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Red Hall, King Charles Croft

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City Centre
Thoresby Society
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Thoresby, Old Leeds, no. 51
Red Hall, King Charles Croft
Undated, Watercolour image shows people standing outside Red Hall, probably the first red brick building in Leeds. Built in 1628 for Alderman Thomas Metcalfe (appointed 1630) the grounds and arches spred to Albion Street. The garden became King Charles Croft, eventually becoming home to the Tivoli and Theatre Royal in the 1800s. On the 9th February 1646/47 King Charles I was imprisoned here and it was reputed that John Harrison brought the King a tankard of gold coins to bribe his captors with, something the King declined. From then on the room was known as the Kings Chamber and the event depicted in stained glass in St John's Church

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