Huperun was the name of the community in its Domesday entry. It was owned by the King, and covered two carucates. (A carucate was the area of land a team of eight oxen could plough in a year.)


The tour began in the tiny community of Mytholme and moved past Woodfield House (former home to Canon George Watkinson)  and on to Wood Lane, looking at Woodside where Alderman Mark Dawson had lived – he'd been a Mayor of Bradford and churchwarden at St Matthew's. The tour highlighted the heavy industry to the south of the Leeds Road including the Maltings and Lees Tannery.


From there, past the Infants School to a quiet crossroads with tram lines laid in setts and then up Denholmegate Road to the Hare & Hounds and to Headlands Garage. This had been started by the Smith family and developed as a Shell petrol station and Triumph & Standard dealership before being bought by David Tunnicliffe in 1991. It is still in business though it stopped selling petrol in 2009.


The tour jumped to Park Terrace and told the story of who lived there in the 1950s. These included Nellie Cherrill, née Alderman, daughter of early twentieth-century Lightcliffe Station Master Ernest Alderman. The tour took in the three railway stations in the area.


Up Knowle Top Road, past the pillars of Cecil Avenue, to the White Horse pub and the little shop on the corner, owned at the time (probably a hundred years ago) by the Ellis family, ancestors of Ann Bailey (née Ellis) of Norwood Green.


From there to Priestley Green and a debunking of the myth that The Sisters House had been built mid-way between Coley & Lightcliffe Churches by the sisters who had built both churches. (The dates don't match by a couple of hundred years). One interesting slide was Trough Farm. This was demolished in the early 1960s. In the 1930s and 40s Sunday afternoon strollers could buy refreshments at the farm.


Finally, through Norwood Green visiting shops and pubs on the way – in fact from the Brown Horse on the road to Shelf to the Pear Tree in Norwood Green – you could have once had a drink in seven pubs!


The photographs used are all available in the Gallery here on the website. Members were urged to look and uncover their own area and, in particular, to search their own photo albums for further images.

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