Paper 10: The rise and fall of the Ambler’s Victorian family business as shoe heel and toe cap manufacturers, Canal Works, Silsden
This paper draws on a range of historic documentation, including BMD records, court proceedings, and newspaper articles to explore the events that led to a successful Silsden business, built up in the 1880s, going bankrupt. It traces the history of the Amblers, as a manufacturing family, from their origins in Oldham and then Settle, to their arrival in Silsden in about 1876. Details concerning the family’s heel and top cap business at Canal Works in Silsden are explored. The dynamics of the various members of the family involved in the works are considered. The bankruptcy of the business, in 1893, is related in detail and the consequences that followed the collapse of the firm are discussed. The unexpected outcomes for Richard Ambler and his family, following the bankruptcy, are described. This is a story of the rise, fall, and redemption of a Victorian entrepreneur.
Paper 11: The origins of the names of some of Silsden's lanes and urban streets
This paper explores the meaning behind the names attached to many of Silsden's roads. It concentrates on urban streets that were in place before the Second World War and also the roads and lanes leading into the town from the surrounding township. It starts with the mediaeval lanes and ends with the names given to the housing developments of the 1930s.
The remit of this investigation does not cover the rural lanes of the wider township that do not lead into the town.
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