|||Black Music Festival, Potternewton Park (Chapeltown)
|27th August 1989.
Image taken on Bank Holiday Sunday, 27th August 1989, at the Black Music Festival held annually in Potternewton Park. It is a free community event sponsored by Leeds City Council and is the biggest Black Music Festival in Europe. This was the fourth Leeds Reggae Concert and included musicians and performers from the Caribbean and the U.S.A. In this image Jamaican Dub poet, Ras Fikre, is performing to the crowds. As well as the more well known artists, the Festival is also a showcase for local talent.
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|||Chapeltown Road (Chapeltown) (2 comments)
|9th February 1933.
Looking along the Chapeltown Road. Tram tracks are visible. On left, wall perimeter of Newton Park Estate. Notice advises that it will be premises for 'Newton Park Preparatory School for Boys'.
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|||Chapeltown Road, west side, numbers 281A, the Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) (Potternewton) (2 comments)
|22nd January 2006.
View of The Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) at number 281A Chapeltown Road. The Grade II listed building was originally the Newton Park (Union Church) Congregational Baptist, built in 1887 to designs by Leeds Architect, Archibald Neill. The church is in the Gothic Revival Style and on the west side the three light gabled central window can be seen. The 520 seater church was built at a cost of £6,500 in front of the site of the former chapel. On an Ordnance Survey map dated 1952 it was no longer a church but was in use as the Royal Airforce Association Club. The original old chapel at the rear was the premises of the Old Central Hebrew Congregational Synagogue at this time. The building in the photograph became The Sikh Temple c1963. It has the Khanda, the emblem of the Sikh religion, above the porch. The Khanda is a double edged sword representing the separation of truth from falsehood. The circle symbolises the perfection of God, who is eternal and is called the Chakar. The two outer curved swords, or Kirpans, remind a Sikh of the equal importance of spiritual aspirations and obligations to society.
Photograph courtesy of James William Bell.
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|||Harehills Lane, entrance to Potternewton Park (Chapeltown)
|7th August 1930. View shows the entrance to Potternewton Park on Harehills Lane. Three signs are to the left of the gates - one is City of Leeds by-laws, opening times to the park and a sign saying that dogs must be kept on a lead. Metal gates in the centre lead to a pth in the gardens. A house on the right belongs to the groundskeeper.
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|||Harehills Lane, gatehouse (Chapeltown)
|7th August 1930
View of Potternewton Park gateway entrance and railings, gatehouses. At this time this house was the gardeners house and was occupied by either Walter Prowles, head gardener to Potternewton park or Fred Taylor, gardener. Gas lamp just outside the property.
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