Leeds has a richly diverse historic environment that makes a significant contribution to the lives of people who live, work and visit the area. The historic city centre and the surrounding historic towns, villages and landscapes all contribute to the local distinctiveness of the area – its ‘sense of place’.
The district has a great and valued heritage from the city centre that retains its medieval layout and is renowned for its Victorian architecture such as the Town Hall and the Corn Exchange, to earlier survivals such as Kirkstall Abbey and the later industrial centres of innovation such as Holbeck that boasts the remains of the world’s oldest surviving engineering works.
Today conservation is a central part of the planning and sustainable development of the city. The Conservation Team works to promote understanding and positive management of the heritage assets within the Council’s stewardship.
- Listed buildings – over 2,300 list entries representing some 3,300 separate buildings and structures, more designations that there are in York which has 1571 entries
- Conservation areas – over 70 conservation areas
- Historic parks and gardens – 13 designated sites
- Registered battlefields – 1 designated site
- Scheduled monuments – 58 designated monuments
- Non-designated heritage assets – countless buildings of local importance and sites of archaeological interest