Going Underground to map Leeds pubs of the past

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Nostalgia lovers will be raising a glass in appreciation when they see a mapping masterpiece that charts the ever-changing face of the Leeds pub, club and bar scene.

Steve Lovell made headlines last year with his Leeds Orderaround – an eye-catching guide to the city’s current drinking dens that was inspired by the world-famous London Underground map.

Now the former University of Leeds graphic design student has taken a trip down memory lane to produce a similar map of hundreds of Leeds city centre venues that have fallen by the wayside over the last 150 years.

Familiar names from the past that are featured include The Duchess of York, Cafe Inseine, The Mitre, The General Wade, Mister Craig’s, The Guildford, The Thirteen Bells, Big Lil’s Saloon Bar and The Marquis of Granby.

And the map’s creator is confident that it will prompt many happy – if occasionally cloudy – recollections of nights out in the middle of Leeds.

Steve, 41, from Rothwell, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “When I was working on the present day map, it occurred to me that this would be an interesting subject to explore. Hopefully people will agree with me!

“In an ideal world I would have looked at the lost pubs and bars of the whole Leeds area but in the end I decided to do just the city centre. The people who have seen it so far have found it really interesting, it has brought back all sorts of memories for them.”

Steve spent months researching the map, scouring old telephone books, Yellow Pages, land documents and city records at Leeds Central Library.

Where a venue has had a change of name but still operates as part of Leeds’s drinking scene, its present title is shown in green along with what went before.

And, matching the style of the London Underground map, different areas of the city such as the Civic Quarter, Kirkgate and Eastgate are represented as ‘lines’ with their own individual colours.

n Copies of the Bygone Leeds Orderaround map are available priced £12.50 from the www.albanydesign.co.uk website.