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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: 1256197


98-103, BRIGGATE

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: 25-Apr-1974

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 465185

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SE3033NW QUEEN VICTORIA STREET 714-1/76/139 (North side) 25/04/74 Nos.2-42 (Even)


Includes: Nos.98-103 BRIGGATE. Includes: Nos.1-43 and Cross Arcade (northern section) COUNTY ARCADE. Includes: Nos.65-69 VICAR LANE. 2 arcades with shops and offices. 1898-1900, restored 1989-90. By Frank Matcham. For the Leeds Estates Company Development. Pink brick and Burmantofts terracotta, cast-iron, slate and lead roof. 3 storeys and attic, 7 bays to Briggate, 5 bays to Vicar Lane, bay 4 being the round-arched arcade entrance on each facade; shops in same style on right return (Queen Victoria Street) have a Cross Arcade entrance between Nos 24 & 26. Freely styled and richly decorated facades with moulded tiles in the form of swags, strapwork scrolls and plaques. Ground-floor windows restored 1989-90, large 3-light first-floor shop windows, sashes to 2nd floor; elaborate attic storey above corniced eaves has Dutch gables and corner towers. Arcade entrances have an elaborate wrought-iron overthrow with lettering: '1900/ County Arcade', and '1900/ Cross Arcade'; the date and words repeated on the Vicar Lane facade in terracotta above ribbons and swag. INTERIOR: the same style with even more elaborate detailing than the exterior; T-plan arcade with a short access arm (Cross Arcade) to Queen Victoria Street; ornate cast-iron segmental-arched roof trusses, first-floor balconies with elaborate cast-iron balustrades and stone ball finials supported on columns and pilasters of Sienna marble between shop fronts with curved glass windows; 3 glazed domes with mosaics in the pendentives: those at east and west ends being female heads with titles, 'Liberty', 'Peace', 'Commerce', 'Justice' etc., and over the crossing full figures representing aspects of local industries including textiles. Late C20 restoration includes flooring, with a fine circular mosaic with fruit and flower motifs by J Veevers; reconstruction of marble pilasters between shops in artificial materials, 2 bridges across the arcade at east end and south branch, and lighting. Part of the overall design by Frank Matcham for the rebuilding of part of the oldest district in the city, this being the northern section. The architect was a designer of music halls and theatres; the central dome is thought to have been inspired by the 1865 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. The most ornate example of a characteristic form of Leeds architecture which developed from the glazing of rear yards in the early C19; Thornton's Arcade (qv), 1877-78, on the west side of Briggate was the first true arcade. (Dixon, R & Muthesius, S: Victorian Architecture: 1978-: 140).

Listing NGR: SE3042833667

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Dixon, R, Muthesius, S, Victorian Architecture, (1978), 140

National Grid Reference: SE 30322 33653


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