Aerial Views

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 Maltings 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.