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Aerial View, Meanwood Road, Camp Road


Aerial View, Meanwood Road, Camp Road
Description:
1963 In the centre of this view is a large area where houses have been demolished in line with slum clearance plans. Meanwood Road runs from the left to right edge in the lower half of the view. Gasometers at a Gasholder Station on Sheepscar Street North can be seen in the bottom left with Sheepscar Council School bottom right. Camp Road (now Oatland Lane) can be seen along the top of the cleared area where St Matthews Church stands alone. Above Camp Road, several new housing developments are visible. Carlton Towers to the left with Carlton Croft and Close to the right. At the time of this view, Carlton Garth had yet to be built. The back-to-back houses in the top right await demolition.

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Name:
James & Patricia Turner

Comment:
My wife was the last child and possibly the only child to be born at the vicarage of St Matthew's, Camp Road. Her Father the Revd. Hugh William Hilary-Lewis was the last Vicar at St Mathew's and stayed on after the church was demolished. He tried to continue his parish work from the school room, but due to Diocesan financial decision's, and falling numbers due to the demolition, he was unable to continue.

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Martyn Siddle

Comment:
Just up from St Matthews church and between the tower blocks are two rows of back to back houses. This would have been Primrose Street, built around 1825. My Great-great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Kirk is recorded as living in one of these houses in the 1841 census. She was there with four children, another person, a man, not her husband, is living there with his four children plus a lodger! No wonder Cholera and Typhus ran riot in the 1840s. These houses were derelict in 1942, they must have been terrible by 1963.

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Peter Cain

Comment:
The large, 3 fronted building bottom right is Sheepscar School. You can see Sheepscar Beck running by diagonally to the right hand side, then out of the picture and back in again like a path approaching the right hand side of the large gasholder which hugs the circumference before going underground. This latter, exposed part of the beck is still visible to this day.

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graham daniels

Comment:
Are the back to back properties in this photo the Servias? I visited my grandad in Servia Place on many occasions.

Date:
24-Jul-2009

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George Lacey

Comment:
It is incredible that the top left hand quarter of this photo figured so prominently in my family life. Just below the top left is a double row of through terrace houses(Fallowfields)My wife and I and 3 littlies lived at 11a Fallowfield Ave.(top row)We moved from there in 1965 to the long block of maisonettes(Carlton gate about half inch down from the top, slightly to the right)This row backed on to Carlton barracks.We used to climb over the fence on friday nights to play cards(usually 3 or 5 card brag!) with the soldiers. My Mother and stepfather and also My brother and wife lived on this block too!! My Grandmother and uncle lived in the maisonette block between our old house and our block. Our Auntie Gladys and 2 cousins lived at the maisonette block just above the leftmost tower block. My family and I emigrated to Ausralia from here in 1966 and my Brother Derek and his wife moved to london. Over the years Grandma passed on and Uncle got himself married,aunty gladys also passed away. Mum and dad moved to Carlton Towers for some years until dad died and then mum was moved to The bottom on of the two towers to the right,Carlton Croft into sheltered accomodation until her death in 2006.A couple of years after this picture was taken My Youngest brother moved into a brand new house on the estate built to the right of the Church down to Meanwood road,from where he and his wife kept an eye on mum just up the road. We Spent many happy re-unions on our return visits, in the Pub that looks like a couple of semidetached houses(about an inch across from fallowfields).The Windsor Castle I believe. Last time i was there 6 years ago ,the area had deterioted shockingly. I will be over again for Xmas this year so will check it out again.It is such a shame as we loved our brand new estate. 24 Nov.2009

Date:
24-Nov-2009

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Name:
peter walton

Comment:
I belive the building to the right of the church was the Brunswick public house

Date:
26-Dec-2009

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Ron Davies

Comment:
The first comment mentions the Revd. Hilary Lewis, I remember him as a customer of ours when I worked for County Wireless as a T.V. engineer. I seem to recall at least one young child playing in a large hallway in the vicarage on one visit, I wonder if this was Patricia Turner, this would have been in the early 1960s.

Date:
09-Feb-2010

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Jennifer West (now Shaw)

Comment:
Me and my sister Sandra lived with our parents Betty and Sammy West at 12 Rugby Avenue which was the furthest away from Meanwood Road, our house faced the church wall. I used to play with the vicars daughter and go dressing up with her in a room full of costumes, the church must have put shows on or something, all very proffesional. I was baptised at St Matthews too, still got the certificate. Revd. Hugh William Hilary-Lewis was always asking me to join the quoir. We used to put an old sheet around the gas lamp post and make a wigwam out of it, and all the other women around were "AUNTIES" us. Good times

Date:
15-Sep-2010

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Janet Dickenson

Comment:
I used to get off the bus in Meanwood Road and walk across the flatened land, to visit my grandparents in Kenealy Street. My grandad still lived in the house in 1970!! Served in two world wars and still having to use an outside toilet, down the street. He died before he was rehoused.

Date:
04-Oct-2010

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John Henesy

Comment:
In the 1950's St Matthews Church hall was used by Leeds and District Table Tennis Association. Every Monday evening I used to get a bus from Headingley into Leeds centre and then a tram down Meanwood Road. Victoria Table Tennis club also used St. Matthews hall and at the time had two England International players in Brian Kennedy and Cathy Best. I seem to remember that the area was pretty run down then.

Date:
18-Jan-2011

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Janet Dickenson

Comment:
It depends what you mean by 'run down'. All the men worked, there was no yobs gathered on corners. Drugs were unheard of. It was safe for children to play. There was pride in the surroundings and a sense of community. Fifty years on my mum still lives in the same area. There are regular police raids. Lots of houses have bars on windows and doors. The roads are choked with parked cars. How I wish it was still the old 'run down' area it was in the 1950's!!

Date:
03-Apr-2011

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Name:
Liz Smyth

Comment:
My Great Grandmother was christened in St Matthews Church in 1863. It must have been fairly new in those days. They lived in Meanwood Street at the time. Funny that I now work in that area and nothing is left of those previous times.

Date:
18-Oct-2011

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john henesy

Comment:
Janet By 'run down' I was referring to the infrastructure not the people. I started going to St Matthews Church Hall when I was 16. As Table Tennis is a winter sport, I used to be walking around that area late at night, in the dark. I was never once concerned for my safety. Never, ever, saw any trouble.

Date:
01-Dec-2011

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Janet Dickenson

Comment:
John, you are so right about feeling safe. Fast forward ten years and everything changed. I personally was attacked in a street on the right of this photograph. Changed my life too!!!

Date:
23-Dec-2011

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john henesy

Comment:
Janet, sorry to hear about your bad experience. Unfortunately, things change and not always for the better. I have lived in Berkshire for over 40 years. I recently returned to Leeds and if it hadn't been for my satnav I wouldn't have got to my destination! - and I lived there for 20 years.

Date:
17-Jan-2012

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ken bailey

Comment:
the pub to the right of st mathews was the alfred house. just behind what was meanwood street. at the bottom of meanwood street was the kings arms. the original one not the other one built later. to the left of the church looking at the photo the first street goin down from camp road to meanwood road was glover street were i was born.

Date:
15-Jul-2012

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Paul Middleton

Comment:
After studying this area it appals me to see how this area is now. All down to clearance of what were infact wonderfully solid houses. Now Meanwood Road is simply a place characterised by sheds and poor quality buildings. Makes you wonder. Problem is i guess that some people in the council would still love to do such slum clearance again!

Date:
04-Feb-2013

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Jack Banner (Jnr.)

Comment:
I spent the first eight years of my life just off Camp Road(where the 1st block of flats opposite and to the left of St.Matthews stands). At one side our address was 16,Victoria Place and at the other ,13 Villiers Terrace. I was christened by Rev.Hilary Lewis in 1949 at St.Matthews. I beleive he conducted the funeral services of my grandparents , Blanche Banner(nee Thornton)in1951 and Joseph "Sailor" Banner in 1954. Still have vivid and happy memories of the (later)much maligned Camp Road. Three families (all of us related)shared a huge Victorian house which was on four levels (cellars ,ground floor, bedrooms and attics). Brought a whole new meaning to "hide 'n' seek". Various of the doors and windows were decorated with stained and/or frosted glass. In addition there was a huge bathroom/toilet that also had a shower! Although a little "care worn" in places it seemed like a mansion to us. Slum clearance took us to the "white houses" of the Stonegate Estate in 1957. In truth,the move was a little unsettling until we discovered the Garden Of Eden that was Meanwood Park!(seemed like it to an eight year old.) I suddenly feel my age. Regards to any ex "Camp Roaders who read this".

Date:
27-Jun-2013

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Patricia Evans

Comment:
Rev Hilary Lewis Christened my three children

Date:
02-Jul-2013

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Name:
Jack Banner(Jnr) a.k.a. "Jackie"

Comment:
Correction :- Our "addresses" were actually 16 Villiers Terrace and 13,Victoria place.

Date:
02-Jul-2013

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Name:
Chris Rae

Comment:
Jack, I too lived in Villiers terrace, Number 11,we then moved to 20 Exmouth st it was at the top end and the back of the house was on Villiers terrace, we were there till they moved us to Seacroft in about 1956/57 so they could knock it down, all my memories were good, I started school at 4 at Lovell Road. My family were Anne and Ron Emerson and there were 4 kids Ronnie Brian Me Chris And John.we had a great time there and would not change a thing. so glad to have been born when I was, and it just seems like yesterday, moved to Australia in 1964 with my parents, G'day to any old little Londonites, it was great !!!

Date:
26-Aug-2013

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mick

Comment:
Ilived at 16 hawkin street witch is third Street on from flats fourth house up lived their from 1963>65

Date:
11-Dec-2013

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Christ Gallagher

Comment:
I lived in Oatland terrace.i was born 1951 and went two mean wood road school.ares was a large family fosters was are surname .times were good in them days bonfire street parties.one tele two a street all came two watch it.

Date:
18-May-2014

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Barbara Parsons

Comment:
My parents Hilda and Ulrich Mitchell were married at St Matthews 1926. Does anyone remember Jacobsons shop on the corner of Meanwood Road and Glover Street. I think it was opposite Racusens factory. They had a son and daughter Michael and Avril

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26-Jun-2015

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