Celebrating Holbeck’s past, present and future

A commemorative garden is to be opened next Friday (29 January 2016) to mark the completion of new council housing in Holbeck.

The garden, next to The Holbeck club on Jenkinson Lawn, will include two brass plaques recovered from the demolished Holbeck Towers as well as information boards about Holbeck yesterday and today. The plaques remember Rev Charles Jenkinson and Hugh Gaitskell MP, both important players in the history of council housing in Leeds.

New council homes facing Holbeck Moor. Photo: Jeremy Morton
New council homes facing Holbeck Moor. Photo: Jeremy Morton

The information boards include information about Holbeck’s role in the Industrial Revolution as well as the many community groups active today in the area. Local Councillors for Beeston and Holbeck, David Congreve, Angela Gabriel and Adam Ogilvie will officially open the garden and the choir from Ingram Road Primary School will perform a special song.

The event starts at 10:30am and will be followed by light refreshments in The Holbeck. All local residents are invited to attend.

The new Council houses are part of a wider, PFI-funded, housing regeneration scheme for Beeston Hill and Holbeck, which will see a total of 275 new homes built and 383 existing homes refurbished.

Holbeck housing celebration Poster