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Cottingley Hall Estate, plans


Cottingley Hall Estate, plans
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15th July 1950. View shows the temporary accommodation layout for Cottingley Hall Estate.

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Name:
brian thomas

Comment:
We lived at 48 Dulverton Road on this prefab estate.we moved in, in 1948 and I think my Dad told me the rent was 8/6d per week.These Prefabs were real detached bungalow style houses.With real luxeries like a bath and a toilet and ducted heating.A built in 'Frig and washer.Plus a really genorous Garden. A massive upgrade from the brick terrace in Holbeck where we moved from.

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Janet

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we lived at 7 dulverton green, then moved to no 12 when the occupants of no 12 moved out, we thought we were moving up in the world as the house looked over churwell. all have big gardens and were well looked after. all mod cons etc.. except for the windows we had to put folded newspaper on the window bottoms to stop the wet running down the walls....happy days

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

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We lived at no 71 Dulverton Green from 1952 to 1958. I don't know about ducted heating - our prefab didn't have that, but for their time they were fantastic little houses. My mother always thought it was the best place she ever lived. It was a very real community too with almost all the children up to the age of 11 attending the school. Remember Mrs Hughes, Mr Turner, Mr Roe, Mr Jessop, Miss Burgin, Miss Savage, Miss Wharfe? That school gave so many kids a really solid foundation for life.

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Jack Cooper

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We lived at number 6 Dulverton Nook. We were one of the first families to live on the Estate in 1950 I was hthen aged 6 It was a square of 6 houses with a green in the middle for us kids to play various games and of special memory is bonfire night when all the neighbours joined in. We had a distant view up the hill to the main railway line and behind it Beeston School ( of not many happy memories) and on a recent nostalgic tour I was delighted to see it has been demolished ( when- any answers?). Also atttended Cottingley primary school which I think is still there. Head teacher was a Miss Hughes ?. How well I remember going round the estate on my bicycle. Sadly in later years and married I had to intervene with the Housing Depertment on my parents behalf ( both now deceased) as the prefab was in a very bad state and the garden ( once Dads pride and joy) overgrown. it was in its own isolation- the other prefabs in the Nook demolished with burlars and vandals rampant. They eventally moved to the Cookridge area in early 70,s.

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Penny Corner, nee Holmes

Comment:
I lived at 36 cottingley Drive, right by the bus stop - I whiled away many happy hours climbing that! We moved in about 1948 or 49 when I was 5 and as has been said previously, the prefabs were luxury after back to backs with outside, shared toilets. The ducted heating came from the closed in fire (very modern at that time) but most families eventually filled in the ducts which were in the ceilings as they blew out such dirty air. I can remember how frustrated my dad got when he tried to paper the room with mums choice of paper - striped, and discovered that the aluminium lats spaced around the walls weren't parallel. Cottingley school did seem a very happy place, I enjoyed my time there.

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Carol Lee

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We were at number 4 Dulverton Bank. I also remember the huge garden and the many places to play. We stayed there until my parents emigrated to Canada in 1952. I loved Cottingley School and still remember some of the kids who were my friends. My mum used to take me to Duffy's greengrocer's store in Churwell and we kept in touch with the family for years after we left England.

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Andrea Underwood

Comment:
I lived at 50 Dulverton Road. My parents Jack and Betty moved to Churwell in 1960. I remember the family at 48 Dulverton Road with a son called Howard.

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Name:
Andrea

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Andrea Underwood, we lived at number 50 Dulverton Rd before moving to Churwell in about 1960. I remember the Thomas family.

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Andrea Postle

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Yes, it was a good place to live. We lived at 44 Cottingley Crescent, from about 1948 to 1958. The prefabs had everything, apart from good insulation, I remember my mother making material'sausages' to put on the window bottoms to stop the water dripping down. Good gardens and good neighbours, good old days.

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Julie Draper

Comment:
We lived at 11 Cottingley Approach, about 1960 when I was a baby, unfortunately ours wasn't in a very good place, as the underground stream ran directly beneath our prefab, causing damp all the year round, apart from that we had many good times. Our immediate neighbours were a lovely family, Mr & Mrs Bateson & their 2 daughters, & at the other side of us was an old couple, Mr & Mrs Smith with their disabled son Harry. We moved out in 1968, when we moved to a brand new council house on Heath Croft Vale at the back of the dog track. I remember that Mr Tempest was the headteacher when I went to Cottingley School, I also remember Mr Roe who taught in the juniors, & miss Ball in the infants. I loved my time there, I missed all my friends when I had to move to Beeston School.

Date:
11-Jan-2009

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Peter Moore

Comment:
I well remember as a schoolboy in the 1940's sitting in the field on Crow Nest Lane overlooking Cottingley and watching these properties being erected, everything just slotted in like a jigsaw. They didn't take long to erect as I remember.

Date:
18-Apr-2009

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Name:
diane tallant

Comment:
my family lived at 3 cottingley nook,dad walter mum audrey sister pauline. the nook was a square of 6 houses i can remeber all their names. my sister and i went to cottingley school i'd love to go round it again might make enquiries.do you remeber the parade of shops(my dad and i used to deliver papers for jackie parker)we also used to go to sunday school in the church hall.my childhood was extremely happy we used to go chumping in the summer holidays down as far as the farm (no fear then) it was a large communal bonfire always in our garden with neighbours contributing with the food the gardens were big and my dad always reckoned our garden was part of the field HAPPY,HAPPY,HAPPY,Days.

Date:
15-Jul-2009

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Name:
Michael Aspinall

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I lived at 24 Cottingley Walk, from 1948 to 1967. I also attend the Cottingley school along with my younger brother Paul and sister Anne. The first teacher I had was a Miss Aspinall and I remember Mr Jessop who tried to teach us how to play rugby. I to have fond memories of a childhood free to play and ride bike all round the estate. Playing games like kickout can, bedy, cricket using the lamp post as wickets and sledging in winter. The boys would organise game of football against the boys from the other side of the railway line at Churwell hill. The game would be play on the ground next to the cemetery and opposite the Dry Salter’s pub. Who can remember the Co-op milk been delivered by horse and cart and the horses name was Jill. Some of the neighbour, next door where, Wendy Moss, opposite Clive and Allen Benbrook, two door up from them was Gillian Dawson and at the end of the street probably number 2 was Roy Taylor whose father had a coal delivery business. A great community where families would look out for each other.

Date:
10-Sep-2009

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brian laycock

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I lived at 61 Dulverton Crescent with my parents and late brother Peter, great days.

Date:
10-Oct-2009

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aldine.laycock@googlemail.com

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Edward Armitage

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I lived at 65 Dulverton Crescent,the prefab next to the "old Ironie" railway bridge over the raiway line that ran to AND from Farnley sheds.I remember Peter AND his brother Brian Laycock along with all the other lads from Dulverton Cresent,Chris and Dave Mcmillan and all the rest that used to play football and cricket ,till the Sun went down.I lived there from 1957-1965,happy days.Also all the other lads from different parts of the estate,Mick and Billy Hobson,Ken and Raymond Saperia,Laurence Baker,Gordon Revill and some of the lads I went to school with including Paul Aspinall,Harry Hutchinson and the rest

Date:
19-Oct-2009

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Name:
Mick Agar

Comment:
When Leeds City Police changed from Noddy bikes to panda cars in 1968, I covered 69 an 70 beats which were part of Beeston plus Cottingley so I've been in plenty of these houses. By then, parts of the estate had been demolished and soon afterwards the tower blocks were built, followed by more redevelopment (some of that already demolished.) I've never met anybody then or since who was unhappy living in those prefabs, and the comments of former residents seem to confirm that. It's amazing that given such an example of what people like - a detached house with some space and neighbours in a community - the authorities seem so often to have provided what they don't want.

Date:
20-Oct-2009

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Name:
Valerie Moran nee Hill

Comment:
We lived at 43 Dulverton Crescent from about 1948 until the mid-50s. I went to Beeston CP school first, walking up the hill through the field with the older kids, then to Cottingley when it opened, complete with the evening library. I remember going to dancing lessons in a hall near the shops. Opposite us lived the Collins family - Mum Ruth, I think and son Peter my age. Next door lived two boys, Gilbert and Geoffrey. The estate was full of children. Dulverton Crescent widened out into a sort of circle just outside no 43 where we played cricket etc, and whatever was "in season" - taws, whip and top. Next to our house was a ginnel that led down to the beck, just where it entered a tunnel to go under the railway which passed immediately behind the house. From time to time the railway embankment would be set on fire by sparks from the steam trains. We were allowed such freedom - playing in the beck catching tiddlers and sticklebacks, and going through the tunnel(very daring) - I seem to remember you came out into rhubarb fields at the other side of the railway. As well as the parade of shops on the estate, I also remember a small old-fashioned grocers near where you caught the bus to either go down into Leeds or up Cherwell Hill. And of course the milk being delivered and poured into your own jug by the chap with the horse and cart. I'm not surprised that people did not want to leave the old prefabs - my mother always said it was like paradise after the old back-to-backs, sharing with parents etc. She didn't even mind the condensation too much! Were the gardens as big as I remember? Dad told me that in those days you could get plants either free or very cheaply from the Corporation, both flowers and veg - can't imagine such a thing nowadays!

Date:
31-Dec-2009

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Name:
carol simpson

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I was just remembering Cottingley and in particular a gathering called Sunshine Corner which was run by a Mr Coombes and came across all the comments on life on the Cottingley Estate. I lived with my parents and sister, Janet(Boyes), from about 1948 to 1959 at 30 Cottingley Approach. We too had very happy times there with the community all helping each other and joining in with every activity that was ever organised. Our schooldays were also very very happy and of course I remember Mrs Hughes and all the staff at that time. To the person who mentioned Wendy Moss, I was actually in her class at school with Gillian Dawson. Oh happy days! Anyway, does anyone else remember "sunshine corner" run by a Mr Coombes?

Date:
24-Jan-2010

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Andrea Postle { Now Hargreaves}

Comment:
Hi Carol, Yes, I remember Mr. Coombes and Sunshine Corner, it used to be every Tuesday in the hut opposite the school. I was not allowed to go, as he gave away sweets and my mother said he was 'buying friendship' !! you do not hear that sort of remark these days. Anyway I did not go but I used to go and listen to the other children singing, nothing wrong with a sweet or two. Yes, lovely days, it would seem that the majority of people writing on this site think so too. Best wishes Andrea

Date:
28-Jan-2010

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Christine Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Yes, I remember Mr Coombes' Sunshine Corner, held in the tin hut at the top of Cottingley Drive. Whether it was the attraction of the sweets or not, I don't know, but it was popular, though I recall that we seemed to rotate around the various Sunday schools - the C of E one, and the one on Gelderd Road. I was also in Carol Boyes' class. Carol, I have a class photo from 1958 in which you are standing next to me!

Date:
01-Feb-2010

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Barbara Baldwin Nee Belton

Comment:
Yes, Michael and Andrea, I have many happy memories of Cottingley. I lived above Cottingley Walk and the Cresent (1952-3 to1967) at 15, Cottingley Gardens, right next to the three big trees which I understand were in the grounds of Cottingley Hall.Sledging down that hill, past the Walk down onto the Cresent was scary especially if like many of the kids you didn't have a sledge and had to make do with a large piece of opened up cardboard box or an old tin kitchen tray you aquired!!I have a photo taken from inside our garden looking down to the Walk.I will be including this and some more on the site.I too went to Cottingley School when Ms. Hughes was head and will also add a class photo taken in the hall from about 1953 ish.I remember Stan Stan the Milky Man and his horse Jill delivering the milk. Does any one remember Stan trimming Jill with ribbonds, flowers and plaiting her tail and donning her shiny horse brasses for her to pull the trimmed up milk float round the estate ending up at Cottingley Gala which took place on the ground next to cemetry? Boat swings, rides and stalls, a great day out.Andrea the material sausages I well remember and scraping jack frost patterns off the inside of the windows on an icy winter morning.Reckon we were tough then. I agree HAPPY HAPPY DAYS.

Date:
14-Feb-2010

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kenneth@baldwin1559.freeserve.co.uk

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Andrea Postle { Now Hargreaves}

Comment:
Lovely to hear from you Barbara, I was looking at Leodis the other day and saw another comment from you, then promptly lost the page! so I am delighted to see that you have added a comment to this photo. Thank God for Leodis, it has been like going back 50 years, Chris Went and I have met up and visited the school together. Now to look at your comment. I can remember stopping off from school one day to go with you to see some kittens you had in the kitchen, thus breaking the strict rule of 'straight home', I got a right sherricking from my mum. I do remember Stan 'dressing' Jill for Gala day, she always looked beautiful on the day. I did have a sledge, but we kept it in the coal house and year to year the runners got rusty, so by the time the snow came it took a day or two to get it going again. Boy were we hardy! these days I moan if the heating is not on when I get up, what a wimp, getting from bed and jumping over the lino onto mats would have kept us fit without the walking everywhere. They were happy days, with a type of naivety not found these days, even our parents could be child-like and who can blame them after six years of war. Please add your photos, I always loved the three trees, I hope they are still there, Chris and I had only a limited time to look around the new estate, but the visit to the school was magical and the years melted away. Please feel free to email me if you would like and we could catch up on 50+ years.

Date:
15-Feb-2010

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jackandy@talktalk.net

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Name:
carol simpson (nee boyes)

Comment:
How absolutely wonderful to be reminded of so many familiar names from such a happy time. To Christine Rhodes I know exactly the photograph you mention. Barbara Belton and the Aspinalls are also very familiar names to me. but I could go on forever recalling the unforgetable times at Cottingley!

Date:
26-Feb-2010

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casimpson@live.co.uk

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Name:
Stephen Carter

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I was born in March 1956 at 66 Dulverton Road I had two older brothers Jeff and Roger and we all attended Cottingley School My parents were called Fredrick Ernist ans Nora We remained there until August 1966 and then move onto the new Beeston Park Estate. Anybody that remembers us please feel free to get in touch

Date:
01-May-2010

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mr.s.carter@hotmail.com

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Diane Tallant- 3 Cottingley Nook

Comment:
just reading through again, some of the names i recall especially stephen carter his mum was a very popular childminder.Does anyone remeber Mr Burns from cottingley school also Mr Roe.I started school in 1957 and was in Miss Pearsons class what a lovely teacher she was, also moved up to Miss LeGaurds class next door to toilets and cloakrooms. Do you also remember the parade of shops greengrocers,grocers,fish shop,butchers(Fred)that shop that sold all sorts and Jackie Parkers newsagents as i said before i used to deliver sunday papers with my dad Walter. I can picture the estate in my minds eye and bring to mind loads of wonderful people and neighbours.I dont seem to have any luck arranging a visit to the school but i'll keep trying. To anyone who remembers my name and family HELLO to you.

Date:
05-May-2010

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diane_tallant@hotmail.com

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Name:
june bedford(simmons)

Comment:
We lived at 44 dulverton road what a fantastic place and great prefabs had the time of my life there, dad eric mam nora sister irene,all the mod cons while people still had outside loos we didnt very lucky,now on wesley street since 1968.

Date:
07-Jun-2010

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june.bedford@sky.com

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Tony Pickersgill

Comment:
I lived at 107 Dulverton Crescent with my brother David and sister Lynda. It's fascinating to read all these comments regards the teachers at Cottingley school, Jackie Parker's shop. We had great times at Cottingley, there were such wide open spaces. It was a great place to grow up.

Date:
18-Oct-2010

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tpick@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Glenn Mckay

Comment:
We moved when i was 6 i think 1967, not to the prefabs but to Old close in between the railway viaduct and the prefabs, i went to Cottingley Primary school, so i used to walk to & from school each day through the prefab roads, i used to go to the old row of shop, Jackie parkers post office, i was in Miss Ball's class Mr Roe's, there was a Miss Street a Miss Codling & Mr Tempest was the headmaster, we used to play near the old prefabricated church at the top of the row of shops, happy happy times.

Date:
19-Nov-2010

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glenn.mckay61@googlemail.com

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Name:
jeremy sharman

Comment:
the fish and chip shop at cottingley was ownned by a mr and mrs Moore i used to go out with their daughter sheila about the 60"s but i dont think the dad liked me! I used to go to the school walking from my house at heath estate elland road. all my friends lived on the estate in frefabs ie eric wilkinson malcolm black sheila moore trying desperatly to remmember more names sorry old friends. one of the teachers i was fond of was a lady that didi a spell of work experiance in south africa and we used to go up above the main hall (attic )to see slides of table mountain ect ect another teacher was heavily involved with hunslet rugby club we spent alot of time cleaning the silver wear and been given old cast off"s rugby socks we looked great on the school fields at sport cannot remmember his name but he was a lifelong member of hunslet rugby club.allways had fond memories of cottingley school unlike going to mathew murray or to us "mathew muck " ah primary school!!

Date:
09-Feb-2011

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jeremy.sharman177@btinternet.com

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Rick Barker

Comment:
I note a few people remember Mr Coombes and Sunshine Corner with particular fondness. If you’re interested you can view a picture of the old “Cottingley Free Church” as it was officially known at: http://www.cecleeds.co.uk/index. aboutus&act=aboutus&abid=2 I suspect Mr Coombes now has his own corner of sunshine in the sky and hopefully it’s much better fitted out than the old black hut he used to lure us gullible youngsters into with the promise of boiled sweets so many years ago. Reading through the names above I was quite surprised to see how many I remember either well, or am vaguely familiar with after so many years, and with whom I shared such similar memories with. This has prompted me to have a quick nostalgia fix and fill in a few gaps respecting the baby booming occupants at the upper end of Dulverton Green where we lived at number 52. I lived with my parents, Fred and Eileen Barker, brother’s Tony and Chris and late sister Moya at 52 Dulverton Green. We were in residence from around 1948 to 1965, before the fast encroaching bulldozers forced us to ship out to York Road. In the immediate vicinity in Dulverton Green were Norma and Ann Wright (at 54), Harry, David and Colin Chester (at 56) and Eric Wilkinson (46). On the other side of the street were Tommy, David and Susan Williamson, David Tomlinson, Jimmy and George Hemsley, Peter and Brian Stafford and I think Christine Rhodes lived somewhere among these, according to my Mother, who has a better memory than me at 92. Close by on Dulverton Road were the Carters , Sapeiros, Donahues, Townshends and Rogers. Well that’s enough to be going on with. Quite a feat of memory considering I couldn’t tell you the name of my present next door neighbour or what I was doing this time yesterday. I note that in one of the notes above, Michael Aspinall referred to the games of “Bedy” and “Kick out Can”, terms I haven’t heard for donkey’s years. Marvelous games, which always seamed to be played on cold foggy nights in Winter. Ideal conditions for hiding behind the privet hedges everyone had I suppose. We used to add a bit of spice to the proceedings by playing Bedy in the school grounds and on the school roof providing the caretaker wasn’t around. All the same a rather violent game Bedy, as I recall. I believe the rules were loosely based on the terms of engagement for Allied Forces in Western Europe, no doubt introduced by the many demobbed servicemen on the estate. That was another remarkable thing about Cottingley, you couldn’t get away with too much as just about every adult knew who you were, and you didn’t give no lip to blokes who’d just returned from playing Bedy with the Third Reich. Mind you we used to get away with whatever we could. I remember many late night sorties for plums and apples to the mysterious old house between Cottingley Mount and Gelderd Road (never did know who lived there?). Plus seasonal raids on neighbouring bonfires to steal “chumps”. Pretty innocuous by today’s standards of course but pretty risqué stuff in those days. Talking of bonfires, we had one in the middle of the road one year and the heat caused the concrete to explode. A large hole in the road was revealed the next day when the ashes were cleared. Luckily nobody was too concerned as no one in the street had a car. Mind you I don’t think Leeds City Council were best pleased, and the milkman had some difficulty avoiding the crater ever afterwards and shattered more than one bottle of gold top in the process. Ah well that’s enough reminiscing for one day, best wishes to all you ex prefab dwellers.

Date:
04-Mar-2011

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Name:
Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
After reading the latest comment on this page I have to ask, what is Bedy? Perhaps the girls did not play this game as a few of them did not cross over the genders. I would be very happy if someone could take the time to describe this game.

Date:
07-Mar-2011

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jackandy@talktalk.net

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Christine Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
How I enjoyed reading Rick Barker's comments! Yes, Rick, I did live opposite, at 72 Dulverton Green, between the Tomlinsons and the Williamsons. I remember you, Tony and Moya very well, and recall all the excitement the day Christopher was born. We had more than one bonfire in the street, but the one which cracked the road was something else! Mr and Mrs Wright feared for their privet hedge too. I have a photograph of you, Rick, with David Williamson and David Tomlinson, and one group which includes Moya. If you email me I would be very happy to forward copies to you. They bring back such happy memories of all the games we played in the street, across the back gardens, and down in the field - complicated imagination games which kept us occupied for days on end during the summer holidays. You're right, though, we couldn't get away with very much in those days when everyone knew everyone else, but the fact that there was such a sense of community meant that we felt safe. The game of Bedy was often mentioned by my mother as one played when she was a child in Holbeck so maybe the rules actually originate in the first world war. As for the mysterious old house, I have been trying to discover more about that only this week but so far without success.

Date:
08-Mar-2011

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Christine Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
A typo in my last comment - I lived at 71 Dulverton Green, not 72! Mention of playground games reminded me of others such as hot rice, definitely a boys' game. Does anyone remember how, at playtime, if you wanted to get a game going, you walked around shouting "All join on for playing at....." until you had collected enough people. As often as not, playtime was over before you did. I think, amongst the girls at least, one of the all-time favourite playtime occupations was playing on the bars, particularly the ones at the bottom of the playground. They were intended to stop vehicles from entering the playground but they were the perfect height for acrobatics. Groups of girls used to rush out to bag bars and take turns hanging upside down by their knees or twirling over. I remember it was banned from time to time, but never terribly seriously. The acrobatics always started up again. I don't remember any accidents, though it would be considered very dangerous these days.

Date:
15-Mar-2011

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madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Billy Hobson

Comment:
i lived at 27 Dulverton Road I think Andrea underwood lived over the road. i have 2 brothers Mick and Gary and a sister Pam. i remember playing football at the iron bridge, the penny tray at Jack Parkers shop. lots of fond memories.

Date:
15-Mar-2011

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Wow! All these comments bring back so many memories. I lived at 66 Dulverton Road, along with Mum and Dad, my brothers Roger and Steve and my sister, Sharon. The great thing we had going then - and which, I fear, can never be re-created - was the community spirit. Everybody knew everybody else and there were lots of kids of around the same age growing up together. What an atmosphere! People will look at the prefabs and think that we lived in squaller but that was far from the case. We loved them. Yes, they were cold in winter and, ok, they overheated in summer. But so what? Good to see so many names on here that I remember so well. And particularly good to hear from Rick Barker, with whom I spent many happy hours! I won't tell if you won't, Rick! :)

Date:
21-Jun-2011

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Interesting also to see all the references to David Coombes and his Sunday School and Sunshine Corner. I seem to remember that during the summer, if the weather was good, Sunshine Corners were held 'al fresco' in the field near Kay's Farm...that's how Roger and I became involved. We were hiding behind something or other when he spotted us and asked us to come and join in. The 'Penny Arrows' swung the deal for us! As for the Sunday School, there was always a good turnout. However, as a result of his sermons, I (along with most other kids there) became convinced that I was condemned to eternal damnation. Why that should have been, I'm not sure because - again, like most others - we attended no fewer than TWO Sunday Schools: the C of E version in the church hall in the morning and the Free Church in the afternoon. I swear we all had halos! Speaking of the C of E sunday school, does anyone remember the annual Whit Tuesday trip to Bridlington? This was in many ways the event of the year. The closed Beeston station was opened for that one day and a huge train pulled by two B1 steam locos took kids from churches all over the area. And do you remember the little white cardboard discs we had to wear as tickets and ID? And the tea in a church hall that included a really sickly trifle? Those days went a long way to kindle my interest in railways...and now I drive the damn things past the site of the old Beeston station! And the church youth club run by David Crowther. Ah, the mugs of Oxo and the scratched 78s...we knew how to let our hair down! And you must also remember the Pantomime we did under the production of Jack Godman, who had previously made a number of Scout "Gang Shows". "Babes In The Wood" ran for a week or so at Barkley Road Church Hall before touring Holbeck and Roundhay. I remember auditioning for it and, after hearing me sing a solo, it was decided that I would be the man who opened and closed the curtains...a pointer to the way my life was to later unfold! Then there was the Cubs and Scouts - 30th South West Leeds. The Cubs was run by Mr Kelsey ("Balloo") and Mrs Lague ("Akela")...the scouts were in teh charge of our local postman, Mr Stonehouse ("Skip"). But now I'm rambling so I apologise for that. But, to be honest, I could ramble for much longer...and I may well do at some point in the future...be warned and watch out for me at the reunion!!!

Date:
05-Jul-2011

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jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

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Yes, I remember the Sunday School trips to Bridlington - well, one at any rate. It was so exciting to be going from Beeston Station which,in those days, always looked as if it ought to be open. I don't remember the trifle though, but I do remember Mrs Lague - I was in the same class as her son John.

Date:
10-Jul-2011

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madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Angela thornton

Comment:
I have just been reading all your lovely comment about living in the prefabs in cottingley . We moved on to the estate in the 70s not the prefabs but the newly built houses .the prefabs where still up but people were slowly moving out the estate was still as you all describe it very friendly and everyone looked out for everyone else I had a very happy childhood . I still live on the estate but am very sad to say it is no longer like that a lot of the people I grew up with have moved on even my own family it is now what you would call a typical council estate a dump I am very sad to say. But my childhood on the estate was very very happy

Date:
17-Jul-2011

Email:
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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
And thanks to Rick for his comment about pinching other kids' 'Chumps' around bonfire night....I always wondered who it was!! And I thought about you, Rick, when an advert came on TV the other night. The voiceover went: "Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?" Yes I have! It involved a wooden 'bogie' that travelled at great speed down Cottingley Mount....bring your cheque book to the reunion!

Date:
27-Jul-2011

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the 'reunion' at the Drysalters from lunchtime on Friday 2nd September. Special guest will be Harry Jepson - who I'm sure you will remember! 91 years young and still as active as ever!

Date:
28-Aug-2011

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
steve rollinson

Comment:
Just got back from the reunion today - great to see old friends again, and what about Mr Jepson!! Grand old lad. Further info on tenants on Cottingley Mount, we lived at 54, Charlie and Nellie Gough (son Tony) at 52, Eileen Barden at 50, Peter and Andrew Domenech next door then Harry Hutchinson and his brother. On the other side opposite us were Ken and Geoff Varley (whose Dad Jack used to cram 5 or 6 of us kids into his motorbike and sidecar for a day out (what would HSE make of that these days?)!, Gordon Waugh (retired Police Sergeant in Glasgow now), also on the Mount were the Paul Coates and brother, Ken and Barry Sinclair, also Roger and Sonia Walton.

Date:
02-Sep-2011

Email:
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Name:
Brian

Comment:
A couple of Extracts from Cottingley News Oct 1955 Price 2d A few facts about the Gala The Treasure Hunt The nearest flag to the buried treasure belonged to Michael Dunwell . Fancy Dress A topical note on present day labour problems plus a skilfully executed replica of a giant matchbox won First Prize or Christine Barraclough , Second was Susan Barnes as a zebra crossing , Trevor Davies as a Red Indian (perhaps the last of the Mohicans ) was a virile Third . Cottingley Scout Group The cub meetings have begun again after the holidays and are going well . Congratulations to Howard Thomas and Edward Wilson for passing their second star . The pack took part in the recent district swimming gala and were placed third . Peter Webster was first in the one breadth freestyle event and howard thomas gaining Third in the neat diving award . The Scouts had an entry inn each event and although no First Prizes were gained the pack put up a creditable performance . During the past month David Webster and Dennis Roberts gained the backwoodsmans badge . This included making a shelter of natural material tree, brambles etc and sleeping for one night . A further test was the cooking of a pigeon over an open fire outdoors with no utensils . Jack Palfreyman has also gained his second class badge and Graham Kelsey and Kenneth Paley were invested at a short ceremony . Dont Forget The Hedge Trimmer ( Electric ) is areal boon to gardeners and the association have one on hire to members for 1/- per hour . it is available at 36 Cottingley Mount . Lawn Mowrers too are on hire to members at 6d per hour and are obtainable at 8 Dulverton Walk & 56 Dulverton Green News was scarce in October 1955 apart from the demise of Grace Archer nothing has shattered the peace of the estate but ; We hear the ladies of Cottingley Mount are deserting their husbands on Saturday 31st September for a trip to Blackpool . The men are retaliating with a trip to Huddersfield the following week . Why Huddersfield? Next month a report on the Olivet Church Sunday School outing to !!!!Batley Park

Date:
06-Sep-2011

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Great stuff, Brian! I loved the quote "This included making a shelter of natural material...tree, brambles etc, and sleeping for one night. A further test was the cooking of a pigeon over an open fire outdoors with no utensils...". Just imagine what the reaction would be if someone suggested that these days! The place would be crawling with social workers and people in high visibility jackets, jumping up and down quoting Health & Safety laws. Happy days!

Date:
18-Sep-2011

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Wendy Collins (nee Hirst)

Comment:
All these comments about living on the Cottingley Estate bring back many happy memories. I moved to the estate with my mother, father and sister (Fred, Dorothy and Maureen) when I was about fourteen. We lived at 15 Dulverton Walk. As we lived in Beeston Royds prior to moving to the estate, we were allowed to join in all the activities on the estate - Girl Guides, Dance classes, and of course the Annual Gala. I was fortunate to win the fancy dress competition as Gorgeous Gussie one year, it was same year she had shocked Wimbledon by showing her lace-trimmed knickers! Someone mentioned the Olivet free chapel; all the children from Beeston Royds went there en masse. The Reverend Thirkell (or Thirtle) conducted the services. His daughters, Margaret and Kathleen, would give lessons to the younger children. Kathleen was a nurse at St James's Hospital and I think later moved to St.Thomas's in London. A young lady called Peggy Graham played the organ. They all lived in Highfield House which was divided into separate apartments (this was the 'mysterious' house referred to by Rick Barker). Ironically, Kathleen nursed me when I was in hopital with an appendicitis and many years later I lived in Gildersome a few doors away from Peggy who lived at Highfield Close. Showing my age, I remember Mr Thirkell putting on Magic Lantern shows and at Harvest Festival riding on a decorated lorry around the area as well as the excitement of Whitsuntide having new clothes to wear on Whit Sunday. The sense of community on Cottingley was second-to-none.

Date:
25-Sep-2011

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Sandra Ford (now Hunter)

Comment:
My sister Ann told me about this site. Her memories are great but mine are a bit vague. Remeber Janet & Carol Boyes who lived just round the corner from our prefab (2 Cottingley Place). Rember some of the teachers at Cottingley School - Miss Moss who wore very full colourful skirts, Mr Jepson and Mr Roe. My mum (Nellie) worked in the school kitchen and dinners were great. The bonfire nights were great and have spent many happy hours chumping with a hacksaw blade! We made dens in the grounds of Ingles Mill I think. My dad grew chrysanthemums in the large garden and I used to help him bundle them up for selling at his work - happy days! I left Cottingley when I was 9 or 10 to live at Heath Mount opposite Elland Road football ground but my Mum didn't settle, was it because it was so different to Cottingley I wonder????

Date:
05-Oct-2011

Email:
Sandraandrichard@aol.com

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Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
Just looking again at the map of Cottingley Estate. Lived there in the late forties up until late fifties. Christmas . . . Do you all remember taking various items for the school Christmas party. We had it in the afternoon and the excitement building up was palpable. Each child wore a hat, I can remember making them. The school was dressed for the season, we had spent ages making chains and the all so important cards for our parents, I still have one or two of mine, the results of being an only child and having an organised mother!! Then the day after we used to eat up the remains of sandwiches and cakes and have them with our morning milk. I think that was as good as the party, just seeing what was left. As excitement mounted we broke up from school and I can remember the estate with all its trees lit up and going carol singing on Christmas Eve, if you went before you were not welcomed! Happy, simple times, not much in the way of presents, but every thing was just perfect. I wish they would bottle the essence of yesteryear, I would buy it in crates. Happy Christmas all Leodis readers and contributors and thank you all for being part of my childhood memories xx

Date:
10-Dec-2011

Email:
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Name:
steve parsons

Comment:
we lived in Cottingley from 1948 to 1957. welived at 63 dulverton cres.[next door to Brian Laycock].As kid I remember we had a great time,..happy days

Date:
21-Dec-2011

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Andrea, I can vividly remember one particular Christmas party at school. I had not been feeling well - early Man Flu, I think - but I did not want to miss the party so I went to school rather than take the day off. I can remember standing in morning assembly and feeling faint. The next thing I remember was everything going black and I felt my knees buckling under me. However, Mr Jepson had been observing these events and he caught me just as I was about to hit the wooden floorboards. A quick whiff of his infamous smelling salts brought me back to life but he insisted on taking me home, with the proviso that I could return in the afternoon for the party if I felt better. Needless to say, I did! Interestingly, I chatted about this with Mr Jepson at our reunion and he told me that these days, that would be outlawed. I would have been allowed to hit the ground and there would have been no transport home. My parents would have been notified and they would have had to come and collect me. How times change! Have a good Christmas everybody and I look forward to seeing you at our next reunion some time in the New Year.

Date:
21-Dec-2011

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
We have another reunion planned for Tuesday 28th February from lunchtime at the Drysalters pub. I have spoken to Harry Jepson and he is definitely up for it! He has just had surgery on his eye and his sight isn't brilliant but he's not letting a minor inconvenience like that stop him from coming! If you went to the last one, you'll know that we had a fantastic day and I know that there will be a few more there this time. I look forward to seeing you again!

Date:
19-Jan-2012

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Andrea Richmond nee Underwood

Comment:
Just seen comment from Billy Hobson. Yes, I did live across the road from you at 50 Dulverton Road. I always called your mum Auntie Shiela as she and my mum Betty were good friends. I remember the yearly gardening competition and I think your dad entered as he always had a lovely garden. It has been a lovely trip down memory lane as I read all those names mentioned that I do remember Shiela Bateson, Brian Laycock. Does anyone who live on Dulverton Road remember raiding the chumps from Cottingley Mount (the Mounties) during the lead up to Bonfire Night. The bonfire was always located just outside my house.

Date:
09-Feb-2012

Email:
andrearichmond149@btinternet.com

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Name:
Brian

Comment:
Was last weeks do at the Salters cancelled 6 of us turned up had a good natter but wondered where everybody else was .

Date:
06-Mar-2012

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Hi Brian, my apologies for not getting there. Although it was technically my day off, I was required to work at short notice. And I understand that a number of others were unavailable for similar reasons. Hopefully we can organise something for April and make sure that we get a good turnout. Once again, my apologies.

Date:
06-Mar-2012

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Brian, we were at the Drysalters from 11 am. Where were you? Bit of confusion somewhere. However..... another one planned for next month. Watch this space. Please get in touch so that we can get things straight this time!

Date:
07-Mar-2012

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Andrea Hargreaves (Postle)

Comment:
Hi Brian, There were another 5+ for the reunion sitting in the window of the conservatory. Where were you sitting? what a to do. I have heard of this happening to other people especially after 50 years, but I though us Cottingley lot were more savvy!! mistakes all round. I think another one is being arranged in April. I think we should all wear one of those hats that Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble used to wear when they went to their 'club' then there would be no mistakes. What a shame. Email me direct if you like.

Date:
07-Mar-2012

Email:
jackandy@talktalk.net

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Brian Laycock

Comment:
I bet quite a few lads on Cottingley had their first illicit pint in the Pack Horse on Geldard Road,passed it today 14/3/12 and it has been demolished.

Date:
14-Mar-2012

Email:
pudseyplumber@googlemail.com

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Name:
Brian Longthorn

Comment:
I lived on Dulverton Crescent next to the railway and spent many happy hours watching the trains go by, one of the more common trains was the 'Napier' and we used to say not again, but I am now nostalgic about it and have a picture to hand in my favourites. Good to read your comments Tony.

Date:
20-Mar-2012

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
The next get-together of old Cottingleyites will be at lunchtime on Tuesday, 15th May at the Drysalters, Elland Road. This time we'll have posters, banners, whatever it takes to make our presence felt! But if you are coming, it would help to know so please email me. Thank you and hope to see you then.

Date:
29-Mar-2012

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
Brian (Laycock), when I was very young, my Great Aunt used to visit us on a weekend and, as a favour to Mum, she would take me off her hands and go for a walk to look at the animals and feed the hens at Kay's Farm. Then, as an after thought (as it seemed at the time), we would cross Gelderd Road and she would disappear into the Pack Horse while I sat outside at the metal table. She would emerge briefly with a bottle of lemonade for me. I often wondered what she was doing inside the pub that took so long... Looking forward to seeing you on the 15th May!

Date:
02-Apr-2012

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
I've spoken to Harry Jepson and he tells me that he will definitely be at our reunion on 15th May. Should be a great day!

Date:
13-Apr-2012

Email:
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Name:
Margaret Hinchliffe

Comment:
My name is Margaret Hinchliffe (nee Holdsworth) & I used to live at 3 Dulverton Bank, Cottingley & went to the Churwell school, Mr Monger was the Headmaster there. My next door neighbours were called Bird and I can't recall the names of the girls I used to play with across the road from me, mind you I was only 6 or 7 at the time & I think I was 8 or 9 when we moved to the Cleverleys in Holbeck. I would love to come on the 15 May as I am in England on a holiday as I live in Australia. Do you remember Mrs Harper the paper lady in Ellend Road? she told om me when I pinched my dads bike & went for a ride around Cottingley on it. I

Date:
18-Apr-2012

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Tony Pickersgill

Comment:
Really looking forward to the reunion at the Drysalters. I will be attending with my brother David and sister Lynda. We lived at 107 Dulverton Crescent.

Date:
20-Apr-2012

Email:
tpick@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Really looking forward to seeing the Pickersgills again! David was called David because I turned out to be a girl. His mum and mine were in adjacent beds in the maternity hospital (St Mary's, March 1947) and Mrs Pickersgill, having no idea what to call her new son, asked my mother what she would have called me if I had been a boy. Mum had chosen David, so that's what it was. Years later I did acquire a brother and he is....David.

Date:
26-Apr-2012

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Rick Barker

Comment:
Surprised and sad to hear the Pack Horse has been pulled down Brian. Originally a Ramsden’s house as I recall. When I was young ( 8 going on 11) I can remember spending many happy hours with Mum and Dad in the beer garden on sunny Sunday afternoons, before heading back for a roast Sunday lunch. Brian Longthorne you may recall the beer garden had an added advantage for train spotters as it was adjacent to the railway line. When I was a bit older (though not quite old enough to drink), about 1964/5 a few of us would call in the Pack Horse for a pint of mild after we’d been shooting rabbits on Snittles and Humphries Farm up Gelderd Road way. There was a really small tap room with narrow wooden benches along the walls and the main pastime was dominos. Pretty dingy and Spartan by today’s standards of course, no wonder women never ventured in there, but not too many embarrassing questions were asked about ones age if the right person was serving . A few of the “gun club” members as I recall were: your brother Pete Laycock, Gordon Revelle (Rev), Pete Dominic, Wacker, Tiff and various others from time to time. What your average landlord today would think of five or six fifteen year olds walking in the bar with 12 bore shotguns stuck under their arms accompanied by 3 or 4 dogs I dread to think. Probably call out the local SWAT, TRU or whatever. Did you notice if the transport cafe was still there further up Gelderd Road. We used to meet in there about 4 o’clock of Sunday morning for a mug of tea and bacon sandwich before heading off to decimate the local wild life. Once or twice we got chatting to Jimmy Saville as he often used to stop there after his late night gigs at the "Wheel" in Manchester . P.S. I would like to emphasise that since leaving Cottingley my interests no longer include shooting wildlife. Well best wishes ex prefab dwellers, will be thinking of you at the reunion. Unfortunately won’t be able to get over there this time but I see another ex pat from down under is hoping to be there. Have a drink for me y'all

Date:
30-Apr-2012

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Name:
Brian Longthorn

Comment:
Really good to read your comments Rick, you say you are living "down under", in 1974 my wife and I went to live in New Zealand for 12 months and on our way there we stopped off in Sidney and decided to catch a train out to Tauranga Zoo and whilst waiting on the station platform I noticed a young man who was obviously with his young son stood further down the platform, I said to my wife that looks like Brian Horsfall that used to live on Cottingley Estate near the Iron Bridge, I had not seen him since I was about 12 years old, I just had to go up to him and introduce myself and sure enough it was Brian. It really is a small world when that happens. We prefab dwellers certainly get around. I have also got fond memories of Harry Jepson who I played for at rugby and cricket whilst at Cottingley School and we eventually won the Sheldon Trophy for cricket and managed to get our pictures in the Evening Post. In my early teens I wrote to Harry when he was a Director at Hunslet RL asking for a trial which he very kindly arranged.

Date:
05-May-2012

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Name:
Brian Longthorn

Comment:
Ted Pease ran a cooperage on Gelderd Road near the Pack Horse pub and when we were kids we used to go see him, he was very patient and kind, he allowed us to sit by his fire in the workshop and watch him repairing the wooden barrels. On Bonfire Night for many years he brought a wagon full of old barrels onto the estate and gave them away free to all the various bonfire sites, competition for who had the biggest bonfire was fierce and the barrels were very welcome, as well as helping the bonfire we had great fun playing with them. Does anybody remember the handyman who lived on Dulverton Crescent? We called him that because when he was on his way back home from a lunchtime drink at the Pack Horse and we were playing in the road he would inspect our hands and whoever had the cleanest hands he would give them a few coppers - innocent times.

Date:
08-May-2012

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Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
Just returned from the third Cottingley reunion. Had a really good time,lovely to see so many people and Mr. Jepson who used to teach us all in the fifties. We all seemed to have one thing in common and that was we all enjoyed living on the prefab estate and had fond and happy memories of our childhood. We had little in comparison with the children of today but we had freedom; fertile imaginations and a cracking education. Glad people turned up and keep an eye out for the next on.

Date:
15-May-2012

Email:
jackandy@talktalk.net

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
A great day at the Drysalters today. Thanks to everyone who came, especially Mr Jepson! Great to chat with my old mate Tony Pickersgill...and not have to buy an insurance policy!! We're already working on the next one...watch this space!

Date:
15-May-2012

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
All the Diamond Jubilee coverage brought back so many memories of the Coronation celebrations at Cottingley. King George died in February, 1952, just after I started at Beeston School and I distinctly remember having to sit on the hall floor for a minute's silence. We moved to Cottingley around Easter the following year when Coronation fever was really mounting. My mother stuck a big colour picture of the Queen (I think it was a double page centre from a magazine) onto card, trimmed it with red, white and blue paper, and put it on our front door. On the day I watched the whole event on the Tomlinsons' television, packed in with what seemed like dozens of other people. As was usual then, the curtains were drawn - most TV pictures were poor in daylight at that time. I remember having ice cream which was far more of a treat then than now, and at tea time there was a party in the church hall by the shops. There were fairy cakes with coloured icing, and George Hemsley sang "Hear my song Violetta". We went back to the Tomlinsons' in the evening to watch the televised fireworks display. All in black and white, but magic all the same. At school we were given commemorative tins of toffees and glass mugs. I had a souvenir pendant which was an early sort of hologram of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and my mother had a bakelite ashtray with a golden coach decoration. Seeing footage of the Coronation on TV today brought back so vividly the excitement of that day.

Date:
03-Jun-2012

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
Chris, as I'm considerably younger than you (!), I wasn't attending school at that point. But I do remember the day...and the weather! It was raining heavily, so much so that our street party had to be hastily transferred indoors. Lucky that we had better weather for the Jubilee...

Date:
10-Jun-2012

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Rick Barker

Comment:
Unfortunately we missed out on the Jubilee celebrations, no free holiday for us plebs down under. To be honest I can’t remember the original coronation either as Chris and Jeff do, but I have it on the unimpeachable authority of my mother that we watched the event at the Williamsons (70 something Dulverton Green), also behind closed curtains, so there was obviously a rival showing on either side of your house Chris. Interesting thing about the closed curtains. Don’t think they were entirely for the benefit of afternoon TV screenings though. As far as I can recall, apart from the infrequent coronation, back then the BBC broadcast bugger all during the day apart from the Flowerpot Men and Andy Pandy. Rather I think the closed curtains may have something to do with the baby booming phenomena of the time. Come to think of it Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben may have had a lot to do with closet escaping phenomena 20 years on. Not that I speak from personal experience you understand. George Hemsley singing “Violetta” sounds like a rare treat. I can’t remember him doing much singing when we used to play out in the street. He was more inclined to flatten you with a rugby tackle playing beddy or crack you in the ribs with a well aimed cricket ball. Some ex prefab dwellers may recall, or be interested to know that in the early sixties George’s brother Jimmy, my brother Tony, Tommy Williamson and Harry Harrison (all from Dulverton Green or close by) formed a group called the Vikings. They played in a number of pubs round Leeds between about 61-65. I thought they were rather good, but then I was at an impressionable age. Brian (Longthorne) I was surprised to see someone remembers the free barrels that we used to get for the bonfires, though I didn’t know the guy’s name. I remember one particular year a load of us were allowed to ride on the back of his wagon and deliver the barrels all round the estate. We stopped off at each bonfire and rolled 2 or 3 barrels off depending on the size of the bonfire. I thought I was the absolute bees knees sat on top of the barrels riding round the estate. No health and safety worries back then, not when it came to serious chumping anyway. Don’t remember the handyman Brian but I guess he was only handy if you lived in the Crescent. Did you get signed on by Hunslet ?

Date:
20-Jun-2012

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Name:
Brian Longthorn

Comment:
No Rick I did not sign for Hunslet, at the time I had already met my future wife and we were also big Leeds United fans and the first game I attended at Hunslet I knew my girlfriend was at Elland Road with my dad and I could hear all the cheering,that was enough for me I couldn't sacrifice not watching Leeds. Rick do you remember swopping me a German World War II cross? I cannot remember what I gave you for it, I did not keep it but now I wish I had. The handyman was relevant only to a group of us in Dulverton Crescent, but I have recently been in touch with Peter Williams who was our nextdoor neighbour and a good mate for many years and he even remembered his name. My parents and I used to go into Peter's house every week to watch 'Wagon Train'as we could not afford a TV.

Date:
22-Jun-2012

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Having to close the curtains during the day whilst watching TV was because the pictures on early TV screens (the purplish ones) appeared very faded in daylight, and also had to be watched in very dim light at night. We got our first TV later in 1953 and it's special feature was that it had a grey screen - all of 14 inches - which could be watched without having to lurk in semi darkness. It also had a knob for changing channels though it was two years before there was another channel to change to. Yes, as well as the Tomlinsons, the Williamsons had a TV, and so did the Dawsons, a couple of doors up from you, Rick. I sometimes went there to watch the childrens' programmes at 5 pm. There was very little on during the day. "Watch With Mother" was at about 3.45 pm, but I think there was some sort of magazine programme for housewives in the early afternoon called "Meet Jeanne Heal".

Date:
22-Jun-2012

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
Chris and Rick...maths was never my subject, but counting on my fingers, I calculate that George would have been around five years old on Coronation Day: a bit young to be singing anything, let alone "Violetta"! I could be wrong, of course, and he may have had some hidden talents. But when I was five, my musical repertoire consisted of Incy Wincy Spider, Jack and Jill and a few rude songs I heard in the playground...

Date:
11-Jul-2012

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Rick Barker

Comment:
Brian Longthorne, I don't remember trading the WWII medal, or what you gave me in return but when your turn finally comes to ascend to the Pearly Gates I should keep quiet about it if I were you as I'm damn sure my Dad wasn't aware of the deal. Mind you, you should be OK he was a big Hunslet fan. Funnily enough my brother Tony got Dad's medals reissued for my son some years ago so we now have a full set again. No their not for sale. However it is amazing how many memories do resurface when visiting this page and I do recall buying some rabbits from you at one point (c1962) "English whites" I believe they were called but not sure what you charged. I kept them in the coal house for a while and had to reclassify them as "Dulverton Greys".

Date:
26-Jul-2012

Email:
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Brian

Comment:
If all you Prefab residents go to addyourlocalhistory.wetpaint.com there are some excellent photos of Cottingley Farm , prefabs , three very unsavoury looking characters , who may recognise themselves and some interesting stories from ex residents of the farm and History of Cottingley in General .

Date:
12-Nov-2012

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Brian Laycock

Comment:
Bumped into one of our old Cottingley mates last week, Ray Price he looks realy well.

Date:
25-Dec-2012

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Name:
Terry macdonald

Comment:
Whatever happened to Mis Moss from the school?

Date:
24-Jan-2013

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Miss Moss married and had a family but after her divorce she moved south and ran a business staging murder mystery weekends. Sadly, she died a couple of years ago.

Date:
01-Feb-2013

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Name:
sharon dean

Comment:
i was born in Dulverton Crescent Cottingley in 1957

Date:
03-Feb-2013

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Name:
sharon dean

Comment:
I was born at 42 Dulverton Crescent in 1957 . My best friend was Gary Parker. I was an only child then. My Dad worked for the GPO and mum worked at the greyhound stadium. Alan and Elsie Dean. We moved to Morley around 1963. I remember a bull getting loose bit most of all lovely times

Date:
03-Feb-2013

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Carol Evans

Comment:
Just discovered this site - amazing. I lived at 36 Dulverton Road near the roundabout for the bus terminus with my sister Catherine.

Date:
03-Feb-2013

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Gillian Richardson (now Campbell)

Comment:
Just discovered this site, it is lovely to hear so many names that I remember. I lived at 77 Dulverton Green, just round the corner from Jeff Carter and opposite the Chesters. Have many happy memories of living in the prefabs, I remember Andrea Underwood, Marilyn Duce was my best friend. Also Sharon Dean, I used to push you in your pram when you were a baby, are you Anne Gillinghams cousin, she was my friend and also lived round the corner from me and next door to Jeff Carter.

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13-Feb-2013

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Carol Evans

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I have learnt so much from all the comments , to add more: We lived at 36 Dulverton Road from when the prefab was built (1948?) to 1965 when it was demolished. Initially with my mum and dad and sister Catherine until my dad was killed in 1956 in an industrial accident on the railway. My grandma came to live with us, Katie Nelson and she used to wallpaper in many of the prefabs. I went to the school for its 50th anniversary (2001?) with my mum and daughter, the staff had all the old photograph albums and it was brilliant to see a very glamorous photo of my mum when she was a dinner lady at the school. The school was just as I remembered it, the hall still had its wonderful wooden floor. I will never forget Mr Jepson, he instilled in me my love of maths with his morning mental arithmetic questions. I remember that I was unable to join my class when they went on a week trip to London as my mum couldn't afford the £10 cost. Cottingley gala was always exciting, my sister was picked to be a maid of honour one year. She had to go to Mrs Royston's house (Beeston I think) for dress fittings. I think Mrs Royston was the rent man's wife. Mr Coombes church was certainly in competition with the C of E. The two Sunday school teachers (Miss Evans) visited my mum to say that we couldn't go to both churches! Mr Coombes had a daughter Joy who wasn't happy sharing her dad with loads of other children. He used to work in the button shop behind Woolworths in Briggate. One year he took us to Shipley Glen for a treat.

Date:
14-Feb-2013

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Comment:
Gillian Richardson -I remember your sister Pam - also Harry Chester, ,Jack Townend, Carters, Duces Downs Baldwins Elvidges, Saperias,Jacksons Veitchs Halls Cobbs (b4 Underwoods) to name few, we lived on Dulverton Road 1948 to early sixties. Gala Days (Bottom Field) Cubs 'n Scouts; Jack Parkers Shop and later the OLD Drysalters Pub has any one got a pic of that b4 the new one? Tommy Williamson Senior used to play the Piano there in the fifties. Used to get the Morley Bus (more frequent than Cottingley Service0 Cut thro the Cemetery (Spoooooky) to Cottingley Mount then home thro' the gunnel to Dulverton Road I am 73 now but those were the happiest of times.

Date:
15-Feb-2013

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Carol, I am living testament to the fact that we could (and did!) attend both Sunday Schools. Roger and I went to one in the morning and the other in the afternoon (I can't remember which was which) but by Sunday evening, I swear we both had halos. The Shipley Glen trip was an annual event, I seem to recall, although one year we went to Batley Park instead. We knew how to live in those days...

Date:
21-Feb-2013

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Rick Barker

Comment:
Couldn’t resist adding another twopennyworth seeing there’s been a bit of activity on this page once again. To Beetee first of all, re the old Drysalters, if you go to the last page of Cottingley photos on this site there’s a few comments on the place (internal reference; 2009106_169533:LEO 4433). There’s also some comments on Bill Leaf’s Off Licence on page 25. Re: Tommy Williamson Senior, He played in a number of pubs in the immediate area of Cottingley: The Railway on Beeston Town Street, and the New Inn (Bottom Ole’) and Fleece( Middle Ole’) in Churwell. There were probably others as well. My mother has a CD of him singing a compilation he made for Opportunity Knocks which his son Dave Williamson gave her a couple of years ago. To Sharon Dean, my mother Eileen Barker worked at the Elland Rd dog track for a while. Would have been around 59-61. I’ll ask her if she knew your mother when I call home this weekend. She used to take me down there sometimes and stick me in the corner of the bar with a bottle of pop and bag of crisps. Bored me to tears, but as a precautionary measure against the perils of gambling it had its merits. One year (1962?) there was an “All Stars” V Leeds Utd XI soccer game played at the Dog track and a few kids from the estate got to have a kick about before the main event. Peter Laycock was one of those picked I think as he was a pretty decent player. Can’t remember who was in the All Stars apart from Eden Kane who had a few hits around that time. Best wishes ex-prefab people

Date:
22-Feb-2013

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Carol, I remember your sister Catherine. Wasn't her best friend Judith England? Like Jeff Carter I can attest to the fact that you could go to both Sunday Schools, though in spite of the sweets Mr Coombes gave out, I preferred the C of E with the picture stamps to collect. Shall we have another reunion this spring, folks? I'm sorry to have to tell everyone that my Mum died last November but Dad is still going (pretty) strong.

Date:
04-Mar-2013

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Carol Evans

Comment:
Yes Chris Judith England was a friend of my sister and I , she lived on Dulverton Road opposite June Simmons I think. I remember going to her house to watch the adverts on ITV when it started, cannot remember when that was. My mum also worked at the greyhound stadium (as well at the Cadbury warehouse on Gelderd Road) around early 60s. She worked in the snack bar and served pie and peas, I used to help her with the washing up. I have lived in Essex for over 30 years and do not get back to Yorkshire very much, but would be interested to know if you do get together.

Date:
08-Mar-2013

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Brian

Comment:
Re Jeff Carters comment Feb 2013 Extract from the Cottingley News October 1955 Price 2d At 1030 a.m prompt on Saturday Sept 3rd a double decker bus left the Olivet Free Church laden with children , in high spirits on their annual Sunday School outing to Batley Park . As soon as lunch packets and macs were safely stowed in the park shelter there was a bee line for the childrens playground where the slides , swings , climbing bars were well used and several happy groups were photographed . After tiring of the pastimes there was plenty to do exploring the grounds visiting the Aviary and Museum as well as fishing for tiddlers in the lake . About noon Mr Coombes brought a large tea urn and cups of tea were enjoyed along with with sandwiches mothers had packed .After lunch the races were run and more photos taken , then a rush to the lake when at last the boatmen arrived , so while a few worked hard with the oars others relaxed and enjoyed the ride . During the afternoon several parents arrived to join in the fun . There was a puppet show at 3 p.m. and the younger children were not alone in enjoying the adventures of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" , "Hansel and Gretel" etc . By 4 30 p.m. everybody was ready for tea and how busy the teachers had been making sandwiches and cakes galore it was a wonder the children could sing the choruses after such a big tea but much to the residents of Batley they were able to do so . After the sing song the prizes for the races were handed out and all runners got a packet of sweets . Then the party broke up to spend the last hour in diverse ways . A tired but happy party left the park at 6 30 p.m. with a request from the people of Batley "Please come again next year" . I feel a word of thanks is due to Mr Coombes for the Wednesday playhour he has held for the children throughout the Summer . Mrs Legue End of extract

Date:
18-Mar-2013

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Great to see that, Brian...I can't remember the races but I bet I came last! Interesting to see that the author of that piece was Mrs Lague, who was also Akela at the cubs. Batley Park, Bridlington and Shipley Glen will live on in people's memories as some of the happiest outings it is possible to imagine. There was a spirit then that I don't think could ever be recreated today. Happy days!

Date:
01-Jun-2013

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Sharon Dean

Comment:
I was born at 42 Dulveron Cres in 1957. My mum and dad were Alan and Elsie Dean. We left and moved to Morley when I was about 5. I had had a friend called Gary Parker and he had a lively metal car that we could all pedal. My dad worked for the GPO. I seem to remember a bull escaping once!

Date:
09-Jun-2013

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sharon@respectmusic.co.uk

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Rick Barker

Comment:
If anyone is interested I've had a tinker with the map that has attracted all the comments on this page. I've added all the names and addresses from this page plus those street names I can remember. My computer graphics are pretty limited and my memory is not 100% but it gives a clearer picture of the estate and may jog a few more memories Drop me an email if you would like a copy forwarding

Date:
28-Jun-2013

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Must be time for another Reunion! Maybe in the New Year...anybody up for it?

Date:
05-Dec-2013

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jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Sylvia Lawton (nee Green)

Comment:
Wow. I have just discovered this page and loved reading about all the kids on Cottingley. My family moved there about 1949/50. The school was only partly built I think at that time so being 10 years old I caught the bus to my old school (St Lukes) in Beeston. I lived at 70 Dulverton Crescent with mum and dad and older sister Marilyn. I remember going over the railway bridge and playing around the farm and brook. Going through the tunnel under the viaduct - not me - scared!! Mary Jolly, Sylvia Wright are the only two names I can remember. You all mention the great life we all had here - too right. A kids paradise. I had a goldfish and in winter my man would have to break the half inch ice that had formed on top of the water. How that fish lived I will never know.I love the annual Gala. My sister and I took part in most of our age group races. We left Cottingley about 1959. My sister and I and our parents (all at different times) emigrated to Australia. I wish I was there at these reunions. love to be a fly on the wall.

Date:
19-Feb-2014

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
Just found some footage of the 1957 Children's Day at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/leeds-childrens-day ... Great how they managed to photo-shop the sunshine into the background ... and not an umbrella to be seen! Not quite how I remember Children's Day!! :) But what memories...

Date:
07-Mar-2014

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Name:
Wendy Collins(nee Hirst)

Comment:
Perhaps this may help jog Sylvia Lawton's memory. I have a photograph, which shows both herself and her sister with the Cottingley Girl Guides. Also on the photograph are:- Pat Cousins, Jean Naylor, Maureen Scarfe, Jean Laughton, Barbara Naylor, Brenda Thackeray, Pat Ramsden, Norma Jennings, Valerie Ralph, Sylvia Wright, Mary Jolly and me. Happy times but I must say we don't look the smartest of Girl Guides.

Date:
10-Mar-2014

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Wendy Moss Now Young

Comment:
Yes i do remember Cottingley with very fond memories,my best friend was Lorna Watkinson l lived at 22 Cottingley Walk with my mum and dad, Jack and Joan Moss , we moved there when i was about 3 and left when i was 17 in 1963, very very happy years. l remember Gillian Dawson, Michael Aspinall who lived next door, Andrea and Cynthia Brooks who were my friends. We used to spend our hols from school dancing and listening to Elvis etc, oh what fab days they were, everyone always seemed so happy and we were. l also remember David Webster who was my first boyfriend, every one wanted to go out with David Webster,lm sorry l didnt get to go to the reunions you have had only just found this site.

Date:
25-Mar-2014

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wjyoung@talktalk.net

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Name:
Sylvia Lawton (nee Green)

Comment:
Thanks Wendy Collins. Half of those names you mentioned were friends of my sister who is nearly 4 years older than me. If I remember she was a Leader at the guides. Do you remember the Captain - I think her name was MacFarlain. She was a midwife and some of us would telephone-sit for her when she was out. You are probably right about us not lucking the smartest of the lot!! After reading all the comments on these pages it's surprising our the old memory is coming back. Thanks for the up-date.

Date:
26-Mar-2014

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Denise Foster

Comment:
Wendy Young (Moss) - Andrea and Cynthia Brooks are my cousins. Andrea lives in Wales and Cynthia lives in Jersey, as does her mum, my aunt Nellie.

Date:
28-Mar-2014

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Name:
Sue Mean nee Turner

Comment:
I was born in no. 3 Cottingley Gardens in September 1950. Took a ride round the area recently (back in Leeds after a long spell "darn sarf") and it has all changed so much. Even Cottingley Gardens has moved to a new location! The only people I remember was Sylvia Fletcher who lived next door at no. 1, Michael MacIntyre who lived opposite a little further down and a girl called Annette Frear who was in my class. I was only there for a short time - we moved in September 1955 to Middleton. I have fond memories of living in the prefab.

Date:
04-Apr-2014

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Barbara Dixon nee Naylor

Comment:
What a find this site is! Sylvia Lawton nee Green, I remember you and your older sister Marilyn well. Also Sylvia Wright, Maureen Scarth, Valerie Ralph, all from Dulverton Crescent. My sister Jean and I lived at 40, Dulverton Green from 1948 to 1957 and my parents - both dead. moved to the new Beeston Park estate in 1966. Jran went to Canada soon after leaving Thoresby High School and my husband and I went a 10 pound Poms to Australia in 1964, returning in 1969. Our son Ian married an Aussie and lives in New South Wales. We were keen guides and spent time phone sitting for "Captain", Sister Mary Macfarlane the district midwife. We read her text books with great interest and I later became a district midwife in Manchester. I did some baby-sitting for a family down the road - the Dad was a superb pianist and played in pubs and clubs, I think. Does anyone remember him? Cheers to anyone who remembers the Naylor family.

Date:
06-Apr-2014

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dixonreg@yahoo.co.uk

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Barbara Dixon nee Naylor

Comment:
Would love a copy of the photo of the girl guides at Cottingley - really jogged my memory - I am 76 now. Really enjoyed reading your comments.

Date:
07-Apr-2014

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dixonreg@yahoo.co.uk

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Wendy Moss Now Young

Comment:
Hi Denise, How lovely to hear of Andrea and Cynthia, what lovely friends they were and both very pretty, if you get the chance please remember me to them im sure they will remember me and my friend Lorna we had lots of fun together those were the days and ofcourse l remember their mum Nellie, she will remember my mum Joan who sadly died 17 years ago .

Date:
26-May-2014

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wjyoung@talktalk.net

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Hello Wendy, I remember at school your best friends were Barbara Hodgson and Barbara Sykes. Did you keep in touch with them?

Date:
08-Jun-2014

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Brian

Comment:
Go to britainfromabove website search on Churwell photos of Ingles Mill you have to sign up to zoom the pictures but its free . The one with the front quarter of the estate you can see the see all the gardens and just about in the houses to see what they are having for tea .

Date:
10-Jun-2014

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Peter Heeley

Comment:
Lived at 29 Dulverton Road until I joined the RAF in 1962 . Cottingley was a wonderful place to live and the community spirit was great . Went to Cottingley school till around 1955 and then moved to Beeston school till 1958 . Worked as an apprentice car mechanic at Appleyards , North Street but then did a stint as trainee coachbuilder at a company named Kennings (think it occupied the site where B&Q are located near Geldard Road)Jack Parker ran the newsagents on the estate and there were two , or three other shops on the parade

Date:
16-Jun-2014

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Diane (Neé Lethwaite)

Comment:
I lived at 6 Cottingley Vale,from 1951 - 63 with my younger brother Clive and Mum and Dad (George and Joan) Next door were the Burnett family, Dennis & May and their daughters Janet & Wendy. Next door to them were the Amblin family - can only remember Barry and that his birthday was 6 April! ( how bizarre is that?) Across the road from us lived The Walpole family. Think the parents were Jack & Vera(?) and they had three girls, Andrea, Lynne & Shirley. I named my 2nd only doll after Shirley. Still have 'her' today. Anyone remember Norman Townend and his family? He lived on the 'Vale' too. His mum, Madge was so houseproud. She even whitewashed the 'inside' of the little coalhouses each prefab had at the back. I bumped into Christine Erith a while ago in Morley Morrisons(!). She lived at the top of the street. A few years older than me - but oh I thought she was the bees-knees! I wanted to grow up and look just like her. Never did! She hasn't changed much in the 50 odd years since I last saw her. I don't think she remembered me though. She remembered my Dad, however. I was/still am pals with Lynn Megson from Cottingley Gardens (No. 8?). Most people were a bit afraid of her Dad, Frank. Not us. Despite his abrupt manner he was a lovely chap. Still is today at 90odd. He and my husband a real good mates inspite of a 30+ age difference. 'Uncle Frank' used to feed bacon rind to some huge spiders that lived in the garden hedge round his house. That was the only thing I didn't like about him. Could write loads of memories about Cottyingley - but only if you're not bored!

Date:
24-Jun-2014

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Jean Brown (nee Heaton)

Comment:
I have just spent hours reading all the comments, watched the Children's Day video - I was only 3 in 57 but I remember when I was older dancing around the maypole from Cottingley CP in a white dress and red sash! So many happy memories. We lived at 22 Cottingley Gardens, mum and dad Norah and Albert and sisters Barbara and Susan, our house had the ramp as my mum was in a wheelchair. The three trees were my playground, never could get right to the top although I remember one of the trees was easier to climb than the others! Happy, happy days

Date:
19-Jul-2014

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Gillian Richardson

Comment:
I remember you Peter Heeley, we lived at the end house in Dulverton Green, opposite the telephone box, my sister is Pamela. I think you bought her house off her in Wesley Street. I didn't realise you had worked at Appleyards, I worked there when I left school in 1964, I worked in the wages office. It was a happy time growing up on the Cottingley estate, we were so lucky as things are so different now for the kids.

Date:
27-Jul-2014

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
We're hoping for another re-union in October...more details to follow when confirmed.

Date:
09-Aug-2014

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jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Sylvia Lawton (nee Green)

Comment:
Wendy Collins (nee Hirst) if you could scan a copy of that pic you have of us at Girl Guides my sister and I would love to see it. Thanks a million.

Date:
20-Aug-2014

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Wendy Collins (nee Hirst)

Comment:
Hi Sylvia Lawton Not been able to load this Girls Guide photo direct onto Leodis but if you log your email address here, I should be able to send you a copy.

Date:
21-Aug-2014

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Name:
Michael Aspinall

Comment:
Found this itinerary for School Tour had to retype as condition not very good. Brings back some old memories. COTTINGLEY C.P. SCHOOL – LONDON TOUR. 1958 Monday 14th April 7-30am. Depart School and proceed via Wakefield, Doncaster, Grantham and Stanford to Godmanchester. 12 noon Luncheon at The Avenue House Hotel. 2-30pm. Leave Godmanchester and proceed direct to London and ‘check in’ at The Queensway Hotel. 4-30pm. High Tea at the Hotel. In the evening visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Tuesday 15th April 9am. Leave Hotel and proceed to Westminster Pier. By Boat from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier. Visit The Tower of London. Luncheon at Hotel. After lunch coach will convey party to London Zoo. 6pm. High Tea at Aldwych Brasserie, W.C.2. Wednesday 16th April 8-45am Leave Hotel and proceed to Hampton Court and then to Windsor. Leave Windsor at 2pm. And proceed to London Airport. 3pm. Guided coach tour of the Airport, then to Roof Gardens of the Queens Building to view arrival and Departing Aircraft. Leave Airport at 6-30pm. And return to Queenway Hotel for Evening Dinner. Thursday 17th April 9am Guide will contact party at Hotel and conduct them on a sightseeing tour of London. 12-15pm. Luncheon at Hotel. After Lunch visit Battersea Park and Festival Gardens. 6pm. High Tea at Aldwych Brasserie, W.C.2. Then coaches will convey party to Empire Pool at Wembley for Ice Hockey match (Wembley lions v Harringay Races) Friday 18th April Morning - sightseeing 12-15pm. Luncheon at Hotel. 2pm. Leave Hotel for return journey. 6pm. High Tea at Stamford – arriving back at School At approx. 10pm.

Date:
27-Aug-2014

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Carol Evans

Comment:
I remember the school trip to London in 1958, but not for good reasons. I was unable to go on the trip as my mum, who was widowed, could not afford the cost, which I think was £10. I remember waving to my friends on the coach as they left the school.

Date:
29-Aug-2014

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Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
Oh Michael, what a find! We had a wonderful five days in London; at a cost of £10.00p. We paid some in every week with our dinner money and ?penny bank. That was a lot of money in those days, certainly well over a week's wage, probably nearer two weeks pay. Do you remember we had house points for say:- tidiest bedroom etc. I do not remember the zoo but Hampton Court was magical as was the Tower. Cooked breakfast every day, what a treat. Thanks for the memories.

Date:
29-Aug-2014

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Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
Oh, Carol, so sorry you could not go on the London trip. In those days we did not know why some people did not go. We had an allotted amount of spending money each day; I saved mine up and on the last day bought my mum some Wade figures which she treasured all her life. My dad got 20 Senior Service, a different world when children could, and did, buy cigarettes for their parents. I was often sent down for 5 Woodbines which were in a paper packet. You could also buy alcohol and some children collected the empties so they could return them for a few pennies. Vinegar was sold at Leaf's shop; you took a jug and could buy it 'loose' if liquid could be sold as loose! I remember walking up with a girl from the shop and she kept sipping the vinegar straight from the jug, she said she could not stop! Yeuk. Different world, just wish some of it could return, but not all.

Date:
01-Sep-2014

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Jeff Carter

Comment:
More about our reunion on Tuesday 21st October...Harry Jepson will, once again, be attending. This should be another great occasion!

Date:
05-Sep-2014

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Martin Teale

Comment:
Wonderful to read peoples memories of both Cottingley & the School. We lived at 26 Cottingley Approach from 1952 to 1965. Some familiar names too - Julie Draper, Jeremy Sharman and Michael Aspinall. Hello to you all, happy days!! Martin Teale

Date:
22-Sep-2014

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Gordon Waugh

Comment:
Just came across this site after a visit to my home in Scotland from an old friend from Leeds. I lived at 41 Cottingley Mount from 1954-1963.Best time of my life and to see so many names all known to me is an absolute joy.If anyone wishes to contact me re the old days please do so.

Date:
25-Sep-2014

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Gordon Waugh

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Date:
29-Sep-2014

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
I remember Mr Jepson being so patient with those of us who were less than enthusiastic about PE. Elbow balances? Bunny jumps? Overbalances, more like. It will be good to see him again, and everyone else, at the reunion at the Drysalters and share more memories.

Date:
01-Oct-2014

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
Yes, I also remember Mr Jepson being very patient with all of us. I did not shine at PE, I was tall for my age and remember feeling all elbows and knees. What I do remember is Mr Jepson asking one of the lads (Jimpy?) to start us off and we had to follow and do what he did, the fact that he was small, agile and had the ability of a true gymnast!! did not help, I might have managed a couple of 'bunny hops' and then I was done. Yes, really looking forward to the 21st October to chat and meet again friends and fellow Cottingley people.

Date:
03-Oct-2014

Email:
jackandy@talktalk.net

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Name:
Jeff Carter

Comment:
I know that Mr Jepson reads the comments on here and it is always a joy to talk to and meet him. However, I'm sure he won't mind me pointing out that his patience in those days did not always extend to those who disliked Rugby League nor, in particular, those who openly expressed a preference for the round-ball game!

Date:
10-Oct-2014

Email:
jeffcarter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Can anyone remember what all the shops were at Cottingley? I think there were six. My recollection is that from left to right as you looked at them there was first a sort of general shop/greengrocer where we bought lemonade tablets. Then the Co-op. At the far end was the fish shop. Was Jack Parker's next to the fish shop? I know there was a chemist's and another which may have been a bread/cake shop which sold boiled ham, or it may have been a pork butcher.

Date:
15-Oct-2014

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Brian

Comment:
Greengrocer /Wet Fish lived at 2 Cottingley Drive Coop Butcher Chemist which became Hardware shop then Electrical Shop Parkers Newsagent Fish Shop

Date:
15-Oct-2014

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Name:
Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
Just arrived home after attending the 4th Cottingley Reunion. Had a marvellous time meeting and chatting with like minded Cottingley people. Mr Jepson one of our teachers was able to attend again, we all owe such a lot to him. Thank you to the Drysalters pub for helping us with our celebration and lastly, thank you Leodis, whithout which these reunions would never have come to fruition. Thank you all.

Date:
21-Oct-2014

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jackandy@talktalk.net

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