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Burnley Road Shops, Todmorden

The row of shops in Burnley Road, Todmorden is actually the genesis of the layout. My great-grandfather and grandfather ran Holt's The Ironmongers until the shop ceased trading in 1928, and which occupied that premises occupied by The Gas Showroom in 1978. Having followed the development of Geoff Taylor's wonderful buildings from a variety of West Yorkshire locations, notably Dewsbury and Todmorden, this row of shops was intended to be in the 'style of'.

And if you fancy building your own Todmorden building, there's a free downloadable construction kit of 80 Halifax Road which you can make-up.

Burnley Road Shops, Todmordem: 4mm OO scale model and Prototype. Prototype photo Roger Birch
Prototype & model together: the model in front of a photograph taken by Roger Birch from the top floor of the Town Hall looking towards the viaduct on 10 June 1978
Photo of Burnley Road shops and the 'Black Swan' pub taken from the attic of the Town Hall c. 2008 showing railway viaduct.
Prototype scene taken in April 2006, also from the top floor of the Town Hall
Model of Burnley Road shops located on the 'Abbots Vale' layout

I was lucky enough to secure a full-plate print off eBay recently taken from the attic windows of the Town Hall in 1978 by Roger Birch which captures the scene perfectly - including the all important roof detail, and incidentally the relationship between the row of shops and the viaduct. Last time I was in Tod the 'Black Horse' was all boarded-up, but it is now enjoying a new life as 'The Polished Knob'.

The prototype from north to south, starting with the gable wall adjacent to the viaduct.

41 - 43 Burnley Road, Todmorden; end gable and frontage

41 - 43 Burnley Road, Todmorden; end gable taken from under the viaduct
41 - 43 Burnley Road, Todmorden frontage
39 Burnley Road, Todmorden; as Bridge Cafe (now Rose's)
39 Burnley Road, Todmorden; as Bridge Cafe (now Rose's)
37 Burnley Road, Todmorden; as 'Steals' (now Costermongers)
37 Burnley Road, Todmorden; as 'Steals' (now Costermongers)
35 Burnley Road, Todmorden; as Village Communication
35 Burnley Road, Todmorden; as Village Communication
'The Black Swan' pub (when open) 31-33 Burnley Road, Todmorden
'The Black Swan' pub (when open) 31-33 Burnley Road, Todmorden
'The Black Swan' pub (when open) 31-33 Burnley Road, Todmorden, looking south west
27 Burnley Road, Todmorden
27 Burnley Road, Todmorden
19-25 Burnley Road, Todmorden
19-25 Burnley Road, Todmorden
19-25 Burnley Road, Todmorden - 2
15-17 Burnley Road, Todmorden
15-17 Burnley Road, Todmorden, looking west
15-17 Burnley Road, Todmorden; close-up of Information Centre
9-11 Burnley Road, Todmorden
9-11 Burnley Road, Todmorden; upper stories
9-11 Burnley Road, Todmorden; ground floor
9-11 Burnley Road, Todmorden; curved end
9-11 Burnley Road, Todmorden; rear
And the model...under construction...
Burnley Road shops, Todmorden: model under construction
Burnley Road shops, Todmorden: model under construction - 2
...and showing its location on the old layout. Nice view of the Midland Goods Shed ex-Haworth!
Burnley Road shops, Todmorden: model in situ on the layout
And finally, the photograph that started it all. My mother snapped my father and sister in front of 'the shop' circa 1964.
Burnley Road shops, Todmorden circa 1962, with rendered walls and Gas Showrooms