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Old Mans Park, Mill Bank, Loftus

Old Mans Park, Mill Bank, Loftus

I want to know who the little girl is with the big hat!  An image before the iron horse this one, no metalled roads. 
Derick Pearson tells us: ”It is actually taken 2/3rds of the way up Loftus bank from the mill. The Pit and the Works are a givaway. I was informed many years ago that the wall on the photo led to 2 paths that cut through to the gardens to the right of(High Row) and to a place called THE OLD MANS park on the path directly behind the little girl. The old men would have a nice view from here overlooking both Pits and the Mill as the trees in those days did not go all the way down.”
Norman Patton adds: ”I recall not only the two pathways but three! On the high side, it was possible to walk along the bottom of the furthest “allotments” in front of St Hilda’s Terrace/Short Row. The central path led into the park where there were Swings, Roundabouts, a SeeSaw and several seats. This recreation area was revitalised during the 50s but again fell into dis-use. The third path was just below the Park and would have been wide enough for carts and possibly vehicles. This path might have lead to Loftus Pit and possibly Skinningrove before the Pit was opened? NN
Thanks to Derick and Norman for the updates.

3 comments to Old Mans Park, Mill Bank, Loftus

  • Derick Pearson

    This photo is another one I used for the Cd Rom I produced although I have seen other copies. It is actually taken 2/3rds of the way up Loftus bank from the mill. The Pit and the Works are a givaway. I was informed many years ago that the wall on the photo led to 2 paths that cut through to the gardens to the right of(High Row) and to a place called THE OLD MANS park on the path directly behind the little girl. There were remains of seat frames there in 1970 as I found some while Metal Detecting up there at that time. The old men would have a nice view from here overlooking both Pits and the Mill as the trees in those days did not go all the way down. Have a look on site at some other images looking up at the bank from Duckhole area and you will see the clearance in the woods.
    This path later led to where Childrens swings were in it and I have actually been there as a child/youth when the swing frames were still there. If you walked 1/2 way down loftus bank and took the path off the road which runs into the edge of the wood you could look up to your right and see the swings. Surely some others can remember them.

  • Norman Patton

    Just to add a couple of details to Derick’s earlier post. I used to spend time in and around what we called “Park Wood” in the 1950s. I recall not only the two pathways but three! On the high side, it was possible to walk along the bottom of the furthest “allotments” in front of St Hilda’s Terrace/Short Row. The central path led into the park where there were Swings, Roundabouts, a SeeSaw and several seats. This recreation area was revitalised during the 50s but again fell into dis-use. The third path was just below the Park and would have been wide enough for carts and possibly vehicles. This path might have lead to Loftus Pit and possibly Skinningrove before the Pit was opened? NN

  • Derick Pearson

    Thank goodness someone else remembers. Thanks Norman. I was beginning to feel real old. I also remember the top path as we called it, now you have mentioned it and there is also a photo on site showing the lower broad path you mentioned which I feel certain you are right about, insomuch as it going down to the Pit and possibly Skinningrove in earlier years.

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