Silsden Local History Group

A look into times past in Cobbydale


Below is an index for applying digitally for the profiles of people connected to Silsden. Profiles contain details taken from census records; birth, marriage & death records; electoral registers; tithe records, probate records; monumental grave inscriptions, etc. They may contain errors on close inspection and if you find any please report. The profiles are below in alphabetical order. 

TO ACCESS PROFILE DETAILS: If you wish a digital copy of one or more profiles please order via the website by quoting the name and dates of the person required. The requested profile will then be emailed to you.

Note: Dates in italic are approximate.

This index is in the process of being compiled alphabetically. Watch this space!

AMBLER, George (1817-1891)                   Canal Works manufacturer (light engineering)

AMBLER, George (1845-1923)                   Ironmonger; Kirkgate

AMBLER, James (1838-1907)                      Mechanic & foreman in family business (Canal Works)

AMBLER, John Robertshaw (1843-1898)   Mechanic in Keighley

AMBLER, Richard Robertshaw (1865- ?)   Bankrupted at Canal Works; emigrated to Canada 1905

ASQUITH, Anthony (1798-1879)                Holden Gate farmer

BERRY, Jane (1825-1852)                              School mistress 

BERRY, John (1790-1864)                              Grocer, farmer, postmaster

BALDWIN, John (1848-1874)                         Woollen manufacturer; Kirkgate

BALDWIN, Peter (1820-1864)                        Handlooming weaving agent; grocer; Kirkgate

BALDWIN, William (c.1790-1867)                 Woolcomber; Kirkgate

BLAND, John (1788-1853)                              Calico manufacturer (of Silsden)

BLAND, John (1821-1914)                              Nail maker

COWLING, Frank (1849-1926)                   Carpenter & joiner (employer)

COWLING, Percy (1883- 1935)                     Bank clerk ; later bank manager

COWLING, Thomas (1820-1874)                 Carpenter & timber merchant (employer)

DIXON, William (1867-1939)                       Wood turner & photographer

DRIVER, Frank (1868-1935)                          Cotton goods manufacturer; North Street Mill

DRIVER, William (1819-1878)                        Nail manufacturer

ELLISON, Jacob Bailey (c.1850-1924)         Worsted spinner; manufacturer

ELLISON, James (c.1838-1906)                 Station master; publican & hotel keeper

FLETCHER, Charles Henry (1875-1924)    Textile manufacturer; C.H. Fletcher Ltd.

FLETCHER, Charles Thomas (1882-1975) Textile manufacturer; Berry & Fletcher Ltd.

FLETCHER, Joshua (1802-1875)                 Joint founder of Becks Spinning Mill

FLETCHER, Richard (1852-1949)                Joint founder of Berry & Fletcher Ltd., Textile firm

FLETCHER, Tom (1854- ?)                            Coal merchant

FLETCHER, William (1828-1886)                 Coal merchant

FOSTER, Henry Christopher (1872- ?)       Printer; photographer

FOSTER, Isaac (1848-1934)                       Manager cotton yarn factory

GAWTHORPE, John (1817-1897)               Cordwainer; later police constable

GILL, John (1799-1876)                                        Coal merchant; home "Penny Peck Hall"

GILL, Thomas (1752-1814)                                   Cringles farmer; linen weaver

GILL, Thomas (1807-1876)                                   Farmer & beer seller

GREEN, Matthew (1826-1858)                      Farmer; Brunthwaite

GREENWOOD, David (1838-1873)              Weaving overlooker; Becks

LAMBERT, William Henry (1861-1943)        Book keeper & cashier; amateur artist & photographer

NEWTON, James (1770-1823)                   Nail maker & labourer

NEWTON, Jonas (1798-1868)                    Wharfinger, coal daealer & parish constable

SMITH, John William (1890-1933)                Professional photographer: Oak View