View of Briggate during the lunch period in this painting by Yorkshire artist, Pete Lapish. Briggate is thronged with people and the road is busy with open vestibuled trams in their smart chocolate and amber livery. There are other vehicles in sight, including a couple of horse-drawn carts. The view is north, in the direction of the Headrow, which in those days was known as Upperhead and Lowerhead Row. In the foreground, left, on the corner of Briggate with Boar Lane, there is the Saxone and Sorosis Shoe Company at number 33 Briggate. Above Saxone's is the sign for the Cafe Royale which had an entrance in Boar Lane at number 72, and was run by Miss Jessie Rose Brotherton. On the other side of Briggate is Lockharts, a branch of one of their seven Cocoa Houses in the city centre, including four just in Briggate. These became fashionable in the 1880s and remained open until the 1930s. The view is in the direction of the Headrow although it was known as Upperhead and Lowerhead Row in those days.
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