For the number of people it will affect today it might be futile to ponder on how the piece of road between the end of School Street and the beginning of Argyle Street got as messed up as it did on subsequent maps. You would have to go back and study the old 1912 OS to see that it was never a road in the first place but merely a higgledee - piggledee area that could be used to get from A to B. However, the short School Street was very much a proper 'street' and so named because it was straddled by two schools and a 'Sunday' school/chapel.
The 'unnamed' stretch, as Barrie rightly called it, never had a name during the 1940/1950s and was referred to by all of us who lived in the three streets as 'The Top' and probably by many before us. The mess was made by the map makers when that large area to the east of the pit yard (including The Square) was demolished to make way for some new housintg and street plan which involved the construction of Auckland Road. This was cleverly made to be an extension of Argyle Street by using that unnamed area but had to swing north in a curve around the Colliery Board School to join High Lane Row. It could not have used the already existing School Street because it was too narrow and would have involved the demolition of the St. Oswaldo 'annex' just across the street from the Colliery Board School......are you still with me?
Coming back to the point, how anyone in their map making wisdom could have decided to call that 'joining' stretch between Auckland Road and Argyle Street an extension of Brancepeth Road (a side road off Auckland Road) is almost beyond belief. However, for those of you who have managed to stay awake...I rest my case.
Just one last thing before I rest my pen. The really sad thing in all of this is that there is only one building left standing in that whole colliery area that predates WW2. The area I speak of is that contained within the boundaries of High Lane Row and the spur railway lines that crossed the end of Argyle Street down to Bede Metal and then between the mainline (Metro) and Wagonway Road. The building I refer to is the old Primitive Method Chapel on High Lane Row.
The people now living within those boundaries can be forgiven for being totally unaware of the hallowed ground upon which they dwell, because there has not been a single attempt to retain a name or set up any reminder of that wonderful bygone age which survives only in the minds of a few of us that still hang on to those distant memories.