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Tab Street to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Chapel


Tab Street to St. Mary
Description:
c1930s. View along Tab Street to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Chapel which had seating for a congregation of 1450. The chapel is approached via a flight of steep steps at the end of Tab Street, on Church Street. Church Street runs from left to right in front of the steps. To the right of the chapel St. Mary's Convent and College can be seen. The photograph is taken from near the junction with Copper Street (off camera, left). Brass Street is the next junction on the left, where the door and 3 steps are visible on the corner. Behind the properties on the right is Musgrave's Fold. All these streets were included in the slum clearance programme of the 1930s. They were designated part of the 'Marsh Lane Unhealthy area'. In the 1950s the locality became the site of Saxton Gardens, a series of residential tower blocks.

User Comments:

Name:
Sarah R

Comment:
On 12th February 1854 my great great great grandparents, William Monaghan and Margaret Muldowney, were married in St. Marys chapel. Both were Irish immigrants. At the time Margaret lived in Richmond Court and William on Kirkgate.

Date:
03-Sep-2009

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Name:
frances kirlew-wicks

Comment:
My mother was raised on tab street by her grandmother, sarah holdsworth. My mother`s parents lived at 7 holdsworth fold - just a street or so away - john william and margaret mchugh. My mother told us about the coalman who lived on tab street and apparently if you bought coal you could borrow the wheel barrow to take it home in - provided you took it straight back - which my mother never did - she would give kids a ride down tab street in it for a penny, a sweet, or whatever they could give. Needless to say many kids fell out during the bumpy ride and she would get into trouble... Looking at this photo i can just picture it - there`s the coalman and the barrow just like she said. I love this photo.

Date:
27-Sep-2009

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Name:
Tim Driscoll

Comment:
To describe Mount Saint Mary's as a Chapel is a bit of an understatement, it was a massive Church which dwarfs St Annes Cathederal by comparrison. The road which ran from lef to right at the bottom of the steps was Church Rd, not Church St as mentioned.

Date:
26-Jan-2010

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tim.driscoll@btopenworld.com

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Name:
Christine Whiteley

Comment:
Tim, Chapel was used in reference to the Roman Catholic place of worship whilst was the name used to refer to the CofE. It had nothing to do with size. Much later this changed and chapel was used in reference to free church places of worship. i.e Methodist,Baptist Bretheren

Date:
26-Jan-2010

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Name:
Lorraine F

Comment:
My mother lived with her family as a small child in the house half way down on the corner with the steps leading to the front door, she say's that her mother often used to sit outside the house and that it could even be them in this photo. In a house opposite lived her aunt Mary and on the same side there was a food shop where a lady called Mary Scott baked all her own cakes and pies etc. to sell the next day. I am also descended from William Monaghan and Margaret Muldowney as is Sarah who has also commented on this photo. If we have not already been in touch please feel free to email me.

Date:
11-Feb-2010

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LorraineFurlong@aol.com

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Name:
Tim Driscoll

Comment:
Thanks Christine, we live and learn don't we!

Date:
12-Feb-2010

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Name:
Jack Leeming

Comment:
My grandparents Samuel and Bridget Leeming lived at number 14 in 1907 and lost a child there, Kathleen, who died of Bronchitis. It is not difficult to see why their poor lives were so blighted by ill-health in conditions such as these. Having said that they moved here from Bow St which appears to have been far worse. My father, John Leeming, had the reputation of being the foolish enough at 13 to ride a bicycle down the steps of Mount St Mary's for a 2 shilling bet. He rode down the first set, bounced once on the second set and hit the lamp post and railings at the bottom. He was lucky to have survived.

Date:
06-Jun-2010

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Name:
Michael McDonnell

Comment:
I have now lived in Australia for over 50 years but my parents lived in Richmond Street and Cookson Street on 'The Bank'for after they married in 1918 until 1935. My brother and three sisters and myself were all baptised in Mount St Mary's Church and my sister Elise can vividly recall having to walk up Tab Street to go to the convent school. It is a great tragedy that this magnificent Church has been left to go to rack and ruin Mike McDonnell Adelaide Australia.

Date:
23-Aug-2010

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Name:
sue hansard (nee Holdsworth)

Comment:
Just starting to research my family. My maternal Great great grandad lived with his growing family on Tab St, at 47, near a grocers and coal mercgants (1861) and 14 tab st by 1871 as their family grew. When I went to Mount St Mary's school in the 1970's , I had no idea of the family connections as I walked up Richmond hill and went to mass in the huge church.

Date:
22-Jan-2011

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Name:
Barbara

Comment:
My greatgrandmother Maria Amos had a relationship with a Henry Potts who lived in Tab Street. They had two sons Henry Potts Amos and Charles Amos.Circa 1874

Date:
26-Feb-2011

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Name:
frances wicks/kirlew

Comment:
SUE HANSARD - NEE HOLDSWORTH - we could be related - see my first post. Please email me if you think so...?

Date:
09-May-2011

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fwicks1@btinternet.com

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Name:
sue manuel (married name redman)

Comment:
hi anyone who went to mount st marys in the early 70's please look me up on facebook ..have fond memories of this school ...sister immaculator..sister joseph....mrs laverne....mr steern...to name a few...think I know a susan holdsworth on here..name sounds familiar..would be great to share stories or any old pics...

Date:
18-Jan-2012

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Name:
Neil

Comment:
Lance Freer and his wife Mary (nee Hingerton) lived at 41 Tab Street in the late 20's early 30's. Lance emigrated to America in 1928, then seems to have returned to the UK in 1932, and then gone back to America, both times his wife remained in the UK. They had a son called William (Bill). If anyone remembers the family I would appreciate an email. Thanks Neil

Date:
25-Aug-2012

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Name:
janice kenny

Comment:
I am doing some research on my husbands family who were Irish, they lived in wrigglesworth street which is behind tab st on the left. I am trying to find out if they were immigrants and if they were catholics. thomas kenny and ellen kelly.

Date:
23-Oct-2012

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Name:
elaine

Comment:
My dad was brought up on the bank his father was called Jack (John) Gale and his mum was Ne: Rosie McBride.

Date:
01-Jan-2013

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Name:
Tracy Armstrong

Comment:
My father was born in Musgrave fold referred to has being behind the houses on the left. He was born in 1928 to Benny and Jinnie Wilson my grandparents. Hawker's by trade. They seemed to have moved from one condemned area to another through out Leeds don't know if this was just bad luck or more than likely to do with cheaper rents.

Date:
13-Aug-2013

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Name:
sharon bartley

Comment:
In response to Neil's email: I have more information regarding Uncle Lance (my great-uncle) and his wife, Mary, who was sister to my grandmother, Elizabeth Hingerton.

Date:
14-Oct-2014

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