The two photographs looking north towards the River Humber show how the same area looks with roughly 100 years between the dates they were taken.
The black and white picture shows what may be described as a sleepy lane with farm buildings lining the sides until nearly at the bottom were stood three cottages and a house in 1905. On the right where the young lad is stood are buildings to Leaberry`s farm with two gates into the farm yard. Looking beyond them to the next building is the house of the next farm that was the home of farmer Alfred Simons and the buildings of the farm. In the centre of the picture can be seen horses that back around the time of the picture were used on most farms to pull ploughs and trailers etc. just like we use tractors or a multitask vehicle of today.
The left side shows the buildings of the Manor Farm With an entrance into the farm and to the field called the `Croft` just behind the two men standing watching the horses. In the foreground is the barn with the bottom of the door at the height of the floor of the trailers used and shows the floor height inside the barn. The lane looked much the same during the 1950s – 1960s when I lived in the village. When Manor Farm was sold and the use of the buildings changed the large barn in the foreground had the door bricked up and a large window installed and this was then fitted out to become the abattoir that I have spoken of in my memories as a young lad in the building trade.
The second of the two photographs, this one being in colour, shows Ferry Lane as it is today in 2007. Perhaps not the sleepy lane of yesteryear as the buildings of the old Manor Farm and the abattoir have all been demolished with the exception of the first two on the left of the photograph. The Barn that later in its life became the abattoir would have stood roughly where the first houses now stand. The stone wall from what I knew as the entrance of the farm and to the field called `The Croft ` where as a lad conkers were collected from one of the three trees that stood in it when they were ready each year is still intact to its northern end. I remember as a lad that some form of trees were growing behind this wall - maybe it was an orchard - but I am not sure what type they were except one and that was in the bottom north east corner which was a pear tree. Each year after a quick scramble up the wall pears were stuffed into our pockets before climbing down once again and disappearing up or down the lane to safety before sharing our spoils.
Looking to the right hand side of the photograph buildings and the farmhouse of Simons Farm are still present. The roof of a new building can be seen between Simons Farm House and the end of the barn that formed part of Leaberrys farm. At the top of Ferry Lane is part of the Farm house painted a cream colour to its left in the shade is the building and wall where the young lad of 1905 would have been standing.