20 unseen photos of Belle Isle through the years

Is this the Belle Isle you remember?

Friday, 24th April 2020, 1:43 pm
Enjoy these unseen photos of Belle Isle down the decades. PICS:  Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
Enjoy these unseen photos of Belle Isle down the decades. PICS: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

These images provide a fascinating snapshot of life in Belle Isle down the decades and feature local landmarks. The images 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. READ MORE: 15 unseen photos of Beeston through the years | The rise and fall of Hunslet's Leek Street flats LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

A view looking south along Belle Isle Road towards the junction with Town Street, in the distance on the right. Tramlines run through the centre of the road, where a tram is seen travelling towards Leeds.
A view of the shop premises of F Mowatt, fish and chips shop and A and L Mowatt grocery store on Orion Drive.

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Belle Isle cottages being demolished.
An English Electric-built Middleton Bogie dating from 1933-35, at a stop on Belle Isle Road.
Middleton Road in Belle Isle.
The crumbling reinforced concrete roof of a building forms the foreground of this photograph of old Belle Isle village. Waterloo Cottages, with Middleton Colliery railway track and slag heap are behind.
A view showing the rear of dilapidated cottages and outbuildings belonging to Ebor Farm, adjoining Ebor House, on Middleton Road. The buildings seen here have since been demolished, as has the farm, but Ebor House remains standing.
St Joseph's School rugby team attending a party to celebrate winning the Goldthorpe Cup in 1955. This photograph was taken by Peter Jackson outside his home on Belle Isle Road.
The corner of Nursery Mount Road and Belle Isle Road, showing South Field Villas in main view.
A disused derelict windmill located in a field in Belle Isle on Middleton Road. There had been a mill on this area for many years, with mentions in directories going back to the 15th century.
A view showing tram no 160 passing under a railway bridge on Belle Isle Road on its way to Swinegate.
A view of grocery shop premises of A & C. Mowatt on Orion Drive. Middleton Road can be seen on the right.
A view of part of old quarry at Belle Isle, shows quarry face with wooden fencing along the top. A man and a boy are seated beside a footpath running beside the quarry.
A view of number 6 Orion Drive owned by Ernest Steel, dairyman. Detached house with bay windows, addition to the side of the property is the dairy produce available chalked on the wall 'dairy butter, new milk sold here, new laid eggs'.
A windmill and stone built house in a field off Middleton Road. A mill has stood on this site since the 15th centuary, however it has been rebuilt when the original was destroyed by fire.
A view looking south west along Old Run Road towards Middleton Colliery.
Plan showing new roads between Middleton Colliery and Belle Isle Estate. Running across the top of the image is Windmill Road with Winrose Drive above it leading to Belle Isle circus right at the top of the image.
Brush factory section of Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. showing factory buildings and tall chimney with CWS painted on sides. The site is at 2 Belle Isle Road.
A view looking north to railway bridge over Belle Isle Road, just south of Sandon Place. On the left is 'Arthur B Fielding Ltd.Tailors'.
A view looking north to railway bridge over Belle Isle Road, just South of Sandon Place. 'C.W.S' chimney is to the left.
A view of garden sheds by metal railings on the Belle Isle Estate, Raylands Way.
This view shows houses Nos.19-29 on the South-East side of Rayland Way. Basic layout with a grassy area between a semi-circular row of houses.
A block of shops at the corner of Belle Isle Road and Moor Road containing Gallons Ltd., a greengrocers, Andersons Newsagent and Stationers, R. H. Price Butchers and E. H. Batty's fruit and vegetables.