Today’s walk took me through Newsholme Dean which, when I was a child before the true era of mass car ownership, was a popular day trip destination for Keighley people. There was a tea room and a small fairground, both now long gone.
One curiosity that remains is this small concrete structure, forlorn and incongruous in a meadow beside Dean Beck. It’s actually a grade II listed building – a K1 telephone kiosk most likely made between 1922 and 1927 and a rare surviving example of the first national phone box introduced by the General Post Office. It’s made from pre-cast concrete and was originally installed elsewhere, then brought to Newsholme Dean in the latter half of the 20th century to house water-flow equipment at the adjacent weir.
It no longer contains a telephone, so take your mobile if you want to make a call.