New exhibition reveals photos of a lost Leeds

The erection of Barwick Maypole in 1954
The erection of Barwick Maypole in 1954
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Leeds City Council have released a series of nostalgic photos which feature in an upcoming exhibition.

The images include the famous Barwick Maypole - which stands at 26 metres high - being erected in 1954, and a picture of Cross Gates that dates from 1890.

Brigadier Martha Chippindale MBE, from Yeadon

Brigadier Martha Chippindale MBE, from Yeadon

The display at Leeds City Museum, called Mapping Leeds, has been put together with the help of local history groups.

It tells the story of several villages and communities through the ages, including Cross Gates, Aireborough, Pudsey, Barwick in Elmet, Horsforth, Little London and Beeston, with each one shown on a banner and placed on the giant map in the museum’s Broderick Hall.

Different community groups who contributed to the display include J-Fest and Makor, Irish Arts, Heritage Corner, Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds GATE, the Polish Parish, the LGBT Hub and the city’s Asian community.

A series of related objects are also on display in the hall.

Cross Gates, 1890

Cross Gates, 1890

Other photos include a picture of Martha Chippendale, who was born 1877 and, at the age of 16, joined the Salvation Army and rose to the rank of Brigadier. She was awarded an MBE after World War One in recognition of the work caring for injured servicemen. Her funeral was held in Yeadon, as a mark of respect all the mills closed on the day.

There are pictures of the Wesleyan Chapel in Beeston from 1910 and Horsforth Town Street in 1905.

The exhibition is on until Sunday and is free to visit.

Horsforth Town Street, 1905

Horsforth Town Street, 1905

Wesleyan Chapel, Beeston, in 1910

Wesleyan Chapel, Beeston, in 1910

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