10 fascinating and strange secrets hidden underground in Leeds

Underneath your Leeds lies a forgotten world.

By Andrew Hutchinson
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 9:12 am

Rumours about secret spaces under the streets of Leeds may easily be dismissed as far-fetched urban myths, but a hidden side to the city actually does exist. From air raid shelters and nuclear bunkers to abandoned subway systems, there are a startling number of mysterious underground areas which have long been forgotten. DO YOU KNOW OF MORE HIDDEN UNDERGROUND SECRETS? Email: [email protected] READ MORE: 37 photos to take you back to the Leeds Lord Mayor's Parade in the 1980s and 1990s | Seven 'then and now' images of iconic Leeds landmarks

An underground tunnel that would have been used by servants to get from one wing to another without being seen. Temple Newsam is famous as the birth place of Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots.
The 1,200ft-long Westgate Tunnel section of the Leeds inner ring road was built to such a strength the ground above could be developed.
The old Bear Pit on Cardigan Road, Headingley.
They date back to the 1860s and the construction of the New Station as it was then called (now City Station). They extend to some 80,000sq ft and are made up of about 18 million bricks.
Leeds has one and its still possible to walk around in it, albeit with special permission from Network Rail and possibly the management of the Queens Hotel.
Taken in September 2011 this photo reveals what lies beneath one of Leeds's most famous hotels.
City Square showing air raid shelters in April 1944. It was at the time the site of a public air raid shelter, this did not withstand the bombing and was significantly damaged.
The tram stands housed underground toilets in December 1953.
Pictured is the Horsforth potal of the tunnel, constructed between 1845 and 1849 by the Leeds and Thirsk Railway. 24 people were killed during its construction.
This photo shows plans for an underground in Leeds. The cost meant it never happened.