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…

Hidden Nature, Hidden History: St. John’s Church

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… The high sandstone boundary wall and steep stone stepped gateway from Upper Briggate brings you above the level of…

Hidden Nature, Hidden History: Merrion Gardens of Rest

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… Opened in 1933 the Rest Gardens were a gift to the city from Thomas Wade’s Charity, his 1530 will…

Hidden Nature, Hidden History: Mandela 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… The garden in front of the Civic Hall was laid out in 1983 and dedicated to Nelson Mandela in…

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: 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…

HOD 2020: Hidden Nature, Hidden History Heritage Trail

This year for Heritage Open Day (Sept 11-20) we are doing things a little bit differently: instead of opening up our building, we are opening up our city centre for you to explore and enjoy while finding out more about this year’s theme of Hidden Nature. Leeds is a city of green spaces with large…

People of Leeds #11: Superintendent Henry Baker and his Fire Books

This week Helen Skilbeck looks at a collection of scrapbooks compiled by Superintendent Henry Baker of Leeds Corporation Fire Brigade, covering the period 1870 – 1896. This article is #11 in our People of Leeds series – short biographies of lesser-known contributors to Leeds’ past.  Deep within the stacks in Leeds Central Library are a collection…