Hidden Nature, Hidden History: Victoria Gardens

This article forms part of our Heritage Open Day 2020 programme, specifically our Leeds City Centre Hidden Nature, Hidden History heritage trail. Click to see all the points on the trail and to read the accompanying articles… Prior to 1930 the area now known as Victoria Gardens was a busy, built up block consisting of…

Hidden Nature, Hidden History: Playhouse Gardens

This article forms part of our Heritage Open Day 2020 programme, specifically our Leeds City Centre Hidden Nature, Hidden History heritage trail. Click to see all the points on the trail and to read the accompanying articles… Between the newly built Leeds City College and the Leeds Playhouse extension you will find a triangular shaped one…

A Hidden Victorian Treasure in Headingley

by Nick Tasker, PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Leeds During pleasant afternoons in Leeds Central Library I have been discovering a story of upward social mobility in Victorian Leeds. It’s also the story of my front room. I recently moved into a new place in Headingley. It’s in a large Victorian house…

The Leeds Platinum Jubilee Memories Project

Do you have a memory or photo of the Queen in Leeds you would like to share? To celebrate her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are creating an archive of your memories and photos of the Queen in Leeds. You can share anything related to the Queen, from anecdotes about past royal visits to…

Stories from the Stone Book

Series of short stories from Leeds and its past – put together by our Librarian team for the Pop Up and Play festival in Victoria Gardens a few years ago, and archived here for readers to enjoy at their leisure.

Exploring Leeds Central Library – The Basement

Over the next few weeks we’re going to take you around Leeds Central Library, down into the deep dark depths of the basement and up to the lofty glazed ceilings of the top floor.  Because when you have your very own 137 year old building it would be a shame not to explore it to…

Hidden Nature, Hidden History: Park Square

This article forms part of our Heritage Open Day 2020 programme, specifically our Leeds City Centre Hidden Nature, Hidden History heritage trail. Click to see all the points on the trail and to read the accompanying articles… This Georgian style square was built between 1788-1810, beginning as land owned by the Wilson family, whose plan to…

The HIDDEN NATURE, HIDDEN HISTORY trail

To discover more about any of the stops on this trail, click on any title to be redirected to a longer article elsewhere on this blog. You can follow the trail from home, by reading the articles in the order listed below (you could even use Google Street View, if you wanted to follow the…