In pictures: Historic Cross Gates - the Leeds suburb which boasts some firsts

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Is it Cross Gates or Crossgates?

That’s a debate that will rumble on, but either way the suburb boasts a proud history and heritage.

Cross Gates was originally part of Austhorpe which is indicated through various streets in the community.

Sadly it witnessed the worst tragedy - in terms of deaths - ever to happen in Leeds when 35 woman were killed in the Barnbow Munitions Factory on December 5, 1936.

Over the years Cross Gates has celebrated some firsts.

Asda, which owned Craven Dairies, built one of its first supermarkets there and the Arndale Shopping Centre was the first American-style malls to open in the UK, which was home to about 60 shops.


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