The Enigma of Allens West
By Elle Brunton
Monday 15 Jun 2009 09:52:00
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It’s summer, Fathers Day is coming up so we thought we’d press you in  the direction of our book Teesside Urban Legends: The Best of the Boro Message Boards.'s Elle Brunton will be bringing you a chapter-by-chapter review as we count down to…  Father’s Day. Yes Teesside Urban Legends might just cheer up your old dad and remind him of happier days. 

It will be a bit like the Twelve Days of Christmas in summer but no measly partridges or onion rings here thank you very much.

Instead, Elle will be bringing you snippets of solid gold entertainment from
Teesside Urban Legends.


Chapter Three: The Enigma of Allens West

Local railway station Allens West has always been something of a mystery and one day our intrepid posters decided to explore the enigma.

The thread began with the most obvious of questions; "Is there an Allens East, North or South?" and "Just who was Allen?"

A smattering of research and a healthy dollop of unfounded theories later, memories of lost loves, childhood jaunts and tickets which cost 18p had emerged. This was along with some partial answers to the questions.

Allens West is believed to be named after a Mr Ralph Allenson who owned the land in 1631. But then "Where is Allens East?"

More impressively, former Boro star Dean Gordon used to live on the estate adjacent to Allens West but rumours of Boro's 'Matty Bates' hanging around Allens West in his youth can be neither confirmed nor denied.

Branching out slightly lead the posters to question bigger issues including "If there's a Northallerton, where is Southallerton? Or indeed Allerton?" The proposed development of the area got some posters very excited, "Allen's West, soon to be the thriving hub of a new metropolis... What a grand old lady she is!"

Promises (or threats?!) to start an Allens West Appreciation Society, AWAS, soon appeared and plans to erect a flag with a likeness of Mr West or Mr Allen at the station were greeted with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

Only those in possession of a copy of Teesside Urban Legends can join AWAS so pick one up today, and why not take a trip to Allens West on the way home?

Follow the link to see an exclusive AWAS video:

Now have a look at AWAS myspace site.

And finally how you can order a copy of Teesside Urban Legends


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