Hi there, does anybody have a photo of the 1953 mill chimney with its top on, it was about 30years ago when the top was taken off for safety reasons. if you do could please send them to me at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
My grandmother moved there from South Yorkshire approx 1915 to find work in the mill. My mother and father met while working in the mill. My sister worked as a burler and mender in the 1960s. Most of the locals of Baildon and Saltaire worked at the mill when I was growing up.
Dear Howard, Hello, and thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately there is no direct way of establishing who worked at the Mill & when (unless it was within living memory, in which case there may be someone out there who would remember the individual being sought). We know of no staff records that have survived.
Your great-grandfather may appear on census records (which are now available up to 1911), depending on his date of birth. Even the census records would not show his place of work, but if he was of working age it would tell you his occupation. If the occupation was in textiles & he was living in Saltaire, the probability (as distinct to certainty) is that he would have worked at Salts Mill.
A longer shot is that you might just find reference to him in newspaper reports of the time, and they might just throw further light on the matter. I've just posted a new topic on this Chatboard explaining how you can now do free online searches by keyword of 19th century (& later) newspapers.