Historic Buildings of the Past
This article is for buildings that no longer exist that have a bit of history. You can read about some of the building that still exist on this page.
Buildings with their own page
Several of the old buildings have their own page on the wiki.
This photo shows its location.
- Mechanics Institute was an imposing building in Towngate, the market square of Baildon. It was at the top right of Browgate/bottom left corner of Church Hill. (Hallcliffe)
- Ferniehurst - built by Edward Salt in the early 1860s
- Cross Keys - A Baildon alehouse at 12 Northgate which ceased to be an alehouse in 1850.
- Tong Park Hall and Lodge - built by the Denbys of Wm Denby & Sons, Tong Park in the late 1800s.
- The Knoll - built in 1858 by Charles Stead.
- Buck Mill - A mill between the river and the canal at the end of Buck Lane.
Fairbank Wood Lodge
Half way down the drive in the Knoll Park (Fairbank Wood) was another lodge on the left hand side going down. This was damaged by falling rocks from above and behind the lodge and was subsequently vacated and demolished possibly in the late fifties. There were also what I believe to be pigsties on the right hand side of the drive adjacent to the main mansion overlooking Baildon Green. There was also a small house by the right hand side of the mansion (unknown residents) I am in the process of drawing the mansion from my memory of it and the photo on the historic buildings of the past baildon wiki site from - Marilyn Cordingley
Hostel for Italian Women
A large house, demolished in May 2009, at the corner where Green Lane and the Otley Road meet was a hostel where many Italian women workers lived after the war, being employed at C. F. Taylor in the Worsted trade.
The question of a hostel for Polish workers in the mills arose in 2008. It had been suggested to Stewart Main that it was on the Coach Road, however no other reference to it at this location has been found. The Coach Road was very rural after the war and a building like a hostel would have been remembered by local residents who still live in the area.
Two local women, Anne and June, who lived on Glenaire Drive during and after the war have said that only one Hostel existed, and they thought it was for Italian women. It is referred to in Baildon Council minutes. They suggested that Polish women may also have lived in the same hostel. Both groups could have worked at the mills.
A number of streets existed on that corner or nearby which have since been demolished. The rectangle of land between Green Lane, Southdown Road and Cliffe Lane had Nelson Street, Walker Street, Springcliffe Street, Fernbank Street, Taylor Terrace and ?? . Approximately 112 houses in that small space.