Thomas William Hanson

Thomas William Hanson was a Halifax antiquarian and writer.

He was educated at Halifax Higher Board School and Bradford Technical College.

The family furniture business, Hanson & Son, had been founded in 1846 in Southgate by his grandfather. He and his brother Arthur inherited the business, and he was in charge from 1917 – when Arthur died – until 1938 when he sold the business.

His sister Eleanor married Thomas Edward Akroyd and went to live in Canada.

In 1905, he married Maria Amanda Lord.


  1. Laurence William
  2. Thomas Kenneth

Because of his weak heart, he and his wife left Halifax in 1942, and moved to Sussex.

After Molly's death in 1960, he moved to Oxford where he died.

He was a member of the Congregational Historical Society, Halifax Antiquarian Society – of which he was President [1934-1943] and Vice-President [1944-1959] – and Bradford Historical & Antiquarian Society, and wrote many articles, books and booklets on local history:

He collected books published by Edwards of Halifax and researched the history of the bookbinding and bookselling activities of the family. He wrote several works on the family, including Edwards (Booksellers).

He was a Liberal Councillor [1931-1937]

In 1898 & 1899, he was Secretary of the Square Mutual Improvement Society, Halifax.

The family lived at 16 King Cross Street, Halifax [1898]

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