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North Street, the Hope Inn and Sheepshanks House

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City Centre
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Leeds Library & Information Services
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LIc North (1) (browsing neg no 462) & Old Leeds Views, Part 1, Page 36, SRF 914.2819 WOR & Old Leeds Views, Part 3, Page 35, SRF 914.2819 WOR
North Street, the Hope Inn and Sheepshanks House
1872. North Street showing the Hope Inn at the junction of Hope Street (left edge) at number 44 North Street, on the left and Sheepshanks House, right. Sheepshanks House was believed to have been built by William Thornton for Robert Denison, c1715. It was very fashionable at that time to build in brick while at the same time featuring stone dressings and classical architectural detail. This fine house was later occupied by the Sheepshanks family who were merchants of Leeds. (In the 1851 Slade & Roebuck Directory of Leeds, William Sheepshanks is listed there when in those days it was numbered as 120 North Street.) The street is paved with stone setts. A group of three women in Victorian dress, and a man wearing a top hat, stand on the corner of Sheepshank House. In the foreground is what appears to be a tar barrel possibly for repairs to the street. A postcard says 'At this time North Street came as far as the West Yorkshire Bus Station. Note the Georgian House, the site of ABC Cinema' (The cinema and bus station in Lady Lane are no longer there). This photograph is by Wormald of Leeds and can also be found in the Whiteley collection.

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