As part of LLRA’s work on a potential Right of Way across Newt Hollow and Hobblers Hole in Long Leys we have been in dialogue with some of the older residents of Lincoln. This has unearthed a photograph from 1938, taken by former West End resident Betty Davy nee Gray, who has kindly given her permission for LLRA to share it. It shows her mother (Edith Gray nee Atherton) on West Common. The chimneys of the Albion Brick Works on Long Leys Road are clearly visible. Keen eyed observers will spot the cows grazing on West Common.
The photograph following it is LLRA’s attempt to show how this same view looks with a 2021 overlay and this is followed by a 1938 map of the area.
PS Thanks to all those who have submitted evidence statements for the footpath application. We feel we now have sufficient evidence although for completeness it would be great to hear from any Golden Oldies in their 70s, 80 or 90s who lived in the West End as children and used the path from Whittons Park across Hobblers Hole and Newt Hollow during any part of 1939 – 1955 to play in the Clay Pits of Westcliffe Quarry. Contact us at LLRA@long-leys.org