Photo essay: Leeds Dock - waterway destination unites past and present

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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The story of how our vibrant city combines past traditions with its ambitions for the future is captured perfectly in the evolution of Leeds Dock, where narrow boats continue to moor up as they have done since 1843.

When the dock was first built, those barges were laden with coal from the collieries around Rothwell and Wakefield which was destined to fuel the factories of the Industrial Age.

Today they are colourful waterway homes, surrounded by modern offices, restaurants and attractions that have sprung up since the area’s redevelopment in the 1990s.

Digital businesses such as Sky and Pin Point sit alongside Indian restaurant Mumtaz and the recently opened North Star Coffee Shop.

But the jewel in the crown is the Royal Armouries, which has been a constant as Clarence Dock became New Dock and now Leeds Dock.