William Aykroyd

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Sir William Henry Aykroyd, 1st Baronet OStJ (8 May 1865 – 3 April 1947) was an English woollen and carpet manufacturer.

He was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Alfred Aykroyd and Ellen (née Milnes), and educated at Thorp Arch Grange, near Wetherby. He entered his uncle's woollen and carpet manufacturing business, T. F. Firth & Sons Ltd, at Brighouse, and later became chairman. He was also chairman of Hammond's Bradford Brewery and managing director of the Bradford Dyers' Association.

He was created a baronet in the 1920 Birthday Honours.[1][2] He was appointed High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1926. [3]

He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Major Alfred Hammond Aykroyd.


  1. ^ "No. 31931". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1920. p. 6314.
  2. ^ "No. 32035". The London Gazette. 31 August 1920. p. 8860.
  3. ^ "Sir William Henry Aykroyd, 1st Bt". ThePeerage. Retrieved 14 February 2011.