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Bischoff House, ornate fireplace

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City Centre
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Leeds Library & Information Services
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CLIE Bischoff 1
Bischoff House, ornate fireplace
18th November 1948. Image shows an ornate fireplace located in Bischoff House. It has an elaborately carved Victorian overmantel and mantelpiece. The cast-iron grate has splayed side panels fitted with decorative tiles typical of the Victorian era. During the Industrial Revolution the techniques for manufacturing tiles were developed and cast iron grates were massed produced. This fireplace has an electric coal-effect fire set on the tiled hearth. The lower walls of the room are panelled and the upper walls are papered with a design perhaps of the 'Art Nouveau' period. A plaster cornice can be seen at the top of the picture. Bischoff House, formerly known as Sheepscar Hall, was thought to have been designed by William Etty for Nathaniel Denison and appears on the Cossins' map of Leeds dated 1725. The Bischoff family of woollen and worsted merchants later made the mansion their residence and re-named it 'Bischoff House'. It was situated at the junction of North Street and Hartley Hill and was demolished c1968. In the years prior to demolition the house was occupied by Artheur English Ltd, Electrical Contractors.

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