New Road Side c1960, Horsforth
Memories of New Road Side c1960, Horsforth
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Sorry, will start agian - yes it does bring back memories, all these old photoes. As a child I lived in Back Lane, the house attached to my grandfathers Blacksmiths Shop. At the age of 5 - 1952 - I used to walk up Town Street to St.Margaret's Church National Infants School, headmistress Mrs Driskel, then in the Junior School Head was Mr.Sharp, then to Featherbank which was a Secondary school then, till 1959 when we were transferred to Benton Park Secondary School, - During the last few days I have been looking at some old School Group photos, and trying to remember some names. This year in Feb. was home and spent quite a lot of time in Town Street, remembering where all the old shops used to be and who they belonged to - Quite enjoyed my trip down Memory Lane - hope a few more people enjoy it the same as I......Perhaps there is still someone in Horsforth that might remember me from those days ......Rgds.
Correction to Photo
Photo is taken from the LCT No 36 bus stop area. House on right is one of the failed concrete slab construction homes by Airey, most of which have now been reclad with external brickwork. View down road leads to Haigh Wood Road. Photo has wrong name on it. It is actually Woodnook Drive with Silk Mill Drive coming in from the left. The first house on the left was occupied by the Thackery family, mum, dad, grandma and son Gordon. I lived approx 100 yards away at 132 Silk Mill drive from 1958 until 1981. Thank you for that - we have now made the correction, Editor.
Remember it Well!
This is where I grew up! My dad had a shop just below the garage on the right - it was where Morrison's is now. I walked up and down here all the time and the garage owner (John Cassere) used to call out 'hello ginger' 'cos I had ginger hair and I used to be so embarrassed. Mum (who still lives in Horsforth) and I recently reminisced and tried to remember all the shops in Town St and there were lots and lots. My husband who has visited (we live in Australia) said there couldn't possibly have been that many but there were indeed. Ah where have the years gone???
I stayed in Horsforth (Fink Hill), for 10 days during the summer of 1976. The lasting memory I have of New Road Side is of the king prawn curries that I had from the Dearest Dear Chinese Take-Away. They were some of the best I have ever had.
1976 to 1981
I too remember going to this place from when I was 7 year old in 1976 until 1981 and what I can remember is, my mam told me that my dad sent me here becuase I was total uncontrollable and this was the only way that my dad could see it at the time. I really hated it and I didn't want to be there at first, but as time went on I really loved the place. I have some good and bad memories but overall I miss the place.
This is my family's ancestral home. My grandmother and her sisters were braught up here from the 1920s. Her father George Sayner worked as a linesman at this station and the family rented the house from the railway company. I have been told many stories of their lives here and I love it whenever I pass this building. It gives me a nice feeling knowing my family once lived there.
Catching The Train to Leeds
I was born in 1960 within a short walk of this photo. The scene is still clearly recognisable, although the wooden station building spanning the bridge and the steps leading down to the station were demolished and replaced (sometime in the early 1970s?)
Mum would walk to the station with my little sister in a big pushchair, my brother and I holding onto the sides of the pram, to catch the train into Leeds. Mum had to push the pram down past the Fox and Hounds pub, over the bridge, down the slope past the house that is now the Pottery (shown in the photo) onto the Harrogate-bound platform. Then came the scary bit! Supervised by the Station Master we all had to cross the railway tracks across a wooden level crossing which ran under the bridge, up a ramp and onto the Leeds-bound platform. There was no direct ramp onto the Leeds platform - just a flight of wooden stairs (at the far side of the bridge in... Read more
In 1973 to 1977
I was 7yrs old when I visited this place with my mum and sister which was (1973) and I was told this was going to be my home for a while because mum was too ill to look after me...it was called Springfield boarding school and although I hated it at first because I got homesick I settled in and I loved it so much. I remember crying loads, some good memories lay there, and I'm trying to find as much information as possible about the place and people I met whilst there.
from Mandy Smith (was Pedersen back then).