Grandma's Goodbye Art


photo: Bill Chapman

Street scene in the Armley, a working-class district of the then heavy-industrial town of Leeds, England, c1966. Note the gas street lamp and shortage of cars. Steam traction was almost gone from Britain's railways.

The photographer went back in 2003 to the street to see what it looked like. The houses on the left had been gone since the early 70s, and he found that the 1970s buildings had also been demolished. All that there was at the end of the street was an open space with a grey iron security fence around it. The back-to-back houses on the right are still there, and lived in comfortably.

The scene is similar to the part of Rotherham, Yorkshire, in which Grandma and Grandad lived all their lives within the same square half-mile.

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