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If you have close connections with Saltaire and you would like to contribute your story, please get in touch and we will arrange an interview.

Please note: some of these interviews took place several years ago and may need updating.

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Breeze, Paul
d. 20 January 2014
Written by Roger Clarke, April 2005
Added to website: 5 June 2007

At the time of this interview, Paul Breeze was the Reverend of the Saltaire United Reformed Church. Paul sadly died on 20 January 2014.

Czenkusz, Feliks
1920 - 22 August 2013
Written by Maggie Smith, January 2013
Added to website: 14 January 2015

An extraordinary journey to find work in
Salts Mill

Please note: This article can be downloaded as a PDF document, which has additional notes. Download The Story of Feliks Czenkusz

I was born on June 4th in 1920 in a village called Lakorz, about 3hrs bus ride away from GDANSK and 2 kilometres from the German Border. My childhood was spent in the village and my father was a craftsman with leather, making tack for horses and also working in upholstery. I was the eldest child and had 2 younger brothers and 2 sisters.

Dewhirst family
Researched by Pat Holland. Additional contribution by Roger Clarke.
Added to website: February 2007

Pat Holland from Halifax shares the fascinating story of her relatives, the Dewhirst family, who lived in Saltaire from 1855/60 until the early 1900s. Her great grandfather, Jimmy Dewhirst, was killed in a horrific accident at Salts Mill.

The Dewhirst story and genealogy >
The report of Jimmy Dewhirst's fatal accident at Salts Mill, 1860 >

Eaton, Alex & Louise
Written by Roger Clarke
Published in The Saltaire Sentinel, January 2006

Eaton, Alex & Louise
Saltaire Sentinel, January 2006

Halliday, Michael
Written by Roger Clarke
Published in The Saltaire Sentinel, March 2006

Michael Halliday was the licensee of the Boathouse Inn for a year until August 2005. More >

Heald, Anne & Roger
Written by Roger Clarke
Added: November 2006

Anne and Roger Heald took over the business at Number 2, Victoria Road in November, 1993.

Randall, Peter
Written by Roger Clarke
Published in The Saltaire Sentinel, April 2005. Added to website 5 June 2007.

Randall, Peter - Saltaire Gentlemen's Hairdresser

Rowbotham, Tim
Written by Roger Clarke, 2006
Added to website 26 March 2007

Rowbotham, Tim - Microbiologist and Ironmonger extraordinaire!

Senior, Frank
Written by Maggie Smith following a series of interviews with Frank Senior, December 2013.
Added to website: January 2015


Please note: This article can be downloaded as a PDF document, which has additional notes. Download The Memories of Frank Senior

I was born in 1918 and had a younger sister. I spent my early childhood in Saltaire. My father came from Batley and worked at JT and J Taylors in Batley as a loom tuner. My mother’s family, originally from Cleckheaton, moved to Saltaire in 1890.

Sharp, William: Five generations of the Sharp family in Saltaire
Written by Colin Coates, May 2015
Added to website: 9 May 2015

Colin Coates writes: In March 2015 I met up with Dave Sharp, who had travelled from his home in Flamborough to meet up with friends in Shipley and to have a chat with me about his family who had lived in Saltaire for over sixty years. Dave is a Shipley lad who recalled conversations with his grandfather, William, who was born in Saltaire in 1915. More >

Tankard, Nick
Written by Roger Clarke, May 2007
Added to website: May 2007, updated 2017

Nick Tankard, children's illustrator and Saltaire-inspired artist. (Article, 2007)

Nick Tankard, Illustrator



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