Old Postcards of Garforth

For many years I saved images of old Garforth postcards from eBay so that I could expand the old Garforth photos section on the website. Recently having collected several years worth I sat down to sift through the images and realised at that point I would quite like to collect the actual postcards!

As such I am now trying to collect as many as I can, of course some quite rare ones have gone on eBay in the last few years so I am now frustrated with myself for not buying them. If you have any Garforth postcards to sell please let me know.

Most of the cards are used elsewhere on the site in the correct places however they are also laid out below by card series for anyone who is interested; I needed to do this to keep track for myself anyway. There are more than you think when you start to try and catalogue them given Garforth was only a small place.

Where possible I have noted the sequence numbers for the cards and presented them in order. Any card which starts NN means 'no number' i.e. I have assigned my own NN numbers just so I can keep track of them. Over time I may be able to give some of the NN cards their correct numbers.

Bramley

Bramley were a local Leeds company based in Cross Gates just up the road from Garforth. The company address is given as Bramley, Publisher, The Electric Press Printing Works, Cross Gates, Leeds

There are several Bramley cards without numbers, those which are sequenced are e.g. ‘B19’. Other cards are simply marked with ‘B’ in one corner or just the number. There are many gaps in the sequence here which could be of other places or missing Garforth cards.

The Bramley numbers do not seem to be unique for example different cards from different places may be marked ‘B19’, perhaps the numbers on the Garforth cards are therefore only for Garforth.

There are also colour versions of some cards which are tinted versions of the black and white ones. Postally the cards seem to be dated from around 1900–1920.

Garforth Station
[NN01] Garforth Station c1905
Garforth Station
[NN02] Garforth Station c1905
Garforth Trench Pit
[NN03] Garforth Trench Pit c.1910
Garforth Wakefield Road
[NN04] Garforth Wakefield Road c1914
Church Garforth
[NN05] Church Garforth c.?
Garforth Barrowby Hall
[NN08] Garforth Barrowby Hall c1911
Garforth Multiview
[NN09] Garforth Multiview c1915
Garforth Lidgett Lane
[NN10] Garforth Lidgett Lane c1919
Garforth St Marys Church
[NN11] Garforth St Marys Church c1913
Garforth St Marys Church
[NN11TINT] Garforth St Marys Church 1909
Garforth Gaping Goose
[NN12] Garforth Gaping Goose c1910
Garforth St Marys Church
[NN13] Garforth St Marys Church c1910
Garforth Town End
[NN14] Garforth Town End c1910
Garforth Town End
[NN15] Garforth Town End c1910
Garforth Church Lane
[NN16] Garforth Church Lane c.?
Garforth Salisbury Terrace
[NN17] Garforth Salisbury Terrace c.?
Garforth Town End
[NN18] Garforth Town End c.?
Garforth Multiview
[NN19] Garforth Multiview c.1913
Garforth Parochial School
[NN20] Garforth Parochial School 1910
Garforth Primitive Methodist Chapel
[NN21] Garforth Primitive Methodist Chapel c.1910
Garforth Multiview
[NN22] Garforth Multiview c.1913
Garforth Rectory
[NN23] Garforth Rectory c.?
Garforth Town End Carnival
[B2] Garforth Town End Carnival c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[B2ALT] Garforth St Marys Church c.1913
Garforth Carnival
[B02ALT1] Garforth Carnival 1920s?
Garforth Briggate
[B7] Garforth Briggate c.1907
Garforth Briggate
[B7TINT] Garforth Briggate c.1907
Garforth Briggate
[B8] Garforth Briggate c1908
Garforth Briggate
[B8TINT] Garforth Briggate c.1908
Garforth Briggate
[B9] Garforth Briggate c1914
Garforth Town End
[B10] Garforth Town End c.?
Garforth Wakefield Road
[B19] Garforth Wakefield Road c1907
Garforth Wakefield Road
[B19TINT] Garforth Wakefield Road c.1907
Garforth Lidgett Lane
[B22] Garforth Lidgett Lane c1921
Garforth Old George
[B26] Garforth Old George c.?
Garforth Church Lane
[B29] Garforth Church Lane c.1912
Garforth Isabella Pit
[B32] Garforth Isabella Pit c.?
Garforth Sisters Pit
[B33] Garforth Sisters Pit c.?

Frith

The Frith company is still in existence today as Francis Frith who sell may items with their old images on as well as old maps etc.

Frith cards are marked with a place code (of their own devising) and a number. The place code for Garforth is GFH so all Frith cards for Garforth are marked e.g. ‘GFH3’. This sequence is also used for the Lilywhite cards (the owner of Lilywhite later ran Frith) however the cards in each series are not the same i.e. Lilywhite GFH2 is different to Frith GFH2.

There are 46 Garforth images in the Frith archive (51 including tints). Currently only a subset of those appear on the main Frith website for purchase. Historically not all Frith images of a given place were published as postcards so it's unknown how many of the 51 might physically exist other than those shown below.

The Frith cards are dated from either c.1955 (GFH1-19) or c.1965 (GFH20-46).

Not all Frith cards in the gallery below can be viewed at full size due to copyright restrictions, all Frith cards are copyright The Francis Frith Collection and those that can be viewed are used with permission.

Garforth Main Street
[GFH02] Garforth Main Street c.1955
Garforth Church And Oak Estate
[GFH03] Garforth Church And Oak Estate c1951
Garforth St Marys Church
[GFH07] Garforth St Marys Church c.?
Garforth Main Street
[GFH40] Garforth Main Street c1967
Garforth Church Lane
[GFH42] Garforth Church Lane c1969
Garforth Main Street
[GFH44] Garforth Main Street c1967
Garforth Main Street
[GFH46] Garforth Main Street c1967

Hobbies

I don't have any information on this company, there is only a single card but the back is marked ‘HOBBIES’ above postcard but without an address. There does not appear to be any sequence numbers and the card is an early one posted in 1905.

Garforth Old George
[NN01] Garforth Old George c1905

Hoult

This selection of cards seems to have been created by Mr. A. W. Hoult who ran Garforth Post Office. They were presumably created by him for sale from the post office itself and as such may all be solely of Garforth.

There are no sequence numbers with each card just being marked A. W. Hoult, Post Office, Garforth to the front and no further details being printed on the back. Postally the cards seem to be dated from around 1920s.

Garforth Main Street
[NN01] Garforth Main Street c1925
Garforth Church Lane
[NN02] Garforth Church Lane c1924
Garforth Station Fields
[NN03] Garforth Station Fields c.?
Garforth Lidgett Lane
[NN04] Garforth Lidgett Lane c.?
Garforth Lidgett Lane
[NN05] Garforth Lidgett Lane c.?

Laycocks

The Laycocks cards are marked with ‘Laycock’s Real Photo Series’ but no other company details. There was an E.W. Laycock who had a newsagents in Church Lane, I believe these cards will have been created by him for sale from his shop. As such all of the Laycock’s cards are likely to be of Garforth.

There are several Laycock’s cards without numbers, those which are sequenced are numeric only e.g. ‘123’. There are many gaps in the sequence however the sequence runs into the thousands and I would not think that there will be that many card in existence.

Postally the cards seem to be dated from around 1900–1920.

Garforth Sisters Pit
[NN01] Garforth Sisters Pit c.?
Garforth Station Fields
[NN02] Garforth Station Fields c.?
Garforth Unknown
[NN03] Garforth Unknown c.?
Garforth The Grange
[NN04] Garforth The Grange c.?
Garforth The Rectory
[NN05] Garforth The Rectory c.1912
Garforth Ninlands Lane
[483] Garforth Ninlands Lane c.?
Garforth Wesleyan Chapel
[484] Garforth Wesleyan Chapel c.?
Garforth Briggate
[487] Garforth Briggate c.?
Garforth Town End
[491] Garforth Town End c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[492] Garforth St Marys Church 1914
Garforth Briggate
[494] Garforth Briggate c.1912
Garforth Station Road
[500] Garforth Station Road c.?
Garforth Station Fields
[501] Garforth Station Fields c.?
Garforth Manor Farm
[629] Garforth Manor Farm c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[632] Garforth St Marys Church c.?
Garforth Station
[633] Garforth Station c1915
Garforth Trench Pit
[702] Garforth Trench Pit c.?
Garforth Church Lane Corner
[706] Garforth Church Lane Corner c.?
Garforth De Grey House
[1032] Garforth De Grey House c.?
Garforth Coupland Road
[1051] Garforth Coupland Road c.?
Garforth Barleyhill Road
[1052] Garforth Barleyhill Road c1905

Lilywhite

Lilywhite were a local company based in Halifax though they made cards for lots of places. The company was in operation from 1909–1931 so the cards cover this period.

Some Garforth cards seem to have been subcontracted by a local company so the back reads Published for E.W. Laycock, Church Lane, Garforth, near Leeds (see above).

The cards are sequenced the same as the Frith ones as noted above however there are a few which I am unsure of the number due to the size of the images available. Once again there must be many missing from this set as there are gaps in the sequence and they are all of Garforth.

Garforth Bridge
[GFH_U01] Garforth Bridge c.?
Garforth Isabella Pit
[GFH_U02] Garforth Isabella Pit c.?
Garforth Trench Pit
[GFH_U03] Garforth Trench Pit c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[GFH01] Garforth St Marys Church c1920
garforth dar villas
[GFH02] garforth dar villas c1920
Garforth Station Fields
[GFH03] Garforth Station Fields c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[GFH04] Garforth St Marys Church c.?
Garforth Station Road
[GFH07] Garforth Station Road c1927
Garforth Lidgett Lane
[GFH08] Garforth Lidgett Lane c.1922
Garforth Church Lane
[GFH09] Garforth Church Lane c.?
Garforth Station Fields
[GFH15] Garforth Station Fields c1915
Garforth Briggate From South
[GFH16] Garforth Briggate From South c.?
Garforth Manor Farm
[GFH22] Garforth Manor Farm c.?
Garforth West Garforth
[GFH23] Garforth West Garforth unknown

Milton Woolstone

The Milton cards seem to be a series by Woolstone Brothers, the cards read The Milton Series for Local Views, Woolstone Bros, London, EC1, Printed in Saxony on the back.

The cards are all ensconced and are just printed with the name of the view on the front. Postally the cards seem to be dated from the 1930s.

Garforth Town End
[NN01] Garforth Town End c1935
Garforth Main Street
[NN02] Garforth Main Street c1935
Garforth Bridge
[NN03] Garforth Bridge c.?
Garforth Wakefield Road
[NN04] Garforth Wakefield Road c1930
Garforth Coupland Road
[NN05] Garforth Coupland Road c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[NN06] Garforth St Marys Church c1930s

Parkinson & Roy

Parkinson & Roy were a local Leeds company, the address is given as Parkinson and Roy, The Studios, Kelsall Street, Leeds and is printed on the front of the earlier cards. Later cards just say ‘P&R Leeds’ on the front.

There are several Parkinson & Roy cards without numbers, those which are sequenced are numeric e.g. ‘123’ and a few seem to be suffixed e.g. ‘41B’. There are many gaps in the sequence some of which are likely to be Garforth cards.

Postally the cards seem to be dated from around 1900–1930.

Garforth Station Road
[NN02] Garforth Station Road c1910
Garforth Briggate
[NN03] Garforth Briggate c1905
Garforth Wakefield Road
[NN04] Garforth Wakefield Road c.?
Garforth Station
[NN05] Garforth Station c1905
Garforth Station
[NN06] Garforth Station c.?
Garforth Sturton Grange
[NN07] Garforth Sturton Grange c1904
Garforth Coupland Road
[NN08] Garforth Coupland Road c.?
Garforth Briggate
[NN09] Garforth Briggate c.?
Garforth Station Road
[NN10] Garforth Station Road c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[NN11] Garforth St Marys Church c.?
Garforth Church Lane
[NN12] Garforth Church Lane c1905
Garforth Town End
[NN13] Garforth Town End c.?
Garforth Briggate
[NN14] Garforth Briggate c.?
Garforth St Marys Church
[NN15] Garforth St Marys Church c.1904
Garforth Manor Farm
[41B] Garforth Manor Farm c1905
Garforth Manor Farm
[42] Garforth Manor Farm c1905
Garforth Station
[178] Garforth Station c.?
Garforth Greens Nurseries
[179A] Garforth Greens Nurseries c.?
Garforth Station Road
[305] Garforth Station Road c1905
Garforth Sisters Pit
[387] Garforth Sisters Pit c1910
Garforth Station Road
[390] Garforth Station Road c1925
Garforth Manor Farm
[433] Garforth Manor Farm c1905
Garforth Manor Farm
[435] Garforth Manor Farm c1905
Garforth Manor Farm
[437] Garforth Manor Farm c1905
Garforth Trench Pit
[438] Garforth Trench Pit c.?
Garforth Lowther Road
[443] Garforth Lowther Road c.?
Garforth Manor Farm
[461] Garforth Manor Farm c1905
Garforth Manor Farm
[463] Garforth Manor Farm c1905
Garforth Briggate
[559] Garforth Briggate c.?
Garforth Manor Farm
[571] Garforth Manor Farm c1909

Phototype Co.

The Phototype Company were a local Leeds company, the address is given as The Phototype Co., Ventnor St., Leeds.

The cards all seem to be sequenced with a four digit code e.g. ‘1817’ which I expect a lot of people would easily confuse with the year of the photograph! Several of these cards I have not seen the back of but expect they are by the same company as the lettering (which is distinctive) and sequencing on the front is the same. These seem to be uncommon so I have no idea how many Garforth cards they did. The cards seem to be from the early 1900s.

Garforth Barleyhill School
[NN01] Garforth Barleyhill School c.?
East Garforth School
[NN02] East Garforth School c.?
Garforth Lidgett Lane
[NN03] Garforth Lidgett Lane c.?
Garforth Paradise Sturton Lane
[1863] Garforth Paradise Sturton Lane c1900
Garforth Parochial School
[1867] Garforth Parochial School c1910
Garforth Wesleyan Chapel
[1876] Garforth Wesleyan Chapel c.?
Garforth Briggate
[1878] Garforth Briggate c1906
Garforth Rectory
[1879] Garforth Rectory c.?
Garforth Police Station
[1886] Garforth Police Station c.?
Garforth Multi View
[2076] Garforth Multi View c.?

Richards

Richards appear to have been a York based company with the address given as Richards R.B. & E.D., Strensall, York.

There are not many cards from this company and I have guessed at a couple based on the lettering style on the front (specifically the writing of No with the super scripted o is common to them all). They all seem to be marked e.g. ‘No7’.

Postally the cards seem to be dated from around 1910–1930.

Garforth Bridge
[1A] Garforth Bridge c.?
Garforth Main St
[2] Garforth Main St c.?
Garforth Main Street
[7] Garforth Main Street c.?
Garforth Church Lane
[8] Garforth Church Lane 1930s
Garforth St Marys Church
[17] Garforth St Marys Church c.?
Garforth Wakefied Road
[20] Garforth Wakefied Road 1910

Unknown

These are miscellaneous cards from unknown publishers.

Garforth Mercury Motor Inn
[NN01] Garforth Mercury Motor Inn c.1974
Garforth Station Fields
[NN02] Garforth Station Fields c.1927
Garforth Wesleyan Chapel
[NN03] Garforth Wesleyan Chapel 1920s
Garforth Station
[NN04] Garforth Station c.1910