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Alderman Brook
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Undated. Alderman Brook's house, Hunslet Lane. Large brick house now demolished. "A guide published in 1808 described Hunslet as 'a little more than a mile from Leeds'. Between the two places was a country lane - Hunslet Lane to Leeds people, and Leeds Lane to Hunslet people - and bordering it were fine residences. Of the few remaining, that know as Alderman Brook's house, is one of the most striking. It is notable for the geat number of windows, and also for the length of the building" (Mattison A and Meakin W 1908, The Romance of Old Leeds). Photograph Alf Mattison. The photographer Alfred Mattison was born in Hunslet in 1868. His passion for local history led to lecturing, photography and writing. In 1908 he wrote "The Romance of Old Leeds" based on his articles and photos for the Yorkshire Daily Observer. He died following a street accident in Leeds in Sept 1944.

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Peter Kelly

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The photographer Alfred Mattison was born in Hunslet in 1868. His passion for local history led to lecturing, photography and writing. In 1908 he wrote "The Romance of Old Leeds" based on his articles and photos for the Yorkshire Daily Observer. He died following a street accident in Leeds in Sept 1944.

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Dave Johnson

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In the nineteenth century, Hunslet people pronounced Leeds Lane as 'Leeds Loin'. Apparently this is where the term 'Loiner' (for a Leeds person)is derived. In fact, true 'Loiners' are people born within a short distance of 'Leeds Loin' - rather like true Cockneys being born within the sound of Bow Bells!

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Steve Musgrave

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Walter Meakin who was Mattison's co-writer went on to make his career as a journalist on the Manchester Guardian and the Daily news as the industrial correspondent. He was a founder member of the National Union of Journalists and President in 1924. He also accompanied the first British Trade Union Congress Delegation to Russia after the revolution,in 1920. He died in 1940. "The Romance of Old Leeds" was reprinted in 1987.

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brenda littlejohn nee/ adams

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i was born in hunslet on low rd not far from hunslet lane cant re-call where the building was unless it was the school near the railway goods yard can anyone help?

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Matt Nolan

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Hi guys I am currently writing a biography of Alf Mattison for a university project, so if anyone can give me any details (particularly about his death) with a link to any evidence if would be much appreciated! Thanks alot Matt

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RON WAITE

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Yes I remeber this building and I believe that it became Hunslet Lane School. I also think that it was a scholl for children with learning difficulties. I was born in Hunslet too.

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david simpson

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it was a school for children with learning difficulties (late 50's to 60's) it was also one of the few victorian schools with a swimming pool. my school, leeds parish church, went there for swimming classes. i lived round the corner in south brook street.

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31-Oct-2008

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carole ramsden

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my sister lynda went to this school 60s. She was behind her learning and may have been dyslexic because she was ok otherwise has anyone out there got any class photos?

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21-Oct-2009

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christian bellair

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i love this soo much xxx

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16-Nov-2010

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Katie Jacques

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I don't know if this house was replaced by Hunslet Lane School but that was where I taught from 1962-1971, when it was demolished and replaced by a new school,off Dewsbury Road, called Woodside. It was a school for secondary age pupils who had learning difficulties.Despite the building being old and lacking many modern facilities it had a small swimming pool and 2 large halls(one of which was a gym) as well as a Cookery Room, Woodwork Room and Art Rooms. I have many happy memories of working there with Staff who were all good friends and pupils who were unforgettable characters!

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12-Jul-2011

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dorothy horsfall

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i went to hunslet lane school in the late fortys early fifties my teachers where mrs todd and mrs everite i also made the tea for teachers durin breaks anyone rememeber me???? x

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17-Jul-2011

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Peter Ellis

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I attended Dewsbury Road school from 1950 to 1965 we used to walk to Hunslet Lane school in "crocodile" for swimming sessions towel and trunks rolled up under the arm, Tetleys Brewery was more or less next door and the smell of the hops being boiled has remained with me from all those years ago and the siight of the great shire horses leaving the brewery to deliver the beer in large oak casks to the pubs in Leeds. Happy care free days.

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30-Aug-2011

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Marie Jefferies

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My father, Joseph Smith, taught at Hunslet Lane School during the 60's. I seem to remember 2 entrances named "boys" & "girls". Not sure if this is the same building, as I remember it , the right hand side of the building was on a corner (next to the Crown Pub).

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29-Jun-2012

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D.Kennally

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Hi, I don't remember Alf Mattison (too young!) but I do recall Mrs. Mattison. She had an extensive collection of Alf's photos and lantern slides of the early labour movement in Leeds. I did hear they went to Labour Party HQ in London -and weren't acknowledged. My recollection is that she was very badly treated during the witch-hunts in the early 1950s.

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15-Oct-2012

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Adrian Buttree

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I have a copy of the original book signed by A Mattison to a Mr T Thackray, a wonderful book

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12-Feb-2013

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Denise Foster

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In the mid-'50s I attended Christ Church Infant school, which was a short walk from Hunslet Lane. At lunchtime we walked in 'crocodile' along Hunslet Road to Hunslet Lane school for our school dinner. Did that walk in all weathers!

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17-Sep-2013

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