Crossgates Carriage Works

Undated Image is a postcard showing an aerial view of the Charles H Roe Ltd carriage works on Austhorpe Road. The factory built in 1920 and covering 4 acres built bodies for public service vehicles. By 1951 the site spread to cover 36 acres and employed 450 people with a reputation of excellant craftsmanship when producing durable vehicles. During WW2 the factory produced a variety of vehicles for the war effort, these included domestic car conversions into ambulances accumulater trolly's and air raid response vehicles

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Chas. H. Roe was on Manston Lane, Austhorpe Road having taken a sharp turn right opposite the Manston Pub. The building just visible in the bottom right is the Admin block of the old Royal Ordnance Factory, Barnbow where I started as an apprentice in 1962. Barnbow was built 1939-40 so this picture must be after that but the buses in Roe's yard have a distinctly 50's look about them
Bob Muirhead