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Sheepscar Junction, Road-working vehicles


Sheepscar Junction, Road-working vehicles
Description:
Undated. Image shows two road-working vehicles driven by men in suits and flat caps. Their passengers would appear to be dignitaries and it may be to do with extending the tramlines. The vehicles are at Sheepscar junction where Sheepscar Street North, left, Chapeltown Road, centre, and Roundhay Road, off camera, right. Behind the camera are the junction with North Street and Sheepscar Street South. The first electric trams in England using the Thomas-Houston system began running between Sheepscar and Roundhay Park on 11th November 1891. The Leeds Corporation took control of the tramways on 2nd February 1894 and the first route to be completed was between Kirkstall and Roundhay Park on 2nd August 1897. Most of the city's routes were electrified by early 1900s. In the background is Joseph James Mosley, Rent Collector, Estate and Insurance Broker of number 6 Wormald Row, a business established in 1859 and Thomas Petch, butcher, addressed as number 1 Chapeltown Road. The tower of St. Clement's Church is also visible in the background.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
With reference to the comment in the description here:- >>> Their passengers would appear to be dignitaries <<< There, might be an alternative explanation. It must be remembered that from way back in the 19th century, to the mid 20th, managers and foremen advertised their position within their particular industries, by wearing a Bowler Hat. In later years, the Trilby also came into play. So I would think that this image might be portraying a couple of managers or directors, along with their foreman (standing at the side of the first vehicle), who had come to the prospective site in order to consider the potential construction tasks ahead. If they had been 'dignitaries', wouldn't we be seeing a bit of pomp and ceremony, and perhaps a gold chain around some mayoral neck? Or even - let's go the whole hog - "A Brass Band"?

Date:
11-Nov-2014

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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