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Leodis Online Photo Archive ID 2002131_57375735.

This is the probable location for an extension to Fenton Street that occurred in 1914 only days after the start of the First World War. Later on the construction of the A58 completely reshaped the entire area, rendering it barely recognizable.

Leodis Online Photo Archive ID 20031118_88625735.

This early shot of Headrow was taken before the street was widened and redesigned at the end of the 1920s. Before it was a major thoroughfare across the city it was a rather minor street.

Leodis Online Photo Archive ID 2002319_65848941.

Some people pose for a photo at the end of Nelson Street. Nelson Street no longer exists, swept away in the dramatic redesign of the city centre during and after the First World War. But it did run parallel to Union Street. This was my best guess at where it may have once lain.

Leodis Online Photo Archive ID 200294_82580203.

A view of the bridge over Bridge Street. The residential neighbourhoods in the background have become parking lots and office blocks.

Leodis Online Photo Archive ID 1253.

Looking over someone's garden on Grafton Street.

British Museum Online Collection

Kirkstall Abbey, by Thomas Girtin. The picturesque ruins of Kirkstall Abbey were a magnet for Romantic painters, who were fascinated by the tranquil scenery that surrounded the towering ruins.

Leodis Online Photo Archive ID 20031118_88625735.

Another Romantic style engraving of the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey's refectory (dining room) by George Cuitt. The Abbey itself was founded in 1152 on the banks of the River Aire. Four hundred years later the abbey was dissolved on order of King Henry VIII and the buildings fell into ruin.

From The Tate online collection.

"Kirkstall lock on the River Aire" by J.M. Turner. He was painting from a hill overlooking one of the smaller branches of the Aire. The Bridge in the foreground still stands, and if you look carefully you can just make out the abbey's ruins between the tree branches of my photo. The hill where he sat to paint is now overgrown with trees and strewn with litter.

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