Malcolm is one of the active people who has worked with Bradford Countryside Services for many years on Baildon Moor. He was responsible for getting Friends of Baildon Moor up and running. He has also provided a lot of Baildon History information along with photos for this website. He has written a short note about his grandparents who admittedly have little to do with Baildon but it is nice to have such memories from Baildon folk.
Malcolm is Baildon born and bred - his father married into the Walsh family of Baildon. His father had a bakery on the left of Northgate heading out to the Moors just before High Fold.
My memories of Grandma Leyland are few, she was a stern looking lady who had 12 children. Somehow amongst all these children she found time to work as a weaver in a mill on Tong Street in Bradford. She was the daughter of the gamekeeper on the Tong Estate which belonged to the Tempest family. They had a summer house in Baildon Tong Park.
Grandpa Leyland was known as Big Jim. He was big and as strong as an ox. At the age of 9 he was put to work in a quarry until he was 11 then sent down the coal mine. He was born in Runcorn and how he arrived in Bradford I do not know. He worked in the mines in Bradford until the work ran out. He married Grandma and had all these children. They of course did not all survive.
When there wasn't any more work in Bradford he went to South Africa goldmining. He then came home and worked in Durham. His wage was 36 shillings a week (£1.65 today). For the last 10 years of his working life he worked in Charlie pit on Tong Street as this mine had been re-opened and he retired at 60 living until he was 85 and made enough money to buy a house in 1921. He saved the money he made from rearing pigs to do this. The first pig he bought was with the dividend from the Co-op.
His holiday was to catch the train from Bradford to Heysham in Lancashire on Friday night, then board the boat to Belfast. When he arrived in Belfast he caught the train to Laune and boarded the boat to Stranraer and then the train to Bradford. Then he caught the tram home all for 10/- shillings (50p). It took 2 days.