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Tong Road, postcard

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Tong Road, postcard
Description:
c1910. View of Tong Road from a postcard with a date of 19th May 1910 written on the back. Shops are seen on both sides of the road, many with awnings over the windows.

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Name:
Nigel Glew

Comment:
It is nice to see the old Yorkshire Penny Bank in the view at the bottom of Tong Road, the building is still there but no longer a bank.

Date:
26-Jul-2011

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Terrance Watson.

Comment:
The photograph could have been the 50s, because it was like that when I used to travel up & down Tong Road. Every shop you required could be found in Wellington Rd and Tong Rd. Better then than the stupid supermarkets (the rip off merchants).

Date:
09-Aug-2011

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Name:
Sheila Jubb

Comment:
I agree with Terrance, you could get everything from a loaf of bread to a three piece suite from Tong Road & Wellington Road. There were shoe shops, hairdressers, butchers, tripe shops and a horse meat shop (we went there for our dog's meat and my father used to say it looked better than our meat). There were drapers, toy shops and even two cinemas (Crown & Lyric), also a tailors shop so the gentlemen could get measured and have a suit made.

Date:
10-Aug-2011

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Name:
Sue Haigh nee Spurr

Comment:
I remember walking up Tong Road with my mother pushing a pram in the 1950's.There was also a shop called The Murder Shop. They had a slogan which went on the lines of "We don't cut prices, we murder em"

Date:
08-Sep-2011

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suehaigh27@gmail.com

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Name:
Elaine Foy(Nee Holdsworth)

Comment:
I lived in Fifteenth Ave and remember all the shops mentioned by Terrance & Sheila. Ive spent many hours in the Crown & Lyric. And the pubs - Crown, Beech etc. One of my school friends parents has a 'pot' shop in Tong Road, her name was Valerie Phillips and my then boyfriend worked at the grocers shop. he was called Geoff Garbutt.

Date:
22-Sep-2011

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elainefoy@talktalk.net

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Name:
janet robinson

Comment:
i used to work with geoff garbutt and his mum gwen the shopwas called vernons when i got married at st marys church my boss gave me away he was a lovely man i have got lots of memories of my younger daysjanet clough used to work there with us has wellshe lived in fifteenth ave

Date:
05-Jan-2012

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Name:
Elaine Foy(Nee Holdsworth)

Comment:
Geoff had a brother called michael langdon (I think). Gwen was a lovely jolly person, they lived at the back of Vernons. I was only 16yrs at the time. I loved living in Tong rd. Geoff introduced me to my first pub near Wingate Junction, the landlord let us sneak in & hide behind the door. I wonder where Geoff & Michael are now??

Date:
08-Mar-2012

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elainefoy@talktalk.net

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Name:
Dawn Davies

Comment:
Just wanted to say how good Tong Road looks in this picture - much better than it does now.

Date:
27-Sep-2012

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Name:
Don Smith

Comment:
This is a great shot of Tong Road I have spent a lot of time on this road in my younger years going to all thoes shop's and queuing up for hours for our rations, I used to go to 'Frank' the barber on the left lower down, I painted his shop in side and made him a sign for the window also on the right near the man there was a drapers shop and a bookies which my mate Bazz and I painted, we papered one of the ceiling's in the shop and later in the day the owner was banging on my door to tell me the ceiling had fallen down so we went round to see and half of the ceiling had come down, the problem was that the ceiling had been fixed up with asbestos and plastered over and with the extra weight it came apart, we had to strong arm the Bookie next door to get paid for painting the shop and lining all the chalk boards. In the 1940s there was no entertainment for kid's of our age on a Sunday night's the cinema's were closed and we were too young to go into the pub's so all the girls and boys used to walk up and down Tong Road, it was a good place to pick up a girl friend, the bad thing was there were a lot of Italian prisoners from a prison camp up Tong Road at Farnley who were let out on Sunday used to be on Tong Road as well, and as the war was still on there were a few problems with them. All these shops are gone now so the people who live around must have to travel quite a ways to shop, most of the pubs are gone too Crown, Beach, Spotted Cow, Main line club, Albion, George, 78, Prince, just the White Horse left. When I was at Green Lane School a man from that bank in the center of this image used to come to the school and collect the money that the kids had brought to school to put in the bank as our parents were on war work and the banks closed at 4pm in thoes days.

Date:
16-Nov-2013

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anne-donsmith@shaw.ca

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