When Windy Bank had just been built

AN OLD street plan of Spenborough, when Windy Bank was a brand new estate and there were still railway stations at Liversedge, Littletown, Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike has been loaned to the Guardian and Herald.

Derek Millington, of Cleckheaton, came across the map about 10 years ago when he was in a second-hand shop in Ripon.

He was reminded of it after reading a recent Looking Back feature on the 50th anniversary of Spen gaining its borough status, and thought other readers might be interested in seeing it.

The honour was bestowed by Princess Mary during a Royal visit to Cleckheaton and Littletown, where she also officially opened the new playing fields which were named after her.

Derek’s map of the borough shows the area stretching from East Bierley in the north to Hartshead in the south, and from Scholes in the west to Gomersal in the east.

Unusually it has a tape pointer which can be used to locate roads from the street index and is still in pristine condition.

There is no date on the map, but the absence of the Princess Mary Playing Fields indicates that it is over 50 years old.

The map is surrounded by supporting adverts from Cleckheaton companies such as Sladdin’s bespoke tailors, Wadams Limited house of fashions in Bradford Road, Walter Sharp and Son at the Pygmalion, Spenborough Radio Relay Co Limited of Pyenot Hall Lane, Fred Akers and Sons decorators, RA Clayborn Photographer of Station Approach, Percy Bentley boiled sweet makers of Quaker Lane and James Oade radio, television and cycle sales who were also agents for Meccano, Hornby trains, Dinky toys and Bayko.

Interestingly all the telephone numbers have just three digits – illustrating that the communications industry was still very much in its infancy.

Elsewhere, the map shows the Globe pub at Millbridge, the old council offices at Birkenshaw and the Westgate Chemical Works but of course, no motorway and no Chain Bar roundabout.