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A Colourful Past: Kirkstall Valley
Wellington Bridge to the Viaduct and back
Discover where dyeing, tanning, foundries and terraces used to be and what's there now
Waterfront locations near the old town centre were in short supply as industrialisation accelerated, so the valley of the River Aire upstream towards Kirkstall became progressively developed – with negative implications for the river itself. Houses, churches, libraries, schools and businesses came along to supply the needs of the factory workers.
There are signs of past times, surprising new activities and many acres of land awaiting a phase beyond colonisation by buddleia. Much remains to be done to reconnect this part of Leeds with the river itself.
Come and imagine the past and find out about transformations since the industrial heyday.
Meet in the car park beside Grosvenor Casino
Thursday 06th August 2020 - 02:30pm