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…

The Rotation Office

The Rotation Office (late 1700s – early 1800s) New Market Street This was a brick building in a narrow yard, named for the magistrates who attended here, in ‘rotation’, to hear cases that came within the jurisdiction of the borough – but which did not justify the need for a jury. They were able to…

The 1926 General Strike

The General Strike (5-6 May 1926) The Corn Exchange On the 5th and 6th of May disturbances occurred in the town centre due to the continued operation of some trams and buses on a reduced service. On the first day, a tram was forced to stop as its windows were smashed by lumps of coal….