||| Plaza Cinema, Assembly Rooms, 32 New Briggate (City Centre) (34 comments)
View showing the Plaza Cinema at 32 New Briggate. The building, designed by George Corson and James Robertson Watson of Leeds, opened as the Assembly Rooms Concert Hall in 1898. It became a cinema on Monday 15th April 1907 advertising "new century talking and singing pictures". The opening picture was a film showing the stage act of 'Little Tich', an English music hall comedian whose real name was Harry Relph. The picture house was able to seat an audience of 1,100 and admission charges were: front circle 2/- (10p) and 1/6d (7.5p), side circle and stalls 1/- (5p), area 6d (2.5p) and gallery 3d (1p). The name changed to the 'Plaza' on Monday 25th August 1958 until its closure in 1985. The Assembly Rooms are now (Nov. 2007) being restored as part of the major Grand Theatre refurbishments.
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|||A postcard of Briggate (Main Street) (Garforth)
|early 20th century.
This view was taken of Briggate in the early twentieth century and became a postcard. On the right is Colliery Row and beyond is Eagle House. Most of the street was still dwellings houses, and the lack of traffic allowed the children to stop and look in the middle of the road.
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|||A Remnant of Old Briggate, postcard (City Centre) (2 comments)
This postcard, entitled 'A Remnant of Old Briggate', shows no. 56, one of the oldest buildings on Briggate. It was built in 1613 by Richard Sykes, who became an Alderman of Leeds in 1629, having been a key figure in the campaign for the granting of Leeds' Charter of Incorporation in 1626. The building is occupied here by F. Wallis, hosier and glover; the words 'Ye Olde Stone Shoppe' are seen above the name, and a panel above this says 'RS1613'. It was taken over by Timpsons's Shoes in 1919 and demolished by them in 1955 to make way for a new shop. The entrance to the Pack Horse Inn Yard is incoporated into the building on the left.
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|||Abbey Gatehouse, north of Kirkstall Abbey, lithograph (Kirkstall) (2 comments)
Image shows a lithograph from 1820 depicting the gatehouse to the north of Kirkstall Abbey. This was before the new turnpike road was built in 1827. The gatehouse was first converted to a residence by John Ripley, the last abbot, who lived there until his death in 1568. For the next three hundred years it existed as a farmhouse and this is how we see it in this lithograph. Later, it became a gentlemans residence and was occupied by the Butler family. Eventually, Colonel Thomas Walter Harding of the Tower Works, Holbeck owned the gatehouse until he sold it to Leeds City Council in 1925. It is now part of Abbey House Museum and has only recently undergone a £2.3 million restoration, including additions to the Victorian Streets and shops.
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|||Abbey House (Kirkstall)
|20th January 1927.
Stone pillars and ornamental wrought iron gates at the entrance the Abbey House. The white area on the left is a length of material which has been hung across to highlight the iron-work.
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