A blog called Secret Leeds has published a cache of photographs taken by the RAF in 1951.
The photos are taken on a series of “runs” across the city and appear to be part of a national survey – a early version of Google Earth! The photos were hidden away in an archive and nearly thrown out.
Secret Leeds is a blog “dedicated to investigating quirky, unusual or mysterious aspects of the built environment of the city of Leeds, both past and present”. They were handed the photos and have posted them here.
Our part of the city appears on Flight Lines 3, 4 and 6 (you have to keep scrolling down quite a long way). Holbeck and Hunslet look very different with no motorway and with manufacturing industry intact. Beeston is a little easier to recognise with landmarks such as Cross Flatts Park to guide you.
The photos of South Leeds haven’t been haven’t been annotated yet and I’m sure the people at Secret Leeds would appreciate any help – so if you recognise buildings or streets do send them a comment.
Do the photos bring back memories of life before the motorways? Do tell us in the comments section below.