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R. E. S. Gymnasium
Great Albion Street, Halifax. The gymnasium for the Recreative Evening Schools is recorded in 1905, when the Secretary was G. R. Granger.

See Halifax R. E. S. Gymnasium Cycling Club and John Henry Whitley

Rabbetts, Rev Reginald Douglas Cyprian
[19??-19??] He was at Salisbury before becoming Deacon at Lightcliffe [1938-1943]. He was ordained in 1939. He moved to Hampshire: Fordingbridge with Ibsley [1943-1950] and Kingsclere [1950-1971]. He is recorded at Newbury in 1983 and 1994

Rabbit Rock, Heptonstall
Local name for the rockface at Heptonstall Quarry

Rabbitt, Patrick John
[1816-1862] Born in Ireland.

He was a greengrocer at 26/27 Swine Market, Halifax.

He married Catherine [1824-1877].

Patrick John died 22nd November 1862.

Catherine died 3rd August 1877.

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 4082]

Raby, Jack
[1???-19??] During World War II, he served with the Royal Air Force.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Raby, James W.
[1859-19??] Of Elland.

He worked as a beamer piecer.

On 19th December 1882, he won a walking match – pedestrianism – at Lillie Bridge Grounds, West Brompton, beating W. Franks of Marylebone by 95 yards, after walking 8 miles in 59 mins 18 secs.

On 16th July 1883, he won a match at Bow Running Grounds, beating Arthur Hancock of Bethnal Green.

On 25th July 1900, he won a 25 mile walking race at Fulham Cross Grounds. His time was 3 hrs 53 mins 33¼ secs. He won the Championship, and the challenge cup – valued at 100 guineas – became his property

In January 1898, he was one of the people to endorse Velcot Coco.

In 1878, he married Hannah Maria McDermott [b 1859] from Halifax, in Halifax.

Children: (1) Mary [b 1879]; (2) Thomas Edward.

The family lived at Rastrick [1890s]

Raby, Thomas Charles
[1894-1918] Born in Runcorn.

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 55th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

He was killed in action [9th April 1918].

He is remembered on the Loos Memorial [36], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Raby, Thomas Edward
[1880-19??] Son of James W. Raby.

Born in Elland.

He was a labourer in the iron trade [1901].

In 1899, he married Nellie, daughter of Stuart Black, in Halifax.

Children: Nelson [b 1900].

They lived at 19 Bradford Road, Brighouse, with Nellie's widowed mother [1901]

Radcliffe
Another form of the surname is Ratcliffe.

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

Thomas Ratclyff is recorded at Sowerby in 1540.

George Redmonds writes that the name originated near Bolton, Lancashire, where there is a cliff of red sandstone overlooking the River Irwell

There are currently around 46 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Radcliffe. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Radcliffe family of Lightcliffe
Of Smith House, Lightcliffe and Hoyle House, Lightcliffe

The Radcliffe family of Todmorden
The family came from Turton in Lancashire and bought Todmorden Hall for use during the shooting season.

William Radcliffe was an early member of the family.

See St Mary's, Todmorden

Radcliffe, A.
[18??-19??] Butcher at Halifax.

In April 1893, he was declared bankrupt

Radcliffe, Abraham
[1???-17??] Nephew and – from 1732 – partner of Charles Radcliffe. He was an attorney in Brighouse. He lived at Smith House, Brighouse

Radcliffe, Abraham
[1696-1759] Son of William Radcliffe. He became a Halifax attorney. He was a trustee of the Wheelwright Charities.

In 1732, he married Betty, daughter of Joseph Holmes.

Children: (1) daughter who died in infancy; (2) daughter who died in infancy; (3) William; (4) John; (5) Charles; (6) son

Radcliffe, Alice de
[13??-13??] Aka Olive, Domina de Eland. She was the third wife of Sir John Elland.

After the murder of Sir John, she married Sir Geoffrey de Warburton.

She inherited the Manor of Brighouse – including Shibden Mill and Rastrick Mill – from Sir John. She rented these to John of the Dene.

In 1372, the Manor of Hipperholme was settled on the couple on an annual payment of one rose on the feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Radcliffe Brothers
Oil refiners and extractors at North Dean Oil Works, Greetland [1905]

Radcliffe, Charles
[1???-1???] He was landlord of the Maypole Inn, Warley [1859 when the licence was suspended for a time, 1861, 1874]

He married Unknown.

Children: Elizabeth who married John Aspinall

Radcliffe, Charles
[14??-1536] Son of Richard Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: Edmund

Radcliffe, Charles
[15??-1590] Son of Edmund Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Henry; (2) Robert

Radcliffe, Charles
[1676-1749] Son of William Radcliffe.

He was an attorney [1700-1749]. He lived at Howroyd, Barkisland [1717-1729]. He moved to Whittell Place, Elland.

In 1730, he was admitted to the Court of Common Pleas. He was Steward of the Manor of Southowram.

He was joined by his nephews, Abraham Radcliffe and John Seaton. His practice was taken over by a former articled clerk, John Howarth.

In 1702, he married Mary Carr.


Mary was the daughter of George Carr of Kirkheaton
 

Children: (1) William; (2) Mary [1705-1735] who married William Dean from Elland; (3) Elizabeth [1707-1759] who married Giles Rickaby from Wakefield; (4) Ann [1708-1751]; (5) Sarah [1711-1750] who married James Tetlawe.

See A. T. Longbotham

Radcliffe, Charles
[18??-18??] Hair dresser and perfumer at 73 Woolshops, Halifax

Radcliffe, Daniel
[1807-18??] Born in Soyland.

He was a weaver [1841, 1851]; a woollen weaver [1861]; a farmer of 20 acres [1871].

In 1832, he married Elizabeth / Betty Helliwell [1816-18??] at Elland Church.

Children: (1) Mary Ann [b 1835] who was a mill hand [1851]; (2) Uriah; (3) William [b 1843]; (4) James [b 1845] who was a cotton piecer [1861], a cotton twister [1871]; (5) Squire [b 1847] who was a cotton piecer [1861]; (6) Hellowell.

The family lived at Clay House, Soyland [1841, 1851]; 6 Clay House, Soyland [1861]; Thorton(?) Park, Soyland [1871].

Living with them in 1871 was visitor Ben Boothman [aged 38] (quarryman) 

Radcliffe, Edgar
[18??-191?] Of Sowerby.

During World War I, he served as a Private.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church

Radcliffe, Edmund
[1???-1557] Or Edward.

Son of Charles Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: Charles

Radcliffe, Elizabeth
[16??-1???] Daughter of Joshua Radcliffe.

She married Roger Mainwaring from Kermincham in Cheshire.

Children: James who had a son, Roger

Radcliffe, George Henry
[1835-1897] Born in Halifax.

Around 1865, he established business as a practical hair cutter and perfumer at 18 Crown Street, Halifax. The company had a laboratory at Gill's Court, Halifax.

He was a hair dresser & fancy dealer [1891].

In 1865, he married Ann Empsall [1836-1???] in Rochdale.

Children: Ann Eliza [b 1867] who married William Henry Utley.

The family lived at 18 Crown Street, Halifax.

Living with them in 1881 was widowed mother-in-law Eliza Empsall [aged 74].

At 11:30 pm on Friday 4th June 1897, he and his wife were walking along Commercial Street, Halifax when a piece of masonry weighing 29 lbs fell from one of the newly-erected buildings there. He was injured and died around 3:00 pm on the following Sunday afternoon.

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £2,789. Probate was granted to his widow Anne Radcliffe and daughter Annie Eliza Radcliffe

Radcliffe, Hellewell
[1838-19??] Born in Soyland.

He was in Parkhurst Prison [1855-1859].

In [Q2] 1872, he married Helena Hopkinson in Halifax.

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

Radcliffe, Hellowell
[1850-19??] Son of Daniel Radcliffe.

Born in Soyland.

He was a cotton piecer [1861]; a cotton twister [1871, 1872]; a cotton twiner [1881]; innkeeper at the Beehive, Soyland [1891]; a labourer navvy [1901]; a brick layer labourer [1911].

In 1872, he married Helena Hopkinson [1851-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Helena, of Rishworth, was the daughter of mason Charles Hopkinson
 

Children: (1) James [b 1873] who was a cotton operative [1891] a farm labourer [1911]; (2) Elizabeth Ann [b 1875] who was a cotton operative [1891] a cotton reeler [1901] a cop reeler [1911]; (3) Fred [b 1878] who was a cotton operative [1891]; (4) Mary Hannah [b 1886] a cotton ring spinner [1901, 1911].

The family lived at 1 Swift Place, Ripponden [1881]; Thrum Hall, Soyland [1901]; 1 Beeston Hall, Ripponden [1911].

Living with them in 1901 were 4 boarders.

Living with them in 1911 was granddaughter Clara Radcliffe [aged 7]

Radcliffe, Henry
[15??-16??] Son of Charles Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Joshua; (2) Jonas

Radcliffe, John
[1???-18??] 19th century textile manufacturer.

He lived at Allan House, Sowerby Bridge

Radcliffe, John
[16??-1704] He lived at Haugh End, Sowerby

Radcliffe, John
[17??-1???] Coiner of Lighthazles. Son of John Radcliffe

Radcliffe, John
[17??-1???] Coiner of Lighthazles.

He married Unknown.

Children: John

Radcliffe, John
[17??-18??] A Manchester merchant.

Son of Abraham Radcliffe, and nephew of Mrs Holmes.

Mrs Holmes bequeathed Smith House, Lightcliffe and Holme House, Lightcliffe to him.

In 1802, he sold Holme House to Rev John Hey of Sydney College Cambridge.

In January 1804, he bought Holme House back from Hey and sold it to George Armitage for £1907 10/-.

James Sykes was his head gardener at Smith House

Radcliffe, John
[18??-19??] Son of Thomas Radcliffe.

In 1939, John was senior partner in the picker manufacturing business established by his father.

On 7th August 1938, he was elected Mayor to fill the vacancy caused by the sudden death of George Barker.

He was a Liberal; a member of the De Warren Lodge of Freemasons; a member of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club; Councillor for Northowram Ward; Vice-chairman of the Sewage & Cleansing Committee; Vice-chairman of the Education Committee; Chairman of the Libraries and Museums sub-committee; Chairman of the Transport Committee; Alderman for Illingworth Ward [1933]; Mayor of Halifax [1938-1939] and [1940 (August-November)]; Freeman of the Borough [22nd March 1948].

In 1913, he married Laura Dewhirst from Northowram, in Halifax.

The family lived at 14 Heath Avenue, Halifax [1939]

Radcliffe, John
[1846-1???] Born in Sowerby.

He was a mason [1870].

On 1st January 1870, he married in Halifax.


Ellen was the daughter of
David Hollas
 

Children: (1) Susan [b 1870]; (2) Eliza [b 1872]; (3) Ellen [b 1875]; (4) Ada [b 1878]; (5) Emily [b 1882]; (6) John William [b 1884]

Radcliffe's: John Radcliffe & Sons
Cotton manufacturers at West End Mill, Sowerby Bridge [1863]

Radcliffe, Jonas
[1???-1???] Son of Henry Radcliffe.

He became President of University College Oxford

Radcliffe, Sir Joseph
[1744-1819] Born Joseph Pickford, son of Joseph Pickford.

He was a local magistrate and a wealthy landowner and well-known as being an opponent of the local Luddites.

See Milnsbridge

Radcliffe, Joseph
[1781-18??] Of Norland.

In 1806, he married Bathsheba [1785-18??]

Radcliffe, Joshua
[1???-1???] He married Sarah.

The couple were Sam Hill's tenants at Raynor Land, Soyland.

They were required ti keep the buildings and walls in good repair, and to

set up a good pair of gates

if/when they left the property.

Hill built a small pumphouse for them and put a lock on the door. Sam Fausit could also use the pumphouse and could fetch water and scour cloth there

Radcliffe, Joshua
[15??-1???] Son of Henry Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: Saville

Radcliffe, Joshua
[16??-1676] Son of Savile Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: Elizabeth

Radcliffe, Nathaniel
[17??-18??] Watchmaker and clockmaker at Elland [1822, 1834]

Radcliffe, Peter
[1???-1895] Alias Peet Fox.

On 24th April 1837, he married Mary Ann Brook.

This was the first marriage to be conducted at Saint Martin's Church, Brighouse.

He had stolen a ham from the Round House and was under arrest at the time of the wedding and was guarded by 14 police officers.

He was the last person to be held in the Towser

Radcliffe, Richard
[14??-1502] Son of William de Radcliffe.

He held land in Todmorden.

He married Unknown.

Children: Charles.

See Radcliffe family of Todmorden

Radcliffe, Robert
[1???-1???] Son of Charles Radcliffe.

He was the first Headmaster of Rochdale Grammar School

Radcliffe, Saville
[1583-1652] Son of Joshua Radcliffe.

He inherited Todmorden Hall and property in Todmorden at the age of 16. He rebuilt the Hall in 1603.

He had estates worth £134 per year and had to pay £25 composition.

He was married 3 times.

Children: (1) Thomas; (2) Joshua.

The east wing at Todmorden Hall bears the initials of Saville and his wife, Kathleen Hyde.

The property passed to his grandson, Joshua Radcliffe

Radcliffe, Thomas
[17??-1???] Of Lighthazles. He was suspected of being a coiner

Radcliffe, Thomas
[18??-19??] Picker maker at Stone Dam Mill, Halifax [1903, 1905].

He married Unknown.

Children: John.

John was senior partner in the business [1939].

He was dead by 1939

Radcliffe Uriah
[1838-1???] Son of Daniel Radcliffe.

Born in Soyland.

On 19th July 1857, he married Hannah Helliwell at Halifax Parish Church.


Hannah was the daughter of William Helliwell
 

Children: (1) John William [b 1859]; (2) Thomas Henry [b 1861]; (3) Elizabeth Ellen [b 1864]; (4) Edna [b 1866]; (5) Hellewell [b 1869].

The family lived at Rastrick [1871]

Radcliffe, William
[1???-1???] Merchant of Brighouse. Son of Abraham Radcliffe

Radcliffe, William
[13??-13??] Of Langfield and Todmorden. In 1364, he held land in Todmorden.

He was an early member of the Radcliffe family of Todmorden.

He married Unknown.

Children: William Radcliffe

Radcliffe, William
[13??-14??] Of Todmorden.

Son of William Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: William

Radcliffe, William
[16??-1???] Of Rotherham.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Charles; (2) Abraham; (3) William; (4) Mary who married Joseph Pickford

Radcliffe, William
[16??-17??] Son of William Radcliffe. He was an attorney at Milnsbridge, Huddersfield. John Seaton and William Hanson were articled to him.

In 1724, he bought the Manor of Marsden for £495. This passed to his nephew, Joseph Pickford, on the condition that he change his name to Radcliffe.

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.

Radcliffe, William
[17??-1???] Of Lighthazles. He was suspected of being a coiner. Son of John Radcliffe

Radcliffe, Rev William
[1703-1755] Son of Charles Radcliffe. He was incumbent in Suffolk. He died at Whittell Place, Elland

Radcliffe, William de
[13??-1434] Of Todmorden.

Son of William Radcliffe.

He married Unknown.

Children: Richard

Radcliffe, William Towne
[1789-1862] Born 12th April 1789.

Baptised at Saint Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [11th May 1789].

In 1835, he was committed as a lunatic.

He never married.

In 1851, he was living alone [with an elderly housekeeper and 3 servants] at Smith House, Brighouse.

James Sykes was his gardener.

He died at Smith House, Brighouse [6th September 1862].

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at under £10,000. Probate was granted to his cousin german Charles Horncastle of 13 Wilton Park Road, Dalston, London

Radclyff, William
[13??-1???] He was accused of causing the death of Robert de Lyndesay in the manor of Langfield on the Friday before Christmas 1390, with a sword.

He was acquitted

The Radclyffe family
Originally from Radclyffe in Lancashire.

They held the Manor of Hartshead and lived at Hartshead Hall.

In 1200, William de Radclyffe gave to his son, Hugh

... all [Hartshead], to wit, two carucates of land with the appurtenances, to hold of himself and his heirs in fee and inheritance paying yearly one pound of pepper for services except the [foreign] service

See Richard Radclyffe and Robert de Radclyffe

Radclyffe, Richard
[12??-13??] Son of Robert de Radclyffe. In 1317, he gave Hartshead Hall to John Fleming

Radclyffe, Robert de
[12??-13??] Of Hartshead Hall.

He married Unknown.

Children: Richard

Radical Bob
A popular name for Robert Wilkinson


Question: Does anyone know what he did to become known as a Radical?

 

Radical Hoil
A school-house in Smithy Fold, Midgley. The Midgley Radical Association met here [around 1837]. The first meeting of the Midgley Co-operative Society was held here [1852]

Radio Incandescent Light Company
Inverted incandescent light manufacturers at 38 West Parade, Halifax [1905]

Radley, Joe Harry
[1875-1947] He was a stone mason.

He was also a cornet player with the Southowram Brass Band and taught the cornet. He is said to have given horn lessons to Willie, a member of the Firth family in Brighouse.

In 1897, he married Hetty, daughter of George Wood.

They lived at Cain Lane, Southowram.

On 13th March 1914, the family sailed from Liverpool to the USA on the SS Alaunia and settled in upstate New York, and then Auburn NY.

Some members of the family worked in the carpet factory at Firthcliffe.

He died in Auburn.

He was buried at Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn

Ragby Bridge, Walsden
Ramsden Lane. A packhorse bridge carrying The Walsden Highway over Ramsden Clough below Ramsden Clough Reservoir

Raggalds Inn Bar, Queensbury
A toll bar on the Brighouse-Denholme Gate Turnpike near the Raggalds Inn. Recorded in 1825.

In 1840, the side gates and chairs at the toll gate were advertised to let by auction at the George, Brighouse

Raggede, Alice de
[12??-13??] She was one of the nuns at Kirklees Nunnery.

She appears to have been dismissed. On 27th August 1306, the Archbishop of York sent a letter to the Prioress of Kirklees seeking readmission of

Alice Ragged, your fellow nun [who being] often deceived by the allurements of frail flesh, in levity of mind, hath gone from her house into the world, and hath wandered in great peril, having long put off her religious habit

She was again accused in 1315

Ragman's toffee
A type of confectionery sold by Edward Binns. It was described as having
a bilious yellow hue

Railway Bishop
Popular name for Eric Treacy

Railway Cocoa House, Halifax
47 Church Street.

A branch of the Halifax Cocoa House Company at the junction of Horton Street and Church Street. In 1891, they could accommodate 300 customers. Recorded in 1893.

By the 1920s, it was occupied by Ramsden's leather factory

Railway Coffee Tavern, Halifax
Near Halifax Railway Station. A branch of the Halifax Cocoa House Company.

Recorded in 1887, when Mayor Richard Horsfall and the Mayoress entertained Corporation staff here

Railway Companies

Railway Genealogy
Stephen Prior is currently developing a website which will list the names and other details of people – including navvies – who have worked on the railways.

Until the website is published, you can direct any enquiries to

railgenealogy@gmail.com

Railway Restaurant, Halifax
Dining rooms at Blackledge. Recorded in 1905, when they were run by Thomas Spencer

Railway stations

Raine, Eliza
[1791-1860] Daughter of William Raine.

She was illegitimate [?], born and brought up in Madras and was of Anglo-Indian parentage. Her mother was Indian.

In 1800, when her father died, she and her sister came to England to be educated at Mr Lumley's Boarding School for Ladies.

Being of a foreign appearance, she was sent to the attic at the school. Here, she met Anne Lister who had also been sent to the attic because of her disruptive behaviour in the school

In 1805, when they were both young girls, aged 13, she met Anne Lister and they became lovers – Anne's first. They agreed to become man and wife and exchanged wedding rings and took vows.

When teachers found Anne and Eliza passing love-letters, Anne was expelled and returned to Halifax.

Eliza spent holidays with Anne at Skelfler and at Shibden Hall. They both kept diaries and developed a writing code for these and to exchange love letters.

Distanced from Anne, Eliza became lonely and melancholic. She suffered from a mental illness, and in 1814, she was declared insane. In 1816, she was committed to a lunatic asylum at Clifton, York, where she spent the rest of her life.

In 1817, she was in the care of Dr Henry Stephen Belcombe at Clifton, York.

She was buried at St Thomas's Church, Osbaldwick, York

Raine, Dr William
[17??-1800] A surgeon of the East India Company.

He married an unidentified Indian woman. Children: (1) Jane; (2) Eliza.

He died on the voyage back to England.

After his death, Dr William Duffin became guardian of his daughters and brought them back to England in 1803

Rainford
Other forms of the surname include Rainforth and Rainsforth

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Rainforth
A variant of the surname Rainford

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Rainsforth
A variant of the surname Rainford

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Raistrick
A variant of the surname Rastrick

Raistrick Greave, Heptonstall
2-cell mid 17th century house on Heptonstall Moor.

It appears to have been extended twice to add a barn and a cottage, probably in the 18th century.

It stood alongside the Long Causeway.

It is now a ruin

Rake End, Walsden

Rake Hey Farm, Todmorden
Whirlaw Common. Early 19th century house and barn

Ralph, Harold
[18??-19??] Born in Halifax.

In 1917, he married Phyllis Fossey in Halifax.


Phyllis was the daughter of
Ernest George Fossey
 

Children: (1) Ernest James [b 1918]; (2) Phyllis [b 1919]; (3) Constance [b 1921]

Ralph, Rev John
[1736-1795] He trained at Hoxton College and served at Stamford before becoming Minister at Northgate End chapel [1767-1795]. He founded the Library at the Chapel.

He married Dorothy daughter of Mr Rhodes, and sister of John Rhodes.

Children: (1) Elizabeth Dorothy [1781-18??] who married Thomas Sudworth; (2) Sophia [1784-1861]; (3) John Rhodes; (4) Emma who married Judge Stansfeld; (5) Sarah who is mentioned in Anne Lister's journals.

There was a memorial to him in Northgate End Chapel

Ralph, John Rhodes
[1786-1862] JP. Son of Rev John Ralph.

He was JP for the West Riding [1851]; landed proprietor [1851]; railway shareholder [1861].

On 17th February 1820, he married Agnes Bickerstaff Ramsden, daughter of Rowland Ramsden, in Halifax.

Children: (1) Agnes Ramsden [1821-1897] who married William Fenton Kenny; (2) Rowland Westby [1824-1890].

The family lived at Square, Halifax [1834]; Ward's End, Halifax [1841]; Square, Halifax [1849]; 11 Square, Halifax [1851]; 10 Square, Halifax [1837]; Savile Lodge, Harrison Road, Halifax [1861].

He died at Furnival's Inn, London.

See Railway companies and West Yorkshire Railway Company

Ramsay, Michael
Pen-name of writer Tom Green

Ramsbotham's: James & Thomas Ramsbotham
Cotton manufacturers and spinners at Todmorden [1809].

See Thomas Ramsbotham

Ramsbotham, John Hodgson
[1809-1868] One of the Trustees of Martin Manley.

He was buried at St Wilfrid's Church, Calverley

Ramsbotham, Thomas
[1775-1839] Aka Ramsbottom. In the late 18th century, he lived in the master's house at Ewood Mill where he has a cotton carding and spinning business, putting-out work to the local weavers.

He also had an iron foundry and workers producing cotton machinery for a Manchester company of which he was a partner or owner.

He married Unknown. Children: Mary who married John Crossley of Scaitcliffe.

In 1832, he built Robinwood Mill, Todmorden.

He owned much property in and around Todmorden.

He bought Platts House and Carr Barn from Joshua Fielden [1820s].

In 1826-1828, he built Centre Vale House. He diverted the river in order to get a wider sweep of land for the house. Abraham Stansfield worked as a gardener at the house.

A memorial was erected to him opposite his pew in Christ Church.

See James & Thomas Ramsbotham

Ramsbottom
The surname is derived from rams and bottom, meaning valley of the wild garlic.

See Ramsden

There are currently around 12 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Ramsbottom. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Ramsbottom family of Birks Hall
The family were established by Francis Ramsbottom. They lived at Birks Hall House

Ramsbottom, Elizabeth
[1777-1857] Daughter of Robert Ramsbottom, and sister of Robert. On their brother's death, Birks Hall passed to her and her sister, Mary.

She married Edward Brooke.

For about 35 years after the death of Mr Gott, husband of her daughter Mary Ann, the two widowed sisters reigned over Pellon and Wheatley. In 1853, the two sisters gave £400 and the land for building Pellon Church and Parsonage. On Mary's death, Elizabeth inherited the estates. In her will, she left the estates to her daughter, Mary Ann, for life, with the remainder in tail to her children.

Elizabeth survived her husband.

The epitaph on the memorial for Elizabeth and other members of her family in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Ramsbottom, Francis
[16??-1???] Or Ramsbotham. He established the Ramsbottom family of Birks Hall.

On 6th June 1670, he married Agnes Threapland at Bradford.

Children: (1) Francis; (2) Samuel; (3) Richard; (4) Grace; (5) Ann who married Squire Firth

Ramsbottom, Francis
[17??-1766] Son of Francis Ramsbottom. He inherited Birks Hall, Ovenden.

He married Martha [17??-1773].

Children: Robert.

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

Ramsbottom, Henry
[17??-18??] Owned Salford Mill, Todmorden [1814]

Ramsbottom, Henry
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner at Foster Mill, Hebden Bridge [1816, 1830s] and Ewood Mill, Stansfield [1825]

Ramsbottom, John
[1814-1897] Railway engineer. Born in Todmorden.

He did much work on the use of steam-power in the family's cotton business. He made many inventions for the new railway industry, including a water trough and pick-up system, and the split piston ring which is still in use on petrol and diesel engines. He was President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

In July 2004, a plaque at Todmorden Railway Station was unveiled in his memory

Ramsbottom, Mary
[1776-1855] Daughter of Robert Ramsbottom, and sister of Robert. On their brother's death, Birks Hall passed to her and her sister, Elizabeth.

She married James Lancashire.

They had no children.

For many years, the two widowed sisters reigned over Pellon and Wheatley.

In 1853, they gave £400 and the land for building Pellon Church and Parsonage.

On Mary's death, Elizabeth inherited the estates.

Mary survived her husband.

The epitaph on the memorial for Mary and other members of her family in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Ramsbottom, Robert
[1740-1812] Son of Francis Ramsbottom. He inherited Birks Hall, Ovenden.

He married Mary [1732-1822].

Children: (1) Robert; (2) Mary; (3) Elizabeth.

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

Ramsbottom, Robert
[1775-1822] Son of Robert Ramsbottom.

He lived at Birks Hall, Ovenden.

On Tuesday, March 12th 1822, he was killed in the quarry in Brackenbed Lane where he was taking shelter under a large mass of projecting stone; the stone fell and crushed him to death.

Other reports of his death say that

he was assisting one of his labourers

He was the last male Ramsbottom, and Birks Hall passed to his sisters, Mary and Elizabeth.

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

Ramsbottom, Robert
[18??-1892] He was landlord of the Lord Nelson, Halifax [1881, 1887, 1892].

He married Hannah Leah.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1892

Ramsbottom, Samuel
[1???-1738] Son of Francis Ramsbottom. He inherited Birks Hall, Ovenden and owned it for 1 year.

He married Mary Farrer.

Children: Francis [1735-1736]

Ramsbottom, Samuel Francis
[1???-1737] Or Ramsbotham.

Son of Francis Ramsbottom.

In 1707, he inherited Birks Hall. He was a maltster. The kilns at Birks were worked for about 150 years afterwards. Remains of the vats are still to be found in the outbuildings.

On 4th June 1708, he married Sarah, daughter of John King.

Children: (1) John [b 1710] who died in his first year; (2) Samuel; (3) Francis; (4) Thomas; (5) Sarah.

He died suddenly

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

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

Ramsden
Another form of the surname is Ramsdin.

Derived from rams and dene, meaning valley of the wild garlic.

There are currently around 106 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Ramsden. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

See Ramsbottom

The Ramsden family of Greetland
A branch of the family owned land and property in Greetland, Barkisland, Exley and Southowram.

Gilbert Ramsden was an early member of the family, and Geoffrey Ramsden was a member of another branch of the family.

Some of the family lived at Bowers Hall, Barkisland and Crawstone Hall, Greetland.

They are associated with – and possibly ancestors of – the Ramsden family of Huddersfield and the Ramsden family of Wheatley.

See Bowers Hall, Barkisland, Crawstone Hall, Greetland, Ye Farre Close, High Trees Hall, Barkisland, Hoyle House, Friendly, Jumples House, Mixenden, Kirklees Hall, Brighouse, The Ramsden family of Greetland, The Ramsden family of Huddersfield, The Ramsden family of Jumples and Upper Rookes, Norwood Green

The Ramsden family of Huddersfield
The family bought the manor of Huddersfield from Elizabeth I in 1599, and the manor of Almondbury in 1627.

See Ramsden family of Barkisland

The Ramsden family of Jumples
and Illingworth. Yeomen clothiers. The family established a considerable estate in the Illingworth and Jumples area and the name is still found in the district. John Ramsden of Rishworth was an early member of the family.

See Bowers Hall, Barkisland, Crawstone Hall, Greetland, Ye Farre Close, High Trees Hall, Barkisland, Hoyle House, Friendly, Jumples House, Mixenden, Kirklees Hall, Brighouse, The Ramsden family of Greetland, The Ramsden family of Huddersfield, The Ramsden family of Jumples and Upper Rookes, Norwood Green

The Ramsden family of Norwood Green
They owned Upper Rookes, Norwood Green [1684-1784]

Ramsden & Baxter
Worsted spinners at Bailiffe Bridge. Partners were Thomas Ramsden and William Bradford Baxter.

In 1856, the partnership was declared bankrupt. Both partners were independently declared bankrupt at the same time.

At Leeds Bankruptcy Court, the court was not happy with the answers given about the firm's finances, and the case was postponed sine die. The protracted bankruptcy hearing – during which the court suspected them of concealing assets – occupied much of the local papers at the time

Ramsden & Tatham
Brewers at Mixenden.

Recorded in May 1861, when when The Black Bull in Bingley was advertised to let

Ramsden's Baths, Rastrick
Bramston Street. Slipper baths and swimming pool. Established by N. Ramsden. Built around 1890 on the eastern side of Bramston Street. This was the first swimming bath in the district. Brighouse Swimming Club met here.

In 1894, Ramsden offered the baths to the Corporation, but the Council resolved

that the offer be not entertained

Water was obtained from drainage from the hillside. When a council tip was built higher up the valley, the water became polluted and the enterprise closed in 1903.

In 1910, the property was bought by Falcon Laundry.

Bath Place still stands

Ramsden, Camm & Company Limited
Manufacturers of telegraph wire, cables and hawsers. Established at Robin Hood Mill, Clifton Road in 1840. They were still at the mill in 1874. They employed about 300 workers [1895]. The business moved to Leopold Works, Brighouse. They did much work for the international market in Europe, America and the East.

Around 1960, they were taken over by Spencers of Wakefield.

See Samuel Henry Byrne

Ramsden, Chadwick & Company
Stone merchants and quarry owners at Lane Head, Brighouse [1896]. Partners included Lister Chadwick

Ramsden's Charity
See Frances Thornhill's Charity School

Ramsden Clough Reservoir, Todmorden
Property including Furniss Farm was submerged when the valley was flooded.

See Ramsden Clough

Ramsden Clough, Walsden
A stream which flows from Ramsden Clough Reservoir to join Walsden Water at Bottoms.

Traces of mediæval iron-working have been found here

See Furniss Farm, Ragby Bridge, Walsden and Ramsden Wood Mill, Walsden

Ramsden's (Halifax)
Leather processing business in Halifax.

They occupied what had been the Railway Cocoa House, Halifax [1920s]

Ramsden, Harrison & Company
Cotton and wool card makers at Chapeltown, Halifax [1809].

Partners included Colonel Thomas Ramsden of Heath Hall, Halifax

Ramsden House, Elland
Owners and tenants have included

Ramsden's: J. D. Ramsden & Sons
Gate and palisade makers, shoeing and general smiths at Frost Stud Works, Elland [1905]

Ramsden,'s: J. Ramsden, Son & Company
Surgical instrument makers at 12 Union Street, Halifax [1905]

Ramsden's: John Ramsden & Sons
Hay, straw, corn and seed merchants at West Vale Corn Mills, Greetland [1905]

Ramsden North Farm, Walsden
Ramsden Wood Lane. Early 18th century house.

Now 2 dwellings.

Owners and tenants have included

Ramsden's: Robert & John Ramsden
Carpet manufacturers at Chapeltown, Halifax [1809]

Ramsden's: Thomas Ramsden & Son Limited
Brewing and bottling company established in 183? by Thomas Ramsden – and son John Taylor Ramsden – at the Clough Brewery, Mixenden.

In 1881, they acquired the town centre brewery of Lupton & Charnock, then Brear & Brown, and then John Naylor's Halifax Brewery.

In 1919, they acquired the business and houses of James Alderson & Company Limited.

The firm eventually became Ramsden's Stone Trough Brewery at Commercial Street, Halifax / Ward's End, Halifax.

During the 1930s, their bottles were made by Lax & Shaw, Leeds.

In 1964, the company joined Joshua Tetley & Son Limited, a subsidiary of Allied Breweries Limited.

It has been said that the business closed because they needed to expand, but that it was not possible to extend their town-centre site.

The Brewery is discussed in Halifax Pubs

Ramsden's Toffee
Produced at Ramsden's toffee works, Rastrick

Ramsden Wood
Area of Todmorden

On 27th September 1867, a large bird – said to be a Gannet or Solan Goose – was captured in Ramsden Wood. It had fallen to the ground in an exhausted state. It had a 6 ft wing span and was about 2 ft in length

Ramsden Wood Reservoir
Just below Mount Tabor in the Wheatley Valley. The storage reservoir was built by J. F. Bateman as a part of the route from Widdop Reservoir to the Thrum Hall treatment works for distribution to Halifax. It has a capacity of 11,295,000 gallons

Ramsdin
A variant of the surname Ramsden

Ramshaw, Christopher
[18??-19??] Editor of the Todmorden Herald [1905]

Rand & Asquith (Aceblade Limited)
Quarrying and stone merchants at Tuck Royd Quarry, Hipperholme

Randal, Thomas
[18??-18??] Iron founder at Hebble End, Sowerby.

In March 1830, he was declared bankrupt

Random, Roderick
The pseudonym for a writer who lived in Halifax and then Brighouse. Around 1870, he wrote a number of dialect poems for the Brighouse News

Range Bank Co-Op, Halifax
Branch number 24 of the Halifax Industrial Society opened in July 1875

Range Hoyle, Todmorden
A moorland valley at Clough Foot

Rangeley
A variant of the surname Rawnsley

Ranger, William
[1799-1863] Superintending Inspector to the General Board of Health in London. In 1850-1851, he carried out a survey of the sanitary conditions in Halifax – the Ranger Report.

During his first visit in May 1850, he looked at the sanitary conditions east of the Hebble, that is, Southowram and Northowram. He subsequently visited Elland [1851], Sowerby Bridge [1854]

He reported that life expectancy in Halifax was 55 years for gentry and tradesmen, and 22 for a labourer.

As a result of his findings, the Borough Council made an application to have the provisions of the Public Health Act [1848] applied to the town. This led to improvements in water supplies, drainage, public baths, and sanitation. In 1853, he planned a system of drains and sewers for the town.

Another recommendation of his report was the provision of model lodging houses in the town

See Slums, Dr William Alexander, Frederick Garlick and Ogden reservoir

Rankin, Michael Henry
[1808-1892] Of Clifton, Bristol. He trained in Newcastle – where he practised for 7 years – and in London. In 1840, he became a junior partner with William Craven as Craven & Rankin in Halifax. In 1874, he was partner in Craven, Rankin & Alexander

For 37 years, he was Registrar at Halifax County Court. He lived at New Road, Halifax [1874]

On 28th January 1847, he married Anna Gaskin at Edinburgh.


Anna was the daughter of the late Rev William Gaskin, Perpetual Curate of Wreay, Cumberland
 

Children: Henry Francis [1857-1883] died in Dorchester.

He died at Dorchester

Ransley
A variant of the surname Rawnsley

RAOB

Rasch, Major F. C.
[1847-1914] He stood as Conservative candidate in the Elland Parliamentary election of 1885. He gained 3458 votes, but was defeated by Thomas Wayman with 6516 votes

Rastrick...
Entries beginning Rastrick ... and The Rastrick ... are gathered together in a separate Sidetrack.

Rastrick
Another form of the surname is Raistrick. The name was originally de Rastrick, but around 1688, members of the family moved to Northumberland and dropped the de element – see John Rastrick.

The branch which remained in the district took the surname Hanson from John Hanson.

George Redmonds writes that Roger de Rastric is recorded in 1251, Hugh de Rastric is recorded at Fixby in 1255, John Rastrik is recorded at Pudsey in 1475 and Thomas Rastrick is recorded at Rawdon in 1675.

The surname originated in Rastrick.

There are currently around 11 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rastrick. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Rastrick family
Roger de Rastrick was an early member of the local branch of the family.

The red roses of the family's arms are featured in the Brighouse Coat of Arms

See Rastrick

Rastrick, Henry de
[12??-13??] Aka Hans de Rastrick.

Son of John de Rastrick.

He was Constable of Rastrick [1308].

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) John; (2) son.

See Northowram Hall

Rastrick, Hugh de
[12??-12??] Son of Roger de Rastrick.

He married Unknown.

Children: John

Rastrick, John
[1738-1826] Son of William Rastrick [1695-1772].

Civil engineer of Morpeth, Northumberland.

He was one of the branch of the Rastrick family which moved to Northumberland

Rastrick, John de
[12??-13??] Son of Hugh de Rastrick.

He married Unknown.

Children: John

Rastrick, John de
[12??-13??] Son of John de Rastrick.

He married Unknown.

Children: Henry

Rastrick, John de
[12??-13??] Son of Hans or Henry de Rastrick. He changed his name and, in 1377, he is recorded as John Hanson. It has been suggested that he did this in order to avoid confusion with his grandfather, John de Rastrick.

He married Alice de Woodhouse, daughter of Henry de Woodhouse.

Children: John

Rastrick, Roger de
[12??-12??] Aka Rogerus de Rastricke, Roger de Rastric.

Son of William de Binglaia. He was an early member of the Rastrick family. Recorded in 1251. He lived at Lillands. He held land in Rastrick, Skircoat and Clayton.

He married Unknown.

Children: Hugh

Rastrick, Thomas de
[13??-14??] Constable of Rastrick [1397]

Rastrick, William
[16??-17??] He was described as
defender of the Protestant church

and spent his great estate in support of the war and of King William III.

He married Unknown.

Children: William

Rastrick, William
[1695-1772] Of Rastrick and Pudsey.

Son of William Rastrick.

He married Unknown.

Children: John.

He was the last member of the family to live at Rastrick House

Rastrick, William de
[12??-13??] Recorded in 1314, when he bought 5 acres of land from Peter de la Croix for 40/-

Using figures for average earnings, 40/- in 1314 is roughly the equivalent of £25,200.00 today

Rastrik, Roger de
[13??-1???] Recorded in 1373, when cattle belonging to Margaret del Dene strayed on to his land

Ratcher Cottage, Todmorden
Hole Bottom Road. 2 early 19th century cottages

Ratcher Rock, Todmorden
Natural rocky outcrop

Ratcliffe
A variant of the surname Radcliffe.

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

There are currently around 24 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Ratcliffe. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Ratcliffe family of Midgley
Handloom weavers of Midgley and Mytholmroyd:

Members of the family include John Ratcliffe, Joshua Ratcliffe, Squire Ratcliffe and Thomas Ratcliffe

See Jack Uttley

Ratcliffe, Abraham
[1881-1915] Son of Timothy Ratcliffe.

Born in Lightcliffe.

He was a brick picker up [1901]; a miner at the Walterclough Pit of Joseph Brooke Limited [1911]; a member of St Anne's in the Grove Church, Southowram.

During World War I, he enlisted early in the War and served as a Private with C Company 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died following a German gas attack [19th December 1915] (aged 35).

He was buried in the churchyard at Ypres.

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial [20], on Southowram War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour at St Anne's in the Grove Church, Southowram

Ratcliffe Brothers
Woollen and blanket manufacturers at Mytholmroyd formed by the sons of Joshua Ratcliffe: Thomas, Edwin, Joshua [or Joseph], and John.

In September 1872, Thomas wanted to expand, but his brothers did not agree and the partnership was dissolved.

See Calder House Mills, Mytholmroyd and Green Hill Mill, Mytholmroyd

Ratcliffe, Charles
[18??-1???] Hairdresser at 17 Corn Market, Halifax [1881]

Ratcliffe, Edgar
[18??-19??] Lodging house keeper at In 1904, he was recorded as keeper of a Common Lodging House at 18a King Street [with 122 lodgers in 1903, 1904].

In 1905, he was recorded as the proprietor of the Old Model Lodging House, Halifax

Ratcliffe, Edward
[17??-18??] Hatter in [1790]

Ratcliffe, George
[1???-1898] Son of James Ratcliffe.

In 1852 he went to New Zealand firstly to the Victorian diggings and then on to the Dunstan rush in Otago where he was a prominent figure in the Otago goldfields, in the early 1860s.

He eventually settled in Alexandra as a builder and contractor. He was a Councillor and subsequently Town Clerk of Alexandra, and was identified with almost every institution in the borough and district.

He was a noted cricketer in his time, and played in one team against the first All England Eleven which visited Victoria. He was the highest scorer on that occasion, a prize bat being presented to him on the stage by the then celebrated actor Sir William Don.

Until around 1895, he lived in Wellington with his daughter, Mrs J. Grattan Grey, wife of the Chief of the Hansard staff.

In 1896, he returned to England to see his surviving relatives. He died here when an attack of apoplexy carried him off

Ratcliffe, George
[1833-1904] Or Radcliffe.

Landlord of the Moorcock, Sowerby [1894] and the Moorcock, Norland [1901]

Ratcliffe, James
[1???-18??] Established James Ratcliffe & Sons at Box Tree Mill, Wheatley.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) son who joined his father in the business; (2) George

Ratcliffe, James
[1???-1842] He was involved in a quarrel at a dancing match at the Blue Ball, Norland. John Sykes hit him over the head with a poker. Ratcliffe died later

Ratcliffe, James
[18??-19??] Partner in W. Ratcliffe & Sons.

He lived at 6 Alexandra Street, Halifax [1905]

Ratcliffe's: James Ratcliffe & Sons
Woollen and damask manufacturers at Box Tree Mill, Wheatley. Established by James Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe's: James Ratcliffe & Sons
Worsted spinners at Ovenden.

In June 1855, he was declared insolvent and paid 3/6d in the pound dividend

Ratcliffe, Jesse
[1791-1867] Of Halifax. He was an active Luddite and was involved in the attack on Rawfolds Mill. He turned informer.

He became Beadle at Halifax and macebearer to the Mayor of Halifax in 1848 and officiated at the opening of Halifax Town Hall [1863]

Ratcliffe, John
[17??-183?] Handloom weaver.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Joshua; (2) Squire

Ratcliffe, John
[1771-1871] Of Upper Brookhouse, Ovenden.

Died at the age of 100 [20th May 1871].

See Longevity

Ratcliffe, John
[1781-1852] He was a manufacturer at Sourhall, Todmorden [until about 1818]; a farmer [1841]; a farmer, country shopkeeper and grocer; Overseer of the Poor for Todmorden. Later, became a coal carter with his sons and sons-in-law and they had 6 or 8 horses working from the Dulesgate pits.

He enjoyed dabbling in the law, and although not qualified he often represented his fellow farmers and friends in any legal disputes they had. In 1830, a newspaper report on such a case said

One of the witnesses for the defence, John Ratcliffe, a kind of hedge-lawyer, excited much mirth by his provincial dialect, and the manner in which he replied to the questions of Mr Brandt in his cross examination

He married Sarah Stansfield [1786-1851].

Children: (1) Joseph; (2) James; (3) Mary; (4) Hannah; (5) Sally; (6) Maria; (7) John; (8) John [b 1821] who was a carter [1841]; (9) Peter; (10) Mary Ann; (11) Sarah [b 1826]; (12) Richard.

The family lived at Lower Woodfield Farm, Todmorden; Woodfield, Todmorden & Walsden [1841]

Sarah and John died at Lower Woodfield Farm.

The couple were buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden

John Travis records

He was a familiar figure, often seen riding on horseback to the Manchester markets wearing white knee breeches and a top hat

Ratcliffe, John
[1846-1891] Son of Peter Thomas Ratcliffe.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a telegraph clerk [1861]; a railway clerk [1871].

In 1870, he married Mary Hannah Wilson [1853-1914] in Todmorden.

Children: (1) Harry [b 1871]; (2) Walter; (3) Peter Thomas; (4) Sarah Jane; (5) Richard.

In 1871, the family were living with John's widowed father at Todmorden Railway Station.

In 1883, his father bought the Golden Lion, Todmorden for John, and he ran the pub from 1883 until his death in 1891.

He died at the Golden Lion Todmorden.

After his death, his widow Mary then took over until her death in 1914

John Ratcliffe R1702 father of above (photo attached) 

Ratcliffe's: John Ratcliffe & Sons
Woollen manufacturers at Denholme Mill, Sowerby Bridge [1845].

See Joseph Crowther

Ratcliffe, Joshua
[1???-18??] Son of John Ratcliffe.

In the 1830s, he and his brother Squire set up a business producing blankets at Denholme, Luddendenfoot.

By 1852, they needed to expand and moved to Mytholmroyd where they built Green Hill Mill and later the neighbouring Albert Mill.

In 1865, after his brother's death, Joshua handed the business over to his 4 sons: Thomas, Edwin, Joshua, and John. The 4 brothers formed the company Ratcliffe Brothers. Of these, only Thomas wanted to expand the business

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Thomas; (2) Edwin; (3) Joshua; (4) John; (5) child; (6) child; (7) child; (8) child; (9) child

Ratcliffe, Lafayette
[1861-1942] Photographer and artist at Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1905].

In 1884, he married Emma Foster in Halifax.

Children: Dorothy [b 1901] who died aged 11 months

Ratcliffe, N.
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the West Yorkshire Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Ratcliffe, Peter Thomas
[1820-1906] Son of John Ratcliffe.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a porter (railway) [1851]; a railway station inspector [1861, 1871]; inn keeper at the Black Swan, North Street, Todmorden [1881]; carting agent & publican at the Black Swan Inn, North Street, Todmorden [1891]; Overseer of the Poor for Todmorden; Worshipful Master of Prudence Lodge.

In 1845, he married (1) Betty Farrar / Farrow [1821-1864] at Rochdale.

Children: (1) Caroline [b 1842] who was a dress maker [1861], a house keeper [1871]; (2) John; (3) Hannah [b 1849] who was a house keeper [1871].

In 1871, he married (2) widow Mary Ann Greenwood, at Christ Church, Todmorden. Mary Ann was inn keeper at the Black Swan, Todmorden.

Peter took over as landlord of the Black Swan. He bought the Inn in 1875.

In 1883, he bought the Golden Lion, Todmorden for his son John.

The family lived at Mount Pleasant, Todmorden [1851]; Railway Station, Kiln Lane, Todmorden [1861]; Station House, Todmorden [1864]; Todmorden Railway Station [1871].

Living with them in 1871, were son John and family.

Living with him in 1881 was his daughter Caroline (innkeeper's manager) and niece Sarah Taylor [aged 29] (assistant inn manager).

In 1901, Peter was a licensed victualler living with his grandson Walter Ratcliff and family at 31 & 33 Burnley Road, Todmorden.

Peter and his wives were buried at Christ Church, Todmorden along with Mary Ann's sister Sarah Greenwood, who died at Wellington Terrace 13th October 1897 aged 72 years [Row 32 Grave 6]

Ratcliffe, Richard
[1829-1894] Son of John Ratcliffe.

He took over Lower Woodfield Farm from his father and was there most of the rest of his life.

In 1863, he had 20 sheep and lambs impounded by the moor overlooker, James Pearson, for allowing them to graze on common land when Lower Woodfield had no grazing rights. Richard then charged James Pearson with cruelty to animals, stating his sheep had not been properly fed whilst impounded.

In 1871, Richard had a brush with a prostitute in Rochdale. She stole £40 from him in a

house of ill fame

He married Sarah Ann Sutcliffe.

They had no children.

After his death, Lower Woodfield was taken over by his cousin Reuben Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe, Squire
[1???-1860] Son of John Ratcliffe. Established a blanket-making business at Luddendenfoot with his brother Joshua.

He married Elizabeth [1821-1899]. They had no children.

His death left Joshua in charge of the family business.

Elizabeth died at Belmont Terrace, Sowerby Bridge

Ratcliffe, Thomas
[1???-1888] Son of Joshua Ratcliffe.

In 1872, when Thomas wanted to expand Ratcliffe Brothers, his brothers did not agree and the partnership was dissolved, and Thomas took over Albert Mill, Mytholmroyd and set up Thomas Ratcliffe & Company Limited.

He had no sons to whom he could pass on the business, and left it to his sons-in-law, John Culpan and David Smith, who had joined the company in 1880. Culpan and Smith fell out and the firm was split into two separate and independent companies A member of the Ratcliffe family of Mytholmroyd

Ratcliffe's: Thomas Ratcliffe & Company Limited
Blanket-making company founded by Thomas Ratcliffe in 1872. In 1915, the firm was controlled by John Culpan and became Thomas Ratcliffe & Company Limited. Norman Culpan was in charge of the company and developed the Moderna blanket – which was guaranteed to be mothproof, fadeless, unshrinkable and odourless – and which became world-famous. The firm developed a material known as wool-fibro which was used for making coats and clothing. In 1951, the firm was taken over by a company from Witney, Oxfordshire and became Moderna (Witney) Limited.

See Crossley Mill, Hebden Bridge and Andrew Culpan

Ratcliffe, Timothy
[1841-1???] Son of Thomas Ratcliffe, carter.

Born in Southowram.

He was a carter of Brighouse [1867]; stoker at stone quarry [1871]; a cartwright [1881, 1891]; a wheelwright [1901, 1911].

In 1867, he married Elizabeth Heley [1846-1890] at Halifax Parish Church.


Elizabeth was born in Clifton, the daughter of John Heley, stone dresser.

She was a mill hand (woollen) [1881]

 

Children: (1) Sarah Jane [b 1868] who was a mill hand woollen [1881], a worsted spinner [1891]; (2) Mary [b 1870] who was a worsted spinner [1891]; (3) Betsey/ Betty [b 1873] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a worsted comber [1901], a comber [1911]; (4) John Thomas [b 1875] who was a farm labourer [1891], a labourer (general) [1901], a delver [1911]; (5) Eliza [b 1879] who was a housekeeper [1911]; (6) Abraham; (7) Elizabeth [b 1882] who was a worsted twister [1901], a twister [1911].

The family lived at St Ann's, Southowram [1871]; Wood Middle, Lightcliffe, Hipperholme with Brighouse [1881]; Lower Walterclough, Southowram [1891]; 21 Park Square, Halifax [1901]; 8 Norcliffe Lane, Southowram [1911].

Living with them in 1881 was visitor Abraham Jenkinson [b  1830] (doll dresser) 

Ratcliffe's: W. Ratcliffe & Sons
Joiners, builders and undertakers at Alma Road Wood Works, Halifax. Partners included James Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe, Walter
[1873-1935] Son of John Ratcliffe.

Born in Todmorden.

He was public house manager Black Swan, Todmorden [1901].

In 1896, he married Ann, daughter of John Farrar, in Todmorden.

Children: (1) M [b 1899]; (2) child.

The family lived at 31 & 33 Burnley Road, Todmorden [1901].

Living with them in 1901, was grandfather Peter Thomas Ratcliffe (licensed victualler).

Walter died at St George's Hospital, Westminster

Ratcliffe, William
[18??-19??] Beerhouse keeper at Halifax.

In December 1878, he went into liquidation

Rathband, Rev Nathaniel
[1???-16??] MA.

Son of William Rathband, a Nonconformist minister in Lancashire [?].

He was Puritan Minister at Sowerby [1635-1645]. He moved to York where he became a well-known preacher.

He was ejected from the rectory of Ripley, Knaresborough [1662].

His brother, William [d 1695], was ejected from Southwold, Essex at the same time.

See John Kershaw

Rathmell, Leonard
[1885-1938] He was master butcher in Brighouse between the wars. His shop was at 4 Commercial Street next to the George Hotel.

In 1906, he married Annie, daughter of Thomas Binns.

Children: (1) Elsie [1906-1985]; (2) Jack Binns [1913-1989]; (3) Donald [1919-1970].

After Leonard's death, his son Jack took over the running of the shop until he moved south for health reasons in 1952.

The shop in Brighouse was sold to Leonard's nephew Arnold the son of Benjamin (Leonard's younger brother) who had a butcher's business in Elland

Rattan Clough, Todmorden
Portsmouth.

See Brooks & Pickup Brickworks, Cornholme and Rattan Clough Coal Mine

Ratten Clough, Cornholme
/ Portsmouth.

On 9th July 1870, 3 people lost their lives in floods here.

See Brooks & Pickup Brickworks, Cornholme and Ratten Clough Pit

Rattenstall Bank, Hebden Bridge
Mytholm

Rattray, Rev James
[17??-1???] A Scottish Calvanist.

He was Minister at Moor End Congregational Church [1791-1793].

The people disliked his teaching and he was abandoned by his congregation who

starved him out in 2 years

He moved to Sheffield where he published 2 sermons from Psalm 89,15 entitled The Joyful Sound

Raven, John Herbert
[1895-1962] Son of James John Rowden.

Baptised at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones [2nd June 1895].

He was a schoolmaster [1954].

On 23rd December 1922, he married Erica Priestley [1895-1982] at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones.

They both died in Fakenham, Norfolk

Raven, John William
[1858-19??] Born in Middleton, Norfolk.

He was a police pensioner [1911].

In [Q1] 1884, he married Emma Elvin [1860-1937] from Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, in Caistor.

Children: (1) child who died young [before 1911]; (2) child; (3) child; (4) child; (5) James Alfred [b 1888] who was a labourer (brick works) [1911]; (6) Charlie [b 1892] who was a labourer (dyers & finishers) [1911]; (7) George Frederick [b 1895] who was a silk dresser [1911]; (8) Dorothy May [b 1896] who was a silk spinner [1911].

The family lived at 7 Hardy Street, Brighouse [1911]

Raven, Kenneth Noel
[1902-1977] Son of James John Rowden.

Baptised at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones [29th January 1902].

He was a wages clerk [1954].

On 9th August 1923, he married May Sunderland [1899-1993] at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones.

They both died in Halifax

Raven Lodge, Sowerby Bridge
Owners and tenants have included

See Hullen Edge Farm

Raven Stones, Widdop
Ogden suggests that the name comes from German roots and means gallows and implies links to the god Odin and to human sacrifice

Raven Street Progressive Spiritualists' Society
Recorded in 1905.

See Lyceum Assembly Rooms, Halifax and Spiritualism

Ravenscliffe High School Baths, Halifax
Skircoat

Ravenscliffe Lodge, Halifax
The lodge to Bermerside House is now a private house

Ravenscliffe, Skircoat Green
When the Rawson sisters – Louisa and Emma – went to live at Skircoat House, they changed the name to Ravenscliffe. The raven featured in the Rawson family crest.

Edward Crossley lived here. He demolished the house in 1872 and built Bermerside House

Ravenswood, Halifax
Broomfield Avenue.

Owners and tenants have included

Raw End Farm, Luddendenfoot
Sowerby Lane. Merchant's house dated I 1627 H, possibly for Isaac Hopkinson or AH.

There is a 17th century aisled barn with pad stones and roof trusses.

Contributor Beryl Holden tells me that

I have looked into its history, but I could never get much beyond the period when the then owner fled to America in the 1700s


Question: Does anyone know the identity of AH who built the house?

Does anyone know the identity of the owner who fled to America?

 

Contributor Maggie Berry cites a legal document dated 1790 which records

Robert Ralston of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania in North America merchant sole assignee of the estate of William Pollard of the said city a bankrupt, and also the said William Pollard by John Rawson of Stony Royd parish of Halifax merchant to William Rawson of Halifax merchant – one messuage or farm called Rawend in Blackwood in graveship of Sowerby with several closes of land belonging...

Raw Farm, Hebden Bridge
Wadsworth. Farm on Raw Lane.

Little Raw Farm lies just west

Raw Holme Farm, Hebden Bridge
Midgehole Road. 4 early 19th century cottages are now 2 dwellings: Raw Holme Farm and Holme Cottage, Hebden Bridge

Raw Pickle, Sowerby Bridge
/ Warley. Burnley Road

Owners and tenants have included

Raw Royd, Hebden Bridge
Area of Hebden Bridge. William Cockcroft owned property here.

When Cockcroft died in 1643, he left the property to his son William.

Richard Sutcliffe is recorded here

Raw Royds, Wadsworth
Recorded on 5th November 1826 in the will of William Appleyard

Raw, Thomas
[1854-1929] Born in Danby, Yorkshire.

He was Police constable [1881]; Police Inspector [1891]; Superintendent of Police in Halifax [1901]; a police pensioner [1911].

In [Q1] 1873, he married (1) Emma Ann Bowes [1856-1893] in Guisborough, Yorkshire.


Emma Ann was born in Great Ayrton, Yorkshire
 

Children: (1) Edwin [b 1873] who was a creeler carpet mill [1891]; (2) John [b 1875] who was a telegraph messenger [1891]; (3) Annie [b 1877] who was a creeler cotton mill [1891]; (4) Violet [b 1884] who was a link & stud maker (jeweller) [1901]; (5) Marion [b 1886] who was a cork sizer (cork works) [1901]; (6) Sarah [b 1889]; (7) Hannah [b 1892].

Emma Ann died [Q1] 1893.

In [Q3] 1893, he married (2) Mary Rushworth Robinson [1857-1922] in Halifax.


Mary was born in Halifax. She had a son John S Robinson [b 1890] by her first marriage
 

They had no other children.

The family lived at 14 Thackray Street, Halifax [1881]; 31 Holly Grove, Parkinson Lane, Halifax [1891, 1901, 1905]; West Air, Saville Road, Blackpool [1911].

Mary (possibly) died in Fylde [Q2 1922].

Thomas (possibly) died in Halifax [Q3 1929]

Rawbank House, Stainland

Rawbon, Albert
[18??-19??] (Possibly) 

  • Albert Edward Rawbon

  • [1871-1938]

  • Born in Swansea

High class tailor and juvenile clothier at 47 Crown Street, Halifax [1900]

Rawcliffe, John
[1???-1???] Landlord of the Elephant & Castle, Halifax [1829, 1834].

He married Unknown.

Children: Harriet who married William Haigh

Rawden Mill Lock, Hebden Bridge
Lock #12 on the Rochdale Canal

The Rawdon family
Originally from Bilborough, York, they became an important family as land-owners with interests in banking and textile manufacture. They were Unitarians and associated with Northgate End Chapel.

See Blue-backs, Callis Mill, Charlestown, Christopher Rawdon and Underbank Hall, Charlestown

Rawdon, Christopher
[1728-1799] Shalloon-maker and merchant of Halifax. Only son of Christopher Rawdon and Sarah Harrison of the Rawdon family of Bilborough, near York.

On 16th August 1751, he married Abigail Hodgson at Thornton, Bradford.

Children: (1) Christopher; (2) John

He was made a Freeman of York in 1752.

He was a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1757, 1782].

He was buried at Bilborough

Rawdon, Christopher
[1753-1822] Aka Kit. Son of Christopher Rawdon.

He was in partnership at Oldroyd Mill, Langfield and at Lob Mill with James Hollinrake and William Ingham.

In 1792, he sold land to his brother, John, who built Lacy House, Charlestown.

The family had mills at Underbank, Todmorden and Callis Mill, Charlestown. Like several other local companies, they issued their own banknotes called blue-backs.

On 1st July 1779, he married Sophia James from Bristol [b  1756].

Children: (1) Christopher; (2) James; (3) Joshua [b 1785]; (4) Amelia [b 1788] who died unmarried; (5) Sophia [b 17??].

He fought a duel with William Winn in which a part of Winn's ear was shot off, and Rawdon

got out of the way for some time till the affair was settled by friends

He built Underbank Hall, Hebden Bridge.

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

See Lob Mill, Todmorden and Stoneswood Lower Mill, Walsden

Rawdon, Christopher
[1780-1858] Son of Christopher Rawdon. He was educated at Switzerland [1787-1790] in Lisbon, and in Nottinghamshire.

He was a representative for his father's business in Portugal [1807-1823].

On 23rd October 1821, he married his second cousin, Charlotte, daughter of Rawdon Briggs.

Children: a daughter who married [1809] wine merchant William Voase of Hull.

He lived at Underbank Hall, Charlestown.

In 1823, the family moved to Liverpool.

He had interests in several local mills, including Cowbridge Mill, Todmorden, Jumble Hole Mill, Todmorden [1815-1826], and Spa Hole Mill, Blackshawhead.

He and his brother, James, gave large sums of money to create a fund to support poor Unitarian ministers. In 1856, this became the Ministers' Stipend Augmentation Fund.

See Partners in Halifax Commercial Banking Company

Rawdon's: Christopher Rawdon, James & Company
Merchants, baize makers and worsted manufacturers at Underbank [1809]

Rawdon, Major General Edward Alfred Green
[1819-1890] Known as Edward Alfred Green, Edward Alfred Emmott-Green, and Edward Alfred Emmott-Green-Rawdon. Or Rawden.

Son of Susannah [née Emmott] and George Green, a gentleman of Harley street, London.

Born in London [27th August 1819].

Baptised at Saint-Giles-in-the-Field, London.

He owned much land and property in the Luddendenfoot area.

He served on the Bombay staff of the Indian Army, and was a retired general (full pay) [1881].

In 1870, he assumed the name Green-Emmott-Rawdon.

In 1848, he married Charlotte Augusta Nayland [1818-1899], born in Dublin.

Children: (1) Edward who died in Australia [1895]; (2) child; (3) child; (4) child. At least one of his children was born in India.

They lived at The Grange, Rawdon, Leeds, West Riding [1881]; 19 Prince's Square, Hyde Park, London.

After having

been in a pitiable state of health for some time

he died at Prince's Square, London [19th January 1890].

He was buried in Rawdon [24th January 1890].

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £10,649 14/-.

Charlotte Augusta died on 16th April 1899.

She was buried in Rawdon [22nd April 1899].

The General Rawdon, Luddendenfoot was (possibly) named for him.

See Richard Wainhouse

Rawdon-Hastings, Francis
[1754-1826] 1st Marquis of Hastings. Politician and soldier who served in India.

Several pubs were renamed in his honour, including (possibly)  General Rawdon, Luddendenfoot

Rawdon, James
[1782-1855] Son of Christopher Rawdon.

He had interests in several local mills, including Cowbridge Mill, Todmorden.

In 18??, he married.

He went to live in Liverpool when the family's Callis Mill burnt down in the 1830s.

He and his brother, Christopher, gave large sums of money to create a fund to support poor Unitarian ministers. In 1856, this became the Ministers' Stipend Augmentation Fund.

Rawdon, John
[17??-1???] Son of Christopher Rawdon.

He was a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1782].

In 1792, he bought land from his brother, Christopher, on which he built Lacy House, Charlestown

Rawdon, Mr
[1???-1???] He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Faith who married John Rhodes; (2) Mary who married John Briggs

Rawdon, Rhodes & Briggs
Halifax bankers

Rawlence, Edward
[15??-1???] Vicar of Coley [1587]

Rawlings, Charles Francis Harold
[1865-1931] Son of George Rawlings.

He was a theatrical manager in Halifax [1891]; working in the wool trade (possibly) for his brother William in Bradford [1901]

Rawlings, Francis
[1822-1887] Aka Frank.

Son of George Rawlings.

Born in Halifax.

He was a boot and shoe manufacturer; lessee of the Theatre Royal, Halifax [1874]; a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1861].

In 1846, he married (1) Mary Ann Swaine [1823-1854].

In 1862, he married (2) Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of William Milligan.

Children: Charles Francis Harold Rawlings.

In August 1880, he was involved in a court case in which George Paxton tried to recover damages for false imprisonment. The incident occurred when Paxton's troupe Peril played at the Theatre Royal. There was a misunderstanding over a dishonoured cheque which Paxton gave to Rawlings, 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.

He died in Halifax

Rawlings, George
[1791-1853] Boot and shoe manufacturer in Halifax. He was at 9 Westgate [1837].

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) William; (2) Charles Francis

Rawlings, William
[18??-19??] Eldest son of George Rawlings.

He became a successful cloth merchant in Bradford.

His younger brother, Charles Francis, (possibly) worked for William

Rawlinson's: A. Rawlinson & Son
Silk spinners established in 1891 at Brooksmouth Mills, Brighouse. They employed around 45 workers and operated 1400 spindles [1895]

Rawlinson, Rev John
[1???-18??] He trained at Lancashire College before becoming Minister at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [January 1846].

On 28th June 1847, he married Mary Jane Stanley.


Mary Jane was the eldest daughter of Rev T. Rogers of Liverpool
 

Because of the cold Stainland winters, he left in July 1850 and moved to Cheltenham

Rawlinson, Thomas
[1???-1???] In 1870, he was a town missionary at King Cross, Halifax. He wrote a number of tracts, including a temperance/religious pamphlet entitled
Justice and Mercy, or Alice the young orphan wanderer reclaimed

Rawlinson, Thomas
[17??-1802] Halifax plumber and glazier with premises at the junction of Northgate and Gaol Lane.

In 1784, he built Lilly Lane Baths on land he leased from the Waterhouse Charities

He married Unknown [1752-1812].

Children: daughter [1778-1812].

He died 2nd July 1802.

His daughter died 23rd March 1812. His wife died 24th March 1812

Rawnsley
Other forms of the surname include Rangeley and Ransley.

William de Raueneslowe is recorded at Hipperholme in 1316.

Derived from ley and means the clearing of Raven. Raven is an Old English name – as in Rawson.

There are currently around 15 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rawnsley. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Rawnsley, Albert
[1881-1918] Son of Peter Rawnsley.

He was a painter [1911].

On 23rd September 1905, he married Louisa Croule [1887-19??] in Elland.


Louisa was born in Gainsborough
 

Children: (1) Sarah Ann [b 1907]; (2) Edith Francis [b 1911]; (3) Frank [b 1913].

The children were born in Elland.

The family lived at 4 Thomas Street, Elland [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [29th September 1918].

He is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial [4].

In [Q2] 1922, Louisa married Albert Sheppard in Doncaster.

They lived at 31 Oliver Road, Balby, Doncaster

Rawnsley & Marvell
Milliners at 10 Old Market, Halifax [1842]

Rawnsley & Robinson
Quarrymen at Barkisland.

Partners included R. Rawnsley, J. Robinson and P. Rawnsley.

The partnership was dissolved in September 1866

Rawnsley, Aquil
[18??-1???] A mason of Scar Head, Norland.

On 1st October 1881, he was charged with violently assaulting William Rawstron, a commission agent from Barkisland, on 24th September 1881. He was sentenced to 2 months' hard labour at Wakefield.

His brother Peter Rawnsley was also charged with assaulting Humphrey Riley, but the case was dropped

Rawnsley, Charles
[1884-1914] Son of Thomas Rawnsley.

Born in Elland.

He joined the Army at the time of the Boer War.

In 1911, he was with the 10th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in Hong Kong.

He was Sergeant in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when he was killed in action [27th October 1914].

He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial [31]

Rawnsley, George
[1840-1924] JP.

Of Halifax. Manager of the Halifax Branch of the Yorkshire Penny Bank for 40 years.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £6,079

Rawnsley, Horace
[1888-1933] Born in Halifax.

He was a blacksmith [1915].

On 8th November 1915, he married Ethel Mary Sykes at Christ Church, Pellon.


Ethel Mary was the daughter of
George Frederick Sykes
 

The couple died in Halifax: Horace [24th June 1933]; Ethel Mary [11th August 1966]

Rawnsley, John Radcliffe
[1857-1920] JP.

Educated at the Crossley & Porter Orphanage. He started work at S. Whitley & Company and then worked at John Whiteley & Sons. He became a director of John Whiteley & Sons in 1897, when the firm merged with the English Card Clothing Company Limited.

He had business connections with J. P. Large.

In 1885, he married Mary Elizabeth Lees in Halifax. Children: (1) Dora who married John Philip Large; (2) May; (3) Gerald who was killed in France in 1917.

The family lived at Ashleigh, Halifax; Springfield, Savile Park Road [1905].

In May 1919, he bought Briarfield, Shibden for his daughter, Dora, and her husband, for £1300.

He died 20th March 1920.

See John Burdock

Rawnsley, Joseph
[1879-1???] Son of Thomas Rawnsley.

Born in Elland.

He was a general labourer [1901]; a tripe dresser [1911].

In 1908, he married Eliza [1882-19??].


Eliza was born in Wakefield
 

Children: Kathleen [b 1910].

The family lived at 63 Huddersfield Road, Elland [1911]

Rawnsley, Rev L. R.
[18??-19??] Curate at Saint Paul's Church, Cross Stone [1888]

Rawnsley, Mr
[18??-18??] Photographer at Waterhouse Street, Halifax [1875-1894]

Rawnsley, Mr
[18??-18??] A master stone-mason and shopkeeper.

On Friday, 9th January 1857, he was robbed of £219 as he was travelling between Skircoat and Sowerby Bridge. He had drawn money from his bank earlier in the day and had been conducting business in Halifax. He had visited several public houses and had left it too late to reach Sowerby Bridge as he had intended, and he was walking home at about 8:00 pm when he was attacked by 2 men who stole a £5 note and 214 sovereigns

Rawnsley, Peter
[18??-1???] A millwright from Norland.

On 1st October 1881, he was charged with assaulting Humphrey Riley on 24th September 1881. Riley asked for the case to be dropped. The Court allowed this on payment of 5/- to the infirmary.

His brother Aquil Rawnsley was also charged with assault of William Rawstron, and was sentenced to 2 months' hard labour at Wakefield

Rawnsley, Peter
[1850-1924] Born in Elland.

He was a plasterer [1873].

On 19th May 1873, he married Sarah Ann Shaw [1849-1889] in Huddersfield.


Sarah Ann was born in Elland
 

Children: Albert

Rawnsley, Samuel
[18??-18??] Coffee roaster at Swan Coppice, Halifax [1850]

Rawnsley, Samuel
[18??-18??] Brush manufacturer and toy dealer at Halifax.

In November 1857, he was declared bankrupt

Rawnsley, T. M.
[18??-19??] Of The Gables, Halifax.

On 1st May 1917, Private  T. M. Rawnsley was awarded the Italian bronze medal for military valour

Rawnsley, Thomas
[1828-1???] He was a clogger and leather dealer [1871].

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) James Edward [b 1859]; (2) Herbert E [b 1867]; (3) Fred T [b 1870].

The family lived at Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1871].

Living with them in 1871 was visitor Ruth, wife of Thomas Mallinson

Rawnsley, Thomas
[1845-1???] Born in Elland.

He was a quarry man (stone) [1881]; a quarryman [1891]; a stone quarryman [1901]; a tripe dresser [1911].

In 1877, he married (1) Ann Arundale [1849-1898] in Halifax.

Children: (1) Joseph; (2) Charles. In [Q1] 1901, he married (2) Harriet Micklethwaite [1844-19??] in Huddersfield.

The family lived at New Street, Elland [1881]; Huddersfield Road, Elland [1891, 1901]; 67 Huddersfield Road, Elland [1911]

Rawnsley's: William Rawnsley Limited
Textile waste processors at Denholme Mills, Luddendenfoot [1980s]

Rawroyds Mill Company
Woollen manufacturers established by H. Bastide at Rawroyds Mill, Elland

Rawroyds Viaduct, Holywell Green
Rawroyds Road. 14-arch railway viaduct built in 1875 for the Stainland branch line of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

On 4th February 1873, a stone mason was killed working on the construction of the Viaduct.

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

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

Rawson
Earlier forms of the surname are Rauenchilson, Rauenson, and Ravenson.

Johannes Rawson is recorded in 1379.

The surname is patronymic and means the son of Raven. Raven is an Old English name – as in Rawnsley.

There are currently around 89 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rawson. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Rawson family
The family has connections to Halifax and Sowerby.

The family originated in Bradford and migrated to the Halifax district around 1720 when the widow and youngest son of John Rawson moved here.

A number of descendants settled in Halifax in the early 18th century, and became woollen fabric and clothing manufacturers with mills and textile businesses and interests in many parts of the district. Other members of the family were involved in the banking business.

See Haugh End, Sowerby, Holy Trinity Church, Halifax, Mill House Mill, Triangle, St George's Church, Sowerby, St James's Church, Halifax, St John the Divine, Thorpe, St Peter's Church, Sowerby, The Goat Cart and Thorpe Mill, Sowerby Bridge

The Rawson family: Arms
On 14th May 1895, the College of Arms granted the Rawson family arms, crest and motto to Christopher Rawson.
Per fess wavy sable and azure, guttée d'or, a quadrangular castle with 4 towers argent, on a chief or, 3 ravens heads erased of the first

The family crest contains the raven, symbol of the origin of the surname, Ravenson – see Ravenscliffe, Rawnsley. There are 3 ravens on a shield, and the raven's head on a crest, with a gold annulet in its beak.

These were to be used by Christopher, his descendants, and siblings, and the descendants of his uncles Stansfield, William Henry, and Jeremiah.

The motto of the Rawsons of Halifax was

laus virtutis actio

the deed of virtue is its own praise

Rawson Almshouses, Sowerby

Rawson & Crossley
Cotton spinners in Elland established by partners William Rawson and William Crossley. In 1856, it became W. & G. Crossley

Rawson & Saltmarshe
Manufacturing partnership established in Bradford in 1704. In the 19th century, they were wool cloth dressers and woollen cloth & blanket merchants at George Street, Halifax.

They also manufactured cloth at Bull Close Lane, Savile Green and Bullace Trees.

They were one of the first British companies to trade with overseas countries, including the Orient.

In 1758, the name was changed to W. H. Rawson & Company

Rawson's Bank
Aka John, William & Christopher Rawson & Company. The Rawson family issued their own banknotes around 1800.

In 1811, the Halifax New Bank was dissolved and became Rawson's Bank – which was run by William, John, and Christopher Rawson, and the Halifax Commercial Bank.

The bank drew on Jones, Lloyd & Company of 48 Lothbury, London, and on Sir R. Carr Glyn & Company of London.

In 1831, the branches of the bank at Halifax and Huddersfield were united to form the Halifax & Huddersfield Union Banking Company. Rawson's bank set up their offices at Royds' House with the entrance in Rawson Street, and the salon at Royds' House became their banking hall.

In 1836, the bank merged with the Halifax Joint Stock Bank.

In 1898, a new building – now occupied by Lloyds TSB PLC – was built in Commercial Street, Halifax.

In 1918, the name was changed to the West Yorkshire Bank Limited, and this merged with Lloyds in 1919

Rawson's: F. E. Rawson & Company
Woollen manufacturers established in the early 19th century by Frederick Edward Rawson at Thorpe Mills, Triangle. After his death, the business was taken over by his sons Frederick Gerard Selwyn Rawson and John Selwyn Rawson. The firm carried out carding, spinning and weaving, and produced blankets, serges and collar checks. In 1895, they employed 130 workers and operated 2500 spindles

Rawson Field, Todmorden
Mark Lane / Cowhurst Avenue. A mid 18th century laithe-house with a small farm and an attached barn.

Owners and tenants have included

The house is divided into 2 dwellings.

The surrounding area is built up with modern housing

Rawson's: J. W. & C. Rawson & Company
The bank established around 1811 by William, John, and Christopher.

See Rawson, Rhodes & Briggs and Rawson's Bank

Rawson's Pool, Elland
In the early 19th century, the Calder was diverted at Park Nook Lock. The old course became a part of the Calder & Hebble canal, now known as Rawson's Pool

Rawson, Rhodes & Briggs
On 18th July 1807,
John Rawson, William Rawson, John Rhodes and Rawdon Briggs have this day opened a New Banking House in George Street in this town [Halifax]

Early in 1811, the partnership was dissolved, and two new banks were established.

John Rawson and William Rawson – together with Christopher Rawson – established John, William & Christopher Rawson & Company.

John Rhodes and Rawdon Briggs set up their new business at Cow Green, Rhodes, Briggs & Company. After the death of John Rhodes, the business became Rawdon Briggs & Sons. With John Garlick they established Rhodes, Briggs & Garlick

Rawson-Shaw, Captain Kenneth
[1890-19??] Elder son of William Rawson Shaw. He was a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery and Honorary Captain of the Royal Air Force. He lived in Karuna, Sergoit, Kenya.

In 1928, he married Mrs Coates, a widow, from Sergoit, Kenya

Rawson Shaw Scholarship
In 1881, on the coming-of-age of his son, William Rawson Shaw, Thomas Shaw gave £1,000 to Halifax School Board for the promotion of the advancement of education in the parish of Halifax. These scholarships were the Rawson Shaw Higher Board School Scholarship and the Rawson Shaw Senior Scholarship. These enabled a scholar to proceed to one of The Yorkshire College of Science, Bradford Technical School, Halifax School of Art or Heath Grammar School.

He later gave a further £2,000 for the same purpose

Rawson's: W. H. Rawson & Company
In 1758, the name of Rawson & Saltmarshe was changed to W. H. Rawson & Company. The company had woollen manufacturing business at premises at Lee Bank Mill, Halifax and at Mill House, Sowerby.

The partners included John Rawson and William Henry Rawson.

The firm was famous for its covers, carriage-rugs and brightly-coloured fabrics which sold well in Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

In the 1830s, they had a factory school.

In 1895, they employed around 300 workers.

In 1900, the partnership involved the Edwards family of Pye Nest and became Edwards & Rawson Limited

Rawson Wood
Area to the south of Sowerby

Rawsonfield, Todmorden
Mark Lane. Mid 18th century laithe-house

Rawtenstall

See Sowerbyshire

Rawtenstall Bank, Hebden Bridge
Aka Mytholm Steeps

Rawtonstall
Area of Stansfield. The name is derived from raw and tunstall and means a rough land farmstead

Rawtonstall Wood
Hebden Bridge.

See Mytholm Mill, Hebden Bridge

Raymer, Rev Herbert James
[18??-19??] MA.

Vicar of Saint George's Church, Ovenden [1919]

Raymond, Mary
[1838-1892] Or Raynard. Born in Colsterdale [?].

She worked as a servant at Ellistones House, Greetland, the home of Martha Outram and family [from around 1863].

Around 1888, she loaned Edmund Outram her savings, with a view to helping him in his business, (possibly) a consequence of the fire at Ellistones Mill on 25th November 1888. As security, she was given furniture, plate and other effects from the house. In January 1892, these items were removed when Outram's possessions were seized. Mary was so upset that she took a quantity of phosphorus.

Repenting of her folly, she took a quantity of mustard and water to undo the mischief

She died on 28th January 1892

Rayner
[Surname]

There are currently around 21 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rayner. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Rayner family
Important family in Clifton and Brighouse.

See Rayner Road Brighouse

Rayner's: Allen Rayner & Company
Woollen manufacturers at River Mill, Rastrick.

In 1860, power loom workers went on strike for a pay rise

Rayner & Alderson
Stuff manufacturers at Godley Bridge Mill, Shibden [1861]

Rayner, Arthur
[1858-1???] Son of Isaac Rayner.

Born in Low Moor.

He was a general labourer [1881]; a yarn scourer of Salterhebble [1884]; a yarn scourer of Cartgate, Wibsey [1890]; a worsted yarn scourer [1891]; an iron foundry labourer [1901]; a boiler maker's labourer [1911].

In 1884, he married (1) Ellen Smith [1858-1889] at Halifax Parish Church.


Ellen was the daughter of Thomas Smith, grinder. She was a domestic servant at Harrison Road, Halifax
 

Children: (1) Robert H [b 1885] who was a factory operative worsted [1901]; (2) Laura E [b 1886] who was a cotton mill operative [1901, 1911].

Ellen died 1889.

In 1890, he married (2) Lily Smith [1868-1???] at Bradford Cathedral.


Lily was born in Sheffield, the daughter of Thomas Smith (deceased), cutler. She was a domestic servant of Cartgate, Wibsey,
 

Children: (3) Alice Blanche [1890-1895]; (4) Tom Smith; (5) Eva Isabella [1895-1907]; (6) Charles V [b 1896] who was a grocer's errand boy [1901, 1911]; (7) Arthur Llewellyn [b 1902].

The family lived at 9 Bristol Street, Skircoat, Halifax [1891, 1901]

Rayner, Benjamin
[1773-1834] Of Brighouse.

He married Betty [1774-1841].

Children: Henry [1800-1854].

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

Rayner, Mrs Cecilie
[1???-1???] She married (1) William Rayner.

She married (2) Michael Waterhouse

Rayner, Crispin
[1809-1831] Son of William Rayner and brother of Elizabeth Rayner.

He was said to be a strong man in a circus and a Grenadier guard

In a feat of strength, he once pulled a loaded cart up Clifton Common.

He is reputed to have been inspected by Adelaide, wife of William IV who commented on his impressive physique with

Now then, you're a fine figure of a man

to which he supposedly replied

I am that, Mrs Queen

Rayner, Elizabeth
[1812-1832] Aka Liz. Of Clifton.

She was murdered in Clifton Wood on New Year's Eve 1832. No-one was ever charged with the crime.

William Parry wrote a poem about the incident

Rayner, Fairburn
[1852-1918] First conductor of the Clifton Subscription Band. He also conducted the Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Brass Band [1901-1902]

Rayner, George
[14??-15??] Minister of Hartshead [1486]

Rayner, George Alfred
[1841-1908] Son of John Rayner.

Born in Halifax.

He emigrated to Australia.

In 1866, he married Emily Jane Newberry.


It is not known whether Emily Jane was an immigrant
 

Rayner, Isaac
[1831-1???] Born in Elland.

He was a wire drawer [1881, 1884].

In He married Alice [1831-1???].

Children: (1) Arthur; (2) Thomas [b 1866] who was a maker up of cotton [1881]; (3) Marmaduke [b 1868]; (4) Sarah A [b 1871]; (5) John [b 1874].

The family lived at 5 Shoesmith's Buildings, Skircoat [1881]

Rayner, John
[1???-1852] Landlord of the Duke of York, Stainland [1845]. In 1859, he declined to take up the licence again.

He married Jane Walker, daughter or daughter-in-law of Rachel and John Walker

Rayner, John
[1798-1849] Halifax draper.

He amalgamated with the business of his father-in-law, James Milne. The business was at 5 Corn Market, Halifax.

Rayner took over after Milne's death.

He retired and his brother-in-law Jonathan Wilkinson Foster took over the business and moved to Crown Street, Halifax

In 1819, he married Rachel Milne in Halifax.


Rachel was the daughter of James Milne
 

Children: (1) Jane [1819-1875] who married Henry Oates; (2) Mary Elliott [1821-1895] who Francis Hilton; (3) John James; (4) Charles Milne [1825-1828]; (5) Rachel [1827-1899] who married Charles Dearden; (6) Ellen [b 1829] who married John Hodgson; (7) William Henry; (8) Frederick [1833-1847]; (9) Louisa [1836-1902] who married John Edward Cockrell; (10) Clementina [1837-1923] who married Thomas Jackson; (11) George Alfred

Rayner, John James
[1823-1894] Son of John Rayner.

He married Ellen Walker [1827-1879].

Children: (1) child; (2) child; (3) child; (4) child; (5) child; (6) child; (7) child; (8) child; (9) child; (10) child; (11) child

Rayner, Joseph
[18??-18??] He was Town Clerk of Liverpool.

He acquired the Granny Hall Estate of Mark Blackburn.

He lived at Slead House, Brighouse [1866]

Rayner, Joseph Sykes
[18??-19??] Of Brighouse.

He worked in the family's confectionery business at 25 Bethel Street, Brighouse [1906].

He travelled around the district selling

Rayner's Genuine Ice Creeam

from a cart pulled by a pony

Rayner, Sarah Bowman
[1846-1935] Of Brighouse.

In her will, she left bequests to a large number of local organisations and institutions.

Probate records show that she left an estate valued at £19,339

Rayner, Thomas Smith
[1891-19??] Son of Arthur Rayner.

During World War I, he joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16.

He served as an Able Seaman on the Submarine E9.

He was on the E9, under Lieutenant-Commander Max K. Horton, when it sank the German Cruiser Hela [1914]

Rayner, W.
[18??-18??] Worsted manufacturer at Northowram.

In 1862, he was declared bankrupt

Rayner's: Walter Rayner Limited
House furnishers at Prince's Arcade, Halifax / 18 Woolshops, Halifax [1936]

Rayner, William
[1???-1???] He married Cecilie

Rayner, William
[14??-15??] Of Sparkhouse, Norland.

See William Royde

Rayner, William
[1781-18??] Of Clifton.

In 1804, he married Betty Chew of Birstall.

Children: (1) Sarah [1806-1888]; (2) Crispin; (3) Robert [1810-1847]; (4) Elizabeth; (5) Simeon [b 1816]; (6) John [1821-1898]; (7) Edmund [1828-1857].

The family lived at Well Lane, Clifton

Rayner, William Henry
[1831-1904] Son of John Rayner.

He married Sarah

Children: several

Raynor
[Surname]

There are currently only around 5 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Raynor. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Raynor family
In the 16th century, with William Raynor, they were Lords of the Manor of Clifton

Raynor, Charles William
[1870-19??] Born in Barnsley,

He was a stone mason [1891]; a monumental mason [1901]; a stone mason [1911].

In [Q1] 1891, he married Lucy Agnes Mooney [1868-19??] in Haslingden.


Lucy was born in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire
 

Children: (1) Joseph; (2) Ellen [b 1896] who was a spinner [1911]; (3) Sarah Elizabeth [b 1898] who was at school + ½-time at bakery [1911]; (4) Norman W [b 1899]; (5) Herbert [b 1901]; (6) Bernard [b 1903]; (7) Benjamin [b 1906]; (8) Frederick [b 1908].

The family lived at 9 Mount Pleasant Street, Oswaldtwistle [1891]; 45 Emscote Grove, Halifax [1901]; 46a Ripon Street, Halifax [1911]

Raynor, Joe
[1892-1915] Son of Charles William Raynor.

Born in Oswaldtwistle.

In 1911, he was staying with the family of his uncle, John Mooney, in Rawtenstall and listed as

man servant

He joined the Halifax Territorials, and then the East Lancashire Regiment.

He was serving in Malta when World War I broke out.

During the War, he served with the 2nd Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

As a Lance-Corporal, he was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal [April 1915], for an incident in which he took charge of his platoon when one of the officers was killed, and went on to complete the original mission. He was promoted to Sergeant.

He was guarding a parapet when he was killed in France on [22nd June 1915] (aged 23).

He was buried at Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix [III D 18]

Raynor, John
[1???-18??] He was appointed Surveyor of the Highways for Clifton [1835]

Raynor Land, Soyland
Property near Making Place, Soyland. It was Sam Hill's property.

Owners and tenants have included

Raynor, Thurstan
[1593-1667] Of Suffolk. Baptised in Elmsett, Suffolk [21st September 1593].

In 16??, he emigrated to America.

In 1636, he married Martha Wood in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

Children: (1) Mary [b 1637]; (2) Deborah [b 1639]; (3) Hannah [b 1641]; (4) Abigail [b 1644]; (5) Jonathan [b 1649].

He died in Suffolk, New York

Raynor, William
[15??-15??] In the 16th century, he was Lord of the Manor of Clifton

RDM Closures Limited
Horton Street, Halifax. Manufacturers of crown corks for bottles. In 1966, they moved to Burnley

Read, Sir Herbert Edward
[1893-1968] An art critic, art historian, writer and poet.

He was educated at the Crossley Orphanage.

He published

  • The meaning of Art [1931]

  • Art and industry [1934]

  • Art and society [1936]

Read, Rev James
[1819-1893] Born in Wiltshire. He trained at Western College, Plymouth and served at Axminster Chapel [1581] and Atherston [1854] before becoming Minister at Eastwood Congregational Church [1866].

In 1859, he married Eliza Dorothea Nelson [18??-1896] in Warwick.

He retired in 1884. He died at Lightcliffe

Reade, Rev Joseph Bancroft
[1801-1870] FRS.

Born in Leeds. He was Curate at Halifax [1829]. In 1832, he moved to Harrow Weald.

He was an amateur scientist and was interested in botany, chemistry, microscopy, optics, and photography. He designed a condenser, known as Reade's kettledrum [1861].

He was friend of John Waterhouse.

He was a member and officer of several scientific institutions, including the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society, the Microscopical Society, the British Meteorological Society, and the Photographic Society

Reader, Rev Clement Saunders
[1852-1920] Born in Bridport, Dorset.

He was Minister at Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd [1905].

He married Unknown.

Children: William Howard

Reader, William Howard
[1894-1916] Son of Rev Clement S. Reader.

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Seaforth Highlanders.

He died 30th July 1916 (aged 22).

He was buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery [J 53].

He is remembered on a memorial in Mount Zion Methodist Church, Mytholmroyd and Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd and in the book Royd Regeneration

Readicut Group
In 1968, T. F. Firth & Company became a part of the Readicut Group.

In 1997, the company became a part of the Interface Group

Reading & Mental Improvement Society
Established at Heptonstall Slack in 1875

Reading, Charles
[1857-1???] Son of Thomas Reading, baker.

Born in Barford, Warwickshire.

He was a corn miller of Honley [1883]; a maltster [1891, 1901, 1911].

In 1883, he married Jane South [1861-1???] at All Hallows, Almondbury.


Jane of Honley, was born in Snitterfield, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, the daughter of George South, shepherd
 

Children: (1) Edith E [b 1884] who was a worsted twister [1901]; (2) Charles; (3) Arthur [b 1888] who was a errand boy [1901], a waggoner for maltsters [1911]; (4) Annie Elizabeth [b 1893] who was a cotton spinner [1911].

The family lived at 23 Quebec Street, Elland [1891]; 31 Bank Bottom, Elland [1901]; 23 Saddleworth Road, Elland [1911]

Reading, Charles
[1886-1915] Son of Charles Reading.

He was a woollen piecer [1901]; a fitter for gas engineers [1911]; employed by Robert Dempster & Sons Limited.

In 1913, he married Annie Mitchell [1884-19??] at Elland Parish Church.


Annie of 29 Catherine Street, Elland, was the daughter of Richard Mitchell, labourer
 

The family lived at 124 Pontefract Road, Normanton [1915].

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1914], and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France with the regiment [April 1915].

He died following a German gas attack [20th December 1915].

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery [IV A 24]

Readyhough
A variant of the surname Ridehalgh

Reakes, Rev Launcelot Harry
[18??-1947] He was Curate at Mount Pellon [1915-1916], Brighouse [1916-1920], Coventry [1920-1926], Marsden [1926-1934], and Illingworth [1935-19??]

Reapes
Mentioned in the Nomina Villarum [1865] as being a place in the Parish of Halifax, although its precise location is not indicated

Reaps Cross, Heptonstall
House which stood overlooking Colden Clough

Reaps Cross, Heptonstall
5 ft high plain stone marker / wayside cross – broken in two – standing on a plinth, on Heptonstall Moor above the Gorple Lower Reservoir. The shaft is rectangular in cross-section with chamfered corners, and tapers slightly towards the top. It is dated to the 15th century and marked the packhorse route from Heptonstall to Widdop and on to Colne.

In 1976, a trackway leading to the cross was revealed when a drought lowered the water level on the land here.

In July 2000, the stone was moved further up the moor.

In July 2002, the stone was repaired and restored to its height of 15 ft

Reaps Moss Wind Farm, Todmorden
In October 2009, there were proposals to site 3 turbines on a wind farm at Reaps Moss. With blade-tips reaching a height of 370 ft, these would be amongst the tallest in Britain

Reaps Water
Stream flowing from the Widdop Reservoirs down into Hebden Water

Reason, Graham E. A.
[19??-] He was Mayor of Calderdale [1995-1996]

Reavley, Rev A. E.
[18??-19??] In July 1908, he became Superintendent Minister of the Knowlwood Primitive Methodist Circuit, preaching at Salem Primitive Methodist Chapel, Knowlwood

Rechabites

Recipes
See Dock Pudding, Parkin and Yorkshire Pudding

Recreation Areas

Rectors of Halifax
The rectors were in charge of the parish, prior to the installation of a vicar to carry out the day-to-day duties in the parish. Those at Halifax include:

Some of the early incumbents were absentee rectors, even foreigners, and probably did not even visit the district. After protests, Pope Alexander IV issued a papal bull giving the Monks of Lewes the power to take over the church and the revenues on the resignation or death of William de Champvent.

See Halifax Parish Church and Vicars of Halifax

Red Beck
A popular name for Shibden Brook – because of the iron oxide content – as it flows from its source near Queensbury, through Shibden to join the Calder & Hebble Navigation and then through a sluice into the Calder at Brookfoot.

This was a part of the boundary of the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse

It forms the boundary between Northowram and Southowram.

See Place Brook and Joe Richardson

Red Cross Model Lodging House, Rastrick
Birds Royd. A rooming house used by navvies & the labouring class. There was an outbreak of measles here in January 1903

Red Dyke, Mankinholes
Or Red Dykes. A farm west of Withens Clough Reservoir.

Now derelict

Red Hall, Halifax
Old Market. 3-storeyed brick house. Built around 1700, this was probably the first brick building in Halifax.

It was demolished in 1866

Red Laithe Farm, Ovenden

Red Lion Viaduct
Name given to Wyke Viaduct because of its proximity to the Red Lion pub

The Red Room, Shibden Hall
An upstairs room at Shibden Hall.

The name comes from the colour of the scroll-work on the frieze.

The wooden floor is original.

The bed was built around 1630 when the Lister family occupied the Hall.

The doorway in the left-hand wall led to the flesh chamber before Anne Lister opened the housebody.

The doorway to The Powder Closet is to the right of the fireplace.

The doorway to the Flesh Chamber and another room which used to be above the Housebody can be seen in the corner on the left as you enter the Red Room Flesh Chamber can still be seen in The Red Room

Red Rose Rent

Red Tom's Field, Halifax
The 19th century name for the land between North Parade and the Halifax Temperance Hall. This would later be occupied by Broad Street Car Park

Redacre Bridge, Mytholmroyd
Burnley Road. Bridge #12 over the Rochdale Canal built around 1800

Redacre House, Mytholmroyd
Burnley Road. There was a house on the site in the 13th century, The existing house is late 16th century. It is said to be one of the earliest F-plan houses in Calderdale.

Owners and tenants have included

Redacre Sewage Works, Mytholmroyd
Built in 1902

Redacre, Wadsworth
Settlement. The name is variously spelled Redicarr, Redicarre, and Reedicarre and means a reedy swamp.

Adam de Redeker is recorded in the 12th century and Richard de Rediker is recorded in 1306.

In the 16th century, the area was held by the Thomas family

Redacre Wood, Mytholmroyd
Part of Stephenson House Wood, Mytholmroyd

Reddaway's: F. Reddaway & Company Limited
India rubber and belting manufacturers at 29 Square Road, Halifax [1905]

Reddie, Edward J.
[18??-19??] Of Hipperholme.

Son of James Reddie of the Admiralty.

His daughter Caroline Anna married R. Oswald Blyth from Ayrshire [1919]

Reddihough
A variant of the surname Ridehalgh

Reddishaw Scout
The name uses the element scout and means a reedy cliff

Reddyshore Scoutgate
Packhorse route and track which links Rochdale to the Worth Valley. At its highest point it is over 1000 ft above sea-level.

The name means the road along the steep red cliffs

Redfearn & Bedford
Wiredrawers at Brighouse [around 1900].

The business evolved into Redfearn Wire Products

Redfearn, Sir Herbert
[1915-1988] He was Mayor of Brighouse [1967-1968]

Redfearn Wire Products
Formerly Redfearn & Bedford. Wire manufacturers at Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse [19??].

See Siddall & Hilton Limited

Redfern, Canon Edward North
[1884-19??] Born in Hessle, Hull.

Curate at Brighouse [1907-1913].

In 1911, he was a boarder with Rev Oscar Sidney Laurie

Redford's: Ernest & Harrison Redford
Of Sowerby Bridge. In 1899, they filed a patent for
improvements in or relating to cricket bats

Redhead, Frederick
[1887-1955] Born in Crosby, Lancashire.

He was an electrical engineer [1918].

In [Q2] 1918, he married Gladys Dean in Liverpool.


Gladys was the daughter of
Luke Henry Goodyear / Dean
 

The couple died.

Bootle died: Frederick [23rd July 1955]; Gladys [1969]

Redick, John
[1840-1913] Born in Armley.

He was a joiner & wheelwright [1891].

On 30th July 1866, he married Rhoda Pontefract [1844-1924] at St Wilfred's Church, Calverley.


Rhoda was born in Pudsey
 

Children: (1) Moses Wilkinson [b 1869] who was a slater & plasterer [1891]; (2) Alice Ann [b 1870] who was a mill hand (cotton) [1891]; (3) Margaret H [b 1873] who was a mill hand (cotton) [1891]; (4) Sarah Ellen [b 1875] who was a mill hand (cotton) [1891]; (5) Emily [b 1879] who was a mill hand (cotton) [1891]; (6) John Alfred; (7) adopted son Ebenezer Berry [b 1890].

The family lived at 10 Old Causeway, Sowerby Bridge [1891]

Redick, John Alfred
[1883-1916] Son of John Redick.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

On 3rd September 1904, he married Amy Hickman [1883-1921] at St George's Church, Sowerby.


Amy was born in Wordsley, Staffordshire
 

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the 100th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died 27th July 1916.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and on Norland War Memorial

Rediker, Richard de
[12??-13??] In 1306, he was found not guilty of charges of breaking down the king's fences in the Forest of Sowerbyshire, and taking away the king's cattle.

Some time afterwards, his son, John de Redeker, was fined 6/8d for allowing his animals to stray into the park

Redishaw, Soyland
Owners and tenants have included

  • Robert Royd – whose family occupied the place until 1650

Redman's
A popular name for Castle Farm, Holywell Green

Redman
[Surname]

There are currently around 17 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Redman. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Redman family of Hebden Bridge
See Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge

Redman, Mrs Ada

Redman's: C. Redman & Sons Limited
Engineering company producing drills, planes, shapers, lathes and other woodworking machinery.

Formed around 1877 when Cornelius Redman and his 3 sons started making machines at a small workshop in the centre of Halifax.

In 1897, they built their new Pioneer Works, Halifax.

In the 1920s, they sold out to a number of people, including Charles Churchill.

In 1935, the firm became Churchill Redman, a member of the Churchill Group of companies

Redman, Claude Stansfield
[1883-1917] Son of Richard Redman.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

He was learning the fustian clothing business [1901].

On 14th July 1901, he married Bertha Moss [1884-1???] at Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge.

The family lived at Wettling Lee Mill Road, Hebden Bridge.

During World War I, he enlisted in Hebden Bridge, and served as a Private with the 1st/28th Battalion London Regiment (Artists' Rifles).

He was killed in action [30th October 1917] (aged 34).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,836 1/4d.

The will was proved by his widow Bertha.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [153]

Redman, Cornelius
[1841-1892] Born in Todmorden. He was a machine tool maker. He was in partnership with Reuben Calvert, Mr Parker and Mr Balme in Stead Street, Halifax.

He founded Cornelius Redman & Sons Limited.

In 1887, he took out a patent for

improvements in apparatus for regulating and adjusting the tables of saw benches and other machines

In 1861, he married Mary Holmes in Todmorden.

The family lived at Grosvenor Terrace, Halifax [1874]; 31 Hare Street, Halifax [1892].

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1892

Redman, Ebenezer
[1840-1924] Son of Simeon Redman.

Born in Wadsworth.

He was a spinner of worsted [1851]; a carpet weaver [1861]; a carpet weaving overlooker [1871, 1881]; a carpet loom tuner [1891, 1901]; a carpet weaving foreman [1911].

In 1861, he married Ellen Fitton [1841-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Ellen, of Northowram, was the daughter of spinner Abraham Fitton
 

Children: (1) Richard; (2) Mark [b 1864] who was an apprentice tinner [1881] a farmer [1891] a mason's labourer; (3) Hartley [b 1871] who was a creeler in carpet works [1891] a labourer mechanics [1901]; (4) Emily Jane [b 1874] who was a dress maker [1891] a dress & mantle maker; (5) Lewis [b 1880] who was a bobbin setter [1891] a carpet weaver [1901, 1911].

In 1861, Ebenezer and brother Joseph were living at Jennings Buildings, Nursery Lane, Ovenden with brother James and family.

The family lived at 3 Bate-Aine, Northowram [1871]; 10 Crossley Terrace, Ovenden [1881]; Nab End, Northowram, Halifax [1891]; 3 Hall Street North, Boothtown [1901]; 17 Palm Street, Boothtown [1911]

Redman, Ernest Shaw
[18??-1927] Benefactor.

In 1929, he gave a motor ambulance to the Saint John's Ambulance Association in Halifax.

He gave money for the Redman Pathology Laboratory and two open air wards at the Royal Halifax Infirmary. He died before the buildings were completed

Redman, Frank
[18??-1959] Wholesale clothier of Mytholmroyd.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £35,488

Redman, J.
[18??-19??] Councillor for Kingston Ward, Halifax [1910]

Redman's: J. & R. Redman Limited
Aka Redman Brothers.

Manufacturing clothiers and slipper makers established around 1874 by John, Jonathan and Richard Redman. They had premises in St George's Square, Hebden Bridge, offices at Pitt Street, Hebden Bridge, and mills and warehouses at Salem Mills, Hebden Bridge, Vale Mills, Todmorden, Banksfield Mills, Mytholmroyd, Scarbottom Mill, Mytholmroyd [1905, 1918], and Foster Mill, Hebden Bridge which they bought and rebuilt after the fire of 1888 [1905, 1939].

The company became one of the largest fustian manufacturers. In 1890, they employed around 700 workers.

The Roll of Honour, for those employees who served in World War I, can be seen in Bankfield Museum

See The English Fustian Manufacturing Company and Benny Pickles

Redman, James
[1831-1???] Son of Simeon Redman.

Born in Wadsworth.

He was a wool comber [1851]; a carpet weaver and Methodist New Connexion Local Preacher [1861].

In 1857, he married Sarah Kershaw [1830-1???], born in Ovenden, in Halifax.

Children: Grace Ann [b 1857].

The family lived at Jennings Buildings, Nursery Lane, Ovenden [1861].

Living with them in 1861 were James's brothers Joseph and Ebenezer

Redman, James William
[1885-1917] Son of Richard Redman.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

On 3rd December 1913, he married Annie Head [1884-19??] at St James & St John, Hebden Bridge.

They lived at Ivy House, Midgehole [1917].

During World War I, he enlisted in Beverley, and served as a Trooper with the 1st Household Battalion Household Cavalry & Cavalry of the Line.

He was killed in action [14th December 1917] (aged 32).

He was buried at the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux [II A 27]

Redman, John
[18??-1???] Partner in Redman Brothers

Redman, Jonathan
[18??-19??] Partner in Redman Brothers.

He lived at Rockville, Hebden Bridge [1905]

Redman, Lewis
[18??-19??] In 1939, he married Hannah Rebecca Freeman in Halifax


Hannah Rebecca was the daughter of
Frederick Freeman
 

Redman, Percy
[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

Redman, Richard
[1857-1941] JP.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

He was clothing manufacturer; partner in Redman Brothers; employing 32 people [1881]; a fustian clothing manufacturer [1901].

He was a Methodist and a teetotaller – known as Dry Dick.

In 1880, he married (1) Sarah Taylor [1866-1932].

Children: (1) Claude Stansfield; (2) James William; (3) Nelly [1889-1964]; (4) Edith May [b 1891]; (5) Frank [1893-1958].

His sons Claude Stansfield and James William died in World War I.

Sarah died 1932.

In 1935, he married (2) Miriam Hoyle.

The family lived at Lower Stubbings, Hebden Bridge [1881]; Pleasant Villas, Hebden Bridge [1901, 1905]; Byclough, Mytholmroyd.

He was buried at Heptonstall Slack Baptist Cemetery

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £34,807

Redman, Richard
[1863-1898] Son of Ebenezer Redman.

Born in Northowram.

He was a worsted spinner [1871]; a weaver's creeler [1881]; a carpet weaver [1891]. He worked at Crossley's Carpets until 1897 when he was seized with a fit and had to give up his work. He was diagnosed as epileptic. He had entirely lost his memory and complained of pains in his head.

He lived at Boothtown with his father Ebenezer and his sister Emily Jane [18981]

His sister said that he had been behaving oddly. On 20th March 1898, he was found dead on the railway between Milner Royd Junction and Copley Station

Redman, Simeon
[1794-1860] Born in Wadsworth.

He was a weaver [1817, 1841]; a labourer [1851]; a cart driver [1861].

In 1817, he married Hannah Harrwood [1798-1846] at Heptonstall Church.

Children: (1) Joseph [b 1821] who was a labourer [1851]; (2) William [b 1826] who was a wool comber [1851]; (3) Betty [b 1829]; (4) James; (5) Alfred [b 1837] who was a spinner of worsted [1851]; (6) Ebenezer.

The family lived at Dag Clough, Wadsworth [1841]; Holmefield, Northowram [1846]; 20 Holmfield, Northowram [1851]

Hannah and Simeon were buried at Heptonstall Church

Redman, Sydney
[18??-19??] In 1935, he married Ada Westerman

Redman, Thomas
[1853-1???] Born in Pateley Bridge.

On 24th August 1875, he married Mary Hannah Greenroyd in Bingley.


Mary Hannah was the daughter of
John Greenroyd
 

Children: (1) Annie [b 1878]; (2) Ellen [b 1880]; (3) Clara [b 1881]; (4) Fred Ernest [b 1884]; (5) Ralph [b 1885]; (6) Matilda [b 1887]; (7) Amelia Eileen [b 1891].

The children were born in Bingley

Redman, Walker
[18??-1???] In 18??, he took over the business of Jonathan Vickerman to establish a civil and military tailor, livery and habit maker at 31 Silver Street, Halifax

Redman, William
[17??-18??] Of Midgehole, Hebden Bridge. Partner in Lawrence Moorhouse & Company

Redmires Clough, Rishworth
One of the streams which feeds Green Withens Reservoir

Redmires Reservoir, Todmorden
Stands 1408 ft above sea-level. Built by Thomas Ramsbotham around 1850 to supply a local mill.

It was built to replace a smaller reservoir which had

washed down a mill

around 1849.

On 16th December 1852, the reservoir began to leak and many families living below the dam moved out of the area until it was found to be safe. The families' concern was coloured by the bursting of the Bilberry Dam reservoir at Holmfirth on 4th February 1852. Redmires held twice the amount of water as the Bilberry Dam reservoir

Reed, Duke Lionel
[1889-1915] Son of Thomas Reed.

Born in Halifax.

He was a worsted doffer [1901]; a slater [1911].

In 1911, he had left home and was a boarder at 54 Prospect Street.

In [Q1] 1915, he married Margaret A Ryan in Halifax.

The family lived at 88 Prospect Street, Range Bank, Halifax [1915].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

In his last letter home on 18th August 1915, he wrote that he had been in the trenches for 12 days without rest, and that he had lost all his belongings as they were advancing.

He was reported missing in Gallipoli since 21st August 1915.

It was later reported that he had died on 21st August 1915.

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli [117-119]

Reed, John Lamb
[1916-2010] OBE.

A popular singer, dancer and actor with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

He retired and came to live in Calderdale

Reed, Thomas
[1854-1???] Born in Bristol.

He was a slater [1881, 1891]; a plasterer [1901].

He married Fanny [1856-19??].


Fanny was born in Carlisle, Cumberland
 

Children: (1) William Henry [b 1878] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a carpet warehouseman [1901]; (2) Florence Nora [b 1887] who was a worsted spinner [1901]; (3) Duke Lionel; (4) Clara A [b 1893].

The family lived at 8 Holts Yard, Northowram [1881]; 84 Grey Street, Halifax [1891]; 85 Prospect Street, Halifax [1901]

Reed, Rev W.
[18??-19??] Minister at Salterhebble United Methodist Free Chapel [1896] and Skircoat Green United Methodist Free Chapel [1896]

Reedman, Thomas
[18??-1???] Landlord of the Navigation, Sowerby Bridge [1871]

Reekes, Charles Henry
[1897-1915] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment.

He died 7th October 1915 (aged 18).

He was buried at the Merville Communal Cemetery [IV H 2]

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rees, Canon A. C.
[19??-19??] He was Vicar of Mytholmroyd [1939], then vicar at Woodhouse, vicar at Dewsbury, and Vicar of Hartshead [1959-1961]

Rees, Captain
[16??-16??] Said to be recorded on a 17th century datestone at the property which [1904] became Sowerby Post Office


Question: Can anyone tell me anything about the Captain?

 

Rees, David
[19??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1921-1932]. He won caps for Other Nations, for Wales and for Great Britain while at Halifax

Rees, Llewellyn Owen R.
[18??-19??] He lived at Gate House, Southowram.

He married Rosa [d 1923]

Rees, Rev T. M.
[18??-19??] Primitive Methodist Minister.

He lived at 13 Milton Place, Halifax [1905]

Rees, Rev Thomas
[17??-1???] Minister at Elland Unitarian Chapel [June 1782-1793]. During his time, the chapel was rebuilt.

He went to serve in Preston, Lancashire

Reeve, Arthur
[1892-1971] Born 5th November 1892.

He was Mayor of Brighouse [1933-1935]

He was President of the Brighouse Crippled Children's Outing Committee.

He was Chairman of the West Riding Joint Airport Committee He was a keen supporter of the Brighouse Flying Club, and proposed an airport at Clifton

Reeves, Fred
[18??-1???] He married Fanny [18??-1???].

Children: Tom.

The family lived at Hill End, Norwood Green [1918]

Reeves, Tom
[1895-1918] Son of Fred Reeves.

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

He died 10th April 1918 (aged 23).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium and on Norwood Green War Memorial

Reference Library, Halifax

Reflecting Roadstuds Limited
1 Mill Lane, Boothtown, Halifax. Company founded in 1935 by Percy Shaw for the manufacture of catseyes

Refuge Assurance Buildings, Halifax
Cow Green, Halifax.

Owners and tenants have included

Regal Cinema, Halifax
The cinema stands on the site of Ward's End Hall and an earlier bus station.

Regan, William
[1???-] Born in Halifax.

He was a Councillor for Halifax North Ward [1924]; a Councillor for Halifax Akroydon Ward [1950]; on the Gas Committee [later the Light, Heat & Power Committee] and the first Catholic Mayor of Halifax [1952-1953]. His wife was Mayoress.

The family lived at 12 Woodlands Grove, Boothtown.

Regent Cinema, Sowerby Bridge
The cinema was built on the site of the former Pollit & Wigzell factory.

The cinema opened in 1939.

In 1949, it became the Essoldo Cinema

Regent House, Halifax
Cross Hills / North Bridge. Block of shops and residential property.

See Tom B. Craven

Regiments & Militia

Reginald son of Helias de Sothill
[11??-12??]

(Modern: Reginald Sothill)

Son of Helias son of Essolf.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) John; (2) William

Reid, J. S.
[1???-19??] Postmaster for Halifax [1931-1934]

Reid, Joshua
[1850-19??] Born in Shelf.

He was a labourer [1892]; a blacksmith's striker [1911].

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Frances Mary [b 1875]; (2) Elizabeth Ann [b 1877] who was a sick nurse [1911]; (3) Ruth Hannah [b 1870] who married (1) Fred Shaw and (2) John Ernest Wormald.

The family lived at 133 Claremont Terrace, Huddersfield Road, Elland [1911].

Living with them in 1911 were Ruth Hannah and the children

Reid, T. M.
[18??-19??] Printers, bookbinders and stationers at 66 Crown Street, Halifax [1905]

Reins Wood, Brighouse
Woodland on the hillside which overlooks the lakes at Cromwellbottom. The railway came through here in 1830

Reith, Archibald William
[1848-1908] MA.

Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Susan Reith.

In 1861, he entered Winchester College. In 1867, he was a Scholar of New College Oxford. In 1869, he obtained Third class Mathematics Moderations; in 1871, BA Second class in Literae Humaniores; in 1874, MA.

In 1872, he went to Russia as tutor the children of Colonel Paschkoff and then to the children of the British Ambassador, Lord Augustus Loftus, in St Petersburg. When he returned to England, he had temporary appointments at Ely Cathedral School and Reading School.

In 1877, he went to Giggleswick School where he was known as Jimmie. He was modern languages master and form-master of the Lower Fourth. He was the founding Editor of The Chronicle, the official Giggleswick School magazine.

In 1887, he left Giggleswick to become Headmaster of Heath Grammar School, Halifax, where he remained until his death in 1908.

In May 1904, he married Lucy Cooke

Reliance Garage, Brighouse
Wakefield Road. Truck body builders. Recorded in the 1960s

Reliance Hosiery (Halifax) Limited
Established in 1931 at Boothtown by brothers Eric, Claude and Lionel Alderson.

They were described as

Manufacturers of plain and rib half-hose, fancy half-hose, elastic welt half-hose and slack sox, ladies' ankle socks, boys' ¾ hose. Supplying wholesale, and exporting to all parts of the world

They later moved to Hare Street Mills, Halifax. They were at 14 Hall Street, Halifax [1936].

The business subsequently had a number of subsidiaries, including Reliance Knitware Group Limited, Drewry and Edwards Limited, Exclusive Textiles Limited, H. R. Howard & Sons Limited, James MacFarlane (Kilmarnock) Limited, Reli-Knit Limited, and Squirrel Leisureware Limited

Reliance Mercury Limited
Engineering company with business at Mile Cross Works, Halifax. They produced towing vehicles, such as those which manoeuvre aircraft at airports.

In the 1940s, Marshalls – who had been using a factory at Heckmondwike to make parts for their Halco drilling equipment – bought the factory and their range of Reliance industrial tractors.

In 1964, Dennis Brothers of Guildford bought the Cheltenham-based Mercury Tug Company and moved production to Guildford.

In 1972, Marshall's (Halifax) Limited bought the Mercury Air Tug & Tractor Company from Dennis Brothers.

The new Reliance Mercury company was established in 1972 in the factory at Mile Cross Works which had previously belonged to Town Woodhouse.

In 1986, Marshalls bought the Preston-based Lyka chassis engineering company and moved production to the Mile Cross works.

In 1992, Reliance Mercury was sold to Trinity Holdings.

On 3rd April 1998, Reliance Mercury closed and the business was transferred to Douglas Vehicles Limited of Cheltenham

Religious Tract Society of Todmorden
Established in March 1821 at Cross Stone

Rembrandt Society
Formed when R. E. Nicholson and H. R. Oddy left the Halifax Art Union in 1875. Founder members included Montagu Blatchford and Richard Edwin Nicholson.

The Society evolved into the Halifax Art Society

Renette Studios, Halifax
Photographers recorded in 1936 at 7 Rawson Street – over Waddington's Dress Warehouse – when Mrs Smith was proprietor

Renilson, Charles
[19??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1965]. He won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax

Renshaw, Rev Herbert C.
[18??-19??] Minister at Cross Lanes United Methodist Chapel, Hebden Bridge [1901]. In June 1908, he left to serve at Darwen

Renshaw, John
[18??-19??] In 1910, he married Annie Bray in Brighouse

Renshaws, Brighouse
Picture framers, art dealers and gilders. They were at Imperial Buildings, Brighouse [1947]

Resby Mere, Wadsworth
Stone which marks the boundary of Wadsworth township

Reservoirs

Rest for the Weary Lodge Order of Druids 1037
Halifax Friendly Society [Number 2895] recorded in 1898, when their registration was cancelled (under the Friendly Societies Act [1896]) 

Restaurants & Cafés

Resting stones
Large stones set into the side of a hill to allow the wheels of the cart to be parked, giving the horse a rest

See Sett

Rev J. H. Lomax
[18??-19??] He was Curate at Ripponden [1885]; Vicar of Saint John the Divine, Thorpe [1886, 1897]; Vicar of All Saints' Church, Harley Wood [1892, 1905]

Revive Café, Shelf
Carr House Road.

(Possibly) on the site of the former Nag's Head. It is known that there was an inn here on account of the beer casks in the cellar

Rex Cinema, Elland
Coronation Street. Originally the Central Picture House, this cinema opened in November 1959. The first film was Count your blessings with Deborah Kerr. Bingo was played on a couple of evenings in 1964 and the cinema closed in June 1964 to become a bingo club. Films were shown intermittently between November 1975 and August 1977, and the business closed once more in 1985.

In 1988, it was taken over by Peter Berry – who had been a manager/projectionist at the Rex – and Charles Morris, who, with their family and friends, refurbished and renovated the building.

It reopened on 7th October 1988, and is now a successful private cinema showing a wide range of films.

The cinema has a Conn 651 organ which is played during the interval, and concerts are held regularly

Reyner of Kirklees
[12??-12??] The Wakefield Court Rolls of 1274 record
[At Rastrick,] Reyner, the Chaplain of Kyrkeleyes, complainant against Susannah del Brighuses for trespass, has a day until the next Court at Rastrik; pledges, William le Engleys and William his partner

Reynold-Jackson, R.
[18??-1???] Designed an early motor car engine – the Mytholm engine – which was used in De Dion cars. In the late 19th century, he established the Yorkshire Motor Car Manufacturing Company Limited. The company moved to Bradford, and then to London where he began to produce cars and motorised dog-carts under the name R. Reynold-Jackson & Company Limited. The business ended during World War I

Reynolds, Henry
[18??-1???] In 1892, he married Eva, daughter of Alfred Sugden, in Halifax.

Children: Joseph Henry [b 1907]

Reynolds, Lewis Mawson
[1886-1918] Son of Mary Ann and George Reynolds.

Born in Halifax.

In [Q1] 1917, he married Isabel Maud Rollinson [1890-1984] in Bradford.


Isabel was born in Bradford
 

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 22nd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish)  Northumberland Fusiliers, formerly the Durham Light Infantry.

He died 11th April 1918 (aged 33).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial [2] and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Isabel lived in Bradford [1918].

She never remarried, and died in Bradford

Reynolds, Mr
[1???-1876] Of Shelf. An old man. In 1876, he was melting tar in a pan on the fire when it caught fire. He and his 3-year-old granddaughter died in the blaze

Reynolds, Rev William
[1812-1873] Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

He was Minister at Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel, North Parade [1862]

On 17th July 1838, he married Martha Carter [1810-1883] at St Michael & All Angels, Thornhill, Yorkshire.


Martha was born in Netherton, Yorkshire
 

Children: (1) Elizabeth [b 1843] who never married; (2) Martha [b 1846]; (3) Mary Jane [b 1847] who was a teacher [1871] and never married; (4) William Henry [1849-1862].

The family lived at Yarmouth [1861]; Sheepridge, Huddersfield; Mirfield.

On 25th April 1862, son William went upstairs to his father's study to tend the plants there. Having done that, he stood on a box in order to open a window. As he got down, his necktie caught on a hook on the wall and the boy was suspended from the hook. When his absence was noted, the family sent a girl to find the boy but he was dead.

William died in Mirfield [13th March 1873].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £450.

The will was proved by his unmarried daughters Elizabeth & Mary Jane.

Martha died in Mirfield [22nd February 1883].

All were buried at St Michael's & All Angels, Thornhill

Rez, Joseph
[19??-] He was Mayor of Todmorden [2000-2001]

Rheeder, Rev John
[1793-1872] A native of Whixley. He trained at Idle Academy and served at Ossett [1820] and Hamburg English Church [1831] before becoming Minister at Providence Congregational Church, Elland [1st January 1846]. On 31st October 1854, he left and was temporary chaplain at Airedale College

Rhoden Pool, Hebden Bridge
The section of the Rochdale Canal above Stubbing Upper Lock (Lock #11) 

Rhodes
[Surname]

There are currently around 38 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rhodes. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Rhodes & Briggs
Woollen and stuff merchants and exporters. Partners included John Rhodes and his nephew Rawdon Briggs.

They had warehouses on the south side of Savile Road, Halifax and at Savile Green

Rhodes's: B. Rhodes & Son
Manufacturers of wire products at 44 King Cross Street, Halifax [1936]

Rhodes, Briggs & Company
Cow Green, Halifax. After the death of partner John Garlick, bankers Rhodes, Briggs & Garlick became Rhodes, Briggs & Company.

After the death of John Rhodes, the firm became known as Rawdon Briggs & Sons

Rhodes, Briggs & Garlick
Banking firm established around 1811 by John Rhodes, Rawdon Briggs and John Garlick.

After Garlick's death, the firm was known as Rhodes, Briggs & Company.

After Rhode's death, the firm was known as Rawdon Briggs & Sons

Rhodes, Christopher Tate
[1843-1934] Son of Samuel Rhodes.

Born 14th August 1843.

Local solicitor

Rhodes, Eliza
[1846-1???] Daughter of Henry Rhodes.

She was a mill hand [1871].

In 1871, she and her widowed mother Eliza were living with William Mallinson and his wife. In 1891, Eliza was a servant with Mary A. Waterhouse [aged 65] and Mary H. Waterhouse [aged 36] at Sunnybank, in the Francis Street area of Halifax.

In 1901, 1911, she was a servant with John Halliday and family at 67 Clare Road, Halifax.

She died at Clare Road, Halifax [17th December 1912] (aged 66).

She was buried at Illingworth Church [20th December 1912].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £196 13/1d. Probate was granted to Rhodes Mallinson (joiner), Harry Broadbent (boiler stoker), and Edward Haigh (warp beamer) 

Rhodes, Elizabeth
[13??-1373] Prioress of Kirklees Priory [1361-1373]

Rhodes, Elizabeth Agnes
[1892-1933] An Irishwoman.

In 1919, she married Samuel Redmayne Rhodes, whom she had met whilst he was serving with the Royal Army Service Corps. They move back to Rhodes's home in Hebden Bridge.

In June 1933, Agnes was charged with the murder of her husband whose charred body was found on a bed at their home, Snow Booth Farm, Hebden Bridge. She was found wandering around Hebden Bridge town centre and said to a constable

I have tried to commit suicide. I have killed my husband. I know he is dead. I killed him with a hammer

She then set fire to the bed and tried to burn herself. She had 5 cuts on her throat where she had tried to cut her throat with a razor. The next day, she jumped into the river at Hebden Bridge, but could not sink.

Mr Rhodes was known to be a brutal man and their married life had been unhappy, Mrs Rhodes suffering years of abuse. She was imprisoned at Strangeways, Manchester, and sentenced to death at the Leeds Assizes.

A petition – headed by Rev Frodsham – that the sentence be commuted was dismissed.

About 1 week before she was due to be executed, the Home Secretary commuted the sentence to life imprisonment

Rhodes, Francis
[18??-1???] Son of William Rhodes and favourite nephew of Rev James Armytage Rhodes.

In 1849, he married Charlotte Maria Cooper Darwin at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London.


She – and her husband – both had family connections with naturalist Charles Darwin
 

On their marriage, Francis changed his name to Francis Darwin.

He inherited the Mytholm Estate in Hebden Bridge from his uncle and aunt in 1866. In 1868, he sold the property.

In 1881, he was living at Creskeld Hall, Leeds

Rhodes, G.
[18??-19??] Recorded in 1905, when he was selling watches at 3 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge

Rhodes, George Walker
[1854-1935] Born in Hipperholme.

He was a gardener [1877].

On 30th June 1877, he married Mary Procter [1854-1???] in Halifax.


Mary was born in Colne
 

Children: (1) Willie [b 1882]; (2) Herbert Rhodes.

The children were born in Coley.

The family lived at Trough Farm Cottage, Coley [1891, 1901]; Spring Gardens, Norwood Green [1911]

Rhodes, Godfrey
[1850-1900] Son of Samuel Rhodes.

Whilst a young man, he had an accident when his arm was caught in a gate in a strong wind and was amputated. He had to have a prosthetic limb.

He was a solicitor [1881, 1891]; Clerk to the Sowerby Bridge District Council; Clerk to the Southowram District Council. He served his articles with John Haigh, Official Receiver in Bankruptcy in Huddersfield. His first office was in Horton Street. He moved to larger premises in Commercial Bank Chambers in partnership with Richard W. Evans, as Godfrey Rhodes & Evans [1886]

On 13th October 1875, he married Annie Gomersall [1853-1???] in Dewsbury.


Annie was the daughter of Tom Gomersall of Dewsbury
 

Children: (1) Lewis; (2) son; (3) daughter; (4) daughter.

The family lived at Ashleigh, Willow Hall Road, Halifax [1881]; Lindenholme, Skircoat, Halifax [1891].

He died at Lindenholme [14th December 1900] (aged 50).

He was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Rhodes: Godfrey Rhodes & Evans
Halifax legal firm.

Partners included Godfrey Rhodes and Richard W. Evans.

They were at Commercial Bank Chambers [1886, 1905] and Martins Bank Chambers, Halifax [1936].

See Lewis Rhodes and Sowerby Bridge Local Board

Rhodes, Henry
[1809-1???] He was a mason [1832]; a stone mason [1841]; a mason [1851]; a stone mason [1861]; a bricklayer [1867].

On 20th February 1832, he married Eliza Benson.


Eliza was born in Leeds
 

Children: (1) James; (2) John [b 1834]; (3) Eliza [b 1836] who (probably) died before 1846; (4) Hannah [b 1838]; (5) Maria [b 1840] who married William Mallinson; (6) Elizabeth [b 1843]; (7) Eliza.

The family lived at Ovenden [1841]; Old Bank, Halifax [1851]; Bank Bottom, Halifax [1861].

Henry died 28th October 1864 (aged 56), In 1871, the widowed Eliza and daughter Eliza were living with William Mallinson and his wife

Rhodes, Henry
[1818-1883] Son of William Rhodes, a wireworker.

He was a wire worker of Hipperholme [1839]; an iron worker [1845]; a wire worker employing 1 man [1851]; a wire worker employing 4 men and 3 boys [1861]; a wire worker employing 3 men and 2 boys [1871]; a wire worker [1878]; a wire worker employing 3 men and 1 boy [1881].

On 13th June 1839, he married (1) Ruth Elizabeth Mallinson.


Ruth Elizabeth was the daughter of
John Mallinson,
 

Ruth Elizabeth died [Q2] 1842.

On 17th February 1845, he married (2) Sarah Mallinson [1825-1???].


Sarah was the daughter of John Mallinson, and sister of his first wife
 

Children: Mary [b 1844].

Sarah died before 1878.

On 11th December 1878, Henry married (3) Dinah Ann Holmes [1834-1906] at Bradford.


Dinah Ann was born in Oxenhope
 

In 1841, Henry & Ruth were were living with Ruth's parents, Sarah & John Mallinson at Lane Ends, Hipperholme.

The family lived at 65 Hope Street, Horton, Bradford [1851]; College Road, Little Horton, Bradford [1861]; Lane Ends Green, Hipperholme [1871]; 22 Darfield Street, Bradford [1881]

Living with them in 1851 were lodgers Sarah Bateman [aged 27] and Emily Bateman [aged 1].

Living with them in 1861 was sister-in-law Martha Mallinson [aged 38].

Living with them in 1881 was niece Mary H. Barraclough [aged 26].

Henry died at Bradford [Q4 1883] (aged 66).

Dinah Ann died in Keighley [Q1 1906] (aged 73) 

Rhodes, Captain Henry Brooke
[18??-19??] Younger son of Mr Rhodes and Elizabeth.

On the death of their mother, his older brother Herbert succeeded to the Birks Hall estate.

Herbert died without issue, and Henry succeeded and became tenant for life of the estate under the will of his grandmother

Rhodes, Herbert
[1???-18??] Elder son of Mr Rhodes and Elizabeth.

On the death of his mother, he succeeded to the Birks Hall estate.

He died without issue, and his brother, Captain Rhodes, succeeded and became tenant for life of the estate under the will of his grandmother

Rhodes, Herbert
[1886-1917] Son of George Walker Rhodes.

Born in Coley.

He was a domestic groom [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/5th Battalion (T. F.)  South Staffordshire Regiment.

He died of wounds [19th April 1917].

He was buried at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery [IV C 9]

Rhodes, Herbert Rothwell
[1858-1???] Son of Sydney Rothwell Rhodes.

Tobacconist at 2 Corn Market, Halifax [1881]

In November 1881, he married Emma Wadsworth [1863-1???]


Emma, of Horne Street, Halifax, was the daughter of the late John Wadsworth grocer of Cross Hills, Halifax
 

Rhodes, Isabella
[1499-15??] One of the last nuns at Kirklees Priory

Rhodes, J.
[18??-18??] Wire worker at Hipperholme.

In February 1850, he was declared insolvent

Rhodes, James
[18??-19??] Of 26 Clifton Road, Halifax.

In 1903, he was one of the first people to be granted a car registration and a motor drivers' licence

Rhodes, James
[1832-1???] Son of Henry Rhodes.

He was a mason of Northowram [1868].

In February 1868, he married Naomi Mallinson.


Naomi was the daughter of Thomas Mallinson, a wiredrawer
 

Rhodes, James
[1851-1???] Son of Thomas Rhodes.

Born in Halifax.

He was partner in Thomas Rhodes & Sons Limited; a sewing machine & musical instrument dealer & complete house furnisher [1891].

He married Emma [1851-1???]


Emma was born in Mirfield
 

They lived at 26 Clifton Road, Skircoat [1891].

Living with them (as servants) in 1891 were (James's?) widowed sisters Martha J. Holroyde [b 1843] and Olive Wheeldon [b 1849]

Rhodes, Rev James Armytage
[1785-1871] A wealthy man, property-owner and magistrate in Hebden Bridge

Rhodes, John
[1???-1???] Of Halifax. He issued tradesmen's tokens – possibly worth ¼d bearing the image of a lion rampant

Rhodes, John
[16??-1???] He was Constable of Northowram [1693]

Rhodes, John
[1759-1818] Son of Mr Rhodes.

Woollen merchant in Halifax. He went into partnership with his nephew Rawdon BriggsRhodes & Briggs.

Much of his time was spent on the Continent in the export side of the business.

He was a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1797].

He was a partner in the Halifax Commercial Banking Company Limited and Rawson's Bank.

He was a partner in Rawson, Rhodes & Briggs [1807].

He married Faith, daughter of Mr Rawdon.

He lived at Savile Green, Halifax [1803]

He extended Savile Green, building large rooms in the centre part of the houses and a kitchen at the back

There was a memorial medallion bust – by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey RA – to him in Northgate End Chapel

Rhodes, John
[18??-1???] Manufacturer of plain and fancy knitted hosiery with business at 13 Horton Street, Halifax. The business was established around 1870 and their products included cardigans, jackets, jerseys, children's clothes, skirts, shawls, capes, gaiters and stockings. They also supplied knitting machines and sewing machines

Rhodes's: John Rhodes & Company
Brewers with business at Albert Brewery, Halifax [1877]

Recorded in April 1878, when the partnership was dissolved

as regards W. Spiking

Rhodes, Joseph
[1???-17??] Of Skircoat. He had property at Ball Green, Soyland and Southowram Bank.

He married Sarah.

Children: (1) Elizabeth [1740-1810] who married William Holland; (2) Thomas; (3) William; (4) Joseph; (5) Sarah; (6) another daughter

Rhodes, Joseph
[17??-18??] Son of Joseph Rhodes. He was landlord of the Neptune Inn, Brookfoot.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) son; (2) daughter; (3) daughter; (4) daughter

Rhodes, Joseph
[17??-18??] Governor of the Ovenden Workhouse.

He married Betty [1751-1835].

He was dead by 1835

Rhodes, Joseph
[1756-1840] Of Bank Top, Southowram.

He married Susannah [1758-1843].

Children: Hannah [1789-1848].

Joseph died 17th November 1840 [aged 84]. Susannah died 6th January 1843 [aged 85].

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram

Rhodes, Joseph W.
[18??-19??] Station master at Hipperholme Station [1905]

Rhodes, Lewis
[1887-19??] MA, JP.

Son of Godfrey Rhodes.

Baptised July 1887.

He was educated at Oxford. He became a solicitor in Halifax. He qualified in June 1904 He was Chairman of William Asquith Limited [1949]; a partner in Godfrey Rhodes & Evans; a Director of the British Law Insurance Company Limited; notary public to Sowerby UDC and Southowram UDC.

In February 1909, he married Emily Louise Walton.

See Thomas Brown

Rhodes, Mr
[1???-1???] He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Dorothy [1754-1824] who married Rev John Ralph; (2) John

Rhodes, Mr
[1???-1???] He married Sarah, daughter of Edward Brooke.

Children: (1) Herbert; (2) Henry

Rhodes, Mr
[17??-18??] A builder and contractor in Halifax.

His work on Coley Church [1817] was his last contract before his death.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Samuel; (2) daughter; (3) daughter; (4) daughter.

Both parents died young, leaving the children in the care of their foster father and guardian, James Edward Norris

Rhodes, Rawling & Shaw Limited
Wholesale boot manufacturers and merchants. Recorded in 1880.

Their boot factory was at Albion Works, Square Road, Halifax [1925, 1936].

The brands includes

The Ivy
The Myrtle
The Carnation
The Tulip

Rhodes, Rawlings & Shaw
Boots factors in Halifax [1911]

Rhodes, Rev Samuel
[17??-18??] He was one of a number of students from Idle College who served at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland from its foundation in 1814. He became Minister in 1817. He lived beneath the Church. He supplemented his salary of £70 per annum by weaving. His wife – who had been a governess for Mr Holland at Slead Syke – kept a draper's shop. In 1827, he moved to Smallbridge

Rhodes, Samuel
[1810-1884] Son of Mr Rhodes.

Born in Halifax [9th September 1810].

Both his parents died young, leaving Samuel and his sisters in the care of their foster father and guardian, James Edward Norris.

He was Bailiff [1841]; High Bailiff, County of Yorkshire at Halifax [1851]; High Bailiff (The Local) County Court [1867, 1881].

He was strongly against anyone drinking water from lead pipes. Around 1855, he built The Dudwells, Halifax

in honour of the magnificent and never-failing spring of pure, bright, sparkling water in the wells close by

He was a benefactor of All Saints' Church, Dudwell, and carted over 400 cart loads of stone from his own quarry for the construction of the Church and School.

He married Amelia, daughter of Gamaliel Rothwell.

Newspaper accounts of Samuel and Amelia's wedding said that

Amelia was the daughter of G. Rothwell and a direct descendant of Lord Chancellor Hyde whose sister married King James II

Children: (1) Samuel [b 1832]; (2) Emma [b 1833]; (3) Sydney Rothwell; (4) Mary [b 1837]; (5) Selina [b 1839]; (6) Clara [1842-1889]; (7) Christopher Tate; (8) Julia Maria [b 1846] who married John William Strong; (9) Arthur [b 1847]; (10) Godfrey.

The family lived at Shaw Syke, Halifax [1841] and The Dudwells, Halifax [1851, 1874, 1881, 1884].

He died at The Dudwells, Halifax on 2nd February 1884 [aged 73].

He was buried at Elland Cemetery.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £1,512 19/-.

His will was proved by his executors: his daughter Clara, Rev William Brookes and George Aked Blackburn (grocer).

Daughter Clara died at her home West View, Hopwood Lane, Halifax [21st September 1889] (aged 47).

See Charles Ambler

Rhodes, Sydney Rothwell
[1835-1880] Son of Samuel Rhodes. Baptised October 1835.

He was a commission agent.

In 1858, he married Emma Louisa Tipton.

Children: Herbert.

He died in Halifax

Rhodes, Thomas
[18??-18??] In 1866, he established the business which – when he was joined by his sons – became Thomas Rhodes & Sons Limited.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) William; (2) James

Rhodes, Thomas George
[18??-19??] Pharmaceutical chemist.

In 1898, he married Norah Catherine, daughter of William Dyer, at Blackburn.

Children: a daughter.

The family lived at The Mount, Stansfield, Todmorden [1901]

Rhodes's: Thomas Rhodes & Sons Limited
Importers of and general dealers in sewing and knitting machines, pianos, organs, and complete house furnishers. The business was established in 1866 by Thomas Rhodes in Silver Street, Halifax.

In 18??, they moved to a building at the corner of Silver Street and Central Street, Halifax.

Later, they sold typewriters and bicycles.

They had a warehouse in Carlton Place, Halifax [1890]. They are also recorded at 4-6 Broad Street, Halifax [1895, 1900].

The company was registered in April 1895.

A 1900 advertisement for the business announced

Thomas Rhodes & Sons Limited

Best Firm in Town for Furniture, Upholstery, Sewing machines, Mail carts, Cycles, Musical Instruments, Polyphons, Gramophones, etc

18 Silver Street and 4 & 6 Broad Street, Halifax

Rhodes, Vernon
[1???-19??] Organist at Halifax Parish Church [1939-1941]

Rhodes, William
[1846-1???] Son of Thomas Rhodes.

Born in Halifax.

He was partner in Thomas Rhodes & Sons Limited; a sewing machine & musical instrument dealer & complete house furnisher [1891].

He married Henrietta [1859-1???].


Henrietta was born in Halifax
 

They lived at 24 Clifton Road, Skircoat [1891]

Rhoebottom, John
[1???-18??] Around 1835, he ran an infants' school in Halifax

See Elizabeth Elise

Rhuaka Remedies (1923) Limited
Makers of herbal and patent medicines.

They were at George Square [1936] and Northgate/Gaol Lane [1960s]

Ribbentrop, Joachim von
[1893-1946] German diplomat. He was Germany's foreign minister under the Nazi regime. He was Hitler's Ambassador to Britain.

He stayed at the Fleece, Elland when he was working as a travelling salesman selling wine and champagne for the Pommerey company.

See Dinner with Ribbentrop

Rice, Rev George Miller
[18??-1???] Pastor at Lineholme Baptist Church, Stansfield [1889]. He resigned in November 1897

Rice-Jones & Smiths
Legal firm at Albany Chambers, Halifax. Partners included John Edward Rice-Jones.

Aka Jones (Rice) & Smiths [1934].

See John Edward Smith

Rice-Jones, John Edwards

Richard le Nayler

Richard, Mr
[16??-1724] Curate at Elland [1723]

Richard son of Essolf de Tong
[11??-11??]

(Modern: Richard Tong)

Son of Essolf.

He was a Knight.

He held lands in Tong, Thornhill, Huddesworth, Hunsworth and Bierley.

He married Maude.

Children: (1) Richard; (2) (probably) Hugh; (3) Maude who married Stephen Hibernicas; (4) Roger; (5) Agnes who married Unknown Touke and had a son Henry.

His earliest appearance was as Richard son of Essolf, when he witnessed two related charters (undated, but before 1155) granting the vill of Kildwick to Embsay Priory.

Richard appears in the Pipe Rolls in 1165 as Richard de Tuenche (Tong), and in 1175 as Richard son of Essolf.

He is recorded as Richard son of Essolf de Tang, in an undated deed when he granted a villein to Kirkstall Abbey.

In 1194, there was a trial of the King's court, Westminster, between Richard de Tonge, Jordan son of Essolf and Richard his son concerning the manors of Thornhill, Huddesworth and Birle (Hunsworth and Bierley), which had been granted by Richard to his brother Jordan and were held by him by military tenure and a rent of 10s. Richard essoined himself de malo veniendi (the excuse of becoming ill en route).

Early researchers conclude that Richard inherited the Baildon lands from his brother John and gave part of these to his son Hugh.

Richard probably died shortly after 1194

Richard son of Jordan de Thornhill
[11??-12??]

(Modern: Richard Thornhill)

Son and heir of Jordan son of Essolf

He (possibly) married Alice.

Children: (1) John; (2) William; (3) (possibly) Eve who married Robert, son of Jordan de Lalanda

Richard only witnessed one charter during the lifetime of his father, that being the gift of his uncle – John son of Essolf – to Monk Bretton priory.

Shortly after his father's death, he witnessed an agreement between Thomas son of Matthew de Horbury and Roger son of Adam son of Peter, signing as Richard son of Jordan.

Richard's son John witnessed a number of charters starting in the period 1206-1218, indicating that Richard died not long after his father

Richard the Nailer
[12??-1???] In 1274, he paid 6d for a licence to mine coal in the graveship of Hipperholme for use in forging at his smithy.

Lister says that this is one of the earliest references to coal-mining in Yorkshire.

In 1307, Richard le Nayler paid 6d for a licence to dig for sea coal and to make nails

Richards, Alfred
[18??-19??] Partner in Sagar-Richards Limited

Richards, Daniel
[18??-19??] Partner in Sagar-Richards Limited

Richards, Joshua
[19??-] Lives at West Vale. Actor who has appeared in many TV, radio and film rôles. He is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company

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

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

Richardson & Duncan
Linen draper and silk mercers at Corn market, Halifax [1822]

Richardson & Spencer
Brush manufacturers at Halifax [1905]. Partners included Jabez Spencer

Richardson's: William Richardson & Son
Aka Richardson's Opticians. Optical, mathematical and philosophical instrument makers of Southowram established by William Richardson. Recorded in 1861 and 1874.

In 1905, they were listed as makers of gauges, barometers and pyrometers at Pressure Gauge Works, North Parade, Halifax and G. Hy Wadsworth was proprietor.

Subsequently, they were listed as opticians and W. Wadsworth was in charge of the optical business.

In 1906, they were at Steam Gauge Works, North Parade, Halifax.

In 1919, they were at 65 North Parade, Halifax, and the Principals were J. and Willie Wadsworth.

Wadsworth's Camera Exchange was at the same address

In 1934, they moved to Regent Street, Halifax

See George Henry Wadsworth, Mackereth Opticians, and Gutsell's

Richie, Dr James
[1???-176?] MD.

A Dissenting minister at Mixenden chapel. He practised medicine in the district. He wrote several tracts on aspects of religion, sacrifice and atonement

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

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

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Richmond House, West Vale
House at the bottom of Exchange Street – which was formerly [1905] known as Richmond Street

Richter, Dr Hans
[1843-1916] The Austrian conductor conducted the combined orchestras and choirs at the opening of the Victoria Hall

Richworth
A rare form of the surname Rishworth

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

Rickerby, Elizabeth
[1904-1978] Of The Bungalows, Ovenden Green.

The old lady was known as a recluse.

In May 1978, 2 boys aged 14 and 15, were accused of her murder after she had been found dead in her front room. Both boys pleaded guilty of burglary.

Each boy blamed the other for the attack on Mrs Rickerby.

The jury at Leeds Crown Court found the 15-year-old guilty of manslaughter

Rickman, John
[17??-18??] An English civil servant who suggested the first Census in 1801. He was in charge of the first 4 censuses

Riddeal
A variant of the surname Rideal

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Riddeall, Samuel
[1670-1743] In February 1694, he married Mary Bairstow at Halifax

Riddell
A variant of the surname Rideal

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Riddett, Rev Alfred Perry
[1845-19??] Born in Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Wesleyan Methodist Minister.

In 1897, he and Rev T. G. Brooks were Ministers at Bolton Brow Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Friendly Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Sowerby Bridge Wesleyan Mission Chapel, Ripponden Wesleyan Methodist Church, Sowerby Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Mill Bank Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Triangle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, and Booth Wood Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.

He was retired [1911].

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Miriam Elsie [b 1889]; (2) Phyllis May [b 1893] who was a student (Froebel) [1911].

The family lived at West Kensington, London [1911]

Riddiough
A variant of the surname Ridehalgh.

Riddle
A variant of the surname Rideal

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Riddle, Adam
[1802-18??] At the West Riding Sessions in October 1839, he and George Butcher were imprisoned for 3 months for obtaining meat by false pretences at Brighouse, with intent to cheat William Pollard

Riddlesden, Samuel
[16??-1722] He lived at Rookes Hall, Norwood Green.

On 6th February 1704, he married Diana Forness

Rideal
Other forms of the surname include Riddeal, Riddell and Riddle

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The name may also be connected to the surname Ridehalgh

Rideal & Duncan
Milliners at Halifax.

Partners included B. Rideal, A. Rideal, M. Duncan and L. Duncan.

The partnership was dissolved in 1817

Rideal, Nicholas
[17??-18??] Hatter in [1804]

Rideal, Titus
[17??-18??] Of Warley.

He and his sister, Mrs Elizabeth Worsley, were subscribers to the building of the Warley Congregational Manse

Ridehalgh
Other forms of the surname include Readyhough, Reddihough and Riddiough.

The name originates in Lancashire.

The name uses the Old English elements hreod [a reed] and halh, the whole meaning reedy hollow.

There are currently only around 5 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Ridehalgh. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The name may also be connected to the surname Rideal

Ridehalgh & Holt
Solicitors of Ripponden [1859, 1861]. Partners were John Ridehalgh and Parker Swinglehurst Holt.

See Lower Making Place, Soyland

Ridehalgh, James
[1767-18??] He was gentleman & landowner [1824-1834].

In 1801, he married Betty Folds in Colne, Lancashire.

Children: (1) Alice [b 1802]; (2) John; (3) Margaret; (4) Richard.

All the children were born in Little Marsden, Lancashire.

The family lived at Scholefield, Little Marsden, Lancashire [1824, 1841].

He was dead by 1851.

See Peter Wood

Ridehalgh, John
[18??-18??] Manufacturer of Mytholmroyd.

On 20th October 1831, he married Mary Ann Parker at Halifax Parish Church

Ridehalgh, John
[1804-1861] Son of James Ridehalgh.

In 1820, he was articled to William Wilcock for 5 years. Wilcock died in May 1823, and John was then articled to Michael Stocks for the remainder of the 5 years. Simpson Baines prepared both documents.

He was an attorney at law & solicitor [1841, 1851, 1861]; partner in Howarth & Ridehalgh at Howarth's practice in Ripponden; partner in Ridehalgh & Holt.

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

He never married.

He lived at (possibly) Upper Small Lees; Scholefield Hall, Marsden, Huddersfield; Brig Royd, Soyland [1841, 1851, 1861].

Living with him in 1851 was his sister Margaret.

He died at Brig Royd [29th March 1861].

He was buried at St Bartholomew's, Ripponden.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £25,000. Probate was granted to his brother Richard, and Parker Swinglehirst Holt.

He was succeeded at Howarth & Ridehalgh by Parker Swinglehurst Holt.

See Lower Making Place, Soyland

Ridehalgh, Margaret
[1805-1867] Daughter of James Ridehalgh.

She never married.

In 1851, she was living with brother John at Brig Royd, Soyland.

She died at Brig Royd [29 Sep 1867].

She was buried at St Bartholomew's, Ripponden.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at under £5,000. Probate was granted to her brother Richard

Ridehalgh, Richard
[1810-1895] Son of James Ridehalgh.

Born in Lancashire.

He became an attorney.

He never married.

He lived at North Parade, Halifax [1851] and Brigg Royd, Soyland [1861, 1895].

He owned Abbotroyd, Barkisland.

He died at Brigg Royd [29th March 1895]

He was buried at St Bartholomew's, Ripponden.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £253,703 2/4d. Using figures for average earnings, £253,703 2/4d in 1895 is roughly the equivalent of £22,900,000.00 today. Probate was granted to George Carr (gentleman) and John William Carr Ayre.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1895

Ridehough, John
[1803-1867] Of Brier Hey, Mytholmroyd.

He married Harriet [1810-1888]

Rider & Whiteley
Store established by Mr Rider and Fred Whiteley at Whiteley's Corner, Brighouse

Rider, Mr
[18??-19??] Partner in Rider & Whiteley

Rider, Thomas
[18??-19??] Son of William Rider.

Born in Horsforth.

He was a cotton piecer [1881]; a cotton twiner [1891]; a cotton twister [1911]; the first superintendent at Thornhill Briggs Methodist Sunday School [1897]; a teacher at the school [1923].

In [Q4] 1882, he married Rebecca Iredale in Halifax.


Rebecca was born in Stainland, the daughter of Simeon Iredale
 

Children: William [b 1885] who was a brass finisher's apprentice [1901], a brass finisher [1911].

He lived at Bradford Road, Brighouse [1891]; Cross Street, Brighouse.

Rider, William
[1835-1???] Born in Horsforth.

He was a cotton twiner [1881].

Around 1860, he married Lucy [1830-1???].


Lucy was born in Ripponden
 

Children: (1) Thomas; (2) Wilson Aspinall [b 1862] who was a cotton piecer [1881]; (3) Fred [b 1865] who was a cotton piecer [1881]; (4) Ellen [b 1864] who was a cotton piecer [1881].

The family lived at Bailiffe Bridge [1881]

Ridge
Area of Blake Dean

Ridge Cross
Mentioned in the Nomina Villarum [1865] as being a place in the Parish of Halifax, although its precise location is not indicated

Ridge Cross, Wadsworth
Originally a farm-house

Ridge Rough, Blake Dean
There are several cup-and-ring marks on slabs of rock nearby

Ridge, Thomas Foxcroft
[1860-1930] Born in Appleby, Westmorland.

He was Manager of the Halifax branch of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank Limited, Manager of Sowerby Bridge sub-branch [1897], and Manager of the Stainland branch.

In 1883, he married Esther, daughter of Francis Berry.

They lived at Stubbin, Sowerby Bridge [where the unmarried Thomas was a lodger 1881]; Bury, Lancashire [1891]; Agra House, Melksham, Wiltshire [1930].

He died at sea [10th April 1930]

Ridgefoot
Area of Todmorden

Ridgefoot House, Todmorden
Built around 1842 by Abraham Ormerod on land next to his Ridgefoot Mill.

Owners and tenants have included

The house was demolished in 1939. A supermarket stands on the site.

See Olympia Cinema

Ridgeway, Edward Akroyd
[1846-1???] Son of John Edward Ridgeway

Ridgway, Henry Akroyd
[1840-1878] JP.

Or Ridgeway.

Son John Edward Ridgeway.

He was brought into the family business. Until 1865, he managed Copley Factory School. He was a Councillor for Central Ward [1866]. He was appointed County Magistrate [1869]

In 1867, he married Mary Gertrude Huish at Belper.


Mary Gertrude was the daughter of Marcus Huish
 

The family lived at Bankfield, Halifax [1869]; Woodside, Halifax

Ridgway, John
[1843-18??] Or Ridgeway. Son of John Edward Ridgway

Ridgway, John Edward
[18??-18??] From Stoke-on-Trent.

On 20th August 1838, he married Mary, daughter of Jonathan Akroyd at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Henry Akroyd; (2) John; (3) Edward Akroyd

Riding
Mentioned in the Nomina Villarum [1865] as being a place in the Parish of Halifax, although its precise location is not indicated

Riding
Another form of the surname is Ridings

Riding Bridge, Luddenden
Aka Wade Bridge, Luddenden

Riding Hall

Riding Head, Luddenden
The Murgatroyd family are recorded here:

Riding, William
[1???-1533] Of Elland. On 24th June 1533, the Feast of St John the Baptist, he and Gilbert Hanson fought a duel in which both were fatally wounded

Ridings
A variant of the surname Riding

Ridings Farm, Ovenden Wood
Riding Lane. 17th century building

Ridings School Baths
Baths at The Ridings School.

The baths closed in 2002 because of rising costs

Ridley, Rev Thomas
[1807-1904] MA.

Born in the parish of St John Lee, Northumberland.

He was educated at Magdalen College Oxford [1829]; curate of East Bradenham [1833-1835]; curate of Gosforth [1835-1848]. before becoming Perpetual Curate at St Mary's Church, Sowerby [1848-1867].

He is recorded as Rev Mr Riddles in reports of the Trial of William Hellowell [1862].

He married Margaret [1807-1879], born in North Shields.

They had no children.

In 1901, the widowed Thomas was living with his nephew Robert Ridley at Acomb, Northumberland.

He died in Acomb

Ridley, Rev Thomas White
[18??-18??] Recorded on 21st July 1850, when he spoke at a fund-raising event for the Sunday School at Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel, North Parade

Ridout, Robert S.
[1???-19??] During World War II, he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Riedel, Edouard
[18??-18??] Teacher of languages at 12 Bond Street, Halifax [1874]

Rig-Ma-Down, Brighouse
Bradford Road.


Question: Does anyone know where this was?

 

A wall post-box is recorded here in 1866. It later moved to Lane Head.

See Brighouse Post Office

Rigby, Agnes
[18??-1916] Agnes from Blackburn, and Ethel Thompson from Blackpool – both workhouse nurses – were found drowned in the canal at Todmorden on Thursday 19th October 1916. It is believed that they missed their way in the darkness

Rigby, Rev John
[1???-18??] Roman Catholic priest.

He lived at Gibbet Street, Halifax [1845]

Rigby, Rev John
[1770-1846] From Bramley.

He was ordained Baptist pastor at Bramley [6th January 1796] before becoming Minister at Blackley Particular Baptist Church [May 1798-December 1839].

During his 41 years at Blackley, and the congregation increased. He was described as

an original character, with a string will, a good preacher and a capital organiser

On 30th May 1799, he married Mary Wright [1768-1823] in Adel.

Children: (1) Manasseh [1802-1825]; (2) John [b 1806] who died aged 6 months; (3) Martha [1807-1828]; (4) Thomas [1811-1871]; (5) Sarah [1811-1853].

Members of the family were buried at Blackley Baptist Graveyard

Rigby's: John Rigby & Sons
Wire manufacturers at Kirklees Iron Works, Brighouse [1874]

Rigby, Peter
[1804-1851] He was Surveyor of the Highways for Soyland [1835]; licensee of the New Inn, Soyland [1841]. He and his descendants ran the pub until around 1917.

In 1827, he married Betty Halstead [1804-1870] from Reedley Hollows, Burnley. Betty was the sister of Peggy Halstead, wife of Richard Taylor.

Children: (1) Mary [1825-1903] who married Henry Wood; (2) Thomas; (3) Sarah [b 1830]; (4) Jane [b 1832]; (5) Elizabeth [b 1833]; (6) Ann [b 1835]; (7) Peter [b 1838]; (8) Charles [b 1840]; (9) Ellen [b 1842]; (10) Margaret [b 1843].

After his death, his widow, Betty, took over at the New Inn [1851].

Their daughter, Mary and husband Henry Wood, took over at the pub [1853].

See Richard Taylor

Rigby, Rev R. H.
[18??-1???] From Aylsham, Norfolk. Minister at Brearley Baptist Church [1896]. During his ministry, 2 serious mill-fires in the area resulting in mill closures which caused people to move away to work. In 1899, he left the church and became a medical student in Leeds. He later practised at Pontefract

Rigby, Thomas
[1828-1867] Son of Peter Rigby of the New Inn, Soyland.

Born in Sowerby.

On 9th May 1846, Henry Standeven and Amos Thomas assaulted Thomas Rigby at Soyland and stole a waistcoat, a coat, a sovereign, some shillings in silver and other articles from him. Thomas Rigby and his father had been lying in wait in their barn about a mile from the New Inn, Soyland, suspecting that intruders had been stealing from the barn. About 2:00 am, two men came into the barn and a struggle ensued during which the robbery took place. The jury acquitted Standeven and Amos Thomas although they thought Standeven had broken into the barn.

In 1860, he married Jane Moore.

Children: (1) Martha [b 1860]; (2) Ellen [b 1862]; (3) Sarah [b 1864]; (4) Thomas [b 1867].

Thomas senior was buried at St Bartholomew's, Ripponden.

In 1870, Jane married Josiah Lancaster [1839-1???] from Stansfield

Rigg
[Surname]

There are currently only around 5 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rigg. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Rigg family of Halifax

Rigg, Donald
[19??-] He was Mayor of Todmorden [1970-1971]

Rigg's: Gordon Rigg (Nurseries) Limited
Calderbank Nurseries, Walsden.

Rigg, Mr
[18??-18??] He married Unknown.

Children: (1) William; (2) Ann [b 1839] who married Henry Crabtree; (3) James [b 1847] who was a bobbin turner [1871]

Rigg, Samuel
[1897-1918] Son of Mr & Mrs Samuel Rigg of Stannally Cottage, Harley Wood, Todmorden.

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

He died 3rd July 1918 (aged 21).

He was buried at Christ Church, Todmorden

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rigg, Samuel Taylor
[1???-18??] Mill owner at Sowerby Bridge.

In September 1858, he was charged with employing a lad, under age, after the legal time of night. The defence was that the boy – who had been found working in the mill at half-past nine at night – was employed under a slubber, George Illingworth, and he was responsible not the master of the mill. Illingworth was fined £3 plus costs

Rigg, William
[1834-1???] Son of Mr Rigg.

Born at Hearnshaw Hole, Yorkshire.

He was a labourer [1871]; an outdoor labourer [1881].

He lived at Portsmouth, Todmorden [1871].

Living with him in 1871 were brother James and sister Ann, her husband Henry Crabtree and family.

In 1881, William was living with sister Ann, her husband Henry Crabtree and family

Rigge, Abraham
[16??-16??] Son of Thomas Rigge.

He married Unknown.

Children: Thomas

Rigge, Christopher Taylor
[1808-1886] Gentleman of Halifax.

Son of Samuel Taylor Rigge.

He married Harriet [1811-1881].

Children: Samuel Taylor.

In 1887, his son dedicated a clerestory window at Halifax Parish Church in his memory.

Members of the family were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.

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

Rigge, Samuel Taylor
[1764-1832] FSA.

He married Mary [1769-1823].

Children: (1) Susanna [1800-1820]; (2) Joseph Pilling [1804-1831] who died at Kingston, Jamaica; (3) Christopher.

In 1887, he dedicated a clerestory window at Halifax Parish Church in his father's memory.

There is a memorial to members of the family in Halifax Parish Church

Rigge, Samuel Taylor
[1829-1889] Son of Christopher Taylor Rigge.

He was a Halifax Councillor [1861-1866, 1869]

Rigge, Thomas
[15??-16??] Son of William Rigge.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Thomas; (2) Abraham

Rigge, Thomas
[1616-1667] Son of Thomas Rigge.

Baptised at Heptonstall [13th October 1616].

He was a yeoman of Halifax; Constable of Halifax; Churchwarden at Halifax.

He married (1) Elizabeth [16??-1714], eldest daughter of Edward Wainhouse.

Children: (1) Thomas; (2) Thomas [bapt 1712-1745] of Savile Green; (3) Elizabeth [1714-1736].

He married (2) Unknown.

Children: (1) Thomas [1735-1773] who died at Southwark; (2) Joseph [1737-1775]; (3) John [1739-1741].

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church [20th March 1666/7].

The epitaph on his memorial is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Rigge, Thomas
[1654-1689] Son of Abraham Rigge.

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church.

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

Rigge, Thomas
[1686-1716] Son of Thomas Rigge. Baptised 20th February 1686-7.

He was Churchwarden of Halifax.

He died suddenly 1st April 1716.

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

Rigge, William
[15??-15??] Yeoman of Fallowroyd, Wadsworth.

He married Unknown.

Children: Thomas

Riggs's Garden Centre

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

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

Riley
Another form of the surname is Ryley

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

There are currently around 89 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Riley. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Riley & Company
Stone merchants established by Thomas H. Riley at Woodside Stone Sawing Works, Halifax [1905]

Riley & Horner
Manufacturing chymists recorded at Walterclough, Southowram. The partnership was dissolved in 1875

Riley's: B. Riley & Company
Recorded in 1896, when they were at Ringby Quarries

Riley's: Benjamin Riley & Sons
Quarry owners and stone merchants at Upper Pule Quarry, Wood Top Quarry, and Scout Quarry. Partners included Frank B. Riley Wilson Riley and Joe B. Riley

Riley Brothers
Tailors of Woolshops, Halifax. Originally J. Riley & Sons.

The name was changed to Riley Brothers in 19??

Riley Brothers (Halifax) Limited
Manufacturers of Riley's Toffees. Their Halifax factory was designed by Glendinning & Hanson

Riley's Charities
Aka Clifton Dole Fund

Riley's: E. & T. Riley
Dyers at Greetland.

Partners included E. Riley and T. Riley.

The partnership was dissolved in April 1863

Riley's: Ella Riley Limited
In 2010, Freya Sykes, granddaughter of Ella Riley who created the recipe for Riley's Toffee Rolls, acquired rights to the product from Kraft. The company established a factory at Holmfirth

Riley's: J. Riley & Sons
Tailor and clothier business established by Jubal Riley. By 1871, he had established a business at 35 Woolshops in Halifax.

At some time his four sons – Charles, Henry, Rowland, and Louis - joined the firm.

By 1898, the firm was established at 35 & 37 Woolshops, 3 North Bridge, Halifax, and 13 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge.

The business was dissolved on 1st February 1898. The official notice of the dissolution states

[the business] been dissolved by mutual consent as regards the said Charles Edwards Riley

Henry John, Rowland Ernest, and Louis Edgar continued the business together.

Subsequent censuses show that Charles worked as an employee elsewhere even though his three brothers continued in business together.

On 6th August 1915, the 3 brothers dissolved the business by mutual consent.

Rowland Ernest established Rowland E. Riley & Sons.

Jubal's grandsons Reginald Jubal and Henry Raymond, joined the business.

In 19??, the business became Riley Brothers.

The business was sold when the next generation decided on other professions

Riley's: John Riley & Son
Merchants in Halifax. John Riley was senior partner [1856]

Riley Link
A metal link which was used to join broken chains. Invented by the Riley family of G. S. Whiteley & Company

Riley's: Matthew Riley & Company
Woolstaplers at 49 Church Street, Halifax [1905]

Riley's: R. T. Riley & Company
Woollen manufacturers at Peel House Mill, Luddenden [1905]

Riley's: Riley Brothers & Hartley
Contractors at Todmorden. Recorded on 21st May 1912, when they commenced paving Burnley Road from Todmorden Town Hall to Gandy Bridge

Riley's: Rowland E. Riley & Sons
In 1915, J. Riley & Sons was dissolved.

With his sons Harold and Donald, Rowland Ernest Riley established business as clothiers and outfitters – Rowland E. Riley & Sons.

Harold joined the business after being discharged from Army, and may have been the Accountant of the firm.

They were at 73 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1922].

On 17 November 1922, the company filed a Debtor's Petition.

The Date of Release was 5th August 1924

Riley's: S. Riley & Sons
Brewers or bottlers in Halifax

Riley Street Working Men's Club, Todmorden
Recorded in 1917 at Lydgate when Thomas Newell was secretary

Riley's Toffees
Halifax confectionery manufacturer – Riley Brothers (Halifax)  Limited – founded in 1907 by brothers Fred Riley and John Herbert Riley.

The company was famous for its Toffee Rolls which came in many flavours: Original Creamy, Golden Cream, Chocolate, Fig, Date, Liquorice, Rum & Butter, and Mint & Butter.

The works were originally in the family home until the factory moved to the Kingston Toffee Mills in Hopwood Lane in 1911.

When J. H. Riley died in 1953, the company was bought by Nuttall's.

It was subsequently bought by the Guinness Group and then by Callard & Bowser, and in 1988 by United Biscuits / McVitie, then by Kraft.

See Ella Riley Limited

Rimer, Lindsey Jo
[1981-1994] On Monday, 7th November 1994, she disappeared after visiting the Spar Supermarket in Hebden Bridge around 10:00 pm.

On 12th April 1995, her body was found in the Rochdale Canal at Callis Mill. She had been strangled and the body was weighted down with a stone.

The murderer has not been found.

In 1998, a Halifax man, John Oswin, was convicted for the rape of 2 women and indecent assault of 2 girls. These had been committed on canal tow paths at night. He was questioned about Lindsey's death.

In August 2002, a man accused of murdering 16-year-old Leeds girl, Leanne Tiernan, was questioned about Lindsey's death

Rimondi, Charles
[17??-1861] Maker of watches, clocks and chronometers at 1 Union Street, Halifax [1837] and Waterhouse Street, Halifax [1850]

Rinder, Albert
[19??-] Elland teacher and historian. He was one of the founders of the Greater Elland Historical Society. He wrote

Ringby
Area in the Upper Shibden Valley including Swales Moor / Northowram / Queensbury

Ringby Hill
The hill is a landmark at Ringby. Ringby Quarries are here

Ringrose, M.
[18??-19??] Herbalist at 1 Pratt Street, North Parade, Halifax [1906]

Ringstone, Barkisland
Mesolithic and Bronze Age artefacts have been found near Ringstone reservoir there, and there is a circle of stones, and possible mounds and earthworks nearby. There are stories of stone circles being submerged beneath the reservoir. Watson describes a stone circle called Wolf-fold which he associated with Druidic practices. The circle is about 100 ft across and comprises an elliptical arrangement of stones. In 1905, five sets of cremated remains and an urn were reported to have been found within a small mound at the centre of the circle.

The cairnfield is on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.

See Meg Dike

Ringstone Edge Reservoir
Green Lane, Rishworth. Built for Wakefield City Council on the Ryburn at Ringstone in 1886 by Thomas Hawksley. It was completed in 1898.

It is 20-60 ft deep, covers 49 acres and has a capacity of 245 million gallons.

The cylindrical stone wheelhouse for the reservoir – and another on Saddleworth Road – are listed.

On 3rd March 1933, the bodies of Mrs Hilda Hartley [37] and her 3-year-old son, Leonard, were found in the reservoir.

See Booth Dean Bridge

Riordan, Mrs Linda
[1953-] Born in Halifax. Labour Councillor for the Ovenden Ward [1995-2006]. She worked as private secretary for Alice Mahon. She was elected Labour MP for Halifax [2005, 2010], succeeding Alice Mahon

Riots
There are several entries relating to rioting and unrest in the district.

See Bread Riots, Chartism, Luddites, Mankinholes Riots, Mixenden Riot and Plug Riots

Ripley, Alfred
[1852-1870] 6th son of Sir Henry William Ripley.

Against his mother's wishes, he joined the Navy. He was on the HMS Royal Oak, but transferred to HMS Captain.

He was on board HMS Captain, one of the Navy's most expensive ships, when it went down in a squall off Cape Finisterre about 2:00 am on 7th September 1870. Only 27 of the 500 officers and crew were saved.

There was a memorial in Lightcliffe Old Church which was moved to hang on the south wall of the nave in St Mary's Church, Bedstone, Shropshire

Ripley, Dan
[18??-1???] On 14th January 1851, he married Alice Grandage in Bradford.


Alice was the daughter of
William Grandage
 

Children: (1) Albert [b 1852]; (2) Henry G [b 1854]; (3) Alice [b 1855]; (4) Robert [b 1857]; (5) Edward [b 1858]; (6) William [b 1860]; (7) Edith [b 1863]; (8) John A [b 1867]; (9) Charles [b 1870]

Ripley, Edward
[17??-18??] Son of George Ripley. The family moved from Halifax to Bradford. Partner in Edward Ripley & Son, Bradford dyers.

He married Anne Murgatroyd.


Anne was the daughter of a cotton merchant
 

Children: Henry William.

In 1841, he and his son bought Holme House, Lightcliffe

Ripley, George
[17??-1834] He and his family moved from Halifax to Bradford. He went into business with William Walton In 1820, he established George Ripley & Son with a work-force of 20 men and boys.

He married Unknown. His wife helped with the business, collecting goods for dyeing.

Children: Edward

Ripley's: George Ripley & Son
Dyers established by George Ripley in 1820 with a work-force of 20 men and boys.

After George's death, the company became Edward Ripley & Son

Ripley, Sir Henry William
[1815-1882] MP, Bt.

Son of Edward Ripley.

Born in Bradford [23rd April 1813].

He was a dyer [1841, 1851]; a partner in Edward Ripley & Son, Bradford dyers; a magistrate [1861]; president of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce.

In 1841, he and his father bought Holme House, Lightcliffe.

In August 1864, Lord Palmerston stayed with Ripley at Holme House.

In 1870, he laid the foundation stone of Hipperholme Methodist Chapel. He gave the clock for Saint Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe.

He was active in the political and social life of Bradford. He built a convalescent hospital at Rawdon. Between 1866 and 1881, he built a model village, Ripleyville.

He was MP for Bradford [1868-1869, 1874-1880]. In 1880, he was created First Baronet Ripley of Rawdon.

On 28th December 1882, 46 people were killed when the chimney at his West Bowling Mill blew down.

He married Susan Milligan [1817-1???].


Susan was born in Crosshill and had been adopted by her uncle
 

Children: (1) Annie [b 1838]; (2) Edward [b 1840] who was at college [1861]; (3) Phoebe / Phoebe Elizabeth [1842-1873] who married Charles Compton Seton; (4) Mary [b 1844]; (5) George [b 1847]; (6) Frederic [b 1847]; (7) Henry [b 1849]; (8) Hugh; (9) Alfred; (10) Frank [1854-1863]; (11) William [b 1857].

The family lived at Bowling Lodge, Bowling, Bradford [1841]; Holme House, Lightcliffe [1851]; Montpelier Lawn, Cheltenham [1861]; Holme House, Lightcliffe [1871]; Bedstone Court, Shropshire.

Living with them in 1851 was Rev Edward G. Cecil.

In 1874, he moved to Rawdon and sold off his property at Lightcliffe and elsewhere.

In 1879, the family moved to Bedstone, Shropshire.

He died 9th November 1882.

See Punch Bowl, Bailiff Bridge, Ripley Street and West Yorkshire Railway Company

Ripley, Hugh
[1851-1???] JP.

Son of Sir Henry William Ripley.

Born at Holme House, Lightcliffe

He was educated at Cheltenham for the Army; Lieutenant in the 2nd West Yorkshire Yeoman Cavalry; Justice of the Peace for the West Riding; director of the BDA; director of the North-Eastern Steel Company.

In [Q4] 1881, he married Alice Louise Pease in Beverley.


Alice Louise was the daughter of J. R. Pease JP, of Westwood, Beverley
 

The family lived at Hob Green, Markington, Yorkshire [early 1900s]

Ripley's Ice Cream
Ice cream manufacturers at Half House Lane, Hove Edge. Recorded in the 1950s and 1960s

Ripleyville
Model village built to the south of Bradford by Henry William Ripley between 1866 and 1881. It accommodated about 1000 people.

Only a few of the work-force were able to buy their own houses, so Ripley refunded their money and the estate was managed by trustees.

The village has gone and the site has been built over

Rippon Brothers
William Edward Rippon and Joseph Rippon, of Huddersfield, bought Toothill Hall, Rastrick in March 1919, after the death of Clement Blackburn. They wanted Bradley Wood for shooting. They sold the house in October 1919

Ripponden
A race-horse owned by Henry Savile. It won several races in the late 19th century. The horse was the sire of Playfair, another winner of the Liverpool Grand National Steeplechase.

A newspaper of 1888 tells the story of an occasion on which

Baron Rothschild's mare Hannah met Ripponden at Ascot, Hannah just winning by a head. After the race, Savile had sent Ripponden home when Rothschild told him
"From what I saw, I think your horse will win the Royal Hunt Cup"

Savile pondered on this and ordered the horse to be brought back. The train on which Ripponden was due to travel was late and on the point of departure when Savile's messenger arrived and took the horse's box off the train. Ripponden arrived just in time to win the Royal Hunt Cup

Ripponden
District of Calderdale south of Sowerby Bridge.

See Population and Calder Registration District

Ripponden & Barkisland Railway Station
On 1st January 1892, Ripponden Railway Station was renamed Ripponden & Barkisland Station

Ripponden & District Motors
Aka Ripponden & District Motor Services. With the greater mechanical expertise which followed World War I, motor transport began to have the advantage over rail, canal and water transport in the 1920s.

Ripponden & District Motors was established by John Hirst in 1921. They were at Commercial Garage, Oldham Road, Ripponden.

They originally ran a number of single-decker buses between Rishworth and Halifax and Elland.

The business expanded into longer routes and haulage.

Their cream and navy blue vehicles were a familiar sight rushing around the district.

The business changed its name to Ripponden Carriers.

In 1999, a management buyout took control of the busines.

The business went into liquidation in 2005

See Besom Brush, Ripponden, John Hirst & Company, Holly Crescent, Ripponden and Hugh Weightman

Ripponden & District Spinning Company Limited
Established in 1861.

Built Ripponden Wood Mill.

The Company went into liquidation at the time of the Cotton Famine [1862]

Ripponden Brass Band
Formed in 1???.

In 2006, the band merged with Huddersfield Brass Band to form Huddersfield & Ripponden Brass

Ripponden bridge
Elland Road. This was the Elland Turnpike Bridge over the Ryburn. Built in 1772. It was widened and altered in the mid 19th century

Ripponden British Legion
On 1st October 1927, new headquarters were opened

Ripponden Business Park

Ripponden Carriers
Ripponden & District Motors provided bus and coach services in the area.

In 19??, the name was changed to Ripponden Carriers

Ripponden Cattle Market
This was held on the first Tuesday in April on the patch of land in front of the Golden Lion

Ripponden Central Hall
Built 1903. It housed Ripponden Liberal Club

Ripponden charity

Ripponden Commercial Company Limited
A co-operative of cotton spinners, doublers and warp makers set up in 1855. It was registered on 12th November 1856.

There were 170 shareholders – chiefly operatives – holding 300 shares at £10 per share.

Their mill at Ripponden was opened on 3rd January 1857.

They were at Dyson Lane Mill, Rishworth [1905].

In 1907,

were recorded as

having done so much for the Company. It was suggested that their portraits might be hung in the board room.

The Company is recorded as being in Voluntary Liquidation (members)  in February 1961. The Final Meeting return was registered on 1st October 1975.

See Benjamin Berry, Joseph Booth, Ely Bottomley, Samuel Bottomley, Tom Hallowell, Arthur Fielding Longbottom, Thomas Henry Longbottom, Samuel Moores, Levi Sykes and Thomas Wolstenholme

Ripponden Commercial Cotton Spinning Company Limited
Recorded in 1861

Ripponden Conservative Club
Halifax Road. Designed by C. F. L. Horsfall. Opened on 16th April 1900. Built at a cost of £3,500.

Officers at the Club have included

Ripponden constables
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Police Officers in Ripponden

Ripponden Co-operative Society Limited
On 10th November 1832, a meeting was held at the Holroyd Arms at which it was resolved to form a Co-operative Society to
provide wholesome food at wholesale prices and mutual protection against poverty

On 24th November 1832, 24 members paid their subscriptions of 1/- and the Society was formed.


This was 12 years before the Rochdale Pioneers opened their shop at Toad Lane, Rochdale, on 11th August 1844
 

The first premises were at 56 Oldham Road, Ripponden.

Subsequent stores were opened at

In June 2009, Ripponden Parish Council erected a blue plaque to commemorate the Society.

See Benjamin Berry, Whiteley Gee, James Holroyd and Joshua Howarth

Ripponden Cotton Spinning Company Limited
Recorded in 1874, when Samuel Bottomley was Manager

Ripponden District Cotton Spinning Company Limited
Recorded in 1861

Ripponden Female Society
Also known as the Old Women's Burial Club. A friendly society recorded 1818-1858.

They met at The Queen Hotel, Ripponden [1849]

Ripponden Gas Supplies
In 1844, Small Lees Mill, Ripponden was being lit by a gas plant at the Mill.

Gas street lighting began in Ripponden around 1882

Ripponden Liberal Club
Recorded in 1917, when Frederick Mason was secretary

See Central Hall, Ripponden

Ripponden Library
Brig Royd, Halifax Road, Ripponden.

A new Ripponden County Library opened in December 1964

Ripponden Old Bridge
Aka Waterloo Bridge. A single-arch bridge over the Ryburn at Ripponden.

There was probably a ford here before the first bridge was built.

A bridge is mentioned in 1313. A stone bridge is mentioned in 1533 when William Firth bequeathed 7/6d

for the building of a stone bridge

A new bridge was built around 1752 for the new turnpike road. It is about 6 ft wide and 30 ft above the river.

In 1802, there was a the Ripponden Packhorse Bridge Dispute over the ownership of the bridge.

Around 1885, a man fell over the parapet and drowned, after which iron rails were erected.

The stocks were here for a time until they were removed in 1887.

It was listed in October 1966.

It was restored and completely rebuilt in 1973.

See Cob Clough, Mill Fold, Old Bridge Inn and Saint Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden

Ripponden Overseers of the Poor
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Overseer of the Poor for Ripponden

Ripponden Packhorse Bridge Dispute
In 1802, there was a dispute over the ownership of Ripponden Old Bridge.

John Whitley claimed that Ralph Hirstwood, for whom Whitley was the executor, had paid £10 for the bridge, and Whitley and a group of men attempted to demolish the bridge.

Rev Robert Webster took up the matter on behalf of the residents of Ripponden, raised £10 by subscription and repaid the claimants, and the bridge was bought back and became public property

Ripponden Parish Community Centre
Old Bank. 18th century building erected by Richard Jackson. It had been bequeathed to the church

Ripponden Parish Council
The Parish council has 4 wards and 12 seats.

Ripponden Picturedrome
Recorded in 1917, when Thomas Sager was lessee and manager

Ripponden Police Station
Ripponden did not have a central police station, but had two police stations at the edges of the village: one on Halifax Road at Kebroyd, and the other at Gig Mill, on the Rochdale Road.

Around 1940, the West Riding Constabulary Police Station was in the White Swan, Ripponden

Ripponden Post Office
Oldham Road. In 1844, Joshua Rouse corresponded about the need for a Post Office in Ripponden.

Around 1845, Rachel Hoyle was postmistress at the Post Office which was established at the Golden Lion, Ripponden.

In 1861, Joshua Riley was the receiver.

In the 1860s, the post office was next to the Queen Hotel, Ripponden and Miss Bradley, the daughter of John Bradley, landlord of the hotel, was the first postmistress of Ripponden. The premises were later occupied by Thomas Whiteley.

The later post office is now 2 private houses.

The present post office is in Halifax Road

Ripponden Railway Station
Opened in 1878.

On 1st January 1892, it was renamed Ripponden & Barkisland Station.

Closed on 8th July 1929

See Motor Train, Ryburn Valley Branch Line and Station Road, Ripponden

Ripponden Reading Room
This was established over the stables in an extension built on to the Golden Lion, Ripponden

Ripponden rush-bearing
Rush-bearing ceremony which was revived on 24th August 1925 by the Rev E. H. Smith.

It was held on 24th August, and Saint Bartholomew's Church was decorated with rushes.

See Sowerby Bridge rush-bearing

Ripponden stocks
The stocks stood on Halifax Road near the junction with Elland Road, and opposite the Golden Lion.

They were moved to the end of the packhorse bridge by the Old Bridge Inn.

They were removed (and lost) in 1887

Ripponden Technical Institute
Started in 1891 in a classroom at Zion Congregational Church, Ripponden

Ripponden Toll House
Aka Ripponden Bar. Built in the 1770s on the corner of Halifax Road and Elland Road, this was a toll gate for the Rochdale to Halifax & Elland Turnpike.

In 1873, when the tolls were abolished, Mitchell & Son bought the property.

George Mitchell built shops on the site and rebuilt the original toll house (or a replica?) on top. It was popularly known as the Crystal Palace

Ripponden Urban District Council
Formed in 1937 by an amalgamation of Ripponden, Soyland, Barkisland, and Rishworth. The first council meeting was held on 8th April 1937.

See Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, Urban District Council and Rev Wilfrid Harold Waring

Ripponden War Memorial
The war memorial stands on the Oldham/Rochdale Road, Ripponden.

It features a statue of a soldier in World War I battle-dress, and records the names of 61 people who died in World War I, and the names of 18 people who died in World War 2.

It was erected about 1922.

There is a Roll of Honour in Zion Congregational Church, Ripponden to those who died in World War I

Ripponden Wood

Ripponden Working Men's Club & Institute
Recorded in 1917, when J. Riley was secretary

Ripponden Zion Congregational Mutual Improvement Society
Recorded in 1928 at Zion Congregational Church, Ripponden.

See Mutual Improvement Societies

Rishforth
A variant of the surname Rishworth

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

Rishworth
District of Calderdale south of Ripponden.

See Population, Parish statistics and Slitheroe Bridge, Rishworth

Rishworth
Other forms of the surname include Richworth, Rishforth, Rushfirth, Rushforth and Rushworth.

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

Elias de Rissewrth is recorded around 1200, Henry de Rissheworthe is recorded at , 1286 in 1275 and Robert de Risheword is recorded in 1324

The surname originated in Rishworth.

There are currently around 17 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rishworth. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Rishworth family
See Coley Hall, Robert de Rishworth, Rookes Hall, Norwood Green and Savile family

Rishworth, Agnes
[1476-1542] Born at Coley Hall. Daughter of John Rishworth.

She married John Waterhouse

Rishworth, Alexander
[15??-1???] JP.

Son of John Rishworth.

He married Grace Townley.


Grace was the daughter of Lawrence Townley
 

Children: John

Rishworth, Alexander
[15??-15??] JP.

Son of John Rishworth.

Of Heath, Wakefield.

He married Beatrice Tempest.


Beatrice was the daughter of Nicholas Tempest of Tong
 

Children: (1) Richard; (2) John; (3) Lawrence; (4) Cecilie.

He sold reversion of lands in Shelf and Great Horton to his brothers John and Robert, and he sold reversion in Coley Hall to Richard Sunderland [1578].

He died in, or before, 1591

Rishworth & Ryburn Valley Brass Band
Formed in 1???.

In 1906, the band gained 3rd place in the Junior Cup at the Crystal Palace, London.

Disbanded in 1???

Rishworth Board of Guardians
A part of the Halifax Poor Law Union.

Those who have served on the Board of Guardians for Rishworth township have included

  • William Mellor, Rishworth [nominated 1869]

  • Richard Hartley, Rishworth [nominated 1869]

Rishworth Board of Health
Established in 18??

Rishworth Branch Line
See Ryburn Valley branch line

Rishworth constables
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Police Officers in Rishworth

Rishworth Cricket Club

Rishworth-cum-Norland
Joint township which comprised Rishworth and Norland.

See Manor of Rishworth-cum-Norland

Rishworth-cum-Norland, Manor of
See Manor of Norland, Manor of Rishworth and Rishworth-cum-Norland

Rishworth Drain
Water course in Rishworth Moor

Rishworth, Elias de
[11??-12??] He married Eve.


Eve was the daughter of
John son of Essolf de Holdsworth
 

An undated deed from the late 12th century records


Gift by John son of Assolf [Essolf] de Holdsworth to Elias de Rishworth and his heirs by Eve, the grantor's daughter, of a moiety of all his land in the territory of Holdsworth (etc) paying 12d yearly for all service, saving the service of earl de Warenne. John would not alienate the remainder of his land from Elias or his heirs by Eve; if Elias had no heirs by Eve and survived, he should have for life the moiety of John's land given him originally, with reversion after his death to John or his heirs or assigns.

EYC8 no.148 citing MS Dodsworth viii, f.200 from original in St Mary's Tower, York

 

Rishworth Football Club

Rishworth Hall
Henry de Rishworth – or Risseworth – Lord of the Manor of Rishworth, is mentioned in the 13th century. On his death, the manor passed to his daughters, one of whom married into the Savile family. The owner, John Savile, was involved in the Elland Feud

Subsequent owners and tenants have included

The present hall dates from the 18th century.

See Rishworth Lodge

Rishworth Hall Wood
Much of the wooded area was lost when Ryburn Reservoir was constructed.

See Stansfield Hey, Ripponden

Rishworth, Henry
[1???-1???] Of Coley Hall.

He married Unknown.

Children: Margaret who married Thomas Savile

Rishworth, Henry de
[12??-13??] Of Rishworth.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) daughter; (2) Margery who married Sir John de Savile; (3) Margaret who married John Savile

Rishworth, Henry de
[12??-1307] Of Coley.

He married Unknown.

Children: Robert

Rishworth, Henry de
[13??-14??] Of Coley.

Son of Nicholas de Rishworth.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) John; (2) Henry

Rishworth, Henry de
[13??-1417] Merchant of Hipperholme.

Son of Robert de Rishworth

Rishworth, Henry de
[14??-14??] Son of Henry de Rishworth.

Around 1452, he married Elena.

Children: Nicholas

Rishworth, John
[1???-14??] Of Coley. Son of John de Rishworth.

He married Unknown, a daughter of John Lacy of Cromwellbottom.

Children: John.

He died before 1478

Rishworth, John
[1450-1533] Born in Northumberland. Son of John Rishworth.

In 1488, he settled lands in Horton, Manningham and Haworth on his son.

He married Lady Janet Keith [1449-1483] from Kincardineshire, Scotland.

Children: (1) Alexander; (2) Agnes

Rishworth, John
[1502-1575] Of Coley Hall. Son of Alexander Rishworth.

He leased Coley Hall from his grandfather, John, and came into full possession of the estate in 1537.

In 1529, he married Agnes Parker.


Agnes was the daughter of Thomas Parker of Foulridge near Colne
 

Children: (1) Alexander; (2) John of East Riddlesden Hall; (3) Robert of East Riddlesden Hall; (4) Thomas; (5) Joan who married (1) Bernard Hertiley and (2) [1554] Lawrence Whittaker; (6) Elizabeth who married John Gascoigne from Burnley; (7) Alice who married (1) Henry Bannister and (2) Bernard Parker; (8) Ann [1519-1564] who married Richard Sunderland; (9) Luce.

He spent most of his time at Stanroyde Ha11, near Colne, which he had acquired through his marriage.

His sons John and Robert lived at East Riddlesden Hall and sold it to James Murgatroyd in 1631

Rishworth, John
[16??-16??] Blacksmith of Northowram.

In 1649, he leased Chapel House Farm, Coley

at an annual rent of 8 guineas and 2 fat capons to be delivered at the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle

Rishworth, John de
[13??-14??] Of Coley.

He married Joyce Neville.


Joyce was the daughter of Sir Robert Neville of Liversedge
 

Children: John

Rishworth Lodge
Pike End Road, Rishworth. Late 19th century shooting lodge in Gothic style designed by W. H. Crossland for Henry Savile.

It stands in front of Rishworth Hall.

Owners and tenants have included

It became a restaurant known as The Minster [2010] and private apartments. It is just apartments [January 2012]

Rishworth, Manor of
The manor was held by the Earls of Warren. It subsequently passed to the Rishworth family, Sir John Ealand, and the Savile family.

Lord George Halifax Lumley-Savile auctioned off the title of Lord of the Manor in the 1990s.

In October 2010, the title and Brooklands Manor, Ripponden was for sale at a price of £695,000.

See Manor of Rishworth-cum-Norland

Rishworth Moor
Moorland above Rishworth. Neolithic arrow-heads, axes and other artefacts have been found here.

See Green Withens Reservoir, Moss Moor, Rishworth, Rishworth Drain and White Hill, Rishworth

Rishworth, Nicholas de
[13??-13??] Son of Robert de Rishworth.

He married Helen.

Children: Henry.

In 1371, Henry de Rishworth granted him a tenement called Norwode

Rishworth Overseers of the Poor
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Overseer of the Poor for Rishworth

Rishworth Palace
The name for Rishworth Mills when these had been converted to apartments

Rishworth Particular Baptist Mutual Improvement Society
Established in 1853 for members of Rishworth Particular Baptist Chapel

Rishworth pigs
A popular local name for the Motor Trains which ran on the Ryburn Valley branch line

Rishworth Prosecution Society
Prosecution society recorded in 1766.

See Barkisland, Soyland & Rishworth Prosecution Society

Rishworth Railway Station
Slitheroe Bridge, Rishworth. The Ryburn Valley branch line passed through the Scar Head Tunnel to reach the station. On 5th August 1878, the Rishworth branch line opened.

It reach Rishworth (Slitheroe Bridge) on 1st March 1881.

Plans were abandoned to extend the line to Littleborough by tunnelling beneath Blackstone Edge.

The station closed to passengers on 6th July 1929, but goods trains ran until March 1952 when Rishworth station closed.

In 1958, the line was closed. The rubble of the mound that was the platform is still visible amongst the overgrown vegetation.

See Motor Train and Rishworth Trestle Bridge

Rishworth, Robert de
[1290-1345] Son of Henry de Rishworth.

He married Christine, sister from Henry de Coldley from Coley.

Children: (1) Henry; (2) Nicholas

Rishworth School Baths
Aka the Fred Bentley Bath after Fred Bentley, the chairman of the school governors.

Opened in the Wheelwright's Mill building at Rishworth School in 1964.

The baths are still in use

Rishworth Subscription Band

Rishworth Surveyor of the Highways
Those who held the post of Surveyor of the Highways for Rishworth included:

Rishworth Toll House
Toll house for the Oldham turnpike at Slitheroe Bridge, Rishworth

Rishworth Trestle Bridge
A bridge across the Ryburn was built in 1880 to allow traffic from the local mills and factories to get to Rishworth Railway Station from the Oldham Road at Slitheroe Bridge.

In the photograph of Slitheroe Bridge, the Trestle Bridge would have been off the photograph, immediately to the right.

See Slitheroe Paper Mill

Rishworth Urban District Council
See Royal Hotel, Rishworth, Walshaws and Henry Whiteley

Rishworth War Memorial
The memorial to those men of Rishworth who lost their lives in World War I, was unveiled on 11th November 1923 by Colonel Sir George Ayscough Armytage. It stands in a small park at the junction of New Road, Rishworth and the Oldham Road

Risley, Thomas
[1???-18??] Manchester-based architect who worked on Castle Carr and Manor Heath Mansion

Ritchie, Arthur James
[1895-1916] Son of Alice Elizabeth Osborn and David William Leone Ritchie.

Born in Liverpool.

He was a pawnbroker's assistant [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with C Company Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch).

He died 14th November 1916 (aged 21).

He was buried at the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension [I F 17].

He is remembered on Norland War Memorial

Ritchie, David William Leone
[1859-1897] MD.

On 17th August 1891, he married Alice Elizabeth Osborn at St Jude's Church, Hunslet.

Children: Arthur James Ritchie.

The family lived at 2 Leathley Street, Hunslet [1897].

David William died in Hunslet [15th September 1897].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,623 19/5d.

Administration was granted to to his widow Alice Elizabeth.

After his death, Alice Elizabeth led a colourful life, and had further children and partners

Ritchie, Rev James
[17??-1763] Or Richie. MD. Minister at Moor End Congregational Church [1753-1763].

He died at Shaw Booth [15th October 1763].

He was buried at Moor End Congregational Church, Pellon

The Ritz, Brighouse
The Ritz Cinema was the first purpose-built cinema in Brighouse

The Ritz Cinema, Lee Mount
Formerly the Pioneer Cinema. It had a capacity of 633. Opened in 19??.

Closed after being destroyed by fire in February 1963

Rive Rocks, Todmorden
Todmorden Golf Club was established here. In 1906, a farmhouses dated 1764 was converted into the club house

River Cottage, Hebden Bridge
19th century cottages on the banks of Hebden Water.

It is now a gift shop [2008].

The Wavy Steps are nearby

River crossings: Calder
Bridges over the Calder have always been important. The major ones are

See Bridges

River crossings: Hebble
Bridges over the Hebble have always been important. The major ones are

See Bridges

River crossings: Ryburn
Bridges over the Ryburn have always been important. The major ones are

See Bridges

River Plate Fresh Meat Company
Butchers at Southgate, Elland [1905]

Riverdale, Lord
[19??-19??] He was a director of the Halifax Building Society [1953]

Rivers
See Aire, Calder, Hebble and Ryburn

Riverside House, Elland
The house for Riverside Mills, Elland. Albert Bailey and his family lived here [1911] when they rented the Mill. The house was demolished in 191? to expand the Mill

Riverside Recreational Park, Elland
On the banks of the Calder near Elland Bridge

R.M.H
On 9th September 1871, an otherwise anonymous benefactor with the initials R. M. H. sent donations to Halifax Infirmary and other institutions amounting to £1,100

Roades, James
[1???-1???] Constable at Todmorden & Walsden [1743]

Roadside
Area of Rishworth.

See Hopkinson School, Rishworth Baptist Church and Eli Whiteley

Rob Dene Farm, Shelf
Aka Middle Ox Heys Farm, Shelf

Rob Royd, Stainland
Beestonley Lane. Mid 18th century farm

Robbers' Cave, Shelf
Berry Bottoms. A small community near Manorley Lane. A house here is dated EB 1688 for Edward Brooksbank. In 1902, the houses were destroyed by fire

Robden, Mr
[18??-19??] A Todmorden jeweller.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Maggie [1???-1912]; (2) son.

On Christmas Day, 1912, Maggie kissed her brother under the mistletoe and ran away. Her brother playfully pointed a pistol at her, not knowing that it was loaded. He pulled the trigger and the bullet penetrated her skull, killing her

Roberson, Rev Hammond
[1757-1841] A native of Cawston, Norfolk.

Son of Henry Roberson.

On 22nd December 1787, he married Phoebe Ashworth [17??-18??] at Batley.

He was educated at Magdalene College Cambridge [1775]; Curate at Dewsbury.

He enjoyed breaking-in difficult horses, but opposed bull-baiting.

In 1779, he came to be curate to the Vicar of Dewsbury.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Sunday School movement.

He opened a private school for boys at Squirrel Hall, Liversedge [1783], which he transferred to Heald's Hall, Liversedge [1795]. This made him very wealthy.

He was Vicar at Hartshead [1795-1803].

In 1816, after the death of his wife, he built Christ Church, Liversedge Parish Church, at a personal cost of £7000. He was incumbent until 1841. This put him into financial difficulties.

When he was appointed Vicar of Liversedge, he had no money to build a vicarage and one was subsequently built by public subscription.

He laid down strict rules about the siting and lettering on graves in the churchyard. Any offending stones were uprooted and thrown out.

On 12th March 1812, he sent a letter to Joseph Radcliffe in which he wrote that he wished the Luddites would now attack as

I think we should give a good account of them

He interviewed Samuel Hartley and John Booth who were injured in the attack on William Cartwright's mill at Rawfolds.

There was a secret passage from the crypt of the church to nearby Healds Hall which might be used by him and his family if they were ever surrounded by angry Luddites.

He was a model for the character of Rev Matthewson Helstone in Charlotte Brontë's novel Shirley.

He was buried at Liversedge

Robert, Dr Crowther
[17??-18??] Surgeon in Elland [1811].

On 10th August 1811, he married Miss Lambert in Knaresborough


His wife was the only daughter of Mr Lambert, a common brewer of Knaresborough
 

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

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

Roberts & Hanson
Halifax worsted spinners.

Partners included David Roberts and William James Hanson.

The business was declared bankrupt on 10th December 1857

Roberts & Hirst Limited
Cote Hill, Halifax. Bobbin manufacturer founded in 1798 by the Hirst family.

In 1893, G. H. Roberts and John E. Hirst went into partnership.

In 1894, the Cote Hill works were bought from Mr Munday.

The limited company was formed in 1920.

The business – the last bobbin manufacturers in West Yorkshire – closed in 1981. In the 1980s/90s, the buildings were converted to private dwellings.

The business is described in the book entitled Bones of a Business

Roberts's: Samuel Roberts & Son
Elland carter, coal, coke and haulage business established in 1898

Roberts, Son & Hinchliffe
Solicitors in Brighouse. Partners included Charles Hinchliffe.

They were above Lloyds Bank in Baines Row / Huddersfield Road [1980s].

See George Furniss, Roberts & Company

Roberts's: Victor Roberts Limited
Manufacturers of uniforms.

They were at Hope Hall Mills, Halifax.

They were taken over by William L. Pawson & Son

Robertshaw
Other forms of the surname include Robertshay, Robinshaw and Robshaw.

Richard Robartshawe is recorded in 1441.

Originated in Robertshaw.

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

Robertshaw, A.
[18??-191?] Of Southowram.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on Southowram War Memorial

Robertshaw's: A. Robertshaw & Sons
Cotton spinners and manufacturers at Westfield Mills, Mytholmroyd [1905]

Robertshaw, Abraham
[1876-19??] Born in Heptonstall.

He was a cotton manufacturer [1911].

He (possibly) established Abraham Robertshaw & Sons.

In [Q3] 1906, he married Kathleen Sykes [1884-19??] from Stainland, in Halifax.

Children: (1) John Walker Sykes [b 1908]; (2) Geoffrey Sykes [b 1909]; (3) Kathleen Audrey Sykes [b 1910] who married [15th September 1936] Thomas Arnold Roberts from London.

He owned Stannery End, Sowerby [1914].

The family lived at Greenfield, Luddendenfoot [1911, 1930s]

Robertshaw's: Abraham Robertshaw & Sons
Cotton spinners and manufacturers at Mytholmroyd.

(Possibly) established by Abraham Robertshaw.

They were at Bridge Mill, Hebden Bridge, and moved to Calder Mill, Hebden Bridge [about 1888] where they did fustian weaving.

The partnership was dissolved in October 1899.

See Robertshaw Road, Hebden Bridge

Robertshaw & Company
Owned Co-op Mill, Hebden Bridge

Robertshaw, Rev C. B. A.
[19??-19??] BD.

Minister at Bethel United Methodist Church, Ovenden [1966], Nursery Lane Methodist Church, Ovenden [1966], Wheatley Methodist Church [1966], and Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Elland [1971]

Robertshaw, Sir Charles
[1874-1960] JP.

Second son of John Robertshaw.

He was educated at Southport; active in public work and was interested in sport and shooting; a member of Mytholmroyd Urban District Council; President of Hebden Bridge & Calder Valley Agricultural Society [for 27 years until he was 80]; President of the Royal Halifax Infirmary [for 3 years].

He was knighted in 1938.

On 19th June 1901, he married Alice Hoyle.

They had no children.

They lived at Fallingroyd, Hebden Bridge.

On his retirement from Mytholmroyd Urban District Council in 1921, he presented Mytholmroyd drinking fountain to the town.

To celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1951, the couple gave £1 to more than 900 pensioners aged 70 or over who were living in the Hebden Royd and Hepton districts.

He died the day after his 86th birthday

Robertshaw, Charles H.
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Robertshaw, Colin Sugden
[1865-1942] Son of Thomas Sugden Robertshaw.

Born in Ripponden/Soyland.

He was a mill wright [1881]; an engineer [1887]; an engine fitter [1891]; landlord of the Blue Ball, Norland [1901, 1905]; manager in an engineering works [1911].

In 1887, he married Ruth Ann Howe [1865-1927] in Halifax.


Ruth Ann was the daughter of Thomas Howe verger at Elland
 

Children: (1) Ethel [b 1888]; (2) Emma [b 1892]; (3) Eda [1900-1901]

The family lived at 66 Beech Road, Sowerby Bridge [1891]; 211 Rooley Lane, Bradford [1911].

In 1911, Ruth was a grocer and Emma assisted in the shop.

Colin died in Blackpool

Robertshaw: Crabtree: Sugden & Murgatroyd
Commission woolcombers at Halifax.

Partners included J. Robertshaw, J. Robertshaw, R. Crabtree, J. Sugden and B. Murgatroyd.

The partnership was dissolved in February 1856

Robertshaw, Crossland
[1833-1881] Or Crosland. Born in Southowram.

He was landlord of the Broad Oak, Hove Edge [1877]; landlord of the Malt Shovel, Brighouse until his death.

He married Mary [1836-19??] from Clifton.

Children: (1) Mary A. [b 1857]; (2) Annie [b 1863] who married Walter Dearnaly; (3) Joe [b 1871]; (4) Emily [b 1874] who was helping her widowed mother in the pub [1911]; (5) child.

After his death, Mary took over at the Malt Shovel [1882, 1897]

Robertshaw, Cyril
[1897-1917] Son of John Robertshaw.

He was a worker in blanket whipping for a blanket manufacturer [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 16th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment).

He was killed in action [26th August 1917].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial [6D & 7D] and (possibly) on a plaque on the family grave at St Michael's, Mytholmroyd

Robertshaw, Cyril Whitham
[18??-191?] 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


Question: Does anyone know whether he is the same man as Cyril Robertshaw?

 

Robertshaw, D. S.
[18??-19??] Halifax woodworker and cabinet maker. He trained with Richard Jessop.

In 1889, he established his own business as cabinet maker, upholsterer and art furnisher at 38 Bull Green, Halifax. He later moved to 11 Waterhouse Street, Halifax

Robertshaw's: F. S. Robertshaw & Son
Glass bottle makers at Sowerby Bridge [1910]

Robertshaw, George
[1???-1894] Landlord of the Engineers', Halifax [1894].

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1894

Robertshaw, George Wilfred
[1898-1915] Son of John Robertshaw.

Born 23rd July 1898.

He was a worker in blanket whipping for a blanket manufacturer [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 24th February 1915 (aged 16).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial [20], on a plaque on the family grave at St Michael's, Mytholmroyd, on a memorial in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd and in the book Royd Regeneration

Robertshaw, H. W.
[1870-19??] Dentist surgeon with practice at Clare House, Halifax [1911].

His unmarried sister Alice [1880-19??] lived with him [1911].

See T. Robertshaw

Robertshaw, Henry
[1???-18??] He ran a private school in Halifax [around 1835]

Robertshaw, Heptonstall
Property in Stone Slack.

Recorded in 1439, when John of Grenewodde held lands and tenements called Roberd Shaghe (Robert Shaw) and paid yearly rent of 17d.

It appears to have remained in Greenwood hands for about 300 years, and no person called Robertshaw is known to have owned it.

The name is derived from shaw and means the wood of Robert; Robert was a popular Norman name.

It is subsequently mentioned in accounts of the Heptonstall Surveyor of Highways [late 1700s].

A barn here was used for Baptist worship [between 1717-1772].

In the will of Henry Greenwood [1747], Robertshaw passes to William Greenwood who took out a mortgage [1766].

William's will [1790] leaves the property to Michael Heaton.

The property still exists as a farm called Robertshaw.

The surname Robertshaw originated here

Robertshaw, John
[1813-1???] Son of Mr Robertshaw.

He was a farmer at Lower Crimsworth) [1861]

Robertshaw, John
[1846-1920] JP.

Of Stansfield Hall, Luddendenfoot.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Edward; (2) Charles; (3) Lilian; (4) Frances E who married Mr Temple-Walter.

He was buried at Heptonstall Slack cemetery

Robertshaw, John
[1874-1959] Son of John Robertshaw, farmer.

Born in Liverpool.

He was a labourer of Lane Side, Sowerby [1895]; a self-employed egg & poultry dealer [1911]; a retired farmer [1933].

On 12th November 1895, he married Alice Robertshaw [1878-1933] at Halifax Parish Church.


Alice of
Elphaborough Hall was born in Mytholmroyd, the daughter of John Robertshaw, butcher
 

Children: (1) John Arthur [1896] who died aged 5 weeks; (2) Cyril; (3) George Wilfred; (4) Evelyn Ellen [1899-1962]; (5) Sarah [1901-1989]; (6) Rena [1903-1971]; (7) Grace [1904-1905]; (8) Norah [b 1906]; (9) Phyliss [b 1908]; (10) Marjorie / Margery [b 1910] who never married; (11) Kathleen who married James Thomas Helliwell.

The family lived at Hall Gate, Mytholmroyd [1896]; 1 Eton Terrace, Mytholmroyd [1911]; Broad Head End, Hollock Lee, Mytholmroyd [1915]; 6 Warley Wood Avenue, Luddendenfoot [1933]; 10 Richmond Terrace, Luddenden [1959].

Alice died 25th January 1933.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £3,074 6/4d.

Probate was granted to her husband John, daughters Margery & Kathleen Helliwell.

John died 23rd June 1959.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £599 6/-.

Administration was granted to daughter Kathleen Helliwell

Members of the family were buried at St Michael's, Mytholmroyd

Robertshaw, Joseph
[1???-194?] Of Todmorden.

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

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Robertshaw, Joseph
[1790-1840] He married Unknown.

Children: unknown.

The family lived at High Hirst, Wadsworth [1824, 1861]

Robertshaw, Joseph
[18??-18??] Earthenware manufacturer at Ainley Top [1874]

Robertshaw, Joseph
[1822-1???] Born in Halifax.

He lived at Luddenden [1836] and at Keighley [1853] where he worked for Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, of the Cunliffe-Lister family of Bradford.

From August 1855, he was editor of The Keighley Visitor.

He wrote several works including Sketches and Traditions of the Yorkshire Moorlands, Meditative Hours and other poems, [1850] which he dedicated to, Frank Crossley, and Yorkshire Tales and Legends [1862]

Robertshaw, Lilian
[1???-1943] Elder daughter of John Robertshaw. She never married. She died at Harrogate

Robertshaw, M.
[18??-191?] Of Southowram.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on Southowram War Memorial

Robertshaw, Mr
[17??-18??] He married Unknown.

Children: (1) William; (2) John

Robertshaw, Mrs
[1???-18??] She ran a private school in Halifax [around 1870]

Robertshaw, Patrick Edward
[1945-] Son of Edward Robertshaw, an Elland grocer.

He was educated at Hipperholme Grammar School and Southampton University, and was a pupil of Judge James Pickles. He is now [2009] a circuit judge based in Sheffield Crown Court.

In 2005, his book The Inglorious Twelfth questioned the guilt of Albert George Hall in the murder of Mary Hackett

Robertshaw, T.
[18??-19??] LDS.

Dental surgeon with practice at Clare House, Halifax [1905].

See H. W. Robertshaw

Robertshaw, Thomas
[18??-18??] Surgeon at Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1861]. He was Medical Officer for Sowerby East [1845]

Robertshaw's: Thomas Robertshaw & Sons
Worsted spinners at Ovenden [1874]

Robertshaw, Thomas Sugden
[1833-1???] Born in Skircoat.

He was a worsted spinner [1871]; manager in a worsted mill [1881]; an overlooker [1887].

In 1858, he married Emma Berry [1839-1???] from Soyland, in Halifax.

Children: (1) Love Sugden [b 1858]; (2) Friend Sugden [b 1860]; (3) Colin Sugden; (4) Harold [b 1868]; (5) Maude Sugden [b 1871]; (6) Alice Eugenia Sugden [b 1876].

The family lived at Scar Head, Norland [1871]; Corporation Street, Warley [1881]

Robertshaw, W. H.
[18??-19??] Organist at Saint Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [188?-1907]

Robertshaw, Wilbert
[19??-19??] He stood as an Independent candidate in the Sowerby Bridge UDC elections [North Ward] in May 1950

Robertshaw, Wilfred
[1887-1917] Born in Hebden Bridge.

He married Elizabeth

They lived at 4 Fern Villas, Charlestown Hill, Hebden Bridge [1917].

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

He was killed in action [26th October 1917] (aged 30).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [106-108] and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Robertshaw, William
[1811-1867] Son of Mr Robertshaw.

Born in Colne.

He was innkeeper of the Bay Horse, Todmorden [1851, 1861, 1867].

He married Mary [1804-1866] from Bacup.

Living with him in 1851 & 1861 was lodger James Barker [aged 18] (servant) from Todmorden, and in 1861, Jane Sagham [aged 18] (servant) from Heptonstall.

He died on 12th May 1867. Probate was granted to his brother John Robertshaw

Robertshaw, Rev William
[1813-1855] Baptised by Rev William Butler [1st January 1844].

Minister at Shore General Baptist Church, Todmorden [13th May 1845-1850].

He left to become minister at the General baptist Church, Burnley Lane, Lancashire.

He died in Burnley [26th February 1855]

after 6 weeks of great suffering

Robertshay
A variant of the surname Robertshaw

Robertson, Andrew
[1863-1927] MA, MB, CM.

Physician and surgeon. He was at 5 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1905].

In 1892, he married Margaret Emily Doxford [1866-19??] from Durham, at Sunderland.

He lived at 12 Park Road, Halifax [1911]

Robertson, Mrs Farquhar

Robertson, Ian Holdsworth
[1922-1943] Son of Florence Gwendoline Holdsworth and John McLennan Robertson. He was missing presumed killed on active service when pilot of Fairey Swordfish torpedo plane, on 26th June 1943

Robertson, Rev
[19??-19??] He was at Lezayre Parish Church, near Ramsey in the Isle of Man before becoming Vicar of St George's Church, Sowerby [1959-1960]. He stayed about 2 years and then returned to Lezayre Church

Robeson, Paul
[1898-1976] Internationally-known black American singer and actor. He performed at the Victoria Hall at a concert organised by the local YMCA on 19th March 1939. He was an ardent advocate of black rights, and his passport was withdrawn in 1950 after a highly public visit to Russia. His last years were spent in England

Robey, Joseph
[18??-191?] Son of Jane Elizabeth & Joseph Robey of Southowram.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 5th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

He died 15th November 1918 (aged 22).

He was buried at the Caudry British Cemetery [I D 13].

He is remembered on Southowram War Memorial

Robey, Thomas G.
[1???-18??] Recorded in 1857, when he was a Methodist minister in Halifax (South) 

Robin Close, Southowram
A part of the Shibden Hall estate. Samuel Freeman was a tenant here in the time of Anne Lister

Robin Cross Hall, Todmorden
Appears on old maps near Stump Cross

Robin Cross, Mere Clough
See Stump Cross, Mere Clough

Robin Hood's Bed, Blackstone Edge
A natural rocky outcrop

Robin Hood's Grave, Kirklees Park
Robin Hood is said to have died at the Gatehouse of Kirklees Nunnery around 1247, and to be buried on the Kirklees Estate.

See Sir John Armytage, Cat i' th' well, Luddenden Dean, Clifton mosaic and Nuns' Grave

Robin Hood's Penny Stone, Wainstalls
A large natural boulder around 6 ft in diameter.

It was described by Watson and has been said to be the site of a meeting place for Robin Hood.

Crabtree described a stone circle with a large boulder – the Penny Stone – in the centre.

This may have been a plague stone.

Stone Farm is possibly named for the stone

Robin Hood Rocks, Cragg Vale
Local beauty spot

Robin Hood's Scar, Southowram
A rocky outcrop at Elland Park Wood

Robin Wood, Todmorden

Robins, Rev S. J.
[18??-19??] Minister at Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1899-1905]

Robinshaw
A variant of the surname Robertshaw

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

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

Robinson
The surname is patronymic and means the son of Robin.

It is found, and probably originates, in many parts of Britain.

George Redmonds writes that John Robynson is recorded at Sowerby in 1456, James Robynson is recorded at Sowerby in 1545 and John Robinson is recorded at Ovenden in 1591.

There are currently around 103 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Robinson. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Robinson family of Brighouse

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

The Robinson family of Halifax & Stansfield

The Robinson family of Sowerby
James Robinson was an early member of the family.

The family is discussed in the book Yorkshire Pedigrees

Robinson's: Abraham Robinson & Sons
Recorded in 1861 and 1880 as cotton manufacturers of Bankfoot Mill, Hebden Bridge and Salem Mills, Heptonstall

Robinson & Cullen
Millwrights at Brighouse.

Partners included A. Robinson and T. Cullen.

The partnership was dissolved in October 1871

Robinson & Schofield
Joiners at Brighouse.

Partners included J. Robinson and J. Schofield.

The partnership was dissolved in June 1882

Robinson & Wade
Fancy and general drapers, milliners, dress and mantle makers established in 1883 at 2-4 Commercial Street, Halifax. Partners included Mr Robinson and Mr Wade

Robinson & Wade
Pottery partnership James Robinson and W. Wade at Small Clews Pottery, Bradshaw.

After James's death, his wife, Rachael, carried on as partner in Robinson & Wade

Robinson Brothers
Slaters and plasterers at Sowerby Bridge Mill [1905]

Robinson Brothers
Flock manufacturers and cask dealers at 18 Charles Street / The Square, Halifax [1905]

Robinson Brothers Cork Growers Limited
Cork cutters, processors and growers at Manchester, Halifax, & Portalegre in Portugal.

Established by brothers George, John and William Robinson.

See Huldine V. Beamish, W. Newton Dawson and Halifax & District Mineral Water Manufacturers Association Limited

Robinson's: Craven Robinson & Sons
Established by Craven Robinson. He established business as builder and contractor at Dyson Road, Halifax [1911]. They had works and a yard at Queens Road, Halifax

Robinson's: G. Robinson & Company
Spring mattress manufacturer at Walsden established by George Robinson.

In December 1893, the company was declared bankrupt

Robinson Holme, Hebden Bridge
Open land where circuses and other entertainments were held

Robinson's: J. G. Robinson
Stone quarrying company. They were at Elland [1800] and Ainley Mine, Elland [1896] – when W. Robinson was Manager

Robinson's: James Robinson & Company
Pottery established by James Robinson at Small Clews Pottery

Robinson's: Jesse Robinson & Son Limited
Worsted manufacturers established by Jesse Robinson at Royal Mills, Halifax and Blackwood Mill, Halifax.

The business continued until 196?.

See John Robinson and John Edward Robinson

Robinson, Laxton & Company
Brighouse textile printers established by the family of William Robinson and Frederick Laxton.

In 1874, they were listed as stuff and woollen manufacturers at Clifton Vale, Brighouse.

When the Robinsons left the partnership, Laxton was joined by Mr Southworth.

In 1887, the business became Frederick Laxton & Company

Robinwood
Area of Todmorden

Robinwood Brewers & Vintners
Independent brewery at the Staff Of Life, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

See Robinwood Brewery, Todmorden

Robinwood House, Todmorden

Robinwood Viaduct, Todmorden
See Catholes Stone and Robinwood Mill, Todmorden

Robotham, Arthur S.
[18??-1???] Landlord of the Royal Hotel, Brighouse [1894, 1896].

In June 1896, he was fined £1 plus 10/6d costs for

allowing intoxicating liquor to be consumed on his licensed premises during prohibited hours on 2nd June 1896

after PC Brook found machinemaker Fred Craven and silk spinner Arthur Wood inside the Royal with glasses before them. Craven and Wood were each fined £1 plus 8/6d costs for begin on licensed premises during prohibited hours

Robottom, William
[1???-18??]

Recorded in 1822, when he was a blacksmith at Cripplegate, Halifax

Robshaw
A variant of the surname Robertshaw

Robson & Byrne
Wire manufacturers at Brighouse.

Partners included T. Robson, H. Byrne and S. H. Byrne.

The partnership was dissolved in April 1874

Robson & Suter
Halifax solicitors. Recorded in 1873, when they were solicitors in the case of Walshaw vs Walshaw

Robson, Byrne & Goodall
Tow manufacturers at Brighouse.

Partners included T. Robson, H. Byrne and A. Goodall.

The partnership was dissolved in July 1862

Robson, Harrison
[1809-1881] Of Huddersfield. He became a Halifax attorney. Recorded in 1850 at George Street, Halifax and in 1858, when Roberts & Hanson were declared bankrupt

Robson, Thomas
[18??-18??] He lived at Heath Hall, Halifax [1874]

Robson, W.
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1894-1901]

Robson, William
[18??-18??] Produced a commercial directory of the district [1840]

The Rochdale Canal
The waterway opened in 1804 and linked Manchester and Liverpool with the east.

See Bridges on the Rochdale Canal, Blackstone Edge reservoir, Locks on the Rochdale Canal, Luddendenfoot aqueduct, Manchester & Leeds Railway and White Holme Reservoir

Rochdale Canal Company
Formed in 17?? to construct the Rochdale Canal.

On 8th February 1923, the Company's reservoirs and water rights were sold to Oldham and Rochdale Corporations for £400,000

Rochdale Crippled Children's Home, Todmorden
Haugh Lane. Recorded in 1905

Rochdale Gate, Mankinholes
The causey to Hebden Bridge

Rochdale Road Halt
On the Stainland Branch Line. The branch line between Halifax and Stainland and the Halt closed on 23rd September 1929

Rochdale Road Post Office
A sub-post office was recorded in 1936

Rochette, André Prosper
[1813-1???] Born in France.

He was a partner in Faucon, Rochette & Company [1861].

He married Hortense [1815-1???].

Children: Edmund [b 1840] who was born in France.

The family lived at Bonegate, Brighouse [1851].

Living with the family was their nephew, Hyppolite Pecuchet [1830-1???], who was a bookkeeper with a soap maker [1851]

Rock Dene, Hebden Bridge
Number 1 Oakville Road, Charlestown. Built around 1840. It is now 2 dwellings: Rock Dene and Calderside House

Rock Hollow Park, Ogden
In 1911, it was suggested that a disused quarry on the north side of Ogden reservoir should be converted into a park. The park was opened on 23rd March 1911, and the Mayoress named it Rock Hollow Park.

A World War I presentation tank – Tank Number 208 – given to the town recognition of their contribution to War Bonds and the war effort, was displayed here.

See Tank Week

Rock Springs House, Todmorden
Built by John Bulcock next door to his Rock Springs Brewery

Rockcliffe, Halifax
Birdcage Lane. It was built around 1871 by Henry Alexander Norris who lived there until around 1884.

Subsequent owners and tenants have included

When Sir George Fisher-Smith moved there in 1913, he renamed the house The Gleddings after his old home which stood next door

Rockcliffe, Sowerby Bridge
Haugh End Lane. House built for Edwin Meadowcroft in 1914.

The property remained in possession of the Meadowcroft family until the 1980s

Rockhurst House, Halifax
Albert Promenade. The house was demolished in the 1960s and a block of flats – Eastwood Court – was built on the site

Rocking Pig Rock
A rocking stone at Widdop

Rocking Stone, Rishworth
Watson says that
At this place, is a group of stones, laid, seemingly, one above another, to the height of several yards, and called the Rocking stone. Tradition says, that it once would rock, but that quality is lost. The form of it is not very unlike the Wring Cheese in Cornwall, described by Borlase, and perhaps might serve for the same purposes as that

Watson concluded that a nearby well was associated with Druidic practices. In his History, an illustration by W. Williams shows the stone with a fanciful figure of a mistletoe-waving druid.

See Booth Dean Spring, Rishworth and Rockingstones Interchange

Rocking Stone, Warley Moor
A natural outcrop and group of stones at an altitude of 1350 ft above sea-level

Rockingham, Marquis of

Rockingstones Interchange
Junction 22 on the M62 is known as the Rockingstones Interchange. The Rocking Stone, Rishworth is nearby

The Rocks, Halifax
Recreational area of Halifax around Albert Promenade

Rockville, Halifax
Owners and tenants have included

Rockville, Halifax
Savile Park Road.

The 2 houses Woodville and Rockville are now a children's nursery

Rockville, Hebden Bridge
Owners and tenants have included

Rockville, Stainland
Owners and tenants have included

Rodd, Lucy
[1855-1???] Born in Rockford, Illinois.

Her parents, Mary Ann [née Clement, 1810-1884] and Joseph Rodd [1807-1896], had emigrated from England to Canada [1853] and then to Rockford.

Beginning in May 1870, she and her parents travelled from America to England, and Lucy recorded the journey in a handwritten journal.

In August 1870, the family visited Halifax and stayed with John Baume and William Baume. The Rodd and Baume families were related by the marriage of Rev James Baume to Lucy's sister, Elizabeth

Roddy, Rev C.
[19??-19??] Priest at Saint Alban's Catholic Church, Halifax [1966]

Rode, Adam del
[13??-14??] Aka Adam Roides.

Only son of John del Rode.

He was the Grave of Sowerby in 1431 and 1443.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Elias; (2) William; (3) John.

In 1444, he surrendered the land called Le Brigg, Soyland, for the use of his 3 sons

Rode, John del
[12??-13??] Around 1330, he owned land at Soyland called Le Brigge.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) John; (2) Richard.

In 1339, the property was granted to his son, John

Rode, John Del
[13??-1393] Son of John del Rode.

He married Cicilie.

Children: Adam.

In 1339, he was granted his father's property at Soyland

Rode, John del
[14??-146?] Youngest son of Adam del Rode.

In 1456, when his older brothers had died, John succeeded to Le Brigg and other land in Soyland.

He married Isabella.

Children: (1) William of Le Brigge; (2) Adam who was Constable [1472]; (3) John; (4) Robert

Rodes, Alan del
[12??-1???] On 22nd November 1274, he was charged with taking a stag in the Forest of Sowerbyshire. He gave half a mark to have respite until the Steward of Earl Warren should visit Sowerbyshire.

On a later occasion, he and Philip le Waleys were charged at Rastrick with taking a stag and a kid. They were found Not Guilty by the jury, and were acquitted and considered

to be in all things good and true men towards the Earl of Warren

See Royds

Rodes, Richard del
[13??-1???] Son of John del Rode of Soyland.

On the death of his brother John in 1393, he acquired land at Soyland

Rodgers
[Surname]

See Patronymic Surnames

Rodmer Clough, Colden
Farm and small community in the upper Colden Valley.

There is a pottery here [2009]

Rodridge Farm, Shibden
Shibden Hall Road. Recorded in 1930

Rodwell Clough, Stansfield
See Clough Hole Mill, Todmorden

Rodwell End Farm, Todmorden
Baulk Head Lane A mid 17th century barn is listed

Rodwell End House, Stansfield
A yeoman's house, farm buildings and a group of workers' cottages. The barn has a cockloft

See Rodwell End Meeting House, Stansfield

Rodwell End, Stansfield
The hamlet was a thriving community in the 19th century – with a manor house, Rodwell End Chapel, farms and cottages.

The hamlet was abandoned until it was repopulated in the 1970s. The Ecological Building Society gave mortgages to people who wanted to restore the buildings

Roe, G. C. F.
[18??-19??] LRCP, LM, DPH, DPM.

Chief Medical Officer for Halifax [1929]

Roe, Leonard
[15??-1???] He was curate at Todmorden [1592]

Roebuck, Ernest
[1876-19??] Born in Rastrick.

He was a delver in a stone quarry [1911].

Around 1908, he married Mary [1878-19??] from Brighouse.

Children: (1) Edith [b 1910].

The family lived at 71 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1911].

Living with them in 1911 were boarders Arthur Ellis [aged 27] (silk dresser), Harry Ellis [aged 20] (hairdresser)  and Ada## Ellis [aged 18] (silk doubler) 

Roebuck, Luke
[17??-18??] Of Sheffield. He was the first Pastor at Rishworth Particular Baptist Chapel [January 1807]. He resigned in 1812

Roebuck, Miss Mary E.
[1853-19??] Born in Warrington, Lancashire.

She was the niece of Mary Ann Cusworth and was a music teacher at Cusworth's Ladies' School in Halifax [1881].

She ran Savile College at Halifax [1881]

She ran the Ladies' College, Halifax [January 1898]

Roebuck, Wilson
[1867-1922] Born in Holmfirth.

He was a cotton twiner [1891].

On 22nd February 1891, he married Martha Hollas in Halifax.


Martha was the daughter of
George Hollas
 

They had no children.

The couple died in Stockport

Roebucks, Warley
Danny Lane. Hall-and-cross-wing, hearth-passage house.

Around 1633, the house was rebuilt by John Murgatroyd. The house is dated 1633 ETG for Edmund and Grace Tattershall.

Owners and tenants have included

Hartley & John Murgatroyd were born here and lived here.

The Foldout describes the feud between Samuel Wade and Michael Foxcroft.

The name is a reminder of mediæval hunting in the area.

This is discussed in Halifax Antiquarian Society Transactions and Our Home & Country.

See Feuds and John Oldfield

Roger son of Adam son of Peter
[11??-1???] Aka Roger de Birkin

Roger son of Warin de Stansfeld
[11??-11??]

(Modern: Roger Stansfeld)

Son of Warin son of Orm

He married Amabella.


Amabella was the daughter of John son of Essolf de Holdsworth
 

Children: Not proven, but evidence strongly indicates (1) John; (2) Peter; (3) Elias.

See Stansfeld

Rogers, Archdeacon R. P.
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1901-1905]

Rogers, Rev Charles
[1793-1863] Born in Leicester.

He was Curate at Halifax and Vicar of Sowerby Bridge [from 1829 until his death].

He ran a private boarding school.

He was one of the trustees of the Sowerby Bridge National School, and he and his wife were involved in the running of the school.

He was interviewed during Crabtree's Tour of Calder Dale of 1832, and when asked to sign a petition supporting the Ten Hours Bill ...

... as he considered it a very foolish measure, and uncalled for; the evidence had been exaggerated, and as he was acquainted with the system, and he had the means of knowing a great deal, he was satisfied that it was quite pleasant and easy for those engaged in it, and as to their manners and morals, he was sure they surpassed the agricultural districts, taking their district in all.

He added

I have an opportunity of being personally acquainted with, for instance, Mr Sutcliffe, Mr Wainhouse, Mr Greenup and Mr Parsons, whose benevolence cannot be surpassed, as to the labourers, they are all of them very comfortable and well fed

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

On 1st February 1820, he married Cecilia Cawood [1797-1875] at Wakefield.

Children: (1) Cecilia [1822-1902] who married Thomas Pollit; (2) Mary Isabella [1824-1900] who never married; (3) Elizabeth [1826-1879] who married Rev Langford Lovell Watts; (4) Isabella [1828-1851].

The family lived at Old Haugh End; The Bache, Warley.

Members of the family were buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Rogers, Cyril
[1???-194?] Of Todmorden.

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

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rogers, Denis
[1878-1815] Son of Margaret and Michael Rogers of 90 Anne Street, Burnley.

Born in Burnley.

He was a general labourer (with a picker manufacturer) [1911].

He lived at 12 Garibaldi Street, Walsden [1911].

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

He was killed in action at Gallipoli [7th August 1915] (aged 37).

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

Rogers, Eric
[1921-1981] Professional name of musician and composer Eric Gaukroger.

Born in Halifax [25th September 1921].

He learnt to play the church organ at the age of 13.

During World War II, he played the piano in return for free beer. After the war, he set up his own orchestra and played in the Orchid Room at London's Trocadero.

As he became well-known, he began to write incidental music for films. He wrote the music for 22 Carry On films. The first was Carry On Cabby [1963], and the last was Carry On Emmannuelle [1978]. He refused to write the music for Carry on England.

In the 1950s, he wrote the theme for the popular TV programme Sunday Night at the Palladium.

In the 1960s, he transcribed the music for Lionel Bart's Oliver!, because Bart himself was unable to read or write music.

He died 8th April 1981

Rogers, Ernest
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

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

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rogers, Frances
[1796-1854] Daughter of Henry Rogers. Born in Walsden.

She was victualler at the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland [1839, 1841, 1851].

Living with her at the pub in 1841 were Thomas Rogers [aged 20] (stone mason), Frances Rogers, John Wilson [aged 50] (stone mason), John Fallowlove [aged 30] (coal miner)  and William Sutcliffe [aged 55] (labourer).

Living with her at the pub in 1851 were niece Frances Rogers (servant) and her son James Rogers [aged 6], Robert Newall [aged 10] (grandson?), lodger Abraham Kershaw [aged 51] (stone quarry man) and visitor Robert Kershaw [aged 54] (stone quarry man).

Fanny was popular in the area. Fanny Hill was named for her

Rogers, Frances
[1826-1895] Daughter of labourer Henry Rogers.

In 1841, she was living as a servant with her aunt Frances Rogers at the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland.

In 1851, she was again living as a servant with her aunt at the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland – this time with her son James Rogers [aged 6].

In 1855, she married William Dawson at Walsden Parish Church.

After William's death, Frances took over at the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland [1871, 1881].

Around 1893, she married a Mr Greenwood.

She was buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Rogers, Henry
[17??-18??] He was landlord of the Bird-i-th-Hand, Todmorden [1825].

He married Nancy Crossley.

Children: (1) Frances; (2) William; (3) son; (4) son; (5) son; (6) son

Rogers's: J. & B. K. Rogers
Printers of Lord Street, Halifax. Between 1807 and 1811, they produced the Halifax Journal

Rogers, Rev John
[19??-19??] Minister at Warley Congregational Church [1950s] He was the last incumbent at Warley

Rogers, Rev M.
[19??-19??] Minister at Harrison Road Chapel, Carlton Street. In 1961, he moved to Sunderland

Rogers, Thomas
[18??-19??] Or Rodgers.

Born in Wales.

He married Elizabeth Anwyl [1835-1915] from Wales, in Manchester.


Elizabeth came from Wales
 

Children: Elizabeth Anwyl [1860-1925] who married John Midgley

Rogers, Rev W. J.
[18??-19??] In 1905, he was recorded as being Minister at Lanebottom Wesleyan Methodist Church, Walsden and Wesleyan Chapel, Todmorden

Rogers, William
[1798-1879] Son of Henry Rogers.

Born at Steanor Bottom.

He was landlord of the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland [1828]; a worker in a print works [1837].

He married Mary.

Children:

Rogerson, Rev George
[18??-19??] MA.

He was educated at Worcester College Oxford before becoming Deacon at Brighouse [1892]

Rogerson, Mr
[18??-18??] A currier. On 24th March 1840, his shop in Jail Lane was completely destroyed by fire

Rogerson, Roger Flather
[18??-19??] Brighouse architect who designed United Methodist Free Church, Clifton [1875], Park Methodist Chapel, Brighouse [1876], Brighouse Fields Co-Op, Rastrick [1886], (possibly) Sion Branch Congregational Sunday School, Bank Top [1888], the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse [1906], and Lands House, Rastrick.

See Rogerson Square, Brighouse

Rohrer, George William
[1898-1917] Son of Leopold Herman Rohrer.

Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment).

He died 5th May 1917.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial [10C, 10D, 11A], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rohrer, Leopold H.
[1861-1928] He was a buyer and watchmaker with Todmorden Co-operative Society [for 14 years] before setting up in business on his own at 14 Wellington Road, Todmorden [1900]

Rohrer, Leopold Herman
[1862-1928] Born in Karlsruhe, Germany.

He was a watch maker (own account) [1901].

On 16th January 1888, he married Sarah Mary Stansfield [1858-1940] at St Thomas's Church, Heptonstall.


Sarah Mary was born in Todmorden
 

Children: (1) Leopold Sidney [1888-1940] who was a watch maker's apprentice [1901]; (2) Margaretta Louisa Caroline [1890-1912]; (3) Herman Albert [1892-1892]; (4) George William.

The family lived at 14 Wellington Road, Todmorden [1901]

Leopold Herman died at home [19th October 1928].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,026 12/3d.

Probate was granted to his widow Sarah Mary

Roils Head Reservoir
Opened in 1884. It has a capacity of 6,013,000 gallons. In 1956, it was covered and re-lined. The water-tower is a landmark

See David & John Brook

Rokeby, John
[15??-15??] In 1540, he leased the property at the dissolved Kirklees Priory, Brighouse – including a water mill – for a period of 21 years

Rokeby, William
[14??-1521] Also Rookeby. Son of John Rokeby. Born in Kirk Sandal.

Educated at Rotherham and Oxford.

He was vicar of Kirk Sandal [1487-1502] before becoming Vicar of Halifax [1502].

During this time, he was also Bishop of Meath [1507], Archbishop of Dublin [1512], and Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

In 1516, he officiated at the baptism of Mary Tudor.

In 1519, when he was Archbishop of Dublin, he called a synod which passed a series of ordinances, including the enforcement of payment of tithes, the discontinuation of the use of tin chalices and the forbidding of the playing of football by the clergy.

He died 29th November 1521.

At his own request, his heart was buried beneath the choir at Halifax Parish Church, his bowels were to be buried in Dublin, and his body in the Rokeby chapel at Kirk Sandal. A chapel was to be built over each.

In his will, he requested that Rokeby Chapel be built at Halifax Parish Church.

There was a memorial to him in Halifax Parish Church. The epitaph on the memorial is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Rokis, Henry de
[12??-1???] He married Unknown.

Children: Richard

Rokis, John de
[1???-13??] (Possibly) son of Richard de Rokis.


Question: There are several historical references to John de Rokis which may or may not refer to this John. Please email me if anyone can identify any errors or confusion

 

In 1333, John de Rokis drew blood from John de Eland's wife and was fined 12d.

In 1334, he was charged with drawing blood from Richard de Thorp and was fined 2/-

In 1338, Geoffrey de Shelf had a brawl with John de Rokis and John has the blood of Geoffrey in exchange, for which they were each fined 12d.

John de Rokis was a representative for Hiperome to the Court at Brighouse [1364].

There was a feud between Rookes and Denes when John de Rokis drew blood from Adam del Dene of Shelf who made a hue and cry and Margota del Dene also raised a hue and cry, each being fined 4d [1368].

In 1370, William de Broke, broke into the house of John del Rokes at Hiprom and took a coverlet and some silver goods, his body was taken and imprisoned. At that time John del Rokes was Constable for Hipperholme and there is reference to him and his successor, also called John, as Jurors and Constables up to 1428

Rokis, Jordan de
[12??-12??] Recorded at Rookes Hall in 1275.

See Rookes

Rokis, Richard de
[12??-13??] Son of Henry de Rokis.

In 1314, Richard de Rooks paid 4/1d to the Lord of the Manor.

In 1332 Ric Rokis surrendered 16 acres in Hyprom to his son John.

Richard de Rokis served on the Jury [1341 to 1349].

He lived at Rookes Hall, Norwood Green [1311].

See Richard de Rookes

Rokis, Thomas de
[12??-13??] He served on the Jury at Court in Rastrick [1311].

In 1314, Thomas de Rookes paid 3/6d to the Lord of the Manor

Roll of Honour

Roller-skating

Rollinson, Miss Annie
[18??-1???] Of Hunslet. In 1873, she volunteered to become Minister at Christ's Chapel, Elland. She served for only a few Sundays

Rolls, Rev John William
[18??-18??] He studied at Cotton Academy and served at Kirby Moorside before becoming first permanent Minister at Union Croft Chapel, Ambler Thorn [1855-1859].

In 1860, he moved to Roxton, Bedfordshire and then to Croydon.

His wife were buried at Union Croft Chapel, Ambler Thorn

Rolls-Royce cars
Henry Edmunds of Halifax is known as the Godfather of Rolls-Royce because he was instrumental in introducing the Hon Charles Stewart Rolls to Frederick Henry Royce

Roman altar
The Foldout gives more information about the Roman Altar found at Thick Hollins

Roman Calderdale
There are several Roman remains in and around the district

Roman Road
See Blackstone Edge Roman Road, Ogden Moor Roman Road and Roman Calderdale

Romany
The pen-name of Rev George Bramwell Evens – naturalist, writer, and broadcaster

Romney Studio, Brighouse
Photographers at 49 Bradford Road [1922]

Roms Hill, Pecket Well
A 4 ft tall standing stone at Halfpenny Hole Clough.

Ogden suggests that the name implies a link with the Romans and the Roman Occupation of Britain

Rooke
Other forms of the surname include Rooke, Rookes and Rooks

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

Rooke, Richard
[17??-18??] Carpet manufacturer at Gaol Lane, Halifax [1822]

The Rookeries, Brighouse
87 / 89 Bradford Road.

Owners and tenants have included

The Rookery, Ovenden
See Watkinson Hall, Ovenden

The Rookery, Salterhebble
12 Rookery Lane. 17th century house

Rookery View, Wheatley
A small group of 4 houses and outbuildings which stood off Hebble Lane. Demolished in 19??

Rookes
A variant of the surname Rooke.

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

Jordan de Rookes is recorded in 1187, Jordan de Rokis in 1275, Richard de Rokes in 1313, John del Rokes in 1362 and John de Rokes in 1502.

There are currently around 10 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rookes. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

See Rookes Hall, Norwood Green

The Rookes family
Member of the family included: Henry de Rokis, John de Rokis, Jordan de Rokis, Richard de Rokis, Thomas de Rokis, Richard de Rookes [1272], Jordan de Rokis [1275], John Rookes [1487], and William Rookes [1546].

The last of the line was Edward Rookes Leedes [d 1785].

They lived at Rookes Hall, Norwood Green, Royds Hall, Low Moor, and Upper and Lower Norcliffe, Southowram.

See Eastfield Chapel, Lightcliffe, Upper Rookes, Norwood Green and John Waterhouse

Rookes, Alice
[1???-1???] Daughter of Unknown of Rookes, Norwood Green.

She married John Waterhouse

Rookes, Edward
[17??-1785] He was the last of the Rookes family of Royds Hall, Low Moor.

He was a magistrate, a wealthy businessman with interests in coal-mining, an active promoter of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the branch from Shipley to Bradford, and an active supporter of the local turnpikes.

He did much to develop the local commerce.

He was Lord of the Manor of Wibsey.

In 1740, he married (1) Mary Leedes.


Mary the was the daughter of Robert Leedes or Leeds, of North Milford, near Tadcaster
 

He took his wife's surname, becoming Edward Rookes Leedes.

Children: (1) Mary [b 1742]; (2) Jane; (3) Elizabeth [d 1763]; (4) Anne.

He married (2) Henrietta Hardcastle [17??-1803].


Henrietta was the daughter of Sandford Hardcastle of Wakefield
 

In 1770, he extended Royds Hall.

He was described as extravagant and a bon vivant and loved dogs and horses. He owned a string of racehorses and was fond of gambling.

He ran into debt with his gambling. By the time of his first marriage in 1740, he had debts of £10,000. By 1780, his debts amounted to about £60,000. Using figures for average earnings, £60,000 in 1780 is roughly the equivalent of £77,300,000.00 today.

He sold off many of his assets to pay his creditors.

He was unaware of the mineral wealth which lay beneath his lands and property.

He left Royds Hall at the beginning of August 1785 and he went to Tadcaster, driven by his favourite coachman, Matthias Bywater. On the way he attempted to commit suicide, on account of his financial difficulties, and

he inflicted upon himself the most terrible wounds that man ever heard of

He was taken to North Milford where he died on 13th August 1785.

The Royds Hall estate was then bought for the mineral rights by a group who subsequently established the Low Moor Company.

See Judy Woods and Wood Colliery

Rookes Hall, Norwood Green
Aka Lower Rookes, Nether Rookes.

House dated 1638.

See Upper Rookes, Norwood Green

Rookes, John
[1???-1???] Of Rookes Hall, Norwood Green.

A member of The Rookes family.

Recorded in 1487 in the Court Rolls

Rookes, John
[16??-1713] Of Royds Hall, Low Moor

Rookes, Jordan de
[11??-12??] Son of Peter de Priestley. Recorded at Rookes Hall in 1187. In 1187, he gave 2 parcels of land at Hipperholme to the Knights of St John of Jerusalem at Coley.

See Rookes

Rookes, Richard
[14??-15??] Owned Royds Hall, Low Moor.

He gave adjacent land to Lightcliffe Chapel. He also gave an annual sum of 13/4d from the rent of the land for the maintenance of the priest at the Chapel

Rookes, Richard de
[12??-12??] He lived at Rookes Hall, Norwood Green [1272]

See Richard de Rokis

Rookes Viaduct
Aka Bottom Hall Viaduct

Rookes, William
[1???-16??] A clothier at Hipperholme.

In 1637, cases were brought before the West Riding Quarter Sessions which involved Rookes, and Jeremy Brigg and his wife, Martha.

On 20th August 1637, Rookes assaulted Martha

so that her life was despaired of

He was fined 20/-

Later, Jeremy and Martha pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting Rookes on 10th September 1637. The jury found that neither was guilty

Rookes, William
[15??-15??] Of Royds Hall, Low Moor. Around 1546, he leased property at Revey, Bradford to Bishop Robert Ferrar. He subsequently built Revey Hall for Ferrar

Rookes, William
[15??-1651] Of Royds Hall, Low Moor.

He married Jane, daughter of John Thornhill.

He built a house known as Paper Hall in Bradford

Rooks
A variant of the surname Rooke

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

Rooks Mount, Hipperholme
or Norwood Green.

Owners and tenants have included

Roomfield
Area of Todmorden. In 1384, this was recorded as Romesgrene, meaning the land of Ruma [a proper name]

Roomfield House, Todmorden
Owners and tenants have included

Root, Henry
[1590-1669] Or Roote. He was educated at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Magdalen College Cambridge. He travelled widely when he was young.

In 1632, he was minister at Gorton, Lancashire.

He married (1) Unknown [d 1637].

He was the first to establish a Congregational church in the parish of Sowerby. In 1645, he moved to Yorkshire and established a Congregational group at Sowerby chapel – possibly the first such group in Yorkshire. This group joined in communion with the church of Rev Oliver Heywood and met at Heywood's house in Northowram.

Members of his church included Captain John Hodgson, Joshua Horton, Francis Priestley, Josiah Stansfeld and Robert Tillotson.

In 1646, he published a defence of religious Independency entitled

A Just Apologie for the Church at Duckinfield

After the departure of Dr Richard Marsh in 1643, he was a preacher at Halifax Parish Church. He left in 1645 to become Curate at Sowerby [1645, 1662].

In 1663, he was ejected. He was

forcibly taken out of his own house, and 3 bailiffs broke the door of the room where he was sitting and hurried him away in a manner unsuitable to his age and weakness.

He was imprisoned for 3 months in York Castle.

He married (2) Unknown.

Children: Timothy.

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby [29th October 1669].

See Rev Paul Bairstow

Root, Timothy
[1635-1688] Also Roote.

Son of Henry Root. He was educated by Thomas Preston and at St John's College Cambridge [1653]. He was Curate at Sowerby Bridge [1661] and was ejected in 1663. He joined Independent groups in Halifax and at Cross Stone.

In 1670, he was dragged from the pulpit at Shadwell Chapel, Leeds – by a group comprising Lord Savile, Mr Copley, Mr Hammond, a number of bailiffs and 24 of Lord Freschvile's troopers – taken to York, kept close prisoner, put into the low gaol with twelve thieves, and had double irons on him four days and nights. He was twice a prisoner, and the whole of his confinement was near twelve months

He married Unknown, a daughter of Robert Binns of Slaithwaite.

His daughter married John Hopkinson.

He died at Howden [24th June 1688] of dropsy along with a wasting away, being some time not able to preach

Roper
[Surname]

There are currently around 13 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Roper. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Roper & Edmunds
Halifax ironmongers. Partners included Henry Edmunds

Roper, Frank
[1926-] Brighouse man who has spent much time tending Bailiff Bridge War Memorial, Firth's War Memorial, Brighouse War Memorial, and Rastrick War Memorial and ensuring that they provide an accurate record of those who served and who died in action

Roper, Frederick
[1828-1901] He married Unknown.

Children: a daughter [18??-1901]

The family lived at 38 Clifton Road, Halifax.

He died 26th January 1901

Roper, Harold
[1898-1969] Son of Joe Edward Roper.

Born 1st January 1898.

Baptised – along with his 2 brothers Willie & Lewis – at St James's Church, Halifax [5th August 1903].

He was an RAF cadet [1918]; landlord of the New Inn, Halifax [1936].

He died [Q1] 1969 (aged 71) 

Roper, Joe Edward
[1868-1912] Son of William Roper.

Born in Halifax.

He was a barman [1896]; an innkeeper – (probably) the New Inn, Lee Bridge [1899]; landlord of the New Inn, Lee Bridge [1903, 1905].

On 4th June 1896, he married Mary Emily Sutcliffe [1871-1918] at St James's Church, Halifax.


Mary Emily was the daughter of James Sutcliffe, storekeeper
 

Children: (1) Harold; (2) Willie [1900-1921]; (3) Lewis [1903]; (4) Albert [1905]; (5) twins Jack [1908]; (6) Tom [1908-1909] who died aged 8 months.

Joe Edward died 8th October 1912 (aged 44).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £366 4/11d.

Probate was granted to his widow Mary Emily.

Mary Emily died 27th December 1918 (aged 47).

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £1,135 17/9d.

Probate was granted to son Harold.

Members of the family were buried at Illingworth Church: Tom [5th April 1909]; Joe Edward [12th October 1912]; Mary Emily [30th December 1918]; Willie [23rd May 1921]

Roper, John
[1???-14??] Of Hipperholme. Recorded in 1437, when he and John Stancefeld opened up the soil in Shelf Moor and dug up peat turves for fuel where they had no rights of common

Roper, John
[13??-14??] In 1401, he occupied the Shibden Mill.

He was Constable of Northowram

Roper, John
[13??-14??] He was Constable of Northowram [1407].

Roper Lane, Queensbury is named for him

Roper, John
[1802-1876] Son of shearmaker Luke Roper.

Born in Halifax.

He was a labourer [1825]; landlord of the Angel, Halifax [1837, 1841, 1845]; a butter factor [1851]; a butter dealer [1861]; a former butter factor [1871].

In 1825 he married Kezia Wilson [1806-1857] of Halifax, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Mary [b 1826] who was a filler in carpet print works [1851]; (2) Harriot [b 1827] who was a dress maker [1851]; (3) Luke [b 1829] who was a clog & patten maker [1851]; (4) Rebecca [b 1831] who was a stuff piece stitcher [1851]; (5) Ann [b 1833] who was a warp setter in carpet works [1851]; (6) Emma [b 1837] who was a rugback weaver (power) [1851]; (7) Mariah J [b 1839] who was a carpet picker [1851]; (8) Sarah [b 1841]; (9) John [b 1843] who was a clogger & patten maker [1861]; (10) Ellen [b 1845]; (11) Armytage [b 1847].

The family lived at Lee Bridge, Halifax [1841]; 5 Mount Pleasant, Halifax [1851]; 10 Lee Bridge, Halifax [1861, 1871].

Living with John and son John in 1861 was grandson William Roper [aged 3]

Roper, Luke
[1781-18??] He was a shearmaker [1802, 1809]; a butter & bacon factor [1841].

He married Mary [1781-18??]. Mary was widowed and a grocer [1851].

Children: (1) John; (2) Thomas [b 1805]; (3) Sarah [b 1807] who married Francis Butler; (4) Luke [b 1809] who was a butter & bacon factor [1841], a labourer [1851]; (5) Mary [b 1826]; (6) Lucey [b 1821].

The family lived at Lee Bridge, Halifax [1841]; 23 Lee Bridge, Halifax [1851]

Living with them in 1841 were Joseph Roper [aged 6], granddaughter Mary Ann Butler [aged 4], and labourer William Wilkinson [aged 15].

Living with them in 1851 were visitors Rebeka Hodgson [aged 13] Sarah Jane Hodgson [aged 6] both from Wakefield

Roper, Mr
[18??-1???] Around 1882, he married Elizabeth [1861-19??] from X.

Children: (1) Lily [b 1882] who was a teacher [1911]; (2) Cunliffe [b 1884] who was a hotel bookkeeper [1911]; (3) Ernest [b 1889] who was a hosier's assistant [1911].

After his death, Elizabeth was hotel proprietor the Old Cock, Halifax [1911]

Roper, Thomas
[18??-1???] In 1867, he married Fanny, daughter of David Maude in Halifax.

Children: (1) Mary [1868-1904]; (2) child who died in infancy; (3) child who died in infancy.

Fanny and her children were buried at Butts Green Baptist Chapel, Warley

Roper, Thomas
[18??-1???] He was a beer retailer at 11 Lee Bridge, Halifax [1880]

Roper, Thomas
[1855-1900] Partner in Midgley & Roper

Roper vs George Greenwood & Sons
Margaret Roper [aged 22] was employed making cardboard boxes for George Greenwood & Sons.

In October 1899, she was ordered to make some wooden boxes of unusual size and weight. As she was lifting one of the boxes she hurt her back and fell down in a faint. In hospital, it was found that she was suffering from a prolapsed uterus and she sued for compensation.

At the hearing, it was revealed that she suffered from medical conditions which gave her a predisposition to such a complaint, so the incident was not an accident and compensation was refused.

She appealed, but in November 1900, the appeal was dismissed with costs

Roper, William
[1832-1???] Son of Thomas Roper, butcher.

He was a dyer.

He married (1) Unknown.

On 27th November 1859, he married (2) Mabeth Balmforth [1835-1899] at Halifax Parish Church.


Mabeth of Ovenden, was the daughter of Samuel Balmforth, postman
 

Children: Joe Edward.

William died before 1896.

Mabeth died 18th June 1899.

Mabeth of the New Inn, Lee Bridge were buried at Illingworth Church [22nd June 1899] (aged 63) 

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £674 14/-.

Probate was granted to her son Joe Edward and Thomas Rawnsley (fish dealer) 

Roscoe & Cockcroft
Underclothing manufacturers at Albion Works, Halifax [1905].

Partners included George Thomas Roscoe and William Innes Cockcroft.

Cockcroft retired from the business and the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent [17th February 1912]. Roscoe carried on the business under the same name at Globe Works, Halifax

Roscoe, George Thomas
[1879-1970] Of Halifax.

Born in Brown Edge, Leek, Staffordshire [17th November 1879].

He was a partner in Roscoe & Cockcroft [1905].

The partnership was dissolved [17th February 1912], and Roscoe carried on the business under the same name at Globe Works, Halifax

In [Q2] 1905, he married Edith Foster [1878-1968] in Halifax.

Children: (1) Kathleen [b 1906]; (2) Barbara [b 1908]; (3) Winifred [b 1910]; (4) Elizabeth / Betty [1915-2010] who married Colonel Freddy Crossley; (5) Joan [b 1917] who married Richard W. Asquith; (6) Brenda [b 1919].

George Thomas died in Halifax

Rose, Alfred
[18??-1???] Partner in Rose & Company

Rose & Bradley
Fat merchants at Barker Royd, Southowram [1930s]

Rose & Company
Photographers at the Paris Photographic Studio, Bull Green, Halifax. Partners were Alfred Rose and Alfred Cook

Rose & Crown Cocoa & Coffee Tavern, Brighouse
Temperance house opened in Brighouse in June 1878.

Recorded in May 1881, when the Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Society held a meeting here.

See Cocoa houses, Brighouse Cocoa House Company Limited, Brighouse Cycling Club and Brighouse Elocution Society

Rose, Charles E.
[1858-19??] Halifax clockmaker and jeweller.

He was manager at the jewellery business which had been established by George Davis and continued by James William Davis after George's death.

A 1900 advertisement for the business announced

Charles E. Rose
Goldsmith

Rose will Watch & Guard you
Under the Greenwich Time Clock at 20 Crown Street, Halifax

Rose Cottage, Hipperholme
House next to the Hare & Hounds, Hipperholme.

Built around 1837.

Rose Cottage, Hove Edge
Aka Catherine Slack Cottage. Built around 1837.

In 1996, there were reports of hauntings and poltergeist activity at the house

Rose Cottage, Midgley
45 Towngate, Midgley. Late 18th century

Rose Cottage, Priestley Green
A former name for Sisters' House

Rose Cottage, Wainstalls
Built by Ebenezer Cockcroft. He held his school here

Rose Cottage, Walsden
See Thistle Hall

Rose Cottage, Warley
Warley Town Lane.

The house was built in the early 1800s.


Question: Does anyone know anything about the man who built the house?

 

The builder used stones which he collected as they fell from the wagons travelling from the quarries at Mount Tabor.

Consequently, the cottage was popularly known as Bit by Bit House

Rose, Rev James William
[18??-19??] Minister at Waring Green Congregational Church [1896].

In April 1897, he married Mene Stewart at Greenfield Congregational Church


Mene Stewart was the second daughter of J. R. Stewart of Bradford
 

Rose Lea, Lightcliffe
Owners and tenants have included

Rose Mount, Greetland
Rochdale Road. Terrace of 2 houses dated 1888

Rose Mount, Sowerby Bridge
Tuel Lane top.

Owners and tenants have included

Rose of Sharon Lodge, Todmorden
Masonic Lodge.

A Juvenile Lodge of the Todmorden District recorded [1907, 1909] when they met at the British Queen, Todmorden and William Dawson was Secretary

Rose of the Valley Lodge: Oddfellows
Triangle. Recorded in January 1898, when Alfred Broadbent was Secretary and they met at the Triangle Inn.

See Oddfellows

Rose Price, Rev Thomas
[1874-1940] BA, LlM.

He was the second son of Arthur Henry Price of Valparaiso.

Born in Chile.

His family had Welsh and Jamaican roots.

He was educated at Tonbridge School and Trinity College Cambridge.

He was curate at Woolton, Liverpool, where he was assistant Chaplain to the Merseyside Mission to Seamen, followed by 5 years as Vicar of St John, Sandbach Heath before becoming Third Vicar of All Saints' Church, Salterhebble [1907-1936].

In 1907, he was involved in the rebuilding of All Saints' School.

He was well-known for riding on horseback around Skircoat Moor.

He married Frances Louisa Seymour.

Children: (1) Thomas; (2) Madeleine [1903-1936]; (3) Rosalind; (4) Geraldine; (5) Joy.

He resigned in 1936 through ill health, and retired to the South of England. He died 4 years later.

He was a distant cousin of the actor Dennis Price [real name: Dennistoun John Frederick Rose Price]

Rose Price, Thomas Neville Vreichvras Churchill
[1911-1970] Son of Rev Thomas Rose Price.

Born in Halifax.

He became a clergyman and served at Matlock [1955-1965] and Ilsham, Devon [1965-1970]

Rose Villa, Soyland

Owners and tenants have included

Rosemary Farm, Siddal
Rosemary Lane, above Siddal. Aka Rosemary Hill Farm.

Owners and tenants have included

See Rosemary Hill, Siddal

Rosemary Hall, Sowerby
Stands near Castle Hill, Sowerby

Rosemary Hill, Siddal
House off Rosemary Lane, above Siddal

See Rosemary Farm, Siddal

Rosemary Mills Fire Brigade
Recorded in 1888. Manned by the workers of Rosemary Mills, Rastrick

Rosemary Park, Rastrick
The property occupied 26 acres and comprised Upper Rosemary Park, Lower Rosemary Park, Far Scholey, Near Scholey, Middle Scholey, Scholey Hills, and Bowling Green Bank.

Owners and tenants have included

See Rosemary Dye Works, Rastrick

Rosemont, Bradshaw
House opposite Saint John the Evangelist, Bradshaw.

It was built in 1901 by W. Clement Williams for William Brear. Brear did not live there.

Owners and tenants have included

  • Irvine Hindle [1925]

  • The Hindle family [until 1989]

  • Michael Steele [from 1989]

Roses Walking Festival
A Walking Festival supported by Bradford, Calderdale and Rochdale Councils, Lancashire County Council, and local walking groups.

This year's walks are held from 17th September 2005 to 2nd October 2005

Roseveare, E.
[18??-19??] Curate at Saint Paul's Church, Queens Road [1924]

Ross, Alistair
[19??-] Vicar of Halifax [1994]

Ross Brothers
Wholesale hay, corn, potato and fruit merchants established around 1880 by James Ross and Edward Ross.

From around 1886, they had business at Park Mill, Sowerby Bridge

Ross, David
[19??-] Former employee of Philips and founding partner of Crosslee PLC, Hipperholme

Ross, Edward
[18??-18??] He and his brother James Ross established Ross Brothers

Ross, James
[18??-18??] He and his brother Edward Ross established Ross Brothers

Ross, James Stewart
[18??-19??] BSc, LCP.

He was headmaster of Elland Grammar School. He lived at West View, Elland [1905]

Ross, John
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Leicestershire Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Ross, Joseph
[18??-18??] He was at Horton before becoming Woolstapler, worsted manufacturer, dealer and chapman at Halifax. Joseph Ross & Company, woolstaplers, were at Waterhouse Street, Halifax [1834].

In November 1839, he was declared bankrupt

Ross, Misses
Around 1850, they ran a school in Halifax

Ross, Samuel
[1845-1???] Of Haley Hill. He worked for Bould's at Ovenden.

In January 1858, he was attacked and robbed by Patrick Frane [aged about 15] and John Broghan in Halifax

Rossendale, Jeremiah
[1603-1683] Yeoman of Whitegatefoot, Skircoat.

Heywood describes him as

very rich

He married Unknown.

Children: Jeremiah

Rossendale, Jeremiah
[1669-1696] Son of Jeremiah Rossendale.

He lived at a house in Shaw Lane, Halifax.

In 1695, he was fined £5 for not burying his daughter in a woollen shroud.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Mary [1691-1744] who married Isaac Hollings from Shipley; (2) Jeremiah [1692-1694]; (3) Grace who married Jeremiah Rawson.

He died on a visit to London at the age of 27.

Heywood writes that

[He] went with his wife to London on Lord's Day 3rd May 1696. The news came that he was dead there May 19, his days shortened by intemperance

He left his property at Shaw Hill to his daughter, Grace, and the rest to be divided equally to his daughters, Mary and Grace. Members of the family were buried in Halifax Parish Church

The epitaphs on the memorials are recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Rossendale, Jeremy
[16??-1???] He bought Upper Norcliffe, Southowram [1657-1696]. His arms were on the building, suggesting that he rebuilt the property

Rosworm, Colonel John
[1???-16??] A German engineer who was involved in the construction of Parliamentary defences on Blackstone Edge during the Civil War

Rotadop Limited
A subsidiary of Smit-Asquith Diamond Cutting Factories Limited established in the early 1940s. They occupied a part of Asquith's site at Highroad Well, Halifax.

See Tilghman Wheelabrator Limited

Roth, Henry Ling
[1855-1925] Anthropologist.

Born in London, he came to Halifax on business in 1888, working for various firms in the town. In 1890, he was part-time curator of Bankfield Museum. In 1912, he was appointed full-time honorary curator

Rothera
A variant of the surname Rothery.

Joseph Rothera is recorded at Northowram in 1756

There are currently only around 3 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rothera. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Rothera & Tattersall
Printer, stationer, bookbinder and account book manufacturers established at 39 Crown Street, Halifax [1886]. G. T. Rothera became sole proprietor shortly afterwards

Rothera, G. T.
[18??-19??] Printer, stationer, bookbinder and account book manufacturers at 39 Crown Street, Halifax and Portland Street, Halifax. The business was originally Rothera & Tattersall. Rothera became sole proprietor around 1888

Rothera, John
[18??-1???] On 26th June 1856, he married Elizabeth Sharp at Halifax Parish Church.


Elizabeth was the daughter of
Joseph Sharp
 

Rothera, Joseph
[17??-1792] Also Rothery, Rethrey.

He was a grave digger.

In 1738, he (possibly) married Sara Ineson in Halifax.

Children: (1) Betty [b 1739]; (2) Mary [b 1741]; (3) Sara [b 1747]; (4) Nancy [b 1751]; (5) Martha [1752-1762]; (6) Hannah (Nanny) [bapt 1755] who married William Crann; (7) Jane [1757-1843] who married (1) Abraham Lumb and (2) Nicholas Liddle; (8) Susanna [bapt 1763] who married William Thorburn.

The children were baptised at Halifax Parish Church.

Joseph was buried at Halifax Parish Church [18th July 1792]

Rothera, Mrs Martha Ann
[1838-1880] Wife of Jacob Rothera, a labourer at Holdsworth, and mother of their 5 children.

On 24th July 1880 she was killed as she crossed the line at Holmfield Railway Station. She was hit by the 5:28 pm express train from Bradford to Halifax. Reports said that she was carried forward by the engine and cut to pieces. Seeing that she was in danger, a porter, Charles Clark, ran to help her but he too was struck and killed

Rothery
Another form of the surname is Rothera.

There are currently only around 9 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rothery. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other.

The name is said to be derived from the river Rother which rises in Derbyshire and joins the river Don in Rotherham, Yorkshire

Rothery, Arthur
[1870-19??] Son of William Rothery.

He was a butcher [1891] He succeeded his brother Eli as landlord of the Talbot, Illingworth [1896, 1896, 1901]

Rothery, Betty
[1806-1881] She ran a girls' school at Wainstalls.

Sam Rothery was her nephew

Rothery, Cyril
[1894-1915] Son of Fred Rothery.

He was a brass moulder [1911]; a brass moulder with Campbell Limited.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the X Company 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), attached to the 11th Northern Division of the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

He died from wounds received in the Dardanelles [16th October 1915] (aged 22).

He was buried at East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece [III B 48]

Rothery, Eli
[1862-1899] Son of William Rothery.

He followed his father to become landlord of the Talbot, Illingworth [1891].

In 1894, he (possibly) married Hannah Leah Ramsbotham [1861-1896] in Kingston, Middlesex.

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1896.

After Eli's death, his brother Arthur took over at the Talbot

Rothery, Fred
[1859-19??] Born in Northowram.

He was a card machine tenter [1891, 1901]; a cotton card maker [1911].

He married Sarah Ann Rothery [1865-1???].


Sarah Ann was born in Wrexham, North Wales
 

Children: (1) Edgar Ellis [b 1886] who was a wool comber apprentice [1901]; (2) Jane Ann [b 1889] who was a worsted twister [1911]; (3) May [b 1892] who was a worsted twister [1911]; (4) Cyril; (5) Sam [b 1896] who was a brass moulder [1911]; (6) Fred [b 1899] who was a news boy [1911].

The family lived at 5 Primrose Street, Northowram [1891]; 24 Emscote Grove, Halifax [1901]; 34 Moorfield Street, Halifax [1911]

Rothery, H.
[18??-18??] Worsted spinner at Halifax.

In July 1870, he was declared bankrupt

Rothery, Harold
[18??-19??] JP.

He was Chairman of the English Card Clothing Company [1950s].

He lived at The Grove, Halifax [1936]

Rothery, James
[18??-1858] He worked for James Akroyd & Son before going into partnership with William Illingworth.

He was a bachelor and had made no will. When he became ill, his friends were anxious he should arrange his affairs, to avoid any subsequent contention. William Illingworth. was selected to induce James to do this, and proposed to have his own will made on condition that Mr Rothery did the same. The bargain was agreed to, the wills were made, and at James's death, the interested parties, seeing that William had given them free access to the firm's books, facilities which they valued at some £10,000, that they presented him with an illuminated address, expressive of their high appreciation of his disinterested and honourable conduct

Rothery, John William
[1838-1897] Born in Halifax.

He was relieving officer [1891].

In [Q3] 1862, he married Mary Elizabeth Shaw [1838-1???].

Children: (1) Harold Akroyd [b 1869] who was an assistant school master [1891]; (2) William Oswald V. [b 1872] who was a pupil teacher [1891].

The family lived at 36 North Parade, Halifax [1891]

Rothery, Sam
[1819-1902] He ran the Kell School, Wainstalls. Betty Rothery was his aunt

Rothery, William
[1827-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the Talbot, Illingworth [1861, 1874, 1887]; a farmer of 7 acres at Illingworth [1881].

On 26th March 1861, he married Hannah Bancroft at Illingworth Church.


Hannah was described as a vocalist of Brookhouse / Brockholes
 

Children: (1) Eli; (2) Arthur.

The family lived at Illingworth [1881].

His sons succeeded him at the Talbot

Rothwell & Lister
Plasterers and slaters at Halifax.

Partners included Ely Rothwell and John Lister.

The partnership was dissolved in February 1859

Rothwell & Oates
Stone merchants at Southowram.

Partners included Gamaliel Rothwell and Henry Oates.

The partnership was dissolved in July 1877

Rothwell Brothers
Cotton doublers at Holywell Mills, Holywell Green [1905].

Partners included Eli Rothwell.

See J. W. Rothwell & Sons

Rothwell, Captain
[18??-18??] Son of William Rothwell.

He was Chairman of the Halifax Joint Stock Banking Company until December 1882

Rothwell, Charles Edmund
[1874-1956] Born in Stainland.

He was professor of music [1901]; a music teacher [1911]; organist and choirmaster at Holywell Green Congregational Church; a laundry proprietor [1935].

He conducted the choirs and bands at Stainland Musical Festival. He sang as a soprano at the first Festival.

In [Q3] 1896, he married Sarah Hannah Fawthrop in Halifax.


Sarah Hannah was the daughter of Henry Fawthrop
 

Children: Charles Eric [1903-1986] who was a company director [1956].

The family lived at New Road, Stainland [1901]; Quarry House, Holywell Green [1911]; Crossfield House, Stainland [1935]; Bankfield House, Holywell Green [1956].

Sarah Hannah died 20th December 1935.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £4,334 17/1d. Probate was granted to her husband Charles Edmund.

Charles Edmund died 27th February 1956.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £9,119 10/4d. Probate was granted to his son Charles Eric and Edmund Schofield (solicitor) 

Rothwell, Eli
[18??-18??] Of Halifax.

In June 1849, an Eli Rothwell was fined £1 for an assault upon George Stocks. The Halifax Guardian of 2nd June 1849 reported the incident

Ely Rothwell of Halifax, was charged with assaulting George Stocks of Laver Hill, Farmer, on Sunday morning in a most unprovoked manner, throttling him in such a manner as to bring blood. He did not know the man but watched him and others trail hunting (on Sunday morning) until he got his son to identify him. In defence, Rothwell admitted the assault, and called a witness named Wilson to prove that Stocks had challenged him to fight. Stocks had no witness of the assault, but his son proved that Rothwell had admitted to "Only just taking him by the throat". He had £1 to pay; which he instantly "forked out" in a most imprudent manner

On 5th June 1849, an Eli Rothwell was fined £3 for an assault upon William Buckley, a game watcher at Scar Wood, Halifax

Rothwell, Eli
[18??-19??] Partner in Rothwell Brothers

Rothwell, Eli
[1815-1867] Beerhouse keeper of Halifax.

Recorded in November 1867 in the DEATHS column of the press

Rothwell, Gamaliel
[17??-18??] Stuff and woollen printer. He was at Church Lane, Halifax [1822].

He was a partner in Rothwell & Oates [1887].

On 9th July 1794, he married Mary Kell at St Peter's Church, Huddersfield.

Children: (1) George; (2) Amelia [1809-1882] who married Samuel Rhodes.

Newspaper accounts of Samuel and Amelia's wedding said that

Amelia was the daughter of G. Rothwell and a direct descendant of Lord Chancellor Hyde whose sister married King James II

Rothwell, George
[1803-18??] Son of Gamaliel Rothwell.

He was a stuff presser/printer in Halifax [1822].

He married Unknown.

Children: Gamaliel.

The family lived at Shaw Hill, Halifax

Rothwell House, Halifax
House on Rothwell Road, Halifax.

Owners and tenants have included

  • Charlotte Coton [1901]

Rothwell, J. H.
[18??-19??] From Burnley.

On 12th January 1910, he succeeded James Parkinson as Town Clerk of Brighouse

Rothwell's: J. W. Rothwell & Sons
Cotton doubler and fancy yarn manufacturers at New Brunswick Mills, Holywell Green [1950s].

When there were no male successors in the Rothwell line, Charles D. Smith was brought back from Canada to run the business.

The business went into liquidation in 1951/1952.

See Rothwell Brothers

Rothwell, John
[17??-18??] Built Summerville House, Halifax

Rothwell, Marian
[1809-1883] Or Marianne, Marion. Daughter of William Rothwell of Summerville, Halifax.

She married Cyril Prescott.

See Prescott fountain

Rothwell, Mr
[18??-1???] He married Sarah [1845-19??] from Wigan, Lancashire.

Children: (1) Annie [b 1877]; (2) James Herbert [b 1882] who was a town clerk & solicitor [1911].

The family lived at The Mount, Lightcliffe [1911]

Rothwell, William
[1771-1844] A well-to-do woolstapler.

He was the first chairman of the Halifax Joint Stock Banking Company.

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

On 22nd September 1808, he married Anne Hoyland in Halifax.

Children: (1) a son; (2) Marian; (3) William [1811-1???]; (4) John [1814-1???]; (5) Eleanor [1815-1816]; (6) Emily Jane [1821-1826].

The family lived at Summerville House, Halifax [1841, 1845, 1851].

See Epitaph for William Hoyland

Rothwell, William
[1811-1882] Born in Halifax. He became a Justice of the Peace for the West Riding.

He married Mary Eliza [1829-1903].

He and his wife lived at Bull Close, Halifax [1881]

Rough Bank, Walsden
House

Rough Farm, Hebden Bridge
Aka High Rough, Hebden Bridge. Late 18th century house

Rough Hall, Wainstalls
House, originally called Rough Hole.

See Rough Hall Lane

Rough Head, Heptonstall
Owners and tenants have included

See Robert Sutcliffe

Rough Hey Farm, Sowerby Bridge
Hob Lane. Mid 18th century house

Owners and tenants have included

Rough Hey Wood, Triangle

Rough rock
Aka Millstone grit

Rough Stones Farm, Walsden

Rough Top, Todmorden
Stock Hey Lane Early 19th century laithe-house.

See Top of the Rough, Todmorden

Rougham, Eastwood
Mid 17th century house. The name later became Higham

Round Hill, Rastrick
Aka Toothill, Round Hill Lump. This is a natural mound – clearly visible from the eastbound M62.

It was extended into a defensive structure in the 12th/13 centuries.

Rhododendrons were planted there in 1912 by A. C. Lane, the first headmaster of Carr Green School, to prevent soil erosion.

See Roundhill Inn, Rastrick

Round House, Luddendenfoot
A small circular building.

There are several explanations for the building:

It was demolished in 19??. The foundations for the building can still be seen near the slip road to Tenterfields Business Park

Round, Philip George
[19??-] Mayor of Hebden Royd [1976-1977]

Round the Table
The staff journal of the Halifax Building Society

Roundabout House, Brighouse
This stood in, what is now, Thornton Square, and appears on 18th century maps of the town

Rounsefell, Rev Owen Peter
[1874-19??] Born in West Looe, Cornwall.

He served in Jersey before becoming Minister at Hanover Chapel, Halifax [1917].

In [Q3] 1904, he married Laura Williams [1875-1951] in Plymouth.


Laura was born in Dartmouth, Devon
 

Children: Eric Owen [b 1906].

The family lived at 11 Roseville Street, St Helier, Jersey [1911].

Living with them in 1911 was sister-in-law Gertrude May Williams [aged 20]

Rouse & Company
Worsted spinners at Bowling Dyke Mills, Halifax [1905].

Partners included C. H. Rouse, Edwin James Rouse, and J. C. Rouse.

See Bentley Metcalfe

Rouse, C. H.
[18??-19??] Partner in Rouse & Company.

He lived at 10 Marlborough Avenue, Halifax [1905]

Rouse, E. P.
[18??-1???] BA.

Son of Mr Rouse of Barkisland.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School. In October 1860, he was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge

Rouse, Edwin James
[18??-19??] Of Rouse & Company.

He lived at Kilmorna, 6 Rhodesia Avenue, Halifax [1905]

Rouse, Joshua
[1803-1853] Born in Birstall.

Master of Barkisland Grammar School [1830-1851]

In 1844, he corresponded about the need for a Post Office in Ripponden, and gave examples of the additional costs of letters in the Ripponden area, because there was no official Post Office there.

He married Jane [1804-18??] from Wakefield.

Children: (1) Julia [b 1833]; (2) Edward P [b 1835]; (3) Joshua Charles; (4) William Archibald.

There is a tablet in his memory in Ripponden Church

Rouse, Joshua Charles
[1837-1919] Son of Joshua Rouse.

Born in Barkisland.

Halifax worsted spinner.

In 1865, he married Alice Rusby [1838-1925] from Leeds, in Leeds.

Children: (1) Alice Maud [b 1871]; (2) Annie Louise [b 1875]; (3) Gertrude Jane [b 1878].

The family lived at Inglemoor, Halifax [1911]; Montana, Savile Park Road [1920?].

His daughters ran Misses Rouse Girls' School from Inglemoor.

In 1911, daughter Alice Maud was head of the household; her parents and sisters were living with her.

In the late 1920s, the sisters went to live in Harrogate.

See Rouse & Company

Rouse, William Archibald
[1838-1???] MA.

Son of Joshua Rouse.

Born 11th February 1838.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School (under Rev John Henry Gooch)  and Trinity College Cambridge [1857]

Routes to Roots
A community history project – concentrating on Todmorden and district – with exhibitions in premises shared by The Heritage Business at Dale Street, Todmorden.

More information: Contact: Tristan Molloy / Telephone: 01706-814531


Question: Is there a website with more up-to-date information?

 

Roving Bridge, Brighouse
A roving bridge over the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Brighouse canal basin

Rowan
Pen-name of Ralph Wade for his weekly local-history column in the Brighouse Echo. The name is derived from his own initials

Rowan, Mr
[18??-1???] Born in Ireland.

Around 1857, he married Ellen [1838-19??]


Ellen was born in Kilbride, Ireland
 

Children: (1) child who died in infancy [before 1911]; (2) child who died in infancy [before 1911]; (3) child who died in infancy [before 1911]; (4) Michael [1870-19??] who was a mill labourer [1911]; (5) Ellen [1873-19??] who married Patrick Connell; (6) child; (7) child; (8) child; (9) child; (10) child.

The family lived at 5 Pearson Street, Halifax ? [1911].

Living with the widowed Ellen in 1911 was granddaughter Norah Connell [b 1902]

Rowbotham's: Messrs Rowbotham
Wire manufacturers at Lee Bridge

Rowbottom, John
[1791-1853] Brighouse surgeon [1840]

Rowbottom, Joshua
[1???-18??] Brighouse surgeon [1840]

Rowden, James John
[1863-1954] Born in Swansea.

He was an elementary schoolmaster [1901]; head teacher at Saint Mary's School, Mill Bank [1911].

In [Q2] 1890, he married Mary Jane Leary [1863-1936] from West Hartlepool, in Middlesborough.

Children: (1) John Herbert; (2) Kenneth Noel.

The family lived at School House, Mill Bank [1901].

James John & Mary Jane both died in Birkdale, Lancashire.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £3,509 5/11d. Probate was granted to sons John Herbert and Kenneth Noel

Rowe, Rev George F. Handel
[18??-19??] Curate at Saint Augustine's Church, Pellon [1892] and Vicar of Saint Augustine's Church, Pellon [1907]

Rowe, George Herbert
[18??-19??] In 1905, he was engaged by Edward Broadbent, a green grocer of St James's Road, Halifax, to hawk oranges. Rowe was given a horse, cart and scales to make the sales. He failed to return, and it was later found that he has sold the items to Harry Binns, a farmer of Sparkhouse Lane, Norland, for £3 5/-, saying that he was going to Canada and offered the horse, cart and scales at a low price.

At Halifax Borough Court [25th May 1906], the bench ordered the property to be returned to Broadbent for 6 months, to see whether Rowe could be apprehended

Rowland, Jennie
[1876-1903] She murdered her two sons – Ralph, aged 3-years, and Charles, aged 3-weeks – at the family home in Rose Street, Todmorden in April 1903. She then slit her own throat. The bodies were discovered by her husband, James Rowland. Jennie died shortly afterwards. She had been distressed after the death of another son 18 months earlier.

She and her sons were buried at Christ Church, Todmorden

Rowlands, James
[18??-19??] Of Rose Street, Todmorden.

On 17th April 1903, he returned home to find his wife and 2 children with their throats cut. Mrs Rowlands was still breathing but died later that evening.

She had been in poor health for some time, and this was thought to have led to the murders and suicide

Rowlands, Rev John
[17??-18??] From Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Blackley Baptist Church had been then without a pastor for 3 years until he arrived in 1796.

In March 1798, he left

after some difficulties

in which the Church

threatened to become a wreck

and moved to Pershill

Rowlatt's: Ernest Rowlatt
Ladies' and children's outfitters at Arcade, Halifax and 30 Commercial Street, Halifax [1936] when John Boody was proprietor

Rowley & Company
Photographers. They were at their King Cross Road Studios, Halifax [1898].

Tom Sutcliffe started working here in April 1898

Rowley, Brooke
[1850-1909] Born in Huddersfield.

In 1874, he married (1) Eleanor Wilcock in Manchester.

In 1889, he married (2) Ann, daughter of John Sutcliffe.

The couple went to live in Oldham.

He was a schoolteacher and died in Oldham

Rowley, Charles
[1899-1918] Son of Clara and Charles Rowley of Fair Oak, Hampshire.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 15th/17th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed in action [12th April 1918] (aged 18).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial [3 & 4] and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rowntree-Mackintosh PLC
In 1969, Rowntree's of York merged with Mackintosh's to become Rowntree-Mackintosh PLC.

In 1988 they merged with Nestlé to become the Nestlé Rowntree Division of Nestlé UK Limited.

See I. Mackintosh

Rowntree's of York
In 1862, Henry Rowntree bought the Quaker cocoa, chocolate and coffee company of William Tuke & Sons and established H. I. Rowntree & Company. He produced a wide range of fruit pastilles, table jellies, and chocolate products.

In 1969, the company merged with Mackintosh's to become Rowntree-Mackintosh PLC.

See Pioneer Mill, Walsden

Rowsell, Rev J. B.
[18??-19??] MA.

He was curate at Portsmouth before becoming Vicar of Saint Paul's Church, Queens Road [1922, 1934]. In 1937, he was appointed vicar of Aldershot

Roxy Cinema, Sowerby Bridge
Formerly the Electric Cinema.

The first presentation was Knights of the Round Table starring Ava Gardner.

The last presentation was Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas in 1962.

Closed in February 1963.

It later became the Roxy Bingo hall, a café and a sports bar

Roxy de Luxe, Halifax
In 1934, the Theatre de Luxe became the Roxy de Luxe or simply The Roxy.

It closed 1938.

In the 1940s, the building was walled up.

It – and the adjacent Northgate Hotel – were demolished when the area was redeveloped in 1959

Royal
See Theatre Royal

Royal Aerated Waters
A range of drinks – including soda water, lime juice, ginger ale, potash, seltzer and - which were made by William Dyer at his Oxford Road factory using water from Well Head Spring

Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
Abbr: RAOB. A benevolent organisation open to men.

There have been several local lodges and Banners.

Royal Arch Chapter
Recorded in 1894 attached to Probity [No 61] Masonic Lodge of the Freemasons

Royal British Legion
A charity which provides support for those who have served, or are serving, in the British Armed Forces, and their families.

See Brighouse British Legion Hall, King Cross British Legion Band, Luddendenfoot British Legion and Royal British Legion, Halifax

Royal British Legion, Halifax
Stands next to Hopwood Hall.

It has been suggested that the building was originally stables and accommodation for staff

Royal Electric Theatre & Hippodrome, Hebden Bridge
New Road / Thistle Holme. Aka The wooden hut and The tub hut. Opened in 1912 by Manchester businessman Jack Shaw. The building was the town's first cinema.

In 1917, Shaw & Lever were the proprietors.

It later became a billiards hall. It closed in 1921 when the Picture House opened. The building was demolished together with the New Road Estate in 1935 to make way for a public park and memorial gardens

Royal Halifax Infirmary
Free School Lane, Halifax. Built by Benjamin Whitehead Jackson / Thomas Worthington of Manchester to replace the old Halifax Infirmary.

It was opened on 25th July 1896 by the Duke and Duchess of York – later King George V and Queen Mary

The Infirmary closed in 2001.

The building has been redeveloped as apartments and is known as The Royal.

See Isaac Kitson

Royal Hotel Livery Stables, Sowerby Bridge
In 1990, Fred Livesey established a cab and livery stable business here.

See Royal Hotel, Sowerby Bridge

Royal Insurance Buildings, Halifax
Office accommodation in Silver Street.

Owners and tenants have included

Royal Insurance Company Office, Halifax
Their offices on the corner of Crossley Street / Wesley Court, Halifax were built in 1858

Royal Liver Friendly Society, Halifax
Recorded in 1917 at Ward's End Halifax when J. O'Rourke was district manager

Royal National Lifeboat Institute
A Todmorden branch was formed in February 1912.

See Crossley lifeboat, Lifeboat Saturday and William Hopkinson Lifeboat

Royal Oak Farm, Sowerby
Westfield.

Owners and tenants have included

Royal Oak Smoke Club, King Cross
A smoke club at the Royal Oak, King Cross. Recorded in 1905

Royal Observer Corps Observation Post, Norland Moor
Near Norland Moor, there is part of a network of bunkers used to detect nuclear attacks during the cold war opened in May 1962, and closed in September 1991. It is situated behind caravans at Norland. It was part of a network of over 1500 such sites across the UK which were linked in a triangle, this site was linked to Heckmondwike and Holmfirth, which was the master bunker

Royal Studio, Sowerby Bridge
Photography business run by Percy Crowther Hirst [1907]

Royal visits
The Foldout lists some of the occasions on which members of the Royal family visited the district

Royals, Sam
[1880-1916] Son of Sarah Jane and Mr Royals.

He worked for Mackintosh's.

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

He was killed 3rd September 1916 (aged 36).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial [6A & 6B] and on the list of Mackintosh's employees who served in the Great War

Royd

Royd
[Surname]

See Royd

Royd Farm, Heptonstall
Mid 18th century house and barn (Number 2/4) Towngate, Heptonstall. It adjoins Jasmine Cottage

Royd Farm, Todmorden
Royd Road. Late 16th century hall-and-cross-wing house

Royd, Hipperholme
Recorded in the 1200s.

See East Royd, Hipperholme, North Royd, Hipperholme and Upper Royd, Hipperholme

Royd House, Brighouse
Owners and tenants have included

Royd House, Heptonstall
Owners and tenants have included

Royd House, Lightcliffe
Aka Royde House. An earlier name for Smith House, Lightcliffe until it was renamed for the Smyth family

Royd House, Stainland

Owners and tenants have included

Royd House, Todmorden
Burnley Road.

See Halifax Commercial Banking Company Limited

Royd, Robert
[1???-1???] Of Redishaw, Soyland.

Son of John del Rode.

He married Unknown.

Children: Robert

Royd, Robert
[1???-1???] Son of Robert Royd.

He married Unknown.

Children: John

The Royd, Southowram
Owners and tenants have included

Joe Oates worked a quarry next to the house

The Royd, Sowerby
40/42 Towngate. House dated SL 1632 IL.

In the 19th century, it was divided into 2 dwellings.

A recent extension has been built on to the right of the building

The Royd, Todmorden
Owners and tenants have included

The Royde family of Brownhill
Of Soyland. Descended from William Royde

Royde, John
[14??-15??] Son of John del Rode.

He was the first Royde to live at Beestonhirst. He was recorded there in 1490, but probably lived there earlier.

In 1499, he was Grave of Sowerby.

He is mentioned in – and witness to – many documents of the 16th century. See Richard Priestley, Gilbert Ryley and William Townend.

He married Isabell.

Children: (1) John; (2) William; (3) Brien; (4) Robert; (5) Isabel; (6) Margaret.

He was buried at Elland Parish Church

Royde-Smith, Naomi Gwladys
[1875-1964] Daughter of Michael Holroyd Smith.

Born Naomi Gwladys Smith.

She was born in Wales and grew up in Halifax. She was educated at the Halifax High School for Girls.

She became a literary editor, translator, playwright and novelist.

  • The Westminster Problems Books [1908]

  • The Second Problems Books [1909]

  • A Private Anthology [1924]

  • The Tortoiseshell Cat [1925] – her first novel

  • The Housemaid [1926] – a novel in 3 parts

  • The Balcony [1926/1927] – a play

  • The Lover [1928]

  • Children of the Wood [1928] – autobiographical

  • Pictures & People [1931] – correspondence

  • The Double Heart [1931] – a biography of the French writer Julie de Lespinasse

  • The Mother [1932]

  • The Private Life of Mrs Siddons: A psychological investigation [1933]

  • The Delicate Situation [1933]

  • Pilgrim from Paddington [1933]

  • The Sport of removing: Being a Postscript to Pilgrim from Paddington [1934]

  • Jake [1935]

  • For Us in the Dark [1937]

  • The Younger Venus [1938]

  • The Altar-Piece: An Edwardian Mystery [1939]

  • Jane Fairfax [1940]

  • Outside Information [1941]

  • The State of Mind of Mrs Sherwood [1946]

  • The Iniquity of Us All: A Prelude [1949]

  • How White is my Sepulchre [1958]

On 15th December 1926, she married the Italian-American actor Ernest Gianello Milton [1890-1974]

The Royde, Soyland
Royd Lane. Aka The Royd.

House dated 1717.

The house was (re)built by Sam Hill around 1756.

Owners and tenants have included

It has been suggested that the surname Royd originated here.

The house is now divided into 5 separate dwellings

Royde, William
[14??-15??] Aka William of Le Brigge. Eldest son of John del Rode.

The Royde family of Brownhill in Soyland are descended from William.

In 1479, he leased a fulling mill from the lord of the Manor.

In 1480, he conveyed to William Rayner Junior

part of a close called Wytlagholme / White-lee-holme / Whiteleyholm which lay under Rawnslawcliff, between the River Ryburn on the north and the lands of Ralph Cliff on the south, which had descended to William on the death of his father

Roydlands Farm, Hipperholme
This is discussed in In & About Our Old Homes

Roydlands, Southowram
An 8-acre part of the Shibden Hall estate. William Hardcastle was a tenant here in the time of Anne Lister

Royds
The surname is derived from the word for a clearing.

Alan del Rodes is recorded at Sowerby in 1274, John del Rode is recorded at Soyland in the 1330s and Ralph Royds is recorded at Hipperholme in 1524.

The name may originate at The Royde, Soyland and subsequently evolved into the forms Roydes, Rhodes and the more common Royd.

There are currently around 22 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Royds. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

The Royds family
Aka Roydes. A family of wool merchants and clothiers of Soyland.

In the 15th century, their estate there was known as Bychestonehirst. The house was extended in the late 16th/early 17th century and was known as Beestonhirst Hall, aka Thrum Hall.

About 1606, John Royds sold the Soyland property and moved to Rochdale.

His grandson, Thomas, returned to Soyland about 1710 and bought Goodgreave.

Many of the family were buried at St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden. See John Prescott

Royds, Ann
[1754-1817] Daughter of John Royds. She did not marry. She died in York

Royds, Catharine
[1759-1793] Daughter of John Royds.

She married Lieutenant-Colonel Joshua Hamer.

She died 30/8/1793 [aged 32].

The epitaph on the memorial for Catherine and other members of the family in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Royds, Ernest Molyneux
[18??-19??] Of Greenhill, Rochdale and Danshill Park, Sussex.

In 1871, he married Blanche, fourth daughter of Christopher Rawson.

Children: Kathleen Mabel [b 1872]

Royds Farm, Skircoat
Birdcage Lane at the junction with Skircoat Moor Road. Recorded in 1907

Royds Hall Beck, Norwood Green
A name for Blackshaw Beck, Norwood Green lower down in its course.

It continues into Wyke Beck and Bailiff Bridge Beck.

This was a part of the boundary of the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse Bailiff Bridge, Greenfield Place, Bailiff Bridge, Hesketh Place, Bailiff Bridge,

Royds Hall Dam
Near Judy Woods. The dam was built in 1743 by the agreement of Richard Richardson and Edward Rookes Leeds to supply headwater for Richardson's corn mill. The dam was subsequently used by Low Moor Iron Works. There are many water birds and other wildlife in and around the reservoir

Royds Hall Farm, Northowram

Royds Hall, Low Moor
A house is mentioned here in Domesday Book.

It is said to be one of the finest remaining manor houses in the country.

See Manor of Royds Hall, Mr Smith and Upper Rookes, Norwood Green

Royds Hall, Manor of
The Swillington family were lords of the manor here in the 14th century, and were also associated with the neighbouring Manor of Shelf Hall.

See Royds Hall, Low Moor

Royds, Harriet
[1764-1781] Youngest daughter of John Royds.

She died 6th February 1781 [aged 17].

The epitaph on the memorial for her and other members of the family in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Royds' House, Halifax
Lies between Rawson Street and George Street. The house was built in 1766 – possibly by Carr of York – for John Royds. In 1898, the house was renamed Somerset House by J. H. S. Finlinson.

See Halifax Post Office and Halifax Register Office

Royds, James
[1???-1???] Of Cockcroft, Rishworth. A cloth manufacturer, making white kersey. Son of Thomas Royds. He had no children

Royds, Jeremiah
[17??-1796] Second son of John Royds.

He was a merchant in Bucklesbury, and became one of the wealthiest men in the City of London.

On the death of his father, he inherited a large capital and business in the East India shipping line.

In 17??, he married Margaret Whyte.

Children: John.

He died suddenly in 1796

Royds, Jeremiah
[1710-1786] Second son of John Royds.

He became a very wealthy a cloth merchant. He owned several properties locally, including Law Hill, Upper Marsh, and Bank Top in Southowram, and other property in Leeds and in London.

In 17??, he married Jane.

Children: (1) Anne; (2) Mary.

He died at Wanstead, Essex

Royds, John
[15??-16??] An early member of the Royds family. Around 1606, he left the family property at Brownhill, Soyland, and moved to Rochdale.

See Thomas Royds

Royds, John
[15??-16??] Of Stoney Royd, Halifax.

Son of Robert Royd.

In 1589, he married Agnes, the daughter and heiress of Hugh Ireland

Royds, John
[16??-1732] Son of Thomas Royds He was one of the wealthiest clothiers and merchants in Halifax. In 1728, he purchased Lower Beestonhirst, Hanging Lee, and Forge House.

In 17??, he married Mary [?].

Children: (1) Richard; (2) Jeremiah; (3) John; (4) Robert; (5) Grace; (6) Elizabeth / Betty; (7) Mary [1728-1771] who married John Howarth.

When John died, he left most of his estate to his wife on the condition that she remain a widow.

In 1726, Mary added Beestonhirst Mill to the estate.

See Richard Tattersall

Royds, Sir John
[17??-1817] Eldest son of John Royds.

In 1781, he married his cousin, Naomi Royds.

His wife brought him a fortune of some £30,000. On 23rd June 1801, he was knighted. In 1801, he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Bengal. They did not have any children. Naomi remained in York.

John was interested in botany, and he was a benefactor to the science.

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.

He died in 1817 whilst working in India. He is probably buried in India

Royds, John
[1720-1781] Third son of John Royds.

Born at Beeston Hall, Soyland.

He became a prosperous wool and cloth merchant and banker. He did business as a merchant with South America. He was also involved in transport, finance, and insurance. He had a warehouse in Bucklesbury, London.

In 1740, he married Mary Stead.

Children: (1) Ann; (2) Mary; (3) Harriet; (4) John; (5) Jeremiah; (6) Richard; (7) Thomas; (8) Catharine; (9) Jane [Jenny]; (10) Elizabeth; (11) Frances [Fanny].

The family lived at Savile Green

In 1766, he built Royds' House in George Street, Halifax, and he and some members of the family are represented in the Cortese plasterwork there. The house was both his home and his business premises.

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.

In 1776, he bought the Great House, Cheapside.

Around 1805, after John's death, the family left Halifax and moved to Bath.

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church.

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

On his death, he left the equivalent of £2·76 million in addition to his property.

See Beestonhirst Hall, Sod House Green and Royds family

Royds, Mary
[1756-1796] Daughter of John Royds.

She died 3rd January 1796 [aged 40].

The epitaph on the memorial for her and other members of the family in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Royds Mount, Southowram
Brookfoot.

Owners and tenants have included

Royds, Naomi
[17??-1814] Daughter of Robert Royds.

She married her cousin, Sir John Royds.

Whilst John served in India, she lived at their home in Bootham, York.

She was buried at York Minster

Royds, R Arthur
[18??-191?] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on All Saints' War Memorial, Dudwell

Royds, Richard
[17??-1777] Eldest son of John Royds.

He was a cloth merchant.

He went to live at Lower Beestonhirst after his father's death.

He never married.

He was one of the subscribers to the Leeds Infirmary [1782 and 1792].

See Hanging Lee Mill, Ripponden

Royds, Richard
[17??-1804] Son of John Royds. He and his brother Thomas moved to Bath. They both died unmarried, and were both buried in Bath Abbey. In 1789, he was a subscriber to the new Halifax Theatre

Royds, Robert
[1???-1???] Of Cockcroft, Rishworth. Son of Thomas Royds.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) Elizabeth; (2) Sarah; (3) James

Royds, Robert
[1???-1780] Of Bucklersbury, London.

Son of John Royds.

In 17??, he married Anne Stead.

Children: (1) Naomi; (2) Robert.

He was buried at St Stephen's Walbrook, London

Royds, Robert
[17??-1815] Son of Robert Royds.

He lived at Easthorpe Park near Castle Howard, and at Elvington, York.

In 1786, he married Mary Langley [17??-1811].


Mary was the daughter of Boynton Langley of Wykeham Abbey near Scarborough
 

They had no children.

The couple were buried at York Minster

Royds's: Samuel Royds & Company
Cotton warp manufacturers at Ripponden Mill [1845]

Royds, Thomas
[17??-1722] Grandson of John Royds.

Around 1710, he returned from Rochdale – whither his grandfather had moved in 1606 – and bought Goodgreave and other property of the Royds family, including La Plaine.

He married Unknown.

Children: (1) John; (2) James; (3) Robert; (4) a daughter; (5) a daughter; (6) a daughter

Royds, Thomas
[1762-1809] Son of John Royds.

He and his brother Richard moved to Bath.

He died at Bath [June 1809] (aged 47).

Both he and his brother Richard died unmarried, and were both buried in Bath Abbey

Royle's Head
District of Halifax.

The place is mentioned in the Weavers' Rhyme

Royles Head Recreation Ground, Halifax
Recorded in 1936

Royles Head, Warley
Aka Beestingstone, Warley. Farm. Owners and tenants have included

Royston, Aquila
[17??-1???] Son of R. Royston.

He was a card maker [1774]; a wire-drawer and card maker at West Parade, Halifax [1780].

He married Unknown.

Children: James

Royston, Aquilla Edward
[1810-1859] Son of James Royston.

He was a wire card manufacturer [1841]; a wire drawer and card manufacturer employing 124 men [1851]; a wire manufacturer with James Royston, Son & Company at West Parade, Halifax.

He gave one of the bells at Halifax Parish Church which is inscribed for him

Gift of A. E. Royston, of West Parade, Halifax, 1857 – Royston's noble gift to future ages I'll proclaim

He never married.

He lived at 2 West Parade, Halifax [1851].

He died on 8th September 1859. Probate records show that he left an estate valued at under £35,000. Probate was granted to his widowed sister Anne Hitchen (only next of kin).

He was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.

See Partners in Halifax Commercial Banking Company

Royston, James
[1774-1826] Son of Aquila Royston.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [1774].

He was a card maker [1797, 1810]; a wire-manufacturer.

In 1797, he founded James Royston, Son & Company.

He started production at West Parade, Halifax before moving to Shroggs Mills, Shroggs Road in 1802.

In 1797, he married Elizabeth Walker [1777-1847] at Elland Parish Church.

Children: (1) Aquilla Edward; (2) Ann [b 1803] who married Ward Dyson Hitchen.

The family lived at West Parade, Halifax [1841].

He died on 14th April 1826 (aged 52).

James & Elizabeth were buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

Royston's: James Royston, Son & Company
Wire manufacturers established by James Royston around 1797. They were at 1 West Parade, Halifax [1797, 1850] and Shroggs Mills, Shroggs Road [1820, 1850].

The company became James Royston, Son & Company in 1830.

They supplied products such as card wire, reed wire, and heald wire to the local textile industry, this was one of the earliest wire mills to be established in Halifax.

In 1856, they produced charcoal wire for the first trans-Atlantic cable.

In 1871, the company left the family's control when Alfred Arnold and his son Charles Comber Arnold became directors. Other directors [in 1898] were William Crabtree, Thomas Sutcliffe of Cliff Hill, Warley, and Alfred Winks.

In 1898, the company became James Royston, Son & Company Limited.

In 1961, Royston's was bought by Hawkins & Tipson, a large UK rope-making group, and moved to the Leopold Wire Works, Brighouse to expand the company, and to allow the Shroggs Mill site to be used for tipping.

In 1964, the group acquired Bates & Nortcliffe in Brighouse.

In 1966, the group acquired the business of George Healey & Sons in Brighouse.

The last family member to run the plant was Jane Royston, who, in the mid 1800s, is said to have turned down the offer of marriage from one of her employees – Frederick Smith; he left the company and started his own wire drawing business.

Ironically, in 1975, the Hawkins and Tipson Group bought the Frederick Smith Wire Mill in Halifax which was in bank receivership.

Their business in Brighouse was closed around 1980. It moved to Caledonia Works.

See Colonel Thomas Ramsden and Aquilla Edward Royston

Royston, R.
[1???-17??] Wiredrawer [1735].

He married Unknown.

Children: Aquila

See Aquilla Edward Royston

RRC
Royal Red Cross.

A British & Commonwealth decoration for for services in military nursing

Rudd & Kenny
Halifax attorneys. Recorded in 1850 at Horton Street, Halifax

Partners included Edward John Rudd and Mr Kenny.

The partnership was dissolved on 30th January 1864

Rudd, Edward John
[1815-1864] Of Marton in Cleveland.

He became a Halifax attorney and partner in Rudd & Kenny and Rudd, Kenny & Norris. He was one of a number of attorneys who were

commissioned for taking acknowledgements of deeds executed by married women

He lived at Waterloo Villa, Halifax [1841] and Savile Terrace, Halifax [1845, 1851].

In 1841, he married Elizabeth Catherine Norris in Halifax. Elizabeth Catherine died in 1842.

He married Mary A. E. [1827-1???].

The family lived at Savile Terrace, Halifax [1851]

Rudd, James
[17??-1???] Curate at Sowerby [1779]

Rudd, Kenny & Norris
Halifax attorneys at Westgate [1845]. They were solicitors to the Calder & Hebble Navigation Company.

Partners included Edward John Rudd, Mr Kenny, and Frederick William Norris

Ruddle, Rev James
[18??-1???] Or Huddle. Minister at Christ's Chapel, Elland [1882-1884]. He left to serve in Devon. He later lived in Chorlton, Manchester

Ruddock, Sebert Edward Frank
[1883-1920] Born in Teddington, Middlesex.

He (possibly) married Emily Anne – his Army record states that he was

Married? Yes (unmarried wife) 

though no marriage has yet been found for him.


In 1911, he was lodging with Mrs Emily Simmill;

Her maiden name was Emily Anne Jervis [1873-1945] and she was born in Pigstock, Newport, Shropshire.

In 1911, her husband Edwin Simmill was living with his mother in Newport, Shropshire.

Emily Anne died in Birmingham

 

He lived at 7 Stansfield Street, Todmorden [with Mrs Emily Simmill 1911]; 254 Halifax Road, Todmorden [1915]; 9 Stansfield Street, Todmorden [1920].

During World War I, he enlisted in 1915, and served as an Ambulance Driver with the Royal Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport).

He suffered minor wounds in the conflict.

He died 29th February 1920.

He was buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone [3rd March 1920].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £416 6/2d.

Administration was granted to his widow Emily Anne Ruddock

Rudman, George
[1821-1???] Or Redman.

Born in Burnley.

He was a cotton carder [1851, 1861, 1872]; a cotton operative [1871].

In 1849, he married Susan Crabtree [1823-1???] from Erringden, in Halifax. Susan was a reeler [1851, 1861] and a cotton operative [1871].

Children: (1) William Timothy; (2) Agnes [b 1854].

The family lived at Rud Lane, Erringden, Todmorden [1851]; Rudd Mill Cragg, Erringden, Todmorden [1861, 1871].

Living with them in 1871 was lodger Richard Horsfall [aged 55]

Rudman, John
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the King's Royal Rifles.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rudman, William Timothy
[1850-1922] Son of George Rudman.

Born in Cragg, Erringden.

He was a twiner [1872]; a cotton twister [1881]; a cotton twiner [1891]; landlord of the Blue Ball, Soyland [1901, 1922].

In 1872, he married Ann Standeven [1854-1925] at Halifax Parish Church.


Ann was the daughter of farmer Joseph Standeven of Soyland
 

Children: (1) Robert [1873-1933] who was a piecer of cotton [1891]; (2) Thomas [b 1876] who was a piecer of cotton [1891] and married Annie; (3) John Henry [b 1877] who was a piecer of cotton [1891] a farm labourer [1901].

The family lived at Annie Butt Lee, Sowerby [1881]; Turkey Lodge, Cragg Vale, Sowerby [1891].

Living with them in 1881 was boarder John Henry Barker [aged 55].

Living with them in 1901 were boarders Thomas Stocks [aged 31] (navvy) and James Nuttle [aged 28] (navvy) 

Members of the family were buried at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones

Rudstoop, Cragg Vale
A valley at Withens Clough which gives its name to the Rudstoop standing stone

Rudstoop standing stone, Cragg Vale
Standing Stone Fields, Withens Clough. A large standing stone measuring 9 ft long by 7 ft 8 ins wide tapering to 4 ft 9 ins wide at the base. It is said that there were once several similar stones nearby. Rudstoop valley lies to the west

Ruffle, E.
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Suffolk Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Ruhe, Harold
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the King's Royal Rifles.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rukin, Clement
[18??-1917] Organist at the United Methodist Free Church, Clifton.

There is a memorial to him and his nephew, John Herbert Rukin, in the church

Rukin, Clement
[1878-1917] He served in World War I.

He died 24th July 1917 (aged 39).

He is remembered on Clifton War Memorial and in the book Clifton War Memorial

Rukin, David Arthur
[18??-1961] An employee of Turner & Wainwright.

In 1912, Rukin, who had worked 12 years for the company, left to work for a rival company, Metcalfe & Bradshaw of Morley. It was said that the quality of Metcalfe and Bradshaw's toffee improved markedly, much resembling that of Turner and Wainwright's! Turner and Wainwright went to the Chancery Court in London and secured an injunction preventing Rukin from revealing their recipe. Rukin was acquitted of any wrongdoing and was paid damages by Turner and Wainwright

Rukin, John Herbert
[18??-1916] Assistant organist at the United Methodist Free Church, Clifton.

He was killed in World War I. There is a memorial to him and his uncle, Clement Rukin, in the church

Rukin, John Herbert
[1896-1916] He served in World War I.

He died 13th December 1916 (aged 20).

He is remembered on Clifton War Memorial and in the book Clifton War Memorial

Rukin, Joseph
[18??-1907] A coal miner in Clifton.

He was a teacher at Highmoor Lane School, Clifton and teacher and trustee at Clifton Methodist Church

Rule & Dixon
Grocers. They were at 24a King Edward Street, Halifax and 24-26 Arcade Royale, Halifax [1936].

Examples of their novelty packaging – such as their Golden Cowslip cream pots in the shape of a milk churn – are now collectors' items

Rumney, Rev Ralph
[1888-1977] He was vicar at Newcastle-on-Tyne before becoming Vicar at Siddal [1937]. In 1954, he was appointed rector of Langley, Kent.

In 1933, he married Edith Olive Pratt Brooks [1896-1947] at Islington.

Children: (1) Ralph; (2) Geoffrey F. B. [b 1936].

He and his wife were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Rumney, Ralph Brainerd B.
[1934-2002] Known as Brainerd. Son of Rev Ralph Rumney. Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He grew up in Siddal. He studied at Halifax Art School.

He was an artist; a conscientious objector; an acquaintance of E. P. Thompson.

He died in Provence [2002]

Running Man
The Gibbet Law provided that, if a person due to be executed on the Gibbet was able to withdraw his head as the blade fell and escape across Hebble Brook at Clark Bridge, he could be freed.

See John Lacey and Running Man Public House

Runtz, Ernest Augustus
[1859-1913] Architect who worked with Horsfall's. He designed the Palace Theatre

Rupert, Prince
[1619-1682] Aka The Mad Cavalier. Cousin of Charles II. He was a Royalist commander during the Civil War.

See Ironsides, Capture Of Wakefield and Siege Of York

Rush-bearing
A religious festival at which rushes were gathered to cover the floor of the church.

See Old King Cross, Halifax

Rush Beds, Stansfield
Area of Stansfield Moor

Rushfirth
A variant of the surname Rishworth

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Rushforth
A variant of the surname Rishworth

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There are currently around 12 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rushforth. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Rushforth, Benjamin
[17??-18??] Son of Joseph Rushforth.

He lived at Marshall Hall, Elland. Partner in Samuel Broadbent & Company

Rushforth, Benjamin
[1805-18??] Aka The Blind Poet of Bolton.

Son of Thomas Rushforth, a woollen card manufacturer.

Born in Elland.

He was sent to Bolton to be apprenticed to a grocer but ran away to return to Yorkshire and join the army. He served in many parts of the world, including China and India. His sight was damaged by fever and he was compelled to return home. He retired to Bolton.

For two years he was a workhouse inmate. He learned to make cart covers of oilcloth, then earned a living by selling barm in Bolton and Deane.

He was a cart sheet maker in Bolton [1838]; tarpaulin maker? [1841]; a barm seller [1851]; a barm dealer [1861].

In 1869, he published a collection of Miscellaneous Poems.

He went blind [by 1871].

In 1838, he married Hannah Bleakley [1806-1???] at St Peter's, Bolton.


Hannah of Weston Street, Bolton, was the daughter of Doctor Bleakley, a joiner
 

Children: (1) Hannah [b 1839]; (2) daughter Naarah [b 1844] who was a cotton weaver [1861] and married William Aspinall; (3) Thomas [b 1847].

The family lived at Derby Street, Bolton [1841]; 25 Back Cannon Street, Bolton [1851]; 17 Cricket Street, Bolton [1861].

Living with them in 1841 were his wife's siblings: (1) Elizabeth Bleakley [b 1826] who was a linen reeler [1841]; (2) Edward Bleakley [b 1828] who was a cotton piecer [1841]; (3) William Bleakley [b 1831].

In 1871, Hannah and Benjamin, were living with daughter Naarah and her husband William Aspinall at 69 Parrot Street, Bolton [1871]

Rushforth, Henry
[1798-1855] He lived at North House, Elland.

Second son of Joseph Rushforth

Rushforth, Jasper
[1871-1936] Born 2nd December 1871.

In [Q2] he married Kate Mary Bett [1869-1936] in Louth, Lincolnshire.

Children: (1) Jasper [b 1902] who was a timber merchant [1936]; (2) Barbara [b 1904]; (3) Katharine Mary [b 1906]; (4) Margaret (Peggy) [1910-1936] who married [1933] Anthony Chichester Everitt from Sherborne, Dorset.

The family lived at Wynteredge Hall, Hipperholme [1930, 1936].

Jasper died in Halifax [21st November 1936].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £11,561 1/1d. Probate was granted to son Jasper and Barbara (wife of Edward Hanson).

Kate Mary died 2 days later [23rd November 1936].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £13,602 4/3d. Probate was granted to son Jasper and Barbara (wife of Edward Hanson).

The couple were buried at Coley Church [21st November 1936]

Rushforth, John
[18??-19??] Quarry owner at Ogden Kirk Quarries [1905]

Rushforth, Joseph
[17??-18??] Partner in Samuel Broadbent & Company

Rushforth, Joseph
[17??-1841]

He lived at North House, Elland.

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

He married Mary Anne [1773-1856].

Children: (1) Mary who married Dr John Hamerton; (2) Richard Walker; (3) Henry; (4) Benjamin; (5) a daughter who married Rev Charles Heath

Rushforth's: Messrs Rushforth
On 16th January 1809, the corn mill and scribbling mill, situated at Elland, near Halifax, the property of Messrs Rushforth, was totally destroyed by fire. No engine was at hand.

The Leeds Mercury commented

In each of the vallies in the neighbourhood of Halifax, abounding as they do with mills, we presume to suggest the propriety of keeping, at all times, in a central situation, a good Fire Engine

Rushforth, Mr
[1???-18??] Children: (1) Thomas Henry; (2) daughter who married John Baldwin

Rushforth, Richard Walker
[1793-1875] Eldest son of Joseph Rushforth.

He died at Ealing

Rushforth, Thomas Henry
[1827-1???] Son of Mr Rushforth.

Born in Broughton, Lancsashire.

He was an architect [fl 1849-69] whose work includes: Saint John the Evangelist's Church, West Vale and Saint Thomas's Church, Greetland

Rushforth, W.
[17??-18??] Woollen manufacturer at Greetland.

In April 1816, he was declared bankrupt

Rushforth, William
[17??-1810] Landlord of the Horse Shoe, Lightcliffe.

He was buried at Eastfield Chapel, Lightcliffe and his epitaph there reads


My time is spent, my glass is run
My thread is cut, and my work is done

Rushton
[Surname]

In 1379, Richard de Risshton is recorded in Rishton [near Blackburn], where the name probably originated, and Robert Rushton is recorded at Wadsworth in 1672

There are currently only around 8 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rushton. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Rushton, Benjamin
[1785-1853] Aka Ben.

Born in Dewsbury.

He moved to Ovenden. He became a New Connexion Methodist preacher, reformer, and leading Chartist, known locally as The Grand Old Man

Rushton, Caleb
[1840-1???] A waggoner of Southowram.

On 7th July 1877, he was fined 5/- plus 9/6d costs, for causing a nuisance in New Bank, by allowing the brakes of his waggon to make a greater noise than was necessary.

This was the first such case, the Halifax Watch Committee, on account of complaints, having recently determined to put down the screeching noise caused by brakes

Rushton, George
[1853-19??] Born in Bingley.

He was a labourer for UDC [1911].

In [Q3] 1882, he married Harriet Wood [1863-19??] from Clifton, in Halifax.

Children: (1) Ramsden [b 1883]; (2) Mary Ann [b 1885]; (3) Sarah Hannah [b 1889] who was a worsted drawer [1911]; (4) Priscilla [b 1893] who was a worsted rover [1911]; (5) Bertha [b 1895] who was a cotton twiner piecer [1911]; (6) Lily [b 1897] who was a cotton twiner piecer [1911]; (7) Frederick Norman [b 1899]; (8) Harriet Annie [b 1904]; (9) child.

The family lived at 18 St Ann's in the Grove, Southowram [1911]

Rushton, Irvine
[1875-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a dental mechanic [1911].

In [Q3] 1901, he married Edith Matilda Wilson in Halifax


Edith Matilda was the daughter of
Mr Wilson
 

They lived at 29 Carlton House Terrace, Halifax [1911]; 6 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1916].

Living with them in 1911 was Edith's brother Ernest Norman Wilson

Rushton, John
[18??-191?] From Brixham, Devon.

He was grandson of Julius Caesar [1830-1878, a member of the first England cricket team to tour North America [1859].

He moved to Halifax. He was associated with the Territorial Army at Arden Road; a painter and decorator with Thomas Rushton.

He was killed in World War I

Rushton, Riley
[1837-1908] Son of Robert Rushton.

Born in Northowram.

He was a jobber (worsted) [1851]; a card machine tenter worker [1861]; a card maker [1871, 1881]; a card machine tenter [1891]; beerhouse keeper at the Brewers' Arms, Halifax [1901, 1905, 1908].

He married Ann [1849-1???].

The family lived at 5 Shepherd Row, Upper Lane, Northowram [1881]; the Brewers' Arms, Halifax, 8 St James's Road, Halifax [1891]

He died at the Brewers Arms [30th August 1908]. Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £90 Probate was granted to his sister Emma, wife of Zaccheus Abbott

Rushton, Robert
[1811-1???] He was a weaver of Northowram [1832]; a stone delver [1841, 1851]; an agricultural labourer [1861]; a farm servant [1871].

In 1832, he married Mary Learoyd of Northowram, at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary was a worsted weaver [1841].

Children: (1) Jubal [b 1833] who was a wool comber [1851]; (2) Lucy [b 1835] who was a twister (worsted) [1851]; (3) Riley; (4) Ann [1839-1842] who was buried at Coley Church; (5) John [b 1841] who was a spinner (worsted) [1851], weaver of cotton [1861]; (6) William [b 1843]; (7) Emma [b 1848] who was a worsted spinner [1861] and married [1867] Zaccheus Abbott in Halifax; (8) Edwin [b 1852] who was a worsted spinner [1861].

The family lived at Upper Lane, Northowram [1841, 1851]; Shepperds Buildings, Northowram [1861, 1871]

Rushton, Thomas
[18??-19??] Painter and decorator.

John Rushton joined him in the business.

He lived at King Cross

Rushton, Zimri
[1815-1891] Son of Ben Rushton.

Born in Ovenden.

On 9th May 1836, he married Sarah Sutcliffe in Halifax.

Children: (1) Mary [b 1837]; (2) Benjamin [b 1839].

When he failed to support his family, he was sent to prison and Sarah was sent to the Halifax Union Workhouse, where she died.

She was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3577], the same plot as her father-in-law

Rushworth
A variant of the surname Rishworth.

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The name is recorded in 1275

There are currently around 41 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rushworth. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Rushworth, A.
[18??-191?] Of Southowram.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on Southowram War Memorial

Rushworth & Briggs
Of Halifax. Partners included Daniel Briggs

Rushworth & Company
Established when Billy Rushworth took over the business of engineers' tool makers from William Newsome & Sons Limited at Clough Works, Sowerby Bridge.

Starting around 1968, they moved to Hollins Tool Works, Hollins Lane.

In 1973, the offices were moved to a new block at Hollins Lane.

In 1972, the firm was taken over by Morgan's of Lye, Stourbridge in the West Midlands and became Morgan Rushworth Limited. The business subsequently moved to Lye

Rushworth & Company
Worsted spinners. Recorded in 1905. Partners included John Rushworth, Jonas William Rushworth, and Joe Edward Rushworth

Rushworth & Company
Engineers' tool makers at Clough Works, Sowerby Bridge [1905]. (Probably) established Charles William Rushworth. Partners included his sons John William and Charles Donald

Rushworth, Arthur
[1882-1906] Son of John Lister Rushworth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a joiner [1901, 1906].

He died in the North Bridge Tram Accident of 1906

Rushworth, Billy
[1???-19??] Owner of Rushworth & Company. When the company was bought by Morgan's of Lye, he and his wife moved to Weston-super-Mare

Rushworth, Charles
[1815-1???] Son of William Rushworth.

On 24th December 1835, he married Susie Hanson at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: (1) Nerina / Serina [b 1840]; (2) Martha [b 1843]; (3) Frederick; (4) Charles.

The family lived at Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1871]

Rushworth, Charles
[1848-1920] Son of Charles Rushworth.

In [Q1] 1874, he married Amelia Fox.


Amelia was the daughter of William Fox
 

Children: (1) Charles William; (2) Edith; (3) Nellie

Rushworth, Charles William
[1874-1945] Son of Charles Rushworth.

He was an engineer [1908]; a mechanical engineer and (probably) established Rushworth & Company.

On 28th March 1900, he married Eleanor Helliwell at West End Congregational Church, Sowerby Bridge.

Children: (1) John William [1901-1970]; (2) Charles Donald [1906-1958]

Rushworth, Ernest
[1853-1???] Son of John Rushworth, joiner.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a weaver of Ovenden [1872]; a carpet weaver [1881]; a velvet carpet weaver [1891]; a carpet weaver [1901].

In 1872, he married Hannah Kershaw at Halifax Parish Church.


Hannah of Northowram, was the daughter of
Amos Kershaw
 

Children: (1) Emma E [b 1875] who was a worsted twister [1891]; (2) Richard [b 1877] who was a oiler in cotton factory [1891]; (3) George [b 1879] who was a drysalter's assistant [1891], a carpet weaver [1901]; (4) John [b 1881] who was a news boy [1891]; (5) Sarah Ann [b 1883] who married Lewis Wroot; (6) Ralph.

The family lived at 5 Hodgson's Terrace, Northowram, Halifax [1881]; 131 Boothtown Road, Northowram, Halifax [1891]; 3 Hodgson's Terrace, Boothtown Road, Halifax.

Living with them in 1901 was grandson Harry Rushworth [b 1901]

Rushworth, F. W.
[18??-1???] He was master at Saint John's Day School, Warley [around 1875]. A report commented that he had
to teach all 7 standards on one day of each week and 5 standards on the other days, in addition to supervising the Infant class

Rushworth, Fred
[1875-1944] Son of Frederick Rushworth.

He retired in 1925.

On 12th June 1902, he married Gertrude Richardson.


Gertrude was born in halifax [17th February 1880] and died 3rd September 1947
 

Children: (1) John Eric Richardson; (2) Geoffrey Charles Kay

Rushworth, Frederick
[1846-1911] Son of Charles Rushworth.

He was a partner in Greenwood & Rushworth.

In [Q4] 1872, he married (1) Isabel Kay in Halifax.


Isabel was born in Burton-in-Lonsdale [13th April 1840], and died 20th March 1897 (aged 57).

She was buried at St Michael's, Mytholmroyd

 

Children: Fred.

In 1898, he married (2) Adelaide Nicholl in Ormskirk, Lancashire.


Adelaide was born in Sowerby [1868] and died in Leeds [1945] (aged 78) 
 

The family lived at 48 Alma Street, Pellon Lane [1881]; 6 Pine Street, Portland Place, halifax [1891]; 44 Prescott Street, Halifax [1901]. He died at Lytham-St-Anne's [September 1911]

Rushworth, Geoffrey Charles Kay
[1915-1990] Son of Fred Rushworth.

On 3rd April 1940, he married Gladys Leach [1919-1994].


Gladys died in Harrogate [11th October 1994]
 

Children: (1) Rodney; (2) Peter Kay

Rushworth, George
[18??-18??] He was a wire drawer [1866].

He married Unknown.

Children: John Lister

Rushworth, George
[1812-1???] Born in Sowerby.

He was Manager at the Sowerby Bridge Industrial Society [1871].

He married Mary [1817-1???] from Wadsworth.

Children: John.

The family lived at Hollins Terrace, Sowerby Bridge [1871].

Living with them in 1871 were son John and family.

See Thomas Gill

Rushworth, George
[1816-1883] Of Boothtown Road, Halifax.

He married Ann [1824-1878].

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery with John Rushworth's wife & son


Question: Does anyone know the relationship between George and John Rushworth?

 

Rushworth, George Walter
[18??-19??] Artist.

He lived at 16 Westfield Place, Halifax [1905]

Rushworth, Henry
[18??-19??] Councillor for Halifax Central ward [1894]

Rushworth, Herbert
[18??-191?] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Devonshire Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Rushworth, J.
[1???-19??] Cabinet maker at Seedlings Mount Street, Halifax [1936].


Question: Does anyone know whether he was connected to J. Rushworth & Sons?

 

Rushworth's: J. Rushworth & Sons
House furnishers at 10 Cheapside, Halifax [1936].


Question: Does anyone know anything about the company?

 

See J. Rushworth

Rushworth, Rev James Haydn
[19??-197?] From Elland.

He was Vicar of Harley Wood [1957] and Vicar of Holy Trinity Church [1958-1970s].

He never married.

He lived at 21 Balmoral Place, Halifax.

He died from a heart attack [1970s].

See Memories of Holy Trinity Schools

Rushworth, Joe Edward
[18??-19??] Partner in Rushworth & Company.

He lived at 1 Seed Hill Grove, Mill Lane, Mixenden [1905]

Rushworth, John
[1???-18??] Of Mount Pellon.

He married Sarah [1801-1875].

Children: Isaiah [1835-1863].

Sarah & Isaiah were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery with George Rushworth and his wife


The epitaph records that Isaiah died after two and half years' service in the Federal Army America
 


Question: Does anyone know the relationship between John and George Rushworth?

 

Rushworth, John
[18??-19??] Partner in Rushworth & Company.

He lived at 1 Seed Hill Grove, Mill Lane, Mixenden [1905]

Rushworth, John
[1837-1???] Son of George Rushworth.

He was a master pattern maker employing 1 man & 2 boys [1871].

He married Annie [1837-1???] from Womersley, Yorkshire.

Children: (1) Bertha [b 1865]; (2) Mary A. [b 1867]; (3) George [b 1869]; (4) Amy [b 1870].

In 1871, they were living at Hollins Terrace, Sowerby Bridge with John's parents

Rushworth, John Eric Richardson
[1908-1991] Son of Fred Rushworth.

In [Q4] 1938, he married (1) Kathleen Cookson [1913-1997].

The couple divorced in 1949.


Kathleen married Francis W. Foster
 

In [Q1] 1950, he married (2) Betty Weir Cairns in Calder District.


Betty was born in Barnoldswick [12th July 1921] and died 5th January 2005
 

Children: John Roderick

Rushworth, John Lister
[1845-1???] Son of George Rushworth.

Born in Hipperholme.

He was a brazier of Hipperholme [1866]; a coppersmith [1871]; a coppersmith (foreman) [1881]; a coppersmith [1891, 1901, 1911].

In 1866, he married (1) Sarah Ann Ellis [1845-1909] at Halifax Parish Church.


Sarah Ann of Northowram, was born in Ovenden, the daughter of Joseph Ellis, a delver
 

Children: (1) George [b 1867] who was a silk machinery oiler [1881]; (2) Robert J [b 1868] who was a worsted doffer [1881], an iron worker [1891]; (3) Charlie [b 1871] who was a tailor [1891]; (4) Emma [b 1873] who was a woollen spinner [1891]; (5) Delia [b 1875] who was a woollen spinner [1891], a machine minder [1901]; (6) Ethel [b 1878] who was a woollen spinner [1891]; (7) Ada [b 1880] who was a bookkeeper [1901]; (8) Arthur.

Sarah Ann died in 1909.

In [Q3] 1910, John married (2) Emily Brown [1855-19??] in Halifax.

The family lived at Northowram Village [1871]; 51 Beacon Hill Road, Northowram, Halifax [1881]; Old Godley Lane, Northowram, Halifax [1891]; 3 Old Godley Lane, Halifax [1901]; 7 Richardson Street, Halifax [1911]

Living with them in 1911 was boarder Charles Dean Bullough [aged 19] (shop assistant) 

Rushworth, Jonas
[1738-1807] Landlord of the Mile's Cross, Ovenden for many years until his death. He died 4th October 1807 [aged 69]

Rushworth, Jonas William
[18??-19??] Partner in Rushworth & Company.

He lived at 1 Seed Hill Grove, Mill Lane, Mixenden [1905]

Rushworth, Jonathan
[1808-1???] Or Benjamin. Aka Daunt Rushworth.

One of the gang who attacked Thomas Cockcroft and Robert Crossley in 1839. Rushworth had grabbed the horse which was pulling the trap.

At the trial on 5th March 1840, he was transported to Van Diemen's Land for 15 years. He was one of 259 convicts who left England on the Duncan [10th December 1840]

Rushworth, Joseph
[18??-18??] Stamp distributor at Commercial Buildings, Brighouse [1861]. Partner in Joseph & Alfred Rushworth

Rushworth, Joseph
[1808-1878] Born in Huddersfield.

He was a stone mason [1841]; a mason [1851]; a beerseller at the Who could a' thowt it, Southowram [1871].

He married Jane [1812-1889] from York.

Children: (1) Mary [b 1831]; (2) Elizabeth [b 1835] who was a worsted spinner [1851]; (3) John [b 1840] who was a worsted spinner [1851]; (4) Thomas; (5) Mark [b 1848]; (6) Joseph [b 1852]; (7) Mary E [b 1854]; (8) Sarah Jane [b 1857].

The family lived at Paddock Foot, Huddersfield [1841]; Bank Bottom, Southowram [1851].

Living with them in 1851 were visitors John Smides [aged 29] (mason) and William Moore [aged 35] (stone cutter).

After Joseph's death, Jane took over at the Who could a' thowt it [1881]

Rushworth's: Joseph & Alfred Rushworth
Printers, booksellers, stationers, bookbinders, account book manufacturers and circulating library at Commercial Buildings, Brighouse [1861]. Partners included Joseph Rushworth

Rushworth, Mr
[1???-18??] In December 1838, he was passing through a wood near Elland when he was attacked by 2 men, Brooke and Collingwood. He defended himself with his sword-stick and seriously injured Collingwood. Brooke tended Collingwood, attempting to staunch the flow of blood. The jury found both men guilty, but because of Collingwood's injuries and Brooke's humanity, the 2 were sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment instead of transportation for life

Rushworth, Mr
[17??-1???] He married Unknown.

Children: (1) William; (2) Mary who married Robert Holroyd

Rushworth, Ralph
[1886-1916] Son of Ernest Rushworth.

He was an assistant drawing overlooker (worsted) [1901]; a worsted spinning overlooker [1911]; an overlooker of St Peter's Street, Northowram [1912]; an overlooker with Thomas Hoyle & Sons Limited, Ellen Royd Mills.

In 1911, he was living with his sister Sarah Ann and her husband Lewis Wroot.

In [Q2] 1912, he married Martha Hannah Buckley [1890-19??] in Halifax.


Martha Hannah of 51 Battinson Road, Halifax, was the daughter of Sam Buckley, wire drawer
 

Children: (1) Hannah [b 1912]; (2) Lavinia [b 1914].

During World War I, he enlisted [1st January 1915], and served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

He was seriously wounded in the right leg when a shell burst whilst he was on duty in a communication trench.

He died of wounds [22nd May 1916] (aged 28).

He was buried at the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, France [1 A 29]

Rushworth, Ratcliffe
[18??-18??] Recorded in 1861, when he was postmaster, linen draper and fustian manufacturer as Ratcliffe Rushworth & Son

Rushworth, Stephen
[17??-18??] He married Unknown.

The family lived at Castle Hill, Rastrick [1820].

In 1820, he was digging in his garden at Castle Hill, Rastrick when he discovered a ceramic urn containing bones. This may have been associated with the earthworks Castle Hill, Rastrick

Rushworth, Thomas
[1846-1891] Son of Joseph Rushworth.

Born in Marsden.

He was delver [1869]; stone delver [1871, 1881]; stone delver and beerhouse keeper at Clough Head, Southowram – possibly the Who could a' thowt it, Southowram [1890?].

In 1869, he married Rachel Sharp [1850-1???].


Rachel was the daughter of gardener George Sharp of Hipperholme
 

Children: (1) Charley [b 1871] who was a stationary engine tenter [1891] and a delver stone quarry [1901]; (2) Edith [b 1873]; (3) Annie [b 1874]; (4) Herbert [b 1876] who was a stone mason [1901]; (5) John William [b 1879] who was a stone mason [1901]; (6) Arthur [b 1880] who was a woolwasher [1901]; (7) Sam [b 1882].

The family lived at Langley House, Hipperholme cum Brighouse [1871]; 10 Lane End, Hipperholme with Brighouse [1881]; Clough Head, Southowram [1891].

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1891

In 1891, widow Rachel Rushworth was publican at the Who could a' thowt it, Southowram.

Living with them in 1891, was nephew Mark Rushworth [aged 26] (stone delver).

In 1898, Rachel married James Emmett

Rushworth, William
[17??-18??] Of Crawstone Hall, Greetland.

Son of Mr Rushworth.

Around 1782/3, he married Grace, daughter of Jeremiah Holroyde.

Children: (1) daughter; (2) child who was stillborn.

Grace was buried at Coley Church [7th July 1790].

After his wife's death and the collapse of his business, William emigrated to Canada with his daughter

Rushworth, William
[1793-18??] Born at Sowerby Hall.

He was a tea dealer [1841]; a grocer [1851].

He married Sarah (Sally) Horsfall [1795-18??] from Sowerby.

Children: (1) Charles; (2) William [b 1817]; (3) Mary [b 1819]; (4) Sally [b 1820]

Rushworth, William
[18??-1???] Of Halifax.

He married Sarah.

Children: (1) Walter [1850] who died aged 2 weeks; (2) Fanny [1854-1857].

The children were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse with Elizabeth Womersley [1794-1875]

Rushworth, William
[18??-19??] Of Rushworth & Company.

He lived at 5 Orion Place, Sowerby Bridge [1905]

Rushworth, William
[1828-18??] He was a labourer [1871].

He married Sarah, daughter of Mr Womersley.

Children: (1) William Henry; (2) Elizabeth Ann [b 1860].

The family lived at 9 Mount Street, Halifax [1871]

Living with them in 1871 were mother-in-law Elizabeth Womersley and 3 lodgers

Rushworth, William
[1829-19??] Born in Mixenden.

He married Mary [1833-19??] from Mixenden.

They lived at Slead Hall, Brighouse [1901]

Rushworth, William Henry
[1848-1891] Son of William Rushworth.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a butcher [1871, 1876]; butcher and landlord of the Bowling Green, Halifax [1891].

In 1876, he married (1) Martha Hannah, daughter of Godfrey Taylor, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children: Beatrice [b 1880].

In 1890, he married (2) Emily Charlotte Turner, widow of William Hunt.

The family lived at 7 Woolshops, Halifax [with Martha Hannah's parents 1881]

Living with them in 1891 were stepdaughter Jane Hunt and visitor Ann Howarth [aged 58] (widow).

In 1893, after William Henry's death, Emily Charlotte married Frank Robinson in Bradford

Rushy Clough, Widdop Moor

Ruskin Hall Education League
Recorded in 1905 at 45a Crown Street, Halifax

Russell, Arthur
[18??-19??] Landlord of the Dusty Miller, Sowerby Bridge [1905].

In July 1905, he was fined 10/- plus 10/6d for permitting drunkenness after Sgt Tattersall found Sam Frankland playing dominoes with another man. Frankland was drunk and admitted that he'd had too much, but would go when he had supped up as he had nearly spent up. In his own defence, Russell said that Frankland had only had 6½d when he left home.

On 9th December 1905, he was charged with having permitted gambling on the premises on the 2nd December 1905. 6 other men were charged with gaming at tippet. The losers paid 2d to the landlord who gave them a check for 2d. Russell claimed to have been in another room and did not witness the gaming. Russell was fined £2 plus 17/6d costs, and 5 of the men were fined 5/- each plus costs

Russell, Benjamin T.
[1983-] Born in Halifax [10th January 1983]. Rugby Union player

Russell, Bernard Parvish
[1887-19??] Fourth son of Rev Edward James Russell. Born in Todmorden.

In 1917, he married Harriet Evelyn Killick from Chorley

Russell, Rev Edward James
[1843-1911] MA.

He was born in Dorking, Surrey.

He was educated at St Mary Hall, Oxford. In 1870, he became a deacon, in 1871 he was ordained as a priest.

In 1875, he married Mary Georgiana Baron at Heywood, Manchester, where he was vicar of St James's Church.

Children: (1) Edward John [b 1876]; (2) Harry William; (3) George Herbert Heywood [b 1880]; (4) Ethel Mary R. [b 1885]; (5) Bernard Parvish; (6) Lawrence Arnold [b 1889]; (7) Martin Baron [b 1893]; (8) Dorothy Maud [b 1895]; (9) Cecil Hugh [b 1899].

In 1883, he was appointed Vicar of Todmorden. He held the post for 26 years. In 1910, he resigned due to sudden ill health.

His name is inscribed on one of the bells at Todmorden Parish Church.

In 1897, he became an Honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral. In 1899, he became a Proctor in Convocation.

In 1904, he was Chairman of the Church Schools' Emergency League.

He died – and was buried – at St Anne's-on-Sea, Lancashire.

See Todmorden Shakespearian Society

Russell, Ernest A.
[1???-194?] Of Todmorden.

During World War II, he served with the Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Russell, Rev Frederick
[1???-18??] MA.

He was educated at St Mary's Hall Oxford, and was minister at The Abbey Church, Romsey, Hampshire, from October 1832 until May 1834, when he became Perpetual Curate at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.

He gave a sermon on

Popery! and the duty of adhering to the Principles of the Reformation

which he published in Halifax [1839].

He resigned in 1845 and moved to Holly Rood Church, Southampton.

On 12th February 1825, he married Unknown.

He lived at Trinity House, Halifax [1841] and Parsonage House, Halifax [1844]

Russell, Frederick
[18??-18??] BA.

Educated at Trinity College Cambridge. He was Usher at Heath Grammar School [1849]

Russell, Harry William
[1877-1???] Second son of Rev Edward James Russell.

He was Lieutenant-Colonel with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

In 1928?, he married Constance MacLoghlin from Ireland

Russell, Dr J. Lawson
[18??-19??] MB, CM.

Physician and surgeon at West Lodge, Wellington Road, Todmorden [1895, 1905, 1913].

In 1906, he described the Blackheath barrow in Ling Roth's book Yorkshire Coiners.

He married Unknown.

Children: Jean who married Edward Wilfred Lord

Russell, Rev John Forbes St Maur
[1844-1901] Son of Elizabeth & Rev John Lecky Forbes.

Born in Great Eversden, Cambridgeshire.

Baptised [1/10/1844].

He was educated at St John's College Cambridge [1862]; assistant master at Hereford Cathedral School [1867-1869]; curate of St Martin's, Hereford [1868-1871]; Curate of St Paul's Church, Cross Stone [1871-1873]; Curate of Todmorden [1873-1875]; assistant clergyman at the Todmorden Churches before becoming rector of Shelton, Nottinghamshire [1875-1886] and vicar of Aldborough, Yorkshire [1886-1901].

On 3rd September 1872, he married Betty Ingham at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone.


Betty was the daughter of John Ingham
 

Children: Richard F. [b 1897].

He died 14th May 1901

Russell, Rev Peter
[1???-19??] Priest at St Mary's Catholic Church, Gibbet Street [1935]

Russell Street Arcade, Halifax
Aka Market Arcade and Russell Arcade. Continues one of the avenues of Halifax Borough Market northwards into Russell Street. It was designed by John & Joseph Leeming and built around 1892.

Old Arcade continues the avenue from Russell Street to Old Market

Russell, Thomas
[17??-18??] Watchmaker and clockmaker at 20 Crown Street, Halifax [1837]

Russell, Tom
[18??-1???] On 7th June 1888, he was granted a 3 months' theatre license.

On 22nd June 1888, he opened the Pavilion Theatre at Market Ground, Todmorden

Rutchley
Popular name for the area between Newton Green and Lineholme

Rutherford, Rev Robert
[18??-18??] Curate at Elland [1861]

Rutkouski, Ignace Felix de
[1841-1914] He married Unknown.

Children: unknown.

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 1658]

Rutkowski, I. de
[18??-19??] Professor of languages at 26 Union Street, Halifax [1905]

Rutter, Barrie
[1946-] Born in Hull. Founder, actor and artistic director with the Northern Broadsides Theatre Group at the Viaduct Theatre.

He started his career with the National Youth Theatre [1964].

In 1966, he was voted the Most Promising Actor of the Year' by the London critics for his performance in Apprentices.

In 2010, he was awarded the Pragnell Shakespeare Birthday Award. This is given annually to an individual or a company for

their outstanding achievement in extending the appreciation and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare or in the general advancement of Shakespearian knowledge and understanding.

See Our Kid

The Ryall family of Halifax
John Ryall is recorded in 1664

Ryall, John
[16??-16??] Recorded in 1664, when he was a yeoman at Brackenbedd in Ovenden

Ryall, John
[16??-1682] A yeoman of Halifax.

In 1658, a complaint was recorded that he

by force and arms entered the house of John Whitley of Ovenden, and stole 30 quarters of oats, 40 horse-loads of manure, and 4 wain-loads of hay, to the value of £60

A document dated 2nd November 1681, records that he

bought one cottage or dwellinghouse conteyning a housebody and a Chamber over the same ... in a place called Lovelace Lane in Halifax from Robert Halliday of Halifax, carpenter

Ryall, William
[16??-16??] He married Martha Best

Ryan, Margaret
[1803-1900] A native of the west of Ireland.

She was a keen smoker, thick twist being her favourite tobacco, which she was in the habit of smoking out of a long clay pipe.

When she died in February 1900, at the age of 97, she had been an inmate of the Halifax Workhouse for over 30 years. An obituary described her as the

Matriarch of the Halifax Workhouse

Rybicki, Bryan John
[19??-] He was Mayor of Todmorden [1993-1994]

Ryburn
River which rises on the moors at Blackstone Edge and flows down through the Baitings and Ryburn reservoirs to Rishworth – where it is joined by Booth Wood Stream – and down to Ripponden, Kebroyd, Triangle, and Sowerby Bridge – where it joins the Calder.

There are stepping stones across the river at Triangle. This is discussed in Our Home & Country.

John Rawson planted much of the woodland in the valley.

In 1996, there was a chemical spillage which killed much of the fish and life in the river.

The name has been said to mean fierce stream reedy stream, stream with a ford, or [less likely] King's borough.

See Bogden Clough

Ryburn Art Gallery, Sowerby Bridge
Water Street

Ryburn Civic Trust
See Pennine Farm Museum

Ryburn Cottage, Ripponden
Oldham Road.

Owners and tenants have included

Ryburn Garage Transport Company Limited
Transport company of Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge.

In 1924, they bought the buses of Frederick Bateson.

Recorded in 1925 and 1926, when their applications for their omnibuses to ply for hire in Halifax Borough were declined

Ryburn Golf Club, Norland
Opened on 14th May 1910

Ryburn House, Soyland
Stands next to Stones House.

Before this became a private house, there was a small cotton-spinning factory here – known variously as Ripponden Wood Mill, Victoria Mills, and Ryburn House Mill.

The house is also recorded with other names, including Ryburn Villa and Lower Stones.

Owners and tenants have included

Ryburn Intake Reservoir
It covers 1 acre and has a capacity of 3 million gallons.

See Ryburn Reservoir

Ryburn Lodge, Soyland

Owners and tenants have included

Ryburn Mill Company Limited
In 1894, the Whiteleys sold Ryburn Mill, Ripponden to the Ryburn Mill Company Limited. They were cotton doublers at their 2 mills:

See Miles Wadsworth

Ryburn [No 1283] Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge.

They met at the Freemasons' Hall, Sowerby Bridge [1917] on the last Wednesday of the month.

The later moved to West Vale Masonic Hall.

Officers and Members of the Lodge have included

Ryburn Reservoir
Aka Ryburn Dam, Bogden Clough Reservoir. This was the first of 3 reservoirs – Baitings, Ryburn and Booth Wood – to be built to supply the Wakefield area. This necessitated the laying of pipelines through many parts of Calderdale and the inundation of Bogden village.

Construction began when the first sod was cut by Alderman John Tennant on 15th July 1925. The reservoir was opened on 7th September 1933 at a cost of £240,000.

The dam is over 100 ft high. It covers 26 acres and has a capacity of 220 million gallons.

Wakefield Corporation planted 60,000 Sitka spruce and Japanese larch trees. Herons are a familiar sight here.

See Baitings Reservoir, Bogden Clough, Bogden Mill, Bogden, Booth Wood Reservoir, Rishworth Hall Wood, Ryburn Intake Reservoir, Stansfield Hey, Ripponden and Ryburndale Paper Mills

Ryburn Valley
The valley of the river Ryburn includes the communities of Rishworth, Ripponden, Kebroyd, Triangle, and Sowerby Bridge, where the river joins the Calder.

See Ryburn Valley Almanack

The Ryburn-Valley Almanack
19th century almanac produced by F. Nichol

Ryburn Valley branch line
Railway line which linked Sowerby Bridge Station via Scar Head Tunnel to Triangle, Ripponden, and Slitheroe Bridge, Rishworth

See Martha Mallalieu and Rishworth pigs

Ryburn Valley History Society
Formed in 2008.

The members meet on the first Monday of the month at 7.30 pm at Ripponden Conservative Club.

New members always welcome.

The scope of our interests covers the area which is basically that of the old Ripponden UDC (Soyland, Barkisland & Rishworth) plus adjoining areas including Sowerby, Norland, Triangle, Mill Bank

Contact:

4 Castle Estate
Ripponden
West Yorkshire
HX6 4JY

Email: rippondencastle@talktalk.net

Ryburn Villa, Rastrick
Church Street.

Owners and tenants have included

Ryburn Ward, Halifax
One of the Electoral Wards of Halifax

Ryburndale Paper Mills Company Limited
Paper manufacturers at Ryburndale Paper Mill, Soyland [1905, 1910].

In 1910, they were recorded as producing:

Printings, Writings, Cartridges, Fine News, White and Tinted, Glazed and Unglazed, Reams or Reels, or for Export

Powered by Steam

The business closed in the mid-1990s

Ryburndale, Ripponden
Owners and tenants have included

Rycliffe House, Ripponden
Formerly known as Cliffe Cottage.

Owners and tenants have included

In the late 1960s, there was an extension to the right. By the mid-1980s, this had been demolished to create parking space

Rydal Mount, Brighouse
Parsonage Lane.

Owners and tenants have included

Rydal Mount, Halifax
75-77 Savile Park Road.

Owners and tenants have included

The Rydeing family
From the 13th century, the Rydeing family of Rydeing, Ovenden Wood are mentioned. The name is variously spelled Rideinge, Riding, Ridynge, and Rydyng.

In the early 16th century, all the male heirs had died out, and the estate passed to Mary Rydeing

Rydeing, Ovenden Wood
The ancestral home of the Rydeing family. A house is mentioned in 1274.

John Farrer lived here. In the 18th century, the house passed to his son, Elkanah. His initials – E.R.F 1734 – appeared over the door of the house

It was demolished in 1???

Ryder, Richard
[1816-1869] Of Hipperholme. Recorded in April 1865, when his horse won first prize for Stallions: Best blood at the Wharfedale Agricultural Association show at Otley

Ryders Court, Hipperholme
Denholme Gate Road. Early 18th century house.

This is now the Dominion Works factory canteen

Ryding
See Riding and Rydeing, Ovenden Wood

Ryding, Richard
[1???-1527] Of Sowerby. On 6th June 1527, Sir Richard Oldfield witnessed his will

The Rydings, Brighouse
Halifax Road. House built in 1841 for corn miller, John Brooke.

See Brighouse War Memorial

Rydings Hall, Brighouse
The Brighouse parish hall in Church lane, stands just below the former Saint Martin's School. It was built in 1926, a gift of Richard Woodhouse. It was dedicated to Dr Eden, Bishop of Wakefield. It was originally used for the Church Institute.

The building was named Rydings Hall in the 1970s when it was used as the headquarters and rehearsal rooms of the Brighouse & Rastrick band. It was formally opened by the Mayor of Brighouse in September 1971.

A part has been converted into Rydings Hall Surgery.

The Sugden Church House was built next door.

See Brighouse Church Institute

Rydings Hall Surgery, Brighouse
Church Lane.

Staff at the surgery have reported cases of doors and windows slamming shut when there was no draught. These incidents have been attributed to the death of a woman in toilets of the building, and even the spirit of Jimmy Clitheroe. The apparition of a black dog has also been reported.

See Rydings Hall, Brighouse

Rydings, Ovenden
Crabtree records this as
An ancient mansion, formerly in the possession of a family of that name, then of the Farrars of Ewood, the last of whom died May 1799

Rydings Park, Brighouse
The park at The Rydings was laid out in 1898.

The gardens of the house were transformed by Charles Kershaw into a public park.

This was the first public park in Brighouse.

The Park Parliament was erected in 1902.

A bandstand was bought from Harrogate Council and erected in the park in April 1933. It fell into disrepair and was removed in the 1950

Ryecroft
District of Calderdale near Illingworth

Ryecroft, Illingworth
Owners and tenants have included

Rygate, Ann
[1???-13??] She was the 2nd wife of Sir John Elland

Ryland, Jonathan
[1973-] Actor.

Son of a Todmorden doctor. Born in Surrey.

He has appeared in many TV productions, including Fat Friends

Ryley
A variant of the surname Riley

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

There are currently only around 4 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Ryley. This count does not include other forms of the surname. The individuals are not necessarily related to each other

Ryley & Sons
Fountain pen dealers and stationers at 27 Southgate, Halifax. Established in 18?? by James A. Ryley.

George R. Ryley was with the firm [1900, 1905].

The shop closed in 198?.

Since then it has been a card shop, a mobile phone shop

Ryley, George Rhoades
[1859-1???] Born in Louth, Lincolnshire.

In 1882, he married Louisa Martha Jerome from Gosport, Hampshire, at Louth.

Children: (1) James; (2) George [b 1886]; (3) Kate [b 1898].

A 1900 advertisement announced

George R. Ryley

Stationer, Bags, Holdalls, Dress Baskets, Bonnet Boxes

27 Southgate, Halifax

See Ryley & Sons

Ryley, Gilbert
[14??-15??] Of Sowerby. In his will of 1536, he gave money to Sowerby Chapel and bequeathed the sum of 33/4d to John Royde. Using figures for average earnings, 33/4d in 1536 is roughly the equivalent of £8,220 today

Ryley, James A.
[1884-1936] Son of George Rhoades Ryley.

Established Ryley & Sons

Ryley, Rev John
[16??-17??] Curate at Hartshead [1712] and private Chaplain to the Armytage family.

He left property in Highmoor Lane to his brother, Joseph, on condition that some of the rent go to the master of Clifton Free School to enable him to

teach 3 poor children of the township, such children to be chosen by the Church wardens


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