"Speaker's Stone" - Burley Park, Leeds

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RogerM
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Postby RogerM » Sun 20 Apr, 2014 4:25 pm

My maternal grandfather, Thomas Durant (1877-195Cool was a minor Labour politician in NW Leeds. I have a photo of him campaigning - he is standing on an upright stone in what I believe was Burley Park. Can anyone on this forum please provide information about the stone. I have done search on the internet but have been unable to find any reference to its history.

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Postby Jogon » Sun 20 Apr, 2014 5:29 pm

Welcome aboard Roger.
It's the weekend + holiday so give it time, someone on here might.
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Postby Bugblatter » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 1:47 am

Are you able to post the picture in question? I spent a fair portion of my childhood in Burley Park so I might be able to recognise the location.
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Postby RogerM » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 3:43 pm

Thanks for the welcome and replies - I may be a bit slow in responding to any information that comes in over the next few weeks. I confirm that the date was supposed to be 1958

I have tried to load the picture - hope it comes out ok to view on this Forum.

Looking at the photo again I'm not sure if this is Burley Park as there looks like to be a 'bowstring' type railway bridge in the background - I believe there were some bridges like this on the main line near Kirkstall Power Station.
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Postby Bugblatter » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 9:56 pm

Hmmm. The bridge in the background could be the footbridge from the park over the railway line to Cardigan Road. The block of stone doesn't ring a bell though.

I will do a bit of poking about on bing.com "bird's eye view" and possibly leodis.net!
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Postby Bugblatter » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 10:46 pm

This is the best pic of the bridge I can find: https://www.flickr.com/photos/75850763@N03/13433416164
Courtesy Eric Miles FlickR collection.
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 10:48 pm

Click the map for the full size.

Drinking fountains and a bandstand where on the park at one time.
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Postby Bugblatter » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 10:50 pm

Another pic in which you can see the arch structures which resemble those in the original photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75850763@N03/13433043385

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Postby Bugblatter » Mon 21 Apr, 2014 10:52 pm

N.B. The "@" symbol in the web address seems to be confusing the forum software. You will need to copy and paste the full text into the address bar.
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Postby Carona » Tue 22 Apr, 2014 12:21 am

Hi Roger. I'm a Burley lass born n bred and belong to the site "Burley Group". Some members know Burley like the back of their hands. Mind you, after saying that I am not implying the guys on this site don't know their stuff cos believe me they do Regular Smiley

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