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Aerial View, Seacroft Ring Road, Swarcliffe Drive

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Aerial View, Seacroft Ring Road, Swarcliffe Drive
Description:
1964 In the bottom left corner of this view, the partially constructed Seacroft Ring road can be seen. Swarcliffe Drive runs from the top left corner towards the centre of the right edge, with Swarcliffe Avenue running from the middle of this road to the top right corner. Swarcliffe Primary School is visible towards the top of the view surrounded by playing fields and houses.

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Linda Blanchard

Comment:
I lived on Swarcliffe Bank from 1954 until going to college in 1969. My mother finally left in 2004 when she came to live wiht us in Devon. The new ring road, whilst an asset for traffic was a social barier. As a pupil at Parklands High School I was one of the few girls who had to cross the narrow pedestrian bridge against a massive flow of St Kevin,s boys heading in the opposite direction. The girls had a strict uniform code with the wearing of berets beingthe norm. St Kevins boys appoached the bridge with rulers drawn, would corner us flick to off our berets, if we were lucky then we could rescue them fter a twirl or two on the ruler. In extreme circumstances they would fly off into the path of a passing car.

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Alan Tate

Comment:
I agree with Linda, the ring road was cetainly a social barrier between swarcliffe and Seacroft. The ring road should`ve followed the cock beck route from the top of york road to Barwick road . This would`ve eliminated the " barrier" Even today from York road to Barwick road there are nothing but fields. With the major urban development going on in seacroft and swarcliffe we can safely say that the planning of the 60s was`nt really for the future but more for the short term.

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David Andrew Edge

Comment:
Uhh, a girl that went to Parklands? I saw them, but never actually met one...

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andrew@andrewedge.com

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Lynn Monaghan (as was)

Comment:
I lived with my mum, dad and two brothers at 33 Mill Green Place from 1954 until I married in 2979. Mum and dad carried on living their until the late 80s. Mill Green Place had a small green in the middle where we used to play "getting round the square" without being seen. I believe that small green has now been built on. Am I right?

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Kevin Craker

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I lived in Mill Green Close from 1953 to 1970 and went to Swarcliffe School.Moved to Hebden Approach in 1970.Mill green Close was a fanastic place to live.I remember the Ring Road beeen built,it really did split the area.After leaving Swarcliffe School i spent the rest of my school years at Foxwood (say no more on that subject).Mill Green Close had a green in the middle and we had many football/Cricket games after school and the summer hols.

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John Hall

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I lived in Mill Green Close as well (No.37) from 1953 to 1965, and went to Swarcliffe school! I also remmber those das on the green laying footy, cricket and rounders. Some of the grown ups used tojoin in as well!! Great days.

Date:
06-Dec-2008

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merrick10hall@btinternet.com

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Janice

Comment:
I lived at 30 Mill Green Close. 1955-1962. I went to Parklands infants & Swarcliffe junior. I have read with interest some of the comments. I remember Linda Baines @29. Carol Rogers @ 28 Graham & Gaynor Austin @ 27. Earnest & Pat Learoyd @ 31 Graham Shepherd @ 32. A large family called Crackers @ 33, they had a fat dog called Bessie (this also had a squeaky voice) Further up was Stanly Webster. Over the green was a large family called Richardson's. some of the children were called Patricia, Pamela, Douglas & Susie. Mr Richardson was a baker, his daughter Pat was my friend. I remember being given still warm fresh bread to eat. Most of the people mentioned would have been born around 1950. I have a brother Trevor (Inky)& sister Helen. One day I was walking home with Trevor. A group of boys were throwing stones at a cat that was tied to a tree in the middle of the green. Trevor told me to go in the house while he went to rescue the cat, I stayed where I could see. Trevor went to undo the cat, as he did so the boys carried on throwing stones. when the cat was released the boys then dragged Trevor to a hedge & pushed him into it. NICE BOYS eh? Also my memories of M.G.C. were spoiled by 2 of the families that were "bullish"& used inappropriate and bad language. We were there for 7 years before moving onto pastures greener.

Date:
26-Jan-2009

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Dianne Geldard

Comment:
My family moved to Mill Green Garth in 1962, just before they started the work on the dual carriageway. The flat we lived in looked out onto the carriageway. We moved away not long after it was finished. but I can still remember the awful subways and the smell of them, but they were the only way we could get to the Seacroft centre. I also remember the windmill, when there was people living there, and there were chickens and geese in the yard outside

Date:
25-Jan-2010

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karen mosley was joyce

Comment:
i was born in millgreen close swarcliffe we lived at 18 with r mick,dave,debi and joanne what a street we had so much fun there bulldogs across rounders the silver jubillee party we was a close nit neighbourhood with the home with graham and clive charlie walker helen cross michelle rabie lovley memories there was maureen and eddie preston with carla carrie and dylan the nightens mathers carduses i can go on but in summer school hols we had a right good old time im now 49 and the memories of the street will never leave me !!!!

Date:
07-Jun-2010

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Stephen Jones

Comment:
The comments about the ring road becoming a social barrier certainly resonate with me. I'm from south Leeds and well remember the social (and environmental) devastation caused in Hunslet/Beeston by the building of the M1 in the late 60s. No lessons were learned from this and Holbeck/Beeston were similarly devastated by the M621 less than a decade later. I think the slogan was 'Leeds: motorway city of the 70s'. Well, thanks for that ...

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11-Aug-2010

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Stewart

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I live at 25 Millgreen Close in the Childerens home. I loved it there, the green was ace for all the kids to play on. Really good memories. Thanks Mill Green Close. 21-Oct-2010

Date:
08-Nov-2010

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roger booth

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i used to live at 31 swarcliffe bank from 1952 till 1966 i lived next door to linda blanchard and used to be good friends with her brother john we were the first family to move into the bank and at first i had to go all the way over to the grange to go to school then moved to swarcliffe school when they built it we used to play in the woods opposite our house and the woods at the end of our street where it joined swarcliffe avenue i remember the shops on swarcliffe drive being built

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22-Feb-2012

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jamie Anderson

Comment:
i lived on mill green close frm 1981 / 2003 i loved playing bulldogs and footy on the green i lived at no 28 i also used to muck around in the back ov the kids home there was a big tree we used to climb m,g,c was brilliant place to grow up

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27-Oct-2012

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John Hall

Comment:
I also remember the Joyces at the other side of the Green. Mrs Joyce used to look after us and one day I slipped and ripped my eye brow open on a wheel cog, Mrs Joyce looked after me. I also remember bumping into her husband Peter Joyce, in the Squinting Cat ( I think it was the John Smeaton then), he was a friend of my Dad. I remember the Richardsons as well, we were all good friends there in the 50's and 60's, how things change, some people don't even know the name of their neighbours these days!

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09-Jun-2013

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Geoff Wood

Comment:
Lots of these names bring back memories of the area, I started school at Swarcliffe when it first opened in year 1, after going firstly to the ' Grange' then down to Saville Green. I've been in Oz since 1974, but reading these sentiments brings a lump to the throat. I lived @ 30, Swarcliffe Road until about 1970. Still ride through the area when over on holiday. Regards to anyone that remembers me. Geoff

Date:
14-Sep-2013

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gawood@iinet.net.au

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janet grimes nee thompson

Comment:
I lived on mill green road with my older sister Linda, we had very happy memories playing with the haigh and kavanagh families in the late sixties and seventies.. such happy fun days the summers were hotter and they really did last forever

Date:
10-Dec-2013

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Patricia Cleeve (nee Wheatley)

Comment:
We lived on 16 Mill Green Road and I remember the windmill and the fields where we used to play. Mrs White lived at the end of the street, I think she had five children, one of them being called Linda. Mrs Rhodes used to live across the street and had a dog. Mr and Mrs Stamp used to live one side and Mrs Howden lived the other. It was a great place to live and I have fond memories. I went to Swarcliffe Infant School but had to go to a school down York Road first until it was ready. I was born in 1951. We moved when I was eight to Stanks Lane North because we needed another bedroom for my brother Eric.

Date:
26-Mar-2014

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