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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1255678



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District: Leeds

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 05-Aug-1976

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 465760

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SE2835NW CARDIGAN ROAD, Headingley 714-1/64/725 (East side) 05/08/76 The Old Bear Pit


Bear pit in the Leeds Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Mid C19, restored mid C20. Rock-faced rusticated masonry. 2 circular castellated turrets with round-arched entrance in left and right returns, linked by a wall with Venetian-type gateway, voussoirs to central round arch. On the E side the circular bear pit is brick-lined and is linked to the turret wall by 2 tunnels; on the W side a paved area and low retaining wall, curved at ends. The Gardens were opened in 1840, the designers were William Billington, a Wakefield engineer, and Edward Davies, a landscape gardener. The bears were viewed from the top of the turrets. After several changes of ownership the Gardens were divided into building plots and sold off from 1869. The structure was measured and recorded in 1987. (Thoresby Society Miscellany: Trowell, F: Speculative Housing Development in the Suburb of Headingley: 54; Douglas, J (Victorian Society) pers. comm.; West Yorkshire Archaeology Unit: Measured drawing (plan, elevation, section), ref. WYAS.87.ACS: 1987-).

Listing NGR: SE2803735517

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Trowell, F , Speculative Housing Development in the Suburb of Headingley54
'Thoresby Society Miscellany' in Thoresby Society Miscellany, ()

National Grid Reference: SE 28037 35517


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