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

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

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

  • Celebrating 150 years since the opening of Roundhay Park for Leeds people

  • Public art - subjects, media, artists, funding, attitudes & engagement

  • What a lot of terracotta - decorative tiles and whole schemes for building façades, late C19, early C20 and a few examples from C21

  • 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

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

  • Raising voices - exploring the concept of protest and the sites of uprisings & disorder 

  • 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) - the making of a Victorian landmark and how it's been adapted down the decades

  • City Square online only - how has this prominent civic space changed over the centuries? (A fascinating story but hardly a walking expedition, so to cover the detail I've developed a presentation)

  • A long yarn  online only - wool and woollen cloth in the history of Leeds

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

  • Leeds in the 1820s - life in a late Georgian town

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

  • 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?

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

  • 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

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

  • Reinvention of the South Bank - remaking former industrial areas

  • Spreading the word - writing, printing, publishing and reading in Leeds

  • 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.

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

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
  • The warehouse district of Leeds west end
  • Leeds between the Wars
  • Tippling or Temperance? Brewing, drinking & abstinence in the history of Leeds
  • Time in Leeds - layers, duration, measuring, money

  • 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.