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Armley Jail, Aerial View


Armley Jail, Aerial View
Description:
22nd May 1949 View of Armley Jail, seen in the centre, now referred to as Leeds Prison. Opened in 1847, it was deliberately designed to look grim and forbidding, acting as a visual deterrant. In the top left corner is the railway line, coming from Viaduct bridge over Kirkstall Road, running towards the right edge where Armley Road is built over the line. Armley Road runs from left to right below the railway line. In the top right corner is a cleared site which had been the 'alphabet' streets in Burley. In the bottom left corner is Wortley Cemetery.

User Comments:

Name:
Don Smith

Comment:
I used to live in the last street in the right hand corner which was Hawthorn Avenue. The road on the right of the Jail is Hall Lane, it goes south crossing Oak Road and Green Lane where I was at school from 1937-45. Here Hall Lane turns into Bruce Street and runs down to Wellington Road. There are four houses at the bottom right, one is a different colour, the one that was there was taken out with a bomb in an air raid.

Email:
anne-donsmith@shaw.ca

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Name:
michael mcguinness

Comment:
I seem to remember a hanging just after the war, I know we used to make wing bangers (this was rolled up newspapers on a long string), this was to show our disgust with war criminals they kept there.

Email:
michael_1938@live.co.uk

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Name:
Alex

Comment:
The bulding between the Gaol and Armley Road is Castleton Primary School

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Name:
sylvia eastwood nee farr

Comment:
I LIVED IN ELSWORTH PLACE THESE STREETS SUROUNDED THE PRISON AND I WENT TO CASTLETON SCHOOL WICH WAS AT THE SIDE OF THE PRISON HIGH WALL THE GIRLS PLAYGROUND WAS ON THE ROOF OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING WE USED TO WAVE TO THE PRISONERS AND THEY WOULD SHINE A GLASS MIRROW BACK,ON HANGING DAY THE BLACK FLAG WAS HALF MAST.IN DARK WEATHER THE BUILDING WAS VERY FRIGHTENING TO PASS.

Email:
SYLVIAMONTY@AOL.COM

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Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
I met my wife Marilyn due to her father being employed as a Prison officer at Armley Jail, they moved up to leeds via Winchester & the Isle of Wight ( in 1956 ) where they were born. Her name then was Cooke, first they lived in Hall Lane next door to the Prison then Cockshot Close, she said moving from the south to the north was a great culture shock.

Email:
petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Sheila Jubb

Comment:
I worked in Armley Road for quite a number of years and could look out of the window and see Armley Jail. I would often get on the bus which was bringing the visitors to the jail. They got off the bus at the next stop to where I got on. One day there was a very small boy on the bus and he turned to me and said "my daddy is living in the castle up there and we are going to see him". I have never forgotten him after all these years and he was so cute and innocent.

Date:
22-Apr-2009

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Name:
k. broadhurst

Comment:
Just above the prison is Castleton sch.the street to the left of the school is Gloucester Rd.About halfway down on the left can be seen a gap in the houses.This was were a German bomb was dropped in Feb 1941.Three people were killed.I lived almost opposite the gap, in the next street on the left.Gloucester Ave.My Dad and Mum had a lucky escape.I was'nt born until late 1942 so did not know anything about it.

Date:
10-Jun-2009

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Name:
neil

Comment:
As a 15 year old boy i was sent to this prison in December 1965.Iwas very frightend apart from my young age i was put in a cell with a grown man. My crime? murder..no theft of £25.

Date:
23-Feb-2010

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Name:
Elaine Saville nee Banks

Comment:
My Great Grandmother Georgiana Banks had a corner shop near here. They delivered papers to prison. She died 1961 but my grandfather Harold Banks died 1942 from war injuries. ECSBanks writer

Date:
02-May-2010

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Name:
brian webster

Comment:
as a joung lad i lived on princes street ( slumms ) it run up from the old gasommiter up a steep hill up to the prison and i lpayed on the swings slide ect just to the front of the maine entrance.....and yes it did look a forbban place.

Date:
20-May-2010

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Name:
chris

Comment:
it as,nt changed much !

Date:
12-Jun-2011

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