Geo-Trips :: City Centre Circuit, Leeds

Leeds

A walk from Leeds Station, Mon, 11 Dec 2017 by Alan Murray-Rust

This trip records my first visit to the centre of Leeds to take pictures for Geograph.

I was travelling home from Selby to Nottingham by train and allowed myself a bit over 4 hours to make a circuit of the City that would enable me to take in 9 new grid squares, centred on the Station itself.

The circuit includes the late 19th century commercial boom in the centre of the City, together with the early industrial area to the south of the river which fuelled the boom, some of which has now given way to modern high-rise residential development or conversion to apartments.

The morning was blessed with almost cloudless skies. From the Station (SE2933) I made my way via Mill Hill to Boar Lane (SE3033), then down Briggate to cross the River Aire via Leeds Bridge and into (SE3032). I then worked west along the riverside to the end of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, making my way into (SE2932) with its remains of early manufacturing industry. Returning to the canal, I worked west to Monk Bridge where I joined Whitehall Road to make a foray into (SE2832). It was then up the ring road to Wellington Bridge (SE2833) where I rejoined the Canal to go up to Oddy Locks. Back to Wellington Bridge and on north to Park Lane and Belle Vue Road for a brief stop in (SE2834).

From here it was back east into Hanover Square (SE2934) with its Georgian buildings, then past the General Infirmary and the back of the Town Hall to end up outside the Merrion Centre (SE3034). Then it was time to make my way back to the Station via Park Row and City Square.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SE2933 : Scarbrough Hotel, Bishopgate Street by Alan Murray-Rust
Scarbrough Hotel, Bishopgate Street
A fine example of an early 20th century pub frontage in glazed terracotta,... more

SE3033 : Discovery Inn, Bishopgate Street by Alan Murray-Rust
Discovery Inn, Bishopgate Street
Terracotta facade in classical style, built as an extension to the Griffin Hotel... more

SE3033 : 3 The Bourse by Alan Murray-Rust
3 The Bourse
Now included in the above address, this was originally 23 Boar Lane, the premises... more

SE3033 : John Milton at the Marriott Leisure Club by Alan Murray-Rust
John Milton at the Marriott Leisure Club
This was originally one of the entrances to the Trevelyan Temperance Hotel... more

SE3033 : Former Trevelyan Temperance Hotel, Boar Lane by Alan Murray-Rust
Former Trevelyan Temperance Hotel, Boar Lane
One of the succession of buildings erected when Boar Lane was widened around 1870,... more

SE3033 : Time Ball Buildings, Briggate by Alan Murray-Rust
Time Ball Buildings, Briggate
The building dates from the early 19th century, the elaborate frontage being added... more

SE3033 : Yorkshire Building Society, Briggate by Alan Murray-Rust
Yorkshire Building Society, Briggate
Built c.1904, For Messrs Hepworth, architect Percy Robinson, with terracotta... more

SE3033 : Yorkshire Building Society, Briggate by Alan Murray-Rust
Yorkshire Building Society, Briggate
The turret on the corner of the building http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5626393

SE3033 : Yorkshire Building Society, Briggate by Alan Murray-Rust
Yorkshire Building Society, Briggate
Sculpted gable facing Duncan Street. This was the work of Burmantofts' own... more

SE3033 : Blayds Yard or Mews by Alan Murray-Rust
Blayds Yard or Mews
The buildings on the right were built c.1800 as houses with workshops over, and... more

SE3033 : STEEL MICE by Alan Murray-Rust
STEEL MICE
No steel it's all cast iron. No mice either just owls and a sheep. Leeds... more

SE3033 : River Aire from Leeds Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
River Aire from Leeds Bridge
A variety of modifications of riverside warehouses into residential accommodation.... more

SE3033 : 16-10 Dock Street, Leeds by Alan Murray-Rust
16-10 Dock Street, Leeds
A group of mid/late 18th century houses, which have undergone a variety of... more

SE3033 : Leeds Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds Bridge
The 'New' bridge, built 1870-73 by T Dyne Steel... more

SE3033 : 7 Hunslet Road, detail by Alan Murray-Rust
7 Hunslet Road, detail
Elaborate moulded brick decoration and keystones carved with heads on what is... more

SE3032 : Salem Chapel, Hunslet Lane by Alan Murray-Rust
Salem Chapel, Hunslet Lane
The oldest surviving non-conformist (Congregational) place of worship in Leeds,... more

SE3033 : Riverside flats, on reflection by Alan Murray-Rust
Riverside flats, on reflection
Modern housing development alongside the River Aire on the site of a former... more

SE3033 : Former Victoria Mills alongside the River Aire by Alan Murray-Rust
Former Victoria Mills alongside the River Aire
This was an oil and dye mill. It is dated 1836, with later alterations, Listed... more

SE3032 : Asda head office with Bridgewater Place tower by Alan Murray-Rust
Asda head office with Bridgewater Place tower
A benefit of the Asda development has been the creation of a riverside walk along... more

SE2933 : Victoria Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
Victoria Bridge
Built 1837-9 to the design of John Leather Jnr with an attractive wide... more

SE2933 : The entrance to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal by Alan Murray-Rust
The entrance to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
This is named River Lock. The canal opened in 1777, and the lock... more

SE2933 : The new south entrance to Leeds Station by Alan Murray-Rust
The new south entrance to Leeds Station
Opened in 2016 and providing access for the extensive recent residential... more

SE2933 : Canalside crane by Alan Murray-Rust
Canalside crane
Built c.1845, Listed Grade II. It was moved to its current position in 1995.... more

SE2933 : Building Blocks by Alan Murray-Rust
Building Blocks
Waterman's Place, early 21st century (2009) housing development to the south of... more

SE2933 : Canalside crane  detail by Alan Murray-Rust
Canalside crane detail
Classic 19th century cast iron - See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5627098 for... more

SE2933 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Wharf Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Wharf Bridge
Listed Grade II. 1770-77, . . . Ashlar. Single segmental arch with vermiculated... more

SE2933 : Two towers at Tower Works by Alan Murray-Rust
Two towers at Tower Works
Both are in fact chimneys, the larger one for dust extraction. Both are based on... more

SE2932 : Tower Works by Alan Murray-Rust
Tower Works
The complex seen from Globe Road, with the two elaborate chimneys and the entrance... more

SE2932 : The Giotto Tower, Tower Works by Alan Murray-Rust
The Giotto Tower, Tower Works
A fine example of late 19th century (1899) red terracotta work, supplied from the... more

SE2932 : Tower Works by Alan Murray-Rust
Tower Works
The main gateway on Globe Road, built 1864. Listed Grade II. A blue plaque... more

SE2933 : Welcome to Office Lock by Alan Murray-Rust
Welcome to Office Lock
Canalside on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, with Sustrans Millennium milepost, now... more

SE2933 : Bridge and gantries by Alan Murray-Rust
Bridge and gantries
Railway bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on the Approach to Leeds Station.

SE2933 : Monk Bridge, Whitehall Road by Alan Murray-Rust
Monk Bridge, Whitehall Road
Built in 1886, it crosses both the River Aire (this span) and the Leeds and... more

SE2933 : Reflections in the Aire by Alan Murray-Rust
Reflections in the Aire
Looking towards the city centre with the new Riverside Way Bridge.

SE2933 : Old railway viaduct crossing the River Aire by Alan Murray-Rust
Old railway viaduct crossing the River Aire
Built in 1846 for the Leeds and Thirsk and Leeds Dewsbury and Manchester Railways,... more

SE2933 : Bridge decoration by Alan Murray-Rust
Bridge decoration
The inner faces of the lattice girders of Monk Bridge... more

SE2933 : Willow weep for me by Alan Murray-Rust
Willow weep for me
Backlit willow fronds and reflections in the River Aire at Monk Bridge.

SE2933 : Machinery as public sculpture by Alan Murray-Rust
Machinery as public sculpture
An unidentified piece of machinery, possibly from the Monk Bridge iron and Steel... more

SE2833 : Old railway viaduct (Central Viaduct) crossing the Aire valley by Alan Murray-Rust
Old railway viaduct (Central Viaduct) crossing the Aire valley
Built in 1846 for the Leeds and Thirsk and Leeds Dewsbury and Manchester Railways,... more

SE2832 : A long way up and over by Alan Murray-Rust
A long way up and over
This pedestrian footbridge over Gelderd Road has no staircases so you have to walk... more

SE2833 : Pedestrian subway to Sutton Street by Alan Murray-Rust
Pedestrian subway to Sutton Street
Currently closed due to the demolition at the far end.

SE2833 : The Roundhouse, Grainger's Way by Alan Murray-Rust
The Roundhouse, Grainger's Way
Former locomotive shed. Built c.1845 by Thomas Grainger for the Leeds and Thirsk... more

SE2833 : View along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Wellington Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
View along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Wellington Bridge
The chimney of Castleton Mill http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5627607 and the... more

SE2833 : Oddy Locks by Alan Murray-Rust
Oddy Locks
Classic Leeds and Liverpool Canal staircase pair, of which there are several... more

SE2833 : Rivet bench mark, Oddy Locks by Alan Murray-Rust
Rivet bench mark, Oddy Locks
See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5627949 for location.

SE2833 : Oddy Locks, lower chamber by Alan Murray-Rust
Oddy Locks, lower chamber
There is a bench mark http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5627948 just in front of... more

SE2833 : Stable at Oddy Locks by Alan Murray-Rust
Stable at Oddy Locks
This is now a tea-room, open at weekends.

SE2833 : Housing on Holts Crest Way by Alan Murray-Rust
Housing on Holts Crest Way
Modern housing development on the site of a former chemical works, which in turn... more

SE2833 : Royal Mail Leeds Delivery Office by Alan Murray-Rust
Royal Mail Leeds Delivery Office
Modern industrial/warehouse development on the site of the former Great Northern... more

SE2933 : Leeds City College, Park Lane Campus by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds City College, Park Lane Campus
The building with its wall of solar panels won a Leeds Architecture Award in 2005.... more

SE2933 : Former Methodist Chapel, Park Lane by Alan Murray-Rust
Former Methodist Chapel, Park Lane
This is shown on maps as a warehouse from the 1950s onwards, the congregation... more

SE2834 : Belle Vue House, Belle Vue Road by Alan Murray-Rust
Belle Vue House, Belle Vue Road
Built in a semi-rural location in 1793 for Michael Wainhouse, one of several... more

SE2834 : Kendal Bank by Alan Murray-Rust
Kendal Bank
20th century maisonette development replacing an area of back-to-back housing.

SE2934 : Denison Hall, Hanover Square by Alan Murray-Rust
Denison Hall, Hanover Square
A substantial mansion, built in 1786 for John Denison by architect William Lindley... more

SE2934 : 11 Hanover Square by Alan Murray-Rust
11 Hanover Square
Built c.1823 when Hanover Square was first laid out, it represents the style the... more

SE2934 : Casti(ro)ng shadows (2) by Alan Murray-Rust
Casti(ro)ng shadows (2)
Victorian cast iron railings on Hanover Square.

SE2933 : 2-5 Woodhouse Square by Alan Murray-Rust
2-5 Woodhouse Square
Mid 19th century town houses, Listed Grade II. Nos. 3-5 designed by T W Moore.... more

SE2934 : St George's Church by Alan Murray-Rust
St George's Church
Seen from the footbridge from Clarendon Road. Built in 1836-38 in Gothic Revival... more

SE2933 : Leeds General Infirmary, main entrance block by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds General Infirmary, main entrance block
See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5628872 for information. Detail of the brick... more

SE2933 : Leeds Town Hall, rear view by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds Town Hall, rear view
Unsurprisingly, photographers concentrate on the frontage of this fine building,... more

SE2933 : Leeds Town Hall, detail by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds Town Hall, detail
On the Oxford Place side of the building.

SE2933 : Shenanigans, late O'Neills by Alan Murray-Rust
Shenanigans, late O'Neills
Built as a Masonic Hall in 1865 by Perkin and Sons in Gothic Revival style. The... more

SE2933 : Great George Street by Alan Murray-Rust
Great George Street
Alongside the former Leeds School Board building. The railings have been repaired... more

SE2933 : St Anne's Roman Catholic Cathedral by Alan Murray-Rust
St Anne's Roman Catholic Cathedral
The fine rood over the main west entrance. The cathedral was built in 1902-04 in... more

SE2933 : Leeds City Museum by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds City Museum
Originally built as the Leeds Institute, comprising the Civic Theatre and School... more

SE2933 : Leeds City Museum by Alan Murray-Rust
Leeds City Museum
Detail of the Rossington Street facade http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5628928 .... more

SE3034 : Former Methodist New Connexion Chapel by Alan Murray-Rust
Former Methodist New Connexion Chapel
Built 1858. During the 20th century it became part of what would become Leeds... more

SE3034 : Former Methodist New Connexion Chapel by Alan Murray-Rust
Former Methodist New Connexion Chapel
Built 1858. During the 20th century it became part of what would become Leeds... more

SE2933 : Thoresby Building by Alan Murray-Rust
Thoresby Building
Built in 1900 as a pupil teachers' college, it later became Thoresby High School... more

SE2933 : Park Row House in a different light by Alan Murray-Rust
Park Row House in a different light
The facade is all that remains of Alfred Waterhouse's 1891 Prudential Assurance... more

SE2933 : Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building, Park Row by Alan Murray-Rust
Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building, Park Row
Office building of 1909 (Architects Perkin and Bulmer) in Burmantofts white... more

SE2933 : Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building, Park Row, balcony detail by Alan Murray-Rust
Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building, Park Row, balcony detail
First floor balcony detail. Note the face in the supporting bracket. See... more

SE2933 : Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building, Park Row, Wisdom by Alan Murray-Rust
Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building, Park Row, Wisdom
Sculpted standing figure on the Park Row facade. See... more

SE2933 : Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, Park Row by Alan Murray-Rust
Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, Park Row
An impressive building for a non-conformist congregation in a prime City centre... more

SE2933 : MORN, City Square by Alan Murray-Rust
MORN, City Square
Female figure holding a lamp, designed by Alfred Drury for the 1903 redesign of... more

SE2933 : EVEN, City Square by Alan Murray-Rust
EVEN, City Square
Female figure holding a lamp, designed by Alfred Drury for the 1903 redesign of... more

SE2933 : James Watt and John Harrison by Alan Murray-Rust
James Watt and John Harrison
Two of a series of four statues of eminent Leeds citizens. Watt was chosen for his... more

SE2933 : Dean Hook and Joseph Priestley by Alan Murray-Rust
Dean Hook and Joseph Priestley
Two of a series of four statues of eminent Leeds citizens. Hook was Vicar of Leeds... more

SE2933 : The Queens, City Square by Alan Murray-Rust
The Queens, City Square
Formerly The Queens Hotel, a prestige hotel built 1937 by the London Midland and... more

SE2933 : Queens Hotel, porte cochere with town shields by Alan Murray-Rust
Queens Hotel, porte cochere with town shields
This spans the exit from New Station Road. The shields are those of towns and... more

SE2933 : Old booking hall, Leeds Station by Alan Murray-Rust
Old booking hall, Leeds Station
Part of the development of the new Leeds City Station by the London Midland and... more

SE2933 : To KNO or NOT, that is the question by Alan Murray-Rust
To KNO or NOT, that is the question
Fortunately I had heard the announcement and knew that the train in the picture... more

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