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Oakwood Clock, Princes Avenue

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Oakwood Clock, Princes Avenue
c1915. Image shows Oakwood Clock located on Princes Avenue. The clock, made by William Potts & Son at a cost of £150, was removed here by the Parks Department from Kirkgate Market in the July of 1912. This was because a new central entrance to the market was under construction in Vicar Lane. In the background, right, old lodges to Roundhay Park can be seen.

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Peter Kelly

The building on the right was an entrance to Roundhay Park, which incorporated a tramway waiting room and toilets. It was built in 1889 and was demolished in 1937.


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Graham A. Schofield

Peter Kelly's comment about the tramcar waiting-room, prompted me to have a look at some old maps. An 1890 map shows that there was a tram-track coming up from town, which terminated here. The tram would loop around in front of the lodge and head back into town. Obviously this was the terminus, and as Peter implies, this must have been what was then the main entrance to The Park in those days. However! Things had changed by 1891, as by then, 'electric trams' were travelling up to, and terminating at what is now the large car-park near the main entrance as we know it today, thus making the task of getting from town to the main park, much easier. By 1910 the tram-route had been extended with the track continuing up Street Lane to where it met Harrogate Road, and then continuing back into town. Why was Leeds eventually deprived of that wonderful "Green Mode of Transport"?




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