Park Square

Leeds, England

A small park located in the centre of Leeds.

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- Michael Wood

Discover Park Square Leeds

Park Square is a small area of parkland found in the heart of Leeds, West Yorkshire. It's incredibly picturesque with green lawns, flowers and shrubbery, and sophisticated Georgian architecture on the periphery. Many of these buildings serve as offices for barristers and solicitors and the park. With the square’s shaded benches and close proximity to cafes and restaurants selling takeout, it offers these workers the perfect place for a daily lunch or coffee break.

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The History of Park Square Leeds

In the late 18th century the buildings surrounding Park Square in Leeds were inhabited by the city’s elite, and the square was created for them to use as a private garden. Crafted with precision and foresight, this area – part of the Park’s Estate development – preferred terminology like 'Row,' 'Parade,' 'Place,' and 'Square,' as opposed to ‘street’.

As a residential area, Park Square was the home of many historical figures like Dr. Edith Pechey, an advocate for women's rights and medical practitioner. Her residence at No. 8 epitomised the square's stature as the 'Harley Street of the North’. It also witnessed many aspects of social history from Eliza Stafford's plight in 1865 to the 1889 labour strife at Arthur & Co.

However, the growth of commerce escalated in 1878 signifying the area's transformation from a residential area into Leeds' financial and business district.

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- Tim Green

Visiting Leeds’ Park Square

Here are several of the square’s highlights:

The Central Statue: At the heart of Park Square you’ll find an impressive statue built to honour the 7th Earl of Cardigan.

Green Spaces: Green lawns, colourful flower beds, and towering trees enhance the park’s beauty all year round. With this beautiful space remaining relatively calm despite its central location, visitors can enjoy some peace and quiet.

Architectural Surroundings: I know we have mentioned the surrounding buildings before, but these Georgian and Victorian beauties really are worth exploring up close and personal.

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- Fred Langridge

St. Paul’s House: Among the many buildings gracing Park Square, St. Paul's House is a true gem. Originally constructed in 1878 the building is a wonderful example of ornate Hispano-Moorish design, crafted by the skilled hand of architect Thomas Ambler. Designated as a Grade II* listed building, St. Pauls House underwent extensive restoration in 1976, preserving its architectural splendour for posterity. Today, it serves as the premises for DAC Beachcroft LLP, embodying a seamless blend of historical charm and contemporary functionality since May 2015.

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St. Paul’s House at Park Square - Billy Wilson

Historical Plaques and Markers: Throughout Park Square and its surroundings, there are blue plaques and distinctive street signs commemorating significant events and individuals associated with the area.

Things to do at Park Square Leeds

Picnic in the Park: Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a leisurely al fresco dining experience in Park Square – it's the perfect way to unwind and recharge!

Cafés and Eateries: After exploring the square, stop at one of the nearby cafés or restaurants. Whether you're craving a heart brunch, light snack, or evening meal, you'll find plenty of options within walking distance of Park Square.

Retail Therapy: Indulge in some retail therapy at the nearby shops! Browse through eclectic stores offering unique fashion finds, artisanal crafts, and other treasures waiting to be discovered. Take home a souvenir to remember your visit to Park Square and Leeds.

Exploring Nearby Cultural Institutions: Nearby you’ll find the Victoria Gardens, the Leeds Central Library, and local art galleries and museums that will provide the cultural experience you didn’t realise you were lacking.

Events and Festivals: Keep an eye out for events and festivals happening in and around Park Square throughout the year. There’s usually a mix of art exhibitions and live music performances. Visitors can also take part in seasonal celebrations and festivals, such as the annual Christmas market and summer fairs.

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- Tim Green

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What you need to know

Park Square
Off St Paul's Street, Leeds LS1 2JG
53.798000, -1.551588
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