Fascinating photos showcase life in Crossgates during the 1940s

These photos turn back the clock to showcase life in Crossgates during the 1940s.

Sunday, 26th July 2020, 4:30 pm
Enjoy these photos of Crossgates during the 1940s. PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
Enjoy these photos of Crossgates during the 1940s. PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

These images feature local landmarks from the decade as well as familiar streets and locations in the community. They 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: 19 unseen photos of Crossgates through the years LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

View across roundabout at Cross Gates Ring Road and Station Road junction in June 1941.
View of the butchers business and Farm Shop of J. Swales at 127 Cross Gates Road in September 1940.

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View of Ainley Ltd, Electrical radio engineers and Cycle showroom on Cross Gates Road in September 1940.
Police Station on junction of Cross Gates Lane with Station Road in January 1940. The Police Station was opened in 1900 and became Leeds City Police property following boundary extensions.
The east side of Station Road in July 1945, showing shops Martins Dyers And Cleaners Ltd, L.W. Swales, tripe dealers and Premier Press, printers.
View looking south-east along Station Road towards the Ring Road and Whitkirk in July 1945. A roundabout is central. Bollards, a 'keep left' sign, lamposts and a car are visible.
J. Stamper Ltd. radio dealer on Station Road in August 1947. Above the shop is a flag pole with flag advertising Murphy radios. The shop windows are draped with sheets.
Regal Super Cinema on Cross Gates Road which was showing the film The Corsican Bros starring Douglas Fairbanks Junior and Ruth Warwick in January 1943.
Ritz Picture House on Station Road in DSeptember 1945 with proposed building extension drawn in over the confectioner's shop. Opened as the Cross Gates Picture House it was renamed The Ritz in 1938.
Cross Gates Radio & Auto Services on Austhorpe Road in October 1945.
The east side of Station Road showing Bevins and Morris confectioners, the Ritz cinema and the Station Hotel in September 1945.
Penda's Grove from the corner with Penda's Way in October 1942.
Three blocks of brick terraced houses on Austhorpe Road in July 1948. None of the gate openings have their original iron gates due to the wartime appeal for metal.
View of the sign and premises of Bulmer Bros. Joiners and builders on Austhorpe Road in July 1948.
A tobacconist's kiosk on Austhorpe Road in January 1946 which appears to be empty of stock
Station Road looking towards Austhorpe Road in September 1948. To the right can be seen the Travellers Rest public house.
Looking north along footpath leading from Austhorpe Road in January 1946. Travellers Rest pub to the right
A footpath near Cross Gates Ring Road in January 1946. To the left is a wall covered with posters for the forthcoming muncipal elections.
Roundabout at the junction with Barwick Road in March 1945.
Circular static water supply tank next to semi detached houses on Cross Gates Lane in May 1943.