|||Aerial View, Cardigan Road (Burley) (20 comments)
Cardigan Road runs from left to right across this aerial view. Above the road is the railway line and open ground, this is Burley Recreation Ground. The streets of terraced houses in the centre are the Harolds, Burley Road is off the photograph to the left. The church of St. Margaret of Antioch can be seen set back off Cardigan Road, to the right of centre.
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|||Bear Pit, Cardigan Road (Headingley) (4 comments)
View of the old bear pit on Cardigan Road after restoration in 1968. It had opened in 1840 for the Leeds Zoological and Botanical Gardens but closed in 1858.
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|||Bear Pit, rear of, off Cardian Road (Headingley)
|4th January 1985
View through the trees to the Bear Pit, off Cardigan Road, background left. There are two castellated viewing towers on what was once the site of the Leeds Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The gardens opened in 1840 and Victorian visitors paid an entrance fee to view the exotic plants, some which may still remain, and birds and animals. Spiral staircases in the stone towers were climbed accessing a platform on which to safely observe the brown bear in the circular pit below. The gardens were laid out with ornamental flower beds, shrubberies and winding paths. There were two ponds with islands and a fountain. A conservatory displayed unusual plants from other lands. As well as a bear there were monkeys, swans and an eagle. Unfortunately, the gardens did not remain open for very long due to financial difficulties. People were possibly put off by the entrance fee of 6d (2.5p) for adults and 3d (1p) for children. The Gardens were prohibited from opening until late afternoon on Sundays so as not to distract people from visiting church and chapel. In 1848 the gardens were sold to entrepreneur, Thomas Clapham and he re-sold them for building plots ten years later in 1858. The properties on the right are flats in Regency Court. In the background behind the towers there is a glimpse of semi-detached houses, 49 to 51 Cardigan Road. These became the Headingley Nursing Home but are now a complex of 24 apartments converted 2005/2006 and named Oakhurst.
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|||Burley Branch Library, Cardigan Road (Burley) (6 comments)
View of the Lending Library at the Burley Branch in Cardigan Road. The segmental, vaulted ceiling rises to a height of 20 feet. It is partitioned from the Reading Room and the Young People's Room by glazed screens between pillars of oak. This gives the staff a view of the whole floor area. The Lending Library measures 30 feet by 30 feet and when it opened on 15th June 1926, could accommodate 11,000 volumes.
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|||Burley Library, Cardigan Road (Burley) (2 comments)
View of Burley Branch Library on Cardigan Road. This library was opened on 15th June 1926.
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