Top half of Southowram Bank

Some things never change. It seems car drivers still haven't learned that even the modern 4x4s are out of control on steep icy/snowy hills.

Above - St Micheals and All Angels Church

This path(seen here centre/right) leads round the back of what used to be St Micheals Church and you can still see grave-stone-like markers which are perhaps church boundary markers.

Robert Parker planted a number of trees on the bare hillside, but, with the coming of the mills and factories, these were killed off by the pollution from the town. Most of the trees and shrubs which can today be seen on the hillside are the results of reafforestation to mark the Halifax centenary in 1948 – when over 500 trees were planted – during the campaign organised by Charles Holdsworth in 1949, and more in 1956. In the early 1970s, members of the Halifax Civic Trust began to plant trees and shrubs – mainly broom and willow.

Castlemaine House was once known as Blaithroyd Working Mens Club

Trooper Lane

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Here we can see Stoney Royd Fever hospital in the foreground with the Caddy Field school behind it and Trooper Lane winding up towards Blaithroyd Lane which runs along the picture 3/4 of the way up.

Pit Hill was so called due to all the mining in this area.

Trooper Lane Co-op

Past and present.