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Leeds Insanitary Areas
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1899 Taken by Alfred E Mattison during the 1899 official enquiry into Leeds Insanitary areas. The men in bowler hats on the left are inspectors. The image shows a yard with buildings on the left and right and a shared outside toilet block at the back, all overlooked by a large warehouse building behind. The yard is full of people including women and children in period dress.

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Look at the girl on the left. She appears to be standing in some sort of fabric container. It's certainly not something that she's wearing - it's far to big. And what is that that the woman walking through the door-way has over her her shoulder? Could it be the last part of some material that had been delivered in the fabric container? Wool perhaps? Was there some sort of 'Cottage Industry' going on here? I can see at least sixteen children in this picture, including the blurred faces in the bottom right hand corner. Looks as if this was quite a prolific little enclave.

Date:
08-Nov-2010

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
potnoodleprincess

Comment:
This is almost certainly the Quarry Hill area of Leeds,there are many more of these photos on here.

Date:
05-Oct-2011

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
I've searched an old 1890 map of the Quarry Hill area and come up with a possible location. 'Barker's Court' which was off Somerset Street. The high mill building is a few yards across an opening which is likely to be Lady Beck, hence the unhealthy area tag.The chimney shown just left also matches the mill which was over the beck and opposite to Barker's Court.

Date:
07-Jun-2018

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
Imagine what it was like before they got the gaslight.

Date:
22-Sep-2019

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barry.hallam2@ntlworld.com

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