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Clarke's Bridge at Bank Bottom

Above- The road where the wagon is coming from is Berry Lane. This leads around to Mackintoshes and then changes to Bailey Hall Road which leads on Swan Bank Lane to Swan Bank, Caddy Field and Stoney Royd areas at the bottom of Trooper Lane.

Beerhouses along this road included:-

T' Cat I' Th' Window - 8/10 Lower Kirkgate

Dublin Arms (aka Wagon and Horses) - 7 Berry Lane

Swan Bank Tavern - opposite Stoney Royd Gardens

Cat I'th Window stood at 8/10 Lower Kirkgate, where the entrance to Matalan carpark is. If you walked up the left side of the pictues you would be walking below the bottom of the Halifax Minster grounds. 

Duke William Inn, Bank Bottom

Duke William on the right

Above - Looking up Southowram Bank, Magna Via to the left and Clarkes Bridge/Bank Bottom to the right.

Bank Bottom thanks to Steve Gee. 

Straight forward we can see the old Roman road which is called the Magna Via or Old Bank

 Read about the Magna Via

If we turn left we are on Charlestown Road

Above - Charlestown Road on the right

Above - Charlestown Road on the left and Beacon Hill Road winding round on the right. You can also see the shape of the Magna Via/Old Bank as it winds left to right in the foreground.

If we turn around we get this view of Southowram Bank

View Historic Charlestown here

Above - The area below the Church was known as Bank Bottom and included Baldwin Terrace (bottom left), Riding Hall Carpets (just below central) as well as the following pubs/beerhouses. 

Strangers' Arms at 1 Bank Bottom

Red Lion at 6 Bank Bottom

Mason's Arms 16 Bank Bottom

Moulders' Arms at 22 Bank Bottom

Bird in the Hand at 29 Bank Bottom

Dyer and Miller at Bank Bottom

Gas House Inn at Bank Bottom (off Old Bank and behind what is now the concrete batching plant)

The Lamb at 5 Bridge Street (left as you come out of the Railway Station carpark)

We return to this view but now we will walk to the right and climb up Southowram Bank. 

As we climb there is the back of Ridings Carpets on the right and several rows of back to back terraces on the left.

First terraces are Rileys Buildings, Smithsons Row and Pineberry Hill.

Above - Houses at Pineberry Hill

Round the back of these houses was another block of back to back terraces called Beacon Parade.

At 42 Southowram Bank stood the 'Traveller's Rest' pub (J.E.Kershaw) 1936 Hx Directory.

Beacon Parade


This area was where they filmed part of the film 'Yanks' with Richard Gere.

Within the buildings in the background(centre-left) on Southowram Bank was the Pineberry area. Somewhere in there was the Pineberry Hill Tavern and the Travellers Inn. There was a Pineberry football club at one time although they must have played elsewhere. In the background to the right of the picture was Bailey Hall.

BAILEY HALL, A corruption of Bailiff's Hall, is a respectable old mansion ; and Avas in all probability the residence of the Lords Bailiff, who selected this spot on account of its contiguity to the river and the town of Halifax ; the whole of Southowram Bank being at that time covered M'ith wood.

The small driveway you see to the garage in the distance would have led to Beacon Parade many years ago.

Southowram Bank Board School. Part of Sunday School was used as a Board School and as a United Methodist Free Chapel. In 1894, there were 113 infants attending [average attendance 84], although it had accommodation for around 200 pupils. In 1921, maps show the building as a Sunday School.

Bailey Hall Road and Mackintoshes factory with Bailey Hall houses, top left.

Above - Bailey Hall - There was once several rows of terraced houses in this area and a road(Bailey Hall Bank) that led down to Bailey Hall Road. Terraced houses included:-

Back Railway Terrace, Hoyle's Buildings, Premises, Tordoff's Row and Woodhead's Row

Pineberry Hill Conservative Club was at 10 Bailey Hall Bank

Above - you can see Berry Lane and the row of factories all the way on to Riding Hall Mill (centre right) as well as Southowram Bank as it winds up

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