Blue Plaques of Leeds
The Next Collection
by Kevin Grady & Robert Tyrrell
Leeds Civic Trust blue plaques placed on buildings in Leeds have become a familiar and attractive aspect of the city’s street scene. Their brief texts provide intriguing glimpses of the fascinating stories behind each one, but there is much more to tell.
Since the trust published a book about the first sixty-six plaques in 2001, well over a hundred plaques have been erected. This new lavishly illustrated book surveys the blue plaques scheme, and tells the stories of the people, places and events celebrated by the next ninety-eight plaques.
The stories of iconic Leeds buildings and institutions such as the Corn Exchange, Roundhay Park Mansion, Whitelocks and Barnbow Royal Ordnance Factory feature here; as well as those of extraordinary personalities such as John Fowler the steam plough pioneer; Sammy Ledgard and his legendary bus company; and Leonora Cohen, the suffragette who smashed the jewel case in the Tower of London.
Sport and culture are here too with plaques for famous figures such as Hunslet’s Rugby League hero Albert Goldthorpe and the creator of Middle Earth, J.R.R. Tolkein.
And then there are the famous events including The Who’s recording of ‘Live at Leeds’ at Leeds University and Leeds Irish Centre becoming the birthplace of televised darts.
The book contains a complete list of all the blue plaques erected by the Trust, and maps showing their locations.
A stunning volume with something for everyone. Full of interesting stories, facts and photos. Would look at home on any coffee table.
Sale Price : £15.00 (incl. postage)