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Briggate, Boar Lane
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21st April 1951. View looking north from Boar Lane. At the bottom left can be seen Saxone Shoes and a parade of shops. On the right is Walker & Hall, silversmiths. There are several trams travelling along Briggate, which is full of pedestrians. A police box is visible in the centre of the road.

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rayd

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Years ago an oft heard expression was 'As busy as Briggate on a Saturday' which is well illustrated by this photo.

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michael mcguinness

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I well remember it like this,the tram for Roundhay Park used to leave from here,I remember going from home to Roundhay for 1 old penny(thats each way so that would be 2 old pence)

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jack mitchell

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The phrase as i remember it Rayd, was,Bluddy ell, it's like Briggit onna Setda Efternooin.Comm 24-7-07.

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rayd

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Yes Jack fully appreciate the vernacular, I just cleaned it up for the benefit of those viewers unfortunate not to be born a loiner.

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Graham A. Schofield

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I remember as a kid, in 1945, just after the war, standing with my parents on the right hand corner, just out of shot here, and seeing a column of army-tanks, ( a Victory Parade ), coming down Briggate, and turning into Boar Lane at this junction. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Mind you, if it had been yesterday, they would have made one heck of a mess of the tarmac surface. No such worry in 1945 though, as the roads were made up of granite 'set(t)s'. So the only damage, in the main, was a few chipped stones and thousands of scratches. There was always a policeman on point-duty at this junction. I wonder if that's him walking behind the car. Note the trams. I had to smile when I first heard about the now abhorted plans for a Leeds Super-Tram route in Leeds. The plans were scrapped in 2004,because the Government thought that £500m., was too much and they couldn't afford it. Obviously politics were involved, but let us not soil our feet by going down that muddy road. Regardless of all that; who were the council trying to impress in the first place. They'd only planned for three routes. 'City Centre to Adel' - City Centre to Whinmoor - City Centre to Tingley, with a route branching off in Hunslet to go up to Stourton. That's it. Good God! Before their demise, there were trams going up and down nearly every Main Road in Leeds. Thus allowing people in nearly every district, access to cheap public transport. Take a look at the £500m., and then look at the figure that the Times ( I think it was ) announced last year with regard to the cost of keeping our remaining troops in Iraq. They came up with £35 per second. ( Surely, that must be the average per soldier. ) Working that out for the year, we arrive at £1,103,760,000. I would imagine, that if the truth ( do we ever learn it? ) were known that figure would be much, much higher. Good God!!! How many troops have we got in Iraq??? The £500 million pales into insignificance, don't you think?

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Betty Crew

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In the late 1940s, to go into Town on a Saturday meant wearing my last Witsun' clothes. My mum wore lipstick and powdered her nose. My dad wore his demob suit. I can't remember if we spent any money, but we certainly had to be clean and tidy for the trip from Holbeck.

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14-Oct-2009

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B Hallam

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Can anyone shed light on that strange white object standing at the roadside at the lower right of this photo. One's first impression might be that it is one of those 'bubble-cars' such as: Heinkel, Isetta, or Messerschmitt. But a serious look at its relative scale to the railings, shows it to be too small. Bubble-cars were quite tiny, but not that tiny. Opinions may differ of course, but there is another problem. This 1951 photo is a couple of years too early for any of these vehicles which became popular for a short while resulting from the Suez crisis.

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18-Feb-2010

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J.Tebbs

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Looking closely it seems to be a perambulator with a sunshade, being pushed by a lady. Just my opinion.

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13-Oct-2011

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Leodis Office

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In answer to the query about the 'strange white object' we have had a look at an enlarged version of the image and it is indeed a coach-built pram with a sunshade. The pram is actually being pushed along Briggate by a gentleman wearing a suit. He appears to be accompanied by a female figure ladened with shopping bags who is just visible behind the tram wires to his right.

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31-Oct-2011

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Graham A. Schofield

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The remark about an accompanying female figure laden with shopping bags, reminds me of a work colleague who firmly believed that females were put on this Earth to act as beasts of burden, as well as being there to respond to all requests, demands and whims of the male gender. Although I totally disagree with his sentiment, I think that most of us will agree that one often sees a woman loaded down shopping, while her male companion strolls along by her side, carrying nothing whatsoever. Whenever we go out walking we can almost guarantee that we will come across women loaded with ruck-sacks, while their male counterparts walk alongside, encumbered with nothing more that a camera, or binoculars, or a map. There was one time when we were out in the mountains in the Scottish Highlands, and came across a couple walking alone, just ahead of us. We noted that the female, carrying all the essentials, suddenly stopped when her partner tapped her on the shoulder. We were somewhat amused with what followed. He appeared to grab hold of the ruck-sack as if to remove it from his partner's back, and take a turn at carrying it, - - - but no. He just opened the flap, pulled out what looked like a bottle of water, and took a few swigs. I don't think that he offered her any, as he seemed to replace the bottle fairly quickly, and refasten the flap. He then tapped her on the shoulder, and they carried on walking. It was as if he had issued the command, - - - "Walk On!". We were more or less in the middle of nowhere, and we wondered if there would ever be a point along their journey, where he might share 'the burden'. I feel sure that many of you will have witnessed similar scenarios.

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16-Apr-2017

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