Wind. Water. Ground.
Sometimes a simple look around it’s what we need to understand what it was and why. I’ll try to explain.
1. Wind. Leeds enjoy a moderate climate, it has strong winds flowing from the west, heavy showers and basically no snow. This because it stand in the foothills of Pennines.
2. Water. We’ve already talked about the River Aire, it enters the city from west, together with winds, and going to south-east it loses both depth and speed due to the land changes. But during its journey a lot of pure streams (or beck as the Vikings called them) join it. One of these was the Hol Beck, does it remember anything?
3. Ground. The point is that the particular composition of the soil makes the streams water soft and lime-free. Morever the the mixed layer the ground is composed of provided naturally filtered water, very useful when the streams and rivers became too polluted to use.
These geographical features provided the Leeds wollen industry with soft, clean water for the washing ans scouring of the cloth. Later the streams to the west make the mills wheel move.