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Mark’s History: Landowner Thomas Kilson and Upper Wortley Primary School

In 1846 Thomas Kilson may have been looking out of his window looking out at the world and wondering about all the changes that were taking place around his little croft and garden, writes Mark Stevenson.

Move on 30 years and those changes will have changed this part of Wortley forever.

In 1876 Upper Wortley Primary School on Upper Wortley Road was opened (on Kilson’s land) to educate the growing population of the area.

When I came across the school prior to its redevelopment into flats in 2015 it was in a sorry state, which is not unusual for listed buildings been listed. There was no protection against vandals.

Upper Wortley Primary School is one of 35 Board Schools designed by Richard Adams for the Leeds School Board.

It is now part of a new small housing estate by Advent Developments.

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