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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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Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society Coal Wharf from Victoria Bridge (Holbeck)
Black & White imageFebruary 1903. View of the Leeds Industrial Co-opetative Society Coal Wharf from Victoria Bridge, with the dark arches and railway viaduct in the background, left. The wharf, also known as Central Wharf, had been the main coal wharf for the city for very many years. The area around this part of the River Aire has changed greatly over the years with residential blocks like Blue and the more recently built Waterman's Place and the Hilton Hotel and Priviledge Insurance Building in Little Neville Street. Nowadays, a modern footbridge crosses the river in front of the arches from the rear of Waterman's Place to Little Neville Street on the right.
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Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society Coal Wharf, viewed from Victoria Bridge (Holbeck)
Black & White imageFebruary 1903. View of Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society (Co-op) coal wharf on the River Aire, viewed from Victoria Bridge in the early twentieth century. The cavernous 'dark arches' can be seen in the background, supporting the railway viaduct. Originally, this was the main coal wharf for the city of Leeds. Lighters, (barges) transported the coal to Leeds in huge iron tubs, each containing a cart-load of coal, weighing approx. 36cwt. The tubs were unloaded onto the wharf with the aid of a small steam engine. Each lighter was able to carry 18 tubs. It became the Co-op wharf in the twentieth century. Adjacent to the right of the dark arches are old properties between the river and Little Neville Street. The old coal wharf, known as Central Wharf, is now the site of the modern Priviledge Insurance Building on Little Neville Street. A residential development called Blue and the Hilton Hotel also occupy Little Neville Street so the view looks very different today (2012). Off camera, left, a recently built residential block, Watermans Place makes up part of the Granary Wharf Scheme, a mix of residential and commercial including Candle House and Doubletree by Hilton, a hotel. From the rear of Watermans' Place a modern footbridge now spans the river in front of the arches across to Little Neville Street. Shortly, work will commence on a new southern entrance for City Station which will be accessed from here.
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Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society, Brudenell Grove branch, 'The Cooperative Virtue Sculptures' (Hyde Park) (2 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows detail of the 'Cooperative Virtue Sculptures' built into the back wall of the Brudenell Grove branch of the Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society. The plot of land for the Brudenell Grove store was purchased in 1891. In 1892 the memorial stone was laid by the Chairman of the Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society, Lionel Thornton. He was presented with a timepiece and a writing desk and Mrs. Thornton was given a silver tea service. The following year Mr. Thornton was elected president of the society. The three plaques depict various symbols of food production including machinery on left, possibly a grinding wheel in the centre and a beehive and sheaf of wheat on the right. The beehive symbol was that of the Lancaster Cooperative Society. The back of the building is on Wrangthorn Place.
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