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Search Aspect (Rhubarb )
Location - Leeds & District

Laneside Mills, Laneside (Churwell)
Colour imageOctober 1968. Image shows Laneside Mills off Victoria Road at Laneside. The earliest buildings belonging to Laneside Mills dated from 1829 when George Crowther started his textile mill. Charles Scarth & Sons Ltd took over the mill and expanded it in the late nineteenth century. In 1936 JAPA paper products (an acronym for 'Just Another Paper Article') moved in here maufacturing Japa blinds, paper bags and cardboard boxes including those for the packing of locally grown rhubarb. Here, there are signs for several small businesses. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Leadwell Lane, Rhubarb Field (Carlton)
Colour image2005. View from Leadwell Lane showing a field full of rhubarb. Yorkshire rhubarb grown within the 'rhubarb triangle' of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield is well known for its quality. It is intensively grown between January and March when it is forced in a dimly lit, warm, moist environment in special sheds. The crowns are specially selected for this treatment from plants which have been grown outdoors for three years.
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Main Street, Oldroyd's Farm Sign (Carlton)
Colour image2005. View of Main Street dominated by a large blue sign for Oldroyd's Farm. It invites you to 'learn of rhubarb's health giving properties' and promotes the 'Amazing Rhubarb Triangle Experience'. The 'Rhubarb Triangle' is an area bounded by Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield famous for its successful rhubarb growing industry. Oldroyd's is a family business built up over four generations. It is one of only a few large scale growers left, but continues to produce high quality, carefully forced rhubarb, 150 tons annually. The farm utilises 35,000 square feet of land for growing rhubarb.
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Morley, rhubarb fields (Morley) (2 comments)
Colour image1959. At one time Morley used to have many acres of rhubarb fields with massive but low forcing sheds. The main time for harvesting forced rhubarb was from late December to early April when little other fruit was available. When taken out of the forcing sheds the roots needed nearly two years to recuperate before they could be used inside again. Towards the end of this period they were growing well again out in the open, and a harvest of field rhubarb could be taken. This is what the photograph here shows. In the foreground are tied up bundles of field rhubarb and a lot of loose leaves from harvested stalks. In the background is a line of rhubarb pickers who are producing the bundles shown. Field rhubarb was used for producing cheap canned rhubarb and for bulking out other canned fruits and especially for bulking out jam e.g. Tickler's jam duing the First World War. The mill on the right hand side is probably Glen Mills though possibly Tingley Mills. The photograph was taken in May or June 1959. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Rhubarb Field & Forcing Sheds, Off Town Street (Carlton)
Colour image2005. Image shows fields of rhubarb, and the forcing sheds, which produce 150 tons annually at the farm of E. Oldroyd & Sons (Lofthouse) Ltd. The rhubarb plants are grown outside for three years to strengthen them and store energy. Crowns are then selected for the forcing sheds where they are kept in a low lit, warm moist environment. The lack of light encourages the plants to produce sweeter, tender red stalks, over a period of about 6 weeks. They are then pulled, not cut, for market. The National Indoor Rhubarb Championships are held in Wakefield each February, when growers compete for the title of Champion Forced Rhubarb.
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