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River Aire, Roberts Mart and Rose Wharf


River Aire, Roberts Mart and Rose Wharf
Description:
1977. View shows buildings on the north-east bank of the River Aire, east of Crown Point Bridge. On the left is the Grade II listed former Bank Mills, occupied here by Roberts Mart & Co., manufacturers of paper and packaging materials. It has since been redeveloped as Roberts Wharf residential apartments. To the right is Rose Wharf, another listed building which was formerly a flax mill and has since been restored as an office complex.

User Comments:

Name:
Don Smith

Comment:
All the building in this image drop off into the river, in my time as a painter we had to lay a scaffold frame on the roof and hang a bosons chair down from the roof to paint the window frames, we could not use a cradle as there would be no way for us to maneuver it over the roof, even using a chair had it's problems usually the man in the chair sits in the chair on the ground and 2 men pull him up to the roof, but on these building we had to go over the gutter slide down the rope a few feet and get in the chair at the top. when the shift to the bottom was done we had to pull ourselves all the way back to the roof, these building I would estimate are about 65 to 70 feet in high. At that time we had no safety lines on flotation devices,.. It was good training as later I was a 'spiderman' working on the high steel for a few years.

Date:
24-Aug-2018

Email:
anne-donsmith@shaw.ca

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