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Beeston Road, nos. 173, 175a, 175a


Beeston Road, nos. 173, 175a, 175a
Description:
20th June 1938 View shows a row of three shops on Beeston Road. Number 173 is the premises of Abraham Marks, tailor with a window display of material swatches. Number 173a is the premises of Alfred T. Tallant shoe maker. The dwelling above includes a casement window. On the right, number 175a is vacant.

User Comments:

Name:
rayd

Comment:
This area was always referred to locally as Beeston Hill - for pretty obvious reasons

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Name:
T.Money

Comment:
The bay window above Tallants and the "window"to the left were originally at street level and the window was a doorway. This area was lowered to accommodate the tram track which was too steep to the left of the picture for the trams to negotiate.this cutting continued up the hill to the junction with Cemetary Road & Tempest Road. As I understand it the shops were originally the cellars of the the houses above.

Date:
25-Jul-2009

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t.money1@sky.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
There are two bay windows here. The one on the left can be seen just coming into shot, and they both follow roughly the same line and angle of those lower down the hill. But why are they hanging in mid-air? This house with its two bay windows would have had a front garden and a front door. Why have they disappeared? Normally the front doors of these types of Victorian houses were set centrally between the two bays. Was this narrower window converted from the front door? If so, why? Mr. T Money's comment raises very many questions - not only historical, but also technical ones. Does anyone have any evidence as to what happened here between 1900 and 1902, when the single Tram-Track was first laid, and the subsequent double track finally completed?

Date:
14-Oct-2009

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Terrance Watson.

Comment:
I cannot see from looking at the picture how ome can arrive at the thought of the shops beinging original cellars. the first floor windows are at differing hieghts, which sugest that the slope of the land was there as the buildings were being erected. Should T Money and G A Schofield be correct, then there would be evidence of this somewhere in Leeds transport archives I would have thouht.

Date:
21-Jun-2012

Email:
Tellwatson@talktalk.net

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Name:
Malcolm Bywater

Comment:
Directly across Beeston Road from Tarrants is the entrance to the driveway of 122. This can be seen on Photo 229 on Page 46. 122 Beeston Road was built prior to 1840, long before any trams, and the driveway is of the same date, . As the driveway is level with the road there was obviously no excavation and the shops and houses above, which were accessed from Hird Street, were built much later. The actual basement was at the rear of the shops. I lived at 122a Beeston Road from 1940 to 1954.

Date:
14-Aug-2017

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mgbywater@gmail.com

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Name:
Scott baker

Comment:
It seems the logical explanation for the windows and doorway hanging like that is the strong possibility of a front garden that stepped down to the road like the houses further down. Check on street view,It seems to make sense.

Date:
15-Aug-2017

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Name:
Billy

Comment:
With regards to previous comments on this photo I have done a little research and have come up with the following information. All dates are as close as I can get, perhaps someone will be able to verify or correct. The building with the TO LET sign is no.175/175a Beeston Road and was almost certainly built between 1910 and 1920. It was purpose built as two shops with living accommodation above accessed from 26 and 28 Hill Street at the rear. However the building to the left, numbered as 173 and 173a has quite a story to tell! Number 173 Beeston Road, when new, was a detached residence called "Rose Villa". It was built sometime between 1875 and 1890. Originally it had a small garden at the front which was higher than the road level by several feet. There was a stone retaining wall in front with a gateway and steps that lead up to the garden and front door, just as number 171, Beaulah House, next door, which still exists intact today. On the right gable end was a large conservatory and a garden that stretched as far as Lodge Lane, which was a single track unmade road at this time. Gate, steps and wall of 173, Rose Villa, can be seen in this pic from Graham Smith's Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10105401@N03/5629549176/in/faves-61182351@N04/ This shows that the excavation was not due to the road level being altered for the trams as the above mentioned picture on Flickr shows a tram about to pass Rose Villa with the walled garden, gateway, and steps still in situ. The front garden was only small and can be imagined by observing the space between the inner pavement edge and the shop's fronts as seen in the photo. The bay windows are an original feature but I don't know if they have always been "floating". They are shown on a detailed plan dated 1890. The centre window between, as T Money points out, was originally the front door to the property. Between 1908 and 1920 the property underwent a huge transformation, the garden was excavated and retaining wall removed, the house door altered and made into a window, (possible alteration to the bay windows), and the cellars were converted into three shops, extensions were added to the rear creating 22 and 24 Hill Street. 175 was added during this period, complete with wrap around corner gable property creating 1, 3 and 5 Lodge Lane. Hope this helps, any corrections welcomed.

Date:
15-Jan-2018

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