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Caption for Wetherby, Market Place 1909: The Town Hall was built on the site of the old chapel-of-ease. Its foundation stone was laid on 11th June 1845 and the cost of the building was £1,300. Little here has changed today, except that the Town Hall chimneys have been shortened. In between those on the right-hand side was a bell to summon the Fire Brigade. The magistrates court was held in the Town Hall from its opening in 1845 up to 1982. Prisoners were led to the upper court room through a discreet side door. A day school was held in the lower rooms. The playground was the street, with the girls allowed on the south side, the boys on the north side near the Black Bull. The building just behind the animated young boy was the Conservative Club, built on the site of the Devonshire Arms, named after the Duke who owned the town until the great sale of 1824.

An extract from West Yorkshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Wetherby

The Morris Traveler car belonged to my father Bill Kendall who was a painter and decorator in Wetherby at the time the photo was taken. He undertook a lot of work for the proprietor of Bogley’s shop and I myself used to earn pocket money by tidying up the yard at the rear on a Saturday morning. Victor Kendall.

I was 11 years old in 1965 and had moved to Wetherby in 1963. I walked around Bernards store several times. The shop across the side street from Bernards Store was a small Newsagent. The lampost in front of it was the pick up point for Tadcaster Grammar School pupils school bus. When this photograph was taken I was a (...Read full memory)

Reference Market Place photo c1965. Newsagent was Wards's paper shop and the chippy next door was known as the market place chippy, 6d for a bag of chips and scraps, yummy. A night at the Rodney Cinema, Barleyfields or Crypt Youth Club and a long walk home, the 6d was my bus fare. Happy days

I attended Church Street primary school from 1952. The building on the left with two large wooden doors was Mathews builders joiners shop. In the summer we would watch the joiners making windows,doors and stairs. I did eventually become a joiner . Victor Kendall.

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