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[1]Camp Road, sleeping man. (Little London) (4 comments)
Camp Road, sleeping man.1955. Image shows the living room, which also contains a bed, of a terraced house in Camp Road. It is the home of a young couple and their two children, and was taken to illustrate the poverty and poor living conditions which many people endured in this area at this time. The campaign was an attempt to achieve better housing and was run by Leeds Headteacher, Reggie Marks. The father of the family is asleep on the bed and there are the remains of a meal on the table. There are shells of boiled eggs, slices of bread, jam, fruitcake and bottles of milk. The family have had tea to drink with their meal. The room is lit by a bare light blub hanging from the ceiling. Washing is draped over a washing line strung across the room in front of the window. Photograph courtesy of Terry Cryer.
[2]Bewerley Street Infant School, seen from the rear in Kirkland Place (Hunslet) (17 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.
[3]Osmondthorpe Secondary, Middle and First Schools, aerial view (Osmondthorpe) (47 comments)
Osmondthorpe Secondary, Middle and First Schools, aerial viewUndated. Aerial view of schools in Osmondthorpe, clockwise from top, Osmondthorpe Secondary, Osmondthorpe Middle and Osmondthorpe First. The first and middle schools are now combined as Osmondthorpe Primary and the Secondary School is an Adult Education Centre. Running along the top of the schools is Wykebeck Mount, while Wykebeck Avenue runs along the left and up to the railway bridge in the top centre. Neville Road is at the bottom right of the schools with Wykebeck Street leading off to the bottom right. Halton Moor Avenue is at the bottom left.
[4]Blakewell Ox Yard, looking towards Briggate (City Centre) (2 comments)
Blakewell Ox Yard, looking towards BriggateUndated. Old picture postcard in a series called 'Old Leeds' showing Blakewell Ox Yard, looking in the direction of Briggate. The photograph was most likely taken shortly before demolition, as, on 29th August 1898, the Empire Palace Theatre opened on this site, famously designed by Frank Matcham. Paving stones appear to have been lifted and are leant against the walls of the buildings. In 1822 Blakewell Ox Yard housed various businesses including two butchers, a milk dealer, a game dealer, and a willyer and fettler (textile workers). There was also an old inn called the Blakewell Ox Inn. The Empire Palace Theatre was demolished in 1962 and Harvey Nichols occupies the site at the present time. In a directory for 1888 Blakewell Ox Yard was listed between numbers 110 and 111 Briggate.
[5]County Arcade, Mecca Locarno (City Centre) (211 comments)
County Arcade, Mecca LocarnoUndated, Photo possibly dating from the early 1960s, looking from Cross Arcade into County Arcade to the front of the Mecca Locarno Ballroom. This dancehall had opened on 3rd November 1938. Mecca closed in 1969 (a new venue had been opened in 1964 in the Merrion Centre). It became The Stone in 1983 then a cafe in 1994. Notices outside give details of admission prices, varying from 2/6d early on Sunday evening (12.5p) to 6/- (30p) on Saturday nights. A special event is promoted on the round advertisement 'Midsummer Nights Dream Carnival, Wednesday 24th June, 3 bands, hats, balloons, novelties, competitions, 3/6d (17.5p). On the left edge is Vicker's gift shop, on the left of the Mecca is Greenwood's menswear business. Elster shoe shop is on the right, then Banks music in the window is on the right edge.
[6]Jubilee Court, between Vicar Lane and Briggate (City Centre) (2 comments)
Jubilee Court, between Vicar Lane and Briggate1898. View of Jubilee Court, a confined, narrow courtyard between Vicar Lane and Briggate, surrounded by other yards and hemmed in by buildings. There was an entrance in Vicar Lane leading to Jubilee Court, which, as listed in a directory for 1888, was located between number 18 Vicar lane, Edward Cliff Noble, tool manufacturer, and William Reid, auctioneer and beer retailer at number 21 Vicar Lane. Jubilee Court was near to Rockley Hall Yard and Wood Street. The court is paved with stone flags and has an open gulley running down the middle.
[7]Modder Place, looking towards Modder Avenue (Armley) (5 comments)
Modder Place, looking towards Modder Avenue1963 to 1965. A little girl poses for a photograph with her mother in Modder Place. She was born there in 1954, the youngest of six girls, in a two bedroomed, back-to-back, red brick terraced home, number 18 Modder Place. The row of terrace can be seen on the left-hand side. Modder Avenue runs across the background between Station Road and Carr Crofts. On the right is Blakey's Malleable Castings, or Blakey's Boot Protectors Ltd. The firm made rubber soles, heels, toe plates for shoes and boots and belt fasteners. The large buildings are marked on maps as 'Carr Crofts, Armley Iron Works. The more modern building in the background is Blakey's also. At the other end of Modder Place, behind the factory are the railway lines and nearby Armley Moor Station. The station closed in 1966.
[8]Le Prince's, 16 lens camera, 1887, Front view (Unknown) (20 comments)
Le Prince1887. Image shows the front view of Louis Le Prince's 16 lens camera built in 1887. Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (1842-1890?) had applied for an American patent entitled 'Method and Apparatus of Producing Animated Photographic Pictures'. He returned to Leeds from the States in 1887 and began to further develop his cameras at Number 160 Woodhouse Lane, a workshop adjacent to Blenheim Chapel. Le Prince was assisted by his son Adolph, Joseph Whitley, a clever mechanic, J.W.Longley and local joiner, Frederick Mason of the firm William Mason and Sons, 150 Woodhouse Lane. The 16 lenses, as seen here, centre, act on two sensitive films. The first 8 operate on one film in rapid succession, then, as the first film is moved forward, the next 8 lenses operate on the second film. The shutters on the lenses are opened in the correct order by means of a system of 'mutilated gears' to which they are attached. Louis Le Prince went on to develop more compact, less noisy cameras at his workshop in Woodhouse Lane and is famous for his single lens camera, patented in 1888. With this he successfully produced short sequences of moving film. Louis Le Prince's first film was on 14 October 1888. It is known as the "Roundhay Garden Scene" as it was shot in the garden of Oakwood Grange, Roundhay. It is the first movie on the reel of film, the second being the more famous Leeds Bridge scene. For a film clip of the Leeds Bridge sequence seee http://www.archive.org/details/Leeds_Bridge_1888 For further information on Le Prince see the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0392728/
[9]Cockburn High School, Burton Road (Beeston) (142 comments)
Cockburn High School, Burton RoadUndated. View of Cockburn High School in Burton Road. It was named after Sir George Cockburn, a former Chairman of Leeds School Board and an educationalist. The school opened on 17th July 1902.
[10]Aerial View, Holbeck Moor (Holbeck) (98 comments)
Aerial View, Holbeck Moor1963 Aerial view of Holbeck Moor district. Holbeck Moor Lane runs left to right across the centre with St Matthews Street/Top Moorside on the left. St Matthews Church is at the junction. In the centre are blocks of flats which were, with additional housing named after local worthies eg Hugh Gaitskell, Charles Jenkinson (Vicar of Holbeck and Labour councillor, responsible for building of Quarry Hill Flats). In the right foreground is Holbeck Moor.
[11]Ward's Yard, no. 7, Mabgate (Mabgate) (1 comment)
Ward1956 The main focus of this view is the brick work and yard which was once the White Swan Inn, at no.7 Ward's Yard. Now a private residence it had been a public house from at least the 1890s closing some time in the early 1940s. There is a painted sign on the wall to the right bearing the original pub name. The road which runs down to the right is Argyle Terrace with the junction Mabgate on the right edge. In the background are some industrial buildings including Tate of Leeds Ltd, motor engineers situated on New York Road.
[12]Cemetery Road and Tempest Road at the junction with Beeston Road (Beeston) (33 comments)
Cemetery Road and Tempest Road at the junction with Beeston RoadUndated. Groups of men wearing flat caps can be seen standing at the junctions of Cemetery Road and Tempest Road with Beeston Road. The photographer is standing at the top of Cemetery Road looking across Beeston Road to the top of Tempest Road, which is disappearing into the far distance (Beeston Road cuts across horizontally). The top of Beeston Hill is just off camera to the left. The photograph is likely to have been taken in the 1920s.
[13]Allerton Park no. 4 (Chapel Allerton) (41 comments)
Allerton Park no. 4Undated. Looking South at number 4 Allerton Park, Falloden Nursing Home. The building has a wooden fence enclosing shrubs and trees. A car is parked outside.
[14]Cheapside, looking east from Briggate (City Centre) (8 comments)
Cheapside, looking east from Briggatec1899. View of Cheapside, looking east, located off number 116 Briggate. A large wicker basket with "M R Leeds" stamped, or painted on it, is in the foreground. Animal carcasses are visible in many of the shop fronts, because Cheapside and Fleet Street were the two streets that enclosed the area known as The Shambles, and old term for butchers. This area was later torn down and replaced by The Empire Theatre. Many people line the street and stand in the shop doorways, including shopkeepers in aprons. Number 116 Briggate is the corner premises of Thomas Whitehouse, Watchmaker, seen at the right edge. There is advertising for "Watch Repairs a Speciality" and "Watch Glasses" for 2d, "Watch Hands" for 2d, "Watches Cleaned" for 1s & 6d. (this last would be worth around at least £4 in today's money.) Photograph by Wormald of Leeds.
[15]North Eastern Gas Board Offices, New York Road (City Centre) (2 comments)
North Eastern Gas Board Offices, New York RoadUndated. View from the 1970s showing the North Eastern Gas Board Offices in New York Road. The British Gas building was constructed to a height of 53 metres on 14 floors. Photograph courtesy of Stephen Howden.
[16]Abbott Place, from Armley Road (Armley) (17 comments)
Abbott Place, from Armley Road2nd February 1968. Image shows back-to-back terraces on Abbott Place off Armley Road with cars parked on the street. On the corner a letter box stands outside the Castleton Post Office also the National Insurance dispensing chemist run by E.D. Garvin M.P.S. To the right of this is D & M Darbishire newsagents, advertising Capstan and Players cigarettes, with an advertisement for Dettol wall mounted above the shop. Just seen on the far right is Abbot Street.
[17]Ascot Terrace no.s 72-88 (Richmond Hill) (8 comments)
Ascot Terrace no.s 72-8821st October 1966. Image shows the rear entrances and gardens of through terraces fronting onto Ascot Avenue. Each house has a private garden with most containing a washing line, dustbins, or the occasional plant. A young boy and black dog walk towards each other on the pavement.
[18]Well Garth Bank, from Whitecote Lane (Bramley) (1 comment)
Well Garth Bank, from Whitecote Lanec1960s. View shows Well Garth Bank seen from Whitecote Lane, probably taken in the 1960s when this street of detached and semi-detached houses was newly built, on the site of Well Garth Farm. To the left is no.2 and in the centre no.1.
[19]Meanwod Road, during World War II (Little London) (4 comments)
Meanwod Road, during World War IIc1939-1945. View of Meanwood Road during World War II showing tramlines in the foreground. Dominating the background, left, is the King's Arms 'one of Tetley's houses' located at numbers 73 Meanwood Road next to the junction with Meanwood Street (centre.) The kerb is painted with black and white markings to aid pedestrians and road users during the black-outs. On the opposite corner of Meanwood Street is British Node Products at number 75 Meanwood Road, with Mrs. Elizabeth Grayson, butcher adjacent at number 77.
[20]Meanwood Park Hospital (Meanwood) (12 comments)
Meanwood Park Hospital 22nd October 1919 Originally a family home, Meanwood Hall, built after 1762. It was rented in 1919 by Leeds Corporation to provide a home or 'colony' for people with with severe physical or learning disabilities. In 1921 Leeds Corporation bought the whole estate. The number of patients grew from 87 to 841 in 1941. To provide for growing numbers of patients villas were built in the grounds. The hospital is now closed and the site redeveloped for housing.