Lower Briggate

Here is an image of the Burras Peake men’s wear shop. Pictured is Harold Bramley with manager Jack Haswell [3].

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Unknown
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Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Burras Peake

This image is of Mallison’s shop which was also known as ‘Reliance Stores’ [3].

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Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Mallisons

This is the old Post Office which was located opposite the Parochial School in the building now used for the Council Offices [2].

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Unknown
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Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Post Office

This image shows Mr. Starkey’s cobbler’s shop in Main Street during the 1950s. This building was demolished and Mr. Starkey moved his business to the end of Barley Hill Road [3].

I can remember the shop that Mr. Starkey had on Barley Hill Road from when I was small as my Mum used to take her shoes in there to be mended. Mr. Starkey was an older man by that point and I remember he had a very slow and monotone way of speaking! He must have been in his business for an awfully long time as I don’t think that shop closed until the c.1995.

Date
1950s
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Starkey's Cobblers

This view shows the Council Offices (now called the ‘One Stop Shop’ but it’s the same thing!) which stand where T.B. Smith’s General Store once stood. If you follow the link to the advert you can see that whilst the front of the shop was changed somewhat the small oval window was retained and moved around to the side of the building [3].

The cage on the roof of the building held the air raid siren from the war, which I can remember being there in the 80s when I was small. In the image below the siren has gone but the cage is still there, and when I have gone to take the contemporary photograph the whole lot looks to have gone now! I wonder where it is…

Date
1990s or early 21st century
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Here we have a view taken opposite the end of Barley Hill Road and looking down towards Lidgett Lane.

In the centre right of the frame is Alfred Smith’s grocery shop and the attached living quarters known as Holly House (‘China Town’ in the contemporary image). Holly House later became the Leeds and Holbeck Building Society.

Alfred Smith’s shop was later owned by a Mrs Holliday and then the Shaws, but it is now the site of Garforth Book Shop [3].

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Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Here we see Holly House from the other direction, with the edge of Barley Hill Road just visible in the centre right of the frame. The house in the left of the frame no longer exists and newer shops have been re-built in its place.

The little girl in the picture is Flo ‘Flo Toes’ James who in later life was a teacher at the Parochial School and also starred in local theatre [3].

Date
c.1900–1910
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Holly House

The following two images are almost identically framed but were clearly taken at different times. They are looking in the same direction as the above image, and show Holly House in the centre left of the frame along with the end of Barley Hill Road.

The pale building on the far side of Barley Hill road was Preston’s tailors shop. Later on this unit was Knowles’ greengrocers and Everett’s the butcher’s [3]. This unit is now La Bella Vita Italian restaurant.

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Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)
Date
Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Moving further up Main Street and again now looking towards Lidgett Lane, this image shows Holly House and the end of Barley Hill Road in the centre of the frame.

In the right of the frame is a parade of shops comprising of H. Appleyard, P. Breckon’s sweet shop and and Louis Dimler’s pork butcher’s [3].

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Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

This image shows the same parade of shops but this time in the left of the frame, with the right of the frame looking towards Upper Briggate.

Date
Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)
Date
5th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Here is a close up of ‘Daddy Breckon’s’ sweet shop from the above parade, located in the unit that was later Fenwick’s Newsagents (where I had the pleasure of working) for many years [3].

Date
Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Breckons Sweet Shop

This final image shows the middle of Main Street with the top of Coupland Road in the right of the frame.

It is possible that this particular photograph is of a procession carrying the cross from St. Joseph’s to the newly built St. Benedict’s in Aberford Road [3].

Date
Possibly 1960s
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)
Date
27th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Garforth Main Street (Briggate)