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Miss Bradley [18??-1???]
Mr Bradley [18??-18??]
Alicia Bradley [13??-1403]
Dr David Bradley [18??-19??]
Emma Bradley [1836-1909]
Emma Bradley [1848-1893]
Ernest Bradley [1894-1918]
Father Michael Bradley [1865-1925]
Harry Bradley [1884-1917]
James Bradley [1???-16??]
James Bradley [1???-17??]
James Bradley [1845-1910]
John Bradley [17??-18??]
John Bradley [17??-18??]
John Bradley [1811-1885]
John Bradley [19??-2001]
John Henry Bradley [1827-1891]
John William Bradley [1898-1918]
Lewis John Bradley [1887-1918]
Nicholas Bradley [15??-1600]
PC Bradley [18??-1???]
Sam Bradley [1890-1964]
Thomas Bradley [1753-1833]
Thomas Bradley [18??-18??]
Thomas Bradley [1903-1940]
William Bradley [17??-18??]
William Bradley [18??-1???]
William Bradley [1883-1916]
William Wilson Bradley [1851-1911] 

Bradley, Miss
[18??-1???] Daughter of John Bradley, landlord of the Queen Hotel, Ripponden.

In the 1860s, the Ripponden Post Office was next to the Queen Hotel, Ripponden.

Miss Bradley worked here and was the first postmistress of Ripponden

Question: Can anyone tell me which of the Bradley sisters was postmistress at Ripponden? Was it Mary, Emma, Hannah Maria, or Elizabeth?


Bradley, Mr
[18??-18??] He was in partnership making paper with William Shepherd at Booth Wood Mill, Rishworth [1865]

Bradley, Alicia
[13??-1403] Prioress of Kirklees Priory [1393-1403]

Bradley, Dr David
[18??-19??] Physician at Hebden Bridge [1895]. He was amongst those who set up the St John's Ambulance Brigade, Hebden Bridge

Bradley, Emma
[1836-1909] Daughter of John Bradley.

She married (1) Joshua Riley.

She married (2) Milford Fearnley.

Emma died in Harrogate [6th September 1909]. Probate was granted to Joseph Hanson (bank manager) and John Henry Helliwell (solicitor) 

Bradley, Emma
[1848-1893] Born in Almondbury.

She married Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson.

She died of peritonitis. She was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Bradley, Ernest
[1894-1918] Son of Emma & Herbert Bradley of Boothtown.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died of wounds in Italy [16th June 1918] (aged 24).

He was buried at the Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension [2 D 6].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bradley, Father Michael
[1865-1925] Priest at Church of the Sacred Heart & St Bernard's Church, Halifax [1905].

He supported a mission chapel at a room in the Assembly Rooms in Woolshops, to serve the large Irish community living in the Woolshops area.

In the 1920s, he established St Patrick's Church, Halifax in a room at a mill in Well Lane

Bradley, Harry
[1884-1917] Son of James Bradley.

Born in Elland [17th September 1884].

He was a cotton piecer [1901] / a cotton twiner [1910].

On 2nd November 1907, he married Sarah Ann Rothwell [1880-1914] at Elland Parish Church.

Sarah Ann was the daughter of David Rothwell


  1. Winifred Mabel [b 1908]

The family lived in Elland.

Sarah Ann died in 1914.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died as a POW in Lemberg, Galicia. [19th May 1917].

He was buried at the Mons (Bergen) Communal Cemetery [IV B 8].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial.

After the deaths of Sarah Ann [1914] and Harry, grandfather David Rothwell was appointed guardian of their daughter Winifred Mabel

Bradley, James
[1???-16??] He married Susan.

Around October 1633, James and Susan, together with James, John and Henry Murgatroyd, appeared before the Council of the North on charges of unspecified ... 

divers offences and misdemeanours by them committed in the chapel, chapel porch and chapel yard of Luddenden, in our county of York

They were fined and sentenced to

upon the Sabbath day in the said chapel immediately after divine service to make public acknowledgement of the said offences and misdemeanours by them committed against God and His holy religion in that holy place, and should likewise every one of them in a sorrowful manner ask forgiveness of God, the congregation, the rector [?] and his people

and then the group was

convented and proceeded against before the Lord Archbishop of York and other commissioners for Causes Ecclesiastical within the province of York for the same misdemeanours committed by them in the chapel before mentioned and in the church porch and in the churchyard of the said chapel

and subsequently

excommunicated for the space of 2 years

and ordered

to perform public penance in the chapel of Luddenden and in the Parish Church of Halifax upon several Sundays

Bradley, James
[1???-17??] A joiner who was involved in the construction of St Peter's, Sowerby and in alterations at the House at the Maypole [1788]

Bradley, James
[1845-1910] Born in Ireland.

He was a Police Constable in Elland [joined the force in 1871].

In 1876, he married Sarah Ann Foulds [1849-1902] in Todmorden.

Sarah Ann was born in Todmorden


  1. Florence [b 1877] who was a worsted winder [1901]
  2. Harry
  3. Joseph [b 1887] who was a cotton piecer [1901]
  4. Edith [b 1890]
  5. Mabel [b 1895]

The family lived at

  • 1 Scarborough Terrace, Elland [1901]
  • 119 Langdale Street, Elland [1910]
  • Elland [1917]

Sarah died in 1902.

James died 11th June 1910.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £446 4/6d.

Probate was granted to son Harry and James Smith (police constable) 

Bradley, John
[17??-18??] Watch maker (& dentist) at Woolshops, Halifax [1822]

Bradley, John
[17??-18??] Watchmaker, clockmaker and dentist at Woolshops, Halifax [1822, 1829]

Bradley, John
[1811-1885] Born in Soyland.

He was landlord of the Holroyd Arms, Ripponden [1841, 1845, 1851] / landlord of the Queen Hotel, Ripponden [1861] / a farmer of 20 acres [1861] / a farmer of 26 acres [1871].

On 28th May 1832, he married Elizabeth Riley [1811-1875] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth was Matron to the scholars at Rishworth Charity School [1861]


  1. Mary [1833-1906] who married James Edward Crowther
  2. (possibly) Edwin [b 1835]
  3. Emma
  4. Hannah Maria [1840-1923] who married Benjamin Whittle [1841-1892]
  5. John Edward [1842-1905] who was learning the cotton business [1861]
  6. Elizabeth [1844-1920] who married (1) Orlando Hinchliffe, (2) Thomas Pollard
  7. Henry [1847-1887]

One of the Bradley sisters was postmistress at Ripponden

The family lived at

In 1861, daughters Emma & Hannah Maria were at the Queens Hotel, Ripponden.

Living with them [in 1871] were Benjamin Whittle and family, and Orlando Hinchliffe and family.

In 1881, he was a retired inn keeper, living in Halifax with daughter Emma who was a Hotel Keeper.

He died at the Golden Plough, Halifax [7th November 1885]

Bradley, John
[19??-2001] OBE, FRSA.

He was made a Freeman of the Borough in May 2000.. He was Mayor of Calderdale [1984-1985]

Bradley, John Henry
[1827-1891] Landlord of the Roebuck, Halifax [1864, 1868, 1874].

In 1862, he married Ann Haigh [1822-1868] in Halifax.

Ann was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Bradley, John William
[1898-1918] Son of Annie Hetty & Arthur Bradley of 42 Catherine Slack, Halifax.

He (possibly) worked for Crossley's Carpets.

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1916], and served as a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment.

He was killed in action [18th June 1918] (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial [10], on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets

Bradley, Lewis John
[1887-1918] Born in Southowram.

In [Q2] 1916, he married Maud Ethel Cousins in Halifax.

They lived at 65 Rochdale Road, Greetland.

During World War I, he served as a Rifleman with the King's Royal Rifle Corps.

He died in Halifax [27th November 1918] (aged 31).

He is remembered on a CWGC headstone at Stoney Royd Cemetery [J B 88A]

Bradley, Nicholas
[15??-1600] Or Broadley.

A clothier of Southowram.

He married Alice [15??-1609].


  1. William
  2. Michael

In his will [14th March 1599], he gave a pair of looms, a press, a great ark, and two pairs of walker shears to each of his sons. The rest of his property went to his wife Alice.

Nicholas was buried at Halifax [10th April 1600].

Alice was buried [21st September 1609]

Bradley, PC
[18??-1???] West Vale constable [1886, 1895].

He married Unknown.


  1. John [1879-1895] who was found dead in bed

See William Winterbottom

Bradley, Sam
[1890-1964] He was apprenticed to Arthur Button and Soil Hill Pottery. He ran Barms Hill Pottery at Soil Hill. He ran Pepper Hill Pottery from 1926

Bradley, Thomas
[1753-1833] Local architect.

He began working as a joiner.

His work includes Warley House, the Square Chapel [1772], and the Piece Hall [1775].

He produced the drawings for Crow Nest Mansion.

He was one of the people who advanced money for the construction of Halifax New Market in 1790, and a trustee of the Halifax Market Company.

In 1792, he was appointed superintendent surveyor to the Calder & Hebble Navigation Company.

He had an office at 10 Union Street, Halifax [1829].

He was buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax and a plaque in his memory has been erected [1999] on the east wall of the Chapel, above his gravestone

Bradley, Thomas
[18??-18??] Halifax constable.

He was recorded in 1868 [?], when he signed a public notice which cautioned the public against

the disgraceful practices

which took place during the Elland Tide

Bradley, Thomas
[1903-1940] Son of Maria & Joe Bradley of Halifax.

He worked for Halifax Corporation Passenger Transport.

In [Q1] 1935, he married Ethel Mary Rushton in Halifax.

They lived at 7 Windsor Grove, Boothtown.

During World War II, he enlisted [September 1939], and he served as a Driver with the 6 Sub. Park, 2 Corps Ammunition Park Royal Army Service Corps.

He died 27th May 1940 (aged 37).

He was buried at the Nieuwpoort Communal Cemetery [III 5].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bradley, William
[17??-18??] Son of Thomas Bradley.

Halifax architect who (possibly) designed Holy Trinity Church, Halifax [1795-1798] and redesigned Coley Church [1816-1817]

He lived at New Road, Halifax [1809]

Bradley, William
[18??-1???] Around 1870, he established a business as an engineer, millwright, machine maker and iron founder at Gooder Lane Iron Works, Rastrick Common.

In 1955, the business was William Bradley (Engineers) Limited

Bradley, William
[1883-1916] Son of J. Bradley of Croft Head, Blackburn.

Born in Blackburn.

He married Mary Ann.

They lived at 23 Peel Street, Cobden, Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was reported missing and assumed to have died [12th October 1916] (aged 33).

He was buried at the Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs [VI AA 5].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Bradley, William Wilson
[1851-1911] Son of farmer William Bradley.

Born in Fewston.

He was a blacksmith of Warley [1875, 1881] / blacksmith [1891] / innkeeper at the Blue Ball, Norland [1891, 1894] / laundry proprietor [1901].

In 1875, he married Betsy Culpan [1851-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Betsy, born in Norland, was the daughter of mechanic Thomas Culpan


  1. Thomas [b 1876] who was a mechanic apprentice [1891]

The family lived at

  • Sowerby Street, Sowerby [1881]
  • 21 Bagley, Farsley, Pudsey [1901]
  • Ada Terrace, Bagley, Farsley, Calverley, North Bierley [1911]

Living with the widowed Betsy in 1911 was visitor Mary Evers Lister [aged 65]


Bradley surname
A variant of the surname Broadley

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Bradley, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Bradley:

Marriages 1807, 1907, 1941

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