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Swinnow, aerial view


Swinnow, aerial view
Description:
Undated. Aerial view of Swinnow showing the railway line running across along the top half of the photo, with Swinnow Lane leading down from it on the left and Swinnow Road from the right; these two cross in the middle with the tower blocks of Rycroft Towers, Rycroft Green, Rycroft Court and Rycroft Place just above. To the left of the junction are Swinoow Avenue, Swinnow Walk and Swinnow Drive, while to the right are Wellstone Avenue and Wellstone Drive. Below the junction are Harley Drive, Harley Rise, Harley Terrace and Harley View. Above the railway line at the top of the picture is the Fairfield Estate at Bramley. Probably taken in the early 1960s, before the building of Stanningley by-pass.

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Kevin Procter

Comment:
This is a view of Swinnow Estate.Probably 1964 as the Stanningley By Pass is not yet built. Swinnow Road runs from bottom left to Top Right.

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Stephen

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I think the estate in the background is the Fairfield estate in Bramley and the park is the far backround. The main roads to the front of the photograph are Swinnow Lane and Road. The Stanningley bypass is yet to be built.

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Bryan Gaunt

Comment:
I think the road that runs from bottom left to top right is Swinnow Road. The four tower blocks of flats are Rycroft Towers etc. The photo was probably taken around 1960 before the Stanningley Bypass was constructed.

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Matt Nicholas

Comment:
Swinnow Road?

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michael mcguinness

Comment:
it is interesting to see the old area before the bt-pass was built.if you look closly on swinnow road you can see tennents & shillings garage,(swinnow is the road going left to right on the photo goinr under the bridge just before stanningly road) behind the garage is R&L enterprises from where i retired in 1999.if you look to the right on swinnow road ovre the cross roads on the right you comme to HARLRY RISE were we moved to from victoria place in welling road,this was in 1961/2.

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K Procter

Comment:
This is Swinnow Estate prior to By Pass being built , circa 1965.

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Mike W

Comment:
I can see me old house from here

Date:
19-Nov-2009

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David Grubb

Comment:
I moved to Swinnow Lane in 1963 and lived next to Christ The Saviour Church (adjacent to Swinnow Lane/Swinnow Road junction. Throughout the sixties there were a lot of bad accidents on that crossroads. Our house was often a casualty post! Construction of the Rycrofts started just after we moved there. I remember watching the tower cranes from my bedroom window, working on the four blocks of flats. I think they started on Rycroft Towers (the one on its own) and then moved on in turn down the hill. Construction of Stanningley By-Pass started around 1967 I believe - I had just passed my test.

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01-Feb-2010

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Mike W

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We used to have the best bonfire around in Swinnow Gardens-on what we called the'Area'. Also,on the far left of the picture is the 'Blue Lagoon' where a lad drowned in approx 1969. We watched the police strip down to pants and jump in to find him. He was found later under his home made raft. He was called Vincent Galleon.

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01-Apr-2010

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Keith Pullan

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I lived in Swinnow Grove (centre of the picture) 1958-1974. Our house backed onto the Rycrofts, and I watched as the flats were built, followed by the Stanningley by-pass in the early 60's. Went to Swinnow CP school from '63 to '69, and remember very well the two railway bridges at the end of Swinnow Lane, and also the 'damp wool' smell as you went past the factories at the end. Used to play in the small jungle area behind the electric sub-station on the junction of Swinnow Lane/Road (centre of picture).

Date:
28-Apr-2010

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Katrina Rycroft

Comment:
could anyone please tell me how they got the name RYCROFT. Many thanks

Date:
18-Jul-2011

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katrina.rycroft@ntlworld.com

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Shirley Mcfarland

Comment:
Lovely memories looking at this photograph. Im Welsh, my mother and grandmother'Yorkshire lasses'.Used to visit my grandma in Rycroft Green about 3 times a year. I remember looking out of grandma's bedroom window, and seeing 'Turners'. I think it was the other side of a railway line, as I recall.a factory of some sort I think!!. Could somebody tell me what they produced?. I seem to recall it being the other side of a railway line.

Date:
30-Jul-2011

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Peter Haywood lived at 30 Harley Drive in the 1960s.

Date:
12-Nov-2011

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Don Smith

Comment:
I worked at Tennant&Shillings in 1966 as acoach painter, we did a lot of work for Timothy Whites and Taylor also Montgue Burton the taylor. The panel beater was working on Burton's Jaguar the damage was on the rear wing near the petrol cap and he was removing the petrol tank and there was some spillage on the floor another panel beater a short distance lit an acetylene torch the fumes from the petrol ignited and in no time the Jag and the panel beater were engulfed in flames, the man was running all over the shop with us in hot persute we caught him and rolled him in an asbestos blanket then got him off to the hospital, we closed all the doors in the shop and wated for the fire department to arrive and put out the fire which by this time had a hold on the shop. For a few weeks after the fire I had to go to the business of the firm's to finish paint and varnish the vans. The panel beater was very badly burnd on the arms and hands I don't know how he wen't on. Then I left and went 'down under' for a while

Date:
12-Nov-2011

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Foxy

Comment:
I worked at Turner Machinery until 1978/79 when they started closing down. They manufactured Tanning Machinery and some Plastic Injection Moulding machinery

Date:
25-Jan-2012

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MMD

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Could anyone please tell me what the piece of land in between the Wellstones was used for...?? Spent hours looking for info' but can't find a thing. Much appreciated.

Date:
25-Apr-2012

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Gareth Horn

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The land between the wellstones which isnow the childrens park was suppose to be councill houses but when they were building the estate they found the ground was unsuitable for building on because underneath is a stream running down to pudsey beck they used to be a well in this area too, my father told me this as he used to work for the councill in the 60s in pudsey building and repairing houses

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05-Aug-2014

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