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Modder Place, looking towards Modder Avenue

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Modder Place, looking towards Modder Avenue
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1963 to 1965. A little girl poses for a photograph with her mother in Modder Place. She was born there in 1954, the youngest of six girls, in a two bedroomed, back-to-back, red brick terraced home, number 18 Modder Place. The row of terrace can be seen on the left-hand side. Modder Avenue runs across the background between Station Road and Carr Crofts. On the right is Blakey's Malleable Castings, or Blakey's Boot Protectors Ltd. The firm made rubber soles, heels, toe plates for shoes and boots and belt fasteners. The large buildings are marked on maps as 'Carr Crofts, Armley Iron Works. The more modern building in the background is Blakey's also. At the other end of Modder Place, behind the factory are the railway lines and nearby Armley Moor Station. The station closed in 1966.

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Bernadette McNamara/Smith

Comment:
What a lovely photo this is! Reminds me of my mum and myself back in the day! I remember 'Blakeys', especially the smell that was always in the air, you could smell it for miles! I used to walk down Carr Crofts when I went to Armley Baths or sometimes I would cut down Station Road from Whingate Road where there used to be lots of Blackberry bushes to pick from. This would have been around 1966-68. I recently Googled this area out of curiosity, and I just could not believe how much it has changed. It took me down Modder Place, as it is now, but it is hard to reconcile with how it looks now compared to this photo! The street here is clean and tidy and with no Graffiti! I am all for progress, but it seems to me that this part of Armley has just curled up and died. I was born and bred in Armley (Theaker Lane then Heights Drive) and it was a lovely safe,clean place to grow up in. My parents would be so sad to see how Armley is now. I too had one of those dresses. I think mine was in a black and red check! How many kids today can say that they are happy and carefree like our generation??

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26-Apr-2012

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phil

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nice to see a face i know on this site,mrs bransby was a straight talking woman and friendly i liked her.she doesnt look like a woman whos had six children on that photo does she.

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18-Jun-2012

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Irene Langton nee cooper

Comment:
i was born at 16 modder place and lived there till 1965 the bransby where greaat poeple we had a lovely time i stayed with them when my eldest sister Dorothy died and mrs bransby looked after me. I now live in New Zealand with my husband Eric and our two grown up children

Date:
08-Jul-2012

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ericandirene@vodafone.co.nz

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kathleenfleming

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i lived at number 12 my brother was the photographer my mum step father sister brother uncle and myself all worked at blakeys

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02-Jan-2013

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Joan Priestley ( nee Butters)

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My Father worked at Blakeys from leaving school to his retirement. I visited regularly throughout my childhood. The buildng in the background housed offices and the Canteen. The Annual Childrens party took place there.. You got an orange, an apple, and a present from Santa.. I can remember also attending Blakeys swimming club and being taught to swim at about 5 years old.. Sadly as the Company moved on all of these traditions died out. But the furnace workers never forgot you. The followed you growing up, and always showed in interest in what you were doing.. dad also played for the Blakeys Cricket and football teams, based on fields where the lake near Farnley ringroad now sits.

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24-Mar-2013

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