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Anyone feel the need to be MOD?
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:14 pm by meanwood_monks
Been thinking about this for a while now.

Some of you guys/gals have been here since day 1. Cheers for all your support over this time.
Was wondering if anyone was wanting to keep an eye on things and have MOD rights here.



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PostSubject: Newlands Hall & village buildings, Wakefield   Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:41 am

Thought i'd stick this one up now i've been approved. Very Happy

Decided to go have a snoop round here last weekend. We used to play here when we were kids, dubbing it ghost town due to the several buildings, houses and ruins at the site. I'd never done any research on it although i had heard whispers suggesting links to the Knights Templar.

Upon doing my own digging around i found out a local historian has just released title deeds which he has held for almost 40yrs. The deeds, dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, show the generous tracts of land held by this once powerful military order, which was suppressed in the early 1300s on orders from the Pope. Included in these deeds are several properties and farms at Newlands including Newlands Hall, The Coach House, several farms and outbuildings.

Today, only the Hall, the Coach House and ruins remain. The farmer who owned the land used them throughout the 1960s and 70s. We were fortunate enough to bump into a really old guy walking his dog who used to live and work there in his younger days. He took us into a few of the buildings and told us what they were used for and where everything used to be. It was fascinating.
Also the mine shafts of St Johns Colliery and Park Hill Colliery ran underneath which caused caused subsidence, resulting in crumbling buildings. Evidence of this was pointed out by the old bloke who said strengthening work was carried out by the pit, used St Johns Colliery bricks, where as the later building of buildings and houses used Normanton Brick Company bricks.

A population census recorded a polulation of 78 inhabitants in the year of 1861, dropping down to 41 by 1931 and down to 9 people in 1971. Since then population has been 0.
I do know travellers were using the site, we used to ride through it on our cycle rides. They basically stripped all the huge slabs of Yorkshire stone from the Hall and the coach house, they also took the roof stone too and much of the stone which made up the perimeter walls.

Anyway, i wont fill this thread with too much rambling. I'll just stick some images up, literally straight from the camera:























....and a few HDRs of the old houses:



















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PostSubject: Re: Newlands Hall & village buildings, Wakefield   Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:35 am

Nice one mate. You've got some good angles there. It's a really enjoyable explore in the woods, with some interesting buildings. Really like your forst one.
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PostSubject: Re: Newlands Hall & village buildings, Wakefield   Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:06 pm

Rich wrote:
Nice one mate. You've got some good angles there. It's a really enjoyable explore in the woods, with some interesting buildings. Really like your forst one.

There's an old farm nearby too with barns and all that. Might have a sniff round there during the week.
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PostSubject: Re: Newlands Hall & village buildings, Wakefield   Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:41 pm

Sounds good mate. Post up some pictures if you get any.
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PostSubject: Re: Newlands Hall & village buildings, Wakefield   Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:43 am

Certainly the hidden village in the woods LoL.

Nice Little report there mate, and some nice shots.
Just a reminder for future reports fella, resize your pictures to no wider than 580 pixels as the forum has problems cropping large pictures, cheers.

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