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[1]Aerial View, Burmantofts Street (Burmantofts) (4 comments)
Aerial View, Burmantofts Street1963 This aerial view shows a mixture of old and new, with tracks of waste ground which had previously been the site of hundreds of back-to-back houses. Richmond Hill is in the foreground, with York Road running from left to right just below the centre. On the left side is the junction with Burmantofts Street which runs at an angle towards the right. St James's Hospital is here (now Beckett Street) a new white building stands out. Opposite is a wooded area which is Beckett Street Cemetery. In the centre of the photo is the new Ebor estate.
[2]Beckett Street Cemetery, gravestone of Short family (Burmantofts)
Beckett Street Cemetery, gravestone of Short familyUndated. This gravestone in Beckett Street Cemetery commemorates 3 generations of a military family. Frederick Short the elder, listed at the bottom, had served with the 4th Light Dragoons at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, taking part in the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade for which he was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was promoted to Sergeant Major and later transferred to the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry Cavalry as an Instructor. Though born in Windsor, he moved to Leeds on leaving the army where he was listed as a beer retailer at Carlton Street in an 1867 directory. However, he was adjudicated bankrupt on 11th November 1869, described as a former Innkeeper now out of business residing at Regent Street in Chapel Allerton. In the 1871 census he was living with his Irish wife Elizabeth and six children at the Horse and Trumpet Yard, then in 1881 at Garden House, Carlisle Road, Hunslet. He died in May 1886 and was interred in Somerset. His son and grandson however were buried here. Frederick Short, his son, commemorated at the top, was a Sergeant Major in the 4th Hussars and in the West Somerset Yeomanry. He died in 1904 aged 52 years. Grandson Frederick Francis Short, Corporal of the 1st Royal Dragoons, died in South Africa in the Boer War on 26th January 1901 aged 18. The gravestone shows a symbol of crossed swords with a busby as worn by the Hussars. The busby, complete with red "jelly-bag" hanging over one side, is still part of the ceremonial dress of Hussars today. Photograph courtesy of Julie Cryer.
[3]Beckett Street cemetery, guinea graves (Burmantofts) (17 comments)
Beckett Street cemetery, guinea gravesUndated. View of Beckett Street cemetery showing rows of inscription graves or 'guinea graves'. These were a type of common grave for a number of unrelated people buried at the same time, but unlike pauper graves they had headstones commemorating the names of the dead. This type of burial originally cost the family one guinea (one pound and one shilling), hence the popular name. The graves on the right here date from 1912. In the background are the high-rise flats of Shakespeare Towers, Court and Grange.
[4]Beckett Street Cemetery, view of a 'Guinea Grave' (Burmantofts) (5 comments)
Beckett Street Cemetery, view of a Undated. Image shows an example of one of the 'guinea' graves, also known as subscription graves, located in Beckett Street Cemetery. This type of burial was introduced in 1857 and continued until 1940. It enabled impoverished people to provide a decent burial for their loved one in a communal plot with a shared headstone. The cost of one guinea (one pound and one shilling) included a commemorative inscription of up to 36 letters. Some of the guinea graves are inscribed with as many as 46 names but this particular example of 1904 marks the interrment of 14 people aged between just 3 months and 59 years. The image was sent in by a Mr. Bradley whose relative is commemorated here. Frederick Othick Johnson would have been his Great Great Uncle but sadly died at the age of only 17 months.
[5]Beckett Street nos. 66-78 (Burmantofts) (2 comments)
Beckett Street nos. 66-7826th May 1960, Section of Beckett Street, number 78 on the left is marked by the triangle at the top of the school warning sign. Moving right the numbers follow in descending order to 66, where a woman stands in the doorway. The street was named after the Beckett family, two fields belonging to William Beckett MP were purchased to create Beckett Street Cemetery in 1843. The first burial there took place in August 1845.
[6]Beckett Street, Bertie Street (Burmantofts) (6 comments)
Beckett Street, Bertie StreetUndated, This image shows Beckett Street on the left and Bertie Street on the right. On the corner is number 1 Bertie Street the Chadwick and Son monumental sculptors. Outside blank headstones for graves are displayed. On the far left is Glebe Street and the exterior wall of the Beckett Street cemetery.
[7]East Leeds, aerial view (York Road) (1 comment)
East Leeds, aerial viewApril 1966. Aerial view to the east of the city centre showing Richmond Hill at the bottom, Burmantofts in the centre and Harehills in the distance. York Road runs across the centre from left to right, joined by Upper Accommodation Road from the bottom centre and Pontefract Lane from the bottom right. The Ebor Gardens housing estate is seen just above York Road in the centre. Burmantofts Street leads off from York Road on the left, from the junction with New York Road and Marsh Lane, and becomes Beckett Street further up, passing St. James's Hospital and Beckett Street Cemetery towards the top centre. Saxton Gardens flats are seen on the bottom left.
[8]Harehills Road no. 86 (Harehills) (8 comments)
Harehills Road no. 8619th February 1952 19/02/1952. Number 86 Harehills Road, "The Beauty Box" hairdressers. An advertisement for Maconochies soups is prominent. Part of St. James Hospital can be seen behind this. In the background on the left is the entrance lodge to Beckett Street cemetery. A streetlamp is visible.
[9]Harehills, Aerial View (Harehills) (51 comments)
Harehills, Aerial View16th February 1988. In the top left corner is Stanley Road at the junction with Beckett Street and Harehills Road. The corner of Beckett Street Cemetery can be seen. Moving right, in the centre of the top half of the view is Florence Street. Compton Road runs left to right through the middle, Compton Road Library is on the right of the photograph, at the junction with Harehills Lane. In the bottom right corner can be seen the site of the original Brownhill School which was later used for housing. On the left, factory premises on Hudson Road were formerly Burton's tailors.
[10]Harehills, Aerial View (Harehills)
Harehills, Aerial View16th February 1988. Harehills Road is running through the centre of this view. In the top right hand corner recreation ground with skate park, lying between Banstead Terrace (to the North)and Elford Place (to the South). Moving right towards Harehills Lane, a clearance area was to be the site of the largest Mosque in Leeds. In the bottom right corner is Beckett Street Cemetery, across to the left, the larger buildings are part of St. James Hospital.
[11]Harehills, Aerial View (Harehills)
Harehills, Aerial View16th February 1988. This view looks across Harehills from Beckett Street Cemetery which is at the bottom, to St. Wilfrid's Church which can just be seen at the top edge.
[12]Hudson Mills, aerial view (Burmantofts) (14 comments)
Hudson Mills, aerial viewUndated. Aerial view of the Hudson Mills factory of Montague Burton Ltd., clothiers, at one time believed to be the largest clothing factory in the world. Roads surrounding it are on the top left Hudson Road, top right Trent Road, bottom right Upper Westlock Avenue and bottom left Burton Way. Towards the bottom is Stoney Rock Lane, mostly obscured by trees in Beckett Street Cemetery. Streets on the bottom right are Westlock Avenue, Westlock Grove, Westlock Terrace, Westlock Crescent and Fraser Road on the top left are the Comptons, Sutherlands and Brown Hills and top right Torre Mount, Grove and Drive.
[13]Killingbeck Roman Catholic Cemetery off York Road (Killingbeck) (6 comments)
Killingbeck Roman Catholic Cemetery off York Road2000 A view of the Killingbeck Roman Catholic Cemetery off York Road, established by the Catholic Burial Board in 1895. It answered a need in the Catholic community when the overcrowded graveyard of St. Patricks Chapel was closed by the burial grounds committee for public health reasons. For a period Roman Catholic families buried their dead in Beckett Street Cemetery. The twelve acre site of Killingbeck Roman Catholic Cemetery was consecrated on 14th July 1895.
[14]Killingbeck Roman Catholic Cemetery off York Road (Killingbeck) (20 comments)
Killingbeck Roman Catholic Cemetery off York Road2000 View of Killingbeck Roman Catholic Cemetery, off York Road. In the nineteenth century the Burial Grounds committee, in the interests of public health, made a move to close graveyards which had become overcrowded and therefore unhygienic. The burial ground of St Patrick's Chapel was one of these and meant that Roman Catholic families in the area had to inter their dead in Beckett Street Cemetery. However, in 1895 the Catholic Burial Board established the sectarian ground at Killingbeck and it was consecrated on the 14th July of that year.
[15]St. James's Hospital, aerial view (Burmantofts) (1 comment)
St. JamesUndated. Aerial view of St. James's Hospital. Beckett Street runs along the front of the hospital with the tree - lined Beckett Street Cemetery in the foreground, right. Houses in Harehills are seen in the background, including the Bexleys, Edgewares and Bayswaters on the right and Roundhay Road running from the top left.