Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Quarry Hill Flats, A Dark Place?

This is my Aunty Walker, or more accurately my Great Aunty. I never knew her first name, children didn`t refer to that generation by first names in them days. I only knew her briefly; she passed in the early 60`s when I would be about 5 or 6, and although I won`t go as far as to say she frightened me I don`t remember feeling relaxed when visiting her, looking back this could have had more to do with where she lived rather than with her.

Aunty Walker, on holiday, it said on the back of the photo.
Aunty Walker lived in a massive, dark, satanic housing complex in Leeds city centre called Quarry Hill Flats, built in 1938 to replace some of the worst slums in Leeds that had no proper sanitation.

Quarry Hill Flats (not my pic)
My personal memoirs of the flats was it was all in black and white, honestly when you were outside them, stood in Eastgate the sun could be shining there were green buses and yellow flowers, but as soon as you went through the big arch everything was just various shades of grey, as if all the life, soul and colour had been sucked out of the place. Of course there are only black and white photos from then, but it all seemed so depressing. I remember when my Mum and Aunties had to clear her flat afterwards that my Mum said they found so many Bibles, maybe that was a sign of different times or maybe my Great Aunty felt she needed protection from something?


A kitchen (not my pic)
Due to social problems and poor maintenance, Quarry Hill Flats were demolished in 1978 and were eventually replaced by the equally depressing Quarry House, home to several government departments.

A living room (not my pic)
I was the sous chef there for 14 months before my health took a turn for the worse and despite having Doctors notes I was sacked by the catering contractor who employed me. So maybe there is still something dark, satanic about Quarry Hill?


Quarry House (not my pic)
For more views on Quarry Hill you might find this page interesting

Friday, 12 February 2016

Bits of Lawnswood Cemetery


I had a bit of daylight to spare today on my way home so I called in at Lawnswood Cemetery again. After visiting my parent`s grave I had a walk around the older parts.
 
2 Graves for one person.
Firstly to the 1930`s bit where I came across this and asked myself “Why does anyone need two graves?”
1 of 2 Graves
  For some reason,
John Edward Anthony Harrington Fairfax did.
2 of 2 Graves
  In an even older part where many of the graves date back to Victorian times, the ones next to the roadways are kept (sort of) clear.
Part of the Victorian part at Lawnswood Cemetery
But there is another row behind, some of which are totally overgrown!
It`s in there somewhere you can just see the railings. In Lawnswood Cemetery
The last 3 months have been the wettest on record and all that rain as soften the ground to such a point that headstones are falling over. This is very sad.
A sad sight of fallen Headstones at Lawnswood Cemetery

Thursday, 11 February 2016

12 Albums, that have stayed with me for ever.

Over on Facebook there`s a thing going around where you have to list the 12 albums that have “Stayed with you forever” a lot of my friends have done it, and so have I, below is my list. It`s really hard to do, if like me, you go back a bit and have so many favourites.
Pic from Kiss
The Kinks – Golden Hour (Greatest hits)
Kiss – Destroyer.
Kate Bush – The Kick Inside.
Generation X – Valley of the Dolls.
Tom Robinson Band – Power in the Darkness.
Public Image Limited – Public Image Limited.
The Clash – London Calling.
Elvis Costello – This Year`s Model.
The Psychedelic Furs – The Psychedelic Furs.
Echo and the Bunnymen – Crocodiles.
David Bowie – Scary Monsters.
The Sisters of Mercy – First and Last and Always.

As soon as I posted the list I wished I had put different ones on!

Tag yourself and have a go!


Waited For The Right Time, Place And People.

As I head ever-closer to retirement, I remember at school (Yes 40-odd years ago) a Games teacher said to me “Come out of your shell and ...