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View from Seacroft Village Green of the Cricketers Arms and the Queensview Flats with the shopping centre to the right.
View from Seacroft Village Green of the Cricketers Arms and the Queensview Flats with the shopping centre to the right.

Seacroft is an outer-city council estate covering an extensive area of east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is 6 km (4 miles) east of Leeds City Centre and lies in the LS14 Leeds postcode area.

The area's population is 18,000 and it is one of the largest council estates in the country. The name is often used as a catch-all for Seacroft and the neighbouring areas of Whinmoor and Swarcliffe, other large east Leeds council estates which merge into each other.

Seacroft was at one time a small village between Leeds and York. The village green still exists, and is one of the oldest in the country with the stretch of land being mentioned in the Domesday Book. There is an old non-operating windmill, that pre-dates the estate, which has been incorporated into the Windmill Hotel (now known as the Ramada Leeds North). In 1934, Leeds City Council bought 1,000 acres (4.0 km²) for municipal housing and after World War II the majority of houses and blocks of flats were built. The council had planned for Seacroft to be a "satellite town within the city boundary"

Seacroft's Civic Centre was built in the early 1960s as a shopping centre serve the area. But by the 1990s it had fallen into disrepair and was demolished. It has been replaced by the Seacroft Green Shopping Centre, a ten-store 97,000 square foot superstore complex with Tesco – the supermarket chain as the main retailer there. There is also a Ladbrokes, a Subway (restaurant), a Post Office and a superdrug.

In 2006, one of the new English education Academies opened in Seacroft named David Young Community Academy (DYCA), after a former bishop of Ripon, David Young.

[edit] Foxwood School/East Leeds High School/East Leeds Family Learning Centre

The main secondary school in Seacroft has had the three names mentioned above and is now closed awaiting demolition. The school was used as 'San Quentin High' in The Beiderbecke Affair. The buildings were completed in 1962 and are a complex of buildings set in a square with a central court yard. The main building was a six story tower block. The buildings closed as a school in the early 21st century but has since been used as an adult education centre. Notable former pupils include the Right Honerable Colin Burgon (Labour Party MP for Elmet which includes Wetherby, Garforth, Cross Gates and Swarcliffe). Burgon himself is however from Gipton.

see Leodis Photograph [1]

[edit] References

  • Seacroft - Leeds City Housing Department 1961

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Coordinates: 53°49'N, 1°27'W

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