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Coloured Cloth Hall, City Square

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City Centre
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Leeds Civic Trust
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Old Leeds Views, Part 1, Page 22, SRF 914.2819 WOR & LIHE Coloured 2 (browsing neg no 91) & 'Old Views of Leeds' by Wormald, Part 2, SRF 914.2819 WOR & also Civic Trust F109
Coloured Cloth Hall, City Square
c1889. An early view of the Coloured or Mixed Cloth Hall, designed by architect, John Moxon and situated near the south end of Park Row. It was a huge and impressive building said at the time to rival any of its kind in Europe. It was the largest building in Georgian Leeds. Originally built in 1756-8 the octagonally shaped domed building and the entrance wing were added at a later date, about 1780. The inner courtyard could accomodate 20,000 people. In 1889 Leeds Corporation paid a sum of £66,000 for the hall in order to clear the site to make way for re-development. On the right a poster on an exterior wall advertises The vegetarian restaurant of George E. Stansfield at number 9 Park Lane. The site of the coloured cloth hall is now occupied by City Square and the General Post Office building. Photography by Wormald of Leeds (Edmund Wormald, 46 Great George Street).

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