"My Home!!!" Top 5 Page for this destination Leeds by spidermiss

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My Home!

I live and work in Leeds. I lived in Leeds most of my life. I'm very proud of Leeds and always like to show off my city to visitors.

City Facts
Over 750,000 people live in Leeds. The city as well as the city centre has smaller town centres and villages in its districts. Leeds is renowned for its green space and is blessed with a number of parks including Temple Newsam House & Estate and Lotherton Hall & Bird Gardens.

Industrial Past & History
Leeds played a key industrial role during the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th Century. The City specialised in the wool industry and trade. This resulted in the creation of the Leeds/Liverpool Canal in 1816 and a strong industrial trade was established with America via Liverpool. In 1893 Leeds was awarded the city status very quickly! In 1775 there were 17,000 residents in Leeds but jumped up to 89,000 in 1841!

With the industrial decline in the 20th Century, Leeds struggled with its identity until big regneration programmes took place making the city, once again, an attractive city with a proud industrial heritage for large commercial firms to invest in.

Arts & Culture
Leeds has some interesting museums linking to the past, especially its industrial past, and present including Leeds City Museum; Abbey House Museum; Leeds Industrial Museum and Leeds Art Gallery. It has a great arts and entertainment scene with the wonderful Grand Theatre & Opera House. We now have our own arena and will attract big concert line ups and entertainment!

Some of the sources obtained from City Museum (please see my tip).

Tracks In Time, The Leeds Tithe Project

This is an exciting project about hand drawn historic tithe maps which span Leeds and its Metropolitan District.

You can learn more about the project via its website.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:An amazing industrial heritage and a central location in the UK!
  • Cons:I think Leeds is overlooked!
  • In a nutshell:Leeds, Live it, Love it!
  • Intro Updated Nov 28, 2015
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  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    So nice to remember that city........

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Thak you for your comment Dawn.
    You really put up some good stuff and i have just today nominated your Leeds page for best local intelligence at the Barney awards.

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Hi Dawn,
    this page is fantastic, you really show that you have a deep and thorough knowledge of your city! Well done!!!
    My favourite tips are the beautiful arcades and the equally beautiful library!
    And interesting to read that Leeds is the twin town of Dortmund, Dortmund is not that far from where I live and my dad went to university there as a young man :-)

  • Benson35's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Great Leeds info
    Hayley :)

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Dawn, very comprehensive page with fabulous tips and brilliant photos. I have been to many cities in the UK, but never really made it to Leeds. Interesting to read that they have a Christkindelmarkt (note the spelling in your tip) and a Dortmund Square. It is time to finish the tip about this square. Dortmund is located only about 45 km from where I live.

  • Jefie's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Hey Dawn! Love the new travelogues, looks like you guys had a great time! Following the owl trail sure seems like a fun and unusual way of discovering Leeds :o)

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    So great memories from this city..........

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    Thanks for the virtual tour of your home town Dawn. Looks like a lovely place to live with all the great museums, parks and gardens. Well done.

  • traceyspacey's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    Just went to post a comment on your page on Leeds and I think I posted an old one. Sorry x

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    an interesting page, thanks for sharing, Dawn !


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