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Aberford Almshouses, the Great North Road.

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Aberford Almshouses, the Great North Road.
30th May 1975. View of Aberford Almshouses located on the west side of the Great North Road. They were built between 1843 and 1845 as 2 storey dwellings for retired estate workers four men and four women, on the Gascoigne Estate. The last Estate workers to inhabit the almshouses vacated them in 1976. Nowadays, the listed buildings have now been converted to business use and are known as the 'Priory Park' development.

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Graham A. Schofield

I remember as kids, me and my mates cycling past this place and stopping to gaze in wonder at its ornate profile. We had never seen anything like it, and had no idea as to what it was. I think that the general consensus was that it was a monastery, or some other kind of religious building. To learn many years later that the whole structure had been built as 'alms houses' was somewhat of a revelation. A very generous and caring attitude must have prevailed at its conception.




Stephen Jones

Although I grew up in industrial South Leeds, I would pass this scene on most Friday afternoons in the early 1970s summers. My uncle would take me fishing at various places off the A1 north of Wetherby. In those days there was a slip road onto the northbound A1 just a few yards to the right of the camera. I recently joined the A1(M) motorway using the new on-slip near to this scene, and was delighted to see that the course of the old slip road could still be seen.


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