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Posted: Fri 25 May, 2007 2:06 pm
by Ian R P
Hello all,

As a kid in the late 70's early 80's we used to laike on the old railway embankment near Tommy Wass's. It ran from the bridge on Dewsbury Road adjacent to the Parkwood estate into Middleton Woods where it disappeared. There were 2 steel bridges, one by the Parkwoods and one under the Ring Road (the one that still exists in part). I always wondered where it went to and when it shut.
When they filled it in interestingly they used rubble from the old Rex Cinema and masses of concrete from.....yes, Leek Street Flats.
I remember it being tretcherous. Now it has been grassed over and turned into gardens.
I remember my auntie living in Leek St and the flat was always quite damp. I went to a few schoolboy parties there and I wasn't impressed.
My dad can't remember the Pioneer, he only remembers the Sun, Brassmoulders and Anchor.
I also remember in the late 80's going to Jack Lane institute to do Weight Lifting. We used to turn up early to watch the lasses doing gymnastics.
I thought it was a great place, surrounded by rubble though it was.

Posted: Fri 30 Nov, 2007 9:53 pm
by drapesy
Just found this on Leodis - it shows part of Leek St. flats in 1983 during demolition

Posted: Fri 30 Nov, 2007 9:57 pm
by drapesy
And here's one from 1973.

Posted: Sat 01 Dec, 2007 2:57 pm
by cnosni
There are offices in Holbeck,close to Salford van hire,that have a similar build material and design to Leak Street flats.

This would give an ideal example to anyone wishing to show their kids what Leak street flats might have looked like in the flesh.

Poor kids....

Posted: Sun 21 Sep, 2008 11:06 pm
by drapesy
To resurrect an old thread here's a remarkable aerial photo I found on Leodis (sadly undated)whilst looking for something else. Compare with fluffy sheeps maps!

Posted: Thu 08 Jan, 2009 11:19 pm
by nomadique
Hello all,
this is my first post here. :-) & its long!

I lived in The Leek Street flats practically from birth in 1973 to 1981 when we left.
Our first flat was in 'Leek chase', the second(...a downstairs flat! Luxury!) in 'Rylstone Lawn'.
Even though as a kid you were careful which weirdo you spoke to, 'the flats' were a great place to live, grey & ugly, but also full of other kids (and the odd angry dog)!
There were plenty of grassy play areas, big enouh to get lost in...or was i just smaller..?!
I remember the metal play park, with its basic, but loved slide & bars, all brightly painted, & brilliant against the grey stone-dashed backdrop.
I seem to remember power cuts being an issue back then.(by the by)
We finally moved in 1981, I think not very long after our flat was utterly flooded,
the cause: The flat above us has somehow left a tap running in a sink with a blocked plug hole. The flat was wrecked, along with some of our stuff.
I dont think very many families were still there much after that time.

BTw, with ref to a post two before mine,
I can vouch for the similarity between the flats & factory/office blocks on Domestic Street, Holbeck, my Mother used to work in a sewing factory in there, & as a small kid I found the similarity disconcerting!
Its like a tiny microcosm of the flats!

Posted: Sat 01 Oct, 2011 11:46 pm
by Vonda
The Pioneer Pub was in Milner Chase under The Spa shop. I used to go there with my Mum, she was the cleaner and bar maid. I lived in the flats from 1973 to 1981. We were one of the last families to be moved and they were the best years of my life.

Posted: Thu 06 Oct, 2011 9:29 am
by uncle mick
drapesy wrote:
I think you mean "Leek Street flats"
The pub was called the 'Pioneer' and you entered at your own peril...

I don't know if there is a picture of the Pioneer elsewhere on SL.
There is a pic on the YEP website if someone can post it.I am afraid that's beyond my capabilities

EDIT - Pic Uploaded

Posted: Tue 31 Jan, 2012 10:30 pm
by dogduke
Comments on a Leodis photo mentioned earlier

An intersting fact that not a lot of people know is Sheperds never actually left site. They had a lock up in Asbourne Croft carrying out repairs to the concrete wall panels right up to demolition. Leeds City Council only very recenty paid for those horrible eye sores. The architects and planners of the 60's and 70's have got a lot to answer for!!

Some real eyesores built(?) around that period

Posted: Wed 01 Feb, 2012 2:23 pm
by BillyBritvic
Theres a bit of old 8mm cine on youtube which has a few shots of the Leekies, including one of the landings. the video is called:

Super Smith! A 1970's Hunslet Boys Club Film

Take a look, very interesting.