Friday, January 4, 2019 11:32
Crosshills down to the Junction
Many years ago I came across a website that had a description of Cross Hills down to the Junction, I can’t remember the era. It described the shops and other notable features. I kept a Word copy but sadly it must have got lost when my hard disk decided to self-destruct. I know it’s a long shot but does anyone have a copy or know of the original source?
Monday, January 7, 2019 22:44
|I remember reading this too. I think the thing you are looking for was written by Robert (Bobby) Laycock. He had a shop and plumbing business on Main Street and he lived in Burnroyd Avenue. His article covered all the shops from Cross hills (and possibly Glusburn) down to Junction. Both sides of the road-- 1940's/1950's era I would say. Since reading your post I've been trawling the internet without any luck.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 08:53
|Thanks Maurice, its a lead, I will do more research.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 14:09
Bobby Laycock has a son, Michael, who I believe still lives in the local area, probably Crosshills. I saw him, but didn’t converse with him, about a month ago at an informal get-together of ex-Landis employees. I will try and glean contact information from a few of the attendees that I know. Alternatively, Sutton is probably awash with ex or current Landis employees who frequent this site and might already have contact information.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 22:36
|Michael Laycock moved to Scotland years ago ( I think he married a Scottish girl before he left Cross Hills) I think he moved because he went with his employers ( Widdop's Marine Engines on Greengates, Keighley), who closed down in Keighley, and concentrated all their business with the parent company. Glasgow I think. He probably came back---who wouldn't!!! I knew him well.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:32
I have found a contact number for you to call but it isn't Michael's. This person apparently knows all about the documents you are seeking. I haven't contacted him.
It is inappropriate for me to pass contact details on a forum like this without the knowledge of the individual but if you call or text my mobile (07860-521832) and leave your number, I will furnish you with the information.
Saturday, January 12, 2019 04:27
|Thanks to everyone that replied, I will text you Howard when we get back from our short break in Trieste.
|Brian R Clough
Sunday, January 13, 2019 11:42
|I was in the company of Michael Laycock yesterday and I talked to him about this thread. He said that his father had written the document and gave it to the Ebenezer Methodist Church (now St Peter's) so that they could sell copies for £1.50 each to help raise funds for the church. Michael did not have any objection for a copy to be scanned and put on this website. I have a copy but some of the words are not very clear and difficult to read, so Michael said he would contact his sister to see if she still had a copy and hopefully it will be in a better condition than mine.
Monday, January 14, 2019 10:36
|Given that the contact given to me is the son of one of Michael's sisters (I think), it makes sense for me to withdraw and allow Brian to do the necessary to present the document to the webmaster for loading on the site for all to see. That's assuming it gets the webmaster's consent!
Monday, January 14, 2019 16:08
|Thanks again, Fingers crossed the "management" approve..
Sunday, January 27, 2019 21:08
|Thanks to Brian Clough and Andrew Milsom, I've received TWO copies of the manuscript!
I will create a page in the history section in the next day or so.
Monday, January 28, 2019 12:24
|The documents are now available to view/download in the History section of the site.
Many thanks to all involved in making this happen.