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Samuel Ledgard Operator Index

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Here is a pretty good picture of the Ledgard Armley depot rooftop park. Amazingly, all the domestic property and streets are still there to this day.
As you look at the picture the roof gateway and the wall to the right of it are still there too, although now largely hidden by landscaping foliage on the new road, Ledgard Way. The entrance to the main garage can just be seen with the black sign above it - "Samuel Ledgard Licensed petroleum store." At the near end of the roof can be seen the steam cleaning ramp.
Going back to Mr. Ledgard's death in 1952, the contents of the roof were simply astounding - virtually all the withdrawn vehicles were there including the three original charabancs of 1912, various Tigers and Lions and petrol TD1s and other gems - if only the preservation movement had been in full swing then !!
All the commercial property disappeared of course with the road widening/alteration scheme. The Nelson hotel was actually on Armley Road but closed a few years ago and was eventually refurbished by very conscientious purchasers as the Jaipur Indian Restaurant, with Ledgard memorabilia within. There is also a Leeds blue heritage plaque on the outside. Sadly though, the sumptuous restaurant venture, and it WAS sumptuous, has failed and the premises have been for sale for quite a while - I feel really sorry for the lovely Indian couple who must have sunk a fortune in the massive refurbishment - I daresay they've lost everything.

Photographer unknown, Chris Youhill collection, Armley, Leeds

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