Aireborough Historical Society

White Cross Hotel


Title
White Cross Hotel
Date As Shown
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
A348
H400     Donated by Anne North
Comment
Undated: A white cross, so called because it was probably made from limestone, stood here as a boundary marker.
This was the terminus for trams, two of them can be seen.
The White Cross Hotel bears the "huntsman" sign for Tetley's ales.
This image has no date but it is thought to be before 1934.

From Martin Bairstow: The two trams are at their White Cross terminus. They are balcony trams, not fully enclosed. There is no motor traffic. It looks to be a special occasion with a police presence. In the foreground is a trolley bus wire. I think that on arrival from Burley or Otley, the trolley bus ran a few yards towards Bradford, then reversed a tiny distance towards Leeds so as to achieve a three point turn. I think the wires permitting this are just visible but are almost bleached out. The date must be between 1915 and 1928 but I`d put it early on in that range.
 
Undated: White Cross hotel, seen from across what is now a roundabout, Otley Road is to the left, Bradford Road to the right. 
This was the tramway terminus between 1915 - 1934 when the tram service ceased to run.

 

T343

March 7th 2015: On the left the first 3 windows and the doorway were previously used as the Terminus sweet shop.

This refers to the time when White Cross was the terminus for trams from Leeds.

Photographer Charles North




 

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As twenty somethings we used to go in the White Cross for a drink before going dancing at the "Blue Kitten " which was just behind the White cross car park
07 June 2013
Chris Youhill
Chris Youhill
To a transport enthusiast these two pictures are especially interesting,as White Cross was the point where the trams terminated and the trolleybuses (trackless trams) started for Burley and Otley (two separate routes). On a post on the left can be seen the stop flag lettered "Tramway Fare Stage" and the huge building in the distance if the depot for the cars - the building survives today and on the gable end nearest Guiseley we can still see, in the stonework, "Leeds City Tramways." One thing does puzzle me and I'm gladly open to correction - the trolleybus wires do not appear to follow Bradford Road but rather to go through the chimneys of the pub. I have a feeling that they may be a power/earth connection to the depot and I would have expected the trolleybus turn to be achieved by a circular loop - the vehicles were small enough to permit this in the roadway as they did at Burley Station Road and at Otley Maypole. It is a fact, however, that the trolleybuses did indeed occupy the Bradford Road side of the depot - any comments on the wiring and turning arrangements would be most welcome. The next time I drive in the area I must park and see if there's any evidence of a former vehicular entrance to the depot on that side.
09 December 2017
Mike Fall
Mike Fall
I, too, well recall dancing (on Sunday evenings) at the 'dance hall above the garage at White cross' to Jackie Thorpe's band. It wasn't called The Blue Kitten by then, but i remember that it had large empty paint cans hanging from the ceiling - trategically placed- in order to catch the drips from the roof, which leaked when it was raining. I worked at Crompton Parkinsons at the time, & remember that Jackie's wife, Trudy, started work there, not long after I did. I seem to recall, also, that Les Corbett played a saxaphone in the band & that he was related (brother, I think) to Harry Corbett, the TY 'Sooty' puppeteer. I think Jackie Thorpe's mum, who served refreshments at the Sunday evening dances, might have been called Edie Botterill & lived in the same street (Wellington Rd in Ilkley) as my then wife-to-be. My own granddad was called Botterill, so I suppose I might have been indirectly related to Sooty (or Sweep)... 114305610
09 May 2019
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