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From: "Keith Feeney" <>
Subject: RE:Alphabet Streets
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 10:35:29 -0800
I came across a small booklet, 34 pages, that was published last year, 2000,
in support of the Wheatfields charity.
Entitled 'We Remember the Alphabets' - 'Living Back-to-Back in Burley'
The booklet is full of memories from those who lived in the
There is no indication on the booklet as to where copies can be obtained, no
publisher, no contact address or numbers...
I'll see what I can find out.....
Meanwhile here's just a few memories...all are copyright Doreen M. Wood
'I was born in 1922 in Quadrant Street. Lavatories were down the street,
sometimes in a passage that led through to the next street'
'I was born in 1912 and lived at the bottom of the 99 steps with my parents,
two sisters and two brothers.... people had to clean their windows every
other day because of the green smoke from a moulding factory at the bottom
of the 99 steps, with a very tall chimney'
(Joe Keeling was a well-known wheeler-dealer car salesman in the area)...
'On the day that Burley Road Picture House was pulled down Joe bought the
ticket kiosk. He had it delivered next morning and from then on he did all
his business from that kiosk.'
'If my mother saw that Joe had moved out all the cars and put them under the
railway viaduct, she would say, 'I suspect he's going to have a fire. And he
'There was an organ grinder with a monkey who came and stood by the wine
'When I got older, instead of having a bath in a tin bath by the fire, my
mother gave me sixpence to go to have a bath at Kirkstall Road baths. I used
to love it because the water was always red hot.'
Angel, Baker, Corporation, Dover, England, Florist, Grattan, Hollis, Jermyn,
Kennedy, (New) Lloyd, Meynell, Newlay, Otter, Peel, Quadrant, Runcorn,
Stanhope, Townend, Upton & Ventor Street.
All now gone... mostly under the Yorkshire Television site.
Pay a visit to the history of Leeds website
or ask a question, leave a message, contact a friend
at the Leodis message forum....
From: Herbert Harrison [mailto:]
Sent: 15 March 2001 20:04
Subject: A Request for Memories.
I am writing to ask whether anyone on the List has memories of the former
"Alphabet Streets" that were in the Burley area of Leeds situated between
Burley Road and Kirkstall Road.
Many (most) of my forebears lived there at one time or another and while I
have bought several books on the early "back-to-back" housing settlements I
have yet to find one that is specifically devoted to this area.
Any memories that Members might have would be gratefully received.
Also, memories of Winfield Mount in the Woodhouse area.
Researching Akeroyd, Cusworth, Dorrington, Harrison, Wilkinson &
Williamson - all of Leeds
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