|||Aerial view of Hesketh House and Farm. (West Ardsley)
Aerial view of Hesketh House and Farm owned by Gilbert Speight. Hesketh Lane runs across the top left hand corner. Hesketh Farm is in the foreground, behind is a detached house called Lynton. Hesketh House is to the right. At the top edge part of a semi-detached called Alta - Vista is visible. Also seen are the rhubarb sheds.
Image used courtesy of Peter Aldred. Photograph from David Atkinson Archive.
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|||E. Oldroyd & Sons (Lofthouse) Ltd, Rhubarb Growers (Carlton) (2 comments)
This is the location for the family firm of E. Oldroyd & Sons (Lofthouse) Ltd, which has earned the title of Champion Forced Rhubarb Producer. The rhubarb is forced in heated, irrigated sheds which are kept darkened with low watt bulbs or even candlelight. The rhubarb is ready to be harvested between January and March, and during this period Oldroyd's produce 150 tons.
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|||Gelderd Road, rhubarb field (Morley)
|June 1965. Here a field of rhubarb has been let go to seed with the seeds growing to the height of the rhubarb sheds and obscuring them. People are hoeing between the rows in the field beyond. The field in the background in front of St. Bernard's Mill chimney has rows of peas in different stages of growth. Right on the horizon is Highfield Mill at Gildersome and the path over Hart Hill. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Howley Park Quarry and Farm (West Ardsley)
View of the disused, water filled Howley Park Quarry with Howley Park Quarry Farm in the background. The low, red brick buildings are rhubarb sheds.
Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Japa, Laneside Mills (Churwell)
View of the Japa paper factory situated at Laneside Mills of Victoria Road. Japa is an acronym of 'Just Another Paper Article'. The firm moved into Laneside Mills in 1936 after their Hunslet premises were destroyed by fire. Among the paper and cardboard products they manufactured were boxes for packing locally grown forced rhubarb destined for the south of the country. The Howarth family, who owned the Japa business, resided in the nearby Wellfield House. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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