Briggate down the decades - The Leeds street we all know and love

It's the Leeds city centre street which boasts something for everyone.

Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 3:06 pm
Enjoy these photos of Briggate down the decades.
Enjoy these photos of Briggate down the decades.
Can you date this photo of Briggate?
This postcard view shows Upper Briggate revitalised by the demolition of the seven slaughter houses which occupied its yards on the east side. They were replaced by the County Arcade, Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street.

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Houses on west side of Lower Briggate, just below the junction with Boar Lane where Dysons Jewellers is now located.
Flags have been hung out on Briggate to celebrate the relief of Mafeking. This was a town in South Africa which had been besieged by Boer troops for 27 weeks.
Burtons on Briggate.
Road straddling traffic indicators on Briggate.
The press-button pedestrian traffic control.
A very wet Briggate on August Bank Holiday in the mid-1950s.
This is the The Royal Hotel on Briggate which was due to go under the auctioneers hammer in the spring of 1963.
Give us a smile! These shoppers on Briggate are all wrapped up in the autumn of 1967.
is this the Briggate you remember?
Briggate on a rather gloomy mid-morning.
A view of Upper Briggate, with Leeds Grand Theatre on the right, in the 1980s. Do you know the exact year?
A crowded Briggate on a busy shopping day.
Leeds was preparing for Christmas with a busy Briggate full of shoppers.
Briggate with the junction with Commerical Street three days before Christmas.
Recognise these shops on Briggate from back in the day? They include H Samuel, Timpson and Dolcis.
A view of Briggate in the early 20th century.
Did you shop at the Woolies store on Briggate back in the day?
Did you drink inside here back in the day? The Bridge Inn on Lower Briggate.
Did you enjoy a night at the flicks here back in the day? This is the Plaza Cinema on New Briggate in 1975.
One of Leeds's oldest hotels - Wilsons on New Briggate - was to be completely refurbished.
This is the new premises of Bass & Bligh cameras and binoculars on Lower Briggate. Did you pop in here back in the day?
We turn back the clock 15 years in this photo of Briggate in 1995. Spotted the YEP seller in the middle of the image?
On the left is J.Weir & Son 'the jeweller's who care' and further down, Debenhams. On the right, Dolcis shoe shop is visible on the corner with Albion Place, then Hornes and Hepworths followed by the Army Stores and Peter Lord's far right.
Shops on the west side of Briggate looking in the direction of The Headrow. The pavements are crowded with shoppers and the street is busy with horse trams and carts
Briggate looking towards the junction of Upperhead Row and Lowerhead Row, which since the 1930s has been known as The Headrow. A sign for the White Bear Inn can be seen on a lamp.
Pictured is the Kardomah Cafe, which opened in 1908 and closed 1965, as well as Bon Marche chambers,Fleming's hairdresser and also Mutual Clothing and Furnishing Club.
Thornton and Co. India Rubber manufacturers. This was the site of the last bow-window on Briggate, Buck and Jackson. It was demolished in 1922 and replaced by Thorntons.
Queens Arcade, built on the site of the Rose and Crown Hotel.
Walter Bramham and son, pork butchers, with Planet Cafe above the shop. Then, entrance to the Pack Horse Yard, hanging sign for public house can be seen.
Share your memories of Briggate down the years with Andrew Hutchinson via email at: [email protected] or tweet him - @AndyHutchYPN