Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Leeds Town Hall Court Room

When first built Leeds Town Hall had four courtrooms. Only one survives now and it has been restored so we can see what it really looked like. It is very compact and as you can see from the photograph the accused stood ( in front of the bar at the bottom of the photograph) quite close to the witness ( stood in the small curved area on the right of the photograph). Also notice the lack of decoration in the wood, no carvings at all.

Leeds became an Assize town in 1864.

The Courts of Assize, or assizes, were periodic criminal courts held around England and Wales until 1972, when together with the Quarter Sessions they were abolished by the Courts Act 1971 and replaced by a single permanent Crown Court. The assizes heard the most serious cases, which were committed to it by the Quarter Sessions (local county courts held four times a year), while the more minor offences were dealt with summarily by Justices of the Peace in petty sessions (also known as Magistrates' Courts).

The word assize refers to the sittings or sessions (Old French assises) of the judges, known as "justices of assize", who were judges of the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice who travelled across the seven circuits of England and Wales on commissions of "oyer and terminer", setting up court and summoning juries at the various Assize Towns.

Trials took place here until 1992.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Leeds Skyline

These photographs were taken from the top of Leeds Town Hall.

With a height of 225 feet (68.6 m) it was the tallest building in Leeds from its construction in 1858 until 1966, when it lost the title to the Park Plaza Hotel, which stands 8 metres (26 ft) taller at 77 metres (253 ft). It has held the title longer than any other building, a record 108 years. The distinctive clock tower, which serves as a symbol of Leeds was not part of the initial design but was added by Brodrick in 1856 as the civic leaders sought to make an even grander statement.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Leeds Town Hall Clock

On Saturday we went on a fascinating guided tour of Leeds Town Hall. A highlight of the tour was the climb up the clock tower - up 209 steps !!
Here is the clock close up.

Bradford at Wembley

I was lucky enough to be at Wembley to watch Bradford. Forget the result the Bradford fans were magnificent.
Photographs taken with my phone

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hirst Weir

Less than a mile up river from Saltaire weir is another weir at Hirst Wood.
The sun was in the wrong place to take a good photograph. The building in view was converted in the 19th century to a paper mill, but is now a private residence.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Here are a group of photographers enjoying the winter sunshine. They are taking photographs of the weir on the River Aire at Saltaire.


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Bradford Rowing Club

Bradford Amateur Rowing Club (BARC) is a British Rowing affiliated club in Saltaire, West Yorkshire. It was founded in 1867 and the Clubhouse was built in 1893 on land given to the Club by Sir Titus Salt.
The Club rows on a 600m stretch of the River Aire and the two storey Clubhouse built in 1893 still retains much of its Victorian character, with its unique upstairs bar and function room where access to the balcony provides magnificent views of the River Aire and a local conservation area.