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SPONSORSHIP Front Cover Picture
Leeds United legend
Albert Johanneson in full
flight – celebrated with
a Leeds Civic Trust Blue
Plaque (Image courtesy of
Varley Picture Agency)

GOLD The Trust gratefully acknowledges the support its work has
received from our corporate membership as follows: CEG LEEDS CIVIC TRUST is a voluntary, Patrons Trustees
non-political body, open to everyone Richard F. Adkinson Chair: Jane Taylor

who wants to participate in and influence
the planning of our City – not simply Margot Brunavs-Friedman Vice-Chair: Mike Piet
at election time or on other formal Ann Clark Hon. Treasurer: Robert Solyom
CJCT studio north Ltd Dobson Construction Ltd Evans Property Group occasions, but constantly in the everyday Hywel Coleman Catherine Black decisions that affect our environment and
the way of life in work and leisure. Robert Collins Peter Baker
The objects of the Trust are to promote Roger Garnett and Lynda Kitching Jim Brettell
and encourage the following, by Janette Gaunt John Pike
charitable means but not otherwise: Chris Hindle Clifford Stead
Hammerson UK Properties Plc KPMG LLP Landsec TO STIMULATE public interest in and care Mark Jenkinson Jenna Strover for the beauty, history, and character of
Dean Johnson Richard Voss
the City and locality;
Jennifer Jones Meryll Wilford
TO ENCOURAGE high standards of
design, architecture and town planning; Nigel McClea LEEDS CIVIC TRUST
TO ENCOURAGE the development and Ruth Robson 17/19 Wharf Street
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Richard A. Smith
TO PROMOTE and organise co-operation 0113 243 9594
Martin Staniforth and Gill Eastabrook
in achievement of these objectives. Email:
Anne Travers
President Doreen Wood Website:
Rushbond Plc Town Centre Securities Plc Wilton Developments Jeremy Burton Office Team
Vice-Presidents Martin Hamilton Facebook: @leedscivictrust

Acanthus WSM Architects Hallam Land Management Ltd RSM Peter Baker and Lynda Kitching Dörte Haarhaus Twitter: @LeedsCivicTrust
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Arkle Boyce Leeds Beckett University Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
Robert Dyson Produced by Colin Brear Advertising
Armstrong Watson Leeds Bradford Airport Stephen George & Partners LLP and Marketing
Arup Leeds BID Sterling Capitol plc
A W Hainsworth
Bartlett Group
Leeds Building Society
Leeds College of Music
Studio Tom Dick & Harry
The Harris Partnership Ltd
RECOGNISING LEEDS We have done this predominantly opportunity to say to you all
through our plaques scheme. another heartfelt thank you for
Benjn R. Vickers & Sons Ltd Leeds Commercial The Light Leeds Reading this Annual Review No longer will we forget the giving your time and energy
Bracken Limited Leeds Rugby Ltd The Parklane Group
Brewster Bye Architects Leeds United Football Club The Queens you may well pick up on significance of Albert Johanneson to what has been another
Brown Butler, Chartered Accountants Manning Stainton Turley two themes: one, Leeds as a to the world of football, or fail successful year for the Trust.
Caddick Developments Ltd MEPC Ltd University of Leeds
Citu Group Mills & Reeve LLP Victoria Leeds
‘national’ city and two, the to take note of the artistry of As we approach a new decade
Colin Brear Advertising and Marketing Mood Developments Walton & Co focusing of attention on the the Mawer group of sculptors I sincerely hope that the Trust
Connect Yorkshire
Morgans City Living Watts Group Plc forgotten and unrecognised. or ignore the sacrifice made by can continue to count on your
Mott MacDonald Ltd West & Machell Ltd
Cunniff Design Ltd George Ellison. valuable support.
Dacres Commercial
Nick Brown Architects West & North Yorkshire Chamber On both, the Trust has been
Oakgate Group Plc Westward Care Limited
DLA Design Group Ltd Opera North Womble Bond Dickinson LLP front and centre. It is clear that Whilst we continue to address Jane Taylor
DLG Architects Peter Brett Associates LLP Wrigleys Solicitors LLP we have played a significant those that may have been Chair
ESH Construction Pinsent Masons LLP WYG Group Ltd
Fore Consulting Limited Pullans Yorkshire County Cricket Club
part in discussions on transport forgotten and unrecognised,
Garbutt & Elliott LLP Purcell UK Yorkshire Design Group and investment in the north the Trust is always at pains to
Garnett Netherwood Architects Ltd
Gordons LLP
QAD Architects and we will continue to lobby remember and recognise our
Royal Armouries
for a sustainable mass transit staff, Martin, Dörte and Mel, and
We are grateful for the support of and engagement with the following groups:
COMMUNITY GROUPS Aireborough Civic Society Gledhow Valley Conservation Area Otley Conservation Task Force
system. However what has been our volunteers. We could not
AFFILIATED TO LEEDS Alwoodley Community Association Group
Headingley Development Trust
Roundhay Conservation Society
significant this year, perhaps
more than any other, is the fact
achieve what we do without the
dedication, talent and support
Bramley Baths Thackray Museum
Horsforth Civic Society
Far Headingley Village Society The Leeds Library that the Trust has drawn from staff, patrons, members,
Foxhill Residents’ Association Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum The Oulton Society
Friends of Holbeck Cemetery Little Woodhouse Community Thoresby Society attention to the forgotten and corporate members and
Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery Association Weetwood Residents’ Association the unrecognised, whether that
Friends of Middleton Park Meanwood Village Association volunteers.
Friends of Roundhay Park Moortown Community Group
Wetherby Civic Society was a building or a person or
Friends of Temple Newsam Newlay Conservation Society an industry. I am delighted to use this

THE LEEDS LOOK The proposed replacement
for the Leonardo Building as

CONTINUITY how design in Leeds has evolved part of a wider redevelopment

of the Civic Quarter
in the ensuing 30 years and to
(Image courtesy of Ide Real Estate)
debate where the future lies in

IN BUILDING architectural design in our city.

DESIGN The points raised and conclusions

drawn at this interesting and
well-attended event reflect many
Design was uppermost in the of the discussions that take
Trust’s mind some 30 years place at our Planning Committee
ago when we held two debates meetings. We can all point to
to discuss what had become good examples of architecture Westgate Point: one of the more successful
known as “The Leeds Look.” over the last 30 years. Alex
“Leeds Look” buildings, originally envisaged
as a much taller building
Promoted by the city’s Planning Whitbread from Fielden Clegg
Department and fulfilled Bradley Studios, who spoke at the to blow a trumpet for his own
by architects (often Leeds- event, was possibly too modest creation, Broadcasting Place.
based), the idea was to create This building is arguably the most
an architectural language for visually interesting development
the city that was modern but
worked with the grain of the
in Leeds in the last 20 years. DEMOLITIONS of Wellington Street – is due for
demolition, and the next stage of THE WEST
city’s historic built environment.
His practice is also designing
buildings for developers CEG AND the Wellington Place Masterplan
would see the demolition of a
The result: a post-modern
amalgam of red brick, pitched
at Kirkstall Forge and Holbeck. AMENDMENTS building that has barely been PLAYHOUSE
But for every high-quality standing for 30 years. Another
roofs and blue slate. development, there is at least Thirty years ago, the city was older building - the Leeds
And so in 2019 we gathered one that fails to make the grade.
In particular, contributors were
asking whether the Leeds Look
was good enough for our city.
Technology College opposite the
Merrion Centre, is also destined
at CEG’s Kirkstall Forge
development for an event co- concerned that some of the taller Today we can be more objective for demolition to make way PLAYHOUSE
The original Leeds Civic Trust buildings that we see in the city about this legacy. Some people for student accommodation.
hosted with the Leeds Modernist This quintessential Leeds Look
invitation to a debate about building centre are at best bland and at at the event asked if there Given the waste of “embedded
Society, to look back on the design 30 years ago building was controversial from
worst hackneyed in their design. were Leeds Look buildings that energy” contained within these
original Leeds Look, to consider buildings, is demolition always day one. The City Council’s
deserve to be retained, and planning committee at the
even protected. Quarry House the best option? Whilst the
Trust often supports (or even time seemed to approve the
(flatteringly referred to as “the scheme with a heavy heart, with
Kremlin”) is unloved, but what prefers) the design of a building’s
replacement, demolition of a one member describing it as a
about the Magistrate Courts “carbuncle”. As the years have
building with its multicoloured fundamentally sound building is
a cause for regret. passed, the internal layout has
bricks, windows and railings? become increasingly inadequate
Might this even be a candidate for modern audiences and
for listing in the future? And This artist’s impression of a new
student block to replace the old users and reconfiguration
what of Westgate Point – one of technical college building opposite became a necessity.
the better Leeds Look buildings, the Merrion centre
but currently for sale – is it a (Image courtesy of DLA Design)
candidate for demolition and
replacement with the taller
building that was originally
envisaged for the site?
This year our Planning
Committee has considered
a number of schemes that
would demolish Leeds Look-
Broadcasting Tower at Broadcasting era buildings. The John Thorp
Place – arguably the most striking designed Leonardo Building
design to emerge in the wake of the will disappear as part of a wider
“Leeds Look”
regeneration of the Northern
Image courtesy of Paul Stevenson Civic Quarter. Lisbon Court – a
late 1980s building at the end

So the approach to
its refurbishment and
reconfiguration (which includes
a “reclaimed” additional A BRUTALIST Sir Edwin Airey), new towns
(Hemel Hempstead and Milton
performance space), has been
one of amendment rather than POSTSCRIPT Keynes) before discussing our
own brutalist favourite, the
demolition. A striking new Completing the design theme, International Pool. Designed
frontage and entrance has been our guest speaker at our Annual by John Poulson’s company,
added to the St Peter’s Street Meeting – John Grindrod – this Leeds landmark survived
elevation, using tiling to echo certainly provided us with past the millennium before
Burmantofts faience pottery. plenty of food for thought on being demolished – against the
Further alterations to the interior buildings that were typically wishes of Leeds Civic Trust who
(which we were delighted to built a generation before the campaigned for its retention.
explore during a visit) make Leeds Look (though his new
the space more useable as well book will feature a chapter on We could see the value in this
as increasing capacity. Other the Leeds Look– with help building – maybe in its original
external modifications hide the from Trust members). state, or amended, refurbished
original brick design. Do these and redeveloped. So, it has been
interventions go too far and His talk on “Ten buildings that a year when we have considered
compromise the integrity of changed post-war Britain”, was designs - old, new or amended.
the original design? a fascinating tour of some of the
most famous (and infamous) The common thread is the
Amendments are most Author and lecturer John Grindrod in full
post-war buildings in the United Trust’s historical role at the centre
flow at the Trust’s annual meeting
successful when they enhance Kingdom. He talked about of this design debate – a role
the original design of a building prefabs designed to provide that continues to be as relevant
or improve functionality. housing to bring bombed-out as ever.
Proposals for Number 1 City streets back to life (including
Square, the first major building to Airey homes – designed by
emerge from the critique of the Leeds builder and civil engineer
Leeds Look in the mid-90s, were
disappointing in this regard. The
owners wanted to strip the mock
art deco elements (considered
to be dated), the distinctive
roof canopy and the bronze
seagull sculpture, thus removing
some of the features that define
this building. In a similar vein,
whilst we considered the Leeds
Arts University extension to be
successful, we regretted sealing
up the doorway of their existing
building, thus removing a detail
from one of the more successful
Leeds Look buildings.

An example of a building amended: DESIGN ON This is an issue that is also close

to the heart of our umbrella
Graphical House opposite the Trust’s
Offices is transformed with artwork THE NATIONAL organisation Civic Voice. We
were delighted to talk to them
by artist Mr Penfold
AGENDA and other civic societies at a
workshop in Birmingham, which
Matters of design also reached considered how we could all
the national stage with the influence the design process.
“Building Better, Building Here in Leeds, we pride ourselves
Beautiful” Commission, set up on providing objective impartial
by government to consider feedback to architects and
how high-quality design can developers through our Planning
be secured for new homes. Committee, and were pleased
We took part in an All-Party to share experiences with
Parliamentary Group Meeting colleagues in other towns
on this subject in Westminster and cities. The late lamented International Pool,
earlier in the year. pictured in its heyday

CERAMICS TILING – BACK latter utilises yellow and mustard
tones that would not be out of
ARE MAKING A IN VOGUE IN place in the Tiled Hall Café. Not
only do they add interest and
COMEBACK LEEDS attract the eye but they also
serve a practical purpose. The
The Trust is blessed with an Although perhaps less golden diamonds that were
active Events Committee celebrated, Leeds does share finally installed on the exterior of
whose volunteers organise our with Stoke a considerable the John Lewis building and the
numerous activities and events ceramics heritage; even golden mosaic at the entrance
throughout the year. These are if Burmantofts and Leeds to the Leeds Arts University
open to members and non- pottery can only now be seen extension are more decorative
members alike and information on historical buildings or in than practical, but nonetheless
can be found on our website. museum display cases. provide interesting contemporary
One such activity is our annual uses of this historical material.
“away day”. In a more modern context, the
Trust has noted a revival in the These interventions, whilst
We find that visiting other towns use of ceramics either as a purely not to everyone’s taste, are
and cities to compare notes is a decorative feature or to provide surely a breath of fresh air
great way of coming up with new a “skin” on the outside of a new when compared with some of
ideas and approaches to support building. This might even be the more anodyne city centre
our wider activities. This year, considered a new Leeds Look! building cladding systems that
we visited Stoke on Trent: “The Examples completed in the our Planning Committee has had
Potteries”. Stoke is a wonderful last year include the previously cause to criticise in the last year.
case study of how an area mentioned Leeds Playhouse Reviving a material in which the
dominated by a single industry façade and the St Alban’s Place city was once pre-eminent is
is forced to adapt to change. student accommodation. The surely welcome.
Whilst many of the town’s
famous brands live on – Minton,
Finishing touches: a striking new tiled
Spode, Doulton and Wedgwood façade transforms the Leeds Playhouse
– this is often via an overseas
manufacturer and owner. What is
left are large warehouses and the
need for reinvention. Sometimes
this is a new use for an old
building – hotels, film locations,
performance spaces. In other A B R A ND NE W CIT Y CENTR E D IS TR I C T,
cases, old uses and techniques R ECO NNEC TIN G H O LB ECK WITH
are revived in a modern context. THE CENTR E O F LEEDS .
Thus, the Clayhead Museum uses
3D printing to reimagine old tiles
and houses a commercial tile
manufacturer (The Firing Line) T EM PL EL EED S .CO M | @T EM PL EL EED S
which still uses 100-year-old
tile presses. Leeds has its share
of brownfield sites and disused
buildings, and this spirit of
reinvention lives on in our city’s
many mill buildings.

Golden diamonds are finally fitted

A selection of tiles manufactured to the John Lewis building two
in Stoke-on-Trent years after completion

LEEDS - A NATIONAL CITY? 4, was particularly welcome. Our
volunteers doggedly champion
heritage buildings that are at
revolution?”, the importance of
rail for the city was underlined
by the attendance of Cllr Judith

risk of damage or destruction. Blake, Council Leader, together
The Majestic had long been on OF A RAIL with representatives from HS2,
LEEDS SIT ON our “at risk” list. The tragedy
of the fire that destroyed the REVOLUTION? Network Rail and the Combined
Authority (WYCA).
THE NATIONAL historic interior shortly after its Taking all of these It was clear that whilst the city
restoration, is leavened by the developments together, it
wonderful news that this and region are ambitious, there
seemed opportune for the remains a question mark over the
building will now benefit from Trust to conduct a “state-of-
With debates about devolution extent to which there is proper
a significant anchor tenant in the-nation” event which we
and elected mayors remaining strategic oversight at a national
such an iconic location. held at Leeds Town Hall.
unresolved, and Whitehall and level, and sufficient powers and
Westminster having other
issues to deal with, there HS2 UNDER Optimistically titled “On track: resources locally.

Leeds at the centre of a railway
remains a concern that Leeds
specifically and the north more
generally are low on the list of This report is being written as
national priorities. the HS2 scheme is once again
under scrutiny. The government
A lunch for our gold corporate has commissioned a review
members at which Henri body to consider all options for
Murrison, Chief Executive of future stages of HS2 by the
the Northern Powerhouse end of 2019.
Partnership, grappled with some
The Majestic: Listed building and
of these issues in an interesting future home of the Channel 4
This comes at a time when
discussion, underlined the need National Headquarters Leeds Station has undergone
for Leeds, and by extension the a facelift. A new transparent
North, to raise its collective voice roof for the main concourse

on a number of fronts. and improvements to the
pedestrian areas in front of
LEEDS: KEY TO IS COMING TO New Station Street are long
overdue. The construction of a
THE NORTH LEEDS new “platform zero” will improve
capacity. Longer-term plans A packed house in Leeds Town Hall listens to Council Leader Judith Blake explain
It was against this backdrop Leeds overcame superficially for a more radical overhaul of how rail-related developments are key to inclusive growth in Leeds
The logo used to promote Leeds to
that the city launched a new the rest of the country more attractive bids from the station (through the Leeds
campaign, “Leeds: Key to the (Image courtesy of Social Birmingham and Manchester Integrated Station Masterplan)
North”. This initiative highlights Communications) to become the location continue to be developed. At
the broader social and of the Channel 4 national the same time, the long overdue
economic benefits that would senior councillors, officers and
headquarters. The city already replacement of the Pacer trains
accrue from the redevelopment
of Leeds City Station as a
developers to make the case
to Whitehall for investment in
has a significant broadcasting
and production infrastructure
has commenced and the new
Azuma trains were introduced
transport hub, integrating HS2 the city’s infrastructure through
(soon to be augmented by new for the East Coast mainline You do not need to spend
and upgraded east-west rail the government’s Housing
studio facilities at the former service. At a local level, work to long in our bookshop,
connections. Our Planning Infrastructure Fund. Leeds has
Polestar Petty printworks and develop new stations at White managed and staffed by
Committee Chair Mike Piet actually built more homes in
conversion of the Grade II Listed Rose and near Leeds Bradford volunteers, to spot a tram
(whose efforts working with recent years than any of the
Tower Works Engine House as Airport is being progressed. on a front cover, even if they
the Chamber of Commerce on other “core cities” – the ten
post-production facilities). We There was a commitment by are historical relics! A recent
the integration of HS2 into the largest local authority areas
also have a nationally leading national government to support addition is Volume 5 of Jim
existing railway station have representing cities in the United
reputation in the creative the Leeds-Manchester link Soper’s “Leeds Transport”
Kingdom. However, development
been influential) attended and digital economies and all (HS3) – an important part of the series. The front cover
in the city centre has been slow.
a reception in the Palace of attractive propositions for this overall Northern Powerhouse Rail depicts a form of transport
Build-out rates have only just
Westminster which aimed to broadcaster. Above all, the Strategy. There will inevitably be that has been lost to Leeds
recovered to pre-recession levels,
sell the benefits to a city has a young and diverse disruption along existing routes but may finally be on
and the majority of this activity
national audience. population – particularly as this work is carried out, but its way back.
is for purpose-built student
attractive to Channel 4. this is the only way to deliver
However, there is also a broader accommodation; the lack of three
the new services needed to
context to selling Leeds to the bed (i.e. family) accommodation For our Heritage Watch Group,
meet demand.
country as a whole. Trust Director in the city centre was remarked the announcement that the As a mass transit system for Leeds is once again on the agenda, will we see a
upon several times by our Majestic on City Square will be modern day version of the tram depicted on Jim Soper’s latest volume?
Martin Hamilton attended a
workshop in London alongside Planning Committee. the permanent home for Channel

LEEDS UNITED HONOURING Blue Plaque unveilings are

typically small affairs, and the
JOINS THE AN ELLAND pre-match press unveiling

was no different. But the half-
time unveiling of the plaque to

Yorkshire County Cricket Club, TRAILBLAZER 34,000 football supporters was

most certainly not! This gave
along with Leeds Rugby are It had been a long-standing an opportunity for Civic Trust
ASHES TRIUMPH AT A already Trust corporate members,
so we were delighted to welcome
objective of the Trust to honour
Albert Johanneson with a blue
Director Martin Hamilton to show
the plaque to the crowd as if it
REVAMPED HEADINGLEY Leeds United as new members
as they approached their 100th
plaque. His playing record was the FA Cup!

anniversary year.
Any cricket supporter of a Nobody thought that such a Match outing for the splendid
certain age has a story to tell feat would be repeated nearly new cricket and rugby stand – a On the pitch it was a case of
about the 1981 Test Match 40 years later with a spectacular scheme that Leeds Civic Trust nearly but not quite as they
at Headingley: Ian Botham’s unbeaten century from Ben supported when it was in its narrowly failed to win promotion
match-changing innings and the Stokes guiding England to an planning stages. to the Premiership. We had some
furious bowling from Bob Willis improbable victory. It was the very useful discussions with
that turned the series around best possible way to celebrate A crowd watches the Test Match the club about their ambitions
and led to an Ashes victory is the Ashes series returning to from the new cricket stand
(Image courtesy of DLA Design)
for Elland Road, including
the stuff of legend. Headingley and a first Test new training and community
facilities at or near their stadium.
We detected a genuine wish
to engage with their host
communities and the wider city
in a way that has perhaps not Samantha
Jones, Albert
been so apparent in past years. Johanneson’s
Our members were treated to granddaughter
a tour of the stadium, where unveils a blue
we learned much about how plaque in his
an organisation of this size and

throughout the 1960s speaks

volumes: he scored 67 goals in UCI ROAD
his 200 appearances and was WORLD
a key component in the club’s
promotion to the First Division in
1964. Perhaps more significantly,
The other big sporting event of
he was the first black player to
the year was the 2019 UCI Road
participate in an FA Cup Final
in 1965. We were fortunate World Championships which
that Albert’s granddaughter, took place in September 2019
Samantha, was in the UK in in Yorkshire including part of
January (she lives in the US) and the race taking place in Leeds.
was able to unveil the plaque at Following the success of the Tour
the Derby County game (which de France and Tour de Yorkshire,
Leeds won convincingly). She was Leeds is playing a significant
joined by past Lord Mayor and role in the cycling world. The big
Leeds United supporter Cllr Jayne challenge is converting interest
Dowson and members of the in elite cycling into a larger
The great Billy Bremner welcomes Leeds United Supporters’ Trust, movement for cycling as a viable
fans to the Elland Road Stadium who were so helpful in getting and attractive mode of transport.
this project off the ground. We Proposals for a dockless shared
scale operates (and how post- were delighted that so many of bicycle scheme were abandoned
season the staff run their own Albert’s contemporaries were after the company pulled
tournament on the pitch!). We able to share the special moment. out of the UK, whilst cycling
also learned about the club’s rich Leeds legend Brian Deane spoke infrastructure is being installed
history, something we were able eloquently about how Albert but not as quickly as many would
to mark with the unveiling of a paved the way for future black like. We look forward to progress
blue plaque for United legend players like him to succeed on both of these fronts in the
Albert Johanneson. in the sport. year to come.

plaque. We were delighted to
unveil the plaque on the home of
Jim and Vi Cooper on Wykebeck

Valley Road – proud Council
tenants since 1970 of one of the
first houses to be built on the

estate. Mr Livett’s granddaughter
Amanda Nevill unveiled the
OF MODERN plaque with Mrs Cooper.
Coinciding with Heritage Open
COUNCIL Days, the unveiling was followed

HOUSING by an excellent talk at the Old

Gipton Fire Station by social
historian John Boughton, whose Tenants Jim and Vi Cooper and Livett’s
In 1919, Lloyd George’s granddaughter Amanda Nevill reveal the
book “Municipal Dreams” tells the
government introduced a blue plaque for RAH Livett
fascinating story of the history of
Housing Act which he said would
council housing.
create “homes fit for heroes”.
This statement acknowledged

that soldiers who fought in Fuller from Chartford Homes even if the initial outlay is greater.
WW1 often had underlying gave an interesting insight into We will be paying close attention
health conditions that were
the result of poor housing. The WIND FOR the constraints his business has
to work within to build housing
to how Leeds City Council
achieves this key objective in the
Act, piloted through Parliament COUNCIL in the private sector, and Martin design of new Council homes.

by the Minister of Health Dr Elliot from Leeds City Council
Christopher Addison, aimed to provided an overview of the A number of threads will be
provide the finances to enable
local authorities to build their IN LEEDS? policies that underpin housing
growth in Leeds.
drawn together with a new
council housing development
own homes, typically via the The Trust has an abiding interest to be completed in Holbeck in
creation of housing estates, at in housing and place-making Other discussions revealed 2020 – a scheme supported
pace. In practice, fewer than half and we are keen to understand that a new phase of council by our Planning Committee.
of the dwellings foreseen were the complexities that underpin house building in Leeds was It will be a modular scheme (a
A Seacroft tower block – one of over 40 commencing, this supported modern successor to a pre-
constructed, but the Act did kick- constructed under Livett’s watch the trends in house building
start a revolution in the (Image courtesy of the West Yorkshire Archive) in the city. by a relaxation in borrowing fabricated technique that RAH
provision of public housing rules from central government. Livett patented after the war).
over the next sixty years. We held a public meeting (aimed Although the numbers may seem It is located on Maynell
in particular at our Affiliated modest by historical standards – Approach, just around the

RAH LIVETT - 30,000 houses and flats by the

time of his death in 1959. The
to create a better world for those
who had returned.
Societies) to look at housing
from different perspectives. Steve
1500 new homes in the next five
years, this represents the first
corner from Jenkinson Close –
named after RAH Livett’s political
CELEBRATING dwellings were always designed
to the latest specifications, His earliest scheme was the
Hoey from Leeds Community
Homes discussed how co-
significant council house building
in a generation. As developers,
boss – Rev Charles Jenkinson,
the firebrand socialist chair of
A TRUE LEEDS and often took their cue from Gipton Estate in East Leeds, and
this was the location for our blue
operative and community-based local authorities are not housing in the 1930s and already

HOUSING modernist designs from across

the continent.
housing schemes are challenging
the classic divide between public
motivated by profit. This gives
them an opportunity to strive for
a blue plaque recipient.

PIONEER His most famous design was

and private provision. Matthew excellence in sustainable design,

The Trust was keen to celebrate the iconic Quarry Hill Flats, at
this important legislative the time the acme in modernist
milestone and tell the story of ambition. He also conceived
how council housing developed many other pre and post-war
in Leeds. We decided to do this Council homes including the
by unveiling a blue plaque to pre-war estates at Halton and
remember the role played by Seacroft. His post-war schemes
Leeds Housing Director and City included more than 40 tower
Architect Richard Livett. RAH blocks built throughout the city.
Livett (as he was known) made Reading through the Council’s
it his life’s work to clear slums archives there is a real sense of
and build decent homes for the someone with vision, compassion
working classes. and a sense of fairness; as one
of the “lambs to the slaughter” An image of proposed Leeds City
RAH Livett at his desk Council dwellings in Holbeck
Starting in 1934, he masterminded he was deeply affected by his (Image courtesty of Jill King)
the construction of around experiences in WW1 and wanted

REMEMBERING Mr Ellison was symbolic of the
tragedy of WW1, the lives of the
serviceman, whose grandfather
had been awarded the Victoria

Investing in Leeds
THE FALLEN IN thousands of other Leeds men Cross. The final location of Joseph’s Well and 2 Park Lane , Leeds
and women who died were just the plaque is outside the main
WORLD WAR 1: as important. So, in a departure entrance to the station.
GEORGE ELLISON from the Trust’s normal plaque

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rules, we decided to remember
him with a green plaque (to THE YORKSHIRE

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Saxton Gardens, the complex
of flats that still stands on the symbolise the colour of the
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centre, was another ground- left was to find a location since Killed at the
his house was long demolished.
breaking scheme from Livett.
We chose Leeds Railway Station
11th hour DPD, Howley Park, Morley Apsley House, Leeds
The demolished houses that Leeds resident
George Edwin
George Edwin
Ellison’s Story
Leeds: Our Home Front
– a departure point for so many
Born in 1878, Ellison
Ellison has lost married Hannah Maria Four long years of war have factory in East Leeds. A

paved the way for this scheme his life whilst Burgan in 1912. He is come to an end and the city within a city, this 200
survived by wife Hannah citizens of this great city acre site was constructed
on patrol in and their young son, James, undoubtedly feel a mix of in 3 months and by October

Leeds men before they went to

who live at 49 Edmund relief, pride and sorrow. Upon 1916 employed 16,000
Mons, Belgium - Street in the Bank area the announcement of the people, 93% of whom were

were home to one man who

of Leeds (Richmond Hill).
just 90 minutes Ellison was a British soldier
Armistice, 40,000 Loiners
gathered at Leeds Town
women. Although wages
were relatively high, the
before the final long before the Great War,
but left service in 1912
Hall - including soldiers,
nurses, tailors, munitions-
work was dangerous, and
the strong chemicals they

training or to the trenches.

ceasefire was to be closer to his family,
becoming a coal miner.
makers and surgeons, to used gradually yellowed
watch fireworks, sing songs, the skin. During the night
never lived to see the benefit
Upon the outbreak of war, and recognise all the lives shift on 5th December 1916,
He is thought to be the last he signed up early and was lost and contributions made a machine malfunctioned
known British soldier to part of the Expeditionary in the past years. and an explosion killed 35
lose his life in action during Force. Joining the 5th Royal Let’s look back over the last women. Such was the secrecy
the European war. Irish Lancers, he fought in four years and see how our surrounding the work at
the earliest battles of the

of improved housing conditions

city has changed. Barnbow, the incident was
Signed at 5 o’clock on the war after arriving in France covered up and the women

And so it was at 9.30am on 7th

11 November, the Armistice on 26th August 1914. Poignantly, his wife Hannah were merely mentioned in
came into effect at 11am.
Surviving the trenches for would not find out about his The ‘Leeds Pals’ the Yorkshire Evening Post
Although rumours of the death until a week before By September 1914, 1,274 as “killed by accident.”
ceasefire began to circulate four years, Ellison fought at
major battles including the Christmas. Leeds men had signed

in Leeds.
amongst the soldiers, news up for the Pals battalion. ‘Uniforms & Textiles’
was slow to trickle down Somme and Ypres. To commemorate his life,

November that Leeds Railway

Almost 3,000 men are and the lives of others Leaving Leeds for their
to the front and orders training camp, crowds of Already a well-known
continued to be made. believed to have lost their tragically lost in this
lives in the hours between war, Leeds Civic Trust 20,000 cheered them on at textile manufacturing city,
Ellison was shot by a sniper Leeds City Railway Station. Leeds quickly adapted to
in woodland whilst on the signing of the armistice is unveiling a memorial
and the 11am ceasefire. plaque in his name. On 1st July 1916 (the first making uniforms. With
patrol at 9:30am. day of The Somme), the their pioneering mass-

Station tannoy fell silent as

Leeds Pals were sent over production systems, Burton
the top. At the end of the tailors clothed a quarter of

He was George Edwin Ellison, the

first day of the battle, only the armed forces.
17 of 900 men answered the
roll call, with 230 lives lost. ‘A City of Sanctuary’
Across Leeds, hundreds By November 1914, 800

commuters, school children,

of grieving families closed refugees had arrived in

last British soldier to die before

their curtains in mourning. Leeds from Belgium. The
It is rumoured that after the City Art Gallery was used
Somme, every street in the as a reception centre, with
city had at least one house 300 people temporarily

veterans, members of his old

with its curtains drawn. housed there. Many

armistice was declared at the

Over 10,000 soldiers and Belgians contributed to
service members from the war effort, working in
Leeds lost their lives during the factories. Recovering
the four years of conflict soldiers also found respite
Whitehall Point, Leeds
according to official in Leeds; stately homes

regiment, relatives and Trust

The Bank area, where Ellison and his young family live estimates. such as Temple Newsam and

end of World War 1. When Leeds

Meanwhile back in Leeds: Lotherton Hall opened their
doors to weary soldiers.
‘Barnbow Lasses’ Doctors and nursing staff
at Cookridge Convalescent

members stopped to share a

Over 3 years, 36 million Hospital and Beckett Park
cartridges and over 24 Hospital tended to many

resident Ed Carlisle proposed

million shells were produced of the wounded and shell-
at Barnbow munitions shocked.

moment of quiet to honour

No. 15,688. Leeds, November 1918. One Penny.

a blue plaque for this man as

George Edwin Ellison and the
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part of the 100th anniversary Leeds Civic Trust mocked up a

Est. 1885
commemorations for the end sacrifices made by others in the facsimile newspaper to hand out to
of the war, we recognised that so-called Great War. Our unveiler commuters to tell them about the J Pullan & Sons Limited, T: 0113 271 7221
C7 Joseph’s Well, Hanover E:
this was someone whom the was Railway Shift Manager death of George Ellison – complete
Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB W:
Darrel Lindley, himself a former with adverts from the period
city should remember. Although


This plaque unveiling attracted national and
international media attention. The Yorkshire
Evening Post backed our crowdfunding initiative

with a front page spread, many of the national
newspapers covered the story. BBC Look North,
Calendar and all of the local radio outlets were in YEARS


Westward Care – offering We were only aware of a single

grainy image of George Ellison
options in later life.
taken from a local newspaper
reporting his death (much to the
incredulity of one well-known
US-based international news
From residential or nursing Headingley Hall
organisation). It was a surprise
care to independent living
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put your needs first and Pennington Court claimed was George Ellison, investment portfolios and trusts.
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British man of this era. Ellison’s call 0113 243 5344 or email
great-grandson confirmed that
Find out more at this photograph was wrongly attributed to his ancestor on a
or call 0113 275 9950 WW1 grave-finding website!
Andrews Gwynne LLP is authorised and regulated
The upper image was wrongly attributed as George Ellison by the Financial Conduct Authority
The only known image of George Ellison is the one below

who have made a contribution case in the Tower of London.
to the city. Suffragette Leonora Her blue plaque was considered
Cohen (pictured) is one of the in a debate we held as part of


heroes depicted. She is now Heritage Open Days to consider
rightly considered a hero, but how we celebrate our city’s
in her day was regarded by history. The “Plaques in the Dock”
many as a criminal and terrorist event aimed to present a “warts

“LOOK UP” many of the fine examples of

architectural ornamentation
– famously smashing a display and all” assessment of some of
the city’s most celebrated figures
CATHERINE we see on Victorian buildings
throughout the city; buildings
and proved to be a very thought-
provoking evening.
A celebration in steel – Suffragette
such as Leeds Town Hall would Leonora Cohen

THE MAWER not be so special were it not

for their artistry. We chose to
GROUP remember Catherine Mawer
individually with her own plaque. A NEW Pippa’s “ribbons” sculpture will
be a five metre high structure
2019 marked the inaugural
year of Yorkshire Sculpture
This was because there were few
women sculptors in that era, but
FEMINIST detailing women who have made
a contribution to our city. It will
International: a three-month even fewer that combined their SCULPTURE also appear in other parts of the
long summer festival of
sculpture across Leeds and
skill with management; Catherine
Mawer ran the company’s stone FOR LEEDS city centre – as benches and
incorporated into pavements. The
Wakefield at four venues - yard following the death of her It was timely that Leeds sculptor ribbon motif is an echo of how
the Hepworth and Yorkshire husband William. A true pioneer Pippa Hale unveiled the blue ribbons are used decoratively
Sculpture Park in Wakefield and in a man’s world. plaque for Catherine Mawer (in a woman’s hair), to denote a
the Henry Moore Institute and after it was announced that cause, and as a fabric that binds
Art Gallery in Leeds. she had won the commission together. The sculpture will be
Christine Boothroyd – sponsor of the unveiled
Keen to underline the importance blue plaque and owner of the Chambers to produce a new feminist
sculpture to take pride of in 2020.
of sculpture to our city, Leeds in Park Place, a building decorated with
Civic Trust decided to unveil work by the Mawer Group place at the centre of the new
(image courtesy of the Yorkshire Post) public realm between the
two blue plaques to remember Ribbons – Pippa Hale’s successful
Catherine Mawer and the Mawer The Starbucks building on Albion Street Leeds Playhouse and the newly sculpture selected from schemes
shortlisted and displayed at Leeds Arts
Group. These individuals were – displaying the artistry of Catherine completed Leeds City College
Mawer University
collectively responsible for building on Quarry Hill.

NEXUS OPENS The Nexus hub on the A PIONEERING (remarkably Rachel Reeves is
only the second ever woman
education. She also championed
the abolition of the death
2019 saw the opening of the
eastern edge of the
University of Leeds campus LEEDS MP IS to represent Leeds in the
Commons). Bacon was also the
penalty, decriminalisation of
homosexuality and legalisation of
Nexus innovation hub at the RECOGNISED first female chair of the Labour abortion. Thus we were delighted
University of Leeds. This new
hub, which is part of the nascent ENLIVENING It was Leeds West MP Rachel
party and was responsible
for introducing important
to invite Rachel to unveil a blue
plaque to remember Alice Bacon
innovation district for Leeds,
provides a location for businesses
THE Reeves who began the
campaign for more women
legislation as a minister, inside Leeds Corn Exchange,

to access the University’s world- WATERFRONT to be recognised in sculpture

in Leeds.
including laws that paved
the way for comprehensive
where she held her constituency
leading expertise.
The Leeds Waterfront
Nexus enables businesses from Enhancement Fund has been Rachel is also a noted author
all sectors to connect with the set up by the Council to animate and wrote a biography of the
expertise, talent and facilities at The public realm in front of our canal and river frontage. important, but relatively unsung
the University of Leeds, working Nexus is now home to a new Projects funded include murals, Leeds MP, Alice Bacon. Alice
together to accelerate and de- piece of public art. “Converse installations and lighting. was the first female MP in
risk innovation and maximise Column” by British-American The Trust has long supported Yorkshire when she was elected
commercial returns. Business artist Liliane Lijn is a nine metre measures to enliven our on the Labour landslide in 1945
partners can engage with Nexus high revolving “poem machine” waterfront and is delighted to
in a variety of ways, ranging from featuring two separate poems be part of the grants panel for Alice Bacon Blue Plaque: (left to right)
being a member of the Nexus turning in opposing directions. this scheme. Jane Taylor Leeds Civic Trust Chair,
community, to co-working or The text was developed from Martin Hamilton Trust Director, Council
phrases provided by students One such project was the Leader Cllr Judith Blake, Rachel Reeves
locating their business here, in MP (unveiler) and Professor Christina
and staff on the themes of “Heroes of Leeds” trail near the
the highest quality workspace Leston-Bandeira and Jonathan Maud
communication, collaboration, Royal Armouries which highlights
and labs. (representing co-sponsors University of
innovation and impact. eight people from all walks of life Leeds and Rushbond PLC)

This year’s Heritage Open Days class amenities but are mindful transport. And we are
theme, the annual festival co- of the climate emergency and conscious that our organisation
ordinated locally by Leeds Civic how the Trust can play its part in needs to better reflect the
Trust, was “people power”. This achieving zero carbon targets – population of Leeds. We can
could not be more appropriate in particular through sustainable achieve this by engaging with
for the Trust – our work quite transport. We want to see a people and organisations who
literally depends on people people-friendly environment can help us develop.
power. During the year the Trust but one where the focus is on
has been developing a vision pedestrians, cyclists and public
to take our activities forward
over the next five years. We
have consulted with members,
partners and supporters to
identify broad themes and ideas
that will form the basis of this
future work. We want to remain
true to our historic objectives,
but we need to make sure that
we are ready to tackle new
challenges and issues.
Thus in our vision, we recognise
the importance of high-quality
design, but with an increased
focus on sustainability. We
celebrate our heritage and
historic buildings but want to Members of the Trust’s Planning
ensure that untold stories about Committee and Heritage Watch
the city’s history are given an Group inspect the refurbishment of
Leeds Bridge
airing. We will push for world-

Thank you to our group and committee members

Rachel Fletcher Jeremy Burton Jeremy Freeman Clive Woods
Pam Freeman Colin Woodward
Helen Seymour Rick Amos Peter Baker PLAQUES GROUP
Charles Wickert Anthony McGreavey James Boothroyd John Crossen
Claire Burningham Christine Osborne David Barraclough Janet Douglas
Sue Bedford Roderic Parker Jim Brettell Lucy Moore
Sue Reddington Garance Rawinsky Ronan Carnally Jane Moran
EVENTS COMMITTEE Tony Ray Robert Collins David Sellers
Richard Balfe Jenna Strover Howard Dews Bob Tyrell

Leeds best kept secret Jane Collins Meryll Wilford David Ellis
Mark Parry Paul Exley DIGITISING
The Chambers Garance Rawinsky Graham Castle
Jeff Gleisner Doreen Wood
30 Park Place, Leeds LS1 2SP and Jane Taylor Roger Garnett
Adrian Jones Liz Pruden
Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds LS1 4AW Ann Voss Richard Voss
Mike Piet Maureen Jessop
MASTERPLANNING Telephone 0113 386 3300 Meryll Wilford Tony Ray The Trust is also grateful to its
Email Claude Saint-Arroman many other volunteers be they
FINANCE COMMITTEE Jane Collins walk leaders, caterers, guides, and
LEEDS & LONDON Sandra Sawyer
Peter Baker John Harris anyone who has attended any of
T: 0113 247 1222 Clifford Stead
John Pike Garance Rawinsky our workshops and events. Without Jane Taylor
Robert Solyom your contributions, we simply
Meryll Wilford
couldn’t do the work that we do.

HERITAGE PEOPLE develop exciting events, cultivate
relationships with new openers Leeds Heritage

OPEN DAYS – POWERED and audiences, and keep the

annual event fresh, fun and most
Open Days 2019
A Free City-Wide Festival of Heritage

OUR BIGGEST GRANTS importantly free.

13th–22nd September

YEAR YET AND EVENTS Working together is another

expression of people power,
This year, in addition to our and we were delighted to team
As local co-ordinators, we strive regular grants scheme, we up with Bradford Civic Society
to make each year better than introduced new Heritage Open to support one of this year’s
the last. This year, we produced Days Micro-Grants. Offering micro-grant recipients. ‘4000
a 10,000 print run of a new 48 £250 to charities, organisations Miles to Home’ was an exhibition
page brochure to supplement and individuals, the aim of these which charted the journey of one
our advertising on poster drums grants is to give long standing Punjabi family to West Yorkshire
and on the national website. events a boost, and to tempt following Partition. It was great
We used social and mainstream new events and openers to to work with our neighbours to
media to raise the profile of become a part of the devise and curate this exhibition.
HODs in Leeds – with coverage HODs festival. The reception the images
on Radio Leeds, Look North and
The response was excellent! From received, shows just how vital
in print and online media. This
a Victorian Circus at Horsforth it is that Heritage Open Days
year there were more than 150
Ballroom, to showcasing a huge continues to unearth these
openings in all four corners of
knitted map of Leeds at the often uncelebrated people-
the city. A true celebration of The Commoners Choir at the Holbeck
Corn Exchange. At Bramley powered stories.
Leeds – a look back at the past WMC Blue Plaque unveiling. Their
but a nod also to the future. repertoire included a setting to music Baths, visitors had the chance
of the poem by Ian McMillan especially of a free swim whilst listening
commissioned for the occasion.
to the history of the pool! It
also afforded walk leaders
and community groups an

CELEBRATING from the 1950s) who enabled

their more illustrious bosses
Commoner’s Choir who gave
their own rendition of a poem
opportunity to expand and
improve on past events, with
THE WORKER to thrive. A crowd of over 100
people enjoyed a specially
“Holbeck’s Never Ending Story”,
composed by Ian McMillan for
many purchasing professional
walk-guide equipment or
This year we bookended commissioned blue plaque cake, the occasion. commissioning exhibitions. St
the HODs week by two blue and were serenaded by the Aidan’s Walking Dragline event An image from the exhibition “4000
plaque unveilings. If celebrated hired an organ-grinder for the Miles to Home” jointly held with A detail from the vast knitted map
day! The success of these grants Bradford Civic Trust depicting one of Leeds – on display in the Corn
Housing Director RAH Livett is
Punjabi family’s experience starting a Exchange during the Heritage Open
an example of someone who means we can continue to Days week
new life in West Yorkshire
empowered people through
his masterminding of 30,000
decent homes, the plaque we CLIMATE view that a more coherent and
holistic approach is urgently
unveiled to launch the festival
at Holbeck Working Men’s Club CHANGE – needed if we are to meet the
city’s stated aim of achieving
– the oldest still running in
the UK, was a celebration of
THE ULTIMATE carbon neutrality by 2030.

the worker. PEOPLE’S Leeds has some of the most

eminent academics anywhere
Blue plaques are often criticised CHALLENGE in the world working on this
issue, and now has a Councillor
for remembering people whose
privilege means that they have Climate Emergency must in Lisa Mulherin who has climate
already celebrated in other ways, become central to our work in change as part of her wider
with the people at the coalface the future. During the year, we transport and planning remit.
often receiving scant recognition. continued to contribute to the Led by the climate conversation
By remembering the thousands debate on air quality, objected and initiatives such as the
of workers who frequented to a proposed surface car park people’s jury, we hope to be
Holbeck Working Men’s Club on land currently occupied by reporting in future on significant
– initially for education and the outdoor market, and we steps towards the 2030 carbon
improvement – we recognise the supported measures to improve neutrality goal declared by
This protester was one of thousands cycling infrastructure and bus the city - and the role that
mill workers, factory operatives, A wonderful cake to celebrate marching the streets of Leeds to draw
engineers and others (including priority measures as part of Leeds Civic Trust has played in
a wonderful occasion attention to the threat posed by the
women who were admitted Climate Emergency the Connecting Leeds strategy. achieving this.
But we share the widespread

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