The Dark Arches Leeds by Colin Metcalf

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In 1864 it was proposed to build “New Station” in Leeds. Construction began in 1866 and the station was completed in 1869. The new station was built on arches which span the River Aire, Neville Street and Swinegate. The building of the station led to the creation of the ‘Dark Arches’ over Neville Street. Over 18 million bricks were used during their construction, breaking records at the time. Although the arches appear to be part of one single structure, closer inspection reveals that it is a series of independent viaducts two or four tracks wide. The station is situated next to the terminus of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, but as the station is raised high above ground level it is possible to gain access to the Dark Arches from the towpath.

Developed in the 1990s and advertised as Leeds’ best kept secret, the Granary Wharf shopping centre is situated underneath the Dark Arches. There were several established businesses underneath the arches, these included; restaurants, shops, boutiques, cafes, a bakery, exhibition spaces and a 1,000 capacity events venue. The Arches as a shopping centre was in decline for some time, and has now been developed as a car park.

In 2009 Granary Wharf was redeveloped with a new Hotel, the City Inn, Leeds and two apartment blocks, the Candle House and Watermans Place.

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much Tina!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 3 years ago

    What a marvellous capture, Colin, and a very interesting history to accompany it. A grand work of engineering.

  • Thanks Mike, it is awe inspiring to walk through. It was a wee bit scary before it all got tarted up.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • relayer51
    relayer51about 3 years ago

    Splendid urban capture Colin and thanks for the history it always adds to a shot . Happy new year!

  • Thanks a lot and a happy healthy new year to you and yours.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 3 years ago

    A great capture and treatment dear Colin.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

    Very interesting reading and excellent capture Colin x

  • Thank you Pauline, really appreciated.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 3 years ago
    A great image .Colin . x
  • Thank you very very much Irene!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 3 years ago

    Superb image, Colin!

  • Thank you so much Béla.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillabout 3 years ago

    That’s a lot of bricks!! It must be huge if it has all that in it!!! >blows kiss<


  • It’s quite awe inspiring when you think of the work involved. Thanks for looking Jan.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful and very interesting capture and information!!

  • Thanks a lot Kate.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 3 years ago

    What an awesome place, Colin

  • Greatly appreciated Shulie! Thanks.

    – Colin Metcalf

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