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Sir James Roberts, first baronet (1848–1935) by unknown artist, 1920s © by kind permission of the Roberts Family / Kilnsey Estate


Roberts, Sir James, first baronet (1848–1935), mill owner and benefactor, was born on 30 September 1848 at Lane Ends, Oakworth, near Haworth, Yorkshire, the ninth of the eleven children (five sons and six daughters) of James Roberts (1807–1888), wool weaver and later farmer, from ...


Wood, John (1793–1871), worsted manufacturer and factory reformer, was the eldest child of John Wood (d. 1832), who, by 1800, was Bradford's leading manufacturer of such goods as combs and snuff-boxes in horn, ivory, and tortoiseshell at Roebuck Yard, Ivegate. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to ...