|||A young boy models a Hussar overcoat for the clothing manufacturer's John Barran & Sons. (City Centre)
In this image a young boy models a Hussar overcoat made by the clothing manufacturing firm John Barran & Sons. At the time of the photograph, the firm was located in a building designed by Thomas Ambler and completed in 1877, in St.Paul's Street with views onto the Georgian Park Square. There was also an additional factory built in 1888 in Hanover Lane as the company expanded over the years. Clothing manufactured for boys was a major part of Barran's business and orders for these ready-to-wear, miniature suits and coats arrived from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the Continent. Some of the clothes were designed as fancy dress, for example, pirate's costumes, guardsman's and beefeater's uniforms. The young 'model' is Herbert Giles (b.1885) who was the son of Arthur Giles, a sewing machine fitter (machine smith) at John Barran's. on the 1891 Census Herbert was listed with his family at number 1 Stratford Street in Hunslet.
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|||Aerial view of Park Square and surrounding area (City Centre) (6 comments)
Aerial view of Park Square surrounded by trees just off centre. St Paul's Street runs from the top left hand corner to the bottom edge. The moorish warehouse between the south side of the square and St Paul's Street was designed by Thomas Ambler in 1878 for John Barran, the clothing manufacture. Adjacent to it is the former site of St Paul's Church which was demolished in 1905. It was not built on until the 1930s when the offices for the Water Board were erected. Park Place runs across the bottom left hand corner parallel with St Paul's Street. Park Square East cuts across the bottom right hand corner to join Park Square East behind the properties on the right hand side of Park Square. The road in front of these properties is Park Square North. Park Square West is at the head of the square running between St. Paul's Street and Park Lane. After the junction with Park Lane is Park Street running to the top right edge. On the corner the building with the turret is the old Leeds Corporation Rates Office.
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|||Aerial View, looking North (City Centre) (1 comment)
In the centre of the top edge of this view, the Leeds General Infirmary (1869) is visible with a semi-circular road to the front. The Town Hall (1858) can be seen in the top right corner. In the centre of the right edge are Park Square (1788 - 1810) and St Paul's House (1878). In front of this runs St Paul's Street becoming West Street. The road which is second from the right on the bottom edge is Queen Street, West Street begins at this junction.
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|||Aerial View, looking North West (City Centre)
St Paul's Street runs from the top left corner of the view to the centre of the bottom edge. In the centre, St Paul's House is visible. This Moorish-Venetian building was constructed for John Barran, a pioneer of the Leeds ready-made clothing industry in 1878. The ornate minarets and parapets, originally in terracotta, were replaced with glass fibre during its conversion to offices. Below this is the construction site of St Paul's Church (built 1793, demolished 1905). Rivers House was completed in 1938, currently used by the Environment Agency. Park Square lies to the right of these properties with Park Square West and Park Square East running to the right edge along the top and bottom of the park respectively.
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|||Circe (City Centre) (1 comment)
|30th September 1999.
View of Circe, statue of a great goddess who was sculpted by Alfred Drury in 1894.
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