John Barran and Thomas Ambler blue plaque in Leeds

St. Paul's House

This building was originally a warehouse and cloth-cutting works built for John Barran, the founder of the mass-production, ready-made clothing industry in Leeds. Barran was a Mayor of Leeds and served as its Liberal M.P. from 1876 - 1885

Architect: Thomas Ambler
Erected 1878

Sir John Barran, 1st Baronet (3 August 1821 – 3 May 1905) was a British clothing manufacturer and Liberal Party politician.Barran was the son of John Barran and his wife Elizabeth (née Fletcher), and founded the firm of John Barran and Sons, clothing manufacturers, of Leeds. He was a Justice of the Peace for Leeds and the West Riding of Yorkshire and served as Mayor of Leeds from 1870 to 1871. In 1876 he was returned to Parliament as one of three representatives for Leeds, a seat he held until 1885, and later sat for Otley from 1886 to 1895. The latter year he was created a baronet, of Chapel Allerton Hall in Chapel Allerton in the West Riding of the County of York and Queen's Gate, St Mary Abbots parish, in Kensington in the County of London.Barran married Ann Hirst (died 1874) in 1842. He married Eliza Bilton, née Brown, in 1878. He had six sons and four daughters. His youngest son Rowland also became a Member of Parliament. Barran died in May 1905, aged 83, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his grandson John, his eldest son John Barran having predeceased him.

Source: dbpedia

Thomas Ambler (1838 – 1920) was an English architect, living and working in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Ambler was a friend of the Mayor of Leeds and Member of Parliament, James Barran, who became his patron. Among Ambler's surviving works are Grade II listed buildings on the south side of Boar Lane, St James's Hall in New York Street, and the Grade II* listed Moorish factory (now offices) of St Paul's House in Park Square, Leeds.

Source: dbpedia

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