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Leeds In Your Lunch Hour Lectures 2016

Dr Kevin Grady returns to the Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, to present another series of his extremely popular half-hour Wednesday lunchtime public lectures.

1.15pm - 1.45pm, Wednesdays 3rd-24th February 2016, Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane.

3 February  -  'Housing the Multitude': The History of the Leeds Back-to-Backs

This lecture tells the fascinating story of the development of these once infamous but now celebrated type of houses, from their creation in the yards of Briggate and Kirkgate in the Industrial Revolution to their spread right across the city in the Victorian period.

10  February  -  'Doctors, Surgeon and Infirmaries': Medical Care in Georgian and Victorian Leeds

This lecture traces the intriguing history of medical care in Leeds, focusing in particular on the story of Leeds General Infirmary, which was founded in 1767 and St James' Hospital and recalls some of the famous Leeds doctors and surgeon such as William Hey, Charles Turner Thackrah and Sir Clifford Allbutt.

17 February  - 'On the Waterfront': The Port of Leeds  

This wonderfully illustrated lecture describes the development of Leeds as a major inland port from the 18th century to the present day.

24 February  -  'From Matthew Murray to HS2': The Railways in Leeds, Past, Present and Future         

This very topical lecture looks at the rip-roaring tale of the pioneering of the railways in Leeds with the creation of the Middleton Railway and the arrival of the first passenger railway from Leeds to Selby. It then turns to the development of all the railway stations on Wellington Street, and the dramatic impact of the building of the railway viaduct across the city centre in the Victorian period-something which has great implications for the coming of High Speed 2 to Leeds in the Future.

All the lectures are free; however any donations are gratefully received and will be shared between the Trust and Holy Trinity Church.