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Where I Live - Tingley

By site user Julie West
I've seen many changes come and go in Tingley as I was born and raised there.

Many of the buildings that are there now have always been, but many have been demolished then replaced with modern homes. Most of the houses are council properties with long-term tenants as their occupants. Many of them are from generations of the same family, making it much easier for the less fortunate to buy their own property instead of struggling to purchase private homes.

Tingley roundabout
Tingley roundabout

In my own opinion it's not such a bad place to live, as I have got used to living here. But for strangers to come to live here they may find it pretty daunting with wild rumours about people using drugs and drug dealers. Also the problems that we have to face with the population and teenage tearaways. But this is happening all over, no matter where you live. It's just not spoken about kind of swept under the carpet but then it's never dealt with hence the reason that places will just keep getting a bad reputation, unless something is done to combat it all.

It is reassuring these days, as there are now more community police patrolling our streets, they move any large group of kids on their way, particularly near any of the local shops as they can prevent people from using the facilities in the area. Leeds City Council is now beginning to improve the houses and the streets making them look more pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately they pulled down the old library and the community centre, also the park has diminished over the years from having swings, slides and roundabouts but now it's just and old square of concrete covered in rubbish overgrown weeds and broken glass.

Just at the top of Common Lane is a large factory that was named Amblers Mill that produced wool for many years before I was even born. Most of its workers would live in the row of houses that stood alongside the factory, it is now called Country Baskets which sells silk flowers and other creative items for traders, making it all part of the modern world then further up the road just off Smithy Lane there is a large school which accommodates the nursery, infants and juniors. Up until September 2005 the nursery and infants were in an old building down the road. This was built in 1896 making it a listed building. I remembering celebrating its 100 years birthday in 1996 when my two (now grown up) children were there. I also as a child went there and was relieved when I heard they were not allowed to pull it down, as for me it has very fond memories.

White Bear pub, Tingley
One of Tingley's pubs

There are also clubs, pubs, shops and a post office, also a golf shop where once was an off-licence all situated with easy access to Wakefield, Morley and also Leeds city centre. But I reckon the most impressive piece of history for Tingley would have to be a memorial plaque situated near Tingley roundabout. This is for the aircraftmen who died while fighting for their country during the war. The aircraft crashed to my knowledge while in battle and every year in November poppies are placed there in respect to the men’s families also to the men's bravery.

Tingley can be good to live in, as it can be bad. It's just like many other estates in any part of the country. And I know a lot of people whom live there, so if I'm ever unsure or afraid of anything, there will be someone who will help.

last updated: 07/06/06
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