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Briggate nos. 42 - 46, Burton Tailors


Briggate nos. 42 - 46, Burton Tailors
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16th March 1938. From the left; Burtons Arcade or previously known as the George and Dragon Yard. Numbers 42, 43, 44 Burtons tailor. The factory which made clothes for Montague Burton shops was in Hudson Road, Harehills. By 1925 it was the largest clothing factory in the world. Above the shop, The Imperial Hotel, with Nelson's billiard hall. In 1961 the old hotel building was demolished and Burton company rebuilt new store on the site. Numbers 45, 46 J. Lyons cafe, a sign on top of the building advertises Lyons Swiss Rolls. In the middle of the road are tram stops, number 3 route tram can be seen. Also two handcarts with ladders.

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Name:
rayd

Comment:
Thank you for this view on two counts, I could not remember just were the Imperial was, also I knew there had been a Lyons tea shop somewhere round there. There was also another Lyons at the bottom of Bond street near its junction with East Parade. These shops were part of the Joe Lyons Tea and Coffee with their famous 'Corner House' Restaraunts in London.

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Name:
michael mcguinness

Comment:
I used to get all my tailor made to measure suits from this branch, my wife used to work for Burtons on Hudson Road in Harehills. 1959

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John Blampey

Comment:
My father was the maintance Joiner for J. Lyons tea shop, but may I point out that they had 3 shops in Leeds, County Arcade (that became the Mecca)Bond Street this was in like a basement and of course Briggate, which was my fathers depot, he also looked after a shop in Sheffield, Nottingham and Hull. There was also an electrician worked with him called Ted Ward. He worked there between the two wars.

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Name:
brian thomas

Comment:
Many, if not all of Burton's stores had either a Snooker Hall or Dance Hall attached. This branch had several snooker tables above the shop. A Dance Hall was in the basement of the Duncan St. branch

Date:
13-Apr-2010

Email:
helensdad@mac.com

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Comment:
nelsons billiard hall was run by two sisters in the60s, you could get bacon sandwiches and a pot of tea

Date:
10-May-2013

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Name:
Michael Kirby

Comment:
When I moved to Stroud in 1975 there was still a Burtons shop in the town. A nice building I guess from the early 20th century. Above the shop was a snooker hall. The shop has long gone, now a branch of Savers, but the snooker hall is still there!

Date:
18-Jul-2013

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michaelkirbychow@btinternet.com

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Name:
Valerie Daniels

Comment:
Re comment by John Blampley. I was interested to read that there was a Lyons tea room where the Mecca eventually stood. I remember my mother taking me there to what I think must have been tea dances but I have never known of anyone else remembering this place.

Date:
05-Jan-2014

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Name:
stephen Drake-Jones

Comment:
In 1969 I joined Burton´s dispaly staff as a window dresser & there were 4 shops; Corn Exchange, Duncan St, Briggate (with snooker Hall above, & one on the corner of Headrow. I spent many lunch breaks playing snooker while LUFC stars looked on waiting for my table!!

Date:
02-Jul-2015

Email:
chairman@wellsoc.org

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Name:
stephen drake-jones

Comment:
I was a Burton window-dresser from September 1967 to 1973. This Buron´s Branch was 20. There was a snooker hall upstairs entrance by a ginnel off Briggate. Two sisters ran the place serving tea & bacon sandwiches!The old Imperial had closed down.

Date:
30-Nov-2015

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chairman@wellsoc.org

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Name:
Steve Crabtree

Comment:
as an apprentice of 16 I remember playing snooker once a month in our firms knockout competition, all paid for by the firm of Johnsons Engravers, Have some very happy memories of nights there.

Date:
05-Sep-2016

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