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Wolfenden, Albert BlagbroughRef 396-2561
[1882-1925] Son of Arthur Blagbrough Wolfenden.

Born in Halifax.

He carried on with his father's dental practice.

In 1908, he married Jessie, daughter of William Hodgson, in Halifax

Wolfenden, AlfredRef 396-917
[1841-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was a roller coverer (cotton) [1881] / a cotton spinner [1891].

In [Q3] 1866, he married Alice Oakes [1839-1???] in Dewsbury.

Alice was born in Allerton, Lancashire


  1. John [b 1867] who was a cotton piecer [1881], a cotton  spinner [1891]
  2. Martha [b 1869] who was a cotton winder [1891]
  3. Alfred [b 1870] who was a cotton knotter [1881]
  4. William
  5. Harriet Ann [b 1876] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a  cotton reeler [1901]; married [Q4 1897] Horace West and had a  son Wilfred [b 1900]
  6. Clementine [b 1878] who was a cotton slubber tenter  [1891], a cotton card room hand [1901]
  7. Emma [b 1879] who was a joiner piecer cotton [1891], a  cotton reeler [1901]
  8. Alice [b 1882] who was a cotton reeler [1901]
  9. Edith H. [b 1883] who was a worsted weaver [1901]

They lived at

  • James Street, Elland with Greetland [1881]
  • 1 & 2 New Row, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1891]

Wolfenden, Arthur BlagbroughRef 396-2560
[1859-1910] LDSRCS.

Illegitimate son of Elizabeth Blagbrough.

Born in Halifax.

His mother married Haley Wolfenden and Arthur took the name Arthur Blagbrough Wolfenden

He was a prominent dental surgeon in Halifax. He was in practice at Wards End, and at 98 York Place, Gibbet Street, where Arthur and Haley practised [1883].

He married Dinah Rothera [1850-1928].


  1. Albert Blagbrough
  2. Elizabeth [1885-1910]
  3. Gertrude [1887-1930]
  4. Harold Vincent [1892-1960]

They lived at 10 Wards End, Halifax [1891]. Bertha Lord was a domestic servant [1901].

His stepfather Haley Wolfenden also practised as a dentist.

He died after suffering a seizure at the Freemasons' Hall.

His son, Albert Blagbrough carried on with the practice

Wolfenden, ErnestRef 396-689
[18??-1915] Son of John Wolfenden.

He worked for Firth's Carpets at Flush Mills, Heckmondwike.

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

He died 25th September 1915.

He is remembered on the Loos Memorial [20 & 22], on Firth's War Memorial, and on Bailiff Bridge War Memorial

Wolfenden, FrankRef 396-635
[1896-1918] Son of Joseph Wolfenden.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School, and entered the Civil Service.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1914] and served as a Rifleman with the 2nd/15th Battalion London Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles).

He served in France [1916] and in Salonika, Egypt & Palestine (where he was present at the taking of Jerusalem). His ship was torpedoed on his way from Salonika to Egypt, from which all aboard were rescued.

He died of influenza, followed by bronchial pneumonia, at the 83rd General Hospital, Boulogne [25th October 1918] (aged 22).

The Halifax Courier [2nd November 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France [Grave Ref VI C 56].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Heath Grammar School, on the Memorial at Saint Peter's Church, Sowerby, on Triangle War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Mill Bank Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Wolfenden, FredRef 396-662
[1894-1918] Son of John William Wolfenden.

He was a worsted machinery oiler [1911] / employed by Owen Shaw & Company, Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he served as a Lance Sergeant with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to the Front in 1914.

He was hit by a bullet and seriously injured in the shoulder and pelvis, and died of his wounds in a Casualty Clearing Station in France [15th September 1918] (aged 22).

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [28th September & 5th October 1918].

He was buried at Grevillers British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XIII C 7]

Wolfenden, H.Ref 396-2845
[18??-1???] Brewer at Luddendenfoot

Question: Does anyone know anything about Mr Wolfenden or his business?


Wolfenden, HaleyRef 396-2682
[1841-1898] 7th of 13 children of Joseph Wolfenden.

Born as Ely in Soyland.

He was a silk factory overlooker, with interests in linen drapery and millinery [1865].

In 1865, he married (1) Elizabeth Blagbrough [1833-1885] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth had a son Arthur Blagbrough who became a dentist

In April 1876, the liquidation was announced

of the affairs of Haley Wolfenden of 85 Northgate, Halifax, linen draper and milliner

After Arthur's marriage, Haley is also described as a dentist.

Haley had a son Hanson Cockroft Wolfenden [1884-1901] to Martha Hannah Cockroft.

In 1887, he married (2) Martha Hannah.


  1. John [1888-1898]
  2. Willie [1889-1949]
  3. Sarah Emma [b 1890]
  4. Harold [b 1895]
  5. Harriet May [b 1898]

They lived at 98 York Place, Gibbet Street, where Arthur and Haley practised [1883].

Haley died in Elland in 1898

Wolfenden, JamesRef 396-861
[1864-19??] Where born: Not Known.

He was a farmer [1901].

In [Q1] 1900, he married Emma Tambling [1868-19??] in Todmorden.

Emma was born in Devon


  1. Annie [b 1900]
  2. Richard [b 1901]

They lived at Lower Cross Stone Farm, Stansfield [1901]

Wolfenden, JamesRef 396-8
[1872-19??] Son of John Wolfenden.

Born in Rastrick.

He was a silk dresser [1891] / a stone delver [1901] / a delver [1902, 1911].

On 28th November 1891, he married Sarah Irving [1871-19??] at Elland Parish Church.

Sarah was born in Brighouse, the daughter of John Irving, silk broker


  1. Willie [b 1892] who was a coal miner hewer [1911]
  2. Walter [b 1895] who was a silk waste dresser [1911]
  3. Elsie Victoria [1897-30th April 1899] who was buried at  Lightcliffe Old Church Graveyard
  4. Ernest [b 1893]
  5. Harold [b 10th September 1902]
  6. John William [b 1906]
  7. Frank [b 1908]
  8. George [b 1910]

The 1911 census shows that they had had 8 children of whom 6 were still alive at that time.

The family lived at

  • Lydgate, Hipperholme [1901]
  • 38 Bradford Road, Bailiffe Bridge [1911]

Wolfenden, James R.Ref 396-772
[1881-1901] He was an orphan.

He worked as a silk dresser.

He lived in lodgings at Waring Green, Brighouse.

During the South African Wars, he served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died in Warm Baths, Transvaal, after 5 weeks' illness [28th June 1901] (aged 20).

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

Wolfenden, JohnRef 396-840
[1818-1864] Born in Soyland.

He was a woollen cord weaver [1851].

He married (1) Unknown.

(Possible) children:

  1. Mahala [b 1839] who was a worsted spinner [1851]
  2. Alfred [b 1843] who was a woollen winder [1851]
  3. Martha [b 1845]
  4. Hannah [b 1846]
  5. William [b 1850]

On 4th April 1853, he married (2) Mary Helliwell [1834-18??] at St Peter's Church, Sowerby.


  1. Alice [b 1855]
  2. Dinah [b 1856]
  3. Nathan [b 1859]
  4. Joseph [b 1860]
  5. Hellowell [b 1863]

In January 1864, Thomas Corkwell was charged with the manslaughter of Wolfenden.

On 1st January 1864, Wolfenden and a group of others were drinking in Woolpack, Sowerby Bridge, and between them they consumed 9 quarts of ale and 6 glasses of spirits each. Corkwell joined them, and he and Wolfenden began to toss for a shilling, but the landlord stopped them. Wolfenden called Corkwell to follow him outside, and the 2 began to fight. Corkwell knocked Wolfenden down, and he fell heavily, striking his head on the road, and died in a few minutes.

At the Inquest, Dr Thomas Henry Turney said that Wolfenden had fractured the back of his head, rupturing the membranes of the brain and causing an effusion of blood on the brain.

A verdict of manslaughter was returned and Corkwell was committed for trial.

At the Assizes, the Judge stopped the case, and Corkwell was bound over to keep the peace.

On 4th March 1874, Mary married Anderson Farrar at Halifax Parish Church

Wolfenden, JohnRef 396-7
[1843-1888] Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a cotton spinner [1871] / a tea hawker [1881].

Around 1868, he married Hannah Mary [1847-1???].

Hannah Mary was born in Rastrick


  1. Crossley [b 1869]
  2. George [b 1870]
  3. James
  4. Ernest
  5. John W. [b 1880]
  6. Fanny [b 1884]

They lived at

  • Lillands Lane, Rastrick [1871]
  • 5 Cross Street, Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse [1881]
  • Waterloo Road, Hipperholme-Cum-Brighouse [1891]

Living with them [in 1881] was boarder William Haigh [b  Brighouse 1856] (wire cleaner).

A John Wolfenden died in Halifax [Q2 1888].

In [Q2] 1892, Hannah Mary (possibly) married either John Booth or Albert Smith in Halifax

Wolfenden, JohnRef 396-4
[1867-19??] Born in Cleckheaton.

He was a cotton spinner [1901, 1911].

In 1892, he married Mary Crossley [1867-19??] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Elland, the daughter of Samuel Crossley [b Elland 1835], cloth miller


  1. Alfred Ernest [b 1894] who was a student teacher [1911]
  2. Lawrence Wolfenden who was a shirt cutting apprentice  [1911]
  3. Doris [b 1899]
  4. Amy [b 1904]

They lived at

  • Lower James Street, Stainland [1901]
  • Benroyd Terrace, Holywell Green, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was father-in-law Samuel Crossley

Wolfenden, John FrederickRef 396-2655
[1906-1985] Son of George Wolfenden.

Born in Swindon where his father was an insurance man, and registrar of a technical institution [1911].

His family were weavers and millers from Soyland.

He was headmaster of Uppingham School [1934-1944] and headmaster of Shrewsbury School [1944]

He was Chairman of the Wolfenden Report which recommended the decriminalisation of male homosexuality [1957].

In 1974, he was made Baron Wolfenden.

He married Unknown.

His son Jeremy [1934-1965] became a recruit of the Secret Intelligence Service / MI6 Foreign Correspondent in Moscow for the Daily Telegraph, a British spy, and an acquaintance of Guy Burgess in Moscow

Wolfenden, John WilliamRef 396-2
[1861-19??] Born in Triangle / Sowerby Bridge.

He was a clogger [1887] / a wool dyer [1891] / a railway signal fitter [1901] / a cloth mill labourer [1911].

In 1882, he married Emma Cooper [1864-19??] in Halifax.

Emma was born in Swinton, Yorkshire


  1. Annie [b 1883] who was a worsted rover [1901]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1884] who was a worsted winder [1901]
  3. Eliza [b 1885] who was a worsted spinner [1901]
  4. Eli [b 24th December 1887; bapt Sowerby 24th August 1888]  who was a worsted doffer [1901]
  5. Thomas [b 1890] who was a worsted yarn packer [1911]
  6. Florence [b 1892] who was a worsted reeler [1911]
  7. Fred

They lived at

  • Norland [1887]
  • 18 Waterloo Street, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 52 Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • 6 Mitchell Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]
  • 97 Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge [1918]

Living with them [in 1911] was nephew Willie Broadbent [b 1908]

Wolfenden, JonathanRef 396-2418
[1828-1885] Son of Robert Wolfenden.

Born in Soyland.

He was an overlooker of cotton mules [1861] / a manager [1869] / a cotton spinner's manager [1871] / a silk baler [1881].

On 25th December 1857, he married (1) Sarah Eastwood [1835-1862] from Rishworth, in Halifax.


  1. Sarah Ann [1858-1899] who was a silk spinner [1871], a  cotton winder [1881]
  2. Robert [1860-1908] who was a cotton piecer [1871], a  stoker in a silk mill [1881]

On 2nd February 1869, he married (2) Mary Ann, daughter of George Thorpe, from Rastrick, at Halifax Parish Church.

The family lived at

Jonathan died between 1881 and 1891. In 1891, Mary Ann was a widow and lodging house keeper at Daisy Croft, Brighouse

Wolfenden, JosephRef 396-2683
[1806-1870] He was a weaver.

In 1826, he married (1) Susannah Carter [18??-1855] at Elland.


  1. James [b 1829]
  2. John [b 1830]
  3. Sally [b 1832]
  4. Samuel [b 1834]
  5. Joseph [b 1838]
  6. Susey [1839-1903]
  7. Ely
  8. Ann [1843] who died in infancy
  9. Mary [b 1844]
  10. Henry [b 1848]
  11. George [b 1850]
  12. Martha [1850-1852]
  13. Priscilla [1855-1905]

In 1856, he married (2) Mary Stanley [18??-1???] in Halifax.


  1. Matilda [b 1857]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1859]
  3. David [b 1862]
  4. Edwin [b 1865]

The family lived at Caddy Field, Halifax [1851]

Wolfenden, JosephRef 396-3
[1851-1923] Born in Sowerby.

He was a screen man at flour mill [1881] / a corn miller [1891, 1901] / a corn miller (screen man) [1911].

In 1874, he married Hannah Howarth [1852-19??] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Sowerby


  1. Fred [b 1876] who was a shoemaker's apprentice [1891], a  boot & shoe maker [1901], a bootmaker [1911]
  2. James Arthur [b 1879] who was a cotton twister [1891]  [1901]
  3. Ruth [1880-1881]
  4. George [b 1883] who was an insurance office clerk [1901]
  5. Mary [b 1887] who was a pupil-teacher [1901], an  assistant teacher in elementary school [1911]
  6. Joseph [b 1891] who was a clerk in office (cotton  doubling company) [1911]
  7. Hannah [b 1894] who was a student (teaching profession)   [1911]
  8. Frank

They lived at

  • Stile, Sowerby [1881, 1891]
  • Union Street, Triangle, Sowerby [1901]
  • 91 Centre Vale, Triangle, Halifax [1911, 1918]

Joseph died Q4 1923 (aged 72) 

Wolfenden, JoshuaRef 396-288
[18??-1???] He was a gamekeeper in the Huddersfield area.

He married Unknown.


  1. Maboth Elizabeth [b Lancaster 1885-1966] who married  Ambrose Cockcroft
  2. Maria Louise [b Huddersfield October 1887] who married  [1915] Willie Booth
  3. Margaret
  4. Andrew

Wolfenden, LawrenceRef 396-945
[1895-1918] Son of John Wolfenden.

He was educated at Elland Grammar School / a shirt cutting apprentice [1911] / employed by Victor Roberts Limited.

On 7th May 1918, he married Muriel Common at St Mark's Parish Church, Siddal.

Muriel, of 83 Cambridge Place, Siddal, was the daughter of Arthur Welsh Common

They had no children.

They lived at 83 Cambridge Place, Siddal.

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax [24th September 1914] and served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to the Front [14th April 1915], and he was gassed at Hill 60 [5th May 1915].

He was killed whilst leading his platoon near the village of Verchain, between Cambrai & Valenciennes [24th October 1918] (aged 23).

The Halifax Courier [9th November 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Verchain British Cemetery, Verchain-Maugre, France [Grave Ref B 1]

Wolfenden, LeonardRef 396-665
[1886-1918] He married Mary.

They lived at 6 Corporation Street, Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with the 68th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.

He died 7th February 1918 (aged 31).

He was buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France [Grave Ref V C 65].

He is remembered on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church

Wolfenden, LouisRef 396-773
[1890-1942] Son of William Wolfenden.

Born in Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [1914] and served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion then 2nd Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He lived at 15 Silver Street, Haley Hill [1916].

He was awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal.

He survived the War, but is (possibly) remembered on the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

He was demobilised [October 1919].

He died in 1942 (aged 52) 

Wolfenden, MartinRef 396-1925
[1972-] Comedian and actor.

Born in Halifax

Wolfenden, MatthewRef 396-356
[1980-] Of Norwood Green. He was educated at Brighouse High School.

He planned to be a gymnast and was a member of the British team when he was 16. During training, he fell off the rings apparatus and damaged his lower back, preventing his continuing gymnastics. He took up amateur dramatics.

He has appeared with Halifax Thespians and in TV rôles including The Courtroom, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, and Soapstar Superstar.

He lives in Leeds

Wolfenden, RobertRef 396-7900
[1791-1854] He married Hannah Robinson [1789-1864].

Child: Jonathan

Wolfenden, RobertRef 396-141
[1858-19??] Born in Kirkheaton.

He was inn keeper of the Black Bull, Elland [1901].

Around 1885, he married Mary A. [1857-19??].

Mary A. was born in Thornhill


  1. Joe [b 1885] who was an errand boy [1901]
  2. William John [b 1891]
  3. Tommy [b 1902]

The children were born in Huddersfield

Wolfenden, ThomasRef 396-6
[1802-1852] Born in Rochdale.

He was a tailor [1841] / a journeyman tailor [1851].

He married Susannah [1802-1876].

Susannah was born in Halifax.

She was a brace maker [1841, 1851]



  1. Jane [b 1826] who was a book sewer [1841] & married  William Pickles
  2. Ellen [1827-1896] who was a book sewer [1841] & married  Charles Bake

The family lived at

  • Great Albion Street, Halifax [1841]
  • 12 Great Albion Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 8 Albion Square, Halifax (Susannah was living with  daughter Ellen & husband) [1871]

Living with them [in 1851] was grandson Thomas Pickles [b  1847].

Thomas died 18th November 1852 (aged 50).

Susannah died 1st November 1876 (aged 74).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3054]

Wolfenden, WilliamRef 396-5
[1812-1880] Born in Rishworth.

He was a carpet weaver [1851, 1871].

He married Mary [1815-1901].

Mary was born in Bingley.

She was a worsted weaver [1851]


They lived at

  • 53 Park Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 28 Park Street, Halifax [1871]

William died 1st April 1880 (aged 68).

Mary died 31st March 1901 (aged 86).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2000] with Elizabeth Waddington [1783-1862]

Wolfenden, WilliamRef 396-883
[1862-1928] Born in Luddendenfoot.

He was a tailor (journeyman) [1901] / a tailor (maker) [1911].

He married Emily [1864-19??].

Emily was born in Whitechapel, London.

She was a fish dealer [1911]



  1. Florence [b 1889] who was a pinafore maker [1901]
  2. Lilian [b 1890] who was a weaver coatings [1911]

The 1911 census shows that they had had 4 children of whom 2 were still alive at that time

The family lived at

  • 33 Brunswick Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 99 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1911]

William died 18th February 1928 (aged 66).

He was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-D47]

Wolfenden, WilliamRef 396-464
[1863-19??] Born in Blackburn.

He was a carpet weaver [1891, 1901, 1911].

He married Clara Ellen [1866-19??].

Clara Ellen was born in Halifax

Child: Louis

They lived at

  • 9 Temperance Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 15 Silver Street, Haley Hill [1901, 1911]

Wolfenden, WilliamRef 396-915
[1871-1939] Son of Alfred Wolfenden.

Born in Elland [14th September 1871].

He was a cotton piecer [1891] / a cotton mule spinner [1911].

In [Q2] 1892, he married Alice Ann Clegg in Halifax.

Alice Ann was the daughter of Brian Clegg.

She was a cotton reeler [1901]



  1. Ernest [b 1893] who was a ledger clerk (newspaper  printing works) [1911]
  2. Gladys Louisa [b 1903]

The family lived at

  • Albert Terrace, Elland-cum-Greetland [with Alice Ann's  parents 1901]
  • 3 High Street, Greetland [1911]

William died 29th October 1939.

Alice Ann died 7th February 1947.

The couple were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland with Alice Ann's parents


Wolfenden surnameRef 396-1
Other forms of the surname include Woffenden and Woffindin.

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

There are 30 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Wolfenden, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Wolfenden

Marriages 1917, 1918, 1933


See Ovenden

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