The metal horse sculpture at Lloyds Bank, Park Row.

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Postby Leodian » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 9:16 pm

In the 'Retro' section covering February 1975 on page 13 of today's YEP it reports "The scuplture of a horse outside Lloyds Bank just off City Square, was put up amid a flurry of controversy - the 13ft-tall metal creation was described by one Loiner as "very unrestful", while another said it was a distasteful clash with the existing statue of the Black Prince".

It has surprised me that it was put up as long ago as 37 years back. I like the Lloyds (now Lloyds TSB) metal horse. Regular Smiley

For interest this link should bring up the current Google Strret view of the horse. http://www.google.com/maps?q=PARK+ROW,+LS1+5NR&hl=en&ll=53.798116,-1.547098&spn=0.000025,0.021136&hq=PARK+ROW,+LS1+5NR&radius=15000&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=53.797723,-1.547084&panoid=ICkws605f0Ifmng9hzz-7Q&cbp=12,146.38,,0,-7.95    
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Postby jdbythesea » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 10:06 pm

Leodian wrote:
In the 'Retro' section covering February 1975 on page 13 of today's YEP it reports "The scuplture of a horse outside Lloyds Bank just off City Square, was put up amid a flurry of controversy - the 13ft-tall metal creation was described by one Loiner as "very unrestful", while another said it was a distasteful clash with the existing statue of the Black Prince".

It has surprised me that it was put up as long ago as 37 years back. I like the Lloyds (now Lloyds TSB) metal horse. Regular Smiley

For interest this link should bring up the current Google Strret view of the horse. http://www.google.com/maps?q=PARK+ROW,+LS1+5NR&hl=en&ll=53.798116,-1.547098&spn=0.000025,0.021136&hq=PARK+ROW,+LS1+5NR&radius=15000&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=53.797723,-1.547084&panoid=ICkws605f0Ifmng9hzz-7Q&cbp=12,146.38,,0,-7.95    




I'm with you Leodian: I like the metal horse too and I'd forgotten how long it had been there as well.
I can remember the bank being built on the site of Marshall and Snelgrove's store. A lot of folk were saddened when they closed the doors for the last time in the early 70s - the end of an era.
There must have been a few years between the shop closing and the bank being built but I can't recall how the site looked during that time.
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Postby Leodian » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 11:07 pm

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Postby Jogon » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 11:12 pm

Blimey where did those 37 years go!?

Not a fan, of the building or horse but at least it isn't 'Leeds Brick'.

South Parade has some fine buildings http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1396927

in a 'Chicago' sort of way, though many are blighted as offices by the ducted smell of ground floor retail food.

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Postby cnosni » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 11:22 pm

I quite like the horse,without sounding like some arty type its does actually make me look every time i go by.

I seem to remember it getting daubed in paint a few years back during some demo against the banks,well before the current climate
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Postby Si » Tue 07 Feb, 2012 6:17 pm

Perhaps the designer of the play "War Horse" got his inspiration from it?
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Postby cnosni » Tue 07 Feb, 2012 11:00 pm

Si wrote:
Perhaps the designer of the play "War Horse" got his inspiration from it?

Not a million miles off
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Postby Jogon » Thu 09 Feb, 2012 7:36 pm

I've had an idea for a book and a movie, called 'War Cat' the touching story of (etc..ad nauseum..), then there's 'Slumdog Billionnaire', see - quite different and a bigger budget.


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Postby jonleeds » Fri 10 Feb, 2012 10:48 pm

I recall years ago my friends and I on several occasions 'rode' the metal horse as part of our Friday night festivities. Its got quite a springyness to it!
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