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Not living in Leeds I didn't visit Virgin Records very often, but one time, 1974 or 75, I'd ordered a German import LP from them and asked my father if he could pick it up for me after he'd finished work, since he was based in Leeds. He brought the LP home, but was furious - "Don't ever ever ask me to go in there again. Full of long-haired layabouts." I bet he didn't enjoy asking for the LP either, it was a Birth Control compilation.
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Bernice Baynham
​(2021)

( Jan 19, 2016) I also remember virgin in Leeds,very different and out there .I worked for Barker records for 18 years until 1974 when l left for Australia.Loved every minute of the record industry. Comment: Rita Harrison.

Feb 22, 2016) My memory of the original Virgin Leeds shop is that it was on the corner of Kirkgate and Fish Street. Comment:
Howard Kettle.

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The original virgin records was on queen Victoria Street Leeds. Now the Victoria Quarter. You are quite right, this was on three floors. Top floor for listening, generally prog rock and the smoking of things that your mum warned you about.
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Rob Campbell
(2018)

Can't remember exactly where original Virgin Records was but from memory, it had 3 floors. The top was small, square room and always deserted. It sold imports with the small cut in the record sleeve. You had to go up a narrow set of stairs and through a door. There were racks only against the walls.Ground floor I think I remember a balding guy with hair around his ears. Looked like Mel Smith. He worked behind a kiosk like counter - with singles (punk around 1977 ) on the side walls and back - in plastic sleeves?. The racks on the ground floor sold second hand LP's. I bought Led Zep 3, you had to search through the dross to find anything not obscure prog. There were racks in ther middle and along the far side wall. I can't be sure but the whole place looked to have been fitted out in plywood painted black. It was very quiet when it first opened and really took off when punk came along. It must have moved to Briggate 1977-78 because I remember a planned visit by Generation X to the Briggate store - they never arrived but we were given Ready Steady Go sleeves and badges. Also remember buying Subway Sect. VR was very busy on a Saturday lunchtime. Comment: macattack


Yes I remember the original Virgin record shop, around about 1973 I think, in a side street off Briggate. You went up a flight of stairs, very small place from what I remember, who would have thought then how big it would get! It did seem a bit 'far-out' then. Comment: Yvonne Burns

( Jan 19, 2016) I also remember virgin in Leeds,very different and out there .I worked for Barker records for 18 years until 1974 when l left for Australia.Loved every minute of the record industry. Comment: Rita Harrison.

Feb 22, 2016) My memory of the original Virgin Leeds shop is that it was on the corner of Kirkgate and Fish Street. Comment:
Howard Kettle.

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The original virgin records was on queen Victoria Street Leeds. Now the Victoria Quarter. You are quite right, this was on three floors. Top floor for listening, generally prog rock and the smoking of things that your mum warned you about.
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Rob Campbell
(2018)

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Virgin records was in the queens arcade leeds .a small shop were I bought my northern soul records round about 1974
It moved down bridget about 1978 bigger store
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Geraldine Swithenbank
(2020)

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Not living in Leeds I didn't visit Virgin Records very often, but one time, 1974 or 75, I'd ordered a German import LP from them and asked my father if he could pick it up for me after he'd finished work, since he was based in Leeds. He brought the LP home, but was furious - "Don't ever ever ask me to go in there again. Full of long-haired layabouts." I bet he didn't enjoy asking for the LP either, it was a Birth Control compilation.
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Bernice Baynham
​(2021)


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Woody
13 Sep 2023 at 03:59
This shop was originally on Queen Victoria Street. It had 3 floors. The guy behind the counter on the ground floor was called Carl. This is were I bought my Northern Soul Singles

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