Oh dear. Did I really say that I thought we'd cracked the question of whether the Farnhill Wood Cyclist's Rest and Winifred's Cafe might have been one and the same place ? Well, I was wrong ! Spectacularly and indisputable wrong.
Winifred's Cafe really was at Craven Forge
Thanks to information provided by Malcolm Slater, a good friend of the History Group, we can now say that without doubt Winifred's Cafe was located in Bradley, on the main Skipton to Keighley Road, on a plot that later became Craven Forge and which is now a private house.
The "1939 Register" (a survey taken at the start of WW2 to enable the issuing of Identity Cards) clearly indicates that Winifred's Cafe must have been close to Rock Royd and Lane End, and that it was occupied by Fred and Lois Peel and their daughter Winifred.
A little bit more digging, and an article about the Bradley air crash published by the Keighley News (11/1/2012), has revealed that the Peels bought the cafe during WW2 and moved there from Halifax, where Winifred had been born in 1930.
So was the Cyclist's Rest just an earlier name for Winifred's Cafe ?
After the last update got things so very wrong it would be foolish of us to be confident about this - but No, it really wasn't.
The 1911 census (below) tells us that the the "Farnhill Wood Refreshment Rooms" were in Farnhill - but we are now certain that Craven Forge was over the parish boundary, in Bradley. They cannot have been the same place.
So where were the Farnhill Wood Refreshment Rooms ?
Well, obviously, they must have been in Farnhill and somewhere near Farnhill Wood.
This brings us back to the suggestion made at our village event in October 2013, and reported in our previous updates to this mystery, that the Farnhill Cyclist's Rest cafe was on the Keighley side of Cononley Lane End bridge, just beyond the long bend.
At the time we weren't wholly convinced about this. Our photographs of the Cyclist's Rest showed a building surrounded by trees, as if it were very close to Farnhill Wood, but there are no trees at the Cononley Lane End bend. Or, at least, there aren't these days !
Mike Scarfe, of Farnhill Parish Council, has drawn our attention to an old photograph of Keighley Road posted on the council's website as part of one of their "Spot the Difference" articles. (Reproduced below, our copy is from the Keighley and District Digital Archive.)
This shows a view of the Keighley Road; looking towards Skipton; probably dating from the 1940s, or thereabouts. The white farmhouse in the foreground is on the site of the old Red Lane slaughter-house.
What caught Mike's attention was the small building in the far distance, long-since demolished; near the bend in the road; surrounded by trees.
Since then he's found another photograph that might also show it; this one taken from High Farnhill.
Click inside the red box to view a blow-up of the building shown between the road and the canal, below Farnhill Hall.
Our current best guess is that this building was Farnhill Wood Cyclist's Rest, aka Farnhill Wood Refreshment Rooms.
So who was Winifred Spoor and where does she fit into this story ?
In the last update we noted that the 1935 Electoral Roll shows a Winifred Spoor living in "The Hut" on Keighley Road.
We took the coincidence of the name to suggest that "The Hut" must have been Winifred's Cafe, which must therefore have been in Farnhill. But now we know that Winifred's Cafe was named after Winifred Peel and not Winifred Spoor, and that Winifred Peel would have been just five years old and living in Halifax in 1935.
It would be interesting to know what the purpose of "The Hut" on Keighley Road was, and what Winifred Spoor was doing living there in 1935; but we hesitate to suggest that it might also have been known as the Farnhill Wood Cyclist's Rest.
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Update posted: 30/03/2016