Garforth Bridge and The Old George

Garforth Bridge refers to the area around the Old George. When Wakefield Road and Selby Road formed a crossroads there was a bridge there which was built over Sheffield Beck.

Of course, there is now a roundabout there and the beck flows through the middle of it (where the willow trees are).


This is a view of Selby Road taken from Wakefield Road, showing the Old George on the left, Springfield Place centre frame and The Gaping Goose towards the right of the frame.

The land in the front of the frame (where the hotel now stands) was called Bowman’s Well Green Farm and later Lindley’s [3].

Date
After 1920
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Bridge

Here is a view of Fitton’s Garage, situated where Clark’s Garage now stands opposite The Old George. The Garage was built c.1920 from an old aircraft hangar and from it Fitton sold ROP (Russian Oil Products) petrol [2].

Date
After 1920
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Fitton's Garage
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Clarks Garage

The following three images are all views of The Old George. The George is one of the oldest pubs in Garforth and is mentioned in Baines’ Gazetteer for the County of York in 1822.

There used to be stabling facilities at the George which would have made it a good place for people to stop who were traveling on the Leeds to Selby and Wakefield to Tadaster turnpike roads [2].

Date
Before 1920
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
The Old George
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
The Old George

This image shows Garforth Bridge looking East towards Selby.

Date
Before 1920
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Selby Road
Date
25th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
The Old George

This image is looking West towards Swillington Common and Leeds.

Date
Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
The Old George
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
The Old George

This image shows Selby Road climbing towards Swillington Common. The large house on the left, now demolished, was owned by the manager of Naylor Pollard & Co. [2].

Hawthorn Terrace is recognisable in the centre frame of both photographs.

Date
Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Selby Road
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Selby Road