Chief Constable of Margate, York and Bradford Police, who was awarded the King’s Police Medal and was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


Joseph Farndale CBE KPM
6 April 1864 to 22 February 1954

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I would like to thank Samantha Malkin who put me right on a number of points regarding Joseph and his uncle Joseph (FAR00350B) who was also a Chief Constable




Joseph Farndale son of Thomas Farndale, Inn keeper, Smith’s Arms, Thomas Lane, Wakefield, and Sarah Farndale formerly Bell, (FAR00344) born at Smith’s arms Wakefield. Registered Wakefield District 30 April 1864 by Sarah Farndale, mother, of Smith’s Arms, Thomas Lane, Wakefield. Baptised on 4 June 1865.

(BC, BR and PR)

Joseph Farndale registered Wakefield District April to June 1864

(GRO Vol 9c page 29)


Early life


Joseph was educated at Field House Academy in Aberford.


1871 Census, 1 Thomas Lane (The Smith Arms), Wakefield


Thomas Farndale, head, inn keeper, 34

Sarah Farndale, wife, 37

Thomas W Farndale, scholar, 8, stone mason

Joseph Farndale, scholar, 6, clerk

Margaret Farndale, 3

Henry Farndale, 7 months

Ann Sunnergerson, a servant, from Canada, and Ann Eliza Lesle


1881 Census, 66 Thomas Lane, Wakefield


Thomas Farndale, head, inn keeper, 41

Sarah Farndale, wife, 47

Thomas W Farndale, scholar, 18

Joseph Farndale, scholar, 16

Samuel?, 14

Margaret Farndale, 13



Married 1

Joseph Farndale, son of Thomas and Sarah Farndale (FAR00344) married Emma Selby in 1883. She died in 1936.



Florence Farndale, born Halifax June 1884 (FAR00600)

Eveline Farndale, born Halifax Dec 1885 (FAR00602).

Emma Farndale, born Halifax Jun 1893 (FAR00657).




Joseph joined the police at the age of twenty in 1884. He was the nephew of his uncle Joseph (FAR00350B) who was also a Chief Constable, of Leicester, Chesterfield and Birmingham police and who had been involved in the Jack the Ripper investigations.



1891 Census, 18 Colberk Street, Halifax


Joseph Farndale, head, 26, Police Clerk

Emma Farndale, wife, 28

Florence, aged 6

Eveline, aged 5



Chief Constable of Margate Police 1888 to 1897


Joseph then became Chief Constable of Margate Borough Police.


Chief Constable of York Police, 1897 to 1900


Joseph Farndale, became Chief Constable of York from 1897 to 1900, then Chief Constable of Bradford from 1900 to 1938. He was awarded the CBE.



Manchester Evening News, 25 September 1897


The New Chief Constableship of York. The Watch Committee of the York Corporation, at a meeting yesterday afternoon, had personal interviews with the four gentlemen selected for the final choice rom the twenty seven applicants for the position of Chief Constable. Mr Joseph Farndale, Chief Constable of Margate; Mr Jones Chief Constable of Grantham; Mr Pelley, Devon Police; and Inspector Reeve, Doncaster were the selected candidates, and the committee’s choice finally fell upon Mr Farndale. The new Chief Constable is thirty three years of age, and has held the position of Chief Constable of Margate since 1893. Prior to that time he had passed through various grades from the ranks, and had been send in command at Halifax.


Leeds Mercury, 7 January 1899 (also reported in Nottingham Evening Post)


The Chief Constableship of Newcastle. The Watch Committee of Newcastle Corporation yesterday made a selection of five from the list of candidates for the position of Chief Constable of the city, at a salary to begin with of £500. The Council will be invited to make the final choice to which the Watch Committee will give effect next Friday. The selected five are – Joseph Farndale, chief constable of York …


Manchester Evening News, 12 January 1899


The Newcastle City Council yesterday took a vote upon the five candidates selected by the Watch Committee from the applicants for the position of Chief Constable. District Inspector James B Wright (37) was appointed. The other selected candidates were … Joseph Farndale (34), chief constable, York …


Manchester Evening News, 5 July 1899


The Chief Constableship of Birmingham. The Birmingham Watch Committee yesterday received tabulated statements concerning the applicants for the chief constableship of the city. There are exactly 50 applicants, and it is a notable fact that over half of them are gentlemen whose only qualification appears to be a military training. Among the candidates is Mr Farndale, the chief constable of York, a nephew of Mr Joseph Farndale (FAR00350B), the retiring chief. …


Manchester Evening News, 8 July 1899 (also reported in Nottingham Evening Post)


The vacant Chief Constableship of Birmingham. The judicial sub-committee of the Birmingham Watch Committee yesterday held a special meeting to consider the applications – exactly 50 in number – for the office of Chief Constable, rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr Joseph Farndale (FAR00350B). The proceedings which were conducted in private, lasted upwards of an hour, and at the conclusion it was stated that eight gentlemen had been selected to attend personally before a further meeting of the sub-committee, to be held Friday next, when the final choice will in all probability be made :- The eight applicants in question were … Joseph Farndale, 35, Chief Constable of York …


Manchester Evening News, 17 July 1899


Appointment of the Chief Constable for Birmingham. The Birmingham Watch Committee at a special meeting this morning appointed Mr GH Rafter, Chief Constable of the City. Mr Rafter who is 42 years of age, has been District Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary at Boyle. The appointment was vacant owing to the retirement of Mr Joseph Farndale through ill health. Mr Rafter has had 16 years’ Irish police experience.


So on Joseph Farndale’s (FAR00350B) resignation as Chief Constable of Birmingham through ill health, his nephew, also Joseph Farndale was shortlisted amongst eight to succeed his uncle, but in the event Sir Charles Haughton Rafter was appointed.


Chief Constable of Bradford City Police Force, 1 August 1900 to 31 December 1930


Joseph succeeded Roderick Ross as Chief Constable at Bradford in 1900, to succeed Roderick Ross, who had left for Edinburgh.


Note for later research – Bradford Police Museum



Leeds Mercury, 30 June 1900


The Chief Constableship of Bradford. Mr Joseph Farndale, Chief Constable of York, was yesterday appointed Chief Constable of the city of Bradford, at a salary of £500 a year, in succession to Mr R Ross, who has become Chief Constable of Edinburgh. Mr Farndale was born at Wakefield in 1864, and first joined the Halifax force, where in the course of ten years he advanced to the degree of detective inspector. In 1888 he was appointed Chief Constable of Margate, and three years ago became Chief Constable of York.


Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 7 July 1900 (also reported in the Burnley Express, 4 July 1900)


Mr Joseph Farndale, Chief Constable of York, a nephew of the former Chief Constable of Birmingham and Chesterfield, has been appointed Chief Constable of Bradford. The salary attached to the office is £500 per annum.


Leeds Mercury, 11 July 1900


Bradford City Council. The Chief Constableship. A meeting of the Bradford City Council was held yesterday, Mr WE Ackroyd presiding. Mr J Moorhouse, in moving the minutes of the Watch Committee, which included the appointment of Mr Joseph Farndale as Chef Constable of Bradford, at a salary of £500 a year, said the committee felt Mr Farndale would discharge the duties of the office to the satisfaction of the Council.



1901 Census, 2 Undercliffe Lane, Bradford


Joseph Farndale, Chief Constable of Police, head, aged 36

Emma, his wife, aged 38

Florence Selby, aged 16

Eveline, aged 15

Emma Elsie Gladys, aged 7

Luch Woodhams and Maria Mocarthy, servants



1911 Census, 4 Fagley Villas, Ecclesfield, Bradford

Joseph Farndale, head, 46, Chief Constable, City of Bradford

Emma Farndale, wife, 48 (27 years married)

Florence Farndale, 26

Eveline Farndale, 25

Loffie Gibson, general domestic servant





Edinburgh Gazette, 2 January 1914




List of those to be Officers of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire



1921 Census – Bradford


Joseph Farndale, 57 years old, married, born Wakefield, Police Chief Constable, Bradford, appointed by the Bradford Watch Committee

Emma Farndale, 58 years old, also born in Wakefield

Eveline Farndale, single, 26 years old, at home, born Halifax

Emma Elsie Gladys Farndale, single, 28 years old, single, born Halifax, at home






Edinburgh Gazette, 6 June, 1924

Traffic Commissioner


Sheffield Daily Telegraph 16 December 1930 (and reported in multiple newspapers)


Mr Joseph Farndale, the Chief Constable of Bradford, has been appointed the traffic commissioner for Yorkshire.




Multiple articles including:


Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 30 September 1931


Co-op Tours – Dividend Question raised


At a sitting of the Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners at Leeds, when the Pendleton Co-operative Society made application to make excursions and tours through the Yorkshire area to York, Scarborough and Bolton Abbey, the Chairman, Mr Joseph Farndale asked “to whom is the dividend credited on the fares for these tours?” … Mr Farndale “There is a funeral branch, and you can get a dividend on that.”


Leeds Mercury 6 June 1931


“Day Trip” says Mr Farndale


Declining the granting of ‘period excursions”, Mr Joseph Farndale, Chairman of the Commissioners, during yesterday’s sitting in Leeds Town Hall, gave the official definition of an excursion as a “journey to and from a specified definition to be completed in one day at an inclusive fare – a day trip”


Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 13 April 1931


Nearly 60 applications to run excursions and tours and to vary conditions of bus services were made o the Yorkshire Area Traffic Commissioners (MR Joseph Farndale and Alderman J Law) at Sheffield Town Hall yesterday.


Leeds Mercury, 31 January 1935


At a sitting of the Authority in Sheffield recently, Mr Farndale withheld his decision as to the licensing of one lorry until he had heard evidence of a representative of this steel works, for whom the applicants claim to have carried out extensive haulage.


Leeds Mercury, 23 September 1936


Carrying of Corpses – haulier on grim part of his business


Corpses were among the goods carried by a haulier who made an application to the Yorkshire Traffic Licensing Authority (Mr Joseph Farndale), sitting at 44 The Headrow, Leeds yesterday for renewal of his existing licence. He said he carried on a rather specialised haulage business. When Mr Farndale asked him for distances he said he had been asked to fetch something from Preston.


Mr Farndale: Was that a Corpse? – Yes.


Mr Farndale: You don’t require authority to carry a corpse Corpses are not goods.


The applicant: They have asked us to be ready to carry them.


The existing licence was renewed.




Married 2

‘Mrs M Farndale, second wife.’



Dundee Courier, 1 January 1938


Traffic Chief Weds at 72


Mr Joseph Farndale, 72 year old chairman of Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners and formerly Chief Constable of Bradford, yesterday married Miss Margaret Emmott, Sowerby Bridge, who practices as a chiropodist in Leeds. The ceremony took place in Leeds, unknown to the staff at the Traffic Commissioners’ office there. Mr Farndale’s home is at Harrogate. After the wedding Mr and Ms Farndale left for London. Mr Farndale was awarded the King’s Police Medal in 1914 and has been President of the Chief Constable’s Association.


Joseph Farndale married Maggie Emmott, registered Leeds North in the fourth quarter of 1937. (GRO Vol 9b page 824).




Joseph was awarded the King’s Police Medal (KPM) in 1914 when he was Chief Constable of Bradford City Police Force, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1920 civilian war honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1924 Birthday honours.


His records state that he was appointed with his OBE on the 1 January 1920 and he was invested by the Lord Lieutenant of West Riding of Yorkshire at Leeds Town Hall on the 12th April 1921. He was promoted from an Officer of the Order and was appointed a CBE on the 3 June 1924. He attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace on the 9th July 1924.


The London Gazette states that all of Joseph Farndale’s awards are connected to his work with the Bradford Police department.


(Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, St James’s Palace  London SW1A 1BH)




Joseph Farndale, died age 89, Claro District on 22nd February 1954, (ie born 1864/5)



His death was recorded in the sub-district of Harrogate on 22 February 1954, at the age of 89. He was a retired police constable, Bradford, CBE.


Joseph Farndale died in February 1954 and there was an obituary placed in the Yorkshire Post. It states;


The death has occurred at his home, The Flat, Ripon Road, Harrogate, of Mr Joseph Farndale, who was, for 30 years from 1900, Chief Constable of Bradford. He was 89. Mr Farndale was appointed first chairman of the Traffic Commissioners for Yorkshire under the Road Act and resigned his Bradford post. He was former Chief Constable of Margate and of York, after serving in every grande of the police force at Halifax. A Wakefield man, he joined the Halifax Borough Police Force at the age of 19. He was awarded the Police Medal in 1914 and the CBE in 1924.




Joseph Farndale CBE KPM (1864 – 22 February 1954) was a British police officer who served as Chief Constable of Margate, York and Bradford police.


Farndale was born in Wakefield and educated at Field House Academy in Aberford. He joined the police at the age of twenty and later became Chief Constable of Margate Borough Police. Leaving Margate he took on the role of chief constable of York from 1897,  before moving to Bradford in 1900 to succeed Roderick Ross, who had left for Edinburgh.


He was awarded the King's Police Medal (KPM) in 1914 and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1920 civilian war honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1924 Birthday Honours.


KPM is the King’s Police Medal




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