Appeal – Can You Remember Way Back When?

Discussing the sheepfold entrance

At the top of the Park is an area we have called the ‘sheepfold’ entrance (although, in truth, waller Martyn Hornsby-Smith tells us the walls are probably too low for that).  On old maps it looks like a triangular walled area, and some of us old enough to remember, vaguely recall such a structure with a stile, and a seat that looked west.   We don’t know what this area was, and we don’t know exactly how it looked.  The walls have disappeared, and all that remains is the sides of the stile, lying in the path (providing a stand for Bellway’s Simon Uttley in the picture.  Councillor Graham Latty is standing in the gap of the old stile).   So, we are putting out an appeal for anyone who remembers what the area looked like:  do you have a picture, a map, or could you do a rough drawing.  Most of all,  does anyone know what it was used for – was it an animal fold, or maybe a turning circle for carts, or even something to do with the drainage that cross the Park around this point.  As the churn stand, and an interesting set of stone gateposts are also in the area, we’d like to restore this feature,  but need more information to do it properly .

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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3 Responses to Appeal – Can You Remember Way Back When?

  1. Brian Triffitt says:

    saw your article in the wharfedale last week and was going to ring you, but forgot untill we got
    this weeks edition and jolted my brain into action again.
    I have a folder on my computer for Crompton Parkinsons of photo;s that i started before they started demolition, and is still ongoing untill they finish building the houses.
    if any of them are of any interest to you i would gladly share them.

    • IAN says:


      • brian triffitt says:

        thanks Ian
        i’ll let the new year settle then i may get in touch with them,
        i’ve got lots of photos of Guiseley {then & now}
        also videos of the whole of silver cross, and of the demolition
        plus a lot of my scrap books

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