Features - Tunnels Under City Station

The Darker Arches
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Mon 12 Dec, 2011 8:13 pm

Thanks about the Dark arch photo compliments guys. It was nothing special really, just plonked the camera on the tripod. It was taken before they spoilt the atmosphere with the new lighting down there though.
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Postby Leodian » Mon 12 Dec, 2011 8:50 pm

Does anyone know if the Dark Arches were used as air raid shelters during the Second World War? They (and the train station) must though have been targets. I wonder how much damage the Dark Arches would have needed to cause a collapse of at least most of it. A major part of the history of Leeds would have been lost if bomb damage was successful.
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Postby chameleon » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 9:42 pm

Leodian wrote:
Does anyone know if the Dark Arches were used as air raid shelters during the Second World War? They (and the train station) must though have been targets. I wonder how much damage the Dark Arches would have needed to cause a collapse of at least most of it. A major part of the history of Leeds would have been lost if bomb damage was successful.


A fairly comprhenswive thread here Leodian -

http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=235
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Postby Leodian » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 10:35 pm

chameleon wrote:
Leodian wrote:
Does anyone know if the Dark Arches were used as air raid shelters during the Second World War? They (and the train station) must though have been targets. I wonder how much damage the Dark Arches would have needed to cause a collapse of at least most of it. A major part of the history of Leeds would have been lost if bomb damage was successful.


A fairly comprhenswive thread here Leodian -

http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=235


Thanks for that link chameleon.

It would seem from the posts in that thread that City Station (or whatever it may have been called then) was rarely hit and as a consequence the Dark Arches probably never got hit (at least enough to do any serious damage).
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Postby Jogon » Mon 26 Dec, 2011 8:58 pm

Required viewing before anyone goes down, round, near that place:- 1973 Brittish Shocker 'Deathline'.

http://www.britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/deathline.shtml

Think I saw that at the Odeon Merrion Centre (Cinema deserves another thread)
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Postby Leodian » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 11:11 pm

I thought (hope!) this photo showing the entrance into the Dark Arches from Neville Street may be of interest. I took the photo on April 3 2012. It nicely shows some old and some new features. I bet the Victorian builders and architect(s) would be very proud to see their work is still being used.
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Postby Leodian » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 11:23 pm

This photo (taken April 3 2012) is a closer view of the Neville Street access/egress to the Dark Arches. The photo makes the tunnel (which leads to its foot/road bridge over the River Aire) look very modern!
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Postby Caron » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 11:27 pm

Yeh. Sure looks lots better than I last remember it some years ago. Sorry to say that as a child of the 60's, certain areas of Leeds always seemed dark and menacing.

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Postby Jogon » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 12:26 pm

Caron wrote:
As a child of the 60's, certain areas of Leeds always seemed dark and menacing.


They were!

I suspect a lot of the nice architectural detailing that SL folke photograph has only been visible since demise of industry, removal of Kirkstall and Whitehall Rd Power Stations.
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Postby Caron » Sat 07 Apr, 2012 10:34 pm

Thanks for that.
You have a photo of a gas lamp on this thread.
I lived on Wolseley St as a kid (til I was 5) and I remember the lamplighter making his calls every evening to light the lamps on Wolseley Rd.
I could never make out what he was doing exactly with the long pole he used and never thought to ask my mam and dad either. Can't believe I'm old enough to be remembering them in use Angry

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