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Illuminations Leeds

Free Photos, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 17 August 2011

My night time sojourn into the city of Leeds to capture a few evening shots was an idea inspired after driving thought the city one evening and catching a glimpse of some of the many new structures making up the illuminated cityscape.

I started by parking in St Peter's Square between the BBC Yorkshire building and the Bar / Restaurant called The Wardrobe. Here I shot the first image in this selection from the patio area with the BBC and Aagrah restaurant in the backdrop to the left, and the Wardrobe Bar over to the right - with its blue illuminated sign peeking through the trees.

Directly behind me is Leeds City Bus Station with the large multi storey car park behind. When I was a child we always referred to this bus station as Kirkgate Bus Station, as it is sited directly below Leeds Kirkgate Market, otherwise just known as Leeds Market. The older part of Leeds Market is an outstanding Victorian structure incorporating cast iron dragons and the famous Leeds Owl within its decorative iron structure. I have every intention of featuring a series of images from Leeds Market in the future. As for the bus station, I'm not certain if the title 'Kirkgate Bus Station' is just a name we made up to identify it from the other bus stations dotted around Leeds, but I can't find any other reference to that name. According to the Leodis.net website, there has been a bus station on this site since August 1938.

From St Peter's Square I drove the short distance to Meadow Lane where I was able to park in the end of a cul-de-sac called Kidacre Street, opposite what used to be Tetley's Brewery - I am told Tetley's Brewery no longer brew beer in Leeds, but I'm unsure if this is fact, or just the rumour mill. From this location I took my first shot of Bridgewater Place.

Standing no less than 112 metres (367 ft) (Nicknamed the Dalek) Bridgewater Place not only holds the record of the highest building in Yorkshire, it has also become a very controversial structure. When windy the design of the building is reported to accelerate the wind causing severe difficulties for passing pedestrians. In March this year a man was killed after being crushed under an overturned truck. Local papers reported that Police were investigating - they wanted to discover if the truck had blown over due to the acceleration of wind caused by Bridgewater Place.

The second image of Bridgewater Place is taken from David Street, near Leodis Court.

From David Street I drove a few hundred yards to the Granary Wharf which has seen major redevelopment in recent times and now incorporates a mixture of residential apartments along with offices and plush hotels such as 'The Mint Hotel'.

In this first image of the Granary Wharf overlooking the Leeds Liverpool Canal, I positioned myself on the stone bridge, next to the old Lock Keepers Cottage. Barges are moored alongside the towpath illuminated by the modern towpath lights, the lights of the surrounding buildings plus the ambient light of the full moon.

And directly on the other side of the same bridge is the locks themselves which would have lifted the boats connecting to the first main section of the canal as it heads off towards Liverpool, this route to Liverpool passes through some of the most attractive rural locations in both West and North Yorkshire.

The last two images in this selection overlook the Granary Wharf, each taken at a slightly different angle. The large building to the left is the Mint Hotel and of course the iconic Bridgewater Place standing tall in the background.

I realise this short article doesn't tell you a great deal about the city of Leeds, it was never intended as a guide to the city. And to be fair, it does not come close to demonstrating all that illuminated Leeds has to offer with these few night time photos. With that in mind I have every intention of visiting Leeds on more occasions and adding to the collection of Leeds Illuminations.

 

 

 

 

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