Photo gems showcase life in Cross Gates during the 1950s

These photos showcase the changing face of Cross Gates in the 1950s.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 8:30 am
Enjoy these photo memories of Cross Gates in the 1950s. PICS: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
Enjoy these photo memories of Cross Gates in the 1950s. PICS: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

The images feature a range of local landmarks ranging from Cross Gates Bridge and Cross Gates roundabout through to Crossgates Library and Manston Lodge. It was a decade in which the community, as well as Leeds and beyond, was building for the future having largely recovered from World War II. These photos showcase the changes and 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: Fascinating photos showcase life in Crossgates during the 1940s LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

The junction of Cross Gates Road looking south in January 1956 Crossgates Branch Library can be seen in the middle distance.
Cross Gates Road in February 1956, showing the premises of W. and H. Aspinall. The next building along with the sloping roof is Coe's Fisheries.

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Manston Grove towards Tranquility, Austhorpe Road in February 1953.
A completed Cross Gates Bridge in September 1955. Station Hotel, a Tetleys public house is visible on the right. On the extreme right is a gasometer for storing the community's gas.
The roundabout looking onto Cross Gates Ring Road and showing the Regal cinema in January 1956. A small newsagents kiosk with a road sign is to the right.
September 1955 and this photo looks west from Station Road at the backs of houses on Cold Well Road. The brick wall over the road is the top of the railway bridge.
Construction work on Cross Gates Bridge at Station Road in October 1954. Cranes and workmen can be seen. Cross Gates Station and the Ritz cinema are visible behind a wooden fence.
Manston Lodge from Austhorpe Road in November 1955.
Plans for the Penda's housing estate in November 1955. The Leeds City Corporation recreation park and the L.N.E.R line are clearly visible.
November 1952 and this photo shows a ceremony to fix a plaque on the wall of Crossgates Library. This was to mark the award of the RIBA bronze medal to C Castelow, the architect of Crossgates Library.
W. & H. Aspinall's grocers on Cross Gates Road in 1956. On the left, a small window display advertises A.W. Bulmer, wedding photographer.
Cross Gates roundabout in January 1956. In view is the Regal Cinema. The sign for the Travellers Rest pub can be seen on the right.
A presentation of land for a new playing field at Manston St. James' School in June 1953. The land had been bought by Ralph Horsfall, a former pupil of the school, and given to them for this purpose.
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