Hidden treasures have been unearthed in unseen photographs, dating back to 1951, after being stored for six decades.
They were saved from destruction thanks to a local historian and posted to the Secret Leeds internet forum, which shares views from across the city.
The photos were taken by the RAF, and capture Leeds during the Festival of Britain in summer 1951 with a level of military detail so great that Spitfires can be seen parked on Woodhouse Moor as part of the celebrations.
The imposing Quarry Hill Flats, now demolished, are easily identifiable from the bird’s eye view.
When built in 1938, they were considered state of the art living, with no outside toilets in back yards. The flats replaced much of the old housing stock demolished during slum clearances, but fell into decay and were demolished in 1978.
They were made famous from the 1970s sitcom ‘Queenie’s Castle’ starring Diana Dors.
The photos were unearthed by Secret Leeds user Phill Davison, who said: “I was given this great box of never seen before aerial photos. The collection was going to be destroyed. The RAF was pretty much going to incinerate all archives over 50 years old. Fortunately someone at the archives realised their importance and kept the tins of film.”
The RAF photographed every inch of the UK, to establish the country’s logistical capabilities like coastal defence, rail yards and production as Britain began to take stock after the war.
The shots were taken from a nose camera mounted in a Canberra plane, which flew in straight lines back and forth, taking a photo every one or two seconds.
PICTURES COURTESY OF PHILL DAVISON