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Championship Garden at Seacroft estate


Championship Garden at Seacroft estate
Description:
1951. Image shows the Championship Garden at Seacroft Estate, entered into the annual Flowers for Leeds Competition. A cameraman is filming from a platform on board a truck to record the winning garden. Several residents can be seen watching the action, bottom right-hand corner.

User Comments:

Name:
keyholekate

Comment:
It would be lovely if people took the same pride in their gardens today.Not sure if this is looking on to Brooklands Avenue.Reminds me of my Sixties childhood when everything seemed safe and you could walk for miles and come to no harm.

Date:
13-May-2012

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Name:
Michael Kirby

Comment:
I'm as sure as I can be that this is the top end of Southwaite Lane, where it meets Brooklands View? This is some years before Foxwood School was built, but the entrance to the field where it was built, is behind the woman, between the pair of houses to the left and centre of the photo. In the distance is a hedgerow, and the brushwood area that was known as Foxwood (Woods). The houses in the distance are on the bottom of Northparkway. We lived at 40 Southwaite Lane, which was to the right of this photo. The garden is one of the ones that had prefabricated houses, like the one we lived in. I would only have been about 4, but I can remember the photograph being taken, and it was considered to be quite an occasion for the street. We called the wood on the horizon, Pickle or Pittle Woods. When I was older, 10 or eleven, Pickle Woods was a source of logs when we went chumping for bonfire night. The prefabs lasted into the 60s, being replaced by further prefabricated houses, now gone. But the concrete houses in the background are still there.

Date:
08-Oct-2012

Email:
michaelkirbychow@btinternet.com

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Name:
Michael Kirby

Comment:
Just an amendment to my previous comment. The street in the background is Brooklands Drive, not Brooklands View. If my memory is correct the garden was the property of a family called Duffy, they had a daughter called Elaine. Whoever took the photo must have been stood on the roof of the next door prefab. It was easy to climb onto the roofs of these houses. They had a wide lattice construction, that formed the side of a fairly substantial porch. The slats were about two feet apart, so forming an ideal ladder. My brother Kevin went on our roof shortly after it had been repitched, he came down looking like the 'tar baby' from 'Uncle Remus'. Another time a kid called David Robinson went on his roof after it had snowed, he dropped a snowball down the chimney. His parents thought it was great fun! 'Robbo' was like a monkey, he could climb anything, he would shin up telegraph poles all the way to the top.

Date:
10-Oct-2012

Email:
michaelkirbychow@btinternet.com

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