Yorkshire Industrial Heritage

Leeds textile mills

Yorkshire > West Yorkshire > Leeds

Map of Leeds textile mills

Bold: brief description available.
Italics: picture/s available.
Bold and italics: Both of them available.

Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. In the 17th and 18th centuries Leeds became a major centre for the production and trading of wool. Then, during the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed into a major mill town; wool was the dominant industry but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing, and other industries were important. From being a compact market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a populous urban centre by the mid-20th century.

Marshall's Mill was one of the first of many factories constructed in Leeds from around 1790 when the most significant were woollen finishing and flax mills. Manufacturing diversified by 1914 to printing, engineering, chemicals and clothing manufacture. Decline in manufacturing during the 1930s was temporarily reversed by a switch to producing military uniforms and munitions during World War II. However, by the 1970s the clothing industry was in irreversible decline, facing cheap foreign competition.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Additional information

Map of Leeds with its 62 textile mills (Textile mill icon).

Ortofotographic map

Ortofoto

Aerial photographic view of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Towns near Leeds.

Nearest industrial towns.

Towns with historical textile mills near Leeds.

No comments yet

Get the conversation started by leaving the first comment on Leeds as a mill town.

Post a comment or question

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Yorkshire textile mills, 2010-17. About this site.