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Lewis's (Leeds) Ltd General View, Headrow


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26th August 1947. Shows Lewis's Department Store on corner of Headrow and Woodhouse. 'Lewis's for household goods'poster visible. People and vans going past.

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Name:
C Lovedale

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As a child we lived off Meanwood Road, every Saturday Mum and me walked into town along what was then Camp Road (Lovell Park Road). Lewis"s was the first stop, where we bought succulent ham cut fresh from the bone and cream cheese which was weighed into stiffened paper pots. This was my tea-time treat. The store became a magnet to Leeds children in December, the arrival of Santa with his entourage of elves and fairies dispensing sweets to the waiting crowd: the windows enticing all into a festive wonderland and the Grotto!! It was a seasonal masterpiece of fairy tales and fantasy, automated figures brought to life every childs imaginery dream of Christmas and Santa Claus. No other store could ever rival Lewis"s!

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Name:
Doug Malsbury

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Most Saturday mornings from about 1950-57 my mum and I went into town on the bus and Lewis`s was our first call.Especially in the couple of months leading up to Christmas every year.The toy department suddenly became enormous with working displays,train layouts and of course the Santa`s grotto which seemed to go on for miles - I went through it for years after I stopped believing in Santa just to see the characters working away - they seemed to come up with new ones every year.Lewis`s store is still one my most abiding childhood memories fifty years after leaving Leeds

Date:
04-Jan-2009

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wjdmalsbury@btinternet.com

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Name:
C. J. M

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I had my photo taken with a real monkey in Lewis's as a child, I was a bit scared of it!I often went to buy Ranella doll clothes for a doll is still own, as a birthday treat. Also, I bought my first boots and shoes for work at Lewis's after saving for a months wages in the 1970's. The food hall used to sell takeaway chip butties at lunchtime. And I remember the Cafe always had steamy warm plates and cutlery,Which I still hate to this day?? . I still have a self of fish knives I bought in their home department. Oh and I loved the Grotto at Christmas time.??????????

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26-Sep-2017

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Name:
Sue Lappage

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Of all the shops which have come and gone over the years, Lewis's is the one I miss most. It was somehow archetypally 'Leeds'. It began to go downhill when the department store was given over to concession companies. At the bottom of the steps at the entrance nearest Woodhouse Lane was a counter that sold handmade real cream chocolates which were sold individually. I could never afford more than two at a time. Lewis's also had a very nice ladies hairdressers, as I recall.

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18-Mar-2018

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