YET more about Mollicar Woods.
T Holroyd from Golcar writes: “We had a Molly Carr at our school at Scapegoat Hill in the 1940s. I just thought you’d like to know there really was a Molly Carr.”
And John Rockett from Shepley – “former A’mbry lad, born in 1951 and left in 1987” – tells about the escapades he and his chums enjoyed in the woods when they were boys.
He wrote his own book about the period and, during the project, he asked the librarian at Almondbury how the woods got its name.
“After two to three weeks of research on her part she rang back and confirmed that it was in fact spelled Molly Carrs but couldn’t inform me as to how it got its name. So if she couldn’t find any information on the subject with all the wealth of knowledge at her disposal, what chance have the likes of us?”
John kindly sent me the chapter of his book that relates to the woods and the Just William style adventures he and his friends enjoyed when they were nine and 10 years old.
They were taught how to tickle trout by an older boy and went fishing on their own account. They took their catch to a local fishmonger to sell.
John can’t remember how much he paid for the fish but they were kids and he was a shrewd business man so he guesses it was only just on the right side of nothing.