THIS is a view from Canal Street looking towards Back Water Street, probably around the 1960s.

There is an advert for Harp lager on the end of the building in the centre which is now a takeaway. The Irish lager was introduced around 1960.

This view is totally obscured today by houses and trees, but was said to have been a play area for youngsters who enjoyed many hours in Eller Beck which went under the road. Children used to build dams and collect icicles in winter from the tunnel.

We wonder who the little boat in the picture, Tomo, belonged to.

The former Spindle Mill and nearby Spindle Dam was in this area. The white building in the background is the former Commercial Inn.

Picture: Rowley Ellwood Collection.