A royal monument

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rikj
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Postby rikj » Wed 25 Apr, 2007 11:09 pm

As well as the Triumphal Arch at Parlington, Leeds has another little known royal monument, pictured here I hope.

In 1858 Queen Victoria was to visit Leeds for the inauguration of the Town Hall. To give a measure of the scale of the visit she was due to attend a gathering of 32000 (yes, thirty two thousand) sunday school children on Woodhouse Moor. Although it isn't entirely clear, the story of the arch seems to be thus.

William Beckett, banker, lived at Kirkstall Grange, now part of the Becketts Park Campus. He seemed to have hopes that the queen might stay there or at least visit the estate. He commissioned a path leading to the arch, which overlooked Kirkstall Hill. As it turned out the queen stayed on Woodsley Road and it isn't recorded whether she visited the arch. However, one legacy is that the wood is now known as Queenswood, and of course we have Queenswood Drive as well.

The coloured tiles on the arch are in very good condition and still read quite clearly:

"To commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria for the inauguration of the Town Hall at Leeds. 7 September 1858".

I've a clearer picture of the tiles if anyone wants to see it. Most of the above info is taken from "Far Headingley Weetwood and West Park" by David Hall ISBN 0 9539312 0 X

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munki
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Postby munki » Thu 26 Apr, 2007 8:00 am

We Town Hall people would love to see your clearer picture, rikj. I didn't know about this arch at all!
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Tasa
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Postby Tasa » Thu 09 Feb, 2012 8:54 pm

Thread resurrected for Parksider with instructions on how to reach this monument.

If you go to the Beckett Park campus of Leeds Metropolitan University, entering from St Chad's Drive off Otley Road, keep walking straight along the same path once you're inside the campus (i.e. don't turn towards the "horseshoe" of buildings). Once you've passed the final building you'll enter Queen's Wood and in a few minutes you'll reach the archway.    
Jogon
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Postby Jogon » Fri 10 Feb, 2012 2:47 pm

Geo shots with map+ grid ref and close up of tiling.

Click on map to 'go right in'

http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=28679576    

Why the Queenswoods are so called.    

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Postby jonleeds » Fri 10 Feb, 2012 10:43 pm

I was under the impression that this was relocated to here from outside the town hall or something, or am I getting confused with the statue of Queen Victoria that now sits at the entrance to Woodhouse Moor?
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Postby Cardiarms » Fri 10 Feb, 2012 11:40 pm

both, I think the arch was moved and Queen Vic def was.
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Postby The Parksider » Sat 11 Feb, 2012 4:20 am

Tasa wrote:


Thread resurrected for Parksider with instructions on how to reach this monument.



Thank you very kind and thoughtful of you....
Tasa
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Postby Tasa » Sat 11 Feb, 2012 10:27 am

You're welcome, Parksider!

I also found the location of St Aiden's Mine and added the details to the thread where you originally posed the question, just in case you checked there again:

http://www.secretleeds.co.uk/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=3678

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Postby jdbythesea » Sat 11 Feb, 2012 3:21 pm

I know that Her Majesty is visiting Leeds this summer as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Has anyone heard of any plans to erect a lasting memorial to this landmark event?
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Postby Jogon » Sat 11 Feb, 2012 10:59 pm

jdbythesea wrote:
I know that Her Majesty is visiting Leeds this summer as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Has anyone heard of any plans to erect a lasting memorial to this landmark event?



Twenty quid's worth of new tiles / same structure ought to do it?

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