4th March 2016
Far Headingley is situated approximately 3 miles north of Leeds City Centre and was the first suburb outside of the city centre to be designated a Conservation Area in 1972. The area is packed with period cottages, stone villas and terraces – many of which are of special architectural or historic interest. In addition to Grade 2 listed buildings there are also 1930’s semis & detached houses on the Castle Grove’s and Moor Park’s and a small number of purpose built apartments & flats in Edwardian conversions dotted around. There’s a real community spirit here, with the Far Headingley Village Society being particularly active in promoting and protecting the area.
One endearing feature of the area is the Cottage Road Cinema, which is believed to be one of the oldest surviving cinemas in Britain and certainly one of the last suburban cinemas in Leeds. The first film was shown there in 1912 and in 2012 a Blue Plaque was unveiled to celebrate its centenary.
The late author Arthur Ransome lived in Far Headingley as a child during the 1890’s. He would later go on to write the children’s book series Swallows & Amazons and there is a blue plaque dedicated to him at the house he was born in on Ash Grove in Headingley.
The area is popular with young families, retired academics and young professionals – all seeking the benefits of Headingley itself without the daily hustle and bustle that attracts others to the area. It’s just a 10 minute walk into central Headingley yet there is so much on offer in Far Headingley itself, including three celebrated pubs (New Inn, Woodies & The Three Horseshoes), the popular Italian restaurant Giorgio’s, St Chad’s Parish church and several independent cafes, such as Fika, Sebby’s, Bare Coffee and the Art & The Secret Garden cafe, and shops, like Katie and May and Floral Expression on Otley Road. With highly sought after primary and pre schools also close by it’s no surprise that the area is in such demand.
The ‘Ey Up’ sign in the photo above is located at the junction of Back Baileys Place and Weetwood Lane in Far Headingley.
HeadingleyLeeds have compiled an archive of historic Far Headingley photos for you to browse – view them here https://www.headingleyleeds.com/old-far-headingley/