Leeds guided walks to point out history of our grisly past

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A new season of guided walks around city centre Leeds has been planned and will include ghostly goings-on, landmark buildings and places of interest.

Leeds tourist guide and local historian Ken Goor, of Morley, is taking the tours.

They include a visit to Leeds Civic Hall on January 25; the city’s markets and arcades on February 15; churches of Leeds on March 1; a ghost walk on March 17 and on March 29, a tour of Leeds University.

Historian Mr Goor said: “There is so much to see in our city.”

He said the night time ghost walk on St Patrick’s Day would give a glimpse into the eerie side of Leeds with tales and legends of days gone by. It leaves the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm and will look at myths and legends.

Mr Goor, who wrote Haunted leeds, said: “The ghost walk will feature Charlie Peace, King of the Burglars, reputed to haunt the Headrow’s old cells under the steps of Leeds Town Hall.”

He said the two-hour tour of Leeds Civic Hall would look at historical greats including former city leaders and take place inside the venue, so would be ideal for a winter’s day.

The walk on markets and arcades will include a stop at Briggate which used to be two roads running alongside each other with a bustling market at its heart. He said: “In 1825 Briggate became one wide street instead of two. We will also visit Leeds Bridge, where one of the city’s first ever markets was held in in 1684. There would be an early morning cloth market but by the 1800s Briggate had become the place for trade.”

He added: “The tour about churches used to last for five hours, but it is now three hours. We will look at the Holy Trinity church, at the Trinity Centre, Leeds Minster and St Paul’s Church, near Park Square. There are lots of churches in Leeds and so much history attached.”

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