Here’s Tower Square at Wellington Place in Leeds, a stark contrast of old and new buildings with stunning architecture. The tower was the Central Station Wagon Hoist and the plaque reads;-
This steam-powered railway wagon hoist was one of a pair that stood on each side of the viaduct leading to the station goods warehouse. They raised and lowered wagons between the viaduct and the goods yard below.
Built for the Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western Railways in the 1850s, the hoist remained in use until the 1950s.
If you look closely you can see where the train tunnel would have run into the building from the change in stone work at the front, the trains would then run into the lower part of the structure and goods would have been hoisted out. I love that they’ve managed to keep this on the site and this central landmark is a wonderful bit of Leeds history to serve as a talking point to all the modern buildings going up around it.
With the site being a stones throw from Leeds Train Station then it’s no doubt this place will be a hive of activity over the coming years, I’m privileged to have been able to capture these images at this stage of the project, as the site is preparing for their next building to go up.
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