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Back Clarkson View, back-yards

Back Clarkson View, back-yards
1970. View looking onto the back-yards of a typical row of terraced housing in Woodhouse, believed to be Back Clarkson View looking towards Quarry Street. Houses on both sides of the road are through terraces, those on the left facing onto Hartley Grove and those on the right onto Clarkson View.

User Comments:

Richard Poyer

I lived at no.10 from about 1948 (aged 1) to 1956, moving from Craven Street and then moving on to Ash Grove. The first thing that mum and dad did was to put in an inside toilet and have a bathroom made. Opposite us lived the Shouts - "Auntie" Mary made her own bread and there was nothing better to be in her house when the dough was rising. One of my early memories is of the horse drawn milk cart with its incredibly soft tyres to cope with the cobbles. The cobbles left a lasting mark on me as, running away from a dog, I fell onto my forehead and still have the bump today! The community was a close one with extended family relatives near to one another. I had aunties, uncles and cousins in Hartley Grove, Hartley Avenue, Hawes Street and Grandma not far away in Servia Place. School was of course Quarry Mount. I remember having to have a sleep in the first years and some of the less well fed children lining up for a spoon of some treacle like substance. Mr Frost and Mr.Lister are teachers I fondly remember. Mr. Lister taught the 10 year olds in the annex on Woodhouse Street. Rugby League was the game both in the playground with a cap and on the playing field with city school children trips to Wembley. My father had played 2nd team rugby for Leeds. One event still sticks in my mind - an explosion and fire at the electricity sub-station at the end of Clarkson View. Church was St. Mark's with the very accomplished Mr Johnson the organist and choirmaster (He worked at Bray's). The Horton's Luddbrook's and Becket's were all members of the church and choir with the Luddbrook's living close to the Church Annex and Hall on Pennington Street. I believe that no.10 was used by ITV for a school's programme that looked at life through the ages and Clarkson View was used for the Victorians/Edwardians.




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