East Leeds: Plaque honour at Cross Gates Barnbow factory

Jacki and Bob Lawrence of East Leeds History and Archeological Society.
Jacki and Bob Lawrence of East Leeds History and Archeological Society.
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A prestigious plaque will be installed at the gates of the former Barnbow site to honour the efforts of thousands of workers during the war effort.

More than 17,000 workers, predominantly women, worked in hazardous conditions at the former Barnbow site, in east Leeds, to provide shells and munitions for British and allied forces through the First World War

The site was completely cleared by 1933 some six years before the tank factory was built to supply goods during the Second World War.

Leeds Civic Trust have placed an order for a Blue Plaque to be installed the gates of the tank factory in Crossgates to commemorate its work. It is hoped it will be in place later this year.

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

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