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A postcard of Briggate (Main Street) (Garforth)
Black & White imageearly 20th century. This view was taken of Briggate in the early twentieth century and became a postcard. On the right is Colliery Row and beyond is Eagle House. Most of the street was still dwellings houses, and the lack of traffic allowed the children to stop and look in the middle of the road.
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Aberford Road, East Garforth (Garforth)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows Aberford Road and the newly built East Garforth Council House Estate.
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Aberford Road, Isabella Pit (Garforth)
Black & White imageUndated. View shows Isabella Pit, one of the major collieries in Garfoth, situated to the north of Aberford Road off Ash Lane. The 140 yard shaft was sunk in 1833 by the Gascoigne family and named after their eldest daughter. It continued to produce coal until 1925 when the pumps were stopped and the workings flooded. 392 men lost their jobs.
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Aberford Road, Isabella Pit (Garforth)
Black & White imageUndated. Isabella Pit, located north of Aberford Road off Ash Lane, was the first major shaft to be sunk in Garforth. Opening in 1833, it was owned by the Gascoigne family, the major landowners in the town, and named after their eldest daughter. The community of East Garforth grew up around it and 392 men lost their jobs when it closed in 1925.
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Aberford Road, Isabella Pit, (Garforth) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. View shows a group of workers who volunteered to keep the coal moving at Isabella Pit when the miners came out on strike. Miners' strikes took place at the pit in 1919 and 1921.
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Aberford Road, junction with Bar Lane (Garforth)
Black & White imagec1900s. An early 1900s view of Aberford Road showing the junction with Bar Lane on the right. On the left is the old Toll House which was later to be replaced with a garage. The road turns the corner towards Paradise Row in East Garforth in the distance.
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Aberford Road, milestone (Garforth) (1 comment)
Black & White image1989. View of Grade II listed milestone located on the east side of Aberford Road. It is thought to date from the mid 19th century and is stone with cast-iron plates. Around the semi-circular head it reads 'Wakefield & Aberford Road Garforth'. Distances are given as 'Wakefield 9 miles, Oulton 4 miles and Aberford 4 miles.'
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Aberford Road, sand hills (Garforth)
Colour imageUndated. View shows sand hills on the north-western side of Aberford Road near the old weigh house. A flock of sheep can be seen grazing.
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Aberford Road, the Dixon family in front of the Toll Bar House (Garforth)
Black & White imageUndated. Early image showing the Dixon family grouped in front of the Toll Bar House in Aberford Road. They were the last tollkeepers of the Toll Bar House prior to its demoliton. The family are believed to be, from left to right, Alfred Dixon, Annie Lobley (nee Dixon), Sam and Edgar Hodgkinson, Lucy Hodgkinson (sister to Mrs. Dixon), Mrs. Dixon and Helen Dennison. Mrs. Dixon was said to have come to live at Toll Bar House as a new bride. When Aberford Road was a Toll Road a traveller would make a payment here to continue the journey. The Toll Bar stood opposite Bar Lane and is now the site of the Toll Bar Garage. The Dixon family left here to live at Bank House at Town End. Harry Strangeways moved into the Toll Bar House and built the first garage on the site.
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker, D.S.O., D.F.C. (Garforth) (5 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View shows Sir Augustus 'Gus' Walker at his desk. This notable Garforth resident lived in a large house at the corner of Lidgett Lane and Lowther Road. A rugby international before the Second World War, he was station commander of RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire when a Lancaster bomber blew up in December 1942, hurling him many yards and causing the loss of his right arm. Despite this his first thought was to see if anyone else was hurt, before he collapsed. After he recovered, he became base commander in charge of RAF Pocklington for more than two years, and continued to serve with distinction, rising to the rank of Air Chief Marshal. A blue plaque is now attached to his former home.
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Anglo-Saxon loom weight, from Cliffe House Avenue (Garforth)
Colour imageUndated. View shows an Anglo-Saxon loom weight that was found in a garden in Cliffe House Avenue, below the water tower. Its identification has been confirmed by Leeds Museum.
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Anti-Aircraft Unit (Ack-Ack Unit), Aberford Road (Garforth) (2 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. The Brierlands Anti-Aircraft Unit, used during the First World War, 1914-1918. It was situated on the Aberford Road in East Garforth. In the background is the one storey building, which would have been used by the Ack-Ack Unit. In the foreground is a local group of boy scouts taking a break from the gardening.
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Armistice Day, 1918 (Garforth)
Black & White image1918. Children and adults celebrate Armistice Day. The photo, taken near the Welfare Hall, clearly shows the Eagle House on the right hand side. The house is one of the oldest buildings that remains in Garforth.
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Ashbourne Crescent, no. 6 (Garforth)
Black & White imageUndated. View shows a house and garden at no. 6 Ashbourne Crescent, one of a pair of semi-detached houses along with no. 8, just visible on the left. No. 6 has a neat lawn and a garage on the right.
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Barbara Castle MP, opening Garforth Comprehensive School (Garforth) (5 comments)
Black & White image11th October 1969 The Right Hon. Barbara Castle MP, First Secretary of State sharing refreshments with Alderman Major JH Hudson, leader of West Riding County Council. She had just opened Garforth Comprehensive School later the Community College and now Garforth Academy.
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Barley Hill Road (Garforth) (4 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows a view down Barley Hill Road looking towards Wakefield Road. Just visible on the left is the infants school opened in 1907. This image is C.1965.
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Barley Hill Road Council School, Barley Hill Road (Garforth)
Black & White imageUndated. View of the newly built Barley Hill Road Council School which opened in February 1907 in Barley Hill Road (formerly Occupation Lane.) Before it opened children attended Garforth Provided School held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Main Street. This is taken from the site of what was to become the recreation ground at the opposite side of Barleyhill Road. It would eventually be laid out with a bowling green, putting green, tennis court and childrens' playground.
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Barley Hill Road Council School, Barley Hill Road (Garforth)
Colour imageUndated. View of Barley Hill Road Council School, until recently, 2007/2008, located in Barley Hill Road, It dates from 1907 and replaced the Garforth Provided School, held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Main Street. A new P.F.I. (private finance initiative) school has been built called Strawberry Fields Primary School to replace this infant school and West Garforth Junior School. Barley Hill Road Council School is now demolished.
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Barley Hill Road Council School, group photograph (Garforth)
Black & White imagec1917. Image shows all the pupils of Barley Hill Road Council School as they pose for a group photograph c1917. The are actually lined up across Barley Hill Road with the school to the right. At this time the school, built in 1907, was about 10 years old. The girls and boys were segregated - the boys can be seen hanging over the fence, in the background. A new PFI school has been built recently in Lidgett Lane which replaces Barley Hill Road Infant School and West Garforth Junior School. Barley Hill Road School was demolished in the summer of 2007.
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Barley Hill Road School, Christmas concert (Garforth) (1 comment)
Black & White imagec1949-50. View shows children from Barley Hill Road School who took part in a Christmas concert around 1949 or 1950. The photograph was supplied by Marjorie Dobbins, who names the pupils as:- Top Row, L to R: Colin Mountford, Kenneth Todd, John Hemsworth, Keith Warner, Ralph Panther, Keith Dale, Tony Norman, Molly Johnson, Gerald Harrison; 2nd Row, L to R: Susan Holinrake, Josephine Balderson, Dorothy Richardson, Christopher Rossall, Irene Wilkinson, Stephen Bullough, Valerie Walker, Pat Stout; 3rd Row, L to R: Norma Sneyd, Muriel Lambert, Sylvia Brown, Pat Benton, Sandra Smith, Graham Wilson, Mavis Hands; Bottom Row, L to R: Michael Frost, Phyllis Kemp, Pamela Capper, Brian Jubb, Kenneth Moot, Brian Wheatley, Margaret Firth, Marjorie Hill, Avril Rumford. Barley Hill Road School opened in February 1907 and closed c2007 when pupils were transferred to new PFI school Strawberry Fields Primary School.
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