July 24, 2018

Connecting Leeds “Bus Consultation”

Filed under: General — Bill @ 9:50 pm

Connecting Leeds 470The A660 as it crosses Woodhouse Moor – cartoon by Daniel Allegra

“Connecting Leeds” is described by the organisations behind it, Leeds City Council and Metro, as a “bus consultation.” A bus consultation might be considered to include proposals for altering bus timetables and routes. The Connecting Leeds bus consultation is all about proposals to widen sections of the A660 from Otley Old Road to Raglan Road. It’s proposed to:

  • Ban the right turn from Woodhouse Street onto Headingley Lane, and the right turn from Hyde Park Road onto Woodhouse Lane, and divert all this traffic onto Cliff Road.
  • Remove an unspecified amount of the grass verge adjacent to the inbound lane of the A660 across Woodhouse Moor.
  • Remove all the York stone pavement adjacent to the outbound lane across Woodhouse Moor to create a wider road.
  • Extend the bus lay-by at Raglan Road backwards by an un-specified amount to create a “bus only” lane.

Woodhouse Lane as it crosses Woodhouse Moor is already the widest section of the A660 between the town centre and West Park. Now Leeds City Council and Metro want to make it even wider.

The deadline for responding to the consultation is the 3rd August 2018. You can make your views known here.

April 24, 2018

Woodhouse Moor Cricket Ground

Filed under: General — Bill @ 4:04 pm

Cinder Moor 1929 470 Children playing cricket on Cinder Moor in 1929

The area now known as “Cinder Moor,” used to be called “Low Moor.” In 1884, at a cost of £400, it was levelled to create a cricket ground. Low Moor continued as a cricket ground, and then as a combined cricket ground and football ground until 1953, when the area, along with other sites across Leeds, was designated as a heliport. Although never used as a heliport, the site was not restored for green space usage when it was re-designated as a green space in 1973.

January 12, 2018

Edouard André

Filed under: General — Bill @ 9:10 pm

edouardandre 470Edouard André (1840 – 1911)

The man who designed Sefton Park in Liverpool, also drew up a plan for a formal park on Woodhouse Moor. His name was Edouard André and he prepared the plan at the request of the Leeds Town Clerk in 1868. Apparently he drew up the plan in collaboration with someone called Lewis Hornblower, who also worked with him on the plan for Sefton Park.

October 24, 2017

The Veterans’ Shelter

Filed under: General — Bill @ 7:20 pm

Tea Shelter 236this is the answerto everythingThe original design

The building on the Moor now occupied by Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro used to be a shelter for the Woodhouse Moor Veterans’ Association. The establishment of shelters for veterans in Leeds parks dates from 1922. By the 1930s, all Leeds’ parks had a shelter for veterans. There was even a Leeds Federation of Park Shelters.

The Woodhouse Moor Veterans’ Association had previously occupied a more basic shelter that was located in the middle of the Moor. In 1933, the Association began to raise funds for a new shelter, and approached house builder Frank Thompson for an estimate. According to Tony Shelton in his article, “Dream Builders: The Thompsons of Golden Acre,” the builder later said, “I quoted them nothing. I thought it was a very worthy cause.”

Whereas the original plan for the building was that it should be built in the old English style, the building which actually got built in 1935 was in a style of its own. The original design was subsequently used for a building that was erected on an island in the lake at the pleasure garden Frank Thompson created called “Golden Acre” (now Golden Acre Park between Adel and Bramhope).

Following a period of disuse, between 1983 and 1986 the shelter was the home of ‘Pavilion’, a women’s photography centre. In 1996 it was used as a cafe called Dubterranean. Since 1998 it’s been a curry house called “Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro.”

October 20, 2017

Public Space Protection Order

Filed under: General — Bill @ 3:13 pm

Woodhouse Moor and Little London PSPO Map 470

Leeds City Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for Woodhouse Moor which is effective from 20 October 2017.

PSPOs deal with a particular nuisance in a defined public space where this is having a negative impact on the quality of life for those in that public space. Before introducing PSPOs the council had to apply the ‘test’ for a PSPO, this being:

the behaviour being restricted has to:

    be having, or is likely to have, a detrimental (harmful) effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
    be persistent or continuing in nature; and
    be unreasonable
    The only prohibitions or requirements that may be imposed are ones that are reasonable to impose in order to prevent or reduce the risk of the detrimental effect continuing, occurring or recurring i.e ‘justifies the restrictions imposed by the notice’.

A PSPO lasts for a maximum of three years and can be renewed if necessary. Failure to comply with an order can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or a maximum fine of £1000.

Leeds City Council’s PSPOs address issues around alcohol, Psychoactive Substances and ‘household wastes’.

Before introducing Public Space Protection Orders, Leeds City Council carried out statutory consultation as set out by the Home Office.

(taken from Leeds City Council’s website)

July 24, 2017

Woodhouse Moor Allotments

Filed under: General — Bill @ 5:56 pm

Dig 270

Allotments were established on Woodhouse Moor in February 1917. These were all completely removed in 1923. Allotments were re-established in March 1940 as part of the “Dig for Victory” campaign. These were removed in 1953, and replaced by a smaller area comprising 92 allotments. The council said that these were temporary and would be removed when the emergency (rationing) was over. They are still in place today.

May 20, 2016

Cricket on Monument Moor

Filed under: General — Bill @ 9:23 pm

Monument Moor Cricket

Youths enjoying a game of cricket earlier this evening on Monument Moor.

Monument Moor used to be home to an outdoor gymnasium, and neighbouring Cinder Moor was used for cricket and football. Hopefully both parts of the Moor can once again be used for sport now that the trolleybus scheme has been rejected.

June 4, 2015

Rubbish Sculpture

Filed under: General — Bill @ 7:36 pm

Rubbish 470

We usually think of rubbish as ugly. But Flora Hochrein, a student from Leeds University has shown that rubbish can sometimes be beautiful. This sparkling sculpture, made entirely from rubbish, was Flora’s brainchild. She and fellow students created the sculpture on the old bandstand site.

May 17, 2015

Cowslips on the Wild Flower Meadow

Filed under: General — Bill @ 2:17 pm


There are lots of cowslips on the wild flower meadow and they’re in full bloom at the moment.

Knor and Spell

Filed under: General — Bill @ 1:19 pm

Knurr 470oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooImage courtesy of Kirklees Museums & Galleries

Knor and spell (aka ‘knurr and spell’) was a popular game in the West Riding during the 19th century which was often played on Woodhouse Moor. The knor was a ball usually made of either box or holly. The spell was a tongue of steel which had a small brass cup at the end which held the knor. The knor was released by the player touching a spring attached to the spell, which cause the knor to fly into the air, allowing it to be hit by the player. The aim of the game was to hit the knor as far as possible.

During the 1860s, the champion knor and spell player was Kirk Stables of New Wortley. His main rival was Job (Nelly) Pearson of Farsley. The two played each other on numerous occasions, including on Woodhouse Moor, and in 1862 at the Old Brompton cricket ground in London.

Youths playing know and spell, and cricket on Woodhouse Moor, and the danger this caused to promenaders, are why byelaws were brought in in 1863 to restrict the playing of these games to certain parts of the Moor.

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