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Headrow nos. 17 - 21, (Lowerhead Row)

Subject ID:
City Centre
Subject Year:
Thoresby Society
Class number:
Thoresby, Album 1, no. 7
Headrow nos. 17 - 21, (Lowerhead Row)
1891 View of what was then called Lowerhead Row, July 1891. In the centre of the photo (right side) a sign can be seen for oysters, this was outside number 17 Richardson and Cousins Oyster Rooms. To the right is the entrance to the Marquis of Granby Yard. Next 18 was the premises of Herman Wolfe, a wardrobe dealer (who would be selling clothes). Between 18 and 19 is an alley leading into the Unicorn Yard. The Unicorn public house is number 19, licensee Rueben Schofield. The next shop is that of James Brown, practical watchmaker at 20, last on the right and partly in view, 21 was another clothing shop, business of June Towler. Four of these properties are marked with Templar Crosses. There is one to the left of the Oyster sign on 17, above the window of 18 is a notice with a cross directly above it. Between the two upper windows of the Unicorn Inn another can be seen and to the right of the upper window of number 20 a cross is clearly visible. Crosses are displayed on property which was once part of the Manor of Whitkirk. The order of the Knights Templar was founded in 1118/9, during the Crusades, their primary role was to protect pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. The Church and Manor of Whitkirk was given o the Templars who established a preceptory and founded the Temple Newsam estate in 1155 it included property in the town of Leeds. There were 6 crosses on the Lowerhead Row and Lady Lane, 10 on Templar Strreet, in all 19 crosses were displayed in the city.

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