|||Bruntcliffe Crossroads, Old Angel Inn (Morley) (9 comments)
|Undated. View of the The Old Angel Inn at Bruntcliffe crossroads early in the 20th century. In the days of horse and packhorse transport the Old Angel was situated in an excellent position at the crossroads of two turnpike roads - the Wakefield and Bradford Road shown here passing the front of the inn and the Leeds and Elland Road passing the side. This inn would be on the highest piece of land in the area hence the need for a water tank to catch the rainfall. The bucket on the side of the inn could be for watering draft horses. The main door is in the two storey building and near it are some mounting steps.
The building behind the inn is Stephenson's Bruntcliffe Mill probably built about 1880. Behind the Old Angel in the early part of the 19th century were some corn stacks and provision for some livestock. This is said to be the scene of a remarkable event. The landlord called Helliwell had had an argument with a person called Vickers. During a winter's evening there was a fire to the corn stacks. Helliwell suspected Vickers but could not prove it. However there had been a dusting of snow and this enabled Helliwell to trace through distinctive footsteps someone who had been in the stack yard at the Old Angel to a house in Beeston and this turned out to be Vickers. He admitted to the arson and his punishment for this was seven year's transportation to Australia. This took place about 1824. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Bruntcliffe Terminus 1911, laying of new tram track. (Morley) (5 comments)
Image shows workmen engaged in the laying of new tram track at Bruntcliffe Terminus in 1911. Several young boys are watching from the side of the track. Just beyond the workmen is Bruntcliffe cross-roads, where Howden Clough Road (A643) and Bruntcliffe Lane (A643) meet the Wakefield to Bradford Road (A650) and Bruntcliffe Road (A650). Bruntcliffe Post Office, (still in business as such until very recently) can be seen on the left. The landmark for the terminus, the Old Angel Inn, is visible on the right. This section of the line was completed on 1st January 1912.
Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Old Angel Inn, Bruntcliffe Crossroads (Morley)
Early postcard view showing the stone-built Old Angel Inn at Bruntcliffe Crossroads. The image is thought to date from before 1900. The inn was in a good position to attract trade from passing travellers on the turnpike roads, with the Leeds and Elland Road to the side and the Wakefield and Bradford Road to the front. The Bruntcliffe Mill is visible in the background, originally owned by Thomas Stephenson.
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