Friday 16 March 1917
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The wedding took place on Saturday, at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Saltaire Road, Shipley, of Air Mechanic Arthur Lee, only son of Mr William Lee of Windhill Old Road, Thackley, and Mary Sladen, second daughter of Mr and Mrs A Sladen of Windhill. The bride was attended by Miss Annie Price, niece of the bridegroom, and Miss Eleanor Sladen, sister of the bride Mr O Stockwell of Baildon acted as best man whilst the Rev N Taylor was the officiating minister. The bridegroom is attached to the Royal Naval Air Service and is station at the Crystal Palace, London. Hospital at Plymouth Miss Annie Sladen, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Sladen, was married some time ago to Seaman F C Pickering, who is now in hospital at Plymouth. Seaman Pickering is the son of Rev F Pickering of Stanley, Co Durham, whose ministrations at Shipley were exceedingly successful. In civil life Seaman Pickering was a chemist. Previous to her marriage Miss Annie Sladen was a shorthand-typist at the Express office, Idle. She is now employed in the Bradford District Bank. Left top: Air Mechanic A Lee and Miss Mary Sladen; Bottom Mrs Pickering and Seaman F C Pickering.
Sisters take military grooms
An inquest was held at the Fire Station on Tuesday with respect to the death of Elizabeth Tyreman, 31 years of age, of 11 Regent Street, Shipley. Evidence was given by Frederick Tyrman, husband of the deceased,  who remarked that his wife had been anaemic. She was taken ill on the previous Thursday at about 10 o’clock in the morning. He was told by a neighbour that his wife had had a miscarriage. She died early on the following morning. Promptitude Dr Edward Thornton of Shipley remarked that in the case of a miscarriage, it was advisable to have medical attention at once. In his opinion the cause of death was heart failure, accelerated by miscarriage. The coroner complimented the doctor on the promptitude he had shown in attending the deceased after receiving the call. He had found generally that at the present time, doctors were not able to attend patients with the same punctuality as in normal times. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.
Woman dies after miscarriage
by A Well-known Baildonian That the village on the hill is one of the most ancient in the district there are to be found innumerable proofs. The very name is reputed to be derived from worshippers of Baal, who selected hills (Tuns) on which to worship with fire their deity. There are still to be traced earthworks which show distinct signs of ancient Britons having made it one of their places of worship and defence. However, to come nearer to modern days, it may be interesting to try and draw a pen-picture of Baildon as it existed over a century ago, before the days of the ‘iron horse’ Baildon beck In those days the only factories were Gill Mills and Baildon Bridge Mills, both water driven. The village of Baildon scarcely existed. There was the moor, with footpath approaches running through two moorland ravines – Eldwick beck (Shipley Glen) and Baildon beck (Kelcliffe). The former remains much the same but what a change has taken place with the latter. Fancy, where Baildon beck once ran open from the moors, now it is covered over and Northgate Road, Towngate, with many houses and shops, stand over without revealing to the casual eye the original course of the ravine and moorland stream Westgate was originally formed out of a footpath which wandered alongside a small stream and before the Local Board built the waterworks on the Moor, the spring of this stream was one of the water supplies to the town.
Church Hill was formed in a similar way but took its name because the old church stood up there. In those days there was no road up Browgate into the village. It was approached by a footpath down Westgate, a moorland bridle-path across the moor down Northgate and another down Church Hill, which came up from the old bridlepath which came up Cliffe Lane, skirted the Baildon Green Common up Bankside, past Haigh Tree Cottage, out into present Browgate as far as the Primitive Chapel, thence down and across Kelcliffe until it came to where Church Hill joined it. Here it split into two paths, both bridle, one via Ladderbanks and the other via Esholt to Otley. No Otley highway such as we now know existed. Fords The River Aire was crossed originally by three fords, one from Idle at Buck Mill, traces of which can still be seen in the river bed. Higher up the river was the principal ford, where Baildon Bridge Mills weir now stands, afterwards succeeded by the old humped-back, stone-built Baildon Bridge, to be in its turn superseded by the present iron structure. Still higher up was a third ford, just below the present Saltaire Bridge,
traces of which existed up to just recently on the Baildon side of the river. This ford led to Baildon Green, Brackenhall Green (Shipley Glen) and Eldwick, which was once a busy thriving place, almost as big as its rival, Baildon village. In the latter portion of the eighteenth century Baildon commenced to merge into the then developing woollen industry.  It was a homeside industry in those early days. The freehold of Baildon Manor and its manorial rights were not so keenly asserted as in some districts. Stone could be easily quarried, land was cheaper than down in the richer and more highly cultivated valley. Donkeys Donkeys, common beasts of burden in those days could be more easily put out to pasture on common land and in some cases a bit of common land, say where Baildon beck ravine was and Baildon Green village now stands, a building or cottage was erected and nobody said anything about taking liberty with manorial or freeholders’ rights or District Council’s bye-laws. Thus there was formed a small village consisting of tillers of the soil, shepherds, quarrymen, hand-combers and weavers and from this sturdy race of Yorkshire hillside dwellers many of the older Baildon families of today descend. Cock fight A hard-working, hard-living lot were they and fond of sport. Baildon Moor has seen many a cock-fight and many a man-fight. There was a village constable in modern times and the life of a ‘special’ in these days is a paradise compared with that of a constable in the old days. Finally, I might add that the beautiful wooded slopes as seen at the Shipley Glen side of the town, were continuous woods right along Baildon Green into Kelcliffe Ravine, which was formerly wooded on both sides.
Baildon before the arrival of the ‘iron horse’
“Thus there was formed a small village consisting of tillers of the soil, shepherds, quarrymen, hand-combers and weavers and from this sturdy race of Yorkshire hillside dwellers many of the older Baildon families of today descend.”
Witty songs, a banjo and clever sketches
To wind up the session of Saltaire Institute Society a unique entertainment was given on Wednesday night. It was advertised as ‘a highly amusing entertainment, novel in character and of exceptional merit’ and the promise was more than fulfilled in the actual performance. Percy French’, the entertainer, is an Irishman of the same clan as our famous Field Marshall. Raconteur He sings songs of his own composition and sings them well, although in quaint fashion. In place of the piano he substitutes the more amusing and easily carried banjo, which he makes to speak his merry language. He is a rare raconteur and in addition that he is a good water-colour painter. With bits of chalk he drew sketches of high merit, whilst gaily singing his Irish songs.
Much sympathy goes out to Mr and Mrs A Hollingworth, who reside at 17 Woodbiine Terrace, Idle, on the sad discovery made there on Friday. Their son, Samuel Hollingsworth (33), a dyer’s labourer, was found dead under tragic circumstances which formed the subect of a coroner’s enquiry. Herbert Hollingsworth said that the deceased was his eldest brother. He had been strange in his mind for some considerable time. He had seen his brother alive on Thursday night about six o;clock. The next morning he saw the deceased’s body being taken away. The deceased had previously tried to destroy himself by cutting his throat. Gas The father of the deceased said his son went to bed at half-past eight.  On Friday morning at half-past six, the witness found the gas in the deceased’s bedroom on at full. His daughter turned it off at the meter. The deceased was lying in bed and there was a gash across his throat. A small pocket knife was found on the bed clothes. A doctor was sent for and later the deceased was sent away for treatment. The evidence of the doctor showed that the deceased had died from shock to the nervous system due to having injured himslef. A verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind was returned
Son commits suicide
Farmer in court
For refusing to sell milk for analysis to an inspector under the Food and Drugs Act, John Herbert Snow, of Acre Farm, Eccleshill, was at the Bradford City Police Court on Monday fined 20s with the alternative of eleven days’ imprisonment.
Wounded entertained
A tea and supper was recently provided for the wounded soldiers being cared for at Salt’s Hospital at the Clarendon Rooms, Commercial Street, Shipley. The affair, which proved a great success, was promoted by Miss Drake, Miss Hodgson, Miss Schofield and Miss Stenson. A number of our wounded heroes had a really good time.
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