Nicola Adams Gold Post Boxes

Picture of golden postbox in honour of Olympic champion Nicola Adams in Leeds.

The city of Leeds had two Olympic champions at the London games of 2012 triathlete Alistair Brownlee and boxer Nicola Adams. The Royal Mail decided to celebrate team GB wins by painting some of our iconic post poxes gold in their home towns.

Alistair Brownlee has a golden postbox in Leeds and Nicola Adams the winner of the first Olympic gold medal for a woman at boxing now has her very own gold post box in Leeds city centre.

The Royal Mail chose a post box for Nicola on Cookridge Street but if someone was looking for it I would say it was on The Headrow right next to the Henry Moore Institute and opposite the Radisson hotel, these being better known places.

I am not sure why the Royal picked this post box, it is a double post box and they also painted gold the less common franked mail post box that stands adjacent too. Each Olympic champion had a post box painted gold by the Royal Mail and also a postage stamp featuring them too.

The Hull boxer Luke Campbell got a hat trick with stamp, post box and also a telephone box too, this being due to the city having for historical reasons a different phone company run locally and decided to celebrate too.

Another athlete Laura Trott has 2 golden post boxes in separate towns, this being due to a mix up. When Laura made known her disappointment that the town she was born in (Harlow) got the post box rather than the town that she considers home Cheshunt Royal Mail painted one there too.

Wildflower Leeds

Paul wrote: “This is a wildflower I found growing on some waste ground in Leeds city centre last summer.

I just could not face another winter photograph for this Leeds daily photo blog, I miss the sun. So today here is this little clover flower, I really like wildflowers, often like this one they are small but quite beautiful.”


Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square – Night

This is a night time view of the front of the Leeds City Museum building, located on Millenium Square in Leeds city centre.

This was the first time I got to try out my new heavy duty tripod and I am pleased with the results. The area marked out on the RH side in small blue lights is I think the outside area used by the cafe in the Leeds City Museum.

The Leeds City Museum overlooks the fine looking building that is the Leeds Civic Hall also on Millenium Square.

I featured a very similar day time photograph of the Leeds City Museum earlier on my Leeds in Yorkshire daily photo blog.



The Leeds Library – Founded 1768

The Leeds Library MugI saw this mug, a penguin books – The Body in the Library, when I first visited The Leeds Library and I knew I really ought to use it in a photograph on my Leeds in Yorkshire photography blog.

I often passed the doorway to The Leeds Library, it was always shut and could perhaps be mistaken as an entrance to the building society adjacent.

Having run this blog for more than 6 months now I am much more likely not to put a closed door stand in the way of a chance of a few pictures. So having looked up The Leeds Library on google I emailed and asked if I could have a look around and take some photographs for the Leeds Daily Photo.

Founded in 1768 The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library here in the UK.

The Leeds Library
The Leeds Library

You can see the building that was built in 1808 to house The Leeds Library on Commercial Street in the heart of Leeds in the above photograph. The entrance to the library is just behind the blonde girl with the ponytail.

Today the building built by Thomas Johnson in a Greek revival style is grade II* listed and rightly so.

The first secretary of The Leeds Library was Joseph Priestley (13 March 1733 – 6 February 1804) who was an 18th-century English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, educator, and political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen.

Thanks to Claire for hunting down the mug and washing it for my photograph.

The Leeds Library can be contacted at this address and phone number:

The Leeds Library
18 Commercial Street
West Yorkshire

Tel: 0113 245 3071
Fax: 0113 245 1191