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Stanley Road at the Junction with Beckett Street


Stanley Road at the Junction with Beckett Street
Description:
1940-1942. View of Stanley Road, centre background, at the junction with Beckett Street, right. On the left is the junction with Harehills Road, (off camera). A public lavatory for 'Gentlemen' is at the corner with Stanley Road, right. The large building on the left is the Police Station on Ashley Road (Ashley Road is off camera, left.) The arched entrance in the centre has a sign reading 'Auxiliary Fire Station'. Leeds City Tramways had a car shed located in Stanley Road near Leeds Corporation Refuse Destructor and Leeds Corporation Disinfecting Station (buildings adjacent to the fire station). Note the war-time black-out white markings on the kerbs, lamp posts and telegraph poles.

User Comments:

Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
What is quite interesting in this photo, are the tram-tracks, as it was an everyday scene to me for many years from the mid-forties, through the fifties, and up to 1965. Whilst as an infant in 1944, I was apparently involved in an tandem-and-sidecar accident caused by the tram-track in Beckett Street, I have no recollection of trams running on either Beckett Street, Harehills Road, or Stanley Road. The only trams I knew of in the immediate locale - and actually rode on, ran down Stoney Rock Lane.

Date:
29-Feb-2012

Email:
barry.hallam2@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Peter Coultas

Comment:
The tram tracks on Stanley Road ran round to the tram depot that was next to the destructors (chimney in the background). The inside of the depot is shown on 2005720_72768802. Trams did run along Harehills Road down though Becketts Street and meet up with the Stoney Rock line at Burmantofts.

Date:
06-Mar-2012

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Name:
Jim Shephard

Comment:
We moved to Stanley Avenue (the street behind the police station)in 1957. It hard to believe now but the area had a real edge of town feel to it. Even at that time there was a hint of it's Victorian past, especially with so many of the old ladies who were living in the area who had been bereaved or widowed after the first world war. When I think back I was very lucky to have seen the area before the massive changes as the sixties arrived.

Date:
07-Mar-2012

Email:
jimandann2003@yahoo.com

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Name:
pat longden

Comment:
the days before public loos where vandelized !!!

Date:
28-Jul-2012

Email:
stewpotpat@lycos.com

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
In my original comment, I stated that I never saw - or at least remember, trams travelling along either Stanley Road, or Beckett Street. There is good reason for this despite me being seventy-years of age, and having lived in Beckett Street from age 18months in 1944 ... trams ceased to travel along Beckett Street and Harehills Road within a couple of years of this photograph, giving way to buses. What did come as a surprise however, was the tram route as shown on the OS map of 1910. It shows that the route from Compton Road's terminus, travelled along Stanley Road where it linked with the Beckett Street/Harehills Road line. The Beckett Street/Harehills Road line itself merged with the Roundhay Road lines giving direct tram travel to Rounday Park. At this time (1910), trams did not travel along Stoney Rock Lane. The lane itself, did not exist as a road until it was created in the late 1800's, prior to when it had only been a track alongside the watercourse known as Rock Beck. The 1901 census shows that some of the streets off the eastern side of Stoney Rock Lane, were still being built.

Date:
10-Sep-2012

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