© Ms Alison Claybourne
ST PAULS HOUSE, PARK SQUARE (south side)
LEEDS, LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE
Ms Alison Claybourne
20 February 2005
26 September 1963
Date of last amendment:
11 September 1996
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SE2933NE ST PAUL'S STREET
714-1/75/378 (North side)
26/09/63 Nos.20 AND 22
St Paul's House and attached
railings and gates
(Formerly Listed as:
ST PAUL'S STREET
Nos.20 AND 22
St Paul's House)
Factory and showrooms, now offices, with gates and railings.
1878, altered and restored with wholly new interior in 1976.
By Thomas Ambler. For John Barran. Brick with terracotta by
Doulton, wrought-iron gates by Frances Skidmore. 4 storeys
with added attic storey, 12 x 5 bays with angled entrance bay
at SE corner blocked 1976 and central entrance inserted on
north side, facing Park Square. In an ornate Hispano-Moorish
The blocked corner entrance, now a window, has a Moorish arch
and paired flanking columns, walls lined with glazed tiles.
The elaborate entrance gates of ribbon-like scrolls and
flowers were reduced in height and removed to the N entrance
1976. Facades consist of a repeated bay design in which ground
and mezzanine windows are united within a large segmental arch
of moulded terracotta. 1st and 2nd floors similarly linked, a
giant trabeated frame forming a transom at intermediate floor
level and Moorish colonnettes as mullions.
3rd floor: triple Moorish arches to lower windows; bands of
cusping at eaves, brick and terracotta parapet pierced with
cinquefoil openings. Attached octagonal buttresses at the
corners rise above the parapet as elaborate corner finials in
the style of minarets, restored. Brick and stone piers on
south side, cast-iron panels with star motifs between,
repeated on other facades.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: John Barran was responsible for the
development of Leeds as a centre of wholesale clothing
manufacture, the siting of his factory in Park Square reflects
the importance of this part of the city in the development of
the clothing industry. He was Mayor of Leeds and MP 1876-85.
Thomas Ambler also designed many of the buildings in Boar
Lane. One of the few executed buildings influenced by the
publication of Owen Jones' measured drawings of the Alhambra
in the 1840s (Linstrum, p.306).