Hi all. First post here so be kind please.,.
I live away from Leeds now ( for 20 years) and still moss it dreadfully. I'd live to move back but it's just not possible for the the foreseeable future
Anyway, about the Dark Arches;y dad was a gas fitter and was part of the team refitting the Queens hotel kitchens were overrun with very large rats from the water flowing under the arches and buildings. This was early 70s.
Trusting thatLeeds hasn't changed beyond all recognition... When you come out of the city station and cross the car park, you reach a flight of stairs that leads down to Bishopsgate Street. Go down. Turn right at the bottom of the stairs and don't cross the road. As you walk forward there should be a doorway on your right - I have no idea what business (if any) is there now but in the 80's it was a club called Daggi's that was open till 6am. They were a club til 2am then sold food and soft or hot drinks til 6am. There were also pool and snooker tables - anyone remember it? Run by Daggi and Brendan? Anyway, walk past the door and in the next right you get to the arches and the back of the club. This is where the bins were and the heating and a/c pipes. A couple of homeless guys ( or tramps as they were known then) used to climb up onto one of the ridges near the hot pipes to go to sleep in the warmth. Sadly one night one of them, slightly worse for wear, fell off and died. It was a big shock, and from then on Daggi's staff would always move them on.
Brendan and Daggi were friends and gave me a lift home. They always parked in the arches and drove round a bit of a loop to get out. With it all looking the same and being tired after a long shift I found the route a bit disorienting and couldn't find my way around noe, but there were long tunnels, loads of arches with doors and the odd glimpse of water. Hope that helps or is interesting.
Sorry about typing. I am having investigations for double vision which makes it hard to type accurately!