Aireborough Historical Society

Rawdon Billing

Rawdon Billing
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Title
Rawdon Billing
Date Undated
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
D058 + X95 + X182 + D349 + I224 + I225 + L426 + M478
Comment
1: The Billing is an Aireborough landmark, a hill with wooded summit which reaches an elevation of 231 metres (758feet).
There is evidence that quarrying has taken place in the past, near the summit are the remains of World War 11 defence installations to protect the near-by then Yeadon Aerodrome, now Leeds Bradford Airport.

2: The view is looking towards Larkfield Dam, the ruins in the foreground have not been conclusively identified.
They may have been part of a gun emplacement or anchor blocks for cranes which were used in a quarry which belonged to the Barrett family.

3: Rawdon Billing is a wooded hill surrounded by fields which lies between Rawdon, Yeadon and Horsforth, it reaches a height of 231 metres (758 feet), near the summit evidence of an old quarry and World War 2 gun emplacements can be found. It is owned by the Rawdon Trust, land agents for the Emmott family from Lancashire. The Billing is a popular place for local walkers and plane spotters as it overlooks Leeds Bradford Airport.

4: An undated photograph giving a view of Rawdon from Billing fields, the tower of St Peters Church on Town Street can be seen.

5 & 6: Two snowy views which look across to the Billing.

7: The approach to Rawdon Billing.



A footpath through the trees on the Billing.




 

teleg
teleg
I spent a lot of time up Billing with my children and Grandchildren and also walking and sledging in winter, and my wife's Parents ashes are scattered on Billing My father -in Law also wrote a poem about the Billing when He was in Australia before the first world war and feeling homesick
21 May 2013
teleg
teleg
The sun may shine on Billing hill
As it has often shone
The sun will rise on Billing Hill
After I have gone
The dawn will break n Billing Hill
And some there'll be to see
But there will be a world between
Old Billing Hill and me
06 October 2013
pc4323
pc4323
My mother informed me there was a house built on top of the hill going back to when she was a child, she was born in 1919. She thinks it was built without permission and that it was knocked down soon afterwards, but the owners still managed to gain notoriety for being "Sun worshippers" and having lavish parties.
09 December 2017
Val Ryan
Val Ryan
Photo 4
Really love this photo as it shows the old farm buildings of Grange and Town Farms and never seen it before. I would guess early 50s when all the out buildings were still intact. The new school building is in the foreground. I went to the school from the first opening day until 1956. Love the wooden hen pens in the foreground there were lots then in the fields at the back of Wentworth Terrace as lots of people kept their own hens. The Woods farmed at Town Farm and my gran and husband Louie and Jack Braithwaite were tenant farmers at Grange Farm (1930s - 40s)
10 January 2018
Stephanie
Stephanie
How nice to read a poem about Billing. Love the two girls in smocks at the bottom of the hedged path. We used to blackberry there in the early 50's when we had the shop in Canada Road. Dad used to ice-skate on the frozen 'dam', as local's called it. My fondest memory was of harvest time when some of us children would sneak into the field to hide and seek amongst the hay stooks.
Stephanie May
10 January 2018
Graham Branston
Graham Branston
A football pitch can just be seen on the fourth photograph. The Rawdon team, like many others was originally made up of members of the local church, St. Peters. All members had to attend Bible classes! The field where they played was known as 'Nowhere', no doubt it was used courtesy of the Emmott family. The players used the old schoolhouse, later known as the Institute for changing and basic showering. The local team now plays on a pitch next to Rawdon Cricket Club at the foot of The Billing.
09 February 2018
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