Leeds nostalgia: Armley Gaol dubbed overcrowded in 1988... 30 years on, prison inspectors say it still has a problem

Armley Gaol (jail) 8th Feb 1950''Exterior of prison.
Armley Gaol (jail) 8th Feb 1950''Exterior of prison.
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Armley Gaol was put at the top of the league table for overcrowded jails in Britain.

In March this year, inspectors branded HMP Leeds “violent, unsafe and severely overcrowded”.

A new tropical house and

butterfly house, which created the well-known Tropical World complex in the Canal Gardens

at Roundhay, Leeds, was

opened on May 3. The centre proved a great success and was extended in 1993.

Harry Ramsden’s world famous fish and chip ship at White Cross in Guiseley was taken over by Merryweathers in a deal worth £7m.

Rugby player Philip Christopher won the coveted Yorkshire Evening Post Good Citizen of the Month award

and earned the praise of the Lord Mayor of Leeds after he moved into action to help a young police officer struggling with a burglar.

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

Leeds nostalgia: Mallard pulls into Leeds to mark 50th anniversary of world speed record... in 1988


Retro star Brutus Gold returns to Leeds