Enjoy these photos from Quarry Hill Flats during the 1930s. PICS: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
Enjoy these photos from Quarry Hill Flats during the 1930s. PICS: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

Life at Quarry Hill Flats during the 1930s

These photos provide a fascinating snapshot of life at UK's largest social housing complex during the first years of them being opened.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 7:54 am

The first phase of the Quarry Hill Flats build was completed in the spring of 1938 prompting a royal visit the following year and huge interest from the public. It would go on to provide housing for more than 3,000 residents in 938 self contained units. They were seen as a modern build at the time which included lifts, electric lighting, and a launderette. The flats were popular, encouraging a sense of community through the highly communal way of living. Yet despite being deemed ahead of their time the flats were demolished in 1978 due to their poor condition. These 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: 21 of the best Leeds Quarry Hill Flats photos LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

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