DID YOU KNOW?.


My friend John said, my dad never let us go to Stanley pictures, he said the films were full of H*** and P*** words, he never did know what his dad meant?.                                                   

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The head teacher Miss Bullock had dark hair combed back into a bun and she was very strict. The penalty for not having an handkerchief was to have a piece of toilet paper pinned to your jersey.                                               

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In the 1940/50s you could take a bottle down to the council offices in Coach Road, Outwood and they would fill it with disinfectant free of charge.                                                                        
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In 1837 a colliery opened near Newton Lane End and a railway was built which passed under Ouchthorpe Lane, down through Hatfield Hall Est to Lime Pit Lane then initially on to Bottomboat and subsequently Stanley Ferry.                                                                        
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A horse bus service from Outwood to Wakefield started in 1890. It was replaced by a tram service to Leeds in 1904, In that year Outwood had some 3,500 inhabitants in 719 houses.
                                                                     
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In 1638 Thomas Somester recalled the time when the trees and undergrowth on the Wakefield Great Out Wood, were so thick that it could only be crossed by cart and footpath.
                                                                        
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Alverthorpe Railway Station was on the branch line between Wrenthorpe Junction and Dewsbury. Built in 1872 it closed in1954.                                                                        
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In Lofthouse an old man called Browsie toured the village selling bags of mussels for 2d and 3d, when boiled they made a fine meal.                                                                                                                                      
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The first purpose built theatre in Wakefield was opened in Westgate in1776. It was bought by Benjamin Sherwood in 1883 and named The Royal Opera House.                                                                       
                                                                             
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East Ardsley Colliery was sunk in 1875 by Robert Holliday & Sons, it included a hotchpotch of structures including a screening plant and coal chute, the colliery was abandoned in 1968.                                                                        
                                                                             
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Clayton Hospital was founded in 1787 by a local man Thomas Clayton. The new building now derelict was opened in 1880.                                                                                                                                                   
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During the1939-1945 War Bretton Hall was used by the War Office, in 1948 it was sold including the lodges, lakes and 260 acres of land to The West Riding County Council.                                                                      
                                                                             
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1933 was an eventful year for Wakefield with 1. the opening of Ryburn Reservoir.  2. A new bridge over the river Calder at the bottom of Kirkgate.  3. A performance of A Wakefield and West Riding Pageant in Clarence Park.                                                                        
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Wakefield’s first cattle market was held in 1765, the town was given the right to representation in parliament in 1822. In 1888 a charter was granted which made Wakefield into a city.                                                                        
                                                                             
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Place names in our area that end in thorpe, which comes from the Norse word for village or hamlet is evidence of Danish presence.                                                                        
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The original Outwood Hall was built in 1700 and re-built in 1816. The estate incuding the hall was sold to Stanley Urban District Council in1921. The estate became Outwood Park, the hall was demolished in 1936, the gatehouse was demolished in the early 1940s
                                                                            
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Lofthouse and Outwood Railway Station was opened in 1858 by The Great Northern Railway, it closed in 1960 and the new station opened in 1988.                                                                        
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Outwood Ledger Lane School was built in 1877 enlarged in 1894, became a Council School in 1902, it was demolished in 1990.
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John George Haigh the famous acid bath murderer was born in 1909 in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The family moved to Ledger Lane Outwood in 1915. and he became a choirboy at Wakefield Cathedral. In August 1949, he was put to death by one of England’s longest serving executioners, Albert Pierrepoint.
                                                                             
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The Stanley Urban District Council chain of office was stolen whilst on display at Stanley Church, It was found months later by a schoolboy on the beach at Whitley Bay.
                                                                              
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In the 1960s a mobile fish and chip van used to travel around our area on an evening, selling fish and chips and pie and peas.
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Trams from Wakefield to Leeds through Outwood started on 15th August 1904 and ended on 25th July 1932, every tram had a postbox on board, so you could post a letter.
                                                                             
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When Wakefield Trinity beat Hull in the 1960 cup final, the players received £48 winning pay and were taxed on it.                                                                              
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In the early 50s Stanley Urban District Council offered every tennant a chance of a new refrigerator for a few shillings a week on their rent.
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Ledger Lane School Outwood was built in 1877 enlarged in 1894. the playing fields were ploughed up during the war to grow vegetables, the school was demolished in 1991.
                                                                             
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The Hedley’s footpath at Newton Hill connected Leeds Road with Bradford Road and used to be a favourite Sunday evening walk for local people.                                                                              

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Firewood Arthur obtained old pit props from the yard at Lofthouse Colliery chopped them into wood that was used for kindling and sold them around Outwood.                                                                             

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The very first seat Enoch Powell fought was the Normanton Constituency, where he only polled a few hundred votes.
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Marion Hall, Outwood, (Garage opposite Parkside Church) has been a Sunday School, Snooker Room, Domestic Science School Room and during the war a store for Peanuts.

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When miners at Lofthouse Colliery were fined  for misconduct, the money raised was given to Pinderfield’s Hospital.
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The foundation stone for the present Alverthorpe Church was laid on 12th March 1823 and the church was consecrated 2 years later on 1st June. the church cost £7,828.                                                                        

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The Outwood of Wakefield consisted of some 2,300 acres which was mostly forest. The township of Stanley was frequently fined for not repairing the fences and gates of the Outwood, so allowing deer to escape.                                                                       

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Stanley Ferry Aqueduct was completed in 1839 at a cost of £80,000, it is 165ft long and holds 940 tons of water. it closed in 1981. The new aqueduct cost £2.3m.

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Lingwell Gate Infants School(Chapel) was built in 1878 and designed to hold 100 pupils by 1927 the average was 35, it finally closed in 1930. The Building, top of Lingwell Gate Lane is still alive and well.
                                                                                
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The Lake Lock Railway stretched from the border of East Ardsley to the Aire and Calder Navigation at Lake Lock a distance of about two and a half miles.
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Horse racing in Outwood was first recorded in 1678 and one meeting was attended by The Duke of Norfolk and The Duke of Perth.
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During the 17th century Wrenthorpe was heavily industrialised with pottery Kiln's which gave the area it’s alternative name of Potovens.
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In 1839 there was no Primative Methodist Church in Outwood, services were held at Crossland’s Farm Ouchthorpe Lane.
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The idea of a Memorial in Outwood  to the war dead was put forward in 1946 and came to fruition in 1952 when the present Memorial Hall was built.                                                                               
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How the Bull Ring got its name?. The Bull was tethered to a central stone, for a fee patrons were allowed to slip their dog(Bull Baiting) at the enraged animal.                                                                              
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Wood Street, Wakefield was named after the Rev William Wood who was vicar at St John’s Church from1805 to 1825.                                                                               
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According to the summer 1932 timetable 16 passenger trains stopped at Stanley Station from Monday to Friday, with additional late trains to the East Coast on a Saturday.                                                                              
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The late John Longden from Wakefield emigrated to America and became one of America’s greatest jockeys riding a record 6,032 winners.                                                                              
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Bottomboat Methodist Church celebrated it’s 125th Anniversary in March 1999. The land on which it was built was purchased by 4 local men for £69.5s                                                                              
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