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Shakespeare Street nos. 36 - 54


Shakespeare Street nos. 36 - 54
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Undated, This image shows a row of through terraced houses on the left where a van reg: PWU 960 is parked outside number 42. At number 36 on the corner is the E.M. Farmery grocery selling cigarettes and provisions. A large poster over the door promotes Mansion polish.

User Comments:

Name:
Raymond Bapty

Comment:
I grew up at no.46 Shakespeare Street from 1934 until 1960 & this picture brings back lots of memories, the van belonged to Leonard Bryan a greengrocer and the corner shop owner was Mrs Kirk.

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Name:
Carol Buchan

Comment:
In the 1901 census my g.granfather's sister, Myra Rhodes is shown as being the rocer/shopkeeper at 36 Shakespear rd. She was a young widow of 29 with two young daughters,Mary and Alice.

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Name:
Barry Hallam

Comment:
It's strange how no-one seems to own shops these days - they all have funny names now. But for hundreds of years, shops were known by whoever owned them. Shopping was far more personal when this photo was taken. As kids we would 'nip' to Farmery's and Bryan's, Calvert's and Hardcastle's. And if we weren't on good behaviour, these people always seemed to know your Mam. Then you were 'for it'.

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Name:
V Scarth

Comment:
In the 1901 census, my 1st cousin, twice removed, James William Carncross, was living at no. 46 with his wife Matilda and children Emma and Arthur.

Date:
05-Oct-2008

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Name:
Joe Postill

Comment:
The van is parked outside a fruit and veg shop. I recollect, it would be about 1958, I would have been 12, when the owner of the shop 'Len'whose van it was started up the van by cranking a handle at the front! Off we went to Tadcaster where he introduced me to fishing with my wooden reel and hollow tanky rod, I caught my vey first fish, a Dace, and have been smitten with the sport ever since. My name is Joe Postill and I lived across the road at the Post Office.

Date:
04-Sep-2009

Email:
joe.postill@btconnect.com

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Name:
Edwin Stringer

Comment:
No 38 Shakespeare Street was the home of my nana,Mary Foster.Her cousin was Laura who was Leonard Bryan's wife and they had the greengrocer shop at 42.I remember the wooden racking around the shop with loose potatoes and some big scales for weighing them out,there might even have been a "dumb waiter" hand pulled by a rope to bring things up from the cellar,but that may have been the Co-op on Beckett Street. I think that Leonard tragically died in a car crash at the junction of Torre Road and York Road coming back from the wholesale market in his van.Farmery's sold 1d McGowans Highland toffee,fruit salads and black jacks at 4 for 1d and raw Liquorice Root,what a treat!

Date:
10-Oct-2009

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Name:
V Gouland

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Len Bryan was my father's cousin. We lived in Alma Street and we alway went to Len's for our veg on a Saturday morning, but I never remember getting anything at a discount even though we were related.Mum always used to play pop if we came home with any potatoes that were covered in dried mud. Money was tight and she couldn't afford to pay for anything that couldn't be eaten!

Date:
23-Feb-2011

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Name:
Alan R Moorhouse

Comment:
I am interested in the Farmery family and yesterday checked the electoral rolls at the Local History Library in Leeds for 36 Shakespeare Street, Burmantofts Ward: For many years no one is listed on the electoral roll for this address! 1939 Alfred and Ethel KIRK (no electoral rolls during the war) 1945-1947 Alfred and Ethel KIRK 1948 no one listed 1949+1950 Donald Martin and Brenda LEYDEN 1951-1960 no one listed 1965 no one listed Kelly’s Leeds Directory listed for 36 Shakespeare Street 1932 Frank LEAMING shopkeeper 1938 Mrs Florrie JAKEMAN shopkeeper The 1938 directory indicates that the side street between 36 and 34 Shakespeare Street was St Agnes Road. I did wonder if the shop entrance was 36 Shakespeare Street, with the residence entrance on St Agnes Road? There are very few houses on St Agnes Road and no one called FARMERY living there between 1950 and 1965. St Agnes Road is not listed at all in 1966. Shakespeare Street is not listed at all in 1967 and in 1866 only numbers 41, 28a, 104 and 116 are listed. For a number of years Leonard and Laura BRYAN are listed at 42 Shakespeare Street, Mary FOSTER at 38 Shakespeare Street, and Edwin and Doris M POSTILL (later with James R POSTILL) at 28 Museum Terrace. Museum Terrace was a side street off the odd numbered side of Shakespeare Street (I now have a photocopied street map from this period!) and the highest numbered house on that terrace so may have been at the Shakespeare Street end? The Leeds directories list Edwin POSTILL newsagent at 19A Shakespeare Street in 1953, (not 1955), 1957 and 1960, and Edwin POSTILL at 28 Museum Terrace in 1962. Are 19A Shakespeare Street and 28 Museum Terrace one and the same building? Was the shop (newsagent/post office?) on Shakespeare Street and the residence entrance on Museum Terrace? Despite an extensive FARMERY database I frustratingly cannot identify who E M FARMERY was! -Can anyone shed any light on any of this? -Why, except for a few years, was no one listed on the electoral roll for 36 Shakespeare Street? Did no one live above the shop? It would seem unusual for a shop owner to live elsewhere? -When was the shop first called E M FARMERY, and until when? Was it ever owned/run by someone called FARMERY? Was it still called by this even after someone else took it over? Any help/further information would be most gratefully received!

Date:
01-Mar-2015

Email:
farmery@one-name.org

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Name:
steve hall

Comment:
in 1920 my great great grandad herbert henry hall ,cycle maker, died and in the beckett street cemetery register his address was 38 shakespeare street .

Date:
09-Sep-2015

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Name:
Sheila Colllins

Comment:
I was born on Shakespeare Street in 1950. I don't know which house. Our family name was Clayton and my parents were Lily and Jim and I had a brother Jim and sister Irene. Would love yo know which house it was.

Date:
28-Oct-2015

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