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Meanwood Road
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17th June 1936 Junction of Meanwood Road and Stainbeck Road. On the left, Buslingthorpe Rugby league ground is behind fence with Woodhouse Ridge in the background. Then the Meanwood Hotel, public house, landlord William Cardis. The road to the right of the Meanwood is Grove Lane, Stainbeck Road is in the bottom right corner. Street furniture includes a police box on the left, public telephone box, traffic lights and gas lamp.

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Name:
Nan Woodhead

Comment:
The rugby ground viewed in this photograph, was home to Buslingthorpe Vale Rugby Club for many years. The field still exists, despite housing tracts which have been built over much of it. In it's prime during the 1910's-1930's, it was a central meeting place for working men to gather. One family in particular had roots here in the community. The Woodheads, namely Walter, Tom, and Harry, lived on Oatland Row in the Meanwood area of Leeds, and played for the Busvale Rugby team for many years.

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Stephen Leathley

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I lived in Farm Hill - in the estate oppposite as a boy with my parents between 1963 and 1972. We knew the Meanwood hotel as "The Melbourne" and played football in the car park around the back. Incidentally, seeing this picture reminds me that traffic lights were known to us at the time as "Robot Lights". No-ne believes me when I tell them this, but I had a toy set of traffic lights that had "Robot Lights" on the box. Does anyone else remember this?

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jack mitchell

Comment:
Yes Steven,but we used to call them & pronounce them (roboze).For eg, "Tha go's reight along ere owd lad and streight thru roboze. (BUT NOT WHEN THERE REEeeed). Comment made 2006.

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
I still call traffic-lights "ROBOTS", pronounced 'robose'. I think that they first appeared on our streets in the late 1920's / early 1930's. A time when popular culture dreamed of a futuristic word where everything would be mechanised, and robots would perform all important tasks, as well as menial ones. Robot-Lights was an obvious choice of name for something that performed automatically, the functions of a policeman on "point-duty". In that sense, traffic-lights are robots. Dialectal influences would have soon brought about the expression "Robose". {It is interesting to note, that South Africa is also a place where they are known as "Robots". Road-Signs will inform, when you are approaching "ROBOTS". There's a fascination about this photograph.There is no traffic, and in plain view, there are four items of street furniture that you no longer, or very rarely see. It's a pity that the fifth important one, the Belisher Beacons, are missing.

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Les Billingham

Comment:
Nan, great to hear about some of my long-lost relatives ! - The Woodhead brothers were my elderly uncles on my mother's side(she was Sarah or Sally Woodhead, born in 1913).She often talked about her 'big brothers' playing for Bus Vale in its heyday and winning lots of cups. As a kid my Mam & Dad took me to the Workshop Knockouts during the late spring/early summers in the 1950's/60's. We walked over Wooduss Ridge from our house in the Elthams.

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TOMMY WARDLE

Comment:
The Meanwood Pub was where my brother Alan & sisters Christine & Cathy would frequent, before going to the Cats Whiskers nightclub on Meanwood Terminus next to Capitol Picture House.

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thomas.wardle@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

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stephen wilks

Comment:
If i remember rightly the meanwood pub sold 'melbourne ales' and thats probably why it was known locally as t'melbun.....It stood at the junction with grove lane, where a few hundred yards along was a little green kiosk that sold sweets, you could then follow a dirt track down to get to meanwood beck and all it's delights!!

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Raymond Hawkshaw

Comment:
Wondering if Nan Woodhead's ancestors were the Woodheads I knew in Stainbeck Side, Peter and Joe. There was always animosity between their gang and our gang in Farm Hill Crescent and we would raid each other's bonfire 'chumps'. Yes, it was always 'robos' to us too, but the picture of the Melbourne (Landlord Mr. Binks during the War)looks more like a wartime picture as the robos are painted black and white. There was a short footpath to a bus shelter to the left of the photographer's position.

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Name:
Den Ramsden

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Believe name of lady who ran the sweetie shop was Miss Winterburn. She also taught at St Agnes, on Burton Cresent. My sister used to go there on a Saturday for extra tuition, towards her 11+, I think. It was a long time ago. I think I remember there being a stable down the back too.

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kevin gray

Comment:
i am looking for information about my grandad who played for buslingthorpe vale his name was walter woodhead any information please good or bad i will be very gratefull

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Gordon Caleb

Comment:
I lived on Stainbeck Crescent in the 1950s, the Tardis (police box) was right opposite our house. I used to frequent the Meanwood pub. I remember the bowling green behind the pub it was like a billiard table,and one of the best kept greens in Leeds. It was kept in this beautiful condition by a gentleman by the name of Joe Summersides who was the father of my pal Jack who lived in Stainbeck side.

Date:
22-Sep-2008

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gcaleb@talktalk.ney

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Linda King

Comment:
I remember my parents (of Chapel Allerton) referring to traffic lights as 'robots' too, pronounced what I have always assumed to be the French way, 'roboze.This was in the 50's and 60's. But where did this come from, why the Fench pronunciation, and was it peculiar to Leeds?? I've always wondered!

Date:
25-Feb-2009

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elaine hibbert

Comment:
the stables are still there i often go to buy my plants is that you linda king that lived in bently grove?

Date:
01-Apr-2009

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m woodhead

Comment:
I remember the pub well though not in the 30,s Interesting comment by nan woodhead as my name is woodhead. My dad was called harry who played for bus vale and hunslet rugby clubs. He had a brother called tom and their dad, my granddad was called walter. Strange coincidence!!

Date:
11-Aug-2009

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m.woodhead@leedsmet.ac.uk

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Name:
Malcolm Kell

Comment:
This picture brings back a lot of memories,I lived in Farm Hill Crescent. When I was old enough I used to visit the "Melbourne" although I eventually preferred the "Becketts".When I started work in 1951 I worked in Bramley and I used to catch the No 44 bus (Halton to Stanningley) by the Melbourne every morning.I went to Bentley Lane school and walked past it every day so it featured in my life for quite a time.

Date:
15-Aug-2009

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alan forbes

Comment:
i have a medal left to me by my mum - that my grandfather george gifford won playing for buslingthorpe vale rfc season 1924-25 - leeds & district northern rugby football union challenge cup - he lived in mosley row which i believe was off craven road in meanwood with his wife bessie (nee garvie) and 3 kids jean philip and trevor. you could see the leeds uni on the hill from their house i remember back in the 60's. he worked in the gasworks nearby

Date:
15-Sep-2009

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lyndaforbes@hotmail.com

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Ronald V Woodhead

Comment:
kevin gray. I have just spoken to my dad Ron Woodhead who used live at Stainbeck Side. He said that your grandad Walter had two younger brothers Tommy & Victor and lived in the Penreavons down Meanwood Road (It's Penraevon Industrial Estate now the houses have all gone) he said there may have been a sister but he can't quite remember. Hope this is info you needed.

Date:
21-Sep-2009

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ronwoodh@blueyonder.co.uk

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Ronald V Woodhead

Comment:
I have just been on the leodis site looking for old pictures of meanwood, and noticed your comment about knowing 'Peter & Joe Woodhead'; both of whom have passed away. The one person you didn't mention was the middle brother - my dad 'Ronald Woodhead'' with whom you went to school with. I have just phoned my dad who now lives down south in Bradford On Avon Wiltshire. I told him what you had put in your comments, and he said 'the cheeky sod how come he forgot me I used to go to school with him'. He said that when you went from Stainbeck Side through the guinnel to farmhill crescent; the first house on the left was Jeff Fish, and that you lived next door to John Mallinson. He asked me to let him know what you say in response to my email. He had a right old trip down memory lane about you all; both your gang and theirs; the 'Stainbeck Siders'.

Date:
21-Sep-2009

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ronwoodh@blueyonder.co.uk

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ronwoodh@blueyonder.co.uk

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________________________________________________________________________________ To Raymond Hawkshaw. I have just been on the leodis site looking for old pictures of meanwood, and noticed your comment about knowing 'Peter & Joe Woodhead'; both of whom have passed away. The one person you didn't mention was the middle brother - my dad 'Ronald Woodhead'' with whom you went to school with. I have just phoned my dad who now lives down south in Bradford On Avon Wiltshire. I told him what you had put in your comments, and he said 'the cheeky sod how come he forgot me I used to go to school with him'. He said that when you went from Stainbeck Side through the guinnel to farmhill crescent; the first house on the left was Jeff Fish, and that you lived next door to John Mallinson. He asked me to let him know what you say in response to my email. He had a right old trip down memory lane about you all; both your gang and theirs; the 'Stainbeck Siders'. Date:21-Sep-2009 Email:ronwoodh@blueyonder.co.uk

Date:
22-Sep-2009

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ronwoodh@blueyonder.co.uk

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Name:
Sylvia

Comment:
Can't believe I came across the comments concerning the Woodhead brothers on here - and comments from cousin Ronnie as well - long time no see - wonder if anyone has memories of the girls - Pam, Pat and Gloria?

Date:
26-Nov-2009

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Name:
Joyce Stocks (nee Wilson)

Comment:
I lived in the Terrace Houses which would be on the right of the photo. After the Dunkirk evacuation over one hundred soldiers were gathered on the forecourt of the Melbourne Hotel and every house had to take in a soldier. When my mother said there is only a cellar the sergeant replied that'l do missis and we had to take in two. They did not sleep in the cellar. They were boarded with us for two months. This photo brings back so many memories. I was friendly with the Landlords daughter Audrey Binks.

Date:
28-Feb-2010

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donald kirkby

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I lived within a stone's throw of this junction from 1939 to 1959. My dad was in the Leeds City Police and had to report to this police box during the war when there was an air raid.

Date:
18-Mar-2010

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Name:
John Boyd

Comment:
Just like Gordon Caleb I too remember when the bowling green was at the back of the Melbourne,I also recall a gala there with stalls etc and the Sea Scouts erected a boxing ring to give a demonstration of the noble art. I was co-ersced into the ring by my mates and fixed up with a pair of training gloves which were just like huge Xmas puddings. I didn't fancy this at all and after taking a couple of big swipes which both missed the target by miles I retired (dis)gracefully at the end of the second round. Seen many games at Bus Vale too, the workshop knockouts,especially when Burtons played Bisons,were fantastic entertainment.The Fox from Woodhouse also had a team as did Leeds Electric,Sheepscar Hotel and Sheepscar WMC.When junior games were on the touchline was patrolled by Aubrey Casewell, a physical giant who had played for Leeds in his prime. Woe betide any player who was sent off as Casewell would 'escort' him to the changing room immediately. There was no hanging around when Aubrey took charge ! I am wondering by the way if Gordon Caleb is any relation to Teddy Caleb who was a buddy of Billy Stanton ? I lived in Stainbeck Terrace from 1948 until I got married in 1967.

Date:
23-Mar-2010

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Lloyd Hulme

Comment:
Are you related to Trevor Woodhead my friend and schoolmate in Sacred Heart School in Kirkstall Road Leeds 4 in the fifties?

Date:
26-Aug-2010

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Ron Davies

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I remember the name Lloyd Hulme, as I also went to Sacred Heart School in the 1950s. I think Lloyd is slightly older than me, I left at Easter 1958 at the age of 15. Some of my classmates were, Mike Potter, Dave Graham, Noel Malone, Brendan Dunne, Stuart Viles, Matt and Maurice Cassidy, Dave Ibbotson, Anthony Clements and many more.

Date:
04-Sep-2010

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rondavies66@googlemail.com

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Name:
stanley greasley

Comment:
my husband remembers starting school with donald kirby. his dad was also with leeds police. he wondered if you remember him don?

Date:
16-Sep-2010

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patgreasley@hotmail.com

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patricia brennan nee firth

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I to remember playing behind the melbourne,with betty Gray Phyllis Brown,Beryl Rhodes.we lived on Farm hill cres.1949 Brothers Colin Geoffrey Sheila

Date:
20-Oct-2010

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Name:
Don Kirkby

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Pat, I do remember Stanley (Greasley). If my memory serves me correctly he was the one who fell on a metal shoe scraper at Bentley Lane School and severely cut his knee.

Date:
16-Nov-2010

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donald.kirkby9@ntlworld.co.uk

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Michael Siddle

Comment:
Hi Michael Woodhead do you remember going on holiday in the 1950s I remember your dad Harry. My Mam and Dad used to live next to the Meanwood Hotel Connie and Fred Siddle he also played at the Vale. He also ran the Kitchens works club by the stables

Date:
06-Dec-2010

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michaelsiddle@ajnetworking.co.uk

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chris woodhead

Comment:
my dad is micheal and my grandad was harry woodhead i used to play football on bus vale for my primary school bentley lane. whos nan woodhead by the way?

Date:
26-Dec-2010

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Name:
geoff chapman

Comment:
I remember lot of the persons mentioned, I lived at 15 farm hill cresc with grtandparents, had a brother Alan and Susan Stocks who lived there also until moving to X-gates. We all went to Bentley Lane School. I remember well the gang raids on our chumps,playing cricket and rugby back of stainbeck cresc,and camping out in summer Had a friend called Kenny unable to remember his surname in s/cresc also. I used to play rugby at bus vale after school with pals, my friend Martin Grayson his father some official at the club so we were ale to sneak in under the wire behind garage Grove Lane.My parents after matches at Woodus c.c finished we would all head for back of Melbourne pub for crisps and shandy.This was always full at w/ends. Went to b/l school left 1958.Lots of good memories and hanging around Meanwood.I used to hang out at coffee bar in parade of shops m/wood.Also usedto enjoy winter evenings sledging on Woodhouse Ridge. I now live in Essex but visit Leeds 2/3 times ayear with my son doing Ancestry work . Coming up in Sept again must make time to look over the ridge,and call in on W/C/C as my ancestors owned the land . and adairy up near W/moor and land which is now Leeds uni. I hope someone remembers me good or bad.Nice to see names of the past and present.

Date:
20-Jul-2011

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geoffrey.chapman643@btinternet.com

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Name:
Woodhead family links

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Wow. You never know what sort of reception you're going to get when you post online. So nice to see so many Woodhead descendants on here. For Chris,..I'm married to Gavin Woodhead, grandson of Walter Woodhead, who played for the Bus Vale rugby team. Walter married Alice Walker, and moved to the Hunslet area of the city, where they raised several children. I posted on here for more information on the living family, as I have compiled a large Woodhead family genealogy going back several generations. If any of you fellow Woodheads would like to have a copy, feel free to email me. I would also love to hear more stories about the Woodhead brothers, and any other interesting tidbits any of you have to share. Perhaps we can even try organizing a Woodhead reunion of sorts??

Date:
03-Oct-2011

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NanDWoodhead@aol.com

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Jackie Kennedy

Comment:
Hi re Stephen Wilkes Are you the Stephen Wilkes, who lived on Farm Hill Crescent? If so we were best mates in the early sixties. How you doing these days? I remember this area well we used go fishing behind Buss Vale and the Meanwood (the Melbourne) Arms. We called that area, The Back of Deanies. The traffic lights were always known as the Melbourne lights when I lived there. Also, I think there was a bowling green at the back with an outsales were we would buy pop and crisps(Salt in blue wrapper)if ever had any money that is. Meanwood was a great place to have childhood experiences in the early sixties.Meanwood Ridge, Meanwood Park Sugarwell Hill (for sledging), Capitol Pictures and of course the street (for Football.Rugby,Cricket and swinging off Gas Lamps) Email me if you would like to catch up with what's happen in the last 36 years since We bumped into each other.

Date:
07-Jan-2013

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Michael Alan Ravenhill

Comment:
I used to live at 25 Sugarwell Road and went to Bentley Lane School - left in 1957. Played rugby for Leeds Electric, who won the Leeds and District championship cup 1963 at Busvale ground. I remember Teddy Caleb whose nickname was 'urchin', and was friends with Rodney Jarrom. We all used to go around together. Does anybody remember me?

Date:
11-May-2013

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joyravenhill@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
geoff chapman

Comment:
hello m.ravenhill. rodney jarrom was a relation of mine,and I remember Teddy caleb well I lived at 15 farm hill crescent and left B/Lane 1958,added comments last year, had great fun around this time. I bet I bumprd into you at school. was a frind with lots in the square.

Date:
20-Aug-2013

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geoffreychapman43@o2.co.uk

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Jennifer Rodger Nee: Ramsden

Comment:
It was lovely to see the picture of The Meanwood pub. I also remeber it been called the Melbourn, because of the ales they sold. My parents (Jean and Gerald) used to drink in the Meanwood,until they became members of Seven Sisters socail club, then later Meanwood WMC. I lived in Meanwood from 1966, moved up Stonegate Rd in my twenties. I lived on Stonegate Green, bottom of the Avenue. I remember the Beckets, the Cats Whiskers, on what was known as the Capital Parade, because of the Capital Picture house and Ball room. There was also a barbers with the old red and white sign outside, that looked like a stick of rock. The Riding Stables on Grove Lane are still there, but now make a living out of selling plants,etc. Oh there are so many memories and seeing as I still live in Meanwood I have seen so many changes. The Beckhill estate been built, then been knocked down. The change in the bus routes, and the times they have changed the no's on them. Remember the 29 down Potternewton Lane going along Srainbeck Ave to turn round at Moortown Corner, then they changed it to the no. 32, (or was it the other way round?) I could write so much.

Date:
22-May-2014

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jennyrams@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Pamela

Comment:
Nan Woodhead. Was Walter's wife Alice Walker from North Hill Road? If so, do please show her this. Pamela

Date:
21-Mar-2016

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Linda King has raised a good question. Perhaps this might go some way in answering it. Firstly, the word "Robot" being used for any automaton, has its origins in the words meaning, 'work' - 'labouring' - 'drudgery' -'servitude' etc., " as used in the Slavic World. Eg:- The Russian verb, To Work - ???????? - pronounced- "Rabotats", but with the "s" hardly discernible. A search result on the W.W.W. tells us that it was a Czech playwright Karel ?apek who, in the 1920's introduced the word to the world in his play:- "Rossum's Universal Robots"; although it was his brother Josef who had originally created the actual word. The French connection may, or may not be relevant. Whether it be in the singular or plural form, in French it sounds the same:-"Roboe". Whether it be "Robot" or "Roboe", we being English, would pluralise either pronunciation, by simply adding an "s". The expression was applied to traffic-lights all over the country, although it's usage is in rapid decline. South Africa still retains, and applies the expression on its roads. Does anyone know of anywhere else?

Date:
09-Nov-2016

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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