Feature - March 2007, Leeds Town Hall

The secret side of one of the most iconic buildings in Leeds.
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Postby simong » Sun 27 Dec, 2009 2:02 pm

Lyndoch wrote:
Thank you for the pictures of Leeds Town Hall
Great to see as I now live 12,000 miles away I think the sitr is a great
idea I used to live in Armley as a boy is there anything on Armley?

Thanks Lyndoch



Hi Lyndoch, welcome aboard. The site is a bit difficult to search but if you're looking for pictures of Armley you might want to try the city's photo archive at http://www.leodis.org. If you want to search this site for mentions of Armley, and there are plenty, try this Google search: http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&as_q=armley&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=secretleeds.com&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images

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Postby Lyndoch » Sun 27 Dec, 2009 11:34 pm

Thank you simong for giving me the website
I have been able to see many places of interest
Being now resident in Lyndoch South Australia:

One of my neighbours is the winery "Jacobs Creek"
you may know of this one , here in the Barossa Valleywe are surrounded by some 70 different wineries.

Toady we are experiencing temps of 30 degs.

I know you have snow to contend with (Thankfully that is a memory)

Enjoy looking at Secret Leeds Thanks for your interest
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Postby Si » Sun 27 Dec, 2009 11:46 pm

Hi Lyndoch. Here's a Leodis pic of Armley, taken from Westerly Croft.
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Postby Lyndoch » Tue 29 Dec, 2009 9:58 am

Thanks for that... Si... I have looked on the Leodis site and seen many pictures of interest.. there is much to view on Armley I think your website and chat are great

Thank you so much for your interest

Lyndoch

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Postby Si » Tue 29 Dec, 2009 11:35 am

Thanks, Lyndoch. Glad to be of assistance.
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Postby Lyndoch » Thu 31 Dec, 2009 10:14 am

Tyke Bhoy asks for the name of the cinema next to the Beech Pub
on Tong Road.

"The Crown" side street Allinson Street ran alongside it

Happy New Year to all my Readers

Lyndoch South Australia
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Postby John Croggy » Wed 15 Dec, 2010 8:51 pm

I really enjoyed that trip around the Bridewell. It took me back a few
years to when I used to parade for court duty and take prisoners up to Number 1 Court and queue in the Bridewell entrance passage with prisoners to be charged. I remember well giving evidence in that court and the others. Those pictures of the old cells are brilliant. I can think of a few today who should be in them. No tellys and choice of meals then! Thanks to everyone for the info. and photos. Great.
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Postby AmeliaC » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 1:27 pm

Hi everybody,

I am making an art work for Leeds Town Hall which involves collating various bits of data about past uses of the Town Hall. Previous posts here have been really useful to me and I thought readers of the forum might be able to help with some of my outstanding questions.

Questions:
- How many ghosts does the Town Hall have? I've heard of 3 (Charlie Peace, Mary Blythe and a young girl whose body was found nearby and brought into the police station).

- How many royals have visited the Town Hall? I want to tally all royal visits, from 1858 to the present. At the bottom of this post is a list of what I have found but I wonder if some more recent visits might be missing. Also I'm not sure if some of the Royals actually went to the Town Hall, or just Leeds in general. Any additions/clarifications much appreciated!

- How many votes have been counted in the Town Hall during its lifetime?. An estimate for this will do! Hopefully electoral services are going to help me with recent counts but I don't know whether general and local election counts have always taken place at the Town Hall? Also, whether records of votes from these elections exist and where they would be. Eric from the Town Hall has made the useful comment that counts wouldn't have been in the Victoria Hall when it had fixed, theatre seating but I don't know when this was in place.

- How much stone was used to build the Town Hall? or where might a record of this exist?

- How many councillors has Leeds had from 1858 to the present? I've got a query pending at the civic hall to see if they have a complete list of these but if not, maybe someone has collated this in the past?

About the project
The piece I am making is going to be a series of 6 brass plaques displayed around the corridor on the ground floor of the Town Hall, juxtaposing different pieces of information such as those above, commemorating the cumulative, everyday or unusual things that happen at the Town Hall. It is being launched on the 10th of March along with the Leeds Postcard Project, which invites Leeds residents to share their memories and associations of the Town Hall. See here for postcards submitted so far: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leedspostcardproject/

Contact
Respond here or to ameliacrouch@hotmail.com

Thanks in advance!

Amelia

Royal Visits to the Town Hall
1858 - Queen Victoria, opening of the Town Hall.
1868 - Edward Prince of Wales, opening Fine Art exhibition at the Infirmary
1872 - Prince Arthur, opening Roundhay Park
1875 - Duke of Edinburgh, open exhibition of arts & manufacture
1885 - Edward Prince of Wales, opening Yorkshire college
1894 - Duke and Duchess of York, inaugurating Medical school
1895 - Edward Prince of Wales, came to Triennial music festival
1908 - King Edward VII, opening new university buildings
1918 - George V, know he was sung to in Victoria Hall
1923 - Prince of Wales
1933 - George V.
1958 Queen & Duke of Edinburgh for music festival
1973 Queen Elizabeth, Queen mother
1982 Queen Elizabeth, re-opening Art Gallery

Royal Visits that may or may not have gone to Town Hall
1915 - George V
1926 Princess Mary
1937 George VI, passing on a coronation tour
1942 Duke of Kent - visited Civic Hall, not sure about TH
1949 Princess Elizabeth. Have found records of her going to Roundhay and Civic Hall.
1966 Princess Margaret, opening school
1969 Princess Margaret, opening city museum
2002 Queen Elizabeth
2007 Princess Royal, opening Tiled Hall




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Postby chameleon » Sun 30 Jan, 2011 2:10 pm

AmeliaC wrote:
Hi everybody,

I am making an art work for Leeds Town Hall which involves collating various bits of data about past uses of the Town Hall. Previous posts here have been really useful to me and I thought readers of the forum might be able to help with some of my outstanding questions.

Questions:
- How many ghosts does the Town Hall have? I've heard of 3 (Charlie Peace, Mary Blythe and a young girl whose body was found nearby and brought into the police station).

- How many royals have visited the Town Hall? I want to tally all royal visits, from 1858 to the present. At the bottom of this post is a list of what I have found but I wonder if some more recent visits might be missing. Also I'm not sure if some of the Royals actually went to the Town Hall, or just Leeds in general. Any additions/clarifications much appreciated!

- How many votes have been counted in the Town Hall during its lifetime?. An estimate for this will do! Hopefully electoral services are going to help me with recent counts but I don't know whether general and local election counts have always taken place at the Town Hall? Also, whether records of votes from these elections exist and where they would be. Eric from the Town Hall has made the useful comment that counts wouldn't have been in the Victoria Hall when it had fixed, theatre seating but I don't know when this was in place.

- How much stone was used to build the Town Hall? or where might a record of this exist?

- How many councillors has Leeds had from 1858 to the present? I've got a query pending at the civic hall to see if they have a complete list of these but if not, maybe someone has collated this in the past?

About the project
The piece I am making is going to be a series of 6 brass plaques displayed around the corridor on the ground floor of the Town Hall, juxtaposing different pieces of information such as those above, commemorating the cumulative, everyday or unusual things that happen at the Town Hall. It is being launched on the 10th of March along with the Leeds Postcard Project, which invites Leeds residents to share their memories and associations of the Town Hall. See here for postcards submitted so far: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leedspostcardproject/

Contact
Respond here or to ameliacrouch@hotmail.com

Thanks in advance!

Amelia

Royal Visits to the Town Hall
1858 - Queen Victoria, opening of the Town Hall.
1868 - Edward Prince of Wales, opening Fine Art exhibition at the Infirmary
1872 - Prince Arthur, opening Roundhay Park
1875 - Duke of Edinburgh, open exhibition of arts & manufacture
1885 - Edward Prince of Wales, opening Yorkshire college
1894 - Duke and Duchess of York, inaugurating Medical school
1895 - Edward Prince of Wales, came to Triennial music festival
1908 - King Edward VII, opening new university buildings
1918 - George V, know he was sung to in Victoria Hall
1923 - Prince of Wales
1933 - George V.
1958 Queen & Duke of Edinburgh for music festival
1973 Queen Elizabeth, Queen mother
1982 Queen Elizabeth, re-opening Art Gallery

Royal Visits that may or may not have gone to Town Hall
1915 - George V
1926 Princess Mary
1937 George VI, passing on a coronation tour
1942 Duke of Kent - visited Civic Hall, not sure about TH
1949 Princess Elizabeth. Have found records of her going to Roundhay and Civic Hall.
1966 Princess Margaret, opening school
1969 Princess Margaret, opening city museum
2002 Queen Elizabeth
2007 Princess Royal, opening Tiled Hall





If the answers have come to light on here, a couple or three hours using 'search' and reading the results will bring them to light.

For things you don't find for yourself, our administrator Munki may be well placed to help with through his association with the place.
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Postby munki » Wed 09 Feb, 2011 11:41 am

I think Amelia probably knows more than I do already!

The final cost for 'Stone, bricks, lime, cement & c was £2,400, 18s 6d'. The stone cost less than the chandeliers, less than the fittings and furniture, less than the plasterer's work... but has thankfully lasted longer than most of them.

Any more answers for Amelia?
'Are we surprised that men perish, when monuments themselves decay? For death comes even to stones and the names they bear.' - Ausonius.

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