Leeds and Halifax Road - The Leeds and Halifax
Road Bill which passed the House of Lords a few days ago, is of great
importance to this part of the country.
We believe we may venture to affirm
that the extent of road which it comprises and the probable advantages to be
derived from it, by facilitating intercourse, are greater than ever were
included within any one Act of Parliament.
In addition to the roads under the old
act, the tolls of which let for near seven thousands pounds a year, there are
new roads attached to the act lately passed to the extent of about thirty
One branch of new road is from Kirkstall to Ilkley, which will form
perhaps, one of the most beautiful rides in the Kingdom.
It will pass under Horsforth, Rawden,
Yeadon, through Guiseley and Menston to Ilkley and the rise and fall are so
easy that it will be what is usually termed trotting road all the way.
two valleys of Wharfedale and Airedale will be united by the only possible line
so as to avoid Otley Chevin or Rombles Moor .
Another important branch is from
Shipley to Otley, crossing the last mentioned line between Menston and
This will be the best line from Bradford, Bingley and even Keighley
and also will , with the first mentioned branch, be the best line from Otley to
Leeds, as by it the Chevin and all the intermediate hills will be avoided with
only the addition of a single mile.
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling