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Brooke, MrRef 215-1118
[16??-1???] Curate at Southowram [1668-1670]

Brooke, A. B.Ref 215-1551
[1???-18??] He was appointed Surveyor of the Highways for Hartshead [1835]

Brooke, AlbertRef 215-6
[1890-1917] He lived at 19 Upper Lane, Northowram.

He worked for Joshua Smithson at India Buildings, Halifax.

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

He was wounded twice.

He died 28th December 1917 (aged 27).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Brooke, Albert EdwardRef 215-1205
[1888-1916] Son of George Barker Brooke.

He was a popular bass vocalist, and a member of several choirs, including the Sowerby Bridge Wesleyan Mission School, the choir of St George's Church, Sowerby, the choir of Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge, the Sowerby Bridge Choral Society, and the J. T. Town Opera Company

and worked as

a cotton piecer [1901], a cotton spinning mule piecer [1911], and employed by W. & R. K. Lee Limited.

During World War I, he enlisted immediately after War broke out [October 1914], and served as a Corporal with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was in the Dardanelles, Egypt, and France.

He was killed in action on the Somme [30th September 1916].

He was buried at Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France [IX J 17].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint George's Church, Sowerby, and on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited Roll of Honour

Brooke, Arthur DomenicoRef 215-15
[1878-1932] Born in Leckhampton, Gloucestershire.

He was an articled clerk (chartered accountant) lodging with Emma Jane Gaukroger at Savile Mount, 45 Savile Park Road, Halifax [1901].

He died 28th March 1932 (aged 54), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 616] with the Gaukroger family

Brooke, AspinallRef 215-528
[1849-1922] Youngest son of Joseph Brooke.

Born in Northowram.

He was Quarry-owner, stone merchant and brick manufacturer (employer).

In [Q2] 1898, he married Rebecca [1854-1933] from Garforth, in Dewsbury.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £7,241

They had no children.

They lived at Fenny Royd House, Hipperholme [1911].

Living with them [in 1911] were nieces Ethel Hunter [b 1884], May Atkinson [b 1894], nephews Frank Brooke [b 1888] (stone merchant), and Joseph A. Brooke [b 1894] (clerk in stone business) 

Brooke, BenRef 215-9
[1879-1920] Son of Mary Ann & Wright Brooke

Born in Liversedge.

On 27th February 1902, he married Annie Louisa Sutcliffe [1881-1959] at St James's Church, Halifax.

They had no children.

They lived at 8 Birks Hall Lane, Lee Bridge, Halifax.

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

He transferred to the Labour Corps.

He died in Halifax [23rd February 1920] (aged 40)  & was buried at Illingworth Moor Wesleyan Chapel [b 17 211]

Brooke, CharlesRef 215-835
[18??-18??] Of Rastrick. When the Bridge End Congregational Church of 1779 was replaced by the present building in 1856, he bought the old chapel building and rebuilt it on Hangram Field for use as a chapel-of-ease for Brighouse Parish Church. The chapel subsequently became St Paul's Chapel

Brooke, David SamuelRef 215-724
[1848-1936] Son of Samuel Brooke.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a postal clerk [1873].

On 19th June 1873, he married Mary Ellen Ambler [1850-1930] of Brighouse, in Rastrick.

They had no children

Brooke, EdwardRef 215-811
[17??-1822] Or Brook.

Of Chapel Allerton.

On 3rd February 1803, he married Elizabeth Ramsbottom in Halifax.


  1. Mary Ann
  2. Sarah

Brooke, Edward C.Ref 215-1692
[18??-19??] Of Healey Wood House, Rastrick.

Architect whose work included Thornhill Briggs Methodist New Connexion Chapel [1896], Brighouse Post Office in Park Street [1900], and Assembly Rooms, Brighouse [1906].

On 14th September 1900, he married Clara Jane [18??-1900]

Brooke, Edward Vanrenen InghamRef 215-7
[1876-1901] BA.

Son of Rev Joshua Ingham Brooke.

He was educated at Charterhouse & Magdalen College Oxford. He represented Oxford & Cambridge against Yale & Harvard in the long jump.

During the South African Wars, he served as a Lieutenant with the 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed at Brakenlaagte, Transvaal [30th October 1901] (aged 25)  when they were cut off by the Boers as they were relieving Colonel Benson's column.

He is remembered on the Halifax Parish Church South African War Memorial, and on West View Park War Memorial

Brooke, Mrs ElizabethRef 215-1370
[1???-1???] Her gravestone at Elland Church records

She was – but room forbids to tell you what,
Think what a wife should be, for she was that

Brooke, EmersonRef 215-1661
[18??-1???] He was Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances for the Brighouse Local Board / Borough Surveyor for Rastrick [1894].

In [Q3] 1890, he married Martha Jane Heslop in Dewsbury

Brooke, ErnestRef 215-1063
[1886-1918] His parents lived at 12 Alegar Street, Brighouse.

He was a later with J. Smithies & Sons, Great Horton, Bradford.

During World War I, he enlisted [4th August 1914], and he served as a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He died in a fire in the support trenches [5th January 1918] (aged 32).

He was buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Belgium [Grave Ref G 11].

He is remembered on Clifton War Memorial, on Brighouse War Memorial, and in the book Clifton War Memorial

Brooke, George BarkerRef 215-3
[1857-1???] Son of John Brooke, corn miller.

Born in Wakefield.

He was a grinder of Sowerby Street, Sowerby [1885] / a general labourer [1891] / a cotton card room jobber [1901] / a cotton under carder [1911].

In 1885, he married Ellen Ann Sykes Rayner [1865-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ellen Ann, of Sowerby Street, Sowerby, was born in Malton / Melton / Meltham, the daughter of James Rayner, plate layer


  1. Sarah Hannah [b 1886] who was a cotton card room jobber  [1901], a cotton cop winder [1911]
  2. Albert Edward
  3. Lottie [b 1891] who was a cotton doubler [1911]
  4. Ada [b 1894] who was a cotton doubler [1911]

The family lived at

  • Woods Court, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 2 Vale Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • 43 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Living with them in 1911 were Ellen Ann's widowed mother Hannah Rayner [b 1844] and Ellen Ann's cousin Emma Rayner [b 1880] (worsted roving frame) 

Brooke, George ThorntonRef 215-1816
[1864-1926] Born in Hulme, Manchester.

He was a sail maker [1901] and a tarpaulin manufacturer at Canal Wharf, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

In 1893, he married Rebecca Nicholson [1860-1942] from Saxilby, Lincolnshire, in Halifax.


  1. Gertrude May [1896-1972]

The family lived at

  • 4 Langton Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901, 1905, 1911]
  • 1 Hill Crest Avenue, Sowerby Bridge [where he died 1926]

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £482

Brooke, HaroldRef 215-9030
[1871-19??] Born in Brighouse.

He was an engineer's inspector [1911].

In [Q4] 1899, he married Sarah Roberts [1872-19??] from Farnley Tyas.


  1. Margery [b 1902]

The family lived at 9 Wellholme, Brighouse [1911].

Living with them in were sisters-in-law Dorothy Evelyn Roberts [aged 21] (elementary school teacher)  and Beatrice Roberts [aged 36]

Brooke, HerbertRef 215-8

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

He died of wounds in the UK [28th March 1915].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Brooke, J.Ref 215-1850
[18??-19??] Woollen manufacturer at Sowerby Bridge.

In July 1884, he was declared bankrupt

Brooke, JamesRef 215-12
[1819-1???] An apprentice to Mr Crowther of Cromwell Bottom.

He and Charles Collingwood were charged with highway robbery, having attacked Thomas Rushworth near Elland Bridge on 22nd December 1838.

Brooke, James EdwardRef 215-5
[1898-1915] Son of Catherine Pattern & Tom Hall Brooke.

Born in Brighouse.

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

He died 6th May 1915.

He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France [II A 156].

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial

Brooke, JohnRef 215-388
[16??-17??] Aka Brook.

He rebuilt Smith House, Brighouse in 1672.

He is recorded in 1689

Brooke, JohnRef 215-492
[1784-1855] Corn miller.

He began work at Brookfoot Corn Mill before setting up his own business at Brooke's Mill in 1826.

He married Mary [1781-1867].


  1. John
  2. Anna Maria who married Alfred Camm
  3. Frances Amelia who married [24th October 1855]  Frederick Craven of Mirfield
  4. Catherine who married William Ledgard

They lived at The Rydings.

He died 26th March 1855.

John & Mary were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Brooke, JohnRef 215-992
[1819-1870] Son of John Brooke.

He carried on the family milling business after his father's death. He lived at the family home, The Rydings, Brighouse.

In 1861, he was the Constable for the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse. He raised money for the unemployed and poor of the district.

In 1847, he married Emily Higham.

Emily was the daughter of George Higham


  1. John died in infancy [21st February 1849]
  2. George died in infancy [20th April 1850]
  3. John
  4. Arthur died [15th May 1853] aged 6 months

In his will, he left provisions for the construction of four almshouses near Lane Head Recreation Ground.

Emily left an endowment of £100 per annum for the upkeep of the almshouses and an allowance for the tenants.

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

Brooke, Rev JohnRef 215-506
[1851-1889] MA.

Son of John Brooke.

He was in service at St Katherine's, Northampton.

He died 31st May 1889.

His body was brought back to Brighouse for burial at St Martin's, Brighouse

Brooke, JohnRef 215-1578
[19??-] Former headmaster of Lightcliffe Church of England (VA) Primary School.

Local historian of the Brighouse, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe districts.

He has written several books on local topics, including

Brooke, John WilliamRef 215-13
[1864-1897] He was a labourer.

In [Q3] 1891, he married Sylvia Spencer [1866-1935] in Halifax.

Sylvia was born in Bury, Lancashire.

She was a widow & a cotton weaver [1911]



  1. child
  2. Dorothy [b 1893] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  3. Jack [b 1898] who was a newsboy [1911]

They lived at 5 Upper Clarence Yard, Halifax [1911].

John William died 19th December 1897 (aged 33).

Sylvia died 22nd June 1935 (aged 69).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2510] with Herbert [1870-1871] son of George & Eliza Brooke & William Naylor

Brooke, JosephRef 215-205
[1818-1876] Born in Rastrick.

In 1840, he founded the Joseph Brooke Limited quarrying organisation.

In 1842, he married Grace Aspinall [1821-1895] in Halifax.

Grace was born in Rastrick


  1. Hannah [b 1844]
  2. Mary Amelia [b 1845-1881] who never married & was buried  at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1116] with Joseph Bairstow
  3. Frances [who died before her first birthday in 1852]
  4. Aspinall
  5. Newton
  6. Willie

His 3 sons joined the company.

They lived at

Joseph died 13th September 1876.

He was buried at Heywood's Chapel

Grace died at Fenny House, Hipperholme [4th November 1895] (aged 74).

See Crow Nest Mansion

Brooke, JoshuaRef 215-1133
[1???-17??] Curate at Cross Stone [1732-1734]

Brooke, Rev Joshua InghamRef 215-865
[1836-1906] MA.

Son of Thomas Brooke, of Northgate House, Honley.

Born in Honley [14th February 1836].

He was a relative (brother?) of Rev William Ingham Brooke.

He was

  • educated at Cheltenham College & University College Oxford [1859]
  • assistant curate at Retford [1860-1863]
  • assistant curate at Batheaston [1863-1866]
  • rector of Easthope (Hereford) [1866-1867]
  • rector of Thornhill (Ripon & Wakefield) [1867-1889]
  • Archdeacon and Vicar of Halifax [1889-1904]
  • honorary canon of Wakefield
  • member of the Halifax School Board [1891-1901]
  • President of the Halifax Infirmary [1899-1902]
  • Presiding governor of Heath Grammar School
  • Presiding governor of Hipperholme Grammar School

In [Q3] 1859, he married Grace Charlotte Godby in Bath

Grace Charlotte was the youngest daughter of Major General Godby CBE


  1. Edward Vanrenen Ingham

Brooke, MargaretRef 215-9920
[1828-1898] Daughter of Sammey Drake Brooke.

She was a power loom weaver [1851] / a cook in the household of Henry W. Blackburn (public  accountant) in Horsforth [1861].

On 10th June 1849, Margaret (spinster) had her son William baptised at Bradford Parish Church.

In 1871, Margaret was living with son William and his family in Brighouse

Brooke, Mary AnnRef 215-836
[1803-18??] Daughter of Edward Brooke.

Born in Chapel Town, Yorkshire [1803]; baptised at Chapel Allerton [1804].

In 1821, he married John Gott in Leeds.

They lived at Birks Hall – which she inherited from her mother – and also at Armley House.

The principal entrance to Birks Hall bears the monogram of Mrs GottM A G – suggesting that she altered and rebuilt the house.

See Christ Church, Pellon and Mount Pellon National Schools

Brooke, NewtonRef 215-529
[1856-1935] JP.

Middle son of Joseph Brooke.

Born in Queensbury [19th July 1856].

He was educated at Hipperholme Grammar school / Chairman of Joseph Brooke Limited / MD of the Nonslip Stone Company / a stone, granite & brick merchant & manufacturer [1911] / director and a founder of the Leeds Fireclay Company Limited / director of the Brighouse Brick, Tile & Stone Company Limited / a member of the St John [No 1736] Masonic Lodge / an Alderman.

In 1903, he succeeded his brother Willie as head of Joseph Brooke Limited.

In March 1890, Miss Hannah Haley of Northowram claimed £2,000 damages for breach of promise from him. By mutual consent, a verdict was returned for Miss Haley for £700.

On 16th September 1897, he married Edith Sutcliffe.

Edith was the youngest daughter of William Sutcliffe of Ingfield House, Odsal, Bradford


  1. Hilda Edith [b 1898] who married [1926] John B.  Buckle from Bradford
  2. John Newton [b 1900]
  3. Edward Newton [b 1903]
  4. William Aspinall [b 1905]

The family lived at

He was buried at Heywood's Chapel

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £26,649.

Newton Park, Hove Edge was named for him.

See Lumb Aspinall and Clifton & Lightcliffe Band

Brooke, Richard EnglandRef 215-2672
[1821-1900] Born in Norfolk.

He was educated at Caius College Cambridge / ordained at Ripon. before becoming Curate at Sowerby [1849-1852].

He went on to be Rural Dean at Hull / Rector of Bath Abbey (for 20 years) 

He married Harriet.


  1. son
  2. son
  3. son
  4. son
  5. daughter
  6. daughter

He died in Christchurch, Hampshire

Brooke, Sammey DrakeRef 215-4041
[1787-1855] Born in Dewsbury.

He was a corn miller [1851].

He married Elizabeth [1797-1881] from Halifax.


  1. Martha [1819-1834]
  2. Margaret
  3. Sam [b 1836] who was a cooper [1851, 1861]
  4. Hannah [b 1838] who was an errand girl [1851], a woollen  weaver [1861] & married Midgley Marsden
  5. Harriet [1841-1872] who was a woollen weaver [1861] &  married James Cooper

The family lived at

  • New Road, Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse [1851]
  • Commercial Street, Brighouse [1861]

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

In 1861, the widowed Elizabeth was a grocer in Commercial Street, Brighouse.

Brooke, SamuelRef 215-14
[1823-1895] Born in Gomersal [29th November 1823].

He was a pork butcher employing 2 men [1871] / a retired butcher [1881, 1891].

He married Naomi [1816-1871].


  1. Mary Elizabeth [b 1846] who married William Moyle
  2. George Henry [1848-1880]
  3. Eliza [1850-1859]
  4. Emily who died 13th October 1853 (aged 8 months) 
  5. Sam William [1854-1855]
  6. Hannah [1856-1931]

The family lived at

  • 11 Woolshops, Halifax [1871]
  • 1 Bedford Terrace, Halifax [1881]
  • New Road, Halifax [1891]

Naomi died 23rd February 1871 (aged 55).

Samuel died 30th October 1895 (aged 72).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3046] with granddaughter Florence Alice Moyle [1880-1884]

Brooke, SamuelRef 215-723
[1826-1849] He was a twister [1847].

On 6th December 1847, he married Harriet Taylor in Brighouse


  1. David Samuel

Brooke, SamuellRef 215-566
[16??-1???] Card maker of Clifton mentioned in 1681 when he was accused of

... buying severall quantities of fforaigne yron wyre for making of wooll bands, ymported from [parts] beyond ye seas, contrary to ye statute

Brooke, SarahRef 215-11
[1805-1???] Daughter of Edward Brooke.

Baptised at Chapel Allerton [1806].

On 16th September 1824, he married John William Rhodes at St Peter's Church, Leeds.

Brooke, TeddyRef 215-2
[1898-1???] Illegitimate son of Jane Brooke of Kingston.

Born 5th December 1898; baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [4th June 1899]

Brooke, ThomasRef 215-3279
[1???-16??] Vicar of St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden [1626]

Brooke, ThomasRef 215-2945
[18??-19??] Partner in Baldwin & Brooke

Brooke, WilliamRef 215-1795
[18??-19??] Rag merchant and shoddy manufacturer at Bank Bottom Mill, Elland [1905]

Brooke, WilliamRef 215-4
[1833-1???] Illegitimate son of Anne Brooke of Hipperholme.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [14th July 1833]

Brooke, WilliamRef 215-7550
[1849-1???] Illegitimate son of Margaret Brooke.

Born in Bradford.

He was a plumber [1871] / a master plumber employing 2 men & 3 apprentices [1881].

He married Helen [1848-1???] from Manchester.


  1. Annie [b 1870]
  2. Sam C. [b 1871]
  3. Harriet [b 1873]
  4. Eleanor [b 1875]
  5. Frank [b 1878]

They lived at

  • 1 Spring Bank, Brighouse [1871]
  • 20 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1881]

Living with them [in 1881] was William's mother Margaret

Brooke, William AspinallRef 215-1295
[1???-1982] Of Lightcliffe.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £655,546

Brooke, William InghamRef 215-1297
[1863-19??] MA.

He was a relative (brother?) of Rev Joshua Ingham Brooke.

He was educated at Exeter College Oxford before becoming Deacon at St Paul's, King Cross [1892-1894].

He left to serve in East Anglia.

He returned to the district as Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Halifax [1898-1905].

He married Beatrice Harriet [1860-19??].


  1. Joshua [b 1892]
  2. Oliver [b 1894]
  3. Faith [b 1895]
  4. Grace Marjorie [b 1897]
  5. Ida Joyce [b 1901]

He lived at 12 Park Road, Halifax [1901].

In 1904, he was appointed rector of Barford [Warwick]

Brooke, WillieRef 215-10

In 1912, he married Nelly Normanton in Halifax.

Nelly was the daughter of
Arthur Normanton

Brooke, WillieRef 215-294
[1876-1903] Of Hill Top House, Lightcliffe.

Eldest son of Joseph Brooke.

In 1876, he succeeded his father as head of Joseph Brooke Limited.

In 1897, he married Annie, daughter of Abraham Sharpe.

They lived at 10 Park Terrace, Lightcliffe [1902].

On 20th August 1903, he was killed in a railway accident in Lightcliffe tunnel.

After his death, his brother Newton became head of the family business


Brooke surnameRef 215-1
A variant of the surname Brook

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

There are 50 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Brooke, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Brooke

Marriages 1900, 1907, 1910; Death 1839


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