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Our Heritage

A city steeped in heritage, Leeds combines the best modern developments with stunning historic architecture. The combination of the city centre’s landform rising from the river with its surviving heritage buildings and spaces reinforces its unique identity.

With more conservation areas than any city in the UK outside London, the city’s long tradition of innovation and industry is there for all to see across its impressive urban landscape. Spectacular listed buildings like Leeds Town Hall, The Corn Exchange and Leeds Minster reflect that special character and have in recent years become the cherished cornerstones of an unprecedented city centre renaissance.

Our historic places, spaces and buildings will continue to underpin out approach to regeneration, creating a distinctive striking and sustainable city centre which embody the unique identity of Leeds. That approach is already reaping benefits in Lower Kirkgate, the city’s oldest street, where thanks to an innovative scheme, buildings which were once at the heart of the textile trade are being brought back into use by modern independent businesses. At the heart of the project is the Grade II* First White Cloth Hall, which dates from 1711 and which will be repaired and restored to its former glory. 

Our collaborative spirit has seen a large number of heritage buildings being repurposed. In South Bank, there are over 40 listed buildings, including Marshalls Mill and Round Foundry Media Centre, which are now at the heart of our creative economy, whilst we are investing in our public realm around our Grade I listed icons at the Corn Exchange and the Town Hall. 

Through a collaborative approach between The Council, partners and developers, buildings like Temple Works, Hunslet and Victoria Mills are being conserved as focal points for new and prestigious plans which will be shaped around them. By protecting heritage assets and recognising that the past doesn’t have to make way for the future, development projects can continue to play a crucial part in preserving what makes Leeds special as they further enhance city and its flourishing economy.

Tower Works Candlestick
Temple Works
Leeds Tiled Hall
Leeds Minster, credit Carl Milner
Leeds Corn Exchange, credit Carl Milner
Marshall Mills
Leeds Town Hall, Carl Milner for Visit Leeds