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A Shout From The Attic: Lesser Ways

...From Little Greenhead Park up to Gledholt Road, wound Greenhead Road that sported gracious houses and people who had abandoned Yorkshire vowel sounds. Children who lived there had gleaming new bicycles, matching shoes, and wore hats. I knew that I did not belong there...

Ronnie Bray continues his recollections of the town in which he spent his boyhood.

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Paddock Foot


From the canal side at Longroyd Bridge, a road darted quickly off to the right and led to Paddock Foot, dominated by the Triangle, from which, even sharper right rose Gledholt Road up to skirt the west side of Greenhead Park. It was a steep road, narrow and with an air of ancient mystery, so I mostly avoided it except when my bicycle, for no apparent reason, would take me helter-skelter down ins bumpy cobbled length and land me at Paddock Foot, from where, whichever way one went, it was a hard climb back up to my homelands.

Lesser Ways

There were some byways of varying degrees of significance. From Little Greenhead Park up to Gledholt Road, wound Greenhead Road that sported gracious houses and people who had abandoned Yorkshire vowel sounds. Children who lived there had gleaming new bicycles, matching shoes, and wore hats. I knew that I did not belong there and used to feel as I felt when I walked through Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, in one door and out another, for no particular reason except to do it daring-faced.

Running round the other edge of Greenhead Park was Park Drive with even greater houses and better cars and shiny-faced over-cleaned children who had birthday parties and called their parents Mummy and Daddy even after they had left school and married. I did not dislike them, but I did envy them for the warmth and care that seemed to be lavished on them, but I knew that I could never be as one of them.

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