Major Arthur Calrow Armitage was a Huddersfield manufacturer, linked to the Meltham firm of Jonas Brook and Brothers, and a magistrate for the West Riding.
He was born in 1847, the son of Huddersfield merchant wool stapler John Armitage and his wife Harriet (née Calrow), and was baptised on 23 October 1847 in Bury, Lancashire.
The 1851 Census lists his family living at Park Cottage, Yew Green, Lockwood, along with four servants.
By 1871, he was was residing at Mount Cottage, Meltham, where his occupation was given as "cotton spinner". A coachman and a cook were also listed on the Census return.
He married Alice Barbara Morris, daughter of William Morris J.P. of Halifax, on Wednesday 31 October 1877 at St. Peter's Church, Sowerby Bridge, and they lived at the newly-built Durker Roods, Meltham. They had five known children:
By the early 1880s, the family was also spending much of their time in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, where their daughter Marion was born.
He had been a Captain in the Yeomanry Cavalry and became a Major in 1884.
The family finally moved away from the Meltham area and Durker Roods was placed for sale in June 1890.
By 1915, he was a shareholder in the Great Western Railway Company.
His youngest son, Lt. Colonel Francis Arthur William, was killed in action on 22 April 1918 during the Pacaut Wood offensive by the 1st Hampshires. A plaque in his honour was placed in All Saints' Church, Challoch.
He died on 22 March 1931 in Sussex.