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Briggate, showing the entrances to Bay Horse Yard and White Hart Yard

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City Centre
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Leeds Library & Information Services
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LIC Briggate 3 (browsing neg no 39) & Old Leeds Views, Part 2, number 25, SRF 914.2819 WOR
Briggate, showing the entrances to Bay Horse Yard and White Hart Yard
1888. View of the east side of Briggate, showing Bay Horse Yard (left) and White Hart Yard. In the centre, at numbers 98 and 99, Smith Brothers, General and Fancy drapers is visible where a group of women wearing plaid shawls around their heads and shoulders are looking in the window. On the far right, at number 100, are W. Kettlewell & Son, carpet warehousemen. This is a photograph of about 1888 showing what was to be part of the site of the County Arcade (numbers 37 to 101), work of which started in 1898. It was built on the site of White Hart Yard, the entrance to which can be seen on the right of the photograph. County Arcade, designed by theatre architect, Frank Matcham, is now part of the prestigious shopping complex, the Victoria Quarter. The older Ordnance Survey maps show the site of the Market Cross, demolished in 1825, in the centre of Briggate roughly between Bay Horse and White Hart Yards. Horse-drawn carriages occupy the foreground. The photograph was taken from the west side of Briggate by Wormald of Leeds.

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