John Waddingtons Thwaite Gate

Bunkers, shelters and other buildings
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Postby Reginal Perrin » Tue 25 Mar, 2008 11:00 am

Anyone else amazed they were allowed to knock this facade down? Surely it was in some way protected? The neon lights were a real landmark and the red brick building worthuy in itself. Was it First Direct money that allowed this to be torn down?
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Postby zip55 » Wed 26 Mar, 2008 1:41 am

I went for a job interview there in the early 70's and lived in the Belmonts in Thwaite Gate in the late 50's and early 60's.
I dare say if I went down Low Road now I wouldn't recognise anything ...
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Postby Reginal Perrin » Wed 26 Mar, 2008 11:19 am

You wouldn't mate. I was born in the Skeltons and they went int he early 70's. The Red Lion was flatened about 10 years ago, Ableson's Sheds went about the ame time. The Liberal Club and Gabby's Bar both flattened. Huge Industrial estate opposite the Richmonds now.

Also the whole place smells of Knostrop.
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Postby weenie » Fri 27 Jun, 2008 12:31 am

it still smells of Knostrop or it did in 2004 when i worked at scientific games on the new site opp first direct. hated it spec in summer months the smell was disgusting

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Postby FLOJO » Sun 20 Jul, 2008 6:06 pm

zip55 wrote:
I went for a job interview there in the early 70's and lived in the Belmonts in Thwaite Gate in the late 50's and early 60's.
I dare say if I went down Low Road now I wouldn't recognise anything ...

Can anyone tell me when Waddingtons closed down on Wakefield Road? and did they reopen any where else? I worked there from 65 to 75 and can remember on the other side of the road there was plastona,we had a great canteen,social club and able to go to the Queens on a Friday lunch.
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Postby skippy » Mon 21 Jul, 2008 9:57 am

hi ex-leeds lass, my cousin worked at plastona, her name is margaret gasser, she has been left for the past 7 yrs, but because it closed down, that i dont know, i was brought up on low rd, just below the wellington pub, and went to low rd school, used to love living in hunslet, but they knocked all the houses down, and to me that was the end of hunslet
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Postby Steve Jones » Mon 21 Jul, 2008 12:48 pm

Not only did Waddingtons at Thwaite gate get demolished, but their factory at Stanley which was just across the fields from my house was also demolished.
Waddingtons took over the old munitions factory at stanley after the second world war and it was in fact AFAIK the main factory not Leeds.
The site is now covered by an industrial estate which has sprung up there in the last 5 years.
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Postby stevief » Mon 21 Jul, 2008 10:38 pm

FLOJO wrote:
zip55 wrote:
I went for a job interview there in the early 70's and lived in the Belmonts in Thwaite Gate in the late 50's and early 60's.
I dare say if I went down Low Road now I wouldn't recognise anything ...

Can anyone tell me when Waddingtons closed down on Wakefield Road? and did they reopen any where else? I worked there from 65 to 75 and can remember on the other side of the road there was plastona,we had a great canteen,social club and able to go to the Queens on a Friday lunch.

Waddingtons had a factory in Kirkstall in the '70s.Situated roughly where the goods access road starts(for Boots,Dunns etc.) and running down as far as the petrol station.The original entrance was down a ramp,over the goit and was directly opposite the Royal Sovereign.    

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Postby ceejaylufc » Tue 22 Jul, 2008 2:05 am

Waddy's carton factory moved to Middleton - very close to south leeds stadium, plastona and the other factories I have no idea unfortunately Angry,

I worked at John Waddingtons at Thwaite gate for nearly 10 years (1980-1989) in production planning, fantastic place, really looked after their staff. We (well, at least 3 of us in the office) always decamped to the Queens for Friday lunch). I loved working there and was very sad to leave

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Postby FLOJO » Sat 26 Jul, 2008 7:17 am

skippy wrote:
hi ex-leeds lass, my cousin worked at plastona, her name is margaret gasser, she has been left for the past 7 yrs, but because it closed down, that i dont know, i was brought up on low rd, just below the wellington pub, and went to low rd school, used to love living in hunslet, but they knocked all the houses down, and to me that was the end of hunslet

hi Skippy, What have they built on the Wakefield Road site? We have looked on Google Earth but cannot quite make out what is there.
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