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It could quite possibly be the oldest shop which has not changed its use in Chapel Allerton and our ‘then and now’ pictures show not much has changed in the last century for the traditional family butcher.

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Tardis: Butcher's shop at Moortown

Tardis: Butcher's shop at Moortown

The original black and white picture, which has pride of place on the wall of the shop, is dated 1907 and shows C E Bean butchers.

Standing outside the shop are Charles Edward Bean, with his daughter, Doris Elma, along with dog, Kitty.

Seated on the horse is delivery boy Bill Dalby.

Today, the shop on Harrogate Road is run by Neil Smith, who has been in post for the last seven-and-a-half years.

EP Tardis. Neil Smith Butchers, 136 harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.'28th July 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

EP Tardis. Neil Smith Butchers, 136 harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.'28th July 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

He said although the exterior of the shop had not changed much, the way butchers work certainly has.

“We do nothing but the best now,” he said, proudly. “It’s all top quality produce. So, the sausages we make from scratch, and everything else, it’s all top quality.”

Back in the original picture, it was the norm for butchers to hang some of their produce outside, a practise which has since disappeared.

Neil added: “I think we’re the oldest shop in the area which hasn’t changed its use. It’s been a butchers for over 150 years.

BLEND: David Clay

BLEND: David Clay

“We don’t hang meat outside anymore, of course, and you’d never have a dog running around the place either. There are a few buildings nearby which have disappeared but this shop has remained pretty much the same.”The shop’s original proprietor, Charles, retired to Scarborough and died aged 82 and was brought back to Leeds to be buried in his wife’s plot at Chapel Allerton.

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