Since the launch of Hunslet Remembered I've had many people asking me questions I don't know the answer to. They are often seeking information about people, places or firms because they are researching their family history or local history, or just want to remember and learn more about Hunslet.
Have a look through the questions on these two pages. This page has questions about life and places in Hunslet, and the next page has family tree questions. If you have any questions or answers, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I spent much of my pocket money at Pemberton's toy shop in the late 60s/early 70s. It was situated at Swan Junction, if I recall. You could see the famous Stephensons decorators on the opposite side of the road; it is still there which is still there. Any information about Pemberton's would be much appreciated. Even an old photograph, would warm my heart.
Maureen Goodman (nee Tate)
Maureen attended Low Road Primary School in 1955/56 until she migrated to Australia. She would love to get in contact with Maureen Neil, April Patrick and Pat Black. She has fond memories of these ladies and would be over the moon to get back in contact once more.
I'm currently the owner of the former Pottery Field Methodist Mission Hall on Leathley Road/Pearson Street and also of Brandon Medical, who occupied the site up until 2000 when we moved to a bigger and more modern factory unit in Middleton (and moved again in 2013 to our current address in Morley). The Methodist Hall was in a terrible state of repair at this time but we elected to restore it rather than knock it down as it was such a nice looking building. We also briefly occupied Peter Scotts Ltd premises on Grape Street in 1999. We believe that Brandon Electric was incorporated in 1946 and occupied the Mission Hall until 1993 having morphed from Brandon Electric to Brandon Engineering to Brandon Engineering (Leeds) Ltd and then to the current Brandon Medical Company Limited.
I'm interested in finding information to corroborate what I already know of the company history and about the history of the Methodist Hall. I'd love to find some photos of Brandon during the 40s,50, and 60s.
Former Pottery Field Methodist Mission Hall on Leathley Road/Pearson Street (photo 2010)
I went to Hunslet Nash from 1950 to1960. I am sixty eight now. I remember the Picturedrome cinema. It was at the side of Hunslet Library, it was nicknamed ''the Bug Hutch'' I am laughing at it now, but I wish I was back there right now. I was born in Briggs Yard just before the bridge across from the Sun pub and Varley Square. I was reading an item by Christine Chadwick, who also went to Hunslet Nash, I remember her. I would love to know how she is getting on. My grandmother lived in Varley Square for over sixty years. I lived with her and my granddad from about eight years old. The house we lived in had no electric only gas, paraffin lamps on the wall, no carpets only stone flags. If anyone remembers me going to Hunslet Nash get in touch.
I lived in Mosdale Street, behind Glasshouse St, off Hunslet Road. My name then was Susan Schofield, and my best friend was Joyce Hallas. Other girls in my class included Pat Aveyard, Ann Church, Jean Fish, Margorie Simpson and Lynn Maul. The girls and the boys were in separate buildings, only joining together at Christmas for the annual party. Everyone had to bring a contribution, such as sandwiches, buns or jelly.
We had a wonderful time at the 'Nash'. Our Headmistress was Miss Wray, and other teachers included Miss Topping, Miss Fishwick and Miss Kempsall. One of the music teachers was Miss Toppham, or Toynbe, I think. When I moved schools, aged 11, Miss Topping, who knew the music teacher, came to a production I was in, and made a point of visiting me. I remember being so happy that she'd made the effort.
Both my parents were connected to Hunslet families. The Taylors, Schofields and Amos's lived above Hunslet Carr. My mum grew up in Woodville St, off Nursery Mount.
I love reading, and talking, about our lives in Hunslet. Most people had little money, but worked hard. 'Salt of the earth' my gran used to say. Summers brought sticky tar to play with, as you sat on the kerb and poked the gooey black stuff with a stick. Kick the can, hopscotch, whip and tops and marbles kept us occupied outside. Winters brought roaring fires, with toast on a long fork, and the compendium of games to occupy the time. Outside, black smog would be so dense you could barely see across the street, and you'd go to school wearing a thick scarf to cover your mouth.
I would love to get in touch with anyone who was there around that time.
I was born in 1954 and grew up in Hunslet. I lived in Balcombe Street until we were compulsory purchased in 1965 (I think) and moved to Moortown. It's amazing to hear of Proctors and Stephensons again and I also had my hair cut at Salmons. We used to walk up to the chip shop near Beethams and the Anchor on a Friday night for our tea.
The reason I found your site was my cousin in Melbourne Australia, who has been scanning old photographs and slides and sending them to me. This morning the attached arrived: ‘Low Road Primary School on a trip to Kirkstall Abbey’. I guess it must have been around 1963/64.
Even after more than 50 years I can still remember most of my classmates. It was interesting to read about the school, which if I remember rightly was directly opposite the lead and paint works (that probably explains a lot), which woke everyone up for miles one night when it caught fire with paint tins exploding everywhere. I also remember naps in the afternoon and the roaring fire in the middle of the classroom, thawing frozen milk bottles out in winter! Miss Williams was my Headteacher when I started school and I remember Geoff Davies arriving. Strangely enough, almost twenty years later, my wife got a teaching position at Victoria Primary just off York Road and the head who appointed her was the very same Geoff Davies. One of my other teachers was Jack Keighley, who has gone on to write walking guide books for Yorkshire and his native Pendle area.
It would be nice to hear what my former classmates have got up to.
My grandfather was George William Shoebottom and he lived at 28 Spring Grove Street, Hunslet with his wife Rose Hannah (Hubball) and their children: George, Harry, Winifred, Alice and Edwin. His son George was killed in WW2 and is named on the Thwaite Gate memorial (his wife was Kathleen Footit. They married at St. Andrew's Church in Sept 1930).
My grandfather was Scoutmaster of the 11th S.E. Stourton Scouts based at St. Andrew's Church and I know the church no longer exists.
My Grandfather is the left of the two gentlemen in the middle. On the back row from the left are:
Les Appleton - Drum Major, George Shoebottom (my uncle), Les Hawes - Patrol Leader.
The gentleman to the right lying on the ground is Walter Hopton. Edwin Shoebottom(my Uncle and George's brother) is sat 2nd from the left on the front row
If anyone knows the names of those in the picture or has any old photos of the troup they may wish to share I would be very grateful.
Colin was born in 1941 on Tempest Road, Beeston and later moved to Belvedere Mount. He went to Cross Flatts School and then to Cockburn High School from 1952 to 1959. He then went to Manchester University and was later Technical Director of a smaller specialist forging company in Sheffield, where he spent the rest of his working life. He has now retired to Malton. He would welcome hearing from anyone who remembers him.
My family all come from Hunslet. My great grandad was one of the founder members of was what to become Derbyshire Street Mission Hall, now Hunslet Church of the Nazarene on Lupton street which I attend. My parents, Eddie and Gladys Rowley, got married at the mission hall in 1942.
It would be great to hear any stories of the Mission, I know many attended its popular Sunday school too. Also, has anyone a photgraph of it?
Andrea Jackson remembers going to the Mission in the 1950s and regularly singing 'Sunshine Corner':
"Sunshine Corner and it's jolly fine
It's for children under 99
All are welcome
Seats are given free
Derbyshire Street Mission
Is the place for me"
My father Clifford and grandfather Joshua and quite a few of our Hindle family lived in Burton Grove, Hunslet, now no more. My late father, Clifford, bought the street name - heavy cast iron black and white - as a souvenir, and it was handed down to me when he died in the 1970s. It is in perfect condition. My offspring won’t want it when I pop off, it really has no relevance to my generation and I’ve never found anywhere appropriate to show it anyway!
There seems to be quite a lot of interest on line in the history of Hunslet and the surrounding area and I wondered whether the street name might be of interest to a local collector or perhaps a pub or club. I don’t want anything for it and am prepared to have it delivered to somebody who would appreciate it.