Built in the early 1990’s by Tay Homes (Northern) Ltd., The Cricketers apartments were originally named ‘Cricketers Way’, however, this was changed during construction. The reasons behind the name change were slightly unclear, but at the time it was thought that Royal Mail had expressed concerns of a similar address name already existing within the Leeds area.
The Cricketers apartments, some with spectacular panoramic views, then had a purchase price of around £49,995 and a non-returnable deposit of £200 reserved your plot. These popular 2-bedroom apartments were then sold on-site by a lovely lady named Julie. The price included a fitted Symphony kitchen, a bathroom, a Zanussi WDT1085 washer dryer and a mouse!
Notable events in the same years the apartments were being built were: The first ever UK National Lottery draw took place, The Channel Tunnel officially opened, BBC1 television broadcast the first episode of The Vicar of Dibley, The Lion King was in the cinemas and East 17 secured the Christmas number one slot with Stay Another Day. The old Leeds area code (0532) was to be used for the last time. It changed to 0113 early the following year at the same time construction at the development ended.
Unsurprisingly, the apartment blocks were named after famous Cricketers. Starting with the ‘Headingley end’, they are named: The Appleyard, The Hutton, The Illingworth, The Hirst, The Wardle, The Yardley, The Rhodes, The Sutcliffe, The Trueman and the block up at the ‘Kirkstall end’ is also named, The Illingworth.
Plots 1 – 6 were the first apartments to be constructed at the side of the old Salvation Army Hall and the original Show Home was Plot 4 (77, The Cricketers). The original sales office location, now covered with foliage, was a portacabin just off the Kirkstall Lane footpath inbetween the bus shelter and wall. The Show Home was later relocated to Plots 40 / 41 undercover car parking spaces (1 and 5 The Cricketers) and a less flimsy sales office was constructed within.
The ‘Cricketers Way’ brochure trumpeted an electrically operated door porter system, Regency 6-panelled internal doors with brass furniture and a shaver socket in which to insert your Remington. Oh, the luxury!
During construction, the development was a very friendly place to reside. You were never far away from a new friend and neighbour… oh, and the odd glass of alcohol. In the summer of 1995, construction had all but ended and only a handful of apartments remained to be sold. A huge barbecue was organised and held around the back of the central row of flats for all the new residents.
Conveniently, the corner ground floor apartment, Plot 7, had not yet been purchased. With its freshly painted magnolia walls, bare concrete floor and patio door access to the outside, it was authorised by Julie to be the venue, providing electricity for the stereo system, shade from the mid-summer sun and a place to retch back that undercooked sausage in the bathroom. It’s hard to imagine but just over 25 years ago this quiet corner of The Cricketers was host to an unforgettable mid-summer evening barbeque, with around 50 of the original home owners charging through the patio doors of a yet-to-be-sold apartment, unashamedly doing the conga!
Today, The Cricketers remains as desirable now as it was then, with its local parks, pubs, shopping areas, excellent commuter links and sports venues. This website aims to provide residents old and new with a friendly online community and resource. Registration on this website is only necessary if you would like to view some pages which might contain residential-sensitive content. A small business card is occasionally posted through all mail boxes and this will enable you to register on this site. If you do not have this card, you can request a new one here.
Please note: the forums are now closed and have been replaced with ‘Nextdoor’. If you want to say ‘hi’, post a topic of interest such as a residential issue, a security concern or just want to brag about your latest Origami project, please post on the brand spanking new Cricketers Nextdoor Group!
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