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William Turton Corn and hay merchant here at Turton's Wharf and Warehouse rebuilt 1876. He pioneered horse drawn tramways across northern England. From 1866 he ran omnibuses in Leeds, becoming a founding director, then chairman, of Leeds Tramways Company 1872-1895. Councillor and Poor Law Guardian. 1825-1900

64, The Calls, Leeds, United Kingdom
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The Olympia Works. Robert Blackburn, aviator pioneer, built aircraft here including over 100 BE2C army and navy biplanes and the famous Kangeroo, Swift and Sopwith Baby planes. He test flew the BE2Cs on Soldiers' Field and from there, in 1919, operated passenger flights to London and Amsterdam. 1914-1932

Tescos, Roundhay, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Frank Kidson M.A. 1855-1926 Musical antiquarian and folk-song collector lived here 1904-1926

5 Hamilton Avenue, LS7, Leeds, United Kingdom
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The Philosophical Hall. The imposing home of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society stood here until 1966. Erected in 1821 it became the centre of scientific and cultural life in Leeds, housing a fine museum conveyed to the City in 1921.

HSBC Bank, Park Row, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Bramley Rugby League Football Club The Barley Mow Inn ground was the home of Bramley Rugby League Football Club (now Bramley Buffaloes) from 1890 until its move to MacLaren Field in 1965. Bramley played New Zealand Al Golds here in 1907 in the Northern Union's first ever tour game. FOUNDED 1879

The Barley Mow Inn, Town Street, Bramley LS13, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds & County Liberal Club From Parliamentary and municipal reform in the 1830s to 1894 the Liberal Party dominated politics in Leeds. This splendid club in Welsh terracotta opened in 1891. Crowds were addresses from its balcony 'on occasions of political excitement'. Chorley & Connon Architects

Quebecs Hotel, Quebec Street, LS1, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Mann's Patent Steam Cart & Wagon Company Ltd Steam-powered road vehicles were built here. Previously Mann & Charlesworth Ltd of Dewsbury Road, the company produced unique designs of steam carts, rollers, wagons and tractors. 1899-1929

Pepper Road, Hunslet, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Adelaide Neilson renowned international tragic actress was born nearby in St. Peter's Square. "Her Juliet was perfect ; her Isabella had marvellous earnestness and beauty". 1848-1880

Outside main entrance to West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, LS2 7UP, Leeds, United Kingdom
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The Leeds Club Moved here in 1852. As a prestigious gentlemen's club, it was the meeting place for the town's leading business and professional men. Its lavish classical interior included coffee, smoking and dining rooms, a billiard room, bedrooms and a ballroom. Founded 1849.

3 Albion Place, LS1, Leeds, United Kingdom

Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon Company. Steam road wagons featuring Yorkshire's characteristic transverse-mounted boiler were made here from 1902 until 1937. Later part of the Hestair Group, the firm then specialised in diesel-powered tankers, municipal gulley emptiers and road-sweepers 1900-1971

Off Pepper Road, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Richard Bentley [full inscription unknown]

Bentley Square, Calverley Rd, Oulton, LS26, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Mount St Marys Convent, Orphanage & School Founded in 1853 by the sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux to serve the Catholic community displaced from Ireland by famine and which came to live on the Bank, an area of severe poverty and deprivation. Architect: William Wardell Built 1858

Mt St Marys Catholic High School, Ellerby Road, LS9, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Newton House Earl Cowper built this fine house c.1820 on part of Squire Pastures Farm, a fore-runner of the high class residential development of New Leeds. In 1843 Hutchinson Gresham, pawnbroker, purchased the villa. Joseph Lumley, mustard, cocoa and chicory manufacturer lived here in 1851.

Spencer Place, LS7, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Permanent House Was built on the newly created Headrow in 1930 as the headquarters of Leeds Permanent Building Society. Its grandeur befitted Leeds' greatest financial institution which from 1848 enable generations to fulfil the dream of buying their own home. Architect: G.W. Atkinson

Browns Restaurant, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Headingley Hall. The medieval manor house of Headingley almost certainly stood here. The Hall was rebuilt in the 17th century and 1831-6. Residents included John Killingbeck, Mayor of Leeds 1677, George Hayward, Land Agent of the Earl of Cardigan, and his son George J. W. Hayward, born here 1839, intrepid explorer in Central Asia.

Headingley Hall, Shire Oak Road, LS6, Leeds, United Kingdom
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The Hunslet Engine Company Was the longest-lived firm in this dynamic area, building over one-third of the 19,000 locomotives produced in Leeds for passenger and freight trains, factories, docks, mines, tunnelling and plantations throughout the world. 1864-1995

125 Jack Lane, Hunslet, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Ellen Heaton (1816-94) Lived in 6 Woodhouse Square from 1859-94. She was an influential Pre-Raphaelite art patron and an active campaigner for women's rights, education, health, environmental issues and anti-vivisection. Her friend, the poet Christina Rossetti, stayed here.

Swarthmore Education Centre, 6 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Canal Gardens These ornamental gardens were formed from a walled kitchen garden built c.1816 for Thomas Nicholson of Roundhay Park. Inheriting the estate in 1833, his stepbrother Stephen added the canal, 350 by 34 feet, spanned by two rustic bridges and terminating in an arbour.

Canal Gardens, on archway leading to Tropical World, LS8, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Dewhirst's and Marks & Spencer. This was the warehouse of Isaac Dewhirst, wholesale haberdasher and manufacturer of hosiery, pinafores, underclothing and aprons. Obtaining supplies here, the Polish immigrant pedlar, Michael Marks, met Dewhirst's cashier Tom Spencer. In 1894 they formed the most famous partnership in British retailing.

Harper Street, LS2, Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds Civic Hall Was erected 1930-33 by the unemployed building workers of Leeds. Its magnificent accommodation includes Lord Mayor's ceremonial rooms, Council Chamber, committee rooms and offices. It was built to serve the 'ever-expanding municipal functions and duties' of Leeds City Council. Architect: Vincent Harris

Millennium Square, Portland Crescent, Leeds, United Kingdom

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