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Holbeck, Leeds: Cradle of Industrial Revolution

As part of the National Heritage Weekend in Leeds, Leeds Civic Trust held a number of walks over the weekend including the one I chose.

I've deciided to join the 'Holbeck: Cradle of Industrial Revolution'. There were approximately 50 of us so we were divided into two groups.

We learnt about John Marshall and Matthew Murray on the walk. John Marshall specialised in flax spinning and Matthew Murray was a mechanical engineer. In 1789 they bought a land in Holbeck and began their business and promoted the use of steam for machinery in the mills.

We look around some of the buildings where their business operated such as Round Foundry, Saw Mill Yard, Marshall Mills, The Rotunda, Temple Mill and many other interesting buildings.

Matthew Murray was known as the 'Father of Leeds Engineering' He built the Round Foundry Engines and designed the steam locomotive for the railway between Leeds and Middleton.

Today a lot of regeneration and redevelopment work has took place and this is now known as Holbeck Urban Village.

Meeting up for the walk

Temple Mill was erected by Joseph Bonomi in 1838-40 and based on an Egpytian Temple at Edfu.

Temple Mill had advance facilities at the time with underwater heating and a turf roof.

Flax spinning was the main activity at the mill.

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