Sun Apr 28  Georgian Leeds: guided walk led by one of our members, Robert Dyson.

The cloth industry was important in Georgian Leeds (1700 – 1820), as is witnessed by many of the properties from that period and earlier, including artisans’ plots, cloth wharehouses and markets. Many of the mechants’ plots occupied the same footprint as the medieval burgage plots from 1207, which were about 49 feet wide. These are still visible in many of today’s shop fronts in Briggate. The photographs below show an example of this early planned development. We also visited Park Square, one of the few open spaces in the centre, another remnant of medieval enterprise. (Hover to read the titles,  click to enlarge and click back to return.)