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[1]Aerial View, including Civic Hall, Town Hall (City Centre) (9 comments)
Aerial View, including Civic Hall, Town Hall1947 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.
[2]Central Lending Library, Issuing Counter (City Centre)
Central Lending Library, Issuing CounterUndated. View of the issuing counter of the Central Lending Library, which, prior to 1934, was located on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street. In 1934 it moved to the ground floor and the room became the general office of Leeds City Police Headquarters until 1965. Nowadays it has reverted to a library once more, housing the Art Library.
[3]Chapel Town Police Station and Library (Chapel Allerton)
Chapel Town Police Station and Library2003 Old Police Station on Harrogate Road now a bar and restaurant, the library is the building with the scaffolding. Kamran's Tandoori Hut is on the right, number 104 Harrogate Road.
[4]City Centre, aerial view, looking west (City Centre)
City Centre, aerial view, looking west1974. Aerial view looking west from the city centre. The Town Hall is on the left, with the rooftops of the Municipal Buildings (housing the Central Library and at the time the City Museum) seen in front. Behind the Town Hall to the left is Brotherton House, then the headquarters of Leeds City Police, while further back in the centre of the picture are the high rise flats of Marlborough Towers. Great George Street runs up from the bottom towards the right, while Portland Street is further to the right. In the distance on the far right are the two chimneys of Kirkstall Power Station.
[5]Engraving of the new Municipal Buildings (City Centre) (1 comment)
Engraving of the new Municipal Buildings1884. An 1884 engraving of the new Municipal Buildings, designed to concentrate all the administrative council departments of Leeds under one roof. The competition for the new public offices had been announced in 1876, and the £300 prize was won by George Corson, the Dumfries-born architect who joined his brother's practice in leeds in 1849. In 1879 his design was amended to separate the building from the neighbouring School Board offices, which were opened in 1881. The Municipal Buildings were opened by the Mayor, Edwin Woodhouse, on 17th April 1884. The whole of the south side was taken up by the Central Library, which moved from its original premises, the Old Infirmary in Infirmary Street, in June of that year. It was thought at the time that "the space provided for the library in the Municipal Offices would be adequate for the requirements of a Central Library for at least twenty years" although the scheme was criticised for having the lending and reference departments at the top of the building. The City Museum began its move into the old Police Department in 1966, but a report by the City Engineer on the structural instability of the building delayed the opening of the museum until the 6th November 1969.
[6]Harrogate Road nos. 98 - 104 (Chapel Allerton)
Harrogate Road nos. 98 - 1042003 Harrogate Road, junction with Stainbeck Lane is in the background with Stainbeck Lane coming in from the left. On the right side, former police station and library (scaffolding in front) then shops which number from 104, which is Kamran's restaurant to 98 which is the newsagents on the right edge.
[7]Muncipal Buildings, First Floor, C.I.D. sign (City Centre)
Muncipal Buildings, First Floor, C.I.D. signJanuary 2000. This notice pointing towards the headquarters of the C.I.D. (Criminal Investigation Department) can still be seen on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings, which is now part of the Central Library. This is a reminder of the times when the building housed the City of Leeds Police Headquarters, who were here between 1934 and 1965. After this the first floor was home to the City Museum until 1999.
[8]Municipal Buildings at the junction of the Headrow with Calverley Street. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings at the junction of the Headrow with Calverley Street.Undated. View of the Municipal Buildings seen from the Headrow (foreground), at the junction with Calverley Street, left. It was designed by George Corson in the Renaissance style and built between 1876 and 1884. Between 1934 and 1965 the City Police Headquarters was based here on the 1st floor, sharing the building with the Central Library. The police moved to Westgate in 1965 and Leeds City Museum began to move into the vacated space in 1966. The former museum accommodation in Park Row was structurally unsound after bomb damage in 1941 and was also by this time considered to be too small. The new Museum was officially opened by H.R.H. Princess Margaret on 6th November 1969.
[9]Municipal Buildings, from junction of the Headrow and Calverley Street (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, from junction of the Headrow and Calverley StreetUndated. View showing the Municipal Buildings from the junction of The Headrow and Calverley Street. Built in 1884, it originally housed civic offices, the Police department and the Art Gallery as well as the Central Library. At the time of the photograph it is home to the City Museum and the Central Library. The museum moved out of the building in 1999 and the library took over its first floor space for their specailist Music and Art departments. Taken aroubd the late 1970's and early 1980's.
[10]Municipal Buildings, Front view (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Front view15th December 1936. View looking towards Centenary Street on to Municipal Buildings. The building was designed by George Corson and when it opened in 1884 was home to various Civic departments, Police department, Library and Art Gallery (opened in 1888). the museum moved into the old Police department and opened in 1969 and remained until 1999 when the building was closed for refurbishment. It reopened 10th June 2000 and is now home to the various departments of the central library, an italian restaurant/bar 'La Bonavita' occupies the ground floor.
[11]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Museum, following closure (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Museum, following closureAugust 1999. View of empty and stripped down cabinets in Leeds City Museum on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings, after it moved out of the building when it closed for improvements. The museum, formerly based on Park Row, opened on this floor, which previously housed the City of Leeds Police Headquarters, in 1969. After closing here, the exhibits were transferred to the Museum Resource Centre in Yeadon. Work is currently underway on a new Leeds City Museum in the former Civic Theatre building, due to open in 2008. When the Central Library re-opened in the Municipal Buildings in 2000, this became the new Arts Floor comprising the Art Library and the Music Library.
[12]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Museum, following closure (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Museum, following closureAugust 1999. View of the former Leeds City Museum premises in the process of being cleared out following it's closure in the Municipal Buildings in 1999. The Museum had been here since 1969 when it was opened by Princess Margaret. The exhibits have been temporarily moved to the Museum Resource Centre in Yeadon until a new museum, currently under construction, opens in the old Civic Theatre building, expected to be in 2008. This floor of the Municipal Buildings, originally the Police Headquarters, is now the Arts Floor of the Central Library, comprising the Music Library and the Art Library.
[13]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Museum, following closure (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Museum, following closureAugust 1999. View of the former Leeds City Museum on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings, after it had closed and moved out at the time that the buildings closed for essential work and refurbishment. This floor, once the Police Headquarters, has now become part of the Central Library, housing the Art Library and Music Library as well as exhibition space. The City Museum, which originally occupied premises on Park Row, is due to return to the City Centre in 2008 with the reopening of a new Museum in the former Leeds Institute/Civic Theatre.
[14]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Hackney Carriage Department. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Hackney Carriage Department.Undated. Image shows the Hackney Carriage Department on the ground floor of the Municipal Buildings, part of the Leeds City Police Headquarters. The windows on the right overlook Calverley Street. a partition across the room screens off the Inspector's Office beyond and the door is marked private. This area is now the Bookstop of the Central Library. It was the Headquarters of the police between 1935 and 1949.
[15]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 24, Statements Room. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 24, Statements Room.Undated. View of the Statements Room, Room 24 which lay between the C.I.D. Superintendent's Room, and the Chief Constable's Room. It was used by members of the C.I.D. when taking statements from witnesses. The room is now Studio 12 within the Central Library, located on the West side of the Municipal Buildings on the first floor. Leeds Police Headquarters opened in the Municipal Buildings in 1934. The window looks on to Calverley Street.
[16]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 25, C.I. D Superintendent's Office. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 25, C.I. D SuperintendentUndated. View of Room 25, the C.I.D. Superintendent's Office, Located in the Leeds City Police Headquarters on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings. A large desk occupies the middle of the room, which is comfortably furnished with carpet and a fireplace. The door to the right of the fireplace accesses Room 26, The C.I.D. General Office. This room was fitted with a system of indicator discs by which the Superintendent could summon members of his staff when necessary. Nowadays the room is occupied by library staff of the Leeds Central Library.
[17]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 28 C.I.D. Parade Room. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 28 C.I.D. Parade Room.Undated. View of Room of the Police Headquarters based on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings. This was the C.I.D. Parade Room where members of the C.I.D. outside staff would be briefed. A row of rain coats are hanging on a coatstand, left. The door between the coatstands led to the passage and the screened door in the back left hand corner of the room led to a waiting room. The door to the right of it accessed Room 27, the C.I.D. Inspector's Office behind the glazed partition wall. The arched windows to the right overlook Alexander Street, off Calverley Street. This room would be well lit by many pendant lights and each officer is supplied with a blotter and an inkwell. The room also had a small photographic studio attached to it. Room 28 is now part of the Music Department in the Central Library.
[18]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 31, The Statistical and Drawing Office. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Room 31, The Statistical and Drawing Office.Undated. View of Room 31, the Statistical and Drawing Office of Leeds City Police Headquarters located on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings. Light comes from what used to be an open yard but is now the library stacks. The windows are boarded up but can still be seen in the exhibition space of the Central Library. There are desks on which drawing boards are mounted. The work carried out here involved preparing plans for police purposes and compiling Government returns etc. Both sides of the room have glazed partition walls. Leeds City Police occupied the first floor of the Municipal Buildings between 1934 and 1965.
[19]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Warrant Department. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters, Warrant Department.Undated. Image shows the Warrant Department on the ground floor of the South - West corner of the Municipal Buildings. The windows to left overlook Calverley Street. The warrant was reached through a corridor on the right of the entrance hall. In the background, in front of the stained glass arched window there is a counter. In the foreground at the right edge there is a partitioned office with a partially glazed door which was occupied by the Inspector. This area is now Bookstop in the Central Library.
[20]Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Leeds City Police Headquarters.Undated. This long, narrow room on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings is within Leeds City Police Headquarters. It is thought to have been at the Southern end of the exhibition space which now exists in the central library. This is a large open space which has a series of blocked up arched windows which at one time overlooked an open yard. The yard was built on to create library stacks. When the Police Headquarters were here, between 1934 and 1965, this large space was divided into rooms and offices. Room 29 was for the police women (in 1946 there were 12 women constables, 1 inspector and 1 sergeant), Room 30, the Court Superintendent's Office , Room 31, Statistical and Drawing Office, Room 32, the Identification Room, Room 33, the Conference Room and finally the room in the image which appears to be a waiting room with a row of seats. There is a door, left which leads to the corridor and other rooms.
[21]Municipal Buildings, Open air Courtyard (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Open air Courtyard15th December 1936. View of open air courtyard inside Municipal Buildings. When the buildings were opened in 1884 they housed the Civic offices along with the Library, Art gallery and Police department. Nowadays they are home to the Central Library with its various departments. The courtyard has now been filled in and houses the book stack in the centre of the building.
[22]Municipal buildings, Police Headquarters, Room 22, Chief Clerk's Office. (City Centre)
Municipal buildings, Police Headquarters, Room 22, Chief ClerkUndated. View of the Chief Clerk's Office, Room 22 in the Police Headquarters located on the first floor on the West side of the Municipal Buildings. A large desk stands on a square of patterned carpet and there is a fireplace with a clock on the mantlepiece. The window to the left overlooks Calverley Street and the door at the rear connects the room with the Assistant Chief Constable's Office, Room 23. The door at the right edge leads out into the corridor. This room is now and I.T. suite for the use of the Public and is part of the Central Library. Leeds City Police transferred here from premises in the Town Hall in 1934 and moved out in 1965 to the former Brotherton House in Westgate.
[23]Municipal Buildings, Police Headquarters, Room 23, Assistant Chief Constable's Office. (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, Police Headquarters, Room 23, Assistant Chief ConstableUndated. View of Room 23 of the Leeds City Police Headquarters, located on the first floor over the entrance on the West side of the Municipal Buildings between 1934 and 1965. This was the Assistant Chief Constable's Office There is a screen across the entrance, on the right. The door gives access to the corridor. Nowadays, this room is an office for staff of the Central Library. It was occupied for a few years by the staff working on the Leodis Website.
[24]Municipal Buildings, The Headrow (City Centre)
Municipal Buildings, The Headrowc1980-82. View of the Municipal Buildings on The Headrow. On the left is the Central Library and City Museum, opened in 1884 to the designs of George Corson, which initially also housed the Police Headquarters. On the right is the Art Gallery, designed by W.H. Thorp and opened as an extension to the Municipal Buildings in 1888. Taken around the early 1980s before the extension of the Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery was added to the Art Gallery in 1982. In front of the buildings is Centenary Street which was demolished to make way for the extension; the buildings now open straight on to Victoria Gardens. On the right of the photo is Alexander Street. The two towers of the Civic Hall can be seen in the centre background while Leeds College of Technology is the white building in the distance on the right.
[25]Oakwood Library, Oakwood Lane no. 1 (Oakwood)
Oakwood Library, Oakwood Lane no. 12003 This was once a private house, in February 1955 it was opened as Oakwood Library and Police Station. The Police Station was closed in 1961, by then the Library service had been expanded. In January 1959 an extension had been opened.
[26]Old Police Station, Chapel Allerton Library (Chapel Allerton)
Old Police Station, Chapel Allerton Library2003 View of Harrogate Road, on the left is the former Chapel Allerton police station, now a bar and restaurant. Chapel Allerton Library is undergoing refurbishment and has scaffolding to the front. Next, number to the front. Next, number 104 is Kamran's Tandoori restaurant.
[27]Old Police Station, Chapel Allerton Library (Chapel Allerton)
Old Police Station, Chapel Allerton Library2003 Town Street is on the left, the old police station is now a bar and restaurant, of the same name. To the right, Chapel Allerton Library has scaffolding in front, refurbishments were being undertaken.
[28]Park Lane Yard (City Centre) (1 comment)
Park Lane Yard1925 A yard off what was then Park Land and is now the Headrow. At this time, Victoria Gardens had not been created in front of the Municipal Buildings, which housed the Central Library, Art Gallery and police offices. A block of property including this yard which was adjacent to Whartons Hotel public house, was demolished to create the open space on the Headrow.
[29]Police Headquarters Plaque (City Centre) (1 comment)
Police Headquarters Plaque8th May 1940. Plaque to commemorate the opening of City of Leeds police headquarters and criminal investigation department in 1934. This was on the first floor of the Municipal Buildings, now the Art and Music library departments of Leeds Central Library.
[30]Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow (City Centre) (1 comment)
Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow11th December 1941. Construction of a water storage tank on Headrow Gardens, outside the Municipal Building, which housed the Central Library, Art Gallery and Police headquarters. On the left is Oxford Place Chapel. Leeds Town Hall, then Calverley Street. The Library has a sign outside which reads 'Remember the Commercial and Technical Library for information'. This service is now called Information for Business.
[31]Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow (City Centre)
Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow23rd June 1942. View of three static water tanks, built on Headrow Gardens to provide water in emergencies. On the left is Calverley Street, Municipal Buildings housing Central library, Art Gallery and the Police Headquarters. To the right is Cookridge Street junction with Headrow, Permanent House on the corner. In the lower right corner is a car fitted with gas bag on the roof, this was to conserve petrol.
[32]Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow (City Centre)
Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow23rd June 1942. View of three static water tanks, on the Headrow Gardens outside Municipal buildings, which comprised Leeds Central Library, art gallery and police headquarters.
[33]Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow (City Centre)
Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow23rd June 1942. View of three static water tanks, on the Headrow Gardens outside Municipal buildings, which comprised Leeds Central Library, art gallery and police headquarters.
[34]Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow (City Centre)
Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, Headrow12th December 1941. Interior view of static storage tank, situated outside the Municipal buildings which comprise various local government departments, including central library, art gallery and police headquarters. On the left is the junction of East Parade with the Headrow.
[35]Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, The Headrow (City Centre)
Static Water Supply, Municipal Buildings, The Headrow12th December 1941. Construction of water tanks outside Municipal buildings. On the left Municipal buildings, housing central library, art gallery and police headquarters, next commercial building on Cookridge Street. Leeds Permanent Building society on the junction of the Headrow and Cookridge Street. The white building seen further down the Headrow was Lewis's department store.
[36]The Headrow (City Centre)
The Headrow1st May 1940. The view down the Headrow with Victoria Gardens and the central library and museum on the left. The Library and Museum have some brick and some sand bag blast shelters arranged around the walls. A sign outside the library says 'Always something good to read.' Traffic islands and streetlamps run along the centre of the road. A policeman is directing traffic on the Headrow.
[37]The Headrow, Leeds Town Hall and Municipal Buildings (City Centre)
The Headrow, Leeds Town Hall and Municipal Buildingsc1960s. View from The Headrow showing Leeds Town Hall on the left and the Municipal Buildings on the right, with Calverley Street between. The Municipal Buildings was home to the Central Library, as it still is today, but also at the time would have housed either the Police Headquarters, which occupied the first floor until 1965, or the City Museum which replaced it, officially opening in 1969. Victoria Gardens occupies the space in front.
[38]Town Hall, temporary Central Lending Library, setting up (City Centre)
Town Hall, temporary Central Lending Library, setting up17th August 1999. View of the setting up of the temporary Central Lending Library in the crypt of the Town Hall, the Central Lending had to move out of the Municipal Buildings next door for 10 months while essential work was carried out. The Town Hall Crypt, formerly part of the police headquarters, was used during the second world war first as an ARP post and later as a British Restaurant which it remained until 1966.
[39]Town Hall, temporary Central Lending Library, setting up (City Centre)
Town Hall, temporary Central Lending Library, setting up17th August 1999. View taken during the stting up of the Central Lending Library in the crypt of the Town Hall, which was to be it's home for 10 months while essential fire safety work was carried out in the Municipal Buildings. The Town Hall Crypt, originally part of the police headquarters, was used as an ARP post early in the second world war, and in 1942 opened as a British Restaurant, which it remained until 1966.
[40]Town Hall, The Headrow, Municipal Buildings (City Centre)
Town Hall, The Headrow, Municipal BuildingsUndated, On the left of the image can be seen the Town Hall with the entrance to the Police Bridewell located between two lions. On the right is Calverley Street with the Municipal Building on the right. Here a large group of people are gathered outside the Central Library where posters read 'Aims of the Public Libraries, to provide the best books'.
[41]Town Street, the Mechanics Institute (Horsforth)
Town Street, the Mechanics InstituteOctober 2003 View of the Mechanics Institute building in Horsforth Town Street which had been the library since 1917. In the 1970s more library space was required and an extension was built on the site of the old police station. Here it is possible to see how the old and the new were linked above the main entrance. Town Street is in the foreground.
[42]Yeadon Library, Town Hall Square, Yeadon High Street (Yeadon)
Yeadon Library, Town Hall Square, Yeadon High StreetOctober 2003 View of Yeadon Library situated on Town Hall Square at the junction with High Street. Earlier this year the exterior was given a facelift, the ground floor being entirely re-clad in Yorkshire stone. The former Co-operative Society building has also benefitted from renovations inside. A computer site has been installed to reflect the changing needs of the public, along with other more cosmetic refurbishments. The upper rooms have a variety of uses. As well as staff offices there is accommodation available for hire to local clubs and societies, and the Police run a weekly service point, the cobbled Town Hall Square is visible.