Armley heritage celebrated by youngsters


The winners of a heritage treasure hunt were awarded their prizes this weekend by Cllr Alice Smart at the Armley One Stop, writes GLENN BROADBENT of All Together Armley.

The treasure hunt was held at the William Hill-sponsored Armley Festival in July. The hunt encouraged younger children to find different coloured hippos at various Town Street landmarks. The final question encouraged children to find out more about the ‘Armley hippo’ story.

The Armley hippo is commemorated in special heritage paving.

Older children were asked to answer question relating to the heritage trail paving stones.

Organiser Julie Brier said:

“The tale of the Hippo is fascinating for everyone who is interested in Armley and the heritage trail shows what a fantastic history Armley has to share.”

Bones of the hippo were discovered by clay workers in 1852, near what is now the Armley Gyratory can be found in Leeds City Museum. The bones are between 117,000-130,000 years old.






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