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Commercial Hotel, at the junction of Albion Street with Guildford Street


Commercial Hotel, at the junction of Albion Street with Guildford Street
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14th October 1928. Image shows the corner of Albion Street and Guildford Street with the Commercial Hotel on the corner, and Guildford chambers to the left. The road was renamed as The Headrow after widening took place in the 1930s but this section was formerly known as Guildford Street. In the background, left, building work is in progress on the Leeds Permanent Building Society site, Permanent House, at the corner with Cookridge Street, now part of The Light. A Commercial Inn was listed in Upper Albion Street in directories from 1830, although it did not at that time occupy the whole corner site. The first Ordnance Survey plan in 1847 shows it only as the second property on Upper Albion Street, which was then almost a cul-de-sac, ending in Coronation Street, which formed a T-junction at its northern end, rather than cutting all the way through to Woodhouse Lane. The Commercial Hotel does not appear to have taken over the whole corner site until the 1890's. The 1851 census listed, besides the landlord and his family, three general house servants and two lodgers, a comedian from Bradford and a traveller from Barnsley. The 1881 census only lists one lodger, but records a living-in hotel staff of barmaid, cook, chambermaid, waitress and kitchen maid. Beyond the hotel and its neighbouring shops can be seen the building work on the Building Society site and, on the far side of Cookridge Street, Pitmans School, which stood where the eastern end of the Garden of Rest is now.

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Dave Johnson

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These buildings were demolished as part of the 'Headrow' road-widening.

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