Susan’s Tale


  SUSAN’S TALE   Mrs Susan Ibbotson (nee Dalton) lets us into a quaint tale told to her by a relation who lived a cottage previously owned by Atkinson Grimshaw (the moonscape painter) Susan follows on with a charming little tale of a fall into Knostrop Pond.   Did They Throw Away a Grimshaw Painting? It seems that Atkinson Grimshaw used the first of the little cottages in the Old Hall Yard (which ran adjacent to the Knostrop Old Hall) as a store for his materials and a drying room for his paintings. After Grimshaw’s time at the Hall a family called Beanland came to live in the cottage. Susan, a distant relation of the Beanland family, was told of how when they moved in there a painting was left in the cottage from Grimshaw’s time. They lived with it for a while and then thinking it a bit dowdy, they threw it away! Remember to ‘click on pictures to enlarge  Knostrop 34 Charlie Beanland           Knostrop Pond     . It was one Whitsuntide and Auntie Bertha (Beanland) had as usual made a brand new set of clothes for Diane Chadwick (my cousin and her granddaughter) and me. We thought it would be a good idea to explore (she would be about eight and I five) so off we set in the direction of the pond. When we got there we decided to swop clothes – we were different sizes – then, disaster! I fell in the pond wearing her new clothes, so she waded in wearing mine and dragged me out! She then proceeded to dry me using dock leaves, thereby staining her clothes green! We squelched back to Aunt Bertha’s where she made us cocoa and dried our ruined clothes and new shoes by the cottage fire! It must have been heartbreaking for her to see all her beautifully made clothing spoiled. No health and safety in those days either! We did live to tell the tale. knostrop for susans tale Remember to ‘click’ on pictures to make them bigger.    


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5 Responses to “Susan’s Tale”

  1. Barbara Fairburn Says:

    great story!i have a special interest in cross green as in 2012 I project managed the renovation of “perseverence building” on sussex street into four apartments after years of the building standing derelict!its now back to life I researched at leeds library but only found what is was in 1910 on to 1949!then I was told it was built as a ragged school so if any one can give me more info it would be greatly recieved,now we are renovating the the hampton pub on long close lane part of this building dates back to 1748 the other part 1860 it started its life as a coach house then went on to be a hotel then ending as a pub which everyone I’ve spoken to in the area has drank in the hampton at some point in their lives!its a mammoth task but one ime looking forward to as the exterior will stay the same keeping all stone features!any one with any more info on this building please let me know I have a picture from the 1970s but nothing before that date.

  2. peterwwood Says:

    Delighted that the Hampton Pun is not to be demolished. I feared for its future until I saw the arrival of the new roof trusses and realised it was going to have an ‘afterlife’. It was a much loved pub by many, I played for the Hampton Hotel when we won the Sunday League Cup in 1963/64 (can it really be fifty years ago?) George and Nellie Barraclough held the licence at that time and earlier, but within living memory the legendary rugby player ‘Dolly Dawson’ was mine host. Congratulation too on saving the Perseverence building, Barbara. I have read the new wall plaque.

  3. marlene Egan Says:

    I love to hear these stories as l was brought up in this area from the age of two up to 15 our last house was number one Easy Grove sadly it’s gone now

  4. Eric Says:

    That could have been a big mistake. Some of Grimshaw’s paintings sell for a small fortune, one I looked up was sold for £362,000.
    Hope that doesn’t spoil your day Susan

  5. Doug Says:

    Thank you Susan for reviving memories of those Whit Sundays when we were proudly dressed in our new clothes and paraded around our aunties and uncles and grandparents to be given the odd sixpences for our money boxes. I was lucky I had Auntie Lily who was pretty nifty with a needle and threadand knitting needles and got a something new every year at that time whether I needed it our not. On one occasion, around 1936 at Whitsuntide I was given a new red pullover and at Mildred Garbutt’s birthday party we played a game that smeared a lot of white flower on the front of it – I burst into a flood of 5-year old tears and ran off up the street and missed the jelly and custard.

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