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Boar Lane, looking east


Boar Lane, looking east
Description:
1970s. View of Boar Lane looking east, taken in the mid 1970s. On the left, demolition is taking place of shops on either side of Upper Mill Hill; this area was to become the Bond Street Centre (now Leeds Shopping Plaza). On the right are Dorchester Photographers, Jackson the Barber, Carlo & Jeffrey Gents Hair stylist and the Griffin Hotel. After the junction with Mill Hill are Boots the Chemist and Wigfalls Furniture & Electrical. The junction with New Station Street follows then Owen & Robinson jewellers and the National Westminster Bank. Next to this is the junction with Alfred Street, then Dunn & Co. Menswear, the Elysee Restaurant and the junction with Gascoigne Street.

User Comments:

Name:
Steven Wainwright

Comment:
I estimate that this picture was taken in 1973. I started work on the "Bond Street Centre" late 1974 and the job had already been going for around 6 months-take away another 6 to 12 months for demolition of the old buildings and that brings us to 1973. I was the only apprentice joiner on the site and at only 17 yrs old I was taken under the wing by some of the wisest,most skillful,patient and understanding tradesmen to be employed by Sir Robert McAlpine(the main contractors). It was 2 years of my life that will Never be forgotten,I made so many friends-and out of around 200 different tradesmen that worked there I almost knew them all.I only had to ask-and they would stop what they were doing to show me the way.Under careful observation-I fitted the only double doorframe that was to have mirrored doors fitted to it-it had to be bob-on,you cant plane glass down,it took me 4 hours-but it was perfect when I finished it.The word soon got around the site that I,d done a fantastic job and almost everyone on the site came to have a look at it when they got chance-I was only a lad,I was so overcome with all the attention and praise that tears rolled down my face. I moved from Leeds in 1980,but everytime I went into the "Bond Street Centre" I would always take a detour to go and see my doorframe,some of you might have seen it too-you mave have even fixed your hair in the mirrored doors that hung within-and I forgive you if you didnt spare a thought for the lad that made it possible for you to look at yourself as you entered or left the "Bond Street Centre" at the top of Albion Street,but sadly its not there anymore-Richard Branson gave permission to rip it out when he built his Virgin store there some years ago-it was a shock to see it wasnt there anymore when I,d called to have a look at it one day-but what shocked me even more is that the name has been changed to Leeds Shopping Plaza-Why?? Its around 35 yrs old now-and I know that most of those that helped to create this re-vitalisation to Leeds will no longer be with us-but We,re Not All Dead Yet,So you can call it what the hell you like but it will Always be the "Bond Street Centre" to me.

Date:
19-Jan-2010

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Name:
JH

Comment:
WELL SAID.....IT WILL ALWAYS BE "BOND STREET CENTRE" TO ME TOO & TO MANY THOUSANDS OF OTHER LOINERS. 25/3/2011

Date:
25-Mar-2011

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Am I correct in thinking that part of this same area is being demolished, prior to yet another development. Will the name change again?

Date:
18-May-2011

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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