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Lecture at Leeds Minster

Leeds in Your Lunch Hour

Wed 1st Feb

1.00pm - 1.45pm

The Gateway to Leeds: The Story of Leeds Bridge and Bridge End, 1700 to 2023
Lecture by Dr Kevin Grady

Organized by Leeds Civic Trust

We are pleased to welcome Leeds Civic Trust and noted Leeds historian Dr Kevin Grady to present his 16th annual series of free lunchtime lectures every Wednesday in February.

An introduction to today’s lecture may be found below. Entry is free and open to all. There will be a retiring collection, split between Leeds Civic Trust and the Minster.

Bridge End, the vitally important entrance to Leeds from south of the River Aire, was once home to the Leeds Theatre, four important Georgian churches and chapels, the Second White Cloth Hall, the coal staithes of the Middleton Railway, the impressive South Market and some fine merchant houses, as well as being the hub of the Port of Leeds. Today it is being transformed into the heart of the exciting new Leeds City Centre Park. This profusely illustrated lecture looks at the locality’s past, present and future.

This is the first in a series of lectures: