Clock on top of Thrift/Clover/Allders building in Kirkstall

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Postby drapesy » Fri 06 Apr, 2007 10:48 pm

Some pictures of (and from the top of) this sadly missed structure a few weeks before it was deismantled in early 2004.
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Postby drapesy » Fri 06 Apr, 2007 10:53 pm

Sorry - I have some jpeg pictures but apparently they're "too wide"
Can anyone help?
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Postby munki » Sat 07 Apr, 2007 7:36 pm


Hello! Whatever application you are using, you need to 'resize' the pictures until they are 400 pixels wide, or less. The site should then accept them.
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Postby Martyn » Sat 07 Apr, 2007 10:23 pm

Easier said than done Munki. I can't find one of the free editors that will let you do that. I use Macromedia Fireworks which is a pretty expensive option for the casual user.
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Postby rikj » Sun 08 Apr, 2007 4:25 pm

If you're using WindowsXp then there's a free image resizer on the Microsoft site.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/learnmore/tips/eschelman2.mspx





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Postby drapesy » Sun 08 Apr, 2007 6:20 pm

Thanks for that rikj.
I'm working on putting them on flickr anyway so I'll put up a link, I'll also reveal the story behind why it was demolished (probably a scoop for SecretLeeds !) watch this space.....
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Postby drapesy » Sun 08 Apr, 2007 11:51 pm

ok here goes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drapesy/sets/


These photos were taken from the top of the tower,(also one inside and two from the rooftop) of what is now BHS in Kirkstall shortly before they were demolished.
There was a small outcry at the time and objections from a councillor but sadly to no avail. Allders , who occupied the site at that time (2004), said that they had to demolish the tower as it was unsafe.
this was, not to put too fine a point on it, a downright lie.
(I worked for them at the time, and knew the maintainence manager, who gave me access to take these pictures)
The structure had been unsafe, but only about a year before it had been repaired (at a cost of £35,000 I was told) by Potts clocks (run by Smiths of Derby)
The reason it was demolished was that a director of Allders had commisioned a plan to demolish the whole building and build a new retail development with Allders as the 'flagship'. The thinking was that the plans would not be passed because of the clock, which might become listed. - so we'll knock down the 'unsafe tower' before anyone has much chance to object than submit the new plans.
So this is what happened - but only a year later(when the plans were going through review) Allders went bust and the plan died a quiet death.
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Postby munki » Mon 09 Apr, 2007 10:25 am

These are great photos, drapesy. Would you like me to resize a couple of them & post them on here to illustrate your story, since you were having trouble doing so?
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Postby jf » Mon 09 Apr, 2007 5:18 pm

I hadn't noticed the clock had gone! Are there any pictures of it from the front of the building?

I heard there were plans to move the Allders store further back on the site allowing new retail units to be constructed at the front of the site. I guess it's not the most efficient use of that land, it's quite a spread out store on one level. I would think there would be some issues regarding it being sited on a flood plain.

I was surprised BHS kept this site going when they took over Allders, my expectation was that they would shut this site down as it never seems very busy and sell the land off for housing (or more likely student flats). I guess it could still happen, subject to how pliant development control would be.

On a similar theme, does anyone have pictures of the old Burton warehouse/factory which used to be off Kirkstall Road on the site of the multiplexcinema? I remember playing around in here before it was demolished about a decade ago.

A lot of 20th Century industrial/retail buildings are disappearing - I think these need to be recorded before they vanish. I wonder if one day people will look on structures such as the big Kay's building in Holbeck with the same affection that 19th century mills are now viewed with?
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Postby drapesy » Mon 09 Apr, 2007 7:59 pm

Hi Munki
Yes I'll gladly do that - should I email them to secret Leeds ?
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