1873 Bewerley Street
1874 Jack Lane (later, Leeds Athletics Institute). Map
1874 South Accommodation Road
1876 Hunslet Carr Primary. Map
1878 Low Road Primary, Balmoral Street. Map
1895 Hunslet Lane
1895 Hunslet St. Peter's. Map
1902 Cockburn High (South Leeds' first High School). Map and article
1909 Hunslet Moor Primary. Map
1843 Hunslet National School. It opened on the west of the Church Street-Balm Road junction (later Nicholson's chemical works, now Tate Accident Repair). A replacement school was built in 1895 behind Hunslet Parish Church. Locally known as "Hunslet Nash". Map
(Date?) St. Silas's, Goodman St
(Date?) St. Joseph's R.C. Joseph Street: Infants and Girls. Map Boys. Map
1790 Salem Congregational Chapel, Hunslet Lane. Closed as a chapel in 2001. A listed building.
1835-7 Hunslet Baptist Tabernacle. See opposite.
1839 Wesleyan Chapel, Waterloo Road. Accommodated 1,100. The schoolrooms and an assembly hall which were built for chapel members in nearby Wilson Street were taken over by Hunslet Boys' Club in 1945. Map
1853 St. Jude’s, Leathley Road. It closed in 1950. The centre section of the church's east window was incorporated into Alf Cooke's new building on Hunslet Road. It is now housed in Hunslet Parish Church. Map
1860 St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Joseph Street. Map
1889 St. Oswald’s Sunday School Institute, Moor Road, Hunslet Carr. Map
1891 St. Chad's Mission, New Pepper Road. Map
1948 Hunslet Carr Methodist Church. Map
Hunslet Baptist Tabernacle, Low Road (photo 2009)
The Tabernacle was built 1835-7 and enlarged around 1880. It is one of the earliest Non-conformist chapels in the area, one of the oldest buildings in Hunslet, and is Listed. One of the ministers who served it was Jabez Tunnicliffe, the founder of the Band of Hope in 1847. He had been shaken by a dying alcoholic who implored him to warn children about the dangers of drink. It became a national movement in 1855 and numbered over 3 million adults and children by 1900. Today, Hope UK, a Christian charity, continues its work in encouraging children and young people to avoid alcohol and other drug-related harm.
Low Road Primary School was built in 1878 (photo 1968)
The Archbishop of York granted a license for mass to be said in the private oratory (chapel) of the manor house of Lady Alice Neville in 1453.
Alice, wife of Sir Thomas Neville, Knight of Liversedge, founded the first parish church in 1629 when she lived as a widow at Hunslet Hall. It was consecrated in 1636. It was enlarged in 1744 and a tower added in 1832-3. In 1862 the original parish church was demolished and new one built by Perkin and Backhouse in sandstone, at a cost of £8,000. It was consecrated in 1864.
The spire is 156 feet tall. In 1975 the new Parish Church, faced in sandstone from the previous church and incorporating the 1864 spire, was consecrated.
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I attended Low Road School from 1963–66 and remember my first day very well. I was in Miss Leadbeater’s class and we all sat in a semi-circle around the large coal fire and were given Book 1, Here we Go, of the Janet & John Books. The former Headmistress, Miss Williams, had either just retired or was due to retire and we had a new Headmaster, Mr Davis. I loved Low Road School and remember it very well. My sister, Christine, also attended the school but she was just about to finish by the time I arrived there. My dad and his family had also attended Low Road. We lived in Rocheford Terrace, in fact my dad’s family moved to the same house, no. 5, just before the outbreak of the 1st World War... I remember the grocer’s on the corner, Taylors, and the newsagents next door, Tinkers (later Pembertons). On the opposite side of Rocheford Terrace was an off licence run by Geoff and Florence Beadnall.
Carol Davis (nee Anguige)
The old Hunslet Parish Church being demolished, though the spire was spared (photo 1960s)
The imposing Wesleyan Chapel, Waterloo Road (undated)
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Plaque on the south east side of Leeds Bridge
I went to Low Road School from 1955. There was a hole in the floor of the infants' class with dry rot the first Christmas I was there. We sang “Winds through the Olive Trees”. Miss Stacey would not allow replica guns in school. She gave out shiny pennies when it was a child's birthday. When it was school trip time she used to have us practice walking up the aisle of the bus, using the little wall which separated the boys from the girls as the aisle. We also had Mrs. Coole, Mrs. Grant and Miss MacDonald. Mr. Shackleton was the caretaker. There were mounds of coke for the boiler and kids used to run up one side and down the other side; my socks were filthy. I used to climb on the window ledges of the school and walk round hanging on to the walls for dear life. We had to sleep in the afternoons there (as well as at nursery).
I remember sitting in the hall while a teacher read a story to us. We were on hairy coconut matting. In the hall we sang songs as all kids did. We sang "I'll play the keel row" and "When the boat comes in" and another one with the line "The miller's wife sat doon to bake wi all her bairns aboot her". Mrs Grant, I think, played the piano.
In the corner of the hall were buckets of disinfectant sand for if kids puked. For some reason puke was never moved at once but the sand put on it to soak up the liquid with all the kids skirting round it gipping. We had a teacher in infants called Mrs Nixon, who used to run the local dancing class. I never went, we could not afford such a luxury as dancing lessons, but I remember going to St Chad's Hall to watch "Babes in the Wood".
Sheila Gamblin (nee Barrett) was born in Hunslet in 1950 and now lives in York