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Victoria Bridge,

Victoria Bridge,
29 September 1938 Victoria Bridge was designed by George Leather, engineer. It was built by the Leeds Victoria Bridge Company in 1838, crossing the River Aire at School Close. It cost £8,000 to build and was originally a toll bridge, but free for foot pasengers. This bridge replaced two earlier constructions.

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George Southern

About 1930 My father Joseph Marsden Southern was skipper of coal barges. The barges at that time were horse drawn and during school holidays I accompanied him. The barge seen in the photo is berthed at the coal yard from where we started the 'voyage' to the colleries to the east of Leeds.There being no towpath, my father 'poled' the barge to the lock at Crown Point while I steered the barge down to the lock and into it. The horse then took over. We loaded up at staithes in the Methley area with 40-50 tons of coal and berthed back in Leeds the same day. We delivered the coal to coal yards in Leeds, Rodley and Skipton and Aire Street, Kirkstall and Ferrybridge power stations. I remember my father and his mate Bill Jay unloading coal at Rodley by means of a plank and wheelbarrow-back-breaking work.




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