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Aerial View, Dewsbury Road

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Aerial View, Dewsbury Road
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1963 Dewsbury Road begins here on the bottom left edge and curves round to the top right corner. The railway line can be seen to the left of the houses and flats which have just been built. These were to be named Parkwood Road. On the right, South Leeds Golf Course, with the Middleton/Beeston section of the Ring Road and Dewsbury Road came together at Tommy Wass's a large public house.

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Isobel Boyes

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I believe that the large building in the top right hand corner of the photograph on the Middleton/Beeston section of the Ring Road is the Rex Cinema, particularly popular on a Saturday afternoon matinee for all the local children, myself included.

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Mick Weldon

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The large building is the Rex, it used to have double seats on the back row (for courting couples!!)

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Malcolm Pennock Moore

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Along the top edge of photo and one third in from the left you will see a large flat building, this was the original site of Moorhouses jam works

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A Broxup

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Not only did the Rex have double seats on the back row,but also onthe ends of the rows to the back on the wall sides. These proved very poular with courting couples

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Graham A. Schofield

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Approximately halfway along the top section, can be seen a large factory, sporting a tall chimney. This was "The Forgrove Engineering Co." which later became to be called "Rose-Forgrove" before it went the way of many factories in the late 1960's and early 1970's. I am not sure if the word 'Forgrove' was spelt like that or 'Foregrove'. Perhaps someone out there knows.

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Margaret Barker nee Shaw

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I remember Forgroves in Beeston. I used to visit my aunt and uncle and often passed there on our way to the Rex Cinema from Firth Avenue. Years later, in 1969, I went to work in the offices at Rose Forgrove which was and still is (I think) on The Coal Road, Seacroft. I have lived in Scarborough since 1971.

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Christine Hebenton (nee Gatehouse)

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An interesting picture of the (then) new Parkwood Estate. Along with many others, my aunt and uncle moved here from Hunslet in the mid-1960's. My aunt is still there, at 90, one of the oldest residents. But now the estate looks to be in terminal decline - a sad ending for residents who were once proud to live there. Yes, I remember the Moorhouse's Jam Factory, and in fact worked there briefly on a student summer job.

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steve w

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Look below the flat roof of Moorhouses jam factory there is a patch of land called the "back field", St Davids church can be seen with the odd shaped roof. I lived on waincliffe drive the street in front of the Church.

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nicky chereda (garnett descendant)

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my grandmother, my mother, her cousin and husband worked at moorhouses jam factor, in the late 40s.50s every friday they got 2 jars of jam and at xmas they got a plum pudding jar of mincemeat and lemon curd (my mum said it was a type of butter). she was paid in 1950, 1pound 15 s per week. my mum went to the rex sometimes on saturday afternoons as a child with her dad, they were good times, dearest seats were 2/6 and cheapest were 9d. matinees were on wednessdays and fridays, the shops were closed wednessday afternoons. i told her it has been demolished now. i think it was an excellent example of art deco architect history. mum recalls after the war everyone burn their blackout curtains and nights came alive again with street lights and the pretty neon light signs of the cinemas. these were happier times again!! thankyou for the stories.

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Christine Went (nee Rhodes)

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I used to live on the Cardinal Estate, not far from Moorhouses, and I still remember the smell of strawberries when they were making the jam in season. I also remember many visits to the Rex Cinema -Kia-Ora orange drinks! The Parkwood estate was built on land which, when I was about 11 (1958) was said to be full of dangerous acid beds. These were, in fact, the boggy pools which gave their name - Stanks - to Stank Hall, the old farm more or less opposite the White Rose centre.

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William Winterburn

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Yes I used to go to the Rex with my brothers Graham & Allan.In the top left of the picture the field on Cardinal square is easily seen ,The Annex school was at the bottom of the field. I was born at No 4 Cardinal squarein 1949.I remember the Wilsons ,Blowers,Sweeneys,Conlons & Ernest Crack .My Dad played rugby for Tommy Wass in the 50'son the square.We used the rubber sealing rings out of the jam jar lids for our Ccatterpilts .Fond memories.

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Michael Orlow

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My Family Lived at No22 Parkwood Road. Nikoli, Brenda Nina and myself. I went to school at Parkside on Gipsy Lane. At the time this photography was taken my father was working on the new council development which was an extension of Parkwood Road. He would not have far to travel to work! I remember, during the school holidays helping to mix the mortar for the block of flats. I remember as a young boy when we had snow!dragging my sledge up the hill of the Golf Course (Right of the Flats. Probably one of the best hills in the area for sledging! My Family moved away for a few years after I joined the RAF, moving back in the late 80's to No.32 Parkwood Road.

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David Poole

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I lived at 21 Waincliffe Square just behind the jam factory. Went to Parkside school down Gypsy Lane in 1963 - 1969. Woodman pub on Dewsbury Road was a favourite haunt.

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brian thomas

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The Forgrove Engineering Co. which specialised in making Bread Wrapping machines and was bought and rebranded several times. an interesting history can be found at www.bphs.net/GroupFacilities/R/RoseForgrove/index.htm

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Graham A. Schofield

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David Poole mentions in his comment, 'The Woodman' public house. I remember my that father and his friends also referred to this public house by another name - 'Mother McCree's'. Does anyone else remember it being referred to as such, and if so do they know why?

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Bob Carr

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I was born in Beeston, 1956. The Rex Cinema was my favourite haunt in the 60's. I remember standing outside the cinema, waiting for entry to the the matinee. There was always, a very large young man also waiting outside. He was huge compared to us and we used to ask him to stand on things and crush them, to which he always good heartedly complied. He used to sit behind us in the back row on the double seats, but I cannot recall his name. I sometimes ventured to the Crescent Cinema, but found it a bit " posh ". The local fleapit was the 'Malvern ' it certainly lived up to its reputation. There used to be another cinema in Beeston, It must have closed around 1960. I remember wandering around inside it, prior to demolition and it is now site of the co-op at the end of old lane. My local pub was the White Heart, and I was barman there for a while in the Seventies. My grandfather was a foreman engineer and worked at the Forgrove factory on Dewsbury road. I also remember watching the Moorhouses jam factory on old lane burn down.

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Graham A. Schofield

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Reference Bob Carr's comment:- - - - - - - - - - - - - - There used to be another cinema in Beeston, It must have closed around 1960. I remember wandering around inside it, prior to demolition and it is now site of the co-op at the end of old lane.' Of course there was Bob. It was the One and Only 'BEESTON PICTURE-HOUSE' - - - A change of programme twice a week and a matinee for kids, every Saturday afternoon. The Bowery Boys - Superman - Hopalong Cassidy - The Three Stooges - Roy Rogers - Batman ( Do you remember his adversary, Dr. Dakker? ), - Tarzan - The Gas-House Kids. The list goes on. Does anyone remember old Bob, who used to walk up and down the aisles with the Scent-Spray? Or that on Saturday afternoons, the four-penny seats were divided off from the seven-penny ones by a red-rope barrier. If my memory serves me correctly, the picture-house was directly opposite the door of Saint Mary's Church; so that puts the modern-day Co-op (2008) in just about the right position.

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Pat Crawford

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I can see in the picture Cardinal Avenue,where I lived all the decade of the swinging 60s, used to love to go to the Rex Cinema see Beatles films night after night.used to walk the street at night with mates all around where the picture has been taken,lots of good memories...went to Hillside School til 1966.

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16-Sep-2008

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Stephen Cariss

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Just looking at this picture brings back so many memories, I lived at 98 parkwood cresent. I played on the golf coarse has a kid. I can also see the Rex cinema fanstic days bring them back.

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21-Jan-2009

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Bob Carr

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With reference, Graham Schofield / Cinema on the site of Beeston coop. Graham, your information rings true to me regarding this cinema facing the present Saint Mary's church. In the 60's.I recall being sent to the barbers shop, as a boy, on Beeston town street. This was sited in a parade of shops facing the now Saint Mary's Church. I cannot recal what the other shops were, just a memory of run down and dusty old shops. My orders were to have short back and sides from the barber. As this was not the fashion, I used to delay the haircut and wander further along the parade and explore the derelict cinema. I think that there was also an old building to the rear of these shops that was demolished just prior to the coop being built, that was being used as a laundry ? On another subject, a Dr Tom Herron is researching any memories of wartime bombing across Beeston. He can be contacted via the BBC Leeds website. [January 09.]

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22-Jan-2009

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christine tomlinson (nee spurr/ barry)

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my sister sue worked at moorhouses jam in the offices when she left school. my friends (lynne martin) and i went to st anthonys youth club on a sunday, there was also a club called ivy mills where the coop is now, we had fab times there, happy days. my mam lives on town street now! although i haved lived in cheshire since 1975

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17-Feb-2009

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Malcolm Spence

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Bob Carr is right there was a laundry I think it was called Whites but not usure. It was behind the Beeston cinema and accessed from Old Lane. It was across from a field with a small farm in it and few horses. The parade of shops included a barber shop where I got my first square neck and then a crew cut. My usual barber on Cross Flatts Grove was called Ivan Ward. He was old school and did not believe in fashionable hairstyles. When his wife brought in his morning coffee and biscuits he would stop cutting and make you wait till he was finished. It took forever as he also liked to talk to the other patrons. He could trim and talk at the same time evidently. As regards the Beeston Bug Hutch (cinema)the manager and his wife ran a Satuday afternoon matinee program that included yoyo competitions etc between the main feature and the serials. It included reflecting a a light from a mirror onto the individual faces of the kids in the seats. When the music stopped, if you were in the reflected light, you won a free ice cream (3d variety not the 6d). I live in the States and today when I see a Flash Gordon movie or Three Stooges/Bowery Boys on the late night TV I have flashbacks to those days.

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05-May-2009

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Tony Pocklington

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My Grandmother, Edna, ran the Woodman (not quite on this photo) for decades until about 1970. I don't know why it was known as Mother Mcrees. She used to tell me some interesting stories about Frankie Howerd and Jack Charlton, but I can't repeat them here! My Dad, Jack was born in the pub and later went on to run the Waincliffe Garage, nearly opposite Tommy Wass's. He told me that in the 1930's he nearly burned down Stank's barn (a listed building), but it survived, as can be seen in the bottom left of the photo. My Mother was brought up in the Cardinals, called Wilson, and went on to own the hairdressers opposite the Broadway pub. I lived on Oakhurst Avenue, then near the Broadway. I went to Cross Flatts school, and remember the Rex, Moorhouses and Foregrove very well.

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20-May-2009

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Graham A. Schofield.

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With reference to Malcolm Spence's comment. I lived in Beeston from 1939 to 1966, and always knew the laundry in question as TAYLOR'S LAUNDRY. It may have changed its name prior to demolition. I don't know.

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20-May-2009

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John Hargrave

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With reference to earlier comments - the couple who ran the Beeston Picture House were Mr And Mrs Chadderton whose son Michael was a friend of mine as a youngster. Birthdays were always rewarded and Mrs Chaddertons speciality was the wandering torchlight where whilst the latest hit record played she shone a torch moving it around the captivated audience until the record finished. Whoever the light shone on as the record finished received sweets or a lolly.

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25-Nov-2009

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Peter Ellis

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My parents and I moved into the masionettes by the golf course number 88 Parkwood Cresent I think it was,we were the first tennants of the property having lived previously in Back Beverly Terrace. The masionettes at that time were luxurious,under floor heating,bathroom,seperate kitchen,balcony,three bedrooms. The underfloor heating did not last long and electric storage radiators were fitted to replace it. That was in 1963/64 I notice now they are no longer there,and yet Back Beverley Terrace is still standing although very run down as 2009.

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08-Jan-2010

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Gloria Batley

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Bob Carr refers to a large young man who used to frequent the Rex cinema. I believe this was Tony Petrou, who lived at Middleton. He had an older brother called Andy. I can't remember the name of the laundry at Beeston, but my grandma used to send her towels and sheets there as we had no washing machine. It was collected each week and then returned the following week, clean, pressed and neatly parceled up in brown paper

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17-Mar-2010

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benny

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yes the big man was known as fat tony and he had a brother andy..tony used to stand outside and when asked to do pigeon noises he duelly obliged

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18-Apr-2010

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Gavin Shoesmith

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My father, Ken Shoesmith, grew up around Hunslet and later this area in the 30's - 50's. He had sisters, Vera and Jean. Anyone remember my dads side of the family

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27-Apr-2010

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Michael Perry

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How well we all remember the MOORHOUSE Jam factory of the 40's-60's. I can recall collecting jam jars to return to them for a whole 1d each. Every June/July was a big payout time as the main strawberry harvest came in. Down Dewsbury Road, past the Crescent was the PAVILLION cinema. Here our Saturday morning matinee cost 2d or 2 jam jars. The prices later went up to 3d then eventually as high as 6d. we watched the news reels, cartoons(to loud applause), Roy Rodgers, Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon & the Ming, (boo, hiss), The Little Rascals-- remember them? Alf Alfa, centre parting & one spike stood up, orphan Annie. The mad dash at the interval as we used to queue for an icecream block (in a wafer sandwich or a cone 1/2d extra). If the film broke, which they did, the massed noise of 2-300 kids booing, whistling and stamping feet until the film was fixed or the lights went on to catch the ring leaders. The Crescent Cinema was a better place to visit, while the REX was seen as the best picture house this side of town.

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19-Jul-2010

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Dave Wharton

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The road in front of the Rex going off to the right is Gipsy Lane leading up to Parkside School (as it was in the 60's). I spent five years trudging up & down there 1965 - 1970. If you had a dispute with anyone at Parkside it was settled in the Rex car park behind the cinema after school. The Rex was the first place I took my wife on a date - she brought her best friend along, I spent nearly 17 shillings!

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10-Aug-2010

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Roy Green

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We lived at 26,Woodview Road 100yds from the Coop. During the war it was my job to fetch the flour and three a pence of yeast, twice a week.Brother and Iwent to Cockburn in Burton Rd.I spent a lot of my spre time,helping Frank Wright at Wrights garage almost opposite The Pavilion. For one war film we lent our aircraft to sit outside the picture house to advertise the film.John was the chemist at Moorhouses at the back end of the war

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03-Dec-2010

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Roy Green

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rmgreen14@hotmail.co.uk I mode the lawns at Mrs,Roberts Gypsey Lane opposite the Rex

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03-Dec-2010

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

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Beeston Picture House was directly opposite St Mary's Church and was adjoined by a row of shops which included Mr Benge's where my father went for studs for his football boots, and a very dusty sweet shop. I remember a laundry off Town Street, towards Millshaw. It caught fire in the 1950s and I can remember the fire engines as I passed with my parents on the way home.

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06-Apr-2011

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m kay

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rowland road working mens club.attains 150 years , about june this year. as anybody photos ect

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17-May-2011

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Bob Carr

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I am presently revisiting Beeston, looking at my own childhood memories, what was and what now is. The old back to back in Barkly street where I was born, remembering the characters who lived there, all the old shops.. Greaveses Motorbike shop, the paper shop, the bakery the veg shop the Butchers. All that remains is the Barkly road off licence and the chip shop. I visited the site of the Crescent cinema.. Erm.. I moved on quickly. The Malvern site is now just a closed down pub, Grandways supermarket on Dewsbury road is now an empty place. The Rex is only a memory. My sadness is in finding that my old Cross Flatts park school has been demolished. I stood outside the new school in the park, and remembered being taken into the hall of the old school. The smell of the wax polish , being lifted up by a teacher onto the long row of cupboards that ran under the high windows so that we could all watch an eclipse of the sun. May I give some thanks to a few people who have given useful information to me and this excellent page... Graham Schofield, Gloria Batley and Benny amongst others.

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28-May-2011

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Bob Carr

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I am finding that Beeston is now a more vibrant place than the Beeston that I left in the early 1980's. At the time, everything was going downhill and I was glad to escape. Yes, Beeston is presently still full of problems, but this can also describe many other areas of the country. I am looking for inspiration and help for research into the history of Beeston / beggars hill and surrounding areas, with a view to broadcast. Any information into Barkly Road Tannery would be good or the history of the Forgrove factory , my Grandfather Walter Carr who was a foreman engineer at the Forgrove. Having seen all the litter, Dog poo and debris in some of the streets, a clean up Beeston pressure / education group is needed. I have seen council cleaners doing an excellent job , but they only clean the main roads ? Should you wish to be involved in any capacity, please contact me.

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03-Jun-2011

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Bob Carr

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Re. Christine Tomlinson. St Anthonys youth club. My memory of St. Anthonys youth club in the seventies is of a place where all the girls where, but only the brave lads seemed to venture there. I did build up the courage to try and enter on two occasions [with mates], but the staff of St. Anthonys did not like what they saw and threw me out whilst letting my friends in on both occasions.. Well, Looking back, I was a bit of a scruffy Motorbiker and can understand why.

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03-Jun-2011

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Bob Carr

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Waddingtons 1963. The home of the most famous board game had a production plant in Beeston. This was sited just around the corner from my home in Barkly Street. I have happy memories of visiting Waddingtons waste site and painting my Sister to look like a Red Indian with waste ink and paint. I also have a memory of turpentine being used to remove my artwork and me being in trouble.

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03-Jun-2011

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chris gore

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memories of walking home to beeston from rex past moorhouses up king field onto back lane ,old cobbled roads some evidance at back of white hart an site where old annies grocery shop stood,had first pint in punchbowl 16p,beasley diy,butchers,co op stores on 1 side of white heart,other side m shaw hairdresser, wrigglesworth tobacconist,westermans,old picture house garage on end,i attended st anthonys my wife crossflatts further on, both replaced by newbuilds,when most of buildings were being demolished we used them as a playground along with whiteheads scrapyard,ive probably missed loads of shops and buildings plus there were all of the folds.

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06-Jun-2011

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Keith Lawrence

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Hi - i worked at THE FORGROVE MACHINERY COMPANY its proper title from 1959 to 1968 approx, when i found that the factory was closing due to combining with the fatory at the Coal road Seacroft, i had many happy memories, working in the drawing office clerical section and can remember the social aspect of this once great company, having a Football, Cricket, Table Tennis, Chess and many other social branches, which included a wine making section. Many happy hours were spent as i can remember quite a lot of staff leaving as they did not want to move to seacroft, which at the time seemed like the other side of the planet happy days.

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23-Jul-2011

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christine tomlinson

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with regards to Bob Carr's remarks of not getting into St Anthony's youth club (sundays) because of his motorbike look was correct, it was for mods, mainly, the YMCA on Cemetary road was for the rockers, which my sister sue and i went to during the week!!!!!!!!!

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08-Aug-2011

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Bob Carr

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@ Christine Tomlinson. Your name sounds familier. I was mates with one of the ' Big ' lads from st. Anthony's youth club. Sadly I cannot remember his name.. We get old and memory fades. He liked my Motorbike and I wanted to try out his Scooter. I think that it was a Lambretta 200 cc. We used to swap and have a ride. I came to grief whilst riding his scooter down Beeston hill past the Malvern Cinema. I went over a bump and the front rack containing the mirrors fell off and I rode over them. Happy days....

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14-Aug-2011

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Bob Carr

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@ Roy Green. I would look forward to you posting more thoughts here. Perhaps a more in depth description of you Aircraft loan ?

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14-Aug-2011

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Peter Moore

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Re the name of the laundry situated at the rear of the Beeston Picture House was in my time in Beeston (1939/1956) was Taylors. (August16th 2011).

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16-Aug-2011

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Bob Carr-The aircraft which was put outside The Pavillion was called a B.A.C. Drone.In fact it was a Slingsby glider which had a four stroke petrol engine,built on a mounting behind the cockpit.The engine powered a 'push type' propeller.The Standevens, the Lewis, and the Hudsons lived in the houses overlooking the park where the path crossed the park diagonallly across to Cross Flatts School ginnel.Mr. Hudson did work for the Slingsbey glider co.,he was a cabinet maker. They weren't the best payers and in liu they gave him this creation.Miss Hudson married Frank Wright and the plane was kept at Wrights garage opposite the Pavilion.It was not fabric covered, it never would fly.Frank was Scout Master of 8 S.E. Leeds Air Scouts at West Hunslet Central Mission,just below the Junction in Dewsbury Rd.,during the war. On Childrens Day we used to run up to Rounday Park with the wings on one trailor an the fusalage on another.It was a race and then we would fit the wings on, and Frank would taxi across the arena. Life was fun.

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27-Dec-2011

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Brian

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re last comment about Slingsby Gliders these were built at Kirby Moorside between Helmsley and Pickering after the war I believe . The test Pilot was called Reussner I think he may have designed the planes too

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11-Feb-2012

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Bob Carr

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@ Roy Green. Thank you for your comment. As a boy , my Father told me that there was once an aircraft breaking yard sited off Dewsbury road. I guess that this would have just been post war and sited behind the present allotments ?

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16-Apr-2012

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Dave Henshaw

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The Rex (for bobs info)there were two relay big lads that went to the Rex and Tony was the one that went every Saturday for the matnee and he had to sit at the back in the double seats due to his size.I lived up on Thorpe road and we used to walk down Middleton woods every Saturday it would have been the late 60s.Then in the summer Dad would take us down to see the new carry on films.I also went to parkside after Middleton school does any one remember them days at Middleton school ? and the shops opposite the Arms I remember an old guy and I think his son wasn't it "talants" the old guy wore hob nail boots and was a relay nice guy we used to take the pop bottles back and we got a penny or two for them.- happy days

Date:
10-May-2012

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anne nee mallorie.

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I too was born in Beeston in Parkfield Mount,I started at Cross Flatts school at the side of the park.We used to go down to the annex on dewsbury road for some of our lessons.Then I went to Hillside school at the bottom of Beeston hill untill I left in 1965,We went to the Malvern picture house for a treat ,i can still remember the names of most of my classmates.My best friend was Joyce Lee, She lived at no 3 Barton Grove and was a keen ballroom dancer,i remember going to The Rex and the Crescent picture houses, We had more freedom in those days.

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21-Jun-2012

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jeanie rebane (was jean foster)

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i lived at Burlington Road from 1960-1967. I used to go to the Rex cinema for saturday morning pictures, and saw 'lady and the tramp there' in the days when you could just stay in there and watch the film over and over:0) i went to cross flats school and i happily sledging in the park. I also remember when i was about four there being a terrible fog where you literally couldnt see your hand in fron of your face. I used to live near David Palfreyman and the limeons family, and the thorpe family. There was a supre market called grandways nearby and a lovely sweet shop run by an old man called mr Bramley.Another lovely old lady lived on our street was called mrs Roads and she was always bloody swearing! :0)

Date:
05-Feb-2013

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christine tomlinson (nee spurr,barry,bridge)phew

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jeannie, did you live near the top of burlington road? near mr bramley's shop? i think i remember you.we were the 'barry'family then at 144.

Date:
22-Apr-2013

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Ken Hind

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Myra and I made good use of those double seats in the balcony of the REX in 1945/6. Married at St Marys in '48: both proud grads of Cross Flatts. I worked two weeks of one summer at Moorhouses for a few shillings. The "smells" were wonderful. A class member was Arthur Ash, his dad was a Dentist on Old Lane. Myras home was 4 Firth Mount, so close to the "leather works" and Forgrove. Now 84yrs, living in USA we reminisce..Boston dancing:the Broadway: Cross Flatts Park with its BIG TOP during the war years where we danced to good swing bands.....and on....Hunslet Rugby fans. Beeston,Hunslet and Holbeck Fairs.... Oh, how good was life then. Thanks Leeds, and the people/places we revere

Date:
07-Jun-2013

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William Winterburn

Comment:
Wow so many memories!,I went to St Andrews Church on Old Lane with my brothers.I was the youngest. I can remember the barbers on Beeston Town street ,yes another short back & sides on the high seat that fitted across the chair arms.I was only 3-4 yrs old then. I can remember the passageway we used to queue down to enter the bug hutch,also buying lucky bags hoping to get a catapult inside,if we did get one we grabbed a handful of old tickets to fold & fire from the catapult .Extraction from the cinema if caught. Anyone remember the old Pea & Pie shop rought where the Coop is now.? Also memories of the fairground that used to appear yearly on the King field. When it went we used to go looking for money that may have been dropped.I also went to Cross Flatts school on the tram !! We used to play for hours in Miggy Woods with no fear or threat. On the way back we used to wait for golf balls to land on the green we nicked them & sold them on the next time we were that way. Anyone remember playing in the air raid shelters out the top of Cardinal Square.We used to play war games on the way back from the Bug Hutch. eh them wha days.

Date:
26-Aug-2013

Email:
billpatwinterburn@hotmail.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
With reference to Bob Carr's query about the Aircraft Breaker's Yard. I was only young at the time, but it must have been sometime around 1944/1947 when I saw what must have been the 'Yard' in question. It was located at the bottom end of Westland Road. Shortly after passing the Old Beeston Colliery the road came to a dead end, and you were confronted by fence, behind which one could see the engines, fuselages and wings of what I assumed were "Fighter-'planes". I think that there were other things there, such as old buses and wagons etc., but as to details, I can't recall. But if my memory isn't playing tricks, I can remember that fastened onto the fence, there was a board bearing with the name, WASS printed in very large letters. I mentioned that Westland Road came to a dead end, but I seem to re-call that you were able to gain access into Middleton Woods at that point. Was it via a narrow tunnel that cut through a railway embankment?

Date:
21-Sep-2013

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Bob Carr

Comment:
Thank you Graham. You have turned up trumps yet again. Thank you for comment regarding the aircraft breakers yard. Does anyone else remember arriving at Cross flatts park school in the mid sixties, comparing our " smog masks " for contamination and having walked through the pea soup fogs ? Can you also remember the films and instructions regarding what to do in event of a nuclear war that we were shown ?

Date:
31-Oct-2013

Email:
robert.carr1956@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Bob Carr

Comment:
I recently drove past the Woodman public house and was sad to see that it is all boarded up. Another piece of memory and history perhaps about to disappear.

Date:
31-Oct-2013

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Name:
Bob Carr

Comment:
Re. Graham . Aircraft scrap yard. I am stumped as to the meaning of the sign that you may remember.... W.A.S.S. Re. William Winterburn attending Cross flatts park school via tram. Parts of the old tram track pathway still runs through Middleton woods. I seem to remember that Dewsbury road and York road were designed wide enough to accommodate a central tram system , though they were never constructed.

Date:
11-Nov-2013

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Name:
Colin Hendrick Ward

Comment:
I recognise many aspects of the photograph; I lived at 39 Park Wood Road for 21 years until I got married in 1970. I noticed that Park Wood has since been concatenated into Parkwood although to obfuscate matters even more there is now a mixture of Park Wood and Parkwood on the estate to this very day? This was my stomping ground and very dear to my heart so the name change rankled me somewhat. Other landmarks are The Southleigh Golf Course showing the 10th 11th 12th and 13th fairways. The Arthur Thornton rugby field which is now used mainly for cricket. The LNER and Middleton Railway that ran down to the Pit. Because it was a goods line down to the pit and the trains were relative slow we often jumped on for a ride down to the woods. There’s a couple of bridges that I crossed over and more precariously under when I was a kid and impervious to danger. Also in the photograph are The Tommy Wass Public House, Foregrove Machinery Company Ltd and The Rex Cinema. The ”Field” that was at the end of Park Wood Road which is where we used to go train spotting and picnicking was unfortunately where the new build was taking place. We used to pull the builders wooden steaks out of the ground thinking this would prevent any new houses and maisonettes from being built, what did we know! I also remember driving the dumper trucks after watching covertly how it was done by the builders and many happy hours were spent driving around the new estate once the builders had gone home for the night. We eventually obtained our own starting handle and mastered the compression lever to burst these dumpers into life. Also visible is the new church St. David’s which was finished in 1961 and was designed with an Ogee roof. Moorehouse’s is also visible half way along Old Lane as are The Waincliffe’s, Allenby’s and Southleigh estates where many of my friends used to live. At the edge of the Goods railway line is Old Fred’s pig pens and allotments. Old Fred actually lived in one of the sheds he had built himself. I was about thirteen years old when this photograph was taken! Great memories Colin Hendrick Ward

Date:
02-Jan-2014

Email:
chward@fsmail.net

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Name:
Alison Coulson

Comment:
Does anyone know the Hudson family from Beeston or the Wright family who had Wrights Garage?

Date:
23-May-2014

Email:
Bacouls@hotmail.com

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Name:
Luke

Comment:
Hunslet Feast, Holbeck Feast and Beeston Feast were at their peak in the 1960s.Many showmans familys attended includeing Athas Of Leeds.

Date:
06-Jul-2014

Email:
lukealanoliver@outlook.com

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Name:
carole baker

Comment:
I went to hillside from1951/1952 but it was known as Beeston hill.I went to all the picture houses you have all mentioned and 2 in Holdbeck. The trams did run down York road and dewsbury road,i remember as my granddad lived in the Suttons at Killingbeck.I was then carole Atkinson we lived in meadow lane were Asda offices r now. I live in Redcar now

Date:
07-Sep-2014

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
With reference to Bob Carr's comment about the "Woodman Inn":- Two or three months back (mid summer 2014), I too drove past there. What I saw, was much worse. There wasn't even a 'boarded-up' public house. All I saw was a gaping hole in the ground. "The Woodman" had disappeared without a trace. I drove past today (7-10-2014), and saw that a gaping space was still there, but there was also 'activity', and a sign on the fence proclaiming, - - - 'THE WOODMAN SERVICE STATION OPENING SOON'. - - - Tony Pocklington has also referred to the inn on this page. I feel sure that his grandmother, Edna, would have been be much saddened by the current happenings there. Back in the days of strict 'alcohol licensing laws', "The Woodman" sat just inside the Morley boundary. There will be very many people who have great memories of the dash from Tommy Wass's at 10 o'clock closing-time, down to "The Woodman" which didn't call 'time' until 10-30 p.m..

Date:
08-Oct-2014

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
With reference to Bob Carr's last comment, above. I'm afraid that I can't expand my memory with regard the sign on the fence at the scrap-yard which was at the bottom of Westland Road, Bob. I can't honestly say whether it was:- WASS or W.A.S.S, but my re-call seems to be leaning me towards, WASS. I say this, as, to my young mind at that time, the 'WA' bit of the word reminded me of the WA symbol that was displayed on the side of all the Wallace Arnold Buses at that time, and which had no punctuation marks.The name 'Wass' has been prominent in Beeston for many years, and I now wonder if a branch of the family was connected that scrapyard. With regard to the family name:- Have a look at 2002815_86559695. Were those builders connected to the same family? Has anyone any information?

Date:
07-Oct-2015

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
leedsloiner

Comment:
Allison Coulson, re aerial view Dewsbury road .did mr wright have a daughter called Jennifer ? if so then I do know the said mr wright who lived just around the corner from my family in fact I used to go to the garage on Dewsbury road /tunstall road with my father who was a friend of frank wright

Date:
12-Dec-2016

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Name:
Mr Jeff garside

Comment:
My parents were glad to move from the tiny prefab at Cottingley to a three bedroom semi at 500 Dewsbury rd in the mid sixties. I played on the golf course and old pit area..the rough ground in the fairway....with mates geegee, thrush, blower, etc...we scratched the shale to find still glowing embers to keep warm...and were chased off by the tractor drivers for allegedly pinching lost golf balls from the rough. We had to pass old Fred's tar covered sheds to get across..can still smell the tar and oil lamps he used.

Date:
15-Dec-2016

Email:
jeff.garside@virgin.net

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Name:
Jack Daly

Comment:
Great to read all the wonderful comments as i lived in Beeston for many years, Barkly's Burlingtons, Allenby'sand Grovehaalls. Bob Carr was your Dad Robin Carr? Regards to all Posters.

Date:
22-May-2017

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Name:
Jack Daly

Comment:
Such Good memory's if Graham Schofield or Bob Carr are interested perhaps we could get together for a Beer or a Coffee one Lunchtime the next time i am visiting Leeds , White Hart, South Leeds Conny Club ? Regards Jack Daly.

Date:
28-May-2017

Email:
johndaly501@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
derek jempson

Comment:
Going back 50 plus years my friend David Drury and myself found an old empty hospital? it was in the area of The White Rose Shopping center. It still had beds in, complete with mattresses and side lockers. Anyone know anything about it?

Date:
17-Sep-2017

Email:
sidjempo@gmail.com

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Name:
Freda Jones

Comment:
I lived in Waincliffe Crescent from 1935 to 1946 and am very interested to see the new St Michaels church on Old Lane. We all went to the predecessor which was known as Old Lane Methodist Church. it was known locally affectionately as the tin chapel and was a sort of extension of Trinity at the time. There was a flourishing congregation seeing that it was only an all-purpose single storey building, with Sunday services morning and evening. Sunday school in the afternoon , youth club ( mainly boys) on Mondays , guides and brownies Tuesdays( which I started. having been previously involved at Trinity). commmunity evening Wednesdays, choir practice Thursdays, Concert party rehearsal Fridays. and a multitude of events Saturdays, all part of a massive fundraising effort to build a “ proper church”. The main section of the building looked like a real church on Sundays. but the rest of the week it became just a church hall! At the far end was a stage which housed the choir and the organ, which had to have air pumped into it by someone at the side pushing a wooden bar up and down. Pastor Counsell was in charge of the services. At the back there were two more rooms, one of course the much used kitchen. The concert party consisted of 8-10 with various talents, a sort of seaside-pier entertainment and throughout the war we travelled in the surrounding area giving concerts , raising substantial amounts for the building fund. We left Leeds in1946. and only now after all these years Leodis has shown me the finished church which also seems to be flourishing. Thank you Leodis. ire

Date:
05-Mar-2018

Email:
ahciren@sky.com

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Name:
Freda Jones

Comment:
re comment just sent, sorry I think I said St Michaels church. sorry. should have been St. andrews

Date:
05-Mar-2018

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