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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1255861



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Leeds

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 11-Sep-1996

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 465581

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SE3033NW THE HEADROW 714-1/76/391 (South side) Nos.55-69 (Odd) Thornton's Buildings


Includes: No.44 Thornton's Buildings LANDS LANE. Shops and offices. 1873, altered C20. Possibly by George Smith for Charles Thornton. Red brick, stone dressings, slate roof. 3 storeys, corner site with 9 bays to The Headrow and 4 to Lands Lane; 1 angled bay and a 2-window bay on left return, (City Varieties entrance). The windows grouped 2,1,3,2,2,2,3,1,2 to The Headrow, 3 to rounded corner and 2,2,1,2, to Lands Lane; round-arched to 1st floor, segmental to 2nd, attached columns, impost bands, keyed architraves, pilasters at bay divisions, deep eaves with raised brick panels, moulded strings, bracketed cornice, blocking course raised to balustrade over central 3 bays on The Headrow and over the rounded corner to Lands Lane, each having a segmental carved panel with scrolls and flowers and the words: 'ANNO DOMINI 1873' to The Headrow and 'THORNTON'S BUILDINGS to the Land's Lane corner. Ground floor: an original entrance, bay 2, has a stone surround with brackets and cornice; the original glazed overlight has 'THORNTON'S CHAMBERS' painted in gold; windows and shop entrances renewed but follow original bay divisions. INTERIOR: not inspected. Charles Thornton played a crucial part in the development of Leeds as a shopping centre, developing this corner and Thornton's Arcade (qv). (Heap, A: The Headrow, a pictorial record: Leeds: 1990-: 40).

Listing NGR: SE3021233736

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Heap, A, The Headrow a Pictorial history, (1990), 40

National Grid Reference: SE 30205 33737


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