City of Leeds, Yorkshire, England

The city's central positioning - midway between Edinburgh and London - places Leeds in the heart of the United Kingdom.


In Leeds the fastest-growing industry is financial services. Leeds has more law and accountancy firms than anywhere outside London. - Streets of Leeds -

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Leeds is the largest city of Yorkshire. Together with the city of Bradford it's the second largest metrpolitan area in the UK. In 2003 the population of Leeds was 715,000.

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Leeds began as a Saxon village. Everything changed in the 16th century.  From being a small and insignificant town Leeds grew to be one of the largest towns in Yorkshire.  In the 17th century Leeds was a wealthy town. The wool trade boomed.  In the 18th century wool manufacture was still the lifeblood of Leeds but there were other industries. ( In the early 20th century the main industries in Leeds were engineering (such as making tram rails) and tailoring. But during the century the importance of manufacturing industry declined. Instead service industries grew rapidly. In 1951 55% of the workforce were employed in manufacturing. By 1973 it had fallen to less than 35%.

In 2003 many people work in banking, insurance, pubs and hotels.

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The city council was itself a major employer. In 1946 it employed 19,000 people. Thirty years later the figure had risen to 35,000 - Government : University : -

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In 1794 work began on the Leeds to Liverpool canal. It was completed in 1816.

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