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King Charles Street, Red Hall


King Charles Street, Red Hall
Description:
1914 View looks from King Charles Street onto the Red Hall. This property was built in 1628 and was probably the first brick building in Leeds. At the time of this view, the lower floor is being used as a garage for Rover Motor Cars. Red Hall was demolished in 1961.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Look at this building! As the description implies:- Probably the first large red brick dwelling in the city. It was 333 years old when it felt the kiss of the wrecker's ball against its ancient brickwork. Where was the voice of reason on that fateful day? What with its association with the captivity of King Charles1st, and its later history, this historic building should have been preserved and renovated for future generations to enjoy. Its very existence would have meant that its history, especially the Charles 1st episode would have been widely known about. School Trips, Tourism, and 'general curiosity' would have been the order of the day. In all honesty, how many of the Leeds population have ever heard of the King Charles 1st connection with this building, or even with Leeds itself, for that matter. There is a link here to yet another lost treasure - Crosby House which stood on the Upper Headrow. That bit of our history started out at Red Hall, with Charles 1st, a garter, and Charles 2nd. But there again, how many know about that? Crosby House disappeared in 1937, when commercial aspirations meant that the house was to become a soon forgotten memory as it sank beneath the huge development that was to become Lewis's Department Store.

Date:
13-Nov-2012

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
I agree completely, Graham. This was demolished to make room for the Schofields extension. I believe the Theatre Royal went at the same time.

Date:
25-Sep-2015

Email:
chriswent@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
graham sadler

Comment:
What Hermann Görings Luftwaffe couldn't achieve alas Leeds Corporation could in giving the green light to bulldoze an historical building. Still, most folk wont be bothered as long as they can browse in the many shops, sadly unable to afford owt

Date:
05-Oct-2015

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