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Aerial View, including Civic Hall, Town Hall (City Centre) (9 comments)
Black & White image1947 This aerial view looks across the administrative heart of Leeds City Centre. In the centre of the left edge the Gothic Revival style frontage of Leeds General Infirmary can be seen, facing onto Great George Street. Two of the original carved stone and brick wings designed by G.G. Scott are visible, completed in 1868. Another wing was added by G. Corson in 1892 with the more modern Brotherton Wing extending the hospital site to Calverley Street completed in 1940. The semi-circular balconies on the end of this wing are clearly visible. Moving right is the portland stone Civic Hall, designed by E.V. Harris, the hall was opened in 1933 by King George V and Queen Mary. Continuing right, the Leeds Institute is visible, recognisable by the roof of its centrally positioned circular lecture hall. Designed by C. Brodrick for the Leeds Mechanics Institute completed in 1868. Moving forwards towards the right edge is St Anne's Cathedral. In front of this, construction work is being carried out to extend the corner block of the Leeds Permanent Building Society (1930), which is just out of view, to its present site. The block of properties which follow to the left of this development are the Municipal Buildings (1884). These buildings originally housed civic offices along with Leeds Central Library. The first floor became the City of Leeds Police Headquarters and Criminal Investigation Department in 1934 with cells for prisoners created in the basement. The Leeds City Museum took over this floor in 1966 but moved out when the building closed for refurbishment between 1999 and 2000. It is now the home of Leeds Central Library. In the centre with a relatively flat facade, is the Leeds City Art Gallery established in 1888 when reading rooms within the Municipal Buildings were converted to a sculpture gallery. The present entrance (not in view) was the result of extensions and alterations made in 1982. Directly in front of these buildings is Centenary Street which was pedestrianised and paved over when the Garden of Remembrance and Victoria Gardens were enlarged. Victoria Gardens was created between 1936 and 1937 when the War Memorial was transferred there from City Square. On the right of this block is the site of what is now the Henry Moore Institute. This museum was converted from the three 19th century wool merchants offices seen here and opened in 1982. Opposite the Municipal Buildings, across Centenary Street and The Headrow is a pale coloured building which, like the Civic Hall is constructed from Portland Stone. This is Pearl Chambers and was built in 1910 as the premises of Pearl Life Assurance. A statue of its founder Patrick James Foley, stands on the roof. To the left of Pearl Chambers across East Parade, the back of the Jubilee Hotel is visible. This hotel was built in 1904 of Burmantofts terracotta and faces the Town Hall, designed by Cuthbert Brodrick and built from locally sourced gritstone. Building began in 1853, with the tower and dome following in 1857. The Town Hall was officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 although was not completed until 1860 when a bell was hung in the tower. The Town Hall was cleaned and restored in 1971, returning to its original glory. Victoria Square is situated in front of the building. The Square was altered in 1937 when the steps of the Town Hall were changed from the original bow shape to straight. Finally continuing left over Oxford Place is the Oxford Place Methodist Chapel. The foundation stone was laid in 1835 and the Chapel opened later that year. Sunday School buildings on Oxford Row were added in 1841. Refaced between 1896 and 1903, the Chapel suffered serious fire damage in 1911. Oxford Place Chambers, to the right of the church entrance on Oxford Place, is now the home of several counselling services including Relate.
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Aerial View, West (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated, View showing the roof tops of East Parade and surrounding streets. The rectangular building in thecentre is St Paul's House (1878) built by St John Barren a clothing manufacturer and Leeds MP. On the right is The Headrow and Victoria Gardens with the Oxford Place Centre (Methodist Chapel) 1835 but refaced in 1896-1903. The large building behind houses the Leeds Corporation collection Office, the Gas Meter Inspectors Department the Leeds Rating Authority and the Leeds Corporation Electrical Department.
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Albion Street, The Headrow, Woodhouse Lane (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated, Image shows a view looking west along The Headrow from the junction with Albion Street on the left and Woodhouse Lane on the right. On the far left of the image is the Leeds & Holbeck Building Society home to one of six 1725 Bar Stone, a 1725 medieval town boundary stone, now kept in a glass case. On the right can be seen the construction of Headrow House. In the distance buildings are visible in front of the Town Hall. These were demolished in the 1930s and the Victoria Gardens built on the site.
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Alexander Street (City Centre)
Black & White image9th February 1967 Image shows a view down Alexander Street past the war memorial, over Victoria Gardens and over The Headrow to the Eagle Star Insurance Group building. On the left is the rear of buildings originally built in 1847 as offices and warehouses for the cloth industry, today this is the Henry Moore Centre (1992) for Sculpture. On the right is the side wall of the Municipal Buildings, now the art gallery.
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Alexander Street, from Victoria Gardens (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Alexander Street taken from Victoria Gardens. The City Art Gallery is on the left while on the right is the old cloth warehouse that would become the Henry Moore Institute. Taken after the 1982 expansion of the Art Gallery but before the Henry Moore Institute was built in 1993.
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Alexander Street, looking towards The Headrow (City Centre)
Colour imageUndated View of Alexander Street looking towards The Headrow. A covered walkway can be seen which connects the Art Gallery, on the right, with the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, on the left, at first floor level. The view looks out onto Victoria Gardens and the war memorial, with the Eagle Star Insurance building in the background at the other side of The Headrow. Cars are parked on Alexander Street.
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Ark Royal Parade, Ark Royal Week (City Centre)
Black & White image1942 Ark Royal Week ran from 30th January - 7th February 1942. The objective was to raise over £5 million to replace the aircraft carrier which had been sunk in November 1941. This view shows crowds on The Headrow, outside the Town Hall and on Victoria Gardens. A march past is taking place, led by the Navy, followed by military vehicles and personnel reaching down The Headrow as far as the eye can see.
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Art Gallery, construction of Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery (City Centre)
Black & White imagec.September 1981. View of the City Art Gallery on The Headrow during the construction of the Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery extension. Named after the famous Castleford-born sculptor and former Leeds College of Art student who laid the foundation stone on 10th April 1980, the Gallery was opened in 1982. Despite the work in progress and scaffolding around the building, people are still relaxing on the seats in Victoria Gardens in front. The Municipal Buildings can be seen on the left.
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Art Gallery, construction of Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery (City Centre)
Black & White imagec.September 1981. View of the City Art Gallery on The Headrow during the construction of the Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery Extension. The view looks from the war memorial in the foreground, across Victoria Gardens to the Municipal Buildings and Town Hall in the background.
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Art Gallery, construction of Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery (City Centre)
Black & White imagec1980. Image shows the City Art Gallery during the construction of the Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery extension. The area in front of the gallery is fenced off. The view looks across Victoria Gardens towards the War Memorial, Cookridge Street and the Leeds Permanent Building Society.
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Art Gallery, construction of Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery (City Centre)
Black & White image1982. View showing the Art Gallery following the construction of the new Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery at the front of the building. The work now appears virtually complete but the area is still fenced off while the finishing touches are applied. The Central Library and Museum are seen to the left with Stumps public house at basement level. Alexander Street is on the right. In the background St. Anne's cathedral and Leeds College of Technology can be seen against the skyline.
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Calverley Street (City Centre)
Black & White image14th October 1928. On the extreme left are the Municipal Buildings, which is now the Central Library. The Leeds Permanent Building Society block was demolished, then cleared land created the Victoria Gardens in front of the library and the Garden of Rest for the war memorial, and for the Headrow to be widened. The narrowness of what was Park Lane is clearly shown. This view looks down the Headrow towards Briggate. To the right is the Pearl Assurance Building on the junction with East Parade. The building to the left of the Permanent Building Society was Calverley Chambers, occupied by a variety of offices. The Leeds Permanent Building Society bought 'buildings now occupied by Messrs. Swaine and Coleman at the corner of Park Lane, and Calverley Street, together with the land on which Mr. Thorpe has his sculpture works' for alteration and expansion as its headquarters, Victoria Chambers, in 1876. The former woollen warehouse required extensive adaptation, and the architecture was intended to complement that of the Municipal Buildings. When it was scheddduled for demolition under the scheme for widening the Headrow, the City Council offered the building society the site at the corner of Guildford Street and Cookridge Street for its new offices. The business was transferred to the present building in 1930. Pearl Buildings, on the extreme right, was built for Pearl Assuance in 1911 by William Bakewell, and was the first large-scale building in Leeds clad in Portland Stone. The statue of Patrickd James Foley, founder of Pearl Assurance, is just visible between the two turrets.
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Calverley Street, Park Lane (Headrow) (City Centre)
Black & White image1928 This view is looking down Guildford Street from the end of Park Lane. After redevelopment it was reclassified as The Headrow. On the left is Calverley Street with Calverley Chambers, offices for Leeds Permanent Buildings (on the left edge, then facing onto Centenary Street). The building society transferred to the new Permanent Buildings at the corner of Cookridge Street and the Headrow, now the Radisson Hotel, part of the 'Light' development. On the right is East Parade with the Pearl Assurance Building. This dates from 1911, built by William Bakewell. The area in front of the Municipal Buildings is now referred to as Victoria Gardens. The buildings are home to the Central Library and Leeds Art Gallery.
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Centenary Street (City Centre)
Black & White image8th March 1932 View of yard off Centenary Street, commercial premises. The fire escape stairway is covered by streets of corrugated metal. 'To Let' sign on wall. This area lay immediately in front of the Municipal Buildings, which includes the Central Library. Now called Victoria Gardens.
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Centenary Street (City Centre) (2 comments)
Black & White image30th April 1924 Yard off Centenary Street, which ran between Alexander Street and Calverley Street, immediately to the front of the Municipal Buildings (including Central Library). The street was demolished to create a public area for the Headrow, now called Victoria Gardens. This view shows two storey houses, with cellars, shutters to lower windows, Georgian style doorway detail. On the right, outside toilets, with fence screen.
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Centenary Street (City Centre)
Black & White image8th March 1932 Looking towards Caleverley Street, Leeds Town Hall can be seen, then the spire of Oxford Place Chapel. Centenary Street consisted of mixed housing and commercial property and lay immediately in front of the Municipal Buildings. It was demolished to create public space, now called Victoria Gardens. View shows cobbled road, with parked cars.
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Centenary Street (City Centre)
Black & White image8th March 1932 Street ran immediately in front of the Municipal Buildings (including Central Library), between Alexander Street and Calverley Street, this view looks towards Calverley Street. Leeds Town Hall is on the other side of Calverley Street. Beyond, the spire of Oxford Place Chapel. Centenary Street was demolished, the area is now a public space, called Victoria Gardens.
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Central Libary, Children's Event (City Centre)
Colour image19th July 1997. View of Leeds City Libraries' children's event held in Victoria Gardens outside the Central Library. A mobile library is present. On the right, the public house which occupies part of the basement of the Municipal Buildings, formerly Stumps, is at the time LS One.
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Central Library and Art Gallery (City Centre)
Colour image1995, View looking from Victoria Gardens on to Art Gallery and Central Library. Town Hall can also be seen on the left.
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City Square (City Centre)
Black & White image1923, To the left is the statue of the Black Prince, by Thomas Brock in 1903. Behind is the Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel which is at the bottom of Park Row. The war memorial in the centre was designed by H C Fehr in 1922. It was resited to the Headrow, Victoria Gardens on 28th October 1937. The Royal Exchange Building to the right is at junction with Boar Lane.
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