West Leeds in focus - Photo memories of Castleton County Primary

These photos are sure to bring back memories for generations of children who were pupils at a west Leeds primary.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 8:08 am

They focus on Castleton County Primary School which was located on Gloucester Terrace and Armley Road.

The main image rewinds to 1955 when the school was visited by a former pupil the Lord Mayor of Leeds Thomas Austin Jessop. He was accompanied by the Lady Mayoress.

The photo shows the Lord Mayor sitting at a desk in his old classroom with John Baldwin aged nine. Others in the photo, from John's recollections include Michael Playforth, Raymond Hunt, Roland Lightfoot, Graham Heald, John Wright, Phillip Watson, Ronald Higginbottom, Keith Broadhurst and Jeff Mellor.

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The second photo is an undated view looksing along Armley Road in the direction of Wellington Bridge. On the right, the fence around the yard of Castleton County Primary School is visible.

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Both photos 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.

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