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Knostrop Sewage Works, Knowsthorpe Lane

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Knostrop Sewage Works, Knowsthorpe Lane
Undated. View of the office belonging to Knostrop Sewage Works, a brick building with arched windows. A sign above the doorway reads 'Sewage Works Office Entrance'. Leeds Corporation opened Knostrop Sewage Works in Knowsthorpe Lane in 1848, and over the years it has undergone various programmes of modernisation. Between the years of 1898 and 1906 Knostrop Sewage Works was the focus of research into the process and disposal of sewage. The site benefitted from being surrounded by standard gauge railways. This enabled sidings to be constructed to the Great Northern and Waterloo Main branch lines for the transportation of sewage sludge etc., but by 1908 the sewage works had its own narrow gauge railway.

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Michael Missett

This was were I started work in 1964. I was there for nearly five years. The houses on the right were lived in when I first started but were soon left unoccupied




John Bean

This office block hasn't changed much at all, I worked as Plant manager for a section of Yorks Water, called White Rose Environmental, who's plant collected and destroyed around 300+ tonnes of hospital waste per week all year round, built around 1992-95. It was the largest Clinical Waste Incinerator in Europe, it's existence known by very few, due to where it was constructed about 200yds behind & left of the building in view. It was designed and constructed by Evans Universal, I was their Engineering Project Manager to construct the plant. At that time they were part of the Evans Construction Group who built The White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds. A few of their major projects had the 'White Rose' tag. A company proud of their Yorkshire origins. These were the offices of some senior YW staff and still stands to-day. The houses to the right Knowsthorpe Terrace, are gone, as too the building just in view behind the office block. A number of the buildings on this site are 'listed' and so still stand from the 20's-30's.This office block may well be one of them. I passed this building every working day from 1992 to 2008.




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