'Egyptian temple' in Leeds shored up as owners take advice


Work is under way to stabilise historic Temple Mill in Leeds following its partial collapse.

An ornate stone pillar at the Egyptian-style former flax mill – a grade-one listed building – gave way smashing original windows and sending a large slab of stone across Marshall Street, Holbeck.

A Leeds city council spokesman said: "We understand that the owners are taking action to stabilise the building while they make arrangements for the necessary repairs. We are, of course, closely and actively monitoring progress."

English Heritage has been advising the owners' engineers and council officials over a strategy for repairs.

Trevor Mitchell, English Heritage's West Yorkshire team leader on historic properties, said: "We are sure that all parties will do all they can to prevent further damage to this iconic building. It is unique in its elevational treatment and plan form, and is the most important symbol of the linen industry in West Yorkshire.

"Temple Mills is probably the finest example of a carved stone elevation in the whole region.

"We are pleased that the owners are preparing a scheme of repair, made more urgent by the collapse."

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