New birds eye views of Leeds

Tetley Brewery Wharf in 1992.
Tetley Brewery Wharf in 1992.
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Leeds residents can now get a bird’s eye view of how their city has changed over the years.

Photography company Bluesky’s website carries more than a million pictures of the UK from the air, dating back as far as 1917.

And many of the images on the database reveal the startling pace of development in Yorkshire’s unofficial capital over the last 20 years or so.

One picture shows the Brewery Wharf site in 1992, before its reinvention as a vibrant hub of restaurants, bars and apartments.

Bluesky’s managing director, Rachel Tidmarsh, said: “We have images from virtually every decade in the last 100 years making this a truly unique resource for anyone with a personal or professional interest in the past.

“The images have proved an invaluable resource for many customers, including solicitors and expert witnesses, wanting evidence to substantiate their boundary disputes, planning disputes or rights of access claims.”

Another photo from 1992 shows how Clarence Dock looked before the opening of the Royal Armouries museum.

A third shot from that year is of the area near the Eastgate roundabout prior to the redevelopment of Leeds’s main bus station.

Prices for a print from the site range from £10 to £98 plus VAT, depending on age. For more details, ring 01530 518518.

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