Brierfield woman (100) dies: tributes

Gladys Bradshaw
Gladys Bradshaw
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The family of 100-year-old Gladys Bradshaw say they are overwhelmed by the number of tributes received following her death.

Gladys was born in Brierfield on December 29th, 1911, and after finishing her education at Mansfield High School, she got a job as a weaver working in Tunstill Mill.

While working in the mill, she met her husband-to-be Clifford, and the pair married at Brierfield Methodist Church in 1932, later having one child, Kathleen, in 1945.

She was a keen member of the choir at the Methodist church, and was involved in many other organisations including the WI, but Clifford’s work, as one of the first to bring nylon into clothing manufacturing, took the family all over the country, and the Bradshaws left Brierfield in 1950.

After moving to Devon, and later living in Winchester, Durham and Derbyshire, Gladys gave up her work to become a housewife, and it was at home that her well-known passions developed, especially crafting, from crocheting and embroidery, to making her own clothes, as well as cooking.

She would make trips across the Atlantic every so often to visit her daughter, who has lived in Rochester, New York, since 1971, and made quite an impression with her Lancastrian character.

Gladys moved back up to Pendle after Clifford’s death and made her home on Cross Street in Colne.

She joined a local luncheon club and regularly walked into town to do her shopping up to the age of 98, but eventually had to go into a home in Brierfield in February, just five weeks prior to her death.

Gladys’ daughter, Kathleen Dychton, said: “I shall miss her tremendously and I loved her to bits. She has come full circle in a way, her room at Victoria House in Brierfield overlooked Taylor Street, the house I was born in, and Humphrey Street, where my grandma lived for years, is close.

“I’d like to thank Helliwells who have been so helpful and also the staff at Victoria House for their care.”

Gladys’ funeral was held on Tuesday at Burnley Crematorium, and she leaves behind Kathleen, grandchildren Helena, Ernie, Ian and Joanna and great-grand daughter Lily.