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Aerial view of Leeds showing the City Station (City Centre) (2 comments)
Black & White image17th September 1962. Aerial view over the city of Leeds showing Leeds City Station in the centre. To the left of it is the River Aire before it flows beneath the railway under the dark arches. In the bottom right-hand corner are the graving docks off the canal basin at Granary Wharf. The bridge over the canal at this point dates from 1841 and is situated at Office Lock next to the old Canal Office. Beyond where the canal and River Aire meet there is Victoria Bridge (right edge, centre) then following the bends of the river towards the top, Leeds Bridge is only just visible and in the top corner Crown Point Bridge can be seen clearly. Following the railway line from the top edge various landmarks can be seen. To the left at the top is the huge complex of Quarry Hill Flats, moving down there is Leeds Parish Church of St. Peter, then the dome of the Corn Exchange. To the left of the Corn Exchange is Kirkgate Market fronting Vicar Lane. To the right of the station is the former Tramways Depot on Swinegate. Below that, between Neville Street and the river, is the woollen mill at School Close which, in 1973, became the site of the Dragonara Hotel (now the Leeds Hilton). The line of light buildings across the top left-hand corner are on Eastgate and include Lewis's department store. They were part of Sir Reginald Blomfield's scheme of the 1930's. The grid pattern of streets comprising the city shopping areas can be seen including Vicar Lane, Briggate and Park Row. Wellington Street comes in from the bottom left-hand coner and following the line of it City Square is visible. At the bottom edge traffic is seen in Whitehall Road and the Whitehall Mills Complex.
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Aerial view of railway lines and stations (City Centre) (3 comments)
Black & White image17th September 1962. Aerial view of railway lines and stations. In the centre of the bottom edge is Leeds Corporation Gas Department, and above it the lozenge shape is Holbeck Station (1855-1958). Above the centre, towards the top edge, are the two main railway stations with the River Aire and Leeds and Liverpool Canal looping round between. On the left is Leeds Central Station (1848-1967) and on the right is Leeds City Station formed in 1938 on the merger of Leeds Wellington Station and Leeds New Station. Cutting across the bottom left-hand corner is Wellington Road. Next Gelderd Junction on Wellington Road is the Grade II listed circular building, the Round House, opened by the Leeds & Thirsk railway in 1847. In the centre of the left edge is Bean Ing Mill, demolished in the 1960s and now the site of the Yorkshire Post building. The Town Hall is just visible a little way down from the top left edge. Wellington Street runs diagonally across the top left hand corner from the centre of the left edge.
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Aerial View, City Centre (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated, Taken between 1955 and 1962 this is an aerial view of the City Centre. In the top right of the image is the Civic Hall (1933) with its twin pinnacles of white Portland Stone. On the left is the Leeds General Infirmary. In front is the Town Hall (1858) with St George's Church (1838) visible on the far left. In this image the church steeple is intact showing the image was taken before 1962, when the steeple was lost to high winds. From here Park Street leads down to Park Square, a grassed area built between 1788 & 1810. From the right of the Town Hall, Calverley Street leads onto East Parade. At the bottom of the image on the right is Leeds City Station with the rear of the Queen's Hotel (1937) above. Also visible is City Square (1903) bordered by the General Post Office (1896) with the Majestic Cinema (1921), on the left and the Standard Life Assurance Building on the right, demolished in the 1960s.
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Aerial View, Leeds City Station (City Centre)
Black & White image1962 The centre of this aerial view is dominated by Leeds City Railway Station with tracks running diagonally from the top left to the bottom right. Towards the top left is the place where the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal separate. The River flows above the station before disappearing under the Dark Arches, reappearing lower down to rejoin the canal at Victoria Bridge. The canal runs to the right of Tower Works, famous for its italianate chimneys. Above Leeds City Station is the smaller Central Station on Wellington Street which closed in 1967. Wellington Street runs from the top edge to City Square in the centre of the right edge. The Square is bordered by The Queens Hotel, Majestic Cinema, The Post Office and The Royal Exchange Building. Boar Lane runs from the bottom of City Square. In the lower right corner Briggate runs back towards the left, passing underneath the railway lines. Below the City Station is the Queen's Hall, a former tram depot on Swinegate, converted to an exhibition centre and concert hall before being demolished in 1989. The pale coloured building below this with an arched semi-circular roof is the Omnibus Depot on Sovereign Street.
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Aerial View, Leeds City Station (City Centre)
Black & White image1962 This aerial view shows the centre of Leeds. On the left is Leeds City Station wih its mass of tracks and engine sheds with the River Aire running alongside. Wellington Street runs from the centre of the top edge to City Square, the focal point of this view. The square is overlooked by the Queens Hotel from the left and the Post Office Building from the right. From here, Boar Lane runs down towards the bottom edge bisected half way by Albion Street and New Station Street. In the top right corner is Park Square, with St Paul's House nearby.
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Boar Lane at the junction with Bishopgate Street (City Centre)
Colour imageSummer 2006 View of Boar Lane at the junction with Bishopgate Street. On the left there is a glimpse of the Park Plaza Hotel at number 1 City Square, a conversion of Royal Exchange House. The building with a green dome in the centre is the former Midland Bank Ltd., originally the Yorkshire Banking Company. In this image the building is the premises of Flares nightclub, a 1970s themed club. It stands at number 40 Boar Lane. To the right of Flares is Bishopgate Street with City House in the background. The entrance to Leeds City Station is in front and part of the Queen's Hotel in City Square is seen to the right edge. Image courtesy of James Bell.
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Boar Lane, junction with Bishopgate Street and Wellington Street. (City Centre) (2 comments)
Black & White image3rd June 1959. A police officer directs the traffic in Boar Lane at the busy junctions with Bishopgate Street where cars are visible towards the left, and Wellington Street, far right. On the of Boar Lane and Bishopgate Street the rounded decorative building seen far left is the former Yorkshire Banking Company, the Midland Bank Ltd. Leeds City Station can be seen between the buildings in the background, and on the far right is part of the Queen's Hotel.
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Bridgewater Place and Italianate Towers, from Leeds City Station (City Centre)
Colour image2008. View looking from Leeds City Station towards Holbeck showing the recently completed Bridgewater Place mixed-use development (2007) in between and in contrast to the Italianate towers of the Tower Works, dating from 1864 (on the left) and 1899 (to the right of Bridgewater Place). Image courtesy of Leslie Cole.
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Bridgewater Place, construction (Holbeck)
Colour imageSeptember 2006. View looking from Leeds City Station across Canal Wharf towards the tower block of Bridgewater Place under construction. This mixed-use development designed by Aedas Architects was destined to become the tallest building not just in Leeds but the whole of Yorkshire on its completion in 2007. It is situated at the junction of Water Lane and Victoria Road. Image courtesy of Leslie Cole.
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Bridgewater Place, construction (Holbeck)
Colour imagec2006. Looking from the top of Leeds City Station across the River Aire and Canal Wharf towards Bridgewater Place under construction. This mixed-use development of residential, office, retail and leisure space on the corner of Water Lane and Victoria Road was destined to become the tallest building in Yorkshire on its completion in 2007. Despite the proposals of several taller structures in Leeds since then nothing has yet been built to rival it. Image courtesy of Leslie Cole.
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Canal Basin, historic crane (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows one of three remaining cranes in the canal basin which have been preserved for their historical, interest. In the background the 'dark arches' can be seen which run under the railway viaduct. These were opened up as a visitor attraction in the 1980s with various shops, craft stalls and street entertainment. Immediately behind the crane is Leeds City Station and a multi-storey building that is City House. On the right there is a rear view of the Dragonara Hotel in Neville Street which opened in April 1973. It was built on the site of Whitley's School Close Woollen Mills. Since 1988 it has been known as Leeds Hilton.
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Car Park, Whitehall Road (City Centre)
Colour image30 September 1999 View of car park on Whitehall Road showning parked cars, railway track leading to Leeds City Station can be seen on the right, photo is looking in direction of City Centre.
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City House (now Platform), following redevelopment (City Centre)
Colour image4th August 2017. Image shows the former City House on New Station Street following a major refurbishment. This 52-metre office block above Leeds City Station was originally built for British Railways in 1962 by Taylor Woodrow Ltd., to designs by John Poulson. The new, state-of-the-art development was to mark its official opening on November 23rd 2017 and was renamed Platform.
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City House from Bishopgate Street. (City Centre)
Colour image2006. View of City House from Bishopgate Street. This Large office building dates from 1962 and is located in New Station street. Below, beneath railway arches is Fry-ups cafe and Fish Bar at number 87 Bishopgate Street and next door is Bishopgate News and Off Licence at number 88. In the centre the sign for Leeds Station is visible and at the right edge part of the Queen's Hotel can be seen. Image courtesy of James Bell.
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City Square showing the junctions with Aire Street and Wellington Street. (City Centre) (2 comments)
Colour image25th May 1980. View from City Square, showing the junctions with Aire Street, left, and Wellington Street, right. In the centre the triangular building houses numbers 56 to 62 Aire Street and numbers 11 and 11A Wellington Street. Barstows Gents Hairdressing, founded in the early 1900s, is visible on the corner and had occupied this building since 1910. Barstow's was a family run business and, when it opened, offered 4d shaves and 10d haircuts (one shilling on a Saturday!) The shop also sold confectionery and operated as a newsagents. Eventually, chiropody was added to the services. Just before the shop closed for re-development of the site in the June of 1980 haircuts had risen to £1.30! On demolition of these buildings work began on the red brick six storey City Square House, which was completed in 1983. This too is now demolished since developers McAleer & Rush paid £11 million for the site in 2005. Plans have been approved for a 14 storey office building with glass facades and a curving corner profile. This will also be known as City Square House. Aire Street connects City Square with Whitehall Road and nowadays accesses the west entry to Leeds City Station and the restored car park.
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City Square, Leeds City Station, Queens Hotel, News Theatre (City Centre) (8 comments)
Black & White image16th August 1957, View looks across City Square from outside the Post Office. On the left is part of the Queens Hotel with the north entrance to Leeds City Station on the right. Between these two buildings is the News Theatre which opened in 1938 as part of the Queens Hotel building. The cinema closed in 1979 after name changes to the Classic and the Tatler Film Club. The premises now house the Bondi Beach Club.
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City Square, Park Row, Boar Lane (City Centre)
Colour imageUndated,(c.1969-1977) View looks from City Sqaure towards the junction of Park Row and Boar Lane. On the left edge is the Leeds and Holbeck Building Society buildings. The former Yorkshire Banking Company building is visible in the centre, now used as Flares nightclub. On the right edge is part of the Queens Hotel and the entrance to Leeds City Station. Photograph courtesy of Stephen Howden.
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City Square, Tram (City Centre) (1 comment)
Black & White image12th July 1952. Image shows a tram in City Square, number 86, destination Harehills. In the background to the left of the tram the entrance to Leeds City Station is visible, with Woodland's Chemists to the left of it. Also on the left, at the edge, is the News Theatre, part of The Queen's Hotel building. It opened in 1938 and became The Classic in 1966. The name changed again to the Tatler Film Club in 1969 to revert back to The Classic in 1979. The Majestic is at the right edge. It opened in 1922 and closed as a cinema in 1969. Wellington Street is visible in the background, right.
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City Square, trams (City Centre)
Black & White image9th June 1953. View of City Square looking towards Wellington Street. Two trams are prominent : on the left no.97, on route 4 to Haddon Place, and on the right no.36, on route 3 to Harehills. Both are Chamberlains built between 1925 and 1928, and carry adverts including Tizer and Melbourne Ales. The entrance to Leeds City Station is on the left and decorations are still to be seen following the recent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
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City Station (City Centre)
Black & White image1st April 1963 Leeds City Station looking along the tracks. Steam engine class BR 5,4-6-0 type, no 73162 was photographed at the station by Photopress (Leeds) agency.
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