Shipley Glen

Photo Phil Robinson 2009
 
High above the industry of Yorkshire’s Aire Valley is Shipley Glen, a long shoulder of heathland below Baildon Moor, studded with boulders left there by the ice age.
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The Glen has been visited for generations, and was a very popular destination for the Whitsuntide Walks of the late 1800s and the first half of 20th century. Mill workers from Shipley, Bingley, Saltaire and Keighley would enjoy the open air in their hundreds. Local farms often converted a barn to a makeshift tearoom – some of these barns still have a faded TEAS still visible on their walls or roofs.
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Many of these visitors would walk up the wooded hill from Saltaire, and In 1895 a local entrepreneur built the Shipley Glen Tramway to help get them up the slope. it’s been delighting the residents of West Yorkshire ever since. This cable-hauled funicular railway trundles the quarter mile from Saltaire Park at the bottom to the Glen at the top. At each end is a miniature station with a tiny ticket office run by an affable volunteer. Pass though the barrier and find a seat on the carriage – you may have to flip the back of the seat over to face the right way. When ready, a klaxon will sound, there will be a slight jerk and you’ll start your journey through the woods, clunking along through a tunnel of green at about the speed of a trotting horse. At exactly half way, the carriage from the other end will zip past in a flurry of bunting and waving arms.

 
The tram
Until a couple of years ago, the Tramway was part of a tiny theme park which included Britain’s oldest fairground ride, the Aerial Glide, built around 1900. Sadly, despite a campaign to save it, it has now all gone. The Old Glen House and the Glen itself –  is still a great place to explore, walk and relax.
Text from Nothing To See Here  2006  
 by Gareth Dobson  
For more info follow the link below.  

Between the Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds and the Glen Tramway is an art deco style 1930s dodgem ride with original cars

Dodgems left to rot.

 

 

Start of the Aerial Glide.

I went many times to the pleasure grounds stood there with my fingers poaking though the wire mesh whatching the people going round but never had the pleasure of a ride on "The Aerial Glide."

 

 

 

 

Long gone ride

 In the early 60s I remember two childrens rides with a Monkey on a bike on top. It went the opposite way round to the way the ride went. I was always fascinated by them !!

 

 One of the World's Oldest Amusement Park Rides Demolished!

In October 2003, a report submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by Mike Short and Nick Laister resulted in the Aerial Glide at Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds, Shipley (UK) being given Grade II listed building status. This is only the second time that a UK amusement park ride has been listed but it didnt stop them from demolishing it

 

 

 

 

The Pleasure Grounds Today Sep 2009

Photo Phil Robinson 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 Photo Phil Robinson 2009

The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path.

 Photo Phil Robinson
 
 
 In the 1920s (as it is today) Shipley Glen  Bradford was a great place to go at the weekend for  walks in the woods and relax with the family after a long week in the mills down in Saltaire and Bradford.
 
 
Shipley Glen was Britans first Theme park   a Tram took you up the hill from Saltaire there was the famous  fairground. And at one time a Toboggan ride and a  zoo.
and lots of woodland,and rocks to climb.
 
one particular nice place to visit was Strawberry Cottage.
it was in a Garden Setting deep in the woods.
on the gable were  large white letters TEAS.
It had hanging baskets over flowing with flowers all round the cottage, and in tubs on the floor.
There were 12 tables with white cotton table cloths on. and lovely silver cuttelry and ornate plates.
At the side of the cottage was a Yorkshire stone Groto with strawberrys planted in the gaps all hanging down.
 Butterd currant tea cakes were a favorite  and  a selection of home made cakes and buns.
Peacocks romed free and Entertained the people. wth there coloful feathers.
 
it was a place were people could forget about the grime of the city and every day life.
but that was all to change.
 
 
THE STRWABERRY COTTAGE MURDERS
 

 TRAGEDY AT

 Shipley Glen

 

The woods
 
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Photo Phil Robinson 2004
Famous tram up the hill from Saltaire
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Old fairground ride
Post card or the woods
 
Have a look at this link below its Shipley Glen in 1912
 
 
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Some comments from the facebook site
 
Ah..fond memories here. I recall travelling on this train with my parents & baby brother. Brother was 1 years..and I was!!! The year was 1949. I suspect the train had been on the track many years before I had.. Happy happy days.....
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oh lovely... we used to get the bus to Saltaire, walk down the hill past Salts mill (having a climb on the alms house lions en route), cross the river, through the park and over the road to the tram......happy days.
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My Grandad made/engineered some of the Original Pulleys on the Glen Tramway.
 
 

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