The Missing Road

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Postby Brunel » Thu 02 Jul, 2009 10:44 pm

Running North- South along what is commonly called "The Soldiers Field" but is marked on the O.S. Explorer map as "Military Field" is a mystery road.The Road is Connaught Road, and the correct name for the field is ...Connaught Field.The road has all but disappeared over time but can be seen when the grass dries out.So what is the correct history of this mystery road?Enclosed is a copy of map circa 1900 showing the road marked in green.Also the road as it is today:http://snipurl.com/lnozp    
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Thu 02 Jul, 2009 10:57 pm

It's funny you bring this up Brunel.It's not quite as dissapeared as you think.I've walked past it countless times and never given it a second thought.I only took more notice two days ago when i went for my snap of the Roundhay shelter.If you go to the corner of Old Park road (Gledow lane side) where the road started, you can still see the original kerb stones and road sets of the road. It stops when it hits the grass.(It only seems a narrow road, one vehicle wide)I just assumed it was an access for grass cutters e.t.c.I never knew it was a full named road.    
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Thu 02 Jul, 2009 10:58 pm

You'll be able to see it on Google street view.
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Thu 02 Jul, 2009 11:05 pm

I presume these cobble remains will be the very same Connaught road then?http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn ... ecretleeds    
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Postby Brunel » Thu 02 Jul, 2009 11:05 pm

You can see the complete line of it on Google Maps, which must be approx. 4 yrs. ago.
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Postby Brunel » Fri 03 Jul, 2009 12:40 am

Phill_dvsn wrote: I presume these cobble remains will be the very same Connaught road then?http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn ... ecretleeds     Sorry that is nothing to do with Connaught Rd.The southern end of Connaught Road connects with Old Park Rd at the first bend north of your photo.Clearly visible on the map.    
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Postby oldleedsman » Fri 03 Jul, 2009 12:43 am

I always thought Soldiers Field was the other side of Prince's Ave.
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Postby Brandy » Fri 03 Jul, 2009 1:04 am

its still visible as a marked road on the 1921 map
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Postby Brandy » Fri 03 Jul, 2009 1:08 am

but then vanishes on the 1938 map??So................................WHY? lolps/when i say 'vinishes; i mean it appears on the map marked as 'connaught road'but if you look at the map at the end the opening of the road is blocked?    
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Postby LS1 » Fri 03 Jul, 2009 8:49 am

I think this was part of the service roads accross the park when it was in private hands. Imagine this was more or less near to the eastern most boundry of the park and was apparently just an access road....Why it is still showing later on on the maps is an entirely different story.





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