Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

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Leeds Town Hall was built between 1853 and 1858 on Park Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, to a design by architect Cuthbert Brodrick.HistoryBackgroundUntil early 1813, the Moot Hall at the top of Briggate was the seat of Leeds Corporation and was used for judicial purposes. It was replaced by a new court house on Park Row, Leeds.Leeds went through a period of rapid growth in the first half of the 19th century and by the mid-19th century it became apparent that the court house was no longer large enough for the functions it performed. In July 1850, Leeds Borough Council decided to build a new town hall and established a committee to assess the opinions of Leeds' inhabitants as to the building of a new municipal hall.In order to finance the town hall, the council proposed to sell shares in the building to the value of £10 but the proposal failed. The council then proposed introducing a specific rate levied to fund its construction although it was not introduced until after the November 1850 local election, and most residents who would have paid the tax at the time lacked voting rights. The town hall was approved in January 1851 when Alderman Hepper put the motion to the council and it was carried by 24 votes to 12. It was intended to represent Leeds' emergence as an important industrial centre during the Industrial Revolution and symbolize civic pride and confidence.Leeds Corporation tendered for designs from architects and the contract was won by Cuthbert Brodrick, an unknown architect from Kingston upon Hull who had trained in Paris. The building contract went to Samuel Atack, who completed most of its construction before the hazards of a large building project ultimately led to his bankruptcy.
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  • The Leeds Town Hall is one of the much seen in the city while visiting the area and not that much far from the city center. The structure of this building is old but give positive impression for the g...  more »
  • Probably the most famous landmarks of Leeds. If you are an architecture lover, you will like this building.  more »
  • Watched a choir perform here last christmas. Great acoustics. Architecture is beautiful. Seating ok comfort wise.  more »
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  • Great building for great history. It worths visit and enjoy the structure
  • Great big place, very grand staircases, also holds functions of music and comedy
  • Went on the town hall tour, very interesting and fun got to go up to the clock tower and look across Leeds
  • Systems slow. Normally takes me 15 - 30mins when logging in to see the start menu.
  • Beautiful historic building

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