Oulton Road Club

Oulton Road Club ORC was a cycling club based in Oulton, a village between Leeds and Wakefield.  It had its headquarters in a on Abeford Road opposite the Midland Hotel.

There are references to Oulton Road Club in newspapers the 1890’s before the turn of the century, and it continued into the late 1950’s at least, but as yet I am unable to find any more details.

The collection of photographs allows me to guess some of the pre 1940 rides.  I do know that camping and Youth Hostelling featured to a certain extent and some of these trips must have involved overnight stops

ORC (Oulton Road Club)
Tan Hill May 1936.  Tommy Daniels 2nd from left


12th April (Easter Sunday) Whitby

16th May: Chesterfield

31st May High Force and Tan Hill

Glossop, Snake Pass


16th May Blyth

May Chesterfield

May Byland Abbey

8th May Newborough Priory

16th May Tideswell & Matlock

27th June Bishop Burton, Howden, Goodmanham, Market Weighton

Newbould & South Cave

11th & 18th July ORC 10 mile race

25th July Gordale Scar

1st August Thornton Force, Hawes & White Scar Caves

2nd August Buttertubs & Mucker

5th August Snake Pass & Woodhead

7th August Thornton le Dale & Barton Hill

9th August Thornton le Dale

22nd August York


April Byland Abbey

April Lincoln & Louth

May Shipley Glenn

June York

August Doncaster


10th April Bridlington & Beverley riory

11th April Warter Priory (York)

August Ambleside, Grasmere & Bowness

August Blackpool

August Whalley

Known members of ORC

(Aunty) Nancy Peel b 12th June 1924

Dennis Ward (m Nancy Peel April 1944)

(Uncle) Walter Peel b 1928

Norman Thirkettle

Edith & Saville Watson

George & May Robson

Amy & Sid Blackburn son Jack b 1940


Chesterfield May 1937
The skull and crossbones sign was erected by Charles Paxton Markham (Colliery Owner and 3 times mayor of Chesterfield). It was made of iron at Staveley Works, with red reflective eyes which glowed when headlights shone on them, to warn drivers of the dangerous bend. This stretch of road is still known as Skull and Crossbones corner.