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Aerial View, Wellington Road

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Aerial View, Wellington Road
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Undated, Aerial view of Wellington Road and railway lines, Wortley. Wellington Road is on the left side of the photo, running from the centre bottom to the top left at an angle. Wortley gas works is in the top left corner. In the bottom right, corner is Wortley railway sidings and Copley Hill junction. The railway runs into Leeds.

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Terry Johnson

Comment:
In the bottom left you can see Green Land School, the tall, long building. Around it is evidence of the slum clearing program. Sometime around the mid-1960's, scenes for the film "Billy Liar" were filmed here. The scenes of the hero riding on a white horse amongst the ruins of war.

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jeff warren

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I went to Green Lane School this picture shows the girls playground on the roof and the old air-raid shelter in the middle of the school.There were semi-demolished houses in front of the school at the time of the filming of Billy Liar to make it look authentic they set fire to some whilst the hero rode up the street on a tank with girls throwing flowers at him.Alas all the filming that took place amounted to a ten second scene in the film.

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Kathleen Spilsbury

Comment:
On the right of the picture,the third building from the bottom, with its rear wall to the railway, is the 'New Wortley' Salvation Army Hall.

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Don SMITH

Comment:
The building in front of green lane school to the right is the catholic church is on Renison St. the streets to the left of that are,Nicholson St-New St-Malcolm St-Haverlock St-Grange St-Clyde St-Skilbeck St

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Mark Roberts

Comment:
My Grandfather (Len Roberts)taught at Green Lane until the late 60s - a nice man but not really suited to teaching young people methinks!

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Robin Hart

Comment:
I too went to greenlane school 1948/51 at a very young age,we used to have a nap in the afternoon and my bed had a kettle symbol on it.We also had a float for childrens day paradethrough the city center, and I was a water baby.we left the school through big iron gates at the front (later changed to classrooms. I lived at 62 grange street opposite the school

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Brian Birdsall

Comment:
I went to Green Lane school from 1950 to 1960, we watched the Billy Liar film been made, remember the white horse eating hay,any body else remember?

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Lance Thackray

Comment:
The streets to the left of Skilbeck Street - which is the one running at 45 degrees from the left hand edge, are Dickens Street, Ducie Street (I lived at 26) - this backs on to Bruce Street (I lived at 31)then I think it was Wallace Steet and Holdforth Street. The houses on Ducie/Bruce Street would have been quite grand in their day, with a front cellar c/w range, a storage cellar c/w meat slab, coal cellar. I remember as a kid I could run just as fast over the rubble as on the road. Used to play in half demolished houses.

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allan keith othick

Comment:
I also went to green lane school from 1952-62 and my 3 sisters before me jean hazel and maureen I walked from lodge avenue everyday to school which is just off the picture at the bottom

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michael mcguinness

Comment:
On the left of Green Lane on the other side off the road is Clyde St, next to that is Skillbeck Street, if you look closely at the very top of Skilbeck St on the left as you look at the picture you can just see VICTORIA PLACE were I was born in 1938. I too went to Green Lane school, I was the last of 3 generations to go there.

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rayd

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Bottom centre is the junction Wellington/Tong roads and Oldfield Lane. On the left hand corner were two pubs the Crown and the Beech(?). The second building down from Green Lane was the Crown cinema.To the right of the juction was the Yorkshire Penny Bank on the corner of Copley Hill.

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howard

Comment:
can someone please enlighten me? this is probably a stupid question but since I was a kid (grew up in the avenues next door to Green Lane School) I've heard these pretty unlikely tales of a girl who fell from the roof playground many years ago and was meant to haunt the building afterwards (nobody I know can give me any names or dates except that it was a long time ago) I was in the Cubs during the 80's and at the time we were based in the old school and this is one of the stories that were bounded about at the time. I'm a writer now and trying to gather together any info I can on local history and especially ghost stories. any comments greatly appreciated

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Eric Thirkettle

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I attended Green Lane from 1938 to 1949 and lived in Fithteenth Ave which is just off the bottom LH corner. I remember that in Jan 1941 there was a very big air raid and part of the junior school was damaged, there were also a few bomb craters between the houses in front of the school toward Wellington road where the tramlines were damaged. The Headmaster of the senior school was a Mr Thornton, Form 1 was Mr Greaves, Form Mr Stone (i think) Mr Jennings was Form 3 and Mr Todd taught Form 4.The large gas holder was I think added in the fifties.I used to go regularly to the Crown Cinema.How the memories come flooding back

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Brian Birdsall

Comment:
Hi Eric, did you work at John Wilbys? Do you remember me? I am now 63

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Eric Thirkettle

Comment:
Hi Brian. Yes its me I have sent an e-mail to the address shown.

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A. S. Mann

Comment:
I started Green Lane Primary School in 1971 which later became Wellington Middle School. I was in the last ever class to attend there before the primary school was demolished and only the middle school remained. I now live and work in Glasgow but visit regularly. Anybody in that year?

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25-Jun-2009

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Malcolm Wright

Comment:
I attended Green Lane School up to the age of 12 (1962). We lived in one of the terrace houses shown opposite the gas works. Our house had two addresses, 46 Duces and 51 Bruce Street, which my father sold for 750 pounds. There used to be a church on the corner of the next street, part of which was being used to store foam rubber, but it burned down. I remember playing in the demolished buildings and collecting firewood for Nov 5th, also going to the Saturday Matinee at the Crown Cinema each week with my older sister and younger brother to see Zorro, Flash Gordon and other (ancient) movies.

Date:
09-Oct-2009

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Gerald Freer

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In the bottom right corner is Copley Hill carraige sidings and Motive power shed where I was a fireman from 1951

Date:
05-Dec-2009

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geoffrey brent

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my father arthur brent worked for many years at copley hill till it closed then went to farnley loco

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19-Jan-2010

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Arthur Newton

Comment:
I used to live opposite Green Lane School immediately across from the iron gates that spanned the archway mentioned earlier. Originally, this is where they kept the coke for the boiler but the space was later, as already mentioned, used to make a new classroom. At one period of my time at the school it was actually my form classroom and, as the windows looked directly onto our house, it was almost impossible to “bunk off”. I think the suicide story about the stone figurehead just above the archway is just an urban myth. The figurehead was such an integral part of the façade that I reckon it must have been incorporated into the original build. I suspect that real reason for the bust being put there is lost in the mist of time.

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07-May-2010

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david king

Comment:
i went to green lane from the early, fithies, until passing, the 11+ with ronnie potter, tony park. arthur myers, eric glyde, jack adams. and the girls.

Date:
08-May-2010

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Brian Birdsall

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To Mark Roberts, I used to be in your grandads class at Green Lane,he was a good teacher and aftet 50 years I found out who it was that burnt his slipper (used for wacking the kids!)it was Gorden Seward it went in the school boiler!!!

Date:
01-Jul-2010

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Janet

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I find this view fasinating as my parents used to live in the houses that were eventually built on the spare ground in the middle of this picture. I remember walking to work to Fairburn & Lawsons in the late 60s past Spencers hardware which was located somewhere where the gas vans now park and was only a single 2 way road. so when were the high rise flats built because I don't remember that?

Date:
19-Jul-2010

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Laura

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I found this looking for a reference made in Alan Bennett's book, A Life Like Other People's. His maternal grandfather's home when he died was at 35 Bruce Street. His uncle, mother and two aunts went to Green Lane school around the time of the First World War. He refers to the houses that replaced the old after slum clearances, surrounding the old school, as "dinky as Monopoly houses." His grandfather worked at a gentleman's outfitters on Wellington Road, after his family mill went bankrupt and a subsequent business elsewhere also went bust. The former well to do family ended up on Bruce Street, and his grandad ended up drowning himself from the despair. A very sad story.

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05-Sep-2010

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Lawrence Glenn Morrell

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With reference to Green Lane School, 'The girl that fell' was drilled in as a deterant, if anyone remembers sports days on the roof playground would remember the height of railings surrounding it. Mrs Atkinson was my Infant head, 1966.

Date:
14-Oct-2010

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Anne Scotney (nee Bamford)

Comment:
In responce to Brian Birdsall.I remember the filming of Billy Liar.I was among dozens of kids they used for a clip in the film,where Billy was a German Officer in a Tank,with all us kids running at the back of it.(happy days).

Date:
17-Oct-2010

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Melvyn Price

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I lived at 4 Bruce Street in 1943 to 1948. My Grandmother was Lucy Pearson. She had a daughter (my mother) Margaret and 3 sons George, Noel and Fred who was a Korean veteran captured on the Imjin river with the Gloucestershire Regt in 1951.I was in love with a girl called Kathleen Smith who live a bit further up the street. We would sit on my Grandmother's front step together and play, we were 4 years old. Happy days. I went to the local infant school which I believe was Green Lane School. At the end of the war there was a street party with everyone dancing round a fire in the middle of the road. In 1948 we moved to Oxford and I returned to my beloved Yorkshire 10 years ago and now living in Wyke, near Bradford.

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02-Nov-2010

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Mel Price

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I remember the pubs in Wellington Road that I used to go to with my Uncles when I visited them when I was in the RAF at North Coates nr Grimsby in the 60's, The George, The Spotted Cow and others. Forgot to add my email on the last post I made. melvyn.price@live.co.uk

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02-Nov-2010

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Melvyn Price

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Whilst serving in Germany in the RAF in 1964 I met a Soldier at the same camp who lived at No. 12 Bruce Street. We had played together as kids in 1946 and when I moved in 1948 we didn't see each other again until 1964. Small world

Date:
02-Nov-2010

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tony g

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With reference to the girl that fell from the "playground" .My mother attended Green Lane school and often told me about the girl although she didnt know her name she remembers the incident

Date:
02-Feb-2011

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paul potter

Comment:
this is for MR A S Mann who has commented below...i was there at the same time as you, really good to see a comment from you. get in touch n we can av a chat n catch up, hope ur keeping well, we had sum gd times together at wellington. haven't seen u 4 about 25 yrs

Date:
11-Jun-2011

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paul-potter@hotmail.co.uk

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Ian Kirk.

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I was born at 17 Walker's Place, and went to Green Lane. I passed my 11+, and went to Cockburn High. We moved to Seacroft in 1961. I remember ' Billy Liar' being filmed, and was among the 'crowd' running behind the tank. I also remember you, Dave King, we used to play together.

Date:
21-Jan-2012

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Paul Thurlow

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Howard, I was at green lane from 1966 until 1976. I had heard the story of the little girl. If you looked at the school from Green lane, right in the center below the main arch there was stone figure of a small girl reading a book. This is one origin from the stories source, but I was assured by many grandparents at the time that this was part of the original design. Another origin of the story is that the railings of the school were taken away as part of the war effort to be used in the munitions factories. Can you believe they let children play with no rails on the roof? Two origins neither with any proof or real viability. Not one person from my era believed ( or dare say they did believe ) the story.

Date:
06-May-2012

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Susan Whitwell(Ellis)

Comment:
I was a first year teacher at Green Lane Junior School in 1969.i would walk from the bus stop on the main road up the demolished street to the school. Mr Phil Silverman was headmaster. other teachers were Philip Cook, MR Triggs, Mr Addlestone, Pat Hird (went to Canada) secretary was Mrs Robinson. Mr Crosthwaite was the custodian and his son Christopher was in my class. I still have a fossil ammonite he gave me. It has been used in lessons during my career in UK and United States. Green Lane was a unique school in many ways and I have fond memories. The lessons I taught there have been repeated and modified and improved upon ...I hope. I am now 65 and my days as a twenty one year old at Green Lane seem a long time ago. Hope some of my students remember us all.

Date:
10-Apr-2013

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John Todd

Comment:
My father was Eric Todd who taught at Green Lane School between the mid-1930s and 1956. I was interested to read that Eric Thirkettle was taught by him in Form 4. In September 1939 my father was in charge of a group of 31 pupils and three other teachers who were evacuated to Marshchapel in Lincolnshire. Does anyone have any contact with a member of this group of evacuees?

Date:
11-Sep-2013

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Lawrence Glenn Morrell

Comment:
To a dear Miss Ellis, I certainly remember you, I was in your class upstairs in 1969. I will never forget the half reel of 'sellotape' covering the nail on your chair. I am now 51.

Date:
23-Feb-2014

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dennis duke

Comment:
is that the fair on the lemmie top right

Date:
28-Mar-2014

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Susan Simpson

Comment:
I attended Green Lane School for 3 years from 1958. I lived at 1 Gladstone Place with Dad Jack Mum Mildred and brother Keith. I remember a teacher Miss Towel. Played in half demolished houses and chumped for bonfire night which was in the middle of the cobbled street. Relocated to Swarcliffe after that.

Date:
16-Apr-2014

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Shirley Rawnsley Nee Hardcastle

Comment:
Allen Othick I. Was in the same class as your sister jean at green lane School also there were Shirley Rayworth Peggy Roberts .At that time Jean had a young boy friend called Raymond and I had one called Alan. I married Alan And we had 3 children.Please remember me to Jean.

Date:
24-Apr-2014

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jayne wilson (nee cartmell/singleton

Comment:
I attended green lane briefly around 1969/70 before moving back to blackpool. Being into athletics i remember running the length of thr roof playground. I was in mr claytons class, year 5 or 6. lived on gilpin terrace and can remember hanging around the bingo hall on tong road with a "penny for the guy" . Friends were the Heffernans, cramptons, lynn, elaine, sue and david and westermans. Where are you now.

Date:
20-Jul-2014

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jaynewilson212@hotmail.co.uk

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patrick scarle

Comment:
I went to the Holy Family School and after I failed the 11+ they sent us to woodwork classes at green lane school. This was in 1950/51. I have since been a teacher for over 50 years but have very fond memories of green lane school. My father also went to green lane in about 1910

Date:
09-May-2015

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Elaine Foy(Nee Holdsworth)

Comment:
I lived in Fifteenth Ave near Eric Thirkettle & remember Billy Liar, I think it was filmed on a Sunday. I went to Green Lane from 1958 to 1964. I remember the tale of the little girl and playing netball on the roof in all weathers freezing while Miss Maskell stood there wrapped up & drinking tea-cruel! Some of the teachers I remember were Miss Lunn(Art)Mr Carswell(Scarey) Mr & Mrs Smith & Mr Robinson(Science) He was always on target when throwing the wooden blackboard rubber at talkers at the back of class! Did anyone go to the dancing classes with Mrs Greenwood on Saturday mornings in Skilbeck street. I know Diane Tate did! At last someone has mentioned the Lemmie-I was beginning to think no-one remembers it. It looks like the fair is there - I knew it as the feast. I remember the lollipop lady at the Tong Rd end of Green Lane. She was Mrs Gadsby. I was reminded of her a few years ago when a chap came into the store I worked at & presented me with a photo of my old house in fourteenth/fifteenth ave as he had heard me talking about it and that he recongnised me.He was her son. We used to walk up to the 'Jailey field' at Armley Jail on Thursday afternoons to play rounders & later another time we would walk up Oldfield Lane to the T V Harrison ground to do sports.

Date:
13-Sep-2015

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elainefoy@talktalk.net

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Elaine Foy(Nee Holdsworth)

Comment:
Just remembered- I think it was Maud Smallwood who was the dancing teacher not Greenwood. I do remember going to the feast on the lemmie but didn't it move to Brown Lane ?

Date:
04-Oct-2015

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terence mitchell

Comment:
i went to greenlane school my teachers name was mitchell i lived in malcolm street

Date:
11-Oct-2015

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Mel Price

Comment:
John Todd, I was stationed at RAF North Coates in the early 60's and used to drink in the pub in Marshchapel. Best RAF Station I served at, cant imagine kids being sent so close to an RAF station which would have been a nazi target. Better than in a big city I expect.

Date:
16-Dec-2015

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John pickersgill

Comment:
I went to Green Lane School from 1948 to 1958. I remember Mrs King and Mr Roberts and who could forget Mr (killer) Karswell. Those were the days!

Date:
21-May-2016

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Gloria Perring/Cross now Saynor

Comment:
I lived with my grandparents Florence and George (Jud) Perring and daughter Florrie at 12 Ducie Street from 1952. It was a lovely Victorian through house its address at the other side was 17 Bruce street opposite Alan Bennetts(writer)grandads house. Our neighbours were Nancy Hillary she had two sons one was called Jeffery about same age has me and Richard.The other neighbour was Mr and Mrs Tetley. I remember most of the teachers Elaine Holdsworth mentioned at Green Lane School I was there until July 1963. when I was about 12 or thirteen I went to live with my mother and used her married name of Cross got called crossy and crosspatch at school and flossy sometimes as my auntie permed my hair with Twink home perm and it came out all frizzy.We lived at 42 Wallace Street in a two bed three storey house with no electricity we had to use candles and Paraffin lamps which were really smelly. The only sink was in the basement and only cold water. The toilet was down the street. It was a big shock for me as my grandmothers house was quiet posh for those days and even had a bathroom and our own private toilet in our yard. I had two sisters Christine and Sarah and two brothers Colin and Andrew. I was the oldest so while all my classmates were playing on the Jaily field (park below Armley Jail)I would have to look after the kids pushing them around in a big pram. I wasn't a happy bunny! Peter Launders, William Holdsworth, John Gledhill, Micheal Firth are some of the boys I remember. Susan Ricketts, Sylvia Sutton, Carol Kenyon, Barbara Green and Little Margaret who's parents had an Off Licence Shop are some of the girls. I could go on forever with stories and memories - Maybe I should write a book.

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14-Feb-2017

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Bev diamond, nee morrell

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I went to green lane from 1962 to to 68. I remember the story of the girl supposedly falling from the roof, it frightened me to death lol I remember mr addlestone, mr Roberts who used to take us swimming in his own time, wouldn't be allowed now. I remember Glenn crosswaite I think he lived in a house in the school , caretakers I believe, I recall being in the school netball team, playing in a hideous black thick top and shorts and sweating profusely at our first match they were so warm not designed for sports lol I have been looking for an old friend of mine if anyone remembers her, Susan she will be 60 now she was my best mate, she did used to have fits and got very poorly when she was about 11 and was in hospital a lot so missed a fair bit of school, I am glad to say she recovered and last time I saw her she had four sons and a daughter. That was about 25 years ago would be great to get in touch

Date:
17-Apr-2017

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Sue Ovenden

Comment:
I too remember goin to Green Lane nursery and the "naps" in the afternoon circa 1948. The photo is interesting as I lived further up Oldfield lane on the Hughfields. My father was a signalman at Coplet Hill junction.

Date:
30-Jun-2017

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Christopher Watson

Comment:
I remember Beverly Morrell from Armley Park school. Due to some reorganisation Green Lane pupils were transferred to Armley Park. Also there was an organised holiday to Farndale. I, alongside some of my siblings went camping. Amongst the many other children were Beverly Morrell & her sibling(s).

Date:
16-Sep-2017

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Katie

Comment:
Hi their, regarding the girl that fell off the roof apparently my grandma told my family members that it was my grandads younger sister Vera that fell from the roof and died at the rooftop playground as both my grandparents are now dead I can’t ask them about it but was wondering if anyone could give me any more information about this?

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18-Oct-2018

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