Leeds is a city in the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the north of England.
The River Aire runs through the city.
In 1974 the former county borough of Leeds was merged with the towns of Wetherby, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, and other surrounding areas to form a metropolitan borough - the city status of the county borough being conferred on the new metropolitan borough.
Somewhat confusingly therefore, the City of Leeds contains a number of towns including the former county borough of Leeds, which can be thought of as Leeds proper.
For the purposes of this article Leeds refers to the city as it was prior to 1974 as to distinguish it from the metropolitan borough called the City of Leeds.
According to the 2001 UK census the core of Leeds had a population of 429,243 while the City of Leeds had a population of 726,939 and is one of England's core cities.
Leeds was an agricultural market town in the Middle Ages, and received its first charter in 1207.
In the Tudor period Leeds was mainly a merchant town manufacturing woollen cloths and trading with Europe via the Humber estuary.
At one point nearly half of England's total export passed through Leeds.
The city's industrial growth was catalysed by the introduction of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in 1816 and the railway in 1848.
Now, Leeds is the UK's 3rd largest and fastest growing city.
Leeds has one of the UK's strongest economies, with unemployment at a national record low in Leeds and with the largest media, financial and legal sectors outside London.
Internet services in Leeds are twice that of London.
For a more information about Leeds see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds) November 2005
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This information was correct in November 2005. E. & O.E.
Sarolta and I visited this place during our trip around the British Isles in 1978.
Although as mentioned above I have been here before, Hui Chin and I had another look at Leeds, well simply just because it got in our way.
Huh, there's a funny way to get into town from the station, through a shopping centre, which didn't seem to be all that popular, the place is huge, but not all that many shops or people in it, as many other places we have seen or as we expected.
Might have been the mall's day off.
Hooray for Leeds, anyway.
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