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Vagrant Office, HalifaxRef V102
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, ArthurRef V119
[1894-1947] Born in Halifax.

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

In 1916, he married Ellen Harris in Halifax

ValeRef V41
Area of Todmorden

Vale Cottage, TodmordenRef V8550
Garden Street.

Owners and tenants have included

Vale House, NorlandRef V153

Vale House, TodmordenRef V55
Wellington Road.

Owners and tenants have included

See Vale Academy, Todmorden

Vale Nursery, TodmordenRef V91
Fern nursery established at Platts House by Abraham Stansfield and which traded as A. Stansfield & Son in the 1870s

Vale of Todmorden Agricultural SocietyRef V121
See Todmorden Vale Agricultural Society

Vale Street Police Station, TodmordenRef V124
Recorded in May 1912, when Inspector Arthur Hoyle came here from Wakefield

Vale, TodmordenRef V116
Area of Todmorden

Vale, Rev William TheodorickRef V74
[18??-18??] Curate at St James's Church, Halifax [185?]

Valentine & HarrisonRef V125
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.Ref V126
[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 RandolphRef V186
[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 St John's Cemetery, Fernhill, New Brunswick, Canada [Field of Honour 6].

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

Valley LifeRef V54
A free magazine to promote business and local interest in the Upper Calder Valley. Published by LGB Publishing, Hebden Bridge

Valley Motors, Stump CrossRef V181
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 LimitedRef V79
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 de Gevel, Albert JohannRef V77
[1914-1978] Son of Jacob Nicolaas Gerradus van de Gevel.

Born in Mirfield.

He was a maintenance fitter/engineer / employed at Coffeys (?) Engineering in Brighouse / employed at Kosset Carpets [1956-1978].

In [Q3] 1940, he married Florence Elizabeth Pickles [1916-2018] at Bierley Church, Bradford.

On her maternal side, Florence Elizabeth was related to the Clan Maxwell of Dumfries, whose ancestral home was Caerlaverock Castle


  1. Peter [b 1941]
  2. Bruce [b 1943]
  3. David [b 1946]

The family lived at

  • Castle Avenue, Rastrick
  • 76 Bentley Avenue, Stoney Lane. Lightcliffe [1950]

Albert died in St James's Hospital, Leeds, in 1978 and was cremated; there is a memorial plaque at Brighouse Cemetery

Van de Gevel, JackRef V57
[1917-2001] MM.

Son of Jacob Nicolaas van de Gevel

Born in Mirfield [3rd March 1917].

He was an engineer / a reserve fireman / a gardener [1939].

He married May.

During World War II, and he served as a Corporal (commando)  with the Irish Guards.

He was awarded the Military Medal

The family lived at

  • Fairless Avenue, Bailiff Bridge
  • Stoney Lane Estate
  • Ye Farre Close, Brighouse

Jack died in Brighouse [March 2001]

Van de Gevel, Jacob Nicolaas GerradusRef V65
[1881-1958] Born in Haarlem, Netherlands [31st January 1881].

In [Q3] 1912, he married (1) Jane Scales [1885-1947] in Dewsbury.

Jane was born in Mirfield [5th January 1885], the daughter of
George Scales


  1. George Edward [1913-1980]
  2. Jack
  3. Albert
  4. Margaret

The family lived at 14 Longroyd Road, Brighouse [1939].

Jane died in Calder District [Q1 1947] (aged 62).

In [Q1] 1948, Jacob married (2) Annie Wilkinson in Calder District.

He died in Calder District [Q1 1958] (aged 76) 

Van Der Valk, Rev J.Ref V211
[19??-] Vicar of Hartshead [1992-1995]

Van Dyk, Herman François CharlesRef V208
[1865-1940] A professor of music, pianist, conductor & composer. He composed many orchestral pieces and works for piano.

He was born in Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands [17th December 1865].

In 1883, he moved to Amsterdam to study piano and violin at the School of Music. In 1884, he attended the Conservatoire at Leipzig where he gained his diploma. In December 1887, some relatives invited him to London, but he moved to Yorkshire because of ill-health, and settled in Halifax [1890].

During World War I, a number of Belgians were received by the Halifax War Refugees Committee, and Herman worked as an interpreter.

In [Q3] 1892, he married Kate Hannah Bella Hamilton [1873-1948] in Halifax.

Kate was born in Halifax [21st November 1873].

She was the daughter of Emily & Robert Hamilton


He & Kate were one of the first couples to specialise in recitals for two pianos, making many broadcasts, and performing over 400 recitals for one & two pianos in the north Midlands and Northern Ireland.

He kept a diary which records many details about his life and work. He felt that his name was too German-sounding for the local audiences.

In [Q3] 1892, he married Kate Hannah Bella Hamilton [1873-1948] in Halifax.

They lived at 23 Haugh Shaw Road, Hyde Park Gardens [1938].

Living with them [in 1938] was a nephew Louis (a musician).

Herman died in Halifax General Hospital [28th August 1940] (aged 74).

Kate continued trying to influence such notables as Sir Malcolm Sargent and Sir Thomas Beecham to perform Herman's work. They showed interest when confronted by Kate, but the manuscripts were returned unread, which disappointed her.

Kate died in Halifax [22nd August 1948] (aged 75).

The couple were buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [N53c]

Vanes, Rev J. A.Ref V203
[18??-19??] BA.

Superintendent minister at Bolton Brow Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Sowerby Bridge [1914]

Van Gelder, PieterRef V101
[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.


  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]

They 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)Ref V10
The company produced a number of films.

VanolRef V75
A liquid hand-cleaner produced by Brooke's Chemicals Limited

VapaluxRef V149
Paraffin lamps manufactured by Willis & Bates Limited. Recorded in 1972

Varga, AndréRef V33
[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 ...Ref V223
The entries for people & families with the surname Varley are gathered together in the SideTrack.

The individuals listed there are not necessarily related to each other.

Varley Brothers LimitedRef V70
Dyers and finishers at Frieldhurst Mill, Cornholme [1905]. Partners included Richard Varley, his brothers, and John Greenwood

Varley's Pool, TodmordenRef V42
A popular name for the mill dam behind Frieldhurst Mill, Cornholme which was used as a swimming pool before World War II

Varney, NoraRef V155
[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 WilliamRef V200
[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.

His photograph appears with a report of his award in the Halifax Courier [3rd November 1917].

He survived the War.

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

John William died in 1976

Varnham, JosephRef V199
[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]

They lived at

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

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

Varnham, William HenryRef V198
[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]

They 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) 

Varty, ThomasRef V154
[1839-1873] Born in Kendal, Westmorland.

He was assistant at the Meteorological observatory of Louis John Crossley [1871].

In [Q1] 1861, he married Mahala Jackson [1840-1878] in Halifax.

Mahala was born in Halifax


  1. Annie [b 1864]
  2. Harry [b 1867]

They lived at Cote Hill, Halifax [1871].

Thomas died 25th September 1873 (aged 34).

Mahala died 28th March 1878 (aged 38).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1080]

Vasey, ThomasRef V17
[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, ThomasRef V82
[18??-18??] Minister at Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1851-1855]

Vaslet, ThomasRef V120
[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 FrederickRef V109
[18??-19??] Curate at Elland [1881]

Vavasour, Sir John leRef V177
[11??-12??] Son of Robert le Vavasour

Vavasour, Robert leRef V175
[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 / Maud who married Theobald Walter

He married (2) Unknown.


  1. John

Vavasour, William leRef V176
[1???-1???] He was Lord of Hazlewood / Justiciar of England

He married Unknown.


  1. Robert

Veal, AlbertRef V135
[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

They 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 AnnettRef V138
[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]

They lived at 28 Causeway, Halifax [1861].

After Albert's death, Mary Ann married Crossley Earnshaw

Veal, Frederick HorsfallRef V197
[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].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [15th September 1917].

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

Veal, HerbertRef V190
[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).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [20th January 1917].

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref X D 8A]

Veal, Sarah JaneRef V35
[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 & BarnesRef V115
Joiners at Todmorden.

Partners included Thomas Veevers and John Barnes.

The partnership was dissolved in January 1869

Veevers, GeorgeRef V167
[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 Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France [Grave Ref VIII B 63].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Veevers, JohnRef V104
[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

They lived at

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

Veevers, ThomasRef V170
[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, ThomasRef V140
[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]

They 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, WilliamRef V139
[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]

They lived at

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

Veitch, PeterRef V148
[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 CompanyRef V162
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.Ref V61
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1912-1915]

Venables, JohnRef V173
[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, JohnRef V174
[1896-1916] Son of John Venables.

He was a doffer worsted (Baldwin & Company) [1911] / a pattern maker for S. Foster, Stead Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1914] 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).

The Halifax Courier [24th June 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France [Grave Ref I J 59].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Verdun Meat Company, HalifaxRef V127
On 10th November 1916, the Company opened at the top of Broad Street, Halifax, for the sale of horse meat

Vere, AmblerRef V165
[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 ThomasRef V159
[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.

Their lodgers at that time included widow Betty Gomersall & her 2 children



  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 HenryRef V164
[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 & served in Burma  [World War II]
  3. Raymond [1916-1918]

Vere, WalterRef V163
[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, HalifaxRef V151
Dispensary Walk. Occupied historically by the Verger at Halifax Parish Church

Verity, FrankRef V214
[19??-19??] A smallholder of Mount Pleasant, Southowram.

In January 1952, newspapers recorded his 20-year campaign against the local fox population

Verity, JohnRef V215
[1803-18??] A labourer from Wakefield.

In 1843, he and Samuel Ramsden were charged with assault on John Watson in Halifax and stealing various items from Watson.

Verity was sentenced to 10 years' transportation.

On 15th March 1844, he left England for Van Diemen's Land aboard the London

Verity, JohnRef V213
[1823-1916] Born in Ripon [9th November 1823].

He came to Halifax as a young man.

He was a coachman and worked for

In [Q4] 1848, he married Mary Ramsden [1820-1904] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Halifax


  1. Thomas [b 1850] who was a plumber & glazier [1871]
  2. Edward [b 1851] who was a coach painter [1901] who  married Mary [b 1851]
  3. Alfred [b 1855] who was a house painter [1871]
  4. Sarah Jane [b 1858] who was a dress maker [1881]
  5. William H. [b 1860]

He lived at 1 Hill Top, Warley Road, Halifax [1901, 1911, 1916].

Mary died in Halifax [Q4 1904] (aged 84).

He died 8th May 1916.

The Halifax Courier [13th May 1916] reported his death with a photograph and his obituary there records that he was


He was buried at Illingworth Wesleyan Methodist Graveyard [11th May 1916]

Verity, John ThomasRef V31

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, ThomasRef V141
[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]

They lived at

Verity, ThomasRef V193
[1850-1930] Born in Ovenden,

He was a grocer & plumber / a trustee of King Cross Wesleyan Chapel, Halifax.

In 1874, he married (1) Ann Firth in Halifax.

Ann was born in Sowerby Bridge, the daughter of Thomas Firth


  1. Annie Elizabeth [b 1877]
  2. William Burt
  3. Leonard Firth [1881-1962] who was a mechanic for cash  till maker, & married [1904] Maud Kaye [1881-1963]
  4. Edith Alice who died 11th August 1883 (aged 4 months) 
  5. Beatrice who died 22nd October 1886 (aged 1 year & 10  months) 

Ann died 22nd January 1886 (aged 32).

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

They lived at

  • 13 Ingram Street, Savile Park [1881]
  • 2 Ingram Street, Savile Park [1891, 1901, 1911, 1918]

Thomas died 21st April 1930 (aged 80).

Alice Ann died 15th May 1936 (aged 69).

Members of the family were buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel

Verity, William BurtRef V191
[1878-1918] Son of Thomas Verity.

Born in Halifax.

He was the first baby to be baptised at King Cross Wesleyan Chapel, Halifax.

He was an apprentice plumber to Mr Stafford.

He had worked in Goole.

During World War I, he enlisted with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry [November 1915], then transferred and served as a Private with the 4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 6th April 1918 (aged 39).

The Halifax Courier [31st August 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Martinsart British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I C 28].

He is remembered on the family grave at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel, and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Verity, William HenryRef V179
[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] & 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]

They lived at

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

Verity, William RothwellRef V134
[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]

They lived at Belle Vue, Halifax [1911].

Vermandois, Isabel Elizabeth deRef V96
[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 & rhymesRef V98

Vevers, WilliamRef V3500
[18??-19??] Methodist Minister in Todmorden [1820]

Viaduct Theatre, HalifaxRef V37
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

ViaductsRef V147

'ViatorRef V180
The pen-name of a writer who produced a series of local history columns in the Halifax Weekly Guardian in the 1920s

Vicar's Field, HalifaxRef V220
A piece of land recorded in 1799 the Leeds Intelligencer [Monday 14th October 1799] advertised


for a Term of ninety-nine years THE VICARS FIELD commonly called SHACK FIELD adjoining the Piece Hall and New Market, very convenient for building upon, being clean and airy Situation, and in a direct Line to the Navigation equally diſtant from the Old and New Church.

Apply Rev Dr Coulthurſt, or Mr Swainſon's Office in Halifax.

Mr Thomas Briggs will ſhew the Plan and Ground


Vicarage Farm, SowerbyRef V160
Recorded in 1881, when Job Sutcliffe Wood and family were living here.

See Sowerby Vicarage

Vicarage, InchfieldRef V4500
People who lived here included

Vicarage murderRef V11
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

VicaragesRef V88

Vicarman, MrRef V8700
[17??-1812] Manufacturer of Skircoat.

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

after eating a hearty dinner

Vicars & VineyRef V132
Earthenware, glass and china dealers at Old Market, Halifax [1822]

Vicars, JohnRef V62
[1???-17??] Halifax butcher. Recorded in 1776

Vicars, JohnRef V6320
[1739-1804] Of Northowram.

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

Vicars of ...Ref V46

Vicker's Dining Rooms, HalifaxRef V150
Recorded in 1865 in an advertisement when it was described as
Exactly opposite F. E. Jennings, tobacconist of 6 Northgate

Vickerman, CharlesRef V142
[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 [1813-1906] who married Charles Peel
  6. Jonathan [bapt 1815]
  7. Harriot [bapt 1818]

Vickerman, FrancisRef V129
[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, GamalielRef V144
[1826-1896] Son of Joshua Vickerman.

Born in Halifax.

In 1853, he married Amelia Morton.

Amelia was the 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]

They lived at Pineberry Hill, Halifax.

Amelia died 18th March 1889 (aged 64) 

Vickerman, Ibbotson & IbbotsonRef V218
Cloth manufacturers of Shaw Hill, Halifax [1777].

Partners included Jonathan Vickerman, Thomas Ibbotson, and Nathaniel Ibbotson.

The Leeds Intelligencer [Tuesday 28th January 1777] announced

WHEREAS the partnership betwixt Jonathan Vickerman and Thomas and Nathaniel Ibbotson of Shaw Hill in Skircoat, near Halifax was ſome Time ſince diſſolv'd. This is to acquaint the Public that the ſaid Jonathan Vickerman has removed to Southowram, near Halifax, where he intends carrying on the ſame Manufactory of making all Kinds of COATING, and other Goods. He returns his ſincere Thanks to Friends for all Favours paſt and hopes for Continuance of the ſame. The ſaid Jonathan Vickerman deſires all who have any Demands on the ſaid partnership, to bring them to his Houſe, and they shall be diſcharged, by their humble servant JONATHAN VICKERMAN.

Wanted – Two Journeyman Scribblers at the ſame place


Vickerman, JamesRef V161
[1829-1893] Son of Mr Vickerman.

Born in Halifax.

He was a grocer [1861].

In [Q2] 1852, he married Isabella Laycock [1827-1879] in Halifax.

Isabella was born in Halifax [11th April 1827]


  1. Sarah Hannah [1852-1923] who married Henry Sutcliffe
  2. Louisa [b 1854]
  3. Eleanor [1855-1940] who married Joseph William Helm
  4. Emma [b 1858]
  5. James Edward who died 4th January 1862, aged 2 years & 5  months
  6. Isabella Clara Matilda [b 1862] who married Driver Sunderland Robertshaw
  7. James Edward [1866-21st April 1917]

They lived at Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1861].

Living with them [in 1861] was mother-in-law Hannah Laycock [b  1791] & lodger Thomas Watson [b 1840] (grocer's warehouse man) 

Isabella died 10th March 1879.

James died 6th February 1893 (aged 65).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 629]

Vickerman, JonathanRef V217
[17??-1???] A partner in Vickerman, Ibbotson & Ibbotson [1777]

Vickerman, JonathanRef V80
[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] / 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] (aged 60).

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

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 326]

Vickerman, JosephRef V76
[1806-1877] Son of Charles Vickerman.

Born in Halifax [3rd March 1806].

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

He died 12th July 1877.

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 324]

Vickerman, JoshuaRef V145
[1793-1870] In 18??, he married Elizabeth Audland.


  1. Gamaliel

Vickerman, MrRef V207

He married Sarah [1807-18??].

Sarah was a grocer [1841]


  1. James
  2. John [b 1833]
  3. Samuel [b 1837]
  4. Dan [b 1839]
  5. Joseph [b 1841]

The family lived at Lower Edge, Elland [1841]

Vickerman, RichardRef V192
[1794-18??] He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

Vickerman, WalterRef V189
[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 Florence War Cemetery, Italy [Grave Ref IX F 4]

Vickerman, WilliamRef V78
[1???-18??] He was appointed Surveyor of the Highways for Clifton [1835]

Vickerman, WilliamRef V131
[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 married (1) Ann Lloyde [18??-1890] in Scarborough.

Ann came from Denbigh, Wales


  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) Hannah [1842-1911] in Halifax.

Hannah came from Brighouse.

She was the widow of Mr Waddington


They 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, Arthur EdwinRef V206
[1893-1954] Born in Pudsey.

He was (possibly) landlord of the Hinchliffe Arms, Cragg Vale [1954].

On 6th March 1919, he married Kathleen Edith Holligan [1895-1966] in Withington, Lancashire.

Kathleen was born in Fulham

Arthur died at the Hinchcliffe Arms [17th December 1954].

Kathleen died in Horsforth, Leeds [25th November 1966].

The couple were buried at St John's Church, Cragg Vale [K 9]

Vickers, LionelRef V166
[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]

Vickers, WilliamRef V44
[1828-1???] Son of Susan [1791-18??] & John Vickers [1791-18??].

Born in Guiseley, Leeds.

He was an eating-house keeper [1861] / an innkeeper [1864, 1865].

In [Q2] 1852, he married Louisa Oldroyd [1825-1???] in Huddersfield.

Louisa was born in Hopton


  1. Eliza [1853-1893] who married Hubert L. Locke and  died in Worcester, Massachusetts [1st March 1893]
  2. Ann [b 1857]
  3. Emma [1860-1865]
  4. William [1862-1864]
  5. Tom [b 1855]
  6. Anne [b 1856]
  7. Richard [b 1858]

They lived at 81 Northgate, Halifax [1861].

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2210]

Victoria Assembly Rooms, Sowerby BridgeRef V86
Recorded in 1905 at Bolton Brow.

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

See Chapel Lane, Sowerby Bridge

Victoria Baths, EllandRef V66
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.

The site of Victoria Baths, Elland has been retained as an open space, and Marshall's have erected a monument to Elland's charter of 1317.

It is hoped that the drinking fountain which was set into the wall of the Baths – in memory of Sergeant Joshua Hemingway – will also be included in the space

See Elland Memorial Fountain

Victoria Bridge, Hebden BridgeRef V87
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 BridgeRef V68
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, LuddendenfootRef V108
This was originally the Victoria Hotel. It became Luddendenfoot Urban District Council offices.

It later became Luddendenfoot Post Office

Victoria Cash Grocery Stores, EllandRef V196
Recorded in 1901, when they were at 72 Southgate, Elland

Victoria Cattle Market, HalifaxRef V14
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 Clay Company, EllandRef V222
See J. & J. Farrar

Victoria Club, Sowerby BridgeRef V106
Recorded in 1917 at Ryburn Buildings when J. B. Murgatroyd was secretary

Victoria Cocoa House, HalifaxRef V89
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, HalifaxRef V107
Recorded in 1917 at Gibbet Street, when Frank Dawson and John Robert Turner were joint secretaries.

See Halifax Constitutional Club

Victoria Fair GroundRef V25

See Halifax Fun Fair

Victoria Free Library, BrighouseRef V118
See Brighouse House Free Library

Victoria Hall CompanyRef V94
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, HalifaxRef V16
The original name of the building which became the Victoria Theatre.

See Victoria Hall Organ, Halifax

Victoria Hall, Hebden BridgeRef V85
Cheetham Street. Recorded in 1905

Victoria Hall Organ, HalifaxRef V7
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, RippondenRef V110

Victoria House, HalifaxRef V73
23 Crown Street. 19th century commercial premises

Victoria Laundry, Queen's RoadRef V123
Recorded in 1922

Victoria LibraryRef V36
The library of the Brighouse Mechanics' Institute

The Victoria Livery Company, Sowerby BridgeRef V95
Carriage proprietor and general undertakers at Victoria Road, Sowerby Bridge [1905, 1912]

Victoria Livery Stables, BrighouseRef V84
Briggate. John J. Wood & Son operated from here at the end of the 19th century

Victoria Lodge, QueensburyRef V204
The Lodge, belonging to the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows opened at the Queen's Head, Queenshead [September 1891]

Victoria Mills Company, West ValeRef V92
See Old Mill, Greetland and Victoria Mill, West Vale

Victoria Mills Fire BrigadeRef V97
Manned by the workers at Victoria Mills, Brighouse. In 1855, they had Neptune, the first fire-engine in the town

Victoria Music Rooms, West ValeRef V69
Saddleworth Road.

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

The building became Greetland Post Office

Victoria Reservoir, HalifaxRef V29
Gibbet Street.

In 1847, there was panic when workers were made redundant by the introduction of new machinery, and many local mills closed, causing great distress in the local working community. A subscription was raised and it was resolved to find work for the unemployed by constructing a new reservoir.

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.

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, HalifaxRef V6
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, LightcliffeRef V23
Established in 1883

Victoria Theatre, HalifaxRef V15
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 Tower, BrighouseRef V221
Another name for the tower and house built in 1897 by William Aspinall, to mark Queen Victoria's jubilee

Victoria Youth Club, RastrickRef V93
Established in the former Victoria School, Rastrick

Victory Fields, StainlandRef V128
Opened on 1st July 1922 to remember those who died in World War I

Victory [No 3922] Masonic LodgeRef V133
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 BridgeRef V130
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 InterliningsRef V90
Lowfields Business Park, Elland. A division of Freudenberg Nonwovens producing linings for clothing

Village Pride LodgeRef V3450
Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows. Recorded in 1885, when they dined at the Star, Rastrick

Villiers, Rev Ernest AmhurstRef V113
[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, Fr PeterRef V99
[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, BrighouseRef V152
Halifax Road.

The house stands next to Kershaw's Garden Centre.

It is now apartments.

Owners and tenants have included

Viner, A.Ref V64
[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, ArthurRef V185
[1893-1917] Son of George Viney.

He was an engineer / employed by P. M. Walker & Company, Halifax [1910] / a metal plate worker apprentice [1911] / a ventilation engineer with Farlane, Walker & Company, Halifax  [1914].

In 1914, he married Minnie Augusta Gerke in Halifax.


  1. Russell Stewart [b 1916]

They 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 re-enlisted [August 1914], and 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].

In May 1917, he was assumed to have died in a failed attack on Schwaben Redoubt

He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, France. [Grave Ref I G 10].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax.

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

Viney, GeorgeRef V184
[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]

Vino-TodRef V43
A sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage
Britain's super soft drink

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

Vint, WilliamRef V112
[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 ChantryRef V111
A chantry at Heptonstall Chapel.

See Robert Bentley and Richard Mitchell

Viscount HalifaxRef V40
See George Savile, Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax, Sir Charles Wood and Charles Lindley Wood

Viscount Halifax of Monk BrettonRef V1
In 1866, Sir Charles Wood was created the first Viscount Halifax of Monk Bretton

Viscount Mackintosh of HalifaxRef V47

Viscount OvendenRef V53
See Maurice MacMillan

Viscount TheatreRef V21
See Dean Clough

Vista BellisimoRef V22
Brighouse Wood Lane, Brighouse.

Aka Victoria Tower.

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, which he had bought. It is said that Aspinall originally intended it to be a look-out.

The Brighouse News [22nd February 1901] published an account of a gas explosion at Vista Bellisimo which reported that

on 21st February, Aspinall had lighted the gas chandelier in the bottom storey. When he left sometime later that morning, he left a small light burning.

About 5:00 pm, there was a very alarming gas explosion which blew out all the windows in the building and the roof (of corrugated iron & wood). The noise was heard throughout Brookfoot and at Lillands Lane, Rastrick. Windows of nearby cottages were broken and some of the debris fell on a cart travelling along Elland Road.

Damage was estimated at £20


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

It is now a private house

Vlijmen House, HalifaxRef V100
6 Pine Street.

Owners and tenants have included

Vollands, GeorgeRef V210
[1867-1???] Son of Joseph Sidney Vollands, mason.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mason of Pellon Lane [1889] / a stone mason [1891].

In 1889, he married Mary Ann Fawcett at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Ann was born in Bradford, the daughter of
John Fawcett

It is not clear what became of George.

In 1907, Mary Ann married (2) William Farrar.

VolunteerRef V28
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.

As it rose, the balloon snagged on telegraph wires and stuck to the chimney of Square Road Mill before collapsing.

There were several casualties of the incident

Volunteer Rifle Barracks, HalifaxRef V103
Recorded in 1874 at Prescott Street Drill Hall when William Coates was Adjutant.

See Prescott Street Drill Hall and Halifax Volunteer Rifle Corps

Vost & FisherRef V81
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, ErnestRef V83
[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, ArnoldRef V219
[1888-19??] Son of Edward Vowles.

He was a lather boy (barber) [1901] / an iron moulder [1911].

In 1909, he was arrested for an alleged murderous assault on his sweetheart Priscilla Milner of Lower Hope Street, Halifax

Vowles, EdwardRef V182
[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
  4. Edith [b 1891] who was a cotton winder [1911]
  5. Blanche [b 1894] who was a cotton winder [1911]
  6. Clifford [b 1897] who was a cotton spinner [1911]

The children were born in Halifax.

They 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 HenryRef V183
[1887-1916] Son of Edward Vowles.

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

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

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

He enlisted as a regular soldier. [1903], and served in Egypt & India.

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

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

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [2nd September 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 16B & 16C], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

In [Q2] 1922, Nellie married William Normanton Frankland

Vowles, Mrs Mary AnnRef V117
[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, ThomasRef V201
[18??-1???] Recorded on 19th July 1864, when he was Postman in Ovenden, and the local people presented him with a suit of uniform – top coat, shoes & hat with a silver girdle – the third suit they had given him in four years

Vowles, ThomasRef V202
[1806-18??] Born in Bath, Somerset.

He was a newsagent [1871] / phrenologist [1871] / Methodist lay preacher [1871].

In [Q2] 1845, he married Louisa Gully [1806-18??] in Bath.

Louisa was born in Bath

They lived at Broad Tree, Ovenden [1871]

Vowles, WilliamRef V143
[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

They lived at

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

Voy, Miss deRef V156
[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

VueRef V178
Cinema in the Broad Street Plaza

Vulcan Engineering CompanyRef V136
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, RastrickRef V6380
Formerly the Vulcan Inn, Rastrick

Vulliamy, LewisRef V56
[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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