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County Arcade
Description:
Undated. Photo possibly dating from the early 1960s, looking up County Arcade from Vicar Lane to Briggate. On the left is Cashdisia, a drapers shop which specialised is selling overalls, aprons and uniforms. A little further up the arcade a sign for Redmans grocers advertises shelled nuts; they also sold a large selection of dried fruits. On the right is Hudson Verity, optician, with Curtis Health Foods on the right edge. Towards the Briggate end of the arcade was the Doll's Hospital business of Smart and Son which was also a toyshop. Dolls and Teddy Bears were repaired and the shop was famous for giving loved toys a new lease of life. In the centre a sign can be seen for the Mecca Locarno Ballroom.

User Comments:

Name:
Ann (Pilkington) Andrusyszyn

Comment:
I can remember my Dad taking me (and my 'pot doll') to the Doll's Hospital to get her repaired when she got dropped. This would have been the very early 60s. If I remember rightly it had very high counters (or it may have just seemed that way as I was very small at the time!) and behind the counters were stacks of shelves that went right up to the high ceiling, with boxes of trains, train tracks, etc. on them. And I'm picturing the nice man who repaired my doll as wearing a brown overall coat type of thing. It was quite traumatic leaving my dolly there for the week, and I was very eager to get back the following Saturday to bring her home again. I'm also trying to remember which Arcade it was that had the big pet shop near the bottom - but it might not have been the County Arcade. My Dad would sometimes take me in to look at the puppies on our way to Kirkgate Market, but he always reminded me of my Mum's continuous warning of "don't you two dare come back with a bloody dog" whenever we set off for town on a Saturday morning.

Date:
01-Mar-2010

Email:
the.andrusyszyns@sympatico.ca

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Name:
Robert B Morris

Comment:
I also remember the large pet shop, Ann, but i think it was in the 'Grand Arcade' up on New Briggate between that street and Vicar lane. I remember it being large and glass fronted with dogs on show. Also a lot of tropical fish on the inside.

Date:
18-Mar-2010

Email:
rbmorris_47@yahoo.com

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Name:
Peter Moore

Comment:
With regards to the above 2 comments about the Pet Shop, if you bring up subject i.d. 20031028_60612124 you will see a picture of the said pet shop. (June 2010)

Date:
09-Jun-2010

Email:
dipetmo@aol.com

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Name:
J. Tebbs

Comment:
There used to be a saying in Leeds years ago if you were dressed at all smartly that you were, "All dressed up like the 'Cashdisia Swell'". The Cashdisia Swell was the logo of a toff in their newspaper adverts.

Date:
02-Nov-2011

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Name:
Barbara Grimes

Comment:
My friend and myself were passing the said pet shop one saturday and they had some adorable puppies in the window. I bought one and took it home. My friend bought some white mice. Our parents were appalled. I was ordered to take 'Boris' back first thing monday morning. But after spending all day sunday with Boris my parents loved him as much as I did. My friend kept her mice in her attic and they died of the cold much to her mothers delight.

Date:
23-Jun-2012

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Name:
Katyiaz

Comment:
My pedigree doll, Elizabeth, was sent to this doll's hospital each Christmas for a makeover. I used to play at dentists with her and pull out her two front teeth. So, she would have new teeth and a new wig fitted.She would also have her "mama" voice fixed! Mum would knit her a new outfit and then wrap her up ready to be opened on Christmas morning.She was the only doll I had and I still have her today, over 50 years later. However,she is now toothless, doesn't cry "mama" and her wig is rather threadbare and discoloured.But still very much loved! My teddy, John, was eaten by the dog in 1960.

Date:
01-Sep-2012

Email:
suekay1@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Barbara Grimes

Comment:
I remember the pet shop. My friend and I were passing one Sat. and there were some adorable little puppies in the window. I went in and bought one. My friend bought some white mice. Our parents were appalled. Dad ordered me to take 'Boris' back first thing mon morning, but after the weekend he loved him as much as I. My friend kept the mice in her attic and they died of the cold, much to her mother's delight.

Date:
09-Mar-2013

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Name:
l mcelhatton

Comment:
some of my family ran a hairdressing / wig making buisness in this arcade from when the arcade opened in 1900 until 1959- 1960. Ferrands was the name.

Date:
03-May-2015

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Name:
Paul Verity

Comment:
Leonard Hudson Verity was my great-uncle and my Father Colin Edward Verity worked in County for 30 odd years, the practice finishing up as Dolland & Aitchison. Hudson Verity was an almost national chain which was amazing fro the period it was established. My Dad was a well known figure in Leeds due to his long service and link to the original family name though he didn't have a financial interest in the business. A treat was to arrive at the practice at 1pm Saturday in the late 60's and early 70's (arriving on a 72 bus from our home in Thornbury, Bradford) when my Dad would finish his half-day, we always insisted on visiting the loos which were situated along the balcony running above the shops. This allowed us to lean over and shout down to passers by for a wave! Happy times. I have been in my own optical practice in Shipley, Otley and Ilkley for 25 years now and my eldest son's middle name is Hudson as a nod to his family history. My Dad passed away nearly 20 years ago but it would be good to hear from any Leeds residents who remember him

Date:
02-Mar-2016

Email:
paul.verityopticians@virgin.net

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