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Aerial View, Wortley and City Centre


Aerial View, Wortley and City Centre
Description:
Undated, Aerial view of Wortley area showing the railway into Leeds City and Central Stations. To the left, just below the centre, large rectangle of land is Wortley Cemetery. Moving across to the right is Copley Hill railway junction and Holbeck. At the top edge (not visible without magnification) are the Merrion Centre which opened in 1964 and Quarry Hill Flats which were demolished by 1978. Below the gasometer in the centre are cleared areas of land which would become the sites of the blocks of flats, Clyde Grange and Clyde Court, built in 1968, and Wortley Towers and Wortley Heights, built in 1966. This gives a date between 1964 and 1966 for the photograph.

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Brian Richerby

Comment:
The open area area just below the gasometer is where 2 blocks of flats (Clyde Court and Clyde Grange) were built around 1967-68

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Don SMITH

Comment:
The white area at the bottom right is Wortley Rec off Oldfield Lane.

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anne-donsmith@shaw.ca

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Name:
douglas coates

Comment:
i lived in Kimberley st till 1953 at the back of our house was oldfield lane,i used to go to the Salvation Army School On Sunday,on oldfield lane i knew a girl Sheila Kay who was good at whistleing and was on I.T.V.a few yrs ago,We went to Green Lane School, am now 64 nice to remember.

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TerrySmith

Comment:
Just below the centre of this picture can be seen the spire and church of St Mary of Bethany. This church was demolished in 1975 which narrows down the date of the picture to between 1964 and 1975

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Name:
Brian Birdsall

Comment:
I remember Seila Kay, I went to Green Lane School 1950-1960, Ilived in Lacy St 1945-1963

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allan keith othick

Comment:
I went to green lane school 1952-1962 lived in lodge avenue which was in the top right hand corner in the oblong piece of land to the right of the church st beth,s

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Name:
Paul

Comment:
The common land just after the church (St Mary's)now has two blocks of flats, Wortley Height and Wortley Towers. These where built in 1966, so this photo dates before then. The common ground across from Tong Road was also built into a housing estate around the same time. The gas tower seen in the center was next door to the Railwaymens Club and just beyond that was built the Armley Gyratory. Just above the cemetry are the old "Avenues" which where demolished in the early 70's, going right down to Green Lane where Green lane School is visible.

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Eric Thirkettle

Comment:
I lived in Fifteenth Ave until 1968 my mother was living there until 3 June 1971 when she passed away. The house was compulsory purchased shortly afterwards and my father had to move away.

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Eric Thirkettle

Comment:
I notice that to the East of St Mary's Church the old houses have been cleared but the two tower blocks have not yet been erectedI am sure they were there by 1968 so the photograph must have been taken before then.

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Old Farnley

Comment:
The Ripon Diocese records state that St Mary's church, New Wortley was declared redundant in 1973 and this was confirmed in a redundancy scheme dated 14/11/1974 placing the church up for sale, gift or demolition. This consequently dates the photograph after the end of 1974.

Date:
12-Jul-2010

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Name:
Lawrence Glenn Morrell

Comment:
I used to play on what was known locally as 'Thi olla', a rubble laden wasteland full of adventure as was the building site with its pounding machines pushing white stones into soft ground to strengthen the foundations, perhaps for the 'Clydes' at the bottom of my street and over the road (Green Lane). The land is quite clear in relation to development, which tells me that this picture was possibly taken before 1969 but certainly not after August 1970.

Date:
14-Oct-2010

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Name:
Graham Daniels

Comment:
The demolition/devastation of the New Wortley area was such a prolonged job it is difficult to date these images with any real accuracy. If you looked from the front of the gasholder accross Wellington Road those Streets were being demolished from the latter end of 1963. The Streets were left side of Prince Street, Holdforth Street, Wallace Street, Bruce Street, the lower part of Ducie Street, Dickens Street and Skilbeck Street, so 1964 looks a possible date for this image.

Date:
05-Oct-2011

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Name:
Michael Richmond

Comment:
This photo shows the houses of the Stapletons where I used to live between 1950 and 1963. My street, Stapleton Terrace, is situated in front of the 'jail field' and small area of derelict land. Me and my family were moved out from our house in 1963, along with other families, to new housing in other parts of Leeds. We went to the Silver Royds and friends we'd had for most of our childhood went to places like Swinnow, Fairfields, Armley Heights and Cow Close. It was a sad time for us kids but our parents seemed to be happy at leaving. I do remember though our house being a bit of a dump. The bedroom ceilings leaked when it rained and the window frames, which were rotten, rattled and let in the cold. A fire in the living room grate did nothing to stem the damp and mildew from spreading and causing the wallpaper to peel. Our scullery was fitted out with a stone sink and cold tap. Two gas rings were provided for cooking. Our toilet was outside, up the street, and shared with two other families. If nature called during the night then you would have to get dressed, grab a torch and trek out into sleet, snow, fog or rain. Having a bath involved filling up a tin bath with kettles of water boiled on the gas rings. Bathing myself, my brother and my sister nearly took all evening. One can see that living here in the Stapletons was not easy. Our landlord did not make things any easier either. The only time we saw them was when the rent was due. Repairs to roofs, gutters, fallpipes, window frames and the like were neglected. This neglect compounded the natural decay of the building. The demolition of houses between Wellington Road and Prince Street was quite exciting for us kids to watch. The workmen who came to pull down these old houses used steel cables threaded through holes hammered out in the walls. These cables were then fastened to a JCB digging machine. The JCB would pull and tug on the cables which then brought the houses tumbling down in a cloud of dust. As kids we had a lot of fun exploring these condemned houses before their destruction. When nearing Bonfire Night we would strip from them any doors, shelving or furniture left by tenants. This we called 'chumping'. The wood was then stored in cellars to be brought out on the night of November 5th. On this night the whole street would busy themselves in readiness for what was to come. Parents would bring out chairs and settees to sit on by the fire and to watch the fireworks. To eat we had baked potatoes, toffee apples, cinder toffee and pie and peas, all prepared by our mums and dads. A real sense of community was what made this night a great success.

Date:
16-Mar-2018

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