Leeds nostalgia: Bond Street 1950s trams

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This week’s ‘blended’ picture shows Park Row with the original black and white image taken just after the Second World War.

It shows just how much Leeds has changed as a city, although things do seem to come and go, depending on the fashion of the day - a case in point being trams, which can be seen in the original picture.

BLEND: David Clay

BLEND: David Clay

While trams may have been phased out in Leeds in favour of bus services, which at the time were seen as being much more flexible and no doubt profitable, plans are afoot to re-introduce a similar mode of transport.

The Next Generation Transport trolleybus scheme is a hybrid - a bendy bus which draws power from overhead cables and plans are afoot to introduce the scheme in Leeds.

The project went to a public inquiry last year and a decision is not expected until 2016 but if it is approved, it will create a 14km long route running from the north of the city beyond Lawnswood Roundabout, through Headingley into the centre and then out again towards Stourton.

The picture shows Park Row at its junction with Bond Street, the traffic lights there were the first of their kind in the country.

It was named Park Row because it was created as the eastern boundary of the long gone manorial park, which in the distant past was used for hunting.

Britain’s first permanent traffic lights were installed on Park Row at the junction with Bond Street in 1928.

Leeds City Museum used to be housed here but it was extensively bombed during the Second World War and the building moved in 1965.

Do you have an image of Leeds you would like us to use in this column? If so, please email neil.hudson@ypn.co.uk or david.clay@ypn.co.uk and we will get back to you.

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