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Aerial View of Woodhouse Moor


Aerial View of Woodhouse Moor
Description:
1952. Aerial view of Woodhouse Moor, an area of common land acquired by Leeds Corporation for the sum of £3,000 in 1855. Woodhouse Ridge was purchased in 1877. Coming in from the top left edge is Hyde Park Road where it meets Hyde Park Corner and the junction with Woodhouse Lane. Woodhouse Lane runs across to the right edge. On Woodhouse Lane, Woodhouse feast is in view. Snaking down the right edge is Clarendon Road which used to be Reservoir Street due to the reservoir belonging to Leeds Corporation Waterworks which still runs alongside it. (The reservoir was built in 1837 and was bought by the Corporation in 1852, and after several tragedies it was covered, and simultaneously enlarged, in 1865. In 1990 it was reduced in size, with the end near the junction with Woodhouse Lane, immediately behind the library, being sold for development - information supplied by Merrick). Paths radiate from the circular centre of the moor and the bowling greens and tennis courts can be seen. At the end of the path running to the right edge the memorial to Queen Victoria is visible. Moorland Road cuts across towards the bottom joining Clarendon Road. Leeds Grammar School is at the bottom edge. The photograph is thought to have been taken around Easter Time when the fair is in situ on the moor.

User Comments:

Name:
Sally Neish

Comment:
I lived in Lyddon Terrace, just visible as rooftops in the bottom right corner, from 1946 to 1965 and Woodhouse Moor was my playground. I remember getting into the fenced off reservoir area and then being too small to climb the wall and fence to get out again. I had to be rescued by a passing University student! I'm intrigued by the chequerboard pattern on the grass in places and can only assume it's the remnants of the allotments that were used there throughout the Second World War.

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Sally Neish

Comment:
I lived in Lyddon Terrace, just visible as rooftops in the bottom right corner, from 1946 to 1965 and Woodhouse Moor was my playground. I remember getting into the fenced off reservoir area and then being too small to climb the wall and fence to get out again. I had to be rescued by a passing University student! I'm intrigued by the chequerboard pattern on the grass in places and can only assume it's the remnants of the allotments that were used there throughout the Second World War.

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Jean Martin

Comment:
I lived in Warwick Place Leeds 2 from 1937 until 1962 when a storm damaged our house. we moved to the outskirts of Leeds on Wellington Hill. During the years spent in the Leeds 2 area, I often walked through Woodhouse Moor. in the comments there is no mention of the Duke of Wellington's statue which is on the entrance area near the college. I seem to remember some greenhouses full of plants in the edge near Woodhouse Lane.and a children's play area with swings etc.,

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Name:
Joan Hirst

Comment:
My gramdparents and several of my mother's family were buried in Woodhouse cemetery. Does amyone know what happened to the gravestones and were the graves interred elsewhere when the univerity cleared the area for building?

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joanhirst@tiscali.co.uk

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Name:
David Lucas

Comment:
My great grandad John Wood was the water inspector for Leeds and lived at meanwood reservior in a small house near to the Queen Victoria memorial with his family,which included my grandma who is 101 years old this year.

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Name:
Trevor Robshaw(McClenaghan)

Comment:
I don't know if Jean Martin remembers me,I used to go to St Georges school with her brother, Michael. The childrens play area was to the left of the centre circle, at the 7o'clock position. The other cicle, above right from there has a band stand showing. I can remember open air dances there, though I was too young to attend, the rest of the time,we used it for roller skating.

Date:
30-May-2009

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trobshaw88@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
patricia gilfeather (nee mort)

Comment:
in acknowleadgment to joans enquiry,ive was searching for my grandads burial site in woodhouse cemetary and the university holds all the sites information,as far as im aware no remains where removed from the site and all some of the headstones where laid down to form the pathways ,most are still readable. If you would like to get intouch with the cemetarys department this is there email special-collections@library.leeds.ac.uk

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03-Nov-2009

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Name:
Mrs Jill Scholey

Comment:
My sister Denise & I went to Quarry Mount school&would walk across the Moor. My maiden name was Gillian Crump. Does anyone remember us?

Date:
11-Nov-2011

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Name:
Ann Wray

Comment:
Hello the former Gilliam Crump. I remember you from Quarry Mount School and came to a birthday party at your house. I left Quarry Mount in 1956 and would love to hear from you. I had red hair and would love to hear from you.

Date:
22-Mar-2015

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anirainbow61@gmail.com

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Edward Emmerson

Comment:
My Uncle Richard Lockwood was one of the gardeners on Woodhouse Moor,the flowers in the greenhouses were wonderfull.

Date:
30-Nov-2015

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Pamela

Comment:
Hello Ann Wray. Did your Mother work at Holmfield during the '50's? We adored the Mrs Wray who did work there, she was so kind.

Date:
01-Feb-2016

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ashley ward

Comment:
may I ask what was the Holborn estate in this era as I have ghosts in my house ?

Date:
05-Jun-2016

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warda101@live.co.uk

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Leodis Admin

Comment:
Hi Ashley We've had a look at some maps and it seems the Holborn Estate was mainly back-to-back terraced housing in the earlier 20th-century. There was also a Church and graveyard at the bottom edge toward St. Mark's Avenue. You can see a map from c.1910 here: http://ow.ly/8Nxr300ZPnc. Hope that helps.

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07-Jun-2016

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