Fascinating bird's eye of Leeds City Station during the 1970s

This photo provides a fascinating aerial view of Leeds City Station and Victoria Bridge from the 1970s.
PIC:  Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.netPIC:  Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

To the top left can be seen the roof of Leeds City Station, and to its north, the large building known as City House.

Further to the left is the Queens Hotel; the domed building to its right is Yorkshire Bank, and to the north of that is the tower of Royal Exchange House.

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To the south of the station is the Dragonara Hotel and car park, and to the south of it, coal hoppers and barges on the river can be seen. On the west side of the river is Canal Wharf, with two docks, and a boatyard and sawmill.

To the south of the river, in the bottom left hand corner are warehouses, Water Hall Works, and Water Lane. South of Water Lane is the Camp field area, containing various works buildings and factories. In the bottom centre of the image is Back Row, with the Grove Inn at the eastern end.

Cars can be seen parked to the north of the inn, in an area now occupied by Bridgewater Place. The large area to the right of the Dragonara is Queens Hall, a former tram shed converted to an exhibition space in 1961, and below it, warehouses along the north side of the river.

To the south of the river are the eastern section of Water Lane, and Great Wilson Street, with excavations in place for a new road layout. New Lane can be seen in the lower right hand corner.

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The photo is 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.

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