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Abbey Street, nos. 3 - 11


Abbey Street, nos. 3 - 11
Description:
Undated, This view is looking along Abbey Street from Kirkstall Road to Cavendish Street in the late 1950s. On the left is number 3, moving right numbers follow in sequence to 11 at the end of the row. Next, wall of Ind Coope and Allsop's beer bottling plant. The taller building with the chimney is the Aireton House clothing factory run by Frank R. Roberts and Co Ltd.

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Name:
George Lacey

Comment:
I served my Apprenticeship at Frank R. Roberts as a clothing pattern maker from 1956 to 1959. The company was very progressive for its time and treated their employees fantastically well. We had to attend night school 3 times a week and the firm always made sure the apprentices had a hot meal ready in the canteen after work before sending us of to tech. college,which was a large school up on the hill in the distance behind the tall chimney( I can't recall the name now). The company manufactured bespoke and high class ladies wear. At the beginning of each new season when the sample range was ready,the directors would hire mannequins(called models nowadays),set up a catwalk in the canteen and we would be treated to a private fashion parade of our efforts for the new season,before even the clients got a peek!!! The tall stack is for the boiler house which supplied steam for the presses and heating for the factory.the cutting room where I worked was top floor just behind the chimney. My training there stood me in good stead for the rest of my life. I emigrated to Australia in 1966 with my wife and 3 small children and after having my own clothing manufacturing business for the last 20 years am looking forward to retiring next year

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fabfash@hotmail.com

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Name:
veracrowther@ntlworld.com

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I was born in whitby i have been in leeds since 1952 it was very hard it was hard but now i have wrote my life stories for bbc.co.uk and enjoyed every minute maybe you would like to read about my stories they are on all together compton road library but i have just wrote my war memories for whitby gazzette and they thought it was great i dont know whether you would be interested love vera

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Name:
joanne barnes nee leach

Comment:
according to the 1881 census my Ggreat great Grandma and grandad lived at no. 7 abbey, Street, Leeds. They were John (53) and Theresa (49) Leach. John was a labourer in the woollen industry at this time and Theresa was an 'inker - woollen'. Living with them at this time was their daughter Mary E (10) and a boarder called Geroge Nother who was 11 in 1881.

Date:
13-Jun-2009

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jjinna1@aol.com

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Name:
Trish Sames

Comment:
My husbands gt gt gt gt grandparents lived at No 4 Abbey Street in the 1851 census - he is registered as a foundry labourer, having moved to Leeds from Hull, where he arrived as an immigrant from Hessen in Germany around 1835. In the 1841 census he is listed in Hull, working as a musician, but by 1851 had abviously had to change occupations. He hmarried a Hull girl and they moved to Leeds. Was Abbey Street the first of the so-called 'Alphabet' Streets.that ran along Kirkstall Road from town to the viaduct?

Date:
28-Mar-2011

Email:
samesfamily@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
Brenda Scott nee Johnson

Comment:
Why does this same photograph come up every day on the 'Today's Top 50' feature of Leodis? Surely there are many more interesting ones taken in the area (Burley/Kirkstall Road ) at the same time? And yes, I DO check out the Top 50 every day! Time I got a life, perhaps! I love this site, it's of huge help to family historians with families from the Leeds area...but PLEASE...not Abbey Street nos 3-11 again!

Date:
20-May-2012

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
in answer to Trish'squestion did the alphabet streets start with this one the answer is NO they started with 'Angel Street' about 10 streets to the left of this picture.

Date:
23-May-2012

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
I just had to move this picture comments from the 6 to 7. The homes on the left must have been built around 1800 as they appear on maps of around 1835 and there are some alphabet streets already on the same map, which were built after this street. The industrial buildings, brewery etc were built much later which is why they appear to be add-ons to the houses.

Date:
14-Apr-2013

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
At the very top of the street is a large gable ended building. This was St Andrews Church School building and was separated from the church, which was to the left, by a play area. Along with the Church it was one of the earlier buildings in the area, as it appears on maps around 1845.At that time only the houses on the left were standing, along with the row of buildings on the right, the factory had not been built.

Date:
15-Nov-2013

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Name:
Terence Chambers

Comment:
This was the street I spent my childhood days in! our house was the last one, no.11. There was no indoor toilet, just chamberpots, the toilets were in a row in the next street!(Wellington Terrace).There was no electricity upstairs,we had to rely on candles,bonfire night saw a huge fire in the middle of the street (cobbled),all my aunts & uncles lived in the immediate area.We as kids never seemed to notice the lack of money or "mod cons" we just enjoyed being kids.The days leading up to bonfire night were spent "chumping" i.e. collecting anything that would burn, usually stripping the empty houses which had already been vacated due to people being re-housed.I can safely say that these were the happiest days of my life and they are always in my thoughts Please, anyone who has similar memories please get in touch.

Date:
08-Jan-2014

Email:
carol.chambersuk@virgin.net

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
I have viewed this photo many times, and now discovered I have family connections with no 3. The Claughton family lived here in 1901, daughter Lily aged 10 at that time, later in life married the son of my gt grandmothers brother. He was Frederick Roberts, my 1st cousin twice removed.

Date:
17-Apr-2014

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beanj@btinternet.com

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