Leeds nostalgia: History group set to re-start summer supper walks

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Leeds Civic Trust is to reprise its summer supper walks with tours of the city’s Georgian and Edwardian heritage.

There will be seven guided walks which promise the opportunity to see Leeds in a new light. The 90-minute evening walks will be followed by supper at the trust’s headquarters in The Calls.

Trust director Dr Kevin Grady said: “These guided supper walks are a real eye-opener revealing [the city’s] fascinating history and architecture.”

The walks, which cost £10, including supper, all begin at 7pm and are as follows:

Medieval Leeds - Wednesday April 29

This walk explores the Medieval streets of Leeds including Kirkgate and Briggate with their historic yards. Visit the sites of the medieval manor house and discover the old town boundaries.

Georgian Leeds - Tuesday May 5

This walk explores the reminders of Leeds when it was the woollen cloth marketing centre of the West Riding. The famous cloths halls, merchant houses of Park Square and its associated streets and the Georgian churches and chapels are the focus of the walk.

Victorian & Edwardian Leeds - Tuesday May 12

Leeds city centre was transformed in the late 19th century and above all in the first decade of the 20th century. Around one-fifth of the city centre was rebuilt in flamboyant style producing some of the city’s greatest buildings including Kirkgate Market, the County Arcade, and great terracotta buildings such as the Liberal Club and the Metropole Hotel. City Square was created and much of Vicar Lane, Briggate, Duncan Street, East Parade were impressively rebuilt.

Holbeck Urban Village - Wednesday May 20

This walk around the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Leeds shows you the wonderful industrial heritage of Holbeck – the famous Egyptian Temple Mill, the Italianate Tower Works, and Matthew Murray’s Round Foundry – and its imaginative transformation into an ‘urban village’.

Tracing Sites of the Silver Screen - Thursday June 4

This walk hunts for the old Picture Palaces of Leeds City Centre. Cinemas tended to be opulent but today often only a shadow of them survives in the city centre. People on the walk will be able to share their memories of Leeds cinemas in their heyday.

Leeds Waterfront - Thursday June 11

The transformation of the city centre waterfront in the last 20 years has been amazing. This walk introduces people to the fine waterfront heritage, and the major changes of recent years.

Five Decades – Five Arcades - Tuesday June 23

This walk explores the history and development of the Merrion Centre, The Light, St John’s Centre, Trinity Leeds and the Victorian Quarter. Five arcade-like shopping centres which have helped create ‘The Knightsbridge of the North’.

Book in advance: LCT: 17-19 Wharf Street, LS2 8EQ, 0113 243 9594, email: office@leedscivictrust.org.uk, website: www.leedscivictrust.org.uk