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Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 23:07
Holme Lane photo
Thanks for submitting the photo Les - No idea when it was but long before my time even, probably more like my mother's looking at the clothes.
However, it is so easily recognisable, The wall on the right for instance, I wonder how many web readers who, like me are in their 70's or thereabouts, have walked the top of those walls all the way to Holme Bridge, probably on the way home from 'Charlies', the cinema at Crosshills where most of us went on Saturday afternoon.
The wooden hut on the left - it has seen many changes but I mostly remember it as a barber's shop - along with Coopers barber shop hidden by the trees on the right.
Straight ahead mid picture the large Methodist Chapel. At the top left in my day it was the Skipton Building Society I think and at the other side of the road a butcher shop.
Back across the road again to the right of the chapel gates it used to be a bakery/cake shop but I cant remember the name (was it Pighill's?) I have no idea what it is now but a few years ago when I last visited it was still standing.
Thanks again Les - it has brought back many memories, but I wont go into them all, I have verbal diarrhea at the best of times. I have planned a few days in Sutton early August so I will check it out!!
Robin Longbottom
Friday, May 15, 2015 16:06
The Holme Lane photograph is extremely interesting and shows the original width of the lane, which appears to be in the process of being widened. The history of Holme Lane is a bit hazy but it appears to have been laid out as a raised causeway during the late 16th or early 17th century. It replaced the old route through Glusburn which ran along North Road, Hazel Grove and across the beck at Sutton Fields. The road was built by the Sutton Township, which remained responsible for its maintenance as far as Albert Road in Crosshills (where the two farthest figures are standing in the photograph) until the 1860's. The opening of Holme Lane, put Sutton on a major route between Skipton and Keighley and beyond, until the Keighley to Kendal Turnpike Road through Junction, Eastburn and Steeton replaced it in the late 18th century.

The wooden hut on the left of the photograph, which Brenda recalls, was occupied by Harry Haupt in the late 1960's and 70's. Harry ran his camera shop from there, he had been a German prisoner of war and stayed in England when the war ended. I believe that he had worked for Zeiss in Dresden before the war. When I took my Practica camera in for repair he gave me the full history of the Zeiss factory and how it had been succeeded by Practica in East germany after the war. The hut is a great survivor and is still there today after over a hundred years.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Saturday, May 16, 2015 21:41
Thanks Robin - now - of course I remember Harry Haupt! Thank you for the additional and very interesting information. That hut could tell a thousand stories I reckon.

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