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Rothwell
johnh
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Jul 01, 2013 16:50  Trackback URL

In the early 1950's I worked in an office in Leeds and a few of the people I worked with came from Rothwell and also Woodlesford. At the time I didn't know where Rothwell was and then I started going out with a girl who lived in Allerton Bywater. I used to cycle from Leeds via Temple Newsam and down (I think it was called) the Coal Road. This came out on the road between Swillington and Rothwell, I used to see the signpost to Rothwell which is when I found out where it was. I then used to take the old Coach Road (which the old stagecoaches used - is it still there?) to get to Allerton Bywater.
I should point out that the stagecoaches weren't running at the time.  

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Jul 01, 2013 16:56  Trackback URL

I think what you recall as being called Coal Road is actually Bullerthorpe Lane, there used to be an open cast mine along there so perhaps it was 'nicknamed' coal road back in the day.

I'm not too sure about the old coach road but there are lots of tracks and stuff because they ran along side the canal and linked up the old pit (Rothwell Colliery), the Canal, the Railway line at Woodlesford and the old Bentleys Brewery.

Small world huh, obviously I'm biased, but I don't think there is a better area in Leeds and probably on Earth       

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Jul 01, 2013 18:34  Trackback URL

The only coal road I know is at Seacroft, travelled it many times on my home made racing bike.

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Jul 01, 2013 18:40  Trackback URL

Thanks Sheepy. I will have a look on Google Earth to see if I remember anything. You say Rothwell is the best place on earth, you haven't been to Slough then.  

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Jul 01, 2013 18:42  Trackback URL

I used to work just off Coal Road at Seacroft, it runs down to Shadwell.

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Jul 01, 2013 22:29  Trackback URL

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You say Rothwell is the best place on earth, you haven't been to Slough then.  


I used to travel through Slough or "Sluff" as we called it about thirty years ago, wouldn't call it a nice place, maybe it's changed.

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Jul 02, 2013 10:16  Trackback URL

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You say Rothwell is the best place on earth, you haven't been to Slough then.  


I used to travel through Slough or "Sluff" as we called it about thirty years ago, wouldn't call it a nice place, maybe it's changed.


Yes, it has changed. It's about 10 times worse than it was thirty years ago. John Betjeman had it sussed when he wrote 'come friendly bombs and drop on Slough' - or words to that effect. I was being ironic with my original post.  

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Jul 02, 2013 10:20  Trackback URL

When you talk about Slough, I had the misfortune many years ago to work in Basingstoke, now that was the pits. One of the original concrete jungles. Never been back, never want to.

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Jul 02, 2013 10:44  Trackback URL

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You say Rothwell is the best place on earth, you haven't been to Slough then.  


I used to travel through Slough or "Sluff" as we called it about thirty years ago, wouldn't call it a nice place, maybe it's changed.


Yes, it has changed. It's about 10 times worse than it was thirty years ago. John Betjeman had it sussed when he wrote 'come friendly bombs and drop on Slough' - or words to that effect. I was being ironic with my original post.  


The first verse as far as I can recall:

Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough
It isn't fit for humans now
There isn't grass to graze a cow

Horrible place. The missus grew up near there.

On the subject of John Betjeman, he was a big fan of Leeds (not LUFC) particularly its architecture, and the BBC commissioned him to do a documentary all about it, but after filming it decided not to Aire it since it wasn't London-centric enough, in an era where everything was (more-so than today).
Somone found the tape on top of an old Leeds City Council wardrobe about 20 years later, and no-one had any idea what it was, but someone found out, dusted it down and whacked it ont'internet.
It can be viewed here if anyone's interested:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout...ture.shtml


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Jul 02, 2013 13:45  Trackback URL

Apparently Leeds has the second most listed buildings in the country. London has the most.

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