Leeds & How it used to be

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Leeds & How it used to be

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August 23, 2016 3:11 pm Published by
Leeds and how it used to be

Leeds is continuously evolving and a city very much at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse. It is now the largest city in Yorkshire with a population of 750,000 people and is a desirable place to live, work and visit! Us Yorkshire folk are undoubtedly very proud of our heritage and last month, Parklane gave the people of God’s own country a unique token to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

Leeds produced the first ever moving picture in 1888, so it only seemed right for Parklane to create an interactive video combining past and present day photos of iconic locations from across our mighty city! Scoping far and wide, the content which flips between eras, gives viewers a chance to explore the history of locations that they may walk past or visit on a daily basis, encapsulating the evolvement of Leeds in one place.

Here at Parklane we wanted to celebrate the abundance of history our hometown holds and invite those that love Leeds as much as we do to take a trip back in time, focusing on various locations including: Kirkgate Market; Kirkgate Tram Stop; Albion Street; Victoria Arcade; Brudenell Road; 02 Academy; The Arndale Centre; The Corn Exchange and The Headrow.

The video brings to light a few interesting facts, such as The Arndale Centre chain, formerly called ‘The Bowl’, was the first shopping mall of it’s kind in England which included an 18 lane bowling alley. ‘The Bowl’ closed in the 60’s and today you can find a wide range of shops and restaurants in its place, with just the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant being in the same place in 1967 as it is today!

The evolvement of former Lewis’s Department store on Headrow, which first opened its doors to the public on the 17th September 1932, shows how buildings in the city centre have grown. In 1932 it was 40 ft higher than any other retail building in Leeds, now, 84 years later the department store has been divided and is home to T.K Maxx, Argos and Sainsbury’s.

To see the well-known and loved areas that make up the Parklane tour of ‘Leeds through the ages’, like you’ve never seen them before, visit the Parklane website and get exploring,


leeds through the ages

About John I
I work in the digital marketing team. For expert comments on news stories or press releases, please contact me on john@parklaneproperties.com

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