Cross-Gate and Mossgate
Our village of Fulford stretches in a southerly direction past the School to Mossgate and on to Crossgate and Spotacre, where we find the Nurseries, where many villagers are employed.
We always associate Crossgate with the Chapel, for here in 1860, was built the Wesleyan Chapel, which serves the village.
The first Calvinistic Chapel was built in the centre of the village and is still standing. The pulpit and balcony were removed from this building quite recently and the old place is now used as a storehouse by the owner of the adjoining farm.
At Mossgate corner, are several very old unoccupied cottages, which are to be demolished in order to widen the road, as it is a very dangerous spot for traffic. Here also is a wheelwright’s yard and buildings. These show no sign of life now, but years ago this corner at Mossgate, was very much alive. The great carriages from the Halls and Manors were often seen calling for repairs. Much excitement was afoot too, when the chance came for the villagers to have a peep at the “grand people” from the Hall.
Crossgate is bordered by one of the largest Nurseries in the country, which employs a great number of men from Fulford and Saverley Green. These nurseries are owned by the family of John Hill Esq. Near to this estate, years gone by, charcoal burners were employed and it is said that when farmers in this district have been ploughing, they have come upon the charcoal in the ground.
At Crossgate, the water shortage is very acute, but we are pleased to note that a Water Scheme is now in hand and that water mains are to be laid this year. Some years ago the Council erected six houses and the water supply to these entailed the erecting of a large pumping wheel. The supply failed however, and the wheel was taken down, hence the present acute shortage.
Living in this part of our village are several men of the older generation, who are masters of the arts of “Rick-pegging or thatching”, hedge laying, pig-breeding, making of hand-sewn boots etc., and as they depart this life on by one, their crafts depart too, for the younger generation do not seem to be able to practice with quite the same skill. Something is lacking and it seems a great pity that these things should happen.