|||A postcard of Briggate (Main Street) (Garforth)
|early 20th century.
This view was taken of Briggate in the early twentieth century and became a postcard. On the right is Colliery Row and beyond is Eagle House. Most of the street was still dwellings houses, and the lack of traffic allowed the children to stop and look in the middle of the road.
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|||Albert Road, Morley Main Colliery (Morley)
View of Morley main colliery situated in Albert Road shortly before it's demolition. The colliery closed in 1909.
Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Albert Road, view looking westwards towards Morley old gasworks (Morley) (1 comment)
A young boy stands on land off Albert Road where the former pit tip of Morley Main Colliery is being landscaped to provide more area for the parking of lorries and earth moving plant. The view is looking westwards towards Morley old gasworks and its manager's house, and to the beginnings of the development of the site in Valley Road for Orcal 'Oil Recoveries'. Immediately behind these are sidings for storing railway excursion carriages. The slope up to the top of Daisy Hill shows old houses here being demolished under the slum clearance act, while new housing has been built along the continuation of New Bank Street. Daisy Hill Mill chimney can be seen and in the distance are the tall chimneys of Laneside Mills. There is also part of a pit tip of a Churwell colliery, a path round which was another approach to Daisy Hill. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Barwick Road, Sisters' Pit (Garforth)
View shows Sisters' Pit, also known as Garforth Colliery, situated off Barwick Road. This coal mine was sunk by the Gascoigne family in 1843 and continued production until it was worked out in 1922, at which time it was employing 249 men. The area of Moor Garforth expanded around it.
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|||Barwick Road, Sisters' Pit, strike breakers (Garforth)
This image shows strike breakers at Sisters' Pit (Garforth Colliery) during a miners' strike in 1919. Police protection is being given to the workers, including a sailor who had been drafted in. This strike was one of a number of industrial disputes over wages and conditions in the pits in the years following the First World War, which culminated in the General Strike of 1926; by this time the Sisters Pit had closed but Trench Pit in Garforth was affected. Photograph courtesy of Miss M. Simpson.
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