Northern grit: Leeds and West Yorkshire

No. 28 July 2008 Alan Bennett has written that he felt growing up in Leeds in the 1940s can't have been unlike growing up in a fifteenth-century Italian city state. There was a powerful sense of belonging to the city, constantly reinforced by the omnipresence of the City's coat of arms, but there was an even stronger sense of place created by the distinctiveness of the city's mercantile and civic architecture. Leeds would have been, he wrote, 'one of the architectural showplaces of the kingdom, a Victorian

Leeds and the West Riding Richard Pollard in the footsteps of Pevsner for the forthcoming Buildings of England volume

Transforming Huddersfield Mike Green reviews current cases in Huddersfield

Leeds Grand Theatre Martin Ward describes the project to transofrm and renovate Leeds' grandest theatre

House notes by Janet Collings

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