After watching the rememberance day parade in Huddersfield town centre on rememberance Sunday, the weather being not unpleasant, I decided to visit Longroyd Bridge – an area where I had spent quite a bit of time in my youth. I decided to walk on the footpath officially called “The Springwood Footpath , I seem to have a memory of the path being called “The Monkey’s Neck ” by some locals, – Why? – I have no idea.
Here are a few shots of the rememberance Sunday parade
After watching the parade – down to Longroyd Bridge, I decided to walk up the footpath from Manchester Road, Longroyd Bridge to Springwood , then turn around and follow the path back down to where it forks over the railway and take the fork to the bottom of Gledholt Bank. To get to my starting point you go up a small road called “Well Street” next to the pub called “Snowys Bar” – formally “The Albion” ( Don’t try to drive up Well Street because it peters out into nothing about 30 yards up).
We are now stood on Well Street looking at the footpath to the right of the fence – My first thought was that the path had been closed off – but no it is still there. Lets go for it then.
The start of the path was covered in leaves – would have been very slippy if wet. Quite steep as well, lets carry on.
The path was a bit clearer further up . The overgrown land on the left of the picture used to be rented by an uncle of mine, it was all fenced off and he kept it as a ” Hen run ” he also kept other animals ( including rabbits – no doubt for eating) My grandfather also used to grow a few vegetables there – peas and beans and the likes , yes I can remember eating the raw peas whilst shelling then. Memories eh? Now less press on.
Just on the bend you can see the old Springwood Sidings, because we are of course right next to the railway line. The road to the sidings runs in front of the railway viaduct at the bottom of Longroyd Place , it has no name but was always called ” The Cartroad” when I was young probably due to the carts going to and from the Sidings. I also remember that at the top of the ” Cartroad ” on the right hand side was an old mill, I can remember orange coloured lorries with BBS ( Bowers Bakery Service ? I Think) visiting on a regular basis. The BBS building is no longer standing. Lets carry on.
Getting overgrown here, I remember the stone wall on my left , but not the fence on top of it.
Take care you could break your neck here! – Anyway on we go not quite as steep now.
Now we get to the place where the path splits – left over the bridge or right up to Springwood
Lets go up to Springwood first
Much steadier slope now – getting towards the top of the path.
Nearly there, – round the bend and here we are Bow Street – Springwood
B0w street stands just at the top side of the ringroad, it has 19th century houses and Springwood School. lets turn back now and go down the footpath from Bow Street.
The backs of these houses overlook the footpath.
Back down to the bridge over the railway line – we will go over it this time and look at the line.
These tunnels start at huddersfield railway station, go under Westgate, the top ring road and Springwood, you cannot fail to see the ventilation shafts for the tunnels in Springwood. Crossing over the bridge we can see a door in the now broken down wall, the wall used to be higher than the door , with the door leading through it. Why is the door there? What did it lead to? There is only unmanaged woodland behind it now – but the door was there for a purpose. I remember 1n the 1960s the door was painted black and had the word “PRIVATE” painted on it, but I believe even then it had not been used for some time and still had woodland at the back of it.
Something I do know about this woodland behind the door is that there are some old mineworkings there from the mid 19th century – probably a “day hole” which were not uncommen in these parts.
day hole – mine where access is not by vertical shaft but by a tunnel or drift.
I wonder if the people living in nearby proerties realise that they are living on old mine workings – here is a map of the workings
Someday I will do some research about these workings and do a post dedicated to them – but that is only a good intention – we will see. going down towards Gledholt Bank now 0n our left is the railway, and on our right is a field (known as Kay’s Field in my youth)
Quick look back at the ” mine working woodland ” above Kay’s field
Towards the bottom of the path now – not much further
Kay’s field on our left, Longroyd Place on our right, Gledholt Bank behind us. A pleasant walk – but remember things are not the same from the way you remember them – hold your memories dear because sometimes that is all there is.