Heritage Open days in South Leeds

Heritage Open Days, the historical festival now in its 22nd year, throws open the doors to historic buildings and particularly those that are normally closed to the public.

Amongst the 106 events taking place between Thursday 8 and Sunday 11 September, we have listed the eight events happening in LS10 and LS11. You can get details of all the events at the Heritage Open Days website: heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

Stank Hall Barn
Stank Hall Barn

Holbeck Heritage Walk

Discover the rich heritage of Holbeck. This walk will feature the buildings and personalities that shaped the history of this important Leeds suburb.

Thursday 8 September 10am-4pm  |  Booking required

Meet at Holbeck Cemetery, Fairfax Road, Leeds, LS11 8XY

Holbeck: the cradle of the Industrial Revolution

See the wonderful industrial heritage, including the Egyptian-style Temple Mill, the Italianate chimneys of Tower Works and Matthew Murray’s Round Foundry, now imaginatively transformed into an ‘urban village’. Event not suitable for children under the age of 14.

Saturday 10 September 11am-12:30pm

Meet at Leeds Bridge

Hunslet Baptist Church

The church is a three storey Grade II listed Georgian Baptist Church and celebrates its 180th Anniversary in 2017. Talk: “The Forgotten Folk of Hunslet” at 2pm. This covers a history of Hunslet from the mid 19th Century up to the 20th Century.

Saturday 10 September 10am-4pm, talk at 2pm

Low Road, Leeds, LS10 1QR

Leeds Discovery Centre: Burmantofts Pottery

Spend an hour getting to know about some of Leeds’ proud pottery heritage, we have a fine collection of items from the Burmantofts Pottery Co. one of Leeds most famous manufacturing establishments. Items include the original moulds for many of their vases and decorative architectural pieces.

Thursday 8 September: Talk and Tour 11am & 2pm  |  Booking required

Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB

Royal Armouries Museum

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. This weekend there is the opportunity to view architectural drawings and photographs from the archives, charting the development of Leeds Dock from brown field site to modern urban hub.

Saturday 10 September: Tours 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm
Sunday 11 September: Tours 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm  |  Booking required

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

Stank Hall Barn

A rare opportunity to see inside the 15th century timber framed Stank Hall Barn. The Friends of Stank Hall Barn are working with Leeds City Council to find a future use for this amazing architectural and historic gem. Also have a sift through our archaeology pile, learn about Medieval life, take home a recipe sheet and look around our new community garden. Event not suitable for children under the age of 4.

Saturday 10 September 12-4pm

Dewsbury Road, Leeds, LS11

The Tetley – heritage tours of building and brewery site

Explore some of the historic aspects of The Tetley centre for contemporary art. Our building and the wider site around us was once the home of the Joshua Tetley’s Brewery, a key part of Leeds history for nearly 200 years. Led by a knowledgeable former member of Joshua Tetley staff, you can learn more about the brewery, the history of the company and the brewing process.

Saturday 10 September: Tours 11:30am & 2:30pm; Family Art Workshop 11am-3pm
Sunday 11 September: Tours 11:30am & 2:30pm  |  Booking required

Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Thwaite Mills Guided Tour

Thwaite Mills is a fully restored working watermill in a beautiful riverside setting. Nestled on an island beside the River Aire, Thwaite is one of the last working watermills in Britain. Especially for Heritage Open Days we will be offering free admission to the site and our knowledgeable staff will be running guided tours every half hour from 1:15pm to 3:15pm.

Saturday 10 September: 1-5pm; Tours available 1:15-3:15pm
Sunday 11 September: 1-5pm; Tours available 1:15-3:15pm

Thwaite Lane, Leeds, LS10 1RP