Leeds nostalgia: Pub plan for former Yorkshire Water pumping station

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There was outcry in June 1992 after Bass Taverns applied to transform a derelict pumping station into a ‘superpub’, a word which struck fear into some of the locals.

The building, now called Headingley Taps, pictured, had stood empty since 1975, having once been one of Yorkshire Water’s most important and imposing pumping stations.

Atop its crenelated Gothic-style walls is a Leeds coat of arms and the names of councillors and aldermen who made up the Water World committee. It passed water between the local covered reservoirs and water treatment plants of Weetwood, Moortown and Bramley

Planned in 1879, it opened a year later and It passed water between the local covered reservoirs and water treatment plants of Weetwood, Moortown and Bramley. It was listed in 1961.

Abandoned due to progress, it was finally about to be pressed back into use. However, some didn’t see it like that.

Headingley Action Group said there were already too many pubs in the area but Bass hit back, arguing that if they did not take it over, it would probably remain derelict indefinitely. In the end, the planners sided with Bass .

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