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RODLEY WEST YORKS – My Second Home

I taught at schools in the two villages, (Farsley and Calverley), that Rodley is sandwiched between, for 30 years and have friends in the area.  My very best friend Anne lives in Rodley and at the moment I am staying with her whilst building work is completed in my home in north Leeds.

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                         the barge

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                             the owl

There is no decent pub within walking distance where I live and as Rodley has, I have spent many a convivial evening here with my friend and new friends made.  The Owl pub, when run by Gina Howard and her family, has featured large in my social life.  What a fantastic community pub that was – great grub, fantastic well kept beer, live music, quiz nights, used by local clubs and most of all such a warm welcome.  Enterprise Inns should be ashamed the way they treated the Howards and for the eventual complete and utter ruin of one of Rodleys centre pieces, that has never been the same since.

The Barge pub across the road, privately owned thank god, has not had to suffer the same fate and still provides a welcome, good beer and live music and still carry on the successful beer festival at August bank holiday.  Then theres the Crown and Anchor further up the road and the Rodley Social Club with subsidised beer.  There’s also the Railway a short step away along the Leeds Liverpool canal.

 

the railway

the railway

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small but perfect cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The    canal………..a great easy walk and cycle, with a couple of nice small but lovely cafes along the way.  Just wish some cyclists were more careful and polite.  

The river Aire runs next to the canal with another lovely walk alongside.

I took my dog, Tetley, for a walk along the river and couldn’t quite believe the vastness of the new Redrow housing estate that is being built – Horsforth Vale.  I believe 500 houses are being built.  I also believe Redrow has won building awards for this site.  That may be all very nice and dandy but what sort of impact is it going to have on the environment and infrastructure?   The traffic along the ring road and through Calverley and Rodley is already very heavy.  The new road layouts at Rodley and Horsforth roundabouts seem to have helped a bit, but with the massive increase in residents trying to get out of Calverley lane it can only get worse.  Then what about schools? Rodley primary was closed about 16? years ago. I know that Calverley C of E, Springbank and Westroyd will have increased capacity, but is that the way forward?  Bigger schools?  Will there be enough places?  How on earth Westroyed can be increased any more on that small footprint of land is beyond me.  

I managed to find this information about the proposals for the site, which is very interesting.      click here
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There’s Rodley Nature Reserve which is a fabulous bit of well managed re-wilding and helps keep nature alive in the Aire Valley corridor.

 

And then theres my friends lovely garden.

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Thanks so much for having me Anne

 

 

 

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CALVERLEY WOODS

 

Today I found this  in the woods.  An explanation again from Secret Leeds 

Spackler wrote:
In 1861 the headmaster of Woodhouse Grove School agreed with Thornhill Trustees to lay a pipe from two springs in Calverley Wood so to supply pure water to the school. This agreement lasted 34 years. The small reservoir in the wood still remains.

This extract is from the wonderful ‘Guide to the Calverley Millennium Way’ which is available free in the area. I too had been trying to find out what this well/pond was after stumbling upon it. The little guide has loads on the history of the area and is a credit to those who produced it.

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CALVERLEY WOODS

I have fallen in love with Calverley Woods.  A magical place where my Tolkienesque imagination abounds.  A wonderful playground for dogs and humans, with a interesting history. POWs, fireworks, quarries, stone circles and prehistoric markings.

 

Mighty trees arms stretched wide

Trunks gnarled and smooth

Leaves broad and small

Colours every hue of green and brown

Glades and copses

Paths that wind

Round and round

Up and down

Over roots and boulders

Tunnels of trees and bushes

Glisten in the sunlight and rain

A playground for the imagination.

Below is a small area of the woods.  Check out Secret Leeds for more fastinating history about the woods, including descriptions of the explosion at the fireworks factory from people around at the time.