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Can You Help?, group of local children


Can You Help?, group of local children
Description:
1969 This group of girls and boys, with their bicycles, are posing for the camera with attitude. They are believed to have just returned from Kirkstall swimming baths on Kirkstall Road, which was close by. We originally believed the location to be Wolseley Road in Burley but there is now some doubt about this. We would be happy to hear from anyone with any other suggestions.

User Comments:

Name:
Trisha

Comment:
I loved Kirkstall Baths. They finally closed down after the coal strike in the 1970's. There was also a lauderette in there and after swimming lessons the instructor (love man whose name escapes me) used to put our wet clothes in the driers whilst we got dressed. I can remember the changing rooms down each side with a balcony above the boys side where parents could watch.

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Name:
JOYCE LEE

Comment:
IS THIS THE ONLY REFERENCE TO THE SWIMMING BATHS, AND WASH-HOUSE? SURLEY NOT! I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A PHOTO WITH NO LUCK. THIS BUILDING WAS SUCH A VITAL PART OF OUR LIVES. OUR POOR MOTHERS USED TO TRUNDLE PRAM LOADS OF WASHING,ONCE A WEEK, TO THE WASH HOUSE. THERE THEY WOULD STAY UNTIL EVERYTHING WAS WASHED DRIED ,AND IRONED ,WE WOULD GO TO MEET HER TO HELP PUSH THE LAUNDRY HOME,THESE WERE HARD TIMES FOR WOMEN. THE SWIMMING BATHS WERE OUR CHANCE TO GET OUT OF THE STREETS AND WERE REGULARLY USED.THE SLIPPER BATHS WERE A ONCE A WEEK TREAT WHEREBY YOU COULD HAVE THE LUXURY OF A HOT BATH IN PRIVACY INSTEAD OF THE TIN BATH IN FRONT OF THE FIRE !. MIND YOU THE ATTENDENTS WERE ALWAYS DRAGON LIKE WOMEN , WHOS JOB IT WAS TO TURN THE TAPS FOR YOU, AS THEY HAD THE TOP OF THE TAP IN THERE POSESSION. WE ALWAYS USED TO BUY TWO PENNYWORTH OF SALT BISCUITS ON LEAVING.

Date:
24-Feb-2010

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Name:
Elsa Jaquier & Jean-Baptiste Roumens.

Comment:
We are looking for people pictured by Swiss photographer Eric Jaquier in Leeds in 1968-1969 to make a TV documentary about them. If you recognize some people or places in Eric Jaquier's galeries, thanks to contact us. http://www.leeds1969.com/photos.html http://www.ericjaquier.ch/strangely_familiar/strangely_familiar.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/content/image_galleries/gallery_eric_jaquier_gallery.shtm

Date:
19-Jun-2010

Email:
contact@leeds1969.com

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Name:
Susan Hill (nee Field)

Comment:
These were all my class mates; left to right Karen Proctor, David Naylor, Linda Pickard, Beverley Marsden, not sure of girl behind, Paul Allen, and Denise Winn. This would have been our last year at Burley St Matthias School before going onto high school.

Date:
10-Aug-2010

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Name:
glyn andrews

Comment:
the girl on left with dark hair is ann wise aged ten.the girl with blond hair sat on the back of the bike is patsy darby.

Date:
05-Sep-2012

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Name:
Brenda Scott nee Johnson

Comment:
Note for Joyce: like you, Joyce, I was looking/hoping for some reference to the baths and wash house elsewhere on Leodis but there isn't anything apart from a couple of indoor shots of the swimming pool in a derelict state...and I think we've both posted a comment on one of those. The wash house was a vital part of the weekly lives of the women of Burley - back in those days nobody had a washing machine, at least not in the Kirkstall Road area! Until launderettes opened ( wasn't the nearest one on a corner of Sparrow Park near the Haddon Hall? )our mothers and grandmothers would trudge to the wash house with all the family's clothing, bedding, towels, tablecloths, hankies, socks.....all wrapped up and tied in a sheet or a bedcover...and pushed in a pram...and spend most of their day at the wash-house, once a week. I used to love going there with my Granny when I wasn't at school, and I like to think I was more help than hindrance but that seems unlikely! A great shame there's no photograph of the outside of the building, or indeed anything of the inside of the wash house itself. I can remember the smell - a combination of soapy steamy cleanliness, bleach and starch and the chlorine from the swimming pool, all in a lovely heady blend! I think washday for Gran was Wednesday and that's why we had fish and chips from Buntings for dinner that day, because she was also the one who made the dinner for my Mum, her sister and her sister's husband who all worked at Pilgrim's Mill, where there wasn't a canteen. That was 'retirement' for my Granny and she seemed to thrive on it!

Date:
13-Jan-2013

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Name:
Mark ellis

Comment:
This is not wolseley. Road it can't be if the rising sun pup is at the bottem

Date:
26-Jun-2016

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Name:
Linda Simpson nee Worsnop

Comment:
In reply to Mark Ellis I lived on Wolseley road and The Rising Sun was definately at the end of it. Susan Field I remember you as I too went to school with the kids in the photo. Happy memories.

Date:
12-Sep-2016

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Name:
Paul marper

Comment:
This definitely is not wolseley road

Date:
05-Oct-2017

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