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13-Oct-2002, 11:51 AM
Post: #31
 
Just thought, the cobbled lane only went from Bannister Drive to Haigh Avenue when the estate was there, but did it used to link up with the Bleach works before?

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13-Oct-2002, 06:04 PM
Post: #32
 
I remember walking down Hough Lane by the Gas Works when one of the P1a planes came over, we didn`t know then it was to be the Lightning, it looked fantastic. Many years later at the Farnborough Air Show there was a display team of Lightnings called the Black Diamonds; Iwas at the far end of the runway when they took off looking towards the Black Sheds, the awesome power of nine en bloc was unbelievable, never to be forgotten as they shot up vertically for the display. It was English Electric then. Regards, Bill.
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13-Oct-2002, 10:41 PM
Post: #33
 
There is a arial photo of Leyland in 1948 in Saturday's Evening post and there are no fewer than 6 factory chimneys on it.The photo looks west from Leyland Motors Cricket Ground and shows the works next to the ground, now gone. In the distance is L&B and beyond that fields and fields.No council estate off School Lane ( Broadfield Estate that is now)In fact the town appears to be a collection of factories with a few houses inbetween.
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13-Oct-2002, 11:36 PM
Post: #34
 
Hi Noel
I saw the Evening Post on Saturday but as usual the newspaper got it wrong. According to the list and copies of all the aerial pictures that Aerofilms had of Leyland, they informed me that that pic was taken on 6th July 1932. The Society has an original print too with the date written on the reverse.
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17-Oct-2002, 11:49 PM
Post: #35
 
Hi Again
In case you missed the aerial view of Leyland, its now on the Historical Society website at the following address http://www.houghton59.fsnet.co.uk/photographs.htm
where there are more old pics of Leyland.
Peter
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19-Oct-2002, 01:27 PM
Post: #36
 
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Originally posted by Peter119

Hi Again
In case you missed the aerial view of Leyland, its now on the Historical Society website at the following address http://www.houghton59.fsnet.co.uk/photographs.htm
where there are more old pics of Leyland.
Peter


I've had a lot of pleasre looking at the aerial view Peter. The town around that time literally looked like a factory with a few houses in between The open fields made the town look very rural.
We have progressed haven't we???[}Smile]
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19-Oct-2002, 09:41 PM
Post: #37
 
I thought the date was wrong, as we moved into our house on Broadfield Estate when I was one, in 1948.Ther were still a lot of fields around, as our houses were the first and I remember being woken up as a child by a sound which I only recently identified as a woodpecker- I bet they've all disappeared now! Look forward to looking at the aerial view...

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20-Oct-2002, 04:18 PM
Post: #38
 
There's going to be one massive new housing estate once the builders start work on the old L&B site, 400 houses I believe. Prepare for traffic and noise. The Tiger's gone now by the way , I believe houses are being built there though heavens I wouldn't want a house on that busy corner.
Tom Paxton had a song about these new houses "made of ticky tacky and they all look the same".
I was thinking this when I wrote about the demise of that magnificent Accrington Brick frontage.
Anyone remember the nursery just before L&B on Golden Hill? I used to have to push my sister in her pram every day from East St. in Farington up to there, it was a large detached house as I remember and a woman called Nancy worked there. I remember the dust and dirt from Golden Hill and even from that distance the smell of rubber from the factory. I was hooked!!! <vbg>
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20-Oct-2002, 05:01 PM
Post: #39
 
Hi Noel, I`ve lost a chimney. I can see Baxters, the L&B, B.T.R. Iddon Bros. and Leylands at South Works. You`re not counting that one at Meadow Street Foundry are you? What is that at the end of Sumner Street looking like a goal post? I lived in Sumner St. 1929/30 and can`t place it. I remember the old pavilion by the cricket ground, it was painted green and white and had a verandah full length, you can just make it out on the picture. If you look closely at the entrance to North Works you can see a white band, it used to have "Leyland Motors Ltd." painted on it with a coat of arms above, this was taken down during the war and stored. It was put up again shortly after VJ Day. Cheers, Bill.
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20-Oct-2002, 06:34 PM
Post: #40
 
Hi Bill
I've just enlarged the original picture, thats not a goal post, its a bus going along Hough Lane. Unfortunately, the entrance to the North works does not come up any clearer.
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