|||Briggate, Albion Hotel (City Centre)
A view of Albion Hotel on the East side of Briggate situated at number 142. The archway leads onto Albion Yard which had stables and coach houses.
The hotel was demolished to make way for F.W. Woolworth's & Co which opened its new store on 1st December 1928. It was the second Woolworth's store to open in Leeds. The lady standing before the archway wears the shorter skirt and bobbed hairstyle that typifies 1920s fashion.
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|||Briggate, F.W. Woolworth & Co. Ltd. (City Centre) (17 comments)
|27th October 1965.
View of Briggate showing the F.W. Woolworth & Co. Ltd. store which opened on 1st December 1928 and closed in 1987. It is now the site of House of Fraser. To the right, Easiephit, a 'modern shoe store' is advertised as opening shortly.
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|||Briggate, No. 140-142 (Woolworths) (City Centre) (3 comments)
|23rd July 1942.
F.W. Woolworths extension store opened on this site in 1928, replacing Albion Hotel. Extension site was previously the Victory Hotel and began in 1939. Posters on fencing are advising people what action to take in an air-raid.
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|23rd July 1940
Extension to Woolworths store, which fronted onto Briggate. White markings on wooden pillars are to warn people of their location in black-out. Small poster on right gives advice on air-raid precautions.
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|||Post-war Briggate (City Centre) (4 comments)
View of post-war Briggate, with trams, very few cars and a pedestrian population. One of the cars helps to date the image. It is a split windscreen MM Series Morris Minor, first produced in 1948. It has the "low lights" - headlights fitted at a low level either side of the grille. By 1950 Morris Minors were in production with the headlights in a raised position. As we don't know how old the car is from the image we could be looking at a 1950s scene here, but it is certainly 1948 or after. Woolworth's fifth British store opened on the Headrow in 1912, but the purpose-built Briggate store opened on the site of the Albion Hotel in December 1928. The Bull and Mouth Hotel, then the Victory, was bought in 1939 for extensions, but their building was delayed until 1955 which would indicate that the photograph is dated somewhere between 1948 and 1955. Woolworth's closed in May 1987, leaving a branch in the Merrion Centre. Schofield's moved into the building in September of the same year, while its own Headrow site was redeveloped as the Schofield's Centre.
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