Road Transport

Savile Transport operated out of the yard subsequently used by Morrison Contractors and now private housing where the old police station was sited. The business went bankrupt in about 1967 … Continue Reading →

The Dog and Duck

It had been raining heavy both locally and in the Dales, the ground was waterlogged and the River Aire was in full spate. Oscar the springer spaniel was in his element working in the wetlands in the lea of the  floodbank running with his nose not one inch from the ground, stopping, sniffing into the air with his leading leg and docked tail erect in that typical pose of a  pointer dog. Then the dog would turn and lope to another position, sniff and use his paws to search for something.

On this day we were about 200 yards upstream from the Boat  (pub) at Allerton on the Methley side when I saw a mallard being brought downstream alongside all manner of flotsam.

I was hoping the dog would not see the bird and would remain on  the blindside of the floodbank. Perhaps it was the flapping of wings, more likely the scent of fear that brought Oscar to the top of the embankment. The mallard with its distinctive colouring  was about 40 yards from the dog and by now paddling furiously past me. Oscar, seeing the duck, sped down the flood embankment and gave chase along the flood shallows on the  riverbank proper creating two arcs of spray – what a magnificent sight.

Why the mallard didn’t  head for the middle of the river or indeed fly, I’ll never know, but it was now clearly making for the false shelter of an overhanging bush which was normally 8 or 10 feet above water level but whose  lower branches were now under water.

Well it made it, but to no avail because the dog hit the bush at pace and following a flurry of twigs and feathers Oscar scrambled up the bank against the  current with the duck in his jaws, he trotted towards me, sat on his haunches and offered me the still undamaged mallard (springers have soft inner jaws which enable them to carry prey without causing damage).

Well what on earth do I do now!…. it was easy, I took the brightly marked prize from Oscar and with two hands hoisted it into the air where it did half a circle then headed off on the flight to  freedom – a marvelous feeling for both of us. However the dog was not impressed and he looked at me as if I had lost my marbles, then he turned gave himself a thorough shaking and me  a thorough soaking of stinking river water so that I was in no doubt as to his view of the undertakings … Well that’s what I think.

Methley Lido

I suppose the people of Methley have used Fleet Beck for all manner of reasons over the years.    Its not difficult to remember the wartime trips with the whole … Continue Reading →

Pontefract & Castleford Express 1948 Extracts

Cricket Fixtures 1948 Townville,  Whitwood,  Glass Houghton,  Thackley,  Allerton Bywater, English Electric Sports,  Swillington,  Altofts,  Siddall,  Pontefract,  and Featherstone – all  Home and Away. Leeds Zingari  –  Home only. March  … Continue Reading →

The Manor Book

The Manor Court Book 1759 to 1804  is, I suspect one of a number of similar books of the Manor, they would have been the successors to the Manorial Rolls … Continue Reading →