Changing Leeds - Walk down The Headrow through the decades

It's the historic gem which forms a spine across Leeds city centre.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 5:00 am
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 8:58 am
Walk down The Headrow down the decades. PICS: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
Walk down The Headrow down the decades. PICS: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

These photos spanning the decades showcase the changing face of The Headrow which runs for half a mile between between Westgate and Eastgate. These rarely-seen images are 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. Enjoy this look at life on one of the city centre's most famous thoroughfares down the decades. READ MORE: Briggate down the decades - The Leeds street we all know and love | Schofields Leeds in 12 photos - The department store which stood proud among the city's shopping elite LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

This view shows Electricity Showrooms on The Headrow next to the Tax Offices on the corner. There is an entrance to the Electricity Showrooms also on Albion Street.
The Headrow, looking east from the junction with Briggate towards Eastgate. Prominent in the photo is The Odeon cinema, which is showing "The Song Of Bernadette".

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Pedestrians crossing The Headrow near Lewis's department store.
The south side of The Headrow showing Three Legs of Man Inn and The Vine public house.
Schofields main building. This was completed in 1962. Now replaced by the Headrow Shopping Centre. There are cars and vans on the street. People are on the pavement and crossing the road.
The south side of The Headrow. Businesses include M. Panter, hairdresser; J.R. Dixon and Sons, tobacconist; Kays Hosiery; H. Krebs, furrier; West Leeds News Ltd, publishers, and Lucette (Leeds) Ltd, gowns.
A view of the south west corner of Lewis's department store on The Headrow.
Electricity Showrooms on The Headrow which has two large window displaying the latest models of washing machines manufactured by Servis. This building now forms part of The Light complex.
View from corner of Albion Street looking towards the Town Hall. Town Hall clock visible at the bottom of The Headrow. Shops include Beckett film services and a carpet shop.
The Odeon Cinema at the junction of New Briggate and The Headrow on the night of a performance by The Beatles. This was one of three live performances by the group at the venue.
Construction of Eastgate, to be a continuation of The Headrow. This view looks towards Vicar Lane from St. Peters Street. The building under construction is the Kingston Unity Friendly Society Building.
Excavations are underway in The Headrow for the new Lewis's department store. The store was opened on September 18, 1932.
The Headrow at the junction with Wade Lane (left) with the construction of the new Lewis's store well underway. The section of the Headrow, off camera left was formerly known as Guildford Street and the section in front of Lewis's, right, was known as Upperhead Row.
An artist's impression of the top part of The Headrow showing the Leeds Permanent building on corner of Headrow and Cookridge Street. Traffic Islands with street lamps vehicles and people drawn in by artist. The Town Hall is just visible.
The British Legion wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Wreath on The Headrow. Among those present are the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Alderman Joshua Walsh.
Lower Headrow House, situated in Bramley's Yard off The Headrow.
Located on The Headrow, built as an extension to the existing Leeds Art Gallery, the Henry Moore sculpture gallery cost one million pounds. It was opened by was the Queen in November 1982.
On the left is the Jubilee pub. The row of shops has stone lettering above second floor 'Yorkshire Training College of Music'. The shops are, Hoods Travel, The Paper Shop newsagents, D.H. Atkinson butcher and a vacant store.
Bell Watson, estate agents, charted surveyors and Catholic Building Society on The Headrow.
The Headrow from the junction with Albion Street. To the left is Headrow House with shops on the ground floor including B.O.A.C. and Vallance's radio and television engineers. On the right is Lewis's department store.
Looking up The Headrow from the crossing with Briggate.
A view of The Headrrow from Marlborough flats.
The Odeon cinema on the corner New Briggate and The Headrow.
Is The Headrow you remember?
The Headrow at dusk.
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