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Fire station, Gipton Approach


Fire station, Gipton Approach
Description:
1964. View of the Leeds City Fire Brigade Eastern Station on Gipton Approach. This opened on 7th October 1937 and was regarded as one of the best in the North of England.

User Comments:

Name:
Janette Priestley

Comment:
Isn't it funny how over the years many buildings change, but on the other hand, some things stay exactly the same, I had some friends who lived in the fire station houses, and went to many open days, and tours of this fire station, it looks exactly the same to this day, dont change it !!!!!!!!

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Greg Oehm

Comment:
This image was something to see. I have never seen the whole building, but my mother recognised it straight away. She remembers it well - as a little girl she recalls walking through the main doors around 1943. My grandfather was a Leading Fireman with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War. Gipton was his home station. We have a photo of my grandfather, his crewmates and the Station Officer on their appliance taken around 1940. The photo we have is taken outside the two garage doors on the right hand side. It's nice to see that the building, even from the scrap we can see in our photo, was still the same in 1964 (the year I was born). This was the first image we looked at on the site - many thanks for a wonderful web-site. Greg Oehm. Robertson NSW Australia

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greg.oehm@optusnet.com.au

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Name:
michael mcguinness

Comment:
When I had my own drain company we had the contract to clean the drains, not only at this station but the whole of the Leeds area. I can remember doing the drains round the back when they were practicing.

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michael_1938@live.co.uk

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Name:
laura

Comment:
the fire statiion dosent look to have changed.. has i live near there now

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Name:
Malcolm Squires.

Comment:
In 1965 I did my 13 weeks basic training at Gipton which involved daily drills in the drill yard and classroom work in the buildings to the left of the main building (just out of view)which I believe were originally for police use. Each day commenced with a parade followed by 1 hour's squad drill. I believe the training school was known as Leeds Collective Training Centre and it trained recruits from several Local Authorities like Bradford Dewsbury ect. Two instructor names spring to mind, "Chalky" White and Harry Hosty who used to strike fear into the recruits. Looking back, it set me up for life and would do it all again. After passsing out was posted to Bramley, (Western)and two years later transfered to Norfolk where I completed my 30 service.

Date:
30-Nov-2010

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malcolmsquires05@btinternet.com

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Name:
Neil Ward

Comment:
I lived in one of the Fire Station houses from 1961-1966 rode my bike round the parade ground and learned to play snooker in the mess. Happy days!

Date:
14-Apr-2011

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Name:
Helen Wilson

Comment:
Harry Hosty was my Grandfather, my other Grandfather Ronnie Mackrill told me what a bristle he could be! Unfortunately Harry died in 1997 after a long battle with cancer. My Father Alan Mackrill who married my Mother Jane Mackrill (formerley known as Jane Hosty) recently retired from the Fire Service in Cumbria and he started in the Leeds Bradford area. Apparently Harry helped him "sharpen his pencil" lol. It's good to see the comments and read about people's different experiences. Helen :)

Date:
30-May-2011

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Patricia Smith

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My late Father, Arthur Moss, was a fireman at Gipton late 1940s/early 1950s after completing his training at Park Street. As a young girl I remember waving him off to work on his bicycle wearing his uniform which included a peaked cap.

Date:
11-Oct-2011

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Name:
s.cohen.

Comment:
Sept 2011-Proposal:The construction of a new fire station to replace Gipton.Gipton is classed as a very high risk area,the new firestation would be in Killingbeck with two fire appliances and lower running costs.

Date:
11-Oct-2011

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Name:
Brian Hields

Comment:
After the war in 1946 the Hields family moved from Leeds City Fire station to live in the Fernvilles only to return again to live at another station in 1949, No 12 Gipton Fire Station. My father, Harry Hields was the transport engineer looking after Leeds Fire engine maintenance at Gipton workshops until his retirement. Our neighbours at Gipton included the French, Brindley, Mallinson families. As children of fireman, we all played together around the station grounds, inside some old huts and occassionally inside the main station where for staff recreation table tennis, billiards and darts were provided, we also slid sliding down the poles when no one was looking. We knew most of the firemen shown in the photograph taken outside the Fire Station in Park Street in the City Centre, (Leodis image ID: 2012514_173532) because all fire engines regularly came to Gipton for repair, however I regret at my age I cannot recall many names. In the fifties we moved away again to another house in the Fernvilles but I always kept in touch with Fire station news and gossip passed on to me by my father who still worked at Gipton even though maintenance duties had been passed over to Berkenshaw station, he eventually retired in 1975 and died in 1981. One memorable event was the time I went up on a turntable ladder which was extended to full height, controlled of course by my father who had serviced it, a very scary moment to remember, swaying around above the Gipton station, proving to me how brave firemen really are, those were the finest days of Leeds City Fire Brigade..

Date:
21-May-2012

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Name:
Keith Rhind

Comment:
That 60 foot tower still gives me the shivers. Harry Clayton and I performed a hook ladder demonstration to the top and then were obliged to do the traditional arms free move Secured only by hook and belt Phew

Date:
21-Sep-2012

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Name:
Ketth Rhind

Comment:
Further to my comment I was there at the same time as Albert Ward, 'Joe' Moss, Harry Heilds Station Officer was Cyril Pearson Sub Office 'Pop Wilson Chief Officer Dick French lived in nearby fire brigade houses also ADO Shipman

Date:
21-Sep-2012

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Name:
Allan (Mel) Grice

Comment:
Gipton was a collective training centre for the City/County Borough brigades which existed before the 1974 local government reorganisations.As a recruit with Wakefield City FB my basic training was there and although it is 48 years back my memories of Gipton are very clear.ADO Hosty was the Commandant as was the military sounding title of his position,which was normal then given that only a few years earlier conscription had ended. Like yesterday I recall that first morning in April 1967 standing to attention with about 30 other recruits from across Yorkshire,most of them callow youths. "You play ball with us and we will play ball with you" were in his opening words-what a character to better ensure you appreciated at the outset that the fire service was a potentially very hazardous job and that its tough discipline was essential to public and crew safety.Also vivid are Sub Officer Gledhill,Sub Officer "Chalky" White and Leading Fireman Wigglesworth or Wrigglesworth. These were serving Leeds City Fire Brigade men and I was so proud to be amongst them.Before becoming a recruit I was an apprentice at Alf Cookes printers in Hunslet.Every night school class I attended at Leeds College of Technology saw me deliberately passing the old Park Street headquarters of the brigade. I recall being fascinated by the gleaming red appliances standing with their cab doors ajar ready to help in the rapid turnouts to calls which have always been a hallmark of wholetime stations. It had been a huge fire in The Calls in a wool warehouse in the mid 1960s which I had to go and watch before catching my last bus home to Ferrybridge,which cemented my resolve to leave printing and become a Fireman.After several years at Wakefield and later with the old West Riding FS,I joined the London Fire Brigade where I served almost 20 years before transferring to Devon Fire and Rescue where I completed my 30 years. Leeds City Fire Brigade was a proud organisation with the practical experience which comes from serving in a big metropolitan city with all of its many trades and its big population.I would do it all again tomorrow and this site is a first class record of those well remembered days spent amongst some fine characters.

Date:
18-Nov-2015

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Name:
Anthony Bryant

Comment:
Harry Hosty was my grandfather too! He passed away in 1997 when I was 25 and for those of you who knew him you can imagine what a void that left in our family. I know he would be very proud to be spoken of so respectfully by you. He was a great man and I would truly give anything for my two young sons to have been able to meet him. It's been a great pleasure to read your comments! By the way...I know first hand what an old war horse he could be so don't feel deterred to comment from your heart!!

Date:
19-Jun-2016

Email:
tony@bryantenglish.com

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