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The following is a selection of items available in the Local Studies Library in Leeds. More are available on request.

For a general history of Leeds see:
Burt, S. and Grady, K. The Illustrated History of Leeds. 2002.
Thornton, D. Leeds: The Story of a City. 2002.
Fraser, D. (Ed.) A History of Modern Leeds. 1980.
Beresford, M.W. and Jones G.R.J. (Eds.) Leeds and its Region. 1967.
Burt, S. and Grady, K.  War Plague and Trade. Leeds in the Seventeenth Century. 1987.
Burt, S. and Grady, K.  The Merchants’ Golden Age. Leeds 1700-1790.  1987.
Heap, Ann, and Brears, Peter, Leeds Describ'd. Eyewitness Accounts of Leeds 1534-1905.

Earlier accounts of the history of Leeds, and descriptions of Briggate are given in:
Parsons, E. The civil, ecclesiastical,  literary, commercial and miscellaneous history of Leeds etc. 1834.
Thoresby, Ralph. Ducatus Leodiensis. 1715.
Whitaker, T. D. Leodis and Elmete.  1816.

On Briggate and the Arcades:
Heap, A. Briggate in Pictures. 1988.
Brears, P. Briggate Yards and Courts. 1995.
Hatcher, J. Leeds Arcades. In: Journal of the Victorian Society, West Yorkshire Group. 1981-1982, pages 1-7.

For information on medieval Leeds, and the origin of Briggate:
Woledge, G. The Medieval Borough of Leeds. In: Publications of the Thoresby Society, Volume 37 1945 pages 288-309.

For an account of the Battle of Briggate:
Fairfax, Sir Thomas. The Memoirs of General Fairfax. 1776.

John Harrison
Hornsey, M.A. John Harrison, the Leeds Benefactor and his Times. In: Publications of the Thoresby Society  Miscellany Volume 33 Part 1 1930 pages 103-147.
Lumb G.D. The Family of John Harrison the Leeds Benefactor. In: Publications of the Thoresby Society  Miscellany Volume 15 1909 pages 48-55.
Sprittles J.S. Links with Bygone Leeds. In: Publications of the Thoresby Society  Volume 52 1969 pages 6-27.  
Information on Coaching Inns is given in:
Bradley, T. The Old Coaching Days in Yorkshire. 1889.
Beresford, M. W. and Rimmer, W.G. Leeds and its Industrial Growth Number 15. In: Leeds Journal, Volume 27 1956 pages 3-5.

Quotation from the Corporation of London Survey of 1628 is taken from 'The Manor of Leedes called the Mayne Rydinge' quoted in Leeds in 1628 by M. Beresford. In: Northern History Volume 10 1975 pages 126-140.
For the full text of the Leeds Improvement Acts see:
Barr, John (Printer) Copies of all the local Acts of Parliament for the town and borough of Leeds. 1822.

For Daniel Defoe’s description of the Cloth Market :
Defoe, D.A. A tour through the whole Island of Great Britain, divided into circuits or Journeys. 1727.

Copies of the Leeds Intelligencer, and other local newspapers are available on microfilm in the Local Studies Library, Leeds.


All maps are from the collection in the Local Studies Library in Leeds, except where indicated below.

Other Images
Most of the images used are from the print collection in the Local Studies Library. Some are from books and other materials in the Local Studies collection, and where this is the case, details are given below, as are details of those images taken from other sources.

Earliest map of Leeds from: A History of Modern Leeds by S. Burt and K. Grady. By kind permission of the authors.

Portrait of John Harrison, Old Grammar School from The History of Leeds by William Boyne, 1877.
Statue of Queen Anne. From Ducatus Leodiensis by Ralph Thoresby, 1715.

Battle of Briggate
Map of the Battle of Briggate Battlefield from: The Memoirs of General Fairfax by Sir Thomas Fairfax, 1776.

Eighteenth Century
Fashion Plate. Ladies dress Late 18th Century from the Sanderson Collection, Book 1 Plate 20 in the Art Library, Leeds.

Cloth Market
Illustrations of Clothier, Preemer Boy, and Cloth Dresser from The Costume of Yorkshire by George Walker 1814.

The Arcades
Drawings of Thornton's Arcade and Queen's Arcade from Cabinet Album Views of Leeds. c.1890.

Advertisement for Durham's jewellery from The Transformation of Briggate c.1900.
Advertisements for Chaffers and Awmack's from Shopping in Leeds. Leeds Special Traders' Week 1909.

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