Shipley Glen near Bradford in Yorkshire was an amusement park in Victorian
times. The cable tramway was built in 1895 by Sam Wood and is still in
operation today. It takes passengers to the top of a wooded, craggy glen
where the Pleasure Grounds WERE located.
The owner started to
demolish the ride after efforts from campaigners managed to get the ride its deserved
protected status. The owner claimed however that it would be more economical
for him to demolish the ride and pay the fine than to continue with the
running costs of the ride. He appealed the listing status of the ride &
demolished it in 2004. At that point it was 1 of the oldest operating ride -
attractions in the world.
It was a very small ride, the loading platform
was at ground level, and housed the single seated chair-lift like cars. The cars then
careered down a rectangular lay-out track, with small undulations, down the
hillside to the lift hill, which brought the cars back to the loading platform. I would be grateful for any
further pics / information about this ride, the Scenic Railway, the Toboggan, or the Aerial
Flight rides which were also found at Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds.