Main Street (Briggate)

On this page we travel up Briggate from the bottom near Church Lane to the top known as Town End.

Briggate, today known as Main Street, lies at the heart of the town dividing West Garforth from Church Garforth. Once mainly residential with a few small shops it has changed over time into a busy shopping street and is the centre of the modern community.

Architecturally Main Street is now very mixed with many old buildings surviving amongst less appealing 1960s brutalist concrete and more recent redevelopment. Many old details are obscured by gaudy modern shop fronts so as always it is for interested persons to try and see through to the history beyond.

Old Shops

We begin here with a collection of old shops which were all situated on Briggate over the years. I love old shop photos from the days when people took a lot of pride in their businesses and the proprietors can often been seen posing outside.

Garforth Mosby Drapery

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George Mosby’s Drapery Establishment [2].

Garforth Fox Cycles

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Fox’s cycle shop which stood on the East side of Main Street near to Chapel Close [3].

Garforth Chip Shop

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The fish and chip shop which stood on the East side of Main Street near to Chapel Close [3].

Garforth Mallisons

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

Garforth Burras Peake

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Burras Peake men’s wear shop. Pictured is Harold Bramley with manager Jack Haswell [3].

Burras Peake were a Leeds based menswear company with a factory on Gelderd Road and shops in various locations such as Garforth, Otley and Pontefract as well as the City centre.

Garforth Breckons Sweet Shop

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‘Daddy Breckon’s’ sweet shop, located in the unit that was later Fenwick’s Newsagents for many years [3].

Garforth Starkeys Cobblers

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1950s
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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 c.1995.

Lower Briggate - General Stores and Post Office

TB Smith’s General Store on the left and the Post Office (hidden by an awning)

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c1906
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Phototype Co.
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Phototype 1878
Garforth Briggate

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The old Post Office

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c1925
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Hoult
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Garforth Main Street

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The old Council Offices which stood where T.B. Smith’s General Store once stood [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.

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1990s or early 21st century
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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5th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Lower Briggate - Holly House and Alfred Smith Grocers

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c.1907
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Bramley
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Bramley B07
Garforth Briggate

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5th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Briggate

Garforth Briggate

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c.1907
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Bramley
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Bramley B07 Tinted
Garforth Briggate

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c1905
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Parkinson & Roy
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Parkinson & Roy NN03

Looking up Briggate with 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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Lilywhite
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Lilywhite GFH16
Garforth Briggate From South

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Richards
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Richards 02
Garforth Main St

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c1967
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The Francis Frith Collection
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Frith GFH40
Garforth Main Street

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Opposite the end of Barley Hill Road 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 [3].

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Unknown
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Parkinson & Roy
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Parkinson & Roy NN14
Garforth Briggate

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25th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Briggate

Garforth Holly House

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c.1900–1910
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Holly House 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].

Lower Briggate - Sweet Shop Parade

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Parkinson & Roy
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Parkinson & Roy 559
Garforth Briggate

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5th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Briggate

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
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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5th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Briggate Centre

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].

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Possibly 1960s
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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27th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Looking towards Town End from the middle of Main Street. The houses on the right were demolished in the 1950s, but the large house beyond them, Eagle House, still stands today at the end of Chapel Lane [2].

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c1908
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Bramley
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Bramley B08
Garforth Briggate

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Garforth Briggate

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c.1908
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Bramley
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Bramley B08 Tinted
Garforth Briggate

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c.1912
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Laycocks
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Laycocks 494
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Unknown
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Parkinson & Roy
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Parkinson & Roy NN09
Garforth Briggate

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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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27th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

Eagle House can be seen in the right of the frame in this image of Armistice Day celebrations.

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1918
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Unknown
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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27th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

The right hand side of Main Steet with the Welfare Hall in the centre left of the frame.

The houses shown, ‘Colliery Row’ and ‘Long Curtain Row’, were replaced by a parade of shops.

It was here that Jack Charlton, the footballer once ran his men’s wear business [3].

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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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27th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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c1935
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Milton
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Garforth Main Street

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c1967
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The Francis Frith Collection
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Frith GFH44
Garforth Main Street

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19th April 2019
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street

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c1967
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The Francis Frith Collection
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Frith GFH46
Garforth Main Street

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19th April 2019
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street

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Unknown
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Richards
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Richards 7
Garforth Main Street

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Coupland Road and Marshall’s

Coupland Road with the Salvation Army Citdel just visible in the right of the frame [3].

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Milton
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Garforth Coupland Road

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5th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Coupland Road

Garforth Coupland Road

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Laycocks
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Laycocks 1051
Garforth Coupland Road

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Parkinson & Roy
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Garforth Marshalls Brickworks

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Marshall’s Brickworks used to be situated where Halliday Court now stands, off Coupland Road.

Bricks from this works were used to build things all over Garforth, including Salem Chapel, Station Bridge and the Welfare Hall.

The clay that the bricks were made from came from a quarry in Barley Hill Road, known locally as ‘t’clay ’ole’, which was located on the land now covered by the car park [2].

This image shows the chimney stack for the brickworks being demolished.

Briggate Upper

A view of the top part of Main Street which in the late 19th century was known as ‘Catley Hill’ after a grocer who had a shop there [3].

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c1914
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Bramley
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Garforth Briggate

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27th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Briggate

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Laycocks
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Laycocks 487
Garforth Briggate

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1980s/1990s
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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The top of Main Street from the 1960s showing a procession for the Festival Queen [3].

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1960s
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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27th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

This snowy photo is looking back down Main Street and was taken by Mr. Holroyd the chemist [3].

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Unknown
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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27th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

A view down Main St. from Town End, notice the ghost sign still visible today for 'Sugar Coated Pills Made by Parkinson the Pill People'

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Unknown
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

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30th March 2019
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Main Street (Briggate)

The police house stood at the top of Main Street where Pease’s car park is now. The station moved to the current premises in Lidgett Lane in the 1970s [3].

The building with the gable in the roof was the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society which can still be seen today within the gable itself

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Unknown
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Phototype Co.
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Phototype 1886
Garforth Police Station

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20th April 2019
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Police Station

Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist Chapel in Chapel Lane near the top of Main St. was built in 1876, as can be seen from the date engraved into the front of the building. Today it is the home of SLP College which is a musical theatre school.

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After 1876
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Garforth Primitive Methodist Chapel

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5th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Primitive Methodist Chapel

Garforth Primitive Methodist Chapel

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c.1910
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Bramley
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Town End (Towards Aberford)

Looking towards The Miner’s Arms and Aberford Road from Town End.

The large gabled house that can be seen in this first image past the Miner’s belonged to Tom Pickering and was demolished c.1938 to make way for Oak Road [3].

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Unknown
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Laycocks
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Laycocks 491
Garforth Town End

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30th March 2019
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Town End

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c1910
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Bramley
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Bramley NN15
Garforth Town End

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25th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Town End

Garforth Station Road

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Unknown
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Parkinson & Roy
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Parkinson & Roy NN10
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c1927
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Lilywhite
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Lilywhite GFH7
Garforth Station Road

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30th March 2019
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Station Road

Garforth Town End

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c1935
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Milton
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An almost identical view to Lilywhite GFH7.

Garforth Town End

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Unknown
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Unknown
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Garforth Town End Carnival

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Unknown
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Bramley
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Bramley B02

A carnival taking place in Aberford Road during Edwardian times with The Gascoignes in the background [3].

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1925
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Garforth Town End

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Garforth Cinema

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Unknown
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Unknown
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Garforth Cinema which was located near The Miners Arms at Town End [3].

Town End (Towards Briggate and Wakefield Road)

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Bramley
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Bramley B10
Garforth Town End

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30th March 2019
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Town End

Garforth Town End

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Unknown
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Parkinson & Roy
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Parkinson & Roy NN13

The shop next to the butchers with the board mounted on the front was Frank Ashton’s chemists [2].

Looking down Wakefield Road with the top of Main Street on the left.

The corner property was a butcher’s shop owned by Squire Backhouse [3].

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c1910
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Bramley
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Bramley NN14
Garforth Town End

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25th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Town End

This image shows the row of houses at Town End, which is little changed today. The closest house in the right of the frame was used by the Yorkshire Penny Bank and the house is still called ‘Bank House’ today.

The house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dixon who rented a room to the bank every other Saturday evening. The bank was operated by Ben Chadwick who was the headmaster of the Colliery School at East Gaforth [2].

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Unknown
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Bramley
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Bramley NN18
Garforth Town End

Date
25th August 2007
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Ian Atkinson
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Garforth Town End