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Growing up in Pudsey

Dont live in Pudsey any more but was born and brought up there. I lived on Laurel Mount off Richardshaw Lane. across from Farsley omnibus depot. I think there is an office block there now. There used to be Harold's fish shop, a grocery shop, a cobblers shop where we always used to buy our fireworks and then a timber yard. Where the by pass goes under Rikky Lane there used to be another grocers shop on the left and on the right was an old barn and all fields. Before the Grangefield Ind Estate was completed there were two dams in the fields ...one belonged to the big mill which was fenced in and then there was the small one where we used to go tadpoling. I also notice on passing that my old infants school is now made into flats - Richardshaw Lane Infants. Moving on to the sixties brought different interests. Saturdays at Ma Porritts dancing school in Farsley, Saturday nights at Pudsey... Read more

My Estate

I was born on Roker Crescent, Pudsey and lived there until I married in 1968. Does anyone have any info on who live on the Crescent from 1940 to 1970? As I would like to find out who lived at number 43 from 1940 to 1968, this would be a great help to me for my family tree. The Roker Crescent was pulled down and replaced with new houses.

Pudsey

I was brought up in Larkfield Road, Pudsey, I went to Primrose Hill School and then to Crawshaw Sec, these were the best days, playing in Pudsey Park. My nanny lived on Ratcliff Terrace, I wonder if the houses are still there? I used to call for my best friend Margaret Farrand who lived at Owlcoates. I remember the fire station was on the corner in the market square and a big siren sounded when there was a fire call. Te swimming baths were a must on a Saturday morning. Bev Beck (nee Kelk)

Growing up in Pudsey

I lived in Suerry Grove from 1967 until 1981. Went to Pudsey, Primrose Hill from 1972 until moving to Pudsey Grammar School 1978 to 1983. I worked for a time at the Oven Bakery on Lidgett Hill and have great memorries of going to Pudsey feast ground when the fair was in town. Loved fish n chips from Lidgett Hill chippy n going to Hammonds butchers for the weeks meat.

Gardening

Wondering if there are any records relating to gardening activities in the late 1800s/early 1900s. I believe my great grandfather, Henry King, worked at Hunsworth as a gardener until he was 80 years old. Family story also has it that he assisted a William Russell in the cultivation of Russell Lupins when working as a gardener. Was there a 'big house' at Hunsworth that may have some records of this?

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