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Hathorn Davey & Co., Sun Foundry (pumping engine mfrs)
Alf Cooke Ltd. (colour printers)
John Fowler & Co.(site then taken by E.J. Arnold, then Vickers, and now Costco)
Kitson & Co. (locomotive engineers). Later Mclaren's
Manning Wardle
Leeds Corporation Gas Works
J. & H.McLaren, Midland Engine Works
Hudswell, Clarke & Co. (railway foundry)
Hunslet Engine Company
Whitley Partners (valve manufacturers)
LMS Hunslet goods depot (original terminus of North Midland Railway, now Crown Point Retail Park)
Pottery Field
St. Jude's Church (1853-1950)
Glover & Wood (iron founders)
Archbold & Co. (haulage contractors)
This area was the industrial heart of Hunslet and indeed Leeds. Between 1758 and 1947 coal was transported by horse-drawn wagons or steam locomotives from Middleton to coal staithes close to the centre of Leeds by the Middleton Railway (the line originally terminated slightly further north than the one shown on the map here). Close by in 1840 the North Midland Railway opened its line from Derby to a station on Hunslet Lane, providing Leeds with its first rail links to the Midlands and London. In the 1840s and 50s The Railway Foundry was the largest locomotive builder in Britain, prompting the growth of more loco manufacturers in the vicinity: Hunslet Engine, Kitson, Manning Wardle and Hudswell Clarke. Other well-known companies also established here, including  John Fowler, McLaren, Hathorn Davey, Alf Cooke and E.J.Arnold. Pottery Field takes its name from the Leeds Pottery which was established here in 1770 and made creamware with an international reputation.

The map below shows the street pattern in 1932. Hover over Red circles to show places listed in a 1936 trade directory. Yellow circles denote pubs. Click on Blue circles to read more about a particular place.
Pottery Field Methodist Mission Hall
St. Jude's National School
E.J.Arnold & Son (stationery mfrs)
Christ Church
Union Inn
The Railway Foundry
Middleton Railway
Cabbage Inn
Mulberry Hotel
John Fowler & Co.
Pine Apple Inn
An 1829 print showing the northern end of the Middleton Railway with Christ Church in the background
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Leathley Road
Hunslet Road
Grape Street
Pearson Street
Dewsbury Road
Meadow Lane
Hunslet Lane
Kidacre Street
Jack Lane
The coal staithe on Kidacre Street, which was the northern end of the Middleton Railway (undated)
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St. Jude's Mission Room, Myrtle Street. Built in 1875. In the 1940s it was used as an air raid shelter (undated)
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St. Jude's Mission Room
Middleton Railway
Scale one inch to about 120 yards
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Parkfield Foundry Co. (iron founders)
J.Chadwick & Co. (brass founders)
Site of Leeds Pottery
Parkfield Picture Palace
Union Tavern
Boyne Tavern
Bonded warehouse, Hunslet Goods Depot
        Bonded warehouse, Hunslet Lane Goods Yard (1964)
                                         Image permission of Sheila Bye
Former Pottery Field Methodist Mission Hall on Leathley Road/Pearson Street (photo 2010)
Occupied by Brandon Electric (later called Brandon Engineering) from 1946-1993, then by the Brandon Medical Company, who restored it. The company moved in 2000 and now operate from premises in Morley.
An evocative photo, probably from the late 1940s/early 1950s, looking towards Jack Lane. The train is on the LMS line, with a footbridge on the left and the Middleton railway on the right. The former Parkfield Picture Palace (it closed in 1946) is in the centre background (see map above for viewpoint)
                                                        Image provided by Roy Townsley
Photo viewpoint (see bottom of page)
Potter's Arms
Pottery Inn
Cricketer's Arms
The Pottery inn on Jack Lane was a John Smith's pub. This photo was taken in or before 1923.
Two views of Hunslet goods shed and offices in 1921. This depot was where goods were brought to be sorted, loaded onto wagons and transported to their destination. Goods were often housed in warehouses until they were ready to be transported. Goods depots were often built near the centres of towns, or close to large factories so that goods that were to be transported did not have to be moved far. The goods shed was owned by the Midland Railway. However, the banner on the goods office has been retouched at a later date to read LMS. The Midland Railway amalgamated with other railway companies in 1923 to form the London, Midland & Scottish Railway or LMS. This change was part of the grouping. The railway companies joined up to form four larger companies. It was thought that this would provide a more efficient service and increase profits. The depot closed in the early 1980s.
National Railway Museum and SSPL   www.nrm.org.uk/ourcollection/photo?group=Derby&objid=1997-7397_DY_12326
 
The 1968 Transport Act created The National Freight Corporation and these premises, previously British Railways Goods, became National Carriers. The new company also incorporated British Rail Parcels, Pickfords, and British Road Services I worked there as an H.G.V. Driver from 1970 to its closure around 1982.
The boundary wall on the photo top left exists today. The photo top right, taken from the back, is more interesting. The Bonded Warehouse (see also photo left) can be seen to the left above the signal gantry. On the bottom left, out of sight, was a small loco shed and coal staithe. Bottom right, out of sight, was a loco turntable The warehouses above the locos in the picture were used for the storage of huge bales of wool. I believe there were connections here into the train building companies on Jack Lane/Leathley Road. Today the Crown Point Shopping Centre occupies the site.

                                          Peter Stone
Hunslet Goods Depot
I lived at 17 Tender Street, off Pearson Street,  during my early childhood in the late forties to mid fifties. We didn't have a lot but I do have some fond memories of that time. Our playgrounds were the local streets and a couple of open gravelly areas near by, The Greenie and the Pottery (site of the old Leeds Pottery), both on Leathley Road. We also used to venture into the derelict open areas down Grape Street, which were the domain of our sworn enemies, the Leek Street Gang. We had game seasons where we played, tors, whip and top, skipping, hopscotch,  button games, matchbox rugby and handball on the back wall of Fowlers Engineering Works. We also had the chumping season in preparation for bonfire night. All the streets off Pearson Street had their own bonfires and we used to raid the other streets and pinch their chumping. They did the same to us so we were only getting our own back.
The only swings and slides locally were on Hunslet Moor. To get there we had to go up Leathley Road, cross Jack Lane and then walk down the Naggie Line (the name coming from the old Middleton Railway line which originally had horses to tow the wagons), climbing over a low wall outside the Craven Gate pub which brought us to the back side of the Moor. My grandad had first shown me this way when he used to go to the Old Man's Shelter on the Moor to play dominoes and in summertime, bowls. My two schools were Christchurch Infants and Bewerley Street Boys, the latter being in Leeds 11 and not Hunslet. During the school holidays, because my mother worked, I'd spend them with my aunt who lived down Thwaite Lane in Stourton, near the swing bridge. My uncle worked for the rhubarb grower Wades. We never went short of rhubarb pie and my auntie made the best Yorkshire parkin that I have ever tasted.
Happy days. I can't believe the kids these days have the fun we had.
     Mike Scaife, born 1944
Post-war play in Hunslet
 
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