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Memories of Greengates
Greengates Was The Place to Live
I was born in and brought up in Greengates in 1949 at Redcar Road. I have many great memories of happy times. I went to Undercliff Girls School. I remember the picture house very well and used to go to the matinee every Saturday. I also remember Glovers newsagents, we had a newspaper delivered from them every day. I used to play in the woods opposite. I remember Mrs Dawson's hut at the end of the woods where I often went for sweets, or spice as they called it. I moved away to Nottingham when I was twenty but I've always missed Greengates as that's where my roots are. My mum had MS which made life difficult and she died when I was 22. My dad was an engineer and he used to cycle to Farsley to work but had to give it up to look after my mother. My brother Keith Barrett born 1946 moved to Colne in Lancashire and my older brother Tony born 1943 emigrated to Australia... Read more
Not Greengates But Gods Green Acre
I was born in Bradford 1947 and grew up at Redcar Road. I remember Glovers the newsagents on the corner of this photo and across the road in New Line just down from the Roebuck pub my mum took me on the bus every day to the nursery. My parents have now passed away but I am drawn to my birthplace and go back as often as I can to re live some of the best memories of my childhood. Alas, time moves on and the Pastry shop is gone along with Stevensons provision shop. The old picture house where I can still see my dad and I waiting in the queue to see 'The Dambusters'. My mum worked most of her life at Garnets Mill and I would walk down Apperley Bridge to meet her after school. Unless you have experienced it you cannot imagine the sight of hundreds of mill workers rushing out all at the same time when the hooter went. Just yesterday I walked along the... Read more
4 Gallaway Road, Greengates
I remember buying fish and chips in Gallaway Road, Greengates 1955+. Unknown to me at that time this fish shop used to a greengrocer's shop owned by my grandfather Lister Carter around 1935/40. My father was born at number 4 Gallaway Road in 1910, 10 yards from the fish shop (now a private home). No 4 is now a beautifully renovated stone cottage which I visited in 2005. All this only 50 yards from the great Albion Hotel/Pub, gee they must have had a great life, the old folks. And Garnets Mill down the hill near the canal and River Ayre where the oldies could earn extra money... Life wasn't easy though, I guess. They died so young then...
Happy Time Long Past.
The little shop in the far right of the photo was selling a tinplate model of the Airship R101 for which I had saved up for ages.Just when I was able to buy it the airship crashed in France. I did not buy it; for in my childs mind who would have a thing that was no good. I was also a choir boy at the church for years when I lived in Meadow Road.Greengates picture house was always a temple of adventure to me in which I spent many an hour. My memories of youth this area are priceles to me.
Eccleshill & Greengates in The ''50s
My compliments, Francis. I grew up in Langdale Road, Ravenscliffe 1947-58. Your pictures brought lots of memories back: " the 2penny Rush" - first two rows at Greengates Flicks only cost 2 pennies; cycling along the Canal to Apperley Bridge; the RAF Truck that picked us up at Greengates to take us to RAF - ATC 2168 (Yeadon) Squadron Airfield. All the best for your initiative. Albert ps Yeadon started a 58 year Aviation career, that I'm still leading.
I was born in Laisterdyke but moved to Greengates when I was about 4 years old, this would have been in 1962. I can remember walking up Redcar Road with my dad and brothers towards our new home on Rowlestone Rise. My first school was Brookfield, we lived opposite the school gates, then up to Eccleshill North.(Mr.Butler was the headmaster, he always had a cane stuck down his pantleg!). I can remember cows in the fields where the swimming baths and childrens home would later be built, a steam train crossing the bridge up The Bank (think this was the last one on the Idle line in 1966, I would have been 7 or 8). There was always something to do round Greengates when we were kids, we'd be in the woods looking for birds nests, climbing jackdaw quarry or up at the golf course pinching golf balls. We'd walk down to the canal or up to Yeadon Tarn or the airport, calling into the bakers on the New Line... Read more
My Mum Still Lives Here
I'm 12 at this time, my mum still lives at Riccall Nook, I live up the road. I remember my nan's house at Rombury Shaw. I was looking out of the window watching people coming out of the Oddfellows pub at 2 in the Saturday morning, it used to play music most weekends. My nan was the best, the people on Greengates are still the best. Lots of the old have past on but you can never find any where else to live.