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Ash Grove, from Brudenell Road


Ash Grove, from Brudenell Road
Description:
c1970s. Early 1970s photograph of Ash Grove, seen from Brudenell Road. Terraced housing on the east side of the road can be seen.

User Comments:

Name:
Ruth Ling

Comment:
My family lived in Ash Grove from summer 1970 to summer 1976, and loved it there. Superficially, it hasn't changed at all since then, in that there has been no development either in Ash Grove or the area, but Ash Grove is now almost entirely inhabited by students rather than mostly families as it was when we lived there, and it has become very scruffy as a result -- though it has a lively vibe -- parties on the front lawns every Saturday afternoon through to Sunday!

Date:
11-Jul-2009

Email:
ruth.ling@gmail.com

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Name:
Michael Griffin

Comment:
I lived at 7 Ash Grove from age 9 months to 12 years (1955-1966) and always felt that it was a special place. It retained its gracious air whilst other areas went downhill. One of the houses seen is probably no 52 and a friend of my mother's lived here, a Mrs Poyer. She ran a bed and breakfast business and catered for all manner of suprisingly famous people. Many of them were actors doing the repertory work at theatres in Leeds. Nowadays it seems unthinkable that 'celebreties' would put up in a b&b like this but then it was common. The only name which I can remember was the Watling family (Dyllis and Jack and others) but there were many more. Mrs Poyer also provided accomadation for newcomers to Leeds Rugby League, very often Scotsmen or Welshmen changing 'codes'(league to union) and a long way from home, just settling in to West Yorkshire. Sometimes she would ask my mother to help out if she was full and so, from time to time,I had the excitement of Leeds' latest signing staying with us. I always got special treatment then when I went to Headingley to see Leeds RL play!!

Date:
15-Feb-2010

Email:
griffin_m_j@btinternet.com

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Name:
Ruth Ling

Comment:
Michael, your comment about Mrs Poyer's theatrical B&B is interesting, as when we lived there in the 70s, there were several theatrical boarding B&Bs towards the top of Ash Grove (the low odd numbers, towards Victoria Road). In fact, I am fairly sure one of them was at number 7. Even my sister and I turned our house into one, even though we were only 15 and 21. In 1973, our mother had died, and our father was working in India, so for three years we let three of the bedrooms in our house to people from Leeds Playhouse, which was then on the university campus, just the other side of the Moor. We had a couple of pretty well-known actors living there, including Tim Davies who starred in the BBC TV series Kilvert's Diary, along with a stage manager, assistant stage manager and props mistress. Coincidentally, these last three each had a white Morris Minor - the sight of these three white Morris Minors parked next to each other and facing the same way down Ash Grove was very amusing!

Date:
05-Jun-2010

Email:
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Name:
Robert J Hodgson

Comment:
My grandparents, Irene and Joseph Hanlon lived in the first floor flat at No 6, top left of the street, from about 1963 to 1974, shortly after my grandfather died. My grandmother used to go on coach trips with Hudsons coaches, from number 1 or 3. Also the Gilmour /Gilmore family lived at No 6 in the groundfloor flat. Anyone know any of the above?

Date:
15-Dec-2012

Email:
hodbob@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Richard Poyer

Comment:
Prompted by the fact that my daughter's boyfriend had been to Leeds Uni and had lived in Chestnut Avenue I decided to do some searches on Leeds. What a surprise to come across the leodis site and even more of a surprise to find a photo of Ash Grove and Michael Griffin's comment. This brought back all my memories of 13 years living at number 53 -not number 52 as Michael said. We moved there in 1955/6 from Clarkson View (opposite Quarry Mount School). As Michael says,my mother did have actors, musicians and rugby players (Drew Broach) for B&B, but her main job was to provide full time accommodation for Leeds University students - all meals except lunch. I did a lot of washing-up! Growing up amongst Medics, mining engineers, geographers and many other disciplines had a significant impact on my life. My bedroom was in the attic with freezing winters and boiling summers! Ash Grove was a lovely road and many visits were made to Michael's. As a pupil at Leeds Modern School I had a long journey on the no.1 bus and only one other boy at the school lived anywhere near us. An early member of Leeds Youth Orchestra, I was interested to see that the orchestra now has 100 players

Date:
31-Mar-2013

Email:
richard.poyer@virgin.net

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