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Aerial View of Gildersome, Crossroads

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Aerial View of Gildersome, Crossroads
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22nd August 1968, View looking north west at junction of A62/Gelderd Road and A650/Wakefield Road. Crossroads is now a large junction allowing connection to the M62 motorway.

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
The large white building nestling in the top L.H. quadrant of the cross-roads is the 'The Spread Eagle'. It was a road-house, having as it did, bars and a dance floor. I don't know why the name 'road-house' was given to this type of public-house, but there were other similar places known as such. For example:- 'The Hare and Hounds' at Menston, and 'The Peacock' at Rawdon. There were many others in and around Leeds, as there were in other parts of the country. Perhaps the name originated from before The Second World War, when charabancs, overflowing with day trippers, would stop at a large roadside public-house, for relief, entertainment and more ale, before proceeding on to to coastal destinations such as Scarborough, Bridlington, Blackpool, Morecambe etc. They were long journeys in those days. I remember the Spread Eagle as being a very popular place. Especially at weekends. Opposite, in the top R.H. quadrant was an old public-house called The King's Arms.

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B Hallam

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In 1968 - when this photo is dated, I would have driven across this junction many times. Yet recognising has been difficult. The row of houses to the right are on Station Road. These - and the building with eight chimneys, to the lower-right of Wakefield Road, are the only reference points I can see on Google Earth's current view of this now massive interchange between the M62 and M621.

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Wendy Rushforth

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I thought the row of houses to the right were in Street Lane.

Date:
25-Apr-2010

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Palyniam

Comment:
Yes your right, Street Lane and the house has 5 chimneys

Date:
27-Aug-2011

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palyniam@gmail.co.uk

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B.Green

Comment:
My memory of Gildersome Cross Roads from the 1940 to leaving 1956 ;South from the cross roads [Wakefield Road]- on the right of the picture, the empty trianular space was a large detached house and shop once ocupied by a Mr.Clarkson. The shop was not in use in my memory. Behind that, to the right was a row of houses facing Wakefield Rd. 151/153/155/157/159 and Mis.Calvert's grocerie shop on the end facing across to the Kings Arms Public House.[at the top of Street Lane] Backing on to those houses[153/155] was a cottage once a small Inn, this faced onto the booking hall which straddled the entrance to the tunnel[which ran under the cross roads] at Gildersome Railway Station. Next down Wakefield Rd,[south] was an allotment plot belonging to a Mr.Hall who lived in a large detached house directly opposite on Wakefield Rd. Then is the building still standing, Croft House, once the residence of Morley Councelor George Rogerson and family. On the left of Waefield Rd,Was a small building at the corner of the cross roads,my memory of it is as the ARP meeting place during WW11.After that was Mr.Hall's house and standing well back a row of either 2 or 3 terrace type houses. Then there is what is still shown - the out buildings and large house and gardens of Plantation House owned by the Holliday faamily.[That now has gone] Fromwhat I can make out it loos as if the Kings Arms has gone and also the Fish & Chip shop and other small buildings on the corner of Bradford Rd[north]but possibly Burnley's farm is still there with the rhubarb sheds behind. Gelderd Rd [West towards Huddersfield] The Spread Eagle Inn sill there. but the detached house and then the Garage on the south side of Gelderd Rd.have gone.

Date:
05-Feb-2012

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Name:
Bob Hanson

Comment:
My grandfather, Rowland Hanson,used to own a garage/filling station near the Bradford exit of the roundabout now in place at this M62 junction. I saw at last in 1962 and cannot remember enough about it to identify it from this photograph. Does anyone have additional information?

Date:
23-Apr-2012

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
The railway-line emerging from beneath the crossroads in the bottom right-hand quadrant went through a large area of open land known to the company that owned it, as 'The Klondike'. This was the area where Robert Hudson (Raletrux) Ltd. stored their raw materials, and finished products. Goods trains could deliver to, and pick up from here. Traditionally, they produced rolling-stock, mine-wagons, and other items related to the railways, world wide. Have a look at their catalogue on 'the-w.w.w.', and you'll see what I mean. I worked there around 1963/1965, and by then they were having to diversify into 'road-related' products, as a result of the railway industry's decline. I joined the company to help maintain the new production and costing systems that had been installed by Industrial Consultants who had been brought in to help save the company by making it more efficient, during those challenging times. I say this as I recall a rather humorous conversation I had with 'Old Man Hudson' as we all called him (not to his face of course). We were discussing something or other, when he stopped and looked around at the walls, which were covered with pictures showing what would have amounted to miles and miles of the company's rail-wagons and tipper-trucks, world wide. He then turned back to me, and said in a sarcastically, but slightly humorous, tongue in cheek/nostalgic tone, something on the lines of:- Do you know? Back then, we were making millions (£'s) each year, and we didn't really know how we were doing it. Now we are losing thousands (£'s) each month, but we know where every penny is going. The company was having to diversify, and I have to say that there quite a few new good products and ideas. But the realisation was, that they were now very small fish in a very big pond. Their world-wide monopoly, along with The British Empire, had gone. The company carried on for several years, with the new products keeping it afloat, but eventually they had to 'downsize' and move to smaller premises in Holbeck. They finally went bankrupt in 1984. I have to say that I enjoyed my time there. It was what I call a 'hands on company' - - - everyone knew what they were doing, and what the company was about. They had an interest in producing - 'The Best'. It's a great shame that this country lost this, and thousands of other wonderful industries, to the greed of the 'Out-Sourcing Culture'.

Date:
27-Oct-2013

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