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Old Pool Bank

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The earliest record of anyone living on Pool Bank is shown in the discovery in 2000 of a Neolithic (Stone age) flint which is now in Otley Museum. The fact that Old Pool Bank road leading to Old Bramhope is straight suggests this may have been a route made in Roman times when the route […]

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Marton Mill Co Ltd

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“Weaving fabric solution since 1931”, Otley Road. Makers of tartan, academic and ecclesiastical wear. The company was established in Skipton in 1931 and after several reorganisations and ending of lease at Tong Park came to Pool in 1996 after purchasing what had been part of Whiteley’s Mill. “Pool Mill, which with its extensive car parks, […]

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Families of the past

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DAVEY John Davey was a cordwainer (shoe maker), born 1836 in Otley. His wife Sarah was born in Leathley in 1839. They moved to Pool, John still a cordwainer, c 1881 with his wife and children, Sarah, Herbert and Frederick Herbert, his son, was born in 1876 in Leathley and was a gardener in the […]

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Stocks Hill

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STOCKS HILL At the junction of Main Street, Pool Bank New Road and Arthington Lane lies this attractive tree and garden area known as Stocks Hill, giving a lovely backcloth to Main Street. How long it had been there is not known but the area may well date from the early days of the medieval […]

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A Village water supply

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Central Pool showing part of the route of the water supply system A Brief History 1809 Michael Nicholson purchases Pool Low Mill (Pool paper Mill) from Milthorp family. 1858 Death of Michael Nicholson. **It would appear he, or the Milthorp’s, laid down the water supply system as it was shown in the will of Michael […]

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Churches & Chapel of Ease for Pool

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CHURCHES CATHOLIC CHURCH was made during the 2nd world war. Mr. Walsh (of Walsh’s department store, Sheffield.) who lived at Pool House, allowed the billiard room in one of his outer cottages, (the one nearest to the bus stop, which had a door on the corner) to be used for church services. In 1669 a […]

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St Wilfrid’s Church

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St. Wilfrid’s Church, Pool-in-Wharfedale Two early photographs of St. Wilfrid’s Church St. Wilfrid was born in Northumbria. He became bishop of York in AD 665, after defending the Roman cause at the Synod of Whitby and built Ripon Cathedral in AD 672. (At the Synod it was decided that Britain should follow the custom of […]

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Poole Doles & Poole Feast

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POOLE DOLES 1727- 1997 1881 “Wednesday January 5. Off to Pool by 8. The people down at Pool are chiefly poor working people who are dependent on the paper mill and stone quarry and those trades are very bad just now. But there are several gentlemen’s residences occupied by retired tradesmen from Leeds.” John Dickinson. […]

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Arthington Show-Amateur dramatics, Lost

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ARTHINGTON SHOW. 1906 saw Sir E. A. Brotherton. Bart. LLD, as the first President elected to the Arthington, Bramhope and Pool Horticultural Society. The majority of the meetings were held at The Wharfedale Hotel, Arthington. In those early days the Show had a permanent site on the east side of the railway line near Arthington […]