The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby hyperion » Sun 17 May, 2015 5:18 pm

Many year ago there was a suggestion that the lions were the work of edwin h landseer.I cant remember the source of the speculation, but it may of been a local evening paper . I find it quite amazing that nobody knows who carved the lions. re portland stone is limestone unless anybody knows otherwise.
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby j.c.d. » Sun 17 May, 2015 5:32 pm

Nothing wrong with Limestone, down in my neck of the woods both Bath and Cheltenham have many building constructed of that stone and they certainly look well on it.
I think the photo's posted earlier are terrific and nearly brought a tear to my eye when there were suggestions of replacing these gracious creatures.

(Both times when I had to go to court I gave them a touch on the way in and came out with a reasonable result)
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby hyperion » Sun 17 May, 2015 5:50 pm

Hiya francof
Just Googled Jesse Beatrice Kitson.I think your grandad must have been a comedian,thats the funny thing ive read today.
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby Geordie-exile » Sun 17 May, 2015 6:29 pm

Nice tale francof.

But here's the real Mayor.

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/n ... -1-7072437
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby Geordie-exile » Sun 17 May, 2015 6:32 pm

Oh - and the sculptor was William Day Keyworth.

http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... 8_66411990
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby Leodian » Sun 17 May, 2015 8:21 pm

Thanks all for the very interesting comments and information regarding the lions.

The attached photo that I took on May 14 2015 shows the less weathered lion that is the second in from Oxford Place (or the third in from Calverley Street). It compares well to the same lion in the photo in Leodis that Geordie-exile has given this link to http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?resourceIdentifier=200438_66411990&DISPLAY=FULL

In the superb 'Royal visit to leeds King George Queen Mary 1933' photo that hyperion provided there is what seems to be a young lad casually strolling close to the Royal carriage. I wonder why he was allowed to get so near? Perhaps he did it before anyone could react! It's possible that he could still be alive, so if so I wonder if he recalls the event?

From some posts I get an impression that it is thought I may be advocating that the lions are removed, but that is not the case as I think they are excellent features. I was simply pointing out that they look quite weathered now. Leo for the Lions :)
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby chameleon » Sun 17 May, 2015 10:11 pm

Geordie-exile wroteColonOh - and the sculptor was William Day Keyworth.

http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... 8_66411990


Hi Geordie, yes, superficial searching all says Keyworth, but delving deeper reveals evidence that things may not be what they seem - or that simple, I can't add any more on here at present, but keep an open mind for now.
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby warringtonrhino » Sun 17 May, 2015 11:32 pm

chameleon wroteColon
Geordie-exile wroteColonOh - and the sculptor was William Day Keyworth.

http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... 8_66411990


Hi Geordie, yes, superficial searching all says Keyworth, but delving deeper reveals evidence that things may not be what they seem - or that simple, I can't add any more on here at present, but keep an open mind for now.


I thought Matthew Noble did the lions

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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby j.c.d. » Sun 18 Oct, 2015 7:56 pm

I understood that the when Winston Churchill came on a morale boosting rally the Mayor of Leeds was Hyman Morris, or maybe he visited more than once. My father came home and told the family about the crowds turning out and cheering the great man and if the Mayor had a very long beard I feel sure he would have mentioned it. I was only seven but the visit was often spoken of of in our house.
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Re: The badly weathered lions at Leeds Town Hall.

Postby j.c.d. » Wed 28 Oct, 2015 12:32 pm

No replies to this so maybe I have got my wires crossed......

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