Cafe Lento – Headingley, Leeds

Cafe Lento

(Published April 25, 2009) This photo shows the outside of Cafe Lento in Headingley, Leeds. Cafe Lento is a family business run by Richard and his daughter and they are proud to serve quality coffee (Lavazza Tierra) and home cooked food using local, seasonal and fairtrade ingredients.

Leeds / Headingley

The inside of Cafe Lento is a nice place to sit back with a coffee and relax with a paper. One wall is a well organised notice board for local gigs and Cafe Lento has both music and poetry evenings.

Cafe Lento
21a North Lane
West Yorkshire



Bee Bole at Home Farm Temple Newsam Estate

Bee Bole
(Published July 24, 2009) This picture shows a bee bole with skep in the alcove, this being on the home farm at the temple Newsam Estate, Leeds.

Prior to the development of the modern beehive in around 1850, bee boles were the only practical way to keep bees here in the British Isles. The weather was just too bad so people used these bee houses to house their bees for the honey and beeswax.

In the days before sugar bee keeping was very common, also the wax was used for making candles, tithes/rents sometimes being paid in honey and or beeswax.

Bee boles are found across the whole of the British Isles. Other names were bee holes, bee shells (Cumbria), bee keps (Cumbria), bee niches (Derbyshire), bee walls (Gloucestershire), bee houses (Yorkshire), bee boxes (Kent).

This bee bole is not an original but was built by the Leeds Beekeepers Association on the Temple Newsam estate.


Black Prince Statue – City Square, Leeds

Black Prince statue in Leeds.
Black Prince Statue in Leeds.

This statue of the Edward of Woodstock (15 June 1330 – 8 June 1376), better known today as the Black Prince fairly dominates City Square in Leeds, directly opposite the Queens Hotel.

Edward was the eldest son of Edward III king of England and Philippa of Hainault, he was invested as prince of Wales in 1343. He was a popular and gifted military leader but dying a year before his father he never became king. Edward married Joan (fair maid of Kent) their son became king Richard II of England.

As a military leader he won several notable victories against the french during the 100 years war, including the battle of Crecy at the age of 16. Later he led the English against the French at Poitiers 1356, when desipte inferior numbers they again won the battle.

Decorative Tiles Seen in Leeds

Decorative Tiles Leeds City Centre
(Published by Paul on March 26, 2010) “I passed these decorative tiles on the wall of a building above a shop in Leeds city centre and could not resist taking photo and posting a little about them.

I must have passed this building many times in the last few months and cannot understand how I missed them before now. Perhaps they were covered up, the building looks newly decorated at least on the outside.

Leeds was at one time a centre for decorative pottery, having the Burmantofts pottery. These tiles have a vaguely classical theme, with a diaphanous female, a bust and the words Wedgewood, Minton, Worcester and Doulton, these all being famous potteries producing table china. I guess this shop on Commercial Street, Leeds was at one time a shop selling tableware.”

John Speed – A Brave Man

PS John Speed Leeds Memorial
Picture of memorial to PS John Speed on Kirkgate in Leeds.

(Published on July 29, 2011) “I never knew John Speed, he was a police officer, a sergeant here in Leeds and in 1984 he was shot and killed when he went to the aid of a colleague who had just been shot and wounded. This happened near the Leeds parish church on 31st October 1984 and today a marble memorial stands testament to the bravery of an unarmed officer who long before health and safety became an issue died in the service of the public.

The memorial was unveiled in a ceremony in 1986, the police never caught the man responsible and living in the city back then I remember it was a big story then.

Later when the investigation was going nowhere I was visited by a couple of officers who came to my home to ask me if I had done it. The police back then had decided that because it was someone with a firearm perhaps the killer had been in the forces. There was a problem with that theory, I had won a shooting competition, in a joint services competition. So yes I could have handled a gun and shot the officer but the killer shot at 3 officers, wounding one, killing one and missing the 3rd. I said sorry but dead men tell no tales, when they left they were not amused.

The killer of John Speed, David Gricewith, was only identified as the gunman after his own death, more than two years later in a police chase after an armed robbery.

My uncle was for many years a police officer and when I was a boy we lived across the road from the local police HQ so I knew quite a few policemen and women. In those days being a copper was about nicking the local ne’er-do-wells and the oath taken by officers included the words “without fear or favour, affection or ill will”. Upholding the law was a lot simpler back then in the days before ACPO and political correctness gone mad.

In my book all three officers on that day in 1984 were brave men, armed with nothing but a warrant card, a wooden truncheon (that had not really changed since Victorian times) and a uniform.”




Conkers on Woodhouse Moor

Picture Credit: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian

Students Kitty Harris (left),(22), and Ashleigh Hodge (23) enjoy a game of conkers in the warm weather on Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Friday. Both are studying at the University of Leeds.  This photograph is another from previous guest photographer Lorne Campbell who hails from Fife but now lives in Yorkshire.

The Wrens Hotel

The Wrens Hotel is a small gastropub on the corner of two of Leeds city centres busiest streets, close to the Grand Theatre. It is also a real hotel with a handful of rooms to rent.

The Wrens Hotel   61A New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JD 

New Pavilion Theatre – Morley

New Pavilion Theatre in Morley
New Pavilion Theatre

The New Pavilion Theatre in Morley was built as a Cine-Variety Theatre in 1911 with full stage facilities and fly tower, and an auditorium on two levels, Stalls and one Balcony. A major fire completely destroyed the backstage area in 1913, but thankfully the auditorium survived intact. The backstage area was then subsequently rebuilt and the building continued with live theatre and films until 1916 when the Theatre became a full time Cinema.

By 1929, with interest in silent films on the wane, the building reverted to live theatre again opening on Monday the 23rd of September.

In 1931, after having new cinema equipment with a rear projection room for talking pictures installed, the building became a full time Cinema once more, opening on Monday the 1st of June, and remained as such, albeit with alterations for Cinemascope and the installation of a front projection box in the rear of the balcony in 1956, until it closed on the 27th of July 1968.


Sunny Scarecrow

Picture of scarecrow on allotment in Leeds.

Following my short theme of sunny pictures here is another photo that I took last summer.

This is perhaps the least scary scarecrow that I have ever seen. I saw this scarcrow on some allotments in Calverley, Leeds. Whilst the scarecrow may not be scary it certainly fits in with sunny.


Picture of a lane in the village of Bramhope near Leeds in Yorkshire.

A short walk along this lane is the Wendy House from yesterday.



Leeds Canal Basin

Leeds Canal Basin
Leeds Canal Basin

Picture of drawing of Leeds canal basin around 1912.

Looking back through some old trade directories for Leeds dated prior to World War 1, I saw the above drawing.

This advertisement is from around 1912 and shows the premises of a former Leeds stone merchants Boyes and Leach at the Leeds canal basin. In the foreground a barge is being unloaded of large stone slabs using a crane. On the far right of the drawing can be seen the former canal office building, just the other side of the bridge. Boyes and Leach offered to deliver by rail or water, not something you would see advertised by many Leeds companies today.

The telephone number in the advert was Leeds 2132, today Leeds uses 7 digit numbers.

The crane in the drawing is I think possibly the one in this photo of a crane. Though this photo I previously posted from Granary Wharf as it now is was taken from the opposite bank of the Leeds – Liverpool title=”Picture of ” canal.

VQ Leeds Celebrates 20 Years

Picture of aerialist Nichole Pearson performing high up in the VQ shopping centre, Leeds.

This last week the Victoria Quarter here in Leeds celebrated its 20th anniversary since opening. On Thursday evening they held a special event at the VQ, with a singer, dancers, a formula 1 car to name but a few of the things on offer.

The highlight of the evening was a performance by award winning aerialist Nicole Pearson, who performed her act high up near the roof of the building. Nicole trained at the Ecole Nationale de Cirque, Montreal in Canada and is a professional aerial artist specialising in corde lisse.

When Nicole finished her performance and returned to the floor of the VQ I had a few words with her about what she does for a living and for some info for the blog. I also asked Nicole if she would mind getting up in front of the metal VQ sculpture near the entrance for a photo. Being the trooper that she is she asked if I wanted a handstand… So here in the above picture is Nichole in front of the VQ sign, I should have been a little further back for this shot, but she just went straight for it even though she was rather tired from hanging near the ceiling a few minutes earlier.

Thanks Nicole, you were great.

Church of St Mark, Woodhouse, Leeds

Church of St. Marks in Leeds.
This is a picture of the church of Saint Mark, Woodhouse, here in Leeds.

I have visited this old Waterloo church several times in the last year, I have photographed the churchyard of the church of Saint Mark in snow and with wildflowers in late spring.

Time has not dealt this tall Victorian church a good hand in the game of life, despite the fact that the builders used fine materials and good workmanship. Today it is besieged by vandals and since I last visited something has happened to a large chunk of the front wall. I am not sure of the cause, people stealing the stone or perhaps a vehicle crashing into this section, either way it is not looking good.

On a brighter note, the Yorkshire Evening Post recently ran a story “The fight to save a landmark Leeds church which has links to the Battle of Waterloo has ended in victory after a grant of £171,000 was offered by English Heritage to repair it.” So perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel for this Grade II listed church.

1704 Nunlow Steam Loco at KWVR

Steam Train Nunlow
Steam Train Nunlow

This image shows the 1704 Nunlow Steam Locomotive on the The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway ‘The Railway Children’ line near Oakworth Station.

Nunlow was built by Hudswell, Clarke and Company Limited an engineering and locomotive building company in Hunslet, Leeds in 1938. Hunslet, Leeds was a centre for engineering and locomotive construction from the time industrial revolution.

This steam train photograph is another taken by me at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway steam gala last week.






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.



Temple Works – Holbeck, Leeds

Temple Works Leeds Holbeck
It does not look much in the photo but it was a dank and dull day when I took this photograph of the Temple Works main entrance at Holbeck, Leeds.

Temple Works is a former flax mill designed by Joseph Bonomi the Younger and built by John Marshall between 1836 and 1840 here in Leeds, Yorkshire.

Pillar Temple Works Leeds
Detail on Pillar at Temple Works Leeds can be seen in the above picture.

Temple Works also known as Temple Mill was based on the Temple of Edfu at Horus in Egypt with a chimney designed in the style of an obelisk. Marshall’s inspiration for the design of Temple Works was his interest in Egyptology. When it was built it was said that Temple Works was the biggest single room in the world.

During its heyday sheep used to graze on its grass covered roof that was designed to keep the humidity in the flax mill to stop the linen thread from drying out.

Temple Works is located in Holbeck which was a thriving centre of industry during the industrial revolution.

Today Temple Works is the only Grade I listed building in Holbeck and it is in great need of some serious restoration work. In December 2008 a pillar collapsed and a large chunk of millstone grit fell onto the pavement of Marshall Street. Hence the need for safety helmets when I got a chance to look around the interior of Temple Works in Holbeck recently. Part of Marshall Street Holbeck was blocked to traffic for quite a while while they propped up part of the roof as I noticed several times when I would try to go down this street in my car.

Bee Bole at Home Farm Temple Newsam Estate

This picture shows a bee bole with skep in the alcove, this being on the home farm at the temple Newsam Estate, Leeds.

Prior to the development of the modern beehive in around 1850, bee boles were the only practical way to keep bees here in the British Isles. The weather was just too bad so people used these bee houses to house their bees for the honey and beeswax.

In the days before sugar bee keeping was very common, also the wax was used for making candles, tithes/rents sometimes being paid in honey and or beeswax.

Bee boles are found across the whole of the British Isles. Other names were bee holes, bee shells (Cumbria), bee keps (Cumbria), bee niches (Derbyshire), bee walls (Gloucestershire), bee houses (Yorkshire), bee boxes (Kent).

This bee bole is not an original but was built by the Leeds Beekeepers Association on the Temple Newsam estate.

Civic Hall – Leeds, Yorkshire

Leeds Civic HallThis photograph is of the Civic Hall, Leeds in Yorkshire. The civic hall was opened by King George V on 23 August 1933.

The area in front of the building is Millennium Square, Leeds a flagship project to mark the millennium.

Arthur Aaron VC DFM – Statue Leeds City Centre

Arthur Aaron VC DFM Statue Leeds City Centre
The photo above shows a detail of the statue erected in memory of Arthur Louis Aaron VC, DFM (5 March 1922–13 August 1943) in Leeds city centre. Arthur Aaron was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

This statue on the Eastgate roundabout, commemorates Arthur Aaron (an old boy of Roundhay School)who was chosen by thousands of Leeds residents to be the subject of a sculpture marking the new millennium.

Arthur Aaron was a bomber pilot in World War 2.

On 12 August 1943 during a raid on Turin, Italy, Flight Sergeant Aaron’s bomber was hit by gunfire. The Stirling was very badly damaged; Three engines were hit, the windscreen shattered, the front and rear turrets put out of action and the elevator control damaged, causing the aircraft to become unstable and difficult to control. The navigator was killed, other members of the crew were wounded, Flight Sergeant Aaron’s jaw was broken and part of his face was torn away. He had also been hit in the lung and his right arm was useless. Despite his terrible injuries he managed to level the aircraft out at 3000ft. Unable to speak, Flight Sergeant Aaron urged the bomb aimer with gestures to take over the controls. The crippled bomber made for the nearest Allied bases in North Africa.

Aaron was then assisted to the rear of the aircraft and given morphia. After resting he insisted on returning to the cockpit where he was lifted back into his seat where he made a determined effort to take control and fly the aircraft although his weakness was evident and he was eventuall persuaded to desist. In great pain and suffering from exhaustion he continued to help by writing directions with his left hand.

Five hours after leaving the target fuel was now low, but Bone airfield was sighted. Flight Sergeant Aaron summoned his failing strength to successfully direct the bomb aimer in belly-landing the damaged aircraft in the darkness.

He died nine hours after the aircraft touched down, he was 21 years of age.

The scuplture was unveiled on Saturday 24 March 2001 by Malcolm Mitchem, the last surviving member of Aarons aircrew. The statue of the young bomber pilot was commissioned from Barnsley artist Graham Ibbeson, who aslo made the well known statue of Eric Morecambe the comedian.

Statue Arthur Aaron Leeds

The photograph above shows the entire sculpture, viewed towards Eastgate, Leeds.

The sculpture features the bomber pilot as a young man, who had just graduated in architecture at the University of Leeds, standing at the foot of a tree, up which are climbing three children progressively representing the passage of time between 1950 and 2000, with the last a girl releasing a dove of peace, all representing the freedom his sacrifice helped ensure.

Leeds Photographer in Headingley

Leeds / Headingley

I called into Cafe Lento in Headingley to get some photos for a future post on the Leeds Photo Daily and little later whilst I was drinking a delicious latte this chap came in. He is James Hardisty a photographer with the Yorkshire Evening Post. James was at the Lento to get some photographs for a feature the paper was doing. I said hello and it turns out he knows my friend photographer Lorne Campbell, we swapped cards and James let me take his picture.

Leeds / Headingley

James was kind and asked if I was happy with the pics I had taken, knowing he was against the light in the doorway. So I took another of him outside photographing the front of the cafe.

I will post more from the cafe Lento in Headingley, Leeds tomorrow.

Abbey House Museum – Kirkstall, Leeds

Abbey House Museum Nursery, Leeds
The nursery at the Abbey House Museum in Leeds.

The photo above shows one of the rooms in the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds this room is a recreation of a Victorian nursery of around 1880, I love the wheeled cow.

Abbey House Museum in Leeds
Abbey House Museum

The photograph above is a view of the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds in Yorkshire.

Abbey House was built as a gatehouse to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds built by Cistercian monks who started building Kirkstall Abbey in 1152. The monks were given the land by Henry de lacy, a descendent of Ilbert de lacy who was given land around Kirkstall by William I, best known today as William the conqueror.

The gatehouse is the oldest part of Abbey House and today houses the cafe. In 1539 King Henry VIII disolved the monasteries, the monks were forced out of the abbey and it fell into ruin. The last abbot, John Ripley, made the gatehouse, Abbey House, his home until his death in 1568. From then on the house became a residence to notable Leeds families. In 1925 the house was sold to Leeds corporation, becoming a museum in 1927.

Over the next few days the Leeds photo daily will explore more of the Abbey House Museum, Leeds and also Kirkstall Abbey, both of these are around 3 miles from Leeds city centre along the A65.

John Dyson – Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds

Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds
Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds

When John Dyson created Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds in around 1865 I think I am safe in saying the cost was not high on his list of priorities. Once seen this building is not easily forgotten, I recall seeing Lucinda Lambton enthusing on TV about Dysons some years back. Inside it is simply wonderful, it is now a restaurant Georgetown at the Dysons Clock Building The staff were kind and let me stroll around their nice interior. I cannot comment on the food, but I think for a memorable meal this has got to be a must. There is another photo here.