Thornhill Lees maps
Historic maps of Thornhill Lees and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Thornhill Lees maps
Thornhill Lees photos
We have no photos of Thornhill Lees, although we do have photos of these nearby places:
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Thornhill Lees area books
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Memories of Thornhill Lees
To all the young 'ens of that era or anyone else - who remembers walking down and up the self beaten footpath behind the long established fish & chip shop opposite the old Heppinstall's general store (long since gone), to the Devils Pond to catch what we thought were Terrapines! Or catching frogs etc, and making home made carts to pull up 3 Boy Hill at the top of Ouzelwell or Pit Lane at the top of King Edward Street then free wheel down, usually out of control!
West Yorkshire memories
It was great sliding down the Tops on pieces of cardboard or a washer top, we went so fast hoping not to hit a car on the low road. When I used to go to school in the morning on the way to pick up my friend I would get a twig from the privets, bend it and start collecting spider webs with dew on them, by the time we got to school we had a beautiful pattern, it became a ritual in the cold mornings on the way to school. This was in Thornhill. We were never afraid of exploring the countryside around the area as it was quite safe then used to go out and get tar balls from the freshly tarred roads and chew on them, we thought that this was the greatest thing. If you have any memories please post. Jean Bremner (nee Brown)
Christmas at The Gardens
I was born in 1965 and I remember the 'Nativity' being at the gardens at Christmas time. I used to love looking at the different characters; the shepherds, the three kings, but best of all I used to love looking at the 'manger scene' at the far left hand side with the baby Jesus. The characters were the same every year but the enjoyment was always the same. I have a 19 year old son and I have never been able to show him this wonderful memory from my childhood as the authorities stopped doing it a number of years ago. Does anyone else remember the Nativity?
The Market And Caddy's
My memories of Dewsbury as a girl in the late 1960s, early 1970s. The market. The butcher my mum used (who flirted outrageously with her, and most likely every housewife in town, which she loved and I'm sure always made her buy extra sausage!). Traipsing round while my mum bought everything we needed for Sunday dinner, and some mid week meals until my legs ached! If my nanna was in tow, she wanted tripe, which after trying myself I never understood her love of it. (Yuk!) Then after going to a shop to pay money on furniture and telly, OFF TO CADDY'S - YIPEEE! My beautiful big sister Julie carried on the tradition of the Saturday Dewsbury trip and cut out the boring bits and filled it with coffee and a vanilla slice in a cafe, Toffee Smiths on the market for sweeties then OFF TO CADDY'S - for an organge ice, tall glass, fizzy orange, scoop of Caddy's, long spoon and straw! Bliss! Do you remember the foamy bubbles... Read more
Delivering Bread in Dewsbury
When I was in my teens I had a Saturday and school holiday job on Newboulds bread van, and although I went to other areas of Yorkshire, I was more often than not on the Dewsbury journey. Our major customer was Knights, who had several shops next door to one another on Ravenhouse Road. They used to take four /five trays of sliced bread - twenty four loaved per tray, plus loads of other types of bread and confectionery. Another customer was Manns, who also took large amounts and they were up near Staincliffe Hospital. We also delivered to Hepworth and Whittle's bakery in Ravensthorpe and to most of their shops in and around Dewsbury, including the one in the market. Also in the market, was Collier's Market Cafe, who took large numbers of plain teacakes. We'd deliver there and then have our dinner at the cafe. Another long gone Dewsbury institution that we delivered to was the Bon Bon, in the bus station -... Read more
This picture reminds me of the time when a petrol tanker careered down Wakefield Road and crashed into the side entrance of the town hall. This road (pictured) was closed off for a day while the fire brigade dealt with the crash. I can remember the fire brigade telling me off for standing at the bottom, looking up at the crash as there was petrol running down the road into the town centre. I will post other memories later. Keep looking!
The island in the middle of Market Place had a unique feature. Between the two zebra crossings on the island each Saturday was a man with a barrel organ. The music could be heard all over the town centre. You had to walk past it when you wanted to cross the road. This lended itself to the man with the organ collecting money for charities.
I used to like listening to the music and was fasinated with the organ. The people who used to shake the collecting cans scared me though. I probably thought they would take my pocket money (1 shilling) although they never did.
I used to spend my pocket money in Caddy's ice cream parlour on two scoops of ice cream whith fizzy pop in a tall glass (can anyone tell me what they were called?)
This was a real part of Dewsbury's history and my childhood recollections.