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Church Street to Moor Head Under Construction
Springfield House from the air. A portion of Springfield Mill can be seen on the right edge.
Joshua Greathead's House on Church Street otherwise known as Major's house and farm, the farm extended to Farnley Wood Beck and contained Majors Wood, This photo was taken before 1900, after that, the old house was demolished and later a new house was built that fronts along Church St., approximately where the constable is standing. Still in existence, the new house is called Church Farm House.
St. Peter's Parish Church. Above was the 2nd Church built on the same spot in 1873 as the original that was built in 1777. It was demolished during the 1980s due to structural damage. The original was destroyed by fire. (The top photo courtesy of Margaret and Alan Kirk)
Spring View, Rock House and Poplar House (right to left) Courtesy of Gildersome Past, Present & Future.
Spring Avenue, probably taken circa 1935.
St Peter's "New" Church School, demolished in 1984. The new school was built on the site of the Bolton Hargraves Charity cottages and out of sight, behind the school, sat the Bolton Hargraves Charity school founded in the 1760s. The first gate on the left of the photo leads to Spring View House whose corner is just visible. The building at the road's vanishing point is Mt Pleasant and the man on the right is standing at the boundary of Major Greathead's Farm and the New Inn Property.
Church St Cottages. I'm not certain, but I believe these cottages were located at today's 66 Church St.
The New Inn (before Art Deco)
The Baptist Church at Gildersome is one of the oldest Baptist Churches in the country. Baptist assemblies were held at Gildersome as early as 1663 and in 1706 land was purchased on which a small chapel was erected in 1707. In 1749, a new chapel, shown above, was constructed to accommodate the area's burgeoning congregation.
Above are three illustrations of Gildersome's Baptist Church are taken from the pages of the "History of the Baptist Church at Gildersome" and depict the evolution of the church as it was originally built in 1749 (Old Church) and after it was rebuilt in 1866. The Memorial Hall was used as a Sunday school known as the British school. The interior shot was taken in 1868 upon the occasion of the completed installation of the pipe organ by Joseph Booth (1769-1832) renowned organ-builder of Wakefield, Yorkshire.
Metcalfe's, or the Westend Stores. (More below)
Mount Pleasant, probably shot from a rooftop.
Scott Green Farm, at or near the site of Ashwood Parade Shops.
Aerial view of Scott Green. Scott Green Farm is near the centre of the photo.
Houses recently constructed at Scott Green (circa 1930). Looking in the direction of Church Street. Mt Pleasant can be seen in the distance on the right. The drive to Scott Green Farm can just be seen on the right.
Looking toward Farnley on Gildersome Lane. Some of Booth's Moorhead Mill is just visible in the distance on the right.
Royal Oak. Some believe that the building in the photo on the right to have been of great antiquity.
Barker Hill Farm. Technically in Drighlington.
Two aerial shots of Booth's Moor Head Mill.
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