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Seamer Street nos. 8 - 18

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Seamer Street nos. 8 - 18
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12th February 1964 View of red brick terraced properties in Seamer Street showing, from left to right, numbers 18 to 8. These houses have back yards and brick built outside toilet blocks. A young boy stands in the foreground of the photograph wearing a balaclava to keep out the cold.

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Mick Agar

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My maternal great grandmother moved to 14 Seamer Street some time after she was widowed in 1937. She still had several daughters living at home and her grand daughter, my mother, who moved out when she was married in April 1940. These houses were through terraces (the fronts being in Pickering Street.) A married aunt was a next-door neighbour, I don't know which side. I was born in 1944 and by the time I can remember, my great grandmother had moved to 2 Seamer Street and my paternal grandparents were living in no 14. It had no hot water and an outside lavatory. By the time I remember, the middens (in the same building as the outside lavatory, and where rubbish was dumped awaiting collection) were obsolete and galvanised iron dustbins - very heavy when full of ashes from the coal fires - were the norm. My maternal grandmother died in 1962 and my grandfather moved to live with one of my uncles in a modern council house in Farrar Lane, Cookridge.

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29-Nov-2008

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Armley Lass 47

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This photo brought tears to my eyes. My lovely house number 8 on the end. Lived there from 1956 to 1963. It would have been great if it was refurbished with inside bathroom and toilet and double glazed. Next door to us were the Dobsons, then my Uncle Walter and Auntie and cousins Pat and Ronnie, then Mrs Agar, then the Clifford/Lee family. The old toilets at the side of our house was where we kept our chumps from about August until November 5th. We always went chumping in the school hols. The outside toilets were so cold in Winter. We had to put a parrafin lamp under the water pipe to stop freezing up. Wont mention how cold it was when you went out in the snow to use it laugh.

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20-Oct-2012

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Armley Lass 47

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Message to Mick Agar. Hi there. I lived at number 8 as mentioned and I was there when your Grandma and Grandad Agar lived there at number 14. I remember the day your Grandad died. Mrs Agar came running to my Mum and Dad and told them he had collapsed and they ran around to number 14 but he had already passed away. My parents also did some decorating for your family as well. Small world isnt it. I concur with what you said about the houses- no inside anything apart from the one cold tap in the kitchen. We didnt have carpets as we couldnt afford them and when it was windy the rugs used to lift up off of the floor laugh. I used to have chilblains on top of my chilblains it was so cold for your feet. No wonder I now have fitted carpets and central heating. Never get chilblains ever nowadays.

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30-Oct-2012

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Mick Agar

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Hello Armley Lass 47 Sorry I've not replied sooner but I've only just seen this. Your memory must be of another family in the street. My Grandma died suddenly at 14 Seamer Street at Easter 1962 and as nobody had a phone in those days, I cycled round Leeds letting others in the family know. My Grandad - Richard Agar - went to live at Cookridge with his son Ernest and died there in 1967.

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15-Jun-2014

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Born in Armley

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This brought back so many memories for me. I believe Irene Fowler lived at the first house as shown. There was a wall opposite that separated the street from the grounds of the old mill. We used to play "hidi" or hide and seek as it is now known in the air raid bunkers in the grounds. Old Mrs Agar used to put fat on the wall outside her house to prevent us sitting on it. Her Grandson Dick was later my boss whilst working for WYP. The stories we used to tell about our Armley days. I remember The Adams family who lived at the end of the street. Lots of kids. Peter, Richard, Johnny, Martha, Janie to name but a few. My Mum was Mary Smithies, they too were a large family who lived at 2, Pickering Mount. I continued to visit family members until they moved from the area in the mid 1960's. I loved the area, lots of happy childhood memories. Especially attending The Clock School from 1955- 1957, watching the steam trains arriving at Armley Station, skating on the frozen canal in winter. Buying coal bricks from Gladys 's shop. Tripe from the butchers at the top of Seamer Street. Happy days!

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23-Jan-2016

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