11 philanthropists who made their mark on Leeds

The city of Leeds has been shaped by philanthropy.

By Andrew Hutchinson
Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 2:10 pm
PICS: YPN
PICS: YPN
Born in Hunslet this self-made millionaire was responsible for buying and then donating Kirkstall Abbey to the city. He amassed a fortune by cornering the world market in nitrate, which was in great demand to make explosives.
A wealthy merchant who founded St Johns Church in 1631 and paid for a new market cross in 1619. Harrison Street, which links New Briggate and Vicar Lane with the site of the Grand Theatre, is named after him.

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Wealthy and ambitious he paid for the City Square statue of the Black Prince, which was carved in Holland and brought to the city via barge. Was also the main benefactor of Leeds Art Gallery.
An eccentric businessman who built Temple Works, a building whose design was based upon the Temple of Horus at Edfu, Egypt. It had a grass roof, complete with grazing sheep.
An MP for Leeds and Ripon from 1841-57 and was a benefactor to Leeds Infirmary, St Chads Church, Headingley and the Mechanics Institute.
The Parkinson Building, for many, is a symbol of Leeds University itself. Started in 1938 following a 200,000 donation from former student, Frank Parkinson who made his fortune in the manufacture of electrical goods.
The pair sought to improve the lot of child workers and vigorously promoted the Ten Hour Bill their efforts resulted in a Government inquiry and in 1833 the first Factory Act, which enshrined in law a 12-hour day for children.
M&S was founded in 1884 in Leeds. Simon Marks, son of founder Michael, once said: Whats the use of being rich unless you can do something with your money? Rich men must learn to give.
The Lithuanian immigrant who famously arrived at the turn of the last century with just 100 to his name. Founded Burton Menswear, one of Britain's largest chains of clothes shops.
Inherited his father's shoe company Stylo, and formed property company Town Centre Securities in 1959. Was a major sponsor of Tropical World at Roundhay Park which is now named after him.
This former coal miner grew up the Halton Moor estate and earned his fortune by manufacturing the Hesco bastion barrier system. Donated 1.5m to the Help For Heroes and millions to the Leeds Community Foundation.