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Joseph Street, public baths and surplus land.


Joseph Street, public baths and surplus land.
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9th March 1915. Surplus lands located at Joseph Street and Cross Newport Street showing the public baths in the background.

User Comments:

Name:
Michael Costello

Comment:
These are the public baths where I used to go straight out of school (St Joseph's) to swim most days.

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Kevin Fitzpatrick

Comment:
The view you show is the same I had as a boy from the playground of St. Joseph's senior school for boys before the school burnt down in the 60's and had to be demolished. The wall in the foreground was where the first formers got initiated into the school by being thrown over it! Happy days!?

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Michael Holliday

Comment:
A very fond memory of Joseph Street Baths, from 51 to 59 I used to go to swim with Hunslet Moor School and during the same period I went on an evening with John Clayton's Sports Club. I recall once or twice attending the slipper baths for what I felt was a "LUXURY DO".

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Christine Hebenton

Comment:
Where I didn't learn to swim. We were taken here periodically from Cockburn High School and it was a longish walk there and back. After time taken out for dressing and undressing, I think we had about 15 mins actually in the water!

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Cliff Hayward

Comment:
During the late 1940s the children from Bewerley Street School, myself amongst them, used to walk here once a week for our swimming lesson. Unlike Christine Hebenton, I did learn here.

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cliff@dorcliff17.demon.co.uk

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peterjackson

Comment:
Went to the baths once a week for swimming lesson Mr Shearon took us ( although my form teacher was Mr Halloran, ex pupils will remember him fondly as old Boris,he created a fantastic rugby team at St Joseph,s, our team won the Yorkshire Cup 2 years on the trot, the third year we lost by 2 points in the semi final at the Arthur Thornton Ground, this with one man short from the first 5 minutes,Tony Kelly was taken to hospital, no subs in thoes days) I did eventually learn to swim aged 20,then I only could manage a length. But myself & Sid Hynnes ( who went on to captain Leeds & Great Britain at rugby ) taught my brother Philip to swim there in the late 50s.Does anyone remember our great school team with the like of Mullings, Marshall, the 2 Gowlands,Stevenson,Handsbro,Tate,basher Bentley,the years 1954-1957 The captains at different times were Mullins,Stevenson & Pete Gowland,must mention Jimmy Handsbro at football he captained every team he played for, and was the captain of Yorkshire Boys, what a footballer, he went to Leeds Utd, York City, then on to none league, but he was always plagued throughout his career with injuries, and his true potential was unfulfilled,he was a good schoolfriend of mine. Very happy memories.

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SID BUCKLEY

Comment:
To answer Peter Jackson i remember Sid Hynnes he whent to my old school Bewerley street so did an other good player Barry Seabourn rugby was the game in my days at school.We had no rugby pitch to play on we had to go up to middleton clearings to practice I remember walking down to the baths quite a walk from our school no school bus in my day. Do you remember the salt biscuits we could buy on the way out? I think they were four for a penney if my memory serves me right.Happy days.

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joan ward

Comment:
I too remember Joseph street swimming baths, I went to Hunslet Moor School and it was a fair walk from there to the baths. We had to get permission from our parents though if we wanted to go " winter swimming ". Those salt biscuits and bovril in the winter mmmm bliss.

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Keith Klemasz

Comment:
Thanks to Peter Jackson for putting me onto this site.Looking at this photo brings so many omotions & memories back after all these years, this has just made my day!.That little brick wall if my memory is correct was the end of the slide we used to make when the playground froze over during the winter months,many of us sustained great bruises from crashing into the wall,and if you didn't get out of the way quick enough you had about 12 lads pile on top of you,I can still see the good english blood that was freely spilt on many an occasion.Those were the good old days

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klemasz@senet.com.au

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Name:
Ann (Walker)

Comment:
What memories (late 1940's)!We used to go by tram (always upstairs) to the baths from Hunslet Carr Primary school.The aim being to jump on the bell when you were getting off. I got 2 certificates here but remember with terror the lady who used to push you back out away from the edge with her long pole as she followed you up the pool. If I remember rightly the cubicles opened straight on to the edge of the pool. After Hunslet Carr I went on to Cockburn. Happy days.

Date:
19-Jan-2009

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Name:
Irene Riley

Comment:
I attended Joseph Street swimming club Iwas taught to swim with a rope around my waist and being pulled along. Then later I was given rubber water wings. On our way home from the baths my friend's and I would take a look in St Joseph's Church. Before passing through the doors we would put holy water on our forheads and look around the Church. It was such an adventure for us little ones. My father attended St. Joseph's Senior School. He told my any disputes amongst the boy's would be decided in the boxing ring. Oh how times have changed. Does anyone remember Mr Brennan the caretaker with firey red wavey hair? One couldn't sit on the long little wall, he'd get angry and chase us off, never catching us, no we were to whippet quick for him. I had some fond memories living in Hunslet.

Date:
31-Aug-2009

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john Patterson

Comment:
The baths where i didn't learn to swim also! the manager was dugdale?dugan? or something similar, he had a son who was younger than me and could swim like a fish, i lived across the road at number 5 Joseph st, my father Alfred (Alf) was st Josephs caretaker until he retired. the night of the fire that destroyed the senior school, i remember my mother making tea for the firemen, when dad was allowed back in, everything was soaked and if not burnt and ruined. i think the ex pupil started the fire under the school stage which doubled as the bingo hall.

Date:
03-Sep-2009

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johnvambo@ntlworld.com

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Peter Jackson

Comment:
The photo dated 1915 seems to indicate St Josephs school was not yet built, I also have an O/S map dated 1906 which also shows the same unbuilt area. Had alwas assumed my old school to date from the late 19th century. Assuming the school was built approx 1918 and ended due to a fire mid 1960s its life span would only be around 50years, yet its appearance indicated about twice that. Would be interesting to find its actual build date.

Date:
04-Oct-2009

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petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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Angela

Comment:
My father, Hunslet born and bred, now aged 97, tells me he used to swim in the baths on Saturday morning. He remembers being told that "as from next week there will be mixed bathing". Shock, horror!! Anyone know what year that would be. He was born in 1913.

Date:
10-Jul-2010

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middletonda@tiscali.co.uk

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Valerie Franks (Hayes)

Comment:
My sister and I used to go to Joseph st. Baths every week to have a hot bath.The attendant ran a very meagre amount of water,and then removed the top of the hot tap.at home we had a gas oven,also with a removable tap which happened to be the same size.Taking our tap with us we were able to top up the hot water as we wished.On hearing water running the attendant would shout that whoever was "stealing' hot water would be banned from using the facility if she caught them.We were never caught!!

Date:
23-Jun-2011

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barry gammage

Comment:
my mother Lillian Gammage (who dies in 1972) used to be a swimming coach and had won a large cup which was displayed here for many years. Since the swimming baths were knocked down we have spent many years trying to trace it but to no avail. I myself swam here many many times. fond memories

Date:
05-Jul-2011

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Name:
june forbes nee smith

Comment:
I met my husband to be at joseph street baths at the age of nine ,mrs coleman was the lady with the pole and if she thought you would swim she would spend time helping you ,and she turned out some good swimmers.If you were no good then you might get a prod with her pole .Happy Daysof the1950,s

Date:
05-Jul-2011

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juneforbes@talktalk.net

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janet

Comment:
i used to go to the swimming baths as part of a school group when at bewerly street school about 1959 1960 or so ,i remember the changing rooms were round the pool ,no lockers you left your clothes in the changing room then aftre a very noisy swimming session you would get a cup of liquid oxo or bovril to keep out the cold!

Date:
19-Aug-2011

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janet.b1952@yahoo.co.uk

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Garry Draper

Comment:
I attended Bewerley Street school 1962-1966, we used to walk here for swimming lessons. Then finally at last in 1966 aged 10, just before I left school, I got my Preliminary swimming certificate, by that you will guess I wasn't a confident swimmer, I could never do the diving for the rubber brick and swimming in pajamas thing.

Date:
12-Feb-2012

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garry52@talktalk.net

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mel rickerby

Comment:
i too remember getting chucked over that wall at the bottom of the playground, and doing the same to the others latter on. joe arnold head and mr shearon deputy head

Date:
28-Apr-2012

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mrickerby@live.fr

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tommy mitchell

Comment:
iremember mrs coleman she would drag u across the pool on a rope after baths we always salted biscuits i lived in nevin st and went to st silas on goodman st we also went to hunslet lane baths with our school

Date:
18-Jul-2012

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Name:
donald rhodes

Comment:
like Christine Hebendon,I went here from rowland rd school,and I never learnt to swim until I was about 22./My girlfriend took me here and she taught me to swimn. I HATED going here from school,with virtually no attempt to actually teach us what to do in the water. I married my girldfriend,and still going strong after 53 years.

Date:
16-Nov-2012

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donrhodes@pac.com.au

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Frances Hainsworth (nee West)

Comment:
How I hated Joseph Street Baths. Like Christine we went there from Cockburn and it was always freezing and if I remember correctly the tiles in the pool were green which made the water seem colder! Ugh, horrible place.

Date:
16-Nov-2012

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fghainsworth@gmail.com

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Claudia Procter (nee Wilson)

Comment:
I used to go Joseph St swimming pool, I got a Blue Ribbon for swimming 2 length's, I learn't to swim by myself just by watching other's at 6yrs old, I also went there with my brother Paul, and our freind's June & Owen Smith for a Slipper Bath, me & June had to share a bath, it used to scare me there because the bath was very deep, all we had at home in Askern Ter, was a zinc bath.good old days .

Date:
17-Nov-2012

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daveclaudiaprocter@hotmail.com

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Name:
Andrew Coleman

Comment:
Great to read these comments about the baths. My grandparents ran these for many years teaching kids in Leeds to swim, including British Plunging Champion 1936.

Date:
24-Jan-2015

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Name:
Ken Bywater

Comment:
i went to Cockburn also. I agree, they did not teach you to swim and it did take three quarters of the lesson going there and back. I was lucky that i had 'sort of' learned to swim while at junior school. They sold wagon wheels and salt biscuits at the kiosk on the way out. The wagon wheels seemed very big. Not a very inviting place!

Date:
10-Mar-2015

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Name:
Roy Walker

Comment:
I was taught to swim at these baths,in the 1960's. The manager at the time, Mr.Foot,tried his best, but Colin, succeeded ! -Diving in,Hah,no problem!

Date:
01-May-2015

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Terry Smith ( TIFF )

Comment:
I remember learning to swim @ Joseph St baths. Thrown in and given a float for a while then told too swim. I remember the WALL but dont remember anybody throwing me over, prob because I had 2 older brothers who went to St Joseph,s as well.

Date:
02-Sep-2015

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tiffsmith@tesco.net

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Name:
Elaine Foy

Comment:
Hi can anyone tell me where the 'goit' is in Kikstall please.Thank you

Date:
16-Oct-2016

Email:
Elainefoy@talktalk.net

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Name:
Elaine Foy

Comment:
Hi.can anyone tell me where the 'goit' is in Kikstall please. Thank you

Date:
16-Oct-2016

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Elainefoy@talktalk.net

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Name:
Ted Longden

Comment:
Is anybody still alive who went to St Josephs Senior school in the years 1954 to 1959 Ted

Date:
11-Apr-2020

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