The heart of Leeds Gay District is on Lower Briggate between Boar Lane and Leeds Bridge.
The village compromises of popular bars and clubs such as
Queen's Court, Fibre, Viaduct Showbar, Mission 2, Blayds Bar, The Bridge (One of Leeds oldest gay bars) and The New Penny (first gay bar to be opened outside London).
Leeds Pride is held every year usually in the first weekend in August and Lower Briggate is a central party spot for the annual Leeds Pride where the parade finishes it journey in the city centre. Please visit the website for further information. Mesmac is a health organisation offers support services in the community.
On 2nd September 2012 Leeds parish church became Leeds Minster as part of the Queens Diamond Jubillee celebrations.
I was lucky enough to get a guided tour around the church as part of Leeds Heritage weekend.
St Peter’s church Kirkgate is Leeds parish church. There has been a church in Leeds since before the Norman conquest. By the 14th century the church at St Peters had five alters and was a large building.
In 1837 Dr Walter Farquhar Hook became the vicar of Leeds. Dr Hook and his architect R D Chantrell moulded this large church into the beautiful structure it is today.
Chantrell declutered the inside of the church, which made it more light and spacious.
The church was re consecrated on the 2nd of September 1841 with a large congregation which included Florence Nightingale.
As well as church services the church hosts many events including film nights, organ concerts and a yearly pancake race.
The Church is open daily for at least six hours from 8.30 and the Refectory from 09.30 to 2.30 [Monday-Friday] – until 2.00 on Saturday. The Church also opens 30 minutes before weekday Choral Services listed on the schedule below and 45 minutes prior to Sunday Services. Morning Prayers are usually said at 9.45 each weekday from Monday to Friday and all are warmly welcome.
9.15 Holy Communion to the rite of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer [said]
10.30 Choral Eucharist [Common Worship Order One with traditional music]
6.30 Choral Evensong
9.45 Monday, to Friday, Morning Prayers [read]
1.05 Thursdays only – Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion [said]
12.00 Fridays only – Midday Prayers in the Lady Chapel
The Grand Theatre & Opera House opened in 1878 and is Leeds' largest theatre. It's a listed Victorian building and was considered as an achievement in Victorian theatre building.
The theatre offers a wide range of entertainment including opera, ballet, musicals and plays. The theatre has The Howard Assembly Rooms where smaller scale concerts and entertainment are performed.
Opera North and Northern Ballet, Leeds based companies, host most of the operas and ballets respectively at The Grand and also some musicals that are on tour nationally and internationally stop in Leeds as well.
This was the theatre where I developed my love for opera and musicals and I'm glad of The Grand!
On 12th September 2010, I was privleged to explore the Grand including its auditorium and the backstage when the theatre opened its doors to the public to celebrate Heritage Open Days (national and internationally). I took a lot of photos and you can see the traveloge.
I did a tour of The Grand Theatre in July 2012 and please see my traveloge.
The Grand is hosting "The Phantom of the Opera" in August & September 2012!!!!
Please check out my travelogue of Heritage Open Day 2012 when I visited the venue.
To commemorate Britain's Olympic Champions during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games, Royal mail painted a number of post boxes gold which are in the winner's home town or city. As well as the post boxes there are first class produced honouring each gold medal individual or team winner.
I paid a visit to the golden post boxes in Leeds City Centre (near the City Art Gallery) honouring Nicola Adams, an Olympic Champion Boxer, from the London 2012 Games.
Please check out the website
When the railway came to Leeds in 1834 a number of graves in the nearby Leeds Parish church graveyard had to be moved to make way for the new tracks. The grave stones were placed on the embankment leading up to the rail lines where they still rest today.
Monday 13th August saw Leeds honour the GB athletes from Leeds. Millennium square was packed as the athletes were brought onto the stage. Lizzie Armitstead, Alicia Blagg, Hannah Starling, Jack Laugher and Sarah Barrow were interviewed before the Brownlee brother came out to cheering and flag waving. At the end of the show ticker tape and ribbons were popped into the air to cheers from the proud crowd.
WELL DONE TEAM GB……WE ARE PROUD OF YOU ALL
Leeds second gold post box has been painted in honour of Nicola Adams. She won gold in the women's flyweight boxing. Two post boxes were painted gold which has pleased Nicola's mam who said earlier this week that Nicola wanted a gold medal and she wanted a gold post box.
Knights way bridge was built in 2006 over the river Aire. The bridge links the Royal Armouries museum with Marsh lane. A competition was devised to find a name for the new bridge. The winner of the competition was 10 year old Maria Anderson from Leeds.
Leeds bridge is the most famous of Leeds bridges and it has its place in history. It was from here that the first ever moving picture was taken by Louis Le Prince in 1888. A bridge has crossed the River Aire here since the 14th Century. The original bridge was made of stone whilst the current bridge is made of cast iron. It is listed as a grade II.
Victoria bridge was completed in 1839 after a previous wooden bridge built on the site was swept away in a flood. The new bridge was named in honour of the new Queen Victoria. The name Victoria is carved in a floral wreath in the middle of the bridge looking out onto the River Aire. The bridge is built of local stone, it has a span of 8o foot and it is 45 foot wide.
On Thursday 19th July her majesty the Queen visited Leeds as part of her Jubilee UK tour. The Queen and Prince Phillip visited the newly renovated Leeds City Varieties Theatre, under construction Leeds arena and the also had a walkabout on Briggate.
Bond Court is in the city centre which has a Petanque (Boules) court. Other nearby buildings are offices, sandwich takeaway and a Costa coffee shop.
The Petanque court was built at the end of the 20th Century to celebrate Leeds being twinned with Lille in France. Pentanque (Boules) is a French sport similar to bowls. There are local petanque leagues but anyone is welcome to participate (the boules are kept at a nearby sandwich take away shop (Centre Fillings). There is competition held annually where the CRE Colliers cup is awarded.
Roger Burnett, a sculpter, created a Petanque players (Voila!) sculpture for the square. The sculpture illustrates a French player showing a Yorkshire family how to play the game.
There are also benches and picnic tables (with chess and draughts boards on the tables) in the square. This depicts life in a square continental style. It's a popular place for office workers during the week although quiet on a weekend when the offices are closed.
The Olympic torch has been touring the UK in the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London.
The torch was carried through Headingley, Potternewton, Harehills and Richmond hill before an evening celebration at Temple Newsam.
The torch continued it's journey from Leeds Town hall through the city of Leeds to Hunslet and Beeston and on to Morley and Batley.
Steven Tomlinson 15, carried the torch through Beeston. Steven is the son of Jane Tomlinson (a hero of Leeds who raised money for charity by running marathons in the area even though she was dying of cancer) Jane carried the Olympic torch in 2004 at the run up to the Olympic games in Athens.
This area is synonymously known for the Quarry Hill Flats which were built in 1938 but destroyed in 1978. The flats during that era were the largest social housing scheme in the UK with state of the art and advanced facilities at the time. Eventually the flats was eventually deemed as uninhabitable and unsustainable which led to the demolition of them.
For some considerable time until the early 1990s the land was derilict until Quarry House was built, one of the largest government offices in Northern England, and it resides alongside The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds College of Music, residential apartments, a car park, BBC Leeds Studios and recently Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Offices.
Dortmund Square was formed in 1980 to celebrate 10 years of being twinned with the city of Dortmund in Germany. Dortmund gave the city the bronze statue, which Arthur Shulze-Engels sculpted, from Dortmund Drayman.
Both cities offer exchange programmes for residents to be given oportunities visit the twin cities.
No trip to Leeds would be complete without a visit to the ROYAL ARMOURIES MUSEUM. The Royal Armouries is one of four museums, the other three being The Tower of London, Fort Nelson in Porstmouth...