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Pace Egg play
A morality play which is performed at several local venues on Good Friday.

See Pace Egg, Georg Heinrich Gustave Würz and Yorkshire Film Archive

Packhorse Bridge, Hardcastle Crags
Crosses Hebden Water at Hardcastle Crags

Packhorse Bridge, Hebden Bridge
The bridge is from the 16th century.

In 1643, the bridge was the scene of a battle during the Civil War

Packhorse routes

Packwood, Alfred
[1866-1903] Born in Kidderminster.

He was a rug weaver [1901].

In [Q3] 1891, he married Adelaide Bunce [1865-19??] in Kidderminster.

Children: (1) Jane [b 1892] who was a worsted twister [1911]; (2) Elsie [b 1894] who was a worsted spinner [1911]; (3) Alfred; (4) George [b 1897] who was a worsted doffer [1911]; (5) Adelaide [b 1899] who was a worsted spinner half-time [1911].

The family lived at 3 Hoey Yard, Sowerby Bridge [1901]; 11 Lock Hill, Sowerby Bridge [1911]; 30 Bradley Court, Sowerby Bridge [1915]

Alfred died in Dewsbury [Q1 1903].

In [Q4] 1914, Adelaide married Watson Sutcliffe in Halifax

Packwood, Alfred
[1895-1915] Son of Alfred Packwood.

He was a cotton piecer [1911]; employed by W. & R. K. Lee Limited.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died in hospital [17th October 1915] (aged 20).

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

He is remembered on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited: Roll of Honour

Pad Laithe, Colden
Farm. Now derelict

Paddock Beck, Wadsworth
Stream which becomes Crimsworth Dean Beck

Paddock Nook, Ripponden
Quaker Lane. House dated 1626

Paddy Bridge, Mytholmroyd
Foot bridge

Paddy Mails
Popular name for the small engines which pulled trains along the Hardcastle Crags Railway

Paddy Park
Popular name for New Street Place at Lane Head, Brighouse

Other forms of the surname include Paget and Patchett.

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and all similar surnames

John Pachet is recorded at Sowerby in 1350.

Originated in the Sowerby area. The name is common in the Midgley, Warley and Sowerby districts.

The name may be derived from a Middle English word for easter, or it may be a diminutive of the word page

Padgett, John
[1839-1???] Born in Whitby.

He was a stuff, fents and small ware merchant [1881].

In 1862, he married Ann Jane Hollingdrake [1841-1???] from Leeds, in Bradford.

Children: Hillam [b 1865]

The family lived at Woodlands, Rastrick [1881]

Paganini, Niccolò
[1782-1840] The Italian violinist gave a concert at the Harrison Lane Assembly Rooms on 9th February 1832. This was his first visit to England. His appearance in Halifax was due to the influence of Henry Pohlmann. Paganini gave his performance free of charge, and the takings – £224 11s 6d – were to be distributed among the charitable institutions of the town

Page, Arnold & Company Limited
In 1905, the company began the manufacture and printing of wallpapers at Shay Lane Mill and Holmfield Mills, Ovenden. It was a new company with an authorised capital of £100,000. At a time when trade was not good in textiles, this new venture was welcomed by all in the neighbourhood. They employed 168 people and it was thought that, when the mill was in full production another 70 would be required. The venture did not last long and subsequently the premises were acquired by Smith Bulmer & Company

Page Hill Working Men's Club
Wheatley / Mixenden. Recorded in 1905 at Page Hill when John Womersley was secretary.

In 1917, Walt Mitchell was steward

Page, Mary
[1789-1855] From Gosport, Hampshire.

Daughter of William Page Esq. of Gosport.

She married Captain Henry Priestley.

She died in Winchester and was buried there.

There is a marble tablet in memory of members of the family in Sowerby Church. She is also remembered on the Lea family tomb at St Peter's Church, Sowerby

A variant of the surname Padgett

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and all similar surnames

Paget, George
[15??-16??] In 1624, he paid 10/- to the Lord of the Manor of Warley for property which included Littlemoor, Warley, Stoops, Warley, and Westfield, Warley

Painter, Thomas Bailey
[1873-19??] Born in Worcester.

He was a coal miner [1911].

In 1893, he married Elizabeth Ann Eastwood [1873-19??] from Southowram.

Children: (1) Arthur [b 1894] who was a cotton mill oiler; (2) Blanche [b 1896] who was a silk spinner; (3) Nellie [b 1906]; (4) Leonard [b 1909].

The family lived at 14 Battinson Street, Southowram [1911]

Palace & Hippodrome
See Palace Theatre, Halifax

Palace Chambers, Halifax
Office accommodation at Southgate

Palace Cinema, Sowerby Bridge
Recorded in 1917 at Town Hall Street when Greene Brothers were lessees and managers

Palace House, Hebden Bridge
Fairfield. Aka Pallis House, Palisser's House. This was the home of the palisser who looked after the fence – the palisade – around Erringden deer park

Owners and tenants have included

It was demolished in 19??

Palace Rink, Brighouse
Brighouse roller-skating rink which became the Empire Theatre

Palace Studios, Halifax
Photographers. They were in the buildings at the Palace Theatre, Halifax [1908], King Cross [1915, 1918], and 66 Southgate, Halifax when Bentley Ogden was proprietor [1936]

Palace Theatre, Halifax
Aka Palace & Hippodrome. Music hall and variety theatre which was located at the junction of Ward's End and Southgate. Opened in 1903 by the impresario Frank MacNaughten.

See William Davidson and Percy Lewis

Palais-de-Danse, Halifax
Recorded in 1937 at Battinson Road

Palatine Chambers, Halifax
Between Numbers 4 and 6 Market Street.

A part of the 4-storey building with 5 shops and offices at the top of Woolshops, Halifax, built by Ezra Pinder in 1894. The building was designed by William Henry Dodgson Horsfall. It is a part of the Old Arcade block of buildings.

Owners and tenants have included

  • Barron & Lewin [1905, 1924]

  • Backhouse's Gentlemen's Outfitters [1899, 1905]

  • The Oddfellows (Manchester Unity) [1917]

  • Woolwich Building Society [1936]

  • C. P. Spencer, chartered accountant [1936]

  • Amalgamated Engineering Union offices [1936]

  • Mr Payne, poster writer [1936]

  • A. Goodwin, jewellery repairer [1936]

  • F. Lucas, soft furnishing manufacturer [1936]

Palden, John
[1???-1545] Of Halifax. Brother of Sir Richard Palden [?].

He married Jennet [who predeceased her husband].

Children: (1) William; (2) John.

He was buried at Elland Parish Church.

His will is recorded in Volume 2 [1545-1559] of E. W. Crossley's book Halifax Wills

Palethorpe, Thomas
[18??-1???] Of Milton Place, Halifax.

He was a cashier [1885]; founder member of the Halifax Art Society.

On 28th August 1879, he married Emily, daughter of Thomas Birtwhistle

Paley, Elizabeth
[17??-1856] Or Eliza.

Daughter of Dr William Paley.

She became a close confidante of Anne Lister.

In 1808, she married William Priestley, in Carlisle.

See Judas Maccabaeus

Paley, John James
[1892-1917] Born in Worksop.

During World War I, he served as Acting Bombardier with the B Battery 246th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 25/2/1917.

He was buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [436]

Paley, Richard
[1746-1808] A Leeds soap boiler. He had interests in cotton mills in Leeds and Colne. He was a partner in the James King partnership

Paley, Robert
[1780-1859] MD.

Born at Langcliffe, near Giggleswick.

He moved to Halifax after qualifying as a doctor. He was involved with the establishment of the Halifax Infirmary & Dispensary

He is mentioned in Anne Lister's journals.

On 1st January 1807, he married Mary Paley at Carlisle

Mary was the 3rd daughter of Dr William Paley and she was Robert's cousin

They lived at Craven Lodge, Halifax.

He moved to Ripon [1820] on account of ill-health. He was consulting physician to Ripon Dispensary

Paley, Dr William
[1743-1805] DD.

Of Lightcliffe.

He was a theologian; archdeacon of Carlisle; subdean of Lincoln; rector of Bishopwearmouth; a proponent for the abolition of the slave trade.

Anne Lister was an acquaintance of the family and the daughters Eliza and Ann.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Eliza; (2) Mary who married her cousin Dr Robert Paley; (3) Ann.

He was dead by 1808.

In 1831, his

Reasons for Contentment
addressed to The Labouring Part of the British Public
was published posthumously, encouraging workers not to campaign for political reform

Paley, Dr William
[1824-1899] MD.

Second son of Dr Robert Paley of Ripon, and grandson of Archdeacon Paley.

He trained at the University of Edinburgh before coming to practise in Halifax.

He was physician to the Halifax Infirmary; lecturer of chemistry to the Halifax Working Men's College.

On 5th April 1853, he married Abigail Margaret, daughter of Rev H. F. Sidebottom.

In 1860, he moved to Ripon.

He died at his home in Ripon

Palfreeman, Charles
[1862-19??] Son of John Palfreeman, labourer.

Born in Askham, near York.

He was living in Southowram [1891]; a carter of Towngate, Southowram [1892]; a teamer (stone quarry) [1901]; a farm labourer general [1911].

In 1892, he married Elizabeth Ann Nash [1861-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth Ann of Exley Bank, was born in Oving, Buckinghamshire, the daughter of John Nash, farmer,

Children: Wilfred.

The family lived at Hall Ings, Southowram [1901]; Sowood Green, Stainland [1911]

Palfreeman, Wilfred
[1895-1916] Son of Charles Palfreeman.

Born in Southowram.

He was blowing cloth finishing [1911]; employed by Longwood Finishing Company, Parkwood Mills; secretary of Sowood Wesleyan Sunday School.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 30th July 1916.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial [6A & 6B] and on Southowram War Memorial

Palfreyman, George
[1864-1941] He married Mary [1866-1944].

Children: (1) Hubert; (2) Ethel Mary [d 1961].

The family lived at Summerfield Road, Todmorden [1917].

Members of the family were buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

Palfreyman, Hubert
[1896-1917] Son of George Palfreyman.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action during the Battle of Ypres [6th September 1917].

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [54-60 & 163A], in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the family grave at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

Palfreyman, Janet
[1967-] Of Bradshaw.

In April 2004, she won a female window-cleaner competition in Leicester – beating the women's record for cleaning 3 standard office windows by 4 seconds – and was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

She and her husband Wayne run a window cleaning business Eleet

Palin, Mary Eliza
[1847-1893] Or Elizabeth. Daughter of Rev William Palin MA, rector of Stifford in Essex.

In 1867, she married Croslegh Dampier-Crossley

She died at Brockenhurst, Canterbury, New Zealand [7th June 1893]

See New Zealand newspapers

Palisser's House, Hebden Bridge

Pall Mall, Mytholmroyd
A group of houses formerly known as New Houses.

They were demolished after World War II

Palladium Cinema, Elland
Opened in 1909 at Elland Town Hall. Around 1912, it was taken over by Central Pictures (Elland).

Closed in June 1959. The last film was San Francisco starring Clark Gable.

See Central & Palladium Monthly

Palladium Cinema, Halifax
King Cross. Capacity 800. Opened by a private company – Palladium Pictures (Halifax)  Limited – in March 1914.

In 1917, Thomas Job was manager.

Closed in April 1962, and became a bingo hall.

The building is now retail premises

Pallis House, Hebden Bridge

Palmer, Rev Harold
[19??-19??] Vicar of St George's Church, Ovenden [1944] and Vicar of Sowerby Bridge with Norland [1946-1956]

Palmer, Hedley
[1893-1916] Son of Thomas Palmer.

Born in Derby.

He was not listed with the family home in Halifax [1911], and may have gone to Canada by then.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Royal Canadian Regiment.

He died of wounds [18th August 1916] (aged 23).

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery [IX C 7A]

Palmer, J.
[18??-19??] Tailor at 8 Waterhouse Street, Halifax.

In February 1890, he was declared bankrupt

Palmer, Rev John
[18??-18??] Wesleyan Minister at Elland [1874]

Palmer, T. C.
[18??-19??] Tailor at Crown Street, Halifax [1913]

Palmer, Thomas
[1865-1???] Son of Thomas Palmer, bricklayer.

Born in Bromley. Kent.

He was a bricklayer of Ardsley [1886]; a bricklayer [1901].

In 1886, he married Mary Ellen Wadsworth at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Ellen was the daughter of
George Wadsworth

Children: (1) Thomas [b 1887] who was a cotton piecer [1901]; (2) Leonard [b 1888] who was a cotton creeler [1901]; (3) Hedley.

The family lived at 18 Horne Street, Halifax [with Mary Ellen's widowed mother 1891]; 32 Horne Street, Halifax [1901].

Thomas was dead by 1905.

In 1905, Mary Ellen married Fred Robertshaw at Halifax Parish Church

Palmer, Thomas
[1881-1927] Born in Halifax [11th March 1881].

On 4th October 1913, he married Nellie Aaron in Halifax.

Nellie was the daughter of
James Aaron

Children: Leonard [1915-1980]

The couple died.

Halifax died: Thomas [17th December 1927]; Nellie [14th March 1949]

Palmer, Rev Wilfrid C.
[18??-19??] Curate-in-charge at Shade Wesleyan Methodist Church.

In December 1908, he left for Couva, Trinidad

Palmerston, Lord
[1784-1865] Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston. Politician and Prime Minister.

In August 1864, he stayed with Sir Henry William Ripley at Holme House, Lightcliffe when he came to lay the foundation stone for the Bradford Wool Exchange. Palmerston had travelled from London to Wakefield and then on to Lightcliffe Station

Pancras, Saint
See HMS St Pancras

Pandozi, Michele
[1870-19??] Italian by birth.

Like many other Italian families who came to the district, he was involved in making and selling ice cream in Halifax.

He married Annunziata de Luca.

Children: (1) Angelo [b 1896]; (2) Mary [b 1899]; (3) Kiana [b 1900]; (4) Angelo [b 1901]; (5) Antonetta [b 1902] who married [Q4 1924] Dominico Fusco.

They lived at 12 Chapel Street, Halifax [1901] and Woolshops

Pankhurst, Dame Christabel Harriette
[1880-1958] Daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and a campaigner for women's suffrage.

She appeared at the Brighouse Albert Theatre on 29th October 1905, shortly after release from Holloway Prison for assaulting the policeman who had removed her from an election meeting.

On 17th March 1906, she addressed a meeting of the Sowerby Bridge Division I.L.P. on Women's Suffrage

Pankhurst, Mrs Emmeline
[1858-1928] Leader and founder of the British Women's Social & Political Union [1903], later to be known as the suffragettes.

Her daughter, Christabel Harriette, was also a popular campaigner for women's suffrage.

On 31st March 1911, she appeared at the Halifax Mechanics' Institute

Pannet Ing, Blackshawhead
Former name of Belle Royd Farm

Pannett, Misses
Miss E Pannett LLA and Miss Kate Pannett ran the Ladies' College, Halifax [1905]

Panter, George
[17??-18??] Around 1803, he and Thomas Moat were cotton spinners and manufacturers of cotton goods at Shibden Mill.

In 1806, they were declared bankrupt

The Pape family
See Hartshead Hall, Highley Hall, Clifton and Roland Pape

Pape, Mungo
[1854-1923] Of Huddersfield. He was a director of Campbell Gas Engine Company Limited and a governor of Royal Halifax Infirmary.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £31,465

Pape, Roland
[18??-19??] He owned Hartshead Hall and Highley Hall, Clifton

Papers & Magazines

Paragon Studio, Halifax
Photographers at 82 King Cross, Halifax [1915]

Pardoe, Ann
[18??-18??] Beerhouse keeper at the Ram's Head Beerhouse, Sowerby Bridge [1875].

On 27th March 1875, she was charged with selling beer without a licence. Her defence said that she had acted in ignorance and

not accustomed to the public-house business

and had applied for – but was refused – a licence. One of her lodgers had also unsuccessfully applied for a licence.

She was fined £5 plus 7/6d costs

Parham, Rev Arthur
[18??-19??] Church of England clergyman.

He lived at 9 Trinity Place, Halifax [1905]

Paris Gates Bridge, Halifax
A bridge over the Hebble here is recorded in 1794. The present 2-arched bridge crosses the river and the former Salterhebble Branch of the Calder & Hebble Navigation.

See Paris Gates, Halifax

Paris Photographic Studio
Bull Green, Halifax. The studio of Rose & Company

Parish Church Cricket Team, Brighouse
The Cricket Team of St Martin's Church was established in 18??. It was disbanded in November 1910

Parish of ...

Parisian Mantle Company
Mantle manufacturers at 9 Russell Street, Halifax [1905]


There are currently only around 7 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Park. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Park, Allan
[18??-19??] Inspector of West Riding Police at Sowerby Bridge Police Station [1896]

Park Coachways
Transport company at Brow Bridge, West Vale, Halifax In 1958, the proprietors were J. Pitchforth, G. Pitchforth (Traffic Manager), and R. Ackroyd. They had 4 coaches. The fleet livery was Red/Grey

Park Farm, Southowram
Formerly known as Bank Top Farm.

The farm (36 acres) was listed as a part of the Shibden Estate in a sale catalogue of October 1925.

Owners and tenants have included

Park Gate East, Southowram
Dark Lane. The property is now derelict

Park, George
[18??-1???] He was publican at the Rawson's Arms, Southowram [1881, 1894].

He married Unknown.

Children: Martha Hannah [1867-1910] who married Christopher Hemingway Marshall

Park, George
[1821-1???] Landlord of the Trafalgar Inn, Halifax [1869, 1871]

Park, Herbert
[1???-19??] During World War II, he served with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Park House, Halifax
Hopwood Lane / Aked's Road.

This was the ministers' house for Park Congregational Church.

Owners and tenants have included

Park, John T.
[18??-19??] Printer at Stainland [1927]

Park, Joseph
[1815-1847] A porter at Dewsbury Station.

Shortly after midnight on 2nd January 1847, he walking across the rails when he slipped and fell. A pilot engine, the Harrogate, ran over him. He died shortly afterwards.

Obituaries said that he was highly respected for his sobriety and general good conduct.

The inquest recorded a verdict of accidentally killed.

He was buried at Elland Parish Church in the north west corner [5th January 1847]

Park Lodge Housing Estate, Ovenden
Ovenden Way. Housing estate which began around 1936

Park Lodge Laundry, Ovenden
1 Turney Street.

Recorded in 1901, when it was known as Park Lodge Sanitary Laundry and run by Edward Bedford.

Recorded in 1905, when it was run by Scott Brothers.

Recorded in 1922

Park Lodge, Northowram
Octagonal building. This was part of the administrative buildings for Park Brewery.

It is now a private house.

See Park Villa, Northowram

Park Lodge, Ovenden
Turney Street.

Aka Park House, Parkroyd.

It was once a part of the Lister estate.

This was owned by John Watkinson of Watkinson Hall, then by his son, Joseph.

After Joseph's death in 1818, his brother John, went to live at Park Lodge.

In 1838, John's daughter, Hannah, lived here with her husband, Thomas Turney.

Subsequent owners and tenants have included

Park, Marshall William
[18??-19??] Of Sowerby Bridge.

He was injured in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster of 15th October 1907

Park Nook, Exley
A small hamlet of late 18th century cottages. The cottages were built as accommodation for the farm or mine workers.

The cottages also began to subside, as a consequence of mining beneath the property. No compensation was paid to anyone by the mining company.

Elland Council tried – but failed – to modernise the cottages. In the 1970s, the council considered that Park Nook did not meet modern standards for habitation and decided that the cottages should be demolished. The residents fought back and, in 1980, made a submission to the Historic Buildings Bureau of the Department of the Environment, headed by Michael Heseltine, who blocked the demolition. One block of cottages, was renovated, but most of the rest were abandoned and are now in a state of dilapidation.

Owners and tenants have included

These are now being renovated [2008].

Many of the buildings are listed.

Click here to read Lorraine Kirk's memories of Park Nook

See Change, Southowram and Wood Nook, Exley

Park Nook Lock, Exley
Lock #21 on the Calder & Hebble Navigation between Elland and Brighouse. Built around 1770.

See Rawson's Pool, Elland

Park Parliament, Brighouse
A small shelter with seats which was erected in Rydings Park in 1902. It was popular with senior citizens. It was demolished in 19??

See Old Men's Parliament, Halifax

Park Purse Wood, West Vale

Park Road Baths, Halifax
Public baths at the south-east corner of People's Park. The baths were opened on 20th July 1859

See Halifax Swimming Club and Ogden Reservoir

Park Royd, Halifax
House at Savile Park Road

Park, Stainland
Name for the area of Stainland / Sowood [1861]

Park Tennis Club, Brighouse
Opened in 19??

Park View House, Barkisland
The porch is dated 16 IR 18

Park Villa, Northowram
Arts & Crafts-style house.

Built around 1900 for the owner of Park Brewery.

See Park Lodge, Northowram

Park Villas, Halifax
Houses on Park Road, Halifax.

Owners and tenants have included

There seems to be some confusion between addresses such as 3 Park Villas and 3 Park Road

Park Ward, Halifax
The administrative area around People's Park, West Hill Park and Gibbet Street – formerly known as St John's Ward.

See Electoral Wards

Park Wood Crematorium
Park Wood, Elland. Designed by F. H. Hoyles, Halifax deputy borough architect. Built at a cost of £90,000. An alternative plan to build a crematorium at Warley was dropped.

John Oddy, a supporter of the idea of a crematorium for Halifax, laid the foundation stone. He died 2 weeks before the building opened.

The building was opened in 1956 by the Earl of Verulam, president of the Cremation Society.

Before Park Wood Crematorium opened, cremations were performed at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds.

See Fixby Crematorium and Waterloo, Elland

Park Wood, Elland
Known as Pudding Park Wood [1855].

See Park Wood Crematorium, Park Wood Pleasure Grounds and John Wardle

Park Wood Pleasure Grounds
Park Road, Elland. Recorded in 1905, when the proprietor was Jonas Knowles


There are currently around 47 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Parker. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Unattached BMDs for Parker:

Baptism 1855;

Marriages 1800, 1807, 1808, 1858, 1864, 1887, 1935, 1943;

Deaths 1899, 1900, 1907

Parker, Abraham
[1840-1920] Son of David Parker, weaver.

Born in Leeds.

He was a dyer of Rastrick [1872]; a wire drawer [1881, 1891, 1901]; a thick wire drawer [1911].

In 1872, he married Ellen at Elland Parish Church.

Ellen was the daughter of
John Oates and widow of William Crossley

Children: (1) Henry [b 1874] who was a general labourer [1891]; (2) Edith Annie [b 1877] who was a cotton piecer [1891], a cotton twiner piecer [1901]; (3) Ethel [b 1879] who was a cotton carder [1891], a silk spreader [1901]; (4) John Fredrick; (5) Eleanor [1882-1884].

The family lived at Blackburn Buildings, Clifton [1881]; Clifton Common, Clifton [1891, 1901]; 38 Police Street, Brighouse [1911].

Living with them in 1891, 1901 was grandson John Henry Wogan.

Ellen died 6th July 1918 (aged 77).

Abraham died 20th July 1920 (aged 80).

Members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery along with their grandson John Henry Wogan and also craftsman Fred Lemm [1914-1942]

Parker & Adam
Halifax attorneys. Partners included Robert Parker and Thomas Adam.

See Finn Gledhill & Company

Parker & Balme
Machine-tool makers at Chapeltown, Halifax.

The business had gone by the 1920

See A. Earnshaw & Sons

Parker, Bertram
[18??-1957] One of Britain's leading chrysanthemum experts

Parker Bros Limited
Cotton manufacturer at Crossley Mill, Hebden Bridge in the mid-20th century

Parker's Café, Brighouse
This was in the building at the south-east corner of King Street and Bradford Road, Brighouse [1906]. There was a hotel above the café.

The property became known as Tate's Corner, Brighouse

Parker, Charles
[18??-19??] Councillor for Halifax Northowram ward [1894]

Parker, Daniel
[1841-19??] Born in Brimington, Derbyshire.

Between 1891 and 1901, the family moved to Sowerby Bridge.

He was a coal & carbon merchant [1901]; a carbon merchant [1911].

He was a lanternist, and gave many presentations in and around Sowerby Bridge.

He married (1) Anne [1852-1905] from Marlpool, Derbyshire.

A (possible) marriage between Daniel Parker and Anne Butler is recorded at Belper [Q3 1873]

Children: (1) Dora [b 1877] who was a telephone operator [1901]; (2) Arthur [b 1881] who was a piano maker [1901]; (3) Kate [b 1883] who was a tailor's finisher [1901]; (4) Florrie [b 1886] who was a milliner [1901].

In 1907, he married (2) Ellen Emma Wells [1867-19??] from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, in Halifax.

The family lived at 19 Industrial Road, Sowerby Bridge [1901]; North Lea, Lightcliffe, Halifax [1911].

Living with them in 1911 were widowed mother-in-law Ellen Wells [aged 74], and sister-in-law Annie Marie Wells [aged 35] (milliner and dressmaker) 

Parker Day Outing Fund
Recorded in 1953

Parker, Edmund Shuttleworth
[1897-1915] Son of Robert Parker.

He was an errand boy [1911]; employed by a Huddersfield firm of contractors; a member of Southowram Wesleyan Chapel.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1914] at the age of 17, and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was sent to the Front [July 1915].

He died following a German gas attack [19th December 1915] (aged 18).

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery [II D 21A].

He is remembered on Southowram War Memorial

Parker, Edward
[1602-1667] Of Brownsholme, Yorkshire. Third son of Thomas Parker.

On 28th January 1629, he married Mary, daughter of Richard Sunderland.

Children: (1) Edward [b 1636] who, in 1643 at the age of 7, was taken prisoner in the Civil War and was taken to the garrison at Thornton; (2) son; (3) son; (4) son; (5) daughter

Parker, George Lister
[1833-1???] Son of William Parker.

He was a worsted pattern card setter [1851]; a commercial clerk [1861].

In 1857, he married Maria Longbottom [1839-1???] in Halifax.

Children: (1) Lucy Ellen [b 1859]; (2) William Henry [b 1860].

The family lived at Woodland Terrace, Northowram [1861].

Living with them in 1861 was George Lister's mother Lucy

Parker, George Vernon
[1884-1969] Son of Henry Parker.

Born in Hipperholme [8th February 1884].

He was a chemical manure manufacturer [1906].

On 15th February 1906, he married Harriet Jane Grigg [1882-1960] in Hammersmith.

Harriet was born in St Peter's Port, Guernsey

Children: (1) Guy Vernon [1908-1988]; (2) Phyllis Irene [1909-1981]; (3) Gordon D. [1914-1997].

Harriet died in Gravesend [20th August 1960].

George died in Folkestone [1969]

Parker, Harry
[1892-19??] Son of William Parker.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was an assistant overlooker carpet works [1911].

He lived with his parents at 11 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]; Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1907]; 15 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

He was injured – crushed fingers and scalp wound – in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster of 15th October 1907, and was detained at Halifax Infirmary

Parker, Henry
[1???-18??] He was appointed Surveyor of the Highways for Wadsworth [1835]

Parker, Henry
[1815-1???] Born in Wadsworth.

He was an innkeeper [1851].

Around 1846, he married Mary [1825-1???],

Mary was born in Wadsworth

Children: George [b 1846].

The family lived at Underbank, Stansfield [1851]

Parker, Henry
[1851-1923] Born in Halifax.

He was a designer [1873].

On 19th February 1873, he married Sarah Goodyear in Halifax

Sarah was the daughter of
John Goodyear

Children: (1) Margaret Lillian Goodyear [1874-1960] who was a typist [1911] and never married; (2) Sarah Alethea [1876-1924] who was a matron in Rawtenstall [1911] and never married; (3) Norman Staley [1878] who died in infancy; (4) Wilfred Egerton; (5) George Vernon.

The children were baptised at St Thomas's Church, Claremount

Parker, Hirate
[1860-1???] Born in Grimsby. He was a Draper.

On 15th September 1892, he married Mary Amelia, daughter of Christopher Tate Rhodes, at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Parker, J.
[18??-19??] Councillor.

He stood unsuccessfully as the Labour candidate in the Election for MP for Halifax [1900]

Parker, Rev James
[18??-19??] MA.

He came from Salendine Nook. Minister at Trinity Road Baptist Church, Halifax [Autumn 1871]. In 1892, he moved to Ilford

Parker, James
[1863-1948] CH.

Born in Louth.

He came to Halifax as a navvy and worked on the construction of Commercial Street.

He was an electrical engineer; a Councillor for Halifax; the first Labour MP for Halifax [1906]; Secretary of the Halifax Independent Labour Party [15th February 1909].

He was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough on 9th May 1919

He married Clara [1866-1933].

Clara died 13th April 1933 (aged 67).

James died 11th February 1948 (aged 84).

The couple were buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Parker, John
[16??-16??] Of Halifax. In 1667, he issued tradesmen's tokens bearing the Drapers' arms

Parker, John
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1786]

Parker, John
[1719-1???] Of Stansfield. One of the coiners.

The official notice of 1769 for his arrest described him as

JOHN PARKER, late of Shackleton, in Stansfield, Stuff Maker, aged about Fifty, and about Five Feet ten Inches high, is a thin Man, wears his own Hair, which is of a saddish Flaxen Colour, and a little bushy; he is thinnish visaged, and has remarkable thick Lips, wears an old blue Coat and Waistcoat, and is shabbily dressed

Parker, Rev John
[1725-1793] Born in Barnoldswick. He was Minister at Wainsgate Chapel [1790-1792]. He published some moral and religious verses. He died at Wainsgate. He was buried at Barnoldswick. Dr John Fawcett wrote a sketch of his life and character [1794]

Parker, John
[18??-19??] Quarry owner at Delph End Quarry, Pecket Well [1905]

Parker, John
[1818-1884] Born in Wadsworth.

He was landlord of the Neptune Inn, Hebble End [1861, 1881]; a farmer of 3½ acres [1881].

On 16th May 1841, he married Hannah Cockroft [1821-1890] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Sarah [1842-1904] who married Hartley Platt; (2) Elizabeth Ann [1849-1916] who married Thomas Horsfall; (3) Susannah [1851-1921] who married Richard Sutcliffe Binns.

The family lived at 36 High Street, Hebden Bridge [1890].

Hannah died 4th October 1890.

Probate records show that she left a personal estate valued at £271 6/10d.

The will was proved by Richard Sutcliffe Binns.

Members of the family were buried at Hebden Bridge Parish Church: John [20th June 1884]; Hannah [8th October 1890]

Parker, John
[1824-1???] Born in Northowram.

He was a stone dresser [1881].

He married Elizabeth [b 1828].

Children: (1) Frances [b 1854] who was a worsted weaver [1881] and married (1) James Brandwood and (2) William Hey; (2) Oliver [b 1858] who was a stone quarryman [1881]; (3) Nelson [b 1862] who was a worsted overlooker [1881]; (4) Wallace [b 1865] who was an iron moulder apprentice [1881]; (5) Wright [b 1870] who was a worsted mill hand & scholar [1881]; (6) Martha [b 1872].

The family lived at Pule Hill, Northowram [1881].

John was dead by 1901

Parker, John Fredrick
[1880-1913] Son of Abraham Parker.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a wire drawer [1901]; a thick wire drawer [1911].

In [Q4] 1909, he married Charlotte Locke [1883-19??] in Halifax.

Children: Phillis [b 1910] who was a granddaughter [1911].

In 1911, the family were living with John Fredrick's parents at 38 Police Street, Brighouse

Parker Machine Company
Of Halifax. Recorded in 1900

Parker, Mr
[1???-18??] He was in partnership with Cornelius Redman, Reuben Calvert and Mr Balme in Stead Street, Halifax

Parker, Richard James
[1874-1925] Born in Barkisland.

On 21st May 1904, he married Winifred Edith Greenwood in Ripponden.

Winifred Edith was the daughter of
John Greenwood

Children: (1) George Herbert [b 1908]; (2) Edith [b 1909]; (3) twins John Winston [2nd August 1911-11th September 1911]; (4) Mary Winifred [2nd August 1911-31st August 1911].

Winifred Edith died after giving birth to the twins [2nd August 1911]

Parker, Robert
[1731-1796] Born in Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland. His family moved to Halifax where he became a well-known lawyer, famous for his pursuit of the Cragg Vale Coiners.

See John Marshall and James Wigglesworth

Parker, Robert
[1759-1825] Son of Robert Parker. He was a weakling and an epileptic.

He was one of the subscribers to the Leeds Infirmary [1792].

For the last 35 years of his life, he lived in the household of the Rev Paul Belcher, Rector of Heather near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire.

He died unmarried

Parker, Robert
[1798-1856] Halifax attorney.

Only son of Alexander North Parker, attorney of Newton in Bowland, who was godson of, and a former articled clerk of, Robert Parker.

The 2 Robert Parkers were not directly related.

He came to Halifax and, from 1823 to 1856, he practised at Number 6, The Square. From 1823 to 1826, he was in partnership with James Wigglesworth as Wigglesworth & Parker.

He lived at Number 6, The Square from 1823, then at Barum Top from 1839. In 1847, he took a lease of Clare Hall, and bought the property in 1853.

In 1826, he was appointed steward of the estates of Anne Lister, who described him as

coming from a very good family, and was a gentleman but not very clever

and he held this position after her death in 1841 until the death of Ann Walker in 1854.

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835].

He died in London where he had gone to seek medical advice.

He was unmarried

Parker, Robert
[1870-1???] Son of Francis Parker, game keeper.

Born in Redmile, Leicestershire.

He was a mason of Clarence Square, Halifax [1892]; a builder & contractor [1901]; a mason and builder [1911].

In 1892, he married Lilly May Shuttleworth [1866-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Lilly May was born in Knottingley, the daughter of Edmond Shuttleworth, ship builder.

She was working as a servant to John Henry Helliwell [1891]


Children: (1) Irene [b 1894] who was an assistant to Lily Ingram (confectioner) at 90 Parkinson Lane [1911]; (2) Clement [b 1896] who was a joiner's apprentice [1911]; (3) Edmund; (4) Frank Leslie [b 1899]; (5) Lilian Gladys [b 1903].

The children were all called Shuttleworth Parker.

The family lived at 13 Water Lane, Halifax [1901]; Ashday Cottage, Southowram [1911]; 77 London Street, Southport [1915]

Parker, T.
[1???-1???] Dispensing chemist at Crown Street, Halifax

Parker, Thomas
[17??-1805] Of Halifax.

He died [April 1805] at Ashton-under-Lyne, of the hydrophobia, in consequence of the bite of a mad dog

Parker, Thomas
[18??-19??] A machine maker in Halifax.

On 2nd July 1900, he was one of the jurors sworn on the Grand Jury at the Midsummer Quarter Sessions for the West Riding at the Bradford Court House

Parker, Thomas
[1825-1887] Of Horley Green.

Son of publican William Parker.

Born in Halifax.

He was an apprentice woolsorter [1841]; a bookkeeper then salesman with James Akroyd & Son [for 30 years]; a member of Halifax Town Council [for 10 years]; president of the Claremount branch of the Working Men's Conservative League; a member of the building committee at St Thomas's Church; a churchwarden at St Thomas's Church; a patron of St Thomas's Cricket Club; a woollen manufacturer at Claremount.

Around 1850, he began to build in the area, supported and encouraged by George Beaumont, and this became known as Beaumont Town.

Around 1875, he built a weaving shed at Claremount. He employed 85 persons [1881].

In October 1864, he chaired a meeting at which it was decided to change the name Beaumont Town to Claremont, and that a large board should be put up at the top of New Bank with the word Claremont on it

On 5th November 1846, married Jane Whittaker [1826-1899].

Jane was the daughter of Henry Whittaker

Children: (1) Harry; (2) Charles; (3) Thomas; (4) Lily [1848-1899] who married William Aske; (5) Fanny; (6) Elizabeth; (7) Ann; (8) Emily; (9) Lucy; (10) Margaret.

The couple were buried at St Thomas the Apostle, Claremount in the family vault there

Parker, Thomas Edmundson
[1826-1875] Of Burnley. A distant cousin of Robert Parker. In 1849, he contacted Robert Parker who found him a place as a solicitor's clerk in Leeds. In his will, Robert Parker entailed Clare Hall and other properties on Thomas Edmundson. One of the other properties was The Heaning in Newton in the parish of Slaidburn. Thomas Edmundson lived at The Heaning for the rest of his life

Parker's: Thomas Parker & Sons
They had business at Tong Royd Fire Brick & Clay Works, Elland [1874]

Parker, Titus Henry
[18??-1???] Son of Mary Elizabeth and Benjamin M. Parker.

He became a solicitor at Newport, Monmouthshire.

He died without issue

Parker, Tom
[17??-18??] A popular Yorkshire tenor.

In 1825, he joined the choir at Illingworth Church. Every Sunday, he walked from his home in Haworth to Illingworth to sing at the church

Parker, Tom
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Royal Field Artillery.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Parker, Wilfred Egerton
[1880-1964] Son of Henry Parker.

Born in Halifax.

He was a bank cashier [1905].

On 7th May 1905, he married Ethel May Thompson [1881-1937] in Potternewton.

Ethel May was born in Doncaster

Children: (1) Vivian Egerton [1908-1929]; (2) John Goodyear [1909-1995].

Wilfred died in Woolwich [11th March 1964].

Ethel Mary died in Pateley Bridge [1937]

Parker, William
[1???-18??] Partner in Beck & Parker.

He married Unknown.

Children: Charles [1???-1834].

The announcement of son Charles's death described him as

son of Mr William Parker, of the firm Beck and Parker, public brewers, Halifax, and one of the Society of Friends

Parker, William
[1???-18??] Ale and porter brewer at 6 Stone Trough Lane, Halifax [1829].

He lived at 14 Ward's End, Halifax [1829]

Parker, William
[1796-18??] He was publican at the Top Room of the Union Cross, Halifax [1841].

He married Lucy [1796-1864].

Children: (1) James [b 1820] who was a joiner [1841]; (2) Elizabeth [b 1823]; (3) Thomas; (4) George Lister.

By 1851, William was dead and Lucy was innkeeper at the Black Lion, Halifax [1845, 1851].

In 1861, Lucy was living with son George Lister and family

Parker, William
[18??-1???] He took over Jeremiah Stead's School after Stead's death in 1868.

In 1873, he left to become Ovenden Postmaster

Parker, William
[18??-18??] Beerhouse keeper at Mixenden. Recorded in August 1859, when he was fined 30/-, including costs, for having his house open for the sale of beer at illegal hours

Parker, William
[1864-19??] Born in Midgley.

He was a steam engine maker smith [1901]; a blacksmith [1911].

In 1890, he married Elizabeth Ann Clegg [1864-19??] in Halifax.

Children: Harry.

The family lived at 11 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]; 15 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Living with them in 1911 was brother-in-law Tom Clegg [aged 53] (tailor) "

Parker, William
[1873-1944] Born in Halifax

He was a dyer's labourer [1897].

On 26th December 1897, he married Mary Fossey in Halifax.

Mary was the daughter of
George Fossey

Children: (1) Ann Elizabeth [1898-1903]; (2) Clara [1900-1908]; (3) Florence [b 1903]; (4) Nelly [b 1905]; (5) Amy [b 1907]; (6) John [b 1909].

The children were born in Halifax

Parker, William Normington
[1839-1???] Of Halifax.

On 17th January 1861, he married Selina, daughter of Thomas Davidson at Halifax.

Children: (1) Harry Davidson [1863-1870]; (2) a daughter

Son Harry was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3472]

Parkes, Rev Alfred Marshall
[18??-19??] Vicar of Clifton [1908-1912]

Parkfield House, Elland

Owners and tenants have included


Parkin, Bell
[17??-1822] An employee of John Bottomley at Inchfield Corn Mill, Walsden.

After Bottomley's death, Mr Parkin married Mally Bottomley who ran the mill. He helped in running corn trade at the mill.

Bell was killed in 1822.

Mally & Bell were buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

See Bell's Arms, Walsden, Bellholme and Gauxholme Mill, Walsden

Parkin, Frederick
[18??-19??] He was a colliery proprietor [1871].

On 1st March 1871, he married Louisa Freeman in Birstall.

Louisa was the daughter of
Alfred Freeman

Children: (1) Gertrude Freeman [b 1872]; (2) Walter Reginald [b 1875]; (3) Ethel Mary Mar [b 1878]; (4) Marguerite Louisa [b 1881]; (5) Elsie [b 1888].

Louisa died in Brighouse [13th April 1913]

Parkin, George
[1853-18??] Born in Lincolnshire.

He was a policeman in Halifax [1891]; a fish and chip shop proprietor at 1 Rothery Street, Halifax [1901].

He married (1) Unknown.

He married Rebecca Key [1855-1???] born in Derbyshire. Rebecca's first husband was William Parkin [1855-1???] from Derbyshire.

Children: (1) Florence; (2) William Henry; (3) Sarah

Parkin, George A.
[18??-18??] He succeeded to the chemist and pharmacy business of Jonathan Jessop at The Pharmacy, 11 Corn Market, Halifax. In 1887, the business was taken over by Herbert W. Seely

Parkin Hall, Sowerby
Parkin Hall Lane Recorded in the 18th century

Parkin, John
[17??-17??] Hatter in Halifax [1769-1789]

Parkinhole, Hartshead
Aka Parkin Hall. An Anglian settlement. The name comes from the Anglian Paca's holh and means the hollow of Paca, where Paca is the name of an Anglian settler – compare Mankinholes

The Parkinson family of Elland-cum-Greetland

Parkinson, Abraham
[1???-16??] Of Halifax.

In 1635, he had an argument with Richard Nicholson during morning service in Halifax Parish Church. In a reviling and loud voice, Parkinson called Nicholson a lying rascal, a knave and

bade a turd in his teeth

The 2 men fell out of the pew brawling in full view of the congregation. The Vicar, Hugh Ramsden, condemned them for brawling in God's house and for showing contempt to the peril of their souls

Parkinson & Spencer
See Parkinson Spencer Refractories

Parkinson, Bethel Eli
[1827-1858] A Queensbury farmer and dealer in horses and cattle, who was murdered at Wadsworth

Parkinson, Caleb
[1889-1967] Of Halifax.

In 1920, he married Edith Anne, daughter of James Walsh, at the Providence Chapel, Ovenden.

Children: (1) Kathleen M. who married [1945] K. Ian Bond from County Durham at St Matthew's Church, Northowram; (2) D. Henry who married [1946] Nancy Meadowcroft.

In 1935, the family moved to Salterlee House, Shibden and he spent the rest of his life there

Parkinson, Cecil
[1883-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a long & short wool merchant (employer) [1911].

Around 1910, he married Ethel Maud [1883-19??].

They lived at #2 Oatland House, Greetland [1911]

Parkinson, Charles Edward Lister
[19??-] He was Mayor of Todmorden [1976-1977]

Parkinson, David
[17??-18??] He married Betty.

Children: (1) David; (2) Samuel Parkinson

Parkinson, David
[1795-1878] Son of David Parkinson.

Baptised at Kipping Independent Chapel, Thornton.

Farmer, and clay, coal and stone merchant. Some of the stone from his quarries was used in the construction of Black Dike Mills at Queensbury.

In 1818, he married Caleb Spencer's daughter, Sarah.

With his father-in-law, he founded Parkinson & Spencer. He was the uncle of Bethel Eli Parkinson

Parkinson, David
[1795-1878] Born 4th August 1795.

In 1835, he was on the List of Electors for the Northowram Township of the Halifax Polling District in the election for the MP for the West Riding.

He married Sarah [1797-1878].

Children: Elizabeth [1821-1838].

The family lived at Hazlehurst Hall, Shibden at the time when it was used as a meeting house by the Methodists.

David died 4th April 1878.

Sarah died 22nd April 1878, 18 days later

Members of the family were buried at Ambler Thorn United Methodist Chapel

Parkinson, Edward James
[19??-] Mayor of Hebden Royd [1999-2000]

Parkinson, Ernest
[1???-194?] Of Todmorden.

During World War II, he served with the Royal Navy.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Parkinson, Rev F. C.
[18??-19??] He was at Chalfont St Giles before becoming Minister at Patmos Congregational Church [1926-1929]

Parkinson, Frank
[1850-1893] Landlord of the Duke of Edinburgh, Brighouse [1892].

In 1874, he married Jane Ramsden in Halifax.

After his death, Jane took over at the Duke of Edinburgh

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1893

Parkinson, H.
[18??-191?] He worked for Firth's Carpets at Flush Mills, Heckmondwike.

He died during World War I.

He is remembered on Firth's War Memorial and on Bailiff Bridge War Memorial

Parkinson's Houses, Halifax
Property mentioned in Haworth's Gift

Parkinson, Rev Israel
[18??-19??] MA.

He was Curate at Illingworth [1875-1877]; first Vicar of Saint George's Church, Ovenden [1880, 1892, 1907]

Parkinson, James
[18??-19??] From October 1878, he was Gas and Water Manager for the Brighouse Local Board.

He was first Town Clerk of Rastrick [1894]. He was Town Clerk of Brighouse when Princess Louise came to open the Brighouse Art Gallery on 22nd May 1907

In 1909, he resigned under a cloud, following the scandal caused by James W. Wrigley. He was succeeded as Town Clerk by J. H. Rothwell.

He went to live in Harrogate where he died

Parkinson, John
[1845-19??] Born in Bentham, Cumberland.

He was a brewer's labourer [1901].

Around 1885, he married Elizabeth [1849-19??].

Elizabeth was born in Huddersfield

Possibly: In [Q2] 1880, a John Parkinson married Elizabeth Sykes in Bradford

Children: Sykes [b 1885].

The family lived at 20 Johnson, Street, Halifax [1901].

Living with them in 1901 was boarder Charles Haigh [b 1872] (brewer's labourer) 

Parkinson, John Christopher
[1845-1902] Born in Bentham.

He was a brewer's labourer [1884].

In [Q1] 1884, he married Eliza Sykes [1846-1887] in Halifax.

Eliza was born in Halifax

Children: Sykes

Parkinson, Joseph
[1776-1???] Farmer at Pond Farm, Brighouse [1841]

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Mary [b 1811]; (2) Joseph [b 1816]; (3) Hannah [b 1816]; (4) Mary [b 1839]; (5) John [b 1840]

Parkinson, Joseph
[1791-18??] From Halifax.

He was an excise officer [1825, 1841].

He married Grace from Ireland.

Children: (1) Thomas [b 1824] who was a clerk [1841]; (2) William [1825-1883]; (3) Joseph [b 1831].

The family lived at 12 Bond Street, Halifax [1841].

Son William was baptised in
Addingham, and went to live in Rotterdam, Holland where he died [19th May 1883]. He was brought back to Yorkshire and buried at Addingham

Parkinson, Joseph
[1812-1874] He married Elizabeth.

Children: Hannah [1865-1913] who married William Nowell.

Joseph and Elizabeth. were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 1795] Hannah and her husband, William, were buried there [Plot Number 969]

Parkinson Lane Co-Op&44; Halifax
Branch number 30 of the Halifax Industrial Society opened in November 1892

Parkinson, Robert
[18??-1???] School master at Rishworth School [1861]

Parkinson, Samuel
[1798-1878] Son of David Parkinson.

Born at Northowram / Ovenden.

Baptised at Kipping Independent Chapel, Thornton.

He was a comber at Northowram [1820], a farmer & delver [1841], a stone dealer & farmer 20 acres [1851], and a farmer at Micklemoss, Northowram [1858].

On 31st December 1820, he married Hannah Charnock [1802-1856] of Northowram, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Charles [b 1826]; (2) Elizabeth [b 1826]; (3) Bethel Eli; (4) David [b 1830]; (5) Margrett [b 1832]; (6) Harriet [b 1833]; (7) Hannah [1835-1836]; (8) John [1838-1839]; (9) Hannah [b 1840] who married [1860] Joseph Benn in Bradford.

He recognised the body of his son, Bethel, when he went to the Hare & Hounds, Old Town where it was on display

The family lived at Mountain, Northowram [1841]; Mountain Delves, Northowram [1851].

In 1861, Samuel was a widower and farmer of 20 acres living at Laws Farm, Thornton, Bradford.

In 1871, Samuel was living with his daughter Hannah and her husband, Joseph Benn, and family in Thornton, Bradford.

Members of the family were buried at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden

Parkinson, Spencer
[18??-18??] Stone merchant of Northowram.

On 17th October 1853, he married Elizabeth Medley at Hanover Street Chapel, Halifax

Elizabeth second was the daughter of the late John Medley of Northowram

Parkinson Spencer Refractories
Stone merchant and clay furnace manufacturer at Holmfield founded around 1800 by Caleb Spencer and his son-in-law, David Parkinson, as Parkinson & Spencer. The earliest records of the company date back to 1800.

In 1896, the company had Hazlehirst Stone Quarry at Ambler Thorn.

Later named Ambler Thorn Fire Clay Works. Their furnaces are used by the glass-manufacturing industry

The company is now run by 7th generation of the family, and an 8th generation has recently [2006] joined the company

Parkinson, Thomas
[18??-1???] In [Q1] 1863, he married Delia Garsed in Halifax.

Delia was the daughter of
David Garsed

Children: Agnes Ann [b 1865]

Parkinson, Thomas
[18??-18??] Licensed victualler at Peel Street, Halifax.

In November 1862, he was declared bankrupt

Parkinson, Walter
[18??-1915] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he enlisted in Todmorden, and served as a Private with the 1st/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action at Gallipoli [7th June 1915].

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial [58-72 / 218-219], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Parkinson, Wilfrid
[1887-1965] MC.

Born at Norland. He was educated at Leicester and Peterhouse, Cambridge. During World War I, he served in the R. E. (Signals). He was mentioned in dispatches and won the Military Cross. He was chief mathematical master at Merchant Taylors' School [1919-1925], master at City of Oxford School [1925-1932] and Headmaster at Bridlington School [1932-1947].

In 1916, he married Grace Booth Bidwell.

Children: (1) 1 son; (2) 1 daughter

Parkinson, William
[1???-1???] Landlord of the Travellers' Rest, Hipperholme [1834, 1835]

On 4th July 1835, he married Hannah Crowther of Hipperholme in Halifax

Parkinson, William
[1720-1???] A gentleman of Wheatley. He was chapelwarden at Illingworth [1748]

Parkinson, Younger Sykes
[1884-1915] Known as Sykes.

Son of John Christopher Parkinson.

On 19th October 1912, he married Annie Mosey at Coley Church.

Annie was born in Halifax

Children: Irene [b 1914].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment).

He was killed in action at Givenchy [10th March 1915].

He was buried at the Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture [IX F 14].

After his death, Annie married Mr Sutcliffe

Parkland Textiles
Owned by the Hanson family. The company had several mills, including those at Greengates, Bradford; Killinghall, Bradford; Park Valley Mills, Huddersfield; Knoll Spinning, Delph and Braxholme Mills, Bailiff Bridge.

In the 1960s, the company bought Smith Bulmer & Company Limited.

In 1996, Parkland built a new state-of-the-art dye house at Sherwood Park, Nottingham at a cost of £16m and closed production at Halifax

Parks & Gardens

Parkyn, Rev Nathaniel Lindon
[18??-19??] He served at Ripon and Keighley before becoming Curate at Halifax [1893-1894] and Fourth Vicar of St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [1894-20th May 1897]. He later became Dean of Ballarat

Parliament, Brighouse

Parliament House, Halifax

Parliament, Shroggs Park

Parlick Pike, Todmorden

Parmiter, Rev John
[18??-1896] Curate at Halifax Parish Church [1865]

He lived at Clare Hall Road, Halifax.

A notice in the Kentish Gazette & Canterbury Press of 26th December 1896 announced The funeral of Rev J. Parmiter, the late rector of St Mildred's, Canterbury, took place on the 2nd. The deceased gentleman had for some time suffered from nervous prostration and extreme depression and on the previous Saturday evening he disappeared, and on Sunday morning his dead body was found on the railway about half-way between South Canterbury and Bridge Stations. At the inquest held on the Monday the jury returned a verdict of suicide during temporary insanity

Parr, Annie
[1872-1906] Daughter of Samuel Parr.

Born in Dewsbury.

She was a teacher of music [1891]; a violinist.

In [Q2] 1894, she married George Edwin Whiteley at St Paul's, King Cross, Halifax.

Annie was recorded in 1896, when she advertised in the Sowerby Bridge Chronicle as

Madame Parr, teacher of violin and piano (late pupil of George Haddock, Leeds) 

In 1897, she performed at the Bull's Head Smoke Club and her husband played the cello

Annie died in Blackpool [4th April 1906] (aged 33) 

Parr, Martin
[1952-] Photographer.

Born in Epsom. In the 1970s, he spent about 5 years in the Hebden Bridge district. In 2002, there was a major exhibition of his work in London and in Bradford

Parr, Samuel
[1840-1???] Born in Nottinghamshire.

He was a hotel waiter [1881].

He married Maria [1840-1???].

Children: (1) Samuel George [b 1866] who was a clerk [1881], a piano tuner musician [1891]; (2) Elizabeth [b 1869]; (3) Lizzie [b 1869] who was a sister [1891]; (4) Annie; (5) Frances M [b 1875] who was a tailoress [1891]; (6) William H [b 1884].

The family lived at 2 Bolds Court, King Cross Road, Halifax [1881]; 22 Bell Hall Terrace, Skircoat, Halifax [1891]

Parr, William Henry
[18??-18??] BA.

Educated at St Catherine's Hall Cambridge. He was

a second class man in both the mathematical and classical tripos, and a prize-man of his college in every year of residence

He was Usher at Heath Grammar School [1843]

Parrack Nook
Aka Parrock Nook, Park Nook. Area of Rishworth lying between the Halifax-Oldham road and the Halifax-Rochdale road.

See Parrack Nook Chapel, Rishworth

Parratt, Rev Francis
[1659-1741] His name is variously spelled Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, and Parrat.

He was Lecturer at Halifax Parish Church for 50 years. He resigned in July 1740.

He married Hannah [died aged 80].

Children: (1) William; (2) Francis; (3) Hannah; (4) Elizabeth; (5) Thomas; (6) Elizabeth [b 1695] who married Dr John Scofield; (7) Ann; (8) Richard; (9) Abraham; (10) Mary who married William Bentley from Shelf.

Members of the family were buried at Halifax Parish Church

The epitaph on the family memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Parratt, Mrs Jemima
[1???-1864] Daughter of John Haigh.

She married Captain Parratt of the Surrey Militia.

She was separated from her husband and lived with her father at Savile Hall.

Rev James Hope was accused of burying her illegally at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax in 1864

Parratt, Mr
[18??-1???] He married Rachel [1852-19??] from Lightcliffe.

Children: (1) child; (2) child; (3) child; (4) child; (5) child who died young [before 1911]; (6) Herbert [b 1881] who was a dresser / hillman in a stone quarry [1911]; (7) James [b 1888] who was a stone dresser [1911]; (8) Amy [b 1895] who was a cotton reeler [1911].

The family lived at 12 Church Lane, Southowram [1911]

Rachel was widowed by 1911

Parratt, William
[18??-1???] Partner in Hollingrake & Clegg Limited

Parrington, Ernest Milton
[1876-1???] Of Dewsbury.

In 1905, he married Martha Evelyn, daughter of Joshua Auty

Parrock Clough, Mytholmroyd
or Cragg Vale

Parry, David John
[19??-] Mayor of Hebden Royd [1995-1996]

Parry, Rev Edward
[18??-19??] BA.

Of Todmorden.

He was Minister at Todmorden Unitarian Church [1889]. He resigned in August 1897.

In 1898, he became Minister at the Unitarian Church in Ilminster

Parry, Rev Ernest
[19??-19??] MA, BD.

Vicar of Coley [1938].

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Hope; (2) daughter.

Eldest daughter Hope was a Petty Officer in the WRNS and served in Borneo. In July 1945, she married Flight Lieutenant Alan Stanley, son of Mr and Mrs G. S. Chisholm

Parry, George Frederick Augustus
[1827-1890] Of Brighouse. Son of William Parry.

Horsfall Turner described him as

a half-wit of local notoriety

Parry, William
[1793-1860] Born in Liverpool.

Around 1849, he became a schoolmaster in Brighouse.

He was a poet whom Horsfall Turner described as

of limited popularity. I saw some of his scurrilous and crude scribblings, but don't remember a line that was worthy of preservation

His subjects included

  • An Epigram on bachelor John Aspinall who demanded a poll for the Brighouse surveyorship [1850]

  • A satire on the Waterloo Brass Band

  • Peace Rejoicings [1856]

  • Brighouse Flower Show [1857]

  • The Murder of Elizabeth Rayner at Clifton [1832]

He married Ann [1796-1852].

Children: (1) James [1819-1883]; (2) George Frederick Augustus.

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Parsonage Cottage, Warley
Part of the property, or more likely, a sub-let of the Parsonage for Warley Congregational Church.

Owners and tenants have included

  • Mary Ann [1831-1900] and George Eaton [1900]

  • Annie Eaton and Adelaide Frazer – teachers at Elim School, Warley [1901]

Parsons, Rev Edward
[17??-1844] Son of a Leeds minister and author. He trained at Homerton College before becoming Minister at Sion Congregational Church, Halifax [1817, 1822]. In 1819, he published a Selection of Hymns. In 1826, he moved to London. In 1828, he returned to Leeds and became editor of the Leeds Times. In 1834, he published a History of Leeds, Bradford, Halifax &c. in the West Riding. In 18??, he moved to Bow and Mile End, London

Pascall, Mrs Elizabeth
[1847-1???] A widow of Northowram.

Her husband died around 1872 and left her with 4 small children; the oldest of whom was a daughter aged 12 years.

She received parish relief for a time, until she had an illegitimate child Emma Jane Pascall [b 1876].

Mrs Pascall tried to make a living by working as a charwoman, chiefly in local pubs, and had to leave the child alone whilst she was working, and left the oldest girl in charge. She gave instructions that she was to give Emma Jane plenty to eat, but if she died, she was to put her in bed.

Elizabeth was charged with manslaughter. At the Assizes, a witness said the child had gone from being a healthy, fine-looking child, and had wasted-away.

The child died from a disease of the brain and lungs brought on by whooping cough, a consequence of the lack of nourishment and care.

The judge said that there was no evidence that the woman had neglected to use the means at her command to prolong the life of the child, and directed the Jury to return a verdict of not guilty.

Mrs Pascall was discharged

Pask, Rev Howard
[19??-] Vicar of Heptonstall Parish Church [2008]

Paskin, James A.
[18??-19??] He was waterworks engineer for Halifax Corporation [until 1902].

Children: William Seymour

Paskin, William Seymour
[18??-19??] Son of James A. Paskin.

On 3rd August 1892, he married Margaret Wilson.

Margaret was the eldest daughter of Joshua Garside Wilson

Paskins, John Wilson
[1824-1872] From Samaria, Indiana, USA.

He fought and was wounded in the Mexican War.

He was working in, or visiting, Halifax. He was staying in lodgings off Gibbet Street.

He committed suicide [9th January 1872].

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 323]

Paston, Elizabeth
[14??-15??] Daughter of Sir William Paston and Joan [née Beaufort], daughter of Edmund, Duke of Somerset. They had 4 children.

She was the second wife of Sir John Savile.

She married (1) Sir Richard Hastings.

She married (2) Sir Edward Poynings.

She married (3) Robert Gargrave from Tankersley

The Pasture, Heptonstall

See Johnny o' th' Pasture

Pasture House Farm, Southowram
Owners and tenants have included

See Pasture House, Southowram

Pasture House, Southowram
Church Lane. This is still [2007] a working farm.

Owners and tenants have included

Pasture Side Farm, Walsden

Owners and tenants have included

See Reuben Haigh and Reuben Haigh

Patchet, James
[17??-17??] Hatter in Warley [1775]

The entries for people with the surname Patchett are gathered together in a separate Sidetrack.

The individuals listed here are not necessarily related to each other.

A variant of the surname Padgett

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and all similar surnames

There are currently around 55 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Patchett. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Patchett family
A prominent local family descended from William Patchett.

There are branches of the family at Hebden Bridge, Luddenden, Midgley, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby, Warley and other places outside Calderdale, such as Bradford, Clayton Heights, Heaton, Manningham, Queensbury, Thornton, and Wilsden

Patchett & Company
Worsted spinners. Recorded in 1881.

Partners included Henry Patchett [1881]

Patchett Brothers
Card clothing manufacturers at Sedburgh Mills, Halifax [1905]

Patchett's: C. Patchett & Company
Wine and spirit merchants at Crown Street, Halifax.

He lived at Saville Cottage, Swires Road [1874]

Patchett's: George Patchett & Sons
Wire manufacturers at Sedburgh Mills, Halifax [1905].

See John Patchett

Patchett vs Sutcliffe
An action brought in March 1845 and concerning the division of a water course in Hebden Bridge. The jury found for Mr Patchett

Patefield, Elias
[1654-1754] Of Northowram.

Around 1690, he married Unknown [1655-1754].

Children: unknown

He died at the age of 100.

His wife died shortly afterwards, aged 99.

He first departed, she for one hour tried
To live without him; lik'd it not, and died
They had been married for 60 years.

See Longevity

Patefield, George Samuel
[18??-19??] In [Q2] 1885, he married Lucy Ann Hebblethwaite in Halifax.

Lucy Ann was the daughter of
John Hebblethwaite

Children: unknown


Paterson, Rev D. MacBeth
[18??-19??] He was Pastor at Wellington Road Baptist Church, Todmorden [1912] and Pastor at Sowerby Bridge Baptist Church [1927]. In 1930, he moved to Boston, Lincolnshire

Paterson, John
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1791]

Patman, William
[18??-1???] Of Mitholm in Stansfield.

In [Q2] 1858, he married Hannah Elizabeth Horsfall in Todmorden.

Hannah Elizabeth was the daughter of
John Lister Horsfall

Area of Todmorden, formerly called Tang.

Before Walsden Water and the River Calder were diverted in 1840, the area was an island in times of flood, located in a triangle of land between Burnley Road and the two rivers. The name Patmos is that of the Greek island where St John the Apostle was exiled and where he had the visions written in the Book of Revelation

Patmos Memorial Garden, Todmorden
Created on the site of Patmos Congregational Church and the graveyard.

Patmos War Memorial stands here

Patmos War Memorial, Todmorden
Stands in the Patmos Memorial Garden

This is a memorial remembering those who died in World War I and World War II

Paton, Alexander Forrester
[18??-19??] Or Forrester-Paton. JP. He was Chairman of Paton & Baldwin Limited.

He married Unknown.

Children: Elspeth Catherine who married Oliver John Whitley

In 1949, he was living in Alloa, Scotland

Paton & Baldwin Limited
Formed on 16th April 1920 to acquire the undertakings of the worsted and woollen-spinning company J. & J. Baldwin & Partners Limited and John Paton Son & Company Limited of Alloa. They had mills at Clark Bridge.

They had associated firms in Scotland and in Leicestershire.

On 22nd June 1933, they awarded a bonus of £5 to every employee after declaring an annual profit of £409,000.

On 18th July 1933, it was announced that the company was to build a mill in Shanghai.

In 1945, they announced plans to close down all the Halifax operations – and those of their associates – and move to new, modern premises in Darlington. They became the world's largest knitting-yarn factory. They had premises in Shanghai. They were well-known publishers of knitting patterns.

In April 1951, production at Bailey Hall ceased, and the mill was bought by Mackintosh's.

The company became Coats Paton in 1961.

See John Foster Clay, Walter Adam Jones, Pauline Doris Oakley, Alexander Forrester-Paton and Roger Ward Tolson

Paton, Dr
[18??-19??] Doctor in Sowerby Bridge.

Recorded in 1907, when he attended the casualties in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster

Paton, William
[1829-1924] Born in Clackmannan, Scotland [1829].

He was a merchant [1866].

In 1866, he married Letitia Freeman in Marylebone.

Letitia was the daughter of
Joseph Freeman

Children: Letitia Mary [1868-1964] who never married.

Letitia died in Marylebone [14th May 1918].

William died in Wimbledon [27th February 1924]

Patrick, Thomas
[18??-1???] In 1872, he married Catherine Cain in Halifax.

In August 1874, he and Catherine were charged at the West Riding Court, Halifax with the manslaughter of their infant daughter Ann Elizabeth by starvation and neglect.

A week earlier, they had been committed for trial on the coroner's warrant, but Catherine was in gaol for being drunk

Patrick, Thomas
[1830-1???] A chimney sweeper at Sowerby Bridge.

In [Q1] 1872, he married Catherine Cain in Halifax.

Children: Ann Elizabeth [Q2 1874-1875].

On 11th August 1874, Thomas and his wife, Catherine [28], a factory hand, were found guilty of the manslaughter of their infant daughter, Ann Elizabeth, at Sowerby Bridge on the 25th July 1874.

They were sentenced to 5 years' penal servitude

Patrick, Tom
[18??-1897] Landlord of the Brewer's Arms Inn, Crib Lane, Halifax [1897].

In 1870, he married Maria Monk in Halifax.

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1897

Pattenson, John
[17??-1???] Assistant Curate at Illingworth [1785]

Patterson, Rev Daniel
[1870-19??] Born in County Durham.

He was a United Methodist minister [1911].

In [Q2] 1898, he married Annie Gray [1869-19??] from Durham, in Durham.

Children: (1) Eleanor [b 1901]; (2) Annie Gray [b 1901].

The family lived at Rydal Mount, Brighouse [1911]

Patterson, Rev David Tait
[1877-1956] Born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.

He was a Minister at North Parade Baptist Church, Halifax [1904-1912].

He wrote a number of books:

  • The call to worship: a book of services for the help and guidance of those who minister in the house of God [1938]

  • Litanies for public worship: from "The call to worship" [193?]

  • The eternal purpose: day by day: a method of devotion resting upon and sustained by the use of the Holy Scriptures [1948]

In 1898, he married Margaret Waters at Darlington.

Children: James Waters (Patterson) [b 1900].

The family lived at Kirk View, 9 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1905]; 22 Milton Place, Halifax [1911].

He died in Droitwich [8th November 1956]

Patterson, Rev Matthew
[1869-1940] MA.

He was Rector at Great Lever, Bolton, before becoming Vicar of Todmorden [1928-1940]. In 1936, he was appointed Rector of Barthomley near Crewe, but decided to stay at Todmorden. He resigned the post in August 1940.

He died suddenly at Leamington Spa on 23rd October 1940

Patterson, W.
[18??-19??] Secretary for the United Methodist in Halifax [1913].

The family lived at Silver Street Top, Halifax [1913]

Patterson's: William Patterson (Printers) Limited
Halifax printers.

They were at Silver Street, Halifax [1927] and Caxton House, Halifax [1936]

Patti, Madame Adelina
[1843-1919] Anglo-Italian soprano.

She was famous for her performances in Lucia di Lammermoor and in La Sonnambula.

In 1905, at the age of 62, she came out of retirement and was one of the first opera singers to make gramophone records.

She visited Halifax in October 1907

Pattinson, Rev H. R.
[18??-18??] Curate at Lydgate, Todmorden. Recorded in August 1852

Pattison, John
[17??-18??] Clockmaker at Halifax [1809]

Pattison, Rev
[16??-16??] Real name: White.

Vicar of Coley after Oliver Heywood had been ejected [1664]

Pattison, Rev
[17??-1803] Headmaster of Rishworth School

Paul Clough, Todmorden
The stream becomes Pudsey Clough and forms a part of the Yorkshire-Lancashire border

Paul, John
[1???-1???] He was Master of Heywood's School

Pauline Quirke Academy
Acting academy established in 2007 at Rastrick High School

[5??-644] A member of the Christian group led by St Augustine sent by Pope Gregory I in 601 to bring Christianity to Britain. He was the first Archbishop of York.

He preached a sermon at Heptonstall in an effort to persuade king Edwin to accept Christianity.

See Paulinus Cross and Paulinus Pilgrim & Heritage Way

Paulinus Pilgrim & Heritage Way
A 65-mile walk from Todmorden to York, linking places associated with Paulinus in the 7th century.

Calling points along the way are

The walk was devised by Todmorden teacher Tina Bolton and was officially opened on 28th August 2011

Paull & Ayliffe
Manchester architects. Partners included Henry John Paull and A. Ayliffe.

Local examples of their work included Crossley Orphanage, Moorside, and West Hill Park

Paull, Henry John
[18??-18??] FRIBA. Manchester architect who worked with A. Ayliffe as Paull & Ayliffe

Pavilion Theatre, Todmorden
Opened on 22nd June 1888 at Market Ground by Tom Russell

Pawley, Rev Bernard
[19??-19??] Vicar of Elland [1950]

Pawson's: J. Pawson & Sons
Tailors and drapers at Blackwall House, Halifax [1905]

Pawson, J. Stoddart
[19??-19??] He lived at Smith House, Brighouse.

In 19??, he married a widow, Mrs Priestley.

Children: (1) Jane Anne who married [1956?] John Neville Kaye from Huddersfield; (2) Diana Mary who married [1960?] Ian Thomas Netterville Stamp from Maidstone.

His stepdaughter, Janet Louise Priestley married [1961] John Hugh Ferguson from Bradford

Pawson, Thomas
[17??-17??] Master of Heptonstall Grammar School until 1769

Pawson, Rev Wilfrid Denys
[1905-1959] Vicar of Brighouse [February 1947-1950]. He left to move to the Diocese of Brechin, and went on to become Archdeacon of Lindisfarne in 1956

Pawson's: William L. Pawson & Son
Gown manufacturer of Horton Street, Halifax. They occupied the building on the south side with the large semi-circular window.

They took over the business of Victor Roberts Limited

Paxton, George
[18??-1???] Grandson of Joseph Paxton.

He inherited a considerable amount of property from his grandfather.

He established an entertainment troupe known as the Peril Company. He worked under the stage-name Mr Strathmore.

In 1880, he sued Francis Rawlings for false imprisonment which occurred when Paxton's troupe played at the Theatre Royal, Halifax. There was a misunderstanding over a dishonoured cheque which Paxton gave to Francis Rawlings lessee of the Theatre Royal, and Rawlings had Paxton arrested and taken to the police station and held for 2 hours. The jury found for Paxton and he was awarded £50 damages

Paxton, Sir Joseph
[1801-1865] Born near Woburn, Bedfordshire. English gardener and architect. From 1826, he was garden superintendent to the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth.

In 1843, he designed the first public park in the country – at Birkenhead.

He designed the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, after which he was knighted.

In 1857, he designed People's Park in Halifax, and the conservatory at Belle Vue.

See Roger Ives, Park Road Baths and George Paxton

Paxton-White, June
[19??-] Local writer and member of the Halifax Authors' Circle

Payne, Charles Henry
[1886-1965] Born in Kidderminster.

He was chief designer at Firth's Carpets [1950s]. It is said that he was involved in the design of carpets for the Queen Mary liner.

He was an artist.

In 1912, he married (1) Florence Mary Widdows [1883-1949] at Stourbridge.

Children: Gilbert [b 1915].

In 1956, he married (2) Ellen V. Morton.

The family lived at 9 The Grove, Hipperholme [1965]

Payne, Jack
[1???-19??] A local character who lived in a cottage at John Naylor Lane, Luddendenfoot. His mother lived in a nearby cottage.

He did odd-jobs at 2/6d an hour.

His cottage was lit by a single candle and he read outside by the setting sun. He slept in the trees as he did not like being inside the cottage. This dislike of being indoors may be the result of his experiences serving in the war.

When the cottages were demolished in the 1960s, he went to live in a rented cottage above the Friendly fish shop.

At one point, he became ill and was admitted to hospital, although the system had no records of him. When he recovered, he went to live with his sister at Kershaw, Luddendenfoot. The Social Services gave him clothes and money, and he said that he had never been so wealthy

Payne, M. G. J.
[1???-19??] Curate at Sowerby [1922] and Vicar of St John in the Wilderness, Cragg Vale [1922]

Payton, Michael
[18??-1883] Of Brighouse.

He was a letter-carrier [for 14 years]; a member of the Brighouse Volunteer Rifle Corps.

He was buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Peace Cote, Warley
17th century house

Peace, Rev Frank
[1???-19??] In 1939, he became Minister of Lineholme Baptist Church, Stansfield, Roomfield Baptist Church, Todmorden, and Vale Baptist Church, Todmorden which had recently been established as a group

Peace Hall
No, no, no! It's the Piece Hall

Peace Monument
See Stoodley Pike

Peace Restored Lodge 114 I. O. G. F. Bradford Unity
Ripponden Friendly Society [Number 3798] recorded in 1898, when their registration was cancelled (under the Friendly Societies Act [1896]) 

The Peaceful Dove Friendly Society
A 19th century benevolent society. Recorded in 1910, when Thomas Sharp was Secretary.

The Midgley Jacob's Well Lodge of the Society met at the Shoulder of Mutton, Midgley.

The Society owned property in Halifax, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, and Midgley, including Smithy Fold at Midgley. In 1887, this was completely rebuilt and renamed Dove's Rest

Peach, Rev O. A.
[18??-19??] He was vicar at Preston before becoming Vicar of St Peter's Church, Walsden [1926]. He resigned in June 1936

Peacock, H.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 13th October 1918.

He was buried at Elland Cemetery [U A 1674]

Peacock House Farm, Heptonstall
Mentioned in 1818.

Owners and tenants have included

Peacock House, Warley
Owners and tenants have included

Peacock, John Boyes
[1856-1904] Landlord of the Sun Inn, Halifax [1904].

In 1875, he married Annie Barnes in Halifax.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1904

Peacock, Rev S.
[18??-1???] Pastor at Naze Bottom Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1891]

Peacock, Thomas
[18??-1???] Grocer.

On 30th August 1858, he Elizabeth daughter of Samuel Dyson Hoyle at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Halifax

Peacock, Dr William Hodgson
[1811-1869] Halifax surgeon and apothecary.

He was house surgeon at the Halifax Infirmary & Dispensary [1841]; Medical Officer for the Halifax Workhouse [1865]; Secretary & Treasurer of the St James's Club, Halifax [1868]

In the 1850s, he was recorded in several inquests, including that of Dan Beverley.

On 10th January 1855, he married Anne Baker at St Maurice's Church, York.

He died 18th February 1869.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £800. Probate was granted to his sisters: Ann Frisby and Mary Wright

Peake, J.
[18??-19??] Pianoforte manufacturer at New Brunswick Street, Halifax [1905]. He had showrooms at 300 Queens Road

Peake, Margery
[15??-16??] She was the fourth wife of Sir John Savile

Pear Trees, Lightcliffe
Owners and tenants have included

A sale notice of July 1843, mentioned the valuable beds of coal here which were being worked by Stocks Lumb.

See Gibson Charity

Pearce, Arthur Oakes
[1871-1951] Principal cornet player with Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Brass Band [1900-1909].

Conductor with the King Cross Band [1909] and Black Dike Mills Band [1912-1948].

He retired in 1947.

He is buried at Queensbury

Pearce, Herbert John
[1893-1916] Son of James Pearce.

Born in Kidderminster.

He was a member of St Barnabas's Mission Church, Halifax; a member of the Parish Church Church Lads' Brigade; a creeler in weaving shed [1911]; a weaver at Shaw Lodge Mills.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of wounds in a military hospital [13th September 1916].

He was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery [X D 8A]

Pearce, James
[1864-1908] He was a carpet weaver [1901].

He served in the Grenadier Guards.

He married Kate [1869-19??].

Kate was born in Stourbridge

Children: (1) Maud E. [b 1892] who was a cotton winder [1911]; (2) Herbert John; (3) Dora [b 1909].

The family lived at 3 Lock Street, Halifax [1901]; 7 Lock Street, Halifax [1911].

James died in Halifax [1908] (aged 44).

Kate was a cotton winder [1911].

The family later moved back to Kidderminster

The entries for people with the surname Pearson are gathered together in a separate Sidetrack.

The individuals listed here are not necessarily related to each other.


There are currently around 49 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Pearson. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

See Patronymic Surnames

Pearson Brothers
Lithographers, printers, bookbinders, general and fancy stationers and booksellers established around 1883 at Corn Market, Halifax, by brothers Joseph Wild Pearson and Leonard Pearson.

They later moved to 28 Crown Street, Halifax [1895], 29 Crown Street, Halifax [1900].

The partnership was dissolved [30th June 1900].

The business was at 16 Rawson Street, Halifax [1905]

Pearson Brow, Hipperholme
A part of the Shibden Valley

Pearson Ing
A part of the estate at Shibden Hall. Mentioned in Anne Lister's journal [24th July 1823].

See Ing

Pearson Marsden's Dairy
Bowling Alley, Rastrick

Peart, Rev William F.
[18??-19??] Vicar of Mytholmroyd [1874]. In 1886, he left to become vicar of Thornton Steward, Bedale

Pease, Alan Edward
[19??-19??] JP.

Of Surrey.

On 5th September 1939, he married Olive Mary Nugent.

They lived at The Breck, Triangle

Pease, Colonel Joseph Walker
[1820-1882] Of Hesslewood, Yorkshire.

He was MP for Hull.

In 1843, he married Barbara Catherine Palmer [1820-1895] in Brighton.

Children: (1) Barbara Mary [1851-1911] who married William Greville Hazlerigg; (2) Eleanor Louisa [1853-1911] who married Major Arthur Hancock Edwards

Peat House, Halifax
Range Bank.

Owners and tenants have included

Peat Pitts Farm, Barkisland
Owners and tenants have included

Peat Pitts Farm, Ogden
Formerly the Mount Sion Sunday School

Pechey, Rev Canon R. F.
[18??-19??] MA.

He was curate at St Paul's, Onslow Square, London before becoming Second vicar of All Saints' Church, Salterhebble [1899-1907]

Peck, Dr Edward G.
[18??-19??] Physician. He was Medical Officer for Queensbury and Northowram Ward (to the west of Shibden Beck) [1905]

Peck, Richard
[13??-1???] He married Margaret Haselden [13??-1???].

Children: (1) Richard; (2) John – who had 7 children

Peck, Richard
[13??-1439] Son of Richard Peck.

He was a silversmith & goldsmith.

He lived at Owram Hall, Shibden.

He gave generously to the rebuilding of Halifax Parish Church.

When he died, he was one of the largest landowners in Halifax. He was buried in Halifax Parish Church by the choir.

In 1456, John Stansfeld was one of the trustees to the lands of Richard Peck

Peck, William P.
[1???-18??] Recorded in 1855, when he was a Methodist minister in Todmorden

Pecket Bar, Pecket Well
Ackroyd Lane / Keighley Road. Toll booth for the Hebden Bridge & Lees Turnpike dated about 1830

Pecket Memorial
Wadsworth War Memorial. The landmark obelisk remembering those who died in World War I and World War II, stands overlooking Hardcastle Crags

Pecket Well
Wadsworth village north of Hebden Bridge and on the road to Keighley, and part of the township of Wadsworth

Pecket Well Industrial & Co-operative Society
Woodland Terrace. Established about 1876. It was taken over in 1936. In March 1992, the building became a College for Adult Basic & Community Education

Pecket Well Leek & Onion Club
Said to be the smallest club in the country. The club holds its annual show at the Robin Hood, Pecket Well

Pecket Well Memorial
This smaller monument was built to supersede the earlier Wadsworth War Memorial on Smeakin Hill

Pecket Wood, Wadsworth
See Old Town Hall, Wadsworth

Peckett, Charles
[18??-191?] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on All Saints' War Memorial, Dudwell

Peckitt, William
[18??-19??] He was Inspector in the Halifax Police before becoming Police Superintendent at Todmorden Police Station [1911]

Pedder, James Henry
[18??-18??] Recorded in August 1861, when he was an ale and porter merchant in Halifax

Pedley, Rev Canon Betty
[19??-] She was Children's Work Adviser in the Diocese of Wakefield [1999]. before becoming Vicar at Luddenden with Luddendenfoot [2006] and Minister-in-Charge of Norland [2006]

Pedley, Rev George
[18??-19??] Curate at All Souls' Church, Halifax [1892]. In 1893, he was appointed vicar of Girlington

Peebles, John
[1???-16??] Curate at Lightcliffe [1630].

In 1662, he was ejected

Peechy, Rev R. F.
[18??-19??] MA.

Vicar of All Saints' Church, Dudwell [1906]


There are currently around 32 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Peel. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Unattached BMDs for Peel:

Marriages 1835, 1855, 1857, 1867;

Deaths 1897, 1899, 1900

Peel, Alfred
[1840-1869] Son of Charles Peel.

He became a printer's compositor.

In 1858, he embarked on a sea voyage to find a new life in Australia and New Zealand. His brother, Henry Vickerman, followed him.

Alfred returned to Halifax to court Anne Mackerill [1860] and then again to marry her [1865].

Children: (1) child [b 1867] who was born in Australia as Anne and Alfred were sailing back to New Zealand; (2) child [b 1867] who was born in New Zealand.

Alfred tried several jobs – working in the gold fields and running a boarding house - before settling down as a compositor for the Wellington Independent then the Otago Daily News.

Alfred died of TB in Dunedin, New Zealand.

There is a memorial to him in Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 325]

Peel & Mann
Maltsters at Elland.

Partners included William Peel and Godfrey Whithead Mann.

The partnership was dissolved in August 1826

Peel & Tattersall
Woollen manufacturers at Whitwell Mill, Elland [1905]

Peel, Charles
[1811-18??] Born in Southowram. A Halifax butcher.

On 25th February 1835. he married Mary, daughter of Charles Vickerman at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Ellen [b 1837]; (2) Alfred; (3) Edwin [b 1843]; (4) Sarah Ann [b 1844]; (5) Walter [b 1846]; (6) Henry Vickerman; (7) child; (8) child; (9) child; (10) child; (11) child; (12) child

The family lived at Brunswick Street, Halifax [1841]; 20 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1851]

Peel, Clarence Eastwood
[1896-1917] Son of William Peel.

Born in Greetland [25th Dec 1896].

He was a draper's assistant.

He lived at 45 Cheltenham Place, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [3rd Sep 1915], and served as a Rifleman with the 18th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.

He arrived in France [3rd May 1916].

He was killed in action [21st October 1917].

He was buried at the Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery [SP MEM B 27]

Peel, Edmund Speak
[1880-1???] Partner in Hitchen, Peel & Company.

On 28th June 1913, he married Caroline Peel at Eastwood Congregational Church

Caroline was the daughter of Edmund S. Peel

Peel, Ely
[1848-1913] Son of Mr Peel.

Woollen manufacturer at Whitwell Mill, Elland [1905]

In 1877, he married Grace Standeven.

Children: (1) child; (2) child; (3) child

Peel, Ephraim
[1851-1934] Son of Mr Peel.

Woollen manufacturer at South Lane Mills, Elland.

In 1880, he married Elizabeth Park.

Children: (1) child; (2) child.

The family lived at 80 Catherine Street, Elland [1905]; Victoria Road, Elland; Elizabeth Street, Elland.

He died 4th August 1934

Peel, George
[17??-18??] Recorded in 1823, when there was an auction at his house at Halfpenny Can, Southowram, selling nearby property, including that of Joseph Brook

Peel, Henry Vickerman
[1849-1888] Son of Charles Peel.

In 1858, his brother, Alfred, had embarked on a sea voyage to find a new life in Australia and New Zealand. Henry followed him.

He died in Rockhampton, Queensland.

There is a memorial to him in Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 324]

Peel House, Greetland
Moorbottom Lane. Recorded in 1918, when Walter Cooper died here

Peel House, Luddenden
Stock Lane. Hall-and-cross-wing, hearth-passage house. There is a datestone AW 1598 over the doorway for Anthony Wade. A fireplace is inscribed RSW.

It is said to be the oldest house in Luddenden.

Owners and tenants have included

This is discussed in the books Ancient Halls in & about Halifax and Halifax Antiquarian Society Transactions

See Little Peel House, Luddenden

Peel, I.
[18??-18??] Manufacturing chemist at Halifax.

In June 1867, he was declared bankrupt

Peel, Isaac
[1837-1884] Of Elland.

Son of Thomas Peel.

He married Ann [1839-1906].

Children: (1) Annie [1868-1940]; (2) Emily [1879-1964]; (3) William [1881-1953].

Isaac died 3rd January 1884.

Ann died 9th September 1906.

Members of the family were buried at Blackley Baptist Graveyard

Peel, Jeremiah
[16??-17??] A weaver at Northowram.

He married Unknown.

Children: Rebecca [1712-1769] who married John Holdsworth

Peel, Joe
[18??-19??] Tobacconist and newsagent at 78 King Cross Street, Halifax [1907]

Peel, John
[1771-18??] Born in Elland.

Baptised at Elland Parish Church [28th July 1771].

On 26th December 1803, he married Alice Smith [1781-18??], born in Greetland, at Elland Parish Church.

Children: William

Peel, John
[1837-1895] Son of William Peel.

On 2nd September 1858, he married (1) Emma Jane Gledhill [1839-1876] at Elland Parish Church.

Children: (1) Frederick [b 1859]; (2) Joseph [b 1860]; (3) Sarah Ann [b 1867-1884]; (4) Elizabeth [b 1869]; (5) Esther Ann [b 1871-1873]; (6) Emma Jane [b 1872]; (7) John Jackson [b 1875].

In 1876, he married (2) Rachel Walker [1842-1913].

Children: (8) Robert Percy [1881-1913]; (9) Walker Gordon

Peel, Joseph
[17??-18??] Corn dealer at Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse [1810]

Peel, Joseph
[18??-1???] Brother-in-law of Edwin Iredale.

He was one of founders of Temperance Methodist Church, Elland

Peel, Joseph
[1836-1891] Born in Elland.

He was a grocer & baker [1881].

In [Q3] 1860, he married Caroline Iredale [1834-1???] in Halifax.

Caroline was born in Elland

Children: (1) Ogden [b 1864] who was a grocer's apprentice [1881]; (2) Hannah [b 1866] who was a domestic servant [1881, 1891]; (3) Dan [b 1868] who was an errand boy / messenger [1881], a painter [1891]; (4) George Henry [b 1871] who was a baker's assistant [1891]; (5) Miriam [b 1874] who was a domestic servant [1891]; (6) Lincoln [b 1876] who was a baker's assistant [1891].

The family lived at Langdale Street, Elland [1881]; 43 Langdale Street, Elland [1891].

Living with them in 1881 was Thomas Troughton [b Kendal, Westmorland 1860] (temperance lecturer).

Joseph died [Q1] 1891.

The widowed Caroline carried on a baker [1891]

Peel, Lilian Mary
[1904-19??] Daughter of William Peel.

Born in Greetland.

Baptised at St John the Evangelist, West Vale.

In [Q3] 1928, she married Walter Bennett in Bramley.

Walter was a butcher with the Co-Op

Children: Alan [b 1934]

Alan became a popular writer

Peel, Martin
[19??-] Mayor of Calderdale [2007-2008]

Peel, R.
[18??-191?] He worked for Mackintosh's.

He died in World War I.

He is remembered on the list of Mackintosh's employees who served in the Great War

Peel, Reuben
[1834-1881] Son of Thomas Peel.

He followed his mother as innkeeper at the Brown Cow, Elland [1871]. He was also a coal miner [1871]

Peel, Sir Robert
[1788-1850] Politician and Prime Minister.

Born in Bury, Lancashire. He was educated at Hipperholme Grammar School and Harrow

Peel, Robert Smith
[1842-1913] Son of Mr Peel.

Born 7th May 1842.

Manufacturer at South Lane Mills, Elland [1905]

In 1866, he married Maria Smith [1842-1911].

Children: (1) Mary Ann [1866-1938]; (2) Sarah Jane [1868-1919]; (3) William [1871-1942] who was a woollen manufacturer [1913]; (4) Jonas Jackson [1873-1944] who was a woollen manufacturer [1913]; (5) Emily [1879-1923]; (6) Maria [1884-1920].

The family lived at Glynwood, Elland [1913, 1923].

He died at Glynwood [13th November 1913].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £4,770 9/7d. Probate was granted to his sons William and Jonas Jackson Peel.

Members of the family were buried at Blackley Baptist Graveyard

Peel, Roger
[1772-1851] From Keighley.

He was landlord of the White Hart, Soyland [1829, 1841].

On 21st May 1793, he married Hannah Merral [1772-1831] in Keighley.

Hannah was also from Keighley

Children: Roger.

The family lived at Dyson Lane, Soyland [1841].

Living with them in 1861, was unmarried relative Mary Briggs [1787-1866] (female servant).

Hannah died 25th April 1831.

Roger (snr) died at Dyson Lane [27th March 1851].

They were buried at Stones Methodist Church, Soyland with son Roger and Mary Briggs

Peel, Roger
[1795-1864] Son of Roger Peel.

He was a landed proprietor at Town End, Soyland [1851]; a retired inn keeper [1861].

He never married.

In 1861, he was living at Moorfields, Soyland with his unmarried cousin Mary Briggs [1787-1866] (house keeper).

He died at Moorfields [20th May 1864].

Mary Briggs died 24th March 1866.

They were buried at Stones Methodist Church, Soyland with Roger's parents.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £2,000. Probate was granted to John Robinson, Peter Whiteley, and Bateson Peel of Moorfields (gentleman) 

Peel, Samuel
[18??-1???] He was a worsted manufacturer; a partner in Smith & Peel; a grocer.

He built Carr Wood House, Shelf

Peel, Thomas
[1804-1844] Landlord at the Brown Cow, Elland.

In 1824, he married Hannah Smithies [1799-1880] from Huddersfield, in Huddersfield.

Children: (1) Samuel [b 1824]; (2) George [b 1826]; (3) Rebecca [b 1827]; (4) Hannah [b 1830]; (5) Reuben; (6) Elizabeth [b 1835]; (7) Isaac; (8) David [b 1839]; (9) Sarah [b 1842].

Thomas died 25th March 1844 (aged 40).

After Thomas's death, Hannah took over the Brown Cow [1845].

Son Reuben followed his mother at the Brown Cow [1871]

Hannah died 31st May 1880 (aged 80).

Thomas and Hannah were buried at Blackley Baptist Graveyard

Peel, Thomas Brook
[1817-1???] In July 1854, he was charged with the manslaughter of Isaac Jowett.

On 12th April 1854, Peel was ill-treating a female with whom he was drinking at the King of Prussia public house in Halifax. Both parties were the worse for liquor.

Jowett intervened, Peel struck him with a single violent blow under the left ear, and he died before medical assistance could be called.

At the Trial Peel was found Guilty, but recommended to mercy, and imprisoned for 14 days

Peel, Walker Gordon
[1884-1962] Son of John Peel.

He started work for F. Lomas & Son.

He inherited the business on the death of his father-in-law Lewis Lomas.

In 1914, he married Edith daughter of Lewis Lomas, in Halifax.

He died 28th August 1962

Peel, William
[1804-1881] Son of John Peel.

Born in Stainland [6th June 1804].

Baptised 15th July 1804.

He owned several mills in Elland – South Lane Mills Whitwell Mill – which he left to his sons.

On 24th February 1833, he married Sarah Jackson at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) John; (2) Robert Smith; (3) Ely; (4) Ephraim; (5) Mary Ann [b 1839]; (6) Sarah Elizabeth [1844-1887]; (7) Maria [1846-1890].

He died 2nd October 1881

Peel, William
[1870-1???] Born in Greetland.

He was a draper's assistant [1896].

On 9th September 1896, he married Mary Ann Smith [1871-1???] in Halifax.

Mary Ann was born in Greetland

Children: (1) Clarence Eastwood; (2) Kathleen Elizabeth [b 1900]; (3) Lilian Mary [b 1904]; (4) Amy Lemira [b 1907].

The children were born in Greetland & baptised at St John the Evangelist, West Vale.

The family lived at 1 Union Street, Greetland [1901, 1911]

Peel, William Henry
[1836-1???] Born in Bradford.

He was a merchant [1871].

In 1865, he married Mary Charlotte Ludgate [1844-1???] at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London.

Mary Charlotte came from Sydenham, Kent

Children: (1) Frederick H. [b 1866]; (2) Eleanor Mary [b 1868] who married Hugh Kershaw; (3) Charlotte Lucy [b 1870]; (4) Harold George [b 1877] who was a medical assistant [1901].

The family lived at Perth Villas, Lightcliffe [1871]

Peel's: William Peel & Company
Woollen manufacturers at South Lane Mills, Elland [1905]

Pegcote, Cornholme

Evolved from Hattersley (Ormskirk) Limited. In 1987, the business closed and production moved to Doncaster

Pegler, Mr

Recorded on 23rd June 1866, when there was an attempted robbery at his jeweller's shop in Old Market, Halifax

Pek, John
[1???-1???] Of Southowram.

He married Unknown.

Children: Richard

Pek, Richard
[1???-14??] In 1437, Elizabeth de Swillington conveyed the Manor of Shelf Hall to Richard Pek.

In 1488, he conveyed the Manor to Richard Fourness

Pelican Chambers, Halifax
Office accommodation at 10 Commercial Street, Halifax [1936]

Owners and tenants have included

Pelico House, Rastrick
When the Railway Hotel closed [1934] it was used as a hostel for foreign workers employed in mills in Wyke

Another form of the surname is Pennington

Unattached BMDs for Pellington:

Death 1899

District to the north-west of Halifax

Pellon All Age Selling Stakes
See Halifax Race Course

Pellon Allotments Association
Allotments established around 1911

Pellon & District Community Centre
Church Lane, Pellon. Established in the former Mount Pellon Junior & Infants' School

Pellon Co-Op
Branch number 15 of the Halifax Industrial Society opened in May 1865

Pellon Lane Economic Stores
Pellon Lane. A branch of Economic Stores (Halifax) Limited. Opened in 1???

Pellon Lane Liberal Club
Dyson Road / Battinson Road, Halifax. The Club Buildings were designed by J. F. Walsh [1899]

Pellon Lane Post Office
Recorded in 1905 at 221a Pellon Lane. It was then at the same address as the business run by E. Kilner, confectioner.

See Mount Pellon Post Office and Pellon Post Office

Pellon Library
Held in Pellon Baptist Church, Spring Hall Lane.

As part of a cost-cutting exercise by Calderdale Council, the library was one of several considered for closure in 2006/2007

Pellon Post Office
Recorded in 1861 at Mount Pellon. It was then run by John Dodgson, shopkeeper.

Recorded in 1905 at 33 Pellon Lane. It was then at the same address as the business run by Pearson Cockroft, grocer.

See Mount Pellon Post Office and Pellon Lane Post Office

Pellon Railway Station
Station on the High Level Railway. At the junction of Queens Road with Battinson Road and South View Terrace. Opened in 1889. The station closed on 1st January 1917

Pellon Recreation Ground, Halifax
Recorded in 1936

Pellon Reservoir, Halifax

Pellon Social Club
Recorded in 1917 at New Pellon when Harry Greenwood was secretary

Pellon Ward Conservative Club
The Club was opened on 31st July 1903 by Sir Alfred Arnold.

Recorded in 1905 at Raven Street when George Bradley was Secretary

Pellon Ward, Halifax
One of the Electoral Wards of Halifax.

See James Ryder Butler, William Henry Ingham, Enoch Robinson, George Edward Robinson and William Henry Wainhouse

Pellon Ward Liberal Club
Recorded in 1917 at Battinson Road, when Harry Cardus was secretary

Pellon Wesleyan Football Club
Recorded in 1924.

See Pellon Wesleyan Church

Pells, John
[18??-1938] Of Halifax and Brooklyn, New York.

In 1904, he married Edith, daughter of John Whitley

Pells, Miss
[18??-1???] Teacher of Music at 8 Park View, Halifax [August 1877]

Pemberton, Charles
[17??-18??] Hatter in Southowram [1781]

Pemberton, Frank
[1???-194?] Of Todmorden.

During World War II, he served with the Royal Scots.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Many writers have published their work under pseudonyms, or pen-names.

Some of those who wrote on local history topics relevant to the Calderdale Companion are shown in the Foldout

Pendlebury, David
[18??-19??] In [Q1] 1902, he married Adeline Ramsden in Halifax.

Adeline was the daughter of
Richard Ramsden

Children: Bessie Patricia Adeline [1921-1924] who died aged 2 years & 6 months.

Daughter Bessie is remembered on her grandparents' grave at Brighouse Cemetery

Pendlebury, W. Arnold
[19??-19??] Minister recorded when he performed a burial at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden [1950]

Pendleton, Rev J.
[19??-19??] He was curate at Padiham, Burnley before becoming Vicar of St Michael & All Angels' Church, Cornholme [1944]

Pendleton, William
[18??-19??] Lodging house keeper at 21 King Street [10 lodgers in 1903]

Penfold, Fanny
[1???-18??] Companion to Elizabeth Walker.

She married John Walker, her employer's nephew.

When John died on their honeymoon in Naples, Fanny was pregnant but the child was stillborn

Penguin Ice Cream Company, Halifax
Recorded in 1936 at Dunkirk Lane

Pennant, Thomas
[17??-1???] On the return half of a tour from Chester to Scotland and back, he and Rev John Lightfoot visited Halifax by way of Keighley. He writes
October 1774: After crossing some very dismal moors, varied with several tedious ascents and descents, reach, at the foot of a very steep hill the great town of Halifax, or the Holy-Hair, from a legendary tale not worth mentioning. It is seated in a very deep bottom and concealed from view on every side, till approached very nearly. The streets are narrow; the houses mostly built and covered with stone, and the streets have been lately paved in the manner of those at Edinburgh. The town extends far in length but not in breadth. Here is only one church, spacious, supported by two rows of octagonal pillars and supplied with a handsome organ

He also describes his visit to

my old correspondent Mr Thomas Bolton

Penney, Albert James
[1867-1931] Born in Halifax.

He was a grocer [1899].

In [Q2] 1899, he married Harriet Dinsdale in Halifax.

Harriet was the daughter of
William Henry Dinsdale

Children: (1) Marion [1899-1977] who never married; (2) Helena [1901-1964] who married [1933] Tom C Sutton [1884-1963] and left £624 to her sister Marion.

The children were born in Halifax.

Harriet died in Halifax [21st October 1920].

James Albert died in Scarborough [10th September 1931].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £688 11/11d to his two daughters

Penney, W.
[18??-18??] Brushmaker at Halifax.

In February 1869, he was declared bankrupt

Pennine Bridleway

See Bridleway

Pennine Farm Museum
In 1975, Ryburn Civic Trust converted an old barn in Old Bank, Ripponden, into a museum depicting the life of 19th farming family

Pennine Finch
The Pennine Finch or Twitecarduelis flavirostris – is a small brown bird which breeds only in the south Pennines, and Calderdale is one of its main homes.

As hay meadows are reduced and its habitat threatened, the population has decreased in recent years. A Twite Recovery Project was launched to work with farmers and landowners in the Luddenden Valley

Pennine Horizons
A project to develop a network of walks and trails across Calderdale. Launched in March 2010.

They are now [August 2012] the custodians of the Alice Longstaff Gallery Collection and have begun to digitise that and other collections

Pennine Housing
Housing organisation

Pennine Insurance
Formed in Halifax in 1944. Merged to become Bradford-Pennine Insurance in 1965. They had offices at North Park, Halifax

Pennine [No 4177] Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge.

They were at the Masonic Hall, St James's Road, Halifax [1937]. They met on the third Friday of the month [1937].

Masters and members of the Lodge have included

  • J. Farrar – Master [1937]

Pennine Poets
Writers' group established in Elland in 1966.

Members have included Joan Lee

Pennine Way
A signposted route along the Pennines for walkers. It runs 270 miles from Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish borders, passing north-south through the Calderdale district at Blackstone Edge, Erringden, Hebden Bridge, and Heptonstall, and on to Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District. It was opened on 24th April 1965. It links with the Calderdale Way and the Todmorden Centenary Way.

See Cruttonstall, Charlestown, Edge End Farm, Erringden and Oaks Farm, Charlestown

Pennine Way bridge
Crosses the M62 near Junction 22. Originally designed as a footbridge, it is said that the Minister of Transport, a keen walker, demanded a more impressive – and more expensive – structure

The Pennines
The range of hills – also known as The Pennine Chain and The backbone of England – runs southwards from the Lake District of Cumbria to the Peak District of Derbyshire. In the north, the hills are mainly limestone, changing to millstone grit in Yorkshire

A variant of the surname Pellington

Unattached BMDs for Pennington:

Death 1899

Pennington, John
[1???-18??] He was a watchmaker [1820].

On 28th September 1820, he married Sarah, daughter of Mr Mallinson, at Holy Trinity, Liverpool.

Children: (1) Thomas [b 1825]; (2) Sarah [b 1826]; (3) Mary [b 1827]; (4) George [b 1829]; (5) Henrietta [b 1834].

There is some confusion about the youngest child. The 1841 census shows Henry [born 1834]. The 1851 and 1861 census shows Henrietta [born 1834] This may be a clerical error, or they may be twins

The family lived at Lime Kiln Lane, Liverpool [1841]; 52 Prince Edwin Street, Everton [1851]; 11 Sackville Street, Everton [1861]

Penny, Austin William
[18??-19??] Of 19 Northgate, Halifax. He wrote several poems

Penny Bank Chambers, Halifax
Office accommodation at Waterhouse Street.

Owners and tenants have included

See Bank Chambers, Halifax and Yorkshire Penny Bank, Halifax

Penny, Rev Robert George
[18??-19??] He served at Kibworth Beauchamp, Holy Trinity Westminster, Moscow, Rotherfield Sussex, and Warbleton Sussex before becoming Vicar of St Paul's Church, Halifax [1896]. In 1897, he and Rev F. W. Cooper exchanged the livings at St Paul's, King Cross and Longbridge Deveril [Salisbury].

Penrose, S.
[18??-19??] Draper at Northowram.

In 1884, he was declared bankrupt

Penrose, Rev Thomas
[1815-1888] Born in Knaresborough.

He was a Primitive Methodist Minister in Halifax [1837, 1853].

People's Clothing Emporium
Established around 1883. The business of T. H. Thompson at 55 Crown Street and 2 Central Street, Halifax.

People's Palace, Halifax
A music hall established at the Oddfellows' Hall by Frank MacNaughten in 1900.

It continued for a few years after 1903 – when the Palace Theatre opened.

It became the Halifax Trades Club

The People's Park: Bandstand
The bandstand in The People's Park – of cast-iron, wood and with a zinc roof – was added in 1882.

Originally, music was only permitted on weekdays.

Other parks were allowed to play music on Sundays from 1902, and Halifax corporation – supported by Lord Somerleyton – applied to remove the restriction and Sunday music was approved in 1924

People's Park Fountains
See People's Park and Thorp fountain, People's Park

The People's Park, Halifax
Hopwood Lane. The public park was built for Sir Francis Crossley and opened in 1857

See Carpet mosaics and Halifax Park & Improvement Act [1858]

The People's Park: Pavilion
The pavilion in The People's Park is by G. H. Stokes. It houses a figure of Sir Frank Crossley by Joseph Durham which was inaugurated on 14th August 1860

The People's Park: Terrace, Statues & Urns
The marble statues on the Terrace of The People's Park were designed by G. H. Stokes and sculpted by Francesco Bienaimé

People whose children I don't know

People whose dates I don't know

People whose spouses I don't know

Pepper Hill Hall, Shelf
House dated W / I-H / 1734. Now known as Hill Top

Pepper Hill Mutual Improvement Society
Founded by Alexander Stradling at Pepper Hill, Shelf [around 1860]

Pepper Hill, Shelf
Area to the north of Shelf

See Pepper Hill Mutual Improvement Society, Pepper Hill Pottery, Pepper Hill Unitarian Chapel, Shelf and Alexander Stradling

Percival, Rev Jabez
[18??-19??] Minister at United Methodist Free Church, Sowerby Bridge [1875]

Percival Whitley Memorial Sports Hall
Opened at Spring Hall in 1959.

See Percival Whitley

The brand name of a type of pressed stone flags produced by Brookes


Perkin & Sons
Ginger beer makers at Ovenden [1874]

Perkin, John
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1781]

Perkin, William Belton
[1???-18??] Architect who designed the Yorkshire Penny Bank building in 1886

Perkington & Craven
19th century Halifax architects with offices in Westgate. Partners included Thomas Perkington.

See Boddy's Buildings, Halifax

Perkington, Thomas
[1???-18??] He was Chief Constable in the Halifax Police [1839]

Perkington, Thomas
[17??-18??] Ironmongers.

He was at 22 Crown Street, Halifax [1822]; 37 Crown Street, Halifax [1829]

He married Sarah [1787-1835].

Sarah died 13th January 1835

Perkington, Thomas
[18??-18??] He was land agent at Silver Street, Halifax [1850]; partner in Perkington & Craven

Perkins, Joseph Cawthra
[1841-1896] Born in Halifax.

About 1880, he established a mineral water business at Sod House Green.

In 1887, he was listed as

aërated water maker and furniture remover at Sodhouse Green

In 1897, he introduced a drink for young people known as Diamond Jubilee Stout.

In 1867, he married Martha Crowther in Halifax.

Children: Ralph

Perkins, Ralph
[18??-19??] Son of Joseph Cawthra Perkins.

Mineral water manufacturer.

He lived at 3 Sod House Green, Ovenden [1905]

Perkinton, Joshua Fourness
[1817-1881] Halifax attorney.

He was at Silver Street, Halifax [1850]; Black Swan Passage.

He lived at Hazelwood, Halifax [1861]; Halifax Hazelwood.

See William Henry Boocock

Permissive Bill Association
Recorded in 1874 at 29 Northgate, Halifax when W. Waring was Agent

Pero, William
[17??-1803] He was a theatre manager in Halifax, Nottingham, Derby and Stamford.

He married Unknown.

His wife died in September 1801

He died in Ireland, after a lingering illness [December 1803]

Perry, Albert
[1855-19??] Hatter.

A 1900 advertisement for the business announced

Perry's 3/9d Felt Hats

17 Northgate, Halifax

Recorded in 1922

Perry, Fred
[18??-19??] Last town crier of Brighouse

Perry, Rev J. R.
[19??-19??] Minister of Harrison Road Chapel, Carlton Street [1966]

Perry, Rev Moses
[18??-19??] Minister at Sowerby Congregational Church [March 1873].

In 1889, he moved to Whittington Moor, Derbyshire.

In [Q4] 1857, he married Emma Shone in Wolstanton, Staffordshire.

Children: Alexander James [1866-1886].

son Alexander James was buried at Sowerby Green Congregational Chapel

Perry, William J.
[18??-19??] Halifax solicitor with Storey, Willans & Storey [1934].

He qualified in April 1933

Perseverance Laundry, Elland
Owners and tenants of the laundry have included

Person, Arthur

During World War I, he served as a Private with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry then with the Labour Corps

He died 17th February 1919 (aged 28).

He was buried at Luddenden Cemetery [b U 617]

Perth House, Lightcliffe
Bramley Lane. Built by David Abercrombie and named for his home town in Scotland [1860].

On the 1891 census, it appears next to Fernside.

Owners and tenants have included

Perth Villas, Lightcliffe
Recorded in 1874

Owners and tenants have included

See Perth House, Lightcliffe

Peter Gate, Rishworth
Aka Royd Gate.

Stood near Ringstone Reservoir, on the back road from Rishworth to Scammonden.

Owners and tenants have included

[1???-18??] Name by which the Halifax lamplighter was known in the 19th century

Peter son of Essolf de Birkin

(Modern: Peter Birkin)

Son of Essolf.

He married Emma Lasceles.

Children: (1) Adam; (2) Thomas who had lands in Leeds & Kirkheaton and whose descendants took the name de Leeds; (3) Roger.

Peter, with his sons Adam and Thomas – who must have been very young children at the time – witnessed

the charter of William Pagnell at the founding of Drax Priory [temp Henry I]

Peter witnessed two other charters, the first was a grant of Adam son of Swain to Nostell Priory. Adam son of Swain died in 1159. The second was a grant by John de Lasceles to the monks of Selby.

Peter died in the 1140s, possibly before 1143

Peto, Sir Samuel Morton
[1809-1889] Born in Woking, Surrey.

He trained as a bricklayer and went into partnership with his cousin, Thomas Grissell as Peto & Grissell.

The firm built many well-known landmarks in London including The Reform Club, The Lyceum, and Nelson's Column.

In 1843, he bought Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk. Between 1844 and 1851, he extended the Hall and built facilities for the villagers.

He was Liberal MP for Norwich [1847-1854].

In 1854, he was made First Baronet of Somerleyton.

In 1863, Sir Francis Crossley bought Somerleyton when his fellow parliamentarian was in financial difficulties.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Michael; (2) Harold Ainsworth [1854-1933] who became a landscape gardener; (3) Basil [1862-1945]; (4) Mary; (5) Helen Agnes; (6) Sarah Maude Elizabeth Peto [b 1883] who married Clement Crossley.

Petrie, James Arnold
[18??-19??] He lived at Scaitcliffe Hall, Todmorden [1905]

Petrie, William Henry

In 1877, he married Maria Isabella Sutcliffe in Todmorden.

Maria Isabella was the daughter of
William Sutcliffe

Children: (1) James Arnold [b 1878]; (2) Edith May [b 1882]; (3) Ethel Winifred [b 1887]

In 1911, Edith May & Ethel Winifred were living with their uncle William Sutcliffe

Petty & Ives

Partners included Francis William Petty and Roger Ives.

Their work included the West End Hotel, Halifax

Petty, Charles Henry
[1859-1935] Nephew of Francis William Petty.

Born in Crosshills, Kildwick, Yorkshire.

He was an architect & surveyor [1911].

In 1890, he married Mary Grace Bateman Hodgson in Halifax.

Mary Grace was the daughter of Edwin Hodgson

Children: (1) Hannah Margaret [1891-1986]; (2) Eric Bateman; (3) Mary Eileen [1897-1994]; (4) Frank Hodgson [1905-1981] who was a mechanical engineer [1935]

The family lived at Emscote Villas, Halifax [1911]; Wyngarth, Rawson Avenue, Halifax [1935].

Mary Grace died 11th May 1910.

Henry Charles died in Halifax [5th August 1935].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £876 10/1d.

Probate was granted to his children: Hannah Margaret, Mary Eileen, and Frank Hodgson.

Petty, Eric Bateman
[1893-1918] Son of Charles Henry Petty.

He was a top maker's apprentice [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment.

He died 1918.

He was buried at the Grevillers British Cemetery [XI C 20].

He is remembered on All Saints' War Memorial, Dudwell

Petty, Francis William
[1839-1918] Son of Margaret & Mr Petty.

Born in Crosshills, Kildwick, Yorkshire.


He did some work on extending Dean Clough.

He was in partnership with Roger Ives as Petty & Ives.

He never married.

He lived at North Parade, Halifax [with Roger Ives 1861].

He died in Crosshills, Kildwick [2nd January 1918].

Probate records show that he left.

Probate was granted to his nephew Charles Henry Petty and Edward Lionel Petty (banker's clerk) 

Petty, Richard
[1674-1723] Vicar of Elland [1699-1703].

He married Unknown, the daughter of his predecessor, Peter Asheton.

Children: (1) Dorothy who married Thomas Ismay; (2) Susanna [1703-1711]; (3) Samuel [1707-1709]

Pettyt, Samuel Holt
[18??-19??] Surgeon and dentist. He was at 6 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1905]

The element is found in several names in the Todmorden area, including: Pex House, Walsden, Pex Place, Todmorden and Pex Tenements Farm, Todmorden

Pex House, Walsden
Aka Pex Farm, Pexhouse.

House in the Pighill area.

Built around 1750.

A nearby late 17th century barn is also listed.

Owners and tenants have included

See Pex Tenements Farm, Todmorden and Pex

Pex Place, Todmorden
2/4 Bacup Road. This was the former Poorhouse for Todmorden [1804].

See Pex

Pex Tenements Farm, Todmorden
East Lee Lane. Late 17th century house.

A nearby barn and cottage are listed.

See Pex and Pex House, Todmorden

Pexes, Walsden
A name used for the Pighill area in the mid-1700s

Pexroyd, Walsden
House in the Pighill area.

Built by John Haigh in the late 1700s.

It is now 2 cottages

Pexwood, Walsden
Another name for the Pighill area

Phelps & Latimer
Letter press printers and newspaper proprietors at The Square, Halifax.

Partners included William Robert Phelps and Thomas Tracey Latimer.

The men were the first editors [1853] of The Halifax Courier.

The partnership was dissolved by mutual consent [5th October 1853].

Mr Bowring joined Phelps

Phelps, William Robert
[1828-1867] Born in York.

Partner in Phelps & Latimer.

He was the first editor [1853] of The Halifax Courier in collaboration with Thomas Tracey Latimer.

In 1855, he married Jessy Gordon Latimer [1835-1???] in Exeter.

Jessy Gordon was the sister of Thomas Tracey Latimer

When the partnership was dissolved, Mr Bowring joined Phelps.

Phelps became a Barrister.

He was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Island of St Helena [1st June 1863].

He died there in 1867

Philbrick, Henry John
[18??-18??] Of Colchester, Essex.

He became a Halifax attorney.

In 1852, he went into partnership with Edmund Minson Wavell as Wavell, Philbrick, Foster & Wavell and Wavell, Philbrick & Foster.

Recorded as Wavell & Company [1868].

See John Balmforth

Philip, John Birnie
[1824-1875] Sculptor and artist who did much work in the district.

His work included

Philip also worked on the Albert Memorial in London.

Ceccardo Egidio Fucigna was his chief assistant modeller, and completed a number of works after Philip's death

Philips UK Limited, Hipperholme
Aka Philips Electronic & Associated Industries. Originally Ajax Limited. Manufacturer of domestic appliances, washing machines and tumble driers. The company bought the Brooke's Limited site in 1969.

In 1985, the factory closed. In 1986, it reopened in a buy-out by two managers from Philips's London office – Derek Clee and David Ross – to become Crosslee PLC

Phillip, John
[1???-16??] Aka Philippe. A woolman of Southowram. In 1627, he bought the lower end of Shelf Hall from John Cowper. In 1639, he sold it to Richard Best.

He married Unknown.

Children: John

Phillip, Joseph
[16??-1???] Aka Philippe, Phillipp. A woolstapler of Southowram. In 1685, he bought Woolshops for £100


There are currently around 13 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Phillips. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

See Patronymic Surnames

Unattached BMDs for Phillips:

Deaths 1835, 1878

Phillips, A. O.
[1???-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1955-1956]

Phillips, Rev Dr C. S.
[18??-19??] He was vicar of Radley, Berkshire before becoming Vicar of St Paul's Church, Queens Road [1921]

Phillips, Charles
[1810-1877] From Godshill, Isle of Wight. He became a gardener for the Listers at Shibden Hall, and other members of his family worked for the Listers

Phillips, Rev Daniel
[1716-1800] Son of the Rev Daniel Phillips, a dissenting clergyman, of Gwinfryn, near Pwllheli, North Wales.

He received his classical education at Pwllheli, then at the academy at Caermarthen. He finished his studies with Dr Latham at Finbern, near Derby, a seminary devoted to the education of young men for the ministry, amongst Protestant-dissenters, with distinguished and deserved reputation.

He was a man of considerable talents, both as a scholar and a divine. His knowledge of the Latin and Greek languages in particular, was extensive. He could both write and speak Latin with elegance and fluency, and after he had passed his 70th year, his correspondence with his son was often carried on in that language.

He served at Ripley before becoming Minister at Myrtle Grove Chapel, Eastwood [1744] and Minister of Sowerby Congregational Church [1753].

In 1788, he moved to Hapton, Norfolk.

He married Hephzibah [1716-1765].

Children: (1) son; (2) son; (3) Hephzibah [1761-1782].

He died in Hapton, Norfolk

Members of the family were buried at Sowerby Green Congregational Chapel along with their aunt, Phoebe Clee

Phillips, Henry
[18??-18??] Musician and singer who appeared in concert with Mrs Sunderland in March 1858.

On 5th December 1860, there was the première of a new sacred cantata entitled A Day of Devotion which he had written.

His daughter, Alice, also appeared with Mrs Sunderland on 1st January 1864

Phillips, James
[1857-1???] A wire-worker of Halifax.

On the evening Sunday 1st June 1873. he was one of a group of 5 youths who attacked 50 year-old Jeremiah Swift after their insolence had caused him to remonstrate with them. Swift died as a consequence of the attack.

At the Inquest, a verdict of manslaughter was returned.

At the Assizes, the gang was acquitted, there being no evidence to show that they contemplated a violent attack, to prove who delivered the blow or blows which caused his death

Phillips, James

In [Q4] 1912, he married Sarah Fielden in Todmorden.

They lived at 177 Hollins Road, Walsden.

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with the Royal Engineers East Lancs.

He died 27th October 1918 (aged 34).

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden [New Yard I 194]

Phillips, John
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Phillips, Rev John
[1813-1851] MA.

He was educated at Pembroke College Oxford before becoming Curate at Brighouse [1844-1846].

He was critical of Sunday postal business and of grants for Romanist purposes. In 1846, he published a 12-page sermon on Marriages.

He died at Bidford, Warwickshire in his 39th year. On his death, Rev Joseph Birch published a sermon entitled The Righteous Man, and Rev George Sowden published a pamphlet entitled Reminiscences of Rev John Phillips

Phillips, Rev John
[1853-1935] Born in Wales.

Primitive Methodist Minister at Halifax [1881]

Phillips, John W.
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the West Riding Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Phillips, Mr
[1???-18??] Around 1870, he ran a private school in Halifax

Phillips, Patrick
[19??-] He was Mayor of Calderdale [2002-2003]

Phipps, Rev Richard
[18??-19??] He was chaplain at Wakefield before becoming Vicar of Brighouse [21st November 1896-1901]. He went on to become Archdeacon of Halifax and Archdeacon of Wakefield.

In May 1900, he married Agnes Mary Lambert.

Agnes Mary was the only daughter of Rev Richard U. Lambert, Vicar of Christ Church, Bradford-on-Avon

See Dr Cecil Alexander Bindley

Phoenix Bridge, Brighouse
Bridge over Clifton Beck. The bridge is adjacent to Clifton Bridge

Phoenix Cycles
Todmorden bicycle manufacturers of the late 1800s.

The Phoenix Cycle Works was established at Millwood by brothers Herman and Trevelyan.

By 1911, Herman had moved to Bolton where he went into the motor trade. In 1911, Trevelyan was a chauffeur in Todmorden

The Phoenix, Halifax
Corn Market. In 1794, Abraham Mellin had premises here

Phoenix House, Brighouse
In 19??, the name of Wilkin Royd House was changed to Phoenix House.

In 1966, the house was sold to Ramsden Reside Limited for use as offices.

In 1969, it was sold the Church of Christ Scientist

It is now The Golden Sea Chinese Restaurant

Phoenix House, Brighouse
Phoenix Street.

It stood adjoining Phoenix Mill.

Owners and tenants have included

It was demolished in the 1960s. O'Malleys now stands on the site.

In 19??, the name of Wilkin Royd House was changed to Phoenix House which is now occupied by The Golden Sea Chinese Restaurant.

Phoenix Park Murders
See Lord Frederick Cavendish

Phoenix Radio FM 96.7
Local radio station with studios at Dean Clough, Halifax

Phono Supply Stores, Halifax
Phonograph dealers at 6 Woolshops [1905]

Photographs of the District

Photography & photographers



Pick Over Gate, Stansfield
Recorded in 1851

Pickard, Charles
[18??-18??] Gentleman.

He lived at Firth House, Barkisland [1879].

See Thomas Gaukroger

Pickard's: J. Pickard & Company
In 1887, G. Holdsworth took over Joseph Pickard & Company and established J. Pickard & Company. Producton continued at Gaol Lane Bobbin Works, Halifax.

They specialised in manufacture of printing pulleys and bobbins used in the production of carpets and tapestries

Pickard, Joseph
[18??-18??] In 1856, he established Joseph Pickard & Company

Pickard's: Joseph Pickard & Company
Bobbin manufacturers established in 1856 by Joseph Pickard at Gaol Lane Bobbin Works, Halifax.

In 1887, the business was taken over by G. Holdsworth and the company became J. Pickard & Company.

The sandstone balusters of West View Park War Memorial were made here

Pickard, Thomas
[1???-1???] Halifax accountant.

Jonathan Ingham Learoyd was articled with Pickard and subsequently succeeded to the business

Pickering & Yardley
Manufacturing chemists at Clifton Bridge, Brighouse [1861, 1874]. On 6th September 1873, Samuel Appleyard died after being caught in the shaft of a charcoal-grinding machine at the works

Pickering, Charles Edward
[1899-1918] Son of Fred Pickering

Born in Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He died 18th October 1918 (aged 18).

He was buried at the Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny [II D 6].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pickering, Mrs Elizabeth
[18??-18??] She ran a school in Halifax [around 1850]

Pickering, Fred
[1862-1901] He married Ada [1865-1940].

Children: Charles Edward.

Fred died [Q4] 1901.

In [Q1] 1915, Ada married John Akroyd in Todmorden.

The family lived at 7 Brook Street, Todmorden [1918].

Ada died in Todmorden [Q4 1940] (aged 75) 

Pickering, Richard
[18??-1929] A well-known horsebreaker and riding master.

He lived at 12 Carlton Street, Halifax [1905]

Pickering, Rev W. A.
[18??-19??] Curate at Elland [1886]

Pickering, William

Recorded in 1822, when he was a blacksmith at King Cross Lane, Halifax

Pickersgill & Oates
Architectural partnership of Thomas Pickersgill and brothers John and Matthew Oates. It began in Halifax and Huddersfield as Oates, Pickersgill & Oates. The partnership became Pickersgill & Oates and moved to York.

Work by the partnership included Saint James's Church, Hebden Bridge and Saint Paul's Church, Todmorden

Pickersgill & Powell
Brighouse confectionery manufacturer. Began in 1???.

Closed in 19??

Pickersgill, Emmeline
[1912-1974] Daughter of Joseph Pickersgill. A member of Brighouse Borough Council [1944] and first Lady Alderman [1945].

She married Friend Tattersall

Pickersgill, Rev Hanley
[1815-1903] Born in Keighley. He served as a city missionary in Manchester for 2 years before becoming Second Minister at Bramley Lane Congregational Church [May 1841]. The church having been closed for a year following the departure of Rev Andrew Sawyer in 1840. He was ordained in July 1844.

He left to serve at Park Nook Chapel, Rishworth [1843-1847], Marsden [1847-1861], Wrexham [1861-1865], and Tunstall, Staffordshire [1865-1974].

He left Tunstall and retired to Westmorland on account of ill health.

In 18??, he married (1) Unknown [1???-1844].

In 1845, he married (2) Hannah Dyson.

Hannah came from Rishworth

He wrote a number of poems for the Congregational Magazine [possibly] under the pen-name H. Quiby.

He later returned to Lightcliffe.

He died at his home, Osborne Grove, Lightcliffe

Pickersgill, John
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Machine Gun Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pickersgill, Joseph
[18??-1905] He was unsuccessful in the Brighouse Municipal Elections of 1893. He was first elected Labour Councillor on Brighouse Borough Council [1895-1905].

He married Unknown.

Children: Emmeline

Pickersgill, Thomas
[1???-18??] Collector of water, gas and street rates at 21 Lower Brunswick Street, Halifax [1829]

Pickersgill, Thomas
[1807-1869] Architect who worked with John Oates and Matthew Oates.

See Pickersgill & Oates

Pickersgill, William

Recorded in 1822, when he was a blacksmith at Fleet Street, Halifax

Pickersgill, William
[18??-1???] Halifax stone merchant.

In February 1887, he was declared bankrupt.

On 5th March 1887, he was arrested at his home as a fraudulent bankrupt.

He lived at Lister Lane

Pickford, Frances
[17??-18??] Daughter of Sir Joseph Radcliffe.

She and Anne Lister met in February 1823.

As they became closer, Frances told Anne of a relationship she had with a Miss Threlfall. She also said that she once dressed as a soldier, assumed the name Captain Cowper, and flirted with a girl.

In her journals, Anne calls her Miss Pickford and Pic, and writes that she is too masculine.

Anne's friends, the Saltmarshes, called her Frank Pickford

Pickford, Joseph
[17??-1???] He married Mary, daughter of William Radcliffe.

Children: Joseph

Pickle Bridge
Aka Pickle Hill Bridge. Part of the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse.

See Brighouse Clifton Road Station, Pickle Bridge Dyeworks, Pickle Bridge Line and Pickle Bridge Station

Pickle Bridge Line
Recorded in November 1844., when he married
..._promoted by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company_..._designed to accommodate the inhabitants of Brighouse and locality in their communication with Bradford

The line was originally planned to pass through land owned by Messrs Sharpe, dyers, but the compensation specified by Sharpe's was so high that the railway company changed the planned route of the line. Sharpe's then protested that they suffered great loss by the change of plans, and that the people of Brighouse did not want the new line.

The first sod was cut by Sir George Armytage on 23rd May 1874. The line opened on 1st March 1881.

The line was 3¾ miles in length and ran from Bradley Wood Junction via Anchor Pit Junction, Brighouse to Pickle Bridge Junction at Wyke.

Closed in 1952.

See Pickle Bridge Station and Wyke Viaduct

Pickle Bridge Railway Station
On 17th August 1850, Pickle Bridge Station opened at Wyke / Norwood Green. It was on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway line.

In 1852, it was renamed Wyke Station.

In 1896, it was moved and renamed Wyke & Norwood Green Station.

On 12th June 1953, the station closed to passengers.

The station closed in September 1953.

Stationmasters at the Station have included

See Brighouse Clifton Road station, Junction House, Norwood Green, Pickle Bridge Line and Wyke Railway Station

Pickle Fair
Aka Pickhill Fair. This was held in Skircoat on the first 2 Sundays in May when the cattle were moved to the spring grass on land known as Pighills at Salterhebble

The entries for people with the surname Pickles are gathered together in a separate Sidetrack.

The individuals listed here are not necessarily related to each other.

Other forms of the surname include Pighill, Pighills, Pygill and Pygills.

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and all similar surnames

Richard de Pighkeleys is recorded in 1379.

Derived from the Middle English word pightle, a small enclosure. The surname originated in the Haworth area. There are currently around 73 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Pickles. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

See Pex

Pickles & Company
They had business at Bottoms, Salterhebble [1880]. In 1880 and 1882, the Halifax Saintary Committee served the company with several notices concerning the smoke from their works

Pickles & Company
Rope and paper merchants, and printers. They were at 13 and 15 Woolshops, Halifax [1927] and 13 Woolshops, Halifax [1936].

Partners included A. Pickles and G. Pickles

Pickles Bridge, Todmorden

Pickles's: Edward Pickles & Company
Worsted spinners at Cross Hill Mills, Halifax. He lived at Stannary Street, Halifax [1874]

Pickles's: H. Pickles & Sons
Furnishers of Church Gate, Todmorden [1907].

See Halstead Pickles

Pickles's: Herbert Pickles & Sons
Clothing manufacturer at Albion Works, Hebden Bridge.

Established by Herbert Pickles [around 1895].

They were at Albion Works, Hebble End / Albion Works, Stubbin Holme.

In the 1930s, partners included his sons Willie and Harry.

The business became a limited company in the 1940s.

In 1962, they were offering apprenticeships at Albion Works.

See Frank Pickles

Pickles, Horsley & Company
Legal Firm at Pelican Chambers, Halifax [1934]

See J. W. Pickles and William Ewart Horsley

Pickles's: J. Pickles & Son
Machine tool makers and woodworkers at Royd Iron Works, Hebden Bridge [mid-1800s to the 1900s]

Pickles's: Jabez Pickles & Sons
Wool and waste dealers with business at Dispensary Walk, Halifax. Recorded in 1886

Pickles's: James Pickles & Son
Wool-waste dealer of Halifax. Recorded in 1879

Pickles's: John Pickles & Son
Saw mill engineers at Mytholm Iron Works, Hebden Bridge [1905]. Established by John Pickles.

Other members of the family joined the business: George Pickles and John Thomas Pickles.

On 24th August 1900, an apprentice was killed at the works

Pickles's: Misses Ada & Zillah Pickles
Milliners at Church Lane, Brighouse [1861] and at Commercial Street, Brighouse [1874]

Pickles Ransome
Engineering business at Mytholm Mill, Hebden Bridge. They produced equipment for railway workshops.

The business closed in 1971

Pickles's: T. Pickles & Son
Worsted spinners at Victoria Mills, Halifax [1905]

Pickles, Whitley & Midgley
Cotton spinners at Bradshaw Mill [1861]

Pickton, Bradford
[18??-19??] Clerical and livery tailor at 19 Water Street, Todmorden [1905]

Pickup, Edmond
[1801-1866] Son of John Pickup.

He lived at Lower Booth, Rishworth [with his father 1841].

He was known locally as an eccentric carter/labourer and a famous eating champion. He was the subject of some humorous stories by Sam Mellor [1905]. In the story

Edmond was a huge, famously strong, man who swallowed the all-you can-eat one shilling lunch of five men, daily, at the Triangle Inn. A carrier in the Rishworth area, he delivered coal to the Derby Inn, next inn to the Cunning Corner on the Oldham Road. His undoing was entering a lifting competition in Rochdale which led to his death

Pickup, John
[1763-1847] Or Piccup. Cotton spinner at Jumples Mill, Ovenden.

In 1794, he built Booth Bridge Mill, Rishworth. It is likely that he was also connected to Booth Wood Mill.

The story goes that he

... once owned a paper mill, milk farms and cottages. When visiting his tenants, he was made to sit on bare wooden chairs because his body and clothing were alive (with lice) 

He married Unknown.

He was a widower by 1841.

Children: Edmond.

The family lived at Lower Booth, Rishworth [with his son Edmond 1841]

He was buried at St Bartholomew's, Dean Head. There is a transcription of the epitaph [number 173] at Scammonden in Alan Shaw's CD Monumental Inscriptions in the Ripponden Area

Pickup, Joseph
[1808-1866] Born in Habergham Eaves.

He was landlord of the Station House, Eastwood [1851-1864].

In 1856, he brought an action against the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company for £10, the value of a colt which had been grazing on land recently purchased by the company and was killed on the railway line in March 1856. The judge awarded Pickup the full amount plus costs.

On 27th January 1829, he married Martha Taylor [1804-1881] at St Peter's Burnley.

Children: (1) Joseph [b 1830] who was a banksman [1900]; (2) Ann [b 1833].

He died in Hollins near Burnley [1866].

The couple were buried at St John's Church, Holme-in-Cliviger: Joseph [21st April 1866]; Martha [24th October 1881]

Pickwood House Farm, Norland
Pickwood Scar.

Owners and tenants have included

Pickwood House, Norland
Pickwood Scar.

17th century house.

A gateway lintel dated 1664 IMSM may be from an earlier house. Owners and tenants have included

Picture House, Elland
See Central Picture House

Picture House, Halifax
Cinema built on the site of Grove House at Ward's End. Designed by William Wormald Longbottom of Longbottom & Culpan.

Opened as Halifax's first purpose-built cinema – the country's most modern cinema – on 20th October 1913 and had a capacity of 1300.

The very first film shown was A Message from Mars.

A distinctive feature was its Balcony Promenade where refreshments were served. There was a Balcony Smoke Room. Food and drink were also served.

In 1917, C. Finch-Hatton was manager.

It was the first Halifax cinema to show a talkie. The first talking film, Al Jolson's The Singing Fool, opened here in September 1929.

On 8th April 1948, projectionist Raymond Farrar died following a fire at the cinema.

The cinema became the Gaumont in 1948. It closed in November 1960.

In January 1962, it became a bingo hall – first, the Top Rank Bingo & Social Club, and later as Surewin – opening again as the two-screen Astra in 1973. It closed in 1982.

In 1987, the building reopened as The Coliseum night-club then Liquid

Picturedrome, Halifax
King Cross / Queens Road. Aka Kingston Picturedrome. Capacity 540.

In 1936, the address of Kingston Picture House and Kingston Liberal Club was 47 Queens Road, Halifax.

It became the Lyric Cinema in 19??.

See Greene Brothers and Ripponden Picturedrome

Piece Hall: Art Gallery
Exhibitions and activities of arts and crafts located at Halifax Piece Hall

Piece Hall, Halifax
The Halifax Piece Hall – or Manufacturers' hall – is a Cloth hall. The building opened on 1st January 1779 as a market for the domestic system of local handloom weavers and small merchants to sell their pieces of cloth. It is one of the most impressive pre-Industrial Revolution monuments in England, although the local Council seem determined to bear it like martyrs.

This is discussed in the books Ancient Halls in & about Halifax and Halifax Antiquarian Society Transactions.

See Balloon, Charles Blondin, Bradford Piece Hall, Charles Dibdin, Halifax Markets, Halifax Visitor Centre & Art Gallery, Halifax Woollen Market, Linen Hall, Piece Hall: Hand prints, Serge Room, South Low Room, Ullnage and Volunteer

Piece Hall: Hand prints
A pair of hand-prints which can be seen on the stonework of the pilaster to the right of the Westgate entrance to the Piece Hall

Piece Hall Sing
Aka Sunday School Jubilee Sing, Sunday School Sing. Singing festival in celebration of the anniversary of local Sunday school movement with choirs and bands.

14 Sings were held at 5-yearly intervals between 1831 and 1890.

See Abel Dean, Joseph Seed, Daniel Sugden and Sunday Sing

Piece Hall: The north entrance
The north entrance to the Piece Hall from Hatter's Fold and Woolshops

Piece Hall: The south entrance
The south entrance to the Piece Hall from Blackledge.

This was enlarged in 1871 to allow horse-drawn wagons to enter.

Large iron gates – by George Smith & Company of Glasgow – were installed, replacing the original wooden gates. These were taller and wider than the originals, and a bridge was made in the first floor Colonnade which could be lifted to allow access for large vehicles.

Two plaques were erected when the gate was widened

Piece Hall: The west entrance
The west entrance to the Piece Hall from Westgate was built in 1782

Pier Head, Hipperholme
Community built for the miners who worked at the Walterclough Pit.

The houses were demolished in the 1960s

Piercey & Son
Coach and cart-building company established in 1820 at Carlton Street, Halifax.

In 1873, when the partners had died, the business was bought by Woodall Nicholson

Piercy & Braithwaite
Piercy, Son & Braithwaite were carriage builders at Ferguson Street, Halifax [1894].

Piercy & Braithwaite were carriage builders at Bull Close Lane, Halifax [1905]

Piercy, George
[1805-1874] (Possibly) son of Thomas Piercy.

Of Thomas Piercy & Sons.

He married Unknown.

Children: Fanny [1830-1908] who married Dr Robert Farrar

Piercy, Thomas

He married Unknown.

Children: (possibly) George.

See Piercy & Braithwaite and Thomas Piercy & Sons

Piercy's: Thomas Piercy & Sons
Coach and harness makers established by Thomas Piercy. They were at Carlton Street / Bull Close Lane, Halifax [1830].

See George Piercy

Pierson, Rev Abraham
[1611-1678] Originally from Guiseley.

He married Abigail Mitchell.

The family emigrated to America.

They lived at Newark, New Jersey

Pierson, Hal
[173?-176?] Aka Hal of Kirklees, Hal Wormald. A fool, or jester, employed by the Armytage family at Kirklees Hall.

It is said that Pierson was taunted by Robbie, a carpenter, and one day Hal told the other servants that had played a trick on Robbie, and that he had

hidden Robbie's head under a bundle of shavings and when he wakes he'll be troubled to find it

Pierson had murdered Robbie and cut off his head.

He was tried at York but declared insane and returned to Kirklees, where he died at the age of 30.

Contemporary portraits suggest that he and Johnny Worrall were one and the same person

Pig Beck
A popular name for the Hebble Brook – in the area of North Bridge, Halifax – because the pig drovers washed their animals in the river on the way to Saturday pig market

Piggott, Sir Gillery
[1813-1875] Son of Lucy [née Gough] and Paynton Piggott.

Born in Oxford.

He was a Judge; a Baron of the Court of Exchequer; MP for Reading [1860-1863].

In September 1836, he married Frances Drake.

Children: (1) Arthur Gough; (2) Frances Drake [1837-1910]; (3) Rosalie Archer [bapt 1840] who married [1881] Archer Anderson Morshead at Basingstoke; (4) Gillery Paynton Francis Drake [1843-1847]; (5) Frederic Thomas [1846-1847].

A member of the Holdsworth family of Ashday Hall by marriage. He later owned the hall. Around 1865, he developed the lands around Ashday Hall and Lane Head.

After his death, financial problems for his family led to Ashday Hall being sold in 1898.

Streets at Lane Head – Piggott Street, Frances Street, Catherine Street, Charles Street, and Back Charles Street - are named for members of the family.

He died at Sherfield Hill, Hampshire

An old form of the surname Pickles

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and all similar surnames

Pighill, Walsden
Aka Pexes [1700s], Pexwood.

An area of Walsden which rises steeply from Gauxholme, via Pexwood Road, Dobroyd Castle and Stones Lane, to Todmorden Edge and Sourhall.

See Pex House, Walsden, Pexroyd and Pex

A variant of the surname Pickles

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and similar surnames

Pighills, Rev Daniel
[16??-1695] Or Pickles. Curate at Todmorden [1695]

Pighills, Holmes
[1???-18??] He and John Pighills were wool manufacturers.

In August 1829, William Boothby [aged 23], William Walsh [26], John Wood [29], John Mitchell [20], John Topping [20], and Edward Holden [21] were charged with having stolen, on 30th June 1829, 48 pieces of worsted goods from the Pighills at Halifax Piece Hall. The jury found all the men not guilty

Pigou, Rev Dr Francis
[1832-1916] He succeeded Rev Dr Charles Musgrave as Vicar of Halifax [1875].

See Rev Henry White

Area of Rishworth.

See Pike End, Rishworth and Pike Law, Rishworth

Pike End Farm, Rishworth

Pike End, Rishworth
Area around Pike Law

Pike, H. D.
[19??-19??] Deacon at Todmorden [1948]

Pike House Lock, Todmorden
Lock #45 on the Rochdale Canal

Pike, Rev Josiah
[18??-18??] Minister at Halifax [1848].

See General Baptist Sabbath School, Halifax

Pike Law, Rishworth
Hill near Pike End.

See Law and Pike

Pike Plain, Barkisland
Saddleworth Road

Pike, Rev T. B.
[18??-18??] Minister at Trinity Road Baptist Church, Halifax [1860]

Pile, Albert
[1882-1981] Artist.

As a member of the staff of the Duke of Norfolk, he was involved in the planning for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.

He was an official war artist during World War I, and was a member of the Royal Society of Graphical Artists.

He married Ethel Stott from Brighouse.

They moved from their home in Bournemouth and came to live in Brighouse. He was an artist and a member of the Brighouse Art Circle. He illustrated Reg Mitchell's book Portrait of a Town

Pilkington, Arthur
[1???-1???] Of Bradley.

He married Unknown.

Children: Ellen who married Thomas Savile

Pilkington, Edward
[14??-1???] Recorded in the 1460s, when he was living in Sowerby

Pilkington Hall, Mankinholes
Aka Pilkington Farm. Late 16th century house. Inscribed I and W.

The farm was used as a Quaker meeting house in the 17th century.

In 1695, the group moved to Shoebroad

See Pilkington Hall Burial Ground

Pilkington, Sir John
[13??-13??] The steward of the Earl of Warren's deer park at Erringden [1378].

He lived at Elphaborough Hall, Mytholmroyd

Pilkington, John
[14??-1???] Of Skipton in Craven.

On 12 April 1478, he opposed Sir John Saville of Thornhill and his grandson John Savile, esq, by supporting the latter's tenant Richard Elistones who complained that Savile had enclosed part of his tenement by raising a hedge on his manor at Elland.

He was a major figure in the Pilkington-Stansfield feud. Most of the in attacks on people and property in Calderdale were orchestrated by him.

See his brother Robert Pilkington and his bastard son Robert Pilkington

Pilkington, Mary
[16??-16??] She married (1) Richard Pilkington.

She married (2) Sir Thomas Beaumont

Pilkington, Mr
[14??-14??] He lived at Old Chamber, Erringden

Pilkington, Richard
[16??-165?] He married Mary

Pilkington, Robert
[14??-1???] Bastard son of Sir John Pilkington.

He lived in Sowerby [1470s].

He and his father were involved in the Savile-Pilkington Feud and the events on Skircoat Moor.

Contributor Joanne Backhouse has found the following story about Robert in an article by Dr Rosemary C. E. Hayes in The North of England in the Age of Richard III

On Shrove Tuesday 1477, Leonard Metcalf was playing football at Pontefract and accidentally hit Pilkington with his ball. Pilkington drew his dagger (worth 20d) and Metcalf apologised profusely. Thinking that all was settled, he then turned back to carry on with the game when Pilkington killed him with a knife wound to the heart.

Pilkington was later sentenced to hang for this and for cattle theft associated with setting fire to a chapel in which one of the Stansfields was trying to hide from him

He claimed the benefit of clergy and was successful

Pilkington, Robert
[14??-1???] The brother of John Pilkington of Skipton in Craven.

He was living in Sowerby [1466].

He was involved in the Pilkington-Stansfield feud and captured Richard Stansfield in 1466. The above were all involved in attacks on people and property in Calderdale, either directly or on their orders, but the overall mover in each case was John Pilkington of Skipton in Craven

Pilkington, Robert
[15??-15??] He married Alice Savile.

Alice was the daughter of
Nicholas Savile

In 1565, he and his wife conveyed the Kirklees Estate to John Armytage

Pilkington-Savile Feud

Pilkington-Stansfield Feud

Pilkington, Thomas
[14??-15??] In 15??, he was sentenced to hang for stealing livestock – including 142 rams – from Isabella Savile. He claimed benefit of clergy but was challenged as he was said to have been married more than once which would have annulled his benefit.

See Savile-Pilkington Feud


There are currently around 25 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Pilling. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Unattached BMDs for Pilling:

Marriages 1877, 1886, 1915, 1935

The Pilling family of Brighouse
Tenants of Brighouse Corn Mill who rebuilt the mill in 1785

Pilling, A.
[18??-1???] In 1858, he established the business which became Pilling & Elders

Pilling, Albert
[18??-1???] Manager of the Bridge End Co-Op, Rastrick which opened on 26th August 1872

Pilling & Elders
Formerly A. Pilling.

Silk mercers and family drapers at Bradford House, Todmorden [1905].

The business closed in the 1930s

Pilling & Pilling
Flock dealers at West Vale.

Partners included D. Pilling and B. Pilling.

Recorded in May 1864, when the partnership was dissolved

Pilling & Sutcliffe
They were at Albion Mill, Todmorden and Causeywood Mill, Langfield [1884-1893]

Pilling, C.
[18??-19??] Partner in Gig Mill Spinning Company [1921]

Pilling, Charles
[18??-1???] Stationmaster at Brighouse Railway Station [1877]

Pilling, George
[18??-18??] Of Brighouse. Around 1870, he wrote a number of pieces for the local newspapers

Pilling, Harold

He lived at Todmorden.

During World War I, he enlisted in Rochdale, and served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action [6th September 1917].

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [54-60 & 163A]

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pilling, Harold
[1887-1916] Son of Hugh Pilling.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a fitter (textiles) [1911].

In [Q2] 1913, he married Mabel Mayall in Oldham.

They lived at 22 Manley Road, Oldham.

During World War I, he enlisted at Woolwich, and served as an Armament Staff Sergeant with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, attached to the 74 Siege Battery South African Heavy Artillery.

He was killed in action [29th November 1916] (aged 29).

He was buried at the Courcelles-au-Bois Communal Cemetery Extension [C 19].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pilling, Harold D.
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pilling, Harry
[1870-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a carter [1901]; beerhouse keeper at the Royal Oak, Ambler Thorn [1901].

In 1896, he married Jane Woodhead [1873-19??] from Queensbury.

Children: May [b 1896]

Pilling, Herbert
[1896-1916] Son of Oliver Pilling

Born in Elland.

He was associated with Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Elland; an oiler [1911]; gardener's assistant to his father.

During World War I, he enlisted [25/1/1916], and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 2nd August 1916, after being buried beneath about 16 ft of debris caused by a shell.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial [6A & 6B]

Pilling, Herbert Wilfred
[18??-19??] Of West View, Hipperholme.

In 1904, he was one of the first people to be granted a motor cycle registration

Pilling, Hugh
[1859-1911] Born in Todmorden.

He was a jobbing moulder (textile works) [1911].

On 17th June 1882, he married Charlotte Ann Greenwood [1861-1921] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) James William [b 1886] who was a machine worker (textiles) [1911]; (2) Harold; (3) Leonard [b 1890] who was a millwright [1911]; (4) Lewis John [b 1893] who was a brass finisher [1911]; (5) Wilbert [b 1896] who was a clerk [1911].

The family lived at Todmorden [1890].

Around 1891, the family moved to Oldham.

Hugh & Charlotte Ann both died in Oldham

Pilling, James
[1???-18??] He was appointed Surveyor of the Highways for Langfield [1835]

Pilling, James
[1857-19??] Born in Stockport.

He was landlord of the Ring O' Bells, Brighouse [1891, 1901, 1907].

In [Q2] 1879, he married Mary Allen [1855-19??] from Rastrick.

Children: (1) John [b 1880]; (2) Herbert [b 1882]; (3) Annie [b 1884]; (4) Gertrude [b 1893]

Pilling, James
[1880-1915] Son of Thomas Pilling.

Born in Mytholmroyd [12th June 1880].

Baptised at St John's Church, Cragg Vale [29th August 1880].

He was a weaver [1911].

On 23rd December 1911, he married Annie Parker [1885-19??] at St John's Church, Cragg Vale.

Annie was born in Cragg Vale

They had no children.

They lived at Littleborough.

During World War II, he served as a Private. with the 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action at Gallipoli [21st August 1915].

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial [58-72 & 218-219] and in the book Royd Regeneration.

Pilling's: James Knowles Pilling
Cotton manufacturer at Dancroft Mill, Gauxholme [1877].

In May 1878, the business was suffering a depression and their workers were on strike. In 1880, the firm acceded to their workers' demands for an advance on their wages

Pilling, John
[16??-16??] Aka Pillinge. Around 1650, he bought Stansfield Hall, Todmorden and other property from James Stansfield.

In 1675, he sold the Hall to Joshua Horton.

He married Mary Stansfield.

He was one of the electorate of 59 people when Jeremy Bentley was elected first MP for Halifax in 1654

Pilling, John
[17??-18??] In 1832, he and his stepdaughter, Priscilla Tatham, were charged with of robbing the shop of Mr Latham at Hipperholme and stealing goods to the value of £200. Priscilla was acquitted, and the jury threw out John's case

Pilling, John
[1900-1918] Son of Thomas Pilling.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [25th April 1918] (aged 18).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [52-54 & 162A] and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pilling, John William
[18??-19??] 4th son of George Pilling of Savile Park, Halifax

On 10th April 1900, he married Emily Smith at Illingworth Church.

Emily was the 3rd daughter of Charles Smith of Ryburn Buildings, Sowerby Bridge

Pilling, John William
[18??-19??] MPS.

Manufacturing chemist at Halifax.

A 1900 advertisement for the business announced

Pilling's Phyodine Cures Nervousness, Gout, Neuralgia, etc

Prepared only by J. W. Pilling, M.P.S.
Manufacturing Chemist, Halifax

See Charles Smith and John Smith

Pilling's: Marmaduke Pilling & Sons Limited
Printers and stationers at Central Hall, Elland. Recorded in 1905.

See Blackley Baptist Church: A Short Historical Sketch and Marmaduke Sutcliffe Pilling

Pilling, Marmaduke Sutcliffe
[18??-1933] Of Elland. He was Managing Director of M. Pilling & Sons Limited and Director of Charles Wood Limited.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £5,675

Pilling, Mr
[16??-17??] Around 1713, he collected £65 from friends in London and – with further local help – he built a schoolhouse near Cross Stone Church

Pilling, Oliver
[1858-19??] His father was not recorded on his marriage records.

Born in Elland.

He was a gardener of Victoria Road, Elland [1892]; a gardener [1901].

In 1892, he married Sarah Horsfall [1858-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah of Westgate, Elland, was the daughter of Jonathan Horsfall, saddler

Children: (1) Gertrude [b 1893] who was a weaver [1911]; (2) Herbert; (3) Joe [b 1898] who was a bobbin carrier [1911].

The children were born in Elland

The family lived at 17 Scarboro Terrace, Elland [1901, 1911]; South Parade, Elland [1916].

Living with them in 1901 was widowed mother-in-law Alice Horsfall [b 1824]

Pilling, Ronald
[1892-1917] Born in Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 17th January 1917.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial [6A & 6B] and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pilling, Thomas
[1854] Born in Cragg Vale.

He was a farmer [1874].

On 4th July 1874, he married Betsy Greenwood [1851].

Betsy was born in Mytholmroyd

Children: James.

The family lived at High Stones, Cragg Vale, [1911]

Pilling, Thomas
[1864-1920] Born in Todmorden.

He was a cotton weaver [1911].

In [Q4] 1889, he married Betsy Mitchell [1866-1933] in Todmorden.

Betsy was born in Todmorden

Children: (1) Elizabeth [b 1891] who was a cotton weaver [1911]; (2) Miriam [b 1894] who was a fustian weaver [1911]; (3) Edith [b 1898] who was a cotton weaver [1911]; (4) John; (5) Sidney [b 1907]; (6) Walter [b 1910].

The family lived at 9 Der Street, Todmorden [1911]; 8 Stephenson Yard, Todmorden [1918].

Thomas & Betsy were buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

Pilling, William
[1839-1911] He was a tobacconist; elected Councillor in the Brighouse Municipal Elections of 1893; Alderman [1911].

He lived at 7 Elland Road, Brighouse

Pilot radio
Radio sets produced by H. B. Radio

Pilter, John Mease
[1824-1900] Methodist minister at King Cross [1863].

(Possibly) the father of Misses M. I. & M. Pilter

Pilter, Misses M. I. & M.
[18??-19??] (Possibly) the daughters of John M. Pilter.

In 1861, they ran a school at Sowerby Bridge

Pim, John William
[18??-1907] Assistant station master at Holme Station, Todmorden.

On 27th September 1907, he was killed and the station wrecked when a goods train ran off the rails

Pin Hill Top, Luddenden
Recorded on maps produced in 1854

Pinchbeck, John D.
[19??-19??] Established H. B. Radio

Pinchin, Samuel Broadbent
[1812-1872] Born in Saddleworth.

He was an engineer and clockmaker at Greetland.

There is an excellent example of his work in The Oak Room, Shibden Hall

Question: Can anyone tell me anything about the man or his clocks?


Occupational surname derived from the pinder. Richard le Pynder is recorded in 1219

There are currently only around 7 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Pinder. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Unattached BMDs for Pinder:

Marriages 1906, 1907, 1912;

Deaths 1835, 1899

Pinder, Allen
[1862-19??] Landlord of the Football, Brighouse [1898].

He married Mary [b 1863] from Staffordshire.

Children: (1) Harry Wright [b 1884]; (2) Thomas Wright [b 1894]; (3) John Ernest [b 1896]; (4) Clara Pinder [b 1899]; (5) Allan Pinder [b 1900]

Pinder, Benjamin
[1???-18??] On 21st September 1833, he was attacked and robbed in Halifax by Samuel Asquith and John Mellor. The 2 men were found guilty of highway robbery and stealing money and were sentenced to be transported for 7 years

Pinder, Clement
[1879-19??] Son of Henry Pinder, carpenter, of Halifax.

He was a butcher of Skipton [1906].

In 1906, he married Annie Storer at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

Annie was the daughter of
William Jessop Storer

In 1911 Annie was living with her father in Sowerby Bridge. Clement was in lodgings at Leeds

Pinder, Ezra
[1842-1916] Born in Coley / Shelf.

He was a hosier [1871]; a draper [1881]; a clothier [1891].

In 1870, he established Pinders Outfitters, hosiers, tailors and outfitters at 57 Pellon Lane. The business later moved to Russell Street / Woolshops, Halifax. He moved to the new Market Arcade, but then bought the site of his previous shop where he built the Palatine Chambers.

An advertisement from 1900 proclaims

The Cheapest House in Halifax for Boys', Youths' & Men's Ready-made Clothing
E. PINDER, up-to-date Clothier
10, Market Street & 11 Arcade, Halifax.

In [Q2] 1867, he married Elizabeth Cooper [1841-1924] in Bradford.

Elizabeth was born in Bradford

Children: (1) Robert Herbert [b 1868] who was a clothier's assistant [1891, 1901]; (2) Henry / Harry [b 1870] who was a tailor's cutter [1891, 1901]; (3) Ernest [b 1872] who was a clothier's assistant [1891]; (4) Arthur [b 1873] who died aged 8 months; (5) Charles [b 1875] who was a shoemaker's apprentice [1891]; (6) Frank [b 1878] who was a draper's assistant [1930].

A granddaughter Eileen Pinder married Clifford Charles Backhouse.

The family lived at 57 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1871, 1881]; 20 Clifton Road, Skircoat [1891]; 50 Free School Lane, Halifax [1901]; 50 Heath Crescent, Halifax [1905, 1911].

Living with them in 1891 was visitor Eli Platts [b 1874] (hosier's apprentice).

Ezra died 4th March 1916.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £23,195 9/6d.

Probate was granted to his sons Harry and Robert Herbert.

He and his wife were buried at Coley Church.

The business closed in the 1970s.

See Joe Shaw

Pinder, Herbert
[1852-1895] He was innkeeper of the Siddal Place Hotel, Halifax [1894].

In 1880, he married Ellen Buckley in Halifax.

After Herbert's death, Ellen took over at the Siddal Place Hotel [1895].

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1895

Pinder, Herman
[1891-19??] Brighouse jeweller. He had a shop in Bethel Street, Brighouse [1940s]. He sold the business in the 1950s.

In 1918, he married Frances L. Brooke in Dewsbury.

Children: Gordon who went to work in South Africa for a time.

The family lived at Anvil Street, Brighouse

Pinder, William
[1809-1866] Of Brighouse.

He married Ellen [1815-1868].

Children: (1) Emma [1842-1864]; (2) Thomas [1846-1868].

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Pineberry Hill, Halifax
Part of Beacon Hill alongside Southowram Bank

The Pineberry Tavern stood here

An enclosure or pound – possibly locked – for confining stray and wandering animals and cattle until they were claimed by their owners, who then had to pay a fee for its release.

Unclaimed animals were sold.

Animals were also held here after being seized for non-payment of fines or debts.

Owners who illegally removed their animals from the pound or bribed the pinder, were guilty of pound breach and fined or sentenced to hard labour.

A pinder was the official in charge of a pinfold.

Many local examples are recorded, including those at Barkisland, Bradshaw, Heptonstall, Hipperholme, Midgley, Norland, and Shelf, and others, such as those at Southowram, at the junction of Law Lane and Whitley Lane and Sowerby. are gone.

Pinfold House, Barkisland
Owners and tenants have included

The Pinfold was nearby

Pinfold, Sowerby
The pinfold stood at Pinfold Green, Sowerby

Pinkerley, Marion
[11??-1240] Prioress of Kirklees Priory [1225-1240]

Pinnacle Farm, Erringden
Pinnacle Lane. Late 17th century house and barn

Pinnel Lock, Walsden
Lock #26 on the Rochdale Canal. Built around 1798. It has a double set of bottom gates to take the 57½ ft long vessels of the Calder & Hebble Canal.

See Luke Crabtree

Pioneer Cinema, Lee Mount
Popularly known as The Knocker. Capacity 633. Opened in 19??. Became the Ritz Cinema in 19??.

Closed after being destroyed by fire in February 1963

Pioneer Mill Company
A co-operative established in 1900 to celebrate the jubilee of the Walsden Co-operative Society. The founders included Thompson Helliwell and Jonathan Gledhill.

In 1901, the company built the Pioneer Mill, Walsden – aka Jubilee Mill

Piper, John
[13??-14??] He was Curate at Rastrick [1393]; Chaplain of Hartshead [1408, 1411]. In 1393, he paid 6d for an annual licence to go hawking in the common fields of Brighouse, Hipperholme, Rastrick and Hartshead.

In 1408, John, son of Robert Townend, was fined 40d for drawing blood from John Piper, chaplain of Hartshead

Area of Mytholmroyd.

See Thomas Edmondson and Pismire Hill, Mytholmroyd

Pisser Clough, Hebden Bridge
A part of Greave Clough, Hebden Bridge which was diverted to Widdop Reservoir

Pit Farm, Southowram
Pinnar Lane. Originally Highfield Coal Pit, then Highfield Pit Farm

Pit Hill Farm, Southowram
An alternative name for Pit House Farm, Southowram [1841, 1911]

Pit House Farm, Southowram
Coal Pit Lane.

As the census returns in the Foldout illustrate, the property has been known by various names

Pit House, Southowram
An alternative name for Pit House Farm, Southowram [1841, 1851, 1891]

Owners and tenants have included

  • Mary [aged 37] and James Fawcett [aged 38], a collier [1871]

Pitchford, Alexander Mathieson
[1901-1989] Born in Elland [22nd October 1902].

He was an iron fitter [1927].

On 9th July 1927, he married Edith Amy Barrett at Sowerby Primitive Methodist Chapel.

Edith Amy was born in Sowerby, the daughter of
James William Barrett

The couple died in Leeds

The entries for people with the surname Pitchforth are gathered together in a separate Sidetrack.

The individuals listed here are not necessarily related to each other.


George Redmonds writes that the surname is recorded from the 13th century, and may come from Shropshire, and may be related to the bitumen wells which are found there.

The Pitchforth family settle in Fixby in the late 1500s. Thomas Pickforth is recorded at Elland in the 1550s

There are currently around 40 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Pitchforth. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Pitchforth's: Solomon & Frederick Pitchforth
Established wire drawing business at Little John Mill, Rastrick in 1828.

In 1831, they built a 2-storey mill at Clifton Bridge, Brighouse for use as a saw-mill and for charcoal-burning and coal-grinding.

Partners included (possibly) Solomon Pitchforth

Pitchforth's: Solomon & James Pitchforth
Wire drawers, blacking and coal dust manufacturers, and wood sawyers.

Partners included Solomon Pitchforth and James Frederick Pitchforth.

The business was dissolved in January 1838

Pitt, Henry
[1796-1874] He was Lieutenant with the Royal Marines.

He married Mary [1792-1866].

Children: Mary Ann [1827-1873] who married William Jacob Copplestone.

The family lived at Slead Cottage, Brighouse [1849]; Lane Head, Brighouse [1861].

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Pitt, Penelope
[1749-1827] Aka Lady Ligonier, Viscountess Ligonier. Daughter of George Pitt, Baron Rivers. She was a society beauty.

She married (1) Edward Ligonier.

6 years after their marriage, her husband divorced her when she had an affair with an Italian nobleman, Count Vittorio Amadeo Alfieri. The Italian later deserted here.

She came to live in Lightcliffe – possibly at New House, Lightcliffe – and in Halifax for a time. She had a relationship with a Mr Wright of Lightcliffe.

In 1784, she married (2) a Captain Smith, and went to live in Northampton

Pitt, Shaw & Company
Coal miners at Seventeens Pit, Hartshead [1859]

Pitt Street Learner Pool, Hebden Bridge
Opened in 1967. The baths closed at the beginning of 2004 because of rising costs

Pitts, Joshua
[17??-18??] Upholsterer at Halifax.

He married Unknown.

Children: Hannah who married [20th August 1840] John Ridgill Trout (printer) from Bradford

Pitts Shore, Cornholme

Pitts, Rev Thomas
[1805-1874] BA.

Vicar of St George's, Sowerby for 32 years [1841, 1861].

He married Gertrude [1805-1882].

Children: Gertrude Elizabeth [1844] who died in infancy.

Thomas died 9th January 1874. Gertrude died 20th August 1882 (aged 77).

Members of the family were buried at St George's, Sowerby with Elizabeth Pitts who died 19th March 1844 (aged 71).

See St George's National School, Sowerby Bridge

Pitts, Todmorden
46 & 47 Pudsey Road. 2 early 19th century cottages. Dated FH AD 1828

Place, Alexander
[1778-1835] He was a gentleman of Skircoat [1817]; in the debtors' prison [1821]; an attorney's clerk and bookkeeper; secretary to the Court of Requests in Halifax [1835].

On 2nd September 1817, he married Mary, daughter of George Brown, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) George [bapt 1818]; (2) Alexander Lee [1821-1837].

He died 13th March 1835

Place, Alexander Fortune
[1838-1864] Son of George Place.

Born in Halifax.

He was in the Navy.

He married Ann Elizabeth Victoria Newman [18??-1821].

Children: (1) Ann Elizabeth [b 1865]; (2) Millicent Helena [b 1866]; (3) George Alexander Samuel [b 1869]; (4) Hugh James Bannister [b 1871].

Alexander and Ann died at Hertford

Place Bridge
Early name for Dumb Mill Bridge, comes from Place House

Place Brook
Early name for Red Beck, comes from Place House

Place, Rev Ernest William
[1862-1933] BA.

Born at Whitehaven [Q1 1862].

He was a Congregational Minister and became a Minister in the Church of England. He served at Quinta Congregational Church, Oswestry, Shropshire [1887-1890]. He was rector of St Barnabas, Cape Town [August 1918].

In September 1887, he married Lilias Mary Whitley.

Lilias Mary was the daughter of
John Whitley

Children: (1) Alan Whitley [b 1888]; (2) Lilias Marjory [b 1889]; (3) Peter Whitley [1896-1918] who joined the Northumberland Fusiliers and died in World War I; (4) Helen Marcia [b 1898]; (5) child who died young [before 1911].

The family lived at Truro, Cornwall; Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire [1871, 1881]; Stapleton, Gloucestershire [1891]; Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire [1911]; West Royd, Mayfield, Sussex [1933].

He died in Sussex [13 Jul 1933].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £15. Probate was granted to his widow Lilias Mary

Place, George
[1818-1879] Son of Alexander Place

He was a policeman in London [1841]; an attorneys clerk [1851].

On 29th March 1837, he married Millicent, daughter of Henry Bannister, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Alexander Fortune [b 1838]; (2) George Edward, [1839-1841]; (3) Mary Emma [b 1843]; (4) Blanche [b 1848].

In 1861, he married (2) Ann Clench at Portsea. Ann had a son Benjamin Clench.

George died at Camberwell, London

Place, H.
[18??-18??] Carver and gilder at Halifax.

In June 1869, he was declared bankrupt

Place House, Southowram
Gave its name to Place Bridge and Place Brook.

Owners and tenants have included

Places in Calderdale

Places outside Calderdale

The Plain Speaker
A Todmorden newspaper published for a few months around 1803 / 1830.

Question: Does anyone know anything about the paper and/or its date?


The full title was

The Plain Speaker to the Plain People upon Plain Subjects

Plaine, Soyland

The Plains, Elland
Park Road.

Isaac Dewhirst lived here [1905].

On 6th December 1916, it opened as an auxiliary military hospital and was used between January 1917 and May 1919

Plane Trees Farm, Coley
Aka Plain Trees.

Coley Road / Kirkgate. An H-plan farm built around 1608 by James Oates.

It was extended around 1660.

Owners and tenants have included

Planet Earth Centre

Plash House, Barkisland
Saddleworth Road. Early 19th century house

Plate Glass Insurance Company
Recorded in 1897, when James Kershaw was a director

Platform One Gallery
An art gallery at Todmorden Station run by the Todmorden Art Group

Plath, Sylvia
[1932-1963] American poet and novelist.

Whilst on a Fulbright Scholarship at Cambridge, she met the poet Ted Hughes, whom she married in 1956.

They separated in 1962.

She committed suicide in February 1963 and was buried at Heptonstall

Platt, Benjamin
[1783-1858] Senior partner in Benjamin Platt & Sons

Platt's: Benjamin Platt & Sons
Cotton spinners, dyers and finishers established by Benjamin Platt at Midgehole Dye Works, Hebden Bridge [1858, 1861].

In October 1858, they were charged with working their employees too late in the evening. The inspector had 10 charges against the company, but fines for only 4 were imposed, totalling £4 14/-

Platt's Charities
In his will of 1859, Philip Platt bequeathed 10 shares – worth £10 each – in the Chapel Field Mill Company such that the dividends be used for Ripponden National School Using figures for average earnings, £10 in 1859 is roughly the equivalent of £6,730.00 today

Platt, Eric
[1926-1948] Geologist from Soyland. He was leader of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey.

He died – of heart failure and exposure – whilst working in Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica. He was buried there.

A memorial window in his memory was unveiled at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones [1950].

A memorial in memory of him and 28 other Britons who died in Antarctica was unveiled in St Paul's Cathedral, London [2011]

Platt, Hartley

He married Sarah Parker.

Sarah was the daughter of
John Parker

Children: (1) Alice [b 1868] who was a tailoress [1881]; (2) Benjamin C. [b 1870].

In 1881, Sarah and the children were living with her parents

Platt, Rev James Henry
[19??-19??] He was at Derby before becoming Curate-in-Charge of Rishworth in the parish of Ripponden [1939] and Vicar of St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden [1941-1946]

Platt, John
[17??-17??] Hatter in Halifax [1762]

Platt, John
[1874-1912] In 1895, he married Lydia, widow of Schofield Hainsworth.

John established the Puzzle Hall Brewery at the Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge.

He was a brewer and beer seller, living on his own account at Puzzle Hall [1911].

On 24th October 1912, he died after falling off the roof of the Inn whilst carrying out repairs

Platt, Joseph
[1812-1???] Son of Matty [née Mallalieu] and Benjamin Platt.

Born in Saddleworth.

Baptised at Dobcross in Saddleworth [21st June 1812]

On 20th April 1835, he married Grace Hartley at Halifax Parish Church.

Grace was the daughter of
Bernard Hartley

Platt, Joseph
[1894-1916] Son of Betty & Robert Platt.

Born at Wardle.

In [Q4] 1915, he married Jane Mcclean Freebairn in Todmorden.

They lived at 960 Fair View, Rochdale Road, Walsden.

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery.

He died 20th November 1916 (aged 22).

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden [184].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Platt, Philip
[1802-1859] Born in Soyland.

He was a grocer with Richard Hirstwood at Lower Nether Royd, Soyland [1841, 1851].

He died Lower Nether Royd [19th October 1859].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £3,000.

His will was proved by his executors John Robinson and Parker Swinglehurst Holt.

His will established Platt's Charities

The local form of the surname is derived from The Platts, Sowerby.

George Redmonds writes that the name was adopted by the Gaukroger family, who lived at The Platts, Sowerby, firstly as an alias, and then as a surname.

See John Gaukroger, Richard Gaukroger and John Platts

There are currently only around 5 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Platts. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Platts, Eli
[18??-19??] Recorded in The Tradesmen's Advertiser of 1874, where he was a practical upholsterer at 13 Great Albion Street, Halifax

Platts, Ely
[1811-18??] Born in Skircoat.

He was a warehouseman [1836]; a stuff maker-up [1841]; a warehouseman (wool) [1851]; a maker of cotton & worsted goods [1861].

In 1836, he married Mary Hebblethwaite [1814-1???] of Northowram, at Halifax Parish Church. Mary was widowed by 1871.

Children: (1) George [b 1837] who was a warehouse boy (wool) [1851], a shop attendant [1861]; (2) Emma [b 1839] who was a dressmaker [1861]; (3) Ruth [b 1841] who was a brush maker [1851], a burler at damask manufacturer [1861]; (4) twins John; (5) Thomas [b 1844]; (6) Eli [b 1846] who was an upholsterer [1861]; (7) Mary A [b 1849]; (8) Mary A Platts 12 Daughter ".

The family lived at Upper Crib Lane, Halifax [1841]; 1 Bright Street, Halifax [1851, 1861].

Living with them in 1841, 1851 & 1861 was Ely's brother John Platts [1801-1???] (clog & patten maker) 

Platts House, Todmorden
Wellington Road. A small farm.

Owners and tenants have included

When Abraham Stansfield lived here with his family, he turned the land into a vegetable garden. This became as Vale Nurseries

Platts, John
[16??-16??] Recorded in 1600 as John Platts of Sowerby.

See Platts

Platts, John
[1844-1884] Son of Ely Platts and twin brother of Thomas.

Born in Halifax.

He was a packer of carpets [1861]; a warehouseman [1862]; a labourer in ironworks [1871]; beerhouse keeper at the Black Boy, Halifax [1881].

In 1862, he married Jemima Horsfall [1839-1???] of Halifax, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Thomas [b 1863]; (2) Lucy Hannah [b 1865] who was a carpet mender [1881]; (3) Mary Ann [b 1867] who was a spinner [1881].

The family lived at 28 Wilson Street, Halifax [1871]; Chapel House Inn, North Bierley, Bradford [1891]

Living with them in 1871 was John's widowed mother Mary Platts.

Living with them in 1881 were boarders William Priestley [aged 25] (stone mason) and Samuel Rother [aged 39] (labourer stone mason).

Living with them in 1891 was visitor Walter Culpan who married daughter Mary Ann Platts later that year

The Platts, Sowerby
The Platts or The Plattes was the original name of Old Haugh End, Sowerby.

Owners and tenants have included

See Platts

Platts, William
[1???-1???] He married Hester Barraclough

Hester was the daughter of
Richard Barraclough

Children: Hester

Playforth, George
[1???-18??] Manservant and groom at Shibden Hall in the time of Anne Lister

The Playhouse, Halifax
Originally the Hanover Methodist Chapel in King Cross Street, Halifax.

The building was bought by the Halifax Thespians for £2,500 in 1945, and converted to the Halifax Playhouse. The auditorium seats 298 people.

The theatre opened in 1949.

The auditorium was refurbished in 1984, and a new entrance was constructed in Hanover Street to provide wheelchair and disabled access.

Plebeians Jazz Club, Halifax
The Plebs Halifax Jazz Club was established by a group from Clare Hall School, Halifax. The founder members were Robert Moore, David Higgins, Tony Hurlin, and Fred Mountain.

The first meetings were held in April 1961 at Martin's Mill, Halifax.

Some of the musicians who played at the Club included Acker Bilk, Sonny Terry and Brownie Maghee, the White Eagle Jazz Band, and Ed O'Donnell's Band.

After 3 weeks, the club closed due to vandalism. It was held in a cellar in Upper George Yard, Halifax from June 1961.

The club closed in June 1968.

See Olympic Coffee Bar, Halifax, Plebs: the Halifax Jazz Club and Star Coffee Bar, Halifax

Plessis, François Du
[1984-] Aka Faf. South African cricketer. He played for Todmorden Cricket Club

Plested, Rev L.
[19??-19??] Baptist Minister at Hebden Bridge [1931]. In 1932, he moved to Wellington

Plews & Turner
They had a foundry at Elland Bridge [1960s]

Plews, Bernard Riley
[1896-1915] Son of George Plews.

He was a twiner piecer [1911]; a farmer.

During World War I, he was the first recruit from Sowerby.

He served as a Private with B Company 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was fatally gassed [5th May 1915].

He was buried at the Divisional Cemetery [C 18].

He is remembered on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church

Plews, David Reginald
[1893-1950] Son of George Plews.

He was a silk dresser [1911].

He married Kay.

They lived at 44 Wakefield Road, Hipperholme [1950].

David Reginald died 6th July 1950.

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby [10th July 1950] alongside his parents

Plews, George
[1853-1933] Son of William Plews, farmer.

Born in Spennythorne, Yorkshire.

He was a farmer of Holy Trinity Parish, Darlington [1884]; a farm labourer [1891]; a farmer [1901, 1911].

In 1884, he married Emily Turner [1858-1933] at St George's Church, Sowerby.

Emily of Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge, was the daughter of John Turner, engineer

Children: (1) Leopold Adrian G [b 1886] who was a sand paper machine tenter [1901]; (2) Harry William [b 1888] who was a fender shop worker [1901], a greengrocer [1911]; (3) Mary Gertrude [b 1889] who was a dairy maid [1911]; (4) David Reginald; (5) Annie Margaret [b 1894] who was a cotton reeler [1911]; (6) Bernard Riley; (7) Harold Turner.

The family lived at Birks Hall, Cragg, Sowerby [1891]; New Springs, Sowerby [1901]; Rooley, Sowerby [1911]; Upper Field House, Sowerby [1933].

The couple died in 1933: George [13th January 1933]; Emily [3rd November 1933].

They were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: George [17th January 1933]; Emily [7th November 1933].

Son David Reginald is buried with them

Plews, Harold Turner
[1898-1918] Son of George Plews.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 31st March 1918.

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial [4 & 5] and on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church

Plews of Brighouse
Manufacturers of textile machinery at Birds Royd, Brighouse [1940s]. They shared premises with Denford Machine Tool Limited

Plod Well, Cragg Vale

Area of Boothtown as the road goes up to Queensbury.

On 12th May 1965, a group of young archæologists discovered a pottery kiln here which had been used by Roundheads and Cavaliers during the Civil War.

See Moorfalls Estate, Northowram

Ploughcroft House, Halifax
Owners and tenants have included

Plow, Rev Anthony John
[1831-1868] Vicar of Todmorden [1864-1868].

In 1864, he married Harriet, the stepdaughter of Rev Dr Molesworth, Vicar of Rochdale.

Children: (1) Anthony Cyril [b 1865]; (2) Mary [b 1866]; (3) Hilda Catherine [b 1868] who died as a consequence of the Vicarage murder.

He and his father-in-law unsuccessfully tried to reach a compromise during the dispute at Christ Church, Todmorden. When he first officiated at the Church, he was booed by crowds at the gates and in the churchyard, and had to go in by the back entrance.

He was attacked in the Vicarage murder on 2nd March 1868. He was present at the trial but died of his injuries on 12th March 1868. Newspaper reports mention that

inflammation of the brain was observable

He was buried at Christ Church, Todmorden at the east end of the Church [17th March 1868], near to the grave of Jane Smith. The graves have now gone

Plowroyd, Northowram
Owners and tenants have included

Plumbridge, Rev J. H. J.
[18??-19??] BA, BD.

He was at Oldham before becoming Minister at Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1913]. In 1922, he moved to Harehills, Leeds

Pobjoy, Rev Harold Norman
[1889-19??] MA.

He was educated at Bristol.

He was curate at Battyeford, Mirfield before becoming Curate at Elland [1911, 1915], Curate at Brighouse [1912], and Vicar of Hartshead [1925-1930].

In 1911, he was living at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

In 1930, he was appointed vicar of Linthwaite.

He married Marian Brearley.

In 1972, he and his wife wrote The Story of the Ancient Parish of Hartshead-cum-Clifton

Pococke, Bishop Dr Richard
[17??-17??] Bishop of Meath. Visited Halifax in 1750. He recorded that the hills around Halifax were
not unlike the Mount of Olives over Jerusalem, and all the hills are full of coal

Podmore, John Herbert
[1862-1940] On 4th April 1894, he married Bertha Mary Helliwell in Westminster.

Bertha Mary was the daughter of
Thomas William Helliwell

Bertha Mary Helliwell died in Tonbridge [6th March 1955] John Herbert is mentioned for gallantry in World War I

Poetry Centre
See Ted Hughes Poetry Centre

Poets & Writers

Pogg Myres Farm, Hartshead
The name is derived from pogg and myre, both words meaning a bog

Pogley Barn, Heptonstall
Rebuilt in 1901. It is now a private house

Pogson, Emmanuel
[1827-1???] Son of spinner Parker Pogson.

He was a spinner at Longwood [1860].

In 1860, he married Harriet, daughter of Joseph Halstead at Huddersfield Parish Church.

Children: (1) Hannah [b 1865]; (2) Herbert [b 1869].

In 1861 and 1871, the family were living at the Bay Horse, Stainland with Harriet's parents

Pogson, Kathryn
[1954-] Actress.

Born in Halifax

Pogson, William
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner at Booth Wood Mill and Severhills Mill, Ripponden [1833]

Pogson, William
[18??-1???] Coal merchant and carting agent at Halifax. His business was established at the old Halifax railway station around 1855. Around 1884, he moved to North Bridge Station, Halifax. Around 1890, he retired and the business passed to his nephew, Herbert H. Sutcliffe. He lived at Poplar Street [1905]

Pohlmann & Sons Limited
Piano-making business founded around 1823 by Henry Pohlmann. They were pioneers of the piano in Britain and in their heyday were one of the world's leading manufacturers, and the only company outside London to manufacture pianos.

The construction of pianos, with full iron frames, was introduced into England in 1870 by Pohlmanns and in 1871 they were the first to use the overstrung bass in upright pianos.

Originally in Corn Market, by 1830, the business had moved to Waterhouse Street. New showrooms and warehouse premises opened opposite the White Swan Hotel on Princess Street. The company had a warehouse, a steam works, and piano manufactory and workshops – said to be Britain's most advanced piano factory – at 14 Hall Street, Halifax, and a retail outlet on Commercial Street. By 1890, they employed 40 people.

The company controlled a number of patents and were – with Erard of London – the first to produce 7¼ octave keyboards.

Their brands included

Paragon upright grands
Grand Psalmos pianofortes
Prima Psalmos pianofortes
and they were known for their
Noiseless pedals for pianos
non-corrosive Harmonic piano wire

A partnership – Lumb & Pohlmann – is recorded [1905].

Their rosewood Piano d'Artiste was advertised at a price of 70 guineas or on hire-purchase terms at 2 guineas per month. Their pianos came with a 10-year guarantee.

The company had a large export trade, with sales to South America, New Zealand and Australia.

They won many international prizes. Replicas of their medals can be seen on the outside of their former showrooms in Princess Street.

During World War I, Henry Pohlmann refused to allow his works to be used for making ammunition.

In 1931, the company stopped producing pianos and sold radios and electrical equipment.

The business was taken over by Rediffusion.

The company closed in the late 1970s

Pohlmann, Arthur Philip
[1857-1918] Son of Henry William Pohlmann. He was a pianoforte manufacturer. He was deaf [1891].

In 1880, he married Hannah Maria, daughter of Frederick Baines, in Halifax.

Children: (1) Clifford Frederick G. [b 1886]; (2) Basil Leigh B. [1891-1963] who married [1928] Winifred Hollas at Halifax; (3) Arthur P. Darcy [b 1894].

The family lived at 6 Victoria Terrace, Hipperholme [1891]; Roydlands, Lightcliffe [1901, 1905]

Pohlmann, Daniel Johann David
[1756-1836] Aka Daniel John David.

Born at Marburg, Germany. In 1765, his father, Johannes Christoph David Pohlmann, from Hanover in Germany, manufactured the first pianoforte in England.

The piano in The Savile Room, Shibden Hall is by Johannes and is dated 1769.

Around 1790, he married Mary [1763-1837].

Children: (1) Henry; (2) child; (3) child; (4) child.

The family lived at Northowram.

He and his wife were buried at Coley Church

Pohlmann, Edward
[1825-1886] Son of Henry Pohlmann. He was a pianoforte apprentice living in Soho, London [1841]; a music dealer in Halifax [1861]. He was also interested in the cultivation of the primula auricula and was registered as such with the Royal Horticultural Society.

He married Elizabeth.

Children: (1) Fred; (2) Edward [b 1860] who was a piano-maker; (3) Albert [1863-1895].

The family lived at 22 Parkinson Lane [1861]; Wheatley [1871]; 17 Parkinson Lane [1881]

Pohlmann, Frederick
[1859-1945] Fred. Son of Edward Pohlmann.

He was educated at Rishworth School.

He became a pianoforte manufacturer with the family business, Pohlmann & Son.

He was a Liberal candidate for Hipperholme District Council [1907].

In 1893, he married Sarah Peel [1862-1945] in Halifax.

Children: (1) Henry Edward; (2) Sarah Elizabeth [b 1896]; (3) Reginald Peel; (4) Arnold [b 1900].

The family lived at 113 Parkinson Lane, Halifax [1891, with his brothers]; Oakleigh, Lightcliffe [1901, 1905]; Green Park Road, Halifax [1945]

Pohlmann, Henry
[1798-1872] Younger son of Daniel Johann David Pohlmann. Baptised at Coley.

He was a dealer in music and musical instruments, and fancy stationery at premises in Corn Market, Halifax, previously occupied by John Holroyd – where in Baines's 1822 directory – he is listed as

a dealer in music and musical instruments, and fancy stationery

He was an agent for The Leeds Mercury [1830s, 1840s].

He was a music seller at 22 Waterhouse Street [1845].

The business later became Pohlmann & Son.

On 29th November 1820, he married Sarah Hartley [1???-18??] at Halifax. Sarah was dead by 1851.

Children: (1) Maria [1822-1901] who married Adam Crossfield Foster; (2) Henry William; (3) Edward; (4) Elizabeth [b 1828]; (5) Jane [b 1831].

The family lived at Green Hill, Halifax [1841, 1845]; 5 Wentworth Terrace, Halifax [1851, 1861].

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 2892]. On the headstone, the surname is spelled Henry Pohlman with one N.

See Joseph Henry Frobisher and Niccolò Paganini

Pohlmann, Henry Edward
[1893-19??] Son of Frederick Pohlmann.

During World War I, in 1917, he served with the 25th Squadron in France. His brother Reginald Peel Pohlmann was in the same squadron

Pohlmann, Henry William
[1823-1874] Son of Henry Pohlmann.

He married Henrietta Elise Emma Glave from Hanover.

Children: (1) Henry William; (2) Arthur Philip; (3) George Herbert [b 1860].

The family lived at Waterhouse Street, Halifax [1861]; 38 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1871, 1881]; Brackenbed Grange, Halifax [1891].

He died suddenly at the Bedford Hotel, London. He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 2586]

Pohlmann, Henry William
[1853-1891] Eldest son of Henry William Pohlmann. He attended Making Place Academy.

On 19th December 1876, he married Mary Hannah, daughter of Joseph Townsend, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Beatrice Mary Lillian [1878-1930] who married Robert Stafford; (2) Henry William Louis [b 1880]; (3) George Percy Carlyle [b 1881]; (4) Harold Clive [b 1883]; (5) Charles Victor [b 1885]; (6) Emily Dorothy [b 1887]; (7) Elsie Winifred [b 1889].

The family lived at Hunger Hill; Marburg House, 38 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1874, 1891]; 10 Grandesmere Place, Manor Drive, Halifax [1901].

He died as a result of a fracture to the right humerus

Pohlmann, Reginald Peel
[1898-1918] Aka Reggie.

Son of Frederick Pohlmann.

He was educated at Hipperholme Grammar School and was head boy in 1915.

In 1916, he volunteered for military service and (possibly) joined the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He trained in Buckinghamshire and then moved to Oxford and then to Doncaster and Lincolnshire with the Training Squadron in the Royal Flying Corps.

In 1917, he joined the British Expeditionary Force in France. He was posted to the 25th Squadron in France and became Second Lieutenant. His brother, Henry Edward, was in the same squadron.

Reggie was involved in reconnaissance and aerial photography work with the 25th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. He carried out his first operational flight as pilot of a DH4 in early October 1917.

He was shot down on 5th February 1918 and was buried near Pittem, Belgium.

After the war, his remains were recovered and reinterred at Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Courtrai, Belgium

Poiré, Anthime Camille
[1853-19??] He took over the language school of Alphonse Magnier.

In 1879, a Monsieur Poiré was French master at Heath Grammar School.

An advertisement for the school on 6th March 1882 announced

Monsieur A. Poiré, Professor of University of France (successor to Monsieur A. Magnier), 5, Bond Street, Halifax

In 1911, he was Principal of the Northern Institute [School of Commerce] at St George's Road, Leeds.

In 1882, he married Florence Wright [1857-19??] from Halifax, in Halifax.

Children: (1) Alice [b 1883]; (2) Isabelle Florence [1888].

The family lived at 5 Bond Street, Halifax [where he was a lodger with Mrs Elizabeth Staveley: 1881]; 19 Portland Place, Halifax [1891]; 44 Brudwell Mount, Headingley, Leeds [1901].

See John E. Spencer

Pokeland, Shibden
Area mentioned in 1515

Pole, Charles
[1843-1???] Born in Belgrave, Leicestershire.

He was Head Constable of the Halifax Police [1881]; Chief Constable [1884, 1892, 1893].

He is mentioned as a witness in several court cases of the time.

In 1865, he married Ann Winterton [1842-1???] from Leicestershire, in Melton Mowbray.

Children: (1) Julia A. [b 1867]; (2) Roger [b 1869] who was a chemist's assistant [1891]; (3) Emily [b 1871]; (4) Frederick [b 1874] who was a clerk to a chartered accountant [1891]; (5) Florence [b 1880].

The family lived at 96 Lister Lane, Halifax [1881]

Pole Hill Air Traffic Beacon, Todmorden

Police Stations

Polish Displaced Persons' Camp
Shibden Hall Road.

The men were housed in the former Shibden Industrial School.

A housing development – Shibden Hall Croft – now stands on the site

Pollard ...
The entries for people with the surname Pollard are gathered together in a separate SideTrack.

The individuals listed here are not necessarily related to each other.


There are currently around 42 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Pollard. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Unattached BMDs for Pollard:

Marriage 1950;

Deaths 1800, 1907

The Pollard family of Stannary
Of Stannary Hall, Halifax.

George Pollard was an early member of the family.

During the 19th century, they developed the Wheatley Dye Works at Dapper Mill, Ovenden.

In the 1800s, they specialised in the production of scarlet cloth for military uniforms. At the end of the 19th century, they merged with the Yorkshire Indigo, Scarlet and Colour Dyers Limited

Pollard & Company
Merchants at Cheapside, Halifax [1809]

Pollard & Winter
Oil merchants, blenders and refiners at 2 Black Swan Passage, Halifax [1905]. Partners included Mr Pollard and J. W. B. Winter.

In 19??, the business became Spermolin Limited

Pollard's Donation
In his will of 1608, Henry Pollard bequeathed an annual sum of £2 7/- out of income from Jump's Farm, Stansfield. 9/- was to go to the Minister of Cross Stone Chapel, and £1 18/- to the poor of Stansfield. Using figures for average earnings, £2 7/- in 1608 is roughly the equivalent of £4,670.00 today, and 9/- is roughly the equivalent of £895.00, and £1 18/- is roughly the equivalent of £3,780.00.

In 1730, 37 people are recorded as receiving the charity

Pollard's: J. Pollard & Company
Chemists, druggists, varnish manufacturers and oil merchants established by Mr Baldwin around 1850 at Woolshops, Halifax. Around 1865, the business was acquired by John Pollard. They had a large factory and warehouse at Lower George Yard, Halifax. The company manufactured Campbell's patent gas engine oil, Leo belting grease, Designers' varnish, Bobbin varnish, and Brush-makers' varnish

Pollard's: John Pollard & Company
Merchants and woollen manufacturers of Halifax.

They were at Green Hill, Halifax [1787].

On 9th April 1823, the Halifax Society for the Prosecution of Felons published a notice offering 50 guineas reward to information leading to the conviction of offender or offenders who had – during the preceding 3 weeks – stolen 13 yards of broad-cloth and 23 yards of Indigo Blue Plain cloth from the tenters of John Pollard & Company. The notice observed that

The above Offence is punishable with Death

Merchants, John Pollard & Company, are recorded at Greenhill, Halifax and at 12 Coleman Street, London [1809].

Woollen manufacturers, John Pollard & Company, are recorded at Halifax and at Dapper Mill, Ovenden [1861].

See William Pollard

Pollit, A. R.
[18??-19??] He was manager of the Halifax & Huddersfield Union Banking Company. In 1910, he resigned when the bank merged with the Halifax Joint Stock Bank to become the West Yorkshire Bank

Pollit & Wigzell Limited
World-famous steam-engine builders of Sowerby Bridge.

The company was founded by Timothy Bates as Timothy Bates & Company at Bank Foundry in 1786 during the Industrial Revolution.

In 1834, Joseph Pollit – nephew of Bates – took over the company, and in 1865 he was joined by Eustace Wigzell.

The company was registered in March 1892. The capital of 40,000 in 4,000 shares. 3,023 taken by 22 shareholders with 30,000 issued as Paid Up capital.

Each of the company's engines was given a female name – one for the feminists!

In the late 19th century, they employed up to 500 workers.

They had business at Centre Mills, Sowerby Bridge.

The company went into voluntary liquidation in March 1930 when steam was overtaken by other sources of power. The business closed in 1932.

The foundry was demolished in 1937. The Regent Cinema was built on the site.

See Nicholl & Wood and Edward Ernest Pollit

Pollit's Bank, Pye Nest
Land between Washer Lane and Wakefield Road

Pollit, Edward Ernest
[1855-1931] MIME.

Son of Thomas Pollit Born at Kingston, Halifax [29th November 1855].

He was educated at Rishworth School; MD of Pollit & Wigzell; a member of the Sowerby Bridge School Board; Chairman of the School Attendance & Finance Committees; Manager of the Sowerby Bridge National Schools; Churchwarden of Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge; Secretary and Treasurer of the Sowerby Bridge Prosecution Society [1900].

On 19th September 1902, he married Elizabeth Mansell [1845-1915].

Elizabeth was the daughter of William Mansell of Ramsgate

The family lived at Beech House, Warley [1902]. Elizabeth died 1st January 1915.

Edward Ernest died 12th November 1931.

The couple were cremated at Lawns Wood, Leeds: Elizabeth [5th January 1915]; Edward Ernest [14th November 1931].

There is a memorial to the couple at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge, next to that of Eustace Wigzell.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £9,861

Pollit, Joseph
[1814-1900] Son of Thomas Pollit and grandson of Timothy Bates who had founded Timothy Bates & Company at Bank Foundry.

He bought the Bates estate from Peter Smith Bates.

In 1834, he took over his grandfather's company, trading as Timothy Bates & Company.

In 1841, he was listed as an ironfounder.

In 1865, he was joined by Eustace Wigzell, and the company became Pollit & Wigzell.

He was Chairman of the Sowerby Bridge Local Board [15th April 1875-15th April 1876].

The family lived at Bank House, Sowerby Bridge [1861].

He died 9th September 1900.

See Sowerby Bridge Waterworks

Pollit, Samuel
[1???-18??] Of Sowerby Bridge.

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835].

See West Yorkshire Railway Company

Pollit, Samuel
[1798-1876] Son of Thomas Pollit.

Drysalter at King Cross Street, Halifax [1837]

Pollit, Thomas
[1768-1863] Born in Manchester.

He was a drysalter [1841]; a cotton merchant. He established Thomas Pollit & Company.

On 16th November 1797, he married (1) Mary Bates at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary was the daughter of Timothy Bates

Children: (1) Samuel; (2) Lydia [1800-1861] who married Thomas Milcrest; (3) Ellen [1802-1883]; (4) Ann [1803-1889]; (5) Mary [b 1805]; (6) Sarah [1809-1891]; (7) Amelia Jane [1811-1841].

On 28th June 1812, he married (2) Susannah [1785-1833] at Halifax Parish Church.

Susannah was possibly née Wainhouse and widow of Mr Aked

Children: (8) Thomas; (9) Joseph; (10) Emma [1815-1885]; (11) Maria [1820-1899]; (12) Edward [1823-1857] who was a millwright's apprentice [1841].

The family lived at Broadgates, Sowerby Bridge.

Members of the family were buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery.

See Thomas Crompton and Sowerby Bridge National School

Pollit, Thomas
[1813-1887] Son of Thomas Pollit

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a drysalter [1851]; a drysalting merchant [1861]; an ironfounder [1871]; an engineer's & foundry clerk [1881]; a clerk in an engineering company and foundry [1891].

On 23rd April 1846, he married Cecilia, daughter of Rev Charles Rogers, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Letitia Mary [1846-1927]; (2) Charles Thomas [1848-1929] who was a mechanical engineer [1871]; (3) Cecilia Rogers [1850-1931]; (4) Arthur Rogers [1854-1928] who was a banker's clerk [1871]; (5) Edward Ernest; (6) Frederick William [1859-1863]; (7) Henry Langford [1861-1890]; (8) John Robert [1864-1936].

The family lived at Green Hill, Warley [1851]; Clough House, Tuel lane, Sowerby Bridge [1861]; 43 Moorfield Villa, Savile Park [1871, 1881, 1891]

daughter Cecilia Rogers was buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge with her grandparents

Pollit's: Thomas Pollit & Company
Merchants and drysalters at Broadgates, Sowerby Bridge [1809].

Established by Thomas Pollit

Polly Hall, Northowram
Recorded in 1841

Pond Farm, Brighouse
Smithy Carr Lane / Granny Hall Lane.

Owners and tenants have included

See Pond Oil Works, Brighouse

Pond, Sowerby
See Stansfield Pond, Sowerby

Ponte, William de
[13??-13??] He married Malina.

See Lambert House

Pontefract-Wakefield Feud

Pool, John
[18??-18??] Gentleman of Halifax.

He married Unknown.

Children: Eliza [b 1842] who was a schoolmistress [1861] married Keighley Walton

Pool's: John Pool & Company
Pocket book and pattern card makers.

They were at 3 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1822] and 20 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1829]

Pool, Wilkinson
[1731-1802] Son of William Pool.

He and his parents were buried in Halifax Parish Church.

The epitaph records that he was

Tyler to the Free Mason Lodge of Probity 31 years, which office he filled with zealous fidelity

Pool, William
[1695-1754] Of Halifax.

He married Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Wilkinson.

Children: Wilkinson.

Members of the family were buried in Halifax Parish Church

Pool, William
[1726-1801] Cordwainer of Halifax.

He married (1) Rachel [1733-1771].

Children: (1) John; (2) William; (3) Judith; (4) Elizabeth [1761-1828] who married John Lister.

He married (2) Alice [1732-1782].

Children: (5) William; (6) Mary.

The epitaph on the family memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Poolman, Rev John
[19??-] Last Vicar of Copley. He left in 1990 and was not replaced

Poor Children's Treat Fund
See Maria Ackroyd Charity

Poor's Cottage, Ovenden
See Isaac Walton

Poor Man's Friend Lodge
A friendly society established at Ovenden in the 18th/19th century. It subsequently amalgamated with the Bolton Unity of Oddfellows

Pope, H.
[18??-19??] Medical practitioner in Todmorden [1895]

The Poplars, Brighouse
61 Lightcliffe Road.

Owners and tenants have included

The Poplars, Halifax
Free School Lane / Savile Park.

Owners and tenants have included

The Poplars, Lightcliffe
This was originally the Horse Shoe Inn

Owners and tenants have included

The Poplars, Rastrick
Rastrick Common. Stans at the junction with Bowling Alley.

This was a farm in the early 1700s.

Owners and tenants have included

The popular local name for a mixture of liquorice and water

Popple, Thomas

In [Q4] 1894, he married Rachel Mallett [18??-19??] in Haslingden. Children: Wilfred

The family lived at 16 Canal View, Longfield Road, Todmorden

Popple Wells, Warley
See Lower Popplewells, Warley

Popple, Wilfred
[1896-1918] Son of Thomas Popple.

Born in Haslingden [Q3 1896].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 25th August 1918 (aged 22).

He is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial [5 & 6] and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Popples Almshouses, Bradshaw
4 to 9 School Lane. 6 houses in a 17th century-style building dated 1840. The houses were built in 1832 by Elizabeth Wadsworth for
natives or residents of Holdsworth – 6 poor widows, or poor unmarried women – not less than 50 years of age

Popples Bottom, Slack
Widdop Road, Heptonstall. From around 1810, the local workhouse was here

Popples Charity
See Popples Almshouses and Elizabeth Wadsworth

Popples Close Farm, Heptonstall
Edge Lane. Mid 18th century laithe-house

Popples Common, Slack
Heptonstall. Cricket and Knur & spell were played here.

In 1960, Lord George Halifax Lumley-Savile gave the Common and other land to Hepton Rural District Council.

Calderdale Council have twice had to pay damages and compensation for allowing people to abuse this common land

Popplewell Charities
In March 1820, John Popplewell bequeathed the income from a benefaction of £1,300, and in 1832, Ann and Rebecca Popplewell bequeathed the income from a benefaction of £1,000. Using figures for average earnings, £1,300 in 1820 is roughly the equivalent of £988,000.00 today, and Using figures for average earnings, £1,000 in 1832 is roughly the equivalent of £825,000.00 today. The money was to be distributed to men and women who have attended Divine Service at Hartshead Church, and took the form of underclothing and a loaf of bread worth 1/-. Using figures for average earnings, 1/- in 1820 is roughly the equivalent of £38.00 today.

In 1894, 88 men each received 2 shirts and a pair of stockings, and 78 women each received 2 shifts, a flannel petticoat and a pair of stockings

Popplewell, Elizabeth
[1842-1903] She had a daughter Martha Harriet Popplewell [b 1868].

In 1872, she married (1) James Crawshaw.

In 1875, she married (2) Kershaw Armitage

Popplewell, John
[17??-18??] See Popplewell Charities

Popplewell, Thomas
[17??-18??] Wire drawer at Paper Mill, Halifax [1830].

He lived at 3 Albion Street, Halifax [1830]

Population of Calderdale

The Porch Chamber: Shibden Hall
This is on the first floor at the front of Shibden Hall

Pork Pie Appreciation Society
See Old Bridge Inn Pork Pie Appreciation Society

Pork Pie Villa, Brighouse
See Kirkley House, Brighouse

Porridge Hall, Rishworth
In 1842, a number of Wesleyans met at Porridge Hall, Temple Terrace, near the Derby Bar, Rishworth. They went on to establish Booth Wood Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Porritt, Arthur
[1895-1990] Local historian and writer of books on local history. He was a member of the Halifax Authors' Circle. He wrote many papers for the Halifax Antiquarian Society, and he was President in the 1970s.

Between November 1952 and March 1959, he wrote 313 articles for the Halifax Courier & Guardian, and these were published in the 3 volumes of his It happened here series. His many publications include:

Porritt, Rev Thomas
[1847-1936] Minister at Providence Congregational Church, Elland [1878-1890]. He left to serve at Morley

Porteous, Rev C. A.
[18??-19??] Minister at Holywell Green Congregational Church [1919]

Porter & Peel
Staymakers at 15 Corn Market, Halifax [1881]

Porter, Clifford
[1890-1914] Or Cliff.

Son of Fred Porter.

He was a wool warehouseman; employed by Hoyle's wool warehouse, Church Street, Halifax [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

Clifford may have joined the Scots Guards – rather than a Yorkshire regiment – because the family lived in Scotland for a time.

He was a reserve for about 3 weeks at the commencement of hostilities, before he was sent to the front.

In January 1915, he was presumed missing since 11th November 1914.

He had died 30th November 1914.

He was buried at the Sanctuary Wood Cemetery [II K 5]

On 11th April 1914, two brigades of Prussian Guards attacked each side of the Menin Road and got within 3 miles of Ypres after a fierce battle. The commander of the British Guards Brigade was killed in that action along with hundreds of other soldiers.

It is just possible that Clifford was wounded and captured by the Germans in that action.

His remains were eventually found in a German grave in the communal cemetery in Menin. He was identified by his dog tag.

In 1928, his remains were reinterred in Sanctuary Wood.

By that time his name had already been inscribed on the Menin Gate in Ypres as a soldier with no known grave.

He died as a Private, but on the grave he is shown as being a Guardsman, a term which only came into being after 1914


Porter, David
[1791-1863] (Possibly) Son of William Porter.

Halifax tea dealer with premises in 1 Carlton Street, Halifax [1829, 1834] and Woolshops [1822].

Later, he went into business as a woolstapler in Bull Close Lane [1837], and son Samuel joined the business at The Square and at George Street [1853] and Horton Street [1875].

The family began worsted spinning at Greetland [1866]

In 18??, he married Elizabeth [1796-1877].

Children: (1) Ellen [1822-1899]; (2) Mary J. [1833-1???]; (3) Elizabeth; (4) Samuel.

The family lived at Savile Royd [1881]

Porter, Rev Edward
[1868-1959] Pastor at Steep Lane Baptist Church, Sowerby [1910]

In [Q3] 1904, he married Bessie Crook [18??-1955] in Lancaster.

Children: Bessie Crook [1906-1912].

The family lived at Steep Lane, Manse.

Members of the family were buried at Steep Lane Baptist Chapel, Sowerby

Porter, Elizabeth
[1836-1904] Daughter of David Porter.

She gave to the town the organ which stands in the Victoria Hall in memory of her brother Samuel Porter.

She never married.

In her will, she left £26,300 for charitable purposes, including Abbott's Ladies' Home, St Jude's Church, Halifax and the Royal Halifax Infirmary.

See Balmoral Place, Halifax

Porter, Fred
[1862-194?] Born in Howden.

He was a coachman at Kilvington Hall, Thirsk; a coachman at Well Hall, Hamilton, Scotland [1886]; a coachman at Killinghall [1889]; a coachman [1891]; a coachman (domestic) [1901]; a coachman for John Mackintosh & Sons Limited; a confectionery warehouseman [1911].

When the motor car replaced the coach and horses, he moved to work in the warehouse at the Mackintosh factory.

In [Q4] 1884, he married (1) Ann Beaumont [1858-1909] in Leeds.

Ann was born in Stutton, Yorkshire

Children: (1) Wilfred Beaumont [b Scotland 1886] who was a clerk (commercial) [1901]; (2) Minnie [b 1889] who was a dressmaker [1911]; (3) Clifford; (4) Rowland [b 1892] who was a cabinet maker [1911]; (5) Eleanor [b 1894] who was a confectionery packer [1911] and married Ernest Edgar Shaw.

Ann died in Halifax [1909] (aged 50) 

In [Q4] 1912, he married (2) Grace H. Pickles in Halifax.

The family lived at Ripon Road, Killinghall, Knaresborough [1891]; 14 Apple Street, Halifax [1901]; 21 Franklin Street, Halifax [1911]; 6 Kliffen Place, Halifax [1914]; John Mackintosh Memorial Homes

Porter, Frederick George
[1889-191?] Son of John Porter.

Born in Mytholmroyd.

He was a clerk (cotton weaving manufacturer) [1911]; a bookkeeper [1914].

In October 1914, he married Hilda Craven [1894-19??] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

Hilda of 26 Balmoral Place [?], Industrial Road, Sowerby Bridge, was the daughter of George Craven, army pensioner

Children: Richard A [b 1915].

During World War I, he served as a Private.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on a memorial in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd and in the book Royd Regeneration

Porter, John
[1854-1???] Born in Halsall, Lancashire.

He was a railway clerk [1881]; station master at Mytholmroyd Station [1891, 1901, 1911].

He married Sarah [1852-1???].

Sarah was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Children: (1) Maud [b 1875] who was a tailoress fustian [1891]; (2) Ada A [b 1877] who was a postal telegraph clerk [1901]; (3) Harry [1879-1881]; (4) Louis [b 1886] who was a grocery apprentice [1901], a wholesale grocer's assistant [1911]; (5) Frederick George; (6) Eleanor [b 1892] who was a dressmaker shop assistant [1911].

The family lived at 18 Johnson Street, Mirfield, Dewsbury [1881]; New Road, Mytholmroyd [1891]; Railway Station House, Mytholmroyd [1901, 1911]

Porter Lodge, Triangle
Rochdale Road. A distinctive pair of buildings on the main road. Inscribed 1749 rebuilt 1874. These were the lodges to Field House, Sowerby.

See Triangle Well #2

Porter, Rev R. W.
[18??-19??] Curate at St Paul's, King Cross [1903]. In 1904, he was appointed vicar at Ravensthorpe [Normanton]

Porter, Robert
[16??-17??] He was Constable of Northowram [1706]

Porter, Samuel
[1823-1899] Son of David Porter.

He was a woolstapler and carried on the family businesses after his father's death [in 1863].

He was interested in music and was active in the Victoria Hall Company.

He lived at Savile Royd [1881], with his sisters.

The Porter Ward at the Royal Halifax Infirmary was named for him

Porter, Miss Selina
[1827-1869] Sister-in-law of the Rev C. J. Bushell, Vicar of Barkisland.

Recently recovered from an attack of scarlatina, she had been convalescing at Barkisland Parsonage for 7 weeks. She had shown symptoms of deafness during her stay.

On 15th May 1869, she was killed at North Dean Station as she was about to return home to Southport by train. As she was crossing the line, her the dress was caught by the Normanton to Manchester express train which passed. 2 porters had called out to warn her, but she did not notice their calls. She was knocked down by the engine and killed on the spot. Her body was taken to the Shears Inn at West Vale

Porter, Thomas
[1819-1893] Yarn merchant from Manchester. He was a nephew of David Porter. He made a number of anonymous gifts to Crossley Orphanage. In 1887, he gave £50,000 to the Crossley Orphanage on condition that the title of the institution included his own name. He had no other links with the school and never visited. In 1873, he was injured in an accident on the Halifax-Bradford railway line

Porter, William
[1???-18??] Tea dealer with premises at Carlton Street [1830].

(Possibly) father of David Porter

Portland House, Halifax
Stood at the corner of Commercial Street / St John's Lane.

Owners and tenants have included

Portman, Charles Clifford Harrison
[1895-1???] Son of Matthew Portman.

He was a clerk (tapestry works) [1911]; a civil servant [1920, 1939].

He married (1) Annice Irene Hallewell in Halifax [29th January 1920].

Annice Irene was the daughter of Charles Frederick Hallewell

In [Q4] 1957, he married (2) Florence Lakey in Halifax.

The family lived at 19 Gibraltar Road, Halifax [1961]

Portman, Eric
[1901-1969] Popular film star and theatre actor born in Halifax

See Ivor Burgoyne, Halifax Repertory Theatre Club and Our Eric: a Portrait of Eric Portman

Portman, Frank Leslie
[1903-19??] Known as Leslie.

Son of Matthew Portman.

Born 2nd August 1903.

Baptised at All Souls' Church, Haley Hill [18th November 1903] along with his older brother Eric.

He took over the family business and was a children's outfitter [1939].

In [Q3] 1931, he married Alice Green in Bournemouth.

Children: (1) John M. [b 1939]; (2) Michael.

The family lived at 20 Chester Road, Akroydon

Portman, Rev J. E.
[18??-19??] Methodist minister at Cornholme, Todmorden [1910]

Portman, James
[1837-1???] Born in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham.

He was a coal miner [1871]; a retired miner [1911].

He married Harriet Satterfit [1848-1???] in Rotherham [Q2 1865].

Harriet was born in Kimberworth, Rotherham

Children: (1) Sarah [b 1858]; (2) Matthew; (3) John Edward [b 1870]; (4) Ada Martha [1872-1873]; (5) Henry [b 1874] who was a lamp cleaner [1891]; (6) Friend [b 1876] who was a coal miner [1891]; (7) Bernard [b 1878]; (8) Willie [1881]; (9) George E [b 1885] who was a coal miner (hewer) [1911]; (10) Albert [b 1892] who was a clerk [1911].

The family lived at Brick Yard, Kimberworth [1871]; Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham [1881]; Ecclesfield, Yorkshire [1891].

Harriet was dead by 1911

Portman, Matthew
[1868-1939] Son of James Portman.

Born in Thorpe Hesley, near Rotherham.

He was a clothier's salesman in Burnley [1891]; a clothier (manager) [1911].

He married Alice Harrison [1871-1915] in Rotherham [1893].

Alice was born in Kimberworth / Masborough, Rotherham

The couple moved to Halifax.

He ran a gentlemen's outfitters business at 18 Arcade Royale, Halifax [1936] and 20 Silver Street, Halifax [1961]

Children: (1) Charles Clifford; (2) Winifred May [b 1897] who married [Q1 1922] Thomas W. Aked; (3) Eric; (4) Frank Leslie.

The family lived at 71 Chester Road, Akroydon [1901, 1905]; 20 Chester Road, Akroydon [1911, 1939].

Alice died 25th May 1915

Matthew died at Scalebor Park, Ilkley [13th September 1939].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £9,970 10/3d. Probate was granted to his sons Charles Clifford and Frank Leslie

Portsmouth Co-operative Society, Todmorden
The Portsmouth branch of the Todmorden Co-operative Society opened on 17th September 1897 – the 14th branch

Portsmouth House, Todmorden
Owners and tenants have included

Portsmouth Post Office
This was one of 11 local post offices which – despite popular protests – were closed in August 2008

Portsmouth Railway Station
Todmorden. Opened by the Manchester & Leeds Railway Company on 12th November 1849. This allowed passengers to reach East Lancashire more easily.

On 9th January 1888, there was a collision near the station.

On 11th May 1900, a young woman was knocked down by a train.

The passenger service ended and the station closed on 5th July 1958.

The goods service ended in 1963.

The station was demolished.

See Hall Royd Junction, Todmorden and Todmorden Railway Station

Portsmouth Reservoir, Todmorden
Now used by Todmorden Angling Society

Portsmouth Rovers Football Club
The club was formed in 1903.

Recorded in 1909

Portsmouth, Todmorden
Area of Todmorden west of Cornholme. It is almost in Lancashire.

Like much of the surrounding district, the area is subject to flooding.

On 16th October 1947, many homes and roads were engulfed in mud following a landslide near here.

The area was given the name Portsmouth by the son of Thomas Clegg, landlord the Roebuck here.


Portway, George
[1816-1???] Born in Bury St Edmunds.

He was a worsted manufacturer employing 19 men, 70 women & 4 boys [1871].

In 1838, he married Charlotte Ridley Ranson [1815-1???] from Ipswich, in Ipswich.

Children: Herbert [b 1849] who was in partnership with his father [1871].

The family lived at Perth Villas, Lightcliffe [1871]

Portway, Herbert
[1849-1920] Born in Bury St Edmunds.

He was a stuff manufacturer [1872].

On 4th September 1872, he married Mary Helena Tillotson at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe.

Mary Helena was the daughter of
Samuel Bold Tillotson

Children: 4.

Mary Helena died in Bradford [28/10/1892.]

Herbert died in Sheffield [1920]

Portway Press Limited
Printers and publishers. They were at 4 Albion Street, Halifax [1901]

Post Office Buildings, Halifax
Office accommodation between Halifax General Post Office and Arcade Royale

Post Office Chambers, Halifax
Premises above the Arcade Royale, Halifax

Post Offices

The postcodes for the various parts of the district are:

  • HX1 Halifax Central and Queens Road

  • HX2 Holmfield, Illingworth, King Cross, Luddenden, Mount Tabor, Ogden, Wainstalls, and Warley Town

  • HX3 Boothtown, Hipperholme, Northowram, Ovenden, Shelf, and Southowram

  • HX4 Holywell Green

    • HX4 0: Barkisland

    • HX4 8: Greetland

    • HX4 9: Stainland

  • HX5 Elland

  • HX6 Booth Wood, Lumb, Mill Bank, Norland Town, Ripponden, Rishworth, Sowerby, Sowerby Bridge, and Triangle

  • HX7 Blackshawhead, Cragg, Eastwood, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall, Midgley, Mytholm, Mytholmroyd, Pecket Well, and Widdop

  • HD6 Brighouse and Rastrick

  • OL14 Todmorden

See Dialling codes

Postlethwaite, William
[18??-19??] Registrar of marriages at Todmorden [from June 1909].

On 1st September 1913, his 4-year-old son, Lacy, was killed in a motor waggon accident at Canal Bridge, Strand, Todmorden.

The family lived at Wellfield House, Todmorden [1913]

See Howcans Pottery

Pot Ovens, Southowram
Recorded in 1853, when a notice in the Halifax Guardian announced

Sale by Auction on Wednesday 13th April 1853.

All that MESSUAGE or DWELLINGHOUSE with garden and conveniences thereto at Pot Ovens in Southowram hereinafter called Near Mires and now occupied by Mrs Morton.

Also all that POTTERY the Large Ware Pot Works with the vacant piece of land thereto and the Smoke House, Ovens, belonging to the same now in the occupation of Mr Joseph Morton.

Also all that COTTAGE or DWELLINGHOUSE with Warehouse over same and conveniences and appurtenances thereto belonging to also situate at Pot Ovens, now in the respective occupation of Matthew Walker and Joseph Morton.

Also all that other Close or Parcel of land called Near Mires situate at Pot Ovens in Southowram with Stable, 2 roods and 6 perches now in the occupation of Joseph Morton.

Also all that other Close or Parcel of land called Far Mires containing an admeasurement of 2 roods and 28 perches or thereabouts also in the occupation of Joseph Morton.

The above premises are well adapted for carrying on a business in the Pottery Line situate about one mile from the Goods Station of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in Halifax. The supply of water is abundant and the Close called the Far Mires contains a valuable bed of superior clay.

Particulars from Messrs HITCHIN & GLEADALL, Solicitors, Halifax, March 28th 1853

Potball, Charlestown
Jumble Hole Road. House dated 1684

Pots, potters & potteries

Potter, Rev Edward
[18??-19??] Independent minister at Dale Street, Todmorden [1861]

Potter, George Edward
[1876-1948] Son of John Potter, carter.

He was a carpet weaver of Pellon Lane [1902].

On 22nd May 1902, he married Mary Elizabeth Hoyle at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of
Charles Henry Hoyle

Members of the family were buried at Lightcliffe Old Church Graveyard

Potter, Rev Hugh George
[18??-19??] MA.

He was educated at Cambridge before becoming Curate at Illingworth [1913-1915], Vicar of Warley [1924], Vicar of Holy Trinity [1930], assistant rural dean of Halifax [1930], and Vicar of Sowerby Bridge & Norland [1933-1936]. In 1936, he moved to St Thomas's Church, St Annes, Lancashire

Potter, Philip Russell
[19??-1???] Halifax dentist.

He bought the practice of Algeon Sugden Hodgson after Hodgson's death.

He was at 32 Prescott Street, Halifax.

He retired in 1982

Potter, Sir Raymond
[19??-19??] He was Joint General Manager of the Halifax Building Society [1956-1960]; Chief General Manager [1960-1974] Chairman [1974-1983]

Potter, Richard
[18??-1915] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Devonshire Regiment.

He died 25th September 1915.

He is remembered on the Loos Memorial [35-37], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance


Potterton, Jonathan
[1823-1911] Son of Mary [née Bates] [1790-1878] and Abraham Potterton [1781-1859], a wool comber.

Born in Ovenden.

He was Police sergeant in Halifax.

Recorded in 1870, when he gave evidence at the trial of Walter Crabtree

On 3rd September 1843, he married Hannah Robinson [1823-1900] in Halifax.

Children: (1) Sarah Jane [1850-1860]; (2) Mary Annie [1861-1937]; (3) Emily [1866-1945].

He died in Halifax [7th May 1911]

Potts, Edwin
[1865-1939] In [Q3] 1885, he married Mary Ann Spendlove [1865-1928] in Madley, Shropshire.

Children: Fred

Mary Ann & Fred died in Todmorden

Potts, Fred
[1892-1917] Son of Edwin Potts.

Born in Dawley, Shropshire.

During World War I, he enlisted in Todmorden, and served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of wounds [11th August 1917].

He was buried at the Dozinghem Military Cemetery [III D 17].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Potts, J.
[1???-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1957-1958]

Potts, Joseph
[18??-1915] Born in Oldham.

During World War I, he enlisted in Todmorden, and served as a Corporal with the 1st/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action at Gallipoli [7th August 1915].

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial [58-72 / 218-219] and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Potts, Rev William
[1902-1981] He died 1st December 1981.

He was buried at Mytholmroyd Wesleyan Methodist Church

Pountain, Rev David
[19??-1???] Minister at Blackley Particular Baptist Church [1967-1977]

The Powder Closet, Shibden Hall
The powder closet at Shibden Hall is to the right of the fireplace in the Red Room. It was originally the garderobe.

Note the wig stand

Powell, Charles Henry
[1858-1929] Born in Peterchurch, Herefordshire.

He was a game keeper; an innkeeper in the Follifoot-Harrogate area.

In December 1875, he married Hannah Verril [1855-1919] in Mansell Lacy, Herefordshire.

Hannah was from Mansell Lacy, Herefordshire

The family left Herefordshire, and settled in the Follifoot area of Harrogate [before 1879].

Children: (1) William Samuel [1877-1947]; (2) Charles Henry [1879-1954]; (3) Sophia Ellen [1881-1974]; (4) Albert Percy [1885-1966]; (5) Maud Mary Josephine [1886-1942] who married [1912] John J. Fowler; (6) Joseph [1889-1957]; (7) Roger; (8) Levia Frances [1892-1963]; (9) Edward Gordon; (10) Godfrey George.

Sons Roger, Edward Gordon and Godfrey George were killed in World War I.

Charles Henry died at Storthes Hall [Q1 1929] (aged 71).

Sons William Samuel & Joseph both died in Todmorden

Powell's: D. Powell & Son
Brighouse grocer established around 1900 with premises next to the Black Bull in Briggate

Powell, Edward Gordon
[1894-1918] Son of Charles Henry Powell.

Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). He transferred to the Labour Corps.

He died 26th November 1918.

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Holymoorside, Derbyshire.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

His brothers Roger and Godfrey George also died in the War

Powell, Rev Edwin
[1842-1910] Son of Mary & James Powell.

Born in Dudley.

He was Vicar of Heptonstall [1888, 1892].

On 27th January 1874, he married Eliza Palmer [1844-1923] at St Alkmund's Church, Derby.

On his marriage, he added the name Palmer

Children: (1) Edwin Ainger [b 1875]; (2) Francis Palmer [b 1877]; (3) Mildred Marian [1879-1943] who never married; (4) Mabel [1881-1924] who never married; (5) Charles Palmer [b 1884]; (6) Dora Monica [b 1886]

Powell, Godfrey George
[1896-1915] Son of Charles Henry Powell.

Born in Harrogate.

During World War I, he enlisted in Todmorden, and served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was killed in action at Gallipoli [7th August 1915].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

His brothers Roger and Edward Gordon also died in the War

Powell, Harold Victor
[1???-19??] JP.

He was Mayor of Todmorden [1961-1962]

Powell, Rev J. R.
[19??-19??] Vicar of St Augustine's Church, Pellon [1966]

Powell, James
[18??-1???] Of Brighouse.

He married Frances [1840-1886].

Children: (1) Robert [1866-1867] who died aged 9 months; (2) George Edward [1869-1870] who died aged 9 months; (3) Robert [1872-1873] who died aged 5 months; (4) Charles Harold [1881-1884].

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Powell, Rev Jane
[19??-] Minister at Steep Lane Baptist Church, Sowerby [2009]

Powell, Roger
[1889-1918] Son of Charles Henry Powell.

Of Todmorden.

On 15th July 1911, he married (1) Jessie Ormerod [1891-1913] at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone.

Jessie was born in Todmorden

In [Q2] 1914, he married (2) Sarah Ann Ingham [1895-1974] in Todmorden.

Sarah Ann was born in Haslingden, Lancashire

The family lived at 3 Walton Fold, Millwood, Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of wounds [29th March 1918] (aged 28).

He was buried at the Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1 [V C 49].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

His brothers Edward Gordon and Godfrey George also died in the War

Powell, Sandy
[1900-1982] Born Albert Arthur Powell. Popular Rotherham-born comedian. He appeared on the music halls, radio and TV.

In 19??, he auditioned at the Palace Theatre. His mother, Lily le Maine, herself a variety artiste, sat at the back of the auditorium, and, being hard of hearing, she repeatedly urged Sandy to Speak Up. This was where he developed his catch-phrase

Can you hear me, mother?

When he signed his first record contract he was offered a lump sum but opted for royalties of one penny per record; his first record alone sold over half a million copies

Power, Ann
[1???-1???] Daughter of William Power, sister of John Power and aunt of Henry Power.

She married Dr John Favour

Power, Ann
[1831-1904] Born at Sandbeck Kennels on The Park, on the Earl of Scarborough's estate, between Tickhill and Maltby.

She was a servant at The Old Cock Inn, Halifax [1861]; beerhouse keeper at the Bath Street Tavern, Halifax [1881].

She never married but had 3 illegitimate children: (1) Charles [b 1846] who died in infancy in the workhouse at Hemsworth; (2) Christiana [b 1849]; (3) Walter Quarmby [b 1863] who was a cotton warp dyer [1881].

In 1871, Ann and Walter were living at 21 Bull Green, Halifax [with Ann's uncle Thomas Gibson].

Ann died at the Poor Law Hospital. Her death certificate records that she was

the widow of John Quarmby Power

using information given by Walter

Power, George
[16??-1700] Son of Dr Henry Power.

He inherited New Hall, Elland.

He left the Hall to John Hanson of Back Hall

Power, Dr Henry
[1626-1668] MD, FRS.

Son of John.

Born in Annesley, Nottinghamshire.

The family moved to Halifax about 1633.

He was a physician and naturalist. He went to school in Halifax. He practised for a time as a physician in Halifax.

On 6th May 1653, he conducted a famous experiment using a tube of mercury to measure the height of Beacon Hill. He found that the level of mercury fell by more than ½ an inch as he took the tube from the top of the hill down into the valley, and used this to estimate that Beacon Hill was 290 yards 1 foot = 871 feet high.

He owned – and modernised – New Hall, Elland where he lived from 1659-1664.

In 1656, he married Margery, daughter of Anthony Foxcroft.

Children: George.

On account of his health, he retired to Wakefield. He was buried in Wakefield Cathedral.

In 1663, he published his Experimental Philosophy. He was one of the first 2 men to be elected members of the Royal Society [1663]

Power in the Landscape
A local history website produced by the Alternative Technology Centre, Hebden Bridge with information about mills and mill-owners in the Upper Calder Valley

Power, John
[1???-1638] Son of William Power. He was a miller and a Spanish merchant.

In 1633, the family moved to Halifax from Arnold in Nottinghamshire.

He married Jane Jennings.

Children: (1) Henry; (2) child; (3) child; (4) child; (5) child.

In 1633, he bought Mulcture Hall.

Around 1635, he was one of the first Governors of Nathaniel Waterhouse's Workhouse.

In 1637, he installed plaster ceilings at Mulcture Hall.

When John died in 1638, Jane married Anthony Foxcroft, and the family moved to New Hall, Elland.

See John Smithson

Power, William
[16??-1???] Rector of Barwick.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) John; (2) Ann

Powerloom Overlookers' Club, Todmorden
Recorded in 1912 at White Hart Fold when the membership was 200

Poyner, Archibald Macallister
[1889-1941] Son of Isabella [née Mcghie] and John Poyner.

Born in Carnwarth, Lanarkshire, Scotland. The 8th of 10 children.

During World War I, he joined the Scots Guards.

On 22nd March 1919, he married Annie, daughter of John Aspinall Kershaw, in Brighouse.

Children: (1) Annie [1919] who was born and died on 20th August 1919; (2) Jean [1920] who died when 1 day old; (3) William Kershaw [1922-2008] who married [1948] Brenda M. Druce.

On 16th January 1924, they emigrated to Canada aboard the Montclare and arriving in St John, New Brunswick, Canada.

He died in Vancouver, Canada

Poynton, Halifax
House at Savile Park Road

Poynton, Rev Joseph
[18??-19??] He trained at Airedale College before becoming Minister at Moor End Congregational Church [1873-1879]. He moved to Wibsey [1880], then to Leyburn [1913]

Poynts, Susanna
[15??-1613] Or Poyntz, Pointz. Daughter of Ann and Thomas Poyntz of North Ockenden, Essex. Ann was the daughter of John Calva, a German.

She married Sir Richard Saltonstall

Prater, Rev Samuel
[1846-1920] Son of Elizabeth [née Trewartha] [1816-1893] and Samuel Prater [1813-1862], a copper miner.

Born in Gweneap, Cornwall.

He was Minister at United Methodist Free Church, Sowerby Bridge [1882].

In 1878, he married (1) Charlotte Gilchrist Lyon [1850-1897] in Whitehaven.

Children: Margaret Isabella [b 1883].

In 1899, he married (2) Elizabeth Davey [1845-1921] in St Day, Cornwall.

He died in Redruth, Cornwall

Pratley, Arthur William
[1904-1981] Son of Clara [née Booth] [1877-1954] and William James Pratley [1874-1954], a domestic coachman.

Born in Sowerby [6th April 1904].

For over 40 years, he was a member of the choir, a parochial church councillor, and a school governor at Christ Church, Pellon.

He was buried at Christ Church, Pellon

On 3rd Nov 1931, he married Ann Lilian Oxley [1908-1985] at Illingworth.

Ann Lilian was the daughter of Ann Waite [née Goodall] and Thomas Oxley, an iron turner

Children: (1) David R [b 1934]; (2) Keith G [b 1945]

Pratt & Lancaster
Engineers and ironfounders at Phoenix Foundry, Brighouse [1874]

Pratt's Brass Band, Brighouse
Recorded in 1865

Pratt, Ellen
[1812-1874] (Possibly) daughter of Sarah and George Pratt.

Born in Clifton.

She was innkeeper at the Black Bull, Clifton [1840, 1841, 1851]; victualler and farmer (20 acres) employing 1 labourer [1851].

In 1842, she married (1) James Squire [1810-1849] at Hartshead Church. James was buried at Hartshead Church.

In 1853, she married (2) Godfrey Berry. [1812-1866]. Godfrey was born in Deighton; farmer of 34 acres & innkeeper of the Black Bull, Clifton [1861].

Living with Ellen at the Black Bull in 1841 were Joseph Ingham [aged 70] (Ag lab)  and Sarah and George Pratt.

Living with her in 1851 was servant William Armitage Pratt.

In 1871, the widowed Ellen was a lodger at Clifton with postmistress Ann Hirst and her son Robert.

Ellen was buried at Hartshead Church

Pratt's: F. Pratt & Company Limited
Engineers and chuck manufacturers established by Fred Pratt around 1825. They were at Eagle Works, Halifax from 1849. It became a limited company in 1897.

From 1934, they were at Park Works, Halifax.

In 1959, they bought shares in F. Burnerd & Company Limited of Kidbrooke, Kent. Their south of England facilities were closed and production was based in Halifax. For a time, they occupied part of Bankfield Mills, Halifax.

The business became F. Pratt Engineering Corporation Limited in 1961.

The business became Pratt Burnerd International.

Other offshoots of the company were formed

Pratts Hydraulics
Pratts Electrics

The firm later became a subsidiary of the 600 Machine Tool Group.

In April 2009, it was announced that the company was leaving Calderdale with production being concentrated at Heckmondwike

Pratt, Fred
[18??-18??] In 1849, he established the business which became F. Pratt & Company Limited

Pratt, George
[1783-18??] Born in Clifton.

He was an Ag lab [1841]; a card maker [1851, 1861].

He married Sarah [1774-1857] from Clifton.

Sarah was buried at Hartshead Church.

Children: (1) (possibly) Ellen; (2) William Armitage.

The family lived at the Black Bull, Clifton [with Ellen Pratt 1841]; Clifton [1851]; Top of Clifton, Clifton [1861]

Pratt, George
[1822-1???] Born in Clifton.

He was a tailor [1871].

Around 1851, he married Ann [1823-1???].

Ann was born in Liversedge

Children: (1) Joseph [b 1851] who was a tailor [1871]; (2) George F. [b 1852] who was a tailor [1871]; (3) Louisa [b 1856] who was a carpet weaver [1871]; (4) Samuel A. [b 1862].

The family lived at 11 Commercial Street, Brighouse [1871]

Pratt, Rev J. F.
[1???-19??] SCF.

Curate at Brighouse [1939-1941] and Vicar of Rastrick [1946].

He married Elizabeth Corfield.

Children: a daughter [b 1947]

Later, Archdeacon

Pratt, James
[1850-1918] Popularly known as Bull Pratt.

A well-known character who frequented – some say terrorised – the pubs around Woolshops, Halifax. He had a reputation for being a hard man. Frequently 4 or 5 police officers were needed to restrain him.

2 occasions are recorded in which he climbed to the top of buildings and pelted people with stone.

It is said that his nickname came about because of the thickness of his neck. He was fond of children and was popular with children.

He was often seem wandering around the streets of Halifax, barefoot with his boots slung over his shoulder.

It is believed that his violent and erratic nature was the result of over-exposure to sun and heat while serving in the Sudan.

Latterly, he was found wandering the streets of Bradford, and was taken to Menston Asylum.

He died in Menston Asylum

Pratt, Joseph
[18??-18??] Lodging house keeper at Commercial Street, Brighouse [1868]

Pratt, William Armitage
[1820-1905] Son of George Pratt.

Born in Clifton.

He was ag.lab [1841]; servant / ag.lab [1851]; ag.lab [1861]; farmer [1866]; farmer of 21 acres of land at the Black Bull Inn, Clifton [1871]; innkeeper at the Black Bull, Clifton [1881]; a retired farmer [1891, 1901].

In 1866, he married Maria Smith [1825-1897] at Gomersal.

Maria was the daughter of grocer George Smith

Children: Sarah Ellen [b 1866] who was a stuff weaver [1891] and married [1891] blacksmith Joseph Wilby [1865-1???] of Gomersal, son of mechanic John Wilby, at Gomersal.

In 1841, William was staying with the Berry family in Clifton.

In 1851, he was staying with Ellen Squire at the Black Bull Inn, Clifton.

The family lived at Lower Lane, Gomersal, Dewsbury [1891]; Town Hill, Gomersal, Dewsbury [1901].

Living with William in 1901 were daughter Sarah Ellen, her husband Joseph Wilby and grandsons George P [aged 7] and Harry [aged 6]

Praying Hole
Area in the Mytholm Valley where prayers are held on Spa Sunday

Preacher's House, Todmorden
House where the local Methodist Society first met.

See Todmorden Edge Farm

Preaching House, Heptonstall
A farmstead at North Gate End where Methodist services were held until John Wesley built the Octagonal Methodist Chapel. Mary Hepton leased the property from the Methodists and lived there in Wesley's time. The services moved to Robert Greenwood's house in North Gate and then to the Octagonal Chapel

Prehistoric Calderdale

Premier Pictures, Halifax
Cinema at the Victoria Hall in the early 20th century

The Premier Printing Company (Brighouse) Limited
22 Bethel Street, Brighouse [1927] Publishers of the Brighouse Free Press

The Premier Spindle & Flyer Company
Recorded in 1926, when they were at Well Lane Shed, Halifax

The Premier Table Water Company
Aerated and mineral water manufacturers at Mile Cross, Halifax [1905, 1906] and Gibraltar Road [1917].

Their trade mark was

Vive et Vivat

The Premier Trading Stamp Company
Recorded in 1905 at 44 Northgate, Halifax

Prescot, Dr

In May 1695, he married the daughter of Samuel Mitchell

Prescot, John
[1???-1???] Of Standish, Lancashire, he was an early member of the local Prescott/Prescot family. He settled here in the 17th century. He was a Catholic.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) John; (2) William

The Prescott family
The family arrived in the Halifax district when John Prescot of Standish, Lancashire – settled here in the 17th century.

The family lived at Calico Hall.

The name is also spelled Prescot with just one t.

The family is discussed in the book Yorkshire Pedigrees

Prescott, Ann
[1716-1782] Or Anne. Daughter of John Prescott.

She married Robert Parker who was 18 years her junior.

She died at her home at Calico Hall

Prescott, Rev Clarke
[1758-1838] Elder son of John Prescott. He became Rector of Burrington & Downton, Herefordshire.

In 1793, he married Frances Gibbons from Nantwich, Cheshire.

Children: (1) John Clarke; (2) George who was a merchant in Manchester; (3) Cyril

Prescott, Cyril
[1809-1839] Son of Rev Clarke Prescott. Attorney at Hebden Bridge and Manchester.

On 3rd December 1835, he married Marian Rothwell at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: Marian.

The family lived at Summerville, Halifax Savile Terrace, Halifax [1851]

Prescott, Dorothy
[1723-1797] Daughter of Dr John Prescott.

In 1755, she married John Fowler, a linen draper from Lancaster. They had no children.

After her husband's death, she lived with her unmarried sister, Phebe.

There is a memorial to her in Halifax Parish Church

Prescott, Rev Edward
[1760-1809] MA.

Son of William Prescott.

He was Rector of Long Preston in Craven [from 1789].

On 31st August 1790, he married Ann Cook at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Mary; (2) Elizabeth Judith; (3) Anne Margaret [1805] who died at the age of 5 months.

When Ann inherited the Calico Hall estate from her half-sister, Mary, the widow of Robert Parker, the couple went to live at the Hall, passing the estate back into the Prescott family.

He died 16th February 1809.

Members of the family were buried in Halifax Parish Church

Prescott, Elizabeth Judith
[1801-1874] Daughter of Rev Edward Prescott.

She married Thomas Hogarth [1808-1865].

Children: (1) Ann; (2) Jane; (3) Mary; (4) Elizabeth.

Her husband died on 13th March 1865. She died on 26th May 1874.

There is a memorial to the couple in Halifax Parish Church

The epitaph on their memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Prescott fountain, Halifax
Drinking fountain erected at Ward's End on 12th September 1884 in memory of Mrs Cyril Prescott by her daughter, Mrs Marian Leigh, who was a member of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association. It replaced a stone horse trough which stood there previously.

This gives Fountain Street its name. The fountain was made of grey, Cornish granite, had four taps, two large troughs for horses, and four smaller troughs for dogs, and had a lamp on top.

In 1898, it was moved to King Cross to make way for the construction of the tramway. It stood outside the Feathers Inn until it was moved for road improvements

On 22nd August 1932, it was moved to Spring Edge, where it still stands today

Prescott, John
[1604-1681] A blacksmith at Sowerby.

In 1629, he married Mary Gawkroger in Halifax.

Around 1639, he emigrated to America.

He may be a forebear of US president George W. Bush who was descended from Jonathan Fay of Concord, Massachusetts, who married Lucy Prescott in 1776

Prescott, Dr John
[1675-1728] Son of John Prescot. Surgeon and physician of Calico Hall. Owned the Great House, Cheapside. In 1716, he bought Calico Hall from Francis Wivell.

He married (1) Phoebe.

Children: (1) Margaret; (2) Mary [1706-1708]; (3) Alice who died young; (4) Sarah [1707-1746] who married John Baldwin; (5) Mary; (6) Phebe; (7) Elizabeth [b 1714] who married Ephraim Winn; (8) Ann; (9) Judith; (10) William; (11) Dorothy; (12) John

He married (2) Sarah Widdop [1683-1739].

He died 11th November 1728.

There are memorials to members of the family in Halifax Parish Church.

The epitaph on their memorial is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Prescott, John
[1726-1795] Youngest son of John Prescott. He was a merchant and woolstapler in Halifax. He was in partnership with the Royds family. He owned and lived at the Great House, Cheapside. He may have built Hopwood House, Halifax.

In 1749, he married Maria Clarke.

Children: (1) Sophia [1752-1792] who married Charles Blackburn from Grantham; (2) Sarah [1753-1787]; (3) Mary [1754-1780]; (4) Clarke; (5) John.

In 1771, he leased Heath Hall, Halifax. In 1780, he moved to Southwell, Nottinghamshire. He died in Huntingdonshire.

With this move, this branch of the family left the district

Prescott, Rev John
[1762-1849] Son of John Prescott.

He was Vicar at North Somercotes, Lincolnshire.

In 1823 – at the age from 60 – he married Eliza Phillips of Louth.

Children: (1) Cyril Jackson who was a Major in the 19th Regiment Bombay, India; (2) John Clarke who was a Colonel commanding the Hyderabad Contingent

Prescott, John Clarke
[1794-1863] Of Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Son of Rev Clarke Prescott. He was a merchant in Manchester.

On 20th February 1839, he married Ellen Alexander.

The couple were buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

Prescott, Judith
[1718-1785] Daughter of John Prescott.

She married (1) William Rawson.

She married (2) Dr Cyril Jackson

Prescott, Margaret
[1703-1748] Eldest daughter of Dr John Prescott.

She married Robert Stockdale. They had no children.

She died 18th September 1748 [aged 45].

The couple were buried in the Holdsworth Chapel.

The epitaph on the memorial is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Prescott, Marian
[1836-1900] Daughter of Cyril Prescott.

She married Rev Francis Leigh.

She was a member of the Band of Hope, the RSPCA, and the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association.

In 1851, she and her mother Mrs Marion Prescot were living at Savile Terrace, Halifax.

She built the Prescott Fountain – which stood notably near to Ramsden's Brewery – in memory of her mother.

She died suddenly at Summerville, Halifax on 5th March 1900

Prescott, Mary
[1710-1782] Daughter of Dr John Prescott. She lived with her sister, Sarah. She died unmarried

Prescott, Mary
[1791-1854] Daughter of Rev Edward Prescott. She was acquaintance of Anne Lister whom she told of her determination to marry into the Peerage.

In 1824, she married Lieutenant Thomas Carr Steward [1786-1857] from Woolwich. They had no children.

After her mother's death, she leased a part of Clare Hall to Robert Parker, and 6 years later sold him the Hall, contents, and some surrounding land.

She died at Bolton Percy, near York [9th November 1854]. She left the remainder of the Clare Hall estate to her sister, Elizabeth Judith.

Her husband died 29th January 1857.

The epitaph on their memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Prescott, Phebe
[1712-1795] Daughter of Dr John Prescott. She died unmarried. She lived with her widowed sister, Dorothy

There is a memorial to her in Halifax Parish Church

Prescott Street Co-Op, Halifax
Branch number 9 of the Halifax Industrial Society opened in January 1862 at 10 Prescott Street.

The shop later became Scott & Varey

Prescott Street Gymnasium
Recorded in 1874, when A. Thackrah was Secretary

Prescott, William
[16??-1729] MD.

Or Roger. Surgeon and physician.

Son of John Prescot.

In 1695, he married Phoebe Mitchell.

After his wife's death in 1704, he moved to York where he died

Prescott, William
[1720-1791] Son of John Prescott.

He lived at Calico Hall.

In January 1753, he married (1) Elizabeth Bolling from Ilkley.

Children: (1) Phoebe [1759-1820] who died unmarried; (2) William [1756-1809] from London who died unmarried; (3) Edward; (4) child; (5) child.

In 1769, he married (2) Esther Robinson. They had no children. The couple died within 2 weeks of each other, and were buried in the Holdsworth Chapel.

In 1776, he got into financial difficulties and owed £1,024 19/- to Rev Taylor of Wakefield, £420 to Sir George Armytage, and £273 to Robert Parker. Parker was persuaded by his wife Ann – William's sister – and her relatives to buy Calico Hall in order to keep it in the family. Parker then installed William in one of his houses at Stump Cross and provided him with an income from his fees as the Steward of the Honour of Pontefract.

In November 1769, he attended the enquiry which had been called by the Marquis of Rockingham to discuss the problem of the coiners and the murder of William Deighton.

There is a memorial to members of the family in Halifax Parish Church

Press Association Limited
Recorded in 1926, when they were at The Shay football ground

Press, Susan Mary
[19??-] A freelance journalist. She was Mayor of Hebden Royd [2008-2009]

Prest, Herbert
[19??-19??] JP.

He was Mayor of Brighouse [1966-1967]

Prestley, John
[1???-155?] Of Elland.

He married Agnes.

Children: Jennet.

His will of 25th August 1557 stated

I giue and bequeathe, sett over, and assene my farmeholde called Lambert House to Agnes, my wyfe, and Jennett, my doughter

Preston, Rev Alfred Benjamin
[1859-1908] Born in Bradford.

He was Pastor at Pellon Lane Particular Baptist Church [1889-1893].

In 1889, he married Florence Arabella Cowley in Lewisham

They had no children.

He died in Hendon, Middlesex [28th March 1908]

Preston & Company
Soap manufacturers at Empire Soap Works, Ovenden [1905]. Partners included Walter Preston

Preston & Sugden
Printers at Old Market, Halifax [1816]

Preston, Elizabeth
[1780-1862] Daughter of Thomas Preston.

In 1823, she became the second wife of John Rawson.

At All Saints' Church, Dudwell, there is a window inscribed in her memory by the daughters of Jeremiah Rawson

Erected by Emma Sophia Rawson, Christiana Rawson and Louisa Inglis, in remembrance of their dear Aunt Elizabeth Rawson, widow of John Rawson of Ash Grove

Preston, Isaac
[1824-1883] Born in Mountsorrell, Leicestershire.

He was Pastor at North Parade Baptist Church, Halifax [1868-1876].

In 1851, he married Anne Mee in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire.

Children: (1) Dawson [1854-1926]; (2) Lucy [1856-1929] who never married.

He died in Nantwich, Cheshire [28th March 1883]

Preston, Rev John
[1???-18??] Of Mixenden.

In October 1823, he married Ann Appleyard of Shaw Booth, Warley

Question: Does anyone know who her father was?


Preston, Rev John
[1795-1853] Born near Preston le Fylde, Lancashire. He was Minister at Moor End Congregational Church [1823-1841]; Minister at Warley Independent Chapel [1842-1851].

He married Martha from Bradford.

His obituary records that

He died suddenly at his residence at Halifax ... Prior to his death, he had long been labouring under great debility, on account of which he resigned his charge at Warley in the summer of 1851. On Friday evening the 18th February 1853, he had been out at a friend's house, returned home about half past eight, and was a corpse before 9 o'clock

He was buried at Moor End Congregational Church, Pellon

Preston, John
[182?-1885] A local eccentric and preacher who lived rough around Luddenden Dean and preached at Luddenden Dean Spa in the late 19th century. After the service, he would pass the hat round, and then go to the Cat i' th' Well Inn where he spent the takings.

He was described by Whiteley Turner in A Spring-Time Saunter and with illustrations drawn by Arthur Comfort.

He died at the Cat i' th' Well Inn after being found unconscious in an outhouse

Preston, Jonas
[16??-1???] Of Brighouse. He worked in the woollen trade.

In 1664, he married Sarah.

Children: (1) son; (2) son; (3) son; (4) son; (5) daughter; (6) Esther [1668-1712] who married Joseph ffryear.

He was fined for refusing to pay Steeple Tax

Preston, Thomas
[16??-16??] Schoolmaster at Sowerby.

See Timothy Root

Preston, Thomas
[16??-16??] He was Usher – or Ludimagister – at Heath Grammar School [1671]

Preston, Thomas
[1751-1821] Merchant.

Established Thomas Preston & Son.

He married Mary [1749-1824].

Children: (1) Thomas [1777-1837]; (2) Joseph [d 1778] who died at the age of 7 weeks; (3) Mary [1783-1827]; (4) Sophia [1785-1842]; (5) Harriet [d 1793] who died at the age of 4 years; (6) Hannah [1790-1861] who married Jeremiah Rawson; (7) Elizabeth

The family lived at Green Royde.

Members of the family were buried in Halifax Parish Church.

The epitaph on the memorial is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Preston, Thomas
[18??-19??] Methodist Minister in Sowerby Bridge [1820]

Preston's: Thomas Preston & Son
Merchants. Established by Thomas Preston. They were at Green Royde [1809]

Preston, Walter
[18??-19??] Partner in Preston & Company.

He lived at 7 Club Houses, Ovenden [1905]

Prestwich & Company
Sheeting weavers at Der Street Mill, Todmorden [1905]

Pretious, Mr
[17??-18??] Recorded in 1811, when he occupied
a neat, convenient and newly-erected messuage with a garden... in the principal street in Brighouse

Pretoria Bridge, Ripponden
Footbridge over the Ryburn

Pretty, Mrs Edith

Price, Captain E. C. H.
[18??-1893] Of Halifax.

He served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.

He was killed in action at Okurike Hill, Nigeria, West Africa [6th October 1893].

The epitaph on his memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Price, Rev E. E.
[19??-19??] Vicar of Mytholmroyd [1940]

Price, H.
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Price, Rev J. Willis
[18??-19??] Vicar of Saint Mary's Church, Lister Lane [1907]

Price, Jane
[1854-1938] Granddaughter of Charles Phillips, by his eldest daughter, Eliza, who had died of typhoid fever [in 1862].

She joined her grandparents and worked as a maid at Shibden Hall [1871].

She was a maid in Heathfield Place, Halifax [1877].

She married Thomas Lister

Price's: John Price Limited
Worsted spinners. Recorded in 1926, when they were at Mearclough Mills, Sowerby Bridge

Price, Rev R. E.
[18??-19??] Curate at All Saints' Church, Harley Wood [1897]. He preached his first sermon at Cornholme Mission Church on 11th July 1897

Price, Sidney
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Machine Gun Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Price's Square, Halifax
Stood on the site of the Piece hall

Prices Mantle & Millinery Company Limited
In 1936, Prices Millinery Company Limited were at 4 Arcade Royale, Halifax and Prices Mantle Company were at 9 Arcade Royale, Halifax. Mrs Ada Aldersley was proprietor of both shops

Prices Tailors Limited
See Fifty Shilling Tailors

Prickman, John Dunning
[1856-1913] Solicitor of Devon.

On 3rd October 1894, he married (1) Mary, daughter of Charles Wesley Hatton, at Sowerby.

Children: John Hatton [1900].

In April 1900, Mary died giving birth to her son who also died.

In 1908, he married Amy Beatrice Shepherd in Croydon.

He died in Okehampton

Pridie, Benjamin
[1821-1870] Son of Rev James Pridie.

Born in Manchester [17th November 1820].

He was a manufacturer [1870].

In 1852, he married Ann Wood [1830-1913] in Halifax.

Children: Mary [1852-1931].

The family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 716]

Pridie, Rev James
[1786-1873] Pastor of Sion Congregational Church, Wade Street [1829-1858].

In 1863, he was described as

the oldest dissenting minister in the town

See Parrack Nook Chapel

Priest Booth Farm, Dulesgate

Priest Earth, Heptonstall
Property of Gamaliel Sutcliffe

The entries for people with the surname Priestley are gathered together in a separate Sidetrack.

The individuals listed here are not necessarily related to each other.



Ivo de Priestley is recorded at Coley Hall in 1187.

The surname originated in Hipperholme, possibly in nearby Priestley Green.

The name is derived from ley and means a priest's clearing.

There are currently around 111 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Priestley. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Priestley family
Local family whose members included Joseph Priestley and John Priestley and his descendants.

They were at White Windows, Sowerby, Great Greave, Soyland, and Goodgreave, Sowerby

Priestley Alderson

Priestley & Balme
Upholsterers and French polishers at 9 Culver Street, Halifax [1905]. Partners included R. Priestley and Riley Balme

Priestley & Company
Engineers at 6 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1900].

A 1900 advertisement for the business announced

Self Heating Laundry Irons, Improved Coal Economisers and Bath Boiler Protectors

Priestley & Priestley
Drapers at Halifax.

Partners included I. Priestley and J. Priestley.

The partnership was dissolved in August 1870

Priestley & Sutcliffe
Piano and musical instrument dealers at 13 George Street, Halifax [1905, 1926, 1936].

In 19??, the business became Teal & Shaw Limited

Priestley & Ward
Interior decorators. Recorded in 1926, when they were at 1 Wesley Court, Halifax

Priestley Brothers (Blankets) Limited
Woollen manufacturers at Grove Mills, Ovenden [1905, 1950]. Partners included James Nicholl Priestley and his sons, Albert Priestley, James Nicholl Priestley, and John Whitaker Priestley.

They were at Grove Mills, Halifax [1926].

They were described as

Manufacturers of blankets from the raw wool to the finished article, producing approximately 10,000 blankets per week of all types. Exporting to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Norway, Denmark and Sweden

Priestley Green
Area of Brighouse between Hipperholme and Coley

Priestley Green VAD Hospital
During World War I, Holroyd House was owned by Sir Algernon and Lady Janet Firth.

In February 1917, they set up a military hospital and convalescent home for 50 injured servicemen. Local subscriptions funded beds and initial equipment, and helped to finance the running costs. Lady Firth acted as Commandant with 8 full-time staff.

By 1919, about 900 servicemen had passed through the home

Priestley Hall, Northowram
Built by Nathaniel Priestley in 1723.

The building is now incorporated in the Shoulder of Mutton pub

Priestley House, West Vale
A name by which Lambert House appears in some documents.

On a 1614 plan of the Hullen Edge estate, the house is called Priestley House

Priestley Ing, Turvin
See Francis Priestley and Thomas Priestley

Priestley's: J. N. Priestley & Company
In 1881, James Nicholl Priestley was a woollen manufacturer at Grove Mill, Ovenden employing 90 men, 88 women and 20 youths.

The business suffered around £10,000 when the Mills were destroyed by fire on 11th October 1881

Priestley's: James & Benjamin Priestley
Woollen cloth manufacturers at Halifax.

Partners included James Priestley and Benjamin Priestley.

The partnership was dissolved in May 1855

Priestley Litigation
A dispute between the Priestley and Bottomley families over the ownership of Shelf Hall.

On 17th June 1893, a group – comprising Rebecca Crellin [née Priestley], Albert Priestley, Elizabeth Priestley, and Abraham Priestley - all great-grandchildren of James Priestley, besieged the Hall, overpowered the caretaker, and took up residence in the Hall, claiming that James left the Hall to his family, but the building and land were inherited by the Bottomley family.

The Hall was then the property of Nathaniel Cautley, and had been in dispute for over 20 years. The estate was valued at around £500,000.

They were evicted on the 23rd June.

See The Priestley Claim to Shelf Hall

Priestley's: Nathan Priestley & Sons
Fustian manufacturers at Mount Pleasant Mill, Mytholmroyd [1905]

Priestley's: T., J. & S. Priestley
Worsted spinners at Halifax.

Partners included T. Priestley, J. Priestley and S. Priestley.

The partnership was dissolved in July 1861 so far as regards J. Priestley

Priestley, Whitworth & Sutcliffe
In January 1866, James Priestley, William Whitworth and John Sutcliffe, all of Sowerby Bridge, filed a patent for
improvements in apparatus for grinding corn, seeds and minerals

Area of Stansfield.

See Robert Barker

Primrose, Rev Charles
[1844-19??] ma.

Born in Scotland.

He was ordained deacon at Ripon [1887]; ordained priest at Wakefield [1889]; Curate at Elland [1887-1890]; vicar at St Bartholomew's, Norwich [1890-1891]; vicar at St Luke's, Derby [1891-1892]; vicar at Howden, Yorkshire [1892]; vicar at Ulley, Rotherham [1899-1907]

He never married.

There are no records of him after 1907

The Primrose League
Wentworth and Canning Habitations were recorded in 1917 at George Square, Halifax when A. E. Goodyear was secretary.

The Halifax Habitation was recorded in 1936 at King Cross Street

Prince Albert Statue, Halifax
Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, died on 14th December 1861. Permission to erect the statue at Ward's End in his memory was given by Halifax Town Council on 17th June 1864.

The equestrian statue of Prince Albert was unveiled – in front of 10,000 spectators – by Sir Francis Crossley on 17th September 1864.

It was originally sited in he middle of the road at the junction of Horton Street and Southgate, Halifax, near Holly House.

The bronze statue depicts the Prince riding his favourite horse, Nimrod, and was made by Thomas Thorneycroft on Albert's death. The statue weighs 1½ tons and stands 9 ft high on a pedestal of Aberdeen granite (7 ft high and weighing 18 tons). The whole cost about £1,400.

There is a plaque

BORN AUGUST 26, 1819

A popular myth says that Thorneycroft committed suicide after he learned that the position of the horse's legs was wrong – neither is true.

In 1900, it was moved to Heath Park to make way for the trams.

See Albert Memorial, Queensbury and Nathan Whitley

Prince's Arcade, Halifax
Shopping arcade which ran parallel to Woolshops from the site of the present W. H. Smith store. It was designed by the Borough Architect. It opened on 2nd June 1931 when much derelict property in Woolshops was demolished and the street improvement scheme put into action.

There are various spellings of the name: Princes' Arcade, Princes Arcade, and Princess Arcade. I have used Prince's Arcade which appears on the canopy in the photograph

There were 27 shops here, with 13 in Woolshops. and 14 inside the Arcade. These included

and down the other side:

The Arcade was demolished in 1983 to make way for further new development. The towers on the old arcade were incorporated into the new building.

I remember it being very steep – and slippery when wet – especially at the bottom entrance from Woolshops.

Prince, Frank
[18??-19??] Brighouse artist. He produced many sketches of scenes in and around Brighouse

Prince Frederick [No 307] Masonic Lodge
Hebden Bridge Masonic Lodge.

Recorded in 1913, when the membership was 60.

They met at the Masonic Hall, Hebden Bridge [1937].

They met on the Monday on or nearest full moon.

Officers and Members of the Lodge have included

Prince George [No 308] Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge at Hebden Bridge / Eastwood.

They met at the Masonic Rooms, Bottoms on the Saturday on or before full moon [1937].

Masters and members of the Lodge have included

Princefield Nurseries, Shelf
Started in 1948 by Harry Parrish

Princes Hall, Sowerby Bridge
See Sowerby Bridge Baths

Princess Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Bridge #16 over the Rochdale Canal


Prior's Mead, Priestley Green
17th century aisled house.

See Sisters' House

Prior, Rev Robert
[1864-1929] Son of Sarah Jane [née Greenwood] [1845-1933] and Frederick Stowe Prior [1839-1868], a pawnbroker in Dewsbury.

Born in Dewsbury.

He was a graduate of Cambridge, and was ordained at Truro in 1895.

In 1900, he joined the staff of the Universities Mission to Central Africa, and was engaged on missionary work until 1907.

He was vicar of Godolphin, Cornwall before becoming Vicar of Hebden Bridge [1919].

He resigned in consequence of his continued sickness at the end of 1925. It is likely that life in Africa had undermined his health, as this broke down several times during his incumbency.

He died whilst on a visit to Penzance on 17th April 1929, and was buried at Dewsbury.

He left legacies to each of the Parishes in which he had worked and also to the Universities Mission.

He died in Penzance

Prioress of Kirklees
The Foldout lists some of those who held the post of Prioress at Kirklees Priory

See Three Nuns, Mirfield

Prison, Soyland
House on Royd Lane, near the junction with Stoney Lane.

In 1756, Sam Hill bought Lower Prison Croft for £24 from the trustees of Richard Holroide

Prisoners of War Fund
Fund started by the Halifax Guardian during World War I [1916]. On 29th May 1917, it was announced that over £5,000 was raised in its first year. A flag day on 7th July 1917 raised £2,178 for the Fund

Pritchard, Charles
[18??-18??] Illuminator at 5 Waterhouse Street, Halifax [1874]

Pritchard, G.
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Royal Field Artillery.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Pritchard, John
[1822-1879] Son of Robert Pritchard.

Born in Manchester.

In 1854, he and James Balme established Balme & Pritchard.

He married Mary [1820-1892].

Children: (1) Ann [b 1850]; (2) Mary [1853-1855] who died aged 14 months; (3) Emma [b 1856]; (4) John [1860-1882]; (5) Samuel [b 1863].

He was killed in a boiler explosion at the firm's Lister Lane works on 9th October 1879, (aged 57).

He was a Sunday School superintendent at St John's Wesleyan Methodist Church, Halifax. There was a memorial rose window for him at the church.

Mary Jane died 15th October 1892 (aged 72).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 2053]

Pritchard, Robert
[17??-18??] He had a pressing shop in Halifax.

He married Unknown.

Children: John

Pritchett, Henry
[1832-1894] Son of James Piggot Pritchett [1789-1868].

Born in York [29th September 1832].

He was Medical Officer for Rastrick and Fixby [1865] and Surgeon at Rastrick [1874]

He practised at The Poplars, Rastrick.

In 1863, he gave evidence at the trial of Mary Ann Dyson,

He married Maria Plint [1834-1???].

Maria was born in Leeds [21st March 1834]

He died in Bristol [29th September 1894]

Pritchett, James Pigott
[1789-1868] Architect in London, York and Darlington.

Locally, his work included Rhodes Street Wesleyan Chapel, Halifax and Shelf Congregational Church

Private Advance Office, Halifax
Loans company. Recorded in 1899 at 15 Westgate, Halifax

Probets, George T.
[1861-1926] Of Backhouse Lane, Salterhebble.

He worked at Lumby's Limited in West Vale.

He was married and had several step-children.

On 23rd October 1926, Eric Wilfred Ducker and Tom Moore, both of Greetland, had been shooting birds along the Calder. On the way home, Ducker decided to take a final shot with his .22 BSA rifle, and aimed at a wooden door at Lumby's. Probets was standing behind the door and was shot through the heart. He died immediately.

At the Inquest, the Jury returned a verdict of misadventure.

A month later, John William Akroyde of Greetland was found guilty of selling a firearm without a certificate. Tom Moore was found guilty of possessing a firearm without a certificate

Probity [No 61] Masonic Lodge
This Masonic Lodge is the oldest lodge in the West Riding. It was established around 1738 at the Old Bull's Head, Halifax. This was one of the oldest in Yorkshire.

They met on the Monday on or before full moon. The early meetings were held in the Old Bull's Head, the Bath Tavern, Halifax [1795], the Union Cross, and the Old Cock.

In 1874 – together with St James [No 448] Lodge – they opened the Freemasons' Hall, Halifax.

In 1894, the Royal Arch Chapter is recorded here.

In 1988, the Lodge moved to premises at Southwood.

Officers of the Lodge have included

Other members of the Lodge have included

See Bacchus Lodge, Halifax

Procter, James
[17??-1???] Coiner of the Blue Ball, Soyland

Procter, Maurice
[1906-1973] Halifax policeman who wrote many novels, some of which were filmed

Procter, Moroni Smith
[1844-1908] Recorded in 1881, when he was master at Boothtown Board School.

He died in Burnley [1908] (aged 64) 

Procter, William
[17??-1???] Coiner of Maiden Stones, Soyland

The Proctor family of Rishworth & Soyland

Proctor, Ernest
[1???-19??] He was the last landlord of the Lee Bridge Tavern, Halifax [1936]; landlord of the Mount Inn, Halifax [1937]

Proctor, James
[1801-1878] Or Procter, Prockter.

He was landlord of the Blue Ball, Soyland [1829, 1837, 1841, 1861, 1871]; a mason [1841]; an innkeeper, farmer of 4 acres, and stone mason [1851]; a stone mason [1861].

On 9th April 1825, he married Leah, daughter of William Wolstenholme at Elland Church.

Children: (1) James [b 1829]; (2) Mary [b 1831] who married James Whiteley; (3) Sarah [b 1833]; (4) William Wolstenholme [b 1837].

Living with them at the Blue Ball, Soyland in 1841 was Abram Wild [aged 40] (carder).

Living with them in 1861 was daughter Mary and her husband James Whiteley.

Living with them in 1871 were granddaughter Mary E Hartley (servant), and lodgers John Marsden [b 1815] (imbecile)  and Ann Marsden [b 1813] (imbecile), both born in Huddersfield.

In 1881, the widowed Leah (retired inn keeper) was living at Green Lane Top, Soyland with daughter Mary and her husband James Whiteley

Proctor, John
[18??-18??] He married (1) Unknown.

On 9th April 1850, he married (2) Martha Ann Batty.

Martha Ann was the daughter of
John Batty.

She had a son who was baptised as John Proctor Batty [23rd September 1838]


Martha Ann died 11th February 1879

Proctor, Sarah
[1809-18??] Or Procter, Prockter. Daughter of Mary and James Procter of Ripponden. In 1848, she established a school at Soyland. She retired to marry Samuel Shepherd


Prosecution societies

Prospect House, Brighouse
93 Halifax Road.

Owners and tenants have included

Prospect House, Elland
Owners and tenants have included

Prospect House, Halifax
Ryburne Terrace / Hanson Lane.

Owners and tenants have included

Prospect House, Lighthazles

Prospect House, Northowram
Owners and tenants have included

  • George Booth [1874]

Prospect House, Ovenden
Owners and tenants have included

  • John Braithwaite [1937]

Prospect House, Southowram
1 Law Lane.

Owners and tenants have included

Prospect House, Soyland
The property was multiple-occupancy [1871].

Owners and tenants have included

Prospect House, Stainland

Owners and tenants have included

Prospect Laundry, Halifax
Recorded in 1905 at Clive Street, Claremount when the proprietor was Alfred Horsfall

Prospect Villas, Illingworth

Owners and tenants have included

Prosser, Stuart
[18??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1914]. He won a cap for Great Britain against Australia while at Halifax

Protestant Hall, Halifax
Recorded in 1905 at Haugh Shaw Road

Protheroe, Edward Davis
[1798-1852] A Radical.

He stood for the Parliamentary election of 1835 but lost by 1 vote to the Whig/Tory candidates, Charles Wood and Hon J. S. Wortley. Because of ensuing disturbances, this became known as the window-breaking election.

He was elected Radical MP for Halifax in January 1837

Protheroe, W. D.
[18??-19??] Baptist minister at Lineholme Baptist Church, Stansfield [1917]

Proud, Rev R.
[18??-18??] Curate at Halifax Parish Church [1874]

Proude, Arthur
[18??-19??] Manager at Halifax & Huddersfield Union Banking Company, Elland [1905].

He lived at Ash Lea, Elland [1905]

Proudfoot, George Wilfred
[1921-19??] Of County Durham. He became a grocer and newsagent and the family supermarket was the largest in Scarborough. Conservative MP for Brighouse & Spenborough [1970-1974], gaining the seat from Labour Colin Jackson by a majority of 59 votes. Jackson won the seat back in 1974

Proudlove, Rev D. B.
[18??-19??] Minister of the United Methodist Church

Providence Sick & Funeral Society, Sowerby
They met at the Providence Primitive Methodist Chapel, Sowerby.

Recorded in April 1897, when they had 53 members.

Recorded in 1902, when officials included

  • Herbert Howarth

  • Greenwood Barrett

  • James H. Butterworth

  • Eli Hellowell

  • H. V. Wilkinson

  • J. Wilkinson

Recorded in 1905, when officials included

  • J. Speak [President]

  • H. Howarth [Secretary]

  • James H. Butterworth [Treasurer]

  • H. V. Wilkinson & Eli Hellowell [Auditors]

Provincial Bank Chambers, Halifax
Office accommodation in New Crown Street.

Owners and tenants have included

  • National Provincial Bank [1936]

  • W. H. Boocock & Son [1936]

  • Matthews & Brooke, accountants [1936]

  • Halifax Branch of the League of Nations [1936]

  • Leeds Permanent Building Society [1936]

  • Inland Revenue [1936]

  • North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Limited [1936]

  • Railway Passengers Assurance Company [1936]

Prowde, Rev Ralph
[18??-1914] He served at Kilburn and Ingleby Greenhow before becoming Senior Curate at Halifax

Prudence [No 219] Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge at Todmorden.

Members and Officers of the Lodge have included

Recorded in 1912, when the membership was 57

Prudence, William John
[1866-19??] Born in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

He was a carriage builder [1901]; a carriage & motor builder [1911]; partner in Dennison & Prudence.

In [Q2] 1895, he married Susannah Heyworth [1859-19??] in Halifax.

Susannah was born in Saddleworth

Children: Phyllis Mary [b 1896].

The family lived at 4 West Parade, Halifax [1901]; 58 The Boulevard, Halifax [1905]; 143 Huddersfield Road, Halifax [1911]

Prudential Assurance Buildings, Halifax
Office accommodation at 20 Commercial Street, Halifax [1936]

Owners and tenants have included

Prynn & Company
Brewers at Red Cross Brewery, Rastrick.

In 1881, James William Prynn took over the business of Booth & Ogden.

Leonard Aspinall was a partner [until 1890].

In 1889, Samuel Webster & Sons bought the business

Prynn, James William
[1857-1907] Son of Mary [née Turner] [1834-1895] and Augustus William Henry Prynn [1827-1872].

Born in Hull [3rd February 1857].

In 1881, he took over the business of Booth & Ogden at Red Cross Brewery, Rastrick and established Prynn & Company

On 5th March 1887, he married Annie Emily Lawrence [1867-1928] in Halifax.

Annie Emily came from Egham, Surrey

Children: (1) Augustus Lego [1887-1962] who married [1909] Mary Helen Atkinson [1884-1961]; (2) Ivy [1891-1956] who married Robert Kershaw; (3) Arthur [1895-1920] who never married.

The family lived at 83 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1911].

James William died in Rastrick [20th September 1907].

Annie Emily died in Brighouse [19th April 1928]

Prynne, George Halford Fellowes
[1853-1927] FRIBA.

Born in Plymouth.

He became an architect.

Local examples of his work include Elland Parish Church: Rood Screen; All Saints' Church, Elland

Airplane demonstrated by Herbert Sykes at Aeroplane Field, Clifton

Psychological Hall of Freedom
Recorded in 1874 at Back Lord Street, Halifax

Public baths, Todmorden
On 2nd May 1888, a number of people – including Rev Rathbone Hartley - presented a petition, with 710 signatures, to the Local Board, in favour of public baths in Todmorden.

The Local Board passed the resolution that

this urban authority adopt the Baths and Wash-Houses Acts

Public Benefit Boot Company Limited
Boot manufacturers and dealers at 31 Crown Street, Halifax [1905]

Public houses

Public Lavatories

Public Library & Technical Institute, Sowerby Bridge
Recorded in January 1903, when a meeting of the Sowerby Bridge Prosecution Society discussed a contemplated building for a Public Library & Technical Institute.

Samuel Wilkinson was involved in the design of the building [1903/1904]. It was decided not to proceed with the Technical Institute, and the top floor was omitted from Wilkinson's original design.

See Sowerby Bridge Technical Institute

Public Toilets

Publicans of local pubs


Pubs & Inns

See Beerhouse Act [1830] and Public House Closing Act [1864]

PubSpeak Today
An Evening Courier website dealing with local pubs and inns

Pudding Park Wood, Southowram
(Possibly) another name for Park Wood, Elland [1855].

See Hugh Francis Ingram and John Wardle

Pudsey Clough, Todmorden
Paul Clough becomes Pudsey Clough and forms a part of the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.

There is an interesting packhorse bridge with an almost circular cross-section over the stream at Hudstone

Pudsey, Todmorden
Area north of Cornholme, Todmorden

Puff, Franz
[18??-19??] Of Sowerby Bridge.

In 1900, he filed a patent for

improvements in machines for drying corn

Pugh, Clement
[1889-1915] He married Annie Elizabeth.

They lived at 12 Woodhead, Hipperholme [1915].

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 7th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment.

He died 20th October 1915 (aged 26).

He was buried at the Hill 10 Cemetery [II E 8].

He is remembered on Norwood Green War Memorial

Pugh, John L. P.
[1830-1892] (Possibly) John Lister P. Pugh.

In September 1856, he passed his examination – at the Apothecaries Hall – in the science and practice of medicine, and was qualified to practise.

He was Medical Officer for Brighouse, Clifton and Hartshead [1865]; General practitioner in Brighouse [1891]; Medical practitioner in Brighouse [1895].

In [Q4] 1872, he married Caroline Parsons [1848-1890] in Leeds.

Children: (1) Jessie [b 1873]; (2) Evan Charlesworth [b 1878]; (3) Annie Muriel [b 1881].

The family lived at Poplar Villa, Brighouse [1891]

Pugh, Rev Matthew
[1817-1891] MA.

Born in Wolvey, Warwickshire.

He was a schoolmaster in Congleton, Cheshire [1851]; a clergyman and Master at Rishworth School for 15 years [1861, 1871, 1874]; Vicar of Marple, Cheshire; Rector of St Thomas's, Stockport [for 10 years]; a retired clerk in Holy Orders [1891].

In 1847, he married (1) Elizabeth Sharpe [1810-1864] in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

Children: (1) Charlotte Elizabeth [b 1848]; (2) Matthew Henry [b 1852] who became a schoolmaster at the United Service College, Westward Ho, Devon [1891].

In 1866, he married (2) Frances (Fanny) Pinwell Symonds [1828-1890] from London, in Stockport.

The family lived at School House, Congleton [1851]; Rishworth Charity School, [1861, 1871]; 5 Loyalty Place, Stockport, Cheshire [1891].

There were visitors, lodgers and boarders with the family: James Crook [1830-1???] in 1851.

Frances died in Ormskirk [1890] and Matthew died in Stockport [11th June 1891]

Pule Hill, Boothtown
Aka Pule Nick. Area to the north of Boothtown.

In the 17th century, John Mitchell held horse-racing here.

In 1898, a number of flint tools including Mesolithic microliths, and 5 Bronze Age urns – an incense cup [4½ ins diameter, 3frac14; ins high] and 4 food vessels [the largest 4 ins in diameter] – were discovered there.

See Cold Arbour Coal Pit, Pule Hill Pottery and Ski Slope, Boothtown

Pule Nick Farm, Northowram
Lee Lane.

Owners and tenants have included

Pullman, Abraham
[1???-18??] Steel stockist. He founded a business at Sowerby Bridge.

He married Unknown.

Children: Ellen Eliza who married [30th May 1855] Thomas Whiteley, a Rochdale ironmonger, at Harrison Road Chapel.

The family lived at Summerville House, Halifax

Pullman, Thomas
[18??-18??] Stone merchant at Bare Head Quarry, Northowram and Blake Hill End Quarry, Northowram [1896]

Pullman's (Wyke) Limited
20th century clothing manufacturer of Mount Pleasant, Mytholmroyd

Pulman, Abram
[1796-1863] Of Halifax. Iron merchant. Around 1850, he established Abram Pulman & Sons

On 27th December 1815, he married Martha Ambler [1800-1872] in Halifax.

Martha was born in Northowram

Children: (1) Joseph; (2) John [b 1822] who was a joiner of Hopwood Lane [1882]; (3) Ambler; (4) Martha Ann [b 1831]; (5) Helen [b 1833]; (6) Ellen [b 1835]; (7) Thomas [b 1836].

The family lived at Lister Lane, Halifax [1834, 1841]; Pulman's Yard, Halifax [1851]; 1 Mount Street, Halifax [1861, 1871]

Pulman, Abram Oldroyd
[1868-1943] Son of Ambler Pulman.

Born in Halifax.

He was an auctioneer & valuer [1901].

In 1891, he married Maud Lillian Ethel Griffiths [1873-1950] in Halifax.

Maud Lillian Ethel was the daughter of Matilda Mary Leary [née Newman] [1845-1930] and Thomas Griffiths [1845-1915]

Children: Herbert Ernest.

The family lived at Dean Hollow, Halifax [1901]

He died in Southport [1943].

Maud Lillian Ethel died in Southport [4th January 1950]

Pulman's: Abram Pulman & Sons Limited
Iron merchants and manufacturers of nuts, screws and bolts and iron and steel girders. Established 850 by Abram Pulman.

They had business at Lister Lane [1845], 1 Weymouth Street, Halifax [1875], Mount Street, Halifax, and 32 Horton Street, Halifax [1905]

Pulman, Ambler
[1824-1884] Son of Abram Pulman

Like his father, he became an iron merchant.

On 31st December 1851, he married (1) Elizabeth Sugden [1825-1???] in Halifax.

They had no children.

The marriage was dissolved in 1859 by civil court, Elizabeth was found guilty of adultery with Joseph Tatham.

On 26th March 1867, he married (2) Betsy Mary Ann Oldroyd [1838-1872] in Halifax.

Children: (1) Abram Oldroyd; (2) Gertrude Elizabeth [1870-1873].

On 24th March 1874, he married (3) Marianne [1831-1901].

Marianne was born Sheepridge, the daughter of Mr Blackburn and widow of Mr Wilcock

They had no children

Pulman, Frederick Wilborough
[1889-1915] Son of Lewis Pulman.

Born in Halifax.

He was a railway vanman [1911]; employed by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and the Great Northern Railway; a member of Park Congregational School.

In 1910, he married Beatrice Chapman at St James's Church, Halifax.

Beatrice, a winder of 23 Wilson Street, was the daughter of Robert Edward Chapman

Children: Amy Gladys [b 1911].

In 1911, the family were living at 54 Penn Street, Pellon Lane with Beatrice's parents.

The family lived at 2 Denton's Court, St.James' Road, Halifax; 2 Cobden Place, Moore Street, Siddal.

He joined the Halifax Artillery.

During World War I, he enlisted in Manchester – where he was working at the time – and served as a Sergeant with the 1st/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was sent to Gallipoli.

He was killed 7th August 1915 in the Dardanelles, leading his men in an assault on a Turkish trench in front of Achi Baba.

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial and on the Roll of Honour at Park Congregational School

Pulman, Herbert Ernest
[1893-1942] Son of Abram Oldroyd Pulman.

Born in Halifax.

In 1914, he married Dorothea Barber De Halstead [1898-1982] in Somerset

Dorothea was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Children: Herbert Halstead [b 1920].

Herbert Ernest died in Southport [2nd February 1942].

Dorothea died in Sefton, Lancashire [1982]

Pulman, Joseph
[1817-1882] Son of Abram Pulman.

Born in Halifax.

He was an iron merchant's book keeper [1851]; a bolt maker employing 8 men & 5 boys [1861]; an iron merchant [1867]; an iron merchant employing 3 men [1871]; an iron merchant [1881].

He was one of the liquidators when the Halifax Omnibus & Cab Company Limited voluntarily wound up [1867].

He married Maria [1837-18??].

Maria was born in Norwich.

She was dead by 1881


Children: Harriet [b 1859].

The family lived at 21 Wade Street, Halifax [1871]; 3 North Parade, Halifax [1881].

Living with the widowed Joseph in 1881 was Mary / Margaret Collins (servant / housekeeper dom).

He may have fathered 6 illegitimate children by Margaret Collins

Joseph died in Halifax [1st July 1882].

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £12,587.

Administration was granted to his brother John

Pulman, Lewis
[1863-1???] Son of John Pullman, overlooker

He was a grocer in Halifax [1884, 1887]; a grocer in Milnsbridge [1890].

In 1887 Lewis was sent to prison for 6 months, for defrauding the Halifax Industrial Society by forgery.

In 1890, Lewis was charged with

that he, being the bailee of £29, entrusted to him by Jane Eastwood, wife of Luke Eastwood, Milnsbridge, did fraudulently convert the same to his own use

He was sent to prison for 15 months

In 1884, he married Hannah Hemingway Butterworth [1863-1???] at St James's Church, Halifax.

Hannah was born in Bradford. Her father was not recorded on the marriage documents

Children: (1) John Thomas [b 1886] who was a dynamo wire coverer [1901]; (2) Frederick Wilborough; (3) Charles P [b 1891] who was a cashier in woollen merchant office [1911]; (4) Ernest L [b 1893] who was a railway porter [1911]; (5) Ethel M [b 1895] who was a jewel factory operative [1911]; (6) Arthur [b 1897] who was a wool warehouse lad [1911].

In 1891, Lewis was a prisoner at HM Prison, Wakefield. Hannah (hosiery embroideress), with sons Frederick and Charles, were lodgers with Mary J McMillan (laundress) at 24 Timber Street, Elland. Son John was staying with his grandmother, Rebecca Lambert [b 1832] at Falcon Square, Skircoat.

The family lived at 1 Thackeray Street, Halifax [1901]; 6 Villiers Street, Halifax [1911, 1915]

Lewis died in Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire [1900] (aged 36) 

Pumfrey, Rev J. W.
[19??-19??] Curate at Christ Church, Pellon [1952], Vicar of Copley [1955], and Vicar of Southowram [1959]

Pump Farm, Southowram
Pump Lane, off Halifax Old Road. A 20-acre farm on the Shibden Hall estate, lying to the east of the Hall.

Owners and tenants have included

Pump House, Ovenden Road

Punchbowl Lock, Todmorden
Lock #40 on the Rochdale Canal

Punton, Inspector
[18??-1???] Police Inspector in Brighouse [1890].

He was a witness in the trial of John Walker

Pupil Teachers' Centre, Halifax
Recorded in 1891

Purdy, J. R.
[18??-19??] MA.

He lived at Ramsden House, Elland. Headmaster at Grace Ramsden's School [1905].

He married Unknown.

Children: a daughter [b 1900]

Purl Well, Brighouse

In 1891, the Neptune Inn was listed as being at Purlwell

Purprice, Wadsworth
Purprise Lane. Aka Lower Purprice. Late 17th century house

Purprise, Wadsworth
Farm, land and wood mentioned in July 1838. It was then owned by William Cousin of Boston Hill and occupied by William Wadsworth, John Redman, and Thomas Greenwood

Purvis, Rev William
[1858-1935] He was educated at Durham University [1881], ordained deacon [1882], curate at Whitechapel [1882-1885], and curate at Cleckheaton [1886] before becoming Curate at Rastrick [1886-1896] and Vicar at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones [1896-1935]

In September 1886, he married Elizabeth Berry [1852-1924] at the Old White Chapel, Cleckheaton.

Children: (1) William Berry [1890-1973]; (2) Gertrude Mary [1892-1964] who married James Reginald Clay.

Members of the family were buried at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones

Puxley, H. L.
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1898-1901]

Pye, Emily
[1877-1957] Unmarried lady who ran a shop in Gibbet Street, Halifax.

She had run the shop since the 1930s.

At Whitsuntide, 8th June 1957, she was battered to death. The only clue was a fingerprint found in the room. This was never identified and no one has ever been accused of the crime. A small amount of cash was missing.

In May 1988, an unknown man made a number of anonymous phone calls to the Evening Courier and claimed that his father had made a deathbed confession to the crime. The caller's father – who had lived in the Pellon area, not far from Miss Pye's shop – said that he had hit the 80-year-old and fled with only £6. The caller refused to give his details because his mother was still alive at the time and unaware of her husband's secret. He claimed that his father had admitted the torment he had lived with since killing the spinster. The caller refused to give his name because his mother was still alive.

In November 2004, detectives appealed again for him to get in touch.

In November 2012, the West Yorkshire Police's Major Investigation Review Team again appealed for anyone with information about the murder to get in touch.

See Matilda Gledhill

Pye Nest
District between King Cross and Sowerby Bridge. The name has been said to derive from magpie nests in the trees there.

See Gainest

Pye Nest Co-Op
Branch number 34 of the Halifax Industrial Society opened in June 1900

Pye Nest Farm, Halifax
Owners and tenants have included

Pye Nest House, Halifax
Aka Pyenest House. House designed in 1771 for John Edwards by John Carr, and built on land which he bought from Japhet Lister.

It was the home of Sir Henry Edwards. The grounds covered 134 acres. About 20 of Edwards's horses were buried in the grounds. When Edwards died in 1886, the house was put up for sale on 3rd August 1887. The sale did not produce a buyer.

Owners and tenants have included

The house remained with the Edwards family until 1933 when the executors of the last owner – Major A. H. Edwards – auctioned the building off. See Rolleston Edwards.

On 22nd July 1925, a sale of the house and 24 acres of grounds was withdrawn at £7,000. On 22nd July 1932, the estate was again put up for auction.

On 21st October 1933, the house and the estate – comprising about 30 acres – were sold privately.

It was demolished in 1935 and houses were built on the site in the 1940s.

Crow Nest at Lightcliffe was almost a replica of Pye Nest House

Pye Nest Library
Recorded in 1936

Pye Nest Lodge, Halifax
Owners and tenants have included

Pye Nest Tram Disaster
Accident on Tuesday, 15th October 1907 when a tram travelling through Bolton Brow derailed, killing 5 people – including the conductor Walter Robinson – and injuring many more

Pyenot House, Lightcliffe
Owners and tenants have included

An old form of the surname Pickles

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and all similar surnames

A variant of the surname Pickles

See the Foldout for a composite list of individuals with this and all similar surnames

Pylkington, Edmund
[14??-1???] In 1471, he sold Ewood Hall, Mytholmroyd to Henry Farrer


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