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Albion Place off Town Street (Beeston) (9 comments)
Black & White image1954. A view of very old terraced dwellings in Albion Place off Town Street. Some are through-by-light and are accessed via. Roger's Fold. There are two properties opening into Albion Place, number 2, centre, and number 4, next to the broad archway into Wades Fold, far right. Beeston Co-op opened in Albion Place in 1886 managed by a Mr. Jones. It was relocated in 1894 to larger premises. The Pot Shop far left is at number 35 Town Street. At the other side of Albion Place (off camera, right) is number 39/41 Town Street, a large stone building where the manufacture of Pillow Lace is thought to have taken place. Known locally as the barracks it was originally a farmhouse with a large single room, possibly used for the drying of grain, encompassing the entire third storey. The art of lace making arrived in Beeston in Elizabethan times with the French and Flemish protestant immigrants who settled here. Lace became the height of fashion in Georgian times and it was George II who encouraged the growth of the industry by insisting on only the finest English lace. A young woman in Beeston, Catherine Murray, designed a lace pattern with a rose motif incorporated into a pair of ruffles and which were presented to the King. Famously, His Royal Highness and other members of the royal family wore Beeston Pillow Lace at the Birthday Ball held in his honour. Pillow lace was known by this name as it was made up on a cushion or pillow as opposed to a frame, the more usual method. Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), in his work 'Ducatus Leodensis' of 1715, refers to the Beeston lace as 'bone lace' because it was first made using bone rather than wooden bobbins. This type of lace was also manufactured in other parts of the country such as the North Riding of Yorkshire and Birmingham. Thoresby describes how the lace-making industry provided a livelihood for many people with disabilities, often children, but who had the skill and dexterity to produce the very fine pillow lace. By the eighteenth century fashions were changing and sadly, as Thoresby put it, "though English lace was brought to great Perfection, yet it is less esteemed by some, since that of Flanders, and Point de Venice in Italy came into fashion".
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Albion Place off Town Street (Beeston) (2 comments)
Black & White image1954 Very old terrace housing in an enclave off Town Street called Albion Place. Dwellings number from the left 4, 5, 6 and 7. A wide archway suitable for the passage of vehicles gives access through to Wade Fold. This would have been necessary as the original Beeston Coop was started here in 1886, it proved such a success that larger premises were found by 1894.
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Alley Joining Outgang and Lower Town Street (Bramley) (7 comments)
Black & White imagec1966. Alley with stone terraced houses and paved with stone setts.
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Armley Branch Library & Old Police Station at the Junction of Town Street & Wesley Road (Armley) (8 comments)
Black & White imageUndated, An early view of the new City of Leeds Public Free Library, Armley Branch, on the left. Designed by Percy Robinson it replaced a temporary branch opened in the U.N.F.C. Schoolroom, Carcrofts in 1874. The new library was estimated to have shelving for 21, 740 volumes. Far right at no 3 Town Street is the old police station and the building on the left of it is Temperance Hall.
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Armley Moor Health Centre, 95 Town Street (Armley) (1 comment)
Colour image2007. Image shows Armley Moor Health Centre located at number 95 Armley Town Street, opposite Armley Moor. The centre was opened by the Honourable John Battle MP in the January of 2006. It includes a children's centre offering 80 childcare places.
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