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Cockcroft, MrRef 117-1243
[18??-1???] Partner in Goodman & Cockcroft

Cockcroft, AbrahamRef 117-264
[18??-1892] Fustian manufacturer of Hebden Bridge

Cockcroft, AbrahamRef 117-2019
[1840-1901] Son of John Cockcroft.

Fustian merchant at Hebden Bridge. He lived at Kersal House, Hebden Bridge [1900].

He died 13th May 1901

Cockcroft, AmbroseRef 117-1683
[1875-1954] Son of Henry Cockcroft.

Born in Warley [26th November 1875].

He was a worsted hand [1891] / Managing Director of Smith Bulmer & Company Limited [1949].

In [Q1] 1908, he married Maboth Elizabeth Wolfenden in Halifax.

Maboth was the daughter of Joshua Wolfenden


  1. William
  2. Stanley who worked at Smith Bulmer & Company  Limited, married Harriet / Hetty, & had sons:  Stanley, Peter & Nigel

They lived at Maycroft, Holmfield.

Ambrose died in 1954.

Maboth died in 1966

Cockcroft, AnnRef 117-473
[1740-1823] Daughter of William Cockcroft of Wadsworth.

She married William Cockcroft from Great Burlees.

There is a memorial tablet to her in Heptonstall Church which was moved from the Old Church in 1873

Cockcroft, Archibald SidneyRef 117-16

He married Martha Hulley [1869-1945].

Martha was born in Ridgeway, Sheffield


  1. Beatrice [1892-1971]

He died in 1905.

In 1906, Martha married Simeon Sykes

Cockcroft, ArthurRef 117-860
[1???-19??] JP.

He was Mayor of Todmorden [1954-1955]

Cockcroft, ArthurRef 117-5
[1897-1917] Son of John Cockcroft.

Born in Hebden Bridge [25th July 1897].

He was an apprentice in his father's joinery business [1911] / a member of Birchcliffe Baptist Chapel, Hebden Bridge / choirmaster at the Chapel.

During World War I, he enlisted in the Cavalry [7th July 1916], and served as a Private with the 6th (Service) Battalion Alexandra Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment).

From December 1916, he served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders.

He was killed in action by a sniper at Poelcapelle, near Ypres [9th October 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [27th October 1917].

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 52-54 & 162A], and on the Memorial at Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge

Cockcroft, Arthur JamesRef 117-15
[1899-1918] Son of Jessie & Arthur Cockcroft of Brink Cottages, Higher-Under-Bank, Charlestown, Hebden Bridge.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died 2nd April 1918 (aged 19).

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

Cockcroft, CalebRef 117-792
[15??-16??] Of London. He established Caleb Cockcroft's Charity

Cockcroft, CalebRef 117-11
[17??-18??] Lived at Sharkit Head when it was used as a meeting house by the Methodists.

Their meetings were later held at what became Ambler Thorn United Methodist Chapel

Cockcroft, ChatburnRef 117-1854
[18??-18??] Pickle maker at Halifax.

In January 1858, he was declared bankrupt

Cockcroft, ChristianaRef 117-30
[13??-1???] Wife of John Cockcroft. Around 1379, she and five accomplices were accused of divers felonies committed at Pontefract

Cockcroft, Clement RandolphRef 117-18
[1884-1958] BA.

Son of Walter Cockcroft.

Born in Halifax.

He was a board school teacher [1901] / an assistant schoolmaster (City Council) [1911] / a graduate of Manchester University.

In [Q3] 1909, he married Ellen Walker [1887-19??] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Bradford

They lived at 14 Gipton View, Leeds [1911] and Mexborough.

Living with them [in 1911] was visitor Annie Walker [b 1891] (cloth weaver).

During World War I, he served as a Rifleman with the 21st (Yeoman Rifles)  King's Royal Rifle Corps.

He was reported missing since [17th February 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his story in the Halifax Courier [17th March 1917].

He was later found to be a prisoner of war at Borna bei Leipzig.

He died at Ince, Lancashire [Q1 1958] (aged 73) 

Cockcroft, DavidRef 117-1350
[18??-19??] Fustian manufacturer at Eaves Mill, Hebden Bridge [1905]

Cockcroft, Dr David MidgleyRef 117-621
[1811-1884] MRCS (1835), LSA (1855).

Son of Abraham Cockcroft, farmer.

Born in Heptonstall.

He was a general practitioner [1841, 1842, 1851] / Union Medical Officer [1860-1870] / a physician and surgeon at Todmorden [1850-1855] / retired [1881].

On 4th May 1842, he married Mary Bairstow [1807-1879] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary, of Hebden Bridge, was born in Heptonstall, the daughter of Matthew Bairstow, corn miller

They lived at

  • York Street, Langfield, Todmorden [1851, 1845, 1860]
  • Calder House, Todmorden [1861, 1865, 1880, 1881]

Mary was buried at Hebden Bridge Parish Church [3rd January 1879].

David died in Todmorden [9th March 1884].

He was buried at Hebden Bridge Parish Church [13th March 1884].

The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter [Friday 14 March 1884] published an obituary

Death and Funeral of Dr D. M. Cockcroft.

On Sunday morning last, David Midgley Cockcroft, MD, died at his residence, Calder House [opposite the Todmorden cricket ground].

Formerly he had a large medical practice in the district, but for many years was himself an invalid, and having gained a competence, lived a retired life.

He was the last survivor of what we may call the old doctors of the district, and outlived by some years those who had been his fellow practitioners.

He was a descendant of the Cockcrofts of Machpelah, Hebden Bridge, who have been associated with that district intimately for many generations, and a sister and two brothers [one Dr Wm. Cockcroft of Middleham, and another resident at Hebden Bridge] still survive.

Deceased was a staunch Conservative and Churchman, and was at one period churchwarden.

He rarely, however, allowed himself to be elected to any very prominent public position.

For many years, he was trustee of Greenwood's estate, prior to its management passing into the hands of Messrs Higham & Wilson.

The funeral took place yesterday morning at S. James's Church, Mytholm, the Rev. G. Sowden officiating


Probate was granted to his nephews: Abraham Cockcroft of Machpelah, Hebden Bridge (fustian manufacturer), and Abraham Cockcroft of the Lanes, Hebden Bridge (warehouseman) 

See William Greenwood

Cockcroft, DenysRef 117-8
[1927-1945] Son of Annie & Charles Cockcroft of Mytholmroyd.

During World War II, he served as a Rifleman with the 9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

He died 25th March 1945 (aged 18).

He was buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany [Grave Ref 58 A 3].

He is remembered on a memorial in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, and in the book Royd Regeneration

Cockcroft, E. W.Ref 117-946
[19??-19??] OBE. Of Higher Birks, Walsden

He married Unknown.


  1. John Anthony Eric

Cockcroft, EbenezerRef 117-295
[1790-1867] Known as Old Eben.

He ran a school at Wainstalls

Cockcroft, Mrs EdithRef 117-963
[18??-19??] MBE, JP.

She married Ernest Edward Cockcroft

Cockcroft, ElizabethRef 117-488
[17??-17??] Daughter of Henry Cockcroft of Hebden Bridge.

In 1741, she became the second wife of Rev William Grimshaw

Cockcroft, Eric WilliamRef 117-6
[1898-1979] OBE.

Son of John Arthur Cockcroft.

Born in Todmorden [16th December 1898].

After their father's death [1927], the business – John Cockcroft & Sons – passed to him and his brothers Keith and Lionel Fielden.

In 1931, he married Haidee Greenlees Sutcliffe [1901-1980] in Todmorden.

They had no children.

The couple died in Rochdale

Cockcroft, Ernest EdwardRef 117-962
[1887-1965] He married Edith

Cockcroft, FrankRef 117-2674
[1874-1946] Son of Richard Cockcroft.

He was a millwright [1908].

In 1895, he married (1) Emily Grace Sutcliffe [18??-1901].


  1. Gladys [1895-1977]
  2. Ada Mary [1896-1970] who married Claude Longbottom
  3. Charles [b 1897]

In 1908, he married (2) Charlotte Sutherland [1883-19??].

Charlotte was the daughter of seaman Charles William Sutherland.

She was a 16-year-old fustian machinist from Liverpool boarding at Mayroyd Cottages [1901].

Charlotte had an illegitimate daughter Clarice Sutherland [b 1905]



  1. Richard [b 1909]

Cockcroft, HaroldRef 117-861
[1???-19??] JP.

He was Mayor of Todmorden [1958-1959]

Cockcroft, HenryRef 117-367
[1???-16??] Son of William Cockcroft.

In 1630, he paid £15 composition.

When his father died in 1643, he left Mayroyd and other property to Henry.

He married Unknown.


  1. Elizabeth

Cockcroft, HenryRef 117-13
[158?-1642] Of Mayroyd House, Hebden Bridge.

He married Unknown.


  1. Elizabeth who married John Robertshaw
  2. son
  3. son

Their sons and daughter died within two months of each other, between the two major Civil War assaults on Heptonstall by Royalist forces

Cockcroft, HenryRef 117-218
[1803-1872] Founding father of the cotton-producing Cockcroft family of Todmorden.

He began making coloured cloth and selling it in his draper's shop at Lob Mill, and his wife made dresses from the cloth and sold these in the shop. Together with his son, John, he built and equipped a power-loom weaving shed Croft Mill as Henry Cockcroft & Son.

He & his wife were buried at Eastwood Congregational Church

Cockcroft, HenryRef 117-14
[1808-1???] In March 1862, he was charged with the manslaughter of John Jennings.

On 6th July 1861, the 2 men had been drinking in the King's Head, Sowerby, and agreed the sale of some salt which Jennings had in his cart. Cockcroft gave Jennings 2/6d, and later demanded the money be returned when the sale broke down. Jennings refused and a scuffle took place between the men. Jennings was knocked down and kicked in the head, and in the ribs. Cockcroft was wearing clogs at the time.

Jennings's body was placed in his cart, and the horse left to take him home. The horse walked on homewards, but realising that there was no driver, stopped to graze on the side of the road. A passer-by recognised Jennings and drove the horse and cart home.

Jennings died 13 days later.

A post mortem showed that 3 of his ribs had pierced his lungs.

At his trial, Cockcroft called witnesses to say that he was normally a peaceful man, but excitable when he was drunk, and that his intellect had been impaired by a head wound some years ago.

He was sentenced to 3 months' hard labour

Cockcroft, HenryRef 117-9
[1824-1???] Born in Wadsworth.

He married Ann Greenwood.


  1. William

Cockcroft, HenryRef 117-23
[1850-1???] Born in Warley.

He was a quarry owner [1891] / a delver [1881].

In [Q2] 1873, he married Mary Ann Morley [1850-1???] in Bradford.

Mary Ann was born in Bradford


  1. Ellen [b 1873] who was a worsted hand [1891]
  2. Ambrose
  3. Lewis [b 1876]
  4. Rosina [b 1883]
  5. Herbert William [b 1885]

They lived at

  • Green Lane, Ovenden [1891]
  • Lower Slack, Warley [1881]

Cockcroft, Henry KeithRef 117-862
[1904-1955] JP.

Keith was the son of John Arthur Cockcroft.

Born in Todmorden [20th September 1904].

After their father's death [1927], the business – John Cockcroft & Sons – passed to him and his brothers Eric William and Lionel Fielden

He was Mayor of Todmorden [1964-1965].

In 1930, he married Kathleen Mary Marshall [1908-1990] in Todmorden


  1. twins Elizabeth M. [b 1931]
  2. Mary E. [b 1931]
  3. Susan [b 1933]
  4. James Malcolm
  5. Robert [b 1939]

Cockcroft, IsaacRef 117-2390
[17??-1???] A weaver in Northowram.

On 13th September 1776, he married Sarah, widow of John Halliday

Cockcroft, JamesRef 117-25
[18??-1???] He was churchwarden at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd [1855, 1857, 1860-1862]

Cockcroft, JamesRef 117-2269
[1???-18??] Second master at Rishworth School [1834, 1842]

Cockcroft, JamesRef 117-7990
[17??-18??] Farmer of Northowram.

On 31st May 1799, he married Mary Windle of Northowram, at Halifax Parish Church

Cockcroft, JamesRef 117-2017
[18??-18??] Tea dealer, hop merchant and wine & spirit merchant at Erringden [1861]

Cockcroft, James MalcolmRef 117-945
[1937-19??] Son of Henry Keith Cockcroft.

Around 1960, he married Janet Hilary Bevis-White.

Janet Hilary came from Huntingdonshire

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-28
[18??-1???] He was churchwarden at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd [1871-1875, 1878]

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-27
[13??-1???] Forester of Sowerbyshire, living at Wadsworth.

He married Christiana.

He was accused of stabbing Adam Williamson of Marsden with a knife, at Hebden Bridge [or Halifax] at Christmas 1379.

For 12 years, John evaded the law, but at Candlemas 1391, he was shot with an arrow by Thomas de Hylegh

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-1579
[17??-18??] Weaver of Erringden.

On 2nd June 1799, he married Grace Spencer of Erringden, at Halifax Parish Church

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-734
[17??-18??] Of North Well, Heptonstall. Established John Cockcroft's Charity

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-2676
[1748-1842] He married Susey Lister [1759-1834].


  1. William
  2. Mary who married John Crossley of Hebden Bridge

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-2
[1800-18??] Born in Heptonstall.

He was a shoemaker [1841] / a master shoemaker employing 2 men [1851].

Around 1829, he married Mary [1801-18??].

Mary was born in Heptonstall


  1. William [b 1826]
  2. James [b 1829] who was a shoe maker [1851]
  3. Crossley [b 1830]
  4. Hannah [b 1832]
  5. Elizabeth [b 1835]
  6. Thomas [b 1837]
  7. Abraham

They lived at

  • Hebden Bridge Lanes [1841]
  • Bridge Lanes, Hebden Bridge [1851]

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-22
[1816-1849] Of Halifax.

He married Elizabeth [1810-1854].


  1. Sarah Ann who died 20 Feb 1837 (aged 8 months) 
  2. Sophia who died 18 Mar 1843 (aged 4 years & 11 months) 
  3. Joseph who died 3 Aug 1842 (aged 2 years) 
  4. Henry who died 5 Sep 1844 (aged 1 year & 10 months) 
  5. John who died 25 Jan 1847
  6. James who died 13 Dec 1849 (aged 8 months) 

John died 4th April 1849 (aged 33).

Elizabeth died 28th July 1854 (aged 44).

Members of the family were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-2344
[1839-1926] He was manager of a cotton weaving factory.

In 1870, he married Mary Ann Appleyard.

Mary Ann was the daughter of
Henry Appleyard

They had no children.

In 1906, Mary Ann placed a memorial to her mother and brother John in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd.

In 1917, Mary Ann gave a bequest money to pay for new faces on the clock at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd.

Mary Ann died in 1930 (aged 89) 

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-138
[1848-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a retired commercial traveller [1911].

He married Unknown.

He was a widower by 1911.


  1. William Innes
  2. Amy [b 1878] who married railway clerk Arnold  Sutcliffe [1880-19??]

The family lived at 18 Craven Terrace, Halifax [1911]

Cockcroft, JohnRef 117-3
[1865-19??] Son of William Henry Cockcroft.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

He was a joiner [1901, 1911] / a joiner's foreman [1914].

In 1892, he married Jane Calvert in Todmorden.

Jane was the daughter of Wilson Calvert


  1. Albert [b 1895] who was a linning (linen) cutter (ready  made) [1914]
  2. Hannah Grace [b 1896]
  3. Arthur

They lived at

  • 3 Hebble End, Hebden Bridge [1901]
  • 3 Fountain Street, Hebden Bridge [1911, 1917]

Living with them [in 1911] was John's widowed father William Henry; Daughter Hannah Grace was staying with Miss Hannah Maria Lord [aged 57] at 5 Fountain Street

Cockcroft, John Anthony EricRef 117-947
[19??-????] Son of E. W. Cockcroft.

In 1964?, he married Victoria Mary Hartley from Castleford

Cockcroft, John ArthurRef 117-162
[1866-1927] Established John Cockcroft & Sons.

He lived at Birks House, Walsden.

In [Q2] 1896, he married Annie Maude Fielden [1867-1956] in Todmorden.


  1. John
  2. Eric William
  3. James Philip [1901-1985] who (possibly) never married
  4. Henry Keith
  5. Lionel Fielden

In 1899, the family moved from Croft Mill, Todmorden to Birks Mill, Walsden.

John Arthur was buried at Christ Church, Todmorden

After his death, the business passed to his sons Lionel, Keith and Eric.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £13,410

Cockcroft, John ArthurRef 117-659
[1892-1916] Son of Mary Ann & John Cockcroft, and brother of Miss A. M. Cockroft of 51 Queen Street, Portwood, Stockport.

Born in Todmorden.

He lived in Stockport, Cheshire.

During World War I, he enlisted in Manchester, and served as a Lance Corporal with the 22nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action [2nd June 1916] (aged 25).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 13A & 14C], on Todmorden War Memorial, on the Memorial at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden, on Patmos War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, Cross Stone, and on the Memorial at Shade Council School

Cockcroft, John D.Ref 117-941
[19??-19??] In 19??, he married E. Elizabeth ??.


  1. daughter [b 1939]

The family lived at Stansfield Hall, Todmorden

Cockcroft, Sir John DouglasRef 117-145
[1897-1967] OM, KCB, CBE, FRS.

Son of John Arthur Cockcroft.

British physicist born at 156 Halifax Road / Stanley Terrace, Millwood, Todmorden. A blue plaque marks his birthplace.

He was educated at Todmorden Secondary School.

He was the first man to split the atom

See Voyages by Sir John Douglas Cockcroft

Cockcroft, John HoyleRef 117-949
[1934-19??] MP.

Eldest son of Lionel Fielden Cockcroft.

Born in Todmorden.

He travelled to South America.

Arrived Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1961;

Born 6th July 1934 Todmorden;

Address: Oak Hill, Todmorden;


Profissao (profession): Economista (economist) 


He was Conservative MP for Norwich [1974-1979].

In 1971?, he married Tessa Shepley from Croydon

Cockcroft, John RichardRef 117-20

In [Q1] 1878, he married Martha Needham [1858-1916] in Todmorden.


  1. Willie

The family lived at 5 Peawood (? PexWood) Road, Todmorden [1911]

Cockcroft, John ThomasRef 117-730
[1886-1976] Hebden Bridge architect.

Son of William Henry Cockcroft. He proposed radical plans for the redevelopment of Hebden Bridge town centre.

In 19??, he married Mary Fisher.

His work includes Hebden Bridge Picture House and Highfield Crescent, Hebden Bridge.

He won a bet that he could write the Lord's Prayer on a piece of paper the size of an old 12-sided 3d bit

Cockcroft, John WilliamRef 117-2673
[1873-1???] Son of Richard Cockcroft.

He married Eliza Sutcliffe.


  1. Vera Grace [1894-1935] who married [1931] Joseph  William Senior

Daughter Vera Grace died at Belmont Nursing Home, Sherbourne Road, Blackpool [28th January 1935]. Probate records show that she left effects valued at £1,904 17/7d. Probate was granted to her husband Joseph William Senior (ticket writer) and father John William Cockcroft

Cockcroft, Lionel FieldenRef 117-859
[1906-1988] JP.

Known as Leo.

Son of John Arthur Cockcroft.

Born in Todmorden [23rd November 1906]

After their father's death [1927], the business – John Cockcroft & Sons – passed to him and his brothers Eric William and Keith

He was a cotton & linen manufacturer of Birks House, Wadsworth [1933] / company secretary of the family business [until 1974] / a member of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce / a representative of the Cotton Board / a member of Todmorden Borough Council / Mayor of Todmorden [1947-1949].

On 1st June 1933, he married Jennie Hoyle [1908-2003] in Todmorden.

Jennie, of Oaks Hill, Todmorden, was the daughter of John Philip Hoyle


  1. John
  2. Lionel P. [b 1937]
  3. Anthony [b 1942]
  4. Jennie Elizabeth Patricia [b 1946] who married [22nd  March 1968] Timothy Lankester from Washington DC
  5. Pauline [b 1952]

They lived at Oak Hill, Todmorden.

On 29th November 1949, Lionel of Stansfield Cottage, Todmorden, arrived in New York aboard the BRITTANIC from Liverpool. He had 3 pieces of luggage (plus a camera), and was going to Hotel Vanderbilt, 34th & Park Avenue, New York.

Lionel died in Rochdale [17th February 1988] (aged 81).

An obituary mentioned his leaving a widow, 3 sons and 1 daughter.

He was buried at Mankinholes Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Cockcroft, Lionel PeterRef 117-863
[19??-] He was Mayor of Todmorden [1974-1975]

Cockcroft, ListerRef 117-2672
[1875-1939] Son of Richard Cockcroft.

He was a tailor [1901].

In 1911, he married Grace Ellen.

Grace Ellen was the daughter of Thomas Walton, and the widow of Mr Greenwood

He died in 1939.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £4,431. Probate was granted to his niece Doris Kershaw (spinster) 

Cockcroft, MaryRef 117-495
[16??-17??] Of Mytholm Hall, Hebden Bridge.

She married Samuel King

Cockcroft, MaryRef 117-784
[1743-1779] Daughter of William Cockcroft.

She married Thomas Sayer.

She died 12th May 1779 [aged 36].

The epitaph on their memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Cockcroft, PercyRef 117-992
[18??-19??] Solicitor of Hebden Bridge and Rochdale.

In 1930, he was struck off after being convicted of fraudulent conversion and misappropriation as a trustee. He was sentenced to 4 years' penal servitude

Cockcroft, PeterRef 117-629
[19??-1980] Textile manufacturer at Bottoms Mill, Halifax.

He married Janet Mowat

Cockcroft, RichardRef 117-26
[18??-1???] He was churchwarden at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd [1856]

Cockcroft, RichardRef 117-2664
[1829-1915] MPS.

Son of William Cockcroft.

Born at Little Burlees [4th June 1829].

He was a dentist & (consulting) chemist at Mytholmroyd / a retired chemist [1911].

On 1st May 1856, he married Mary Ann Titterington.

Mary Ann was the daughter of Thomas Titterington


  1. Sarah [1857-1861]
  2. Thomas Titterington [1858] who died aged 18 weeks
  3. Mary Grace [1860-1902] who never married
  4. Annie [b 1861] who married John Robert Jones
  5. Job [1864-1887]
  6. Ada [1866-1934] who was a ladies' companion to Miss Ann Appleyard at White Lee [1901]
  7. Richard Henry [1867] who died aged 6 weeks
  8. Owen [1869-1910]
  9. Abigail [b 1869] who married Greenhalgh Kershaw
  10. Julia [1871-1959] who never married and left effects  valued at £19,387 2/11d
  11. John William
  12. Frank
  13. Lister
  14. Maggie [b 1880] who was a ladies' companion [1901]

The family lived at

  • Spring Villas, Mytholmroyd [1878, 1881]
  • The Haven, Rossall Road, Cleveleys, Blackpool [1911]

Living with the widowed Richard [in 1911] were daughter Abigail & her husband.

Richard died at Leyden Cottage, Rossall Beach, Fleetwood [25th May 1915].

He was buried at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd [28th May 1915] with other members of the family

Cockcroft, ThomasRef 117-C854
[1???-18??] Of Lower Brear

On 6th August 1839, as they returned from Doncaster wool market, he and Robert Crossley were attacked by a gang at Lower Brear

Cockcroft, ThomasRef 117-635
[17??-17??] Surveyor of the Highways for Wadsworth [1755].

He lived at Souter House, Wadsworth

Cockcroft, ThomasRef 117-997
[1820-1865] Farm-labourer.

In 1865, he was charged with the murder of his sister, Mrs Hannah Helliwell, with whom he resided at Sowerby Bridge.

When apprehended, he said

she wanted to mend my jacket and I knocked here down with the tongs ... I told her to let it alone ... I kicked her and struck her with my fist a time or two ... I kicked her with my clog on the head or face

Cockcroft was said to be a moody and sullen man, and his nephew said that he was subject to mental depression, with bouts often lasting 2 or 3 weeks. It was reported that he had previously been committed for manslaughter, although no details were given.

At his trial, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty with a recommendation for mercy. The Judge disregarded the recommendation and passed the death sentence. The Home Secretary commuted the sentence to penal servitude for life.

This is discussed in the book Halifax Murders

Cockcroft, ThomasRef 117-12
[1845-1906] Son of John Cockroft, farmer.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a weaver of Erringden [1870] / beer seller & landlord of the Royal Oak, Todmorden [1871-1905].

On 2nd November 1870, he married (1) Sarah Ann Stott [1846-1893] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Ann, of Stansfield, was born in Todmorden, the daughter of Henry Stott, carter


  1. John [1871-1938] who was a foreman dyer [1906]
  2. Thomas [1878-1906] a barman [1901]

On 20th July 1897, he married (2) Betsy [1850-1???] at Heptonstall Church.

Betsy [née Pilling] was the widow of John Hirst.

She had a son by her first marriage: Walter Hirst [b 1876] who was a warehouseman [1901]


He was Spring Side, Stansfield [1871, 1881, 1891] / 505 Springfield, Langfield [1901] / 5 Cockden Hill, Todmorden [1906].

Thomas died 31st October 1906 (aged 61).

He was buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone [3rd November 1906]. Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,037 19/9d.

Probate was granted to his son John

Cockcroft, WalterRef 117-17
[1856-1???] Son of Ambrose [?] Cockroft, weaver.

Born in Warley.

He was a grocer of Mount Tabor, Halifax [1882] / a store keeper [1891] / a grocery and drapery salesman [1901] / a storekeeper Co-operative Society [1911].

In 1882, he married Sarah Ellen Smith [1862-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Ellen, of Hanson Lane, Halifax, was the daughter of William Smith, overlooker


  1. Clement Randolph
  2. Adelaide [b 1886] who was an assistant grocery and  drapery saleswoman [1901]
  3. Emily [1888-1899]
  4. Frances [b 1892]
  5. Bertram [b 1894] who was an assistant (co-operative  society) [1911]
  6. Lois Alma [b 1900]

The family lived at

  • 2 Oxford Lane, Southowram [1891]
  • 211 Shay Lane, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Living with them [in] 1911 was mother-in-law Elizabeth Smith [b 1838]

Cockcroft, WalterRef 117-19
[1891-1919] Born in Todmorden.

He appears as Cockcroft on his birth, marriage, Army & Commonwealth War Grave Commission records, and as Cockroft elsewhere.

On 15th May 1917, he married Elizabeth Wills [1892-1956] at Christ Church, Todmorden.

Elizabeth was born in Todmorden

They had no children.

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He went missing [21st March 1918], and was presumed dead by the Army [2nd January 1919].

He is remembered on Todmorden War Memorial, (possibly) on the Memorial at Walsden Wesleyan Chapel, and (possibly) on the Memorial at Shade Wesleyan Methodist Church. Elizabeth never remarried

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-1803
[1???-18??] Partner in Cockcroft & Whitaker

Cockcroft, Sir WilliamRef 117-21
[14??-15??] Parochial Chaplain at Heptonstall [1515-1531]

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-2580
[15??-1643] A clothier of Heptonstall.

In 1584, Adam Sutcliffe sold Mayroyd House, Hebden Bridge to Cockcroft and Brian Bentley.

He married Unknown.


  1. William
  2. Henry

He left Mayroyd and other property to his son Henry, and Raw Royd and other property to his son William

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-297
[16??-17??] Of Great Burlees, Wadsworth and Stocks, Erringden.

He married Ann Cockcroft

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-1959
[17??-1786] A farmer.

He became owner of the White Lion Hotel & Posting House, Hebden Bridge [1773].

In 1776, he diverted water from the springs at Birchcliffe for his own use. This upset many people in Hebden Bridge including William Wadsworth

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-136
[1705-1773] Of Mayroyd, Hebden Bridge.

He became a Halifax attorney. In 1731, he established a practice at The Castle, Halifax and in 1740, he moved to Mayroyd with Thomas Sayer.

In 1750, he obtained rights to bore for coal on Wadsworth Moor.

He married his cousin Mary Murgatroyd.

Mary was the daughter of Henry Murgatroyd


  1. Henry
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Grace
  4. Ann
  5. Mary
  6. Barbara [?]

There is a memorial tablet to members of the family in Heptonstall Church which was moved from the Old Church in 1873

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-2665
[1784-1855] Son of John Cockcroft.

Born at Burlees, Wadsworth [late 1784 or early 1785]; baptised at Heptonstall [16th January 1785].

He was a yeoman of Little Burlees, Wadsworth.

He married Grace Bancroft [1791-1865].


  1. William [1813-1898]
  2. John [b 1816]
  3. Sarah [b 1821]
  4. Henry [b 1822]
  5. Ann [1824-1898]
  6. Susy [1827-1919]
  7. Richard

They lived at Little Burlees, Wadsworth.

He died at Little Burlees [28th February 1855].

On 10th April 1855, probate was granted to his sons William and Richard Cockcroft, and his nephew John Crossley (junior), son of William's sister Mary Cockcroft, and John Crossley (senior) of Hebden Bridge

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-10
[1845-1???] Son of Henry Cockcroft.

Born in Mytholmroyd.

He married Phebe Ogden


  1. Sarah Ann Lobley [b 1871] who married Mr Hodgson

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-24
[19??-1???] Son of Ambrose Cockcroft.

He was Managing Director of Smith Bulmer & Company Limited.

In [Q2] 1939, he married Alice Tricket [1908-1996] in Haslingden.


  1. Valerie Mary [b 31st January 1940]
  2. Elizabeth Ann [b 1941]

William named the boilers at Smith Bulmer's after his daughters

Cockcroft, WilliamRef 117-1684
[19??-19??] Director of Smith Bulmer & Company Limited [1949].

He lived at Maycroft, Holmfield

Cockcroft, William HenryRef 117-4
[1841-1914] Born in Hebden Bridge.

He was a retired saw mill manager [1911].

He married Unknown.


  1. John

In 1911, he was a widower living with his son John and family.

He died in Todmorden [Q3] 1914

Cockcroft, William HenryRef 117-761
[1848-1921] Hebden Bridge surveyor, estate agent, and architect who designed Blake Dean railway bridge, Foster Lane Chapel, Hebden Bridge, and Tin Mission, Hebden Bridge

His business was established in 1870 at West End, Hebden Bridge.

He was a trustee of, and a lay preacher at, Foster Lane Chapel, Hebden Bridge and Salem Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.

He married Unknown.


  1. Sarah Grace who married Edward Greenwood
  2. John Thomas
  3. Gilbert
  4. Jane Elizabeth
  5. Florence

The family lived at Hangingroyd Road, Hebden Bridge

Cockcroft, William InnesRef 117-123
[1875-1919] Son of John Cockcroft.

Born in Halifax.

He was a partner in Roscoe & Cockcroft [1905].

In [Q1] 1913, he married Margaret E. Sheard in Halifax

Cockcroft, WillieRef 117-7
[1878-1917] Son of John Richard Cockcroft.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died on board the hospital ship Delta on his way back from India [26th September 1917].

He was buried at sea.

He is remembered on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, on Todmorden War Memorial, on the Memorial at Christ Church, Todmorden, (possibly) on the Memorial at Walsden Wesleyan Chapel, on the Memorial at Shade Council School, and (possibly) on the Memorial at Shade Wesleyan Methodist Church


The Cockcroft familyRef 117-1223
The family were important cotton-producers in Todmorden.

See Henry Cockcroft, John Arthur Cockcroft, Croft Mill, Todmorden, Hangingroyd Mill, Hebden Bridge and Little Burlees, Wadsworth

The Cockcroft family of MayroydRef 117-228
The family lived at Mytholm Hall, Hebden Bridge and Mayroyd House, Hebden Bridge


Cockcroft surnameRef 117-1
Another form of the surname is Cockroft

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

John de Cocckecroft is recorded in 1297.

There are 86 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Cockcroft, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Cockcroft

Baptism 1856; Marriages 1882, 1906


See Gauxholme Mill, Walsden

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