Leeds nostalgia: Rising Sun pub building on council’s ‘at risk’ list

5th August 2008. The Rising Sun on Kirkstall Road.
5th August 2008. The Rising Sun on Kirkstall Road.
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The Rising Sun public house on Kirkstall Road, just beyond the viaduct if you are travelling away from the city centre, has stood derelict now for some years.

Prior to its demise, its cavernous interior had been converted into an antique shop/second hand furniture shop of sorts and it traded as such for a number of years.

The building, which is still standing, has since suffered two fires, the first coming in May 2013.

The Grade II listed building features on Leeds City Council’s at risk list and has also come to the attention of Leeds Civic Trust, who would like to see it brought back into use.

Most recently, however, it was the subject of a bid by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, who wanted to have the pub listed as a community asset, thereby safeguarding it from being converted without planning permission into a supermarket, a fate which has befallen numerous other closed pubs in Leeds and beyond.

Leeds CAMRA have submitted a list of more 20 pubs they would like to see on the new register - the application has gone before Leeds City Council.

When it was trading as a pub, it features in the Good Beer Guide and was noted by CAMRA for its architecture. It was awarded the Joshua Tetley Heritage Inn status and its largely unaltered interior earned it a place on CAMRA’s National Inventory of historic pub interiors.

Built in late Victorian times, it was originally surrounded by terraced and back-to-back housing but the former pub now stands on its own.