Feature - March 2007, Leeds Town Hall

The secret side of one of the most iconic buildings in Leeds.
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according to the metropolitan police website'Black Maria' was the nickname for secure police vans with separate locked cubicles, used for the transportation of prisoners. The name is said to have come from a large and powerful black lodging-house keeper named Maria Lee, who helped constables of Boston, Massachusetts in the 1830s when they needed to escort drunks to the cells.
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Top Top pictures MunkiI hope you will contribute them to Leodis.By the way phil_d did you get down to the olympics open day
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A few month ago I had found the original blueprints for the town hall.. in my loft. I'm currently searching around for the rest of the pieces (They're all crumbling) and piecing them together. It's rather interesting to see the amount of un-used space that the hall has at the time. I may still be un-used or in use since first development, but I'll get back to work putting it together.

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Guess what csnosi? I only have to work 2 weekends in the year... Guess when it was? Yes the Olympics open day... Flippin student's key weekend :-(
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jane666 wrote: according to the metropolitan police website'Black Maria' was the nickname for secure police vans with separate locked cubicles, used for the transportation of prisoners. The name is said to have come from a large and powerful black lodging-house keeper named Maria Lee, who helped constables of Boston, Massachusetts in the 1830s when they needed to escort drunks to the cells. Thanks jane666 for bringing light to my darkness;-)

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Phill_d wrote: Guess what csnosi? I only have to work 2 weekends in the year... Guess when it was? Yes the Olympics open day... Flippin student's key weekend :-( Lazy buggers,cant they get their own keys.i dont know,youve gotta do everything for em!!
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MsJ2uk wrote: ,Thats right. The main holding cells for the city (not just Leeds) is known as bridewell,     Post     I love the saying "Bridewell Taxi!"Good evening sir,you have been misbehaving,would you like a ride in a bridewell taxi?
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Great photos munki,from top to toes.One question-Given that Leeds is a city,why do we have a TOWN hall?

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Easy one, that, Stevief. The Town Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858, when Leeds was still a Town. It didn't become a city by Royal Charter until 13th February 1893, by which time, I guess people had got use to 'Town Hall'.
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Aren't they opening the cells up for visits again i read the other day!
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