“Obsessed as we have been in Leeds with mimicking the success of other ‘great’ northern cities, we seem to have lost our way in ensuring that the city develops in keeping with its unique geography, culture ans architecture, and it is this which perhaps defines our current dilemma.
Can we transcend the ‘meaningful cities shopping list approach’ and concentrate instead on ensuring that Leeds develops in its own unique way?”
Jonathan Morgan, “City Living: is Leeds really missing out?”
“In the early Seventies Leeds had thirteen mills. In 1980, only six firms are listed in the Leeds directories as manufactures of cloth.
The old mill buildings lie empty. Some have disappeared and have been replaced by multistory flats, others house a multiplicity of small businesses. Some lie in wait for the vandals and their matches.
Who would have thought a century ago that the hanging fleece, so proudly displayed one the City’s coat-of-arm, was ironically prophesying the death of the city’s earliest and greatest industry?”
Barbara Nelson, The woolen industry of Leeds. D&J Thornton, Leeds, 1980.
“Throughout its history, the secret of Leeds’ success has been its outstanding ability to introduce new industry and adapt older ones when patterns of demand have changed and new opportunities have arisen.”
Burt and Grady, 1994, The illustrated history of Leeds, Breedon Books.
“It’s a great place to see tacky, rapacious capital butted up against proper Victorian architecture.”
Vanalyne Green, Professor of Fine Art, University of Leeds.