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Mark’s History: A coat of arms, Armley Mills and links to an old courthouse …

These Coat of Arms can be found tucked away around the back at Armley Mills, writes Mark Stevenson.

It is possible they could date from 1813. Once part of the Court House on Park Row which was built in 1813 and closed in 1858 when the courts moved to the Town Hall. Was this when they were removed?

What use was made of the building for the next eight years is unclear but in 1864 the Post Office took over the building. The building was demolished in 1901. 

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The mottos are in French, ‘Dieu et mon Droit’ (God and my Right) and ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’ (Shame on him who thinks evil). 

Check out more West Leeds history in our regular Mark’s History column here.


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