Leeds: Take a walk into your city’s glorious past

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FIVE “supper walks” taking in Leeds’ Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian splendour have been organised by the guardians of the city’s architectural heritage, Leeds Civic Trust.

The guided 90-minute evening walks are intended to give lifelong Loiners and visitors alike the chance to see Leeds in a new light.

Each walk starts at 7pm and will be followed by supper in the surroundings of the Trust’s Heritage and Design Centre in the Calls.

The first on Tuesday, May 11 is a Georgian walk exploring Leeds at the time of the wool boom. The famous cloth halls, merchant houses of Park Square and its associated streets and Georgian churches and chapels are the focus.

The second walk, Victorian Leeds on Thursday, May 20, explores the great Victorian buildings and streets of the city centre — including the Corn Exchange, Boar Lane, City Square, Park Row and the Town Hall.

Edwardian Leeds is the third walk on May 25. Leeds city centre was transformed in the late 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century. Around one-fifth of the city centre was rebuilt in flamboyant style producing some of the city’s greatest buildings including Kirkgate Market, the County Arcade and City Square. On Wednesday, June 16, a Leeds Waterfront walk will explore the city’s bustling industrial waterways from the time when rail succeeded the canals as industry’s transport system to the last two decades which have seen the waterfront revived with restaurants, bars and markets.

The final walk is Musical Leeds, on Tuesday, June 22, recalling the splendid balls held in the Georgian Assembly Rooms; the Singing Room at the Scarbrough Hotel, the Music Hall in Albion Street and the Leeds Musical Festivals at the Town Hall. The walks are £9 each including supper. Book in advance at the Leeds Civic Trust office on (0113) 2439594.

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