SE3033 : Central Road, Leeds, east side, frontages

taken 8 months ago, near to Leeds, Great Britain

Central Road, Leeds, east side, frontages
Central Road, Leeds, east side, frontages
Distinctive glazed terracotta piers separating the individual shop units. Unusually they are the only terracotta features of this group of buildings, which is Listed Grade II.
Architectural terracotta and faience in Leeds
The terms terracotta and faience can be used more or less interchangeably for the structural and decorative ceramic material used extensively on buildings from about 1880 to the 1930s. Faience is more generally applied to the type which has high glaze, often multicoloured, as featured for example on The Grand Arcade, and The Three Legs pub.

The material is similar to the denser bricks developed in the 19th century and has a generally impermeable surface compared with softer stones and common bricks. Compared with stone, where every stone had to be individually carved (even when done mechanically), terracotta decoration could be produced in numbers from a single mould.

The presence of large numbers of buildings using the material in Leeds is connected with the fact that one of the major British manufacturers was the Burmantofts pottery and brickworks in the eastern suburbs of the City. Around 1900 Burmantoft developed a very pale version, in imitation of white marble, which was given the trade name 'Marmo'. As well as being used for buildings in the more 'Rococo' style of the early 1900s (e.g. Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building on Park Row) it was much favoured in the Art Deco period for major cinema and shop frontages.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 12 April, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 30 April, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Period (from Tags)
Early 20th Century 
Building Material (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3032 3348 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:47.8050N 1:32.4709W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3031 3348
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Retail Premises  Architectural Detail  Grade II Listed 

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