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Ben Rhydding's past next for the Ilkley History Hub


This month’s Local History Hub on Saturday 29th October at 3pm will be looking at how Wheatley village has developed into Ben Rhydding.


A spokesperson for Ilkley Civic Society said: “The short walk to look at the history of Wheatley Lane starting at the wide layby opposite the Valley Drive/ Wheatley Lane junction.


“Wheatley Lane started as a narrow access road or track from the turnpike road (Leeds Road) across the fields to several small local farms and cottages, with very little infrastructure apart from a pinfold and a pub. In the 1840s with the opening of Ben Rhydding Hydro, Wheatley Lane developed. gaining railway station and a post office.


“Both village names, Wheatley and Ben Rhydding, prevailed until the 1930s and later years brought shops, public conveniences and bus services.”


The walk will include a visit to the Arts and Crafts at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church and finish with the opportunity for further discussion and refreshments at The Wheatley Arms.


The future may bring a large park-and-ride facility for the station. This possibility has been considered for many years but funding has not yet been confirmed.


For further information or to book on the walk/talk please contact localhistory@civicsociety.ilkley.org

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