Roller Girls at VQ 20th Birthday Bash Leeds

Picture of dancers on roller skates at VQ 20th birthday bash Leeds.

I spoke with these 3 girls a couple of times during the evening at the Victoria Quarter in Leeds shopping district.

Another photo of the roller girls at the 20th birthday of the VQ here in Leeds. The girl on the right wanted in on the photo, why not!

Bee Bole at Home Farm Temple Newsam Estate

Bee Bole
(Published July 24, 2009) This picture shows a bee bole with skep in the alcove, this being on the home farm at the temple Newsam Estate, Leeds.

Prior to the development of the modern beehive in around 1850, bee boles were the only practical way to keep bees here in the British Isles. The weather was just too bad so people used these bee houses to house their bees for the honey and beeswax.

In the days before sugar bee keeping was very common, also the wax was used for making candles, tithes/rents sometimes being paid in honey and or beeswax.

Bee boles are found across the whole of the British Isles. Other names were bee holes, bee shells (Cumbria), bee keps (Cumbria), bee niches (Derbyshire), bee walls (Gloucestershire), bee houses (Yorkshire), bee boxes (Kent).

This bee bole is not an original but was built by the Leeds Beekeepers Association on the Temple Newsam estate.


Black Prince Statue – City Square, Leeds

Black Prince statue in Leeds.
Black Prince Statue in Leeds.

This statue of the Edward of Woodstock (15 June 1330 – 8 June 1376), better known today as the Black Prince fairly dominates City Square in Leeds, directly opposite the Queens Hotel.

Edward was the eldest son of Edward III king of England and Philippa of Hainault, he was invested as prince of Wales in 1343. He was a popular and gifted military leader but dying a year before his father he never became king. Edward married Joan (fair maid of Kent) their son became king Richard II of England.

As a military leader he won several notable victories against the french during the 100 years war, including the battle of Crecy at the age of 16. Later he led the English against the French at Poitiers 1356, when desipte inferior numbers they again won the battle.

Decorative Tiles Seen in Leeds

Decorative Tiles Leeds City Centre
(Published by Paul on March 26, 2010) “I passed these decorative tiles on the wall of a building above a shop in Leeds city centre and could not resist taking photo and posting a little about them.

I must have passed this building many times in the last few months and cannot understand how I missed them before now. Perhaps they were covered up, the building looks newly decorated at least on the outside.

Leeds was at one time a centre for decorative pottery, having the Burmantofts pottery. These tiles have a vaguely classical theme, with a diaphanous female, a bust and the words Wedgewood, Minton, Worcester and Doulton, these all being famous potteries producing table china. I guess this shop on Commercial Street, Leeds was at one time a shop selling tableware.”

John Speed – A Brave Man

PS John Speed Leeds Memorial
Picture of memorial to PS John Speed on Kirkgate in Leeds.

(Published on July 29, 2011) “I never knew John Speed, he was a police officer, a sergeant here in Leeds and in 1984 he was shot and killed when he went to the aid of a colleague who had just been shot and wounded. This happened near the Leeds parish church on 31st October 1984 and today a marble memorial stands testament to the bravery of an unarmed officer who long before health and safety became an issue died in the service of the public.

The memorial was unveiled in a ceremony in 1986, the police never caught the man responsible and living in the city back then I remember it was a big story then.

Later when the investigation was going nowhere I was visited by a couple of officers who came to my home to ask me if I had done it. The police back then had decided that because it was someone with a firearm perhaps the killer had been in the forces. There was a problem with that theory, I had won a shooting competition, in a joint services competition. So yes I could have handled a gun and shot the officer but the killer shot at 3 officers, wounding one, killing one and missing the 3rd. I said sorry but dead men tell no tales, when they left they were not amused.

The killer of John Speed, David Gricewith, was only identified as the gunman after his own death, more than two years later in a police chase after an armed robbery.

My uncle was for many years a police officer and when I was a boy we lived across the road from the local police HQ so I knew quite a few policemen and women. In those days being a copper was about nicking the local ne’er-do-wells and the oath taken by officers included the words “without fear or favour, affection or ill will”. Upholding the law was a lot simpler back then in the days before ACPO and political correctness gone mad.

In my book all three officers on that day in 1984 were brave men, armed with nothing but a warrant card, a wooden truncheon (that had not really changed since Victorian times) and a uniform.”




North Leeds Charity Beer Festival

Picture of young woman at North Leeds Charity Beer Festival.

Posted by Paul on April 30, 2012, he wrote:

“Walking across the road towards the church of St Aidan yesterday I noticed signs up for a beer festival in the church hall so when I came out of the church I headed for the beer.

Anyone who knows me would be surprised to see me at a beer festival, I am not much of drinker but this was different this was a beer festival in Leeds. So for this blog I went to my first beer festival. This was I think no ordinary beer festival, it was a charity event organised by the Rotary Club of Roundhay Leeds in association with the Lord Mayor of Leeds. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Rev Canon Alan Taylor, wearing his other hat is also the vicar of St Aidan‘s.

If you look closely at the beer glass in the above picture there are two logos, the first being the Rotarians of Roundhay, Leeds and the other being Leeds Brewery.”