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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Thursday 11th August 2022

Queen's Arcade

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In the wake of Thornton's buildings other developers' focussed their attentions on the old yards: downhill and parallel to Thornton's ArcadeGlossary Term [2] is the QUEEN'S ARCADEGlossary Term [3] of 1889 by Edward Clark of London (where, like George Smith, Clark designed music halls). It was built on the site of the Rose-and-CrownGlossary Term [4] Yard and was more ambitious than Thornton's in that it also included an hotel. Its main front faces Lands Lane - a classicalGlossary Term [5] stuccoGlossary Term [6] facade of four storeys.

arcadeGlossary Term [7] entrance widened. It is announced by another fine clock, this time on a bracketGlossary Term [8] over the street.

galleryGlossary Term [9] level, into which lightGlossary Term [10] is reflected by white glazed bricks. The galleryGlossary Term [11] is no longer accessible although the top of a spiral stairGlossary Term [12] is visible at the Briggate end. The upper floor on the south side was designed as a separate 'street' of small shops opening off the balcony, each having a kitchen and bedroom above arcadeGlossary Term [13] roof level. On the N side the Queens ArcadeGlossary Term [14] Hotel, with entrances on the ground floor and on the galleryGlossary Term [15] where there was an office, bar, two billiard rooms and a smoke room. The rhythm is followed in the pierced arched cast ironGlossary Term [16] roof trusses supporting the glass roof.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009