Walk around Seacroft Shopping Centre during the 1960s and 1970s

These photos turn back the clock to showcase how shopping in Seacroft was transformed during the 1960s and 1970s.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 8:14 am
Enjoy these photos of Seacroft Shopping Centre during the 1960s and 1970s. PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
Enjoy these photos of Seacroft Shopping Centre during the 1960s and 1970s. PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

Seacroft Shopping Centre was opened by The Queen in 1965 as part of the £1.25 million Civic Centre development which at the time was heralded as a novel way of building an outdoor purpose built town centre. It boasted a Grandways supermarket and Woolworths as well as many other smaller shops, banks, pubs and a library. The Centre was completely demolished in 1999 and redeveloped with a large new Tesco store taking up much of the site. These images turn the clock back to its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s 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: 35 unseen photos of Seacroft shops, roads and pubs through the years LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

Construction work is well underway in June 1964.
The Queen and Prince Philip with the then Lord Mayor of Leeds, Alderman W. R. Hargrave, at Seacroft Civic Centre in October 1965.

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Queen's Parade looking towards Queen's Court in the late 1960s. A totem pole stands tall in the middle. Savemore supermarket can be seen in the background.
Queen's Court in the heart of Seacroft Shopping Centre in the late 1960s. Woolworths is on the left and Sovereign House offices on the right with the Sovereign pub on the ground floor.
Queen's Court in the middle of Seacroft shopping centre circa 1967. The Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society supermarket is on the left followed by Woolworths.
Another view of Queen's Court in 1967. Wiltex ladies' and mens' wear is on the left. Next to this is Fountain Walk which leads to the Market Place.
View from a footbridge over Seacroft Crescent - which leads from Queensview high-rise flats - looking towards Queen's Parade and the Centre, circa 1967.
Signs at the Seacroft Shopping Centre in May 1968.
This is Queens Parade with on the left Seacroft Wool and Babywear Centre followed by the Card and Record Centre. Shops on the right include Mark Andrew childrens wear.
This phiotos from 1977 shows shops including E. Bradley Ltd., furniture and carpets, on the right.
A fish and chip restaurant is on the left with Crown House offices on the right. The tower block in the background is Queensview flats. This photo dates to 1977.
Seacroft, 17th July 1973......Shopping Centre
Remember parking here back in the day? This photo dates from October 1974.
Did you shop at Woolworths back in day? This photo dates back to July 1977.
Did you shop here back in the day? This photo is dated November 1979.
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