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[1]Bewerley Street Infant School, seen from the rear in Kirkland Place (Hunslet) (13 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]Can You Help? (Unknown) (21 comments)
Can You Help?1969. In this image a little girl leans out of the doorway of her red brick terraced home. The doorways of both houses have arched entrances and fanlights. The child's house is possibly numbered 52. An old gas street lamp stands in the foreground. Possibly the Burley area.
[3]Aerial View, Dewsbury Road (Beeston) (63 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.
[4]County Arcade, Mecca Locarno (City Centre) (202 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.
[5]Meanwood Beck Bridge (Meanwood) (6 comments)
Meanwood Beck Bridge14th April 1947. Picture shows the footbridge over Meanwood Beck just south of Sugar Well Road. Terraced houses are visible to the left and fields to the right. Children can be seen playing along the footpath. Powerlines are visible. Wasteground, trees and grass can also be seen.
[6]Burley Street, junction with Rutland Mount (Burley)
Burley Street, junction with Rutland Mount2nd May 1928 Burley Street, row of two storey brick houses. Georgian-style doorways, with steps and guard rails. Number 46 is a cycle repair shop run by a Walter Smithson. This is the corner of Rutland Mount. The shop is part of a larger, three storey unit. To the side, board states 'Stop here for motor car hood and screen repairs. Also new celluloid fitted and side car repairs'. Protruding sign from window reads 'Wireless supplies Marconi valves sold here'. Boy facing camera.
[7]York Road, nos. 239 - 255 (Burmantofts)
York Road, nos. 239 - 25518th September 1935 On the left is Nickleby Avenue, poster on wall for Mawes baby food. Going right, the shops are as follows, no.239, G.A. Bourne, tailor. No.241, sweet shop, 243 R.C. Hopkinson 'The Modern Grocers', No.245 Economic Meat Company, H. Sykes. No.247 Tom Drake, fried fish shop. No.249, branch of Leeds Permanent Building society. No.251 Mintys' bakery and cafe, signs advertise lunches or teas for 11d(5p). 253 Harry Heslewood, gents hairdresser. Last in the row, no.255 Farmers Direct Egg Supply shop.
[8]Queen's Hotel, from Park Row (City Centre)
Queenc1970-73. View shows the Queen's Hotel, seen from Park Row with City Square on the right. Designed by W. Curtis Green and William H. Hamlyn, the hotel was opened on 12th November 1937. Just visible in the background on the left is part of City House, an office building dating from 1962.
[9]Yeadon Festivities in Celebration of the Coronation of King George V (Yeadon)
Yeadon Festivities in Celebration of the Coronation of King George V22nd June 1911. Postcard view of crowds assembled on the High Street, and in front of Yeadon Town Hall, for the festivites in celebration of the coronation of King George V on 22nd June, 1911. The celebrations include a brass band (foreground) and people have turned out dressed in their Sunday best to enjoy the performance. Many of the ladies are wearing the large brimmed hats of the Edwardian era. In the background, left, is the junction with South View Road where Womersley's is visible on the corner. Also known as Central Stores, this was run by draper and milliner, Florence Ann Womersley, her sister, draper and dressmaker, Clara Womersley and their brother, Thomas, a grocer, tea and provisions dealer. The shop was listed at the time as number 8 High Street. On the opposite side of the High Street is number 7, the business of Miss Alice Laycock, also a draper. At number 11 High Street is Arthur Lee's Stores. Arthur Lee was a boot maker who also had premises located at number 113 High Street. Onlookers are standing at the top of the steps and entrance of Robert Howard's business. He was a paper bag manufacturer and merchant. His son Sidney Howard, born Robert Sidney Howard, (1884-1946) was a well known stage comedian and motion picture actor. Sydney Howard married Yeadon girl, Dora White whose family owned a stationery business in the town. The photographer, Joseph Anderson Shadlock, of 29 High Street, is standing on the steps of Yeadon Town Hall to take this picture.
[10]Dewsbury Road and Parkside Lane (Hunslet) (32 comments)
Dewsbury Road and Parkside LaneUndated. This view shows land east of Dewsbury Road near Parkside Lane. Looking across the Hunslet Cricket ground and the Hunslet Rugby League ground towards Old Run Road.
[11]Regal Cinema, 40 Crossgates Road (Cross Gates) (35 comments)
Regal Cinema, 40 Crossgates Road7 January 1937 Opened on 16 November 1936, the architect was A.V Montague and the builders were Kenyon and Co. It took them only 27 weeks to erect the cinema which provided seating for 1,500 and a car park for 400 vehicles, at that time the largest cinema and car park in the country. The first film shown was 'Strike Me Pink' starring Eddie Cantor and Ethel Merman. It closed on 11 January 1964 and was demolished and a supermarket built on the site.
[12]Leeds Mission, Oxford Place (City Centre)
Leeds Mission, Oxford Place1910, Assembled for the camera, a large group of women and children. This could possibly be on School Street or New Wortley Chapel. An open air service was perhaps taking place.
[13]Cockburn High School, Burton Road (Beeston) (135 comments)
Cockburn High School, Burton RoadUndated. View of Cockburn High Scool 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.
[14]Bantam Grove Mill, dam (Morley) (1 comment)
Bantam Grove Mill, damJanuary 1965. A group of boys playing on the frozen mill dam at Bantam Grove Mills. This mill was the last one to be built along Owlers Beck before it joined up with Topcliffe Beck by the side of the A653 Leeds-Dewsbury Road. The houses on the horizon are at Middleton. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
[15]Aerial View of Headingley Cricket and Rugby Grounds (Headingley) (8 comments)
Aerial View of Headingley Cricket and Rugby Grounds24th August 1947 Headingley Cricket Ground is in the centre with the oblong Rugby Ground below it. Kirkstall Lane runs above the cricket pitch, St Michaels Lane is below, passing the Rugby Ground.
[16]609 West Riding Squadron, Spitfire (Unknown) (3 comments)
609 West Riding Squadron, SpitfireUndated, Image shows a Spitfire funded by the Leeds Spitfire fund with members of the 609 West Riding Squadron. When the fund was launched in 1940 nearly £30,000 was raised. The 609 was originally composed of volunteers and were based at Leeds Bradford Airport. They flew Spitfires and won distinction during the Battle of Britain, being the 1st Spitfire Squadron to shoot down 100 enemy aircraft. After the war they were disbanded but reformed in 1946 to fly Mosquito's until 1957 when they were completely disbanded. The Spitfire shown has the words "City of Leeds" on it but it is believed it is not the aircraft bearing that name, as this was lost in action before the photo was taken. The name was chalked on for the photo but the aircraft depicted is actually believed to be P8098 "Enfield".
[17]Burley Street nos. 29 - 39 (City Centre)
Burley Street nos. 29 - 39Undated, This 1955 image shows a row of terraced properties. An advertisment for 'Robin' cigarettes can be seen above the shop at number 33. At number 35 is the Green Electrical Engineering Co Ltd. Also here is an advertisment for a commission agent. On the far right is a large playbill from the Empire Theatre advertising a new 'Las Vegas show with sterophonic sound' on Monday 28th November 1955. Just visible on the right is an advertising hording for Milk Chocolate.
[18]Morley, aerial view (Morley)
Morley, aerial view1947. This aerial view of Morley was taken while there was still some snow on the ground. In the centre foreground are the rows of the city streets, each street with two main blocks of houses with toilet and dustbin blocks in between. Beyond them is City Mill and more housing between Peel Street and Ackroyd Street. Following down Peel Street it can be seen where it joins up with Albert Road and all around here are prefabricated houses, at least 58 of them shown on this picture. As it is just after the Second World War there are still many allotments in cultivation in Ackroyd Street, Clough Street and Zoar Street. In the top left hand corner Daisy Hill comes down to the railway line but there is a lot of hummocky land where the spoil heap of Morley Main was. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
[19]Brown Lane, number 33, Jack Radford, butcher (Holbeck) (8 comments)
Brown Lane, number 33, Jack Radford, butcherC1947-1948. Image shows the premises of Jack Radford, butcher at number 33 Brown Lane. Signs are displayed in the window for lamb, beef and pork. Also, another sign reads 'Re-register here now! Old and New Customers are welcome. Our Aim - Fair shares and smiling service!' The registration is thought to refer to Food ration coupons. Next door is number 31, the grocery store of Mr. Charlie and Mrs. Ethel Rider. It stands at the junction with Crosby Road and Shafton Lane. These shop properties are through with yards on to Recreation Grove at the rear.
[20]Joseph Watson & Sons Ltd., 9 Whitehall Road (City Centre) (17 comments)
Joseph Watson & Sons Ltd., 9 Whitehall RoadUndated. Image thought to have been taken around the period of the First World War in front of the red brick factory building of Joseph Watson & Sons Ltd (Soapy Joe's) at number 9 Whitehall Road. It shows large numbers of factory girls, some standing on boxes for a better view. They are dressed in overalls and mob caps. On the other side of the street onlookers have gathered and several marshalls and a uniformed policeman are posted at intervals in front of the crowd. This could be a royal visit as a carpet has been laid at the entrance to the building. On the left-hand side a line of men wearing overcoats and cloth caps are seen as if waiting to be presented. Two of these men are on crutches. Two other men stand in the street facing them, one with a pair of walking sticks and the other wearing a top hat. On the right other smartly dressed men are visible. During the First World War as a result of 'the shell crisis' Joseph Watson aided the government in establishing national munitions factories, the first of these being Barnbow shell filling factory in Leeds. Joseph Watson became chairman of the 'Leeds Munitions Committee' in August 1915. The committee was made up of several other industrialists from the Leeds area. On 21st June 1916 Joseph Watson received a telegram from the then Minister of Munitions, David Lloyd George, congratulating 'the amatol factory operatives' on a 100% increase in shell-filling performance. 'Plenty of ammunition saves lives of our brave fellows at the front.' 'The Shell Magazine - an original souvenir by employees of the National Ordnance Factory at Newlay, No 1' mentions 'four splendid factories'. In 1917 Jas. B. McClean, from the Ministry of Munitions wrote "I am able to express, in your Souvenir Magazine, some measure of the keen appreciation of the Ministry of Munitions for the manner in which the Leeds Ordnance Factories have rallied to the Great Cause, towards the final accomplishment of which the whole forces of the Nation are gradually being brought to bear."