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[1]Bewerley Street Infant School, seen from the rear in Kirkland Place (Hunslet) (20 comments)
Bewerley Street Infant School, seen from the rear in Kirkland Place4th June 1964 View showing the buildings and rear entrances of Bewerley Street Infant School. It was the first purpose built school to be erected by Leeds School Board and opened its doors to pupils on August 8th, 1873. It has classrooms with large, arched windows and behind the high wall, toilets are situated. By the 1950s, the school was for Juniors (7 – 11 Years), the Infants having moved to a school on Hunslet Hall Road.
[2]Aerial View, Dewsbury Road (Beeston) (64 comments)
Aerial View, Dewsbury Road1963 Dewsbury Road begins here on the bottom left edge and curves round to the top right corner. The railway line can be seen to the left of the houses and flats which have just been built. These were to be named Parkwood Road. On the right, South Leeds Golf Course, with the Middleton/Beeston section of the Ring Road and Dewsbury Road came together at Tommy Wass's a large public house.
[3]Kirkstall Road no. 342 (Burley) (2 comments)
Kirkstall Road no. 342Undated, In the centre of this view, the Kirkstall Road branch of the Yorkshire Bank is visible at number 342 Kirkstall Road. On the left edge is Allerton Street and the side of the Midland Bank. Allerton Terrace runs to the right edge.
[4]Springfield House, Springfield Avenue (Morley)
Springfield House, Springfield AvenueJanuary 1995. View of Springfield House Retirement Home in Springfield Avenue. The house dates from 1830 and was built by John Webster who owned Rod's Mill in Morley Townend. From the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1930s the house became the living quarters of the directors and managers of Springfield Mills. It was then owned by the owners of Springfield Mills, Hudson, Sykes and Bousfield. Soldiers of the R.A.S.C. regiment were billeted at Springfield House during World War II. Photograph from David Atkinson Archive.
[5]Shannon Street, looking south-west from York Road (City Centre) (1 comment)
Shannon Street, looking south-west from York Road28th August 1942. View looking south-west from York Road. Coss and Morris, Wholesale Clothiers can be seen on Shannon Street, centre, and also the tower of Leeds Parish Church of St. Peter, then Quarry Hill Flats. Immediately in front of the flats on the right, can be seen the back of the Woodpecker public house. Tram power cables are visible in the foreground.
[6]City Art Gallery, 'Rebuilding Britain' exhibition (City Centre)
City Art Gallery, 25th April 1944. View of some of the exhibits at the 'Rebuilding Britain' exhibition held at Leeds City Art Gallery in April 1944. A photo and plans of a building in Prague, together with a caption, can be seen.
[7]Viaduct Road, River Aire (Armley) (1 comment)
Viaduct Road, River Aire14th September 1955. View of the bridge of Viaduct Road as it crosses the River Aire (looking east). The stone structure on the far right is one of the supports of the L.N.E.R. viaduct. Behind the bridge, to the left, is the factory and chimney of Charles F. Thackray Ltd., surgical instruments. The river bank is overgrown, with an old oil drum in the foreground.
[8]Rag-and-bone man, with horse and cart (Unknown) (31 comments)
Rag-and-bone man, with horse and cartc1974/1975. Image shows a rag-and-bone man as he leads his horse down a street of red brick terraced houses, possibly one of the Bexleys or Bayswaters off Harehills Road. At one time the rag-and-bone man was a familiar and regular sight on our streets as he collected second-hand goods from door-to-door. The horse is harnessed to a cart piled with rags and something which may be an old cooker. Rag-and-bone men usually announced their arrival in a street by loudly crying 'Rag & bone, rag & bone'. People would come to the door with their unwanted items. Rags were sold on for recycling into paper or cloth and bones were sold to be ground and made into glue and crop fertilizer. Probably the most famous fictional rag-and-bone men were Albert Steptoe and his son Harold who had a horse called Hercules. Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett starred in the lead roles in the popular comedy T.V. series 'Steptoe and Son' of the 1960s and 70s.
[9]Wellington Road, proposed road development (City Centre)
Wellington Road, proposed road development1930. View of the Wellington Road area showing planned road development. Wellington Road runs from centre left to bottom centre; this section is now the Inner Ring Road. The River Aire (left) and Leeds and Liverpool Canal are marked in blue. The proposed road is drawn in along the top crossing the river and canal then the railway lines on the right. This road was actually never built. At the bottom of the photo are the Railway Roundhouse and Half Roundhouse built by Scottish railway engineer Thomas Grainger for the Leeds & Thirsk Railway Co. Ltd.
[10]Quarry Hill Flats, Oastler House (Quarry Hill) (2 comments)
Quarry Hill Flats, Oastler Housec1974/1975. View from the interior of the Quarry Hill Flats complex. It shows Oastler House, named after Richard Oastler (1789-1861) who was born close by in St. Peter's Square. He campaigned on behalf of the children employed in the mills and factories and in 1847 was successful in reducing their working day to a maximum of 10 hours. The photograph of Quarry Hill Flats was taken not long before demoliton began in September 1975, so they had a life span of only 37 years or so. This was because of various structural defects and problems with the waste disposals. Quarry Hill flats housed around 3000 people in 938 separate units. The site is now occupied by the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry House, the College of Music and the new BBC building. The arched gateway in this view opens onto Eastgate roundabout.
[11]Seacroft Hall, view across the lake (Seacroft) (11 comments)
Seacroft Hall, view across the lakec.1860-70. View of Seacroft Hall from the south, across the lake. The top-hatted gentleman in the foreground is thought to be John Wilson, Esq, but it is uncertain who the lady is. She may be his wife, Anna Maria Isabella, nee McLeod, or possibly his daughter, Constance, who married Rev. Charles John Aylmer Eade. John Wilson was born in 1808 and died at Seacroft Hall on 29th January 1891. He was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge and went on to become a JP for the West Riding of Yorkshire and a Captain in the 2nd West Yorkshire Militia. The Seacroft estate was bought by John Wilson Snr, of Camp Hall, Water Lane (1731-1821). He was in the linen trade. The last owner of the Hall was Darcy Bruce Wilson M.A., Barrister at Law, JP, Captain Yorkshire Hussars, who died, unmarried, at Seacroft Hall on 5th January 1931. The estate was subsequently sold to Leeds Corporation and the Hall was demolished in 1953-4. The lake in view was a large ornamental pond. This was filled in and the land later used as Parklands High School's sports fields. The school opened in 1958. The spire belongs to the Church of St. James on Seacroft Village Green. It was built to designs by Benjamin Russell of Leeds in 1845 and is now a listed building.
[12]Matthew Murray High School (Holbeck) (12 comments)
Matthew Murray High School25th January 2004. View of Matthew Murray High School on Brown Lane East. This is due to close on 31st August 2004 along with South Leeds Arts College - Merlyn Rees. A new school will utilise the two sites until a new school building can be built on the South Leeds Stadium development by a PFI company due to open in September 2006.
[13]Meanwood Road Public Baths, Meanwood Road (Buslingthorpe) (43 comments)
Meanwood Road Public Baths, Meanwood Road Image shows Meanwood Road Public Baths located on Meanwood Road between the junction of Education Road and Jackson Road. It was opened on 29th April 1899 by the chairman of the Baths,Councillor Peter Laycock. The other members of the committee were present including the Lord Mayor of Leeds,Alderman Thomas Walter Harding J.P. Many local children first learned to swim here,attending swimming lessons from Meanwood Road School. An ex-pupil growing up in the 1950s remembers, pocket money permitting, the warming cups of hot Bovril and 'Salt Biscuits'(savoury crackers)on sale. There was also a machine in the entrance where a penny in the slot would provide a squirt of Brillcream to add the finishing touches to your newly washed and dried hair. Meanwood Road Baths closed in 1977.
[14]Lands Lane, at the corner with Albion Place (City Centre)
Lands Lane, at the corner with Albion Place24th April 1979. View of Lands Lane precinct at the corner with Albion Place. The fountain and precinct were opened on the 12th April 1972 by Environment Secretary Peter Walker. From the left, on Albion Place, shops include Bailey's, Nicola Anne, Willerby, Royce Manshop Ltd at number 27, Brandon House Ltd jeweller's at 28 and Ivey Travel at number 6 Lands Lane. A sign in the foreground informs that Lands Lane is a paved zone with vehicle restictions.
[15]Aerial View, Greenthorpe Estate (Bramley) (23 comments)
Aerial View, Greenthorpe Estate1963 On the left is Henconner Lane with Bramley Town end in the top left corner. Moving right, is the Wyther Estate across Stanningley Road. In the top right area are Armley Hill Top cemetery and St Mary's Hospital just below this are tower blocks and new housing which is the Poplar Estate. Below this, the Greenthorpe Estate, stretching down to Pudsey Road, with Armley Heights estate to the right.
[16]'Woodbine Lizzie' AKA Alice Porter (City Centre) (26 comments)
Undated. Image shows a woman who was once a very familiar character in and around the city centre. Described as a 'Lady Tramp' she was generally known by the nick-name of 'Woodbine Lizzie'. She protected herself from the elements in several layers of old coats and an assortment of hats, including an old tram conductor's hat which also earned her the name of 'Tramway Lizzie'. The Woodbine reference came from the fact that she regularly begged Woodbine cigarettes from passers-by, and was reputed to have shown her temper if refused. Other people have recollected that she was sometimes seen selling cigarettes from a box hanging on a string around her neck. Woodbine Lizzie started life as Alice Porter, born in Stanningley in 1887. Her parents were Frederick Porter, a labourer in an iron foundry, and his wife, Priscilla, and she had an older brother and sister, Harry and Elizabeth. The family lived at number 9 Eastwood Buildings in Stanningley (1891 Census). From the age of 12 Alice worked part-time in a mill and by the age of 13 she was earning 3 shillings and 6 pence working full-time as a worsted spinner. When she was 18, in 1905, Alice married James Richard Hartley at St. Wilfrid's Church in Calverley (YorkshireBMD) and following their honeymoon in Hull the couple set up home in Pudsey. Over the next few years they had six children, five of whom were boys. During the First World War, after 12 years of marriage, Alice and her husband split up and went their separate ways. From 1919, Alice lived with her parents at Kirkstall. She went into service in Headingley but at the age of 38 decided to change her lifestyle completely by living on the streets as a 'vagabond' - as she described herself. At one point she walked to London but was not impressed and returned to Leeds the following week. 'Woodbine Lizzie' became addicted to tobacco during the First World War when she started smoking a pipe. She would begin her day at 5.30 am at a coffee stall in Boar Lane. Much of the day she would rest in parks or stand for hours in one of her usual haunts like the passageway leading to The Whip public house off Duncan Street. Her nights were often spent on Woodhouse Moor or at the back of the Seaman's Mission just off The Calls. Alice Porter, 'Woodbine Lizzie', died in 1947 in the Stanley Royd Hospital in Wakefield. She was about 60 years of age. We would like to identify the man in the photograph. A white line around him suggests that his image has been added. Any information welcome.
[17]Albion Street, from The Headrow (City Centre) (1 comment)
Albion Street, from The Headrow14th August 1939. View shows Electricity Showrooms on The Headrow next to the Tax Offices on the corner. There is an entrance to the Electricity Showrooms also on Albion Street. Cars and motorcyles can be seen at the traffic lights.
[18]York Road, boring rig (Burmantofts) (10 comments)
York Road, boring rig6th April 1949. Image shows the boring rig of C. Isler and Co. Artesian Well diggers in the York Road area. The school in the background is York Road School, located below York Road Baptist Church. The Prospect Works can be seen off to the right, situated on Upper Accommodation Road.
[19]Aerial View looking north east (City Centre)
Aerial View looking north east5th October 1999 View looking north east from the roof of Leeds Town Hall. The Electric press and Leonardo building can be seen on the left. The Leonardo building was part of the former City of Leeds School from 1975, before becoming Leeds City Council offices in 1998.
[20]Claro Place (Woodhouse) (1 comment)
Claro Place17th August 1967, View of Claro Place from Claro Road, to the left the end of Claro Grove can be seen. On the right in the centre is Sugar Well Hill.