Ferniehurst

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Ferniehurst was built by Edward Salt in the early 1860s. Edward Salt married his first wife Mary Jane Susan Elgood on July 10 1861; and it therefore seems likely that the house was built for her. The land belonged to Titus Salt who had wanted to build a house on the Knoll site but had changed his mind and sold that land to Charles Stead. There are no known pictures of the house and no building plans However maps of the area do show the basic plan of the house and of the glasshouses and other buildings. Edward Salt had one of the foremost collections of orchids in the country and the Odontoglossum House at Ferniehurst was considered a model of perfection. Edward Salt lived at Ferniehurst until 1893 when as a result of the restructuring of the family firm he left the area. His collection of orchids had been sold in 1892 and the house had been mortgaged to the Bradford Bank. The estate was offered for sale in 1892. The house was described as having 12 bedrooms, a tower, and a billiard room with a separate staircase. There were also outbuildings including a carriage house for 6 carriages, a separate laundry, a gardener's bothy, 3 vineries and a mushroom house. The estate failed to reach the asking price and was withdrawn from sale. It was eventually bought by George Camille Waud. His family owned Britannia Mills in Bradford. His great interests were growing roses and breeding hackneys; he built a hackney stud at Ferniehurst. In the 1920s he started selling off land from the estate. Temple Rhydding Drive etc. were built on Ferniehurst land. In the early 1930s the house was offered to Baildon Council who declined to take it. The house and grounds were then sold to a quarrying company who are said to have used stone from the house to build the houses in Rockliffe Avenue. Baildon Council eventually acquired the grounds and laid them out as recreation grounds complete with a playground.

1891 Census Data

Dwelling: Fernihurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
Edward Salt 54 Head Male Bradford, Yorkshire Married
Sarah A Salt 44 Wife Female Bradford, Yorkshire Married
Robert Walker 24 Servant Male Carnforth, Lancashire Footman
Mary Jane Agar 35 Servant Female Danby Yorkshire Waiting Maid
Annie Snell 39 Servant Female Thorpe Nottinghamshire House maid
Bessie E Luxton 20 Servant Female Farway Devon House maid
Sabina Carnaby 20 Servant Female North Kelsey Lincolnshire kitchen maid

Dwelling: Farm, Ferniehurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
John Wm Badland 32 Head Male Baildon Yorkshire England Married
Henrietta Badland 32 Wife Female Pool Yorkshire England Married
Thomas Badland 5 Son Male Baildon Yorkshire England
Annie Badland 2 Daughter Female Wilsden Yorkshire England


Dwelling: Gardens, Ferniehurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
Annie Grange 39 Head Female York Yorkshire Married Laundress
Jane Grange 12 Daughter Female Harrogate Yorkshire Single
Harry Grange 10 Son Male Harrogate Yorkshire Single

Dwelling: Gardens, Ferniehurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
George Russell 37 Head Male Cliffe Yorkshire Married Garden Labourer
Harriet Russell 29 Wife Female Ryther Yorkshire Married
Frances Russell 4 Daughter Female Ryther Yorkshire Single
Arthur Russell 2 Son Male Ryther Yorkshire Single
Harry Russell 6mo Son Male Baildon Yorkshire Single
Martha Ann Shepherd 25 Sister in Law Female Ryther Yorkshire Domestic

Dwelling: Gardens, Ferniehurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
Donald A Bremner 30 Head Male Ambleside Westmorland Married Domestic Gardener
Lucy Bremner 25 Wife Female Aberford Yorkshire Married
Jessie Bremner 10mo Daughter Female Baildon Yorkshire Single
Mary Bremner 60 Mother Female Penrith Cumberland

Dwelling: Bothy, Ferniehurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
Edward Self 27 Male Leiston, Suffolk Gardener Dom Servant
John Allerston 25 Male Sowerby. Yorkshire

Dwelling: The Lodge, Ferniehurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
Henry Newton 54 Head Male East Ayton Yorkshire Coachman
Amelia Newton 25 Daughter Female Scarborough Yorkshire
Emily Freeman 34 Neice Female Bridlington Yorkshire Dressmaker

1911 Census Data

Dwelling: Fernihurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
George Camille Waud 41 Head Male Bradford, Yorkshire Married Mohair Spinner
Ethel Sarah Waud 40 Wife Female Barnsley, Yorkshire Married
Noreen Majorie Waud 10 Daughter Female Baildon, Yorkshire Single
Ethel Dimetle 29 Servant Female Dublin Single Governess
Walter Henry Halder 38 Servant Male York, Yorkshire Single Butler
Charles Ford Ford 26 Servant Male Pickering, Yorkshire Single Footman
Annie Pickersgill 41 Servant Female Pontefract, Yorkshire Married Cook
Edith Rose Weay 23 Servant Female Malton, Yorkshire Single Lady's Maid
Rachel Smeaton 24 Servant Female Hickleton, Yorkshire Single Housemaid
Flavell Mary Laude 19 Servant Female Hornby, Yorkshire Single Housemaid
Hamel Gertude Lord 19 Servant Female Balne, Yorkshire Single Kitchen Maid (Domestic)

Dwelling: The Farm, Fernihurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
Emmanuel Waite 43 Head Male Bingley, Yorkshire Married Farmer
Hannah Waite 44 Wife Female Baildon, Yorkshire Maried
Harold Waite 13 Son Male Baildon, Yorkshire Single
Emily Waite 21 Daughter Female Baildon, Yorkshire Single Milliner

Dwelling: Cottage, Ferniehurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
William Taylor 36 Head Male Great Sneaton, Yorkshire Married Head Gardener (Domestic)
Susan Taylor 38 Wife Female Scampston, Yorkshire Married
Mary Edna Taylor 9 Daughter Female Baildon, Yorkshire Single
Alice Maud Taylor 8 Daughter Female Baildon, Yorkshire Single


Dwelling: The Lodge, Fernihurst

Name Age Relationship Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
George Johnson 38 Head Male Arkley, Herts Married Chauffeur (Domestic)
Emily Johnson 38 Wife Female Croydon, Surrey Married
George Hewitt Johnson 15 Son Male Caterham, Surrey Single Mill Clerk
Emily Mary Johnson 9 Daughter Female Baildon, Yorkshire Single

Dwelling: Ferniehurst Gardener's Bothie

Name Age Gender Birthplace Status Occupation
John Curwen 26 Male Grange, Lancashire Single Gardener
James Milton 26 Male Chapelthorpe, Yorks Single Gardener
Wilfred Johnson 23 Male Middleton Tyas, Yorkshire, Single Gardener
Smith Viney 26 Male Tadcaster, Yorkshire Single Gardener
William Peal 26 Male Fleetwood, Lancashire Single Garden Labourer (Domestic)
Arthur Holbeck 18 Male Baildon, Yorkshire Single Garden Labourer (Domestic)
Walter Lambert 18 Male East Stockeston, Lincolnshire Single Garden Labourer (Domestic)