Leeds nostalgia: Owls reguilded in July 1973

Leeds, 29th July 1973

Kevin Maher (26) of manchester at work gilding the Civic Hall Owls.
Kevin works for Clean Walls of Manchester.
Leeds, 29th July 1973 Kevin Maher (26) of manchester at work gilding the Civic Hall Owls. Kevin works for Clean Walls of Manchester.
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Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Steve Riding photographer Kevin Maher as he gilded one of the owls atop the Civic Hall.

The reguilding was part of a £32,000 clean-up of Civic Hall. About £1,100 was being used for gilding. Mr Maher, 26, said: “The main aim is to restore Civic Hall to its original state. When it was built the owls were gilded with gold leaf, which has worn off over the years.”

The new application of gold leaf was expected to last 10 to 12 years.

The Leeds coat-of-arms contains three owls - these came from the coat-of-arms of Sir John Saville, the first Alderman of Leeds. Originally from northern France, the Saville family were presented with lands in Yorkshire by William the Conqueror after they supported him during the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

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