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Station Road, shopping centre


Station Road, shopping centre
Description:
26th July 1979. View of shops on Station Road. On the right is Barclays Bank, then William Hill bookmakers, Midland Bank and Halifax Building Society. Further along is the entrance to the Arndale Shopping Centre, with a tall advertising tower outside.

User Comments:

Name:
Missy

Comment:
Blimey, I had forgotten about that lovely 70's logo, this really brings back memories! Who remembers those tower things that were inside the centre(for advertising and the public telephones I think) and if you were small enough you could get inside and hide... ah those were the days.

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MR A. P. SELLERS

Comment:
CAN ANYONE REMEMBER THOSE DIFFERENT SIZED FIFTY PENCE SHAPED PLANTERS, WITH THE PALM TREES IN. OR THE CAR PARKS WITH THE VERY LARGE BOLDERS IN THEM. AND I AM GOING BACK A LITTLE NOW, A SHOP WHERE WILCOS IS, AND BEFORE BOOTS THE CHEMIST, SOMTHING & BELL.

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Jeannie

Comment:
I had forgotten that awful sign with CG for Cross Gates on! I rememebr the seats and planters - the seats were covered in dobby fabric in orange and brown. The shop was Hamilton and Bell department store on two stories and I bought my first bra there.

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Name:
Tony Ward

Comment:
Yes i remember the arndale centre when it first opened i believe in 1968. It had them very trendy (then)light shades at the corner just outside Hamilton and bell which became boots and later wilkinsons and them strangely shaped seating areas with horrible fabric. We used to go play in there as kids from the near by council estate (orchard road). Cant believe it will be 40 years old next year. Send me an e mail with your memories and name etc to tony.ward12@fsmail.net.

Email:
tony.ward12@fsmail.net

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Name:
Paul Murphy

Comment:
I think I was one of the first people to work in the Arndale Centre. I worked for Hirst & Symmonds (Electrical retailers). We moved from an old shop on Station road to a new one as part of the new shopping centre. Everything was new and shiny. I left Hirst & Symmonds about a year later. They were there for many years but eventually (about 1990 I think) they couldn't compete with the national retailers and ceased trading.

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paul-murphy@talktalk.net

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Name:
s.cohen.

Comment:
The Arndale Centre was previously built upon an old coal pit-Manston Pit which mined coal and was transported by steam coal fired trains along tracks towards garforth and Leeds and Barnbow. It was filled in and Arndale Centre was built above the old pit.

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Name:
Paul Haggett

Comment:
I remember collecting the white small tiles and rarer black and brown tiles the builders dropped when they were doing the exterior. couldnt remember the date but 1968 (I was 10!) sounds right ... I went back to the "arndale centre" yesterday (mar 08) and the wimpey is still there! 'though the orange electric lights and dripey fountain has gone. I didn't go up ... it would ruin my childhood memories

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paul.haggett@zoo.co.uk

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Lesley Hirst

Comment:
What a blast from the past!!! It was a weekly event coming shopping here for me & my family in the 70's & yes, I now even remember the towers inside & the 50p shaped planters with the coloured gravel.In the middle there was an upstairs cafe/fast food place with open stairs & I was always scared I'd fall through them. Boots the Chemist was opposite & I remember a photographers where my parents got their stern looking black & white passport photos done. God it deosn't seem like 30+ years ago!

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lellric@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
Mandy (nee) Ware

Comment:
I remember the planters and the palms, I thought they were terribly posh and exotic! I have a vague memory/picture in my mind that Hamilton and Bells had a sweeping stair case, with silver side bars, going down to the lower floor that I also thought was awfully posh!

Date:
11-Nov-2008

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Name:
Barbara

Comment:
My mum and I used to look forward to a toasted tea cake at Hamilton and Bell's cafe down the sweeping staircase on a Saturday afternoon. Also remember Gerry Gee's where I used to buy my trendy 70's gear.I also recall there was a book shop next door to Gerry's shop. McColls for magazines and sweets and Thorntons for a quarter of 'Special Toffee'. The latter is still there. Shoes were bought at Stylo and fresh bread from Don Millar's Hot Bread Kitchen opposite Woolworths,sadly now history. Happy memories.

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Name:
Mike Horne

Comment:
Yes, I also remember when it was a goods yard and gasworks pre-1968. There was also a garden centre there too. I do remember the name Hirst & Symmonds Radio & TV. Where actually was the old shop located on Station Road ? Was it near Thrift Stores ? My late father was a radio & tv engineer in the 1950's/early 1960's with Marshall H.Haywood in Headingley, when we lived in Lulworth Crescent, Austhorpe. I can remember quite a bit of detail of Cross Gates, Whitkirk from that time.

Date:
31-Aug-2009

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mike@jhorne62.freeserve.co.uk

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Name:
julie

Comment:
I worked in Boots 1994 - 2001 & the beautiful staircase from the Hamilton & Bell days was still there but boarded up. Very sad when Boots reduced the size of the store. We used to shop there when I was a kid & you could get records, cookshop items, prams & stationery plus all manner of "chemist " lines.

Date:
19-Dec-2009

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Name:
martin kerry

Comment:
now theres a blast from the past tony ward,hows gez

Date:
14-Sep-2010

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stevkerry@googlemail.com

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Dawn Allen

Comment:
Oh wow, remember it all so clearly, going in with mum and sitting on those benches near the palm trees while she made a phone call under the stairs of the Wimpey Bar. Going up there and having a 'brown derby' and one of their lovely banana milk shakes the likes of which you don't taste any more as they have been replaced by thick shakes :(. I remember Hamilton and Bell and I thought it was posh also lol. Love memories of a more innocent time triggered by a photograph :)

Date:
19-Feb-2011

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Name:
Andy W.

Comment:
I remember the Wonderland toy store. It was the late 1970's when they had all the Star Wars stuff on display. Also the Wimpy bar upstairs. Stringers book store in the corner next to Boots and Beejams frozen food store on Station Road.

Date:
24-Feb-2011

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Name:
Val Davis (Née Wise)

Comment:
I had a Saturday job at Hamilton & Bells when it opened: 30/- a day and the girls and ladies had to wear dreadful gold crimplene suits! I did 3 weeks in the ladies underwear dept., then a few months on hats - had to brush them for ages to look busy! Unfortunately, Crossgates didn't appreciate the above-mentioned poshness of the store - the Satuday staff were soon reduced to half-days and the store didn't last very long. But I still have one of their white paper bags with the black hb logos somewhere amongst my treasures!

Date:
30-Jul-2011

Email:
val@kinverdavis.eclipse.co.uk

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Name:
Clifford Dawson

Comment:
We lived in Manston Avenue from 1963 -1969, and I bought my first hi-fi amplifier from Hirst and Symmonds in Station Road. I remember when I was connecting my system up, the funeral of Winston Churchill was on the RV. When was that?

Date:
22-Sep-2011

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Name:
Sheelagh Pickles

Comment:
I remember the Georgian Cafe with a large ceiling fan and a mock Georgian windows in the bow frontage. It was quite dark inside and smokey but I used to go in sometimes for a toasted teacake and a cuppa

Date:
22-Sep-2011

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Name:
Julie

Comment:
me and my mate Rosy were there on the opening day of the arndale when Jimmy Saville opened it, he was in a furniture store on the left of this entrance as you went in, laid on a top bunk bed, he greeted us. It was all so modern, loved Hamilton and Bell, bought a fab black dress there for a party, also remember gerry gees and really wanting a dress from there for my birthday, it was a union jack dress and cost £1. My mum gave me the money, but i dont remember buying the dress! lots of happy memories strolling around inside, the fountain and the wimpy bar.....

Date:
08-Jun-2012

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Name:
Phil Ghidinelli

Comment:
It takes me back seeing this. I had almost forgotten that CG sign. I can still remember legging it from school in the Arndale back in 77 - 78. I was in the Arndale a few months ago and was surprised how much it had changed. I wonder how many of the people who were around then are still around now. If anyone would like to get in touch feel free to drop me a line.

Date:
08-Nov-2012

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pg5722@gmail.com

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Name:
George Clark

Comment:
Mr A.P Sellers is asking about the shop in the Arndale before Boots .. It was Hamilton and Bell, we often had a meal in the café in the basement

Date:
29-Jun-2013

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Name:
Janet

Comment:
My Gran used to live in Marshall Terrace and I remember walking up the back lane and through the car park to The Arndale Centre. Does anyone remember Wilson's the butcher?

Date:
17-Jul-2013

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jcmb57@hotmail.com

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Name:
Luke

Comment:
Anyone remember The Plant lad whom use to walk round with his barrow door to door selling plants in the 1980s?

Date:
23-Jul-2013

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Name:
Elaine Hemingbrough (nee Walls)

Comment:
I remember going to the Arndale to draw the orange lights near the stairs which led up to the Wimpy Bar circa 1967. We were from Crossgates secondary modern girls school -( as it was then known as) doing O level art. I thought mine was pretty good - didn't get the O level though. ( sigh.....)

Date:
22-Nov-2013

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Name:
Joe Namath

Comment:
Hamilton Bells, Thurstons, Man for all seasons, Wonderland, Gerry Gee, Stringers, Boardmans, Mister Scott, Wimpy, Larkspeed, Safeway, Greenwoods etc. On Austhorpe Rd there was a menswear shop called Ralph Batty, and a Foster Menswear on the end.

Date:
09-Oct-2014

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