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Unseen photos of Leeds Roundhay Park go on show

Monkey hanging from branches of a tree inside an enclosure Image copyright Leeds Parks and Countryside
Image caption A previously unseen photograph of a monkey named "Doggie" - because its face resembled that of a dog - photographed in Roundhay Park Zoo either in the 1920s or 1930s

Previously unseen photographs of a Leeds park taken between the 1930s and 1950s are to go on display.

More than 100 photos of Roundhay Park were found last year in a scrapbook owned by an ex-council official.

Shots include animals in the park's zoo, a queue of people at a swimming pool and picnickers at a boating lake.

About 20 of these, which form part of a collection of 133 other images put together by Leeds University, are to go on show at Roundhay Park on Saturday.

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Image caption The zoo was a "popular attraction" in the 20s and 30s, the university said

The photographs were taken by Thomas Trigg, a former head of parks at Leeds City Council during the mid-1900s.

Many of those going on display were shot during a May bank holiday in 1944.

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Image caption This photograph of the open air bathing pool at Roundhay Park was taken by Thomas Trigg in May 1944
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Image caption Thomas Trigg's photo of people queuing to enter Roundhay Park's swimming pool is among 20 of his images being displayed in the exhibition

Images in the collection include pictures of the city's other 68 parks.

The exhibition is part of the university's project mapping the history of Leeds' parks and green spaces.

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Image caption The photos including this one of a cricket match at Roundhay Park were found in Mr Trigg's scrapbook

David Churchill, from the university, said the photographs provided "a rich historical record of park life in Leeds".

"The photographs we've received show they are the jewels of the city - and our research with park users reveals that many people are anxious for them to remain as the treasured social assets they are," said Dr Churchill.

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Image caption The exhibition is part of Leeds University's research project into the history and future of the city's parks

Rose Gibson, manager of Leeds Central Library, said: "Discovering these new photographs of Leeds parks has offered a fascinating insight into how the people of Leeds have enjoyed using the parks over the years."

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Image caption The photos including this one of people in a boat sailing across Roundhay Park's Waterloo Lake have been made available in an online archive

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