Aireborough Historical Society

Henshaw Lane Bridge 1969



Title
Henshaw Lane Bridge
Date March 1969
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
L353 to L346Photographer Bryan Waite donated by his family
Comment
Demolition of the railway bridge across Henshaw Lane carried out by Jennings of Pudsey.
L353 looks down the Lane in the direction of New Road, L354 is from the opposite direction with the Station Inn on the right.
In the next view, L355 the bridge has gone L356 again looks towards New Road but this time the bridge has been demolished.

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1969: Demolition of the railway bridge took place on Sunday 2nd March 1969, here we can see men at work on top of the bridge and some of the heavy plant machinery used by Jennings the demolition contractors.

Donated by Barbara Winfield

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Chris Youhill
Chris Youhill
To local transport afficianados Henshaw Lane Bridge is very significant. Its original purpose was to carry the railway branch line to Yeadon Station, chiefly goods but at one time a limited passenger service. As far as the old Moorfield Bus Company was concerned, and from 1934 Ledgard's when they purchased Moorfield, the bridge confined the services from Otley to Horsforth to single decker operation, costing much expensive duplication at busy times. Eventually it was discovered that low height double deckers could be used providing that they used the centre of the road under the bridge. At our Otley depot we did Dance Specials from Ilkley on Saturday nights to Silsden, Otley and Yeadon. Our efficient manager Mr Jack Tapscott used to change his typewriter ribbon to red, with capital letters, on the weekly sheets to read "YEADON - DOUBLE DECK - KEEP TO CENTRE OF ROAD UNDER HENSHAW BRIDGE" - you see we had no low height double deckers at Otley depot.
23 December 2017
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