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Joseph Whitwell Blue Plaque Unveiling

Leeds Civic Trust are delighted to be unveiling our 195th blue plaque to celebrate Joseph Whitwell!

Joseph Whitwell pioneered forcing rhubarb for commercial purposes at Hollybush Farm in the 1860s. By 1871 his huge enterprise employed 28 people, in 1880 the Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society reported that Joseph Whitwell was the largest grower of forced rhubarb in a single location!

05  June, 15:30 – 17:30

The unveiling will take place at 16:00

The unveiling will take place at Holly Bush Conservation Centre in the Upper Front Garden, at the front of the building on Broad Lane.

Hollybush Conservation Centre Broad Lane, Leeds LS5 3BP

Following the unveiling people are invited to progress to the lower front garden (fully accessible). The café will be open providing refreshments with a rhubarb theme.

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Broad Lane is accessible, and the building can be seen over the railing, but the actual garden has a couple of steps down into it.

With thanks to Leodis for the use of their images 

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