Leeds nostalgia: What is the oldest statue in Leeds?

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I saw your story about the pubs in Kirkstall and you named them all. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Newton area of Leeds - it was only small, about half a square mile, bounded by Becket Street, St James’s Hospital, Roseville Road and what is now known as Lincoln Green Road.

In that area, there were 14 pubs: The Tulip, Moulders, Red Bear, Skinners Arms, Craven Heifer, Duke William, Alexandra, Becketts Arms, Cemetery Tavern, Prospect, Ingram, Crystal, Albion and The Granville. There may even have been more but I cannot remember. It was a very poor area but had great people. They all helped each other. They also had their own cinema, the Newtown Picture Place. Plus, there was a great football team.

Jim Pitts, Killingbeck, Leeds 14

A recent article, which appeared in this column and included some details about the nymph statues in City Square, got me to thinking: what is the oldest statue in the city?

I wonder if any of your readers would be able to shed light on this? I am aware of a statue of Queen Anne, which I think used to stand at the old Moot Hall before it was pulled down and now resides in the Art Gallery. There is, of course, the city’s most famous statue - that of the Black Prince but I am sure there are ones older than that. This city has a long tradition of erecting statues and not just in the city centre - they are far flung and hidden away in parks and other places, so let the hunt begin, as it were.

Duncan Huddlesford, Leeds

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