the 1900s

In 1903 upper Methley Place (both sides) were built for Mr Carlton, who had his own haulage business. He occupied the top house (no 55) which is larger than the other houses, and rented out the rest of the street. At the back of Methley Grove, where the smaller houses now stand, was all fields.

Anyone who wanted to rent a property from the Carlton Brotherton Trust had to have an interview with Mr Carlton senior, who wouldn't have strangers living in his houses.

One resident told us nobody in any of the Carlton Brotherton houses was allowed to hang washing out on Sundays. They had to lower there washing poles at the weekends! Another resident remembers that all the dustbins had to be kept out of sight at the bottom of the cellar steps.

THE 1910s

On Christmas Day in 1918 Mrs McNess was born in her home on Methley Place. In those days there were no Henconners and no Canadian estate, both areas were just fields.

THE 1920s

Mrs McNess recalls that all the children would play in a big field where the Henconners are now built, and that every year there would be a big bonfire there. Benham Laundry (now Potternewton Gardens) was used then. The only local shops were a Confectioners (on the site of the Polish Deli) and the Greengrocers on the opposite corner.

Her best memory is of her childhood. She says that no-one even thought about abduction or strangers, and there weren't any cars - the children were free to do as they pleased.

THE 1930s

In 1932, at the age of 14, Mrs McNess got a job at Lewis's in the 'Tube Room' counting change and sending it back up to the shop floor. There were no cars, and so to get into Town she had to catch a tram down Harrogate Road. She worked at Lewis's until she retired at the age of 60.


A resident of Methley Lane moved into her home. She was 21 years old, and a newly wed. She says the area was lovely, and that she is still very happy here. She recalls that the Fish and Chip shop was still there, and that next to it was a Butchers shop. On Blake Grove (where the print shop now stands) was a Greengrocers.


Mrs Hornby moved into Methley Place. She recalls that in those days women did not go to work, and that therefore everybody knew each other and would chat in the street. Over her 61 years in the area she has seen the garage at the bottom of the street as an Undertakers, a Sweet factory and a Rag and Bone trader.