Arndale shopping centre founder dies

Property man, 100, left mark on many northern communities By Richard Hainsworth ONE of the men who helped Arndale become a byword for shoppers in the North of England has died at the age of 100.

Yorkshire property developer and businessman Arnold Hagenbach, who was co-founder of the Arndale Property Trust, died on Sunday at his home in Spain.

Arndale was the name on many of the 1960s and 70s shopping and town centre developments across the north of England.

Its name came from ARNold Hagenbach and Sam ChippenDALE who together established the Arndale Property Trust Ltd in 1950. Arndale was a consolidation of many smaller private companies.


As it expanded, Arndale centres sprang up all over the North of England including three in Leeds at Armley, Headingley and Crossgates, in Bradford city centre and Shipley town centre.

Other big Arndale developments were in Sunderland, Jarrow, Accrington, Lancaster, Bolton, Doncaster as well as in Aberdeen and Peterborough

Local authorities in Poole, Kingswood, Nelson, Middleton, Morecambe, Stretford, Blyth, Blaydon, Kirkby in Ashfield and Camberley all appointed Arndale to redevelop their town centres.

It also owned property in Australia.

The company eventually became part of the shipping company P & O's property empire.

Mr Hagenbach had originally joined the well-known family bakery business of Charles Hagenbach and Sons and was managing director from 1929 until 1957 when it was sold to Allied Bakeries.

From its Wakefield headquarters Hagenbachs had 40 shops and restaurants, including the well-known Jacomelli's in Boar Lane, Leeds.

Arnold Hagenbach was born in Wakefield on May 19, 1904, and went to Silcoates before finishing his education in Switzerland where his family originated.

He became a Conservative member of Wakefield City Council and married Betty Sloan, whose family ran the Sloan & Davidson foundry business at Swinnow, Leeds, in 1941 and from 1947 lived at Stairfoot House, in Stairfoot Lane, Adel, Leeds.

He left there in 1957 moving first to a Tudor manor house in Wiltshire, and later to Spain.


In his younger days Mr Hagenbach was a keen sportsman enjoying fox hunting, skiing and sub-aqua diving.

In 1962 Mr Hagenbach bought the 30 acre Burgh Island, off Plymouth, with plans to redevelop the well-known hotel there.

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