Leeds nostalgia: Can you help with image of lost picturedrome?

Leeds, Armley, 21st January 1976''Only a handful of folk still ive in Sultan Street, Whingate Junction.'The Redshaws, Cloughs, Lowes, Harkers and Ackroyds went long ago ............but all their yesterdays are preserved in one house No. 13.''Behind the boards of No. 13 are the leaded windows of another era - restored by ITV for a school's history programme "How We Used to Live".
Leeds, Armley, 21st January 1976''Only a handful of folk still ive in Sultan Street, Whingate Junction.'The Redshaws, Cloughs, Lowes, Harkers and Ackroyds went long ago ............but all their yesterdays are preserved in one house No. 13.''Behind the boards of No. 13 are the leaded windows of another era - restored by ITV for a school's history programme "How We Used to Live".
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Mrs Sheila Gaunt, a long-serving member of the Wortley History Group, has appealed to readers of Times Past for images of the old Picturedome, which was sadly demolished.

Sheila, 81, has fond memories of visiting the picture house as a child with her mother during the war and has been searching for an image of it for some time.

She said: “We had a history day about two weeks ago and we had hoped someone would come forward with one there but we had no luck. I used to love going there as a child. We would be taken by our mother - at the time, my father, James Arthur Kaye, was a prisoner of war in India.

“Most of the other picture domes around Leeds are still standing but this one was demolished. We’d just like to get hold of a picture of it for our records, so if anyone out there has one, we would be delighted to hear from you.”

Sheila attended Whingate Road School as a child, leaving at 15 to become a seamstress. When her father returned home, she recalled he worked at the local swimming baths and taught both her children Philip and Neil, to swim.

As a youngster, she was a talented swimmer and represented her school and even won through to the regional championships during one year.

She added: “I’ve great memories of growing up and playing out. Everyone used to know everyone else. I remember the Picturedrome and the two sweet shops which were nearby.”

The picturedrome stood just around the corner from Whingate Chapel, on Wortley Road, Whingate Leeds 12. where the present Montague court now stands.

If anyone does have a picture of the picturedrome, please contact Neil Hudson in the first instance, either by email: neil.hudson@ypn.co.uk or telephone: 0113 238 8353.

All pictures sent in the post will be returned - please remember to leave your name and address and a telephone number.

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