The Pudsey Roller
I now live in Pudsey but was born and brought up a few miles away in Otley.
When we were little we used to go to Pudsey quite often, mum was a Brownie leader and used to get Brownie badges from a shop near Pudsey Park, we also used to visit the first Asda store which was off Fartown. When in Pudsey we always used to spend time in Pudsey Park. Why I hear you ask? Because they had an amazing old steam roller that we could sit on and play on. It was huge (well we were little) and it was something totally different to swings, slides and roundabouts and in the 1970’s there was no elf and safety with regards playgrounds!
When I moved to Pudsey over 9 years ago I was sad to see that the steam roller was no longer there. I then attended the 2012 Pudsey Show and saw a stall with memorabilia about The Pudsey Roller. Then on the morning of the 2013 Pudsey Show I saw some gentlemen again with a stall dedicated to The Pudsey Roller, I decided to say hello and mention that I remembered it and used to play on it. I’m so glad that I stopped to chat as we had a lovely conversation.
The Pudsey Roller stand at the 2013 Pudsey Show on 7 September.
A small group of dedicated enthusiasts are gradually taking the engine to pieces and raising funds to try and resurrect it back to life.
There is a lovely leaflet which explains more about The Pudsey Roller and their project.
Wording from the leaflet:
The Pudsey Roller was built in 1921 by John Fowler & Co (Leeds) Ltd at the Steam Plough Works, Hunslet, Leeds. It is a type DN, works number 15752 and carries the registration number WR7508. At some time it is known to have been called Majestic. The roller was supplied new to the West Riding County Council, although it is not known to have worked in Pudsey. When its working life ended in 1959 it was purchased by Alderman Sir Walter Ward and presented to the Borough of Pudsey, who then placed it in the playground of Pudsey Park for children to have fun on.
In 1990 the roller was condemned as a playground attraction and was removed from the Park.In March 2007 agreement was reached between Leeds City Council and the Road Roller Association whereby the roller would be loaned to the RRA for 25 years. During autumn 2007, an experience team of volunteer restorers began taking the roller to pieces… this work is ongoing and one day they hope that the Pudsey Roller will one day work again.
Donations and hard work will help this dream become a reality.
More information can be found at www.pudsey-roller.co.uk
How can you help?
If you have a passion for steam engines and engineering please get in touch.
Anyone with internet and website skills could also help bring them up to date online.
Make a donation or become a ‘friend’ of The Pudsey Roller. Lots of fundraising still needs to be done.
I was happy to buy a mouse mat and some badges.