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St Cyprian and St James, Bellbrooke Avenue

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St Cyprian and St James, Bellbrooke Avenue
Description:
Undated. View of the church of St Cyprian and St James, located in Bellbrooke Avenue at the junction with Coldcotes Avenue. This brick church replaced a temporary wooden structure dating from 1903. The closure of St James's Church in Cross York Street in 1949 meant that a new parish was created, that of St Cyprian and St James. This new Church was built in 1959. The Abbot and Smith organ, the pulpit, communion table, lectern and the Bishop's chair , now housed in the modern church, originally belonged to the church of St James. Linked to St Cyprian and St James is a recently built chuch hall (2007).

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
Sometime between 1946 and 1950, my Father carved the WW2 memorials on the Cenotaph seen in this photo. Many examples of his work is to be found in cemeteries all over Yorkshire. Though not Jewish ourselves, he was expert in carving Hebrew letters and symbols and worked in lots of Jewish cemeteries. As a child, I would often be with him if he was working close to home such as in Beckett Street Cemetery which was only a street away.

Date:
01-Aug-2011

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
The building on the bottom left of the picture with the semi-circular attic window, was my grandmothers house in the late 1930s and 1940s. Behind the attic window was my grandfathers workshop, where he spent most of his time after his retirement from The Yorkshire Evening News where he was a printer. My grandmother took in variety artistes as lodgers who were appearing in some of the Leeds theatres. I also lived in this house with my mum and dad until I was four.

Date:
13-Aug-2011

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rondavies66@gmail.com

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Name:
Cliff Large

Comment:
The low building in front of the house with the semi-circular window was a hall built for the scouts and guides of the church in the early 1950's. Funds for its construction were raised over a period of three years and, I think, it was opened in 1953 at a cost of about £900. All the work was done by voluntary many of them leaders and older scouts. I was a scout leader with the group from 1948 until leaving Leeds in 1956 and was involved in the construction. I gather there are no longer any scouts or guides attached to the church and the hall has been demolished to make way for some commercial building. Further to Ron Davies comment about the house with the semi-circular window, I lived in the shop across Foundry Lane (Approach) from his grand parents house fr0m 1936 to 1949.

Date:
25-Sep-2011

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cliff.large@googlemail.com

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