These West Leeds buildings are still ‘at risk’ in 2018

19 July 2018

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Councillors will next week discuss a list of historic buildings and monuments threatened by neglect and decay across Leeds.

Members of the Joint Plans Panel will hear the work is progressing to restore five ‘buildings at risk’ in Leeds, including the First White Cloth Hall in Kirkgate, Temple Mill and Temple Lodge in Holbeck, Stank Hall Barn in Beeston, Hunslet Mill and Thorpe Hall.

Abbey Mills Kirkstall

Plans: Abbey Mills in Kirkstall. Image: Kirkstall Valley Development Trust

The meeting will also hear an annual report on updates to other schemes across the city on both council and privately-owned sites.

Buildings at risk in West Leeds include Stonebridge Mills in Farnley, which was recently subject to a planning  application for housing, Calverley Old Hall in Calverley (which may be restored by the Landmark Trust, pictured, top) and Abbey Mills in Kirkstall, part of which is subject to a proposed community takeover by the Kirkstall Valley Development Trust.

An addition to the buildings at risk register is Cliff House School, off Fawcett Lane in Wortley. The building was badly damaged by fire in March last year.

Removed from list: The Rising Sun pub in Kirkstall Road. Phooto: Google

The Rising Sun pub on Kirkstall Road, another building  subject to a recent planning application for flats and a coffee shop, has been taken off the ‘at risk’ register by the council.

Armley ward

  • Armley Park Plaque approximately 40 metres east of Fountain, Stanningley Road
  • Armley Park Plaque approximately 40 metres west of Fountain, Stanningley Road
  • Redcote Canal Bridge, Redcote Lane
  • Weir and Sluice Gates approximately 450 metres North West of Burley Mills, Kirkstall Road
  • Weir on River Aire, Kirkstall Road

Bramley and Stanningley Ward

  • Pair of Lamp Posts Approximately 3 metres to West of Church of St Thomas, Stanningley Road
  • Weir and retaining walls on the River Aire, Pollard Lane, Bramley

Calverley and Farsley Ward

  • Calverley Old Hall, 14-24 Woodhall Road
stonebridge mills

Stonebridge Mills, Farnley. Photo: Google

Farnley and Wortley Ward

  • Barn approximately 75m west of Farnley Hall, Hall Lane
  • Meter House and two cottages south west of Stonebridge Mills, Stonebridge Lane
  • The Old Mill, Engine House and Boiler House at Stonebridge Mills, Stonebridge Lane
  • Row of workshops to the north of Stonebridge Mills, Stonebridge Lane
  • Row of three cottages to the north west of Stonebridge Mills, Stonebridge Lane
  • Cliff House School, Fawcett Lane

Kirkstall Ward

  • Abbey Mills, 13 Abbey Road
  • Kirkstall Forge buildings with halve hammers, slitting mill machinery, Abbey Road
  • Kirkstall Forge former cottages now offices, Abbey Road
  • Kirkstall Forge former stables now garages, Abbey Road

There are no identified buildings at risk in Pudsey Ward.

The council report concludes:

“The ongoing survey of the city’s listed buildings (2,459 in total) has shown that the number of listed buildings at risk of neglect has increased since the last report, due mainly to better information resulting from the Building at Risk survey rather than a sudden deterioration in the condition of the city’s listed buildings.

“Resources are being concentrated on five priorities (the “Big Five”) but the council is also intervening in numerous other Buildings at Risk which has resulted in many listed buildings being repaired and brought back into use since the last report.”

The report can be read in full here.


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