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Golden Acre Park, aerial view

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Golden Acre Park, aerial view
Description:
C mid 1930s. Aerial view of Golden Acre Park, taken in the mid 1930s shortly after it opened in March 1932. The boating lake is busy with many boats. A miniature railway runs around the edge of the lake and the Galleon Cafe can be seen. The Leeds - Otley Road heads from the direction of Otley, bottom left, towards Leeds. Towards the centre of the left edge there is Black Hill Well Farm, and beyond the trees belong to the Black Hill Plantation. Leeds City Council bought the site of Golden Acre Park in 1945.

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Peter Dyson

Comment:
The bus was no doubt one of those on the shuttle service from the tram terminus at Lawnswood. The attractions included a small zoo. There was also a monorail in one part of the park. An outing to Golden Acre was an expensive day out. The Park closed before the war, but the Blue Lagoon swimming pool and the Parkway Hotel remained.

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15-Feb-2010

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Ron Davies

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I remember often cycling to the Blue Lagoon from Becketts Park in the 1950s. The water was always freeeeezing and heavily chlorinated. The remains of the pool can still be made out amongst the undergrowth in the park.

Date:
28-Mar-2010

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Pat Burns

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I used to go to the blue lagoon in the early 60s with my mum and dad i think there used to be small cafe there as well, I would love to see the remains of the pool, is it in the gardens of what was the Parkway Hotel?

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04-Apr-2010

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jack mitchell

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I was up here a few months ago. Some of the spare ground to the right of the main road is now a car park,from which you enter the park via a short narrow tunnel, under the main road. 4-April-2010.

Date:
05-Apr-2010

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Ron Davies

Comment:
In response to Pat Burns queery,the remains of the Blue Lagoon can be seen from the footpath which circles the lake. All that remains is part of the boundary wall, inside which bricks and other building materials from the old site look to have been dumped inside what was the pool. Mother nature has reclaimed this area with a vengance, but amongst the undergrowth can be found a large water hydrant which supplied the pool. This can all be found between the Parkway Hotel grounds and the footpath.

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28-Apr-2010

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Pat Burns

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thanks Ron will have to have a look next time i am up that way, good memories!

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18-Sep-2010

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Paul Haywood

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There is a remarkable colour film taken in about 1938 on the Yorkshire Film Archive site, showing most of the attraction seen on the aerial photo, including (in the distance) the Parkway Hotel then yet to open. Most remarkable is the fact that the miniature railway engine seen in the film is now running on the North Bay Railway, Scarborough after service on five other railways between park closure in 1938 and 2006!

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27-Sep-2010

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Trevor Dixon

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This photograph is very similar to one on the newly released website containing the Aerofilms archived pictures (see: britainfromabove.org.uk).The date on this photo is 1933. This website is a valuable addition to anyone's library and makes a great companion to Leodis although doesn't have the same local appeal.

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27-Aug-2012

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Phil Harrison

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I have a picture of my mum at the Blue Lagoon taken in 1949. I've put a copy on the Leedsface Facebook page.

Date:
26-Jan-2013

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
There are nearly forty, what I assume to be rowing-boats on the lake here. A similar would have been been being played out on both the lakes at Roundhay Park. Why don't we have scenes like this today?

Date:
04-Aug-2013

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s johnson

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And to say 80 years have passed it hasn't change THAT much really. I've got some great memories of the place, wading to the islands during the summer months.

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15-Aug-2013

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Heather Fisher

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Correct me IF I am wrong - the Blue Lagoon was on the right hand side of the road going towards Otley (the Lawnswood Arms being on the left) the pool was roughly between the Lawnswood Arms & Parkway Hotel - as a youngster I spent many hours in the summer at the Blue Lagoon and indeed it was COLD but fun (we were tough back then) I go past this site often on my way to Otley hospital and I think the remains of the pool have been built over by small farm buildings (there is now a wooden gate at what was the entrance to the pool). As far as I recall the site of the old lagoon is not visable from the park as the Parkway Hotel is between Golden Acre & where the pool was located. To sum up when you sat on the side of the pool nearest to the cafe looking towards Otley you could see the Parkway Hotel about 100yds away on the same side of the road as the Blue Lagoon. It closed in approx 1965/66 give or take a year.

Date:
11-Jun-2014

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Ron Davies

Comment:
In response to Heather Fisher's comment. The blue lagoon swimming pool was exactly where I said it was in a previous comment. On Google if you type in Blue Lagoon Swimming Pool Leeds there are some very good past and present photos of the site.

Date:
13-Jun-2014

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S Johnson

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Easy way to fond the Blue Lagoon, or what's left of it. Go to the lake, find the 'hut' where the ducks are fed. Then directly in between the hut and the Parkway is what remains of the BL. Brickwork being most obvious, though you wouldn't know it unless you were looking for it.Pine tree's now grow on top of parts of it.The Lake changed shape during the war as it was presumes german bombers would use it as a landmark. +It is alot smaller today than on the photo.

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14-Aug-2014

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