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Leeds in 1821 - Part 1

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Dynamic portrait of a growing Georgian town – Holbeck to the Cloth Halls

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Two hundred years ago Leeds was in the thick of the ‘industrial revolution’. Who were the influential people and what were the main events of note? How were the townspeople earning their living and what were they concerned about? What was the state of health care, education and cultural life? How did people, materials, goods, energy and ideas move around? Where was it all heading?

We’ll meet some of the characters and see some of the places where they lived and learned, worked and worshipped, dispensed medical care, justice, credit or beer.

Drawing on the newly published trade directory, the 1821 Census, biographies, maps and more we’ll conjure a sense of late Georgian Leeds – minus the smoke.

Both parts will start with some introductory comments about the period after the Napoleonic Wars when Leeds was growing rapidly.

Part 1 covers early mechanised industry, the waterways and road routes, religion, some elements of education and the continuing importance of woollen cloth.

Meet beside Welcome to Yorkshire offices, behind the Midnight Bell pub on Water Lane. Exact location: https://what3words.com/advice.normal.modes

We'll be following the Fowler 1821 map. A copy of the map and some notes will be sent ahead of the tour.

In the afternoon, Part 2 takes a route from the working class east end, via the town centre to the west end.


		Leeds in 1821 - Part 1 image

Matthew Murray, born in 1765, had been established in Leeds for over 30 years. His premises in Holbeck turned out a wide range of machinery and tools and was the source of the world's first ever commercially successful locomotive.

Below are Benjamin Gott, Edward Baines, Alice Mann and Charles Thackrah - all influential in their fields.


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