Thomas Ambler
(1838-1920)

Died aged c. 82

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Thomas Ambler (1838 – 1920) was an English architect, living and working in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Ambler was a friend of the Mayor of Leeds and Member of Parliament, John Barran, who became his patron. Among Ambler's surviving works are the Grade II* listed Moorish factory (now offices) of St Paul's House in Park Square, Leeds, Grade II listed buildings on the south side of Boar Lane, St James's Hall in New York Street, and the Grade II listed Alf Cooke printworks in Hunslet Road which now forms part of the Printworks Campus of Leeds City College.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Photo of Thomas Johnson, Thomas Ambler, Joseph Priestley, and Library, Leeds blue plaque
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Photo of John Barran and Thomas Ambler blue plaque
Mtaylor848 on Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Crown Point Printing Works, Alf Cooke, and Thomas Ambler blue plaque
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The Leeds Library A proprietary subscription library founded in 1768 with Joseph Priestley as Secretary. Since 1808 it has occupied these purpose-built premises designed by Thomas Johnson. The first-floor reading room and Thomas Ambler's 'New Room' extension are amongst the architectural wonders of Leeds.

18 Commercial Street, LS1, Leeds, United Kingdom where they designed

St. Paul's House This building was originally a warehouse and cloth-cutting works built for John Barran, the founder of the mass-production, ready-made clothing industry in Leeds. Barran was a Mayor of Leeds and served as its Liberal M.P. from 1876 - 1885 Architect: Thomas Ambler Erected 1878

Park Square, Leeds, United Kingdom where they designed

Crown Point Printing Works. Alf Cooke (1842-1902) began printing in 1886. He developed great skills in colour lithography producing art reproductions and portraits of the famous. In 1885 he was awarded a Royal Warrant. Following a fire, these works were entirely rebuilt in 1885 as "the largest, healthiest printing works in the world." Architect: Thomas Ambler.

Leeds City College Hunslet Road, LS10 1JY., Leeds, United Kingdom where they designed (1885)