Bowers Yard off Lower Briggate.

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Postby Leodian » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:12 pm

Bowers Yard is an old yard that comes off Lower Briggate. I do not however recall ever hearing of the yard until July 11 2013 when I was on Lower Briggate and noticed what would presumably usually be a locked gated entry that was open. I popped in for a look round and quickly took some photos before anyone challenged me why I was there (or locked me in!). I subsequently found that the yard has had some brief passing mentions in SL, but nothing more than those.

This image shows the location of Bowers Yard (and other yards) on an 1891 1:500 map in the excellent Old-Maps UK website.
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Postby Leodian » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:15 pm

This photo (taken July 11 2013) shows the entry/exit of Bowers Yard (behind the motor bike).
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Postby Leodian » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:18 pm

This photo (taken July 11 2013) shows a view inside Bowers Yard coming from Lower Briggate.
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Postby Leodian » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:20 pm

This photo (taken July 11 2013) shows a view in Bowers Yard looking towards Lower Briggate (the narrow entry/exit to the yard from Lower Briggate can just be made out).
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Postby Leodian » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:22 pm

This photo (taken July 11 2013) shows a flight of steps in Bowers Yard. I did not venture down so I wonder what they lead to?
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Postby Leodian » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:31 pm

This photo (taken July 11 2013) shows 'Bowers' on an old looking sign near the start of the entry/exit of Bowers Yard. When I took this photo I did not know the name of the yard is Bowers Yard, so I did not know if the sign might have stated 'Bowers Yard' until I started to look for information. As the end part of the sign is very dark I may have just not noticed if there was more to the sign.

Edit added July 13 2013. I had a very quick look today but I could not definitely make anything out after the 'Bowers' bit, though it did seem as if there was at least a 'D' where I would expect there to be one if the full name on the sign is 'Bowers Yard'. I was surprised to find the access gate was still open, but I did not have another look round the yard.    
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Postby liits » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 9:42 pm

The Whip Hotel / Whip was variously addressed in the trade directories as Hirst's Yard, Bowers Yard and Hirst's & Bowers Yards. I'm guessing from the latter that the premises at one time had entrances in both yards. I can only ever remember the one in Hirst's Yard.
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Postby BarFly » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 11:29 pm

Thank you, Leodian, for posting yet another hidden yard of Leeds [I am right in thinking you have done this before?].
As it happens this one brings back very, very blurry and indistinct memories for me as I think I once found myself in this yard after am under-age pub visit in the centre.
Is there still a way through to the hotel yard? I'm struggling to recall whether this was one of the alleyways in the style of the one in which The Angel is situated whereby you find it once and use it and it seems to be in a different spot next time you come across it.

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Postby Leodian » Sat 13 Jul, 2013 12:59 am

Hi Barfly.

I never went into the Whip (now the Mook) so I don't know if it did have access to Bowers Yard, but I would guess that it did. It may therefore be that the Mook has access to Bowers Yard, though as that seems mainly to be a storage area for wheelie bins it is not a pleasant place to go out to (perhaps a fire escape?). There did not seem to be any direct through way so Bowers Yard is effectively (if not actually) a cul-de-sac. I do wonder how the wheelie bins are moved in and out of Bowers Yard, but they may just be able to get through the narrow entry/exit to the yard.
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Postby Steve Jones » Sat 13 Jul, 2013 9:59 am

There was an entrance to the Whip down here.I am certain it was still in use until the late 1980's.
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