Local History Quiz #9: Leeds Blue Plaques

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaques of Leeds and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site or on our photographic archive Leodis, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What…

Local History Quiz #7: Leeds Central Library

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the history of our magnificent, Grade-II listed Central Library building and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What year did…

The Lockdown Leeds 2020 Collection

This week on the Secret Library, Librarian Louise Birch introduces an exciting new collection for the Local and Family History library. This collection is launching as part of Local and Community History Month. It’s hard to imagine a time when we won’t remember what it felt like to live through Covid 19 and the impact…

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….

The 1844 Military Riot

The Military Riot (9-11 June 1844) Green Man Pub, Kirkgate & Green Parrot Pub, Harper Street In June 1844 reports of soldiers from the 70th Infantry attacking members of the public led to an outbreak of violence at the Green Man pub. Police arriving to arrest the soldiers were booed by an anti-police crowd and…

Bramhope Tunnel: Conquering the Ridge

This Friday we hear from Local and Family History Librarian, Louise Birch, on the monumental engineering (and human) feat that was the construction of Bramhope Tunnel… When the York & North Midland Railway leased and closed the Leeds-Selby Railway line (1940) in order to funnel regional rail travel through York they angered the manufacturers and…

Leeds Baby Week and US. Patent 3,216,423

This week, Librarian Louise Birch takes a look at an intriguing patent for Leeds Baby Week:  an “Apparatus Facilitating the Birth of A Child By Centrifugal Force”. Leeds Central Library is home to a Business and Intellectual Property Centre, part of a network of regional centres here to help out all you inventors, designers and…