Thomas Walter Harding
(1843-1927)

Died aged c. 84

Colonel Thomas Walter Harding (1843–1927) was an industrialist and civic figure in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He was born in Lille, France, where his Leeds-based father had a factory, and was educated at Leeds Grammar School. He built extensions to Tower Works in Holbeck in 1899 and the 1920s and, when City Square was remodelled, proposed and financed the sculptures including the Black Prince . He used the title "Colonel" after the gave him the title of Honorary Colonel when he retired after 33 years service in 1893. He was Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1898–99, and was created a Freeman of the City of Leeds in 1903. He moved from his home in Abbey House (originally the Kirkstall Abbey gatehouse) to Hartsholme Hall in Lincolnshire (1902) and Madingley Hall in Cambridgeshire (1906), which he restored. He was appointed High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire in March 1901, and Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in April 1901. Harding was also a writer. He published The Abbot of Kirkstall in 1926, a novel about the Black Prince, John of Gaunt, and John Wycliffe.

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Tower Works. Built for Harding & Son, makers of pins, cards and combs for the textile industry. Its smallest chimney (Thomas Shaw 1864) was modelled on the Lamberti Tower in Verona, the largest (William Bakewell 1899) on Giotto's Campanile in Florence. 1864-1981

Globe Road, Leeds, United Kingdom where they owned