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Ash Tree Grange, view from


Ash Tree Grange, view from
Description:
1967 View from Ash Tree Grange, a block of high rise flats on the Swarcliffe Estate. Various examples of council housing are visible including houses, maisonettes and tower blocks. Ash Tree Grange was built to a height of 36 metres on 12 floors in 1965. Swarcliffe is, at present, undergoing a major, long term redevelopment which is managed by Yorkshire Transformations, a consortium made up of the Yorkshire Housing Group, building and maintenance contractors, John Mowlem & Company of Elland Road, and Halifax Bank of England. Before work was due to commence on the initiative in June 2005, the Ash Tree tower blocks underwent demolition along with the Langbars. A super long-reach excavator was hired, one of only two in the country with a reach of 40 metres to carry out the demolition. Yorkshire Transformations state that their aim is 'to improve the lives and homes of people living in Swarcliffe', and the project is planned in 5 year phases over the next 30 years.

User Comments:

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DF

Comment:
This picture was presumably taken in the late 60s, just after the development was completed. The photographer is clearly standing just inside the subway under Swarcliffe Avenue; the Staging Post pub and shops being behind the photographer. This photo shows Swarcliffe in all it's glory; before urban decay set in.

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C GILLSON .

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the photographer is not under the subway he is infact stood under the canopy of the flat . cant remember the name and it has now been demolished .

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Name:
lee

Comment:
The view is from Ash Tree Grange.

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Rosemary

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The photographer is facing the the Staging post and the shops. I walked this way to and from school every day for years. My sister lived in the maisonette on the right during th early 80's

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K. Robertson

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I agrre with C. Gillson this photo is taken under the flats canopy as I walked this way to John Smeaton school each day

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Jasco

Comment:
The photographer is facing away from the staging post, from underneath the flats as others have stated. You would reach the subway under Swarcliffe Avenue if you followed the "spotty path" to the left around behind the flats. Behind the houses and maisonetts on the left are the 'Pennwells'. I believe there used to be a concrete ship in the yard area in front of the maisonettes straight ahead where the "spotty path" (Whinmoor Way) fades from view.

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SCW

Comment:
Actually, it is the SPOTTED path not spotty.

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David Barratt

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The picture was taken under the canopy of the flats Ash Tree Grange, the lamp post with the seats round the base was wooded, the seats was later removed but the lamp remained,as in the other comment,indeed a concrete boat was in the play area in front of the distant maisonettes. To the left of this picture, it's clearly seen that the children loved the concrete based seesaw.

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andrew edge

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Actually, it is a spotty path, because the designers did not intend it to be spotted. They only intended it to be colourful, in a modern kind of way. Would you say an apple was spotted? No, it is a spotty apple. it´s the difference between an adjective and Passive...

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Karl Lehmann

Comment:
if iam correct it was actually called the penny path.

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Philip Brow

Comment:
Was it the "PENNY WAY"?

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CG

Comment:
I also lived in the maisonette to the right of the picture - I moved out when I was 5 years old in 1987. I remember the concrete playground with the big concrete boat in (maybe it wasn't that big but it seemed it when I was that age!)

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Name:
andy

Comment:
when we were young kids we called it the wibbley wobbley way.....!1

Date:
20-Nov-2008

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andrew

Comment:
I used to live in ash tree grange when i was a kid during the 80's and know this photo was taken from under the entrance canopy i spent many an hour playing on the rocks that were all over the mound of grass to the left, also to the right you can see a white fence this was surrounding an area where the residents of the masonettes used to hang their washing also you can see the edge of the storage sheds just to the end of the white fence another place where us kids used to hang out in fact i still have the scar on my lower back from being pushed off the shed roof.

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22-Dec-2008

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Dave

Comment:
A very familiar sight, we also used to use this as one route to school (John Smeatons- middle and High) as well as following the beck. I lived further up the "Spotted Path" in the Braytons, from 1970 on, everyone I knew called it the spotted path, not spotty! we used to try aand ride non handed all the way from the A64 down to near barwick road... I remember the "castle " next to the Hills near Grymes dyke primary, has anyone got any photos of it? My mum still lives on the estate in the same house and I have many fond memories of my youth from around there, although it has changed a lot now.

Date:
26-Jan-2009

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J Lee

Comment:
The tower block under construction behind the maisonettes is Pennwell Croft. It stood 12-storeys high and was located at the top of Pennwell Dean. The block was one of the last in the area to be demolished, in 2006, as part of the Swarcliffe regeneration program. New private houses and a road are now being constructed on the site.

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10-Aug-2010

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Josie

Comment:
Well, whether it was spotty or spotted is academic as it's now gone and they've made it into a proper road running round the houses. I lived in Farndale Court in the late 70s and early 80s and it was ok then. Those wood clad houses that have replaced the flats look awful.

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02-Dec-2012

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Darren Hirst

Comment:
the boat play ground was at the bottom of this picture

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15-Nov-2013

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