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Town Street, Beeston Picture House
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27th August 1967. View of Beeston Town Street showing Beeston Picture House just in front of the family group. It was situated at number 13 Town Street and opened on the 19th April 1920. The 1,073 seater cinema was designed by architect, T.A. Buttery of Morley and Leeds. When it opened with a showing of the silent movie, 'A Romance of Happy Valley' starring Robert Harron and Lillian Gish, the Picture House Orchestra played. The Picture House closed on the 4th July 1959 and is now demolished. The entry to St. Mary's Church is on the right.

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
At long last, a photograph showing the white frontage of the "Beeston Picture House". The shop which the family are about to pass, used to to sell sweets and tobacco. The snooker room was behind these shops, and others in the foreground. When you wanted a game, your cues and chalk were handed to you through a hatch in the back wall of the sweet shop. The large white building in the distance is "The White Hart Inn', which is still still standing, and still in operation.

Date:
17-Nov-2011

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Janet Goldstraw (nee Ellison)

Comment:
I remember this bit of town street well! There was a drapers shop, I think it's the one cut off in the foreground, where my mother used to buy the wool to knit jumpers for me and my sister. She used to lay enough by and purchase as she needed it. My grandmother(Clara Holmes) fruit shop, is the first shop you can see past the "Beeston Bug Hutch" and on the corner of Roger Row, with Mr Revell's butcher shop and Mr Wrigglesworth's tobacconist and sweet shop about where the van looks ready to turn down Wesley Street. Does anyone remember the pie and pea shop that was near the White Hart in the 1950s? Mr Carlisle ran it. His son Eric was president of the Leeds United Supporters Club in the 1960s.

Date:
19-Nov-2011

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Peter Moore

Comment:
Oh yes as Graham says (at last), never thought I would see this sight again, the 2 places I spent the most time of my young life, Beeston Picture House and later on the Billiard Hall, what great memories this picture brings back.Thank you so much for this opportunity. (Nov 20/2011)

Date:
20-Nov-2011

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Name:
Brian Thomas

Comment:
Re Janet Goldstraw's memories of the Pie& Pea shop. In the mid fifties we would stop and savour the goods of this establishment on our walking journey home from Beeston YMCA to Cottingley Hall Estate. As Janet recalls Eric Carlisle was the son of the proprietor and first Sec. of LUFC supporters club, they had their own team we played on Fullerton Park in the early days great times.

Date:
25-Nov-2011

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Patricia Smith

Comment:
Hi Janet I remember the pie and pea shop well and the Carlile family including Eric's sister, Jean. The shop was inbetween The White Hart and The Punchbowl, which my parents Arthur and Eileen Moss ran from 1957 to 1968. It was next to a grocery shop/bakery named Oakes & Grant later to become Beasleys. What a lovely photograph this is - it brought back so many memories of childhood.

Date:
25-Nov-2011

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Name:
Christine Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
This photo was taken six days before my wedding at St Mary's Church. One of the photographs of myself and my (then) husband taken inside the car before we left the church has caught the shop on the corner by the van (Wrigglesworth's Tobacconists). The advertising hoarding above the door appears right over my husband's head and it says "King of Gin". We asked for it fading out but it is still clearly readable. No Photoshop in those days! The hoarding can be seen to have been attached to the building relatively recently because it partly covered an earlier, painted advert for Player's Navy Cut Tobacco. I do remember the pie and peas shop, and I too bought knitting yarn at the shop at the top of Wesley Street (behind the trees in the picture) to knit for my children.

Date:
26-Nov-2011

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Peter Moore

Comment:
With regards to the comments of Janet, I had an auntie who lived in Labro Fold which was situated between the White Hart and Punch Bowl pubs, and Carlisle's Pea and Pie shop was at the junction of Town Street and Labro Fold, I well remember the Carlisle family, and spent many a happy an hour enjoying a plate of their steaming goods, I also seem to remember that during the years of the 2nd world war that the peas sold were more black than green, but still delicious.

Date:
27-Nov-2011

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Interesting to read Peter Moore's comment about 'Black Peas'. I recall that in the late 1940's a large van used to tour the streets of Beeston, on a weekend, selling Pies & Peas. I remember my mother telling me (with some regret in her voice, I might add), that they also used to sell Black Peas, but the "Authorities" had banned them on health grounds. From what I was told, I understand that they were popular, and most people liked them, and mourned their passing. I have never seen or tasted Black Peas, but I imagine that they must have been pretty good. After all, it seems that they might have been part of our diet for several centuries. So why had they to go? Probably some mindless spoilsport within the 'corridors of power' wanting to make a name for himself. (P.S:- Black Peas are not to be confused with Black Eyed Peas.)

Date:
02-Dec-2011

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Irene Jempson(nee Roberton)

Comment:
Yes it was lovely to see the bug hutch on a photo, we spent many saturday afternoons there. Auntie Irene used to flash a mirror round the audience and if it stopped on you, you won a prize. There was also yo yo contests, happy days.Does anyone who lived around the folds remember a lady calles Sis Shevill, she did dressmaking for my grandmother up to the 1950's. Please email me if you remember her.

Date:
02-Jan-2012

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Name:
chris gore

Comment:
looks like a proper village st not like now just a place you go through to somewhere else,punchbowl,whitehart, railway,picture house,beasleys diy,barbers,old annies,small co op cobblers laundry,westermans,mr wrigglesworths tobacconists, i must have wasted pounds on lucky bags over the years,further on town st 2 chip shops whiteheads bakery stones paper shop the butchers and chemists before the park ive forgot more than i can remember,a proper community though which you could never forget.

Date:
02-Jan-2012

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Name:
keyholekate

Comment:
27th August 1967 was a Sunday and this is how Sundays used to be in my sixties childhood.Look how clean the streets are and the sun is shining. . a typical British summers day then.How times have changed

Date:
18-Mar-2012

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Name:
David

Comment:
One of the shops by the cinema was a gents' hairdresser. Certainly in the late 50's. I recall being in there when news came in of the Manchester United plan crash. I recall a pie and pea shop further on beyond the White Hart-the window always seemed to be full of flies. How can I remember this stuff when I cant remember where I've just put my glasses?

Date:
17-Mar-2013

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Keith Nicholson

Comment:
Strange what you remember! I had my first drink in the Punch Bowl and can still remember the landladies face (and name) Eileen Moss! The Hairdressers was, I think, Geoff Parker (?) who moved into Dewsbury Road near the Forgrove factory and the shop at Beeston was, I think, taken over by Geoff's young Assistant, Brian Fleming. I remember the 'bug hutch' when it showed serials on, I think, Tuesdays and you dare not miss an epidode, come snow or shine!! Went to Beeston CP school and remember an old ex pupil who had emigrated to South Africa (Thomas Watson was his name) and he came all the way from SA each year to present the 'Watson Award' Blazer to the best pupil!! Certainly was an area proud to be brought up in. How times have changed!!!

Date:
18-Apr-2013

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Stephen Oliver

Comment:
A pleasure to see this photo. The fruit shop mentioned by Janet Goldstraw was, I think, taken over by Lavell's and I was mates with Mick Lavell the younger of their two brothers (1955 - 57 approx). My parents had Oliver's sweets/tobacco shop at Beeston Road / Old Lane and Eric Carlisle (and his dad) were customers as well as some of the Leeds United team on Sundays as they bought loads of Sunday papers to read the reviews. My dad had boxes of sweet treats for the children .. we had a 1d box, a 2d box and a 3d box. I remember both Geoff parker and Brian Fleming in the barber's shop, next to Mr. Benje's shoe repairs (just behind and to left of picture).

Date:
26-Oct-2013

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heck31770@aol.com

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Name:
pamela

Comment:
does anyone remember the owner of the Beeston picture house before its sale in 1959

Date:
18-Nov-2013

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Name:
Brian

Comment:
Have just read a book "Memories of a Cinema Man" by Louis J Mannix from Leeds City Library a great history of this picture house plus others in Leeds and Morley a great read its hard to believe it became the "Bug Hutch " that we all remember after what it used to be .

Date:
21-Jan-2014

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BRENDA NEE TALLANT BLANCHARD

Comment:
Have enjoyed reading prevous comments, of which I too remember, just one thing, wasnt the pie shop also the tripe shop? where my Gran used to send me from Silver Street, wasnt it up the side of Annie Woods shop? My mother is 92 and lived in Beeston too, so I will enjoy sharing these photos and memories with her. My grandmother had a friend called Mrs Shevill, but now long gone sadly so cannot ask her. Keith Nicholson, did you not wear the coveted Watson Blazer one year, I seem to remember it was an honour to receive it. I organised a couple of reunions some years ago for Beeston School, pre 1959 leavers. Great to see how well we had all turned out.

Date:
26-Jan-2014

Email:
brenda@cutestar.co.uk

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Name:
Judie Galoway

Comment:
I dont remember the Pie & Pea shop but it belonged to my Grandad, Jean Carlisle is my mum. sadly we lost her to a brian tumour 44 years ago.

Date:
19-Jun-2014

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judegalloway@btinternet.com

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Name:
Janet Bland was Glazier

Comment:
Lovely to see this photo went to the bug hutch every Saturday if it was your birthday you got an ice cream and ever lied in those days x

Date:
10-Dec-2014

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Name:
Paul Barber

Comment:
Club on the right, out of picture, was my dads haunt for many years. Black peas are still sold on t'other side of t'hill, and in the general area in Todmorden.

Date:
10-Dec-2014

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Name:
Wendy Collins (nee Hirst)

Comment:
Re the comments by Keith Nicholson about Beeston C.P.School. My understanding, gleaned from my older sister Maureen, was that the Thomas Watson blazer (green with yellow piping) was not awarded to both genders but only to male pupils. Ironically, he was supposed to have been very impressed by an essay that he had read and decided to provide an award. The essay, only signed with initials, had actually been written by a girl (probably Jean Parker). I have a vague recollection of the girls trying to raise funds to provide an award to a female pupil but don't remember if this ever materialised. In my year, way back when, the blazer was awarded to Tony Jessop.

Date:
15-Dec-2014

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