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Boar Lane, looking east


Boar Lane, looking east
Description:
Undated View of Boar Lane, possibly in 1964, looking east towards Duncan Street. In the foreground on the left is part of Holy Trinity Church, then comes J. Jones, costumiers and furriers, Modelia Gowns and Saxone Shoes. Past the junction with Briggate and onto Duncan Street is Paragon Jewellers in a building which also includes Schweppes Table Waters, London & Manchester Assurance and Walker & Hall jewellers. Further along Duncan Street is Rawcliffes, tailors and clothiers. The Corn Exchange is visible in the background on the right.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
There are a few clues to the date. (1)-There are no trams, so it has got to be after 1959. (2)-There are no cars. So it must be early 1960's. (3)-Are the 'J. Jones' & 'Schweppes' signs still there today? If not, perhaps someone might know when either of them were removed. That would be a further clue. Does anyone remember the little crippled guy, who was always sat on the pavement outside Trinity Church on the left here. If I remember rightly, he sat on a very low little trolley and could only move by dragging himself about with the aid of two small wooden blocks, which he held, one in each hand. He would probably not be allowed to sit there today; some stupid piece of moronic legislation would deem him a 'health and safety hazard', no doubt..

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
There is an almost insignificant clue in this scene which could help with the timeline - those painted-arrows on the road. These were adopted with the advent of motorways and must have been introduced at a specific time in Leeds. I don't know when, but the highways dept should know.

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Name:
Sheila Jubb

Comment:
I remember the man who sat outside Trinity Church. The story at the time was that he was married and had quite a few children. He always seemed to be quite smartly dressed and had a neat and tidy appearance. Regarding the J.Jones shop, it did become a Richards Shops a chain of ladies fashion shops, and I remember shopping there in the 1970's.

Date:
24-Sep-2008

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Not an easy photograph to date, but it must be 1963 or later. In late 1963 I was very briefly engaged and the ring came from Paragon Jewellers.

Date:
18-May-2011

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madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
M Bullars

Comment:
I worked at J Jones as their Saturday girl before and whilst l was studying at college around 1964 to 1967. I am sure l recall seeing this man on his little trolley at that time. I moved to Doncaster in 1969 for a new job, but still visit Leeds regularly, and love it. My grandfather, a bookbinder had his shop on Briggate at the top, near the City Varieties on the left, just down a ginnel. I think it was Angel Buildings Yard. He took on work for the Grand Theatre and City Varieties and l believe was the last original craftsman on Briggate In the 50's.

Date:
04-May-2013

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Name:
Jacko

Comment:
In response to the chap with no legs. Try photo 8351 and read the comments if you've not done so already.

Date:
04-Aug-2015

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Name:
Mick Agar

Comment:
I think the comment by B.Hallam is an excellent pointer to the date of this picture. Following the work of the Warboys Committee in the early 1960's, the new-style traffic signs were prescribed in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) introduced on 1 January 1965. Obviously, conversion of existing signs was a gradual process. In this picture, the new style arrow road markings (which are traffic signs) have been laid, but the direction signs have not yet been changed. All the main routes through Leeds were altered when the Inner Ring Road was opened. So, the signs probably date this picture in the second half of the 1960's or possibly early 1970's.

Date:
24-Jun-2017

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Name:
Valerie Daniels

Comment:
Yes Graham I remember the disabled man - that must have been in the 1940s. As a child I was told not to stare. Also I remember there were public toilets at the back of J Jones but no idea when they were closed down.

Date:
24-Jun-2017

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Name:
Mick Agar

Comment:
Apologies for some inaccurate information in my earlier post: lane road markings with that style of arrow were introduced before the Warboys changes in 1965.

Date:
26-Jun-2017

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