The Causeway

Last Updated: 20/03/2017

The Causeway is the road leading uphill from Brook Street to Elsworth church before turning right and becoming Church Lane, formerly known as Workhouse Lane.  In the past the Causeway contained cottages, a pub called the Dolphin, a farmyard, the Rectory Home Farm, a school (the cookery schoolroom), a bakery (run by the Richardson family) and until recently the village post office.  In the 1960s and 1970s the Rectory Home Farm and farmyard were demolished and redeveloped as housing, as was the bakery and attached house.  The post office was also attached to the house and that building was also demolished, with the post office being transferred to a surviving outbuilding where it continued to operate until 2009 when it closed.  A house was also built on the site in the 1970s and in 2014 the old post office building was demolished and a new house built on the site.


View from Brook Street early 1900s

View from the bottom of the Causeway in the early 20th century showing the Dolphin Inn on the left and the bakery on the right.

View of Causeway with bakery

View up the Causeway from above the Dolphin Inn showing cottages and Rectory Home Farm on the right and the bakery on the left.  The single storey building attached to the house later became the post office.

View from top of Causeway 1921

View from the top of the Causeway in the 1920s showing Rectory cottage and the Manual Instruction Room on the left and Rectory Home Farm on the right.  The Manual Instruction Room was an extension to the school at the bottom of the Causeway for teaching handicraft and cookery.

View of Dolphine Inn

View from the schoolyard across the Causeway showing the front of the Dolphin Inn.  Brook Street is visible in the background showing the Three Horseshoes pub (now Horseshoe Cottage) across from the Dolphin.

Pupils from school

Picture of pupils from the school lines up across the bottom of the Causeway between the school and the Dolphin.  The Three Horseshoes pub is visible across Brook Street.  There is an oil lamp in the middle as well; there is still a street light in this position today.  A telegraph pole is also visible serving the post and telegraph office further down Brook Street.

School pupils in yard, bakery visible behind them

Picture of pupils in the grounds of the schoolhouse with the bakery buildings visible behind them.

View down the Causeway by the bakery

View down the Causeway from halfway down.  The shop attached to the bakery can be seen on the left.  The cottages on the right have corrugated iron roofing suggesting this is around the 1930s.

Top of the Causeway in the 1950s

The top of the Causeway and the church in the 1950s.  The old school fence can be seen as well as the Rectory Home Farm fence on the left, before the bungalows were built.

View from the top of the Causeway in the 1950s

The view from the corner of Church Lane and the Causeway showing the bakery and old farmyard.  The bakery and farmyard were demolished in the 1960s and 1970s.


View of the Causeway 1979-1981

View up the Causeway between 1979 and 1981.  The Dolphin Inn has long been a private house, as has the school (closed 1947).  The bakery has been demolished and replaced with a house in the 1970s.
The single storey building visible on the right is a bakery outbuilding which became the village post office for many years.

View from the top of the Causeway in 1986

View down the Causeway in 1986.  The old Manual Instruction Room has been replaced by a bungalow, the Rectory Home farm frontage is now a pair of bulgalows and the barn half way up the Causeway on the right has been replaced by a house.

View from the corner of Church Lane 1988

The view down the Causeway from the corner of Church Lane in 1988.

View from Brook Street 1990s

A view of the Causeway from Brook Street in the 1990s.  Little has changed since the 1979/1981 view except the entrance to the old schoolhouse on the corner has been moved.

View from Brook Street 2014

View of the Causeway towards the church from Brook Street in 2014.
Little has changed from the 1990s view.

View from the top of the Causeway 2014

View from the top of the Causeway 2014.  It has changed little since 1988.

View from opposite the post office towards the church

The view up the Causeway from opposite the post office in the 1990s.

Post office building before closure

The post office building formerly an outbuilding to the bakery.  The post office closed in 2009 and was  demolished in 2014 and a new house built on the site.

Roy Lambert in front of the old post office

Roy Lambert in front of the post office before it closed.  It was being run by someone else at that time, and had been renamed B & A News.

The post office after closure

The post office after it closed.  It has since been demolished and a house built on the plot.

Side of the Plough from the Causeway

A view of The Plough showing the side of the building seen from the Causeway in the 1990s.

The Dolphin at the bottom of the Causeway

A view of a house that was formerly the Dolphin beer house and also at one time a coalyard at the bottom of the Causeway in the 1990s.

Cottage opposite the site of the former post office

This was formerly three cottages but has been merged into a single cottage and stands opposite the site of the old bakery, now demolished.  This view dates from the 1990s.

Ashdene in the 1990s

The bungalow built on the site of the former cookery schoolroom at the top of the Causeway.  The old schoolroom was demolished in the 1960s.


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