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February 16, 2007

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The project needs your help for Situation Leeds. Artists Megan Smith and Ben Halsall invite you to log onto their blog and provide them with ideas of what to do, go, and see in Leeds.

We’re going to visit the streets of Leeds through your imagination!

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The result of the quests to seek your blog entry will be documented using Global Positioning Systems and a camera phone; which upon discovery of the destination, person, thing, will upload onto the website immediately.

Please come to visit the gallery our quirky documentation of previous attempts to map Leeds, Berlin and Highbury-London. Pick up a goody bag in the gallery containing instructions on how to take part in the project. Everyone is welcome to participate, and the more the merrier.


  1. If I were to spend only one day in my entire life in Leeds… I would like to know where I should spend an hour watching Leeds buzz by. Can I suggest you photograph this location for me? Thanks. L.

    Comment by Leigh — April 10, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

  2. I cannot express how cool the Temple Mill on Marshall St., an Egyptian Temple styled industrial building in south leeds is beyond strange - DoGoSee

    Comment by Aethel — April 17, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  3. On the corner turret of a red brick house where Bentcliff Lane meets Street Lane LS17 there sits a dragon. Take a photo of this slightly conspicuous chap.

    Comment by Jaye — April 19, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

  4. Someone said that the University of Leeds Parkinson building was the last example of facist architecture in the U.K. Plot 8 accessible points directly north, south, east, west, NE, NW, SE & SW of the Parkinson building (in a square), so that you can plot out a swastika. There is always a danger of the use of a swastika being mis-interpreted as a celebration of facism, so it’s probably not a good idea to do this task.

    Comment by Cubist Scarborough — April 20, 2007 @ 9:37 am

  5. The Common Place, Wharf Street, leeds.

    Comment by Sophie Flynn — April 20, 2007 @ 10:02 am

  6. I would like you to come and see my beautiful garden in Pudsey. While you are here I will provide tea and cake.

    Comment by Rebekka Kill — April 20, 2007 @ 11:49 am

  7. Go and see the horses tethered on the green on Buslingthorpe Lane (near the Primrose pub) and admire the anti-capitalist graffiti and narrow cobbled waterways.

    Comment by Jo — April 20, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

  8. Shameless self promotion here, but the informatively named 42 New Briggate Gallery (next to the Grand Theatre) the current exhibition features artists Andy Lock and Marcus Coates. One of the rare independently run art spaces right in the city centre. Do go see it.

    Comment by Yvonne Carmichael — April 20, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

  9. The allotments in hyde park are full of interesting constructions and people.

    Comment by Mark — April 21, 2007 @ 11:09 am

  10. I love the station, photograph a quirky bit the happiness of people meeting or the sadness of departure

    Comment by jennie — April 30, 2007 @ 12:43 am

  11. CATCH THE A642 in Armley Library and take a walk 1901 style through a sylvan hamlet now buzzing but not with life. It made me take up the pen and write

    Clues: The Ballad of Old wall End

    In Armley Library encased in glass
    Is a local gem that needs re-lighting
    Of a time old tradition that gave a fighting
    Voice, with wit and cheer a vanguard tradition
    Year on year

    Where traffic lights chase pedestrians
    Choked on Gas, there mike from mikes carpets
    Has the last laugh, as dead Methodists tiles
    Rain down like thunder
    memory of old wall end shall not be plundered

    the ghosts of Armley shout out
    from Kirby’s Book, begging him then
    to heed the time to take the hook
    drop in a line, to remember when
    folks opinions were written in rhyme

    Where Day-Glo cord carpet
    Meets street muck and neon grime
    Our paper phoenix arises to give us a sign
    Through asbestos mists roll back the time
    For a long white washed wall
    That wrapped all around, trumpeted with
    The vigours of men making sound

    All weathers prevailing
    They stood on the spot
    no asbos availing, even in the hard years
    old missus Tetley owned the plot
    She knew the locals needed their slot

    When the sight of Living world
    Living animal hell, was a hop brewing
    Supping beer wishing well, local pubs
    Had own brew to sell, locals would all
    Chatter low and signs and symbols of
    The wall would grow

    So pens up to Stoney and them of that type
    Who still use their right to write, but go
    To the library, read in between the lines
    And pen something useful and you will fly

    End…….Bring Back ‘Old wall End’?????
    bring it back
    sing it back

    Comment by sarah thornton — April 30, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

  12. Go to the most pubic place you can think of and try to get as many people as possible to join you in a photo. Then go to the place where you most feel like yourself and take a photo of just youurself there.

    Comment by Jayebird — May 1, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

  13. ramshead drive in seacroft. a snaking road that has the best views of leeds in the city. you really can see pretty much all of it. best in the morning when the sun shines straight onto leeds.

    Comment by richard barber — May 1, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

  14. visit some of the places on these maps and take a photo. Some out of the city centre if possible, but depending on time. (Antwerp is optional)

    Comment by andrew wilson — May 2, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  15. visit some of the places on these maps and see if they are still there. Antwerp optional but it’s very nice.

    Comment by andrew wilson — May 2, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

  16. Go somewhere with a great view from up high in the city centre and look out onto the city.

    Comment by Anna — May 6, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

  17. I’d like to see the hospital where Aurora Mae was born…as well as a picture of the little darlin’ herself!

    Comment by Kirk Davies — May 7, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  18. There are 2 stencils of Snoop Doggy Dogg in the Moortown area, both on Harrogate Road. One is on the post on which the sign for the Queens pub opposite the allotments just above Chapel Allerton and the other is on the right hand side of the road on a cream wall in between Lidgett Lane and Street Lane, on Harrogate Road. Take pictures of these and any more you can find on the way. The best way to get there by public transport is to take the number 2, 3 or 3a bus and get off at the stop outside the Queens pub or just drive up Chapel Town Road which eventually connects to Harrogate Road and turn left up it, until you find the Queens pub. Enjoy!

    Comment by Dani — May 7, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  19. Go and see the cows head on Kirkstall Road. Walking out of the city on Kirkstall road you will pass the varius casinos and hotels and Fire Station. On your right hand side you will see Yorkshire TV. Opposite it an old Dairy which now has various uses, I’ve seen film crews in there with all their catering vans and buses, I’ve seen police dog handlers use the site for some kind of training. On the outside above an archway is a cows head. Take a picture! I’ve walked past it many times before I noticed it. I notice it every time now.

    Comment by Joe Mawson — May 8, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

  20. Do go see the painting by a young Leeds artist, hung in the parking attendants box adjacent to the Parkinson Building (Leeds Uni). Cheers

    Comment by Not Alex — May 10, 2007 @ 7:58 am

  21. go and see my adopted cat Jim at Christchurch Terrace, Armley, I’ve been at the library all day and I’m worried about him. He’s a ginger cat and he’s very friendly. thanks

    Comment by Paperchipmonk — May 10, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

  22. Longest Indoor Walk in Leeds - Enter LGI on Great George Street - Leave at A and E in Jubilee wing.

    Memorial to captain Oates in Meanwood

    Look through the round window - Oakwood Fish and Chip Shop

    the 7 Arches Aquduct in Adel Woods

    the little car in the Barbers in Harehills

    and the 16 gates of Leeds from Swinegate to Kirkgate fom Briggate to Mabgate - can you find them all ?

    Comment by Mick and Gill — May 13, 2007 @ 7:51 am

  23. Androgyne the winning scuplture at the competion to open the Merrion Centre now only seen by the odd skateboarder despite it’s size

    Comment by Mick and Gill — May 13, 2007 @ 8:04 am

  24. The longest ginnel in the world (?) between the top of Grosvenor Road & the top of Cumberland Road, LS6.

    Comment by James Hill — May 14, 2007 @ 7:19 am

  25. Go to the rooftop car park in the Merrion Centre. Make sure you go up the stairs not in the lift. The stairs have a special smell. The view from the top is amazing you can see for miles.

    Comment by Rebekka Kill — May 14, 2007 @ 10:54 am

  26. Go into Leeds city centre on a Saturday. Stand near the Corn Exchange. Take one photograph every hour between 5pm and 5am.

    Comment by Rebekka Kill — May 14, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  27. Go to Rothwell and find what looks like a whale bone arch (I think it is on Wood lane if my memory is good enough.) Photograph it. See if you can find out why it is there.

    Comment by Amelia — May 16, 2007 @ 9:27 am

  28. Find and photograph as many converted churches in Leeds as you can. What have they become? Nightclubs, flats….

    Comment by Amelia — May 16, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  29. take the 737 bus to Baildon, stop off at Esholt on the way and have a look at ‘The Woolpack Inn’ and get nostalgic about Emmerdale (Farm) Good farm park in Esholt…….

    Comment by Shelley — May 16, 2007 @ 10:35 am

  30. Do Go See the ‘elephant steps’ leading from Buslingthorpe Lane up and over towards Scott Hall Road. A really interesting insight to some of Leeds’ industrial heritage, a lone cobble street half way up a hill, while affording a fantastic panoramic view once you’ve climbed a little further. Also an infamous spot relating to the Yorkshire Ripper…

    Comment by Jon — May 20, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

  31. 72 helston road

    Comment by Corey — May 22, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

  32. kirkstall abbey

    Comment by paul emery — May 22, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

  33. Go to St Mary’s Rd in Chapeltown and take picture of the Graffiti on the old road posts. There is a sign saying “No Hawkers, No traders etc” and the word “Love” is sprayed on a post. Then take a picture of the Chapeltown lions on the Post office.

    Comment by Tara Bagchi — May 22, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

  34. Find the 24hr Church of Elvis, its just off Roundhay road on a side street, Elford Grove perhaps, very near Bobby’s anyway. Take a picture of the stained glass above the front door

    Comment by juliet — May 22, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  35. I need someone to find me the cheapest pint of Fruli in Leeds (central - Headingley while probably cheaper is far less convenient). It’s my favourite strawberry beer and when i have bought it at Sela Bar costs a whopping £4.60!!! Which is almost a pound more than I ever paid in London. Crikey! Please help. Help me and help my wallet (thought possibly not my liver…). Thank you.

    Comment by Jaye — May 24, 2007 @ 10:11 am

  36. All round Leeds you will see the initials ‘TFA’ as graffiti tags. This is the work of a group called Time For Action. Take a piece of chalk with you to Leeds centre, and each time you see a ‘TFA’ tag, add an extra line to make it ‘TEA’.

    Comment by ben — May 24, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

  37. I saw a women taking a photograph of Scott Hall Road From the roundabout at the top and wondered if she was dogoseeing?

    Must see Now. 1. Many young trout in the Hol beck, leave town by going under the railway station, past the Hilton, over the river, stop on bridge, look towards lock, then look left to see mucky looking tunnel, see where it goes. Turn right after river, crick neck slightly and attempt vertigo simulation as you look up at the new crystal palace. keep walking road forks, you will become aware of the Holbeck on the right . Marvel at the plentitude and revel in the simple pleasure of viewing fish. Lots there on Sunday. Follow for a while and see how this natural stream has been managed by man’s intervention, the strong flow prevents the trout moving further up….. still it’s a fantastic free Nemo experience and now that you have to pay to get into tropical world….

    Must See timeless Riddle.

    Join canal at Armley Mills
    Walk towards Kirkstall
    1st stop, look at the river and try and spot the local heron.
    Stop under railway bridge and look at all the symbols that have been carved into the stones that it is built of, who did them, what are they? If you are really lucky you will get there on a sunny day when the light shines wonderful columns of opaque ghost icebergs back into the canal from the shadows created by the big ole riveted bridge.

    I am really enjoying reading all the other comments, good to see many of us share the same loves for the quirky corners of leeds and yes the Merrion Centre car park steps leave a veritable stain like indelible ink on the nasal membranes, still it’s comforting in an odd way, power to the peeple!

    And the big Cow head on Kirkstall road, the only reference left to the dairy’s that set Leeds on it’s journey to what it is today.

    Lovely guinnel shot.

    Comment by sarah thornton — May 25, 2007 @ 9:28 am

  38. go to an old bench opposite Hyde Park about halfway between Hyde Park Corner and the library pub on Woodhouse Lane (A660). The graffiti on the bench reads “at one point during this conversation, one of you will lie”. Used to make my head turn when I was walking home from University.

    Comment by adam kaye — September 12, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

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