Marie Moorhouse
Name: Marie Moorhouse
Description: Marie Moorehouse and Marien Kennedy at the Leeds Irish Centre
Collection: Leeds Irish Centre
Location: NowThen
Reference:
Contributor: Marie Moorhouse
Rights: Marie Moorhouse
Marie was born in Dublin but aged 17 she moved to Leeds to live with her father. She lived with him for a couple of months in Freehold Street.
Greenmount Street number 29
Name: Greenmount Street number 29
Description: Greenmount Street number 29
Collection: Leeds City Engineer's Department, clearance photographs
Location: NowThen
Reference: LC/END WYAS1067 Box130 No3
Contributor: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Rights: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Beeston Road numbers 101-107
Name: Beeston Road numbers 101-107
Description: Beeston Road numbers 101-107
Collection: Leeds City Engineer's Department, clearance photographs
Location: NowThen
Reference: LC/ENG WYAS1067 Box57 No3
Contributor: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Rights: West Yorkshire Archive Service

Marie was born in Dublin but aged 17 she moved to Leeds to live with her father. She lived with him for a couple of months in Freehold Street. She worked at the fish cannery on Sweet Street. Her job was to pick out the sardines and put them on a tray. From there they went to be cooked and then put into cans.

She moved out of her fathers into a bed-sit on Blackman Lane in Headingley. She shared the bed-sit with a friend who had just moved over from Ireland. They only stayed there a couple of moths before Marie moved to a flat in Caledonia Road which she paid £4 a week for.

She left the fish canneries and worked at St James’ Hospital for two years before moving back to Dublin for two years in 1958. She returned to Leeds in 1960 where she lived on Richmond Road in Headingley. She worked at the Co-Op on Whitehall Road, near Watson’s Soap Works, packing food up for delivery to people. During this time she met her husband as she used to babysit for his sister.

When they married they moved to Spence Lane in LS12 down by Readman’s. She had 4 of her 7 children in Spence Lane. The youngest of the four boys was born in their next house in Greenmount Street in Beeston. “The house in Greenmount Street was a lovely house. It wasn’t big enough though. It had a small garden but a nice, big backyard for the kids to play in. There weren’t enough bedrooms. There were two bedrooms and the attic that we used as a bedroom as well.” In the early seventies they moved to a five bedroom house on Beeston Road.

Beeston used to have a lovely shopping area between Beeston Hill and Beeston Road. There were lots of big shops like thrift shops where you could by all the groceries you wanted and different butchers like pork butchers. It was the same on Domestic Street.

“There aren’t so many of them now. I prefer the little shops everything was fresh.”

There was plenty for the kids to do in Beeston. The Beeston Youth Club was a firm favourite with Marie’s children.

“There was always somewhere for the kids to go and you knew where they were. It felt safe.”