A Brief Timeline of Leeds

  • leeds1086 – Leeds is a small village with around 200 people
  • 1207 – Maurice De Gant (Lord of the Manor) makes Leeds a tiny market town
  • 1300 – 1,000 people inhabitants Leeds
  • 1552 – the first grammar school in Leeds
  • 1600 – 3,000 people inhabit Leeds
  • 1626 – first mayor of Leeds and first corporation
  • 1634 – St John’s Church is built
  • 1642 – Royalists capture Leeds in the Civil war
  • 1643 – Parliamentarians take over Leeds, but withdrew
  • 1644 – Parliamentarians capture Leeds once again
  • 1645 – Leeds suffers the great plague
  • 1665 – 6,000 people inhabit Leeds and the wool trade is the main industry
  • 1694 – Leeds gets led water pipes
  • 1718 – the first newspaper is published
  • 1755 – the streets are lit with oil lamps
  • 1777 – Assembly Rooms are built
  • 1801 – the population of Leeds is over 30,000
  • 1819 – the streets are lit by gas
  • 1822 – Tetleys Brewery founded
  • 1832 – cholera kills more than 700 people
  • 1834 – Leeds is finally connected to Selby by rail
  • 1849 – cholera kills more than 2,000 people
  • 1851 – population 101,000
  • 1858 – Leeds Town Hall is built
  • 1872 – horse drawn trams on the streets and the first public library
  • 1878 – Grand Theater and Thorntons Arcade is built
  • 1889 – Queens Arcade opens
  • 1891 – Leeds gains an electricity supply
  • 1894 – the first electric trams run in the city
  • 1899 – Leeds is to be connected to the sewers
  • 1901 – the population reaches 178,000
  • 1904 – Leeds University is founded
  • 1905 – the first cinema is built
  • 1925 – St. James Hospital is founded
  • 1933 – Leeds Civic Hall is built
  • 1964 – Merrion Shopping Center is built
  • 1970 – Leeds Polytechnic is founded
  • 1974 – the boundaries of Leeds are extended
  • 1983 – St. Johns Shopping Center is built
  • 1993 – Quarry House opens
  • 1995 – the Royal Armouries Museum opens
  • 1997 – the Thackray Medical Museum opens
  • 1999 – the Monet Garden opens
  • 2000 – the opening of the Millennium Square