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On the trail of the Longwood Smiths.

Byline: Susan Hampshire ,

A manchester woman is hoping that Huddersfield people may be able to solve a photographic puzzle.

Melanie Gough, who lives in Eccles, believes that her collection of photographs belonging to her late mother Doreen Piggott, may feature the well known local historical family, the Smiths of Longwood.

She suspects there is a strong connection with the former Smith and Calverley Ltd woollen manufacturers of Plover Mills, Lindley.

She said: "I understand that the old photographs belonged to my mother's aunt Frances Smith."

Melanie has been researching her family tree for some years and believes there is a strong connection with the Huddersfield area.

"A lot of the photographs were taken in Huddersfield - some have the name of a Huddersfield studio on them. I have a photograph from 1901 featuring a group of people standing outside Quarmby Lodge."

During her research Melanie has been looking in local libraries, on the internet and checking census records.

"These photographs have a link with Manchester, Huddersfield and Blackpool. What I need to do is find out if any local Huddersfield people know anything about the people mentioned or recognise any old relatives."

Melanie has discovered that Joseph Smith (pictured several times) was part of a large family including Kaye Smith, Crosland Smith, Frances Elizabeth Smith and John Arthur Smith.

Joseph ran Smith and Calverley along with his partner Titus Calverley. He moved from Quarmby Lodge to live in a house called Plover Field, which was next to the mill.

Melanie said: "Recently we had a very successful visit to Huddersfield Library and discovered the obituary for Joseph Smith. He died on February 1, 1906 at the age of 54.

"We found out he was a local Liberal councillor. He would have liked to have been an MP but his health prevented him from pursuing this dream.

"He was very involved with Salendine Nook Baptist Church and also with the Baptist College in Manchester."

While she was in Huddersfield, Melanie visited Quarmby Lodge which is still occupied as a house, and tried to find Plover Field, but she understands that the house has been demolished.

If anyone can help Melanie in her search for information, please ring her on 0161 661 3077 or you can e-mail her at:
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 7, 2005
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