Photo essay: A showpiece building that is worthy of a great city like Leeds

It started life more than 160-years ago as the ultimate statement of civic pride.

And to this day, it remains one of the city’s proudest and most recognisable architectural achievements.

Leeds Town Hall. Pictures: Simon Hulme

Leeds Town Hall. Pictures: Simon Hulme

The building was once a municipal hub, hosting courts, the city’s police station and cells, register services and more. However nowadays it serves primarily as a concert and conference venue.

The original decision to build Leeds Town Hall was made in 1851, at a meeting of the then Leeds Borough Council. An attempt was made to fund it by selling shares for £10 but the plan failed, A public competition to design the building was eventually won by young Hull architect Cuthbert Brodrick.

The Grade 1 listed building, voted the city’s favourite by YEP readers in 2009, is due to undergo a major £10m revamp.

This week's photo essay is by Simon Hulme.

This week's photo essay is by Simon Hulme.

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