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Stourton, Aerial View
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Undated Aerial view looking south west across the Stourton/Hunslet area. On the left, a railway line can be seen crossing over Wakefield Road. The factory of John Waddington, printer, can be seen. It was here that the game 'Monopoly' was produced in the UK.

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David Allen.

Comment:
Although John Waddington used and developed this site until it was demolished in 1992, the factory was originally built for typwriter manufacture.

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Peter Styles

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It would be more accurate to say that the British Edition of Monopoly was made here. Monopoly was invented by Mr Charles B Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1934 and was marketed by Parker Bros. in the US. An auntie of mine called Violet Styles worked for Waddingtons for a considerable number of years but DID NOT supply the above informaton.

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John Steel

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If I remeber correctly, there was a further extension to the works directly behind the chimney in view. To the left of the chimney, hedged by the railway embankment to the left, was a sports ground; I remeber my father playing cricket there in the 1960's and I managed to play somewhere around 1980. The Waddingtons team didn't compete in a Saturday league but did enter the Jack Gahan Sunday League in the late 70's / early 80's. I seem to remember that most of their players turned out for Rothwell, Oulton or Yorkshire Copper Works on a Saturday.

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S.Wright

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I worked at Waddy's from 1969 to 1978 it had been extended since this photograph and also across the road, I remember them removing the railway bridge which runs across the wakefield Road. Sad to see that the factory had been pulled down and I understand Waddingtons no longer exists.

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H. Fallaize.

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The house opposite Waddingtons was the Vicarage for St Andrews Church Stourton. The Vicar at the time I lived there 1939-46 was the Rev. J.A.V. Rushworth, followed by Rev. W. Johnston.Downline from the bridge were two other bridges over Pontefract road and over the canal and river. It may interest Peter Styles that his aunt Violet Styles was my Sunday school teacher at St Andrews.

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Peter Styles

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To add to the comments by H Fallaize my aunt Violet was not only a Sunday School Teacher at St Andrews but also for a number of years was the Verger. My parents attended that Church and were married by Mr Rushworth's predecessor, Mr Shuttleworth, but not at that Church.

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peterstyles@waitrose.com

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Trevor Dixon

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This photograph dates from before 1935 as there are no semi-detached houses on the west side of Pepper Road nor on Leasowe Road. My parents were married in 1935 and moved into the houses that were newly built on Pepper Road, our house being right on the bend to be seen at top centre left of the photo. The large factory at top left was Clayton son & co, boiler makers. The factory directly above Waddingtons in the photo was the Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon co. which eventually became Hestair Eagle, latterly the premises of Pickersgill Kaye Ltd., Lock Manufacturers. The buildings on the far right, separated by the road were the premises of Braithwaite & co in the 1950's when the road was known by us as Braithwaites yard.The railway running right to left was the Midland main line to London. The line running top to bottom was for freight only and ran from Hunslet East yard to join the line to Batley and beyond near Beeston. This line was crossed in at least 2 places by footbridges locally known as "cuckoo" steps, the first can be seen in the photo, another one was at Parkside near the Cricket/Rugby ground of blessed memory.

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Trevor Dixon

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The embankment end wall/bridge supporting wall is still in situ on the west side of Wakefield road seen to the left of Waddington's.

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Chris

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Monopoly was first produced in the United States, and later manufactured under license by Waddingtons, who renamed the streets to Anglicise the game.

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Ainsley

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Does anyone know the name of the building at the far left of the photograph(close to the railway bridge over Wakefield Road)?

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07-Jul-2010

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ainsleyb05@yahoo.co.uk

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Steve C

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Do you mean the Queens Hotel at the top of Queen Street?

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06-Aug-2010

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Ron Davies

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In my days as a vending machine service engineer, the company I worked for, Thwaites and Mathews, not only supplied and serviced the vending machines, but also were responsible for running the works canteens for Waddingtons on various sites. As I recall on this site along with the Monopoly game playing cards were manufactured, and currency for foriegn countries was printed. Over the road opposite the main site was a company called Plastona, a subsidiary of Waddingtons, who made plastic tubs for the food industry. There was also a factory at Westland Road off Dewsbury Road, called Waddingtons Business Forms. At Ouzelwell Green just off the M62, Waddingtons had a factory called House of Games where amongst other products Painting By Numbers was made. Another Waddington site I used to visit was at Kirkstall in an old mill, roughly where the retail park is built. I think blister packaging was manufactured here.

Date:
19-Dec-2010

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rondavies66@googlemail.com

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John Harvey

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Ainsley, I think the building near the bridge was a chapel of some sort. There was one around there when I was a kid though it was derelict by then.

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27-Dec-2010

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Noel Reeve

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Although this is an interesting photo it does not have much apart from Waddingtons. Does anyone know where I can find any photos showing St Andrews Church and the houses along Pontefract Road?

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05-Apr-2011

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lesley o''shea, nee patchett

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I lived in stourton from 1952-68. I think the building on the left is the methodist chapel. My mum, and gran both worked at waddies. We lived down queen street. I attended both the primary and infants schools.we also attended st andrews church. I'm sure i can remember miss styles as well.

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15-May-2011

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cr.oshea@btinternet.com

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rachel broadley

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does anyone remember peter broadley working at waddingtons.not sure if there was another.

Date:
20-Nov-2012

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Brian Thomas

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Ron Davies has a good recall of the Waddington sites. Kirkstall was Waddingtons Poster Division who also produced special promotions like Shell Petrol campaign where you had to match 2 halves of special notes to win good prizes. It was formerly Henry Jenkinsons. Other Waddington sites in addition to Ron's Memories, Firth Road Beeston - Letterpress Printing Division , Eureka /Waddington Brighouse Area? Green Shield Stamp Printing. I believe De La Rue on Wakefield Road had a strong link with Waddington's and printed foreign currency and UK Postage Stamps for the Crown Agency.

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26-May-2013

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Rolande Hall

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I worked at John Waddingtons for a few years in the early 1960's. Waddingtons shared buildings on their main site with Thomas de La Rue. Some of the Waddintons litho printing presses spent much of their time partially printing bank-notes. Security was high when the army came to collect printed NAAFI cheques. On one occasion I was across the main road at the Plastona Division when the army arrived and was declined re-entry to the main building until loading the army truck had been completed. Roof windows faced North for sun-free daylight. Much more can be found in The 'Waddingtons Story' by Victor Watson, former MD and Chairman of John Waddingtons

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16-Jun-2013

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rh@m-p-s.ie

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jayne

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thank you to all for the info shared here. I have been trying to find pics of the chapel as it would seem this was the place alot of my ancestores married in. also does anyone know of a property named the willows which i believe was on wakefield road .Thanks

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28-Dec-2013

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June Bastable (nee Murphy)

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Can anyone remember the street names in Stourton, on the left as you went towards Pontefract? My Uncle Jack and family lived in the first street but I am unable to recall what those street-names were!

Date:
16-Jan-2014

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junembastable@tiscali.co.uk

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peter

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june,the street names were the idas

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21-Jan-2014

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Mary Hanley

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My dad worked at the printers but it was called Jenkinsons then before it was Waddingtons I used to go with him to work on a saterday day morning it was the early 60s his name was Henry Rider

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28-Jun-2014

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