Before the days of central heating and double glazing, houses really knew when winter had arrived. Temperatures in the bedroom would plummet, and the windows would be covered in the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Winter Chill Before Central Heating. The Frozen Piano and Pipes Saga.
We moved to 19 Gipton Wood Crescent when I was younger than seven. I can’t remember which year, but it was probably 1959 or 1960. The road was still cobbled … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures in Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds. Rag-and-Bone Men, Knife Grinders and Peg Selling Gypsies.
This is a bit of an eclectic collection of primary school memories, but I am sure many of us at school at the time would have enjoyed similar experiences. I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Mixed Bag! School Excursions, Sport, Short Back and Sides and Other Primary School Memories – Harehills C.P. School Adventures.
Childhood is an interesting period and often we think that we have no memories of those early years, but I think with the right prodding, the memories pour back from … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Harehills County Primary School in the Early 1960s. Milk, School Dinners, Marbles, Gym and the School Song!
I remember well one warm, sunny afternoon in Leeds when my grandma came to our house and took my younger brother and me for an outing to Roundhay Park. The walk … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures With My Grandmother: Sunken Ships, Buried Treasure, Crooked Spires and Locked In Kenilworth Castle!
As I said, I loved my grandma and her house, but I didn’t mention my grandfather, Harry. Harry had been a tailor, but he had also owned his own sweet … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – My Grandma’s House in Chapel Allerton. Cutting the Lawn with Scissors, Breaking coal Lumps, and the Boxing Day Party.
Christmas in the late 1950s, early 60s was a very different beast to the overindulgence and massive consumerism that is the norm in 2021. Not long out of rationing, there … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Christmas in Lawrence Avenue and Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds 1950s-60s.
The wind up to the end of term and the Christmas holidays was always something that I enjoyed and looked forward to. The teachers seemed in a good mood in … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Balaclavas, Scarves, Gloves Drying on the Radiators. Winter and Christmas Parties at Harehills County Primary School in the 1960s.
I remember playing a lot of games as a child. There were card games, simple board games, dominoes, and many others. I was trying to think about some of the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Bagatelle, Trains, Meccano, Bayko, Cards and an Assortment of Other Family Games of the 1950s and 60s.
I cannot say what age I was when I started to go to the dentist, but I remember my first one well. Mr Gosling had his surgery on Easterly Road … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Dentist in Leeds and Papua New Guinea. Not for the Squeamish!
Our first house as a family was in Lawrence Avenue, on the edge of the Gipton estate. It was a small, semi-detached two-bedroom house. This was fine until my mother … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Testing My Mother’s Resilience! The Scrapes and Near Scrapes from Playing in the Garden, Street and the Local Area of Gipton.
I have many memories of my childhood, as I suppose most other people do of their own. In my case, the memories are all good and it truly was a … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – My Grandmother’s House – Two-Up, Two-Down. Guzunders, Ranges, Coal Men, Cellars and Outside Privies! Seems so Old Fashioned Now.
We have just had Halloween, but when I was growing up in Leeds, it was never much of a thing. Bonfire Night was the major event and there was always … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’–Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Mischief Night and Bonfire Night in Leeds, 1950s-1960s.