Intriguing pictures show life in Leeds during the 1950s

These photos turn back the clock to showcase life around Leeds during the 1950s.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 10:50 am
These photos turn back the clock to showcase life in Leeds during the 1950s. PICS: Leeds Libraries,
These photos turn back the clock to showcase life in Leeds during the 1950s. PICS: Leeds Libraries,

They turn on the spotlight on a decade which saw the city clear slums and build for the future. The images are a mix from the YEP archive and 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. CHANGING LEEDS: Corn Exchange | City Square | Vicar Lane | Dark Arches LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

Petrol station Appleyard of Leeds at Headingley Lane. Banners advertising The Daily Express and The Daily Sketch are displayed on the wall in front of and to the side of the garage.
Blackman Lane in Woodhouse. In the gap between the buildings is Carlton Garage, with an Esso petrol pump. On the wall of the next building, a sign for Carlton Lodge Cafe, a transport cafe.

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Roundhay Road, on the corner of Badminton Place in Sheepscar. There is a General Grocer's shop, with adverts for Lyon's Tea, Mansion Polish, Radio Times and Colman's Mustard. There are two women to the left of the photo, one pushing a pram.
The Rectory at Adel. A view of the pond with ducks in, surrounded by grass land near the stone stable block in the rectory grounds. A tree lined path leads to the back of the rectory itself to the left.
Austhorpe Hall from muddy road across a field towards the house. The left hand side of the road was shortly to be developed into a row of semi-detached houses.
Armley House at Gotts Park. This was the former home of Benjamin Gott, Leeds clothing manufacture and owner of Bean Ing Mills on Wellington Street.
Recently built houses on Allerton Grange Rise in Moortown. The road is unmade.
Back Mount Pleasant in Middleton looking west onto Lingwell Crescent. Children are playing in the street, with a bicycle and tricycle in the background.
Old Run Road in Hunslet looking north towards Moor Road. Engine farm is to the left of the photograph.
The Black Bull Hotel on Hunslet Road. The hotel is a Magnet and John Smiths brewery and has it written on the front of the building.
Cross Green's Back Easy Road, seen in centre, taken from an area known locally as 'the quarry'. This locality housed an assortment of piggeries, henruns and stables. The white building is the rear of East Leeds Working Men's Club.
The L.N.E.R. Railway Bridge over the Horsforth Ring Road between Horsforth and West Park, looking north-east. A tree is to the right, an electricity pylon is in the centre and a signal box and commercial buildings are to the left.
A Leeds Public Health Department ambulance, a Morris van, after an accident, parked in a Leeds City Transport garage on York Road. There is a clear view of the Leeds coat of arms on the bodywork.
The bridge on Halton Moor Road with Wyke Beck passing underneath it. An old farmhouse can be seen to the far middle left of the picture. It was later demolished and the land used for stables for a while but is now waste land.
Burton Lodge on Burton Avenue off Dewsbury Road in Hunslet. The building is a large Georgian house with an extension to the rear. A parked car can be seen on the left.
Briggate looking north from Boar Lane. At the bottom left can be seen Saxone Shoes and a parade of shops. On the right is Walker & Hall, silversmiths. There are several trams travelling along Briggate, which is full of pedestrians
Kirkstall's Bridge Road at Thrift Stores Ltd, which has a central clock tower. In the foreground is a partly collapsed stone wall, where two people stand at a bus stop.
A view along Broad Lane in Bramley close to the junction with Waterloo Lane.
Brudenell Grove in Hyde Park. To the left of the photograph is a row of terraced shops - 'J. Ashworth, boot repairs'; 'Edna Marfitt, drapers' and 'Fred Carr, television, radio and electrical installations'.
Boar Lane in Leeds city centre showing shops; Elsters, J. Jones, The National Provincial Bank, the Westminster Bank and the Cooperative Building Society.
Boar Lane looking down White Horse Street. Many shops can be seen including Trinity Press Printers, The Direct Raincoat Co., Finleys tobacconists, Singers Sewing Machine shop, Tobacco Services and an auction room.
Assembly Street in the city centre. The three storey brick built works of Regent Ltd (printers) on the left side of which is E. Orfords garage and Car saleroom and Raine Bros. plumbers merchants on the right.
Two rows of brick terrace houses on Aston Street in Bramley. They have slate roofs and ornate chimney pots. The roads are unmettled and un-graded.
Albion Walk in the city centre past J.H. Bean plumbers merchants on Upper Mill Hill. Miles and Mountford fancy leather goods dealers is partially visible on Albion Street.
Belle Isle Road in Hunslet, looking south towards an iron railway bridge.
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.
A view looking north down Balm Road in Hunslet from the entrance to Robinson's scrap metal yard.
Junction of Bentley Lane with Grove Lane in Meanwood, showing a pair of semi-detached houses, with the premises of E. Hawkshaw, newsagent, on the end.
Blue Hill Lane in Wortley from near the junction with Tong Road. The picture shows the unmade, muddy surface with tyre tracks. The roofs of houses are visible on the right, beyond a wire mesh fence.
Junction of Spen Lane and Abbey Walk in Kirkstall. The photograph has the proposed widening painted onto it to show how it will look. The white rendered house on the far right is the end of a row of cottages known as Hark to Rover.
A view of the railway sidings outside Samuel Butler & Co Ltd at their Albion works in Stanningley. The wagons are loaded with bridge girders ready for delivery to the new bridge at Cross Gates.
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