Below you can read about the latest news and activities from the 365 Leeds Stories project. Click on a headline to read the full post.

Published on 03/11/2013

Vinery Avenue/Vinery Mount

“You know where t’ Irish Centre is? Well it were there. Them were t’ houses we lived on there. Again’ t’Irish Centre. Like they were old houses you know? Small houses. Not like now. And we lived there and we were overcrowded so we’d to come out of there … we ha’n’t enough bedrooms and what have you. And we got one of t’ first houses in Vinery Avenue, it wa’. I remember t’ number. Vinery Avenue it wa’. They’d a garden and everything. We’d not got anything there you see so it were different. And I were only a kid and I’d two brothers, they used to go round selling ice-cream – you know Granelli? They used to – for a bit o’money, my brother, eldest one, other one wa’n’t allowed to do it, but he helped. He wasn’t allowed to do it officially. (Laughs). But he died at fifteen. He were born wi’ a bad what is it – heart. They couldn’t do ault for him, from being baby. He were the bonniest lad. Yeah and he used to make crystal sets. He were brainy. He were brainy. To pass his time on in t’house he’d do that! Cos he wa’n’t allowed to go to work because he wa’n’t fit but he went and got himself a job, I’ll tell you this, and he went in’t pit and me mam had to take him out, cos she said “you can’t do that job! It’d kill him!” Well he did die, d’you know what I mean? My man worked at Burton’s, she were a forewoman at Burtons and she got him in at Burtons, just at – they all walked at his funeral did all Burton’s – oh they did! – up to St – up to t’hospital – Killingbeck – from St Patricks.” » Read more…

Published on 02/11/2013

Temple Newsam

“Well we lived near each other and, well, you know how you are when you’re – well we used to have all t’lads and lasses mixed then – and that’s how I went started going with him. And he just lived – I worked in t’ street, and that street, it were in t’ street were Plant’s, J.W. Plant and he lived in t’ next street. And I lived in t’ Bertha’s. You wouldn’t know t’ Berthas. Richmond Hill. You don’t know there, so you wouldn’t know it. No. They used to sing, you know, that song, Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill. (Laughs). And we knew each other from being working, not from being young, from working. Yeah. From … started courting, you know how you are? Right young when we started courting. Going out. We used to walk up to Temple Newsam. We didn’t have a car or ault like that. For walking, you had to walk to go everywhere. Well, it were good. Yeah, we used to walk up Red Road, you know where Red Road is? It took you right up to Temple Newsam and through the cou – instead of having to go on – you’d no transport anyway but we used to walk it. We were about sixteen when we started going, yeah, about that, sixteen year old, yeah.” » Read more…

Published on 01/11/2013

Odeon Cinema (formerly the Paramount Theatre)

“Seventeen year, I waited for this man. Yes, because he was married. Married. Trouble was they had a boozer and I used to work with him all this job in there. And I used to work with him all the time, every day, he’d take me home. Anyway, I fell in love with him. Seventeen year I waited for him because he’d got married, and she were crackers, she used to chuck herself down t’ steps. She was jealous, jealous! I’ve never known a person to be so jealous of a woman or man. But there was nothing to it, I mean, well, in time. I stopped there. And I waited seventeen year for him. I thought, nobody else is gonna have him! I waited too long. And he made me a lovely husband, he did. » Read more…

Published on 31/10/2013

St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Torre Road

Can I ask what your parents did?

“Well actually we had a fish shop above me, you know? – Fish and chips. Ooh, I wish I could think o’ t’ name of that – where we had t’ first fish shop. It were down again’ St Patricks but I can’t remember t’ name … we’d a house on t’ fish shop, you know? Rooms and that … That’s what they did when we were young. But they had to come out of it. Doctor said – you know, I was always poorly. I had every ailment you could think of and they said, you know, you’d have to move for t’ grease. So we moved up Woodhouse Lane. But we didn’t stay there long because the house wasn’t big enough.” » Read more…

Published on 30/10/2013

Strawberry Avenue, Armley

“I was born in November 1917. I don’t remember the war of course, I was only just born. I lived in Armley. No 11, Strawberry Avenue … It’s not there now. It’s pulled down. I had two brothers and I had a sister that died when she were six but I never knew her. She died before I was born and my dad, he died before I were born, three month before I were born. Mother was left a widow » Read more…

Published on 29/10/2013

Montague Burton’s, Hudson Road

“I’ve done all sorts. When I left school, they gave you job interviews to go to from school and I had this one to go to the electricity board in town and we lived near Montague Burtons – the big factory at Hudson Road. And I was walking down Hudson Road to catch the tram to town hall bus – trams it was then –and I thought “oh, I’ll nip here and see if I can get a job here.” » Read more…

Published on 28/10/2013

Hillcrest Cinema, Harehills

“There used to be … I don’t know if you know about Killingbeck and the … well, you’d use to think, “I’ll go up Killingbeck tonight,” and there used to be a stream of us, all about sixteen, seventeen years old and when you got to right at’top of Killingbeck we’d all use to stand and you’d talk to a lad who you fancied – just on’t’ end of’t’ street and we all used to clamour round you know. Then » Read more…

Published on 27/10/2013

Shakespeare Housing Estate/Marsh Lane Station

“Yes, I didn’t feel afraid or anything, no. Although, I know one of the worst raids Leeds had, I lived in what they called the Shakespeares, opposite the hospital and my dad was an Air Raid Warden, and when the sirens went well, course he used to go out and I stopped with my mum and I didn’t have any brothers and sisters. Once we had a really bad raid where they hit Quarry Hill Flats and the railway, Marsh » Read more…

Published on 25/10/2013

Needles and Threads

The light in the backroom of Veritas, was perfect for a romantic interlude, but perhaps less suited to detailed needlework. Hayley had to bring extra lamps from home, and I resorted to borrowing a child’s headtorch and sewing with a light-up lego man attached to my forehead. However, as we stitched in the gathering gloom, the maps began to take shape and as they did, they sparked conversations and memories for the participants. As our needles flashed in the half-light, » Read more…

Published on 18/10/2013

Stalking the Access Bus

I guess we all carry our own version of the city inside us.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been gathering stories from the women of the Seacroft Ladies Fellowship – a group that meets once a week at Seacroft Methodist Chapel. It’s predominantly an older group, with those attending ranging in age from mid-sixties to mid-nineties. Although it takes place at the chapel, the meetings are mainly social – an opportunity to chat and catch up, to share news and gossip and perhaps to hear an invited speaker. The women who attend are all based locally – although many of them have lived in other places. One lady has lived everywhere from Devon to Singapore, having followed her Army husband around the country and the world. Others have spent their whole lives in the Seacroft area.

Last week, we organised a talk for them, about Women’s Suffrage. It focused on the life of Leonora Cohen, a Leeds based suffragette and activist who spent her life campaigning for Women’s Rights. Famously, she once smashed a glass case in the Tower of London with an iron bar to draw attention to her cause. Leonora’s story certainly seemed to strike a chord with the women of the Fellowship. Many of them applauded as an account of her trial for smashing the jewel case was read out, while at the end of the talk, one of them thumped the air and called out, “Votes for Women!” » Read more…

Published on 17/10/2013

Welcome to 365 Leeds Stories!

Between Autumn 2013 and Summer 2014, Alison Andrews and Matthew Bellwood will be working with people from all over Leeds to create a series of maps of the city. These will be produced in collaboration with a range of other artists. Maps will be sung, embroidered, floated down rivers, fixed on to buses and rendered as shadows. Each map will show the city from a different perspective. In March 2014, the maps and the stories they tell will be presented » Read more…

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365 Leeds Stories originated as a storytelling project on the social media outlet, Twitter. Over the course of a year, Matthew Bellwood set himself the challenge of writing a tiny story about the city everyday. This account and cache of stories still exists @365LeedsStories. The material found there has been used as a starting point for several strands of the 365 Leeds Stories project.

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