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Revealed: the historic West Leeds buildings still ‘at risk’ in 2020

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 last 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 was subject to a proposed community takeover by the Kirkstall Valley Development Trust but is now set to be sold to private developers by Leeds City Council.

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.

A new addition to the list is the former Burley Branch Library and its railings. The Grade II Listed building, which dates back to 1926, closed in February 2016 due to ‘health and safety reasons’. 

Armley ward

Redcote Lane Bridge. Photo: Google
  • 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

Hyde Park and Woodhouse Ward

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The former Burley Branch Library. Copyright Adrian Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Burley Branch Library, including front railings.

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 speaks 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.

Work to improve Temple Works is still ‘likely to be several years away, preceded by an initial phase of temporary stabilisation’. The multi-million pound conversion will be underwritten by a substantial public sector grant.

The Majestic building in City Square, which is currently being refurbished ahead of Channel 4 moving in next year, has been removed from the list.

The council report can be read in full here.

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