Heritage Open Days in South Leeds


Buildings across South Leeds will be opened up to the public for Heritage Open Days next weekend, 11-14 September 2014.

Stank Hall Barn
Stank Hall Barn

Heritage Open Days is billed as a national celebration of England’s architecture and culture.

“Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.”

There are six events happening in South Leeds:

City Centre South – An Exciting Opportunity is an exhibition at the Civic Trust’s offices. Post industrial Holbeck and Hunslet is being redeveloped with Leeds City College and Leeds College of Building already on site and the Ruth Gorse Academy coming soon, then there’s the new station for HS2. Come and see how the area could take shape. Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September, 10am-1:30pm.

‘Mind The Gap?’ Not quite in South Leeds, but a chance to see Leeds GATE’s archive of gipsy and traveller literature and photographs. On Friday 12 September, 10am-4pm.

Temple Works A chance to see behind the Egyptian façade of the Holbeck flax mill that once had the largest room in the world. On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, tours at 10am, 1pm and 4pm – booking required.

Holbeck: Cradle of the Industrial Revolution Join this walk around Holbeck with Leeds Civic Trust taking in Egyptian temples and Italian towers, plus Matthew Murray’s Round Foundry. On Saturday 13 September, 11am-12:30pm, setting off from Leeds Bridge.

Stank Hall Barn A chance to see inside a 15th century timber framed barn between Beeston and Middleton. On Saturday 13 September, 12noon-4pm.

Classic Cars at Thwaite Mills The historic Stourton water mill hosts a classic car show. Sunday 14 September, 11am-4pm.

As well as these events there are many city centre events, full details are on the Leeds Inspired website www.leedsinspired.co.uk. For full national details go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

One Reply to “Heritage Open Days in South Leeds”

  1. Hi. Thought I’d mention that there’s also a Heritage Walk in Morley on Sunday 5th October. Starts 11am from Morley Town Hall. Thanks!

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