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Aerial view showing the sites of Saxton Gardens and Quarry Hill Flats before slum clearance

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Aerial view showing the sites of Saxton Gardens and Quarry Hill Flats before slum clearance
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c1936-1938. Aerial view showing the sites ear-marked for Saxton Gardens (bottom) and Quarry Hill Flats (top.) This is before slum clearance took place between 1936 and 1938. The site for Saxton Gardens was bordered on the north by Saxton Lane, on the south by Richmond Street, on the east by Church Road, Providence Street and Little Providence Street and on the west by Upper Cross Street and Flax Place. The scheme for the multi-storey flats was first approved by Leeds City Council in 1939 but building was abandoned when the Second World War broke out. The new, later scheme consisted of 7 blocks of flats with 448 dwellings containing one, two or three bedrooms, and covered an area of 10.5 acres. The first group of dwellings were completed and officially opened on 12th November 1957 by Alderman F.H. O'Donnell J.P. in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Alderman Joseph Hiley, J.P. In the bottom left-hand corner Smithies Garth Recreation Ground is visible.

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
The (circa 1936-38) dates given for this photograph cannot be correct, it must be earlier. The site here for QHF is clearly still to be demolished, yet building of the new flats commenced in 1936, and were officially opened in 1938. For anyone confused by the view, the compass arrow is hovering over the old Woodpecker junction.

Date:
09-Sep-2009

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Name:
Raymond Jones

Comment:
I think B Hallam is correct we moved in to Q H Flats in 1938 and the area we new as the Bank where Saxton Gardens are now had been cleared of all the slum dwellings only one or two buildings where left standing one of them was an old rag warehouse so this photo is a bit misleading. Regards Raymond Jones.

Date:
26-Mar-2011

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raynmavis@btinternet.co.uk

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Name:
bernie caine

Comment:
you can cleary see st patricks church just underneath the arrow.we moved into kitson house,it would be right at the point end of the outline.

Date:
04-Jul-2011

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
At least two generations of my ancestors families lived within the last two streets surrounded by the right hand pointed boarder of the QHF.Just where Bernie suggests he lived later, after these homes had gone. The families were the Stead's,Cheeseborough's & Swifts, who lived there around 1830 to 1860.

Date:
28-Mar-2013

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beanj@btinternet.com

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