IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR FOR………                     …….ICE SKATING

In Victorian and Edwardian times ice skating was a popular winter pastime as the following photograph from the beginning of the 20th century shows.

To put the photograph in perspective, Crossley Lane is between the skating area and Kirkheaton railway station. The former railway viaduct is on the extreme right of the photograph; Albany Road and Waterloo Road were not constructed until later.


Ice skating at Kirkheaton was widely advertised in late Victorian newspapers as an important venue. Some of our older readers may also remember their parents also skating on Sheard’s mill dam at Gawthorpe Green, now sadly derelict.

If you have any memories or photographs we would love to hear from you.

John Taylor                                                     Kirkheaton History Group