King Charles Hotel, Lands Lane
14th June 1937. Image taken from near the entrance to the Queen's Arcade, shows the King Charles Hotel which stood at the corner of Lands Lane (foreground & right) with King Charles Croft (left). The King Charles Hotel opened in 1845 but was demolished to build the new Schofields store, c1975. It had actually closed down as a public house ten years before, on the 5th May, 1965. Sherwins Restaurant, advertising 'Suppers', is on the right at number 17 Lands Lane. It closed down after 100 years of service, again to make way for the new extension to Schofields. Stanley's draper is visible, next door to Sherwin's at number 19. Stanley's was adjacent to the Victoria Arcade, the elaborate arched entrance of which can be partially seen at the right edge. Stanley's also occupied two more shops beyond the Victoria Arcade, numbers 21 and 23. The Victoria Arcade was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1898 to designs by Thomas Ambler. Snowden Schofield (1870-1949) opened his drapery business at number 1 Victoria Arcade on the 4th May, 1901 and began to expand his business, gradually acquiring more shops in the arcade. Schofield purchased the Victoria Arcade in 1947 and it was demolished in 1959 for the expansion plans. Years earlier, in 1912, he had also purchased Red Hall as part of his plans for the department store. King Charles Croft gave access to Red Hall, a substantial house believed to be the first building to be constructed in red brick in Leeds, hence the name. It dated from 1628 and was originally the home of wool merchant, Alderman Thomas Metcalfe. The grounds, including orchards, extended as far as Albion Place and King Charles Croft now occupies the site of the gardens of Red Hall. Red Hall was famous for the 9th February 1646 when King Charles 1 spent the night, as a prisoner of the Scots, on the journey from Newark to Newcastle. The room became known as the King's Chamber and was incorporated into Schofields 'Old English Cafe' in 1912. Red Hall was demolished in 1961 for the continued development of Schofields.
During the 60s this was a favourite haunt of mine. I asked my wife out, who I had met in the Take 5 earlier, for the first time in this pub back in early 1968. This was a popular pub, favoured by the Mod community, along with the Whitelocks, General Wade, and the Ostlers. We would start off in one of these pubs and rotate around the rest of them, sometimes a couple of times in a night. I remember there was a dining room upstairs, wood panelled; with old fashioned waitresses in black and white. The food was traditional English and very good. What a pity it was knocked down (for Schofields I think).