Aireborough Historical Society

Cross Roads

Rawdon Cross Roads

Rawdon Cross Roads
Date 1860
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
Rawdon Cross Roads - 1860 
An early view of Rawdon Cross Roads, Crow Trees Inn would be on the right here.
A finger post points left to Ilkley and Otley, right to Leeds.
Photo ID    M055
Rawdon Cross Roads - 1896
Harrogate Road is in the middle of the view. 
An early view of the cross roads where the only vehicle is a cart on Harrogate Road. 

Photo ID    B156
Rawdon Cross Roads - 1934
In the foreground is New Road Side, on the left behind the tram is the Temperance Hall, built in 1924, by the brotherhood of Rechabites.  The ground floor was used as a meeting hall, the upper was used as a cinema, by 1927 the Rechabites had gone, leaving the whole of the building to be used as a cinema.  It was then called the Rawdon Empire, showing films until it closed in 1956.  A petrol station was built on the site in the 60s, this has also gone now and a small enclave of houses built called Weavers Fold. 
The building on the corner housing Midland Bank was the previous premises of the Rawdon Co-op.  Harrogate Road has a solitary car parked on it!  Street furniture includes early traffic lights, a telephone kiosk (behind the traffic light on New Road Side), gas lights and a finger post giving directions is at the right edge and had been there since 1908.
Photo ID    J410   
Rawdon Cross Roads - 1950
In the foreground is Leeds Road (A65).  Note the early design traffic lights.  The Midland Bank at the road junction was formerly the Rawdon Co-op store until 1907, when Central Stores was built diagonally opposite.  The rooms above were used by Rawdon Council until 1937, when Rawdon was amalgamated with Yeadon and Guiseley to form Aireborough and Micklefield House became the Council Offices.
On the left side of Harrogate Road, the single storey building was once occupied by Addy's Outfitters, they were the local supplier o school uniforms.  Next, on the wall is a sign for Barclays Bank, then the shop with the blind outside was Rigg's butchers.

Photo ID    A322
Rawdon Cross Roads - 1950

Rawdon Crossroads with one car waiting to go through the traffic lights on Harrogate Road!

To the left is Micklefield Park, next, on New Road Side (A65) the large building is the former Temperance Hall which was converted into the Empire Cinema, then a pair of semi-detached houses.

Between these houses and the block of stone buildings was a path leading to property which belonged to Riggs butchers, including a bake-house where they made their pork pies and savouries.

The bank is at the junction with New Road Side and Harrogate Road.

The low building on the left of Harrogate Road was Addy's Outfitters, they also had a shop in Guiseley.

Riggs Butchers is the shop with side windows facing the camera, it was later sold to Wilkinsons.

On the right side of Harrogate Road are more shops then houses.

A message on the reverse of this image reads:

" Darling Carol xx Daddy arrived at Grandmas And I gave them your love. Jean, Ann and Brian send theirs to you, will be seeing you Sunday. Be a good girl, love Daddy xxxx"

It is addressed to Miss Carol Ann Richardson

71 17

Gordon Barracks

Bulford Camp

Nr Salisbury

Photo ID    J36
Rawdon Cross Roads - 1953
On the left is Rawdon Co-operative Central Stores, Belisha beacons stand at each side of Micklefield Lane.

The perimeter wall and trees of Micklefield Park can be seen.

The junction with Harrogate Road is on the right.  

Photo ID    E542
Rawdon Cross Roads - 1986
By 1986, houses have been built on the right, traffic lights are upgraded and vehicles have appeared. 

Previous Comments:
Re E542

S Allinson

Who remembers when you could drive up from Guiseley & turn left into Harrogate Road. I remember my dad having to do a handbrake turn in the snow to get his lorry round the sharp corner.

09 October 2019
Re J410


On the left after Addys was also Rawnsley Bakers after Barclays was Teales Newsagent and sweet shop think it was Granville Teale and wife and a couple more shops then Lawrence Denbighs shoe repairs then entrance to Riggs abattoir then Riggs Butchers Marion Rigg and all her brothers

04 August 2017

Stephen Allinson

Who remembers when you could drive up from Guiseley & turn left into Harrogate Road ?

03 November 2019

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw.  08 February 2021.
Last updated:  08 February 2021.


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