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Leeds Through The Ages


Established as a city in 1893, Leeds has some of the most unique history and culture in the UK and has grown into the thriving city we all know and love today.


Taking great pride in Leeds heritage the city has been the home to some of the most iconic creations from Louis Le Prince, who created the first moving picture which was filmed in 1888, to the well-loved board game Cluedo.

Even in the past 50 years the city has taken huge steps to modernising the landscape and the way that the city runs, from introducing new shopping centres to working on transport for the future, Leeds is keeping up with the fast pace environment and demands that city life has.

Leeds is now the largest city in Yorkshire with a population of 750,000 people and Parklane Properties honour Leeds’ history by combining past and present day photos of iconic locations all over the city, including buildings in Headingley.

Victoria Arcade Mix - credit Leodis and Park Lane Properties


The Arndale Centre chain were the first shopping malls of their kind in England which included an 18 lane bowling alley, however ‘The Bowl’ closed in the 60’s and today you can find a wide range of shops and restaurants in its place.

Headrow Mix - credit Leodis and Park Lane Properties
A notable feature that hasn’t changed in The Arndale Centre over the past 50 years is the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, featuring in both the 1967 photo and today’s.

Back in the city, Lewis’s Dep artment store on Headrow first opened its doors to the public on the 17th September 1932 and was 40 ft higher than any other retail building in Leeds.

Now 84 years later the department store has been divided and is home to T.K Maxx, Argos and Sainsbury's.


Many of Leeds developments throughout the years have been focused on improving the shopping quality within the city and attracting people from all over the country to join a unique shopping experience.



This had been seen even more in the past couple years with developments from Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre and a look into the future at the new Victoria Gate shopping centre, which is set to feature big retailer John Lewis as well as other high end luxury brands.

Not only has the retail industry thrived throughout the years in Leeds, with the opening of the First Direct Arena in 2013 the venue has welcomed some big acts to its stage and promoting the city’s music scene and also proving beneficial to the O2 Academy.

Empire Mix - credit Leodis and Park Lane Properties


Too often as a city there are a lot of developments and getting caught up in all the hustle and bustle can often mean that it’s hard to remember the root of where it’s great journey began.


Pictures supplied by kind permission of Leeds Library and Information Services,, subject to broadcaster agreement

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