First Leeds White Cloth Hall, 98-101 (consecutive), Kirkgate - Leeds

A rare example of an early C18 arcaded cloth hall, built in 1711. Its construction helped establish Leeds as the mercantile heart of Yorkshire. The building is derelict and deteriorating, the west wing was demolished in 2010. Part of a generally dilapidated block along Kirkgate that is the focus of a Heritage Lottery Fund Townscape Heritage Scheme. Survey work funded by Historic England and Leeds City Council was completed in 2016 and the site was subsequently acquired by a new owner who has successfully obtained Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for repair and redevelopment.

First Leeds White Cloth Hall, 98-101 (consecutive), Kirkgate - Leeds
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: FIRST LEEDS CLOTH HALL
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1375042
  • Local Planning Authority: Leeds
  • Site Type: Commercial > Market


  • Building Name: First Leeds White Cloth Hall
  • Street Number: 98-101 (consecutive)
  • Street Name: Kirkgate
  • County: West Yorkshire
  • District / Borough: Leeds
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Leeds Central
  • Region: Yorkshire

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: B - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Commercial company
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA