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Noah's Ark Court, off Meadow Lane

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Noah
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Undated. Image shows Noah's Ark Court located off Meadow Lane, looking towards the narrowest end in the direction of Hunslet Lane. (Noah's Ark Court was wider in the middle, narrowing at both ends,and may have got its name because of its boat-like shape.) It was sandwiched between Noah's Ark Yard and Trafalgar Row. Three women in period dress are visible in the foreground, standing in the cobbled yard surrounded by buildings, and other people are in view at the far end of the yard. One of the women in the foreground is wearing a straw hat with brim and a fur-trimmed short cape or mantle. The other two are wearing aprons. The area is close to The South Market (leather market) and Whitechapel leatherworks. Photograph was taken in the early 1900s.

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
What a great picture. It looks as if it could have jumped out of a 'Costume Drama'. I wonder why it was called Noah's Ark Court. It narrows at the far end. Perhaps when viewed from above, the plan of the court resembled that of a boat. The clothes of the taller woman in the foreground are in startling contrast with the normal work-a-day ones of worn by everyone else in the street. Perhaps she was a more well-heeled relative, come to visit. The young woman on her right is certainly relaxed, while the young girl on her left is clinging onto her arm.

Date:
20-Apr-2009

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alan nicholson

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my great grandfather, charles nicholson lived at no,16 in 1876, and my grandfather, walter, was born there.

Date:
23-Apr-2009

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B Hallam

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Crikey folks, if you're using IE7 to view Leodis, zoom this photo to 150% and cop that aproned amazon at the far end. You wouldn't want to mess with her - or maybe it's a him. Maybe it's Noah himself - or even Mrs Noah.

Date:
29-Apr-2009

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Christian Lüts

Comment:
Both Noah’s Ark Court and the adjacent Noah’s Ark Yard may have gained their name from the Noah’s Ark Inn [actually a beer house, not a public house] which was located at 36 Hunslet Lane. From the late 1830’s through until the late 1860’s when it closed, the licensees of the premises were William Bennett, William Johnson, James Low and, lastly, Thomas Lindley.

Date:
23-Nov-2012

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Christian Lüts makes an excellent point here, but the name "Noah's Ark" does seem an odd choice for a public house. Should we be looking at the reverse situation? Was 'Noah's Ark Court' so called, because maybe many people who lived there kept pigs, goats, chickens and etc., and because of the court's profile, it acquired the name as a colloquial title? Could the pub. have been named after the court? Have we a "Chicken & Egg" situation here? Will we ever Know???

Date:
25-Sep-2013

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Name:
C. Clyde

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In 1861 John Stringer, wife Elizabeth (nee Wormold)and children Jane, Sam & John lived at number 8 Noah's Ark Court. He was a shoemaker.

Date:
27-Aug-2014

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Name:
Cath Pollard

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I think that my grandma Kate Mcloughlin ( nee OBrien) lived there in 1891.

Date:
26-Jul-2017

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
APRONED AMAZON - - - My imaginatory vision obviously differs greatly from that of Mr. B. Hallam's. When I think of an Amazon, an image of the beautifulf, 'Xena Warrior Princess' burns itself onto my retina. I have tried, but I have failed to transform the lady standing at the far end of this court-yard into a mental vision of a stunning beautiful, semi-naked, leather-clad, Amazon, poised ready for battle.

Date:
06-Oct-2017

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