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Canal Road, no. 27, J. W. Roberts, asbestos manufacturers


Canal Road, no. 27, J. W. Roberts, asbestos manufacturers
Description:
25th October 1943. Asbestos factory of J. W. Roberts on Canal Road. Factory chimney in background. To the left can be seen the end of Old Row.

User Comments:

Name:
Don Smith

Comment:
I wonder how many people have died as a result of this factory, I know they were in legal battles for years over compensation, the prevaling is from the west blowing the dust down Armley Road over hundreds of houses

Email:
anne-donsmith@shaw.ca

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Name:
Steve Walker

Comment:
1901 census has my great grandparents, Thomas & Hannah Massey, living at 3a Old Row.

Email:
steven.walker220@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Mick Agar

Comment:
I was born in 1944 and we lived in Salisbury Avenue until 1954. We used to play with dust in the street which for some obscure reason we called "fever sand". I never saw anything similar anywhere else. It never occurred to me till all the later publicity about this place that it was asbestos. Some of the windows had grilles and no glass. It looked like a snowscene inside. My first primary school was the Clock School whose back wall was just over the road from Roberts. A cousin a year older than me was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Date:
14-Feb-2009

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Name:
Chris Martin

Comment:
We lived at 8 Arksey Terrace which faces the back of the factory and I also remember the dust in the streets.

Date:
19-Jun-2009

Email:
chrisma5803@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
brian thomas

Comment:
All who rebuke modern Health & Safety rules/standards should be aware there were 'holes like this. I knew a few nice people who paid a high tariff for living near this pictured area.

Date:
06-Sep-2009

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Name:
Brian Birdsall

Comment:
Yes this works killed more people than is known about, I wored in the plce in the early 1960s the bule dust was all over the place even then.

Date:
24-Aug-2010

Email:
brian.birdsall@ntlworld.com

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Name:
jane sharp

Comment:
my grandad worked here and paid with his life. no amount of compensation could help :(

Date:
22-Sep-2010

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Name:
Helen Dunham

Comment:
Is this building still there? I'm sure I drove past it recently going to Armley Mills.

Date:
22-Sep-2010

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Name:
Andrew

Comment:
I now work in this building and can say it is a lot cleaner than years ago. This building has a terrible history.

Date:
04-Nov-2010

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Name:
Bryan Melvin

Comment:
My brother Bruce and I attended the Clock School in the early forties. The dust was all over the playground. Bruce died fifty years later as the result of inhaling it.One of many terrible deaths.

Date:
11-Mar-2011

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Name:
Sandra Irene Fowler

Comment:
Has bad memories for me too. Both my Mum and Grandma died from asbestos or mesothelioma as its called. My Mum was only 9 or10 when her Mum died. I was lucky enough to love and care for my Mum when she took a year to die with it. It used to blow into the Clock School back yard and the teachers used to bring us in when it was snowing down in the Summer. Kids I went to school with have died. Lots of people have died with a wrong diagnosis of Lung Cancer in that area. Put together with the correct name Asbestos deaths they must come to well over 10,000 to 20,000 They call it the Armley Disease.

Date:
17-Sep-2014

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