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From the Barwicker No.100
December 2010

How often do we chat to people in Scholes or Barwick and they tell us interesting facts about the villages which they remember from their early days? At the time we take these facts ‘on board’ but soon forget. So Alan and Evelyn Senior have put together just a few differences between then and now. I am sure there are many more which our readers could add to this list and it would be interesting to include a few in each of the 2011 journals. So if you know anything at all please jot it down on a piece of paper (include your name in case we have a query) and either e-mail it or pass it to myself or any member of the Editorial team. Editor


Rakehill Road was originally named Common Lane from the Scholes end, and Workhouse Lane from the Barwick end.
The Approach was named Arthursdale Road.
Lyndhurst Road was previously named Ashfield Road.
Rakehill Road, Milton Drive, Lyndhurst Road, Elmete Avenue and Oaklea Road were originally cul-de-sacs.
Scholes Station closed in 1964.
The first school in Scholes was known as the ‘Tin Tabernacle’.
The existing Scholes Church was built adjacent to a former walled garden.
Scholes War Memorial was formerly fixed on the wall of the old Council Offices.
A commercial garage was on the site of Green Court.
Scholes golf course (9 holes) was in fields adjacent to Rakehill Road.
The original Scout HQ in Scholes was half-way down The Approach.
The second Scout HQ was opposite E.K.Brooke (now NISA) on Rakehill Road.
There was previously a bakery attached to E.K Brooke (now NISA) and also one at the rear of the house next to Sirrell’s Garage.
A threshing machine was kept on the site of Sirrell’s Garage.
There was a dairy at the back of The Grange on Main Street.
Scholes Hall stood adjacent to the Barleycorn (built on the site of the old Manor House).
There was a Post Office in Scholes at four previous sites.
The Coronation Tree at Scholes is not the original tree.
There was a café above the shop in Station Road opposite the Library.
Behind Scholes Hall was a farm (on the old people’s site).
Scholes Library was formerly housed in the school.
The basement of Ashfield House was used as an air-raid shelter for the school children during WWII.
A cobbler’s shop was in a field above the station on Scholes Lane.
Eight allotments were sited on Leeds Road at Scholes between Nos. 515 and 531.
Arthursdale Cricket Club was on a site adjacent to The Approach.
Scholes Annual ‘Showfield’ was sited opposite Scholes Lodge Farm.
The original Scholes tennis club was at the rear of Sirrell’s Garage.
The original Scholes Football pitch was on the north side of Rakehill Road.
The remains of ‘forced rhubarb’ sheds are on the west side of Scholes Lane.
There was no pavement on the west side of Main Street from the Coronation Tree to the farm stock yard.


The 3-way junction at Potterton Lane is known as ‘Morgan’s Cross’.
The Boyle was known as Bow Hill Road in the one census but residents of the village referred to it as ‘Bow Hill’ and omitted the word ‘Road’.
Fieldhead Drive was previously named ‘Shoulder of Mutton Lane’.
A fish and chip shop was sited in a backyard off Main Street.
Elmwood Lane was previously known as Back Lane.
A general store adjoined Townsley’s garage on Barwick Road.
The Market Cross is now sited in All Saints’ Church yard.
A windmill was previously sited in Carrfield Road.
Flying Horse Farm on the A64 was known as Half-way House.
The pump yard was on Aberford Road opposite the former Wm IV Public House.
Signposts sited at Garforth and Barwick indicate a mileage difference between the two places.
Fire appliances were kept in the yard of the Black Swan.
The Workhouse was situated down Common Lane/Workhouse Lane.
The school was on Aberford Road - two houses now occupy the site.
Nos. 22 and 24 The Boyle were previously a Girls’ School.
A sunken tennis court used to be on the site of a former quarry on Potterton Lane.
Rake Beck runs into Potterton Beck at Potterton Bridge and they join to the Cock Beck near Ass Bridge.
Sewage beds were extended down Aberford Road.


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