||| Palace Picture Hall, Eyres Avenue (Armley) (80 comments)
View of the former Palace Picture Hall, shown here as The New Western Bingo Hall, located in Eyres Avenue. The building was opened as an 800 seater cinema on Monday 26th August 1912, advertising as the "Finest Picture Hall in West Leeds". The premises, formerly Armley Rink, had been completely re-designed under the personal supervision of Managing Director, Councillor Ezra Hoyle. The opening film was 'The Governor's Daughter' and seats could be booked in advance for 2d (1p). Ticket prices were 2d (1p), 4d (1.5p) and 6d (2.5p). One thousand people attended the two evening performances on opening night. It was described as "the most healthy and comfortable hall in the distict, breathing area 500 cu.ft to each person when the hall is full", also the management boasted that "persons entering while the pictures are being exhibited are shown to their seats by young ladies who have electric flash lights." Part of the building was converted into a dance hall and a cafe was attached. By 1937 the dance hall had been converted back to a skating rink, operating alongside the cinema. The Armley Palace Picture Hall closed on Saturday 22nd August 1964 with a showing of 'Summer Magic' starring Hayley Mills. The premises were subsequently converted to the New Western Bingo Hall. Here, it is advertising a £400 jackpot.
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||| Wetherby Bridge and Weir (Wetherby)
|17th March 2005.
Image looks over the weir crossing the River Wharfe towards Wetherby Bridge. On the left is the water wheel belonging to the Old Mill, now repositioned as a feature. It was erected here by Persimmon Homes in 1993 as part of their conversion of the Old Mill to luxury apartments.
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|||Abbey Gatehouse, north of Kirkstall Abbey, lithograph (Kirkstall) (2 comments)
Image shows a lithograph from 1820 depicting the gatehouse to the north of Kirkstall Abbey. This was before the new turnpike road was built in 1827. The gatehouse was first converted to a residence by John Ripley, the last abbot, who lived there until his death in 1568. For the next three hundred years it existed as a farmhouse and this is how we see it in this lithograph. Later, it became a gentlemans residence and was occupied by the Butler family. Eventually, Colonel Thomas Walter Harding of the Tower Works, Holbeck owned the gatehouse until he sold it to Leeds City Council in 1925. It is now part of Abbey House Museum and has only recently undergone a £2.3 million restoration, including additions to the Victorian Streets and shops.
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|||Abbey House (Kirkstall)
|11th April 1928.
This was the gate house for Kirkstall Abbey. It became separated from the abbey in 1827 when the new turnpike road was laid. It was built between 1152-82. The last abbot, John Ripley used it as his home. A number of notable families utilised it as a residence. The buildings were sold to Leeds City Council in 1925, it was opened as Abbey House Folk Museum in 1927. Between 1998 and January 2001 it underwent restoration and alteration which cost £2.3 million.
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|||Abbey House (Kirkstall) (2 comments)
|16th July 1929.
Now Abbey House Museum, there is a long history back to 1152 when the building began. It was used as a residence by the last abbot of Kirkstall and then prominent families. It was sold to Leeds City Council in 1925 and opened as the Abbey House Folk Museum in 1927. Between 1998 and January 2001, alteration and restoration work was carried out which cost £2.3 million.
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