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Aerial View, including Civic Hall, Town Hall


Aerial View, including Civic Hall, Town Hall
Description:
1947 This aerial view looks across the administrative heart of Leeds City Centre. In the centre of the left edge the Gothic Revival style frontage of Leeds General Infirmary can be seen, facing onto Great George Street. Two of the original carved stone and brick wings designed by G.G. Scott are visible, completed in 1868. Another wing was added by G. Corson in 1892 with the more modern Brotherton Wing extending the hospital site to Calverley Street completed in 1940. The semi-circular balconies on the end of this wing are clearly visible. Moving right is the portland stone Civic Hall, designed by E.V. Harris, the hall was opened in 1933 by King George V and Queen Mary. Continuing right, the Leeds Institute is visible, recognisable by the roof of its centrally positioned circular lecture hall. Designed by C. Brodrick for the Leeds Mechanics Institute completed in 1868. Moving forwards towards the right edge is St Anne's Cathedral. In front of this, construction work is being carried out to extend the corner block of the Leeds Permanent Building Society (1930), which is just out of view, to its present site. The block of properties which follow to the left of this development are the Municipal Buildings (1884). These buildings originally housed civic offices along with Leeds Central Library. The first floor became the City of Leeds Police Headquarters and Criminal Investigation Department in 1934 with cells for prisoners created in the basement. The Leeds City Museum took over this floor in 1966 but moved out when the building closed for refurbishment between 1999 and 2000. It is now the home of Leeds Central Library. In the centre with a relatively flat facade, is the Leeds City Art Gallery established in 1888 when reading rooms within the Municipal Buildings were converted to a sculpture gallery. The present entrance (not in view) was the result of extensions and alterations made in 1982. Directly in front of these buildings is Centenary Street which was pedestrianised and paved over when the Garden of Remembrance and Victoria Gardens were enlarged. Victoria Gardens was created between 1936 and 1937 when the War Memorial was transferred there from City Square. On the right of this block is the site of what is now the Henry Moore Institute. This museum was converted from the three 19th century wool merchants offices seen here and opened in 1982. Opposite the Municipal Buildings, across Centenary Street and The Headrow is a pale coloured building which, like the Civic Hall is constructed from Portland Stone. This is Pearl Chambers and was built in 1910 as the premises of Pearl Life Assurance. A statue of its founder Patrick James Foley, stands on the roof. To the left of Pearl Chambers across East Parade, the back of the Jubilee Hotel is visible. This hotel was built in 1904 of Burmantofts terracotta and faces the Town Hall, designed by Cuthbert Brodrick and built from locally sourced gritstone. Building began in 1853, with the tower and dome following in 1857. The Town Hall was officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 although was not completed until 1860 when a bell was hung in the tower. The Town Hall was cleaned and restored in 1971, returning to its original glory. Victoria Square is situated in front of the building. The Square was altered in 1937 when the steps of the Town Hall were changed from the original bow shape to straight. Finally continuing left over Oxford Place is the Oxford Place Methodist Chapel. The foundation stone was laid in 1835 and the Chapel opened later that year. Sunday School buildings on Oxford Row were added in 1841. Refaced between 1896 and 1903, the Chapel suffered serious fire damage in 1911. Oxford Place Chambers, to the right of the church entrance on Oxford Place, is now the home of several counselling services including Relate.

User Comments:

Name:
michael mcguinness

Comment:
They used to hold dances there on a Saturday night, also concerts there. I once went to see HUMPHREY LITTLETON there. This would have been in 1954/60.

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Name:
Shaun Cohen

Comment:
During the Leeds Jewish tailors strike of 1888, on 9 May an open ar meeting at Victoria Square drew a crowd of 5,000 people.

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shauncohen@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Pam Holmes Nee Lonsdale

Comment:
I went to Oxford Place Sunday School from 1944 when I was 3 years old. There were 5 children in my family and we all used to troop down from Tonbridge Street. I also attended the Girls' Life Brigade there until I was 12 then we moved to Bristol.

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pamnez@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Tony sunley

Comment:
Leeds Town Hall 1950-52 Ted Heath Lita Rosa and Dickie Valentine Awesome

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tsunley@cox.net

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Name:
Margaret

Comment:
I remember the day Queen Elizabeth was crowned, I sang in a choir at the Leeds Town Hall.Choirs from many schools in Leeds took part.I was 11 at the time and thought the building seemed very big and quite overwhelming. The Town Hall was full, and the The Lord Mayor of Leeds attended the performance.It really was a day to remember.

Date:
21-Sep-2008

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Name:
Ralph Bedford

Comment:
Leeds Town Hall Wresling Monday Night i think, first saw Lonnie Donagan at the town hall he was playing Banjo with i think Chris Barbers Jazz Band,

Date:
10-Sep-2012

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Name:
Peter Shaw

Comment:
Am I the only one who prefered it as it was? I remember lining up down the side of the flower beds and waiting for a coach to take me to silverdale. Happy memories

Date:
13-Oct-2013

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Name:
Cliff Dunn

Comment:
The large building far right, just above centre is my Alma Mater Leeds Central High School which I attended 1964-71. Just to the left across the barely visible playground is Thorseby High School.

Date:
14-Oct-2013

Email:
kalbo_53@yahoo.com

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Name:
Andrea Postle (now Hargreaves)

Comment:
My maternal grandmother, Clara Holdsworth, scrubbed the steps of the Civic Hall for years. When she retired she received half a crown pension weekly. How the other half lived.

Date:
24-Jan-2014

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jackandy@talktalk.net

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