22 photos to take you back to Leeds in 1986

It was the year plans were submitted to demolish the Schofields store in the city centre.

Monday, 11th January 2021, 5:53 pm
Enjoy these photo memories from around Leeds in 1986. Is it a city you remember?
Enjoy these photo memories from around Leeds in 1986. Is it a city you remember?

Developers in 1986 submitted a design for a building mostly made from red brick but Leeds City Council said it wanted to see more stone to break up the brick. It was deemed this would give the building a 'Leeds feel' and help create a kind of architectural bridge between it and the older Edwardian buildings nearby. Councillors said the new design lacked identity and the scheme was rejected. In the end, Schofields - which became the Schofields Centre - traded right up to 1996, after which it became The Headrow Centre. Enjoy these photo memories from around Leeds in 1986 - is it a city you remember? The images are a mix from the YEP archive and others published courtesy of photographic archive Leodis, which is run by Leeds Library & Information Service. They also run heritage blog The Secret Library Leeds, which provides a behind the scenes look at the Central Library and highlights from its special collections, including rare books hidden away in the stacks. READ MORE: Schofields Leeds in 12 photos | Leeds in 1984 | Leeds in 1985 LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

October 1986 and Roly Poly dance group member Mo Mighty Atom is helped on a new Micro Rider bus in Dortmund Square by drivers Harry Harrison and Selina Jenkinson.
August 1986. View of a roadside site in Leeds used by gypsies and travellers. There was no piped water supply so water was brought in churns from sympathetic households.

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April 1986 and Vera Watson laughs with delight as she unveils a plaque - her gift to the community - which gives details of the historic Bar Tollhouse. Miss Watson retired as clerk to Scarcroft council in 1983 after 27 years.
Brian Kershaw, curator of engineering from Leeds Museums and Galleries, working on a mill engine at Armley Mills in October 1986.. It had opened as Leeds Industrial Museum in 1982.
Denis Healey MP crowns Ann Marie Duffy, the Queen of Gipton Gala, in July 1986.
The opening of Hansa's Gujarati vegetarian restaurant on North Street in 1986.
October 1986 and traders dressed as pallbearers delivered a 250,000 signature petition opposing plans to redevelop Kirkgate Market. They delivered it to Leeds City Council planning officials in a coffin.
Pictured is David Street looking from Manor Road in June 1986. On the right is a cleared area where St. Francis' R.C. Church and St. Joseph's R.C. Secondary School once stood. Behind this is a department of the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society.
June 1986 and pictured is the demolition of an industrial building on Manor Road, next to the junction with David Street in Holbeck.
The gypsy and traveller roadside site at the Middleton Railway terminus at Middleton Park in August 1986. Around 30 caravans were encamped on the site owned by Leeds City Council and adjoining Middleton Railway.
Do you remember Carpetland Cash and Carry Carpets on New York Street in Leeds city centre? Pictured in March 1986.
November 1986 and pupils and parents were out in force to protest at the proposed closure of Scott Hall Middle School. It was one of 27 schools around the city listed for closure.
March 1986. A view looking west along New York Street towards the junction with Harper Street and beyond.
March 1986. Church Lane, a small lane off New York Street at the side of St. Peter's graveyard which is here blocked off by railings in front of the railway bridge.
September 1986 and new Yorkshire Rider buses were launched. Pictured is Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Rose Lund, snooker star Joe Johnson, Olympian Tessa Sanderson, Michael Simmons, WYPTA chairman and Bill Cottham, Yorkshire Rider MD.
Copley Hill at Wortley in February 1986. These old properties were known as Railway Cottages, and are seen here in the process of demolition.
New weir at Twaite in Stourton during construction. The old weir had collapsed in 1976 when the mill was owned by the Horn family and they had been forced to cease production of putty.
Dewsbury Road's Crescent cinema pictured in October 1986.
The Pogues on stage at the University of Leeds in March 1986.
September 1986 and snooker superstars Joe Johnson and Tony Knowles join the cue queue with, on the left, Moira O'Donnell, matron of Wheatfields Hospice and Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Rose Lund, at a Civic Hall charity tournament.
September 1986 and Members of the Leeds Footpath Group of the Ramblers' Association make use of the bench they donated to Temple Newsam House, Leeds, in memory of Jack Madden, the group's chairman.
August 1986 and Leeds entertainer Tony Strange prepares for the 1986 New York marathon.
September 1986 in Morley. Pictured is Cobden Street in the foreground. Facing the front in the centre is Foster Crescent. A footpath runs along the right of the picture.
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