses. After the reception, which was held at the home of the bride’s aunt, Mr. and Mrs. E. Holdsworth left for North Wales.

(Colin’s note – Edwin Holdsworth served in WW1.)

Salt Schools' Sports

The annual athletic sports of the Salt Schools, Shipley, were held at the Roberts Park, on Wednesday (22 June) afternoon. Keen competition was witnessed, and a large number of parents and friends attended to watch the athletics. The championship cup presented by Mrs Titus Salt was won by Brigham, who will hold the trophy for one year. The prizes were distributed by Miss Mabel Duckitt, head mistress of the Girls High School, Saltaire, The Shipley Brass Band played selections.

Death of Local Vocalist

A well-known local vocalist, Mr. John Hudson, died suddenly at his residence, 23 Leyburn Grove, Shipley on Sunday (26 June). The deceased, who was 53 years of age and leaves a widow, had been unwell for some weeks, but was out-of-doors as late as Friday.

A native of Shipley, he was well known over a wide area as a tenor singer, and in the days when the Saltaire Prize Choir was at the height of its fame, he was an active member. His wife, too, was a member of that organisation, and also of the Rosse Street Baptist Choir.

Mr. Hudson was for many years a member of the Shipley Parish Church choir, for a short period holding the post of choirmaster. Prior to this he was for fourteen years a member of choir at the Westgate Baptist Church, Bradford. For a great number of years he had been a singing member of the Shipley Musical Union, of which he was, at one, time, conductor.

Mr. Hudson was also connected with the old Saltaire Band, in which he was a cornet player.

Weddings at St Peter's, Shipley

4 June – Ada Craven, aged 23, a weaver of 2 Katherine Street, married Percy Hippey, aged 23, a warehouseman from Shipley.

25 June – Ida Hopkinson, aged 23, a clerk of 7 Constance Street, married widower William Collins, aged 46, a railway inspector from Bradford.

Ida, was the daughter of Deighton Hopkinson, who served in WW1.

Saltaire Times, July 1921

Gala Day

Saturday (2 July) was “Gala Day,” or to be more precise, the day of the 30th annual Charity Carnival and Athletic Sports of the Shipley and District Friendly and Trades’ Society.

The procession marched at 2.30 p.m. from Otley Road to Roberts Park via Pricking Bridge, Windhill Crag, Bluebell Hotel, Bridge Street, Briggate, Commercial Street, Saltaire Road, Rosse Hotel, Gordon Terrace and Victoria Road.

Saltaire Mills were well represented in the procession. In addition to at least one of their decorated wagons, another carried a fair cargo, the members of the Mill’s Nursing Association, looking delightfully cool in their neat, white uniform. On a third wagon, their male workmates of the Saltaire Mill’s Fire Brigade sweated under huge brass helmets and thick blue tunics.

Roberts Park contained many more thousand people than are seen there at the most attractive fixture of the champions of the Bradford Cricket League.

The Prince Of Wales Yorkshire Tour Abandoned.

The Proposed Visit To Saltaire Mills

The following announcement was issued from St. James’s Palace on Wednesday (13 July) night: -

The Prince of Wales is suffering from a chill which is confining him to his room. His medical advisers are perfectly satisfied with His Royal Highness’s general health but have urged him to forgo his public engagements in the immediate future. His Royal Highness has therefore decided, with great reluctance, to abandon his contemplated visit to the West Riding Yorkshire next week”.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford (Lieutenant- Colonel A. Gadie) on Wednesday afternoon received the following telegram: -

“On medical advice the Prince Wales has very reluctantly consented to cancel his visit to Yorkshire next week.”

The Lord Mayor telegraphed the following reply: -

“I am deeply sorry to hear that the Prince is indisposed. Will you kindly convey to him my kindest regards, and sincerest wish that he will soon be restored to perfect health, and that we may look forward to an early realisation of his promised visit to Bradford.”

It will be recalled that the Prince had accepted an invitation to visit Saltaire Mills, where his Royal Highness was to have been received by the directors of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons Co., Ltd. It had also been arranged that the representatives of the Shipley District Council should be introduced to the Prince.

Keen disappointment has been experienced in this neighbourhood at the cancellation of the visit.

The Holidays

Saltaire Mills are closing on three days only, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

Mr. H. Searle, Secretary, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Son and Co., informs the Shipley Times and Express that many workpeople have requested a week’s holiday, but the directors have been unable to accede to this. The seven weeks’ stoppage caused by the coal strike has resulted in orders placed being subject to the condition of immediate delivery.

In view of the fact that many of the workpeople have been on short time for a considerable period, the request for a week’s holiday is certainly remarkable.

Most of the firms in the district are closing for similar period to Saltaire Mills.

Saltaire Rose Show

The annual exhibition of the Saltaire, Shipley and District Rose Society, which last year was resuscitated after an interval of five years, was held at the Roberts Park, Saltaire, on Tuesday and Wednesday (12/13 July).

Last year the show proved so successful that it was decided to extend the exhibition to a two-days’ function, thus following the arrangement of pre-war years. The experiment again justified the daring of the promoters. Brilliant weather prevailed on both days, and large crowds attended. The exhibits were of a high-class character, but the prolonged drought, it was quite obvious, had seriously affected the quality of the bloom.

In conjunction with the Society’s show was also held the sixth annual exhibition of the North of England Pansy and Viola Society.

The exhibits were accommodated in three large marquees, and on entering one of these the visitor stepped into another world. A world which was nothing less than positive ravishment for those in quest of the “beautiful.” The sun shed its rays outside, but within these canvas enclosures, the force of the heat was welcomely neutralised.

Mr. W. Moorby, Riverside Gardens, Saltaire, was awarded the silver gilt medal for his collection, the outstanding feature of which seemed to be a fine arrangement of fuchsias.

In the class, Sweet Peas, three bunches; James Edward Wilson, 48 Caroline Street, won second prize.

In the class, Basket of Roses; A. Atkinson, 15 Albert Road, won second prize.

Roses (Editorial)

The title of the “Saltaire, Shipley and District Rose Society has this year been somewhat belied. Not that the annual exhibition was by any means a failure, for a failure it assuredly was not. The vagaries of the weather, the persistent prolongation of a drought, which is as usual attributed to the whims of our old friend and nourisher, the Gulf Stream, have been altogether prejudicial to the growth and development of roses.

So this year, at the Saltaire Show, it may be said that the roses have had to give place to sweet peas. Considering the nature of the season, the surprise is that so many beautiful rose blooms, culled, it may, be recalled, from all parts of the British Isles could have been shown. And, the way, it is to be noted that it is to an Irish firm that the chief trophy of the show has gone, and gone so often, that it has now gone for good.

The committee, therefore, are now under the more or less painful necessity of having to provide an entirely new cup, it should, of course, be a bowl, to be competed for.

This triumph of Ireland is significant at a time like the present. For not only have the rosey “ashes” gone to Newtownards, but the silvery urn as well. And there is absolutely no chance now of recovering one or the other. Ireland has both in safe keeping. And let the trophy which Messrs. Dickson have won for “keeps” be another presage of the new era which has to be established in the relationship of this country and the hitherto distressful isle.

We have another occasion commented on the fact that Saltaire (which is still in Shipley) is associated with such a sweet thing as the rose. For in an industrial community one would think the last place was to be found for the habitat of such a loveable thing as rose. But the Saltaire Rose Show, as the list of exhibitors indicates, is national, and not a mere local or even county event.

The organisation has grown from small beginnings into the great fixture which its enthusiastic promoters have made it today. And this year’s exhibition, while it may not be claimed a record (a term which is very loosely applied in these days to mark the approximation of perfection) has at any rate shown that the Saltaire gathering has lost nothing of its popularity.

The committee of the Saltaire, Shipley and District Rose Society are to be again congratulated not only on the success of the exhibition, but also upon the opportunity they have given of looking upon the finest collection of blooms that can be culled from Flora’s treasure-house.

Saltaire Cricketer In Match Against M.C.C.

G. M. Parker, the fast bowler of the Saltaire C.C., was a member the Bradford eleven which met the M.C.C. in a two-day match, Park Avenue, this week. The match ended in a draw, and the Saltaire amateur, who, by the way, is a South African, gave creditable account of himself. He secured five wickets, and with the bat, knocked up 10 runs.

Sacred Concerts

Two sacred concerts were given at the East Bierley Cricket Club ground on Sunday (17 July) by the Saltaire Male Voice Choir. At both concerts, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, large numbers of people attended, and the music was greatly appreciated. Mr. F. Bradshaw conducted, and the arrangements were made by Mr. Dewhirst.

Barnes And Saltaire

In cricketing circles the one topic of the week locally been, what about Barnes, and where is he going?

It transpires that the source from which the offer to Barnes emanated is the Rochdale Club, whose present professional is Cecil Parkin.

The officials of this club saw Barnes on Sunday (17 July) last week, but when they learned that he had a contract with his club for two more seasons, they did not make any definite proposal.

It is stated that Barnes was given to understand that if he could come to an agreement with Saltaire to release him, Rochdale would readily sign him on.

The probability of Barnes being released by Saltaire appears very slight indeed, and the officials of the Rochdale Club appear to realise this, for they have asked Parkin to send in his terms for next season. Parkin, however, has not done so, but has made request to meet the committee. There is very good authority for stating that this will Parkin’s last season in club cricket, and that next season he will devote his whole time to the Lancashire County Club.

Will Saltaire Lose Barnes?

During last week-end (16/17 July) something approaching consternation was caused in Bradford League circles when it became known that Sidney F. Barnes was desirous of leaving the Bradford League.

The renowned bowler has intimated to the Saltaire Club that he has received offer from another source which was such remunerative inducement that he cannot afford to refuse it. By his present arrangement with the Saltaire Club, Barnes would the ordinary course of events, remain in the Bradford League until the end of the season of 1923. As such is the case, and Barnes is one of the highest paid professionals in the League, and enjoys a benefit match each season, the offer he has received must an exceptionally tempting nature.

On Monday (18 July) evening a private meeting of the committee and influential supporters of the Saltaire club was held in the Institute, Saltaire, to consider the matter, but it was announced after the meeting that no statement would be issued to the Press at present.

Barnes is similarly reticent on the subject. Players of international repute were first introduced in the Bradford League by Saltaire, when they secured the services of Barnes during the summer of 1915, and it was this action on the part of the Saltaire that led to the Bradford League during the war becoming home for stars and the most important cricket League in the kingdom.

During his first season with Saltaire, Barnes took 92 wickets for 407 runs—an average of 4.42 runs per wicket —and established a record for the Bradford League. In addition he secured 23 wickets in cup-ties.

In 1916 he again had over 100 wickets to his credit, in League and cup-tie matches combined, but in the following season, when Saltaire for the first time won the League championship, he accomplished the feat taking over 100 wickets in League matches alone. In this season he took 107 wickets at an average cost of 4.92 per wicket, and this was the first occasion that any player in the League had secured hundred wickets in solely League matches.

In 1918 Barnes claimed 112 wickets in League matches, and in 1919 he finished the season with 62 wickets, and an average of eight runs per wicket.

Last season he headed the League bowling averages for the sixth successive year.

Barnes, naturally, holds many League records.

1915 he took file Baildon Green wickets with five successive balls and came out with an analysis of ten wickets for 14 runs, while on two other occasions has taken all ten wickets.

With the bat he has always done well, and this season has proved the most successful all-rounder in the League. His finest batting achievement in the district was in a Priestley Cup match against Baildon Green in 1918, when scored 168 runs.

Saltaire Tennis Club

The first tournament in connection with Saltaire Lawn Tennis Club since 1914, was held on Friday (15 July), at the club grounds, and in point of entries the event was a record one. For the mixed doubles alone there were over 100 entries.

The Saltaire Club is one of the oldest in the district, being founded some 35 years ago, when the courts were in Saltaire Park. At that time all the county team were members of the Saltaire club.


WHAPHAM – 11 July, at Saltaire Hospital, Louisa, aged 42, the beloved wife of Cecil Frank Whapham, of 4 Market Street, Shipley. Interred at Nab Wood Cemetery, 13 July.

In Memoriam

BROOK – In loving memory our dear brother. Herbert Brook, who died 11 July 1920 at Harrogate Police Convalescent Home (formerly of the Bradford Pals).

Ever remembered by his two sisters, 16 Whitlam Street.

(Colin’s note – There is no record of Herbert living in Saltaire.)

ROOKE – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Thomas Rooke, K.O.Y.L.I., killed in 20 July. 1918.

Sweet memories cling round his dear name. —From his loving wife, Carrie, 28 Shirley Street,

Saltaire Times, August 1921
Recommendation that Shipley and Baildon go into the city
Shipley to fight against the proposal

Mr. Ernest H. Gates, member of the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd., Saltaire Mills, who at the inquiry gave evidence in favour of Shipley remaining outside the City of Bradford, says he will do all in his power to resist the carrying into effect of the Ministry of Health’s recommendations.

“I am not in favour of amicable agreement between the parties concerned,” stated Mr. Gates, “because I strongly object to a big municipality destroying a small one. I still feel that Shipley can get for herself all she requires in the way of municipal improvements.”

“The tendency to-day both on the part of Parliament and of local authorities is to spend more money than the country can afford, and the larger the town the less power there is of checking this tendency. Bradford, of course, is notorious for spending. In view of the public agitation against the methods of the Bradford Corporation. 1 not think it is right that they should even attempt to drag in other authorities against their will. Especially do I resent the fact that one man should come to Bradford and entrusted with such powers as the Ministry of Health’s inspector was entrusted with. It was not democratic.”

“I am hopeful that Parliament, as in the case of other extension schemes, will not add these areas to Bradford against the will of the people resident in those areas.” Mr. Gates added that the result of the inquiry was a surprise to him.

New Zealand Premier at Saltaire

The Right Hon. W. F. Massey, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, paid what is known as a “flying visit” to this country on Monday (8 August), and paid a brief visit to Saltaire Mills.

The visit to this centre of industry was, of course, only to expected. Indeed, Saltaire Mills may now be regarded one of the show places of our district, which, by the way, is NOT in Bradford, if the people of the district (including the heads of Saltaire Mills) had their way. So that when any great man comes into the district, be he prince or potentate or a mere plebeian of some eminence, a visit to Saltaire Mills is usually included in the itinerary.

But in the case of the New Zealand Premier the visit has a special significance, for Mr. Massey is the direct representative of an island country which has important business associations with this country; and such associations are particularly applicable to the West Riding, including Saltaire Mills. Mr. Massey, therefore, in going into the mills, entered an atmosphere and an environment which was not only quite familiar to him, but provided opportunity for him to see the perfecting of the material which was produced in and shipped from his own country.

The distinguished visitor, like those who have been there before him, was greatly impressed all that met his gaze. These visits of distinguished men the Saltaire Mills indicate something which not quite recognised. Within the Shipley area may not have great deal in the way of the aesthetic to offer the visitor, but we can proudly point to magnificent industrial pile, the work in which is run on lines of the highest standard of efficiency, and whose business ramifications extend to all parts of the world. Saltaire Mills, if they offer anything to gratify the tastes of the antiquarian or even the antediluvian, is yet a show place in the best sense of the term, for it is a standing and striking example of great hive of industry which does much to stimulate the trade of the world, which is a vital asset to our own prestige as a business nation.

Joint Matriculation Results

Among the successful candidates in the school certificate examination of 21 July, (held by the Joint Matriculation Board for the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham), are the following from the Salt School: —Girls— Emily Marjorie Carter, Bertha Jade, Edna Leather, Edith A. Raistrick, Bertha Wetherall and Margaret Whitaker.

Saltaire Spiritualist

On Saturday (27 August), about 40 members of the Saltaire Spiritualist Lyceum and Church had an outing to Bolton Abbey. The party left Shipley by charabanc at 1.45, and proceeded by way of Otley to Bolton Abbey, where tea was served at Yew Cottage. The return journey was made via Skipton, and Shipley was reached at 9.30 after a really jolly time. The Lyceum children were given a free trip the church.

Saltaire in the Final

Saltaire and Bankfoot have figured in many a strenuous and exciting cup-tie, and their games have frequently been marked by sensational performances. Generally speaking, they may be termed cup-tie “Derbyites.” But although Bankfoot have often given the “Salts” a shock, the issue of the meeting of these teams in the semi-final of the Priestley Cup Competition at Park Avenue, on Monday (1 August), was never in doubt.

Saltaire, thanks to excellent bowling by Barnes, gripped the game from the start, and clung on to the advantage they gained in the early stages with such tenacity as to enable them to leave the field victorious to the extent of seven wickets.

The interest which centred round the match was apparent when it is stated that crowd of about 9,000 people were present, and that the gate receipts of £471 l8s. 8d, constituted a record for a semi-final in this competition.

Keighley's Cup - Saltaire Defeated by Nine Wickets

Park Avenue, the scene of many keen cup finals in connection with the Priestley Charity Competition, has never witnessed final like that on Saturday (19 August) between Saltaire and Keighley. The two teams were level in the Bradford League, were regarded as two the strongest sides in the district. Keighley, particularly, was well represented in the 14,100 spectators who contributed the total of £740, a record for cup final. The previous record was last season’s final, between Bowling Old Lane and Bankfoot, when nearly £600 was realised at the gate.

Saltaire batted first and were bowled out for 157, losing their last eight wickets for 27 runs. Keighley got the required runs for the loss of just one wicket.

Charity Match at Saltaire

On behalf of the Bradford Sportsmen’s Effort for the Blind, a cricket match was played at the Roberts Park, Saltaire, on Monday (14 August), between teams representative of the Bradford Central League and the Bradford and District League. There was a fair attendance, and the gate receipts amounted to £7 13s. A close game resulted in a win for the Central League by ten runs.

Shipley Moorhead A.F.C.

The excitement of Saturday afternoons is now to be transferred from the cricket pitch to the football field.

Shipley Moorhead are looking forward to a successful season in the first division of the Wharfedale League. Last season was disappointing, but several players standing have been signed on, and the team will be a strong one. They will again on the Albert Road Ground, Saltaire. The season will open with a friendly match with the Old Salts’ Association on 27 August.

Tramwaymen at Play

The annual sports of the Bradford Corporation Tramway Athletic Society were held at Roberts Park, Saltaire, on Wednesday (24 August) afternoon. There was a fair number of spectators.

Job Advert

WANTED, active YOUTH for our Saltaire Branch. Hunters Grocers, Windhill Bridge. Shipley.


Annie Bolton was born 24 August at 40 Whitlam Street to George Edward Aaron Bolton & Ethel Agnes Welbourn.

George had served in WW1.

Marriages at St. Peter's, Shipley

1 August – Rose Cash, a drawer aged 23 of 31 Whitlam Street, married James Thomas Ashcroft, a miner aged 24 of Hemsworth.

6 August – Lily Appleby, a weaver aged 23 of 23 Jane Street, married Wilfred Richardson, a gear planer, aged 29 of Bingley.


18 August – Death of Emmanuel Parker.

(Colin’s note – Emmanuel, was born in Saltaire, he served in both the Second Boer War and the First World War.)

Saltaire Times, September 1921

Salts School

In the lists of successful candidates in the recent Oxford Senior Local Examination, the names of the following boys of the Salts Boys’ High School: F. Hagley, 3 rd Class Honours. H. H. Anderson, G. R. Doyle, E. Heaton, B. B. Hipkin, A. Jeffries, G. H. Taylor, and A. Whitaker passed in the First Division.

New Boys' High School

It is hoped by the Shipley Education Committee that there will not be much further delay in the selection of a site for the proposed new Boys’ High School.

For a considerable period the accommodation at the present building at the Salt Schools, Saltaire, has been severely taxed, and as the register of pupils is continually being added to the committee will soon be faced with a difficult problem. Probably some temporary rooms will be obtained in order to tide over the difficulty.

Saltaire National Spiritualist Church

The speaker at the largely attended service at Saltaire Spiritualist Church on Sunday (4 September) was Mrs. Ackroyd, of Laisterdyke.

In the afternoon she gave a short address which was followed by clairvoyance of a striking character. In the evening she spoke for 40 minutes to an interested and appreciative congregation. At the afternoon meeting the clairvoyants were Mrs. Ackroyd and Mrs. Claughton. The chairman for the day was Mr. H. Claughton.

It is not generally known that for the convenience of visitors and people attending the church from a distance, tea is provided after the afternoon service.

Royal Café

The first dance of the season at the Royal Café, Saltaire, where extensive alterations have been carried out to the premises, was held on Saturday (3 September) evening. About 200 persons attended, all the latest dances were on the programme, and an enjoyable time was spent.

The new dances introduced included the “Carlton One Step,” “Valse Piorette,” and “Silver Star.” Mr. W. Riley was the efficient M.C.

Education for Adults

In the developments which the Shipley Education Committee are introducing for the benefit of men and women in the district, their winter programme at the Technical School, is a short course of lectures on “Geography and Travel."

The course has been arranged by the Shipley Education Committee in conjunction with the Shipley and District Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association, but all men and women, whether members of the Workers’ Educational Association or not, may attend.

The lecturer will be Mr. Frank Kirkwood, who has had very extensive experience in this branch of educational work. The lectures will be illustrated by a large number of very valuable slides shown the optical lantern. Mr. Kirkwood is said to possess the largest and probably the most valuable series of lantern slides dealing with the subject of the development England and the Empire.

The lectures will be held the Technical School, Saltaire, on alternate Thursday evenings, from 7.30 to 9.30, commencing on Thursday next, 22 September.

Aeroplane at Saltaire

An aeroplane was seen over Saltaire flying westwards on Tuesday (20 September) evening, about 7.15. After circling three times over the village, it landed in the field which adjoins the road up to the Glen, on the Milner Field side. The aviator, who left the next morning, was on the way to Blackpool, and had run short of petrol, his call being merely to replenish his stock.

The White Crusade

In connection with the local propaganda of the White Crusade, series meetings promoted by all the churches in Shipley, a series of meetings have been arranged for next week. A united intercessory service is to be held in Shipley Parish Church on Sunday (25 September) at 8 p.m. The other meetings are arranged aa follows: For women, in the Saltaire Wesleyan School, Monday, 7-30; for girls on Tuesday, at 7.30 in the Shipley Church Schools; and for men, on Wednesday, at 7.30, in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.


While Thomas Dawson, of Wycliffe Road, Shipley, and Joe Hodgson, of Melbourne Street, Shipley, were engaged on repair work Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, on Saturday (16 September) afternoon, some blocks gave way and injured the two men. They were taken to Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, where is was found that they were both suffering from scalp wounds. Dawson, whose injuries were more serious, was attended by a doctor, but neither of the men were detained in hospital.

Modern Movements in Music

For the opening concert in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, the Catterall String Quartet and Miss Maud V. Stell (pianoforte) are the performers. Dr. Eaglefield Hull, the founder and hon. director of the British Music Society, is to speak Modern Movements in Music.” Mr. Philip Wilson appears at gathering of the branch immediately after a series of recitals in London. A lecture by Miss Maud V. Stell on Grand Opera will be illustrated by her sister Miss Alice Stell (soprano) and Mr. George Charlesworth (bass). A violin recital by Miss Isobel Purdon, Wakefield, is another interesting feature, particularly as she will be assisted by Miss Gladys Cockroft (soprano) and Miss Marion Brearley (pianists).

Husband and Wife Case

The adjourned case in which Thos. W. Ryder, labourer, Bradford, was summoned by his wife, Dorothy Ryder, of Saltaire, for desertion, was heard at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Thursday (29 September).

Mr. W. Dunn, solicitor, Shipley, appeared for complainant, and explained that his client had declined an offer by defendant to take her back on the ground that she had contracted a certain disease from him; The offer was made only recently after defendant had been away, from his wife over a year. The offer was not a bona-fide one but had been made for the purpose of defending the ease.

Mr. Dunn quoted the ruling in case where it was laid down that where matrimonial offence was committed there the right to take proceedings, and the party could not be deprived of that right. Even supposing that the offer of defendant were bona-fide one there were reason able grounds for declining it.

When the case was heard previously the Bench had deemed it desirable that medical evidence should forthcoming, and the advocate had left no stone unturned in order to obtain the evidence, but without success. The Ministry of Health had given guarantees that treatment for certain diseases should be confidential. The Chairman (Mr. J. Q. Mowat): We quite appreciate that difficulty.

Complainant, in evidence, stated that she was at 'present living with her parents in Saltaire. She was married on the 24 October 1916, and there had been two children of the marriage. Both were living. One was 4 ½ years of age, and the other 1 ½. Witness had been before the Court in March 1920, summoning her husband for desertion. The case was adjourned for two months, and she and her husband resumed co-habitation on 20 March 1920. They went to live at her mother’s home, and whilst there her husband was under-going treatment at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

At the time witness did not understand her husband’s condition, but she had now found out that the evening and the time he attended for treatment was the time when certain cases were dealt with.

On 6 May 1920, she found it necessary to take medical-advice herself and consulted her own doctor. Her husband asked her to go with him to the Royal Infirmary, where he was receiving treatment. hut she declined. Ever since that time witness had been under treatment, and had been a month in hospital, from August to September last year.

Her husband left her on May 23 last year. He had never returned to her since then but had sent her the portion of pension payable to him in respect of the children’s maintenance. This portion of pension amounted to 5s. 3d., and he had allowed her weekly amounts varying from 6s. to £1 For some part of this time, a period ending in February 1921. he was in a sanatorium, and she was paid his pension of £2. He ceased to make any payments to her in June 1921.

Since her application to the Court he had resumed payment of the 5s. 3d. weekly. At the present time defendant was in receipt of a pension of 12s. per week, and was working for Messrs. Wm. Ackroyd and Sons, as a dyers’ labourer. Over a period of four weeks defendant average weekly wage had been £2 11s. 10d. Complainant was a weaver and was now working at Saltaire Mills.

Defendant elected to give evidence and made the allegation that when he resumed co-habitation with his wife last year she was already undergoing treatment.

Mr. Dunn: Have you heard your wife state in evidence that it was not until 6 May that she took medical advice? — l don’t think so.

The Chairman (Mr. J. G. Mowat) Why did not you ask your wife in the box?

Defendant: I did not hear her say it.

Defendant, in reply to the Chairman, stated that he was employed as a dyers’ labourer, but was at present on short time.

The Bench made a maintenance order amounting to 30s. week.

After 42 Years' Service
Shipley Woolsorter's Death from Anthrax

An inquest was held on Thursday (22 September) by Mr. H. E. Milnes (Bradford Deputy-Coroner) and Bradford jury, concerning the death, which took place at the Bradford Royal Infirmary on 8 September, of Hamlet Metcalfe, 65, woolsorter, of Ferrands Road,

Frances Tillett, deceased's housekeeper, said that Metcalfe was a wool sorter in the employment of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills. On Sunday, September 4, deceased came home complaining that he was cold, but he went to work the next day, although he admitted he did not feel well. His neck was swollen, and he had a bruise on his forehead. He told witness that the bruise was the result of a fall he had had the previous night.

Later that morning (Monday) deceased came home feeling worse, and a doctor was sent for. The deceased’s daughter was also called in, and she told witness that it might be anthrax. Metcalfe was a man of cleanly habits, witness added, and always washed himself when he returned from his work.

Frank Smith, foreman woolsorter, of 24 James Street, Shipley, stated that the deceased had worked at Saltaire Mills for 42 years. Metcalfe’s work at the mill was to examine the wool after it had been sorted, and for the past two years he had been examining Turkey mohair. The mohair Metcalfe had dealt with at the time he was taken ill had been unusually dry, and consequently there was a large amount of dust.

At about 9.20 on the Monday morning deceased had complained to witness of not feeling very well, adding that he thought he had caught cold. Half-an-hour later Metcalfe said he felt worse, and witness then noticed swelling on the right side of deceased's neck. As he (witness) suspected anthrax, he told Metcalfe to go home and see a doctor. Deceased went home an hour later.

Answering a question, witness said that the wool was not washed before being sorted.

Arthur Robert Wm. Hartley, of 9, Albert Road, Saltaire, a buyer and manager of the wool department at the mill, also gave evidence as to the condition of the work done by the deceased.

Dr. Eurich stated that, in company with Dr. Bonner, he had visited Metcalfe. There was a considerable swelling on the right side of the neck, and the eye was so swollen that it could not be opened. Metcalfe had also slight abrasion on the right side of the forehead and two minute blisters near the abrasion. After examining him, witness found anthrax bacilli, and the man being feverish, was removed, to the Infirmary, where he died the following Thursday afternoon at 4.30.

On behalf of the firm of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd., Mr. W. E. Tetley expressed regret that such an old and valued servant had met his death in the manner he had done while following his employment. It was the firm’s greatest desire to avoid such accidents, and any suggestions as their avoidance which were submitted by the workpeople were instantly acted upon.

The jury returned a verdict of “Death from generalised anthrax, as result of local infection.”

Football - Bradford Combination

Saltaire White Star are having a lean time this season and will have to take steps to strengthen their eleven if they mean to do anything great. The City Boys, at home, had no difficulty in beating them three goals to one. Soothill being the only scorer for Saltaire. Clegg, in goal, for the White Star, played well, as did Wainman, Houghton. Soothill and Scott. On Saturday (23 September) the White Star lost to Wood Street United 12 goals to one.

Shipley Education Committee Meeting 26 September

The Chairman moved the adoption of the report the Higher Education Sub-Committee, which stated that a letter had been read from the West Riding Education Committee, confirming the recommendation made by the County’s recent deputation to the Governors, that the provision of temporary extensions at the Girls’ High School should not bo proceeded with at present, but that should urgent necessity for further accommodation arise at the beginning of the school year 1921-22, the Governors should consider the possibility of meeting it some other way, e.g., by the renting of temporary premises.

The Director thereupon had reported temporary accommodation be available at the Saltaire Congregational School, the Institute, Saltaire, and the Technical School. The matter had been referred to the meeting of the Education Committee, when in committee, the number of pupils in attendance at the school would be reported on.

Marriages at St. Peter's Shipley

5 September – Frank Giles, electrician aged 34 of 48 Victoria Road, married widow Ada Evelyn Hedworth (nee Spieres), aged38 of Bradford.

17 September – Arthur Foster, labourer aged 25 of 40 George Street, married Frances Ellen Gott, spinner aged 25, of 26 Jane Street.

Saltaire Times, October 1921

Presentation To Saltaire Mills Lady Official

Miss E. A. Richardson, who for eleven years has been a member of the confidential staff of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd., Saltaire Mills, has severed her connection with the firm this week. The esteem with which Miss Richardson is regarded by the employees of Saltaire Mills is emphasised by the fact that no fewer than three presentations have been made to her.

The counting house staff have presented her with a gold wristlet watch; the Saltaire Mills Nursing Division with gold brooch set with rubies; and the girls in the finishing department with a pair of silver photo, frames. The gift of the Saltaire Mills Nursing Division, with activities and development of which Miss Richardson has actively associated herself, was presented to Miss Richardson at a social evening held in the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Thursday (13 October).

Mrs. H. L. Searle (wife of Mr. H. L. Searle, secretary, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd.), presided, and amongst those present were; Dr. Walker (Divisional Surgeon), Mrs. J. H. Potter (Lady Corps Supt., Shipley Corps St. John Ambulance Brigade), Miss Packett (Lady Supt., Saltaire Mills Nursing Division), Miss E. Parker, Divisional Supt. Mr. W. E. Sutcliffe and Ambulance Officer A. Lambert.

Mrs. Searle, in the course brief speech, after expressing pleasure at being present, observed that she was glad of the opportunity given her of expressing her regard and esteem of Miss Richardson—a regard and esteem which she had felt for many years. Miss Richardson was clever, but she was also more than clever. The speaker had for many years managed to keep out of her autograph album the words “Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever,” but eventually a clergyman had written them in the album. The quotation was very applicable to Miss Richardson, for her it could be said, “Sweet maid, you are both good and clever.” (Applause.)

Miss Packett, making the presentation to Miss Richardson, remarked that the gift was from the members of the Saltaire Nursing Division, and was a small token of their affection and esteem. Miss Richardson had helped the Division perhaps more than any other person connected with Saltaire Mills. It had only been necessary to ask Miss Richardson and she would do everything and anything in her power. On every occasion Miss Richardson had been approached she had shown great courtesy and had been delighted to help forward anything the division had undertaken. The division was very thankful to her, and they were glad that even now they were not altogether losing her, for while Miss Richardson was severing her connection with the firm at Saltaire, she had promised to continue her. association with the Nursing Division by attending meetings whenever possible.

Returning thanks for the present made her, Miss Richardson remarked that she would always highly appreciate it. She was glad if in any way she had been able to assist the Nursing Division at Saltaire, and she wished the division every success in the future.

Mrs. J. H. Potter proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Searle and referred in eulogistic terms to the work Miss Richardson had done for the Saltaire Nursing Division. Mr. A. Lambert, who seconded, also associated himself with the remarks made. Dancing, for which the Shipley Ambulance Orchestral Band (Mr. A. Beaumont's orchestra) played the latest dance music, wound up an enjoyable function.

Curious Wool Case

The members of Shipley rag and waste firm, Thomas Hy. Hartley, of Clayton, and Cyril Kitchenman of Bradford, who trade at Low Well, Briggate, Shipley, were summoned at the Bradford West Biding Police Court, on Thursday (6 October), for being in possession of a certain quantity of wool, for which they could not account.

Mr. H. M. Dawson, Shipley appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Wright of Messrs. Wright and Morgan, solicitors, Shipley, were for the defence. The summons having been brought under Section 14 of the Worsted Act; it was submitted by Mr. Wright that such section was merely a statement of penalties and was dependent on section 10. It was necessary under section 10 that a person should have been deemed guilty of a misdemeanour and that suspicion and a search party were necessary.

The Chairman (Mr. J. G. Mowat): The goods were found more or less by accident and there was no need for a search warrant.

Mr. Dawson, outlining the case, stated that the defendants carried on business at Briggate, Shipley, as rag merchants. On 23 September there was a fire at defendants’ premises, and Inspector Foulkes, who was duty, found a sack of wool containing about 40lbs. of broken tops, composed of cross-bred and camel hair, botany and mohair.

The Inspector removed the sack to the police station, and afterwards communicated with Inspector Burgoyne, Worsted Inspector, and went with him to the premises, where 20lbs. of unsecured merino wool was found. Asked to account for the wool being in their possession. Hartley said that the wool came out of bales of old stockings. The inspector did not consider that satisfactory explanation, as -had reason to think that the’ camel hair came originally from Saltaire. The value of the wool was now 2s. a lb., but a year ago it would worth 8s. a lb. It was capable of being dealt with and made into manufactures.

Inspector Foulkes stated that on Thursday, 22 September at 11 p.m., a fire broke out at defendants' premises, at Gallows Bridge. Witness was with the Fire Brigade at 1 a.m., when they were throwing out of the building bales of smouldering rags. Witness noticed a bale of wool, and about 2 o’clock had it removed to the police station.

On the following morning both defendants came to see him, and he showed them the wool. Witness told them he thought it had been stolen from somewhere, and they told him they had found the wool in some old stockings. Witness saw Mr. Burgoyne, who, after examination, took possession of the wool. Defendants told Mr. Burgoyne the same tale.

Mr. Wright; I think the wool was all wet.

Witness; Yes. It might have caught the hose pipe.

It had been accumulating for 2 ½ years. He told Mr. Burgoyne that.

A few days later they sent you some more wool, and you said you did not want it?

I told them the proper time would be at the police court.

Inspector Burgoyne, worsted inspector, said that on Friday 23 September he went to defendants’ premises with Inspector Foulkes. There he found a quantity of wool, and drew the attention of defendant, to it. They told him that the wool had been taken from bales < stockings. Witness did not consider the explanation satisfactory, as the particular wool witness saw at the premises of defendant, was in process of manufacture. There was mohair and cross-bred mixed well as camel hair.

Mr. Wright; How many varieties are there?

Witness: About five or six.

Mr. Wright: Did you send anyone to see the wool?

Two persons, I think. Who were they?

Representatives of the Dock Mills Scouring Co. and The Valley Scouring Co.

Why are you suspicious about the wool you found?

Because wool of that character must have been pulled out of a perfect top. Do you state that anyone possessing this is put on explanation to how it has been obtained?


Would it not be possible for quantity of wool to accumulate if a man bought bags that had contained that particular wool?

He certainly would accumulate bits from the bag.

Arthur Robert Hartley, of 9 Albert Road, Saltaire, manager of the top department, Saltaire Mills, stated that the wool found on defendants’ premises was similar to mixture of mohair and crossbred which his firm had bought, and the camel hair was similar to that used at Saltaire Mill. Witness would not have expected to find such wool in rag merchants’ premises. It was not likely that it would have got there a legitimate way. Mr. Wright; You are not in any department that deals with the waste? Witness: I deal with the waste from all over the mill at Saltaire.

Mr. Wright: It is sometimes possible for careless workpeople to discard such wool?

We do find such wool small pieces, but every pound of waste that goes from the various parts of the mill is examined.

The Chairman: Have you done any business with this gentleman at any time?

Witness: No.

Mr. Wright, addressing the Bench, stated the defendants were rag and waste merchants in a large way of business, and handled from three to five tons of rags per week. Part of the rags were bought over the scale at the warehouse by people who brought them. These rags were examined before being passed through. Defendants also bought from men who collected rags, and those were also examined. But by far the bulk of the business was in rags bought in bulk, from all over the country. These rags came in truck loads frequently a few tons at time. The bales contained varying weights from 1/2 to 2cwts.

It was the practice of the defendants slit open a few bales of each consignment to see that the contents were as bought. They were not turned out and sorted, as they were usually of the description contracted for.

In course of time the contents of the bales were sorted in an upper room, but by the time this operation was commenced it was impossible say from whom the bales had been bought. Bales of rags did not bear the consignors marks; the rags were simply stuffed into any old thing. The sorters had stables and sorted the rags out into two different heaps. Any foreign material was put into little separate bags.

Defendants forewoman would state that there some 20 bags for different oddments. In the course of 2 ½ years, a bag of wool had accumulated. Defendants’ forewoman believed that neither of her employers ever saw any of it. It was certain that the defendant, Kitchenman had never seen this wool, for he had only been connected with the firm since March this year.

The wool had not been over the counter, and, therefore, of necessity, it must have come by rail. There was nothing in the wool to arouse suspicion that it had not been properly come by. It was found in household rags.

The Chairman (Mr. J. G. Mowat): That is enough in itself to arouse suspicion.

Mr. Wright, continuing, said that the wool might have been acquired in a hundred different ways. Following the fire, all the materials were very wet, and defendants sent the remainder of their stock down to Messrs. Wilson and Tattersalls to dry. This firm sent back some wool which had been found in some bags of curtains.

One of Mr. Wright’s clerks, along with the defendants, took the wool to the police station, but the inspector told them he did not want it. The assumption was that the inspector would not have been disturbed had the wool found consisted of a single item, but because the defendants over a period of 130 weeks, had accumulated 40 lbs. weight of tops, they were to be prosecuted: It was obvious, however, from examination of the wool, that there had been no idea preparing it for sale.

Thos. Hy. Hartley stated that he commenced business in Briggate, Shipley, in March 1919 but Kitchenman’s connection with the firm dated only from six months ago. Witness, remembered being sent for by the police by the police inspector, and with his partner saw the “tops” at the station. The inspector told witness he had notified the worsted inspector. The explanation defendant gave was that the wool was an accumulation from old stockings, extending over 2 ½ years.

Defendant dealt with three to five tons of rags weekly. A large quantity of these were purchased at the warehouse from local “pot-men,” who collected rags, and defendant bought others from rag merchants and marine stores who did not grade their rags for the paper making and the woollen industry at Dewsbury. If defendant bought a couple of trucks of old stockings, he merely examined a few of the bales to see that they were according to the order. Defendant told the inspector that his forewoman drawn his attention to the wool, as having come out of some bales stockings.

The salvage from the fire was sent down to Messrs. Wilson and Tattersalls’ for the purpose of washing and sorting. There, a quantity of wool was found in bale of curtains.

In reply to the Chairman, witness stated that the material sent down to Wilson and Tattersalls was principally rags already sorted.

Mr, Dawson: Do you buy waste from mills: - Yes

You don't deal in this wool. It is not waste?

Yes, it is, but we never deal in it.

You would not call it waste in the ordinary Bradford trade-sense?

It is not the waste sold to the shoddy trade.

Have you given any instructions as to what is to be done when such things are found?

They are found only in very rare purchases, and the collection was representative an accumulation of over 500 tons of, rags, over 2 ½ years. I have given instructions that my attention shall be drawn to such wool.

You would be surprised to find such wool? —No.

Your books were not destroyed, and your invoices were intact? — Yes.

In reply to the Chairman, defendant stated that quarter of the trade was done “over the scale,” and the remaining 75 per cent, half was “foreign”. trade. The total quantity of 3 to 5 tons weekly from which wool had accumulated was, therefore, considerably reduced.

Cyril Kitchenman stated that he was in charge of the department where rags were received in the warehouse. Since March he had not seen any wool in the rags. Had he seen it he would have reported the fact to his partner.

Margaret Jane Clarin, forewoman sorter, of 16 Henry Street, Shipley, stated that she had been in defendants’ employ since the warehouse in Briggate was opened. The wool represented the accumulation from bales of stockings over a period of eight or nine months.

A fine of £10 and £2 2s costs was imposed in the case of Hartley; while the charge against Kitchenman was dismissed.

(Colin’s note – Thomas Henry Hartley was born 31 December 1882. In WW1 he served with the Royal Field Artillery.)

Salts School

An inquest was held on Thursday (29 September) at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, into the circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Kingsley Winter (21), university student, and son of Mr. Walter Percy Winter, science master at the Salt Schools, Shipley, who was drowned while battling in Newhouses Tarn, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on 15 September. Mr. W. P. Winter identified the body and stated that he believed his son had been a strong swimmer.

A verdict of Accidentally drowned was returned.

The funeral took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley, on Saturday (1 October). Prior to the interment requiem service, conducted the Vicar (Canon Watson), was held at Cottingley Church. Canon Watson also officiated at the graveside.

A large number of sympathisers attended in addition to the family mourners, and those present to pay last tribute of respect included: Miss Fuller, Mr. F. J. Fuller (headmaster Boys’ High School, Saltaire), Mr. S. Davies and Mr. G. Morris (members of the staff), and Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Steel.

The pupils of the Upper Fifth Form the Boys’ High School, Saltaire, were also present, and the following Old Boys acted as bearers: Messrs. J. Brigham, A. Spalding, T. E. Thompson, L. A. Stephenson, D. Cook and T. B. Mortimer.

Many beautiful wreaths sent included one from the members of the congregation of the Cottingley Church, another from the headmaster and staff of the Salt High Schools, and one from the boys attending the school.

Opening Concert

The Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir held their first concert of the season on Friday 30 September, Mr. H. L. Searle presiding.

The Chairman in welcoming the members, remarked upon the unfortunate conditions consequent upon trade depression, and the widespread unemployment. They were all quite certain that these bad times would come, and they must now make the best of them, and do all they could to get the country back to normal conditions.

Saltaire was carrying on with magnificent determination and resource under these very difficult circumstances, and it behoved each one of them to support and justify those efforts in every possible way.

Harvest Festival

Saltaire Wesleyan Church harvest festival services were held on Sunday (2 October), when a large congregations attended all the services. The church had been artistically decorated, baskets of flowers being hung round the church, and the pulpit being arranged with corn and white flowers, whilst there was a fine display of fruit and vegetables.

The Rev. G. H. East (superintendent Wesleyan minister) conducted the service in the morning, and in the evening the preacher was the Rev. J. Harold Robinson.

In the afternoon a flower service was held, when all the scholars of the. Sunday school were present. The lesson was read by a little girl, Louie Dixon, and Master James Waugh sang a solo. Mrs. Whittingham rendered the solo “Sincerity,” and the scholars gave the hymn “I love to play among the flowers.”

“Through Bolshevik Russia”

The first lecture of the session in connection with tile Saltaire Institute Society was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Wednesday (19 October) evening, when the lecturer was Mrs. Philip Snowden, whose subject was “Through Bolshevik Russia.” The lecturer, who was one of a delegation sent out the British Labour movement to find out the facts about Russia, eighteen months ago.

“A Talk On Dickens”

Mr. J. N. Armitage (Shipley) gave a “Talk On Dickens, to a good attendance of the Shipley Branch of the W.E.A., at the Saltaire Institute on Thursday (13 October).

Saltaire Angling Club

The ninth annual angling contest under the auspices of the Saltaire Angling Club was held on Saturday (15 October), when 93 competitors took part for eight prizes, ranging from £1 to 2s. 6d. The draw for positions was made at Hirst Lock, and pegs, were fixed on the wood side, of the canal. The contest lasted two hours. The first prize was won by a one-armed angler, Mr. S. Hodgson, Bradford, who caught two roach which weighed 5 ½ oz.; the second Mr. L. Jennings, Hirst Wood (one roach), 4 oz.; and the third Mr. G. W. Wilkinson (roach and gudgeon), 2 ¼ oz.

Spritualist Conference

A conference of the Bradford District Committee of Spiritualists was held Sunday (16 October) at the Saltaire National Spiritualist Church. Mr., J. Roberts (Cleckheaton) president of the Committee, presided. Dinner was provided for about 30 persons, and the afternoon and evening were devoted to propaganda meetings.

Lady’s Death

Miss A. P. Harrison (76), 54 Victoria Road, died suddenly on Wednesday (19 October) evening.

The circumstances are that a sister of the deceased lady, Mrs. W. Turner, who for some time has been resident with Miss Harrison, went to bed about 6.15, leaving her sister downstairs. Shortly afterwards she called down to her sister, “Alice, are you coming” and Miss Harrison replied, “Yes.” Later, Mrs. Turner hearing a noise, came downstairs and found Miss Harrison lying dead. It is supposed that Miss Harrison had commenced to mount the stairs and had fallen, a shawl she had been wearing was found half-way up the steps. The deceased lady had a wound to her right temple.

British Music Society Chamber Concert

The first chamber concert of the season given under the auspices of the Shipley and Saltaire branch of the British Music Society was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Thursday (20 October) evening in last week, when a select and keenly discriminating audience listened the playing of the famous Catterall String Quartet.

The programme consisted of a Dvorak Pianoforte and String Quartet, Beethoven’s No. 5 in A (from Op. 18), and the Three Idylls Quartet by Mr. Frank Bridge. The Dvorak Quintet calls for most fateful rendering, and it was extremely well interpreted.

Miss Maud V. Stell, the pianist, played with that delicacy and charm which are characteristic of her.

(Colin’s note – Maud Victoria Stell, 1887 – 1936.)

Tragic Death Of Saltaire Cricketer
Took Cyanide Of Potassium

Saltaire’s most popular cricketer, Naboth Firth, whose home is 2 Queen's Road, Shipley, died on Tuesday (25 October) morning in tragic circumstances. For some time, Mr. Firth, who was 51 years of age, had been far from well, and acute neuralgia had caused him to become depressed. He left home 8.16 a.m. and a quarter of an hour later Tom Pilkington saw him fall in Moorhead Lane,. Assistance was obtained, and Mr. Firth was carried home in an unconscious condition. Dr. Sharpe was summoned, and despite artificial respiration, Mr. Firth expired a quarter hour later. Deceased, who leaves a widow and one daughter, suffered a great shock by the death in the war of his only son.

A native of East Ardsley, his cricket career commenced when as a junior he assisted the Charlestown Wesleyan C.C. Later, in 1890, when still in his teens, Nabe,” as he was known to all, associated himself with the Baildon Green club. He quickly obtained his place in the first team, no mean feat a time when it included F. Lee (the Yorkshire County player), Johnny Walker (an excellent bat and captain of the Baildon team), J. Lamb, senr., J. Mann, and S. Pemberton. In his first season with Baildon Green, whom he assisted altogether for five seasons, Nabe won prizes for both batting and bowling, and in 1895, the season prior to his becoming associated with Saltaire, he headed the bowling averages. In this year he bowled 152.1 overs, maidens, and took 32 wickets for 246 runs, an average per wicket of 7.68 runs. He played for Saltaire in the seasons 1896 and 1897, scoring runs and achieving many notable successes with the ball.

In 1898 he became professional for Mountain Ash, but returned to Saltaire, whom he assisted until the formation of the Bradford League in 1903. Firth joined the Shelf club that year and assisted them to win the championship.

In 1906 he again returned to Saltaire, and with “Schofe” Swithenbank, gained the reputation of being the brat opening pair in the Bradford League. With T. Ives he holds the record partnership for the Saltaire dub. Playing Undercliffe in the Priestley Charity Cup, Ives and Firth put on 166 runs for the first wicket, and Firth topped the century.

When Saltaire and Bankfoot tied with 99 runs each, the final the Priestley Charity Cup competition, Firth scored 53 of bis side’s total. For a number of seasons he captained Saltaire, and to his lot fell the honour of captaining the rest of the Bradford League against the League winners, and of captaining a team representative of the Bradford League against the Yorkshire second eleven. He has many bowling records to his credit, and one of his best performances was against Green in 4910, when he took five wickets for 16 runs. He played 21 seasons for Saltaire (1896-7, 1899-1902. 1907-1920). and scored 6,984 runs for the club, in 3,71 innings, being not out times. His average works out at 20.72 runs.

Mr. Geo. Birbeck (President of the Saltaire Cricket Club) remarked to an Express representative that the club would feel his loss very much. In addition to his active interest in the team’s welfare, he rendered invaluable service as an auditor. Only one thing could be said of him, that he was in every way a gentleman. He had done a great work for the Bradford Cricket League, and during his career had done much to raise the status of the cricket played. He had been assiduous and keen adviser, and a very helpful coach to young players.

Saltaire Rose Society

The committee of the Saltaire Rose Society held a supper at the Rosse Hotel, on Tuesday (25 October) evening, when there was a good attendance members. Mr. W. K. Plunkett (chairman of the committee) presided and explained that now the annual dinner had been superseded by the ball, it had been felt that the committee should have a supper the old-time way.

Mr. F. Jowett, in proposing the health of Mr. E. Wright, the secretary of the society since its inception 18 years ago, who is retiring, expressed regret losing the services of such a good man ass Mr. Wright had been to the society.

Mr. Wright was presented with a solid silver tea service and tray. It would be a reminder in the days come the pleasure he and they had had in the society. The speaker hoped Mr. Wright and his wife would long live to enjoy it. The inscription on the teapot reads: —

“Presented to Ernest Wright, Esq., by the Committee of the Saltaire Rose Society, as appreciation of his work honorary secretary, 1903-1921.”

(Colin’s note – Ernest Wright (1872 – 1931) was a Chemical Manure Merchant who lived in Baildon.)

Institute Lighting

At last Sunday’s (23 October) services at the Saltaire National Spiritualist Church in the Institute, Saltaire, complimentary remarks were made concerning the electric light, which has recently been installed the District Council in the room.


The fact that electric lamps, fittings, etc., are being stolen from the Institute at Saltaire was referred to at the meeting of the Shipley District Council on Tuesday (25October) evening.

Mr. J. Walker, in moving the adoption of the report of the Libraries Committee, observed that be wished to bring it the public notice that electric lamps and fittings had been stolen from the lavatories at the Institute twice within the last three weeks, and also one electric lamp from the cloak-room by the Victoria Hall, After the first lamps had been stolen; the electrician had obtained some globes with lock switch, but this had not stopped the light-fingered gentlemen, who had cut the wire and removed both globes and. fittings. “It is a very mean trick,” added Mr. Walker. “The building belongs to the public of Shipley, and it ought to be protected.”


On Saturday (29 October) afternoon, Walter Geo. Weston (55), an engineman, of 35, Rhodes Street, Shipley, was driving a motor cycle and sidecar out of Baker Street into Saltaire Road, Shipley, when a collision occurred with a tramcar. Weston's right leg was badly fractured, and he was removed to Saltaire Hospital and detained. He making favourable progress.

(Colin’s note – Walter George Weston was born c1855 in Shipley. He died 22 February 1939 at 1 Baker Street.)


A. Mitchell, who as one of Tong Park’s opening batsmen, earned high praise in the Bradford Cricket League last season, has left the club to join Saltaire.


In the Bradford Combination, Saltaire Rangers have been suspended by the league until their fine and League fees are paid.

Saltaire White Star’s was a fine performance on the previous Saturday (24 September), when they defeated the unbeaten Denholme Clough team two goals (scored by Hainsworth and Lancaster) to nil. Lancaster, Pinder, Hainsworth, Soothill and Scott played well for the White Star. On Saturday (1 October) the result was reversed, Denholme beating White Star by four goals to nil.

Situation Wanted

Fred Gaunt, Professional Groundsman, Saltaire C.C., opening for Engagements, re-laying and renovating tennis courts, cricket pitches, and bowling greens.

For terms and particulars, apply 24 Smalewell Road, Pudsey.

Marriages At St. Peter’s Shipley

1 October – Widow Elizabeth Ann Chadwick (nee Higgins), aged 44, of 2 Higher School Street, married George William Burgess, a labourer aged 41 of Shipley.

8 October – Hilda Craven, a weaver aged 25, of 2 Katherine Street, married Charles Kendall, a weaving overlooker aged 24, of 20 George Street.

8 October – Albert Halliday, an iron moulder aged 23, of 27 Jane Street, married Elsie May Banks, aged 21, of 20 Amelia Street.

Saltaire Times, November 1921

Saltaire Estate

The application of the Shipley District Council for sanction to borrow a sum of £13,000 for the purchase of what is known as the Salt Estate has this week (Friday 18 November) been approved by the Ministry of Health. This announcement brings to fruition a scheme which has been under consideration for some time.

In the early part of this year there was some correspondence between the Council and Sir James Roberts, Bart., with regard to the purchase of certain land at Saltaire which in the opinion of the Council could well be tinned to advantage for the provision, among other things, of allotment gardens, sites for dwelling houses, playing fields, etc. An offer was first made by Sir James, and this the Council decided to accept. The proposed purchase had reference to land south of the river Aire and extending from Saltaire Mills to the boundary of the district at Hirst Wood.

While the preliminaries were under consideration further communication was received from Sir James, who intimated that it the Council decided to purchase what is known as the Saltaire Estate at a price which he named he would make the Council a free gift of the estates which he purchased at the sale of the Rosse properties.

This was regarded as a generous offer and was promptly accepted. With the sanction of the Ministry to the transaction there thus passes into the hands of the Shipley people some very valuable property which should be regarded as real asset to the community. Even at time when a halt is being made to expenditure of public bodies, it may be taken for granted that the full approval of the ratepayers will be given to action the Council. The total area which comes into the possession of the Council comprises in all about 93 acres.

No decision has been arrived at, as to the particular lines on which the estate should be developed; but it is expected that no time will be lost in formulating a scheme in laying out the property to advantage. With the acquisition of Hirst Wood, Shipley can be said to be extremely well placed in the matter of having access to woodland retreats which are communal property.

Sudden Death Of Mr. G. H. Boardman, Shipley

Mr. George H. Boardman, a highly respected Shipley resident, died suddenly on Sunday (30 October) evening. Mr. Boardman, whose residence was at Nab Field. Nab Lane, Shipley; had an apoplectic seizure about 10.30 and died shortly afterwards.

The deceased gentleman, who was 54 years of age, was a member of the firm of Boardman and Smith, piece goods manufacturers, of Peace Mills, Woodroyd Road, West Bowling. He leaves widow and one daughter.

In 1919 Mr. Boardman was elected as a representative for Shipley West on the West Riding County Council, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. T. P. Sykes. He was a member of the Shipley Advisory Committee and of the Shipley War Pensions Committee, while as recently as last week he was appointed a representative of the County Council, in place of the late Alderman H. Dunn.

He was the vice-president of the Shipley Division Unionist Association, a member of the Shipley Unionist Club and a Past Master of the Victoria Lodge, Bradford (No. 2669) of the Order of Freemasons. He was also a member of the Charity Committee of the Province of West Yorkshire. Mr. Boardman was an enthusiastic golfer and was one of the original members of the Shipley Golf Club, of which body he was at one time a joint secretary. Two years ago he was a prime mover in a scheme for the provision of a handsome “Pence” cup by the founders of the club still remaining.

In the Saltaire district, Mr. Boardman was extremely well known and popular, as for a number of years he was a departmental manager at Saltaire Mills..

The funeral took place on Wednesday (2 November) afternoon at Nab Wood Cemetery. Prior to the interment a memorial service was held in St. Peter’s Church, Shipley, and the popularity which Mr. Boardman enjoyed and the respect in which he was held by his fellow-townsmen was reflected in the large attendance. The service, which was conducted by the Rev. F. Beresford Hope, was fully choral.

In a short address, Mr. Hope reviewed the close association Mr. Boardman had had with the Shipley, district, and remarked that all present had lost a good friend and a man always willing to help any good work.

As the funeral party left the church the Dead March from Saul was played by the organist. The Rev. F. B. Hope also officiated the graveside. Later the Freemasons assembled around the grave, and Mr. Edward Haley, P.G.O., P.P.G.W., read the Masonic oration. At the close the brethren cast their springs of accacia on the coffin.

Saltaire Rose Society

The seventeenth annual meeting of the Saltaire, Shipley and District Rose Society was held at the West Ward Liberal Club on Tuesday (8 November) evening, when the president, Mr. G. C. Waud, occupied the chair, supported by, Mr. W. K. Plunkett (chairman of the committee) and Mr. E. Wright (secretary); There was a fair attendance.

Mr. W. K. Plunkett moved the adoption of certain alterations in the rules, chief amongst these being the amendment of rule 5, so as to permit of the election of president for more than two successive years; the provision that the Committee should be limited to 30, and also that amendments or alterations the rules should be published by notices to subscribers, instead of through the Press. The alterations were adopted.

Mr. E. Wright, the secretary, submitted his report, the course of which he stated that owing to the excessive drought from April to well beyond the Society’s show-days, the quality and quantity of the exhibits were materially affected. So much was this the case that in the open to all section, division 1, Messrs. F. Cant, Ben Cant, D. Prior and Sons, and many ether large growers of roses were unable to compete the rose classes, and in division 2, Mr. G. Burch and Mr. Henry Drew were the only competitors. The other entrants had to cancel their entries owing to their blooms being spoiled, the drought having produced the bloom much earlier in the season than normally and had the show dates been June 12 and 13 the entries would have been much larger. However, those shown gave much satisfaction to those who visited the show, and the organisers. One notable feature in the rose classes was the prominence of the light-coloured varieties, the red roses seeming almost non-existent in comparison. This appears to imply that the light-coloured varieties can better withstand the hot season. Messrs. Alexander Dixon and Sons, on this occasion, won outright, and for the sixth time in succession, the Society's Hundred Guinea Northern Championship Challenge Rose Bowl, for the finest 60 blooms of cut roses. This firm had exhibited at the show since its formation in 1903.

In the 20 miles radius amateur section, Mr. W. A. Hoffman won outright Mr. J. M. Tankard's solid silver rose Bowl, which was presented to the Society in 1912. Mr. Hoffman had generously returned the trophy to the Society for further competition, and it is now to be known as the Hoffman-Tankard Trophy.

In the sweet pea section the classes were not so materially affected by the absence of exhibitors. In the North of England pansy and viola section the exhibits created an interesting picture. The scorching, hot, dry weather was the sole reason that prevented the following trade exhibitors from being present; Messrs. Sutton and Sons, who were to have occupied 400 sq. feet of staging; Messrs. Longster and Sons, perennials; Mrs. Stuart, Daw and Co., carnations: Mr. W. Wells, junr., perennials; and Messrs. John Reed and Sons.

The total number of competitive exhibitors was 93, exactly 50 below the record 143 in the year 1912. The weather on the first show-day was ideal, if anything a little too hot, and 4,758 persons paid for admission; and on the second day 2,489 paid for admission.

Much of the success in the securing of trade exhibitors at the show was due to the influence of the president at the York Show, and Mr. G. A. Linck, who interviewed trade exhibitors at-the Chelsea and York shows. a result the trade exhibits at the last show were the finest ever seen at Saltaire.

The prizes offered last year amounted to £312, a material increase on the previous year. The amount actually expended prizes was £218 7s., leaving a balance of £93 13s.

Mr. Wright, in conclusion, expressed his indebtedness to the assistant secretary, Mr. E. Waddilove, for the great help in the show. (Applause.) Mr. Plunkett moved a vote of thanks to the secretary for his able report. Mr. J. A. Walker seconded, and the resolution was carried unanimously.

Shipley Education Committee


Copy of Specification and Form of Tender may be obtained from the Director of Education, Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley, and should be returned so as to reach the Education Office, not later than 10 o’clock on Monday morning, 28 November.


Modern Music

The music at the concerts of the Shipley and Saltaire branch of the British Music Society is of a very high order, yet for some reason the attendances the concerts are always on the small side.

Dr. A. Eaglefield Hull, hon. director and founder of the British Music Society at the Congregational School, Saltaire, on Thursday (17 November evening, when the local branch held their second function this season.

When Dr. Hull delivered his lecture on “Modern Movements in Music,” called attention to the small audience and appealed to members to make it widely known that the B.M.S. was an organisation which believed in the elevating and uplifting effects of music and that the spreading of knowledge of music would be a potent agent in the advance of civilisation.

“The Man From Toronto”

At the Victoria Hull, Saltaire, on Wednesday (9 (November) night, a well-staged performance was given of " The Man from Toronto.” The cast was composed of the members the Saltaire Institute Society’s Dramatic Club—namely, Mrs. H. C. Smedley, Mrs. C. H, Ingham, Miss E. Davy, Miss Cynthia Fitzgerald, Miss A. Wheatley Jackson, Miss M. Beanland, Mr. M. Akam, Mr. A. Haigh-Lumby and Mr. E. Clifford Fry. Mr. H. C. Smedley acted as producer and Mr. F. C. M. S. Rhodes as stage manager.

Tangino Competition

On Saturday (12 November) evening, at the Royal Cate, Saltaire, there was a large attendance to witness the final round of the Tangino Competition, which was won by Lieut. Stephenson and Miss Winnie Kenyon. Mr. G. Eastwood was the judge. Mr. W. Riley was an efficient M.C.

Royal Café

At the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Thursday (10 November), Cyril B. Stanton, manager of the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, was granted the following extensions of dancing licences: —

11p.m. to 1 a.m., 25 – 26 November, for the annual dance in aid of the Saltaire Hospital; 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., 9 – 10 December, for the Shipley Tennis Club dance; 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., 21 – 22 December, for a private dance.


Mr. John Gregory , 76 Victoria Road, Saltaire, who was in his 73 rd year, and who had for 30 years been employed as a clerk in the inquiry office, Saltaire Mills, died on Tuesday (22 November) evening.

Mr. Gregory was closely identified with the Shipley Musical Union and the Saltaire Cricket Club, at one time he was financial secretary of the latter.

He leaves a widow, one daughter and four sons. His daughter is the wife of Mr. Rennie Merrall, of Merrall and Sons, Ltd., spinners and manufacturers, Haworth and Oxenhope, and one of his sons, Mr. Arthur Gregory, formerly an inspector in charge of telephones at Shipley, and is now assistant telephone traffic inspector at Preston.

Saltaire Spiritualists’ Concert

A grand concert was held in connection with the Saltaire National Spiritualist Church, at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday (12 November).

Mr. J. Yates, of Bradford, presided over an attendance of about 120. The programme was sustained by Mr. Arthur Raney’s Concert Party.

For St. Dunstan’s

In connection with the National Whist Championship promoted in aid St. Dunstan’s Hostel for the Blind, a whist drive, arranged Six. C. Stanton, Scoutmaster G. W. Muschamp and Assistant Scoutmaster Hargreaves, was held on Friday (11 November) evening at the Royal Cafe. Saltaire. Mr. W. Raistrick and Scoutmaster Muschamp were M.C.’s. There were 35 tables occupied, and It) people, by scoring 140 or over, qualified for the second round.

Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade

The annual whist drive and dance of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade was held Saturday (19 November) evening at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. As is usual at this function, the hall presented an attractive and animated appearance. Various appliances of the fire brigade were neatly arranged the platform, and Supt. George Hall and the members of the brigade were present in uniform.

Supt. Hall acted M.C. for whist, and the M.C.’s for dancing were Firemen A. Wilson and H. Steele.


In connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church, a delightful concert promoted by the Young People's Guild, wins given in the Sunday School on Saturday (19 November). The programme was of a very high order, the vocalists being Miss F. Casson (soprano) and Mr. A. Radford (baritone), whose tastefully rendered items were much appreciated, while Mrs. C. Lane proved very efficient accompanist.

Letters to the Editor

The Public Library: Complaint.

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

Sir, —I wish through the medium of your paper to draw the attention of the ratepayers Shipley to the manner in which the town’s public library and reading room is carried on. Those who ore in the habit of frequenting the newsroom will see a wilderness of empty reading desks, and two tables on which are heaped indiscriminately the more popular newspapers and technical and propagandist organs, the last-named supporting every obscure movement and faddist organisation. The majority of the publications are of the type of “The Mormon Times.”

In the news-room, which is also the public reading room, there are none of the monthly fiction magazines, which were formerly placed there. Indeed, the only reading matter in this very large room are about a dozen newspapers and four illustrated weeklies. Literature of the more serious type is represented by “The Spectator” and “Truth,” and whilst journals of the class of “The Nation and Athenaeum,” “The New Statesman,” are omitted, a publication of the character of Time and Tide” is accorded a place.

Little discrimination is shown in the choice literature. There is no attempt to choose the best of a class of publication, when all cannot be obtained. For instance, The Saturday Review is the only monthly political review. As regards newspapers, such important organs as “The Daily Chronicle,” and “The Westminster Gazette” find no place.

The apathy of the authorities towards the comfort and convenience of the public using the reading room is shown every year, when they are ignominiously thrust to the top floor, in order that the “swells” may enjoy their soup and champagne with plenty of elbow-room. These gentry can well afford to hire hotels for their social activities, instead of robbing the ratepayers of what they have paid for.

As regards the library, the least said, the better. It is hopelessly out-of-date and makes no attempt to include what a library should, the best modern literature, which is far removed from the purse of the average man. W. B. Yeats, one of the greatest of living British poets, is unrepresented. Very, very few of the best modern English writers are included. As far as I can ascertain, George Moore is represented by one book, Galsworthy by three, Anatole France;, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature this year, has only one work on the Saltaire library shelves. Other writers of repute have very far from complete collections of their works. In fact, the chief object of the library appears to be competition with the numerous circulating libraries in the town—for the majority of recent additions to the catalogue are two shilling shockers.” “FAIR PLAY.”

Shipley Women’s Unionist Association

Mrs. Frank Rhodes, the retiring president of the Shipley Women’s Unionist Association, who has held that office for the last nine years, was the recipient of an illuminated address, from the members on Friday (25 November) evening, at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, at a whist drive and dance, held under the auspices of the association.

Mr. J. A. Burton, J.P., presided, and paid high tribute to the invaluable services rendered to the cause by Mrs. Rhodes. She had always been ready to do her utmost on behalf of the members. Whatever the occasion, she always came smiling, and he was pleased that it had been arranged to have that delightful surprise presentation.

He trusted the members would rally round their new president, Mrs. Fearnley Rhodes, and continue to render loyal service to the Unionist cause.

Shipley Education Committee

Class Rooms In Sunday School.

The Higher Education Sub-Committee reported (28 November) the receipt of a letter from the Finance Committee of the Saltaire Congregational Church, intimating that the Church Committee were not able to accept less than £70 per annum for the use the governors the Salt Schools of two classrooms at the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School overflow classrooms for the Girls’ School.

The Chairman had reported that along with Mr. T. F. Doyle he had interviewed the finance committee of the church, but had been unable to secure more favourable terms, there being a desire on the part of the church committee not to let the rooms at all.

A letter had also been received from the trustees of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School in reply to the sub-committee’s enquiry regretting that the committee were unable to let rooms in the school as classrooms.

The sub-committee recommended that the Salt Scholarships of George R. Doyle and Kenneth England, pupils at the Boys High School, should be renewed for another year, ending 31 July 1922.

(Colin’s Note – Kenneth England born 8 August 1905 in Addingham. Lived in Shipley before moving to Oxford. Died in 1977 in Oxford.)

Saltaire Times, December 1921

Saltaire Boys' High School

A large number of scholars and parents gathered at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on the occasion of the annual speech day and distribution of prizes connection with the Boys' High School, Saltaire. Mr. C. E. Learoyd (Chairman of the Governors) presided, and s supported Mr. T. F. Doyle (vice-chairman), Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman Shipley Urban District Council), Messrs. R. Denison. E. Hyde and A. Linley (members of the Shipley Education Committee), and Mr. F. J. Fuller (headmaster of the Boys’ High School). Professor J. Kay Jamieson (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Leeds University) presented the prizes.,

During the evening an excellent entertainment was given a number of the pupils. The programme included scenes from Shakespeare’s “King John,” a small French comedy play and a gymnastic exhibition. The glee and solo singing were excellent, and much appreciated. Miss Edith Hockwell was the accompanist.


WINDHILL Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd.
Under the Joint Auspices of the above Society and the Co-operative Wholesale Society A Great Co-operative Exhibition
Will be held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire
From Saturday 10 December to Saturday 17 December (inclusive)
The Exhibition will be formally opened at 3 O’clock on Saturday 10 December by Mr. F. DENMAN of Bradford, Director of the C.W.S.
Chair to be taken by F. FEARNLEY RHODES, Esq. J.P. Chairman of the Shipley Urban District Council.
On the Closing Day, Saturday 17 December, an address will be given by MR. JOHN PENNY, of Sheffield, Director of the C.W.S.
Chair to be taken by Mr. S. LANCASTER, President of the Windhill Co-op. Society
The Exhibition will be open each day from each day from 3 to 9.30 pm.
MACHINERY IN MOTION: Soap Making, Sweet Boiling, Cigar and Cigarette making, in addition to a wonderful display of Productions of the C.W.S., comprising Food, Clothing & Household requisites.
Mr. Jack Read’s Orchestra.
Admission Free.

WINDHILL Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd – The Exhibition was a huge success. Probably 40,000 people have passed through and have seen what has been done by this and similar Societies co-operating together to produce the necessities of life for distribution through the retail shops. We hope to make many new Members, and we feel sure such display will be inducement to those who are already Members to insist on making their purchases at the Stores.

Christmas Shopping

Mr. Ernest W. Moss of 17 and 18, Gordon Terrace, Saltaire, is holding his 22nd annual Christmas show, and has on view turkeys, geese, chickens, ducks, etc., and all kinds of fish and game in season, choice pineapples, English grapes, etc. A visit to this show will pay any person who has not finally decided what to have for the Christmas dinner.

Horses Straying

Thomas Collyer, farmer, Shipley, was fined at the Bradford West Riding Court, for allowing two of his horses to stray on 30 November at 11.55 p.m. in Bingley Road, Saltaire.

P.C. Long spoke to seeing the horses near the tram shed, Saltaire, and to the identification of the animals by defendant.

Wm. Verity, farmer, Shipley, was also fined 10s. for permitting two horses to stray at the same time and place as in the last case.

(Colin’s note – Thomas Collyer (1874 – 1943) was living at White House Farm, Shipley. William Verity (1857 – 1827) was living at Copy Farm, Shipley.)

Male Voice Choir

The Greengates Male Voice Choir paid their annual visit to the Saltaire Mills Voice Choir on Monday (19 December) evening, at their headquarters (Prince Wales Hotel).

Under the able conductorship of Mr. E. S. Bird, the choir gave fine renderings to splendid selection of glees.

Mr. H. L, Searle, who presided, gave the visitors a hearty welcome. Mr. F. Bradshaw and Mr. W. Raistrick also associated themselves with the chairman’s remarks. Mr. Bird briefly replied on behalf of the visitors.


Saltaire Hospital

The 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 walls 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.

On Sunday (25 December) 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 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.

Saltaire Congregational Church

At the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday evening a special carol service was held. The Rev. P. Drummond Pringle was the preacher. Mrs. Hainsworth sang the solo, The Gift,” and Mr. W. Sutcliffe, the organist, played the Pastoral Symphony from the Messiah.”


3 December at St Peter’s Shipley – Grace Bertha Wilson, aged 23, of 6 Jane Street, Saltaire, married Harry Robinson, a roller coverer aged 27 from Keighley.

In Memoriam

MIDGLEY. —In loving memory of our dear mother, Amelia, who passed away 19 December 1920; also of our dear father, Thomas Midgley, who passed away 23 December 1916.

Dearer to memory than words can tell.
Are the thoughts of them loved so well.
From son and daughter, John and Sarah Ann, 61 Victoria Road. Saltaire.

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