In the 1840’s Farnley Balancing Reservoir was made up of eight plots of land. The land was owned by four different people and occupied by three individuals. Each plot of land had its own name.
If you look at the photos they will give you an idea of who owned and occupied the plots of land.
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Does anyone remember it being a cricket ground in the 1950’s?
The reservoir was built in 1973 as a means of storing water from Farnley Beck and controlling flooding in the Wortley area.
Whilst I was looking for some info about the Farnley Balancing Reservoir I came across this webpageFarnley Reservoir Safety Measures & Maintenanceand it tells you all the facts and figures you could ever want to know about the Reservoir.
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Re Farnley Reservoir
In a school aged child of the 60s I lived on Butt Lane.
My friends and I used to play on the cricket ground but we knew it as Blakeys sports ground.
Blakeys of Carr Crofts were the world famous manufacturers of Blakeys Segs
Sometimes the travelling feast would pitch up on the field after moving from Armley Moor
I played on that area as a Soccer pitch and changed in the old Cricket Pavilion. That would have been early ’60s. We were firstly known as Whingate Methodists and then, when that Church closed, we became Silver Royd Hill Methodists. I believe that part of the area was owned by a Member of one the Churches. It was a lovely Soccer playing area, particularly as most pitches were council owned in those days!.