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Bassett Anne

Niece of William (Bill) Edmondson d.o.b 28.01.1939. (Late sister called Alice) Anne (60 years old or thereabouts) Bassett (maiden name)believed to be living in Cottingley. William wasn't able to give her his present address before he moved to Fillingham, Lincolnshire. in 2006. If you can help please contact Cottingley Connect webmaster.


I went to Cottingley Manor School in the 60's and would love to reconnect with lost friends, I now live in Tasmania,Australia. email:

Grace Theaker

I am trying to find out information about my grandmother, Grace Theaker, who was adopted as a baby by Ada and James Hardaker in 1909 who also had a daughter called Elizabeth. They lived for a time in Shipley and then moved to Cottingley. Grace may have attended Cottingley school for a while. Elizabeth married William (Bill) Neale and they had 4 children Martha, Tom, William and Dorothy. Grace Theaker Lived with Elizabeth and Bill before she was married at Cottingley church to Eric Livesey and Elizabeth Neale was one of the witnesses at the wedding. I am not sure if any of the Neale family are still alive and can remember anything about Grace Theaker?

Peter Sutcliffe

Hello, I'm looking for anybody who knew Peter Sutcliffe - the Yorkshire Ripper either through school, work or simply living in the local area. It's for a documentary series called 'Born to Kill?' which tells the stories of various serial killers throughout the world, through the eyes of the people that knew them; family members, childhood friends, spouses, prosecution and defence from the case and criminal psychiatrists. The main thrust of the series is to question the true impetus and drive of the crimes, rather than glorifying as many crime documentaries tend to do when focusing on serial killers. We do not use reconstructions or actors but instead an episode is compiled with interviews and revisits to relevant locations. Do contact me on or 01752 727 623 if you think you may be able to help.

BOOTH John born 1755/6

Does anyone know this family?
His children were all born at Cottingley. They were, John 1784, William 1787, Mary 1789, Thomas 1790, Hannah 1795. Their mother Mary died 1795, and Hannah died 1796 at Stocka Close Cottingley. In 1799 John Booth married Mrs Phebe Hargreaves at Birstall. A plaque in The church at Long Preston states; in memory John Booth, chief constable of the wapentakes of Staincliffe & Ewcross for upwards of 30 years. He departed this life the 16th Dec. 1819 in the 65th year of his age. Also Phebe, relict of the said John Booth died July 22nd 1835 aged 75 years. Any information welcome. Please contact,


Derek Martin ( is researching his family history, and has an ancestor, named Sarah Ann Bancroft born in 1835, this is her married name, and in the 1861 Census she is shown as being born in Cottingley. She was a widow at that time, and she had two son's and a daughter, in 1861 the eldest name Hudson Bancroft aged 6, the other named Abraham (his ancestor) aged 2, both born in Manningham, and abagail aged 5 months born in Bradford.

He would interested in any help in tracing her maiden name and family.

DEAN Thomas

I am trying to find information about a relative who lived in Cottingley near Bingley and had a large farm. His name was Thomas Dean and he died in the late 1960's.. He had a wife named Hannah I believe. My Aunt and Uncle visited the area in the summer of 1967 and met several people who knew him. They stayed at the Sun Inn. Thomas was my Mother's Grandfather. Sandra Lauritzen - Cosmopolis - Washington - usa
Any information please contact -

LEE George Albert

I am looking for my any relatives of my grandad, my dads father. My dad never knew him. We know he has since died, but wondered if anybody knows anything about him. He was cremated at Nab Wood Crematorium on the 8/6/1966, aged 58 years old. His name is George Albert Lee. Any help towards finding any information at all would be clearly welcomed. Contact. Tracey from Hull 07791 131333. Thank you.


In 1891 John Dickinson lived at 51 Smith Street. His wife was Annie and there were 5 sons - John, William, Harry, Albert, Arthur and one unnamed daughter. The family name changed from Dickinson in the 1881 census to Dickerson in 1909.
Any information contact Philip Andrew at

DAWSON - Robert Arthur and Charles Frederick - Artists

These two gentlemen were artists in the early 1900's and had many paintings exhibited. It may be that some of their paintings were sold locally in the Bingley area. If you know of any, David (Robert Arthur's grandson), would be interested in any information. It is known that both men painted Beckfoot Bridge during their time at Bingley.

PRIESTLEY Charles, Arthur, Gillies

Charles and his wife (nee Gillies) resided at Cottingley Hall between 1887 and 1920 approximately. Mrs Priestley came from Apperley Bridge and Mr. Priestley from Thornton. Charles Priestley died in 1893 in Algeria. There were two children - Arthur Geoffrey Briggs Priestley and Gillies Priestley. If you are a descendant of this family or have any information about them, the Cottingley Village History Society would be pleased if you could get in touch. Contact the Secretary


My father died whilst I was very young and I never really found out much about his history or past family, I was however aware that he was a Yorkshire man. His christened name was Edward Waller Frear and I recall a name of Ada?? maybe his sister.

I believe he was born around 1895 give or take 5 years.

He married my mother Nita Lawson Jameson of which I have no history as she was fostered/adopted as a baby.

Leeds, Newcastle and Durham are places that I remember being mentioned

If you have any information please e-mail Thomas Frear

MORTON Leslie married to DEVINE Ellen Cecelia parents of MORTON Fred Clifford

Lived in Smith Street in the 1920's. If anyone has any information about the Morton or Devine family please email or

CORBEY Charles and Mabel

They lived in Smith Street in the 1930's. If you knew them or have any information about them, their granddaughter would love to know. Please e mail me if you have any information.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS relating to old Cottingley

The History society would like to borrow photographs and documents for copying in order to preserve past life in the village. It is intended to set up a permanent record of the village and its life, its residents and its buildings. If you have any items you are prepared to lend us for a short time please telephone 01274 820235. All material will, for security, be collected and returned by hand.

We are also looking to record personal reminiscences. If you would like to tell us your stories of village life in the past please ring the above number.

GLYDE William E of Shipley

Laid the foundation stone at Cottingley Town Hall on Boxing Day 1863. The records state that he was presented with a silver trowel on that date. Cottingley Village History Society and Cottingley Town Hall Trustees would dearly love to know if this memento is still cherished by someone or any information as to its whereabouts.

WHITLEY David and WILLIS Martha

They were the first couple to be married at Cottingley Town Hall on 25th June 1878. Cottingley Town Hall Trustees and Cottingley Village History Society would appreciate any information about this couple, their descendants, family tree etc


I am researching my family history. My mother's maiden name was Whitaker, my grandfather was the last landlord at the old Sun Inn, and my grandmother worked at Cottingley Hall. If anyone has any information which may be useful please email Cottingley Connect.


  • Does anyone know or have any theories about why a small area off Main Street was named QUEBEC?
  • Does anyone know or have any theories about why a road at the edge of the village was named NEW BRIGHTON?