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Vagrant Office, Halifax
Recorded in 1830, when it was at 8 Copper Street.

Recorded in 1845 at 7 Upper Kirkgate, Halifax when Joseph Wood was vagrant master

Vairy, Arthur
[1894-1947] Born in Halifax.

Landlord of the Ram's Head, Sowerby Bridge [1930s].

In 1916, he married Ellen Harris in Halifax

Area of Todmorden

Vale Cottage, Todmorden
Garden Street.

Owners and tenants have included

Vale House, Norland

Vale House, Todmorden
Wellington Road.

Owners and tenants have included

See Vale Academy, Todmorden

Vale Nursery, Todmorden
Fern nursery established at Platts House by Abraham Stansfield and which traded as A. Stansfield & Son in the 1870s

Vale of Todmorden Agricultural Society
See Todmorden Vale Agricultural Society

Vale Street Police Station, Todmorden
Recorded in May 1912, when Inspector Arthur Hoyle came here from Wakefield

Vale, Todmorden
Area of Todmorden

Vale, Rev William Theodorick
[18??-18??] Curate at St James's Church, Halifax [185?]

Valentine & Harrison
Joiners, shopfitters, cabinet makers and funeral directors. Recorded in 1946, when they were at Dyson Street, Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax, and T. Valentine and G. V. Harrison were proprietors

Valentine, T.
[1???-19??] Recorded in 1946, when he and G. V. Harrison were proprietors of Valentine & Harrison.

He lived at 334 Gibbet Street, Halifax

Valentine, William Randolph
[1877-1916] Illegitimate son of Eleanor Bearby [1861-1927].

Born in Easingwold [Q3 1878].

In 1881, Eleanor married George Valentine [1860-1942] in Easingwold.

They lived at Willow Field Farm, Halifax


William took the surname of his stepfather.

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

He died 26th March 1916 (aged 39).

He was buried at the St John (Fernhill) Cemetery, New Brunswick, Canada [Field of Honour 6].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint John the Evangelist, Warley

Valley Life
A free magazine to promote business and local interest in the Upper Calder Valley. Published by LGB Publishing, Hebden Bridge

Valley Motors, Stump Cross
Garage and petrol station known built on the tongue of land at Stump Cross between then Leeds Road and Bradford Road, in the 1930s by William Crabtree.

Now Holmeward Car Sales

Van Gelder, Apsimon & Company Limited
Machine makers, specialising in equipment for corn and flour mills. The business was established by Pieter van Gelder and Thomas Apsimon in Liverpool in 1880. The business later moved to Victoria Machine Works, Sowerby Bridge. Their products included
Victoria separators
Mayer separators

Van Gelder, Pieter
[1844-1904] Born in Delft, Holland. He moved to Ireland and then to Liverpool.

He was a partner in Van Gelder, Apsimon & Company Limited.

He lived at Bank Royd, Sowerby bridge [1900].

He took out patents for

  • A new toy [February 1899]
  • Improvements in and relating to machinery for cleaning and drying grain [September 1899]
  • A cycle brake

He married Jane [1853-19??] from Dublin. Children:

  1. Johannes Pieter [1881-19??] who married [13th August 1900] Theresa, 4th daughter of Felix Grant of Oldham
  2. Simpson Gabriel M. [b 1882]
  3. William P. [b 1884]
  4. Marius Adrianus. [1885-1902]
  5. Karl [b 1887]
  6. Ary Biemond [b 1889]
  7. (possibly) Jeanie [b 1901]
  8. (possibly) Willem Montague [b 1906]

The family lived at Bank Royd, Hollins Lane, Sowerby Bridge [1891, 1901].

In February 1904, there was a public examination for his bankruptcy. At the examination, the court heard that Van Gelder and his family were in Australia because

the only way to save the man's life was to get him abroad

After his death, it was reported that he and his son went abroad to benefit Mr Van Gelder's failing health

He died in Australia on 15th October 1904

Vanguard Film Producing Company (Halifax)
In May 1914, the company made a film on location at Shibden Hall and North Bridge station. The screenplay was written by a 19-year-old Halifax man called ???

A liquid hand-cleaner produced by Brooke's Chemicals Limited

Paraffin lamps manufactured by Willis & Bates Limited. Recorded in 1972

The Vardo
This caravan can be seen in the carriage collection in the barn at Shibden Hall. It would have been used by gypsies and travelling people It was built around 1???

Varga, André
[1893-1998] A Hungarian. He was commercial director of a Belgian manufacturer of carding equipment. He moved to England in 1940, fleeing from the Nazis, to study textile technology and engineering at Manchester University. He founded Crosrol Limited

Varley, Arthur
[1871-1949] Born in Ovenden.

He was landlord of the New Delight, Boothtown [1901].

He died at 6 Eden Grove, Kirkstall, Leeds [1949].

He was buried at Christ Church, Pellon [1 E 30]

Varley Brothers Limited
Dyers and finishers at Frieldhurst Mill, Cornholme [1905]. Partners included Richard Varley, his brothers, and John Greenwood

Varley, Edgar

He married Annie [1891-1972].


  1. Irene Margaret [1915-2006] who married (1) Walter Hubert Rushton and (2) Leslie W. Gibson

The couple are remembered at Warley Congregational Church

Varley, Harry
[18??-1915] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 19th October 1915.

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial [117-119], in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Vale Baptist Church, Todmorden

Varley, Herbert
[1900-1918] Son of Betty & John William Varley of 434 Burnley Road, Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/6th Battalion Notts & Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment.

He died 18th April 1918 (aged 18).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial [7], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Varley, Ingram
[17??-18??] He married Harriet, daughter of Mr Chadwick.

Harriet was a confectioner [1851]; landlady at the Savile Arms, Elland [1861] – taking over from her brother-in-law John Sheard

Varley, James
[18??-18??] Of Bailiffe Bridge.

In 1867, he patented

improved machinery for assorting silk and other fibres

Varley, John
[16??-16??] Miller of Wadsworth.

He married Mary, daughter of James King.

In 1684, he bought parts of the estate of Susan and James King in Hebden Bridge

Varley, John
[18??-18??] Of Ovenden.

Son of Thomas Varley, weaver.

He was a weaver [1859].

He married (1) Unknown.

On 24th September 1859, he married (2) Sarah [1816-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah [née Cockroft], of Ovenden, was the widow of
Thomas Bancroft

Varley, John William
[1870-19??] Son of Ann & John Varley.

In [Q1] 1896, he married Grace Pickles in Todmorden.

Grace was the daughter of
John Pickles


  1. Cyril [b 1897]
  2. Harold [b 1899]

The family lived at

  • Woodbine Buildings, Mytholmroyd [1901]
  • 4 Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge [1911]

Varley, Joseph
[1848-1894] Landlord of the Lord Nelson Inn, Scout Head, Midgley.

In 1876, he married Sarah Astin [1844-1???].

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1894

Varley's Pool, Todmorden
A popular name for the mill dam behind Frieldhurst Mill, Cornholme which was used as a swimming pool before World War II

Varley, Richard
[1831-1897] Son of William Varley.

Born in Stansfield.

He was a cotton dyer [1851] / foreman dyer in Halifax [1848?] / a cotton dyer with Joseph Hodgson [1861] / a dyer of cotton and silk [1871] / a dyer and finisher [1881] / head of Varley Brothers Limited [1897].

In 1853, he married Eleanor C. Peake [1821-1???], born in Openshaw, Manchester, in Halifax.


  1. Clara [b 1856] who married Rev William Stone

The family lived at

  • Callis Bridge End, Hebden Bridge [1861, 1871]
  • Cliviger, Cornholme [1881, 1891]
  • Willow House, Cornholme

He was buried at Heptonstall Slack Baptist Cemetery

Varley, Richard
[1874-19??] Son of Henry William Varley, slater.

Born in Liversedge.

He was a labourer of Thornton Villa, Cleckheaton [1896] / a general labourer [1901] / a cart driver [1911].

In 1896, he married Emma Wardman [1874-19??] at St.Peter's Church, Birstall.

Emma, of Thornton Villa, Cleckheaton, was born in Wibsey, the daughter of John Wardman, coal miner


  1. Thomas
  2. John Henry [b 1901]
  3. Arthur [b 1906]
  4. Annie [b 1911]
  5. James [b 1916]

In 1901, they were visitors staying with Mary Ann Hood [b  1868] & Thomas Hood [b 1867] (general labourer) at 6 Hardcastle Buildings, Halifax.

The family lived at

  • 1 Pump Street, Halifax [1911]
  • 18 Brunswick Square, Halifax [1916]

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Army Veterinary Corps. He was injured and was hospitalised in Glasgow [October 1916].

Son Thomas was killed in the War

Varley, Samuel
[18??-1???] He was a farmer at Grey Stones [1861] / innkeeper at the Wagon & Horses, Ovenden 1861 / a beer retailer at Grey Stones, Mixenden [1881]

Varley, Thomas
[17??-17??] Of Warley.

Son of William Varley. He was acquitted of being a coiner

Varley, Thomas
[1898-1916] Son of Richard Varley.

Born in Liversedge.

He was a part time doffer [1911] / employed by Ramsden's Brewery [1914].

During World War I, he enlisted at Halifax [18th August 1914], and served as a Private / Lance Corporal with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was sent to France [April 1915].

He was posted missing [3rd September 1916], and assumed to have died [May 1917].

He was buried at the Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval [I G 8].

His father served as a Private with the Army Veterinary Corps, and was injured and hospitalised in Glasgow [October 1916]

Varley, Whitely
[1865-19??] Son of Florence & Nathan Varley.

Born in Wadsworth.

He was a warehouseman (rag & paper) [1901] / a warehouseman (rag & paper merchant) [1911]

In [Q3] 1896 he married Mary Alice Pickles in Todmorden.

Mary Alice was the daughter of
John Pickles


  1. child who died in infancy [before 1911]
  2. child

The family lived at 18 Oak Street, Hebden Bridge [1901, 1911]

Varley, William
[17??-17??] Coiner of Warley. On 6th April 1770, he was sentenced to death along with David Hartley and James Oldfield. His sentence was changed to await His Majesty's pleasure.

He married Unknown.


  1. Thomas

Varley, William
[18??-18??] Worsted spinner at Hay's Mill, Mixenden [1861]

Varley, William
[1801-18??] He was a dyer [1841] / a cotton piece dyer [1851].

He married Sally [1796-18??].


  1. Jonathan [b 1826]
  2. Stansfield [b 1826]
  3. Richard
  4. Ann [b 1835]
  5. Henry [b 1838]
  6. Mary [b 1841]

The family lived at

  • Broadien, Stansfield [1841]
  • Sodhouse Green, Ovenden [1851]

Varney, Nora
[1902-1940] Daughter of Gertrude & William Varney.

38-year-old Nora was a civilian casualty of the Hanson Lane bomb which fell on 22nd November 1940.

She died at 68 Hanson Lane on the same day

Varnham, John William
[1893-1976] MM.

Son of William Henry Varnham.

Born in Halifax [24th September 1893].

He was a brickmaker's labourer [1911] / employed by Morton's.

During World War I, he enlisted [1914], and served as a Lance Corporal with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was wounded twice. He was awarded the Military Medal on his 23rd birthday.

He survived the War.

In [Q3] 1919, he married Minnie Haigh in Halifax.

John William died in 1976

Varnham, Joseph
[1826-1881] Born in Brighton, Sussex.

He was a gas works labourer [1871].

He married Mary [1828-1???].

Mary was born in Halifax


  1. William Henry
  2. Elizabeth [b 1866] who was a worsted spinner [1881]

The family lived at

  • 37 Clement Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 31 Bank Bottom, Southowram [1881]

Joseph died in Halifax [Q1 1881] (aged 55) 

Varnham, William Henry
[1858-19??] Son of Joseph Varnham.

Born in Halifax.

He was a part time doffer at carpet works [1871] / a gas labourer [1881] / a general labourer [1891] / a mason's labourer [1901, 1911].

In [Q1] 1878, he married Ellen Smith [1858-1933] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Kelsoe (?), Scotland.

She was a worsted twister [1881]



  1. Charlotte [b 1883] who was a worsted twister [1901]
  2. Frances [b 1886] who was a cotton piecer [1901]
  3. Joseph Henry [1887-1897]
  4. Robert [b 1891]
  5. John William
  6. Mary Ann [b 1899] who was a part time bobbin setter [1911]
  7. Ellen Sykes [b 1905]

The family lived at

  • 4 Cripplegate, Halifax [1891]
  • 5 Tidswell's Passage, Halifax [1901]
  • 10 Lower Brierley Hill, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1891] were 8 lodgers.

Living with them [in 1911] was niece Ellen Smith [b 1887] (twister) 

Vasey, Thomas
[18??-18??] Recorded in 1???, when he was a Minister in Halifax, and in 1??? when he addressed a Missionary Society meeting in Leeds.

By 1817, he was in Colne, Lancashire

Vasey, Thomas
[18??-18??] Minister at Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1851-1855]

Vaslet, Thomas
[17??-18??] Stuff manufacturer.

He was a member of the management committee for the Piece Hall.

He occupied Room 26 on the Rustic gallery of the Piece Hall [1787].

In 1787, he subscribed 1 guinea towards a new peal of bells for Halifax Parish Church

He was at Shay Syke, Halifax [1809]

Vaughan, Rev Frederick
[18??-19??] Curate at Elland [1881]

Vavasour, Sir John le
[11??-12??] Son of Robert le Vavasour

Vavasour, Robert le
[1150-1227] Son of William le Vavasour.

He was a baron / Deputy Sheriff of Lancashire

He married (1) Unknown.

His wife was a daughter of Adam son of Peter de Birkin


  1. Matilda – also called Maud – who married Theobald Walter

He married (2) Unknown.


  1. John

Vavasour, William le

He was Lord of Hazlewood / Justiciar of England

He married Unknown.


  1. Robert

Veal, Albert
[1857-19??] Son of Albert Veal.

Born in Ireland.

In the censuses [1901, 1911], he claimed to have been born in Alton, Hampshire.

He was a cotton doffer [1871] / a railway porter [1881] / a fish hawker [1891] / a fried fish hawker [1901] / a fishmonger at Crown Street [1908] / a fish dealer [1911].

He sold his fish from a cart which was pulled by a donkey called Salmon Cutlets. The animal appeared in some of his promotional material

In 1878, he married Sarah Brook [1856-19??] in Halifax.

Sarah was born in Halifax


  1. Fred [b 1879] who lived at Birdcage Lane [1917]
  2. Edith [b 1881]
  3. Amy [b 1886] who married [around 1908] Mr Smith, and had a son Frank [b 1909]
  4. Lilly [b 1888]
  5. Herbert Veal

The family lived at

  • 66 Portland Road, Claremount [1881]
  • 22 Horsfield's Building, Southowram [1891]
  • 4 Gleaning, Warley [1901]
  • 163 Beacon Hill Road, Halifax [1911]
  • 18 Gloucester Avenue, Blackpool [1915]

Veal, Albert Annett
[1823-1866] Born in Hampshire.

He was a sergeant [1861].

In 1855, he married Mary Ann Gibson [1823-1???] in Kensington.


  1. Mary Ann [b 1852]
  2. Albert
  3. Sarah Jane [b 1862]
  4. Annie [b 1865]

The family lived at 28 Causeway, Halifax [1861].

After Albert's death, Mary Ann married Crossley Earnshaw

Veal, Frederick Horsfall
[1884-1917] Illegitimate son of Sarah Jane Veal.

Born in Halifax.

He was a doffer at worsted mill [1901] / a fish fryer [1911] / employed by his uncle in the fish frying business.

In [Q4] 1911, he married Amelia Berry [1888-1966].


  1. Norman H. [b 1913] who married [Halifax Q3 1936] Nellie Graham
  2. Arthur R. [b 1915]

They lived at

  • 3 Clive Street, New Bank
  • 26 Green's Square, New Pellon

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed by shellfire [3rd May 1917].

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial [6], on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Pellon Baptist Church

Veal, Herbert
[1894-1917] Son of Albert Veal.

Born in Halifax.

He was a joiner [1911] / employed by Fielding & Bottomley.

He lived at Birdcage Lane, Halifax.

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

He died 7th January 1917 (aged 23).

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

Veal, Sarah Jane
[1862-1???] Daughter of Albert Ernst Veal, sergeant.

Born in Halifax.

She was a cotton winder [1891]

She had 2 illegitimate children:

  1. Margaret [b 1882] who was a finisher at worsted mill [1901]
  2. Frederick Horsfall

They lived at Pitt Street, Halifax [1891].

In 1894, she married Thomas Wardle Gledhill at St Thomas's Church, Claremount

Veevers & Barnes
Joiners at Todmorden.

Partners included Thomas Veevers and John Barnes.

The partnership was dissolved in January 1869

Veevers, George
[1876-1915] Son of Mary & Thomas Veevers of Halifax Road, Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 18th July 1915 (aged 39).

He was buried at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery [VIII B 63].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Veevers, John
[1801-1865] Born in Langfield.

He was a carrier [1841] / a farmer / a cotton spinner / carrier by railway and canal to Manchester and Liverpool. He had business at Wharf Cotton Mills, Walsden [1861].

On 6th March 1825, he married (1) Mary Fielden [1801-1842] in Halifax.


  1. Sarah [b 1826]
  2. James [b 1828]
  3. Ambrose [b 1834]
  4. Richard [b 1836]
  5. Mary Jane [b 1840]

Mary died in Todmorden [Q4 1842].

In [Q3] 1844, he married (2) Margaret (Peggy) Howark [1800-1863] in Halifax.

Peggy came from Bacup

The family lived at

  • Kilnhurst, Langfield [1841]
  • Lower Kilnhurst, Langfield [1851]
  • Kilnhurst, Langfield [1861]

Veevers, Thomas
[1???-19??] During World War II, he served with the Royal Army Service Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Veevers, Thomas
[1833-1872] Son of William Veevers.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a joiner [1851, 1861] / a partner in Veevers & Barnes [until 1869] / a joiner and Methodist local preacher [1871]

In 1855, he married (1) Mary Ann Hartley [1834-1864].


  1. John W [b 1858]
  2. Ambrose [b 1860]

In 1866, he married (2) Mary Henry [1842-1???] in Todmorden.


  1. Clara [b 1870]
  2. Mary Jane [b 1871]

The family lived at Hanging Ditch Road, Langfield [1861].

In 1869, the business of Veevers & Barnes was dissolved.

By 1871, the family had moved to Openshaw, Chorlton, Lancashire

Veevers, William
[1806-1???] He was a wharfinger [1841, 1851].

He married Betty [1805-1???].


  1. Hannah [b 1826]
  2. James [b 1828]
  3. Thomas
  4. William [b 1838]
  5. George [b 1841]
  6. Rachel [b 1845]
  7. Samuel [b 1848]

The family lived at

  • Hanging Ditch, Langfield [1841]
  • Warehouse Yard, Todmorden [1851]

Veitch, Peter
[17??-18??] He married Frances [1762-1841].


  1. Frances Margaret [1801-1802]

He was dead by 1841.

There is a memorial to his wife and daughter in Halifax Parish Church

Velcot Coco Company
Of Elland.

In the late 19th century, they produced Velcot Coco

A perfect breakfast & supper beverage, manufactured from the finest cocoa (from which the fatty and starchy matter has been taken), malt, hops, kola nut and pepsine

James W. Raby was one of the people who endorsed the product in an advertisement [1898]

Venables, J. O.
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1912-1915]

Venables, John
[1860-19??] Born in Bradley, Staffordshire.

He was a bedstead maker [1901] / a canvasser (singer sewing machines) [1911]

In [Q4] 1886, he married Mary Ann [1859-19??] in Birmingham.

Mary Ann was born in Wallbrook, Staffordshire, the daughter of ?, and the widow of Mr Holland.

She had a son by her first marriage: Arthur Holland [b 1882] who was a house painter [1901]



  1. Laura [b 1891]
  2. George H. [b 1893] who was a cotton spinner (Mitchell & Company) [1911]
  3. John
  4. Mary [b 1898] who was a worsted spinner (Blackburn) [1911]

The family lived at

  • 280 Montague Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire [1901]
  • 16 Thornton Street, King Cross, Halifax [1911, 1916]

Venables, John
[1896-1916] Son of John Venables.

He was a doffer worsted (Baldwin & Company) [1911].

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

He was killed in action in France [13th June 1916] (aged 20).

He was buried at the Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps [I J 59]

Verdun Meat Company, Halifax
On 10th November 1916, the Company opened at the top of Broad Street, Halifax, for the sale of horse meat

Vere, Ambler
[1888-1975] Son of Horace Thomas Vere.

In 1923, he married Mary Carney [1903-1948] in Halifax.


  1. Florence Mary [1924-1978]
  2. Mildred [b 1925]
  3. Ambler George [1926-1881]
  4. Rita [b 1928]
  5. Eileen [1929-2011]
  6. Mary [b 1931]

Vere, Horace Thomas
[1859-1939] Born in London.

In 1880, he was a lodging house keeper & fish monger in Halifax.

On 16th September 1880, he married Mary Jagger in Halifax.

Mary was the daughter of
Ambler Jagger

In 1881, the couple were running a lodging house at 6 Smithy Street, Halifax


  1. Florence [1882-1963] who married [1907] Tom Wilkinson Wainhouse [1881-1950] in Halifax
  2. Walter
  3. John Henry
  4. Ambler
  5. Hannah Isabel [1893-1959] who married Fred Smith Copley [1898-1985]

Vere, John Henry
[1886-1958] Son of Horace Thomas Vere.

He was a screw maker [1911].

In 1911, he married Sara Hargreaves [1890-1965] in Halifax.


  1. Hilda [1913-1932]
  2. Horace [1915-1991] who was a fish fryer
  3. Raymond [1916-1918]

Vere, Walter
[1884-1967] Son of Horace Thomas Vere.

In 1911, he married Harriet Coulbeck [1887-1969] in Grimsby.


  1. Muriel [b 1915]
  2. Dorothy [b 1917]

Walter died at Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Verger's House, Halifax
Dispensary Walk. Occupied historically by the Verger at Halifax Parish Church

Verity, John Thomas

He married Ellen Mcandrew'[Q3] 1907 in Halifax.

Ellen was the daughter of
Patrick McAndrew


  1. John [b 1910]
  2. Catherine [b 1911]

In 1911, the family were living with Ellen's widowed father

Verity, Thomas
[1848-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was a policeman [1881] / a police constable [1891] / a retired police constable [1901]

In 1873, he married (1) Hannah (Annie) Rothwell [1844-1885] in Halifax.

Hannah came from Halifax


  1. William Rothwell

In 1887, he married (2) Susannah Scott [1849-1???] in Halifax.

Susannah came from Falkingham, Lincolnshire


  1. Harry Scott [b 1888]

The family lived at

Verity, Thomas
[1850-1930] Born in Ovenden,

He was a grocer & plumber.

In 1874, he married (1) Ann Firth [1854-1886] in Halifax.

Ann was born in Sowerby Bridge


  1. Annie Elizabeth [b 1877]
  2. William Burt
  3. Leonard Firth [1881-1962] who was a mechanic for cash till maker, and married [1904] Maud Kaye [1881-1963]

Ann died in 1886.

In 1886, he married (2) Alice Ann Robinson [1866-1935].

Alice Ann was born in Halifax


  1. Albert [1888-1971] who was a mechanic for cash till maker

The family lived at

  • 13 Ingram Street, Savile Park [1881]
  • 2 Ingram Street, Savile Park [1891, 1901, 1911]

Verity, William Burt
[1878-1918] Son of Thomas Verity.

Born in Halifax.

He was a plumber.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

He died 6th April 1918 (aged 39).

He was buried at the Martinsart British Cemetery [I C 28]

Verity, William Henry
[1858-1???] Son of John Verity, coachman.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a finisher of Allengate, Skircoat [1881] / a dyer's labourer [?] [1891] / a hoist tenter (dye works) [1901].

In 1881, he married Sarah Jane Mitchell [1861-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Jane, of King Cross, Skircoat, was the daughter of James Mitchell, woolsorter


  1. Florence [b 1884] who was a guider on tenting machine [1901] who married Albert Edward Scotford
  2. Elizabeth [b 1887] who was a worsted spinner [1901]
  3. Edward [1890-1891]
  4. Nora [b 1892]
  5. Elsie Crowther [b 1894]
  6. Raphael [b 1900]

The family lived at

  • 98 Haugh Shaw Road, Skircoat, Halifax [1891]
  • 8 St Paul's Road, Halifax [1901]

Verity, William Rothwell
[1878-1936] Son of Thomas Verity.

He was curator of museum [1901] / caretaker at library and Museum [1911] / curator at Bankfield Museum.

In 1903, he married Frances Anne Campbell [1881-19??] from Burton on Trent, in Halifax.


  1. Harold [b 1904]
  2. Frank [b 1908]

The family lived at Belle Vue, Halifax [1911].

Vermandois, Isabel Elizabeth de
[10??-11??] Daughter of Hugh, Count of Vermandois, and granddaughter of Henry I of France.

She married (1) Robert, Count of Meulan.

After Robert's death, she married (2) William, the 2nd Earl

Verses & rhymes

See William Darney, Halifax for dash, John Hartley, Hartshead-cum-Clifton, Heptonstall, Hoile, John Hope, Hull, Hell & Halifax, On Ilkley moor baht 'at, Spanish dollar, Halifax is made of Wax, Weavers' Rhyme and Yorkshire Motto

Vevers, William
[18??-19??] Methodist Minister in Todmorden [1820]

Viaduct Theatre, Halifax
400-seat theatre opened below ground at Dean Clough in 19??. This is the base for the Northern Broadsides theatre group and the North of England Chamber Orchestra


The pen-name of a writer who produced a series of local history columns in the Halifax Weekly Guardian in the 1920s

Vicarage Farm, Sowerby
Recorded in 1881, when Job Sutcliffe Wood and family were living here.

See Sowerby Vicarage

Vicarage, Inchfield
People who lived here included

Vicarage murder
In 1867, Miles Weatherill fell in love with Sarah Bell who was working as cook for Rev Anthony Plow, the vicar of Christ Church, Todmorden at Todmorden Vicarage. The vicar feared any scandal and refused permission for Miles to call on Sarah. Angered by the continuing meetings between the two, Rev Plow dismissed the girl, and she went to friends in York. On Monday, 2nd March 1868, Miles went to the vicarage and attacked the Rev Plow, fatally wounding him and killing a servant, Jane Smith.

Weatherill was tried, found guilty of murder, and hanged at Manchester on Saturday, 4th April 1868.

See Charles Biles


Vicarman, Mr
[17??-1812] Manufacturer of Skircoat.

He died at his son's house in Halifax [12th June 1812]

after eating a hearty dinner

Vicars & Viney
Earthenware, glass and china dealers at Old Market, Halifax [1822]

Vicars, John
[1???-17??] Halifax butcher. Recorded in 1776

Vicars, John
[1739-1804] Of Northowram.

He died 15th January 1903, and was to have been married the next morning

Vicars of...

Vicker's Dining Rooms, Halifax
Recorded in 1865 in an advertisement when it was described as
Exactly opposite F. E. Jennings, tobacconist of 6 Northgate

Vickerman, Charles
[17??-18??] He was a manufacturer at Skircoat [1803] / landlord (possibly) of the White Hart, Halifax [1816] / an innkeeper at Sowerby [1818].

Question: Does anyone know which [1818] inn this may have been?


In 1803, he married Harriot Holroyd [17??-18??] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Sarah [bapt 1804]
  2. Joseph
  3. Elizabeth [bapt 1808]
  4. Ann [bapt 1811]
  5. Mary [bapt 1813] who married Charles Peel
  6. Jonathan [bapt 1815]
  7. Harriot [bapt 1818]

Vickerman, Francis
[17??-1833] Of Huddersfield.

On 15th March 1812, his mill at Taylor Hill, Huddersfield was attacked by Luddites.

His nephew, also Francis, may have been the author of an anonymous letter, signed only V, which helped convict the murderers of William Horsfall

Vickerman, Gamaliel
[1826-1896] Son of Joshua Vickerman.

Born in Halifax.

In 1853, he married Amelia, daughter of William Morton.


  1. Arthur [1857-1865?]
  2. Louis [b 1861]
  3. Ellen [1863-1879]
  4. Arthur William [b 1865]
  5. Flora [1867-1872]

Vickerman, James
[1829-1893] In [Q2] 1852, he married Isabella Laycock [1828-1879] in Halifax.


  1. Eleanor [1855-1940] who married Joseph William Helm

Vickerman, Jonathan
[1812-1889] Born in Halifax.

In 1838, he established a tailoring business in Halifax.

He was at 8 Southgate, Halifax [1841], a tailor and draper, employing 7 men at 16 Silver Street, Halifax [1845, 1851], a retired merchant tailor [1871], and a retired tailor and woollen draper [1881].

The business passed to Walker Redman.

In 1856, he married Sarah Bryan, in Halifax.

Sarah was the daughter of Mr Bryan

They lived at

  • 4 Bedford Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 49 Manaton Road, Camberwell, London [1881]

Sarah died in Holborn, London [25th April 1873].

Jonathan died in Camberwell, London [19th July 1889]

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery

Vickerman, Joseph
[1806-1877] Son of Charles Vickerman.

Born in Halifax.

He was a printer/compositor / a bookbinder [1841] / a bookbinder foreman [1851] / a bookbinder manager [1861] / a manager at Milner & Sowerby.

He lived with his sister Mary and her husband at

He lived at

  • Brunswick Street, Halifax [1841]
  • 20 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1851]

In 1861, he was living alone at 20 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax.

In 1871, he was living at 69 Gibbet Street, Halifax with his widowed niece, Elizabeth Tiffany, and her children Annie E [b 1856]; Emmaline [b 1858]; Charles [b 1862]; Clara [b 1864].

On 15th November 1865, he was one of those injured in a train accident at North Dean Station

Vickerman, Joshua
[1793-1870] In 18??, he married Elizabeth Audland.


  1. Gamaliel

Vickerman, Richard
[1794-18??] He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

Vickerman, Walter
[1925-1944] Son of Mary & Henry H. Vickerman of Brighouse.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment.

He died 24th September 1944 (aged 19).

He was buried at the Florence War Cemetery [IX F 4]

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

Vickerman, William
[1849-1930] Born in Scarborough.

He was a coach builder [1871, 1881, 1891] / a carriage builder [1901] / a fancy goods dealer [1911].

In 1869, he (1) married Ann Lloyde [18??-1890] from Denbigh, Wales, in Scarborough.


  1. Jane Elizabeth [b 1869]
  2. Anne [b 1871]
  3. Eliza [b 1875]
  4. Lloyde [b 1877]
  5. Louisa [b 1880]
  6. Ellen [b 1882]
  7. Alice Maud [b 1883]

In 1892, he married (2) Mrs Hannah Waddington [1842-1911] from Brighouse, in Halifax.

The family lived at

  • Huddersfield [1871]
  • Bryan Street, Rastrick [1881]
  • 19 Daisy Croft, Brighouse [1891]
  • 2 Firth Street, Rastrick [1901]
  • Scarborough [1911]

He died in Scarborough

Vickers, Lionel
[1893-1967] Born in Halifax.

In 1923, he married Zillah Furness in Halifax

Zillah was the daughter of
Caleb Furness


  1. Beryl Furness [1924-1999] who married James S. Bailey

Zillah died in Sowerby [27th July 1972]

Victoria Assembly Rooms, Sowerby Bridge
Recorded in 1905 at Bolton Brow.

In 1914, the building was used as a picture house / cinema.

See Chapel Lane, Sowerby Bridge

Victoria Baths, Elland
Town Hall Street, Elland.

Designed by George Hepworth. Councillor W. Spencer laid the memorial stone on 14th August 1901.

The construction was done by Rhodes & Company of Bradford, but the company folded and the work was completed by another company. The baths opened on 22nd November 1902 by Coun. W. H. Eastwood.

The facilities originally included a swimming pool – 75 ft long and 25 ft wide, 9 slipper baths, 2 hot rooms, a vapour bath, a Russian bath, Turkish baths, and a caretaker's residence on the 1st floor.

The baths are still in use, but their future is uncertain because of rising maintenance costs.

In December 2011, the baths were closed with immediate effect, amid fears that corrosion in iron supports could result in the roof's collapsing.

Vandalism & neglect have left the building in a parlous state.

It was demolished in March 2015, and the site was converted to a grassed area

See Elland Memorial Fountain

Victoria Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Station Road. A stone bridge over the Calder built in 1850 to replace the earlier wooden bridge at Hebden Bridge Railway Station. The keystone is dated 1851.

The keystone was laid by Champion Murgatroyd on Monday, 23rd September 1850

Victoria Bridge, Sowerby Bridge
Built 1864 by P. Berry & Son of Sowerby Bridge for Robert Stansfield of Field House, Sowerby.

On 16th November 1886, it was badly damaged by floods

Victoria Buildings, Luddendenfoot
This was originally the Victoria Hotel. It became Luddendenfoot Urban District Council offices.

It later became Luddendenfoot Post Office

Victoria Cash Grocery Stores, Elland
Recorded in 1901, when they were at 72 Southgate, Elland

Victoria Cattle Market, Halifax
Stood on Victoria Road / Raven Street, Halifax – between Gibbet Street and Hanson Lane.

Built in 1855 following the Halifax Improvement Act [1853] to improve local health conditions by taking cattle sales off the streets of the town. It was built on the site of one of the Hanson Lane Reservoirs.

It opened on 3rd May 1856.

This was the site of the fair ground from around 1885 when it superseded Hall Street fairground.

The site was later occupied by the fire station.

On 19th June 1926, the auction mart opened at the Market. The cattle section was discontinued in 1926.

The twice-yearly horse and pig fairs continued until November 1958.

See Castle Hotel, Halifax, Corporation Arms and The Negro of Victoria Road, Halifax

Victoria Club, Sowerby Bridge
Recorded in 1917 at Ryburn Buildings when J. B. Murgatroyd was secretary

Victoria Cocoa House, Halifax
Gibbet Street. A branch of the Halifax Cocoa House Company established in the premises of the former Gibbet Street British Workman House

Victoria Constitutional Club, Halifax
Recorded in 1917 at Gibbet Street, when Frank Dawson and John Robert Turner were joint secretaries

Victoria Fair Ground

See Halifax Fun Fair

Victoria Free Library, Brighouse
See Brighouse House Free Library

Victoria Hall Company
The Concert Hall & Public Rooms Company Limited was formed in 1897 to buy the site at Ward's End, and the Victoria Hall Company built the Victoria Hall. Samuel Porter was a shareholder in the company

Victoria Hall, Halifax
The original name of the building which became the Victoria Theatre.

See Victoria Hall Organ, Halifax

Victoria Hall, Hebden Bridge
Cheetham Street. Recorded in 1905

Victoria Hall Organ, Halifax
In 1901, Elizabeth Porter gave a water-powered theatre organ, by Hill & Son – at a cost of £3,000 – to the town and this was installed in the Victoria Hall in memory of her brother Samuel. Details can be found in the National Pipe Organ Register.

The organ was inaugurated on 26th September 1901 with a recital by Dr Kendrick Pyne.

The organ was subsequently replaced by a modern instrument

Victoria Hall, Ripponden

Victoria House, Halifax
23 Crown Street. 19th century commercial premises

Victoria Laundry, Queen's Road
Recorded in 1922

Victoria Library
The library of the Brighouse Mechanics' Institute

The Victoria Livery Company, Sowerby Bridge
Carriage proprietor and general undertakers at Victoria Road, Sowerby Bridge [1905, 1912]

Victoria Livery Stables, Brighouse
Briggate. John J. Wood & Son operated from here at the end of the 19th century

Victoria Mills Company, West Vale
See Old Mill, Greetland and Victoria Mill, West Vale

Victoria Mills Fire Brigade
Manned by the workers at Victoria Mills, Brighouse. In 1855, they had Neptune, the first fire-engine in the town

Victoria Music Rooms, West Vale
Saddleworth Road.

Musical instrument retail business established by Herbert Fox [around 1900].

The building became Greetland Post Office

Victoria Reservoir, Halifax
Gibbet Street. On 15th October 1847, Halifax Town trustees decided to give £1,000 for land in Gibbet Street for the reservoir.

The reservoir was constructed in 1848-1849 to supply water to the town and to find employment for some of those who had been made redundant by new machinery. The men were paid 1/- for a 6-hour working day. 8,000 barrels of gunpowder were used during the blasting. The total cost was £10,378 16s 11d of which £1,500 was raised by public subscription. The reservoir opened in 1853. It has a capacity of 12,209,000 gallons

Popularly known as the people's reservoir, it became unable to supply the growing town and other reservoirs were built outside the town.

See Elevation of Halifax

Victoria Restaurant & Dining Rooms, Halifax
An advertisement from 1900 announces

opposite Cattle Market

Splendid new premises opened this Summer

Good hot dinners (from the Joint) 12 till 3 o'clock

Tea (fresh brewed) 2d. per Teapot Ladies' Rooms

Refreshments of the best quality
Large Dining Rooms, Newspapers
Lavatories and every Convenience

Trams stop opposite the door


Victoria Tennis Club, Lightcliffe
Established in 1883

Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Ward's End. The Victoria Hall opened on 8th February 1901.

It became the New Victoria Hall [1964], the Halifax Civic Theatre [1972], and the Victoria Theatre [1994]

See George Thomas Addison and Victoria Hall Buildings, Halifax

Victoria Youth Club, Rastrick
Established in the former Victoria School, Rastrick

Victory Fields, Stainland
Opened on 1st July 1922 to remember those who died in World War I

Victory [No 3922] Masonic Lodge
Halifax Masonic Lodge established in 1925.

They met at Permanent Buildings Halifax on the second Thursday of the month.

Officers and Members of the Lodge have included

Victory Rink, Sowerby Bridge
Roller-skating rink. Recorded on 9th December 1933, when 18-year-old Mary Quinn of Deganwy, skated for 53 hours, breaking the previous record set by Mabel Hill

Vilene Interlinings
Lowfields Business Park, Elland. A division of Freudenberg Nonwovens producing linings for clothing

Village Pride Lodge
Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows. Recorded in 1885, when they dined at the Star, Rastrick

Villiers, Rev Ernest Amhurst
[1863-1923] BA.

Son of Florence Mary Tyssen (née Amhurst) [1839-1927] & Charles Villiers [1831-1893], rector.

Born in Tolleshunt Knights, Essex [14th November 1863].

He was educated at Cambridge before becoming Curate at Halifax Parish Church [1893].

On 26th February 1893, he was ordained as a Deacon at Holy Innocents, Thornhill Lees.

On 30th April 1898, he married Elaine Augusta Guest [1871-1958] from Canford Magna, in London.


  1. Barbara [1899-1971]
  2. Charles Amherst [1900-1991]
  3. Veronica [1909-1998] who died in Canada

He died in Newbury Berkshire [26th September 1923]

Vincent, Father Peter
[19??-19??] Vicar of St John the Divine, Rastrick [1963-1971].

On 6th October 1974, he performed what was to be the last exorcism in an Anglican church. He exorcised Michael Taylor at St Thomas's Church, Garber, Barnsley, after Taylor had murdered his wife at their home in Ossett by

ripping her face off with his bare hands

Vine House, Brighouse
Halifax Road.

The house stands next to Kershaw's Garden Centre.

It is now apartments.

Owners and tenants have included

Viner, A.
[18??-19??] Of Oxford Street, Sowerby Bridge.

He was injured – broken nose, scalp wound and injury to the hand – in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster of 15th October 1907, but was treated at home

Viney, Arthur
[1893-1917] Son of George Viney.

He was an engineer / employed by P. M. Walker & Company, Halifax [1910] / a metal plate worker apprentice [1911].

In 1914, he married Minnie Augusta Gerke in Halifax.


  1. Russell Stewart [b 1916]

The family lived at 44 Woodside Road, Halifax [1916].

He enlisted [March 1910], and served with the 4th Battalion West Riding Regiment (Territorials).

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was promoted to Acting Corporal [1st August 1915], and to Sergeant [28th August 1915].

He went AWOL [7th January 1916], was apprehended by the civil police in Halifax [10th January 1916], and reduced in rank to Private. An item in the Halifax Courier [15th January 1916] reported

an [unnamed] sergeant pleaded not guilty when charged with being an absentee [from his regiment].

When arrested, PC Holland asked him for his pass; he produced one dated the 7th. The prisoner told the Court that when he was granted leave, he was directed to obtain some false teeth, and to get them in before he returned. The teeth were to be ready at 5 o'clock that afternoon.

The Magistrate told him

you will have to explain that to a court martial

and remanded him for a military escort

He was sent to France [June 1916].

He was posted as missing [3rd September 1916].

He was assumed to have died in May 1917.

He was buried at the Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval [I G 10].

On 21st May 1917, Minnie Augusta was awarded a pension of 21/3d a week for herself and her son Russell Stewart.

Viney, George
[1865-19??] Son of John Viney, painter.

Born in Bridgwater, Somerset.

He was a painter of Pellon Lane [1889] / a painter & paper hanger [1891] / a house painter [1901, 1911].

In 1889, he married Julietta Gregson [1865-19??] at Christ Church, Pellon.

Julietta, of Haley Hill, was the daughter of William Henry Gregson, moulder


  1. Amy [1891] who died in infancy
  2. Arthur [b 1893] who was a metal plate worker apprentice [1911]
  3. Mabel [b 1896] who was a book binder assistant [1911]
  4. Gilbert [b 1903]
  5. Louisa [b 1903]
  6. Harry [b 1907]

The family lived at

  • 17 Launceston Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 6 Rosebery Terrace, Halifax [1901]
  • 8 Baker Street, Pellon Lane [1910, 1911]
  • 23 Bowman Terrace, Halifax [1916]

A sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage
Britain's super soft drink

made by T. Greenwood & Sons of Todmorden in 1???

Vint, William
[1768-1834] Congregational minister from Northumberland.

He was a tutor at Airedale College.

When Northowram Academy closed, Vint took over tuition of several students.

He published several theological works and a 5-volume Life and Works of Oliver Heywood

The Virgin Mary Chantry
A chantry at Heptonstall Chapel.

See Robert Bentley and Richard Mitchell

Viscount Halifax
See George Savile, Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax, Sir Charles Wood and Charles Lindley Wood

Viscount Halifax of Monk Bretton
In 1866, Sir Charles Wood was created the first Viscount Halifax of Monk Bretton

Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax

Viscount Ovenden
See Maurice MacMillan

Viscount Theatre
See Dean Clough

Vista Bellisimo
Brighouse Wood Lane, Brighouse. A distinctive castellated look-out tower and house built in 1897 by William Aspinall – to mark Queen Victoria's jubilee – using the stones from the old towser lockup on Elland Road. It is said that Aspinall originally intended it to be a look-out.

In 1910, it was used as the HQ for the local scouts.

It is now a private house

Vlijmen House, Halifax
6 Pine Street.

Owners and tenants have included

The popular name for a hot-air balloon which was launched by Mr Youings as a part of Mr Winsland's gala at the Piece Hall on Saturday 12th September 1863.

The inflation of the balloon began at 2:00 pm, and it was announced that at 6:00 pm, Mr Youings and a lady would make the ascent. There was some delay, and at 7:00 the balloon was released, without the lady. As it rose, the balloon snagged on telegraph wires which stretched across the quadrangle, barely missing the roof of the Piece Hall. It was carried by the gentle west wind to the chimney of Square Road Mill where it stuck to the top. The balloon collapsed and the net covered the mouth of the chimney, and Mr Youings was left suspended about 105 ft above the crowd, waving his hat to the crowd as he swung to and fro in the wind. After a hour, with the help of Foster Calvert, a plumber in Westgate, Youings lowered himself down from the chimney to safety and a hero's welcome.

The following morning, a group of local men – Foster Calvert, Charles Rawson, Samuel Pinder (a professional fixer of lightning conductors), and Daniel Mullan (Pinder's assistant)  - went to recover the balloon. Pinder and Mullan climbed to the top, and Rawson attempted to reach them, but the rope broke and he fell to his death.

At the Inquest, the Jury recommended that, in view of the wires, chimneys and spires which are outside the Piece Hall, the place be not used for any more balloon ascents

Volunteer Rifle Barracks, Halifax
Recorded in 1874 at Prescott Street Drill Hall when William Coates was Adjutant.

See Prescott Street Drill Hall and Halifax Volunteer Rifle Corps

Vost & Fisher
Upholsterers and art furnishers with premises at Union Street, Halifax. They succeeded to the wood-working, upholstery and cabinet making business established by Richard Jessop and Arthur Alderson. Partners were Ernest Vost and Mr Fisher.

In 1888, they extended the Union Street Premises. Recorded in 1890

Vost, Ernest
[18??-1???] He had business as a cabinet maker and upholsterer at Old Cock Yard, Halifax.

He invented and patented the silent telephone cabinet – the telephone booth – of which the double-walls were filled with sawdust. He was a partner in Vost & Fisher

Vowles, Edward
[1861-19??] Son of William Vowles.

Born in Halifax.

He was a moulder (out of employment) [1881] / a moulder of Foundry Street [1882] / a grocer's carter [1891] / a provision carter [1901] / a teamer (drayman) L & Y Railway Co. [1911].

In 1882, he married Mary Jane Holt [1863-19??] at St Augustine's, Halifax.

Mary Jane, of Queen's Road, was the daughter of William Henry Holt, wheelwright


  1. John William [b 1883] who was a railway drayman [1901]
  2. James Henry
  3. Arnold [b 1888] who was a lather boy (barber) [1901], an iron moulder [1911]
  4. Edith [b 1891] who was a cotton winder [1911]
  5. Blanch [b 1894] who was a cotton winder [1911]
  6. Clifford [b 1897] who was a cotton spinner [1911]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at

  • 25 Back Foundry Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 28 Browning Avenue, Siddal, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Living with them in 1911 was grandson William Henry Vowles [b  1903]. Sons James Henry & Clifford served in World War I

Vowles, James Henry
[1887-1916] Son of Edward Vowles.

He was a baker's apprentice [1901] / a postman of 1 Victoria Road, Ilkley [1914].

In 1914, he married Nellie Pease [1884-19??] at Ilkley Parish Church.

Nellie, of 1 Victoria Road, Ilkley, was the daughter of John William Pease, joiner

He enlisted in 1903, and served in Egypt & India.

During World War I, he joined the Rifle Brigade [5th August 1914], and served as a Signalling-Sergeant with the 7th Battalion.

He was killed in action [18th August 1916] (aged 32).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial [16B & 16C]

In [Q2] 1922, Nellie married William Normanton Frankland [1895-1966] in Wharfedale.

William was born in Halifax & died in Wharfedale

They lived at 10 Leamington Road, Ilkley.

Vowles, Mrs Mary Ann
[1824-1890] Née Pickersgill.

Born in Craven, Yorkshire.

She lived with her father in Fleet Street, Halifax [1851].

In 1851, she married William Vowles

She was a herbalist at the family home in Hobson's Court, Halifax [1881] and a bone setter and salve maker in Hobson's Court, Halifax [1887]

Vowles, William
[1832-1???] Born in Somerton, Somerset.

He was a watch and clock maker in Halifax [1871].

On 30th November 1851, he married Mary Ann Pickersgill at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Louisa [b 1852]
  2. John William [b 1854] who was an oiler [1871]
  3. Sarah Maria [b 1855] who was a worsted spinner [1871]
  4. Ann Hedley [b 1857] who was a carpet weaver [1881]
  5. Thomas P [b 1859]
  6. Edward

The family lived at

  • 3 Hobson's Court, Back of Foundry Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 5 Hobson's Court, Back Foundry Street, Halifax [1887]

Voy, Miss de
[18??-1???] Balloonist.

On 24th September 1889, she and her assistants – Professor Higgins and Mr Lennox – announced that they would make a balloon ascent from Manchester Racecourse. In the event, Miss De Voy, did not take part, but the 2 men carried on with the ascent. With his parachute, Professor Higgins fell from a great height, and landed unhurt in the ornamental pond. The balloon then collapsed and Mr Higgins fell to his death.

In August 1891, she gave a demonstration at Holme Meadow, Todmorden. She made an ascent in her balloon and parachuted back to earth

Cinema in the Broad Street Plaza

Vulcan Engineering Company
Engineering company specialising in the manufacture of bus seat frames and fittings. They were based at Southedge Works, Hipperholme [1970s]. They supplied customers all over the UK including Charles Roe in Leeds, MCW in Birmingham, and Charles Alexander in Glasgow.

The MD was Peter Jones [1978/9]. At that time, they employed around 65 people in various departments including welding, polishing, bending and painting

Vulcan House, Rastrick
Formerly the Vulcan Inn, Rastrick

Vulliamy, Lewis
[1791-1871] London architect who designed many churches and large houses. Local examples of his work include Christ Church, Todmorden and Todmorden Vicarage


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