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2nd Northern General Hospital, Beckett's Park, Training College (Headingley) (14 comments)
Black & White imageUndated, The teacher training college at Beckett's Park was built in 1913. During the First World War it was converted to a military hospital. It was officially called the 2nd Northern General Hospital but was more commonly referred to as Beckett's Park Hospital. There were 3200 beds and the hospital treated 57,200 soldiers between 1914 to 1918. The hospital was gradually returned to educational uses until the outbreak of the Second World War when it was used to treat the Dunkirk wounded. The college is now part of Leeds Metropolitan University.
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Aberford Windmill (Aberford)
Black & White imagec1941-1943. Image shows Aberford Windmill in the early 1940s. In the 15th century it was in the ownership of the Abbot of Kirkstall and rented to a Mr. Gascoigne. (The Gascoigne family eventually became titled landowners.) Iron work, part of the structure of the mill, was removed and contributed to the Second World War effort. The surrounding houses are now demolished. Photograph by Leslie Chapman.
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Aerial view showing the sites of Saxton Gardens and Quarry Hill Flats before slum clearance (Bank) (4 comments)
Black & White imagec1936-1938. Aerial view showing the sites ear-marked for Saxton Gardens (bottom) and Quarry Hill Flats (top.) This is before slum clearance took place between 1936 and 1938. The site for Saxton Gardens was bordered on the north by Saxton Lane, on the south by Richmond Street, on the east by Church Road, Providence Street and Little Providence Street and on the west by Upper Cross Street and Flax Place. The scheme for the multi-storey flats was first approved by Leeds City Council in 1939 but building was abandoned when the Second World War broke out. The new, later scheme consisted of 7 blocks of flats with 448 dwellings containing one, two or three bedrooms, and covered an area of 10.5 acres. The first group of dwellings were completed and officially opened on 12th November 1957 by Alderman F.H. O'Donnell J.P. in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Alderman Joseph Hiley, J.P. In the bottom left-hand corner Smithies Garth Recreation Ground is visible.
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Aerial View, City Centre with Rockingham Street Bus Station (City Centre) (6 comments)
Black & White imagec1962 Woodhouse Lane is on the left from the middle edge at an angle to the bottom edge. To the right, in the middle of the photo is a large car park and Rockingham Street Bus Station. During the Second World War a static water tank for emergency use had been constructed on the car park area. Prior to that, part of the land facing Woodhouse Lane had been the site of Albion Brewery. The Merrion Centre was to be built on this site, which would include the bus station.
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Aerial View, Manston, showing Royal Ordnance Factory Barnbow (Cross Gates) (17 comments)
Black & White image1963. Aerial view showing the Barnbow Royal Ordnance Factory at the top of the photo. The bottom half, below Pendas Way, shows the housing development consisting of the Pendas and Kelmscott streets. This was all part of the Manston estate, which had belonged to the Gascoigne family. The Royal Ordnance Factory, situated on Manston Lane, made guns and later tanks during the Second World War. It was built about half a mile from the site of the World War One Barnbow shell filling factory where three fatal explosions occurred. The WW2 factory eventually became part of the Vickers group, manufacturing the Challenger Tank. It is now closed.
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AFS Team, Pudsey (Pudsey)
Black & White imagec1944. View shows part of the AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) team in Pudsey during the Second World War. The AFS was formed from volunteers at the outbreak of war to assist the regular fire brigade. Fire was a constant threat in Britain at the time with emergency fire tanks installed in many towns and cities. A large number of women joined the AFS, though those pictured here look to be all men.
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker, D.S.O., D.F.C. (Garforth) (5 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View shows Sir Augustus 'Gus' Walker at his desk. This notable Garforth resident lived in a large house at the corner of Lidgett Lane and Lowther Road. A rugby international before the Second World War, he was station commander of RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire when a Lancaster bomber blew up in December 1942, hurling him many yards and causing the loss of his right arm. Despite this his first thought was to see if anyone else was hurt, before he collapsed. After he recovered, he became base commander in charge of RAF Pocklington for more than two years, and continued to serve with distinction, rising to the rank of Air Chief Marshal. A blue plaque is now attached to his former home.
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Albert Ward, Grocer, Commercial Street (Rothwell)
Black & White image1926. View shows Albert Ward, and daughter Ethel, aged about 16, on the steps of his grocers and general merchants shop, at the junction of Commercial Street and Marsh Street. Advertisements can be seen for tea, mustard, polish, and tobacco and various items of hardware are hung outside. The building was demolished after the Second World War as part of the widening of the entrance to Marsh Street.
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Alexander Crescent looking towards Hartwell Road (Hyde Park) (1 comment)
Black & White imagec1944. Image taken at the end of Alexander Crescent, looking onto Hartwell Road. The man in the picture is George Batchelor who lived at number 30 Alexander Crescent, a through house also addressed as 75 Hyde Park Road. He is leaning against the rear gates of a branch of Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society, fronting Hyde Park Road at numbers 77 and 79. These rear gates are at number 32 Alexander Crescent. The co-op cellars were used as an air-raid shelter during the Second World War, as indicated by the signage on the gates. In the background is Westfield Works where H. Garnett's shoulder pad manufacturing business was based. The firm also had premises at St. Andrew's Works in Westfield Road, Burley.
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Armley Ridge Terrace (Armley)
Black & White imageUndated. A very old image showing Armley Ridge Terrace, a group of six stone built houses located off Armley Ridge Road. They number from left to right, 6 to 1. The houses were owned by George Ballinger and passed to his son, Frederick, before being sold around the period of the Second World War. The Kelly's Directory of Leeds for 1913 lists George Frederick Ballinger, a gas stove finisher, as living at number 3 Armley Ridge Terrace. His son Frederick , in later years lived at number 6 with his family. The houses have long gardens which are planted with vegetables including cabbages. Gotts Park with the mansion, Armley House, golf course and rose garden is located, on the opposite side of Armley Ridge Road to Armley Ridge Terrace.
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Art Gallery, Dig For Victory Exhibition (City Centre)
Black & White imageMarch 1943. View shows a large wheel made up entirely of many different varieties of vegetables, part of the display at the West Riding of Yorkshire "Dig For Victory" Week Exhibition aimed at encouraging more people to grow their own food. The exhibition was held at Leeds Art Gallery from 23rd to 27th March 1943. This image was digitised as part of the ‘Future Prospects of Urban Parks’ project, conducted by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number: AH/N001788/2).
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Art Gallery, Dig For Victory Week Exhibition (City Centre)
Black & White imageMarch 1943. Image shows a display of vegetables at the West Riding "Dig For Victory" Week Exhibition held at Leeds Art Gallery between 23rd and 27th March 1943, aimed at encouraging more prople to grow their own food to support the war effort. This image was digitised as part of the ‘Future Prospects of Urban Parks’ project, conducted by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number: AH/N001788/2).
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Art Gallery, Dig For Victory Week Exhibition (City Centre)
Black & White imageMarch 1943. View taken at the West Riding of Yorkshire "Dig For Victory" Week Exhibition showing a wide variety of produce that could be grown locally, aiming to encourage people to support the war effort by growing their own fruit and vegetables. The exhibition took place at Leeds Art Gallery between 23rd and 27th March 1943. This image was digitised as part of the ‘Future Prospects of Urban Parks’ project, conducted by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number: AH/N001788/2).
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Art Gallery, Dig For Victory Week Exhibition, Official Opening (City Centre)
Black & White image25th March 1943. View shows the Princess Royal (Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, daughter of George V) speaking at the official opening of the West Riding of Yorkshire "Dig For Victory" Week exhibition, which was held at Leeds Art Gallery from the 23rd to 27th March 1943. This image was digitised as part of the ‘Future Prospects of Urban Parks’ project, conducted by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number: AH/N001788/2).
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Art Gallery, Dig For Victory Week Exhibition, Official Opening (City Centre)
Black & White image25th March 1943. This image taken at the official opening of the West Riding of Yorkshire "Dig For Victory" week exhibition at the Art Gallery shows Mr TR Trigg (Director of the Parks Department), Captain Hubert Beaumont (MP for Batley and Morley) and the Princess Royal (Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood) looking at a display of bottled produce. This image was digitised as part of the ‘Future Prospects of Urban Parks’ project, conducted by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number: AH/N001788/2).
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Art Gallery, Dig For Victory Week Exhibition, Official Opening (City Centre)
Black & White image25th March 1943. View taken at the official opening of the West Riding of Yorkshire "Dig for Victory" Week Exhibition held at Leeds Art Gallery. Pictured beside a display of vegetables are, from left, Thomas R Trigg (Director of Parks Department), HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, daughter of George V), and the Lady Mayoress, Miss EG Lupton JP. This image was digitised as part of the ‘Future Prospects of Urban Parks’ project, conducted by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number: AH/N001788/2)
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Art Gallery, Dig For Victory Week Exhibition, Official Opening (City Centre)
Black & White image25th March 1943. View taken at the official opening of the West Riding of Yorkshire "Dig For Victory" Week Exhibition held at Leeds Art Gallery. Pictured in front of a large wheel made out of vegetables are the Lady Mayoress (Miss EG Lupton JP), Mr R Trigg (Director of Parks), HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood), Capt. Hubert Beaumont (MP for Batley and Morley), and an unknown lady. This image was digitised as part of the ‘Future Prospects of Urban Parks’ project, conducted by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number: AH/N001788/2)
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Arthington Hall Convalescent Hospital, postcard (Arthington) (2 comments)
Black & White imagec1954. Postcard view of Arthington Hall on Arthington Lane. This country residence, mostly an early to mid 18th century rebuilding of an earlier house, was the home of the Sheepshanks family from 1830 onwards. It was used as a convalescent hospital during the Second World War and for some time after, as on this postcard which bears a postmark of 1954, but has since been reverted to a residence. It is now a Grade II listed building.
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Arthur Louis Aaron Statue, Eastgate (City Centre) (2 comments)
Colour image19th March 2002. Statue in the Eastgate fountain unveiled on Saturday March 24th 2001 of Arthur Louis AAron (1922-43). A Gledhow born man who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery while flying over Dortmund, Hamburg and Algeria in the Second World War. He was shot down over Algeria where he died. The view behind looks up Eastgate with Hoagy's Pool Bar on the left and Eastgate buildings on the right.
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Avro Yeadon, staff photograph (Yeadon) (15 comments)
Black & White imagec1940s. Group portrait of some of the young women who were part of a staff of more than 17,500 people employed at Avro Yeadon (A.V. Roe) during the years of the Second World War. The Avro factory was built in 1939 close to Yeadon Aerodrome. It was one of several nation-wide 'shadow factories', as they were called, and also the largest in Europe, occupying a site of around 34 acres. Many of the workers were female and a proportion were local girls. However, huge numbers of workers arrived for their shifts in special buses, travelling from all over West Yorkshire. Third from the right on the front row is Audrey Tunnington whose home was in Edgeware Mount, Leeds 8. The Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP) also built temporary homes/accommodation for workers who lived some distance away from the Avro assembly plant, for example, on the Westfield Estate in Yeadon and Greenbanks at Horsforth. Between 1939 and its closure in 1946 around 700 Avro Lancaster bombers and 4,500 Avro Ansons were assembled here by women such as these. A partially built Lancaster is visible in the background.
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