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Historical Event, Thu 21 Sep 2017

Talking Histories: Armley Jail

Talking Histories: Armley Jail


Join us for an evening with retired Prison Officer, Eric Walsh as he gives us an incredible insight into the history and chequered past of Armley Jail going as far back as the Victorian era.

Eric worked at HMP Armley for 24 years. Alongside his job as a Prison Officer, he carried out extensive research on the prison’s intriguing past and used to lead tours around the building itself (this is something that is no longer available to the public).

 Eric will lead us through the history of Armley Jail going back to the Victorian era. He’ll tell us about interesting and remarkable events throughout the years including escapes, disorder, notable visitors, punishment and executions (including Emily Swann, the only female prisoner to receive the Death Penalty at Armley and the Public Execution of Sargisson & Myers). 

It will be an informal evening with the opportunity to ask questions to find out about more about the history of Armley Jail. The bar will be open for drinks and bar snacks. Please note: doors open 7:30pm / talk starts 8pm.

This talk is part of a series of monthly events run by Left Bank Leeds that will explore the history of the buildings and people of Leeds. It has been made possible with thanks to the support from Heritage Lottery Fund.

Disabled toiletsOn-site light refreshments

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 21 Sep 2017 19:30 to 21:30

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Cardigan Road,



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Map reference: SE 281348  Lat: 53.80962 Long: -1.57444

By Car:

Take the A65 out of Leeds for one mile. At the junction with a viaduct above, turn right on to Caridgane Road. At the next set of lights carry straight on. The venue is found on the right hand side after the entrance to Harold Grove.

Public Transport

Travel by Bus

Local bus number 19 from Leeds city centre stops within a minute’s walk from the venue in either direction.

Buses 49, 50/50A and 56 stop within 10 minutes’ walk of the venue.

Travel by Train

Leeds Train Station is a 10 minute taxi ride away (20 minutes at peak times). The Harrogate line train between Leeds and Knaresborough stops at Burley Park station, which is a 5 minute walk away.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments