Elliott Walker (1853-1926)


Elliott Walker was born 1 August 1853 in Linthwaite, the son of wool mill slubber John Walker and his wife Mary Ann (née Wood). He was baptised at Slaithwaite on 13 November 1853.[1]

He married Sarah Lockwood at Linthwaite Parish Church on 7 July 1877, by which time he was working as a cotton piecer.

They moved to Red Lane, Meltham, where he was listed as a "woollen weaver" in the 1881 Census. By then, the couple had two children, John and Edith.[2]

On 27 October 1903 he became the licencee of the New Inn, Meltham, known locally as "Wills O' Nats" after a previous landlord, William Dyson.[3]

In 1914, he was involved in a court case after allowing on-duty policeman George Thomas Richardson to become drunk "with intoxicating liquor" on the premises.[4]

Elliott Walker remained the landlord until his death on 20 July 1926, aged 72. He left an estate valued at £1,019 11s. 11d.[5]

His son, John, was the landlord from 1926 to 1942. In turn, John's son, Elliot, became the licencee in 1946.

Notes and References

  1. Source: Ancestry.co.uk
  2. John was born 1882, he married Elizabeth Ann Levitt in 1904 and they named their first son Elliott. Edith was born 1878, she married Charles Taylor in 1905 but died in 1907, aged 29, a year after their only child was born.
  3. The photograph on this page is likely to show members of the Walker family standing outside Wills O' Nats.
  4. "Harbouring the Police: Policeman's Visit to a Public House" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (07/Apr/1914).
  5. Elliott's probate record names the executors were his son John (named as a farmer) and Mary Ann Priestley (wife of Harry Wilcock-Priestley).