|||City Varieties, 'The Good Old Days' (City Centre)
Image shows an evening performance of 'The Good Old Days' at the City Varieties in Swan Street. These shows are a tribute to the Music Hall acts of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Between 1953 and 1983 the BBC filmed the 'Good Old Days' hosted by Leonard Sachs. It was customary for the audience to dress up in period costume. The shows are still produced each year to a packed audience although no longer televised. The building is Grade II listed and dates back to 1865 when Charles Thornton built it over the White Swan to replace the White Swan Singing Room. It was known as Thornton's Fashionable Lounge.
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|||High Street, cricket match in progress (Yeadon)
View of a Monday cricket match in progress at Yeadon Cricket Ground during Yeadon Feast. Feast week was the third week in August when the local mills closed,initially for 3 days, but later for a week. The Cricket Ground is still at the rear of the White Swan Public House in the High Street. In the background Moorfield Mills are visible with Yeadon Moor and Bayton Lane behind (towards the right) Moorfield Mills was built in 1877 and the owner was William Murgatroyd ('Billy Murg'). The woollen industry in Yeadon employed a large percentage of the town's population.
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|||High Street, Yeadon Cricket Club Ground and Pavilion. (Yeadon)
View of the cricket ground and pavilion situated at the rear of the White Swan Public House in the High Street. Yeadon Cricket Club was founded in 1859 and it played its first season in Nunroyd fields. The club moved to the White Swan location in 1865. The pavilion was built in 1887 and spectators were also able to observe the matches from the 'long room' of the White Swan where they could enjoy a pint of beer. Yeadon Cricket Club has produced many fine cricketers some of whom played for Yorkshire.
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|||'Swan Field' Gathering of members of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade. (Yeadon) (1 comment)
Image shows a group, posed photograph of members of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade. They are gathered together in the 'Swan Field' at the rear of the White Swan public house. Mrs Hardwick, second from the left in the middle row, was well respected and loved by many Yeadon people as she was known as an unofficial District Nurse and gave medical advice and help to all who needed it. Her daughter, Elsie Hardwick is on the right of the front row, third from the end, and Robinson Walker is the tallest man, second from the right on the back row. The Hardwicks had a shop in the now demolished Walkers Row and the Walkers had a shop at the top end of Town Street.
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|||The Headrow: The City Varieties (City Centre)
|28th September 1937
Left is Lewis's store. Then number 51 the Horse and Trumpet public house. Number 53 is the Leeds optical centre with bespectacled man in doorway. Leeds City Varieties lying between the two. Reputedly the oldest surviving theatre in Britain. Its roots can be traced back to the singing room of the White Swan coaching inn. It was named the City Varieties in 1894. From 1953 it was the home of producer Barney Colehans' 'Good Old Days' television programme. In 1987, the theatre was bought by Leeds City Council.
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