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Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England.
the entire city has a population of 810,800 (2011 est.), making it the 24th-most populous city in the European Union.



Central Leeds at night

Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area, which at the 2001 census had a population of 1.5 million, and the Leeds city region, an economic area with Leeds at its core, had a population of 2.9 million. Leeds is the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London.

Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Leeds can trace its recorded history to the 5th century when the Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis", the origin of the name Leeds. The name has been applied to many administrative entities over the centuries. It changed from being the appellation of a small manorial borough, in the 13th century, through several incarnations, to being the name attached to the present metropolitan borough. In the 17th and 18th centuries Leeds became a major centre for the production and trading of wool. Then, during the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed into a major industrial centre; wool was still the dominant industry but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing, and other industries were important. From being a compact market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a populous urban centre by the mid-20th century.




"Chugger" in Leeds by Richard Corfield (M0RJC), on Flickr


Leeds Cathedral by namraf, on Flickr


leeds skyline by Paul Mallett, on Flickr


Leeds City Centre by namraf, on Flickr



Commercial Street, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr



Commercial Street, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr



Albion Place, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr


Leeds Town Hall by namraf, on Flickr



Leeds, West Yorkshire by namraf, on Flickr



Leeds, West Yorkshire by namraf, on Flickr



Leeds City Centre by namraf, on Flickr



Kirkgate, Leeds City Centre by namraf, on Flickr



The Corn Exchange, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr



The Corn Exchange, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr



The Victoria Quarter, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr


The Victoria Quarter, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr


Leeds Town Hall by namraf, on Flickr


Thorntons Arcade, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr


Leeds Civic Hall by namraf, on Flickr


Park Row, Leeds
by namraf, on Flickr


The Victoria Quarter, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr


Leeds City Centre by namraf, on Flickr


Granary Wharf, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr


Leeds Town Hall by namraf, on Flickr


1 City Square, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr


Briggate, Leeds by namraf, on Flickr



Leeds Civic Hall by namraf, on Flickr



Leeds, West Yorkshire by namraf, on Flickr



Mural in Leeds by namraf, on Flickr














A land fit for heroes to live in? by photoshack 07, on Flickr


Bridgewater 1 by rhaigh2518, on Flickr




Street snapshot Leeds by fengyboy, on Flickr



On Briggate by Briggate.com, on Flickr


County Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds by Paul in Leeds, on Flickr
 

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Fantastic photos! Leeds looking really smart! The city seems quite well preserved yet there is a great mix of old and new.
Cheers bricks, and yes Leeds has a big mix of new and old, thats one of the things i like about Leeds the most. :)
 

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Fantastic pics of Leeds, as a southerner I didn't realise Leeds had such a great collection of historic and contemporary architecture.
 
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