Halifax (Thrum Hall) Speedway


Thrum Hall Cricket Ground, Spring Hall Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire staged speedway between 1928-1930
 
Much later in 1949 Halifax was served by it's better known track The Shay Grounds.



Action from Thrum Hall Halifax 1929 Frank Varey (Scott) leads Billy Lamont (AJS, unless you know better?) The Scott was a two stroke so it must have made a much different noise to the rest of the speedway machines. A 500cc two stroke would have been loud and in modern times it would have brought huge claims from local residents to get the sport banned

Thrum Hall Cricket Ground


No! This is not a photo of a D shaped speedway track!
 
Dave Beecroft says:  Hi John, me again.  Scouring through local history websites, I came across this aerial photograph of the Thrum Hall cricket ground (see above), which was the home of the first Halifax Speedway. Sadly it is all no more as it was razed to the ground along with the famous rugby league ground which was the home of Halifax RLFC. The Blue Sox, as they are called share the new, squared off (shame) Shay with FC Halifax Town. All for a new Asda. I believe, although I am guessing, that the path was probably part of the track. Also included is a picture of "Cyclone" Billy Lamont, taken at Thrum Hall in 1930.
By the bye. Department of interesting but useless information. The definition of the word thrum indicates the textile background of the West Riding of Yorkshire:- (in weaving) An unwoven end of a warp thread, or a fringe of such ends, left in the loom when the finished cloth is cut away.
All the best
Dave
John Skinner says:  Thanks for the local history lesson Dave.  Now I will win Who wants to be a millionaire when the question "What is a Thrum" comes up.

Thrum Hall Action




Two very grainy pics of action at Thrum Hall.  Looks like a bad crash.  I hope the early cork crash helmet saved this guy some serious injury

 
 

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