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Woodside Works, WDS Tooling Aids Ltd.

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Woodside Works, WDS Tooling Aids Ltd.
Undated. View taken around the 1960s of Woodside Works, the premises of WDS Tooling Aids Ltd. Formerly Aire Vale Dye Works, it was for many years operated by Whitaker and Aykroyds Ltd. who speciealised in dyeing cottons. It was in an ideal location situated between the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and was also close to Newlay and Horsforth Station, from which it had its own rail connection as seen by the rail tracks here.

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C.J. Davis

An old friend of mine, Terry Stanhope served his apprenticeship at WDS. Some years back he called in to say hello, and asked the girl in reception if she knew what WDS stood for. "It's just a name" came the reply. Not many people seem to know that it stands for Woodside Die Sinkers!


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Stuart Clapham

My father (Wilf)worked at WDS from the early 60s until his death in 1975.




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