Revealed: the historic West Leeds buildings still ‘at risk’ in 2019

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Abbey Mills. Photo: Mark Stevenson

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 ‘buildings at risk’ across the city.

In West Leeds, buildings at Grade II Listed Stonebridge Mills in Farnley are still on the ‘at risk’ register, but plans for housing and flats were approved for the site earlier this year.

Some of the notable buildings at risk include Calverley Old Hall in Calverley (which may be restored by the Landmark Trust), and Abbey Mills in Kirkstall, part of which is subject to a proposed community takeover by the Kirkstall Valley Development Trust.

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Threatened: Cliff House in Wortley. Photo: Mark Stevenson

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 2018.

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, off Kirkstall Road
  • Weir on River Aire, off 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

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Run-down Calverley Old Hall. Photo: The Landmark Trust
  • Calverley Old Hall, 14-24 Woodhall Road

Farnley and Wortley Ward

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Housing: Stonebridge Mills
  • 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

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Threatened: Abbey Mills. Photo: Mark Stevenson
  • 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.

A council report spoke of the so-called “big three” sites on the list – First White Cloth Hall, Victoria and Hunslet Mills, and Temple Works – as having “significant regeneration potential”, and that two of these were currently being refurbished and expected to be completed next year.

It added that regeneration work was also taking place on the Cookridge Hospital, High Royds Hospital and Chapel Allerton Hospital sites.

The document concluded:

“The council is actively involved with the majority of Buildings at Risk which has resulted in eight listed buildings being repaired and brought back into use since the last report in 2018. Intervention by the Council is being prioritised with a focus on the “Big Three” where significant progress has been made.

“The number of Council-owned Buildings at Risk has largely remained the same as 2018, but disposal of several properties should show a marked reduction by the next report in 2020.”

The report is set to be discussed at the authority’s joint plans panel on Thursday, November 14. It can be read in full here.

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