Hardcastle ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Hardcastle are gathered together in this SideTrack.

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Hardcastle, CliffordRef 497-426
[1898-1917] He worked at the Stone Trough Brewery, Halifax.

He lived at 29 Victoria Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), then and he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed at the Battle of Cambrai [20th November 1917] (aged 19).

He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial, Nord France [Grave Ref 5], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Hardcastle, EdmundRef 497-1492
[1894-1914] Son of Mrs F. Hardcastle of 4 Smithfield Terrace, South Lane, Elland.

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles).

He died 27th September 1914 (aged 20).

He was buried at St Stephen's Church, Lindley [21 S].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Elland Working Men's Club, and on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade

Hardcastle, EdwinRef 497-380
[1877-1920] Son of Wright Hardcastle.

He was a member of Sion Congregational Church, Halifax / secretary of Sion Sunday School / a member of the Halifax Antiquarian Society.

He had a particular interest in the life and work of John and Joshua Horner and collected work by them, which he gave to Bankfield Museum. He also collected original book illustrations, which he loaned out anonymously to museums across the North of England.

In [Q1] 1914, he married Louisa Riley in Halifax.

Edwin died November 1920.

In 1927, Louisa sold his collection of 488 book illustrations, original works of art by over 100 professional artists, to Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Burnley, for £350.

After being on display at Towneley from 1927 to 1933, the collection went into storage and did not re-appear for exhibition until 1984.

The book illustrations are again regularly loaned out to other museums

Hardcastle, FrederickRef 497-1408
[1791-1867] Son of Elizabeth (née Bumby) & Thomas Hardcastle.

Born in Leeds [12th August 1791]; baptised at South Parade Baptist Church, Leeds.

He was (possibly) Chapel Warden at Northgate End Chapel [1833-1841] / a partner in the Halifax Commercial Banking Company [1853] / Treasurer of the Board of Guardians of the Halifax Union / a clerk, then cashier, then Manager with the Halifax Commercial Bank / a retired bank manager [1861].

He retired from the management in 1855, and was presented with a piece of plate, a gold snuff-box, and a purse containing a sum of money.

He married Jane [1794-1897].

Jane was born in Leeds [26th July 1794].

She was a bank railway shareholder [1861]


They lived at

  • 1 Silver Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 4 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1861]

Frederick died 12th July 1867 (aged 75).

Jane died 5th February 1897.

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1148]

Hardcastle, Henry ArnoldRef 497-946
[1891-1916] Son of Wright Hardcastle.

He lived at Burtree, Laurence Road, Skircoat Green.

During World War I, he enlisted [March 1916], and he served as an Air Mechanic 2nd Class with the (No 3 Training Centre)  Royal Flying Corps.

He died of influenza in Tidworth Military Hospital, Hampshire [1st April 1916] (aged 25).

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell [3 110]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at All Saints' Church, Dudwell, and on the Memorial at United Reformed Church, Carlton Street

Hardcastle, HerbertRef 497-1425
[1890-1918] Born in Brighouse.

In 1915, he married Elsie Wood in Halifax.

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 12th/13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died 21st March 1918 (aged 27).

He is remembered on the Pozières Memorial, France [Grave Ref 16-18].

Elsie went to live at 9 Ilford Road, Marton, Blackpool

Hardcastle, HermanRef 497-956
[1889-1917] Son of James Hardcastle of 27 Kimberley Street, Brighouse.

He was a carpet sizer at Firth's Carpets in Bailiff Bridge.

On 13th August 1912, he married Florence Hilda Littlewood at Hipperholme,

They lived at

  • 10 Albert Square, Waterloo Road, Brighouse [1916]
  • 10 Daisy Street, Briggate, Brighouse
  • 14 Old Lane, Brighouse

During World War I, he attested at Halifax [December 1916] and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [14th January 1917].

He died 9th April 1917 (aged 28).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], on Firth's War Memorial, and on Bailiff Bridge War Memorial.

His widow was granted a pension of 13/9d a week [5th September 1917].

After his death, Florence Hilda married Mr Crossley

Hardcastle, JohnRef 497-1667
[1726-1800] Of Halifax. He was a sheriff's officer and keeper of the gaol in Halifax

Hardcastle, JohnRef 497-947
[1789-18??] Born in Northowram.

He was a grocer [1851].

In [Q3] 1844, he married Susan in Halifax.

Susan was the widow of
John Taylor.

She had several children by her first marriage and they were living with their mother & stepfather in [1851]


They lived at 3 Upper Crib Lane, Halifax [1851].

Susannah died in Halifax [Q2 1859]

Hardcastle, John WilliamRef 497-984
[1881-1917] Son of Emily & Robert Hardcastle of Waggoner, Clifton Common.

Born in Brighouse.

In 1907, he married Ellen Cryer in Leeds.

They lived at 333 Tong Road, Leeds [1911]

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

He died 7th June 1917 (aged 36).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 20], on Clifton War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint John's Church, Clifton, and in the book Clifton War Memorial.

In [Q1] 1921, Ellen married David Nelson in Wetherby.

They lived at Boston Spa

Hardcastle, Joseph ScottRef 497-3916
[1837-1880] Son of William Hardcastle.

He was landlord of the Blue Bell, Halifax [1869] / landlord of the Ring O' Bells, Halifax [1874].

In 1860, he married Naomi Watson.


  1. child who died in infancy
  2. child who died in infancy
  3. child who died in infancy
  4. child who died in infancy
  5. William Richard [b 1861]
  6. Joseph [b 1868]
  7. James Scott [b 1870]

Hardcastle, LeonardRef 497-1554
[1877-1952] Son of Martha (née Holmes) & William Henry Hardcastle.

Born at New Popplewell, Cleckheaton [13th May 1877]; baptised at Whitechapel, Cleckheaton [1st July 1877].

He moved to Halifax in 1930 / 1931.

He was a leather currier [1904, 1911, 1939, 1952].

The Spenborough Guardian [unknown date] reported

Leonard was a well-known trade union official in the
Heavy Woollen district, who for many years lived at Hartshead Moor.

From 1911 to 1946, he was the President of the Spen Valley & district Curriers and Strap Makers Union and took part in most of the negotiations for national agreements which then obtained in the leather industry. He helped found the union and also helped found a Friendly Society to provide small pensions to the unemployed during the depression.

For many years he was on the management committee of the National Leather Trades Federation.

Until his retirement in 1946, he was employed in the card currying department of Fleming, Birkby & Goodall.

He was President of the Hartshead Moor Working Men's Club for 21 years.

He also served on the Heavy Woollen District Club & Institute Committee.

He was also involved in the Mechanics Institute


On 14th January 1904, he married Eleanora (Nellie) Barber at Halifax Parish Church.

Nellie was the daughter of Sam Barber


  1. Herbert [20th July 1904-6th August 1974] who was cremated  Dewsbury Moor
  2. Ernest [12th February 1910-20th June 1986] who was buried  at Warley Town Cemetery [25th June 1986]

They lived at

  • New Popplewell, Cleckheaton [1877, 1881]
  • Common Top, Scholes [1891, 1901, 1904]
  • Seed Buildings, Hartshead Moor [1911]
  • 1014 Halifax Road, Hartshead Moor [1910s-1920s]
  • 47 St Mary Street, Halifax [1936, 1939, 1952]

Leonard died at St John's Hospital, Halifax [8th March 1952]

Nellie died 18th February 1966

Hardcastle, ShawRef 497-316
[18??-1941] Halifax draper and founder of Shaw Hardcastle Limited.

He died 2nd April 1941

Hardcastle, WilliamRef 497-72
[1???-18??] A tenant at Roydlands Farm, Hipperholme [early 1800s]

Hardcastle, WilliamRef 497-3887
[1789-1865] He was a cordwainer / a town councillor [1858-1864] / landlord of the Ring O' Bells, Halifax for almost 20 years  [1845, 1850] / a bell-ringer at Halifax Parish Church.

He married Unknown.


  1. sons
  2. Joseph Scott

Hardcastle, WrightRef 497-2621
[1846-1926] Born in Ecclesfield.

He was an umbrella manufacturer at Crown Umbrella Works, Halifax.

In [Q3] 1874, he married Hannah Barrett in Halifax.

Hannah was the daughter of Joseph Barrett


  1. Wright [1875] who died in infancy
  2. Edwin
  3. Amy [1880] who died in infancy
  4. Clara Eliza [b 1882] who married [q3/1909] Joe Morris  Dixon
  5. Joseph Harold
  6. Henry Arnold

They lived at 13 North Parade [1905].

The children () were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland with Hannah's sisters


Hardcastle surnameRef 497-1
The surname may originate in Hardcastle Crags, meaning either impregnable stronghold or herdsman's home

There are 16 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Hardcastle, as discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Hardcastle

Marriage 1907


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