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Adel Churchyard, monument (Adel) (2 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows an elaborate monument in Adel Churchyard. A statue of an angel is mounted on a plinth underneath a canopy supported by four columns and surrounded by railings. Words inscribed on the canopy read 'Until the day break and shadows flee away'. The monument is dedicated in the memory the memory of 'Susannah Jane, wife of James Audus Hirst, died Feb. 26th 1884 aged 33 years, also of James Audus Hirst, died Sept. 17th 1896 aged 50 years'.
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Adel Church (Adel)
Black & White image1967. The photograph shows the graveyard with an ornate stone cross in the foreground. A large white memorial is behind it with a statue visible in the centre of it. Several other gravestones are also visible. The church was built between 1150 and 1160. The south porch was added 1160-1170 and remains one of the finest examples of Norman sculpture in England. The church is a Grade 1 listed building.
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Aerial View, City Centre (City Centre)
Black & White imagec.1930. View looks east along the Headrow towards Quarry Hill area. Flats not yet built. Town Hall is visible in bottom left hand corner, and statue of Queen Victoria can be seen in front. Appleyard's building, now Eastgate fountain, can just be made out at the bottom of Eastgate
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Aerial view, City Square (City Centre)
Black & White image10th June 1933. Looking down on City Square across the rooftops of railway station. Old Queen's Hotel can be seen, also Mill Hill Chapel Post Office and Majestic Cinema. Black Prince Statue and War Memorial are clearly visible in City Square. Photograph first appeared in Leeds Mercury.
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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, Leeds University (Woodhouse)
Black & White imageUndated, The University buildings, with the Parkinson Tower. Woodhouse Lane is in the centre on the bottom edge, looping around the University. On the top edge, right of the lane is Leeds Polytechnic, the Civic Hall on the right. The area of terrace houses on the right would be cleared, site used for hospital extensions and University buildings. In the bottom right can be seen Clarendon Road, with the old police station and library at the junction with Woodhouse Lane. This is a corner of Woodhouse Moor, the statue of Queen Victoria which was re-sited from the Headrow is on the bottom edge. To the left is the junction of Raglan Road and Woodhouse Lane. Behind the property fronting the lane can be seen a number of pre-fabricated homes.
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All Saints Church, Garden Fete (Richmond Hill) (2 comments)
Black & White image5th July 1941. Image taken on the afternoon of a Garden Fete held at All Saints Church in Richmond Hill. At 3.00 pm 'Sir Willie Boreham' was to assist in unveiling a statue dedicated to the 'Youth's Work in the Parish' followed by a short cricket match between 'Wardens and Firewatchers' and the 'Luftwaffe and other unmentionables'. There was also Clock Golf, Bowl Darts, races and competitions and refreshments served, including cups of tea and ice creams. Admission was charged at 4d for adults and 2d for children and the money raised was to go to the upkeep and maintenance of the Parish. In the image a small stage has been erected and some people are wearing fancy dress. The 'lady' in the plumed hat holding flowers, seated behind the boy in shorts, is actually teenager, Harry Crane who lived in Ascot Terrace. He was born in 1925 and became the lead choirboy of All Saints Church. The Vicar, seated, is possibly Reverend Harry Elliott, who wrote an article on the Garden Fete in the Parish magazine. The other vicar of All Saints Church at this time was the Reverend Philip Simpson.
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All Saints Church, statue in the west front of the tower. (Barwick in Elmet)
Black & White imageUndated. This statue, located in the niche in the west front of the tower of All Saints Church, commemorates Sir Henry Vavasour inscribed beneath with Latin "Orate pro Henrico Vavasour an dni mcccclv" (1455). He provided the white limestone from his quarries for the building of the tower and is portrayed holding, appropriately, a block of stone.
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Art Gallery, Queen Anne statue (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated. View of the ground floor of the City Art Gallery showing the statue of Queen Anne in the centre. This statue has been much travelled over the years, having originally been erected in the Moot Hall in Briggate in 1712, at the expense of Alderman Milner. It was transferred to the old Corn Exchange in 1828 then again to the Town Hall in 1868. Finally it was restored and placed in the Art Gallery by Sir Frederick Milner and his family in celebration of the jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, and it has remained there ever since.
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Arthur Aaron statue, close up (City Centre) (2 comments)
Colour image6th June 2006. View of the top of the 5 metre high bronze statue commemorating Arthur Aaron V.C. At the age of 21 Flight Sergeant Aaron saved the lives of his crew when, fatally wounded himself, he landed the badly damaged bomber. This took place on 12th August 1943 and he died nine hours later in hospital. Arthur Aaron grew up in Leeds attending Roundhay Grammar School. He was the only serviceman from Leeds to be awarded the Victoria Cross and one of very few Jewish recipients to receive this honour. Here we see children at the top of a tree, representing the generations of children since the war who have enjoyed freedom. A little girl at the very top releases the dove of peace. The people of Leeds voted for Arthur Aaron as the subject of this Millennium statue and it was unveiled in March 2001 on the site of Eastgate Roundabout. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Aaron Statue, Eastgate Roundabout (City Centre)
Colour image6th June 2006 Image shows the base of the Arthur Aaron statue situated on Eastgate Roundabout. The 5 metre bronze sculpture by Graham Ibbeson shows the 21 year Flight Sergeant, Arthur Aaron who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery and courage in World War II. Despite being fatally wounded he managed to safely land the severely damaged bomber, saving the lives of his crew. The children in the sculpture represent the generations who have grown up in freedom in the second half of the twentieth century. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Aaron Statue, Eastgate Roundabout (City Centre)
Colour image6th June 2006 Silhouette of the top of the five metre bronze Arthur Aaron statue on Eastgate Roundabout. The statue commemorates the young airman Arthur Aaron of Leeds who won the Victoria Cross for his brave efforts as captain to fly home his severely damaged plane from Italy to Africa during World War II. Aaron died of his wounds. The sculptor Graham Ibbeson from Barnsley, has designed the statue in the form of a tree climbed by children with Aaron standing at the base. The children represent the generations from the second half of the twentieth century who have grown up in freedom because of the sacrifice of such young men as Aaron. The small girl at the top is releasing the dove of peace. The statue, commissioned for the millennium and funded by the Scurrah Wainwright Trust, was unveiled on 24th March 2001. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Aaron, Statue, Eastgate Roundabout (City Centre)
Black & White image6th June 2006 Silhouetted against the sky is the little girl at the top of the Arthur Aaron's statue on Eastgate Roundabout, as she releases the dove of peace. The statue, in bronze, sculptured by Graham Ibbeson, was commissioned for the millennium, funded by the Scurrah Wainwright Trust and commemorates the young life of Arthur Aaron. He died during World War II after landing his severely damaged bomber safely saving the lives of his crew. He was awarded the Victoria Cross. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Aarons Statue, Eastgate (City Centre) (3 comments)
Colour image6th June 2006 View of the Arthur Aarons Statue in Eastgate. Arthur Aarons V.C. stands, as a young World Ward II airman, at the base of a tree climbed by children. The child at the top releases the dove of peace. In the background left, is the West Yorkshire Playhouse and B.B.C. studios in St. Peter's Square. The red brick building in the centre background is Munro House in Duke Street. The buildings under construction in the background are part of a mixed use development called Gateway. It is on the former site of Howarth Timber between Crown Point Road, Marsh Lane and East Street. The architects, Carey Jones, have designed over 640 studio, 1 bedroomed and two bedroomed apartments, a 218 bed hotel, office and commerical space. The buildings are on 15 storeys and completion is expected by 2008. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Louis Aaron Statue, Eastgate (City Centre) (2 comments)
Colour image19th March 2002. Statue in the Eastgate fountain unveiled on Saturday March 24th 2001 of Arthur Louis AAron (1922-43). A Gledhow born man who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery while flying over Dortmund, Hamburg and Algeria in the Second World War. He was shot down over Algeria where he died. The view behind looks up Eastgate with Hoagy's Pool Bar on the left and Eastgate buildings on the right.
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Billy Bremner Statue, Leeds United AFC, Elland Road (Beeston) (6 comments)
Colour image19th March 2002. Situated just outside the football ground the statue depicts Bremner celebrating in full kit, while the dedication reads, 'Billy Bremner, 1942-1997, Leeds United, 1959-1976, 771 appearances: 115 goals, inspirational captain of the great 'Revie team'. A small boy in Leeds United kit sits in front of the statue.
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Bishopgate Street (City Centre) (1 comment)
Black & White image23rd March 1937. View shows buildings on Bishopgate Street by City Square. Cars are parked in front of Ancient Lights and J. Davidson accountants. Ladders lean up against a building on the left. The Queens Hotel can be seen in the background. A statue is on the roof oof a building on the left and a man, a cart and a streetlamp are outside.
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Black Prince (City Centre) (5 comments)
Colour image21st September 1999 'Edward the Black Prince' (1903) by Thomas Brock. Why Edward the Black Prince should mark the city's entrance (by rail) is not immediately apparent. To commemorate Leeds's elevation from town to city in 1893 the city fathers decided to create an open civic space and the future Lord Mayor, Alderman T Walter Harding, devised and was the major benefactor of a sculptural scheme to decorate it. Major cities display their civic pride, wealth and power through symbols such as sculpture, of which the equestrian statue is one of the most potent. To take its place in the arena Leeds needed a champion. 'The Black Prince' was chosen (somewhat controversially) to symbolise chivalry, good government, patronage of the arts and education, encouragement of industry, and democratic values; the names of men from the princes era entwining the pedestal emphasise the allegory. Sir John Chandos (founder member of the Order of the Garter); Walter de Mannay (soldier); Bertram du Guesclin (military leader); Chaucer (father of English literature); Van Artevelde (encouraged Flemish weavers and dyers to visit northern England, laying the foundations of the textile industry); William of Wykham (Lord Chancellor, Bishop of Winchester, endowed Winchester College, and New College, Oxford, member of the Good Parliament). The bronze low relief panels on the pedestal show land and sea battles, evoking the Prince's heroism against France (particularly topical in the light of contemporary rivalry for Africa's gold coast). The grand bronze took 7 years to complete and had to be cast in Belgium as it was too large for any British foundry. The Black Prince was brought to City Square in Venetian style by barge from Hull along the Aire and Calder Navigation and unveiled on 16 September 1903. Although the sculptor Thomas(later Sir Thomas) Brock was criticised for 'just a touch of the stage heroics' the equestrian was an assured success and Brock went on to sculpt the national memorial to Queen Victoria in The Mall, London. Harding envisaged an equivalent for Leeds of the grand piazzas which graced the centres of the historic Italian city states. For Leeds this would be an equestrian of an heroic royal prince, namesake of the current heir to the throne, set in an illuminated diadem of figure lamps. 4 paladins of Leeds civic pride, Watt, Harrison, Hook and Priestley were added to complete the composition. During the 1960s City Square was rearranged and various elements removed' Source: Hall M, Leeds Statues Trail, Walkabout Series p4-5.
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Black Prince Monument, postcard (City Centre)
Black & White imagec1915. Postcard with a postdate of 1915 showing the Black Prince Monument situated in City Square. It was sculpted by Thomas Brock and unveiled on 16th September 1903. In the background are part of the General Post Office (left), Standard Life Assurance building (centre) and Priestley Hall (right).
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Black Prince Statue etc, multi-view postcard (City Centre)
Black & White imagec1910. Multi-view postcard with a postmark of 17th March 1910 showing five images of the city centre. In the middle is the Black Prince Statue while around the outside are (clockwise from top left) City Square, Briggate, Boar Lane and Commercial Street.
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