Eight places in Leeds make list of Britain’s top 50 ‘hidden gems’

Temple Works in Leeds
Temple Works in Leeds
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Eight buildings and public spaces in Leeds have been named on a list of the country’s top 50 hidden city gems.

Holbeck Cemetery, in Beeston, Holbeck Viaducts, Temple Works – also known as Temple Mill – and Trinity Church on Boar Lane all feature.

Temple Works in Leeds

Temple Works in Leeds

St George’s Field – a former cemetery – and an edible garden, both within the Leeds University campus, are also singled out.

Perhaps surprisingly, the less inconspicuous Victoria Gardens, on The Headrow, and the former Tetley brewery complete the Leeds locations that made the list.

Kevin Grady, director of Leeds Civic Trust, said: “You could multiply the list by 200 or 300 places that people would find absolutely fascinating.

“We have over 3,000 listed buildings in Leeds. There are many places that you could choose from.”

The results were compiled following a survey carried out by American Express in partnership with bloggers in five cities – Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London as well as Leeds.

The project is meant to “reconnect people with their home cities and discover new places of inspiration”.

Three of the places in Leeds that feature have been adapted since they were originally built – Tetley brewery is now a centre for contemporary art and learning, Trinity Church is home to a community arts centre and Temple Works, a 19th century flax mill, is a cultural venue.

There are plans to turn the disused railway over Holbeck Viaducts into a scenic “sky walk” into the city centre.

According to American Express, nearly nine out of ten people admitted to not taking advantage of what’s around them in their city.

Spokeswoman Melissa Weber said: “The cities we live in are brimming with potential, but we only appreciate a fraction of what they have to offer. That’s why we’ve called on people to share their personal places, hideaways and havens in the city to create maps of the UK’s most inspirational spaces, so that everyone can discover something new to love about their city.”

Leeds Civic Trust is co-ordinating the Heritage Open Days initiative in Leeds, which will see many historic buildings opened to the public from September 11 to 14.

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