Chapel Allerton was mentioned in Domesday book with a major Roman Road rang through the village. The small population of villagers, 4,000 at the end of the 18th Century, worked at the big houses nearby over and a turnpike road ran through from Leeds to Harrogate. Archaeological evidence, founded in 1880, suggested Saxons cottages near St Matthew's church.
Chapel Allerton, today and since the 1930s, is Leeds inner suburb in the north-east of the city and 2 miles (3.2 km) from the city centre. It's one of the sought after places to live in Leeds and renowned for its trendy and independent bars, cafes and restaurants.
One passes the suburb from Leeds to Harrogate by car or bus. Stainbeck Corner with its willow tree is the main suburb landmark. There are some historic buildings of noticeable interest; former Police Station built in 1900 with its painted Leeds coat of arms and Tudor architect. There is also a clock at the side. A restaurant now occupies the building. Next to the building is the central library which still is today but it was originally a fire station.
I paid a special visit to Chapel Allerton for The Sunshine Bakery which known for it's cup cakes and quaint cafe (Please see my tip). However, there are a number of interesting restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from if you're wanting a change from the city centre scene and some interesting independent shops.
Manston is an area in Crossgates, an East Leeds suburb. I spent a couple hours looking round its park and its surroundings. Manston is predominately residential but near to Cross Gates Town Centre.
This is a community park near which has a children's playground, basketball court, tennis courts, bowling green, buggy park, football pitches and formal gardens. Here is link for further information on Leeds Community Parks.
'Barnbow Lasses' Memorial
The memorial was built in honour of the women who worked in the munition factory on this site during World War I and risked their lives working there. In 1916, 35 of them were killed and many maimed and injured during an explosion and another explosion followed the year after killing two. Three men were killed in the third explosion in 1918 just before the war ended.The memorial list those who died and there are information boards about their story. There is further information about the unveiling of the memorial via this link from the ITV website.
Christ Church, Manston
This Free church of English church housed in a modern building is just opposite the park. I couldn't find any history about the building itself on the website but a link about the church itself.
This is a community park near where I live. I spent my childhood days at this park enjoying the swings, slides, roundabout and sea-saws. Today it still has a children's playground and a bowling green where a local league regularly plays. This is one of 62 community parks in Leeds which the is city known for its green space.
Trevelyan Square is a modern square which were part of the regeneration/new developments in Leeds City Centre during the 1990s. It's just off Boar Lane opposite Holy Trinity Church.
The square houses The Marriott Hotel, Open University Regional Centre and NHS Offices. It's a perfect place to relax and escape from the busy City Centre. From there you can access Lower Briggate, Leeds Bridge and Swinegate.
A rural village in the North East of Leeds and 12 miles from Leeds City Centre. The village was mentioned in the Domesday book and the name has Old English connotations for the crossing of the River Wharfe from the neighbouring villages.
The village was originally a farming community but there were flax mills present during the 19th Century which the main manufacturing was patent yard and shoe thread. These were owned by the Grimston Brothers and they employed up to 300 workers.
A lot of buildings used in the villages are made of magnesian limestone which quarried locally and the use of this is compulsory in construction within the village's conservation areas.
There are a number of historic buildings of interest including St Edward King and Confessor Catholic Church (built in 1831); St Luke's Anglican Church (built in 1842); and Rosminian House, a former relgious retreat.
It's worth spending an hour or so to look around the village. Please note there are no shops just three pubs. There used to be a village post office but this has been closed since 2009.
There are regular buses to Clifford from Leeds, Harrogate or Wetherby with Transdev and a two hourly service (no evening service) from Wakefield of Wetherby with Arriva Buses.
St Paul's House was built in 1878 for Sir John Barran who owned cloth cutting works. The building served served as a warehouse and eventually became a listed building.
Thomas Ambler designed the building with its minaret style chimneys. It was refurbished with a new interior in the 1970s and today houses some of the city's offices.
The missing Owl on top the Leeds Town Hall which VTers and I didn't spot on the Owls Trail in February 2012. Here it is!
Please check out the Leeds Owl Trail website or my page for more information.
This functional Central Library is a Grade II listed building which was designed by George Corson in the late 19th Century. The Library was built between 1878 and 1884 and were originally opened as Municipal Offices by Mayor Alderman Edwin Woodhouse in 1884. A number of extensions took place since the building opened and an extensive restoration took place in the late 1990s-early 2000s. The originally Victorian Reading Room is now the Tiled Cafe (please check my
During doing the Leeds Owl Trail on the VT meet (February 2012) we visited the Central Library to spot an "owl" on its 2nd floor.
If you want to take the kids somewhere when raining then tropical world at Roundhay Park is a must. Their is one entrance in and you follow the path. It has different sections from Hot and humid jungle to arrid desert with Meerkats. Their is also sections with fish Monkeys snakes and spiders (all enclosed ) also butterfiles flying about
Home of the fictitious Aidensfield of the tv series Heartbeat. If you're a fan of the series you'll enjoy wandering around the town.
Stop in the shops and take pics of the buildings that you normally see on the small screen.
A stop at the Goathland Hotel, known as the Aidensfield Arms on the show, will top off your stop. Sorry, Gina's not behind the bar to serve you.
Leeds as a city has many bars, restaurants and clubs varying in both design and taste. However my tip is one that allows you to enjoy a beer and also meet a genuine Leeds United football legend. Peter Lorimer was a mere young Dundonian when he arrived at Leeds United in 1963, years later he had progressed through the International soccer scene and is now on the board of directors of the famous Yorkshire team. For a couple of years now he has successfully managed a bar, "The Commercial", the bar is not too far from the city centre of Leeds - the area can be a wee bit dark at night though. The pub is also close to Elland Road, home of Leeds Utd football club and is generally well populated with fans from afar, including Scandanavia and Ireland.
Hyde Park, Leeds, is located next to the University of Leeds on Woodhouse Lane. It is used for relaxing, doing exercise, etc. In summer, there will be live concert that students always enjoy it. I used this place for playing tennis, cycling, having a picnic and Bar-BQ here during summer time. At the Hyde Park corners, left and right, there is a pub on each corner. Nice atmosphere.
Get out of the city centre and get a bit of greenery in Roundhay Park, nice for a bit of relaxation in summer in leafy North Leeds. You can visit Tropical World or just wander round the park and the lakes.
Brimham Rocks are some spectacular rock formations that were created during the ice age. The rocks are actually created by the erosion of the millstone grit.
The formations cover around 50 acres of the local countryside which is now owned by the National Trust. There is a fee for parking but entry to the Rocks is free. Many of the formations have names such as the anvil and the bear.
Depending on the season that you visit, there may be the opportunity to gather some billberries for yourself. (My view was that the fruit I collected covered the cost of the parking!)
To get there head out of Ripon on the A6265 Pateley Bridge road. It will take about 10 minutes by car.
Studley Royal & Fountains Abbey (about 5km West of Ripon).
Adjacent to the Deer Park of Studley Royal is Fountains Abbey (admission fee). This is not only the ruins of the abbey, but also the immactlately tended water gardens and associated walks and follies. This really is a splendid place to spend the day (in conjunction with Studley Royal). You can park at either Studley Royal or at the special visitors centre car park which is nearer the abbey.