19 unseen photos of Crossgates through the years

Is this the Crossgates you remember?

Friday, 20th March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 20th March 2020, 8:32 am
Enjoy these memories of Crossgates through the years. PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
Enjoy these memories of Crossgates through the years. PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

These photos are published courtesy of photographic archive Leodis, which is run by Leeds Library & Information Service. They also run heritage blog The Secret Library Leeds, which provides a behind the scenes look at the Central Library and highlights from its special collections, including rare books hidden away in the stacks. The images showcase life in LS15 through the decades and feature local landmarks including Crossgates Shopping Centre as well as pubs and street scenes. MORE UNSEEN PHOTOS: 30 never seen before photos of Halton through the years | 45 never seen before photos of Seacroft through the years | 25 never seen before photos of Garforth through the years LOVE LEEDS? LOVE RETRO? Join 'Leeds Retro' on facebook

Station Road at the end of the 1930s. Pictured is men's outfitters Ralph Batty, the Benefit Boot and Shoe company shop and William Cardis and Sons butchers. The poster for Swallow raincoats was put up without planning permission.
The Ritz Cinema on Station Road in the process of being demolished. This cinema had opened in 1920 as the Cross Gates Picture House, became the Ritz in 1938 and closed in 1965.

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A view down Station Road towards bridge over L N E R with Cold Well Road on the right (now Coldwell Road). Before the bridge, on the left, is The Station Hotel. Across the bridge is the cinema called The Picture House.
Grocer's shop. G H Moon and Son at the tend of terraced houses on Cross Gates Lane with its junction with Station Road. The shop has advertisement posters for Galista Tent Wine, Lyons tea and Marmite.
Pre-fabricated houses under construction on the Cross Gates estate.
Cross Gates Ring Road, with caravans and houses in view. This site is now occupied by the Travellers Rest pub which had replaced the one located at the junction of Austhorpe Road and the Ring Road.
The Regal Super Cinema on Cross Gates Road which could seat 1,500 people. It boasted the largest theatre car park in the country at that time with parking for 400 vehicles. It closed in 1964.
Station Road looking towards Austhorpe Road. To the right can be seen the Travellers Rest pub which fronts onto Austhorpe Road. Beyond the Methodist Church and Church Institute are visible
Shops on Austhorpe Road. Pictured are John Crockatt, dyers and cleaners, William Taylor Thompson, grocers, Isaac Stephenson, butcher, Gladys Walton, greengrocer, Meadow Dairy and Taylors Chemist.
Shops on Cross Gates Road. Pictured, George Green butcher, William Crowther, newsagent, Sheila West ladieswear, Booth and Horsfall dairymen, Sidney Maughan, barber, Eric Allen, butcher and Edward Mitchell chemist.
Kitchens and bathrooms project out from the rear of property on Austhorpe Road.
A view of the pavilion in Cross Gates Recreation ground. Houses on Park Avenue are visible behind.
Townend butchers shop on Austhorpe Road with advertisements for New Zealand lamb. To the left is Gallons grocers.
Morgan and Waddington, radio dealers and repairs on Austhorpe Road.
The childrens area at Cross Gates Library with central circular seating. The round ceiling lights were a noted architectural feature of the building.
A view of a Leeds Corporation bus built by Chas H. Roe Ltd, outside their works on Manston Lane.
An aerial view of Cross Gates Carriage Works on Manston Lane. A small fire is being attended to by several engines. Nine metro buses worth 120,000 pounds each had to be pushed to safety.
A view of Cross Gates East signal box, situated on the south side of the railway tracks.
The car park of the Arndale Centre Shopping Centre built in the 1960s. A gas holder can be seen in the background.
Looking west along Austhorpe Road. An open-top car has a sign saying 'Newly Weds' on the back. A group of people, possibly from the wedding party, are standing at the side.
The Arndale Shopping Centre on Station Road. Shops visible include Leyland Paint and Wallpaper Ltd, the Hot Bread Kitchen and Bancrofts Cards.
A platform at Cross Gates Railway Station, looking east. Only two railway lines can be seen here where at one time there were four.
A Leeds City Transport Bus - number 200 - pictured at the Motor Body Builders, Charles H. Roe Ltd. of the north side of Austhorpe Road, Cross Gates.
Looking north along Church Lane. In the distance Church Lane bears left by the junction with Sandbed Lane. Another row of terraced houses, Roseville Terrace, faces the camera on the right.
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