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Lower Briggate

Lower Briggate
1908. Lower Briggate eastside, showing nos. 159 - 162, Royal Buildings and Royal Hotel. Royal Hotel established 1692. Cauldwell, paperhanger on left, Brooks, on right. 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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John Bean

In 1841 Elizabeth Drake was employed as a servant at this hotel aged 23. A few years later in 1845, she married my gt grand aunts brother-in-law Abraham Wilkinson. They then lived most of their lives in Armley Leeds. It's wonderful to see the building still proudly stands too.




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