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Calverley Cutting (Calverley)
Black & White imageUndated Calverley Cutting is a road which was cut through sandstone rock to replace the old packhorse way in the 1850s. It was part of a scheme to develop the area for luxury residential which proved unsuccessful. A quote from 1857 describes Calverley Cutting as follows, 'although the new road might be shorter it was so steep that it was almost impossible for a weakly person to ascend it, whereas the old road by winding round the hill was pleasanter to travel and had some of the finest prospects in Yorkshire'. Calverley Cutting went from Carr Road to Apperley Bridge.
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Calverley Cutting (Calverley)
Black & White imageUndated Image shows Calverley Cutting, a straight road blasted through the sandstone of Calverley Woods in the 1850s. It was part of a grandiose scheme to develop the woods for high class residential housing. At the time it was built the new road was not as favourable to the local population as the old meandering packhorse route it replaced. Although shorter, it was considerably steeper. Calverley Cutting ran from Carr Road through the woods to Apperley Bridge. The residential development of the area was never to be fully realized.
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Calverley Cutting, from Apperley Bridge (Calverley)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Calverley Cutting leading up into Calverley Wood (left) and West Wood (right), seen from Apperley Bridge with Harrogate Road bending off to the right. The old stone property, left, is Waterloo House and Brook House is glimpsed through the trees, right of centre. The photo was taken prior to the building of Harrogate Road Bridge, which would be sited to the left from roughly where the gas lamp is. The photographer would have been standing in front of the George and Dragon beside which was the old stone bridge which had previously carried the Bradford/Harrogate traffic.
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Calverley Cutting, top, from a watercolour by Fred Swaine (Calverley)
Black & White imageUndated, Watercolour by local artist Fred Swaine (1858-1942) showing the top of Calverley Cutting. The cutting, carved through solid rock, was designed to replace the old packhorse track that winded its way through the wood between Calverley and Apperley Bridge, parts of which can still be seen today. The Thornhill family had developed a grandiose scheme to build large, private villas in the wood so in 1856 Calverley Cutting was constructed. Local people objected to the loss of the old route and complained about the steepness of the cutting as it dropped down into the valley. The housing scheme in the wood, however, failed and was never completed. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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Calverley Cutting, Underwood Cottage, from a watercolour by Fred Swaine (Calverley)
Colour imageUndated. This watercolour by Fred Swaine depicts Underwood Cottage off Calverley Cutting near Apperley Bridge. It is located at a narrow point where the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal come close together. The second building along, then a barn, has recently been converted into a dwelling. The view looks from the direction of Calverley Cutting towards the canal in the background with buildings of Shaw House Farm beyond. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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