Tour titles appearing on my schedule

I take special requests for these and other themes.

Many titles are given either as a real walking tour or an online presentation.

  • Walking through the centuries: from origins to 21st century - how a riverside hamlet became a city

  • Leeds in 1821 - life in a late Georgian town

  • John Barran (born 1821) - celebrating his contribution to Leeds

  • Cradle of Innovation: Holbeck & Hunslet - the industrial heartland south of the River Aire

  • Chapel Allerton: hamlet to suburb - an open-air exhibition of suburbanisation

  • Colourful Kirkstall: from Wellington Bridge to the viaduct - discover where dyeing, tanning, foundries and terraces used to be and what's there now

  • The making of Wellington Place - from meadows to rails to retail to offices

  • Modernist architecture: dreams and nightmares? Part I – Leeds city centre; Part II  - education and health 

  • A continuing yarn: textiles, clothing and fashion in Leeds - sites of significance for cloth and garment making and trading

  • Hidden gems and curious corners of Leeds city centre - fascinating features that you might not normally notice

  • Ace architects of Victorian Leeds - the main designers and their legacy 

  • How green is our city? - towards resource efficiency + wellbeing for people & nature

  • Leeds Town Hall - online only (our most striking historic building, but not accessible for now)

  • City Square - online only (a fascinating space but hardly a walking expedition, so to cover the detail I've developed a presentation)

  • Death trap to digital hub: diseases, treatments and healthcare since the 18th century - health challenges and responses over 250 years

  • Reinvention of the South Bank - remaking former industrial areas

  • Waterways and bridges of Leeds - criss-crossing the waterways, central to the story of Leeds over the centuries

  • From quills in chambers to purpose-built premises - the emergence of the office district

  • East End, West End - the expansion of Leeds in the early industrial period 

  • Grit and grime to exotic cladding: the building stones of Leeds - what is the city made of and why?

  • A geographer’s reflections on architecture: reading the city - buildings in their setting and how to make sense of cities

  • Local college to global campus - the making of the University of Leeds

  • Lost Leeds: demolished gems and vanished dreams - a ghost tour of sorts to some sites where the sights are not what they once were and to places where radical changes were not implemented

  • Rooftop Leeds - view the city from on high, and while at street level look up to rooftop styles and features. Finishes with a High Rise cocktail.

  • Georgian Leeds - follow the streets that we could have walked 200 years ago

  • Backsides of Leeds: dressed up in front and bare behind - exploring the less respectable sides of the city centre

  • Roll up, roll up: Leeds, a trading city from hand-made cloth to high end fashion ... and beyond

Coming soon: ​

  • Fur, feathers, wool and scales – Leeds creatures real and imagined - just one of a range of things to do with children in the Leeds area, as compiled by TravelMag.com.
  • Leeds between the Wars

  • What's brewing in Leeds? Muse with booze

  • Public art - statues & sculptures

  • Writing, printing, publishing and reading in Leeds

  • Time in Leeds - layers, duration, measuring, money

  • On the tiles - terracotta inside & out

  • Waterways to wifi - flows of cloth to flows of bytes - international connections

  • Bright sparks - innovators of the city centre

  • Steamed up - the railways come to and from Leeds

  • Terraces to towers - large-scale housing in Leeds 

  • Power to the people – from coal to renewables, feudalism to universal franchise 

  • Beyond the city centre: tours of Richmond Hill; Little Woodhouse & Hyde Park; Woodhouse & the Ridge; Kirkstall lands in west Leeds

River Aire + waterfront from Leed Bridge

The view from Leeds Bridge, looking downstream.

The River Aire was made more navigable back in the late 17th century so that  valuable cargoes of woollen cloth could reach the markets of mainland Europe more quickly. Time is money.