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Abbey Grange School
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29th March 1963 To the left, railway line from Leeds to Harrogate, Horsforth Ring Road can be seen running left to right under the railway. At the top centre edge, quarry and Clayton Woods. The two tower blocks are Clayton Grange and Clayton Court. To the left of the flats, Fillingfir Drive curves round to Moor Grange Court, the tower block to the right of the school. The road in the foreground is Butcher Hill.

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stuart kamasz

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The 2 large factories situated opposite Clayton Grange and Clayton Court are, Somnus Bedding on the left and Alexandres The Tailors on the right.

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Tom Ackroyd

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the quarry at top of picture was briggs quarry which shut in 1985.

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Christine Allenby

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This picture holds lots of memories for me. I grew up on the Moor Grange estate so know the are well. I also attended Abbey Grange school for five years. When I left I worked in the offices at Alexandre the Tailors on the West Park Ring road, it is opposite the flats in the picture and is the office block/factory to the right. Somnus bedding is the factory to the left of Alexnadre. Quite a few of our neighbours either worked at Alexandre or Somnus and there was a great community spirit as everyone knew each other and lived and worked together. Alexandre was a family business and owned by the Lyons family, Sir Jack and Bernard Lyons. It was a great place to work! It amalgamated with UDS Tailoring (John Colliers), which was also Price's Tailors at one time, and we had to re-locate to Kirkstall Road. The Head Office was where they have now built the cinema, bowling alley, etc at Kirkstall.

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John Metcalf

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The small building to the right of the school in the centre of the picture is the caretakers house. I helped put a new roof on this house in 1979 when I was an apprentice joiner. Happy days.

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Elizabeth Ward. (Nee Hogg)

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Just in from the middle right hand side of the picture is a white road which leads to two dwellings, Clayton House and Clayton Cottage. The latter, the white one, was where I lived as a child from 1939 to 1943. To the left and down, two dark rectangular pools can be seen, my father used to swim in the lower one and on occasion would take me in with him. I would be about four or five years old then. Later,during this time I remember two boys falling into one of the ponds. They were dragged out and brought to my mother, Rose Hogg and our neighbour May Shipley, to be dried off and supplied with hot drinks. The incident (if I remember rightly) was reported in the Yorkshire Post and the boys names were, believe it or not, George and Bernard Shaw! (perhaps this information should be verified, I was very young and may have been misled!) Bill Shipley had a smallholding and used to take vegetables and fruit to Leeds market on a horse and cart which had rubber tyres fitted on the wheels. When the war started we sometimes watched flares dropped over Leeds by enemy aircraft prior to dropping their bombs. The photograph would have been quite different then, at that time it was all farm land.

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Peter Arundale

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I lived on Moor Grange estate from 1960-72. I used to walk up past Alexandre to get to Iveson House School, and go fishing in Clayton Ponds. In the days before Health and Safety, we used to go over to Briggs' quarry and climb up the sandstone cliff faces for a bit of a challenge. It was a brilliant area to grow up in as it had everything we wanted, railway line, quarry, woods, fishing, playing fields and you could walk to the chippy in Horsforth or to the one up Spen Lane.

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John Turner

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I attended Abbey Grange School from 1964 to 1969 I was honoured to be Head Boy in 1968-9. Many happy hours were spent playing rugby across Butcher Hill on the playing fields as pictured. I have lived in Canada for thirty years working as a barrister in Vancouver. The picture evokes many happy memories

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21-Feb-2009

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Ron Davies

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Where the milti-storey flats are in the foreground,originally stood two cottages.Alongside them was a cinder track which led to the Ring Road, passing through the land belonging to Moor Grange Farm. This was the route my friends and I would use to get to Clayton Woods and Ponds from the Queenswood Drive area. At this time the area was undeveloped, the only factory was the rope works which stood roughly where the right hand of the two factories is shown. I wonder if the writer of the first comment (Stuart Kamasz) is an old team mate of mine when I played Sunday League football for Woodbridge Rangers. If so his brother Steve also played for us. They moved to Australia where I think they played pro-football. Steve I am fairly sure had a spell as the Australian national coach,Terry Venables eventually taking over from him. Our home ground was off to the bottom right of the picture on land which had been a P.O.W. camp during the war.

Date:
03-Feb-2010

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Ron Davies

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Since my comment was added both Steve and Stuart Kamasz have been in touch with me. It seems Steve was not the national coach, but ran The National League as CEO in two stints over a period of fourteen years. In this time he met and spent time with Terry Venables. He is now Head of Football with Sydney F.C. this being an administrative role.

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04-Mar-2010

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ROGER BAILEY

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DID A GWEN JOYNES WORK HERE IN 1978

Date:
21-Nov-2010

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John Bean

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I lived along Fillingfir Drive at No 17 (when the house was new)it was a house built ontop of a flat,called then by the council, a maisonette.I moved there in 1959(till 1971 my father lived there until his demise in 1992) from the Kirkstall road area of Leeds where the old terrace houses were being cleared. Athough I lived directly opposite the new school I attended Brudenell CS all of my senior years,as they played rugby league and not the 15 a side game,I confess I used to climb the fence around the two rugby pitches in the bottom of the photo to practice my goal kicking. I also played many other sports as the school wee good at providing a good range,I also became head boy in 1963.A few of my class mates at 13yrs moved to Abbey Grange, but lived close to Brudenell, we occasionally waved at each other as the buses passed each other on spen lane. My mates often played in thelocal woods behind the school, called Fillingfir thicket. My dad often fished the clayton ponds too.

Date:
29-Jan-2011

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s johnson

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The large building behind the flats was called 'WestPark Studio's' when i last remember. It has since been completely flattened. Rakusan's factory is now built underneath the ponds. The banking in front of the flats, where the 'cinder track' used to be is now completely overgrown and the track is no longer walkable, and hasn't been for about the last 20 years. There is a track in the foreground, that ran down the sports fields. This is now been planted up and is a large hedgerow. The railway bankings have all grown up with tree's and have now been fenced off by high, spiked metal fencing to stop people going on the tracks, not that kids do that kind of thing these days. Kids don't seem to spend anytime outside like we all used to do. Our favourite haunts during the mid to late 80's was the woods behind abbey grange school. That slither of oak woodland that can be seen running off from the railway line. In there we had a rope swing on a big oak and what fun times we had, about a dozen of us all keeping entertained by a piece of rope and a stick!!! How times have changed! By the way, does anyone know the origins of Clayton Ponds? Did the monks build them??

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15-Aug-2013

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Peter brown

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I used to live on latchmere drive and had some great times in the 70's and 80's before moving away to start a family of my own, cardboard hill near the flats,the cinder path near the flats, Clayton ponds, the little woods behind abbey grange school, great times.

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08-Dec-2013

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maryannegourley

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I am interested in the history of Clayton House which is visible in the top right hand corner of this image. My husbands grandfather Benjamin Walmsley gifted Clayton House to Benardo's for an orphanage in approximately 1905. I would like to find out who purchased Clayton House when it stopped being an orphanage.I am undertaking a research project into Clayton House and its history.

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27-May-2014

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maryannegourley

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It is interesting that Elizabeth mentions Clayton Cottage and Clayton House. I had presumed that they were one residence and did not know that one had been called a 'cottage'. I have been tracing the house in the census records and have found it described as 'Gills Lodge' (1851) 'Woodside House'?(1861), 'Clayton House'(1871, Clayton House' (1881 but empty), Clayton cottages (1891), Clayton Wood (1901) and Clayton Cottages (1911). Although I have a reference to the property being given to Banardo's the 1911 census seems to squash that theory unless the people living in the cottages at the time ( a retired fruiterer and a quarry worker were somehow involved in looking after the orphans.

Date:
14-Jun-2014

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maryanne.gourley@bigpond.com

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