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High Street and North Street (Wetherby) (2 comments)
Black & White imageUndated This C1910 image shows the junction of High Street and North Street, the narrowest point of the Great North Road between London and Edinburgh. Visible in the corner of the image is the old Bowling Green Hotel, run by Francis Wharldall, this was later demolished for road widening.
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Morley Low Station, entrance to Morley Tunnel (Morley)
Black & White image1895. The entrance to Morley Tunnel taken from the Leeds platform of Morley Low Station. The tunnel, nearly 2 miles long, 26 feet wide and 26 feet high, took 2 years to build (1846 to 1848) and goes over 400 feet below ground level at its lowest point. The construction work caused the largest change then known in the landscape of the village, with huge masses of clay and sandstone being excavated from the tunnel and much of it being brought to the surface via the four smoke ventilation shafts - Townend, Hopewell Farm, America Moor and Howley. Running behind the wall above the tunnel entrance is Valley Road, which goes off to the left hand side to Morley gasworks and to the Valley Mill, the first to be built in Morley after the opening of the railway line to Lancashire. The other smaller tunnel at the top of the station steps carries a plate road across the top to get wagons from Morley Main Colliery to Victoria Road. A high viaduct transferred the same plateway across Station Road to the level of Daisy Hill. The group of buildings above the entrance contains the old Miners' Arms and next door to it on the right the Albert Inn. The isolated building in the top left hand corner is the Gillroyd Hotel. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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North Street, Bowling Green Hotel (Wetherby) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. An early view of North Street showing the bottle neck in the Great North Road prior to the developments begun in 1929 to relieve traffic congestion. This part of the Great North Road is 198 miles equidistant from London and Edinburgh and was, at this time, the narrowest point being just over 4 metres (14 feet) wide. It was not uncommon for the wheels of two charabancs travelling in the opposite direction to become locked together. The solution, in 1929, was to demolish the west side of North Street, including the Bowling Green Hotel (dominating the foreground on the left of image) and other properties as far as Bank Street. These included Tom Parr's Fresh Fish, John William Cookson's Bakery and Mason's Machine and Blacksmith. The North Street Garden of Rest now occupies the site where these businesses once stood.
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Wellington Plaza, number 31 Wellington Street (City Centre)
Colour image30th March 2005. Image shows Wellington Plaza located at number 31 Wellington Street, a building housing office accommodation. In the background West Point is still under construction (it was completed in 2005). It is situated on the old Royal Mail site and was designed by architects, Carey Jones for developers Sterling Teesland. It was built by Shepherd construction and houses 359 apartments with a secondary use as retail. Part of the original Royal Mail building is incorporated into the design. Royal Mail moved from here to a purpose built sorting centre in south Leeds. West Point has 17 floors and is built to a height of 65 metres.
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