see also History - Joe Johnson
see also History - David Vause
In this map there are as yet no buildings on the Triangle, but a sandpit is shown adjacent to Aldcliffe Road.
30.7.1887 Lancaster Gazette
Report of Council Meeting
Occupancy of Land. — At a meeting of the Streets Committee on the 18th inst., an offer by the Canal Company to let a portion of land adjoining the Urban Authority's yard abutting on the canal, at £1 per year was accepted.
(Could this refer to the Triangle?)
At the same meeting Joe Johnson, a pavior from Salford who was later to become a tenant of the Triangle tendered for "various back streets" - £220 19s 3d.
3/4 buildings on Triangle (plot divided in half): one straddling land near pointed end, one (or two) built onto bridge and one adjacent to Aldcliffe Road.
Two adjoining OS maps. Notice the gaps in the perimeter wall allowing for access to the Triangle.
13 Feb 1893 Lancaster Gazette
Report of Council Meeting
Private Improvement Works: — Tenders were submitted for the private improvement works... in Carr House Lane. Resolved that the following tender of Mr Joe Johnson be accepted: £119. 11s. 8d.
A local resident has mentioned that he remembered a builder called Joe Johnson using the site. This is corroborated by the trade directory of 1899 which shows the businesses along Aldcliffe Road: 5 coal merchants, then "Johnson Joe, pavior, contractor, asphalter, dealer in setts, cobbles, gravel, sanitary ware, etc." (house Brook Street) and corresponds with the 1890 and 1892 OS maps showing the series of five coal wharves and then the Triangle.
1901 Lancaster Morecambe and District Directory (Lancaster Library): Johnson, Joe, pavior, asphalter and contractor, Aldcliffe Road; house 36 Cromwell Road.
An entry in a 1929 Trades Directory at Lancaster Library reads, "Joe Johnson, Pavior, Aldcliffe Road".
In the Lancaster & Morecambe Directory for 1934 held at the Lancashire Record Office an advert reads: "Joe Johnson, John W. Illingworth, Pavior and General Contractor, Office Aldcliffe Road, estimates given for road making of all descriptions, hard tennis courts, bowling greens, paving, flagging, tar-macadam, excavating, concreting, drainage work, sewering, etc." No Johnsons appear in the Streets Directory for 1934 at 36 Cromwell Road.
It appears that Johnson's firm has now moved out of the Triangle. "Joe Johnson (Contractors) Ltd. Ajax Works, Ridge Lane, Lancaster; Registered No. 00 413688, incorporated 26.6.1946"
"Thomas Johnson (builders) Ltd. Aldcliffe Road (No. 5) and Johnson, Joe (Contractors) Ltd. 21 Meeting House Lane"
The following listed at 5 Aldcliffe Road: "Bateson, T.J. joiner; Bateson, B. Signwriter; Airey, John, painter; Denny, F., boot (boat?) repairer; National Coal Board; Fox, George & Co. Coachbuilders & painters;Hodgson, C., builder; Johnson, Thomas (Builders) Ltd." A box advert for Thomas Johnson describes his firm as "Contractors to Lancaster Corporation... Public Mortar Mills and Yard, Aldcliffe Road. For Sale of Concrete Heads, Steps etc."
Then and now...
Here is the canal and Triangle towpath wall giving some idea of the openings that were there at the time. The boat-house opposite is derelict and has no roof. We are grateful to Graham Hibbert for allowing reproduction of photos from his Flickr photostream. There are more of his photos on the David Vause page.
T. Johnson (Builders) Ltd., Aldcliffe Road
In the 1980s and 1990s the Triangle was used by local boatbuilder David Vause to construct and repair punts that were hired out for pleasure use from the Navigation pub on the far side of Penny Street Bridge, as permission to launch them from the towpath by Basin Bridge had been refused.
History pages by Jane Swan