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Commercial Street, looking west


Commercial Street, looking west
Description:
c1970-73. View looking west along Commercial Street. Shops on the left include Lotus footwear, Peony Chinese restaurant and Moss Bros. tailors. On the right is W.H. Smith & Sons, stationers and booksellers, at nos.16-18, with Leeds Library (a private subscription library dating back to 1768) occupying the upper storeys of no.18.

User Comments:

Name:
Janet

Comment:
We went to the Peony Chinese restaurant for our engagement in 1969 - it was quite posh and I had my hair put up in 'loops' especially for the occasion.

Date:
01-Jun-2013

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Name:
John Bean

Comment:
W.H.Smith rings in some memories, as I used to pass by the shop each day, early mornings on my way to the Calls to catch the works bus to the Copper Works at Stourton. I had already travelled on one bus from Moor Grange to Infirmary Street, so had a walk across town to get the next. I used pick up a newspaper from the stall which was open in the front canopy of the shop, although the actual shop wasn't open, as it was around 06.15 in the morning. One of my old school friends used to serve me, Brian Haigh, we had been at Brudenell C. S. school together in the early to mid 60's.

Date:
27-Jun-2013

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beanj@btinternet.com

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Name:
Maureen Kershaw

Comment:
I remember going to the Peony Restaurant many times,it was downstairs below ground level. We always pronounced it 'Peeowny' as we weren't familiar with the peony flower in those days!

Date:
04-Jul-2013

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Name:
Joyce Hewittn nee Lee

Comment:
John Bean is correct, once again.. I used to work in the stationary dept at W.H Smiths about 1962 to 1964, and yes the canopy was open early for the morning papers and yes I remember Brian Haigh he was a collegue, he used to go out with another collegue called Pat. We were all young teenagers and had a lot of fun despite having a tyrant as a manager,a most peculiar man who would march about like a sergeant major, and if he disliked any thing you were doing in the shop, he would come up to you and whip his glasses of , without saying a word ha ha most excentric. The other boys I remember were Robert Saxton who would work with me in stationary when the early morning paper rush was over,we were good friends.Also Michael Padgett and Andy Young who went to Australia.Janets comments brought back memories of getting your hair put up in loops, My pal Ann Dickinson went every week for the "loops" and I went once or twice to Muriel Smiths and once when I was there, Jimmy Saville was in having his hair dyed.......say no more!I did have occasions to deliver something to the Leeds Library and it was beautiful inside like stepping back in time, a lovely staircase,so quiet,.

Date:
16-Apr-2014

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Name:
sharon richardson (nee monaghan)

Comment:
The peony was underneath what is now Halifax

Date:
25-Mar-2015

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Name:
Jackie R

Comment:
I used to work on Commercial St in the 60s, first at Collette Fashions, then next door but one at Paige Fashions. They were both on the left-hand side in the foreground of this photo. There was a little sweet shop/tobacconist's in between the two shops. The streets were open to traffic then. When I went back on my first visit after 20yrs, in '87, Collette's had gone but Paige's was still there but all modernised. On my second visit in '91 Paige's was 'Geordie Jeans' I think.

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26-Feb-2016

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