Roundhay Park water jets in Upper Lake taken 200 years after John Barran was born on 3 August 1821
Rachael Unsworth
14 Nov 2021 11am - 1pm
Roundhay Park - acquiring a 'people's park' in 1871
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Adults only
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Leeds City Walking Tours - Rachael Unsworth

Securing Roundhay Park for his adopted town of Leeds was one of the most notable successes of John Barran – a far-sighted businessman, innovator and politician – who lived 1821-1905.

Arriving in Leeds as a young man, he established a tailoring business and brought in ground-breaking machinery to revolutionise the pace and scale of production. He could be said to have invented ready-made clothing.

As a town councillor, he supported many improvements and 150 years ago this autumn, while serving as Mayor of Leeds, he audaciously secured the park as a public asset that's still much appreciated today.

Learn about the history of the park, why it became available in 1871 and how it has been seen and used since Barran initiated its purchase.

Meet at the circular covered seating on the west side of the park close to The Roundhay Fox.

It's due west of where the pin sits in the map - the small circle near the larger circular flowerbed.

Exact location:

Roundhay Park

Princess Avenue
United Kingdom

53.839095, -1.499827

    14 Nov 2021 11am - 1pm
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    This walk is quite long, includes quite steep slopes and uneven paths. In some places we walk on grass. Please wear good footwear to keep you warm, dry and safe. 

    Leeds City Walking Tours - Rachael Unsworth