Stanley Village - Part 5 - Grundy's Corner
w/e 26 November 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Welcome To Stanley Village

Old VicarageOur penultimate part of this monthly series looking at Stanley Village begins at St Andrew's Church and continues along Station Road passing the thatched cottage and the old vicarage that we saw in Part 4. It is only a short distance before we cross the mouth of Glebe Crescent and approach a sharp right hand bend in the road. Here we will make the first of two more of those little detours from the main route to take in the recreation ground and then continue along Station Road as far as New Street. A short diversion into New Street is the second detour which will leave us back on Station Road and ready for the final part of the series.


As we approach the ninety degree bend, there is a property on the right called "The Cedars". The cottage used to be occupied by the village's rate collector who was called Mr Grundy and this led to the sharp corner being known as Grundy's Corner.
Grundy's Corner

Later a Mr Buller lived in a cottage here and Grundy's Corner then became known as Bull's Corner. In fact it is still known by that name today by some of the villagers even though new houses have now been built here. (For the purposes of this page and to maintain continuity I shall refer to the corner as Grundy's). Towards the left of this image and just to the right of the chevrons, a public footpath runs between the properties on the north side of Station Road to the recreation ground.
Recreation Ground

The recreation ground was developed by the owners of Stanley Colliery and initially it was for the use of miners' children only but when the mine closed, the land was gifted to the parish council.
Coronation Road Housing Estate

One condition of the gift was that the land would never be used for housing. The post war years in the early 1950s saw the development of adjacent land with homage made to the accession to the throne in street names such as Queens Avenue and the main access to the estate from Station Road, namely Coronation Road.

Village Hall

One building that has been allowed on the recreation ground though is the Village Hall. Fund raising for this was started well before the war but it took until 1985 before the hall was opened. It is now a valuable asset in the village and a focal point for many activities.
Views of Station Road

This series of four images above now shows our route from the recreation ground to New Street. From left to right there is the footpath back to Grundy's Corner with The Cedars directly in front; the flower box on the corner with the properties on the northern side of the road; the older properties on the southern side that offer a contrast and are a reminder of the village of years gone by and on the right, the top of New Street with the Coronation Road Estate beyond.

New Street

There is nothing really remarkable about New Street except it is a "No Through Road" and runs down to a brook that winds its way through the village.
Heath's Mill

Within sight of the village is the Cat and Fiddle Windmill at Dale Abbey but as Stanley is situated in a valley Station Roadthere was never a windmill in the confines of the village itself. There was however a steam-driven corn mill in the 1880s on what is now New Street and it was housed in this building. It operated as Heath's Mill until 1890 but soon after that it was converted into houses. More recently alterations to the properties revealed grains of wheat in apertures in the fourteen inch thick walls.

Part 6 of our through Stanley will continue along Station Road (right) and out of the village to conclude at the former Stanley Colliery site.

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