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Postby LS1 » Sat 04 Jul, 2009 7:49 pm

Just looking as I was driving past today. If the road at the side of the allotments on Lidgett Park Road the end of this road or is it something different?
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Postby Brunel » Sat 04 Jul, 2009 9:45 pm

LS1 wrote: Just looking as I was driving past today. If the road at the side of the allotments on Lidgett Park Road the end of this road or is it something different? That's the one, meets what was the tram reserved track.
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Postby Brunel » Wed 08 Jul, 2009 12:18 pm

1936 Map Tramway shown, but no Connaught Road.
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Postby The Parksider » Sun 12 Jul, 2009 9:51 pm

My 1906 Godfrey Map shows Princes avenue with a tramline running through the centre of it.It shows Connaught Road to the west in the same line.Cut to my 1910 Godfrey map which shows (like Brandy's map) Connaught Road and yhrn princes Avenue as an "electric Tramway".My Geographia 30's map shows Princes avenue and names it as such, and shows Connaught Road and does not name it even in the index.So my theory (for disproving) is that like the Middleton Light Railway, princes avenue was originally a dedicated tramway, and if you had a black (or electric blue with shocking pink trim) Model T Ford boneshaker you had to take Connaught Road to the Park. Keep your car off the tramway, it may only get stuck in the lines.Sometime around 1930 they built a road alongside the tramway and dug up Connaught road and the adjacent field walls, and laid more sports pitches on that ground........

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Postby Brunel » Sun 12 Jul, 2009 11:17 pm

Prince's Ave always was a wide road.Seen here when the tram tracks ran in the road, just before the reserved track was constructed.The houses in the background are still there.
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Postby The Parksider » Sun 12 Jul, 2009 11:30 pm

Brunel wrote: Prince's Ave always was a wide road.Seen here when the tram tracks ran in the road, just before the reserved track was constructed.The houses in the background are still there. What date do you have for that picture???and what date do you have for the trams going onto a reserve track constructed alongside???
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Postby The Parksider » Sun 12 Jul, 2009 11:46 pm

Brunel wrote: Prince's Ave always was a wide road.Seen here when the tram tracks ran in the road, just before the reserved track was constructed.The houses in the background are still there. OK forget that last post.According to Dickinson the land between Princes avenue and Old Park Road was sold by the council to private persons for development post 1872.That development of large houses akin to many of those in the area now, never took place, and eventually the council bought the land back and extended the playing fields.Connaught Road was therefore the access road initially built for the building of housing either side of the said road, and in name was probably a later nod to the Prince.Such a road would be a quiet side road, thus making the properties more attractive than if they fronted onto Princes avenue where the rough rabble from inner city Leeds accessed the park.Once that housing project never materialised the road was dug up.There- that sounds a lot better theory based on Dickinson's info and he's good?
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Postby Brunel » Mon 13 Jul, 2009 12:00 am

Dickinson, sounds plausible.As a bit of a sideline, this is a view when reserved track completed, but the tracks in the road have yet to be lifted.
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Postby LS1 » Mon 13 Jul, 2009 12:44 am

The Parksider wrote: Brunel wrote: Prince's Ave always was a wide road.Seen here when the tram tracks ran in the road, just before the reserved track was constructed.The houses in the background are still there. OK forget that last post.According to Dickinson the land between Princes avenue and Old Park Road was sold by the council to private persons for development post 1872.That development of large houses akin to many of those in the area now, never took place, and eventually the council bought the land back and extended the playing fields.Connaught Road was therefore the access road initially built for the building of housing either side of the said road, and in name was probably a later nod to the Prince.Such a road would be a quiet side road, thus making the properties more attractive than if they fronted onto Princes avenue where the rough rabble from inner city Leeds accessed the park.Once that housing project never materialised the road was dug up.There- that sounds a lot better theory based on Dickinson's info and he's good? Think thats the most probable theory, but I wonder why they were never built. A the time the parcels of land that were sold off they were desperate to get rid of to recoup some of the money the corporation (not council at this point) paid for the Park after obtaining the act of parliament for it's purchase from Barran.The land at the other side of Old Park Road is presumably different as I beleive that Old Park Road marked the easternmost boundry of the park, this of course was built on.WOuld be interested to know seeing as we have got this far on it...
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Postby The Parksider » Mon 13 Jul, 2009 9:08 am

LS1 wrote: Think thats the most probable theory, but I wonder why they were never built. A the time the parcels of land that were sold off they were desperate to get rid of to recoup some of the money the corporation (not council at this point) paid for the Park after obtaining the act of parliament for it's purchase from Barran.The land at the other side of Old Park Road is presumably different as I beleive that Old Park Road marked the easternmost boundry of the park, this of course was built on.WOuld be interested to know seeing as we have got this far on it... Dickinson states there may have ben problems over covenants which may have been to do with the land being within a bequeathed park.





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