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Woodsley Road, St. John's Avenue, Adventure Playground, Belle Vue Methodist Church

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Woodsley Road, St. John
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19th August 1969. View shows the site of back-to-back streets demolished as part of Leeds slum clearance programme. In the foreground a line of stone setts can just be made out, this was the site of Osbourne Street. At the time of this view, the land was being used as an adventure playground. In the centre a large group of children and adults construct temporary play apparatus from planks of wood and sheets of corrugated iron. Houses on St. John's Avenue can be seen in the background to the left with premises of Harp Mill Paint and Varnish Co. Ltd. in the centre at No. 65 Woodsley Road. On the right is the Belle Vue Methodist Church.

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Name:
Paul Emmett

Comment:
I remember that this stretch of land, between Hyde Park Road and Woodsley Road, was vacant for a long time, in the mid to late 1960s and probably into the 70s, before they started building new houses on it.

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pwemmett@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
David Ellis

Comment:
I am trying to get in touch with anyone who worked on, or played at, the adventure playgrounds that were set up in Leeds in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. I know there were playgrounds in Hyde Park, Seacroft and Chapeltown I am a postgraduate history student doing research on adventure playgrounds in the 70s and 80s.

Date:
11-Jan-2011

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davidinwrofy@gmail.com

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Name:
Owen coates

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Hi my dad Brian Coates was the leader at Seacroft.They used to call it the addy.

Date:
18-Jun-2011

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Name:
Phill Davison

Comment:
Hi Owen. I remember your dad running the addy in the 70's. We once went on a coach trip to Bridlington. There was sometimes a disco on in the little hut, and later in the 70's we got some arcade games in. I remember Space Invaders, and a few others most probably Galaxians. I remember the massive climbing thing at the back(I think the T.A built it) It was really high, pretty dangerous with pulley swings, ladders, all made of telegraph poles and big timbers. There were old slides from coal mine conveyor belts. It would never be allowed with Health & safety these days, but we loved it back then.

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15-May-2013

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