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1899 Taken by Alfred E Mattison during the 1899 official enquiry into Leeds Insanitary Areas. The man in the bowler hat is an inspector. Image shows a yard surrounded on two sides by tall buildings. A man in period dress sits smoking a pipe on the left of the inspector. On the far right is a shared outside toilet block. Washing lines are stretched across the yard.

User Comments:

B Hallam

When I was young there were lots of strange shaped courtyard buildings just like this, and in odd places too. But what fascinates me is that there was a time when such buildings were brand new. This is not far removed from the building in Belgrave Street where I started work in 1957. The sheer complexity of this building is amazing. The brick-arch at the side of the steps show that it has a working basement or cellars. You have to admire the imagination in its construction.

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