Donkey Beck, Kirkstall

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Postby Cardiarms » Tue 26 May, 2009 2:53 pm

While meandering on Leodis I cam across a picture captioned 'Donkey Beck, Kirkstall'. It's not much more than a small stream and a stone wall so impossible to place. Does anybody know where it is/was and if it's been culverted?
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Postby Tasa » Tue 26 May, 2009 11:31 pm

I can't find it on any of the old maps but Leodis also has some photos of Donkey Dyke sewer near Kirkstall Lane, taken in 1954, so perhaps there's a connection there?

http://www.leodis.org/display.aspx?resourceIdentifier=6116&DISPLAY=FULL

http://www.leodis.org/display.aspx?resourceIdentifier=6120&DISPLAY=FULL

http://www.leodis.org/display.aspx?resourceIdentifier=6122&DISPLAY=FULL
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Postby Cardiarms » Wed 27 May, 2009 1:34 pm

Computer problems!

there's aa culverted water course that runs from Morris lane through the Abbey works on the corner with Kirkstall Lane. Probably explains the funny shaped buildings in the works and the house next door.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Kirkstall&sll=53.644679,-1.169302&sspn=0.07459,0.153809&safe=on&ie=UTF8&ll=53.816703,-1.599509&spn=0.001161,0.002403&t=h&z=19&iwloc=A
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Postby Cardiarms » Wed 27 May, 2009 1:59 pm

However, the surface water sewer refered to as Donkyey Dyke in the photos goes down church lane and then runs diagonally from Kirkstall Road under the goit and across the back of the war memorial to Halfords and then towards the river under the path on the south side of Bridge Road to the river emerging at this outfall:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Kirkstall&sll=53.644679,-1.169302&sspn=0.07459,0.153809&safe=on&ie=UTF8&ll=53.815613,-1.606517&spn=0.00058,0.001202&t=h&z=20&iwloc=A

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Postby Cardiarms » Wed 27 May, 2009 4:22 pm

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Postby Cardiarms » Thu 28 May, 2009 12:18 am

So we can have a thread that mentions 'Donkey Dyke' and links to Leodis that show:

Tunnels
Train Tracks
Thrift stores
Cranes
Pubs
Trucks
Goits
War memorials
Things you don't see any more

and no one sees fit to go:

"Donkey Dyke?" Fnarr, fnarr....
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Postby grumpytramp » Thu 28 May, 2009 9:40 am

Take a look at the 1852 1:10,560 scale OS sheet of the Kirkstall Area at www.old-maps.co.uk

There is a spring marked at the south eastern extent of Batcliff Wood (to the North of the station). From there it appears a beck runs south west, underneath the railway, to the north of the parsonage and the southern boundary of St Peter's churchyard, before crossing Morris Lane, Kirkstall Lane and then meandering southwards towards the river.

Is this your Donkey Beck?
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Postby Cardiarms » Thu 28 May, 2009 9:53 am

Thanks, could be, I can't find anything else i the area.

Cheers.

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Postby BLAKEY » Thu 28 May, 2009 12:01 pm

I have a friend who lived in Station Parade as a girl. She well remembers a little beck which ran from somewhere near the railway,about where the Fourways coach depot was until recently, towards Morris Lane. There was also an animal research centre at the top of Station Parade - I just wonder if that's where the "donkey" connection came from, although my friend doesn't remember the little beck having a name ??
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Postby Cardiarms » Thu 28 May, 2009 12:11 pm

Makes sense, the station does sit in a bowl and the land slopes in small 'valley; down to Morris Lane and continues towards kirkstall road, as described by Grumpy tramp.
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