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Mark’s History: The historic buildings of Bagley Lane

15 March 2019

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As short walks go Bagley Lane, which runs from Rodley to Farsley, is not all that bad – even though you can walk the whole of it in about 15 minutes, writes Mark Stevenson.

What makes it worth doing are the amount of historic buildings along its length, plus the fact that it starts and stops at historic pubs.

If you start at the Rodley end of Bagley Lane you have the Owl pub, once a Doctor’s house but converted into a pub in the 1840s.

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The Owl Pub, Rodley. Photo: The Culture Vultures

As a guide walk up the Lane on the left-hand side. Bagley was once a hamlet and dates back to at least 1148 when it was mentioned in the Yorkshire Charters. As you walk up Bagley Lane you will notice Bagley Beck, which can be any number of colours depending on what the mill further upstream is dyeing at the time.

The first historic building you will come across is the old converted farm buildings dating back to the early 1700s.

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The old farm building on Bagley Lane. Photo: Mark Stevenson

An impressive three-storey weavers’ cottage, again from the 1700s, still stands.

Weavers Cottage on Bagley Lane. Photo: Mark Stevenson

More traditional cottages still stand but most of these have been lost as you pass the ones facing onto Bagley Lane itself you will notice the doors to these cottages are rather small.

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Reheboth Chapel . Photo: Mark Stevenson

When you come to the Rehoboth chapel, which dates from 1777 and is now a gym and offices cross over the road and you will see the historic Springfield Mills built in 1864.

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Springfield Mills. Photo: Mark Stevenson

If you have a look around the Mills you can see a War memorial and the old engine shed with a little story plaque on it.

Today the Mills are home to many local businesses ranging from the Tarte & Berry bakery, which had a royal visit last year, to a bow and arrow shop, gym and café.

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When you leave the Mills carry on walking up Bagley Lane towards Farsley where it ends outside the Fleece Inn, which is the oldest surviving Joshua Tetley public house.

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Richard Hainsworth says:

Interesting article, Mark. It’s true you used to be able to see what colour wool and cloth was being dyed at the mills from the colour of Bagley Beck. I remember ‘playing out’ in the 1950s and seeing it green and red. Nowadays stricter emission rules on waste water from the textile mills mean it is not true any more.

Mark Stevenson says:

The Beck still runs different colours from time to time.