Feature - March 2007, Leeds Town Hall

The secret side of one of the most iconic buildings in Leeds.
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Postby Jogon » Mon 29 Oct, 2012 10:53 pm

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Civic Week - 22nd September 1928

    
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Postby Caron » Mon 29 Oct, 2012 11:58 pm

How odd. Just seen the pic of Portsmouth Town Hall and read the message. My friends nan lived in Portsmouth and we used to go stay with her often years ago. I always used to say the place reminded me of Leeds, it just had that feeling about it and the people are friendly too.
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Postby Phallica2000 » Tue 06 Nov, 2012 9:46 am

Jogon wrote:


Decorated for Coronation Ceremony 1902

And below the King & Queen leaving the Town Hall 1908

    

And an old Postcard



From the air 1947



The red cross/click to view is a picture which originated "during construction".

Portsmouth Town Hall (1890) has always looked 'kinda f'miliar',


and perhaps here's why:-
"...... The design for the building was under the control of a sub-committee of the Council, the members of which greatly admired the architecture of the modern Town Halls in the North of England, particularly those of Leeds and Bolton. The latter had been designed by Mr William Hill who was appointed the Architect for Portsmouth. He copied many of the features from Bolton but made so many improvements that it was larger by some 412,000 cubic feet. The lowest tender for the construction, which was carried out by Messrs. Armitage and Hodgson of Leeds, was £98,245..."

Did they build Leeds?



Wow, very cool. I've never been to Portsmouth but I think I'll have to now, if only to get a look at the town hall.
Young 'uns that have no interest in the history of the place they grew up in....disgraceful.
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Postby Leodian » Sat 31 Aug, 2013 8:33 pm

A very easily not seen feature is a harp on the roof of the Town Hall. It only seems to be visible on street level from Great George Street and only then just about in front of O'Neill's bar. This is a very zoomed-in photo that I took on August 30 2013 (it is unfortunately not sharp). The harp may be well known to SL viewers but as I only recently noticed it I thought I would mention it for anyone that doesn't know of it. I shall post a photo next that shows the harp's location on the Town Hall.
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Postby Leodian » Sat 31 Aug, 2013 8:35 pm

This photo was taken on August 30 2013 from Great George Street and shows the harp just visible about in the centre of the top.
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Postby Leodian » Sat 31 Aug, 2013 8:48 pm

When I was on Great George Street passing by the Town Hall on August 30 2013 I noticed some work was going on that gave a view into the inside of the Town Hall there (it looked like there was heating and/or air conditioning equipment inside, though that is just my guess). Some of the work was partly covered on the outside and workmen were inside so I did not try to get any photos just there. However, a very small area was open nearer the steps so I took this very much street level photo that shows some of the equipment inside. Though not the greatest of photos I thought (hope!) it would still be of interest if only for the unusual viewing point.

PS. On enlarging the original photo from which the one here is a reduced copy the wording on what seems to an upright wooden beam reads "New pressups unit" with a downward pointing arrow.

The following link will bring up a Google Street View that shows where the small normally blanked off opening is a little to the left of the steps on Great George Street. The ventilated feature immediately to its left is where the other work could be seen. The door on the far left is where the gents toilets used to be. http://goo.gl/maps/mszxs
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Postby lek » Mon 19 May, 2014 10:22 am

I suppose that it is of little interest to anyone but me, but my grandfather was brought by his father to see Queen Victoria open Leeds Town Hall - about 1860 I think.
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Postby chameleon » Mon 19 May, 2014 11:44 am

lek wrote:
I suppose that it is of little interest to anyone but me, but my grandfather was brought by his father to see Queen Victoria open Leeds Town Hall - about 1860 I think.


Lek,

That this has been remembered and passed down through several generations on an individual basis says much about how important and grand the occasion must have been to people.

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Postby Jogon » Thu 22 May, 2014 9:00 am

lek wrote:
I suppose that it is of little interest to anyone but me, but my grandfather was brought by his father to see Queen Victoria open Leeds Town Hall - about 1860 I think.


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I like stuff like that - it's good to compare those dates ("with his father") and work out what wars / conflicts were going on, was Grandpa still around and where might he have fought.




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