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Cottingley, long-distance view from railway line

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Cottingley, long-distance view from railway line
c1970. Long-distance view looking towards Cottingley from the railway line beside the disused Beeston station. The tower blocks of Cottingley Heights and Cottingley Towers, reputedly the tallest flats in Leeds, stand out. They are surrounded by different stages of housing development: on the left the pre-fabs built in the late 1940s as a temporary solution to a housing shortage, and on the right Phase One of the new houses which would eventually replace them all. The whole development was built on the site of the old Cottingley Hall Estate following the demolition of Cottingley Hall Farm in 1947.

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Andrea Postle { Now Hargreaves}

How my heart aches to see this photo, the Cottingley prefab estate was such a happy place. I grew up there and return in my thoughts most days. To see the gaps where the prefabs were is so unkind. There was a real sense of community and most people helped each other. The children played together and we had true freedom, the poor kids today may have worldly possessions, but we had little except the freedom to expand, play and find out about life. The school was second to none, and the teachers were inspired. Happy, happy days, thank God I was lucky enough to be born there and grow there.




Christine Went

Andrea, you are right. What we had at Cottingley amazing. Demands for housing, I suppose, forced the authorities to intensify the building density when the prefabs were replaced. However, when they did that, they destroyed so much. The prefabs could have been brick-skinned and updated as has been done elsewhere, and they would have provided ideal starter or retirement homes. The school's extensive playing fields have been reduced and the place now is cramped and very, very sad compared with what I knew. We who lived there in the 1950s were so very, very fortunate.




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