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Post-war Briggate


Post-war Briggate
Description:
After 1948. View of post-war Briggate, with trams, very few cars and a pedestrian population. One of the cars helps to date the image. It is a split windscreen MM Series Morris Minor, first produced in 1948. It has the "low lights" - headlights fitted at a low level either side of the grille. By 1950 Morris Minors were in production with the headlights in a raised position. As we don't know how old the car is from the image we could be looking at a 1950s scene here, but it is certainly 1948 or after. Woolworth's fifth British store opened on the Headrow in 1912, but the purpose-built Briggate store opened on the site of the Albion Hotel in December 1928. The Bull and Mouth Hotel, then the Victory, was bought in 1939 for extensions, but their building was delayed until 1955 which would indicate that the photograph is dated somewhere between 1948 and 1955. Woolworth's closed in May 1987, leaving a branch in the Merrion Centre. Schofield's moved into the building in September of the same year, while its own Headrow site was redeveloped as the Schofield's Centre.

User Comments:

Name:
Gordon Caleb

Comment:
The railings in the centre of the road (at the side of the tram) went down to underground toilets. I think that is the old McConnels pub to the right of the tram. In the foreground can be seen Saxone shoe shop it was known as "Saxone corner" in years gone by and was a well known meeting place.

Date:
22-Nov-2012

Email:
gcaleb@talktalk.net

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
This must be a Saturday - Just about everyone who was not in the forces would have been in some sort of employment during Monday to Friday. "Going To Town" was a common expression back then. For those who had a car, petrol was rationed, so there were never many such vehicles in the town centre. You can almost get a feel of that, when you look at people wandering all over the road. Most shoppers arrived by tramcar or bus. Take a note of the hundreds of people in the background. You don't get a scene like that today. Even with the convenience of having a car we don't flock "To Town" in our thousands anymore - Supermarkets and Retail Parks have put paid to all that. Most once popular, and prosperous town centres have had, or are having their 'life's blood' sucked out of them, by changing times.

Date:
25-Nov-2012

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Irene Jempson

Comment:
How true Graham, such a shame not to see the hustle and bustle anymore. I can remember nearly being shoulder to shoulder with shoppers in the 60's

Date:
28-Nov-2012

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Name:
C.J.Davis

Comment:
And no dropouts begging for money either. Only Woodbine Lizzy gadging fags!

Date:
06-Jan-2013

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