Archive for January, 2008

Aberford Railway

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Detail taken from an old postcard around early twentieth century, Aberford. On the left can be seen the railway wagons at the Aberford Coal Staithes, and to the right are Sammy Hicks Chapel and houses in Chapel Lane, all long since demolished.

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The Ramps in Parlington Park

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I recently received an enquiry from a reader [Bill of Aberford] who, whilst walking the dog around Parlington, wondered what the brick and concrete ramp structures were for.

This was my response:
In a few words, during WW2 the area was occupied by an Army Repair Depot and the ramps were for maintaining vehicles, I am told that towards the end of the war there were Half-tracked vehicles parked side by side the entire length of the fence line on the north side of the drive. This is from a villager who was posted to Aberford towards the end of the war, married a local girl and therefore stayed on in Aberford, he is quite old now and lives just off Parlington Drive.

Natural Features

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

You can readily find things in the natural landscape which are worthy of photographing. Take the following example a tree trunk lying on the ground gradually decaying to nothing, but the softer inner wood has already gone, leaving only the outer harder wood, result a natural tunnel. Small rodents and other furry creatures, enjoy! This and many other things are available on your doorstep, just get out with a camera, if you have a digital variety, you can really make a difference, at no time in history has it been so easy to show off your photo experiences!


Stone Coffin

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

One of the eeriest things in Aberford is the stone coffin which is leaning against the perimeter wall of the graveyard. It is clearly very old, but think of all the work required to hew the stone into that complicated shape. It is as if it’s standing there waiting to be used…

Of course if it fell over on anyone, they would most certainly be confined forthwith!


Aberford Bridge

Friday, January 25th, 2008

A recent purchase, the postcard shows the bridge over the Cock Beck in Aberford, but from the opposite view point from that usually photographed on the east side. Therefore it is possible to see the waterway running parallel to the road which came from the mill.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008

I promised Ronald Addyman I would link my sites to his history site, so here it is, the link is on the Blogroll.

The site contains a number of articles under the following headings
The British War Memorial at Fontaine-lez-Croisilles
Burton Salmon 2000: The Millennium Exhibition of Local History and Memorabilia – An illustrated account
The Boer War 1899-1902): Colonel Gascoigne and the Leeds Volunteers.
Recollections of National Service: An Extract
Letters of condolence and telegrams received at the home of a Leeds soldier who lost his life on active service in France in 1917
French Soldier Burial in Leeds

The Lost Windmill, Aberford

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Sadly the Windmill which used to dominate the skyline around Aberford was demolished in the early 1980′s. A good picture of the old structure can be found on Leodis

There is also an explanation of the removal of the stone work by Mark Jackson. Below is a photo of the very stone being loaded and carted away to Barwick in Elmet!

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March 2008 addition

A late headmaster from Aberford Primary School, a Mr W. Pickles undertook a collection of water colours depicting local scenes, the picture below is one from the collection, It is the lost Windmill of Aberford on Windmill Hill between Aberford and Lotherton the road was diverted in the 1960′s to facilitate the A1 bypass, since realigned in the 1990′s to accommodate the A1-M1 Link. According to details from the local publication Aberford in Times Past, the old mill was in use from as early as 1458! The ironwork from the rotating head of the mill was partly dismantled during the Second World War for salvage, the mill houses were demolished sometime after the war. Given these facts it seems likely that Mr Pickles water colour was painted from a photograph

Secret Writing

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

A friend in Aberford, Mark Jackson, has collected cards of local interest for some time and this one shown below has a coded message as set out below.


(Ap)I (ap)am s(ap)end(ap)ing th(ap)is
c(ap)ard s(ap)o y(ap)ou c(ap)an s(ap)ee
a(ap) b(ap)eaut(ap)if(ap)ul b(ap)uild(ap)ing
f(ap)or th(ap)e p(ap)oor
c(ap)it (ap)is j(ap)ust (ap)on th(ap)e (ap)oth(ap)er s(ap)ide
fr(ap)om m(ap)e
(ap)it (ap)acc(ap)omm(ap)od(ap)at(ap)es tw(ap)o b(ap)egg(ap)ers.
(ap)i h(ap)ope y(ap)ou w(ap)ill
kn(ap)ow wh(ap)at (ap)all th(ap)is (ap)is (ap)ab(ap)out
B(ap)est W(ap)ish(ap)es


I am sending this
card so you can see
a beautiful building
for the poor
it is just on the other side
from me
it accommodates two beggers.
i hope you will
know what all this is about
Best Wishes


Thursday, January 24th, 2008

During its heyday, hunting was a major activity at Parlington and the hounds were kept in kennels at the rear of the Gamekeeper’s cottage. The picture below shows the old building, possibly around the 1920′s. The smoking chimneys (5) are those of the Gamekeeper’s cottage. When were the kennels demolished?

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Former Railway Carriage

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Towards the end of the Fly Line at Hawke’s Nest are the remains of an old railway carriage, as shown below. This was for many years used as accommodation, by who I do not know, if anyone has information I would love to here about it.

The carriage was not one that graced the railway, that particular item ended its days in the garden of a house in Aberford, which house I am again unsure!

Hawkes Nest Carriage
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