‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures in Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds. Rag-and-Bone Men, Knife Grinders and Peg Selling Gypsies.

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.

Cup of Tea Tales – Harehills County Primary School in the Early 1960s. Milk, School Dinners, Marbles, Gym and the School Song!

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!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Christmas in Lawrence Avenue and Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds 1950s-60s.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Bagatelle, Trains, Meccano, Bayko, Cards and an Assortment of Other Family Games of the 1950s and 60s.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair! Woodhouse Feast, Roundhay Park Fair and Other Childhood Delights.

I remember the excitement of going to the fair. When I was very young, it was the small permanent funfair at Roundhay where there was a helter-skelter, some swing boats … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair! Woodhouse Feast, Roundhay Park Fair and Other Childhood Delights.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Games at School in the 1960s. We Had Little, But We Were So Lucky!

When I was young, we used to enjoy specific seasons where we would play games. Today children have access to so much materially, that unless parents and grandparents choose toys … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Games at School in the 1960s. We Had Little, But We Were So Lucky!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Leeds Friendships, The People and Years that Made Us What We Are!

As we get older, there are people that we come across and form friendships with. For me, they have been many and I treasure the time that we have spent … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Leeds Friendships, The People and Years that Made Us What We Are!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – How Did We Survive? Radium, Mercury, Lead, Asbestos, Sawdust, DDT – Things We Had That Aren’t Allowed Nowadays.

Last week’s blog about smog got me thinking about other changes since the 1950s in the way that people live and there are many things that we were allowed to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – How Did We Survive? Radium, Mercury, Lead, Asbestos, Sawdust, DDT – Things We Had That Aren’t Allowed Nowadays.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adolescence, Freedom, Cinemas, Courting and Snogging -1960s and 1970s. The Clock Cinema – What a Place to Watch and Not Watch Films.

As a youngster I had gone with my older brother to watch the matinees at the Clock Cinema. The cinema was an impressive building and had an art deco feel … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adolescence, Freedom, Cinemas, Courting and Snogging -1960s and 1970s. The Clock Cinema – What a Place to Watch and Not Watch Films.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Scarborough- More than Just the Beach and the Front. History, Culture and Punch and Judy!

Scarborough has a firm place in my heart as the town has made me welcome at various stages of my life. As the largest of the Yorkshire resorts it was … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Scarborough- More than Just the Beach and the Front. History, Culture and Punch and Judy!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Adventures, The Three-Wheeled Morris Minor, The Squirrel on the Bus, The Mini with No Brakes and The Girl in the Shorts.

Cars were relatively few at the end of the 50s and early sixties, but I can still remember several incidents that have stuck with me all these years. Some of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Adventures, The Three-Wheeled Morris Minor, The Squirrel on the Bus, The Mini with No Brakes and The Girl in the Shorts.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Shopping – Grocers, Greengrocers, Bakeries, Butchers and Other Speciality Shops. Shopping in Leeds, the Leeds Market and the Advent of the Supermarket and Shopping Centre.

As a child in the late 1950s shopping was a task that my mother did on an almost daily basis. At this time we, and probably most families, didn’t have … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Shopping – Grocers, Greengrocers, Bakeries, Butchers and Other Speciality Shops. Shopping in Leeds, the Leeds Market and the Advent of the Supermarket and Shopping Centre.