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[1]Sowden Family Portrait, Turton Hall Fold (Gildersome) (1 comment)
Sowden Family Portrait, Turton Hall Fold1905. Group portrait of the Sowden family, believed to have been taken at Turton Hall Fold. On the back row, from left to right, are Elsie, Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Helen Sowden, Martha Ann with her husband Matthew Bollan and finally, Fred Sowden. Seated at the front are Randall and Hilda Sowden. Randall was killed in the First World War in France, on the 9th October 1918 and he is remembered on the Gildersome War Memorial. He was a Private (service number 49948) in the First Battalion of the Essex Regiment and is also commemorated on Panel 7 of the memorial in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, France. Hilda Sowden grew up to marry Thomas Howarth in 1925.
[2]Selby Road, Primrose Lane junction, corner shop (Halton)
Selby Road, Primrose Lane junction, corner shopc1911. View shows a corner shop at the junction of Selby Road (left) and Primrose Lane (right). A boarded up window above the door displays the words "Primrose Cash Store, A. Scarfe, General Hardware Dealer". The owner, Albert Scarfe, was born on 8th February 1865 in Barwick-in-Elmet and died on 12th December 1938 in Leeds. His wife, Mary Elizabeth, is seen standing outside the shop with three of their daughters.
[3]Bird's Eye view looking north from York Street (City Centre)
Bird28th July 2014. Bird's Eye view looking north from the 8th floor at the top of the multi-storey Kirkgate Market car park in York Street. Here we can see the colourful stalls of the open market in the foreground, and beyond, the site being cleared for phase 1 of the Victoria Gate development. In the foreground, left, is the entrance to the indoor section of Kirkgate Market. Across the centre is the line of the north side of Eastgate. The south side (Eastgate Terrace) has been demolished to make way for the new Victoria Gate development scheme. This is a really good view of the site of phase 1 of Victoria Gate. At the left edge, in the centre, are properties in Harewood Street, which, with Vicar Lane, forms the western border. Harewood Street and Sidney Street will be pedestrianised and this new public realm will give easy access to the Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate (via Sidney Street). Kirkgate Market, Eastgate and the second phase of the development will be approached via Harewood Street). Shoppers will be able to use the public realm area, which will comprise part of George Street, to access the eastern side of the open market and the southern entrance of John Lewis. John Lewis will be a focal point of this site and it is to be built adjacent to the site of Millgarth Police Headquarters, the large brick building seen on the right. This will eventually be demolished to be replaced by a multi-storey car park.
[4]George Street, looking across to Eastgate and the site of Victoria Gate (City Centre)
George Street, looking across to Eastgate and the site of Victoria Gate28th July 2014. View from the offices of Kirkgate Market in George Street to properties on the north side of Eastgate. Buildings on the south side of Eastgate (Eastgate Terrace) have recently been demolished and the site cleared for work on the new Victoria Gate development to begin. Phase 1 of the Victoria Gate development will occupy the site south of Eastgate, bordered by Harewood Street and Vicar Lane to the west, George Street and Dyer Street to the south and St. Peter's Street to the east. New development will include the twin Victoria Gate Arcades, a John Lewis department store and a multi storey car park. Harewoood Street and Sidney Street will be pedestrianised and George Street will give visitors to Victoria Gate access to the eastern side of the open, outdoor Kirkgate Market and the south entrance to John Lewis.
[5]George Street, looking across to Harewood Street and the site of Victoria Gate (City Centre)
George Street, looking across to Harewood Street and the site of Victoria Gate28th July 2014. Photograph taken from the Market offices in George Street looking across to Harewood Street in the background left. In the background, right, properties on the north side of Eastgate are visible. The south side of Eastgate is now a building site as the shops and businesses from numbers 10 to 46 have recently been demolished. The site is being cleared to facilitate the development of Victoria Gate, a brand new destination for retail and leisure with an iconic multi-storey branch of John Lewis at its heart. Of the fine old brick buildings in Harewood Street the largest seen is County House which is at the junction with Sidney Street. Its frontage is in Vicar Lane, addressed as numbers 68 to 78 Vicar Lane, and is occupied by Flannels.
[6]Birds-eye view of Eastgate (City Centre)
Birds-eye view of Eastgate28th July 2014. Birds-eye view of Eastgate taken from the 4th floor of number 1 Eastgate, National Deposit House. The properties on the south side of Eastgate have recently been demolished in preparation for the new development of Victoria Gate. The properties demolished are numbers 10 to 46 Eastgate and running behind them was Union Street which is also now part of the site. In the background, left of centre, Millgarth Police Headquarters still stands in Millgarth Street. It too is scheduled for demolition and the multi-storey car park adjacent to a flagship John Lewis store will be built on the site. The junction with Harewood Street (where the man is walking) is in the foreground off towards the right. Harewood Street will be pedestrianised as part of the scheme. On the right are numbers 6 and 8 (Eastgate News,) Eastgate. In the background left is Quarry House and in front of it the light coloured building of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Behind the large crane Kirkgate Market is visible, including the coloured stall canopies of the outdoor market. On the horizon the tower of Leeds Parish Church of St. Peter can be seen.
[7]Headrow looking towards Eastgate (City Centre)
Headrow looking towards Eastgate28th July 2014. View from the Headrow looking east down Eastgate. On the right, the south side of Eastgate has been screened off and is now a building site. Numbers 10 to 46 Eastgate have recently been demolished to facilitate the building of Victoria Gate, a large retail and leisure development. The red brick building in the background, right, is shortly to be demolished. This is the former Millgarth Police Headquarters in Millgarth Street. A new £34 million headquarters for the West Yorkshire Police Service has opened in Elland Road, built as a Private Finance Initiative Project (PFI). The site of Millgarth Police Station will become that of a multi-storey car park for the use of shoppers and visitors to the new Victoria Gate. Located next to it will be a flagship John Lewis store. Looking straight ahead, Eastgate roundabout is visible and behind is Quarry House, the D.H.S.S. building. On the corner, left, is number 90 Vicar Lane and then number 1 Eastgate.
[8]Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Interior of the Main Railway Station (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Interior of the Main Railway StationUndated. Image shows the interior of the main railway station at Barnbow. It was taken while construction was underway. It was one of the first buildings to be built on the site and was huge, measuring approx. 830' in length.
[9]Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Undated. View of the south end of the Laundry at Barnbow which was equipped with modern machinery to cater for the needs of the factory workers. It was run in conjunction with the Outfitting Department which was responsible for the issue of garments which complied with the strict regulations. Each week the workers' clothes were thoroughly cleaned, with particular care paid to the garments of those working in the dangerous Amatol sections. Used laundry from the canteen was also processed here.
[10]Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Main Station or Component Buildings (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Main Station or Component BuildingsUndated. The first buildings to be erected at Barnbow included the main railway station with loading platforms,four of the component stores and four assembly blocks (A, B, C and D). The railway contractors for laying the railway track were Messrs. Thos. W. Ward Ltd. of Sheffield. The interior of the huge main station was 830' long. Barnbow employed two factory locomotives manufactured by the Hunslet Engine Co. and 1 Midland locomotive. At the peak there were also five NER locomotives to help cope with the 10,000 tons per week of finished ammunition. Fifteen special trains ran each day to convey the 20,000 workers to and from their employment. They travelled from such districts as York, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Pontefract, Castleford, Wetherby, Wakefield and Normanton.
[11]Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, The Cooling Pond (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, The Cooling PondUndated. View of the Cooling Pond at Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory taken during World War 1. The pond had a 200,000 gallon storage capacity and was created by the damming of the Cock Beck which flowed through the factory.
[12]Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Interior of the Box Factory (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Interior of the Box FactoryUndated. Image shows the interior of the Box Factory comprising the Large Machinery Hall and the Box Assembly Room. The work here included the ovehauling of gun ammunition boxes returned from overseas, repairs to the framework of the boxes and new internal fittings. There were also repairs carried out to fuse transit cases and conversion of N.C.T. (nitro-cellulose tubular) boxes (empty propellant boxes.)
[13]Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Police Checkpoint (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Police CheckpointUndated. Image shows police checks taking place at Barnbow No. 1 (Leeds) National Filling Factory. Security was obviously a priority and the site was enclosed by barbed wire with only two entrances, controlled by the Police Department. One entrance was for general purposes and the other solely for vehicles. The Police Department comprised a superintendent and three inspectors and a female superintendent who was in charge of the police women employed by the factory. Everyone entering the site had to have an official permit and in this image a vehicle is being held up while its two occupants are satisfying police that they are on authorised business.
[14]Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Aftermath of Explosion (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Aftermath of Explosion1918. Image shows a building at Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory after it had been ripped apart by an explosion on the 31st May 1918. This was also the day that King George V and Queen Mary were making a visit to Leeds. Experimental work was being carried out when the explosian occurred and, tragically, three men lost their lives and several workers were injured. Queen Mary sent a Royal message of sympathy and a gift of flowers to the injured.
[15]Refreshment Buffet at Barnbow Munitions Factory (Cross Gates)
Refreshment Buffet at Barnbow Munitions FactoryJune 1916. A refreshment buffet was opened up at the Barnbow munitions factory for the benefit of the women workers who preferred to bring their own food. Beverages of hot milk, cocoa and tea were available for purchase along with biscuits and cakes. The provision of the refreshment buffet meant that the women could obtain a light snack as they arrived off the shift trains and also just before the trains left at the end of their shift. Many women faced a long journey each way and so the buffet was a welcome addition. The catering equipment included a 100 gallon tea infuser, an 80 gallon cocoa boiler and a 40 gallon milk warmer.
[16]Section of Cow Mistals at Barnbow Farm (Cross Gates)
Section of Cow Mistals at Barnbow FarmThe many occupational hazards the women faced at Barnbow included working with chemical propellants which had the effect of turning the exposed skin and hair yellow. Because of this the women workers were dubbed the "Barnbow Canaries". The girls were encouraged to drink plenty of milk to counteract the effects. Barnbow actually had its own farm with a herd of dairy cows producing 300 gallons of milk each day.
[17]Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Making Box Lids (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Making Box LidsUndated. Image shows girls making box lids for the cartridge packing cases at the Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory during World War 1. Nothing was wasted and the materials from empty propellant boxes were sorted and converted by an entirely female work force. Here they are using circular saws to cut the wood to size.
[18]Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Melting House Building (Cross Gates)
Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Melting House BuildingEarly 1916. The Melting House building, seen here in the process of construction, was completed in a time frame of six weeks due to the urgent need to begin the filling of shells. Within four weeks a large shell store had been completed and the first shells were unloaded for cleaning and painting. One day before the promised completion date, on the 18th April, 1916, the very first shells were filled. The work was organised into two shifts, and then eventually three, until 6,000 shells were filled each day.
[19]Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Boiler House Under Construction (Cross Gates) (1 comment)
Barnbow No. 1. (Leeds) National Filling Factory, Boiler House Under Constructionc1916. In January 1916 the first portion of the Boiler House was completed. The Yorkshire Electric Power Company was to supply the power to drive the heating pumps and provide lighting throughout the factory.
[20]Golden Cross Restaurant, North Street (Sheepscar) (1 comment)
Golden Cross Restaurant, North Streetc1906. View shows the Golden Cross Tea and Dining Rooms at no.216 North Street. Standing beside the doorway are the proprietors Ernest and Muriel Louisa Lee. The young couple had moved into the restaurant after their marriage in 1905 and continued to run the business until the Second World War, after which it was taken over by their son Ernest William Lee who ran it with his wife Florrie until around 1953.