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Alf Cooke Ltd Packaging (Cookes Printers)

A Grade II Listed Building in City and Hunslet, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.7888 / 53°47'19"N

Longitude: -1.5367 / 1°32'12"W

OS Eastings: 430622

OS Northings: 432593

OS Grid: SE306325

Mapcode National: GBR BLP.GM

Mapcode Global: WHC9L.C1H9

Entry Name: Alf Cooke Ltd Packaging (Cookes Printers)

Listing Date: 5 August 1976

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1255574

English Heritage Legacy ID: 465887

Location: Leeds, LS10

County: Leeds

Electoral Ward/Division: City and Hunslet

Built-Up Area: Leeds

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hunslet St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text


714-1/81/869 (South West side)
05/08/76 Alf Cooke Ltd Packaging (Cooke's


Printing works. 1881, rebuilt after fire 1894. By Thomas
Ambler. For Alf Cooke Ltd. Red brick, terracotta and stone
dressings, slate roof of shallow hipped form, modillion
brackets to deep eaves. 3 storeys, 30 x 8 bays with splayed
corner bay carried up to clock tower.
Ornate corner entrance with pilasters, round arch with high
segmental broken pediment ornamented with scrolls and oval
plaque with the owner's initials in the tympanum. Facade to
Hunslet Road: moulded string courses; ground floor has
alternate segmental-headed windows and projecting bays with
pedimented gabled canopies over small semicircular-headed
windows; 1st floor arcaded with elliptical arches of alternate
stone and brick on pilasters with dentilled impost; 2nd floor
has 2-light round-headed windows with slender columns between.
Right return: similar pattern of openings but without
ornament, especially to ground floor. Clock tower over corner:
square on plan, corner pilasters, dentilled cornice, dome with
large finial.
INTERIOR: not inspected but reputed to contain cast-iron
columns supporting mezzanine floors with offices to 1st and
2nd floors, the central area being left open; access to upper
levels via 2 spiral staircases and one conventional corner
Alf Cooke established his printing business in 1872, producing
cheap prints of art works for the mass market. The original
works burnt down in 1880 and its replacement was partly
destroyed in 1894. Thomas Ambler was responsible for most of
the Boar Lane buildings as well as St Paul's House, Park
Square (qv).
(Journal of Victorian Society, West Yorkshire Branch:
Higenbottam CJ: Thomas Ambler (1838-1920), Architect, of
Leeds: 1988-: 18).

Listing NGR: SE3062232593

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