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West Leeds Heritage at risk: How Newlay Weir powered Kirkstall Forge

Newlay Weir on the River Aire is the focus of Mark Stevenson’s latest in a series of posts shining a spotlight on the 18 buildings or monuments at risk in West Leeds.

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Photo: Mark Stevenson

This Weir is just downstream from Newlay Bridge and was built around 1690 to provide more power to Kirkstall Forge.

Photo: Mark Stevenson

The building of this Weir not only increased water flow to the Forge but also flooded the Ford nearby.

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Photo: Mark Stevenson

It was forever blocking up and work at the Forge was hit as a consequence. Workmen from the Forge were paid at a reduced rate to clear the Forge in 1796. They were paid 10p a day, plus free food and beer.

The Dispatch reported on how Newlay Bridge has been closed this week due to essential maintenance work – and there are also plans for a fish pass to be installed at the weir.


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