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Arndale Centre


Arndale Centre
Description:
June 1967 View shows the recently opened Arndale Centre, a covered parade of shops situated off Otley Road between Alma Road and Wood Lane. When the centre originally opened it contained, amongst other businesses, a Post Office and a branch of Lloyds Bank.

User Comments:

Name:
ken Wharton

Comment:
At the top of the picture, the road which runs to the right was the scene of the last appalling deed of Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper". A young Leeds University student, Jaqueline Hill was murdered by that maniac. I recall so vividly - living only a mile or so away from the murder - the orange Police incident tape which fenced off the investigation scene. Some 6 months later, filthy, torn and fluttering in the wind, a small piece of the surviving tape, tied to a metal rod stood as though in silent tribute of that poor girl and the others so cruelly murdered. Not a place of happy memories.

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Name:
LMetcalfe

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Yes - the previous is comment in quite correct. I remember the Arndale Centre being built. Amongst the shops mentioned, it also contained two supermarkets,(Carlines and Safeways (one of them was called Hillards at one time), there was a Woolworths which had a small coffee bar,a wool shop called Dorotheas, a driving school, Cowleys fruit and veg shop, a very good newsagent, tv rental shop (in whose window I watched the 1966 world cup final), Sylvios (this cake shop had a cafe upstairs which opened in an evening and was in Austrian style), and other shops. There was also a revue bar called Cygani`s (not sure how it was spelt), but part of the sign can be seen on the left of this picture - this bar was above the shops, and of course there was the Headingley Bowling Alley at which every self respecting teenager in the 1960's in the Leeds 6, 16 and 7 areas must have hung out at I can only just remember the area before the Arndale Centre was built - I can just remember a narrow path with a high stone wall. I would love Leodis to find some photos of that.

Date:
17-Sep-2009

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Name:
Leodis

Comment:
The victim was murdered in November 1980.

Date:
18-Sep-2009

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
The Cygani ( I am not too sure of the spelling either ) had three seperate bars, on the ground floor was a tap room style bar, then a mezzanine bar between the ground floor bar and the caberet bar. My ex-wife worked in the mezzanine bar for a short time in the 1970s.

Date:
25-Mar-2010

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Name:
Pat Burns

Comment:
I remember the Cygani well, it was run by a hungarian man who also had a coffee bar at Hydepark. my parents were from Hungary and got friends with the owner, we used to go there for lunch sometimes in the 1960s when I was at school nearby. As for Sylvios we used to go there on a saturday and I also got my wedding cake made there in 1970

Date:
25-Mar-2010

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Name:
Les Billingham

Comment:
I had the late evening part of my batchelor-night-out in the upstairs 'night club' on a Thursday in December 1966. We started in the Original Oak and then the Skyrack and at pub closing-time we 'wandered' along to the Cygani. I remember going in there but don't remember leaving - I was told later that I got up on the stage and sang an Elvis song! My mates made sure I got home safely and that I was in good fettle for my Saturday afternoon wedding time. I also played in a Monday night league at the Bowling Alley around that time and we used to finish-off with Col. Sanders chicken & chips-in-a-box from the shop below.

Date:
17-May-2010

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ann-les-taz2@tiscali.co.uk

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
It was The Cigane - Hungarian for gypsy. When this photo was taken my ex-husband worked round the corner in Alma Road at Alma House for John Rawson and Co, electrical contractors.

Date:
20-Apr-2011

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madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Robert B. Morris

Comment:
I remember going into this building (Mid to late 60s) to see a cabaret strip show, also was asked to leave on another occasion by several large bouncers one evening for stacking beer glasses (one broke). We went quietly. Also remember seeing Leeds band "the Amazing Friendly Apple" here as well.

Date:
12-Mar-2012

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rbmorris_47@yahoo.com

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Name:
Mel

Comment:
As a very young child in the 60's, I would go with my Mum and collect my Grandma in the car. We dropped her opposite the Arndale Centre. The small amount of traffic on Headingley Lane must have been a sheer joy compared with today. Obviously she had no trouble crossing the several lanes! Just occasionally as a family we went to the Bowling Alley - a real treat! However, I think that treat was almost surpassed by my first ever taste of KFC, which was also on the parade of shops. Those were the days!

Date:
08-Apr-2012

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Name:
Chris Ingall

Comment:
The Hungarian owner referred to was Albert Nemeth who sadly passed away a couple of years ago. He also had the Alpha Grill at Hyde Park, nearby the Pack Horse pub, and later the Paprika opposite the University steps which was then run by his son Thomas.

Date:
30-Aug-2015

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Name:
Sheila Fairclough

Comment:
There was also an excellent bookshop in the Randall Centre when I was at college (1967-1970).It might have been a branch of Austicks

Date:
16-Sep-2016

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Name:
Paul R

Comment:
I grew up near here as My Mum had an off-licence on St Anne's Road. The 1970's shops were Cottage Boutique (womens clothes) Lloyds Bank and Post Office (still there) Also Silvio's (with the small Austrian cafe and a large alpine mural if I remember??) There was a Woolworths, Hillards, safeway, Rumbelows (electrical) and a KFC (still there!) The Bookshop (on two floors) was an Austicks. the childrens section was upstairs. Also a newsagent next to the then safeways, I remember Cowleys! There was also a Radio rentals (later a Granada tv shop) Great memories. I remember the large planted areas, they have gone now, and I think its due to have another makeover. The offices on the top of the Arndale Centre are nowe being made into a Premier Inn.

Date:
15-Feb-2017

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Name:
Roger Hainsworth

Comment:
The bookshop was i think called Walkers bookshop and was an independent. A friend of mine worked there.

Date:
29-Mar-2017

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Name:
Paula Rockett

Comment:
Another couple of places on the Ardnave My Cleaners...a dry cleaning shop and Tip Top a sort of mini Super drug. I do remember the Cottage boutique at the end of the Ardnave. Also the misspent youth at the bowling alley.?

Date:
19-Aug-2017

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
We went to the 'Review Bar' here in around 1966/67. If my memory isn't playing tricks, I seem to recall that the establishment bore the name, 'Cigány' - - - a title, as which Chris. Went points out, is a Hungarian word meaning, 'Gypsy'. The cabaret had somewhat of a risqué reputation for its day, and was subject to police-raids from time to time. Sure enough! On the first night that we were there, along with a packed audience, all enjoying good entertainment, who burst in un-announced, but the police. - - - It was a raid!!! They even got a derogatory cheer. Of course, the show was stopped, and the police attempted, seemingly half-heartedly, to take the names and addresses of all who were there. We, along with most people, gave honest information, knowing full well that nothing would come of it. After all, what had we, or anyone else for that matter, done wrong? - - - Well, we were all accessories to entertainment that was considered, by a few blinkered, stick-in-the-mud, fuddy-duddy dinosaurs who were still clinging on to their outmoded, 'so called' moralities within the corridors of power, to be 'sinful' and 'corrupting'? Were we really being corrupted by lewd entertainment? - - - I think not! In any case, they were fighting a losing battle. - - - Sexual Liberation was burgeoning.

Date:
03-Mar-2018

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Robert Holman

Comment:
I recall this and the tennis courts which were there before it was built, I have lived in Headingley since my marriage and purchase of our home in 1951 aged 26 yrs

Date:
12-Jan-2020

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