Harry Percy Jackson

The wood-carver Harry Percy Jackson was born at Albion Street, Lane Head, Brighouse.

His descendant, Steve Binns, points out that he was christened Harry and not Henry as some sources suggest.

He started work as a grocer's errand boy, and at 13, he was apprenticed to a wood-worker and joiner named Booth in Brighouse.

On 9th June 1890, he married Mary Elizabeth Watkins [1867-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Elizabeth came from Richmond, North Yorkshire.

She came to work in service at a Brighouse house



  1. Eugene Alexander Watkin
  2. John Theodore
  3. Harry Percy

In 1906, the family moved from Brighouse and he started a business making religious wood-carving at a cottage called Morriscot, Coley – named in honour of William Morris.

Sons Eugene Alexander Watkin & John Theodore died in World War I.

He and his son, Harry Percy Junior, did much work in the district and in other parts of the country – see the Foldout entitled Jackson of Coley.

In May 1929, he was knocked down by a car at Stone Chair – where he was a member of a dining club at the Duke of York Inn – and he suffered from concussion for 10 days.

He died 28th April 1931 (aged 64).

Members of the family were buried at Coley Church. [1 Y 29].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,467 19/8d.

Probate was granted to his widow Mary Elizabeth.

His son Harry Percy Junior, carried on the family business at Morriscot and – after travelling in America – at the neighbouring Coley Workshop.

In 1939, when Mrs Jackson decided to sell Morriscot, some of the panelling and other furniture from the house was bought by Brighouse Corporation and installed in the Jackson Room in Brighouse Public Library at The Rydings which was opened in 1940

See Albert Baldwin and Jackson of Coley

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