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Lambert
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Undated. Lambert's Yard, Lower Briggate. Derelict yard, buildings have broken windows. "The old house depicted in our illustration is to be seen in what is known as Lambert's yard, just above the railway bridge in Lower Briggate, on the left hand side proceeding from Boar Lane. It is now tenantless and the plaster is falling from the exterior walls, but despite its present forlorn appearance, it stands out distinctively from the ugly modern buildings which surround it. From Elizabethan times onwards for a century or more, Lower Briggate, like Boar Lane, was a favourite residential street of opulent merchants, who often had their handloom weaving carried on in the rear portion of their houses. Cheek by jowl with these little mansions were a few shops, and several of the real old English taverns" (Mattison A and Meakin W 1908 The Romance of Old Leeds p9) Photo by Alf Mattison.

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mick elliott

Comment:
I used to go to a cafe housed in the rooms above the arch when I worked for the LCT through teh yard was a quick trip to swinegate depot

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Peter jackson

Comment:
Working as a 15 year old at Halfords in 1956, I used to park the shop bike in this yard, on occasions forgetting to bring it in at closing time, I had to pick it up from Millgarth with the policemam remarking " not you again ". Through the ginnel to the right was Halfords ( Mr Lee was the manager ) and to the left was Sim Stanklers shop the best Tailor in Leeds.

Date:
02-Nov-2008

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Helen

Comment:
Is this yard still there. If so where exactly is it?

Date:
17-Dec-2009

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Chris Martin

Comment:
Helen, this yard is still there. But it cannot be accessed anymore as there is a metal gate blocking any entrance. It is on Lower Briggate just near the railway bridge.

Date:
06-Jan-2010

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chrisma5803@yahoo.co.uk

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Good heavens. How did it get into this state? Have a look at Percy Robinson's print on 20021119_16106814.

Date:
07-Jan-2011

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
chris gore

Comment:
all old inns an yards in leeds city centre should be preserved amongst the new monstrosities, look at shrewsbury, beautiful, if it was leeds god knows what it would look like if LCC had a look in ....................

Date:
23-Feb-2011

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Garry Draper

Comment:
I worked in the actual three tiered Elizabethan house from around 1977 to 1983 as an engraver at Oldroyd engravers. We had the first and top floor rooms. The access was from a doorway at 165 Lower Briggate then up a flight of stairs. The first floor room (which had a fireplace) we used as a small workshop, it had a tiny side room in which we had a counter to serve customers, the top floor (which also had a fireplace) was just a single room and we used it as a storeroom and secondary workshop. The first floor room had been made slightly smaller by a wood and glass partition having been put in to create a corridor to link to the property next door, (property to the left as you look at the picture), in which worked an optician called Peter Horsman and there was also a surgical appliance supplier. The floors and corridor in the building were uneven and sloping with little steps between rooms. Our windows which overlooked Lamberts Yard and the exterior were not like you see in this old picture, look at picture 2004224_40815371 which was taken in 1973 to see what the property looked like when I worked there. At the time I worked there I didn't know the history of the building, I wish I had known then what I know now.

Date:
22-Jan-2012

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garry52@talktalk.net

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Pamela Prideaux

Comment:
What a treasure! I must make a point of seeing this yard whenever I next visit Leeds. I don't remember ever seeing it throughout my girlhood.

Date:
15-Mar-2012

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Louise

Comment:
In the 1950s my father who was a bookie had an office in Kenyons court lower briggate. It was just as described,uneven floors and wooden stair and fireplaces. Easy to imagine people living there. But a bit off-putting for a child. Dark and dreary

Date:
01-Mar-2013

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Sharon Richardson

Comment:
Went passed here the other day. Following refurbishment of the shop to the left of the yard on Lower Briggate, the yard has now been completely closed off by a new solid gate/door. All that was down the yard is now either destroyed or lost to sight forever!! LCC Planning have allowed full scale vandalism of old parts of Leeds under the guise of development. Such yards should be preserved not destroyed.

Date:
25-Sep-2013

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Dr A Smith

Comment:
Lambert's Yard was known as such in the 1851 census. My 4th Gt Grandparents, George (b ~1787) and Mary (b ~1793) Graham, lived in Lambert's Yard. He was described in the 1851 census as a "Cutler".

Date:
22-Jan-2016

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Reflecting upon Sharon Richardson's sentiments, one has to ask:- Shouldn't there be some sort of 'Forum' - - - a 'Voice of Sanity and Reason', which should be able to reflect public feeling, and have enough 'clout' to not only challenge 'Authoritative Vandalism', but also to curb its excesses? I always find it distressing, when I see the result of some decision that has been made and concluded by a select few, possibly in the main, behind closed doors, being then bulldozed into realisation, seemingly against the wishes of 'The General Public'. Yes, we do have the platform of 'The Public Enquiry', but how often does the fear of, - - - 'An already Done Deal' - - - raise its ugly head? Perhaps a 'Public Voice' via the medium of a recognised forum could act as a 'prequel' to a public enquiry, or perhaps occasionally remove the need for the latter, by instituting the use of the '2011 LOCALISM ACT', which would put the final decision, one way or the other, firmly into the hands of the general public.

Date:
03-Sep-2017

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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