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A notice on behalf of Trevor Taylor’s widow, Viv. To all who would wish to pay their respects at this sad time. Social distancing will apply.

Trevor and the view he loved to capture from his home in Saltaire.
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A notice on behalf of Trevor Taylor’s widow, Viv. To all who would wish to pay their respects at this sad time. Social distancing will apply.

Trevor and the view he loved to capture from his home in Saltaire.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Sally, Viv so appreciates all the wonderful support, messages , cards that she is getting from special people like you, it all helps keep her going.

So difficult to show your love in these socially distant times, but I hope Viv realises how much we all care.

Ernest Everard Gates (1903 – 1984) at Cambridge and Old Buckenham

When Everard went up to Cambridge from Milner Field his father Ernest, Managing Director of Saltaire Mill, sent him on his way in his very own Bentley. Unsurprisingly, Everard was a highly popular student. But tragedy struck when he lost both parents within 18 months, leaving him with no immediate family and just his inherited fortune as consolation. He was only 22 years of age.

Everard kept his parents’ country estate at Old Buckenham in Norfolk, which his father had bought from an Australian millionaire and where the Australian national team played on the cricket ground in the 340 acre grounds. Everard lived there until he married in 1931. Old Buckenham Hall finally sold in 1936.

Owner of a 1935 Rolls Royce, Major Gates’ love of luxury motors never left him. His life was anything but dull – a military career, MP and prosecuted in the High Court; more of that another time perhaps.

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1. Ernest Everard Gates and his mother in 1923.
2. Everard aged 25
3. Everard’s Rolls Royce
4. A First Edition from Everard’s library, yours for just £2,5000 from a London rare bookseller
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Fascinating stuff!

The Curse of Milner Field

In the summer of 1923, Ernest H Gates, wife Eva and son Ernest Everard moved into Milner Field mansion. Ernest was the managing director of Salts Mill, a very successful businessman who also owned Old Buckenham Hall, a country estate in Norfolk.

Eva who was wheelchair bound loved a flutter and so enlisted the stable boys to place bets for her. Soon Eva was enjoying the traditional annual staff party in the conservatory. She had been the lady of the house for just a few weeks when she died.

Eighteen months later grieving Ernest was in Old Buckenham where he injured his foot. Rushed back to his gothic pile in Yorkshire, he was admitted to a private hospital in Bradford. Ernest received the best medical attention that money could buy, but in vain. He died a few days later. His final journey was to Nab Woods Cemetery, where he joined Eva.

21 year old Everard, now loaded, sensibly departed Milner Field for good, to meet with success and good fortune in life - but that’s another story.

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1. Ernest H Gates and wife Eva.
2. The 1923 Milner Field staff party in the conservatory. Eva and Everard at far right.
3. Inside Milner Field c1919.
4. Ernest H and Eva’s grave.
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The roaring 20s!! Would loved to have seen that! Thank you for sharing Maria xx

P.s. where abouts was Milner Field?

Emma Robinson have you seen the link with Old Buckenham?!?!

Thank you for sharing

Amazing!!

Sophie Meachen

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A Saltaire Lockdown Surprise

Out of the blue, a phone call from one Christopher Wells, 94. Would anyone be interested in unseen photographs and artifacts belonging to his step-grandfather, Ernest H Gates the managing director of Salts Mill 1919-24, who lived in Milner Field mansion?

Ernest’s son had married Christopher’s mother and inherited his father’s fortune along with a locked box stored in Buckenham Old Hall, Norfolk, the family’s country estate when Ernest died in 1925. The box remained unopened when son Ernest Everard died in 1984.

Christopher’s curiosity got the better of him, with the help of a locksmith, he opened his step-father’s box. Some years later, shielding in his London home, Christopher decided to find out whether the contents were of interest to anyone. Furnished with the contact number for Salts Walks & Talks, he made the call. Serendipity!

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1. Ernest H Gates, member of the syndicate that bought Saltaire and the mill from Sir James Roberts in 1919.
2. Certificates awarded to Ernest H and Ernest Everard Gates from the locked box.
3. Old Buckenham Hall, Norfolk. Destroyed by fire in 1952.
4. Christopher Wells, heir to the Gates’ estate.
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Jenny, Ernest H Gates features in my talk Saltaire after Sir Titus Salt, he is a fascinating very astute and clever business man who modernised Salts Mill. Christopher Wells shared many interesting stories, one that stands out is that Ernest sent his son Everard (Christopher’s step father) to Study at Cambridge with his very own Bentley, this made Everard a very popular student. Watch this space more information to follow. Thank you for your interest.

That's such a great story, I can't wait to hear it all from Maria!! Xx

Some photos of the inside of the mansion would be amazing!

A Salts Walks Encounter at the Saltaire Washhouse Gardens

You can now watch our modest contribution to Bradford as a UNESCO City of Film in safety from behind closed doors.

youtu.be/We471YzqU4Q

Credits

Camera Helen Scott - Saltaire WI
Pollie Toothill - Joanna Crowther, Salts Walks Guide
Mrs Ellin Dooley Maria Glot - Salts Walks Mischief Maker

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Pollie Toothill tries to civilise Ellin Dooley
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A Salts Walks Encounter at the Saltaire Washhouse Gardens

You can now watch our modest contribution to Bradford as a UNESCO City of Film in safety from behind closed doors.

https://youtu.be/We471YzqU4Q

Credits

Camera Helen Scott - Saltaire WI
Pollie Toothill - Joanna Crowther, Salts Walks Guide
Mrs Ellin Dooley Maria Glot - Salts Walks Mischief Maker

Stills

Pollie Toothill tries to civilise Ellin DooleyImage attachment

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Lesa, I first heard this story in 1963 from a Saltaire resident called Lillian, who was a resident in Caroline Street aged 83 years and had worked in Salts Mill from the age of 12 and loved every minute. We were in the Library Victoria Hall and Institute at the time and she said she had heard the story from her grandmother and many other elderly residents who had lived in Saltaire when Titus Salt was the owner. Lillian said Titus hated washing hanging out in his streets, as he was constantly showing round V.I.Ps from all over the world, who kept telling him how marvellous he was . Can you imagine, taking prime minister’s, world leaders, authors, ambassadors and other dignitaries, down a street with Mrs Dooleys bloomers and her husbands long johns hanging across the street, no way! To ensure this would not happen he banned washing lines and cut down washing to stop this heinous crime. ‘I have built you a wash house use it’.

Is that true that Titus would cut down washing lines in the village ?

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Aug 172016
 
Great Canal Journeys - Saltaire - With Timothy West & Prunella Scales

This Channel 4 programme featuring Saltaire, located on the Leeds Liverpool canal is expected to be broadcast this autumn (2016). UPDATE – Bit earlier than we expected – it was broadcast 31st August 2016 on Channel 4. Link at the bottom of the page. In May Saltaire tour guide and historian Maria Glot was delighted …[Click Here To Read More]

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SALTS WALKS & TALKS MAKING HISTORY FOR 20 YEARS

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See Maria and Saltaire on Countryfile on BBC1 Sunday 17th May 2015. Watch it Here. The main Saltaire coverage starts 20 minutes in, again after 34.30 and some fantastic archive footage of Shipley Glen and the Tramway from 49 minutes. The Countryfile team came to Saltaire and was entranced by the Rules of the Village. Countryfile …[Click Here To Read More]

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