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Pack Horse Inn
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c1908. Pack Horse Inn, west side of Briggate. Photograph by Alf Mattison. The photographer Alfred Mattison was born in Hunslet in 1868. His passion for local history led to lecturing, photography and writing. In 1908 he wrote "The Romance of Old Leeds" based on his articles and photos for the Yorkshire Daily Observer. He died following a street accident in Leeds in Sept 1944.

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Barbara Hebden

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My grandfather, Harry Ashley had a barber's shop somewhere in Pack Horse Yard in the 1920's. Any details?

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Josephine Dyson

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How could the council demolish such an old building- especially one with ancient connections to The Knights Templar. Another example of progress gone mad !

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Graham A. Schofield

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With reference to Josephine Dysons's comment. According to Leodis's 'Guided Tour of Briggate's Inns & Yards:- when this building, which incidently, was the oldest hostelry in the centre of Leeds, came under threat in 1987, the Victorian Society intervened. As a result, 'a promise' was obtaned that that the upper floors of the building would be retained along with the ancient gables. So why was the building demolished later??? A piece of the city's history crushed under "The Wheels of greed". Who is is/are responsible for such an act of vandalism? Who gave permission? Surely the Leeds City Council should be held responsible. We are told that we live in a democracy. But do we? Our representatives are elected by the will of the people. But once they are elected, the will of the people seems to count for nothing. If it did, this building would still be standing.

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16-Dec-2009

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Bert

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You -all telling me this is no more??

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09-Nov-2010

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Pamela Hellawell

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My relative John Christian Whiteman was city Varieties theatre Manager in 1898 and lived at the packhorse so the census say in 1911 and that is his name on the front

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10-Dec-2012

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Jerry Cooper

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I have recently bought a picture frame with the very same photo taken at, I suspect, an earlier date showing the building behind constructed with brickwork (rather than rendered) and no advertising or window signage

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19-Mar-2018

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Mandy Duckworth

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My great great grandfather, Charles Rose, had a bakery in Pack Horse Yard.

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26-Aug-2020

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