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Leeds In Your Lunchtime

FEBRUARY 2022: Leeds in Your Lunch Hour

1pm – 1.50pm Wednesdays 2nd – 23rd February (on Zoom)

Lecturer: Dr Kevin Grady, Leeds Historian

The history of Leeds comes under the spotlight again in February when Leeds historian, Dr Kevin Grady presents his 15th annual series of free lunchtime lectures every Wednesday at 1pm on Zoom as part of the Leeds Civic Trust events programme.

For more information or to book your place please visit: Leeds Civic Trust Events | Eventbrite

Wednesday 2nd February: The History of Briggate, 1207 – 2022

In 1207 Maurice Paynel created the manorial borough of Leeds. Today we know this ‘new town’ as Briggate. This lecture traces the history of this fascinating historic street which remains at the heart of city life.

Booking will be released for this event in early January. Please check back then to reserve your place.

Wednesday 9th February: ‘When the streets ran with blood: Butchers, slaughterhouses and cattle markets, 1710 – 1914


‘When the streets ran with blood’ tells the story of butchers, cattle markets and slaughterhouses from the 18th century to the present day, going back to the days when the Leeds butchers’ Shambles was in Briggate, the Cattle Market was on the side of Kirkgate Market, and the site of today’s Victoria Quarter was occupied by seven large slaughter houses.

Booking will be released for this event in early January. Please check back then to reserve your place.

Wednesday 16th February: ‘Urban Rivalry, Emulation and Civic Pride’: West Riding Public Buildings, 1800 – 1840


Competition between towns and cities has always been particularly strong in Yorkshire and the North of England. This lecture looks at the lively rivalry between them in the provision of civic amenities during the late Georgian period.

Booking will be released for this event in early January. Please check back then to reserve your place.

Wednesday 23rd February: ‘Civic Pride Proclaimed’: Leeds Town Hall, 1858 – 2022

As Leeds Town Hall and its wonderful organ are undergoing a major programme of renovation and remodelling, this lecture looks at the history of this remarkable building and its evolving use to the present day.

Booking will be released for these events in early January. Please check back then to reserve your place.