Pastures new for famous black horse sculpture in Leeds

The Black Horse at the former Lloyds Bank at Park Row, Leeds. Picture: James Hardisty.

The Black Horse at the former Lloyds Bank at Park Row, Leeds. Picture: James Hardisty.

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A familiar Leeds landmark has trotted off to a new location in the city.

Peter Tysoe’s 14ft-tall Black Horse sculpture has stood proudly on Park Row since it was installed in 1976 outside what was then the northern headquarters of Lloyds Bank.

But Lloyds applied for planning permission to shift the imposing depiction of its corporate symbol across town to its office building on Lovell Park Road in Sheepscar.

The move this weekend follows the closure of the banking giant’s Park Row site last month.

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Planning documents say the new Sheepscar location would be given a suitably stylish look with the addition of a sandstone-topped concrete plinth as well as a walkway and seating area.

Sculptor Mr Tysoe, who lives in Torquay, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I was sad to hear that the horse could be removed from Park Row but it’s good to know that it would not be lost to the city.

“I must commend Lloyds on their concern for the preservation of the sculpture – I’ve been consulted at every stage of the process.

“I hope that it will still be accessible and, hopefully, enjoyed by passers-by.”

A spokesman for Lloyds said the bank was keen to display the sculpture in a prominent location, describing it as an “important local landmark” and part of the company’s heritage.

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The sculpture’s rod and tube sections are intended to give it the appearance of a three dimensional line drawing.

Originally called The Black Horse, it was later renamed Cancara after the equine star of a long-running series of TV adverts for Lloyds.

Lloyds began using its famous symbol after its 19th century takeover of another bank that had traded under a black horse sign during its early days as a goldsmith’s in the City of London’s Lombard Street.

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