Aberford Road

Here we travel up Aberford Road from where it begins at Town End at the top of Main Street out towards East Garforth. Aberford Road bounds the North side of Garforth and includes many old buildings and houses as well as Garforth Station.

The road was originally a toll road with the toll house being where Toll Bar Garage now stands at the end of Bar Lane. This road is of course far busier than it ever was years ago as it servers as the main access route into the newer East Garforth housing estates around Sturton Lane and beyond.

The road was also called 'Station Road' historically as can be seen on some of the old postcards below. Now Station Road just refers to the short piece of road leading down to the station from where you turn off the Aberford Road.

The station itself has its own page of photos.

Town End (Towards Briggate and Wakefield Road)

date
c.1910
copyright
Bramley
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2000x1231px · 1.0M
postcard
Bramley B10
Garforth Town End
date
30th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
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2000x1371px · 1.4M
 
 
Garforth Town End
date
Unknown
copyright
Parkinson & Roy
resolution
1537x973px · 594.6K
postcard
Parkinson & Roy NN13

The shop next to the butchers with the board mounted on the front was Frank Ashton’s chemists [2].

Looking down Wakefield Road with the top of Main Street on the left.

The corner property was a butcher’s shop owned by Squire Backhouse [3].

date
c.1910
copyright
Bramley
resolution
1352x825px · 392.0K
postcard
Bramley NN14
Garforth Town End
date
25th April 2021
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1222px · 1.3M - reshoot
 
 
Garforth Town End

This image shows the row of houses at Town End, which is little changed today. The closest house in the right of the frame was used by the Yorkshire Penny Bank and the house is still called ‘Bank House’ today.

The house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dixon who rented a room to the bank every other Saturday evening. The bank was operated by Ben Chadwick who was the headmaster of the Colliery School at East Gaforth [2].

date
Unknown
copyright
Bramley
resolution
1546x953px · 816.6K
postcard
Bramley NN18
Garforth Town End
date
25th August 2007
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1133px · 1.4M
 
 
Garforth Town End

Town End (Towards Aberford)

Looking towards The Miner’s Arms and Aberford Road from Town End.

The large gabled house that can be seen in this first image past the Miner’s belonged to Tom Pickering and was demolished c.1938 to make way for Oak Road [3].

date
c.1913
copyright
Laycocks
resolution
2000x1215px · 1.1M
postcard
Laycocks 491
Garforth Town End
date
30th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1236px · 1.5M
 
 
Garforth Town End
date
c.1910
copyright
Bramley
resolution
2000x1223px · 1.2M
postcard
Bramley B14
Garforth Town End
date
25th August 2007
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1346px · 1.7M
 
 
Garforth Town End
date
c.1910
copyright
Bramley
resolution
1508x949px · 474.0K
postcard
Bramley NN24
date
c.1906
copyright
Parkinson & Roy
resolution
2000x1278px · 1.5M
postcard
Parkinson & Roy NN10
date
c.1927
copyright
Lilywhite
resolution
1345x802px · 411.5K
postcard
Lilywhite GFH07
Garforth Station Road
date
30th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1192px · 2.0M
 
 
Garforth Station Road
date
c.1935
copyright
Milton
resolution
2000x1266px · 853.6K
postcard
Milton NN01

An almost identical view to Lilywhite GFH7.

date
Unknown
copyright
Unknown
resolution
788x473px · 219.6K
date
Unknown
copyright
Bramley
resolution
500x314px · 87.5K
postcard
Bramley B2

A carnival taking place in Aberford Road during Edwardian times with The Gascoignes in the background [3].

date
1925
copyright
Unknown
resolution
500x336px · 33.2K
Garforth Town End
date
25th April 2021
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1397px · 1.4M - reshoot
Garforth Town End
date
Unknown
copyright
Unknown
resolution
1504x945px · 448.5K

Garforth Cinema which was located near The Miners Arms at Town End [3].

Aberford Road General

date
Unknown
copyright
Bramley
resolution
500x314px · 87.5K
postcard
Bramley B2

A carnival taking place in Aberford Road during Edwardian times with The Gascoignes in the background [3].

date
Unknown
copyright
Unknown
resolution
789x475px · 199.1K

These old mill buildings were situated where Beaconsfield House now stands. Whilst originally a flour mill, they were used as a grass mill during WW2 and finally as a council depot [3].

date
unknown
copyright
Phototype Co.
resolution
2000x1271px · 1.2M
postcard
Phototype 1888

Old cottages opposite the Gascoigne pub with Salisbury Terrace above.

Salisbury Terrace on the left with the Gascoigne on the right.

date
Unknown
copyright
Laycocks
resolution
1861x1159px · 1.2M
postcard
Laycocks 500
Garforth Station Road
date
25th April 2021
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1245px · 1.6M - reshoot
 
 
Garforth Station Road

The row of houses opposite the Gascoigne knows as Salisbury Terrace.

date
Unknown
copyright
Bramley
resolution
500x308px · 49.1K
postcard
Bramley NN17
Garforth Salisbury Terrace
date
30th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1418px · 2.7M
 
 
Garforth Salisbury Terrace

Salisbury Terrace on the right with the Gascoigne on the left.

date
c.1925
copyright
Parkinson & Roy
resolution
368x234px · 35.8K
postcard
Parkinson & Roy 390
Garforth Station Road
date
30th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1275px · 1.5M
 
 
Garforth Station Road
date
c.1910
copyright
Parkinson & Roy
resolution
1549x959px · 481.8K
postcard
Parkinson & Roy NN02

Salisbury Terrace on the right with the Gascoigne on the left.

Green’s nurseries in Aberford Road which stood where St Benedict’s now stands [3].

The building with the sign hanging on a pole further down the Road is The Gascoignes.

date
Unknown
copyright
Parkinson & Roy
resolution
790x440px · 200.2K
postcard
Parkinson & Roy 179A
Garforth Greens Nurseries
date
25th April 2021
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1114px · 1.3M - reshoot
 
 
Garforth Greens Nurseries

Towards Town End from the railway bridge.

date
c.1905
copyright
Parkinson & Roy
resolution
2000x1274px · 1.2M
postcard
Parkinson & Roy 385
Garforth Station Road
date
29th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1498px · 1.5M - reshoot
 
 
Garforth Station Road

The end of Bar Lane and is looking towards Aberford. Toll Bar House can be seen on the left and the Colliery School and Paradise are in the distance.

The field on the right is where Greens nurseries grew their trees and shrubs [3].

date
Unknown
copyright
Unknown
resolution
789x454px · 193.8K
Garforth Aberford Road
date
25th August 2007
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1256px · 1.6M
Garforth Aberford Road

The Gascoigne Arms

The Gascoigne Arms which at the time was selling Bentley’s Yorkshire Bitter, brewed in Woodlesford [3].

date
c.1960
copyright
Unknown
resolution
789x486px · 222.7K
Garforth The Gascoigne Arms
date
25th August 2007
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1247px · 1.6M
Garforth The Gascoigne Arms

The Miners Arms

The Miners was previously known as ‘The Jolly Collier’, ‘Vince’s’ and also ‘The Black Bull’ [3].

date
Unknown
copyright
Unknown
resolution
789x496px · 246.4K
Garforth The Miners Arms
date
27th August 2007
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1248px · 1.4M
Garforth The Miners Arms

Station Road

This is an view of Station Road looking towards Aberford Road and shows pigs about to be taken to the market by rail [3].

date
Unknown
copyright
Unknown
resolution
758x492px · 202.7K
Garforth Station
date
25th August 2007
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1376px · 1.9M
Garforth Station

Station Fields

date
c.1915
copyright
Lilywhite
resolution
1560x1004px · 698.2K
postcard
Lilywhite GFH15

This image is looking from the station across Station Fields towards Church Lane. This is where the Oak Estate now stands.

A similar view of Station Fields the Lilywhite GFH15 card but taken years later. Here you can see that more of the Oak Estate has been built but there is still some field left.

date
c.1951
copyright
The Francis Frith Collection
resolution
2000x1292px · 1.0M
postcard
Frith GFH03
Garforth Church And Oak Estate
date
29th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1171px · 1.3M
 
 
Garforth Church And Oak Estate

This image looks down the lane that has now become Station Fields, formerly called Station Avenue.

date
Unknown
copyright
Lilywhite
resolution
2000x1260px · 1.0M
postcard
Lilywhite GFH03
Garforth Station Fields
date
29th March 2019
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1168px · 1.3M
 
 
Garforth Station Fields
date
c.1927
copyright
Unknown
resolution
2000x1240px · 1.4M
postcard
Unknown NN02
date
Unknown
copyright
Hoult
resolution
500x294px · 56.4K
postcard
Hoult NN03
date
Unknown
copyright
Laycocks
resolution
500x318px · 47.8K
postcard
Laycocks NN02
date
Unknown
copyright
Laycocks
resolution
500x817px · 128.9K
postcard
Laycocks 501

Sturton Lane

These are images of ‘Paradise’, now known as Sturton Lane.

date
unknown
copyright
Parkinson & Roy
resolution
2000x1275px · 1.2M
postcard
Parkinson & Roy 447
Garforth Paradise Sturton Lane
date
December 2020
copyright
Google
resolution
2000x1268px · 962.9K
 
 
Garforth Paradise Sturton Lane
date
Unknown
copyright
Unknown
resolution
789x484px · 249.4K
Garforth Paradise (Sturton Lane)
date
25th August 2007
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1190px · 1.7M
Garforth Paradise (Sturton Lane)
date
c.1900
copyright
Phototype Co.
resolution
2000x1241px · 1.3M
postcard
Phototype 1868
Garforth Paradise Sturton Lane
date
25th April 2021
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1253px · 1.7M
 
 
Garforth Paradise Sturton Lane

East Garforth School

East Garforth School, formerly known as the Colliery School, was built in 1843 by the Gascoigne family in order to provide an education for the children of the colliers. It was finally closed down and moved to new premises close by in 1987 and the building is now the Aagrah Indian Restaurant [3].

date
1987
copyright
Unknown
resolution
790x509px · 206.2K
East Garforth School
date
26th April 2021
copyright
Ian Atkinson
resolution
2000x1287px · 1.4M
East Garforth School
date
Unknown
copyright
Phototype Co.
resolution
500x320px · 47.1K
postcard
Phototype NN02

This view is also taken from Aberford Road at an earlier time. As seen above the entry porch and round window have been removed in the past and various extensions added.

The date stone (AD MDCCCXLIII for 1843) has been removed from above the porch and re-set lower down in the wall, the bricks are visibly different in the later photo showing where it was.