Mark’s History: Pudsey bakery’s ‘ghost sign’

Waite bakery pudsey
The former Waite's Bakery in Pudsey. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Words: Mark Stevenson

Photos: Mark Stevenson and Roger Templeman

In 1911 a John Waite lived with his family at 25 Lowtown, Pudsey. John’s occupation was that of a baker.

There is a building on Mount Pleasant Road in Pudsey that has a ‘ghost sign’ that looks to say ‘Waite Bakery’.

The building on Mount Pleasant Road. Photo: Mark Stevenson

The building is marked on the maps as a bakery from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. These dates just tell you when it was a bakery, not when it started and stopped trading as a bakery.

It looks like there has been a building on the site with the same footprint as the present one since around 1908.

Before that, there was a wall along Mount Pleasant Road with a benchmark cut into it. The benchmark was kept and worked into the building and can still be seen today.

The benchmark can be seen to this day. Photo: Roger Templeman.

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  1. Hello, I may be interested in buying the old bakers shop on Mount Pleasant Road. Would the owner be interested in selling as it’s a waste of what could be my dream shop?


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