Skip to main content

Woodlesford

The Story of a Station
Home
About Us
Contact Us
Nibble and Clink
Murder at Oulton
Village Memories
Gallery
First World War
Local Papers
Edward Metcalf
Volter's Films
Oulton Hall
Woodlesford House
John Batty
Reverend Mercer
Woodlesford Station
Station Masters
Clerks and Porters
Signalmen and Platelayers
Enthusiasts & Passengers
Footplate Men & Guards
Excursions
Water Haigh Colliery
Bentley's Brewery
Armitage Quarries
George Cooke Armitage
Joe Ward
Aerial Views
Henry Ward Walton
Benjamin and Sarah Moore
Silas Abbey
Tommy Poppleton
Roy Ellis
Walter Gosney
Thomas Smales
Alfred Stead
Armitage Transport
Road Transport
Aire & Calder Navigation
Woodlesford Mill
Light Industries
Churches and Chapels
Schools
Merchants & Shops
Traction Engines
Farms and Farmers
Pubs
Post Offices
Sport
Site Map
Historical Dates
Doctors
EWYU Railway
Edwin Lambert
 
This photo was taken from above Fleet Lane.
 
Three of the aerial views on this page were taken in 1932. The first clearly shows the extensive Armitage stone quarry and the marl quarry where clay was dug for the two brick making kilns with the tall chimneys. The road in the foreground is Eshald Lane, previously known as Hesp Lane. To the right of the centre is a shed with four bays where grindstones were cut. On the horizon you can see Woodlesford church and to its left the tall chimney of Hulse's factory, formerly Oddie's paper mill. The stone under land behind the houses in New Woodlesford had largely been worked out by the 1930s and the area was used for allotments and piggeries before it was turned into a recreation ground with a football pitch and bowling green. (Photos courtesy Terry Elms.) 
 
This photo was taken from roughly above the Old Masons pub. In the foreground is a garage with four petrol pumps on Aberford Road opened by Harry Brook in the 1920s. Behind the garage is an old quarry working filled with water, now the site of the Lidl supermarket. On the right of the picture is Fleet Lane. One of the buildings on the edge of the quarry housed Young and Doggett's traction engines. The small building over the road from the garage was a shoe shop. In the distance behind the brick kilns Water Haigh colliery's railway sidings are filled with empty coal wagons. 
 
This view shows Fleet Lane in the foreground. In the distance is Bentley's brewery with its water
tower and chimney.
 
This view was taken in 2008 by Stephen Ward of the Rothwell Record. It clearly shows the railway and All Saint's council estate which was built after the Second World War. Also between the railway and the Aire and Calder Navigation is the Malting's estate on the site of Bentley's brewery. Toward's the top of the picture the narrowest area between the canal and the railway was the site of a mine shaft dug in the 1870s.