DIRECTORATE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
KIPPAX - Leeds, West Yorkshire
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March 16th 2007 marked the end of public safety communications maintenance on the site that spanned over sixty years. The site owners, Arqiva, had made a business decision to sell the site for redevelopment and staff to be transferred to new facilities only 2.5 miles away.
Although life moves on, for many people who worked or visited Kippax during it’s existence, there will be a certain sadness now that the buildings have been lost to redevelopment.
To ensure that some of the history was not lost forever, I am grateful for this collection of photographs taken by Dave Singh, Technical Operations Manager, Arqiva, during the closure week week in March 2007 and the subsequent site demolition and rebuild in January 2008.
Dave also took the initiative to raise awareness through local radio and subsequently made contact with Jean Woodcock, Bert Hare and Dennis Rouston. Pictures of Jean can be seen in this gallery, there is one photo from Bert Hare in 1986 which has been included in Kippax Gallery 1 and some recollections from Dennis are reproduced below.
Dave has also sent in two relevant extracts from Arqiva internal publications, which have been incorporated into a PDF for download.
I have endeavoured to write some caption text against each photo. However, not having visited the site for some 15 years, I cannot recall precise detail and would be grateful if you spot any errors, or would like to add comment, then please e-mail me.
Click on the desired photograph to see an enlarged image. Once in the viewer, use the navigation arrows to move between images.
Dave Singh, Arqiva and Dennis Rouston (the King of Home Brew Beer!)