Leeds U3A The University of the Third Age

The canal gardens, Roundhay

Historical Yorkshire Group

photoWe are an out and about group mainly using public transport for visits, talks and history walks. Now included are local Yorkshire towns as well as Leeds itself. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Full details of forthcoming visits will be available at the Tuesday General meetings, with a list for members to sign up for the next visit.

Talk by James Rhodes, 12 February 2020

At our Coffee Morning in February James Rhodes, the Leeds Historian, delivered a brilliant talk about the history of Park Square. It was originally built in 1788 as a prestigious housing development, situated around a traditional Georgian Park in a salubrious area of Leeds well away from industrial pollution.

We heard about the lives of eminent people who resided there. John Barron built his tailoring factory in Moorish style in 1878 and this is now St Paul's House. Famous inventors and eminent doctors lived in Park Square. The Leeds Dripping Riot started at one of the residencies of the square.

Park Square has changed over the years to what are now offices, mainly belonging to barristers and solicitors. Fortunately the Georgian Park still remains and is frequented by office workers on sunny days enjoying the well-kept gardens in their lunch hour.