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Colonel Thomas Walter Harding (1843–1927) was an industrialist and civic figure in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
1843 He was born in Lille, France where his Leeds-based father Thomas R. Harding had a factory, and was educated at Leeds Grammar School. He built extensions to Tower Works in Holbeck in 1899 and the 1920s, and proposed and financed the sculptures including the Black Prince when Leeds City Square was remodelled.
1861 Living at 21 Brunswick Place, Leeds (age 18 born Lille, France) with his parents and family 
He used the title "Colonel" after the Leeds artillery volunteers gave him the title of Honorary Colonel when he retired after 33 years service in 1893.
He was Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1898-99, and was created a Freeman of the City of Leeds in 1903. He moved from his home in Abbey House (originally Kirkstall Abbey's gatehouse) to Hartsholme Hall, Lincolnshire (1902) and Madingley Hall, Cambridgeshire (1906), which he restored.
In 1901 he was appointed High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire