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Maud Avenue, from Cross Flatts Park


Maud Avenue, from Cross Flatts Park
Description:
1989. View taken from an entrance to Cross Flatts Park looking towards Maud Avenue (left). On the right is a ginnel running between the backs of houses on Maud Avenue and the boundary wall of Cross Flatts school. Houses on Harlech Road are in the background, right, and beyond these the spire of Trinity Methodist Church can be seen.

User Comments:

Name:
donald and christine rhodes

Comment:
until 1970 we lived at 16 maud ave,about 5 houses on the left from the end of maud ave.emails from anyone else from the street welcome.

Date:
26-Jul-2012

Email:
donrhodes@pac.com.au

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Name:
Barrie Dinsdale

Comment:
Any one remember Jim the Park Ranger who would stand at this point every day to oversee the kids when they left school?

Date:
31-Oct-2015

Email:
BarrieDinsdale@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
PARK RANGERS - - - That expression is somewhat of a blast from the past. They were the 'uniformed authority' that kept our parks, shall we say, "In order". My memory of Jim, is as Barrie Dinsdale recalls, always standing there, when we came and went to and from school. He was rather tall (or so he seemed to be to us kids), and seemed to always wear what must have been a uniform - - - a peaked cap and a long dark coat. He would always be standing more or less where the cameraman would have been standing, - - -where the path that comes down the park intersects with the one that crossed the park from Wooler Avenue. he seemed to always have a friendly word to all who approached him. Obviously, he would have had other duties, but to us, as young kids, he was a sort of 'sentry' who was always there to see us all safely into and out from school. He was, what we would call today, 'A Pair of Safe Hands'. It's a great shame that his ilk are no longer with us. Mind you, would their 'Authoritative Raisin d'Être' be sustainable in our current culture? One gets the impression that respect for authority wanes on a daily basis. On a completely different point:- For those who might be interested. - - - The ginnel disappearing into the distance is a physically-visual remnant of the old track which ran from Far Beeston into Hunslet. Its course can still be traced today.

Date:
01-Apr-2017

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
RB

Comment:
I remember leap frogging the bollards shown going to and coming from school (Cross Flatts C.P )

Date:
01-Apr-2017

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
With reference to R.B's. comment. Yes, 'Leap-Frogging the bollards'. most of us went through that routine. We didn't care as to what they were there for. As far as we were concerned, they were a challenge to be overcome - - - every day! There may have been more, but to be honest, only one bollard really sticks in my mind. It was quite high - - - much taller, with a greater girth than anything shown here, and for us young'uns it felt like an achievement each time we sailed over it. My 'leap-frogging' memories of it, sit within a time-frame of 1946 -1950, and I remember that it was still there when I was well into my teens, but after that I have no knowledge of it. Does anyone out there remember this 'Monster Bollard'?

Date:
05-Apr-2017

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
RB

Comment:
To Mr Schofield yes Graham I too remember the "BIG UN" it was rather like winning an Olympic Gold medal to clear it in one go for the first time. Happy Days

Date:
08-Apr-2017

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Thanks for your input here, R.B.. Yes, it was as you say, 'A BIG UN', and if I remember correctly, there never seemed to be all that many who attempted to leap this giant, but for those of us who did, and succeeded, there was always a sense of pride and achievement. Of course there were never any 'Gold-Medals' awarded, but they were weren't necessary. We didn't need them. Just knowing how good us 'Champion Leapers' were, was enough. Why was it removed? - - - Did it survive the scrap-yard? - - - Does it now live elsewhere? - - - If so, where? - - - Does anyone know?

Date:
14-Apr-2017

Email:
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Name:
Jimmy Sollitt

Comment:
I remember taking the photograph. The post in the middle was used by lots of boys to vault over, or lean their bike's against. It was Iron and painted black with a white painted ball at the top (Done during the war years) Along the ginnel about 70 yds on the left was the house in which the school caretaker lived... over looking the girls playground. The street on the left of the post is Maud Avenue leading the main road and on down to Dewsbury Road. Just to the right of the post was the low wall belonging to the school and at the entrance to the park at this point was a huge Green Sub Station for the Leeds Electricity Dept... nice and warm if you stood against it, especially in winter! Also a place to hide behind if you were late for school, that was until the headmaster sent out a prefect to look behind it.... ouch, then it was his office. Lot's of memories for all those who attended this school.. and of course we must not forget the ice cream van that always there in summer, parked just at the end of Maud Avenue, close to the school... Ice cream for just 6d(Six old pence). It was the Granelli Company that made the ice cream and it was really yummy!

Date:
21-May-2017

Email:
zorcos@ntlworld.com

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