Oxford Place Methodist Chapel and Oxford Chambers, Oxford Place, facing the Town Hall, Leeds. The original chapel was built in 1835 by James Simpson (1791-1864), an untrained architect who became a prolific designer, mainly of Methodist chapels. This central city chapel was "the biggest and most prominent" (Sergeant 138), but it was remodelled and refronted in 1896-1903 by the firm of G. F. Danby and W. H. Thorp (Thorp was the architect who designed the Art Gallery, adjoining the Central Library). At this stage the building was turned to face the town hall. "Baroque taste with gusto," comment Leach and Pevsner, noting the local "red pressed brick with stripy Morley Moor sandstone dressings" (409).]

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Leach, Peter, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Yorkshire, West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North.. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. Print.

Sergeant, Ian."James Simpson (1791-1864)." Building a Great Victorian City: Leeds Architects and Architecture. Ed. Christopher Webster. Huddersfield.: Northern Heritage Publications in Association with the Victorian Society, 2011. 135-58. Print.

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