Thomas Holden (1852-1909)

Thomas Holden was a merchant tailor, Poor Law Guardian and a Justice of the Peace.


He was born on 14 January 1852, the son of farmer Thomas Holden (1812-1895) and his wife Grace (née Broadbent).

He married Betty Smith, daughter of merchant tailor Joshua Smith and his wife Alice (née Bradley), on 17 August 1876 at the High Street Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Huddersfield. The couple had five known children:

  • Lottie Holden (1877-1934)
  • Lawrence Vincent Holden (c.1879-1951)
  • Thomas Garnet Holden (1882-1971)
  • Oswald Holden (c.1885-?)
  • Nelson Victor Holden (1889-1959)

Thomas Holden of Garfield House, Shepley, died aged 57 on 22 October 1909 and was buried on 25 October at Shepley United Methodist Church.


Leeds Mercury (23/Oct/1909):

The death occurred at Shepley, near Huddersfield, last night of Mr. Thomas Holden, a prominent West Riding merchant tailor, and head of the firm of Messrs. Thomas Holden and Sons. Mr. Holden and 57 years of age.

Sheffield Independent (23/Oct/1909):

The death occurred at Shepley yesterday of Mr. Thomas Holden, J.P., at the age of 57. Mr. Holden for many years was an ardent worker in the Liberal cause. He was a Poor Law Guardian for Shepley, being chairman of the Kirkburton section, and he was also the first chairman of the Shepley Urban District Council. Mr. Holden was well known in Nonconformist circles, being a member of the executive committee of the Denby Dale Free Church Council, and also held the position of trustee of the United Methodist Church, Shepley. For twenty-five years Mr. Holden was a Sunday school teacher, and was held everywhere in great respect. He leaves a widow and four sons (one married), and a married daughter.