The Copperworks in Stourton has been a South Leeds landmark since it was built as the Leeds Copperworks in 1894.
From the invention of the Yorkshire fitting and the supply of materials for shipbuilding repairs in World War I, the Copperworks has played a pivotal role in British industry and history.
Generations of families have worked at the site, seeing the transition from Leeds Copperworks into Yorkshire Copperworks, as well as multiple mergers and takeovers since.
The site has played host to a number of industrial breakthroughs, as well as royal visits, and at its peak was the workplace of a 5,000 strong workforce. It closed in 1980.
In 1930 a works brass band was formed as the Yorkshire Copperworks Band. This still exists today as the Yorkshire Imperial Band, or Yorkshire Imps, you may have seen them performing in Middleton Park in recent years.
The old works have been refurbished with buildings re-roofed and re-clad by Towngate plc. A modern warehousing and distribution facility of 300,000 sq ft has been created which is currently on the market.
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