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Post by Stanley » 09 Mar 2014, 06:24


John Smith of Cowpasture Farm Barlick, described as ‘yeoman’ in an indenture of 1712. Sold Cowpasture in 1812 to Henry Blakeborough of Addingham, yeoman, for £315.

James Smith noted as a freeholder and elector of Barnoldswick in a roll of 1741. No address given.

Richard Smith was first pastor at the Baptist Chapel in Walmsgate.

John Smith paid land tax of 3/4 in 1753. In 1756 and 1757 he paid 6/8. In 1760 he paid 12/10 for Newhouse and 5/- for Springs. In 1770 he paid 9/8 for Newhouse and 3/9 for Springs.

Exors of James Smith paid land tax of 13/- in 1756 and 12/10 in 1757.

Thomas Slater paid land tax of 9/6 in 1756 for Townhead.

In ‘History of the Baptist Church in Barnoldswick’ it is noted that Nathan Smith became pastor in 1790. He was in addition a weaver, malt merchant and schoolmaster. Noted in Baines directory for 1822 and 1823 as pastor at Barlick.

From ‘Four Centuries of Banking’ by George Chandler, Vol II, page 141. The foundation partners of the Craven Bank were William and John Birkbeck of Settle, John Alcock of Skipton, John Peart of Grassington, Joseph Smith and William Lawson of Giggleswick. The first deposits in the bank were £840 by William Birkbeck and £51 by John Birkbeck II of Settle on 17th October 1791.

Extract made by Helen Spencer from Colne Parish registers. John Smith, cotton spinner of Barnoldswick married Maria Emmott 19/02/1808. George Smith and Henry Heaton were witnesses.

Baines directory for 1822. Thomas Smith noted as victualler of the Punch Bowl, Earby.

Baines directory records Thomas Smith as butcher of Barnoldswick.

Pigot directory for 1834 records Thomas Smith as publican of the Seven Stars in Barlick.

Pigot 1834 records Thomas Smith as a butcher in Barlick.

John Smith noted in electoral rolls of 1835/1837/1841 address given as Gillians Farm. A John Smith was tenant of William Mitchell at Lower Parrock House Mill in 1831. (no connection noted here but there was a mill at Gillians at this time as well) In 1834 a John Smith is noted in Pigot’s directory as cotton spinner in Barnoldswick at Gillians.

Robert Smith, elector of Barnoldswick.

Warner in History of Barnoldswick mentions Thomas Smith as a mason in Barlick in 1836.

Thomas Smith recorded as an elector of Barlick in 1841. Address given as Higher Clough.

James Smith noted as an elector of Barlick in 1841. Address given as Briercliffe, Burnley. Same entry in 1848.

Thomas Smith mentioned as occupier of Higher Clough Farm, Brogden in an electoral roll of 1844. Rent was more than £50 so he qualified as an elector.

John Smith noted as an elector of Barnoldswick. Address given as Trawden and Whalley. (see also Randolph Smith noted as elector in the same year address given as Trawden and Whalley)

Thomas Smith recorded as elector of Barlick in 1848. Address given as Great Marsden. Same entry for 1835, 1837 and 1841 but no evidence it is the same Thomas.

1851 census
Robert Smith, Bancrofts Farm, 62, quarry man. Mary, wife, 56, domestic duty. John T, son, 17 quarry man. Catherine Tillotson, lodger, 37, dressmaker.

1851 census
Thomas Smith, Townhead, 25, Power loom weaver. Hannah, wife, 35, PLW.

1851 census
Thomas Smith, Townhead, 54, sawyer.

1851 census
Thomas Smith, Brogden Hall, 40. Farmer of 66 acres.

1851 census
Thomas Smith, Langber, Marton, 49, Ag labourer and HLW, worsted. Born Thornton in Craven. George Smith, son, 21, HLW worsted.

1851 census
Joseph Smith, Lower Admergill, 61, HLW wool. Abigail, daughter, 21, HLW wool.

1851 census
John Smith, Coates Hall, 36, Hand loom weaver (wool) Martha, wife, 34, HLW wool.

1851 census
John Smith, Sandiford, 40, HLW cotton. Sarah, wife, 29, HLW cotton. Mary, 5. Jane, 3. Samuel, 1 year.

1851 census
George Smith, Barnoldswick Hey (not necessarily the farm but could be the area) , 32 Labourer. Ann, wife 36. Thomas 12, Dorothy 6, Margaret, 3.

1851 census
Christopher Smith, Higher Clough, 45, farmer of 34 acres.

1851 census
Easter Smith, Townhead, 48, receiving Parish Relief.

Barrett directory for 1857 records Thomas Smith as farmer of Brogden Hall. Elector of Brogden in 1859, address given as Brogden Hall.

Ralph Smith noted as an elector of Barnoldswick in 1859. Address given as Wheatsheaf Inn, Wakefield Road, Bowling, Bradford.

William Smith noted as an elector of Barlick in 1859. Address is 21 Portland Street. (I don’t recognise the address) There are other entries for William Smith as elector of Salterforth in 1848 address given as Briercliffe and same in 1859. Address given as Hill End Briercliffe.

1861 census
Joseph Smith, Colne Field, Colne, 41, cotton spinner employing 256 hands.

1861 census.
John Smith, Lane House Trawden, 69, cotton manufacturer employing 67 hands. Born in Manchester.

1861 census
Noah Smith of Primet Hill Top Colne, 41 years. Manufacturer of worsted goods. Born Eastburn, Yorks.

1861 census
Ralhope(?) Smith, Lane House Trawden, 36 years. Cotton and worsted manufacturer born in Barnoldswick.

1871 census
Thomas W Smith, Monks House, 61, Farmer of 6 acres. Same Thomas W also noted in 1857 as Victualler and farmer of Seven Stars. Elector of Barlick in 1848, Seven Stars. One of the promoters of the Barnoldswick Railway Act of 1867.

1871 census
Chris Smith, Higher Clough, 66, farmer of 36 acres. Also mentioned in a directory of 1857 as farmer at Higher Clough Farm, Brogden.

1871 census
Ann Smith, Crow Foot Row, 71, stocking knitter.

1871 census
Thomas Smith, Brogden Hall, 60 years, farmer of 66 acres with one man.

Ann Smith of Thornton in Craven married Christopher Bracewell of Green End Earby. She died 10 February 1874.

A man called John Smith takes out the first patent for fusible plugs for boilers.

In the Bracewell sale document of 1887, the Corn Mill and the new gas works are lots 3 and 4. The title to both lots commenced with an indenture of conveyance dated 24d' of June 1859 between Rev. Edward Benjamin Bagshawe, Rev, Charles Frederick Bagshawe, Rev Augustus Adam Bagshawe, Sarah Bagshawe, Sarah Alicia Bagshawe, Caroline Ann Bagshawe, Francis Westby Bagshawe, Helen Gertrude Bagshawe, Cecilia Margaret Bagshawe, John Reade, Edward Otto Partridge, Rev Edward Arthur Bagshawe, William Bracewell, Thomas Wilkinson Smith, Rev Joseph Williamson and Henry Robinson. There is also mention that the tithe on the property had been extinguished by deed poll in 1848 executed by W.J Bagshawe and an indenture of 24dJune 1859 confirming this action.

Barrett directory records Horsfall Smith, farmer, White Moor. Ditto in 1896 and 1902.

Barrett directory notes John Riley Smith as joiner and builder of York Street Barnoldswick. (Many references to him doing work for the Calf Hall Shed Company on Calf Hall Shed. He could have been the main joinery contractor)

1881/1891 census
Nutter Cote Farm.
Laycock. James, 61.
Laycock. Mary A., I year. Laycock. Sarah, 61.
Laycock. Sarah. A., 27.
Nutter Cote Cottage
Smith. Elizabeth Mary, 31 Smith. Frank, 23.
Smith. Joseph, 59.
Smith. Margaret A, 17. Smith. Mary Ann, 59.
Smith Thomas, 26.

Henry Maiden Male Age 30 Farm Labourer Elisabeth Maiden Female Age 26 Wife. William Maiden Male Age 6.
Also listed under Nutter Cote same date (No differing house name) Joseph Smith Male 49 Gamekeeper Mary Anne Smith Female 48. John Smith Male 22 Stone Quarry Labourer. Elizabeth Mary Smith 21 Cotton Weaver. Ellen Smith Female 18 Dress Maker Thomas Smith Male 16 Quarryman Anne Smith Female 8 Scholar

1901 Census. Nutter Cote Farm
Samuel Norris Age 26 Bailiff on farm
Margaret Norris Age 25 Wife
Robert Richardson Age 26 Cattleman on Farm (Boarder)
Nutter Cote Cottage
Joseph Smith Age 69 Retired Gamekeeper
Mary Ann Smith Age 69 Wife
Thomas Smith Age 36 Son - Limestone Quarryman Frank Smith Age 33 Son - Wheelwright (Own account) Margaret Smith Age 27 Daughter Cotton Weaver
Smith Smith was a solicitor from Colne who was one of the trustees for William Bracewell’s will in 1890.
[See also White House Farm and the Barritts [this ref from Fay Oldland's book on Foulridge, p.17) 'Springfield House was built by Smith Smith of Netherheys for his brother Thomas and sisters Mercy and Ida. Thomas Martin Smith lived there from 1875 to his death in 1925 when it was bought by Stephen Pickles of Barnoldswick. The next owners were the Nelson family (related to Sir Amos) and more recently it was owned by Ian Skipper whose father had a big Ford Car dealership in Nelson and Burnley. Later owners were the Clarks I think.

Multiple entries in the Calf Hall Shed company records showing Edward Smith as a director. In 1902 he signed a share certificate as director of the Barnoldswick Liberal Club Building Company.

Exors of Smith Smith noted in Slater’s directory as corn millers of Bradley Corn Mill, Nelson.

The Earby Manufacturing Co. Ltd. was formed in 1895, and took over a new section of the Victoria Shed, with space for 420 looms. Mr. Hugh Currer Smith was mainly instrumental in the formation of the firm, and the other partners who were directors in the establishment were Messrs. John Parker, Joseph Parker, Hargreaves Wallbank, George P. Hartley, Henry Brown and S. Duxbury. Mr. Smith had several years' experience in mill management with the Thompson firm and Henry Bracewell's and also as manager and salesman of the firm of James Shaw, Salterforth. When the spinning mill was discontinued, in 1910, the large building was adapted for preparation purposes for weaving and as warehouse accommodation for the weaving shed adjoining. The Earby Manufacturing Co. increased their weaving space to include 684 looms. The chair-man of the Company is Mr. Smith Duxbury, the only surviving director of the original number. Mr. John Hartley is the manager and salesman, and is the son of a former chairman. Mr H C Smith went to reside at Ainsdale in 1913 and five years after removed to Didsbury near Manchester. He returned to his native village in 1929, but only survived a few weeks. He was very well known in his earlier years in cricket and musical circles. Mr. T. N. Parker, son of Mr. Joseph Parker, and a former manager, has been a well-known and successful cloth agent for 30 years. His younger brother, Mr. Leonard Parker, is the manager of the new firm at Airebank Mills, Gargrave. The firm of Messrs. Charles Shuttleworth & Co. Ltd. occupy the space, with 600 looms, at the south end of the mill premises, a portion of the original weaving shed having been extended in that direction. Mr. Charles Shuttleworth was at one time in business as a joiner and builder at Barnoldswick, and prior to taking up manufacturing was the landlord of the Punch Bowl Inn, between Earby and Thornton. Mr. Shuttleworth's sons, George, Edgar and Richard, were associated with him in the conduct of the business, but the youngest brother laid down his life in the Great War. The business, which has had a successful career, is now under the control of Messrs. George and Edgar Shuttleworth.

Edward Smith. The Wellhouse Farm was used for the building of the first two shops in 1851. The stone stocks, which used to stand in front of the farm, were moved into Butts. These first shops were acquired by the Craven Bank and since that time have remained in use as a bank. Around 1855 Henry Townson built two shops opposite Butts Top and shortly afterwards cottages were built in Newtown and the side of Rainhall Road nearest to what is now Albert Road. By 1895 the two shops which are now the bank had new frontages and the rest of the Wellhouse site was filled with three storey shops built by Ted Smith. Hudson's Buildings had been converted into two shops and the brewery had altered the two shops next to the Commercial giving them new fronts.

Barrett directory for 1896 describes Mr Thomas Smith of Rook Street, Barnoldswick.

Barrett directory records Robert Smith as overlooker living at 7 East View.

Barrett directory for 1896 records Thomas Smith as overlooker of Sagar Terrace.

Barrett for 1896 reports Alfred Smith, dresser, of 4 Clough Terrace.

LTP 82/HD/01. Harold Duxbury talks about delivering milk when he was very young. He worked for a farmer called Frank Smith at 3/- a week when the age limit for milk lads was raised.

LTP 78/AB/04. Billy Brooks says that Tom Smith was a tackler at Robinson Brooks at Long Ing. He lived in the mill yard in one of the houses near the canal side.

78/AB/05. Page 5. Billy Brooks talks about James Nutter and Robinson Brooks starting in Clough Mill. He says Brooks were right in the top and the first time he took his dad's breakfast in he screamed blue murder when they put him in the hoist. His dad had four looms. He says Old Coates was upstairs weaving as well and had four storeys. Long Ing had tapes and winders on the second storey but no looms. Says that Joe Slater married one of Billycock's daughters and lived in Newfield Edge. Says Blackburn Holden lived in Springbank opposite Bancroft. He tells of Donnie Smith living in one of the three storey cottages at the end of Calf Hall Lane. His wife was leaning on the wall and as Joe Slater went past he said that he'd seen Donnie with a woman down the street. Donnie's wife said that if he suited her as well as he had suited her she would be alright. 78/AB/05. Page 6. Billy Brooks says Donnie Smith worked for the Local Board as a roadman.

Horace Thornton says there was a Sunday School teacher in Carleton called Robert Smith.

Barrett directory. George Smith, greengrocer, Church Street.

Barrett directory records N Smith as agent for British Workman, Albert Road, Barlick. [The British Workman movement started in the north of England in the 1860s with the aim of establishing alcohol-free public houses for working men]

Horace Thornton says that there was a cobbler in Carleton named Richard Smith.

June 11th 1912. Christening of Barnsey Shed engine. Edward Smith mentioned as Clerk of Works to the contractors. He was also one of the initial shareholders in the Barnsey Shed Company. In ‘This Is My Life’ Jack Griffin says that Ted Smith's builders yard was where the fire station is now. Shackleton the clogger had a brick building there where Jack and Smith Shackleton used to do the boot and shoe repairs. Old Mr Shackleton made the clog soles in the cellar of his house opposite. A man called Gledhill had a garage on the same site. A regular visitor at the shop was an old man called Knowles who had a confectioner's shop on Church Street. Sam Yates had a greengrocer's shop next to Harry Tinner's and he once paid for Jack to have a haircut at Billy Sneath's who cut all of it off with shears.

J W Smith. In ‘This is my life’, Page 35. Griffin talks about getting a job as driver in early 1920s with one of the first bus services to operate a Barlick­-Skipton service. Named Premier Motors, owned by John Tempest, Jim Cowgill and J W Smith. His is wage was £2-10-0 a week. The other driver was John Smith from Earby. Another service started at the same time, Castle Motors, owned by Jim Wynn, John Rimmer and Bill Morris. Fare to Skipton was 9d single and 115 return. There were no Traffic Commissioners, regulations or bus stops. Driver's badges were issued by BUDC. Premier terminus was the Conservative Club, Castle used Seven Stars forecourt.
Maintenance was minimal.

LTP 78/AH/08. Fred Inman talks about a family in Earby called Smith which had to go in the workhouse.

LTP 78/AB/04. Billy Brooks says that George Smith was a sett maker at Sagar’s Quarry and that he later became a grocer.

Craven Herald 11/01/1929
Albert Smith, weaver, of 33 Essex Street was charged with breaking and entering 61 Park Street Barnoldswick and stealing seven shillings and ten pence and some goods the property of John Birch. Sent to Quarter Sessions for trial.

George Smith. JP. Member of BUDC 1930-1933. 1935-1947. Chairman 1941-42.

LTP 78/AL/03. Arthur Entwistle relates how Albert Smith, a tackler, worked for his father in his toy making business. His father sacked him when he asked for more money and Albert and Hugh, his brother, went on to convert Bracewell Hall into a country club.

I knew George Smith the paper bloke in Kelbrook very well. His brother Gilbert was the landlord of the Anchor Pub at Salterforth. George always smoked a pipe on his morning paper rounds and always had a smile on his face. He would have been at the paper shop when Fonce Hoole was the Landlord of the Craven Heifer - now Fonce was the most miserable old beggar in the village and his ale was always as flat as a fluke, so no wonder George went for his pint to the Stone Trough Inn.
R.W.King. [posted on oneguy 07/02/05]

Horace Thornton mentions a Richard Smith being a sizer living in Carleton.

LTP 82/HD/05. Harold Duxbury refers to Edward Smith as being a builder in Barlick. He gives the names of some of his relatives. In 1902 Ted Smith is noted as a council member.

LTP 78/AL/03. Arthur Entwistle says that Joseph Smith was bandmaster in Barlick and a partner in his dad’s toy-making concern. Later he says he was a music teacher as well.

Brian Ashby told me he had had a conversation with a man called John Smith who was manager at Long Ing Shed at one time.

Craven Herald of 09/05/1930 reported the sudden death of J W Smith, 34 years, at his home, Prospect View, Smith Street in Barnoldswick. He was injured in the war and founded a photography business in Westgate in 1919. His six brothers were all on active service and all returned from the war.

In the 1931 Council election Edward Smith is described as schoolmaster of 29 Park Road. He was a member of the council from 1931-1937. Billy Brooks says he was Labour and Billy stood against him in the 1940 election but lost by nine votes. He was a member 1942-1945. Died Sept 23 1945.

CH. 09/01/1931. In a report of a failed case against a bus driver for careless driving, William Arthur Smith of 5 West Close Road Barnoldswick is described as a coal merchant. Also involved was a carter, Joseph Rimmer of 22 Bracewell Street Barnoldswick.

Craven Herald of 23/01/1931. Report of the death of T Smith, 73, Colne Road, He was manager of Victoria Spinning Mill when it was owned by the late Mr Dugdale and succeeded Mr Moorhouse, his father in law in the job.

CH. 02/01/1931. report That Bracewell Hall has been leased from the executors of the late Mr Thomas Fawcett Riley by Albert Smith, 7 Ings Avenue, Barnoldswick and his brother Hugh Smith of Glynn Rhondda, Greenberfield Lane. The brothers and their families are to live at the hall and develop it as a leisure attraction offering tennis, boating, miniature golf and dances. The hall has been empty for almost 30 years but is said to be in surprisingly good condition The great hall is over 60 feet long and panelled in pitch pine. There are twenty rooms on the second storey. Built in Scottish Baronial Style in 1869 by J T Hopwood at a cost of over £50,000, the hall then passed to the Riley Family of Richmond. The hall was used as a private school for boys for many years and was so successful that it had to move to larger premises.
78/AL/05. Page 3. Arthur Entwistle describes the facilities at Bracewell Hall. Says a Saturday night dance in town would cost 1/- or 1/6 entrance, Bracewell Hall charged 7/6. Talks about a friend of his, Gladney Bracewell, Sid Bracewell’s brother, having a band called the Broadway. They went out looking for work and called to see Albert Smith at Bracewell Hall. He wouldn’t give them work as they were so they formed a new band called El Bonito and got work at the Hall. Says Musician’s Union rate was 2/6 an hour but there was a lot of undercutting. Their first venue was in the Co-op Hall above the Co-op in Albert Road and he charged 5/- a head for the musicians and never looked back. They opened the season at Bracewell Hall at Easter and closed it on Christmas Eve.

CH 15/07/1932. Reporting on the flood of Monday 12th July. Houses in this part of the town [Butts] were flooded to a depth of many feet. Chairs and tables were to be seen floating about in rooms on the ground floors. Two old people refused to leave their cottage at Butts, although the bottom floor was swamped. A local joiner, named Mr. Riley Smith, whose home is at 20, Westgate, was caught by the deluge while working in his little shop near the Butts. He managed to force the door open and waded through the torrent. Had he waited a minute longer his life would have been in danger. Another man, Mr. Ernest Widdup, was trapped in a low-lying stable, being unable to open the door owing to the pressure of the water. Had it not been for the prompt action of Mr. Sidney Barnes, who struggled through the flood and wrenched the door down, Mr. Widdup must have lost his life. The latter was nearly exhausted when Mr. William Duxbury carried him to safety. A man who had evidently been sleeping on one of the stalls in the Butts open-air market suddenly found himself cut off by water several feet deep. Realising his plight, Mr. Charles Edmondson plunged in and struck out for the marooned man. P.C. Hudson and P.C. Spencer also went to the rescue and eventually the man was carried clear of the rising water.

CH. 07/10/1932. Report that Albert Hoggarth (38) 2 James Street Salterforth had been found hanged in the engine house at Dotcliffe Mill Kelbrook. John William Wilkinson, manager of the Spring Bank Manufacturing Co said he found Hoggarth when he arrived at the mill at 06:40 on Tuesday and found the workers locked out. He started the engine and then looked for the engineer, he found him hanging in the turbine hole from a rope connected to a short girder. It was asserted by Jeannie Smith of 24 Dotcliffe Road Kelbrook that Hoggarth had been visiting her mother and it was believed that she wanted to give him up. Hoggarth had been heard to say that if she finished with him he would commit suicide. The body was identified by the deceased's brother Herbert Hoggarth of 2 Beech Street Barnoldswick. He said that Albert had worked at Kelbrook for three years.

Craven Herald 24/05/1935. Report of the formation of a new room and power company to take over Sough Bridge Shed. James Smith was one of the directors.

The Smiths At Coolham
CH; 22/07/1938. Evidence of Mr. John Edmondson , Skipton Road , whose father and grandfather were former occupiers of the White Lion Inn. Mr. Edmondson remembered "Jim o'Jam's" family living at Coolham Farm. There was an elder brother called Michael, who looked after the farm mainly. At hay time they borrowed a horse from the White Lion Farm. Eventually they bought one, and Michael was highly proud as he drove the horse and cart up the steep Stoneybank Road. The horse, evidently, was unused to toiling up hill, and it "stalled." Do what he could Michael couldn't make the horse start again, much to the delight of the men in Stoneybank Quarry. So Michael addressed the horse in the following terms : "Na' tha'rt a bright'un, coming to't Coolham for a bit o' haytime an' stalling wi' an empty cart!" There was another brother named Jack, who was accustomed to roam about the hillside with a gun. Getting over a stile one day he stumbled : the gun exploded in his face and blinded him. His son, Jim o’ Jacks is still living in Stoneybank Road.

In the 1940s Raikes Beck cottages made up the shorter part of an "L" shaped group of buildings, the longer part being on Rainhall Rd, The apex of this was opposite the house now called Raikes Beck which was in those days a Plumbers workshop. At the end of the long arm was a "Massey’s" off license, later "Bank's. Behind this "L" was Peter square the other side of which was formed by the rear of Clayton St which is what you now see when going down Rainhall. Most of the "L" were back to back dwellings and there was a "Ginnel" half way along the long arm. At the end of the short arm at an odd angle was a barn probably part of Raikes Laithe, later used as a riding stable by a Mr Mason Smith. Rainhall Rd and Valley Rd which then terminated at Havre Park were connected by a footpath known as Field Bottoms. Most of the land between here and Bank St was smallholdings run chiefly by Mr Tom Downs and Mr Jim Smith of 82 and 84 Rainhall Rd respectively, at the bottom of the hill opposite where the end of the modern Valley Rd terminates was a grassed area on which was a wooden hut used as a "Cobblers" shop by Mr Harold Smith "dummy". My knowledge of this area stems from having been born at 76 Rainhall Rd and living there for the next 25 years, 1940 - 1965, I believe Raikes Cottages were still there when I left. Also possibly of interest was New Laithe at the top of the hill where the telephone exchange now stands. This was a complete group of semi derelict farm buildings opposite my home, A wonderful place to play in, at the Long Ing side of this was a Garage run by Foster Willan and at the other side opposite the end of Bank St was the local Scout hut, behind all this was Simpson’s Yard used as a builders yard complete with lime pit, bordered on the top side by Clifford St. At the end of Bank St where a recent bungalow stands was a complete brick and concrete air raid shelter. I hope that this is of some help and interest. [Posted by Peter Thompson on OGFB. 3 September 2006]

Alan Smith was a boss at Johnson’s in Earby and was well regarded by Horace Thornton and Fred Inman.

‘Captain’ Smith was a local capital owner living at Thornton in Craven who was a major shareholder in Victoria mill and other enterprises. His brother in law was a man called Jacques who was either a solicitor or an architect.

W A Smith council member 1948-1957. Chairman 1951-1952.

‘Boss’ Smith was Sally Carter’s father and lived with Sally and Jim Carter at Peel House on Gisburn Old Track in the 1950s and 60s. He was about 90 years old then.

Fred Smith who used to farm Bancrofts. In ‘A way of life gone by’ Fred said; that his grandfather, George was a ganger working on the Settle Carlisle line but moved to Barlick because there was work in the mills for his daughters. He worked as farm man at Hollins on 5/- a week and later in the quarry. His son, Tom Smith opened a dairy on Rainhall Road and hawked milk round the town. Fred followed in his footsteps and used to live up Tubber Hill at Bancrofts Farm but now on Park Road. SCG delivered kit milk to him in for his milk round in the early 60's.

Wheatlands Cemetery Earby, has, after much consideration by the Earby Urban District Council and its previous owners,-the Earby Mount Zion Baptist Church, been given over to the Earby Council. When interviewed by a Craven Herald and Pioneer reporter on Monday, the day the Council took charge of the cemetery. Mr Joseph Smith, 22, Linden Road, Earby, and former treasurer of the cemetery, said he thought the Baptist community would agree with him, that the Council had made a wise move, and a load had been lifted from the shoulders of the Baptist Church. The cemetery was opened in 1887, has been the scene of 2,446 interments, and up to now has been run voluntarily by Baptist Church people, the only paid official being the gravedigger. The graveyard, when first opened, was reserved for Baptists in the district but this rule was relaxed later as Wheatlands was the only burial ground in Earby and local burials (other than Baptist) had to be conducted in Thornton Churchyard. The reason the church authorities have given the burial ground over to the town is that recently it has become increasingly difficult for them to get the necessary labour, especially a permanent gravedigger. [Craven Herald 09/12/53.]

Thomas Edward Smith, council member 1954-1969. 1970-1974. Chairman 1959-1960.

William H Smith was a council member 1958-1974. Chairman 1971-1972 and 1961-1962.

Harry Smith was a haulier in Barnoldswick. He started as a driver at Wilds and later I think he took over Stockbeck Haulage to form Hown Transport. Maurice Hoyle from the Corn Mill once offered to set me up as a haulage contractor but I didn’t like the idea of being in partnership with him. I have an idea that he went to Harry next but have no evidence for this.

Ian Robert Smith, council member, 1972-1974.

Muriel Smith was a weaver at Bancroft until the closure. She lived on Cooperative Street but left the town in 2008.
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