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Belle Isle Cottages no. 1
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8th June 1950 Image shows a close up detail of partially open sash windows on number 1 Belle Isle Cottages. Behind can be seen an overgrown grassed area.

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Harry Kay

Comment:
If one walked down the road from this old house one would arrive at the old quarry which was very deep and always full of water. There were old steel tracks and a few empty mine cars left abandoned. We urchins made rafts of old telephone poles and played pirates. We never swam there because the water was very deep and very muddy.

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christine whiteley

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harry, where exactly was this? There is little information on the picture and I would love to know more.

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Peter Jackson

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Ref Christine The quarry was arrived at when you walked past the old pit houses which were accessed from an incline near the entrance to middleton woods,overlooking the quarry on one side was almost the edge of middleton clearings, while on the other side were the tips with the railway line at the bottom, the engine at the time was called Blenkinsop. It was a magical place to play in and was teeming with wild life, newts,waterhen,frogs, fish etc. there were always children swimming in the water and always a fire on the go to dry themselves.

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christine whiteley

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ref.Peter, thanks for the detailed information. I have a fix on it now. How blessed you were to have access to such a rich environment.Sadly, lost forever.

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18-Nov-2010

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Dave Milbourne

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With reference to the comments about the old quarry. My grandparents moved to the Manor Farms from Middleton when I was a child (Mid sixties) and if I remember rightly the body of water referered to was between the Manor Farm Estate and Middleton Woods. I also seem to think it was referred to as 'the Ballywark' (not sure on the spelling?) Does anyone else remember this name?

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18-Nov-2010

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BillyBritvic

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I think the pond was also called the black pudding? Re Dave Milbourne, my dad used to call this area Ballywark Hill, he worked at the pit and lived in Hunslet / Middleton all his life.

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24-Nov-2010

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Peter Jackson

Comment:
Dave, the pond between Miggy Woods and the Manor Farms was known to us children in the early 50s as mainly " Deep Waters " and sometimes as " The River of Roses " although can't think why. But Billy it certainly was not called " The Black Pudding " for that was just black sludge and was about 50 yards on the left past the bottom entrance to Miggy Woods and was behind some iron railings which are still there.

Date:
10-Jun-2011

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patrick mitchell

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i used to play here when i was about ten years old, the back of these cottages had old mine tubs we used to push them along the line and under the road over to the old sludge beds, the beds are coal dust, we used to get the tubs moving and then jump in for a ride to the bottom which took us down to the quarry, then we would do it again. I cut my leg doing this and an old lady in this cottage bandaged it for me her name was mrs tippet later as i got older i worked at Middleton Broome Pit and was lucky enough to work on the Blenkinsop for a while until my training was completed, happy days.

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21-Apr-2012

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Ali Stubbs

Comment:
Back to the start of this thred. The pit with water in was the old clay pit,directly below the corner of the clearings.As kids we used to hitch a ride on the clay tubs,usually 3 to 5, being hauled to the brickworks and under the low bridges carrying the star pulleys guiding the thick steel haulage ropes.Riding like cowboys to avoid them.Thats when the pit and the brickworks were in operation. The Slurry pond at the bottom of Miggy park woods was the slurry run off from the pit after the coal had been washed in the screens etc. As has been mentioned, the Deepies(Deep waters), were near the edge of the woods and where Manor farm was buily, almost over the old "Rope hill" to Town street Middleton. The "Baliwark" or "Merryvales"as we knew it as kids was down below the old church on Town street and almost on the edge of the park boundary(google earth the church) and about the middle of the pic is a depression,darker than the rest,that was the old Bali.I believe. Back to the quarry the old clay pit and the slurry ponds(black pudding)Peter Jackson'is correct.These were below the Broome pit.The others just above.Once the workings in the quarry had finished and filled with water we used to dive and jump off the old pump house and swim in the very cold water.It was very clear at that time though.Not many kids dared to swim to the steep cliff face of the clearings in case they couldn't make it back. I did see the old houses in this area but never saw anybody around or really took any notice,so maybe they were due to be demolished then. Sorry for the long winded information but this was from personal experience as a kid in the late 40s early 50s, an ex miner from the Broom and also a surveyors assistant at the Broom where we regularly checked the levels at the "Black pudding" Many miners called it that. At present I am doing some research on the Broom and workings etc and it would be great to share any thoughts,ideas,experiences etc on the surrounding pits,habitat,the park etc etc. We cannot change history but we can certainly remember and share it., Any comments please contact me below, Alf.(Ali) Stubbs

Date:
04-Jan-2013

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