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Search Aspect ( Blackett Street )
Location - Leeds & District

Back Lane, now known as Blackett Street, showing the farm run by James Hall, watercolour by Fred Swaine (Calverley) (3 comments)
Colour imageUndated. View of Back Lane, re-named Blackett Street after the Blackett family of Wallington into which the Calverley family married in the mid 1700s. It is from a painting by Fred Swaine (1858 - 1942), a local man. The view looks from the direction of Town Gate, just past the junction with Clarke Street. The farm belonged to James Hall but it was demolished in 1930. Several cows are standing in the road. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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Blackett Street, Blacksmith's shop (Calverley) (8 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Blacksmith's hard at work and thought to have been taken in the village smithy located at the bottom of Blackett street (formerly Back Lane). (Information from 'Calverley in Bygone Days' by Christopher Brown). There is a local legend that the poem 'The Village Blacksmith', composed by American Poet Henery Wadsworth Longfellow in 1840, was inspired by this smithy. The name Langfellow can be traced back to the early 16th century in Calverley, when one of three brothers, Peter Langfellow, became a vicar of Calverley in 1510. One of the other brothers, William, perhaps provides the lineage for the poet. One of Wiliam's descendents, another William, married Elizabeth Thorton at Calverley Church in 1646. They resided at Horsforth where Longfellow maintained his English ancestors originated. It was possibly their son, William, who emigrated from Yorkshire to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1676, who was the last of Henry Wadworth Longfellow's English ancestors. The poet was known to have come to England and may have visited the towns and villages associated with his ancestry. There is some doubt about the location and any further information would be much appreciated.
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Old Post Office in the process of demolition from a watercolour by Fred Swaine (Calverley)
Colour imageUndated. Image shows the old Post Office at Town Gate, on the Green, in the process of being demolished. The event is recorded by watercolour artist, Fred Swaine (1858-1942) and took place some time prior to the First World War. The old post office opened here in 1840 and was part of a group of 6 cottages. It closed in 1909 and a new post office opened in Blackett Street, then called Back Lane.
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Old Post Office, The Green, from a watercolour by Fred Swaine (1858 - 1942) (Calverley)
Colour imageUndated. A gaggle of geese can be seen in the foreground of this watercolour by local resident, Fred Swaine (1858 - 1942). The building is the old post office which was once part of a group of six cottages situated on Town Gate, The Green. They were demolished prior to the First World War and a new post office opened in Back Lane, later to become Blackett Street. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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Thornhill Arms, the junction of Blackett Street with Town Gate (Calverley)
Black & White imageUndated An early image showing the Thornhill Arms at the junction of Blackett Street, left, and Town Gate, foreground. A horse, harnessed to a wagon, waits patiently outside the front entrance. The inn, built in stone on two storeys, is thought to have been built as a coaching inn in the 17th Century. A lintel is displayed within which was once over the front door. It is carved with the date 1673 and the initials W.C. and F.C. At one time the inn was called The Leopard, thought to refer to the heraldic crest of the Weaver's Company which featured the heads of three leopards. The board above the door displays the name of the Landlord, William Thimblebee. He is listed here in a directory for 1906.
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