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Cookridge Hall, Fish Pond, Known Locally as Paul's Pond

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Cookridge Hall, Fish Pond, Known Locally as Paul
Description:
1986. View of Fish Pond, an ornamental lake. Although marked on old maps as the 'Fish Pond' this pond is known locally as 'Paul's Pond'. In 1890 William Paul took up residence at Cookridge Hall and the Paul family remained there until 1954, when the estate was sold by the executors of T. W. Paul. William Paul owned the Oak Tannery at number 91 Kirkstall Road, William Paul Ltd. He was a keen sportsman who raced greyhounds and kept horses and a pack of beagles for hare hunting, which took place on what is now the Holt Park Estate. The pond dates from around 1820 when the Cookridge estate was purchased by Richard Wormald from Robert Sheffield for £77,000. Richard Wormald was a woollen merchant who had specialised in manufacturing uniforms and blankets for soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars, and thus become wealthy. He constructed the pond and surrounded it with a new plantation of trees. He also built a new coach-house, stable and gatehouse. The pond was used to supply ice to the ice-house, which was constructed in grounds to the east side of Cookridge Hall.

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Peter Wyatt

Comment:
I think this was known as Paul's Pond. There was a story that a Lancaster Bomber had crashed into the pond! and that people had drowned there

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield.

Comment:
This pond appears to be quite substantial. Is it still in existence?

Date:
30-Aug-2010

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
To answer Graham Schofields queery, the pond is still there. There is a nice walk from the Golden Acre Park car park to the pond, taking in Breary Marsh, which is an S.S.S.I, and Fish Pond Plantation.

Date:
20-Dec-2010

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rondavies66@googlemail.com

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Name:
rogerstockdale

Comment:
in the early seventies i used to fish pauls pond when i was a member of the post office club and would like to no who owns the fishing rights at the present time and if it can still be fished /////

Date:
26-Feb-2011

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roger.stockdale@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
laura

Comment:
Does anyone know whether this pond can still be fished and if so how can we get rights?? Would be very grateful for a response. Many Thanks

Date:
11-Jul-2011

Email:
r_u_there12@hotmail.com

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