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Undated. View of an unidentified man and two women posing for the camera outside what appears to be a stone-built two-story farmhouse with attached barn. They are wearing a late nineteenth/early twentieth century style of dress. It was originally described as Howley Hall Farm but this is not now thought to be the case. It is still very likely to be in the Morley area, however, as the image is part of the David Atkinson Archive. A hand-written message in ink at the top reads "to wish you a Merry Xmas". Image used courtesy of Peter Aldred. (Update: 22/5/2012. Many thanks for all the suggestions and comments as to the location - it does seem a possibility that the farm is the one described by Jason in his comment. This would have been Upper Rooms Farm and is shown in Leodis Image: ID 20051118_159951, another from the David Atkinson Archive but it's is hard to say from this view whether it's the same buildings or not.)

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Simon Harris

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Not sure about it but the writing on the top right almost clearly says: "I/We Wish You A Merry Xmas."

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yvonne smart

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I am sure that this cottage/barn was in Morley I remember seeing this old place on some visit or other with my father when I was a small child around 1959/60 and I think its now a residential estate called shire road. The writing on the top of the photo reads To wish you a merry Xmas.

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Graham A. Schofield

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I would think that Yvonne Smart will be right in her assumption. If this picture is from the David Atkinson Archive, there is almost a 99.999% certainty that the location here is somewhere in the Morley area.

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brian thomas

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Howley Hall Golf Club (Est 1900) has strong connections with this photo and the club website has some more info on this area.

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04-Apr-2010

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helensdad@mac.com

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B Blakeley

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Lol, I live at Howley Hall Farm, and that picture is not it. :O)

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11-Jul-2010

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julie moore

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to me this looks like the building next to the car park of howley hall golf club

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09-Sep-2010

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RoyBoy

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The writing clearly says "TO WISH YOU A MERRY XMAS"nothing more nothing less.

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11-Sep-2010

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Bert

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The woman on the right is dressed evocative of the 1850s/60s. and seems "on parade" with wrists and hands purposely showing. The strange man in the middle .. the same but relaxed, older and "in charge". The much younger (more modern) woman on the left does not want to be there (Hands behind her and a more modern hair-style) Some sort of tension (possibly unwelcome sexual?) there, I think. So, possibly a picture of husband, second wife and step-daughter? Who knows

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04-Dec-2010

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MICKE.BATES@GOOGLEMAIL.COM

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I HAVE A FEELING THIS IS EITHER ONE OF TWO BRUNTCLIFFE FARMS, IT MIGHT BE JOE CROWTHERS FARM WHICH STOOD IN FIELDS OPPOSITE WHAT IS NOW BRUNTCLIFFE SCHOOL I THINK IT WAS CALLED HOLLY GROVE FARM.THE OTHER POSSIBILITY WAS A FARM ON BRUNTCLIFFE ROAD OPPOSITE WHAT IS NOW GREENFIELD BACON, FORMERLY JS HARDYS SHODDY WORKS,IT WAS FARMED IN THE 50S BY TOM BROOK, RHUBARB GROWER,MY DAD WORKED THERE FOR A TIME.A FAMILY CALLED WAINRIGHT LIVED IN THE COTTAGE IN THE 50S.

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15-Jul-2011

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Jason

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I remember that building, I went in it as a kid to use the lav up stairs in 1977ish, this was after the farmer let us watch a lamb being born in the barn to the right. I remember it distinctly as the place frightened me and a friend at the time. As inside the house it was dark dank and very mucky with a creepy feel to it and a Stags head nailed to the wall at the top of the stairs. You tend to remember these things at 7 years of age. Anyway I'm babbling on here. The building was situated at the top of rooms lane near the M621, roughly somewhere between where Ibbetson croft and Chestnut gardens is today.

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14-Mar-2012

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Graham A. Schofield

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Jason's information as to the location of this farm does allow us to see that on the old Tithes Maps, and the 1890 and 1910 O.S. Maps, buildings do appear on Rooms Lane, in the area he describes. Unfortunately there is no mention of a name, apart from one which is set nearby - "Upper Rooms". I think that the name may be describing that particular area. Even so, perhaps the farm took that particular name. Jason has given us some concrete information. Does anyone have anything further to add?

Date:
05-May-2012

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Regarding the scattered references in the comments to Howley Hall Farm. A quick look at picture 2007116_165190 confirms that the farm-house shown here is in no way whatsoever similar to that at Howley Hall Farm.

Date:
01-Jun-2012

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Brian

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The person to give an answer as to Rooms Farm would be Joe Tetley who lived there with his parents , walking up Rooms Lane you only saw the back of the farm buildings , not sure of anything else between Rooms Farm and Japa Mill and dam .

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23-Jun-2012

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mike shaw

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The house in the photograph is not like the one shown to me by my grandmother and her sister,1n the 1940's, both were born at Howley Hall Farm in the 1870s, Their father was a tenant farmer there for quite a number of years, and was reputed to have brought the first binder into the district a McCormackDeering in 1875.

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09-Oct-2012

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Terrance Watson.

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I seem to remember a farm very much like this, standing in the grounds of what is now Howley Park estate. Thear of the farm looked over towards the quarry (used to be Pawsons). There again I could be wrong, AGAIN.

Date:
16-May-2014

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TellWatson@talktalk.net

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