Yorkshire is teeming with history and points of interest. East Leeds too has its own fair share of fascinating history and facts – we’ve summarised some of our favourites...
- Monopoly estate. A new Avant Homes development in Crossgates celebrates the history of Leeds-based card and board game publisher Waddingtons with roads named after the famous game Monopoly. Featuring street names such as Mayfair Mount, Euston Road and Fleet Street, the development is known locally as the ‘Monopoly estate’.
- Barnbow lasses. Adjacent to the ‘Monopoly estate’ is a site built by Bellway Homes. Its street names were chosen in tribute to the women (the ‘Barnbow lasses’) who died in an explosion at the nearby Barnbow munitions factory during WW1 – including Ethel Jackson Road, Amelia Stewart Lane, Jennie Blackamore Way, Maggie Barker Avenue, Olive Yeates Way and Ada Glassby Court.
- Temple Newsam. The grounds at stately home Temple Newsam were landscaped by Capability Brown, a famous 18th century landscape architect. Brown also designed the gardens at Harewood House, Cannon Hall Country Park, Wentworth Castle and Chatsworth, as well as numerous other sites across the UK.
- Knights Templar. Whitkirk and the surrounding area was part of the Knights Templar, a Catholic military order founded in 1119. This is thought to have influenced some of the street names in the area including Temple Row and Temple Walk.
- Vandicourt Quarry. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Vandicourt Quarry in Micklefield formed of limestone over 250 million years ago. Local people used the tunnels as air raid shelters during WW2 and the quarry acted as a glorified playground for children in the 50s.
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