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[1]Albion Place off Town Street (Beeston) (9 comments)
Albion Place off Town Street1954. A view of very old terraced dwellings in Albion Place off Town Street. Some are through-by-light and are accessed via. Roger's Fold. There are two properties opening into Albion Place, number 2, centre, and number 4, next to the broad archway into Wades Fold, far right. Beeston Co-op opened in Albion Place in 1886 managed by a Mr. Jones. It was relocated in 1894 to larger premises. The Pot Shop far left is at number 35 Town Street. At the other side of Albion Place (off camera, right) is number 39/41 Town Street, a large stone building where the manufacture of Pillow Lace is thought to have taken place. Known locally as the barracks it was originally a farmhouse with a large single room, possibly used for the drying of grain, encompassing the entire third storey. The art of lace making arrived in Beeston in Elizabethan times with the French and Flemish protestant immigrants who settled here. Lace became the height of fashion in Georgian times and it was George II who encouraged the growth of the industry by insisting on only the finest English lace. A young woman in Beeston, Catherine Murray, designed a lace pattern with a rose motif incorporated into a pair of ruffles and which were presented to the King. Famously, His Royal Highness and other members of the royal family wore Beeston Pillow Lace at the Birthday Ball held in his honour. Pillow lace was known by this name as it was made up on a cushion or pillow as opposed to a frame, the more usual method. Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), in his work 'Ducatus Leodensis' of 1715, refers to the Beeston lace as 'bone lace' because it was first made using bone rather than wooden bobbins. This type of lace was also manufactured in other parts of the country such as the North Riding of Yorkshire and Birmingham. Thoresby describes how the lace-making industry provided a livelihood for many people with disabilities, often children, but who had the skill and dexterity to produce the very fine pillow lace. By the eighteenth century fashions were changing and sadly, as Thoresby put it, "though English lace was brought to great Perfection, yet it is less esteemed by some, since that of Flanders, and Point de Venice in Italy came into fashion".
[2]County Arcade, Mecca Locarno (City Centre) (215 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.
[3]Aerial View, Holbeck Moor (Holbeck) (103 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.
[4]Shadwell Lane, Leeds Industrial School, aerial view (Moortown) (67 comments)
Shadwell Lane, Leeds Industrial School, aerial viewUndated. Aerial view of Shadwell Lane showing Leeds Industrial School for Boys, later Shadwell Children's Centre. Residential streets at the top include Linton Avenue, Linton Grove and Linton Crescent.
[5]Cottingley Hall Estate, plans (Cottingley) (167 comments)
Cottingley Hall Estate, plans15th July 1950. View shows the temporary accommodation layout for Cottingley Hall Estate.
[6]Appleyard of Leeds (Sheepscar) (49 comments)
Appleyard of Leeds31st May 1929. View of the premises of Appleyard of Leeds Ltd. at the junction of North Street with Sheepscar Street South. Shows car showroom, garage and petrol pumps. The company was started by John Ernest Appleyard who opened his first business on Park Row in 1919. The North Street garage opened in October 1927.
[7]Burley Road, Cardigan Lane (Burley) (43 comments)
Burley Road, Cardigan Lane23rd December 1968. Looking north-west along Burley Road at the junction with Cardigan Lane, where St Matthias School can be seen. On the road is a car, two vans and a number 50 bus going to Horsforth. On the pavement is a man holding a motorcycle, with some people at a bus stop behind.
[8]Meanwood Road (Meanwood) (36 comments)
Meanwood Road17th June 1936 Junction of Meanwood Road and Stainbeck Road. On the left, Buslingthorpe Rugby league ground is behind fence with Woodhouse Ridge in the background. Then the Meanwood Hotel, public house, landlord William Cardis. The road to the right of the Meanwood is Grove Lane, Stainbeck Road is in the bottom right corner. Street furniture includes a police box on the left, public telephone box, traffic lights and gas lamp.
[9]Aerial View, Greenthorpe Estate (Bramley) (21 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.
[10]Bewerley Street Infant School, seen from the rear in Kirkland Place (Hunslet) (18 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.
[11]Armley Road (Armley) (45 comments)
Armley RoadUndated View looks along Armley Road in the direction of Wellington Bridge. On the left edge is part of the premises of John Wilby and son, builders and monumental masons. Beyond this is wasteland with hoardings facing onto the road. On the right, the fence around the yard of Castleton County Primary School is visible.
[12]Queen Picture Theatre, Meadow Road (Holbeck) (24 comments)
Queen Picture Theatre, Meadow RoadUndated, This theatre, built south of the river, opened at Christmas in 1898. The proprietors were Messrs Dottridge and Longden and the managers were Charles Bush and T. Harvey Jessop. It originally seated 3,500 people and the building included refreshment rooms, 16 drawing rooms and 2 shops. It became a cinema in 1924 and was converted to have 916 seats. The first film shown , on 1st December 1924 was The Covered Wagon. It eventually closed on 19th October, 1957 and the last film shown was Attila the Hun. The building was demolished in 1968.
[13]Leeds Pals Recruiting Tram (City Centre) (3 comments)
Leeds Pals Recruiting Tram1915. In this view Lieutenant Colonel S.C. Taylor and officers of Leeds Pals stand in front of the decorated tram in the June of 1915. Over 800 recruits passed through the tram, the Leeds Pals recruited approximately 2,000 troops, the average age was 20/21. Over four hundred individual battle honours were awarded. The policy of encouraging men to join the same units as friends and family extracted a terrible price on communities. Multiple losses were inflicted on neighbours and families when groups of Pals died together. Britain's involvement in the First World War began on the 4th August 1914. In response to Lord Kitchener's call for volunteers to join the army, Leeds solicitor, Colonel Walter Stead suggested a City Battalion. A recruiting office was located on City Square and this illuminated tram was one of the means used to draw attention to the campaign. It was decorated with patriotic and emotive posters, as seen directly in the centre; 'Remember Scarborough' This refers to the shelling of the east coast. Also displayed are the words 'More men and still more men until the enemy is crushed' and 'Boys, come over here'. There was an enthusiastic response from Leeds men and by the end of September over 1,000 had joined the Leeds Pals (15th Battalion). In addition to the 1st Leeds Pals it is important to remember other Leeds battalions including Leeds Rifles (7th and 8th battalions West Yorkshire Regiment) who were established and ready for duty before the Pals. The men were sent to Colsterdale Camp near Masham for training, to become the 15th battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Initial duties were patrolling the coasts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire then North Africa. The men saw action at Ypres and the Somme, where 750 of 900 men of the Leeds Pals perished. In remembering the men of Leeds who fought in the First World War we must also pay tribute to the "Leeds Bantams". On the 8th December 1914 the Lord Mayor of Leeds raised a Bantam Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment, the 17th (Service) Battalion. It was also known as the 2nd Leeds Pals and many working class Leeds men eagerly joined up. They had previously been employed as shepherds, miners and also as woollen workers in the mills of Leeds and Bradford. Many had worked in the mills of Holbeck and initially drilling of the new Battalion took place on Holbeck Moor. In 1915 the 17th became part of the 106th Brigade along with other Bantam Battalions. The war saw tragic losses suffered by the 17th Battalion West Yorkshire which amounted to over a quarter and the Leeds Bantams were awarded the Victoria Cross, a Destinguished Service Order, three Military Crosses, 24 Militery Medals and Distinguished Conduct Medals. After merging with the 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment(1st Leeds Pals) to become the 15th/17th Battalion the men of the Leeds Bantams continued to fight on the Western front under their original Leeds capbadge.
[14]Cockburn High School, Burton Road (Beeston) (143 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.
[15]Aerial View, Easterly Road, Wetherby Road, Boggart Hill Drive (Seacroft) (16 comments)
Aerial View, Easterly Road, Wetherby Road, Boggart Hill Drive17th September 1962 Towards the background of this view, Kentmere Avenue runs from left to right. Boggart Hill Drive runs from the centre of this road towards the bottom left corner where the junction of Wetherby Road (on the left edge) and Easterly Road (bottom edge) is visible. Three blocks of flats, Barncroft Grange, Court and Heights, from left to right, are also in view.
[16]Corpus Christi Primary and Secondary Schools, Halton Moor Primary School, aerial view (Halton) (10 comments)
Corpus Christi Primary and Secondary Schools, Halton Moor Primary School, aerial viewUndated. Aerial view of schools in Halton taken around the 1960s. The white building just above the centre is Corpus Christi R.C. Secondary Modern, now Corpus Christi Catholic College. Below this in the centre is Corpus Christi R.C. Primary. At the top right, on the other side of Cartmell Drive, is Halton Moor County Primary School, no longer in existence. Towards the bottom right is Corpus Christi R.C. Church. Halton Moor Avenue runs from top left to bottom centre and Neville Road from bottom centre to centre right. Wykebeck Avenue is seen on the bottom left.
[17]Cow Close Estate, site (Wortley) (6 comments)
Cow Close Estate, site14th December 1954. General view of the site of the Cow Close Estate prior to development. In the distance is a mechanical digger and beyond is a factory with a chimney.
[18]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/
[19]City of Leeds School (City Centre) (57 comments)
City of Leeds School1992, View looking from Merrion Street on to Junction of Great George Street with Woodhouse Lane. City of Leeds School can be seen on the corner. The school was opened in 1889 and was converted into council offices in 1994.
[20]Chapel Street, Dial House (Halton) (6 comments)
Chapel Street, Dial HouseUndated. An early photograph of Chapel Street, possibly dating back to 1860. In the centre is Dial House, built in 1720, altered in 1755 and still standing, now a listed building. On the left is the mistal (cowshed) of Venties Farm, with several people standing in front.