1882 ... Mr. G. W. Hick gave up his business to sell by auction. The entire stock of the Sanitary Tube Works, Belle Isle Road was to go. His stock included 120,000 white glazed bricks, 10,000 yards of socketed glazed sanitary tubes. Also to go were traps, gullies, trough closets and more.
1927 ... FOR SALE ... Immediate possession - new houses off Belle Isle Road, Balm Road tram terminus - £450. Special financial assistance given.
1949 ... Letters page in the newspaper
J. Sinclair of Belle Isle wrote ... Regarding the new Belle Isle Circular tram route, surely it would have been sensible to make the terminus for the number 26 Belle Isle Cars at the old number 27 terminus instead of at the Broom Estate. Middleton residents now have the choice of two trams from town. Belle Isle residents up to the Broom Estate have a choice of two trams and two buses and the residents higher up Belle Isle often find the "circular" tram their only one, full of passengers only travelling half the journey.
1943 ... CITY OF LEEDS PLANNING SCHEME - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN - Application has been made to the Leeds City Council Planning Scheme for their consent to the erection of ...
1. Proposed Licensed Premises on land situate in Middleton Road near New Hall Farm
2. Proposed Licensed Premises on land near the junction of Belle Isle Road and Middleton Road
3. Proposed Transport Depot on land situate near junction of Belle Isle Road and Middleton Road
4. Three schools as situate as follows ...
a .. Between Nesfield View and Broom Place
b .. Between Belle Isle Road and Middleton Road
c .. Between Belle Isle Road and the premises of Middleton Estate and Colliery Co. Ltd
5. Roman Catholic Church and schools on land situate between Belle Isle Road and the premises of Middleton Estate and Colliery Co. Ltd
6. Proposed Electricity Sub Station on land situate adjoining school of 4b (above)
1945 ... A petition from 574 people living on the Belle Isle Estate, complaining of the delay in completing a school was referred to the Education Committee. The petition pointed out that though the Estate had now been built for 10 years and allowing for the war years, the Council had had ample time to complete the school. After the meeting the Chairman of the Education Committee said "that building work on the school was stopped on the outbreak of war. Since then 4 more classrooms had been completed and 2 more were underway, which would be available in September. It was believed that Ministry would support an application to build more classrooms.
What are some traditions or funny sayings you remember passed down from your grandparents or parents? ....
Your eyes are bigger than your belly!..
You won't be laughing when your father gets home.
Turn big light off
Put wood in the hole
1918 ... An inquest into the death of a 3 year boy returned a verdict of accidental death. Samuel of Villa Street, Belle Isle was knocked down by a Royal Air Force motor car. It was stated during the inquest that the car was driven at moderate speed when the little boy suddenly darted across the road in front of the car. The driver stepped on the brake but was too late.
1946 ... The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds visited the mobile immunisation clinic on Belle Isle Circus. The Lord Mayor appealed for parents to have their children immunised against Diphtheria. The mobile unit is taking part in a vigorous drive to secure the protection of the city's children before winter. The children who are being immunised are mostly about 12 months old.
January 1946 ... The tenants of Belle Isle, who live in the prefabricated houses are bearing the cold weather with fortitude.
Recent Arctic conditions have put the new houses to the test. From inquires today it seems that house holders have been having their work cut out to fend off the cold. How they compare to the rest of the population is difficult to say.
Mrs. Howard, who came to the door with arms tightly folded and face blue with cold, said she had been working in the scullery, where it was freezing. "It's not so bad in the living room where the fire is" she said "but it is hard to keep the other rooms warm. We need a fire in every room."
Mrs. Crone, a tenant for five weeks, said the great drawback was the cold bedrooms. A big fire in the living room made things bearable, but she thought most of the heat went up the chimney.
Mrs. Goldthorpe, whose house is in a more exposed position than some, found it difficult to any but the living room warm. Another woman said they managed to keep fairly warm with one big fire.
None of the women regretted moving into the prefabricated houses. They were better than their previous homes.
1901 ... Two men were spotted in the early hours of Saturday morning on the footpath between Broom Pit and Belle Isle. The Policeman stopped both men but when asked what they had in the bag, one ran off. The remaining man said he nothing in the bag, when the Policeman looked, he found - whip cord, a net and a still warm rabbit. He was summoned to court under the Poaching Prevention Act and was found Guilty. He was fined 40s and costs or face 1 month in jail
1951 ... Mr. George Geoghegan - a 70 year old Boer War veteran of Belle Isle Road, climbed a nine foot iron gate and ran 150 yards to raise the alarm when fire broke out at Marshall's Mills, Marshall Street. Mr. Geoghegan a Watchman at a nearby works, saw smoke coming from the building.
He said last night "I ran to a corrugated iron gate and climbed up to see if there was a fire. I ran to tell a Clerk in the British Road Services Office, he telephoned for the Fire Brigade.
1947 ... Mr. George T. Eaton of Belle Isle Road was awarded the French Medaille Militaire in 1917. He has now written to the French Government claiming 6000 francs in accumulated pension. This all follows the recent award of the medal to Winston Churchill. when it was claimed that receiving the medal also carried with it an annual pension of 200 francs.
Oh God, our heavenly Father, who safely brought us the dawn of this day
Help us to do our work cheerfully and well,
Keep us truthful and honest with a kind word for all we meet.
May we be free from slackness and laziness but make us brave to do what is right, even if it's hard.
Keep us from doing wrong and help us to love and serve Thee all our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1952 ... August 23rd is Carnival Day in Belle Isle.
Jean Harley will be Queen of the Carnival of the Belle Isle Fellowship of the Leeds Congregational Council. Also that on the day will be displays, fancy dress competition and sports.
Congregationalists of Belle Isle have been using a wooden hut for the past 3 years, but very soon that will change. Their new church will open October 4th.
1946 ... Colour Sgt William Booth from Winrose Drive was with his small patrol in the Japanese occupied Burma jungle. One of his group was carrying the large tin they used for brewing tea. It slipped and rolled down the steep hillside making loud clattering noises as it rolled down hitting rocks on the way down. Colour Sgt Booth said "it made enough noise to way the whole Japanese Army".
As it eventually came to rest at the bottom of the hill, the patrol froze, expecting to hear the machine guns, but there was nothing - not a sound. All of a sudden a Yorkshire voice said "Na then, tha's done it - no tea for us this trip"
Colour Sgt Booth went on to Sumatra after his time in Burma.
1947 ... A mum raced a quarter of a mile in blizzard conditions to phone for an ambulance for her Daughter.
Mum of four Edith Foster was in the kitchen when she heard her Son shout out, she ran to the sitting room where they were all playing, to find her Daughter Sylvia's dress in flames. A spark from the open fire had landed on her dress.
Edith grabbed the rug that was on the floor and wrapped her Daughter in it.
Sylvia aged 8 suffered burns to her face and arms and was very poorly in hospital. Edith suffered burns to hands but after treatment was not detained.
1947 ... A pair of post war houses, the first to be built on the Belle Isle estate, are finished. The finished houses were built by Neville Shute, who handed them over to Leeds Corporation. Mr. Shute is hoping to complete 4 to 6 houses every week
1945 ... A plan is being drawn up among 800 members of Belle Isle Tenants Association to patrol the estate.
It will be on similar lines to the A.R.P. system and it is hoped it will start in a couple of days.
1942 ... A grocer from Broom Place ended up in court for over charging on certain goods. Thomas Shephard was fined £5 on each summons of selling butter and lard at an over excessive price. He was also ordered to pay costs as well. Although Mr. Shephard had over 180 registered customers he still added on a farthing to the prices of butter and lard.
The two summons against his Wife were dropped under the Probation Act.
1938 ... During the building of Belle Isle estate, a workman had a nasty accident. William Sheard who lives in Beeston was run over by a mechanical excavator which left his foot severed. He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where his condition was poorly.
May 1953 ... Plans went to Leeds City Council for the proposal of the sale of land on housing estates in Leeds to brewery companies. In the plans there were two areas of Belle Isle ... land in Throstle Road to Armley Brewery Co. Ltd for £2,500 and land on Belle Isle Road to Leeds and Wakefield Breweries Ltd for £2,500.
March 1944 ... Frederick William Barlow of Belle Isle Circus passed away.
Frederick was one of the people who along with Billy Gilston helped to form the Hunslet Rugby Club.
Last year when Frederick and his Wife were celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary he told how he used to walk along the ground of Leeds Steel Works on his way to Woodhouse Hill where the rugby ground was.
Frederick was 83 years old.
May 1938 ... All contractors wishing to put a tender in for the building of Belle Isle Junior and Infant School, should send their names along with a deposit of 2 guineas to the Education Department. Deposit will be returned upon receipt of bona fide tender.
1945 ... Ernest Ruston from Windmill Road is a Sailor.
As a boy he attended Hunslet Carr Primary, while there he learned to play rugby. All through school he played with the "Carr Boys", he won championship medals and also Captained the team.
When he left school he had a place with Hunslet Supporters x111.
But fame was calling, at the end of February he will play England Centre against Scotland in Leicester.
1948 ... Some tenants on the Belle Isle Estate feel like they are been ignored and neglected because of the lack of amenities and services.
There are long stretches of road which are in darkness as there are no street lamps, some long roads there are only 4 street lamps.
There is only one playing field which residents can not use as it's private.
The school is only partly built with only the nursery in use. Nothing has been done with the school for quite some time - according to some of the tenants.
The older children on the estate have to go to schools in Hunslet. The under 7s go to the local church, which uses it's crypt as a temporary school.
Women of the estate would like a local shopping centre, as they have to go to Hunslet to do most of their shopping.
It was promised by the Education Committee, that work would begin the following week on completing the school.. They also said that they could be plans for another primary school and a secondary school.