As time eaks on things come and go, until they’re a distant memory that pops into your mind. Buildings and structures however ugly or beautiful hold a strange place in people’s hearts. Mostly because in Yorkshire they’re massive cooling towers that tell you that you are nearly home. Others though are a reminder about how much things have changed in the areas we’ve grown up in Yorkshire, so enjoy our list of lost landmarks of Yorkshire.
1. Ferrybridge Towers
Found as you approach the M62 from the A1, the huge towers would loom over you as you approached. After five were demolished back in 2019 only three cooling towers remain of the station which powered homes and businesses across West Yorkshire.
2. Tinsley Towers, Sheffield
The second mention of towers in our list, the Tinsley Towers were found near the M1 in South Yorkshire on the outskirts of Sheffield. One of the best-known landmarks in Sheffield disappeared from the skyline in just seven seconds as they came tumbling down after standing 76 metres high for decades.
3. The Hole in the Road, Sheffield
Found in Sheffield, the hole in the road was an incredible network of underpasses and shops situated under a huge city centre roundabout in Sheffield. It was a unique experience to be doing your shopping whilst traffic buzzed about on top of you. But, sadly in the 1990s the whole was eventually filled with rubble.
4. RAF Fylingdales AKA ‘The Golf Balls’, North York Moors
One of our favourites in the list, we used to think these were some kind of NASA building where aliens were worked on, but it turns out this North York Moors landmark was used to give the UK and US governments early warning for a ballistic missile attack from The Soviet Union during the Cold War – which is still pretty cool to be fair. The golf balls were demolished as the Cold War ended.
5. Yorkshire Post Building, Leeds
Not the most beautiful of buildings but the Yorkshire POst building would be seen on most trips to Leeds City Centre and was built back in the 1970s and opened by none other than Prince Charles. The well-known landmark was demolished in 2014 after Yorkshire Post moved to a smaller office – but the clock tower was speared and still can be seen where the building once stood.
6. The Walls of Jericho, Bradford
Yes, we know – if you’re a 90s kid, you’ll know this as a move from WWE wrestler Chris Jericho. But, back in the 1800s huge walls were constructed near the hamlet of Egypt near Thornton to support the embankment. The debris and material that had built up behind the walls got too much and in the 1980s it was decided that the walls would be demolished and the road widened.