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View of Holbeck Moor with Bridgewater Place in the background
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Holbeck (grid reference SE293326) is a district in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

The district begins on the southern edge of the Leeds City Centre and mainly lies in the LS11 Leeds postcode area. The M1 and M621 motorways used to end (begin) in Holbeck. Now the motorway M621 is the only motorway that passes through the area since the end of the M1 moved to Hook Moor near Aberford.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal also runs through Holbeck.

[edit] History

In the first half of the 19th century Holbeck village was a hamlet of just a few streets, most of which were owned by John Scholey (1774-1834) and are all listed, with tenants, in his will, now at the Borthwick Institute, York. His family sold up with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, when Holbeck became one of the richest and most significant places in England. Holbeck's foundries and mills manufactured cloth, machinery, steam engines and other equipment for companies across the world. The area was home to three of the greatest industrialists of the age: Colonel Thomas Harding, John Marshall and Matthew Murray.

Holbeck has suffered significant decline since the 19th century; many of the industrial buildings and warehouses have been demolished or fallen into disrepair. Holbeck is nevertheless home to 33 listed buildings and many other important architectural structures, some of the most notable of these are: The Dark Arches, the Hol Beck, Marshall's Mill, the Midland Mills, the Round Foundry, Temple Works, Tower Works and two railway roundhouses.

Holbeck was once well served by rail; Holbeck Station (now disused) was notable because it was a two-tier station with a low line and a high line. A disused railway viaduct still runs through Holbeck. When it was built in 1869, it was thought to be one of the engineering marvels of the Victorian age. Plans are now underway to convert the track bed (which is currently overgrown with trees and shrubs) into a raised walkway leading directly into Leeds City centre.

[edit] Recent times

Over recent years efforts have been made to regenerate the Holbeck area. The most notable scheme is the Holbeck Urban Village, which is expected to attract investment of around £800 million and create around 5,000 jobs. However, the area surrounding the 'Village' is still very deprived and run down, prior to regeneration taking place. The area has recently lost the only supermarket in the area and the local post office.

Hasib Hussain, the suicide bomber who was responsible for the Tavistock Square bus bombing in London on 7 July 2005, had been living in the Holbeck area.

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Coordinates: 53°47'20?N 1°33'18?W? / ?53.789, -1.555

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